Religion briefs — Oct. 7

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s speaker is Joanne Nigro Price. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale.

Service time is 10:30 a.m. to noon and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands-on healing, a message demonstration, music, meditation and prayer.

The public is invited to attend and there is no gate fee from Sept. 10 through June. Visit the website at and/or the Facebook page or call 595-2697 for more information concerning church services.

The Practical Wisdom of Thich Nhat Hanh

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua welcomes Consulting Minister George Buchanan to the pulpit on Sunday. As we worship together, we will reflect on what we can learn from Thich Nhat Hanh’s life and teachings, including his approach to Engaged Buddhism. All are welcome to this service.

Childcare for those under the age of 5 will be provided as requested. Call the church’s voicemail by Saturday at 5 p.m. if childcare will be needed.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty and justice in the immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Fredonia. Call 679-7944, visit or visit the page on Facebook for more information.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

All pets and owners are invited to a “Blessing of Pets” at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The traditional service is held to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Born in a wealth family, Francis was used to a life of luxury. In his early twenties, after hearing the voice of Jesus, he abandoned this life. Jesus had commanded him to rebuild the Christian Church and live in poverty. Francis continued a dedicated life to the teachings of Jesus. He administered to lepers, brought many to Christ and developed a love of nature and animals. St Francis is known as the patron saint of the animals and the environment.

If there are children with stuffed animals, they will also be blessed with their owners.

St. John’s is located on the corner West Fourth and Lark streets in Dunkirk.

St. John’s UCC

St. John’s United Church of Christ will be celebrating a special Spirit of Music worship on Sunday to dedicate its new piano. The message will consist of musical selections by David Rose on viola and Ann Rose on piano. David is a professor in the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia and Ann is an accomplished pianist. St. John’s is located at 733 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, with the parking lot off Eagle Street. Worship is at 11 a.m., and all are welcome to attend.

Dunkirk First United Methodist Church Swiss steak dinner set for Tuesday

The Dunkirk First United Methodist Church will hold a Swiss steak dinner on Tuesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. or until sold out. The church is located at 601 Washington Ave. The cost is $9.50 per dinner. The meal includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, bread, pie and drink. Options include eat in, take out, or local delivery. Call 366-2230.

St. Joseph Dessert Card Party

The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph Church, 145 E. Main St., Fredonia, will be having their final dessert card party of the year on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. This event, which is open to the public, will be held in the Gathering Room of the church. Admission is $4. Dessert and coffee will be provided. After this October event, these card parties will resume in the spring. To reserve a table, call the parish office at 679-4116.

Living Rosary

The Rosary Society of Blessed Mary Angela parish is sponsoring the “Living Rosary” on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the St. Hyacinth Worship Center at 295 Lake Shore Drive East in Dunkirk.

The “Living Rosary” is a beautiful tribute to the Mother of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Blessed Mother appeared to three children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917, requesting them and everyone to pray and promote the recitation of the Rosary for world peace.

With so much turmoil, not only in our country but all over the world, the need for prayer is most needed today and every day, to overcome wars, hatred, discrimination, greed amongst all people and to bring peace and unity among them.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. A reception will follow in the parish lyceum.

Pillar of Fire Fellowship

To Be Told – Simulcast Conference will be held at the Pillar of Fire Fellowship, 221 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30) and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 9). Registration is $25 on Facebook: To Be Told — Simulcast Conference.

Attending this conference is a journey worth taking — engaging our deepest stories, the ones that haunt us when kept secret and liberate us when they’re told and known…this will be time well spent — giving clarity — purpose — knowledge and celebration.

Dan Allender is a great story teller and he knows that stories are for redeeming — not just for passing time. Come find your own place in the greatest story told…

Delve into your unique story and explore how life experiences have shaped who you are today and discover the true goodness of relationships, delight and love that God desires for each of us.

For more information and to pre-register, see Facebook: To Be Told — Simulcast Conference.

Support groups available through Master’s Plan Ministries

The Master’s Plan Ministries has begun two groups that meet every Friday evening at 7 p.m.

The Clean Sober and Saved group is held at the Master’s Plan Cafe, located at 9586 Railroad Ave. in Dayton. It is taught in video sessions by Tracy Strawberry from her real-life story of freedom. It is based on the true understanding of God from the Bible, and offers steps to true healing. This is a detailed process members can follow to get their lives back. It offers help and hope with tools to understand the truth about forgiveness and trust. The group will help those in need find their way to freedom and healing through the power and process of change. Attendees can experience cleansing for their soul, clarity for their minds and power for their lives.

The other group is the Clean Sober and Saved family and friends edition. This group also meets at The Master’s Plan Cafe. It is targeted toward those who find themselves trying to clean up after their addicted loved ones; those who are trying to change those addicted to no avail. Members for this group have often found their own lives off track, with their own dreams and hopes derailed as a result of caring for an addicted loved one. This group will help those feeling lost and unsure of where to turn to find their way to freedom and healing through the power and process of change. Attendees can receive hope for a powerful life free from codependency. This group is also based on the principles of Strawberry Ministries.

Snacks will be provided for both groups. See or contact Angie Mardino Miller at 725-9229 for additional information.

Ripley UMC to hold all you can eat breakfast

Ripley United Methodist Church is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast Saturday, Oct. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits & sausage gravy, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $7. This month’s breakfast will benefit Ripley Hose Auxiliary for Breakfast with Santa.