Religion news briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ, located at 733 Central Ave. in Dunkirk, will hold a ham dinner today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $9.50 or $10 at the door. Tickets may be picked up at the church office, call 366-7010.

St. Aloysius Regional School

St. Aloysius Regional School will hold its 51st annual Christmas Bazaar in the parish hall at 186 Franklin St., Springville today and Sunday.

The hours today are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch available.

On Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be a chicken barbecue. Pre-sale tickets are $9.50, or tickets can be purchased at the door for $10.

The event features handcrafted items, baked goods, wreaths, a theme basket raffle, craft vendors, $1,000 money raffle and more!

Drawings begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Church of the Living Spirit

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

Service time is 10:30 to 12:00 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 through June.

Visit and/or the Facebook page or call 595-2697 for more information concerning church services.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will welcome Consulting Minister George Buchanan on Sunday.

During our annual Bread Communion, we will share bread from the different traditions close to our hearts. If you wish, bring a loaf of bread that is special to your family, from your own kitchen or from the store. No time to bake or shop? Come anyway, as there is always enough for all! We will also distribute Guest at Your Table boxes to begin our celebration of sharing this holiday season. All are welcome to join for a joyous celebration of music, diversity, and the bounty of our Beloved Earth.

There will be no childcare today as this is a multi-generational worship service.

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 at for more information.

Ecumenical service Tuesday

An ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Sponsored by several churches, the service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church. In spite of problems and horrific events we hear of daily, we still have much to be thankful for, and the community is invited to join in this service of Thanksgiving.

The service will consist of scripture, prayers and Holy Communion. Those attending are asked to bring a non- perishable food item for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.

Those denominations participating are: Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, Lutheran and Episcopal.

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

The Living Christmas Tree

Ushering in the Christmas season the first weekend in December will be the 33rd annual performances of the Living Christmas Tree at First Covenant Church in Jamestown.

This year, the 65-voice choir, youth choir, orchestra, and pageantry will present “I Have Seen the Light” by Deborah Craig-Claar. The Christmas story will be told through this festival of Christmas music which is performed in a 30 foot high wooden structure constructed in the sanctuary at First Covenant. The community choir is directed by Brian Bogey with accompaniment by John Ireland. Nearly 150 volunteers gather annually to present this musical gift to the community.

The performances are Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at: Ecklof’s Bakery, Farm Fresh Foods, Lakewood Apothecary, Falconer Pharmacy, Peterson Farms, and Quilter’s Haven. Online tickets are available at for $8. After Nov. 29, tickets will only be available at the church, located at 520 Spring St. in Jamestown.