Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit

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

Service time is 10:30 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 through June. Visit the website at 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’s worship theme for the month of November is Abundance. Members and friends of the congregation will worship with music and readings reflecting this theme on Sunday. A potluck, finger food brunch will be part of this special, post-Thanksgiving service. Those who attend are invited to bring a beverage or a food item that does not require utensils to serve and eat. Paper goods will be available, but those who attend are encouraged to bring their own place setting to help keep disposables out of the landfill.

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 our 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 at for more information.

Fredonia Presbyterian Church

On Dec. 2 and 3, Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave., will host its annual Alternative Christmas Festival. The festival includes a display of over 600 nativities and an alternative market that offers fair-trade gifts from around the world. The Equal Exchange table offers organic coffee, tea, chocolate and more that can be purchased separately or used to create a personalized gift basket. There are also small craft kits, Christmas activity books for children, and stocking stuffers all with the theme of the Nativity. The Festival is open on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 3 from noon to 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

West Portland Baptist Church

The West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 East Route 20 in Westfield, will host a Community Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. The concert will feature Greta Brokaw from the Rochester area. Brokaw is a soloist who ministers throughout western New York in churches, conferences, and special events and also is an author of women’s devotional books. Her ministry is called “Heart Medicine.” Immediately following the concert, there will a fellowship dinner served in the church activity center. There is no charge for the event and everyone is welcome.

St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church

A short spiritual afternoon for women will be held at St. John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church on Sunday, Dec. 3 between 3 and 5 p.m.

As the Christian church celebrates Advent, we all start a hectic period of gift buying and holiday preparation. This program will be a quiet time to reflect and meditate on the true meaning of Christmas. The event, “Wrapped in God’s Love,” will be an interactive program introducing us to five gifts from God, we can find under the tree to unwrap this Christmas season. As well as emphasizing spiritual gifts available to us, each person attending will receive a tangible gift. The program will assist all in attending in focusing on the true Christmas spirit.

Light refreshments will be served. There is no charge, but a free will offering will be taken. All women are welcome, and are encouraged to bring a friend. Reservations will be appreciated. To register, leave a message with Mandy at 363-7010, or at the church 366-1979. E-mail can be sent to

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

St. John’s Church — Cattaraugus

On Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. St. John’s Church, 28 Ellicott St., Cattaraugus will host a concert featuring the Christian musical group Final Harvest. Vocalists Pamela Warren, Pamela Sandberg, and Lacy Burdick will help people to reflect on the true spirit of the season by presenting “A Christmas To Remember.” The concert is free, however, a love offering will be taken to support the ministry of Final Harvest.

After the concert everyone is invited to the church hall for a time of fellowship and light refreshments. Both the sanctuary and the church hall are handicap accessible. For more information contact Merrie Kirkland at 257-9287.

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 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.