Religion briefs

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s speaker is David Guayasamin. 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 from Sept. 10 through June. Visit the website at and/or the FB page or call 595-2697 for more information concerning services.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua welcomes Consulting Minister Rev. George Buchanan to the pulpit on Sunday. Buchanan will speak on “Appreciative Understanding” and how something wonderful and almost magical can happen when people listen carefully and without judgment of one another. All are welcome to attend this 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 Facebook at for more information.

Stockton Community Church

Stockton Community Church, 4554 West Railroad Ave., Stockton, will host Living Word Fellowship Family Night Kickoff this Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be a sloppy Joe supper followed by a family movie. This is for the entire family. No nursery care will be available. The public is invited to attend.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church Women will be having their annual Epiphany Tea this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Garland Hall behind Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Day St., Fredonia. The guest speaker will be Rev. Tom Broad speaking on the future sharing of one Bishop across neighboring dioceses. The special Epiphany cake this year is made by Sally Ludlum and will be enjoyed after the presentation.

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School will begin this year’s Catholic Schools Week by hosting a community chili cook-off and pie bake-off on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. During the event, the local community will be able to vote on their favorite entries. In addition, a ticket auction will be available with 100 theme baskets anticipated.

Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The events during these weeks are to focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and the contribution to the local community and the nation.

This year’s theme: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed. NCCS welcomes the community to partake in this year’s celebration. Individuals who would like to enter a pie, chili or donate a theme basket should contact the office at 366-0630 for more information (fee per entry is $5).

Blessed Mary Angela Parish

Blessed May Angela Parish will hold an indoor flea market every Wednesday and Thursday for the rest of January and February. The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk. All merchandise is priced to sell. Make an offer!

St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Fredonia

There has been a recent change in the weekend schedule for St. Joseph’s Church, located at 145 E. Main St., Fredonia. There will no longer be a 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturdays. Instead, Mass will be offered Sundays at 8 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The 8 a.m. Mass will be a more “contemplative” setting with music selections chosen by Rev. Joseph Walter and offered by Choir Director Lucy Giambra Hurley.

The 11:15 a.m. Mass will include Children’s Liturgy of the Word from September to May. Mass will continue to be celebrated Wednesday and Thursday at 8 a.m. Confessions are available on request. St. Joseph’s Church is handicapped accessible.

St. Joseph’s Church of Gowanda

St. Joseph’s Church, 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda has scheduled several events for February.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, parishioners will hold a sweetheart dinner. All dating, engaged and married couples are invited to an evening of food, drinks, 50/50 raffles and prizes PLUS live entertainment by JB Martin & Smokin’ dog. At 6:30 p.m., a social time will feature wine/pop/beer/hors d’oeuvres, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $60 per couple. Meal choices are chicken cordon bleu, prime rib or vegetarian upon request. Reservations are needed by Feb. 3. Call 532-5100.

Saturday, Feb. 17, parishioners are hosting a community meal at the church from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes chicken and biscuit, salad and dessert.

On Feb. 25, a pancake breakfast is set for 9 a.m. to noon at the church hall. Proceeds will help send parish teens to the 2018 Diocesan Youth Conference in March. The cost is $6. The event is sponsored by the confirmation class and the Knights of Columbus.

Portland Congregational Church

The Portland Congregational Church will host Tracy Langworthy, historian and history professor at Jamestown Community College at the church today at 1 p.m. Langworthy will be speaking on the founding father of the Portland Congregational Church, Rev. John Spencer, and several other churches in the area.

A horse back circuit-riding preacher of the early 1800s who was successfully commissioned during the time of the Holland Land Purchase to establish a couple of dozen churches within this region of Western New York state. Most of those churches still exist today.

All are welcome to enjoy this exciting early history lecture. It is like looking into a window as Langworthy presents this historical information.