Religion news briefs

Ripley United Methodist Church

The Ripley United Methodist Church is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, Orange juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for all you can eat. This month’s breakfast will benefit the South Ripley Cemetery Association.

Church of the Living Spirit

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

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua welcomes Consulting Minister Rev. George Buchanan to the pulpit on Sunday.. Buchanan’s sermon, “The Prophetic Imagination” will reference Walter Brueggemann’s book of the same title and will explore how Brueggemann helps to understand where prophetic leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., get their radical understanding of people’s deepest needs. Those present will reflect on their prophetic message during worship together.

This is also Share the Plate Sunday. One hundred percent of the non-pledge money received on each Share the Plate Sunday will be given to a chosen charity. This month, the money will go to the Hispanic Community Council which supports displaced Puerto Ricans in Dunkirk. Make checks payable to UUCNC and indicate “Share the Plate” on the memo line. Of course, cash contributions are also welcome!

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.

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 Jan. 28 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).

Portland Congregational Church

The Portland Congregational Church will host Tracy Langworthy, historian and history professor at Jamestown Community College at the church on Saturday, Jan. 27 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.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a turkey dinner on Saturday, Jan. 20, serving 4:30 to 6 p.m., at 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Parking and the entrance are off Eagle Street. Call 366-0710 for reservations. Pre-sale tickets are $9.50 each. Tickets at the door are $10. Take-outs are available.

Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name

Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name Wiedner’s January chicken barbecue will be held Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blessed Mary Angela Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk.

The menu includes Wiedner’s chicken, tossed salad, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, dinner roll, homemade dessert and beverage. Dining options include eat in or drive through take out. The cost is $10 donation pre-sale or $12 donation at the door if available. Only 600 dinners are available. Tickets can be purchased after Masses or at Big Rick’s One Stop, 327 Lake Shore Drive East; Matt’s News, 93 E. Third St., Dunkirk or Tommy’s Barber Shop, 25 Water St., Fredonia.

Fragile Earth Film Series

The Fragile Earth Film Series Task Group of the Social Action Committee from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will present a short film introduction to extreme weather and climate crisis refugees on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fredonia Technology Incubator, 214 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. This will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Leanna McMahon. Panelists will include refugees who fled the devastation caused by 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico. There will be an opportunity for attendees to submit questions regarding this humanitarian crisis for discussion by the panel. This event is free and open to the public.