Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s speaker is Sara Saelens. 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 and/or the Facebook page or call 595-2697 for more information concerning church services.

Trinity Episcopal Church

On Tuesday evening, Feb. 13 between 5 and 7 p.m., the men of Trinity Episcopal Church will take over the Garland Hall kitchen and cook up some of the best pancakes and sausage, fruit cup and juice/coffee/tea for your dining pleasure.

Traditionally this evening meal of pancakes was begun as a way to finish the last of the flour as there was to be no risen baking done until the end of Lent on Good Friday. That’s when hot cross buns made with the sign of the cross would appear.

The pancake supper begins at 5 p.m. and the men will cook and serve until 7 p.m. The cost for this “all you can eat supper” is $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. Children under the age of 5 eat for free. The entrance to Garland Hall is at the back of the church on 11 Day St., Fredonia.

Trinity Episcopal Church will offer a special service on Ash Wednesday at noon with the imposition of the ashes.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

On Ash Wednesday, the Christian church starts a season of 40 days of penance and fasting in preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

St. John’s Episcopal Church will observe this day with two services, 10 a.m. and at 7 p.m. Each will consist of the imposition of ashes, the liturgy and Holy Communion. Between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., “Ashes to Go” will be provided at the entrance of the church to anyone who cares to receive. This service will consist of a short prayer and the imposition of ashes.

On Fridays during Lent, St. John’s will also observe the Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. A procession starts at each of the 14 images (stations) on the walls of the church. At each station, there is a short prayer and meditation. All are invited to a “Dutch treat” dinner at a local restaurant following the service.

Prior to the start of Lent, on Sunday a pancake and sausage breakfast will be held at noon, after the 11 a.m. service. There is no charge but a free-will offering will be taken for outreach to the needy. The public is invited to attend all services and events at St. John’s, 16 W. Fourth St. in Dunkirk.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a pork loin dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17, 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. Pre-sale/reservations are highly recommended.

Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name

Blessed Mary Angela Holy Name presents “Pasta on Fat Tuesday,” on Tuesday at the Parish Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk from 4 to 6 p.m. The menu includes baked ziti with sauce, sausage, meatball, tossed salad, bread/butter, Polish pac’zki and a beverage.

Tickets are available after Masses or at Big Rick’s One Stop, 327 Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk. The cost is a $10 donation. Limited tickets are available. The fund-raiser benefits the parish youth attending the Catholic Youth Conference.

Ripley United Methodist Church

Ripley United Methodist Church. 84 W. Main St., Ripley, is hosting an all-you-can-eat breakfast today from 7:30 to 11 a.m. There will be pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice and coffee. The cost is $7. This month’s breakfast will benefit Chautauqua County Rural Ministries.

St. Rose of Lima

St. Rose of Lima will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 11 Center St., Forestville. the cost for adults is $10, for children, $5. Red sauce and Alfredo sauce are available. Take-outs are available; call 934-2233.

Trinity Lutheran Church

On Shrove Tuesday, Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 15 Porter Ave. in Silver Creek, will be sponsoring a smorgasbord dinner featuring many German favorites. A few of the foods featured will be potato latkes, sauerbraten, beef flatladen, German potato salad, red cabbage as well as many surprises. A freewill offering will be taken to benefit Trinity’s seminary student. The dinner in the Parish Hall begins at 6 p.m. until sold out.

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent. Trinity will have a worship service at 5 p.m. with communion and the imposition of ashes. Each Wednesday during Lent, there will be two services: one at noon and family night activities beginning at 5 p.m. The family night includes a light supper, worship, music and a craft activity.

St. Joseph’s Church of Gowanda

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

On 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.

Blessed Mary Angela Parish

Blessed Mary Angela Parish will hold an indoor flea market every Wednesday and Thursday through Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Social Center, 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk. There will be a special flea market on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. All merchandise is priced to sell. Make an offer!