Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit

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

Service time is 10:30 a.m. 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

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua announces that members Cheryl Ritch and Leanna McMahon will lead a service called “Luminescence” on Sunday. Developed by the worship team at the UU Church of Santa Clarita, California, this candle-light service focuses on the cycle of recognition, reflection, refocus, and renewal.

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 the 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.

St. Joseph’s Church of Gowanda

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

Today, 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.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a pork loin dinner today, 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.

Trinity Lutheran Church

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.

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!

St. John’s Episcopal Church

On Fridays during Lent, St. John’s will 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.

The public is invited to attend all services and events at St. John’s, 16 W. Fourth St. in Dunkirk.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church

An ecumenical prayer service will be offered each Sunday evening during Lent at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Based on the prayer form developed by the Christian community of Taize, France during WWII, the service combines simple mantra-like songs with Scripture and extended periods of silence for private meditation.

Anyone wishing to deepen their personal prayer is welcome to come and experience Taize prayer. Each service lasts less than an hour. Arriving a few minutes early and attending more than one service may facilitate the experience.

Taize prayer services will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and be held each subsequent Sunday through March 25. The church is located at 328 Washington Ave. in Dunkirk.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Tom or Andrea Gestwicki at 366-0449.

Portland Congregational Church

As part of the Portland Congregational Church 200-year celebration, PCC is sponsoring a fun-filled painting afternoon on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church, 8649 Church St. The subject for the painting will be in keeping with the bicentennial theme. The fee is $35. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Anita at 410-2664 or Diane at 792-9689. Refreshments will be served. The painting is run by Rena’s Rustiques.