Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s speaker is Brenda Hawkins. 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 church services.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation

On Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua welcomes Consulting Minister George Buchanan to the pulpit. Buchanan’s sermon, “Consent and Community” will remind us that James Luther Adams tells us, “All relations between persons ought ideally to rest on mutual, free consent and not on coercion.” He also wisely tells us we need to be clear-eyed and forthright about how we organize power in our congregations and the choices we must make communally. As we worship together, Buchanan will reflect on how we weave these ideas together today.

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.

St. Joseph’s Church of Gowanda

St. Joseph’s Church, 26 Erie Ave., Gowanda will hold a pancake breakfast on Sunday from 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 a special flea market today 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.

Apple Seed Christian Preschool

Apple Seed Christian Preschool will host a fundraiser vendor event on Saturday, March 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Eason Hall, 23 Elm St., Westfield. A ticket auction will also be offered. The event will benefit the preschool, which is a non-profit Christian Preschool. Vendors are still being accepted. For more information, call 326-3110.

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.

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.