Religion news briefs

Ripley United Methodist Summer Vacation Bible School

The Ripley United Methodist Summer Vacation Bible School theme this year is “Weird Animals.”

Classes will take place on Mondays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27 at the Ripley United Methodist Church, 84 W. Main St. Ripley from 4 to 6 p.m.

Contact Bob Ebert at 951-2192 or Darlene 814-881-1411.

The weekly focus includes:

Even when you are left out… Jesus Loves You

Even though you’re different… Jesus Loves You

Even when you don’t understand… Jesus Loves You

Even when you do wrong or are afraid… Jesus Loves You.

South Dayton Free Methodist Church plans “Sidewalk Gang” Vacation Bible School

The South Dayton Free Methodist Church, 327 Pine St., South Dayton, will hold “Sidewalk Gang” Vacation Bible School every Friday through Aug. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Featured activities include Bible stories, music, crafts, games, and lots of fun and fellowship for the children. Lunch will be provided each day. Family and friends are invited to the special closing program on Aug. 24.

Those interested in volunteering or more details are asked to contact Darlene Morrison at 499-1618.

Polka Fest 2018 set for tomorrow

Blessed Mary Angela parish will present “Polka Fest 2018,” on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk. International recording artists “Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push” will perform from 3 to 7 p.m. under the big top. There is no admission fee. Reserved tables of 10 will be available for $100. Call Tony at 467-0891. A Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will be sold for $10. The barbecue will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Other event features include raffles and a Chinese auction, kids’ world and a bounce house. An outdoor cookout is planned featuring a Polish sausage sandwich plate with sauerkraut and chips, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with a light snack of cheese, crackers and pepperoni. Beer, wine and pop will also be sold throughout the day.

Trinity United Church of Christ community meal planned for today

Trinity United Church of Christ will host a community meal on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at 30 Erie Ave., Gowanda. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. There is no charge. The meal offers all you can eat in-house of a homemade meal. This month’s menu includes pork and sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, beets, applesauce, dessert and beverage. There is handicapped access on Erie Avenue. Free will donations are not necessary, but are appreciated. All are welcome. The next meal is Sept. 11.

Ripley United Methodist Church breakfast is today

Ripley United Methodist Church is holding an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7:30 to 11 a.m. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and toast (including omelets), fried potatoes, biscuits and sausage gravy, orange juice and coffee. The cost is $7 for “all you can eat.”

This month’s breakfast will benefit the East Ripley Cemetery Association.

Annual Church Picnic in Portland is tomorrow

The Portland Congregational Church annual picnic will be tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a potluck lunch, so bring a dish to pass. No desserts are needed. Enjoy fun and fellowship with everyone. There will be lots of activities including water slide, bounce house, egg race, apple bobbing, target golf, pie eating contest, water balloon wars, face painting and much more. Prizes will be given all day. The location is 8649 Church St., Portland.

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s speaker is John White. This week’s medium is Andrea McCabe. 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.

22nd anniversary celebration of the Apostolic House of Prayer Church No. 2 set for Aug. 26

All are cordially invited to the 22nd anniversary celebration of the Apostolic House of Prayer Church No. 2, 212 Park Ave., Dunkirk on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. The guest speaker will be Bishop Larry Boyd of the Open Praise Full Gospel Baptist Church in Buffalo. Other dignitaries include Bishop Jacqueline A. Foye, Pastor and Founder and Pastor Louis F. Martin, Sr. and Assistant Pastor Minnie DeBose, Host Pastors.