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The Rev. Ronald L. Sumption has become pastor for First Presbyterian Church in Westfield.

Westfield Presbyterian Church welcomes Rev. Sumption

WESTFIELD — The Rev. Ronald L. Sumption became minister of the Westfield First Presbyterian Church last month and brought with him unique gifts, skills and more than 20 years of pastoral experience. Although he and his wife, Judy, are originally Midwesterners, a Princeton (NJ) Theological ...

Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Joanne Nigro Price. 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, ...

Bishop Malone invites public to Blue Mass honoring first responders

BUFFALO — The third annual Blue Mass in the Diocese of Buffalo will take place on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. The Mass will honor local EMS, fire and law enforcement departments of all faiths who live and work in the diocese. Bishop Richard J. ...

Pastor Mark Massaro

First Baptist Church of Dunkirk welcomes new senior pastor

The First Baptist Church of Dunkirk welcomes its new senior pastor. Pastor Mark Massaro and his family just moved to Dunkirk from southern Indiana, where he served in ministry for 10 years. They are enjoying getting to know the community and getting settled in at the church parsonage on ...

Religion briefs — Oct. 7

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Joanne Nigro Price. 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, ...

Westfield Presbyterian Church welcomes Rev. Sumption

WESTFIELD — The Rev. Ronald L. Sumption became minister of the Westfield First Presbyterian Church last month and brought with him unique gifts, skills and more than 20 years of pastoral experience. Although he and his wife, Judy, are originally Midwesterners, a Princeton (NJ) Theological ...

Anthony & Catherine Granata

Area families united in faith

For the past 10 years, members of St. Joseph Church in Fredonia have joined together each month to celebrate the family as a constant source of strength and light, a reservoir of faith and hope in good times and bad. The well attended intergenerational program called “Generations of ...

Good thoughts collected

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column. With all the new technology (more production, whether on the farms or in plants, etc.), taking place, we need new ideas for new jobs. Americans aren’t stupid. We’re probably the most creative and innovative people in the world but we need the ...

Submitted Photo: Returning students enjoying their time at the Awana Club Kickoff Wednesday, Sept. 20. Students in grades K-12 are invited to join Awana Club any time.

Popular Awana Club Program returns to FFUMC

Students and parents gathered Wednesday, Sept. 20 to kick-off the Awana Club Program at Fredonia First United Methodist Church. The club meets weekly on Wednesdays from 6:15-8 p.m. and is open to any student grade K-12. June Ruckman, FFUMC Youth Director said she was thrilled with the ...

Religion news briefs — Sept. 30

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Patricia Price. 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, ...

Faces of the Reformation conclude with Martin Luther in latest years

Condemned as an outlaw by the emperor following the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther returned to Wittenberg in 1522, where he remained for the duration of his life, filling the role of an administrator of a new church. Due to his reforms, he became internationally known and was looked to for ...

Dunkirk First United Presbyterian Church Guild news

The Dunkirk First United Presbyterian Church Guild met recently in the music room to set up a calendar for the year. They will be working on several events during the year to raise money for the various missions that they support. It was decided to have a mini bazaar on Dec. 9 at Westminster ...

Area church service listings

ANGOLA Angola Wesleyan Church, 636 Herr Road, Mike Trippett, pastor; 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship. 432-3489. First Baptist Church of Evans, 985 Church Road, Angola, Pastor Kryger, interim; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school (nursery through age 3); 11 a.m., worship, nursery care ...

Sharing thoughts from the garden of life

Here is another classic Margaret Valone column If only teachers realized the respect they have from the community because of the impact they have on their students’ lives! My son Dan thought Dr. Stanley hung the moon. My son Rusty was sure it was Jim O’Brien. I had contact with both of ...

Left to right front: Sarah Friedman, Stephanie Handschu, Sara Auchenbaugh, Amber Foppes, Back: Jacob Santos, Sarah Paisner, Bob Phillips, Melissa Neuberger, Sydney Levinson and Lauren Tropper.

Temple Beth El welcomes Hillel

Members of Temple Beth El, in Dunkirk invited students from SUNY Fredonia’s Hillel organization to join them in welcoming Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, 5778. Temple President Linda Dunn led the congregation and students in a religious service on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. President ...

Marriage and family continued

Last month I shared some of Luther’s teachings in respect to marriage and the family. Today I write more about that and I want to emphasize that his ideas were not just his invention. He based them on God’s Word. His ideas did not merely influence church members, but also communities ...

Faces of the Reformation continue with Ulrich Zwingli

The Faces of the Reformation continue with the fifteenth iconic individual: Ulrich Zwingli. Ulrich Zwingli is a complicated character in the story of the Reformation. He begins his career as a happy political instrument in service to the pope and ends it dying at the hands of Catholic forces. ...

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Eva Williams, 8, flashes a smile as she works on her sun catcher at Harvest Chapel’s family picnic. Craft activities included painting rocks, painting sun catchers and filling small bottles with different colored sands.

A ‘contiguous’ picnic held by Harvest Chapel

Point Gratiot was a busy place on Sunday. The back parking lot was full; people were enjoying food at picnic tables inside and outside the pavilions; and a band was playing. In addition to children making use of the regular playground equipment, there were two bounce houses, a jousting bounce ...

Community Carnival was a success

On Aug. 17, Faith Baptist, Grace Fellowship Church and The Salvation Army partnered together to offer the Dunkirk Community a free carnival. This carnival was in collaboration with The Chautauqua Center’s Community Family Fun Day. The Community Carnival was made possible by the generous ...