Religion

AARP Safe Driver Class set for Feb. 19 and 20

BROCTON — Fellow-ship Church, located at 148 W. Main St. in Brocton, will be offering as a community service an AARP Safe Driver class on Feb. 19 and 20. Class fees are $20 for AARP members with AARP number written on the memo line or $25 for non-members. All checks should be made out to ...

NCCF seeks nominations for Footprints Award

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is accepting nominations for the George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award until March 23. Nominees should have a strong history of volunteerism, philanthropic endeavors (financial support not necessarily measured in number of dollars) and activities ...

Meals on Wheels helped at Christmas by St. John’s UCC parishioners

Parishioners at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Dunkirk collected food during the month of December to create special holiday deliveries for clients of Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels. Included in the team of volunteers helping to assemble the packages were: Front row: Burdella Warner, ...

Real Light takes away darkness of death

The shorter daylight hours of wintertime give us a better appreciation for the longer days of daylight. From that reality we learn that light as a metaphor can reveal many truths for our lives. The picture of light is used in many ways to help us understand that there are many things in life ...

Donations sought for those in need

Anyone who is interested in placing warm winter clothing out in the community for those in need can use the fence on Route 60 at Dunkirk School No. 3. Partners in Kind ...

Religion briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is David Guayasamin. 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 ...

Religion briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a turkey 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 ...

Over 200 families served through the Christmas Assistance Program

The Salvation Army was able to successfully wrap up its Christmas Assistance Program thanks to the generous support of the people of Northern Chautauqua County. On Dec. 19, The Salvation Army of Dunkirk provided over 200 families with Christmas food boxes and Christmas gifts for over 250 ...

Lake Shore students deliver bundles of warmth

ANGOLA — Since the week after Thanksgiving, the sophomore and junior class officers worked diligently to collect new and gently-used hats, gloves and blankets to be donated to the homeless. In December, the class officers, along with their advisors, spent the day distributing the items ...

The purpose of Christmas (Christ’s Coming)

Jesus, the Son of God, was born into human flesh, God’s gift to humanity, to become one of us in every way except having no sin of His own, so He could be the perfect sin sacrifice for us and die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sins. This is the gift we celebrate each Christmas Day: ...

Soup-er Bowl Fundraiser to benefit the Springville Community Kitchen

SPRINGVILLE — Over the last several years, the Trading Post Community Care Center has seen a rise in the number of families, especially seniors and working families needing help with food, clothing, housing, and other basic needs. The organization consistently serves over 5,000 hot meals ...

Religion news briefs

Ripley United Methodist Church The Ripley United Methodist Church is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast today from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, bacon, made-to-order eggs and omelets, home fries, biscuits and sausage gravy, Orange juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for all you can eat. ...

Art Start begins new year with new classes

Art Start invites local community members to get creative with free art classes. Returning for the winter session are community favorites in watercolor, decorative acrylic, knitting and card making. Capitalizing on the popularity of the Introduction to Lettering held in the fall, a new ...

View ‘The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’ for free

Pillar of Fire Fellowship is inviting the community to a free screening of "The Resurrection of Gavin Stone" on Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The movie is a 2017 comedy about faith and forgiveness, telling the story of Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star forced to do community service at a ...

Margaret Valone will be missed

As most readers undoubtedly know, on Dec. 31, the OBSERVER’s beloved columnist Margaret Valone left this realm to join the family she wrote so eloquently about since 2003. Although many people knew her well, Margaret felt that she should write her own obituary because only she knew the full ...

Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Neal Rzepkowski. Church services are held every Sunday in the Assembly Hall on Cleveland Avenue in Lily Dale. Service time is 10:30 to 12 p.m. and consists of a spiritual talk, a hands on healing, a message demonstration, music, ...

Learn the warning signs of Alzheimer’s program set for Tuesday

Every 66 seconds across the United States, someone develops Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis is critical to ensure that families can plan for the future together, take advantage of available resources and take part in social engagement programs where they can interact and connect with ...

Results of 2017 Red Kettle Effort reported: Fell short of goal

The Salvation Army would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2017 Red Kettle Effort successful. While The Salvation Army did not make its $60,000 goal, it still raised $51,200.63 to assist the residents of Northern Chautauqua County. The money raised through the Red Kettle Effort ...

Barn Mass in Forestville was a success

FORESTVILLE — The 24th Annual Christmas Barn Mass in Forestville was held on Saturday evening, Dec. 16 in the barn of John and Aimee Rogers’ family farm, despite the morning snowstorm! For the approximately 80 attendees, the evening proved beautiful! God provided slightly warmer temperature ...