Religion

Temptation an issue in everyone’s life

This morning we’re going to deal with our temptations. Everybody has them. We’ll look at the most common. Be honest – don’t blame others for your weaknesses. It’s normal to look for a scapegoat. It all goes back to the Bible and the Garden of Eden. Adam said to God, “The woman you ...

Living the Reformation requires an ongoing effort

How well do you understand the Reformation? Would you like to live the Reformation? Since October, various tidbits of information and observations have been shared in Saturday’s edition of the OBSERVER. Hopefully, you have noted that these writings are meant to build your anticipation of the ...

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Church of the Living Spirit On Sunday, Dot McCarthy will speak at the Church of the Living Spirit. Services, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lasting about an hour and a half, consist of a lecture, a healing service and a message service. The public is welcome and there is no gate fee for the ...

Nursery school holding registration Wednesday

The Fredonia Baptist Christian Nursery School is holding an Open House on Wednesday in the classroom from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The pre-school is located in the Harry E. Wheelock School on Chestnut Street in Fredonia. Parents and siblings may enter at door 6 and follow the signs to room ...

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St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ will hold a chili and cornbread dinner today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk. Parking is off Eagle Street. Call 366-0710 for reservations. Pre-sale tickets are $8.50, or tickets at the door, $9. Take ...

Faces of the Reformation

Since the past is best explored through the people who lived it, you will be introduced bimonthly to faces of the Reformation. Men and women passionate about the Reformation re-discovery of the Gospel — either for or against it. These iconic individuals used their unique vocations to create ...

Olean’s St. Mary of the Angels Church honored with the title ‘basilica’

BUFFALO — Pope Francis has bestowed the title of “basilica” on St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean, New York. This marks only the ninth time in his papacy that the Holy Father has granted this rare honor to a site in the United States. “I was absolutely delighted,” said Most ...

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NCCS Mission Club collecting pantry donations

During February and March through Easter vacation, the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School Mission Club is collecting non-perishable food for the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Food Pantry. The Mission Club, an after school club for grades four through eight, is in its 37th year of existence. The goal ...

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Master’s Plan Ministry The Master’s Plan Ministry and Dayton Food Pantry will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner and Theme Basket Raffles today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event will be held at The Master’s Plan Cafe, 9586 Railroad Ave., Dayton. Cost is $10 adults and $6 children. All ...

Sister M. Elizabeth Mackowiak to direct Women’s Lenten Retreat Day

A women’s Lenten retreat day will be hosted by the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Adult Education committee on Saturday, March 11. This event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Northern Chautauqua Catholic School, located on the corner of Washington Avenue and Fourth Street in ...

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Pictured are Rev. Virginia Carr and Pilar Padron, who will be ordained on June 3 at the Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo.

College study group leads to ordination

WESTFIELD — Approxi-mately six years ago, Rev. Virginia Carr began a theological study group with some SUNY Fredonia students. This non-denominational gathering focused on asking questions with open discussion. This would begin the ongoing participation of some of its music students attending ...

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Stations of the Cross set to music on Friday

On Friday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m., Holy Trinity Church will present Stations of the Cross with live music and reflection from a contemporary perspective. This inspiring event combines the traditional stations with contemporary songs and a short reflection connecting Christ’s final journey to ...

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Church of the Living Spirit On Sunday, Alex Skomra will speak at the Church of the Living Spirit. Services, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lasting about an hour and a half, consist of a lecture, a healing service and a message service. The public is welcome and there is no gate fee for the ...

Year-long Reformation celebration continues

The 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation is on Oct. 30, 2017. The first face of the reformation is Knight George: Luther was called to a diet (meeting) at Worms in April 1521. At that meeting he was asked to recant all of his writings. When he refused, Emperor Charles V condemned ...

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral sets celebrations

BUFFALO — St. Paul’s Cathedral will host two events during the weekend of March 3, commemorating its 200th anniversary. On Saturday, March 4, (5 to 8 p.m.), The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church and The Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, President ...

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will hold a panel discussion on Sunday to learn about the overall basic definitions and terms related to the umbrella term “transgender.” Panel members will also share ...

FFUMC to host talent showcase

Calling those who can sing, dance, play an instrument or recite poetry! Fredonia First United Methodist Church is hosting a talent showcase on Sunday, March 5 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room and they want you! All solo and ensemble acts are welcome. To join the show, call 673-1513 or email ...

Dealing with death’s shadow a part of life

Feb. 18 is the anniversary of Martin Luther’s death. As we are celebrating, in 2017, the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation we also note how it continues to influence us to this current day. We mark the beginning of the Reformation with Luther’s nailing 95 Theses to the ...

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CCRM’s 2017 board members announced

At its 49th annual meeting, the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry welcomed Brett Kuhlman and Ed Pagano as new board members. Lisa Muldowney agreed to serve another term on the board, and Steve Keefe and Joan Houck will remain as president and vice president, respectively, for 2017. Pictured from ...

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Church of the Living Spirit On Sunday, Gail Heil will speak at the Church of the Living Spirit. Services, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and lasting about an hour and a half, consist of a lecture, a healing service and a message service. The public is welcome and there is no gate fee for the ...