Religion

Families help bring Christmas joy to over 8,700 children overseas

Volunteers from the New York Southwest area team are celebrating the collection of more than 8,700 gift-filled shoeboxes that will remind children around the world they are loved and not forgotten. The NY Southwest area team, which includes Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, is now thanking ...

Altar and Rosary Society of St. Dominic holds Advent dinner

WESTFIELD — The Altar and Rosary Society of St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church of Westfield and Brocton held its annual Advent dinner on Dec. 17 at the Westfield site and catered by Fred’s Catering Service from Fredonia. Besides the society members, the Rev. Romeo Hontiveros, Msgr. Albert ...

Religion news briefs

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Ron Skowronski. 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 ...

Learning to become grateful for what you have will make you and others happier

This column allows me to reach a lot of people who would remain strangers without it. One day (a few years ago), a woman came to my house with cookies and a big smile to tell me how much she enjoyed the column on Thanksgiving. She had taken her physical blessings for granted. If we learn to ...

Willow Mission effort helps some area families

Christmas is the season for giving and through Willow Mission, 37 area families were given the provisions for making their Christmases a little brighter. Willow Mission is an outreach ministry of the Dunkirk First United Methodist Church located at 601 Washington Ave., Dunkirk. The ministry ...

It’s that time of year again: The Savior has come

The twelve days of Christmas are almost here. Spanning Dec. 25 through Jan. 5 we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Christ, the Lord. Some may question or even debate the date of Dec. 25 as the actual date of His birth. We have no definite information to support the day and month. In fact we ...

Religion briefs — Dec. 23

Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Roy Montgomery. 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 ...

Area church services 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 ...

Religion news briefs

Wright Memorial Presbyterian Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church Christmas Bazaar is being held today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 12672 Route 438, Irving. For details, contact Eileen at 864-4745. Tables for vendors are $10. If electricity is needed, it must be requested upon reserving a table. ...

Maranatha Baptist Church musical

MAYVILLE — The public is invited to help celebrate the Lord’s Birth with a free musical entitled: “The Child of Love Was Born” at Maranatha Baptist Church, 43 Academy St., Mayville on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

St. John’s United Church of Christ presents Christmas Vespers on Friday

St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, will present “Christmas Vespers — the Music of Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m., featuring pianist Ann Rose and violist David Rose. Ann Rose was born in South Korea, and started playing the piano at age 5. She ...

Some advice for those struggling

I want to talk to people who are depressed or bored. Do you find yourself lazy, lifeless and uncaring? This cannot be allowed! Make a new pattern. First take a shower, put on a make-up you like and one of your favorite outfits. Have you eaten yet? You have a choice — either eat at home or ...

Angels and the Christmas Story

Atop many families’ Christmas trees, you will find an angel. Store shelves offer them, right next to statues of Santa Claus. Angels bring a heavenly theme to the spirit of Christmas, but what role do they play in salvation’s story, especially Christmas? In the Bible, when angels appear, ...

Patterson Library hosts family sing and storytelling

Submitted Photo Westfield’s Patterson Library held a family sing and story telling on Thursday, Nov. 30. Children of all ages showed up along with girls from five local Girl Scout troops, including 20311, 20173, 20249, 20003, and 20067. Everyone had a wonderful time. Kay Barlow and Amy ...

Hands tell a story

I came across a poem I wrote about my hands. I was sitting on the couch and I noticed my hands. I was shocked! These were the hands of an old lady! And then the words just came. This was another shock because I’m not a poet, but it’s the thoughts that count, so here goes. Look at these ...

St. Dominic’s welcomes Advent

WESTFIELD — The Parish Council of St. Dominic's Catholic Church met Nov. 27 to develop a plan to welcome all parishioners, both practicing church goers and non-practicing, to join in the Advent Season. Advent means "coming" in Latin and its purpose is to look forward to the coming of ...

Religion news briefs

First Baptist Church Celebrate Advent and the Christmas season at First Baptist Church this Sunday. In the second Sunday of Advent, the focus is thoughts, worship, and music on “Love comes to Bethlehem.” Special music will be provided by a vocalist and a brass ensemble from the SUNY ...

Good people are the best rewards

By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will be over. I often talk about family. I value families so much. Parents play a vital role in the kinds of lives their children have. We were taught to have a heart for the needy, like the bums off the railroad tracks, widows and the sick, to whom we ...