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Religion briefs

Journey at St. Joseph Church project

The next Journey at St. Joseph Church will be held Sunday at 9:30 a.m. The title of this session is “Living a Life of Loving Service.”

Packs will be assembled for distribution to migrants and those in need in our area. ltems may be dropped off in the Gathering Room under the priest’s pictures before this session of Journey. Items needed include bath/hand towels, detergent, shampoo, bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, foldable fabric laundry hampers and gift cards. All are welcome.

Church of the Living Spirit

This week’s Speaker and Medium is Willa White. 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 www.livingspiritlilydale.org and/or the Facebook page for more information concerning church services.

Holiday of Lights Service at Unitarian Universalist

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will present their annual Holiday of Lights Service on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. This multi-generational music service will celebrate the Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, and Christmas with music associated with each holiday.

Welcome, children and families! During today’s multi-generational worship service, children are encouraged to be part of the congregation. Nursery-age children may remain in the supervised nursery if they and their parents prefer. The room has a large window that allows parents and children to see one another during the service.

This month, the Social Action Committee is collecting shampoo for the Silver Creek Food Pantry, and also collecting non-perishable food for the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry’s Christmas baskets the first four Sundays in December.

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty and justice in our immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life’s sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. at 222 Temple St., Fredonia. Parking for those who need close access is located immediately behind the building. Others are asked to park in the lower lot behind the building. Call 679-7944, visit the online calendar at https://tinyurl.com/caluucnc or visit the page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/uucnc for more information.

FFUMC Chancel Choir presents a Christmas cantata Sunday

The Chancel Choir of the Fredonia First United Methodist Church invites the community to join them on Sunday evening, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. for their cantata, “How Great Our Joy! – A Christmas Choral Celebration,” by Lloyd Larson and Douglas E. Wagner.

The choir is directed by Dr. Vernon Huff and accompanied by Cathy Nations Shaffer.

Take some time out of your busy holiday rush to relax in the beautiful sanctuary and listen to this gentle musical telling of the Christmas story. The concert is free, and a cookie reception will follow.

The church is located at 25 Church St. in Fredonia, and is fully handicapped accessible.

Advent Penance Service

This year’s Advent Penance Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish in Fredonia. Everyone is welcome to attend.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church ‘Blue Christmas’ experience set

On Thursday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 12 Elm St., Westfield, will host a “Blue Christmas” experience

Christmas may not be “the most wonderful time of the year” for those experiencing loss or who are struggling with illness, depression or addiction. For people journeying with sorrow as a companion, along with family members and friends, the evening offers a time of quiet contemplation, candlelight, music, prayers and anointing for healing.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Faith Formation caroling planned

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Faith Formation will meet at 4 p.m. at the Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk on Friday, Dec. 20 at 4 p.m. then proceed to Rural Ministries across the street for caroling. They will return to the “Mothers; Room” at the church for snacks afterward. Interested members of the public are welcome to join in.

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