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Willow Mission in Dunkirk helps 35 families

Christmas will be a bit merrier for 35 area families associated with the Willow Mission of Dunkirk First United Methodist Church. Willow Mission serves the Dunkirk community, providing friendship, spiritual counsel, food, clothing, and household items to needy families. The mission is open on ...

Church blesses first responders, food pantry

WESTFIELD — Besides passing out hundreds of coupons for free groceries and household products at the recent “Parade of Lights” in Westfield, Lakeshore Assembly of God Church presented special coupons to Westfield’s police officers, volunteer firefighters, and the Westfield Food Pantry ...

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First United Presbyterian of Dunkirk schedule change It is with regret that First United Presbyterian of Dunkirk will not have a Christmas Eve Service due to a lack of pulpit supply. All are invited to Silver Creek Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m., 35 Park Place, Silver Creek, or St. John’s ...

What We Believe — a view of Mary

“Do not be afraid, Mary, You have found favor with God” (Luke 1:30). This is what the angel of the Lord told the virgin Mary upon announcing to her that she would become the mother of Jesus, the holy one, the Son of God. Not something a young woman of virtue hears every day! Many ...

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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 ...

Alternative Christmas Festival displays nativities

OBSERVER Photo by Vicki Notaro Pictured is one of the nativities that was on display at the Fredonia Presbyterian Church last weekend during the Alternative Christmas Festival. More than 600 different nativities of different materials, sizes and cultures were on display.

Christmas service set for Sunday

The community is welcome to join the First Baptist Church of Dunkirk for a special Christmas service on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9:30 a.m. The service will feature accompaniment and special music from students of SUNY Fredonia playing French horns, led and arranged by Dr. Marc Guy, associate ...

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Women’s Outreach Choir to present benefit concert Dec. 8 The Women’s Outreach Choir, sponsored by Tri-Church Parish, will present “A Festival of Carols – A Benefit Concert” on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. at Tri-Church Parish, E. Main Street, Brocton. The event will be directed by ...

Alternative Christmas Festival continues

Today and Sunday Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave. between Cottage Street and Forbes Place, will host its annual Alternative Christmas Festival. At the center of the festival is a display of over 600 nativities of different materials, sizes and cultures. The festival also ...

Reserve your plates for the Trinity Episcopal Church cookie sale

It’s that time again to hurry over to Trinity Episcopal Church, Garland Hall behind the Church on 11 Day St. Fredonia. The women will have worked hard to bake so many favorites. The cookies are sold by the plate — over 18 on each and every plate is different, for only $9. There will be a ...

Capstone students assist Rural Ministry

SUNY Fredonia Capstone students are making a huge impact on Rural Ministry programs. Under the direction of David Norman, students have updated CCRM’s website, created an agency PSA, increased public relations and marketing as well as providing valuable insight into Rural Ministry’s ...

Leon Historical Society ‘Old Fashioned Christmas’ Sunday

Submitted Photo The Leon Historical Society will present an "Old-Fashioned Christmas" on Sunday, Dec. 8 at the 1836 Church at 2 p.m. The church is located at the four corners of Leon. Step back in time to a post-World War II Christmas with period displays and a typical church service with ...

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St. John’s United Church of Christ St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave., Dunkirk, will present “Christmas Vespers – the Music of Christmas” on Friday, Dec. 20 at 6:30 p.m., featuring pianist Ann Rose and violist David Rose. Ann Rose was born in South Korea, and ...

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St. Joseph’s Gowanda special events begin today GOWANDA — St. Joseph’s Gowanda Catholic Church, located at 71 E. Main St., has developed a display of nativities from all over the world. Viewings will be held at the school Saturday, Nov. 30 from 2 to 4 and 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 1 ...

Presbyterian Church plans Alternative Christmas Festival

On Dec. 6, 7 and 8, Fredonia Presbyterian Church, 219 Central Ave. between Cottage Street and Forbes Place, will host its annual Alternative Christmas Festival. At the center of the festival is a display of over 600 nativities of different materials, sizes and cultures. The festival also ...

Honor roll

Northern Chautauqua Catholic School announces 1st Quarter Students at Northern Chautauqua Catholic School that made first honors are: Julia Askar, Thomas Askar, Myah Benjemin, Olivia Cole, Lila Drab, Andrew Ellman, Elijah Greenough, Luca Gullo, Robert Harrington V, Carilene Sliwa, Emersyn ...

Special visitor at NCCS

Submitted Photo Midshipman Ryan Deas, currently attending the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, and a recent graduate of Saint Francis High School, visited NCCS on Nov. 25. Ryan spoke to NCCS Prep School students about his experiences at St. Francis and the Naval Academy. Ryan grew up ...

NCCS visits seniors at CNRC

Submitted Photo Chautauqua Catholic School students recently visited Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. During their visit, NCCS students and NCR residents crafted Thanksgiving Day decorations and made lasting memories of a wonderful time.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to hold prayer each Advent Sunday Consider attending an Advent Evening Prayer Service on the Sundays of Advent at 6:30 p.m. in the Adoration Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 328 Washington Ave., Dunkirk. The prayer lasts about 30/35 minutes and consists of a ...

Church invites community to experience ‘The Gifts of Christmas’

Everyone in the community is invited to attend First Baptist Church for weekly Advent services and a special Christmas Eve service based on the themes of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace called “The Gifts of Christmas,” at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays beginning Dec. 1. It’s the most wonderful time ...