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Silver Creek church offers free faith-based respite

SILVER CREEK — Are you a caregiver for someone living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s or other dementia? If so, the newest collaboration between Catholic Charities of Buffalo and Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church can be a source of support. The free Memory Care Respite Program is held the ...

Fredonia 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 ...

Thankful giving

Our national day of Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Remember to take time to give thanks to God for all His provision; not only on one day but daily. As He is always providing everything we have so we have reason to continually give Him thanks. There are many ways to give God thanks. ...

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Collins Friends Meeting Bazaar and bake sale today Collins Friends Meeting will hold a bazaar and bake sale today, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2345 Main St., Collins. The event will feature baked goods, crafts, many homemade items, bazaar articles and much more. For details, call ...

Operation Christmas Child collections begin Monday

Monday is the beginning of Operation Christmas Child, a program by the Samaritian’s Purse to deliver shoeboxes filled with prizes for children around the world. Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week runs Nov. 18-25. Families, churches and groups are busy transforming ...

Socktober success

Submitted Photo Donations from the community helped Silver Creek Elementary School present more than 300 pairs of socks to the Ruth Remsen Clothing Center at First United Presbyterian Church in Silver Creek via its “Socktober” effort during the month of October. The district is thankful ...

Griffith Jones awarded certificate for Masons membership

Griffith Jones, Junior, a family member at The Homestead, a Heritage senior living community in Gerry, was recently awarded a certificate for 65 membership years in the Masons. Deputy Grand Master, Rich Kessler and his wife, Joann, shared, “It was an extreme pleasure to be able to present a ...

Rural Ministry ready to help those in need

The Chautauqua County Rural Ministry is an agency in Dunkirk assisting those who might need a helping hand. These people could live right next to you. Some have lost jobs and are out of work. Some face health problems that can be create problems for their families. Even abuse occurs with some ...

What We Believe: Forgiveness God’s style

Any pastor active in parish ministry has no doubt counseled a church member in the understanding, offering or receiving of forgiveness. Forgiveness of sins is what Christian faith is all about, and forgiving one another is an inevitable part of our life with others. Next month we will look at ...

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Blessed Mary Angela Roman Catholic Church location of services announcement As of Monday, Nov. 11, all Blessed Mary Angela Roman Catholic Church Masses and services will be held at the St. Hyacinth site, 295 Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk until further notice until work on the St. Hedwig’s ...

United Way, Salvation Army giving away coats

The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County and The Salvation Army have partnered on the 2019 Campaign for Warmth. The drive has been very successful, with more than 300 coats donated, laundered, and now available to local residents who are in need of a warm winter jacket. Monday will be ...

UUC to dedicate new meetinghouse Sunday

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua will hold a service to dedicate their new meetinghouse at 222 Temple St., Fredonia, on Sunday, Nov. 3. This service for all ages will be led by Consulting Minister George Buchanan. Join us as we celebrate this important passage for ...

BerggrenFolk to perform at coffeehouse fundraiser

On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., will be the BerrgrenFolk Coffeehouse Fundraiser at the new location of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua, 222 Temple St., Fredonia. Tickets are $15 in advance and may be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4412903. ...

Harvest Chapel serving as collection site for Operation Christmas Child

Harvest Chapel Free Methodist Church is a newly announced site that will be serving as a drop-off location, collecting shoebox gifts for children overseas during Operation Christmas Child’s National Collection Week, Nov. 18-25. Families, churches and groups are busy transforming empty ...

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Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Jewel Rozanski. The Medium is Connie Griffith. 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 ...

Reforming people

Special to the OBSERVER As we again approach the annual celebration of the Reformation (Oct. 31) we not only remember and praise God His working to correct His church. We are also reminded how our lives as Christians are continually undergoing reformation. We continually recognize that we are ...

The Harvest Is Plentiful Concert set for Nov. 3

The 29th annual The Harvest Is Plentiful Concert will take place on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 145 E. Main St., Fredonia. The concert is a joint effort of St. Joseph Church’s Voice and Handbell Choirs under the direction of Lucy Hurley, and SS Columba/Brigid Gospel Choir ...

First Presbyterian Church finds pastor from Seattle

WESTFIELD — The Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe came a long way to become the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Westfield, but it looks like her journey has brought her home. Smythe, who was officially chosen as the new pastor of the oldest organized church in Chautauqua County, relocated ...

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Church of the Living Spirit This week’s speaker is Patricia Price. She is also the Registered Medium. 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 ...