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LOCAL RELIGION BRIEFS

November 15, 2008
Observer Today

'Operation Christmas Child' musical announced

SHERIDAN - Sheridan United Methodist Church will present a musical, "Operation Christmas Child," Sunday as part of its 10:30 a.m. worship service. Through music and drama, children and adults will encourage and celebrate sharing blessings with children who live in poverty around the world.

Operation Christmas Child is a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, an organization led by Franklin Graham. All are asked to bring shoeboxes filled with various items and toys for needy children. Directions for packing boxes can be found at www.samaritanspurse.org, by calling the church office at 672-2048, or in the church sanctuary. Packed shoeboxes may be brought to the church any time before Nov. 24. Sheridan UMC is located at 2679 Route 20.

Pastor Molly Golando leads Sunday morning worship service at 10:30. Sunday school classes for all ages are at 9:15 a.m. There is a mid-week Bible study/prayer meeting each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Church hosting potluck Thanksgiving

SHERIDAN - A community Thanksgiving meal and service will be held at St. John Bosco Auditorium on Sunday, Nov. 23. All are invited to join together for a potluck turkey dinner at 6 p.m.

Attendees should bring a dish to pass and table service. Turkey, mashed potatoes and beverage will be provided. At 7 p.m., following the meal, there will be a service thanking God for all our blessings. Silver Creek/Forestville/Sheridan churches will be participating.

St. John Bosco Auditorium is located on Route 20. For more information, call Sheridan United Methodist Church at 672-2048.

Lone Wolf visiting Church of the Living Spirit this weekend

LILY DALE - Church of the Living Spirit is hosting a program called "Spirit Animals & Totems (Helpers on the Path)," from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Assembly Hall, Cleveland Avenue. It will be presented by Lone Wolf and Grey Owl. The cost is $25. There will be crafts for sale.

Lone Wolf will be the speaker at the 10:30 a.m. service of the Church of the Living Spirit. The service includes an inspirational sermon, healing and message service. All are invited to attend.

For more information, call 595-3989.

Chorus to perform Christmas cantata

The Westfield Community Chorus will perform the Christmas cantata "The Canticle of Christmas," arranged by Tom Fetke and Camp Kirkland. The chorus is directed by Sally Merwin.

The chorus will be performing on:

Sunday, Dec. 7 - 4 p.m., West Portland Baptist Church, Westfield; 7:30 p.m., Holy Trinity RC Church, Dunkirk.

Sunday, Dec. 14 - 4 p.m., Mayville United Methodist Church; 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Westfield.

The public is welcome to attend all performances, during which a love offering will be taken.

For more information, contact Sally Merwin at 326-3419.

Priest's creche to be featured at gallery

On Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m., Polish-American Nativity Traditions will be the focus of a special event at the Castellani Art Gallery on the campus of Niagara University in Lewiston. It is part of the "Devotional Displays: Community and Personal" exhibit, which is highlighting Hindu, Vietnamese Bhuddist and Polish Roman Catholic traditions.

At the core of the Polish-American exhibit is the Krysa family creche, an elaborate Nativity combining the story of the Holy Family with the family history of the Rev. Czeslaw Krysa - pastor of Saints Hyacinth and Hedwig Parish - through the incorporation of treasured heirlooms. A barn made by Father Krysa's father and uncle, patterned after the traditional barn type found in Rzeszow (his family's ancestral region of southern Poland), is the Bethlehem shelter for the homeless Holy Family.

Father Krysa grew up celebrating Christmas in the Polish tradition. Among his favorite Christmas activities are the creation of nativity scenes and caroling with a traditional star lantern. He has lectured and demonstrated on Polish-American folk art throughout Western New York and shared his knowledge and experiences in the text "A Polish Christmas Eve: Traditions and Recipes, Decorations and Song." The creche on view is one of several nativities he erects each year.

Visitors to the event will experience a traditional Christmas Wafer Sharing (oplatek), courtesy of Christmas Wafers Bakery, and may join a Polish Christmas Carol Koledy sing-a-long led by the Holy Trinity Chorek Ensemble featuring Star Lantern and caroling traditions.

The event is free for members of the Castellani Art Museum and students of Niagara University, and $3 for all others.

Burmese refugee to speak at service

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua announces the guest speaker for Sunday. Han Moe, a Burmese refugee, will share his experience as a refugee and the challenges and opportunities he has encountered resettling in the United States. This service will also kick off the church's annual "Guest at Your Table" appeal, which supports the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's programs and partners nationally and around the globe. All are invited to attend.

During the service, school aged children in grades kindergarten through 4 will meet with their teacher. Childcare for those younger than 5 will also be provided.

Prior to the service, silent meditation will be held in the lower level of the Grange Hall from 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Those participating are invited to bring a cushion for added comfort.

Worship services are each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. Call 679-7944 or visit www.uucnc.org for more information.

GROUPS

Holy Trinity Seniors

The Holy Trinity Seniors met last week in the Parish Center Hall with 10 members present and Father David Bellittiere, pastor.

Bellittiere gave the blessing, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Rita Lombardo, president, called the meeting to order.

Secretary Josie Wierczynski read the minutes from the previous meeting, which were accepted as read.

Financial Treasurer Mary MacKenzie read her financial report.

A Celebration of Life was held for Rose Bennett. Each member recalled moments with Bennett and she will be missed.

A luncheon was held, which consisted of pizza and salad, made by Lombardo. Cake was made by Vice President Dolores Campbell. Candle with candles celebrated the birthday of Ann Graziano and Marge Polechetti. The members sang "Happy Birthday" to them.

The seniors are planning a Christmas party on Dec. 11. Details will be published later.

The 50/50 tickets were won by Mary MacKenzie, Dolores Campbell (donated back) and Marian Genovese.

The next meeting is Dec. 11.

 
 

 

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