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April 18, 2009
Observer Today

Church of the Living Spirit announce Sunday speakers

LILY DALE - The Church of the Living Spirit Assembly Hall, Cleveland St. in Lily Dale will hold service on Sunday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m., featuring speakers Carol Gasber and Alvin Gasber. Service includes: inspirational sermon, healing and message service. All are invited to attend. For more information, call 595-3989.


St. Hedwig's Ladies Society

The St. Hedwig's Ladies Society met Tuesday evening, April 14, at the Parish Social Center. President Carol Schiller welcomed the members and opened the meeting with a St. Hedwig prayer.

Minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Jenny Naruszewicz. Treasurer Joan Zielinski gave her report and Financial Secretary Dorothy Sarzyniak collected the annual dues and read the correspondence. Louise Carlson reported for the sunshine committee.

All the church societies will attend the Swienconka Easter dinner, Monday evening, May 4, at St. Hyacinth lyceum. The members are asked to bring a dish to pass.

Carol Schiller concluded the meeting by offering a "Thanksgiving Prayer."

Dessert was served from a table covered with a purple cloth with a white lace overlay. A fresh gerbera yellow daisy plant centered the table. Serving on the refreshment committee were Henrietta Borowski, Betty Kern and Jeannette Niedbalski.

The members enjoyed a social hour. A raffle was held and many prizes were awarded. Bernice Zebracki won the plant.

Mustard's Retreat to


The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Chautauqua is pleased to announce that the acoustic musical duo Mustard's Retreat will perform during the worship service on Sunday, April 19. Members David Tamulevich and Michael Hough have been singing together since 1974, performing gentle love songs, vivid ballads and telling tall tales. The duo will perform "Simple Faith," a beautiful song written by Tamulevich, which the congregation has sung many times during Sunday Services. All are invited to attend this special worship service.

As this is an intergenerational service, no Religious Education classes will be held. Child care for those under the age of 5 will be available.

Mustard's Retreat will perform a benefit concert for the congregation in the afternoon from 3 to 5p.m. Part of UUCNC's EarthFest weekend, this concert will benefit two groups: Rainbow Farm School being established in Fredonia by Karen Taverna and Jessamine Daly-Griffen, and the UUSC Environmental Justice Program, which seeks to promote and defend the human right to water as a common resource. For more information about these programs visit and

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. Our worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m., in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St. Fredonia. Please call 679-7944 or visit for more information.

The 'Church of the Chimes'

COLLINS - During the spring of this year a new carillon was installed in the Collins Friends Meeting Church in Collins. The carillon or "chimes" system has been a musical mainstay for the people of the town of Collins for many years. The original carillon was installed in 1968 by the Verdin Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, and at that time the unit used cassette tapes with each tape usually containing about 12 hymns. Many of the tapes were purchased in memory of parishioners and of local townspeople including men who fought in the Viet Nam War. After more than 40 years of continuous use, however, the old carillon could no longer be patched up and a fund-raising campaign was started for a new system. It was also decided to have internal speakers installed in the sanctuary and community rooms so that the beautiful sound of the carillon can be enjoyed inside as well as outside. The townspeople who donated money also requested songs to be played by the carillon system on a certain date and time to honor loved ones. The new versatile digital carillon system contains approximately 1200 musical selections including Festive Wedding Peals, Tolling Bells, Westminster Chimes and much more. The "Church of the Chimes" will continue to keep the beautiful music of the bells ringing for many years to come for the people of Collins.

On Sunday April 26, The Collins Friends Meeting is having a dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., during the Sunday service. We will be dedicating our new carillon to Gordon Martindale who was treasurer of the church for many years. A faithful church goer and World War II veteran, Gordon was a very important part of the meeting keeping the church finances in order sometimes during rough times. Gordon and his wife Ann were married in the Collins Friends Church in 1947. It is with great pleasure and affection that we dedicate our new carillon to Gordon Martindale.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated money towards our new carillon and to let everyone know that if you are interested in having a song programmed into our new carillon system in memory of a loved one you can contact our church at: Collins Friends Meeting, 2345 Main Street, Collins, NY 14034.



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