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June 6, 2009
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Apple Seed Christian Preschool to host 5K Run in Westfield

WESTFIELD - Attention runners, joggers and walkers; a 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the Welch Field in Westfield. Event proceeds will support Apple Seed Christian Preschool, in Westfield. We plan for a good time with family fun, refreshments and awards.

The 5K Run/Walk pre-registration fee is $15 before June 22. Pre-registration forms can be picked up at many area businesses, or by calling 326-2449 or emailing The 5K Run/Walk registration fee on July 11 is $20, from 8 to 8:45 a.m., at Welch Field. The mile and 1 mile walks pre-registration fee is $15 adult, $5 18-12 and under 12 free. The mile/1 mile walk registration at the event is $20, $5 18-12, and under 12 free from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Welch Field.

Come bring your running and walking shoes, for a refreshing morning 5K run/walk through Westfield countryside or a leisurely 1/4 mile/1 mile walk around Welch Field.

Come and experience what Apple Seed has to offer. Apple Seed is graciously hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Westfield. Apple Seed is accepting applications for Fall Registration. Call 753-2219 or email for further information.

Sherry Lee Calkins to speak at Church Of The Living Spirit

LILY DALE - The Church Of The Living Spirit held at the Assembly Hall on Cleveland St. in Lily Dale will host speaker Sherry Lee Calkins at the Sunday service beginning at 10:30 a.m. Service includes an inspirational sermon, healing and message service. All are invited to attend. For more information call 595-3989.

Lucid & Spiritual Dreaming workshop set for Sunday

LILY DALE - The Church Of The Living Spirit held at the Assembly Hall on Cleveland St. in Lily Dale will host a Lucid and Spiritual Dreaming worksop presented by Rev. John White on Sunday, June 7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $35. All are invited to attend. For more information call 595-3989.

Jamestown AGLOW meets today

JAMESTOWN - The Jamestown Aglow will meet Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m., at New Creation Assembly of God, 116 South Main Street, Jamestown (across from Walgreens in Brooklyn Square). This month Jean Hughes and Mary-AnnEva Ingrao, co-leaders of the Jamestown Aglow Neighborhood Lighthouse, will do a training session on how to facilitate a small group in your community. Using Aglow published materials, we will look at "To Know God, yourself, people, supportive groups, and your skills." AGLOW International is primarily a network of caring women who reach out into their community to bring encouragement and hope through prayer, friendships, and supportive Bible studies. Aglow provides a safe place for any woman to develop her leadership skills through leadership roles within the Aglow ministry. See how you and your skills and talents can be used by God to make a difference in another woman's life. Come and enjoy light refreshments, warm fellowship, and powerful prayer. Jean Hughes and Mary-AnnEva Ingrao invite you to hear what is happening right now in your community, and how you can become involved. Contact Mary-AnnEva Ingrao at 708-5839 for more information about this upcoming meeting, or other questions regarding the Jamestown Aglow Neighborhood Lighthouse. Also, check the Aglow website at for more on Aglow International.

Lake Erie Baptist Church Academy graduation June 12

BROCTON - Lake Erie Baptist Church Academy will host its fifth graduation ceremony on Friday, June 12 at 7 p.m. This very special event will include a recitation by the elementary students and music by alumni and staff. Some of the music highlights will be classical pieces on the piano played by Adrian Nutt, a solo by graduate Audra Nutt, a hymn arrangement by our staff ladies and several gospel songs by Toby Hammond and Alex Nutt. They will also give out achievement awards. Two of the awards are for 1st and 5th place in the New York State Association of Christian School essay contest. Those in attendance will hear a charge to the graduates from Pastor Gary Nutt. There will be a cookie reception following the awarding of diplomas.

The two graduates, Andriel Hammond and Audra Nutt were inducted into the American Christian Honor Society in December 2008. Honor Society inductees must show exemplary character, citizenship and outstanding academic achievement.

Lake Erie Baptist Church Academy; a distinctly Baptist school and member of the American Association of Christian Churches, is located at 9500 Lake Ave., Brocton. They offer kindergarten through 12th grade. Call 792-6575 for information.

St. John's United Church of Christ receives a Worship Renewal Grant

St. John's United Church of Christ has received a grant for the development, training and engaging a worship team to explore the use of the arts in worship while maintaining the integrity of the worship event, and to increase participation in the worship experience through the use of the arts. The Worship Renewal grant was awarded by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), Grand Rapids Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment, Inc.

"We are exited to have been awarded one of the 43 grants given this year by the Institute," said Rev. Tom Lawton, project director at St. John's. "Worship is probably one of the most important responsibilities a church has. Helping people find meaning within the service and to experience the Holy is a primary goal of this grant. We are truly thankful Calvin Institute of Christian Worship selected our grant for funding. We are looking forward to the opportunities this grant will provide for us."

This year - the program's tenth - CICW will award almost $500,000 to support a variety of worship renewal projects in 43 churches and organizations across North America. Grant recipients for 2009 represents congregations and schools from 15 denominations in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces.

"The proposals we receive from all over North America offer us an expansive education," says CICW director John Witvliet. "They show us how prayerful, resourceful leaders in a remarkable variety of contexts are thinking about the needs of the church and opportunities for ministry."

For 2009 grant recipients, learning begins in earnest this June when project directors gather at Calvin College to dialogue with 2008 recipients and CICW staff.

"We have found that this annual ecumenical gathering of committed, creative worship leaders provides opportunities to begin collaboration that can continue long after the grant year," said Betty Grit, Program Manager of the Worship Renewal Grants Program.

Corpus Christi pilgrimage seeks participants

An invitation is extended to all area Catholics to celebrate Corpus Christi Sunday with a bus pilgrimage to Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo.

The annual Corpus Christi Procession through the streets of the Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood will take place Sunday, June 14. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Stanislaus Church will be followed by the procession to Corpus Christi Church for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

SS. Hyacinth & Hedwig Parish, Dunkirk, and Precious Blood Parish, Angola, are sponsoring a pilgrimage bus to join this annual Tribute to the Lord in the Eucharist. Bus will leave at 1 p.m. from Church of St. Hyacinth, 295 Lake Shore Dr. E. and return at 7 p.m. Cost is $12.50 per person (if filled to bus capacity of 48). The procession will leave St. Stanislaus Church at 3 p.m. and walk to Corpus Christi. Following Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Corpus Christi is sponsoring a supper. Cost is $7 per person (additional to bus cost). Call the pastoral associate's office at 366-1950, for information and to reserve a seat.


Holy Trinity Senior Citizens

The Holy Trinity Senior Citizens will hold its monthly meeting Thursday, June 11, at the Parish Center Hall at 12:30 p.m. Dues of $5 will be collected. Everyone please try to attend, as this is an important meeting.

St. Hyacinth Rosary Society

St. Hyacinth Rosary Society met in the Lyceum on Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m. After the recitation of the Rosary President Rita Cieslewicz called on Rose Gawronski for the opening prayer.

Birthday wishes were extended to Alvina Monahan and Alvie Banach. Prayers were said for the ill and deceased members. The secretary's report was accepted as read and the treasurers report was given by the president in the absence of the treasurer, and was also accepted as read.

A reminder for the Corpus Christi Pilgrimage on June 14, at a cost of $12.50 per person, to call the pastoral associate's office at 366-1950 to reserve your seat. Helpers are needed to work the summer Festival Aug. 9, call Sister Rachael if you can help.

There will be no meeting in July or August. The Sept. 1 meeting will have the yearly picnic hosted by the officers.

Joan Serafin's name was called for the attendance prize but she was not in attendance. The closing prayer was said by Esther Mackowiak. A motion to close the business portion of the meeting was made by Loretta Smith and Dorothy Kornacki. Refreshments and games were played in a room decorated with white tablecloths with pink place mats with each table having a vase full of pink roses. The main table had the Madonna surrounded by pink candles and tiny pink roses.

St. Anthony's Women's Guild

After an opening prayer, the St. Anthony's Women's Guild meeting was called to order by President Kathy Buckley. Secretary's report was read by Elaine Raczka. Treasurer's report was given by Carolyn LoGuidice. Both were accepted as read.

On June 17 at 1 p.m., the monthly mini-card party will be held at the Parish Center on Moore Avenue. Refreshment committee for June is Elaine Raczka, Leola Coniglio, Cindy Fitzgerald, Carrie LoGuidice, Rosemary Mancuso and Lucy Saeli.

Door prize and table prizes are in place. The 50/50 and dessert refreshments will be offered. Walk-ins are welcome.

The next meeting will be held July 6 at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the office on Moore and Cushing. Call 673-1897 or 672-6810 for reservations or more information.



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