Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Parish Events

These are some of the events going on at congregations around Western New York in the next few weeks.

If your congregation has an event coming up, click here to let us know about it.


Tonawanda – Disaster Planning Conference (October 15)

Disasters are tragedies that overwhelm our communities, destroy our property, and harm our populations.  Parish Nurse Ministries of New York, Inc. will host a Disaster Planning Conference, entitled “Finding the Abundant Life..Hope and Life in the Midst of the Storm” on Monday, October 15, at the Tonawanda Castle (69 Delaware Ave. in Tonawanda).  Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., conference begins at 9 a.m.

At this conference we hope to communicate and demonstrate how to plan in advance for emergencies and become aware of potential catastrophes. We will also discuss the need to develop a plan to survive following a disaster as well as understanding the need to minister to others. We take seriously the gifts that God has provided that we may be prepared to serve in both the “day of prosperity” and the “day of adversity” (Ecclesiastes 7:14).

To Register visit our website at www.pnmny.org or call 716-834-4465 (Pre registration is required)
Cost is $50 Members
$60 Non Member
$70 New Member and Conference Registration
$30 Student or Retiree

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m., conference begins at 9 a.m.


West Seneca – The Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Ihiasota Speaks on Free Medical Missions in Africa (October 15)

Please note the date change from October 8 to October 15.

On October 15, St. David’s Church (3951 Seneca St., next to Southgate Plaza in West Seneca) welcomes the Rev. Canon Dr. Isaac Ihiasota, for a presentation on Free Medical Missions in Africa. In 2018 Father Isaac celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination traveling to Nigeria on a free Medical Mission trip. This was Fr. Isaac’s 14th trip to Africa with teams of doctors from New York. All are welcome to attend this engaging presentation. Father Isaac has served the Episcopal Church in many capacities in the US, the UK, and Nigeria. In addition he has served as an adjunct professor at Niagara University teaching Church and Politics, Global Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, and International Relations. The program is scheduled at 7:00 pm on Monday, October 15 with a reception to follow. The event is free to the public. A free-will offering will benefit Medical Missions.


Youngstown – Untethering Your Inner Self (October 17, 24)

St. Paul’s, Lewiston & St. John’s, Youngstown are joining together to offer “Untethering Your Inner Self” on 3 consecutive Wednesdays, October 10, 17, and 24, from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at St. John’s (Main & Chestnut Sts. in Youngstown).  Bring your own lunch.

This is an exploration of the topics of critical thinking and how that process can be used to free ourselves from being trapped by the limitations of our self-imposed world.

It provides the opportunity to view your ‘self’ from different angles. And although the journey is primarily an inner one, it will draw upon every aspect of your life. We will be seeking the root of our ‘self,’ which means what we are actually seeking is you.

It is a how-to session on looking at your inner growth and how it is completely dependent upon the realization that the only way to find peace and contentment is to stop thinking about yourself.

Could your thoughts be creating barriers to your growth? Do you believe you can reprogram your “self” to be more open? How do you protect your self-concept? Do these acts of protection help you? If you continue to protect your “self,” you will never be free.

If you really want to see why you do things, then don’t do them and see what happens. This seems so simple. Have you ever abruptly stopped doing something—a negative habit or behavior? Have you ever truly examined the assumptions that drive all of your behavior?

The session helps you explore the difference between avoiding pain and fear, and simply releasing it. We present a powerful practice to help you with this transformation. See the possibility of relaxing every time you feel the energy of fear, anger, or insecurity, and that, how over time, the energy of those emotions would pass through and have less influence on your life?

Learn to stop resisting reality, and what used to look like stressful problems will begin to look like the stepping-stones of your spiritual journey. We will create dialog about what it would be like to live a life free of resistance. What would the world be like if everyone lived this way?

This special event will be facilitated by Germain Ludwig, a member of St Paul’s Lewiston, NY congregation and is based on his own research and writings on critical thinking and a book by author Michael Springer; the Untethered Soul. Germain has been a professor for over 25 years and is currently an adjunct professor at Niagara University. Prior to that he directed the graduate program in Organizational Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has a doctorate in Transformative Learning from Columbia University; a masters in adult education from Columbia University; a masters in Personnel and Human Resource Management from American University; and a bachelors in Math and Psychology from State University of NY at Buffalo. He also has over 30 years of experience in management positions in various business organizations.


Buffalo – Shepherd’s Table – Comfort Food Night (October 20)

The Church of the Good Shepherd (96 Jewett Parkway in Buffalo) will hold a Comfort Food Night (pajama pants optional!) on Saturday, October 20, from 5-7 p.m.  This is not your Grandma’s Church supper! Join us for comfort food: pulled pork, mac & cheese, salad, dessert, soft drinks. BYOB if desired. $10 advance purchase, $15 at the door, $7 children 6-12, under 6 yrs old free.  Presale tickets can be purchased by calling/texting Pat at 716-220-0543, or by emailing treasurer.goodshepherd@gmail.com.


North Tonawanda – Oktoberfest (October 20)

St. Mark’s Church (corner of Payne & Tremont Sts. in North Tonawanda) will celebrate their annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 20, at 5 pm.  Menu includes: Bratwurst and Knockwurst, Carrots Lyonnaise, German Potato Salad, Gurkensalat (German Cucumber Salad), Sweet Red Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Applesauce, Spatzel, and Rye Bread. Hors D’Oeuvres, Dessert and Beverages included!  Tickets are $21.  Ticket sales limited. Call 694-7929.


Wilson – Applefest (October 21)

St. John’s Episcopal Church (431 Lake St. in Wilson) will hold its annual Applefest on Sunday, October 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  This event will feature: basket raffle, roast beef sandwiches, chowder, baked goods (cookies, pies, and NEW this year: homemade candy), decorate your own cut-out cookie, crafts, Christmas ornaments and decor, and fresh produce.  Come and join us!  Take Outs available: 751-6109


LeRoy – Community for Understanding & Reconciliation (November 8)

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church (1 East Main St. in LeRoy) is hosting a monthly ecumenical community discussion series called “Community for Understanding & Reconciliation.” The next meeting is on Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 pm. to discuss Jimmy Carter’s new book, “Faith: A Journey for All.” Call the church office at 585-768-7200 to see if copies are available. Discussions are open to all, and meetings will emphasize civility in discourse with faith considered in its broadest sense from all religious experiences. More information at www.stmarksleroy.org or 585-768-7200.


Burt – Annual Bazaar (November 10)

St Andrew’s Episcopal Church, in Burt, will hold its annual Bazaar from 10 am – 2 pm Saturday, Nov 10 at 2239 West Creek Rd. and is handicapped accessible.

The Bazaar features handmade crafts, a basket raffle and Santa’s workshop. A Chicken & Biscuit Luncheon will be available from 11 am – 1:30 pm. www.standrewsburt.com or 778-7633.


Lancaster – Snowflake Bazaar (November 10)

Trinity Episcopal Church in Lancaster will hold its annual Snowflake Bazaar from 10am-3pm Saturday November 10 at 5448 Broadway, Lancaster.

Our Snowflake Bazaar features handmade crafts, granny’s attic bargains, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. A homemade clam chowder and sandwich lunch will be served from 11am -2pm. We also have homemade baked goods available for purchase. Come join us shop, eat and play. Trinitylancaster1@roadrunner.com


Buffalo – Annual Thanksgiving Service & Meal (November 10)

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (1182 Seneca St. in Buffalo) will offer a service of Thanksgiving at 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, followed by a free home cooked turkey dinner at 5:30 p.m.  Bishop Franklin will be the celebrant.  All are welcome!!  Please use the Wasson St. door to the Parish Hall.