These are some of the events going on at congregations around Western New York in the next few weeks.
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Akron – Pet Food Pantry Grand Opening (May 26)
May 26th (11am-12noon) is the grand opening of the Akron Newstead Tender Paw’s Pet Food Pantry at the CD Wright Center (11 Church St. in Akron). This pet food pantry will assist low income families(snap card required) and senior citizens living within the Akron Newstead area who are struggling to feed their dogs and cats. The pet food pantry is supported by the CD Wright Center with an office for the food distributions, and St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Alden through the Alden Pet Food Cupboard with Christine Wojcik, with the 1st pet food donations.
- Dog and cat food
- Cat litter
- New or clean used animal toys
- Donations from local establishments-Letters will be available on table in front entry way of the CD Wright Center
- Volunteers to help bag food
- Volunteers to help on Saturday, May 26th from 10:30am-12:30pm
Buffalo – Interdenominational Memorial Day Service (May 28)
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, at 10:00 a.m., St. John’s-Grace (51 Colonial Circle in Buffalo) will celebrate its thirteenth Interdenominational Service for Memorial Day. Last year’s service was attended by over eighty people. The service is open to all residents of the West Side and the larger community of Buffalo and its suburbs.
The purpose is to give real religious solemnity to this holiday, too often reduced to shopping and picnics. The service honors those who have served in our military, dedicating themselves to our American values of freedom, equality, justice and community, and especially those who have given their lives for these values. We remind ourselves that our obligation to them is to embrace these same values in our own lives, and that these values are reflected in the Way of Jesus Christ in which we are called to walk – the way of compassion, justice, forgiveness and peace.
As it has been each year, this will be an interdenominational service consisting of remembering and praying, singing hymns, listening to readings, songs and preaching. The service concludes with the singing of Amazing Grace outdoors at the Bidwell Parkway War Memorial.
The experience of past years has shown this to be a very moving event. Please encourage your family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers to attend this great annual St. John’s-Grace service to the larger community.
Lockport – Strawberry Festival (June 13)
Christ Episcopal Church (7145 Fieldcrest Dr. in Lockport) will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Wednesday, June 13 from 4-7 p.m., rain or shine. The church’s air-conditioned hall will host performances by: Lock City Glee Club (5:30 p.m.); North Park Select Choir (5:50 p.m.); and The Lockport Chorale (6:10 p.m.).
Available foods include: pulled pork, roast beef sandwiches, sloppy joes, homemade salads (German, macaroni, and potato), macaroni & cheese; hot dogs, baked beans, and strawberry shortcake (of course!). There will also be games and a baked goods sale. Take-outs available.