Parish Events

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

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West Seneca – West Seneca Cares Disaster Relief Collection for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico (October 22)

West Seneca Food Pantry and St. David’s Church are hosting a drop-off site for donations for hurricane relief. Items needed include personal care products, diapers, wipes, first aid products, cleaning supplies, D batteries, flashlights, and school supplies. Drop-off location is West Seneca Food Pantry, 51 St. David’s Drive, West Seneca 14224 by Southgate Plaza. Call 716-510-7960 for more info.

 

Buffalo – Performance: “One Woman Schicchi” (October 22)

St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church (51 Colonial Circle in Buffalo), will host a performance entitled “One Woman Schicchi” on Sunday, October 22, at 2:30 p.m.  Join us for Puccini’s Opera, told and sung in English and Italian, performed by Johanna Moffitt and James Welch.  A free-will offering will be collected.

 

Amherst – Important Documents Series Session Three: Wills & Powers of Attorney (October 26)

Catholic Health Faith Community Nurse Program, St. Benedicts RC Church, St. Leo the Great RC Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-Eggertsville are co-sponsoring a four-part series on “Important Documents: What are they and why do I need them?”.  All sessions will take place at St. Leo the Great RC Church (885 Sweet Home Rd. in Amherst).

Session 3 will take place on Thursday, October 26, from 7-8:30 p.m. Elderlaw Attorney Joseph Gervase, Esq. will share his expertise regarding Wills and Powers of Attorney.

Individual appointments with Faith Community Nurses will be available after session 3 and 4 to review and complete Advance Directives.

This series is free and open to the community.  All are invited!

Questions: Contact: Lois Tripp RN, Faith Community Nurse St. Peters Eggertsville, 716-870-2807

 

Buffalo – “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying” (October 27)

The C.G. Jung Center of Buffalo invites you to a new event: “I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying”. Christopher W. Kerr, M.D., Ph.D., will discuss fascinating and inspirational research on the spontaneous visions and dreams of Hospice Buffalo patients who are nearing life’s end, intimate experiences through which they find serenity, acceptance, and dignity and that bring comfort to those who witness and remain.

This event will take place on Friday, October 27 from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Chapel of Trinity Church (371 Delaware Ave. in Buffalo).  Tickets are $12.

 

Jamestown – Silent Movie with Live Organ Accompaniment: “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (October 28)

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Jamestown invites the public to join them for the creepy sounds of the organ that are sure to thrill and chill both young and old as they accompany a showing of the classic 1920 silent movie, “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

The film, which stars John Barrymore will be shown on Saturday, October 28th from 7 to 9pm in the church sanctuary. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Jack Bollman (Organist, St. Stephen’s in Olean, NY) on St. Luke’s Aeolian Skinner organ. Refreshments will be available.

Meanwhile, downstairs in the undercroft, there will be Haunted Boiler Room and other Halloween crafts and games for children. The event is free and open to all and refreshments will be served. A free-will offering will be collected to support the work of the Mental Health Association.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown. For more information, call the church office at 716-483-6405.

 

Williamsville – Presentation – “Common Ground: From Burma to Buffalo… The Journey to Freedom – How Thousands of Burmese Refugees Are Energizing the West Side” (October 29)

Calvary Episcopal Church, 20 Milton Street at the corner of South Cayuga Road, Williamsville, will present the fourth program in its “Common Ground” series on Sunday, October 29 at 12:00 pm, with a presentation by Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for The Buffalo News.

In 2016, Mr. Zremski authored a six-part series entitled “From Burma to Buffalo” about thousands of Burmese refugees who now live in Buffalo, a series for   which he won national and international recognition.  The Society for Professional Journalists named him the 2016 Sigma Delta Chi Award winner for non-deadline reporting, winning the award for excellence in journalism in the category for large newspapers.

The presentation will feature photography by Buffalo News chief photographer Derek Gee, who won the 2016 Director’s Community Leadership Award from the FBI for his role in this Buffalo News series.  Refreshments will be served prior to the presentation, and a question and answer period will follow, concluding around 2:00 pm.

The series originated in talks between photographer Derek Gee and Law Eh Soe, a photographer who fled Burma after chronicling the “Saffron Revolution” pro-democracy riots of 2007, and who planned to return to Burma for a visit.  Zremski noted, “Quickly, though, I learned the story was much bigger than one man’s trip home.  My preliminary research found that the arrival of the refugees from Burma was changing Buffalo in untold ways — and that we had to tell those stories.”

Zremski joined the News in 1984 and moved to Washington in 1989.  He served as president of The National Press Club in 2007 and won a Nieman fellowship in journalism at Harvard in 1999.  A native of Elkland, Pa., he is a graduate of Syracuse University and has an M.S. degree in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.

Those attending this cost-free event will be given the opportunity to sign up for notification of future events.  Resource brochures and literature will be available for those who wish to contact local organizations that assist in refugee resettlement and support. It is hoped this program will provide understanding and respect for the refugees who are moving into the neighborhoods of Western New York.

Limited handicapped parking is available in the church parking lot, as well as access to the elevator through the double doors off the parking lot.  Additional parking is available in the municipal lot near Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home. Call 633-7800 for more information.

Download a flyer here.

 

Buffalo – “Grace at the Circle” Bible Study (October 30)

Grace at the Circle is an enhanced Bible Study and small group adventure led by Gabrie’l J. Atchison. Grace at the Circle is for Progressive Christians who would like to explore themes of social justice in the Bible with like-minded people. I believe that contemporary religious thinkers can contribute a lot to our understanding of ancient texts, so the curriculum we use draws on the social sciences and humanities as well. Grace at the Circle should feel comfortable to both believers and people who are seekers. During our October and November meetings we will discuss how two religious thinkers, Richard Horsley and Howard Thurman answered this question – Why should the poor have hope?. What do you think? Come and join in on the discussion. Grace at the Circle meets on the last Monday of each month at 7pm, at St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church, 51 Colonial Circle, Buffalo, NY 14222. Cycle One will start on August 28th, 2017 and end on July 30th, 2018 (No meeting on Christmas Day – December 25th). Join in the discussion at any time.

Dinner will be provided. Feel free to bring your own dinner or snack. ~ Gabrie’l J. Atchison, Founder & Facilitator For more information, contact Gabrie’l at: atchison71@gmail.com or come to a monthly gathering. Dr. Atchison has earned an M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from Clark University. Visit www.gabrieljatchison.com for more information.

 

Amherst – Important Documents Series Session Four: Funeral Pre-planning (November 2)

Catholic Health Faith Community Nurse Program, St. Benedicts RC Church, St. Leo the Great RC Church and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church-Eggertsville are co-sponsoring a four-part series on “Important Documents: What are they and why do I need them?”.  All sessions will take place at St. Leo the Great RC Church (885 Sweet Home Rd. in Amherst).

Session 4 will take place on Thursday, November 2, from 7-8:30 p.m. Funeral Director, John Dengler will provide valuable information about why pre-planning a funeral is a good choice for some people.

Individual appointments with Faith Community Nurses will be available after session 3 and 4 to review and complete Advance Directives.

This series is free and open to the community.  All are invited!

Questions: Contact: Lois Tripp RN, Faith Community Nurse St. Peters Eggertsville, 716-870-2807

 

South Buffalo – Community Thanksgiving Dinner (November 4)

St. Matthew’s Church in South Buffalo will host a Community Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday, November 4.  Bishop Bill will be with us to celebrate Mass at 4 p.m., and dinner will follow around 5:15 p.m.  All are invited to a free home cooked traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.

St. Matthew’s is located at 1182 Seneca St.  Please use Wasson St. door.

 

West Seneca – Election Day Clam Chowder Sale & Luncheon (November 7)

St. David’s Church (3951 Seneca St. in West Seneca) will hold its annual Election Day Clam Chowder Sale & Luncheon on Tuesday, November 7.

Lunch is served from 11:00 am-1:30 pm and includes Chowder with one refill, bread, beverage and dessert for $7 per person.

Take home available also: Manhattan (Red) $7/qt, New England (White) $8/qt, Loaf of bread $2. Please pre-order by October 29 by calling 675-3091.