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 – Blue Christmas Remembrance Service (December 13)
When the holiday season is difficult because of loss of job, broken relationships, or mourning lost loved ones, the opportunity to sing psalms of praise can move us from darkness to light in preparation for the miracle of Christmas. Join us for this contemplative service which allows us to recognize and remember our loved ones and voice our sadness. Healing and anointing will be available during this service, which is designed to lead us into the light and joy of Christmas. Wednesday, December 13, 7:00 pm at St. David’s Church, 3951 Seneca Street, West Seneca NY 14224. All are welcome!
Westfield – Experiencing Bethlehem (December 14)
Thursdays, December 7th & 14th beginning at 5:30 PM St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (12 Elm St. in Westfield) will be experiencing the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of Bethlehem today.
We will begin our time together with a celebration of Holy Communion using a service from the second century and the music of Palestine.
Following the service we will share a meal of Middle Eastern foods and we will conclude the evening with a presentation on what life is like now in the region of Christ’s birth.
Buffalo – Holiday Madness Party (December 15)
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church (15 Fernhill Ave. in Buffalo) will host a Holiday Madness Party on Friday, December 15, from 7 pm to 1 am. Enjoy music by DJ Snake, dancing, dinner, drinks, 50/50 raffle, and prizes. Tickets are $20, and can be obtained by calling Wayne A (380-9746) or Darniece (313-5071).
South Buffalo – Community Concert (December 16)
Once again, St, Simon’s Episcopal Church hosts the Buffalo Silver band for a Community Concert on Saturday, December 16 at 4 p.m. Experience the wonder and joy this holiday season with their music. The program features sacred and secular holiday favorites.
Bring the kids and join us at St. Simon’s. FREE admission and concert. More Information at www.ssbuffalo.org
Ripley – Christmas in a Barn (December 16)
Saturday, December 16th at 5:30 PM St. Peter’s, Westfield will celebrate the birth of Jesus by reenacting the events of that holy night in a barn. This event will be located at Double Dabb Riding Stable, 5811 Welch Hill Rd. in Ripley.
All are welcome to join in singing carols and experiencing the sights, sounds and – yes – smells, of that first Christmas night. Refreshments will be served.
Buffalo – Lessons & Carols (December 17)
St. Paul’s Cathedral will be holding their annual Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols this Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 pm. This service is a favorite among the public & congregation and is the perfect event to start off the Christmas season.
Immediately following the Service, please join us for the grand opening of Cathedral Commons: The Apartments at St. Paul’s. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception & dedication at Cathedral Commons, which is across the street from the Cathedral at 128 Pearl Street.
Officers and crew of the USS Little Rock LCS9 will join us for the service and catered reception as well as receive a special blessing from Bishop William Franklin.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is located at 139 Church Street in Buffalo, NY and is the official seat of The. Rt. Rev. R. William Franklin, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.
East Aurora – Lessons & Carols (December 17)
St. Matthias’ Episcopal Church (374 Main St. at Maple in East Aurora) welcomes all to a service of Christmas Lessons and Carols at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 17. Join us as we sing, celebrate, and reflect on the season. A reception will follow.
Leroy – Genesee Community Chorale Concert (December 21)
The Genesee Chorale Ensemble, a select group of 20 singers, will perform at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1 East Main St., LeRoy on Thursday, December 21 at 7:00 pm. The group, under the direction of Ric Jones, will perfom sacred and secular music of the season. The evening will also include a vocal quartet of Kim and Tom Cox, Jim Ellison and Pat Fussell. The concert is the final event celebrating St. Mark’s 200th anniversary. There is no charge, but a free will offering will be taken. Refreshments following. All welcome. www.stmarksleroy.org
Westfield – Blue Christmas Service (December 21)
St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (12 Elm St. in Westfield) will offer a Blue Christmas service on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 PM.
Christmas is not “the most wonderful time of the year” for those of us who have experienced loss or are struggling with illness, depression or addiction. For those of us who are journeying with sorrow as a companion, along with family members and friends, we offer a time of quiet contemplation, candlelight, music, prayers and anointing for healing.