Ellen Grant-Bishop, county mental health commissioner, will be featured speaker at the fifth annual national observance of Children's Sabbath at 2 p.m. Sunday in Holy Cross Catholic Church, Maryland and Seventh streets. The theme is "Stand for Children: Pray, Speak Out and Act."
The observance, sponsored by Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries, the Council of Churches, the Buffalo Chapter of Girl Friends, the Office of Black Ministry, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Children's Defense Fund, will include an interfaith service and various children's choirs.
Church to mark 125th year
Glenwood Presbyterian Church, Route 240, will celebrate its 125th anniversary Sunday. A reception will be held after the weekly worship service at 10:45 a.m.
Activities include dedication of etched-glass windows for the front doors, a tree planting and the installation of a sign. The windows and tree were donated in memory of John Pfalzgraf. The sign is in memory of Leanora Karnitz.
The church traces its history to the formation of a Congregational Society in the hamlet of Glenwood in 1829 that became the First Presbyterian Society of Colden in 1839.
The present church, erected in 1902, is the third on the site. Its front doors previously graced the Fargo mansion in Buffalo. The original wooden church burned in 1860 after it was struck by lightning. The second one was destroyed in 1901 in a fire started during Sunday school by sparks from a passing freight train.
Rev. Girzone to talk at Bona
OLEAN -- The Rev. Joseph F. Girzone, author of the popular "Joshua" books and a 1953 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, will speak Friday at the university.
He and Sister Dorothy Ederer, a Dominican nun from Saginaw, Mich., will give a non-denominational talk, "A Portrait of Jesus," at 7:30 p.m. on the Olean campus.
Father Girzone will sign copies of his books after their presentation. He also will concelebrate a Mass at 4 p.m. next Saturday in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Wellsville.
For reservations for his campus appearance with Sister Ederer, contact Eileen Gianiodis at the university.
Mass for World Mission Sunday
Bishop Henry J. Mansell will be the main celebrant at 9:30 a.m. Sunday for the annual Mass in celebration of World Mission Sunday. The observance, which will include 14 concelebrants representing orders that support missionaries, will take place in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 4375 Harris Hill Road, Clarence.
Individual parishes also will observe the event and will take a second collection to assist work of the church missions worldwide.
Depew church to hold banquet
SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 86 Burlington Ave., Depew, will conclude the yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Edward M. Grosz at 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by a banquet in Hearthstone Manor, Depew.
Multifaith forum Thursday
Patrick Henry, assistant deputy Erie County social services commissioner, and Betsy Mulvey, assistant director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, will be speakers at a multifaith forum from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave. The topic is "Welfare Reform: Children at Risk."
The forum is sponsored by Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries and the League of Women Voters. Reservations are required and must be made by Tuesday. For information, call 854-0822.
Holy Name Societies to fete 4
Four priests will be honored at the annual Diocesan Union of Holy Name Societies dinner-dance and awards night today at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in St. Gabriel's Parish Hall, 5271 Clinton St., Elma.
Honored will be Monsignor Vincent J. Becker, pastor of St. Martin Parish in Buffalo; Monsignor George B. Yiengst, pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Getzville; and the Rev. Carlton J. Westfield, pastor of Our Lady of Loreto, Falconer, and Our Lady of Victory, Frewsburg. The Rev. John F. Kasprzak, pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Woodlawn, will be recognized as moderator of the year.
Death is Beth Zion topic
"Living With Loss: When a Loved One Dies," a pair of panel discussions on Jewish traditions and rituals surrounding death, mourning and the funeral, will be presented by Temple Beth Zion's Caring Community Bereavement Committee, Interfaith Outreach Program, Brotherhood and Sisterhood.
The first will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Temple Beth Zion's suburban building, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst, and will be free of charge. The other will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 2 in the temple at 805 Delaware Ave. and will include lunch. For reservations, contact Marjorie Bates at 886-7150, extension 17.
Adoption is discussion theme
"Adoption and the Jewish Community" will be the theme of a community discussion at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Weinberg Campus, 2700 N. Forest Road, Getzville. Elizabeth Lance, a certified social worker, will moderate a panel discussion on the legal, social, family and religious issues surrounding adoption.
Windows to be dedicated
St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 576 Delaware Road, Kenmore, will dedicate two new stained-glass windows at the 11 a.m. Communion Service Sunday. The windows are memorial gifts of the Lindeman and Schaertel families.
Bona professor will speak
Peggy Yehl Burke, assistant professor in the School of Education at St. Bonaventure University, will give a talk titled "Hazardous Passage: A Girl's Journey From Childhood to Adolescence" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Sacred Heart Academy, 3860 Main St., Eggertsville.
Ms. Burke, former chairwoman of the Elementary/Secondary Education Department at St. Bonaventure, has written a variety of papers on educational topics and child development. The program is sponsored by the Diocese of Buffalo's Commission on Women in Church and Society.
Choir Day musical program
Bailey Avenue African Methodist Episcopal Church, 3296 Bailey Ave., will hold its first Choir Day musical program at 4 p.m. Sunday in the church.
The free program is part of the church's effort to bring the surrounding community together in positive pursuits, said the Rev. Michael D. Bell, the pastor who recently took the helm of the church.
The church near LaSalle Avenue also is accepting donations for a new organ. Other activities are planned to increase interaction between the church and community, added Mr. Bell, who comes from a historic AME church in the Rochester area.