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RELIGION NOTES
NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Thanksgiving service

The 22nd annual Intercultural and Interfaith Thanksgiving service, sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice and the Network of Religious Communities, will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.

The theme of the service is "What Gives Us Hope?" Representatives from Buddhist, Catholic, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, Protestant, Sikh and other spiritual traditions will share the message of hope in their religion and culture. The keynote speaker will be Clotilde Dedecker, a senior at Nardin High School and student leader with the National Conference for Community and Justice. She will discuss "The Hope of Our Youth at Thanksgiving Time."

2 ecumenical services

Ecumenical Thanksgiving services will be offered as well on Wednesday in Clarence and Cheektowaga.

St. Mary Catholic Church, 6919 Transit Road, Swormville, will host a service sponsored by the Clarence Clergy Association at 7:30 p.m. The service will include scripture readings, special music, prayers and a message from the Rev. Gregory Hall from First Presbyterian Church of Clarence.

In Cheektowaga, a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. in St. Aloysius Gonzaga parish, 157 Cleveland Drive. The service is co-sponsored by Cleveland Hill Lutheran Church. Msgr. Peter J. Popadick of St. Aloysius and Pastor Mary Ellen Larson of Cleveland Hill Lutheran will conduct the service, which will be followed by a hospitality hour.

Lockport Advent series

St. Mary Catholic Church, Walnut and Saxton streets in Lockport, will present a three-part Advent series beginning at 7 p.m. Monday.

The series will open with a concert of seasonal music by the Niagara Frontier Brass Quintet. Amy Betros, co-founder and director of St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, will give a talk on the series theme, "Be Worthy of His Gift," at the Dec. 6 meeting.

The series will conclude Dec. 13 with a seasonal hymn sing.

Two join board

Robert M. Bennett and Gerald C. Saxe are the newest members of the board of trustees for Catholic Charities of Buffalo.

Bennett, former president of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, now serves as chancellor of the eighth Judical District Board of Regents. Saxe, who has served as a chairman of the Catholic Charities appeal, is president of the insurance agency Matthews, Bartlett & Dedecker.

Corpus Christi choir

Boys, girls and young adults -- anyone 11 to 22 years old -- are invited to join the youth choir at Corpus Christi Church, 199 Clark St. The choir began this past spring. It meets for rehearsal from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Mondays and performs at the 10 or 11:30 a.m. Masses on Sundays. For more information, call 896-1050.

Advent at St. Louis

The Rev. Francis Lombardo of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs will be the Mass celebrant for an Advent program at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in St. Louis Church, Main and Edward streets.

Lombardo will discuss "Mary, Mother of the Eucharist." The event is open to the public. Free parking is available on the street or in the church parking lot through the Franklin Street entrance.

Meditation class set

Central Presbyterian Church, 15 Jewett Parkway, will host a class on natural meditation from 9 a.m. to noon today.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25 or $15 for students.

Ted Phelps will teach the class. Call 833-6408 for details.

Concert aids ministry

Mid-Town Bible Church, 1722 Main St., will host a special performance by two choirs from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The Buffalo Youth and Young Adult Choral Society features 40 children and young adults. The Bible Truth Prison Ministry's Jesus' Little Lambs Choir is a choral group of children ages eight to 12 who sing in five languages and sign in four languages.

Offerings will be accepted. The Bible Truth Prison Ministry seeks funds to purchase Bibles for inmates and food for Thanksgiving baskets for the homeless and needy.

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