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RELIGION NOTES/ NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Forum on merger

"City-County Merger: Where Do We Go From Here?" will be the subject of a forum at noon Wednesday in Trinity Episcopal Church, 371 Delaware Ave.

The forum, sponsored by the Network of Religious Communities, will include a presentation by William Greiner, chairman of the Greater Buffalo Commission. Kevin Gaughan, a local activist for regionalism, and Rod Watson, columnist for The Buffalo News, will offer responses. Lunch is $6 for those who reserve in advance by calling 882-4793. Those who bring a lunch do not need a reservation.

Family seminar set

Calvary Baptist Church, 410 French Road, Depew, will host a "Seminar on the Family" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, featuring Michael Peck of the Baptist Church Planters of Elyria, Ohio. A freewill offering will be accepted. Reserve a spot by calling 684-3534 or 867-2323.

Catholic retreat set

The Rev. Francis Lombardo, a Franciscan friar, will lead a retreat Monday through Wednesday, celebrating the "Year of the Eucharist" in SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 66 East Main St., Hamburg.

Topics are: Monday, "Mary and the Eucharist"; Tuesday, "Who is the Eucharist?"; and Wednesday, "What Is So Holy About Holy Communion?" will be followed by a Mass.

Wisbaum to be honored

Wayne D. Wisbaum will receive Temple Beth El's Carl Hoffman Award at a banquet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the temple, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

Wisbaum, senior partner in the law firm of Kavinoky Cook, is being honored for his service to the Buffalo Jewish community and his leadership on behalf of civic and charitable organizations. Keynote speaker will be Justice Sharon S. Townsend, administrative judge of the Eighth Judicial District of State Supreme Court.

'Come and see' program

The Rev. Peter Calabrese will lead the next session of "Come and See" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Benedict Church, Main Street at Eggert Road, Amherst. Topics will include bereavement, divorce and separation, annulments, coping with cancer and coming back to the Catholic Church. It's free. For information, call 565-2525.

Friendship Baptist event

Friendship Baptist Church, 5652 Saunders Settlement Road, Lockport, will host its annual Men's and Women's Day celebration on April 24.

The Rev. Debra Scott of the Tabernacle of Praise will be guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service. The Rev. R.D. Long of Thankful Baptist Church will be guest speaker at the 4 p.m. service.

Revival in Clarence

Life Action Ministries, based in Buchanan, Mich., will hold an 11-day revival crusade beginning at 10:45 a.m. Sunday in Faith Fellowship Church, 11478 Main St., Clarence, and continuing weekday evenings at 6:30 p.m. The Life Action Singers will perform.

Musicians sought

Kingdom Bound Ministries will accept applications through April 15 for its 2005 International Talent Search. Six singers and/or bands will be picked to compete May 6 in Bethesda Full Gospel Church in Tonawanda. That winner will compete against winners from other American cities in June at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church. Winner performs at the Kingdom Bound Christian music festival. For an application, call (800) 937-7977 or go online to www.kingdombound.org.