Pastors of churches in Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont., to extend the spirit of this year's Friendship Festival, will exchange pulpits next Sunday, July 1.
The Rev. G. Stanford Bratton, executive director of the Buffalo Area Council of Churches, said the exchange was suggested by the Greater Fort Erie Ministerial Fellowship. It is jointly sponsored by the Buffalo Council and the Ft. Erie Fellowship.
Pastors and church involved are:
The Rev. John Day, Riverside Chapel, a Mennonite church in Fort Erie, exchanging with the Rev. Richard Martin, Edison Street Baptist Church, Buffalo.
The Rev. Randy Magnus, Garrison Road United Brethren Church, Fort Erie, exchanging with the Rev. Tommy Reid, Full Gospel Tabernacle, Orchard Park.
The Rev. Robert Docherty, St. Andrew's Knox Presbyterian Church, Fort Erie, exchanging with the Rev. David Smith, Ebenezer United Church of Christ, West Seneca.
The Rev. Leslie McSpadden, Central Avenue United Church of Canada, Fort Erie, exchanging with the Rev. Jack Ballard, Grace United Church of Christ, Buffalo.
Another 10 or 12 churches on each side of the border will be involved in exchanges later in the summer and early fall, Mr. Bratton said.
Bishop Head appoints pastors
Bishop Edward D. Head of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese has appointed new pastors of SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Williamsville, and St. Mary's Parish, Lockport.
Monsignor David M. Gallivan will become pastor of the Williamsville parish effective July 14 and the Rev. Bernard M. Mach is the new pastor of the Lockport parish effective immediately.
Formerly a missionary to Peru and most recently the executive director of the Latin American Conference of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Monsignor Gallivan succeeds Auxiliary Bishop Donald W. Trautman, who will become bishop of the Diocese of Erie, Pa., on July 16.
Father Mach, who succeeds the Rev. John T. O'Shea at St. Mary's, recently returned from a study leave. He has served as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, and administrator at St. Valentine's Parish, both in Buffalo.
Bishop Head has also announced these assignments:
The Rev. Paul A. Litwin, who has been studying at Catholic University, Washington, D.C., will serve for five years as a judge and defender of the bond of marriage on the Diocesan Tribunal.
The Rev. Timothy J. Koester will become a Navy chaplain effective July 1. He has been serving as parochial vicar at SS. Peter and Paul Parish, Jamestown.
The Rev. Robert F. Rybarczyk, who has been parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Olean, will serve in the same capacity for five years at St. Amelia's Parish, Tonawanda.
Pageant to be staged early
The Hill Cumorah Pageant, the outdoor production staged annually at Palmyra by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, will be presented a week earlier than usual this year.
A church spokesman said this year's pageant will begin its seven-day run on July 13 and conclude on July 21 to accommodate the scheduling of technical equipment and personnel. Traditionally, the Mormon production, which is going into its 53rd year, has opened around July 20.
The pageant, featuring a cast of nearly 600 amateur actors and actresses, will be presented on July 13 and 14 and July 17-21. The performance begins at dusk. Admission is free.
Rev. Thompson to be speaker
The Rev. Dr. Milo Thompson, president of Baptist Bible College and Seminary, Clarks Summit, Pa., will be guest speaker Sunday at Calvary Independent Baptist Church, 5071 Harris Hill Road, Clarence.
The Rev. C.E. Piger, pastor of Calvary, said Dr. Thompson will describe the college and seminary programs during Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. and preach at the 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. worship services. Before heading the college and seminary, Dr. Thompson served as pastor of churches in New York and Pennsylvania for 25 years.
Rev. Brewster chosen pastor
The Rev. Dr. James N. Brewster has been named pastor of Tonawanda United Methodist Church, 221 Morgan St., City of Tonawanda, effective July 1.
A native of Coudersport, Pa., Dr. Brewster has been serving as pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Niagara Falls. Previously, he was executive director of the United Methodist Metropolitan Commission on the Niagara Frontier.
Fund drive to be celebrated
Free Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, 1242 Jefferson Ave., will celebrate the completion of a $50,000 building fund drive with a victory service at 6 p.m. Sunday .
The Rev. James Beathley, pastor of Centennial Baptist Church, will be guest speaker and Deacon Amos Banks will make a financial report during the service. The money is being raised to build a fellowship hall as an addition to the church.
The congregation, founded three years ago, has about 400 members.
Rev. Deichmann is appointed
The Rev. Wendy J. Deichmann has been appointed effective July 1 as pastor of the United Methodist Church of Orchard Park by Bishop Forrest C. Stith of the New York West Area.
A professor for the last two years at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Ms. Deichmann will succeed the Rev. Jeanne K. White who has been named pastor of the United Methodist Church of Newfane.
Ms. Deichmann previously has served as assistant pastor of United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Rochester, and as associate pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, Lakewood, N.J.