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Members of Faith United Church of Christ, Maple and Hopkins Road, Amherst, will dedicate their new sanctuary during a service at 6 p.m. Sunday .

The new worship space, providing seating for 260 people, was built as part of a $750,000 project that included a new choir room and sacristy and purchase of a new organ. The congregation formerly worshiped in a combination church-social hall.

The dedication will be led by Interim Pastor Linda Heffley, Retired Pastor Kenneth Kolbe and the Rev. Kathryn Baker, Western Area interim associate conference minister for the United Church of Christ.

Habitat-for-Humanity event set

Habitat for Humanity/Buffalo will dedicate a new house and one that has been rehabilitated during ceremonies Sunday.

A new house at 85 Grey Street will be dedicated at 2 p.m. It has been built by the Clarence Habitat Coalition with the assistance of the University at Buffalo School of Architecture for the family of Mia Ayers.

At 3:30 p.m. Sunday a house at 147 Freund St., rehabilitated for the Barbara Price family, will be dedicated. Much of the upgrading has been done by Navy SeaBees working as community service volunteers.

Domestic violence to be theme

A Domestic Violence Awareness Prayer Service for people of all faiths will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St.

The service will include music and readings, comments from survivors of domestic violence and counselors and remarks by Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. The program will enable people to pray for, support and encourage those now suffering or who have suffered domestic violence.

Sponsors of the service, at which information will be available, are the Diocesan Domestic Violence Awareness Task Force and the Sisters of Mercy.

Dominican Laity marks jubilee

The Dominican Laity, Immaculate Heart Chapter, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery, 335 Doat St.

Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Buffalo Catholic Diocese will be principal celebrant of the liturgy. He will be joined by several Dominican friars and by diocesan priests who are members of the Holy Spirit Chapter of the Buffalo Dominican Third Order Community. A dinner reception will follow in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Depew.

Service to recall deceased

An Interfaith Memorial Service for patients who died between March 15 and Aug. 15 in Buffalo General Hospital or related facilities will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Harlan J. Swift Auditorium at Buffalo General, 100 High St.

The program, which will be followed by a reception, will include a reflection by the Rev. Richard G. Kaylor, retired pastor of Orchard Park Wesleyan Church and a volunteer chaplain at the hospital. Music will be provided by the Gayles, a family Gospel group that has performed throughout the area.

Other sponsors are the Deaconess Center, Waterfront Health Care Center and Columbus Community Health Center.

Lawyers for Life to hold dinner

Western New York Lawyers for Life will sponsor the Second Annual Crisis Pregnancy Benefit Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew.

The speakers will be the Rev. Norman U. Weslin, a missionary priest who is the founder of The Lambs of Christ, and the Rev. Paul H. Schenck, a nationally prominent pro-life activist who recently was ordained an Episcopal priest. Reservations are available by calling Hollis Hite at 631-5661.

The banquet is co-sponsored by the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Guild, the Catholic Physicians Guild of Buffalo, Medicine for Life and Nurses for Life. All of the proceeds go to support the work of independent Buffalo-area crisis pregnancy centers.

Episcopal-Lutheran service set

The congregations of Trinity Episcopal Church and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will participate in a joint All Saints Day Festival Eucharist Service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 2 in Holy Trinity Lutheran, 1080 Main St.

The service will include meditations by the Rev. Ward Ewing, rector of Trinity Episcopal, and the Rev. Charles Bang, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran. Music will be provided by a combined choir. Also scheduled are a breakfast at 9 a.m. and a church tour at 9:30 a.m.

Talk set on religion in Cuba

The Rev. Estela Hernandez, co-pastor of William Carey Baptist Church, Havana, Cuba, will give a talk on the status of organized religion in Cuba at 11 a.m. Monday in St. John Baptist Church, 184 Goodell St.

The talk, open to the public, will be sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Bennett W. Smith, pastor of St. John's, and several area churches and organizations. Ms. Hernandez also will preach during the worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday in St. John's.

Bereavement workshop slated

The Office of Life-Long Learning at Trocaire College will present a Bereavement Training Workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday in the college's Marian Hall, 360 Choate Ave.

The workshop equips the participants with the awareness and sensitivity required to help people dealing with grief, separation and death. To register call the Life-Long Learning Office at 826-1200.

Series on evangelizing planned

A series of workshops on Creating Evangelizing Parishes will be presented from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora.

The keynote speaker and presenter of one of the workshops will be the Rev. Kenneth Boyack, author of "Creating an Evangelizing Parish" and director of the Paulist National Catholic Evangelization Association. The $25 cost includes lunch. Registration is required by Nov. 5 by calling the St. John Eudes Center at 825-4319.

Other presenters will be Lorene Hanley Duquin, originator of programs for alienated Catholics in the Buffalo diocese, the Rev. Daniel Palys, who heads the Diocesan Evangelization Commission, the Rev. Ronald Bagley, director of the St. John Eudes Center, Kathleen Heffern, director of the Office of Church Ministry, and Dennis Mahaney, associate director of the St. John Eudes Center.

It will be sponsored by the St. John Eudes Center, the Diocesan Evangelization Commission and the Office of Church Ministry.

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