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YOUTH FOR CHRIST GROUP PLANS PARENTS CONFERENCE '97 IN FALLS

Parents Conference '97, a gathering for anyone who works with young people, will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. next Saturday in Niagara Falls Convention and Civic Center.

Keynote speakers will be Josh McDowell, an author who is an authority on instilling Christian values in young people, and Pam Stenzel, a nationally recognized advocate of abstinence. Music will be provided by Scott Wesley Brown.

The conference, sponsored by Buffalo/Western New York Youth for Christ, is designed for parents, grandparents, expecting parents, educators and others who work with young people. The cost is $12 per person or $22 per couple. To register, call the Youth for Christ office at 681-9092.

Corpus Christi plans dinner

Members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 199 Clark St., will begin the celebration of the 100th anniversary of their parish with an Oplatek Dinner at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, in Chopin's Banquet Center, Cheektowaga.

Tickets for the dinner, a Polish Christmas-season tradition, are $15 per person. Reservations should be made by Dec. 28 by calling the church at 896-1050.

The parish of 800 families, staffed by Conventual Franciscan priests, was organized on April 22, 1898. An anniversary Mass is scheduled for June 14.

Ecumenical Christmas Walk

Several Niagara Falls churches will sponsor an Ecumenical Christmas Walk beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at St. Mary of the Cataract Catholic Church, 257 Fourth St.

Other churches to be visited are Holy Trinity, Our Lady of Lebanon, St. Michael the Archangel Polish National Catholic Church, St. Stanislaus Kostka and Our Lady of the Rosary. Everyone is welcome.

Hanukkah event at Beth Zion

Temple Beth Zion will sponsor a Hanukkah Carnival and Cabaret from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in its downtown building, 805 Delaware Ave.

The program will include games, activities and movies for children and adults, starting at 2:30, a dinner and Hanukkah celebration at 5 p.m. and musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are available by calling Nicole at the temple, 886-7150.

Humanist minister to speak

Fred Edwords, a humanist minister who serves as editor of the Humanist magazine, will discuss "Seasonal Issues" at 10:30 a.m. next Sunday, Dec. 28, in Hamburg Unitarian Universalist Church, Union and Center streets, Hamburg.

Religious education classes for children preschool and older are conducted during the service, and a coffee hour follows.

MAZON aids Food for All

MAZON: a Jewish Response to Hunger has awarded a $5,000 grant to Buffalo Area Metropolitan Ministries to support Food for All, an area response to hunger in Western New York.

MAZON, a Hebrew word for food, is one of the largest privately supported philanthropic organizations in the United States working to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Christmas Walk in Kenmore

The Ken-Ton Clergy Association will sponsor its annual Christmas Walk Along Delaware Road beginning at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Kenmore United Church of Christ, 295 Delaware Road, Kenmore.

The event, which traditionally attracts hundreds of people, will include stops at six churches for prayers, Christmas carol singing and Scripture readings. After the walk, refreshments will be served in Kenmore Baptist Church.

Transportation will be available for those who need it during the walk and at its conclusion.

Family Reunion Mass

A Family Reunion Mass for parishioners and former parishioners will be celebrated at 4 p.m. next Saturday in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 2315 Seneca St. It will be followed by a reception in the school hall.

Holiday Revival Services set

Word of Life Church, 181 W. Utica St., will conduct Holiday Revival Services from Sunday, Dec. 28, through Jan. 4.

The services, beginning at 7:30 p.m. each evening, will feature Evangelist Ruby Terry, a recording artist from Lake Charles, La., who will give a free concert during the service on Jan. 3. The New Year's Eve Service will begin at 9 p.m.

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