The oldest Christian church in Chautauqua County will celebrate its 192nd anniversary Sunday.
The First Presbyterian Church, 49 S. Portage St., Westfield, will hold a special worship service of celebration at 11 a.m., led by the Rev. Alexander, to mark the occasion.
The Rev. John Lindsay organized the church officially in 1808. After years of worship in a wooden meeting house, the first brick church was built in 1832. A fire later destroyed that building and its replacement. The present church, which was rebuilt in 1979, has been designated a national historic site and a Presbyterian U.S.A. historic site.
Temple launches Mitzvah Day
As part of the yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary, Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave., will launch its first annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday.
To celebrate Mitzvah Day -- Jewish Day of Caring -- more than 200 temple members in 12 teams will spread out all over Western New York to volunteer in cleaning, repairing, cooking and sharing the concept of "tzedakah," which is righteous behavior, with the community.
Registration for the day's events is from 8:15 to 9 a.m. in the temple's Broder Center, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Opening ceremonies will be held from 9 to 9:30 a.m. The projects at the 12 sites will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 12:30 to 3 p.m., a blood drive will be held at the temple. There will also be a picnic from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the temple.
'A New Life in the Spirit'
"A New Life in the Spirit" seminar will begin this Sunday and continue for the next six Sundays in Annunciation Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Sessions are at 7:30 p.m.
The seminar is designed to be a spiritual journey of renewal that will bring participants closer to God and help develop sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
To register, call Terry at 681-5941.
Rosary Crusade for peace
The 20th annual Rosary Crusade for World Peace will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 1023 Swann Road, Lewiston.
The theme is "Intercessory Prayer."
The rosary crusade will consist of an outdoor rosary procession, coronation of the Blessed Mother, blessing the children, presentation of flowers to Our Lady by the children and apostolic blessing of all present.
Sermons, humor set for event
The Rev. Val LaFrance will provide sermons and humorous stories as part of his program "Why Be Down When You Can Be Up," beginning at 7 p.m. Monday and continuing for three days in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park.
His topics will be: "Bury the Hatchet" on Monday, "Only Half Circles Longing to be Closed" on Tuesday and "Thank You, Jesus, Hope For My Future" on Wednesday.
Baptist church to hold revival
The Rev. Layafette Maxwell will be the evangelist for the fall revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in Friendship Baptist Church, 402 Clinton St.
Maxwell is the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Apex, N.C.
He is also a professor of religion at Shaw Divinity School in Raleigh, N.C., and dean of academic and student at Apex School of Theology.
The revival also will feature guest choirs, friendship choirs and soloists.
'Frontier Missions' is topic
The Rev. Harold Kurtz and the Rev. Cody Watson, both of Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, will speak about "Frontier Missions" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in First Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St., Clarence.
Kurtz and Watson started the internationally recognized Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship in 1984, as a result of 20 years of missionary work in Ethiopia.
The event is free. For information, call 759-8396.
Bible teacher to visit Falls
The Rev. Willie Hinn, an international Bible teacher, will minister for three days in Niagara Ministries of Niagara Falls, 2074 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls.
Hinn, who is often seen on his brother Benny Hinn's television program, will speak at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. next Saturday, and 10 a.m. Oct. 1.
Pastor elected to church board
Bishop Robert L. Sanders, senior pastor of Greater Refuge Temple of Christ Church on Jefferson Avenue, was recently elected to the Board of Apostles of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. The organization, which was founded in 1919, has more than 500 churches worldwide.
Interim pastor appointed
The Rev. Wesley R. Bourdette was recently appointed to the position of interim pastor of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 3921 Mapleton Road, North Tonawanda.
Bourdette will assume the position Oct. 1. Recently retired, he served as pastor of Yoke Imanuel United Church of Christ of Orangeville and Salem United Church of Christ at Bennington Center for more than 20 years.