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The Rev. Geri Lyon will become the first female senior pastor in the congregation's 189-year history when she is installed at 3 p.m. Sunday in First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle.

Formerly director of pastoral care with AIDS Family Services, Lyon will also earn the distinction of being the first woman to serve in any clergy position at the historic Buffalo church.

A native of New York City, Lyon holds a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. Before entering the seminary, she was director of public relations and membership development for the Rockland County Girl Scout Council.

Lyon moved to Buffalo six years ago with her husband, Carmine Grande, an ordained Presbyterian elder, who serves as vice president of institutional advancement at Buffalo State College. They have two grown children.

Retreat at St. Bernadette's

The Rev. John Corapi, a Catholic priest who was both a millionaire businessman and homeless drug addict before he was ordained by Pope John Paul II, will conduct a retreat Friday and next Saturday in St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, 5930 S. Abbott Road, Orchard Park.

Corapi, well known for his daily radio seminars on WLOF-FM, will conduct the first session at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Next Saturday, he will give a series of lectures from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. The theme of the retreat will be "A Journey of Faith, Knowing Jesus in His Word, in His Church, in His People."

A member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, Corapi resides in Redding, Calif. He was ordained in 1991 at age 44.

Church will be dedicated

Members of Refuge Temple of Christ-West Side will dedicate their new church building at Chenango Street and Massachusetts Avenue during a service at 4 p.m. next Saturday.

The dedication will be conducted by Bishop Robert L. Sanders, pastor of Greater Refuge Temple of Christ and diocesan bishop of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The congregation was founded by the Rev. Daniel Pizarro in May 1999 in a storefront at Maryland Street and Prospect Avenue.

The new church is a former Wilson Farms store. The property includes a fenced parking lot for more than 20 cars.

Black history forum set

Felix L. Armfield, an assistant professor of history at Buffalo State College, will address the inaugural Monroe Fordham Black History Forum at 4 p.m. Feb. 25 in First Shiloh Baptist Church, 15 Pine St.

The forum will honor Fordham, a retired Buffalo State history professor, for his scholarship and tireless dedication to the field of African-American history. It will be sponsored by the church's Laymen's League in conjunction with Black History Month.

Pastor will be installed

The Rev. Joseph Sellepack, formerly a pastor in Iowa, will be installed as pastor during a service at 10 a.m. Sunday in Orchard Park Community Church, 7451 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.

A native of Taylor, Mich., and graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Ky., Sellepack formerly served as pastor of Community Church of Hudson, Iowa. Participants in the installation will include a former interim pastor, the Rev. Dr. Robert Maatke, who will serve as guest liturgist, and the Rev. Dr. Richard Eckley, a theology professor at Houghton College, who will be guest preacher.

Labor strife is topic

"Multinationals on Trial: the Labor Struggles in the Maquiladoras" will be the discussion topic during a meeting of the Latin American Solidarity Committee at 7 p.m. Monday in the Network of Religious Communities Building, 1272 Delaware Ave.

The speaker will be Bill Jungels, a Fredonia State College professor. A member of the New York State Coalition for Religion-Labor, he attended U.S. Labor Department hearings regarding the Mexican government's failure to enforce health and safety regulations in factories owned by U.S. corporations.

Parish mission planned

God's love, forgiveness and healing will be the themes of a parish mission Sunday through Tuesday in Fourteen Holy Helpers Catholic Church, 1345 Indian Church Road, West Seneca.

Monsignor David Slubecky, pastor, said the mission will be conducted by a priest from the Franciscan Friars Ministry of the Word. The mission program will begin with Mass at 7 each evening. Everyone is welcome.

Service of Evensong

The Episcopal Diocese of Western New York will host a Service of Choral Evensong at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in St. Paul's Cathedral, Pearl and Church streets.

The service, presented by the Diocesan Men and Boys' Choir, will follow the annual choir school for boys Friday through next Sunday. It will be conducted by Bruce Neswick, former organist and choirmaster at St. Paul's, who currently serves as director of music at St. Alban's School for Boys and the National Cathedral School for Girls, Washington, D.C.

The Service of Evensong will be preceded by a 25-minute recital by Owen Cannon, a 16-year-old organist from Pendleton, Ore.

Nun to discuss her book

Sister Marianne Ferguson, professor of religious studies at Buffalo State College, will discuss her latest book, "Christian Thought, an Introduction," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Newman Center, 1219 Elmwood Ave.

The talk, to be followed by a book signing, will focus on sections on "Women in the Early Church" and "Feminine Theology." Everyone is welcome.

Clowns will lead worship

Fools for Christ, a Christian clown troop consisting of members of various Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo, will lead the worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday in Amherst Lutheran Church, 5125 Main St., Amherst. The public is invited.

Seminar on John Wesley

The Rev. Dr. Leonard H. Budd, a United Methodist pastor and author, will conduct a seminar on "John Wesley Alive" Friday through Feb. 25 in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.

Budd, pastor of the Church of the Saviour, Cleveland, is author of six books, including "Days Multiplied: The Wesley Legacy." Seminar sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to noon next Saturday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Feb. 25, concluding during the 10:30 a.m. worship service.

To register, call the church office at 773-3322.

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