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RELIGION NOTES - NEWS FROM AREA FAITH GROUPS

Zambian Orphan Choir

The Zambian Orphan Choir, 15 African children orphaned when their parents died of AIDS, will perform a special concert during services Saturday and Sunday at Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church, 8180 Greiner Road, Clarence.

The performers range in age from 7 to 16. They are part of nearly 800,000 children in Zambia orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The performances are scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday during regular church services.

The choir is under the direction of Richman Syabbamba, Zambian composer and musician. The tour is sponsored by World Hope International, a faith-based relief and development agency located in Springfield, Va.

For more information about how to respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, contact the World Hope office at (888) 466-4673.

Prayer conference here

Hundreds of out-of-town guests are anticipated for the 78th annual Holy Convocation of the United House of Prayer for All People, which runs Sunday through July 25.

The church is located at 60 Howard St. in Buffalo.

The highlight of the celebration is a baptismal service at noon, Sunday, July 25.

Revival at First Timothy

First Timothy Missionary Baptist Church at 1463-67 Genesee St. will host a three-day revival at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday inside its new facility.

Special guest evangelist will be the Rev. Tommy Fountain, director of missions for the Mulberry Baptist Association in Winder, Ga.

Beth Zion elects Lerman

The membership of Temple Beth Zion has elected Stuart G. Lerman, development officer for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, as congregation president.

Lerman, the former owner of a wholesale distributing company, has served in volunteer posts with a variety of local and national nonprofit organizations, including president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo. He lives in East Amherst.

Also elected to serve as officers were: vice presidents, Wendee Lorbeer, Kenneth Rogers and Howard Wiseman; secretary, Cindy Komm; assistant secretary, Julie Weinberg; treasurer, Michael Cohen; assistant treasurer, Ilene Gelber; immediate past president, Jonathan Rodwin; and executive committee member at-large, David H. Desmon.

Temple Beth Zion is located at 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Chittister to speak

Sister Joan Chittister, a Benedictine nun and executive director of Benetvision: A Resource and Research Center for Contemporary Spirituality, headlines the Chautauqua Institution Department of Religion's lecture series for the week of July 19.

Chittister will discuss the theme of "Breaking Barriers: Women Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow" at 2 p.m. throughout the week at 2 p.m., each day, Monday through Friday in the Hall of Philosophy on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua.

Hopper to perform

Christopher Hopper, a well-known speaker and worship leader, will perform in concert at the outdoor theater of Artpark in Lewiston at 6 p.m. Sunday.

The concert is sponsored by Lewiston Assembly of God and the public is welcome to attend. In case of rain, it will be held at the church, 4754 Creek Road. For more information, call 754-7736.

Perspectives on Jesus

Gerd Ludemann, professor of history and early Christianity at Georg-August University in Gottingden, Germany, and Joe Nickell, senior research fellow for the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, will discuss the physical and textual evidence regarding the existence of Jesus during a presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Center for Inquiry, 1310 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

Ludemann argues that the Gospels obscure and conceal the historical Jesus in favor of a divine Messiah. Nickell will discuss legends and fact behind holy relics such as the James Ossuary, the Shroud of Turin and the spear that pierced Jesus' side at the Crucifixion.

Admission is $6.

Cathedral organ concert

St. Joseph Cathedral at 50 Franklin St. will host the closing concert of the 49th annual Organ Historical Society Convention, which concludes Tuesday.

The concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday in the cathedral, which is home to a 5,331-pipe Hook and Hastings organ purchased in 1876. Organist Ken Cowan will perform, and the concert is open to the public.

The society promotes musical and historical interest in American organ building through collection, preservation and publication of historical information and through recordings and public concerts.

Outdoor Mass

St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Orchard Park will celebrate on outdoor Mass at noon on July 25 as part of its lawn fete.

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