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Religion notes / News from area faith groups

Frosh to visit church

Rev. Vincent R. Frosh, former pastor of St. Paul AME Zion Church in Buffalo, will return to visit this weekend with members from his music ministry at First AME Zion Church of Columbus, Ohio, where he now is pastor.

They will sing at 7 p.m. today in Durham Memorial AME Zion Church, 174 Eagle St. and will return to the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday, when Pastor Frosh will deliver the sermon. The public is invited.

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Prayer breakfast

Potter's House Christian Community Church in Niagara Falls will host its annual women's prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. next Saturday in the Inn on the River, 7001 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.

Guest speaker is Brenda L. Conyers of Richmond, Va. Tickets are $20, $12 for youth. For information, call 285-3445.

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Church marks 150th

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1004 Michigan Ave. at 10th Street, Niagara Falls, will celebrate its 150th anniversary at 2 p.m. April 22. Among the dignitaries attending will be Bishop Marie C. Jerge.

Special music will be featured, including a performance by the noted Lutheran Chorale of Western New York. An organ prelude will begin at 1:30. A reception in the parish hall, featuring artifacts from the church archives, will follow.

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German-English Mass

St. Ann's Church and Shrine, 501 Emslie St. at Broadway, will offer a special German-English Mass at 10 a.m. April 22. German sacred music will be performed by the Buffalo Schwaben Choir.

The Mass, which honors the parish and shrine's German origins and place in Buffalo's German community, is a prelude to a series of events to celebrate St. Ann's founding in 1858. The church, decorated with fine woodcarvings, features a glorious set of German-made stained glass windows.

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200th anniversary

Clarence United Methodist Church, 10205 Greiner Road, believed to be the oldest congregation of any denomination in Western New York, will open its bicentennial year celebration with a special worship service at 10:30 a.m. April 22.

Worship will be followed by a banquet in the church's Family Life Center. Tickets -- $8 for adults, $5 for children 5 to 12 -- must be purchased by Monday. They are available by calling Jim Aberle at 741-8832. The community is invited.

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Vesper service

The Villa Maria Chorale, featuring soloists and a professional orchestra, will perform in a vesper service featuring Mozart's "Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore" (Solemn Vespers) at 4 p.m. April 22 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 1451 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda.

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Bon voyage for pastor

St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca, will hold a bon voyage party for its pastor, Hope Harle-Mould, following the 10 a.m. worship service April 22. All are welcome to attend.

Pastor Harle-Mould and the church have received a $45,000 grant to participate in the National Clergy Renewal Program funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. of Indianapolis. He will travel to distant places where faith is in action, beginning with a stop in Sierra Leone to see relatives of a refugee family the congregation is sponsoring.

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Series on Judaism

Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld, senior rabbi of Temple Beth Zion, will present a series of three Tuesday evening classes on the roots of Judaism and Jewish thought beginning April 24 in the Broder Center, 700 Sweet Home Road, Amherst.

The first session will discuss the evolution of Judaism, the second will trace the evolution of Jewish theology and the third will follow the progress of Jewish ritual. The classes are free and open to the community. To register, call 836-6565, ext. 12.

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Church marks 85 years

Deadline for reservations is today for a luncheon celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Evangelistic Temple and Community Church Center, at which 13 octogenarian members of the congregation will be honored. The luncheon will be held April 22 in Fanny's Restaurant, 3500 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. Chairwoman is Diane Jackson.

Next Saturday at noon, members of the church at 92 Hedley Place will visit the original home of the congregation at 451 Jefferson Ave. All former members and members of the community are invited. Special observances also will be held April 22 during Sunday school at 9 a.m. and morning worship at 10:15.

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Adoption is theme

The Office of Pro-Life Activities for the Diocese of Buffalo and Baker Victory Services are sponsoring a Mass at 10:30 a.m. April 28 in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna, for all those touched by adoption. The Rev. Daniel Fawls will be main celebrant and homilist. A reception will follow. For information, call 828-9500.

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Novenas for life

St. Rose of Lima Church, Parkside and Parker avenues, is hosting the annual series of Rosary Novenas for Life during 8 a.m. Masses on the last Saturday of each month through November. Bishop Edward U. Kmiec will be the main celebrant Aug. 25.

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