Local Matters

Community Sponsors

religion

October 2, 2020 - 5:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Resurrection Parish, news, batavia, religion.

img_1982confirmation.jpg

Resurrection Parish held Confirmation on Thursday evening with Father Ivan Trujillo.

The confirmation service had been delayed from the spring.

The 2020-21 faith formation program begins Oct. 25 at Resurrection Parish and Jason Smith can be reached at [email protected].

Smith is the teacher for confirmation and director of Religious Education at the parish.

Top photo: Sam Chmielowiec, Maxwell Tenney, Evan Preston and Elizabeth Kingston.

Photos and information submitted by Jason Smith.

img_1972confirmatino.jpg

Ariana deSae Frias is kneeling, anointed with holy chrism oil, signifying receiving the Holy Spirit.

img_1981confirmation.jpg

May 31, 2020 - 11:46am

Message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, "What is Saving Your Life Right Now?"

May 24, 2020 - 11:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia First Presbyterian Church, religion, church, batavia.

Message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

May 17, 2020 - 8:00am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia First Presbyterian, religion, covid-19, coronavirus.

Weekly Sunday message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

April 26, 2020 - 1:48pm

Message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, Batavia First Presbyterian Church: April 26th -- "What is Saving Your Life Right Now?"

April 5, 2020 - 12:15pm

Video: Palm Sunday message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

March 29, 2020 - 4:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia First Presbyterian Church, religion, batavia.

Video: Sunday message from Pastor Roula Alkhouri, Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

March 22, 2020 - 11:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in City Church, batavia, church, religion.

City Church streamed its service this morning live on social media. Here is the recording of that service.

March 4, 2019 - 11:00am
posted by Lisa Ace in Making Crosses, lent, art, religion.
Event Date and Time: 
April 11, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Making Crosses During Lent

We are invited to a journey of exploration and prayer during Lent using Ellen Morris Prewitt’s book Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God. Lent is an intentional time to journey with Jesus to the cross by adding intentional prayer practices to our daily lives. Making crosses out of discarded items will be a great way to add spiritual awareness to your life. This active prayer form will help you open your life to God’s healing, love, and challenge in a new way.

March 4, 2019 - 10:59am
posted by Lisa Ace in Making Crosses, art, lent, religion.
Event Date and Time: 
March 28, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Making Crosses During Lent

We are invited to a journey of exploration and prayer during Lent using Ellen Morris Prewitt’s book Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God. Lent is an intentional time to journey with Jesus to the cross by adding intentional prayer practices to our daily lives. Making crosses out of discarded items will be a great way to add spiritual awareness to your life. This active prayer form will help you open your life to God’s healing, love, and challenge in a new way.

March 4, 2019 - 10:55am
posted by Lisa Ace in Making Crosses, lent, religion.
Event Date and Time: 
March 7, 2019 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Making Crosses During Lent

We are invited to a journey of exploration and prayer during Lent using Ellen Morris Prewitt’s book Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God. Lent is an intentional time to journey with Jesus to the cross by adding intentional prayer practices to our daily lives. Making crosses out of discarded items will be a great way to add spiritual awareness to your life. This active prayer form will help you open your life to God’s healing, love, and challenge in a new way.

December 20, 2018 - 9:54am
posted by Virginia Kropf in Gregory Van Dussen, books, news, religion.

van_dussen_1781.jpg

After a lifelong career in ministry, Gregory Van Dussen has written his first book, "Transfiguration and Hope."

"I have done a lot of writing in graduate school and a lot of reviews, but never a book,” Van Dussen said. “I didn’t think I had anything to write about until it hit me like a ton of bricks.”

As a new retiree, the vision became clear, he said.

“I had to do some reflecting about this time of life, getting old and the next life,” Van Dussen said. “I put that together with the Bible transfiguration of Christ.”

One thing which makes his book distinctive, he said, is in his research he read a wide range of authors, not only Christian authors from Protestant to Catholic but Eastern Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox writers from Egypt and Armenian Apostolic.

His book is a conversation across time and space, he said. He describes it as gathering many of those voices from the panorama of Scripture and church history and finding in them the common theme of radical transformation in Christ.

Van Dussen is a retired United Methodist pastor, having started 39 years ago in Batavia. From 1972 to 1974, he served as district superintendent. His career includes serving at churches in Bergen, Albion, Batavia, East Aurora and Springville.

His book is available at the Holland Land Office Museum, on Amazon and in local retail distributors, including the Book Shoppe in Medina, where he has a book signing scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.

Van Dussen is already working on a second book of devotions, based on the lives of early circuit riders in North America.

“I have always been interested in those people,” Van Dussen said. “I found an abundance of information available online about these people.”

He hopes to have the new book available by next fall.

May 14, 2018 - 1:43pm
posted by Billie Owens in EverPresent Church, batavia, news, Announcements, religion.

Press release:

EverPresent Church invites you to visit our new location at 4 Batavia City Centre, Batavia. We are excited to announce our Grand Opening Weekend on May 18-20 at the former Homestead Center also former home to Roxy’s Music Store.

EverPresent Church was founded in 2013 in the local YMCA. Not long after its beginning the church found a new home at 8 City Centre, formerly Center Stage Dance Co. Although EverPresent Church embraced its new location, we still longed for a space we could call home.

The conversation started back in 2015 with the owner of The Homestead Center but a deal wasn’t stuck until the summer of 2017.

Since our move into our new location we have been very busy settling in and making it our own. We are excited to be holding services and If you are looking for a warm friendly environment with a caring community of believers this just might be the place for you.

We are a family oriented church with great vision for you and our community. We are excited to see what God has in store for our church and anticipate great things for the future of Batavia.

If you are looking for a church and it’s been difficult to find where you fit or feel comfortable, this is the place for you! We are Real People, living Real Lives, with a Real Hope! We invite you to check it out and celebrate together as we help one another on this journey called life.

Grand Opening Weekend

  • Friday, May 18th at 5:45 p.m. -- MOVIE NIGHT showing “THE GREATEST SHOWMAN." Free popcorn and water; pop available to purchase.
  • Saturday, May 19th -- OPEN HOUSE from 2 to 5 p.m. Come by and check out the place, get some info about the church, and meet the pastors. 
  • Sunday, May 20 -- SUNDAY SERVICE at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a time of worship and an encouraging message.

We guarantee that you will experience God and His love through the people at EverPresent Church. We look forward to meeting you!

"Real People. Real Life. Real Hope!"

February 25, 2018 - 5:29pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Hope Center of Le Roy, Le Roy, news, religion.

hopecenterleroyfeb2018.jpg

It's the vision of Rev. Henry Moore and the team at the Hope Center of Le Roy that the new ministry 42 Main St. will provide the community with a place of hope and help.

"We just want to show God's love through all of us and everything that we're doing," Moore said. "That's a lot of what we're based on, the fact of God's love and things will take shape from there."

The Hope Center, which is still just barely furnished, offers several programs for the community already.

There is L.I.F.T., which stands for Ladies in Faith Together. It's a program for single moms, where single moms can meet and support each other, share a meal, and grow in faith together.

The King's Table provides support for caregivers of children with special needs. 

"A couple of ladies who have special needs children took it upon themselves to start the program," Moore said. "Since then they've begun to bring families in and it gives them an opportunity to just meet together."

Fresh Start Literacy is a program for children to get extra help with reading.

"We really feel like this is going to be a powerful one because so many families have children who struggle to read," Moore said. "It's tough in a school atmosphere to get one-on-one help. We're willing to offer that."

Moms United in Prayer is a chance for women to pray together on a regular basis for children and schools.

Annually, the center offers Go Pro Spa Day and the Prom Dress Give Away.

Planned programs include Celebrate Recovery, a disaster relief program, children and teens programs and a New Life Clothing Center.

Much of Moore's ministry is based on the work, including the Prom Dress Give Away, he was doing with the Living Waters Church.

The Hope Center is now a separate nonprofit, and Moore is seeking donation and community support. The Hope Center has also started a building fund with the hope of eventually owning its own building.

"What we really want to do is get the community involved get all the churches to come together," Moore said. "I mean, no one person has a vision to make everything happen. One of the things we found was that someone has a vision and they don't know how to make it happen. We want to help that."

The rest of the leadership team includes Donna Friedman, Pat Bedford and Amy Bolton.

The motto of the Hope Center is that "hope is more than a wish. It is a confident expectation."

Moore said it's his goal to see the new ministry provide that kind of confident expectation to the Le Roy community.

October 30, 2017 - 4:15pm

Tuesday marks the 500th anniversary of Reformation Day, celebrated alongside Halloween, by Protestant Christians.

On Oct. 31, 1517, German monk Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Pastor Alan Werk from St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia, said Reformation Day is an important holiday that marks the beginnings of the church body.

“It shows recognition that the Bible is God’s word and it’s our sole authority for what we teach and believe,” Werk said.

On Nov. 4th from 2 to 4 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church will hold a family-oriented Reformation Day Celebration. There will be stations for people to walk around to learn more about Martin Luther and Reformation Day. St. Paul's is located at 31 Washington Ave. in Batavia.

“The other important recognition is that we are saved by Jesus Christ, not by the things that we do,” Werk said. “Jesus did for us what we couldn’t do.”

Earlier in the month, St. Paul members gathered to watch a documentary about Martin Luther, to start the celebrations of Reformation Day.

Every year, the congregation celebrates Reformation Day on the last Sunday of October.

“It lets us live with a whole lot more joy and peace,” Werk said. “We remind ourselves about all things the Reformation stands for in terms of our faith and Scriptures.”

The three key points celebrated are Scripture alone, faith alone and grace alone, Werk said.

When Martin Luther nailed the Ninety-five Theses to the church, he did not set out to create a new church body, Werk said.

“What he was really trying to do was correct some things that he recognized from his study of the Bible, that the church had been doing wrong,” Werk said. “He wanted to make some adjustments and corrections.”

Werk said he ended up getting kicked out of the church, which prompted him to start a new church body.

“He wanted to call the church back to the things the Bible taught,” Werk said.

August 26, 2017 - 9:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in religion, news, music, entertainment, austin park, batavia.

hereandnow2017b.jpg

Austin Park was filled with praise and worship this weekend for the Here and Now Festival, featuring several Christian music acts and pastors along with dozens of vendors and activities for families.

More than 3,000 people turned out for last night's music and the festival continues today through 10 p.m.

hereandnow2017.jpg

hereandnow2017-2.jpghereandnow2017-3.jpg

hereandnow2017-4.jpg

hereandnow2017-5.jpg

hereandnow2017-6.jpg

hereandnow2017-7.jpg

hereandnow2017-8.jpg

hereandnow2017-9.jpg

hereandnow2017-10.jpg

hereandnow2017-11.jpg

Subscribe to

Calendar

S M T W T F S
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
 
 
 
 
 

Copyright © 2008-2020 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
 

blue button