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January 20, 2022 - 11:51am
posted by Press Release in spiritual connections, religion.

Arbor House, 350 Bank St., Batavia. We are a community of believers and disciples of Jesus Christ. Arbor House was founded to be a place of safety, refreshment, and renewal for all. Each week we gather to hear the spoken Word, eat from the Lord’s Table, and enjoy fellowship with all who come. If you have been hurt by a church before we want to be the place where you can find healing and hope. All are welcome! Service will be in person on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m and available live stream on Facebook. (350 Bank Street Road, Batavia, NY) For more information about Arbor House visit our website.

Ascension Parish -- Roman Catholic Community, Batavia. Weekend livestreaming Mass online at 4 p.m. on Saturdays. We invite everyone to join us on our Facebook page, where any Mass time changes will also be announced.

Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., Batavia, invites you to join us for in-person worship on Sundays at 9:00 am (Arise-relaxed with band music) or 10:45 am (Sanctuary -liturgical and organ) or on Livestream via Facebook Live for both times at: https://fpcbatavia.org/  or https://www.facebook.com/fpcbatavia/videos/. For the in-person worship services, masks are required.

Batavia First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road, Batavia. Reverend Wayne Mort leads our live worship at 10 a.m. on Sundays. The service will also be livestreamed on Facebook. You can connect to the online worship through our website or by using this Facebook link. (585) 343-2372.

City Church, 210 E. Main St., Batavia, is open for Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 10, and Thursday evenings at 7 o'clock. Everyone is welcome to join us for worship and a message. We also have a noontime Sunday service at our St. Anthony's location at 114 Liberty St. in Batavia. You can also connect with us online, through our Facebook page, or our YouTube channel.

Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, part of American Baptist Churches USA, 2583 Main Road, East Pembroke. Our Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Glenn Bloom preaching. Bible Study is every Wednesday at 10 a.m. We are a small church and welcome new members; we are following social distancing rules and masks must be worn. (585) 762-8721

East Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5735 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany. We are holding in-person worship services at (UPDATED TIME) 10:30 a.m. on Sundays, led by Pastor John Goehle. Visitors are always welcome! You can find out more information on our Facebook page or by emailing us at [email protected].

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 190 Oak St., Batavia. Join us for services in person or livestreamed via Facebook and EBCBatavia.com. Be part of the family today and join in the blessings of Jesus in your life!

EverPresent Church, 4 Batavia City Centre, Batavia. Sunday Service is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday's Group Bible Study is at 6 p.m. It's Win, lose or ?! on Thursday's Facebook Live with the Pastors Bible Study. Visit us online for more information. (585) 297-3155

First Baptist Church in Batavia, 306 E. Main St., Pastor David Weidman, where "Christ the Center, Love for All" is very evident to all who enter. We invite you to our Full Gospel Sunday services at 10 a.m.; prayer and Bible study on Wednesdays from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.; Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., please come and browse in our beautifully renovated "Thrift Shoppe." You'll find many bargains, including $2, $6, and $10 bags sales on all unmarked clothing. You can also enjoy a light lunch at Lydia's Kitchen while you shop. Questions? Email:   [email protected]. Call us at (585) 343-9002.

First Baptist Church Elba, 31 S. Main St., Elba, is open for the main service in person at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays. For more information about our church go to www.fbcelba.net. The pastor is Michael Davis. Email: [email protected] / Phone (585) 757-2722

First Presbyterian Church of Byron, 6293 W. Main St., Byron. Two worship experiences are offered each Sunday: 9:45 a.m. in person in the church sanctuary, with appropriate safety protocols; and 11:15 a.m. -- a Zoom-only service. Please call the church office to obtain Zoom access codes, 585-2800

Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine St., Batavia. This Sunday we will be looking back on God’s goodness to us in 2021 and looking forward to what will be new in 2022! The Morning Worship Service is at 9:30 a.m. Children’s ministries during the 9:30 a.m. service are for ages nursery – 4th Grade. Grace Student Ministries for grades 9-12 are every Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. Grace Student Ministries for grades 5-8 are on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 pm. If you are unable to join us in person for worship, the service is live-streamed at www.gracebatavia.org. or on our Facebook page: Grace Baptist.

Indian Falls Methodist Church, 7908 Alleghany Road, Corfu. Reverend Karen McCaffery will hold a Worship Service inside the church sanctuary at 10 a.m. Sundays. Or join our service via Facebook Live or on YouTube by searching for IFUMC TechTeam. Weekly Online Bible Study and Prayer Services are held on Wednesday night at 7 o'clock via Facebook Live on “Pastor McCaffery's” page.

North Bergen Presbyterian Church, 7068 N. Bergen Road, Bergen, is open for in-person services at 10 a.m. Sundays. The phone is (585) 494-1255.

North Darien Bible Church, 9768 Simonds Road, Corfu. We are open! Sunday worship service begins at 10 a.m. Children's Church classes are available for children ages birth through sixth grade, including a classroom for children with special needs. For more information, visit our website. You can also watch LIVE on our Facebook or YouTube channel. Join from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of every month for our free community closet, full of clothing, coats, and shoes for all. (585) 547-9646.

Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road (North Campus), Batavia. We Christ-followers belong to the family of God, which has many branches. Northgate Church grows as part of God’s people called Free Methodists. Much like human DNA manifests in physical traits like eye color, height, and personality, Free Methodists identify with spiritual characteristics that define us: Life-Giving Holiness, Love-Driven Justice, Christ-Compelled Multiplication, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, and God-Given Revelation. In a series called “Framework,” we’ll begin 2022 by exploring these defining features of our faith with the goal of developing them for God’s glory. Join us Saturdays at 6 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11, 8160 Bank St. Rd., Batavia. For more information about Northgate Free Methodist Church and to watch our services online go to northgatefmc.com or facebook.com/northgatefmc

Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church, 2210 Judge Road, South Alabama. On Sundays, Bible School for all ages at 9:45 a.m. & Worship at 11. Men's Bible Study meets weekly on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome. Email:  [email protected] or call the church office at (585) 948-9401.

Our Lady of Mercy & St. Brigid parishes, Lake Street, Le Roy. All Masses livestreamed Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; Sunday mornings at 7:15 & 9 & 10:45. Daily Masses are livestreamed at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 9 a.m. Saturday. View on YouTube and Facebook. Visit Fr. Matthew’s parish website.

Resurrection Parish (St. Mary and St. Joseph churches in Batavia). Services livestreaming at 5:30 p.m. every Saturday from St. Mary's Church via Facebook, or view the livestreaming Mass on YouTube by searching for Resurrection RC Parish or visit the parish website. In-person Masses are 4 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church; and at St. Mary's Church at 7:30 and 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia. Sundays: at 10 a.m. there is a Sung Holy Eucharist in the church,  followed by an 11:30 a.m. "Our Faith" Discussion. Use this Zoom link for a virtual 9 a.m. Service of Spiritual Communion and "Our Faith" Discussion. (Meeting ID: 898 1085 7988, Passcode: church) For choir participation, text Dillon Hirsch 585 969-8137

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1 E. Main St., Le Roy, is open for in-person services at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Communion will be offered to people in their seats and will only include bread. We welcome you to join us -- either in person or online. For more information, visit our website.

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main St., Corfu. Weekend Masses are celebrated: Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at the Corfu Church Site; and at 11 a.m. Sunday at the East Pembroke Church site, 8656 Church St., East Pembroke. Weekday Masses are celebrated on: Monday and Friday at 8 a.m. in Corfu; and Thursday at 8 a.m. in East Pembroke; on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Corfu followed by Adoration. Corfu Masses are also available for viewing on our YouTube channel. All information is on the church website and on Facebook. Email:  [email protected] (585) 599-4833

St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield. Weekend Masses are celebrated: Saturday 4:30 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., and at 10 a.m. in the Oakfield Church Site, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield. Weekday Masses are celebrated Monday 6 p.m. in Elba (Our Lady of Fatima Church, 65 S. Main St.); Tuesday at 8 a.m. in Elba; Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Oakfield; Thursday at 8 a.m. in Oakfield; Friday at 8 a.m. in Oakfield.

St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6188 Main Road, Stafford. In-person service, including Holy Communion, is at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings. All  Are Welcome. 

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School, 31 Washington Ave., Batavia. This coming Sunday will be the first day of National Lutheran Schools Week.  Sunday our sermon is titled "In Christ - In All Things" based on Colossians 1:15-20.  The School children will attend service and sing during the service.  We will be celebrating Holy Communion as well.  Adult Bible Class is in Memorial Hall at 8:30 a.m.  We continue to study HEAVEN.   Our service begins at 10 a.m. and the children are dismissed to Sunday School during the sermon. The school celebrates all week, beginning Monday with a Read A Thon, Tuesday is a fundraiser at Settlers from 4-8 p.m., Wed is bring-your-Pastor-to-Chapel day, Thursday is Theater Thursday! and Friday is Family Fun Day at Mancuso Bowling Center.  The annual auction has been postponed.  The school will also hold an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday, Jan. 26 from 5-6 p.m.  We offer Pre-K (3-4-year-olds), and K - 6th grades.  God continues to bless us richly.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main St. in Attica, worships at 10:45 a.m. on Sundays, and Darien United Methodist Church, 1951 Broadway (Route 20), Darien Center, worships at 9 a.m. on Sundays. For the Zoom connection, email [email protected] and request the link(s). Prayer requests may be left at Trinity's voicemail (585) 591-1549 or with Pastor Pam at (716) 560-0290.


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December 10, 2021 - 10:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Catholic Charities, news, religion.

Press release:

Catholic Charities needs volunteers for its Friendly Phones and Home Visitation Programs in Genesee and Orleans counties. Both programs depend on dedicated volunteers to provide weekly visits or phone calls to isolated seniors 60+ who live independently, or with family. Volunteers engage in friendly conversation, partake in hobbies, crafts, and special interests such as reading, puzzles, baking or card games.

“During this giving season, consider giving the gift of your time this year by volunteering to provide friendship to isolated seniors within our community,” said Linda Chadderdon, program manager for Home Visitation Program in Genesee & Orleans counties, Catholic Charities. “These interactions bring a sense of connectivity and friendship to our program members. In addition to brightening our seniors’ days, volunteers often find a rich sense of fulfillment too in just volunteering one hour per week.”

Visitation schedule is flexible. Interested volunteers much be at least 21 years old. An interview, background check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required. Training will also be provided upon acceptance into the volunteer program. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please call Catholic Charities at 585-343-0614, ext. 3801.

October 6, 2021 - 9:54am
posted by Joanne Beck in batavia, cornerstone church, Mario Murillo, news, religion.


If you happened to drive along Bank Street Road near Saile Drive Sunday, Monday or Tuesday night, you may have gotten stuck in a line of traffic or behind motorists trying to find a parking spot.

There was no sporting match or major concert. Rather, it was something much more divine, Pastor Paul Doyle says. Cornerstone Church featured guest speaker Mario Murillo in a big yellow tent on the Bank Street grounds. 

“I think COVID has had a big effect on people, people’s lifestyle has changed. Some people are weary with politics and government, are you vaccinated or unvaccinated, was the election rigged or not rigged,” he said while preparing for Tuesday’s event. “Who do you trust? I think people are running to God for that.”

Doyle, who has been the leader of the church the last four years, had known of Murillo and even offered to loan the big tent for the evangelist’s appearances in California. That was in January when Cornerstone’s congregation was 30 people. Zoom ahead several months later, and the Murillo speaking engagements have “put our church on the map,” Doyle said.  

“He decided to come out here … it just seems that New Yorkers are hungry for an answer,” Doyle said. “He is simply addressing issues that affect Christians.”

Murillo had his doubts that the small city of Batavia would attract many people, and was going to be content with a half-filled tent, Doyle said. Both men were shocked at the turnout of more than 3,000 attendees per night on Sunday and Monday, and they sat in the rain to boot.

People were from different locales — at least 16 states represented — and denominations, including those from Amish and Mennonite communities, Doyle said.  Although Murillo has expressed opinions about the White House administration and his beliefs regarding who is president, this event is not about that, Doyle said. 

“People are not being converted to a political party,” he said. “(Murillo) is talking about Jesus Christ. Families are bringing their loved ones. There’s a fresh set of people each night.”

Visitors from Kentucky and North Carolina to Florida and beyond not only traveled to attend but also to pitch in and help. Doyle said a core of 400 volunteers have been functioning as ushers, parking attendants, security, and first-aid responders. Two smaller tents have been added to the main one to accommodate overflow, and people are also welcome to plant a seat elsewhere on the property, he said. 

As for any potential COVID concerns, masks were provided for those who wanted one, he said, even though it’s an outdoor event and people can distance themselves if they want. 

Doyle cited a scripture from the Old Testament (2 Chronicles 7:14) that serves as a guide for the church: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

He believes society is yearning for that healing. 

“I promote the love of Jesus,” he said. “The only thing that interests me is the new people coming to the Lord.” 

There is one more gathering tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 8020 Bank Street Rd., Batavia. Admission is free. 



September 3, 2021 - 9:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Faith Community Chapel, batavia, news, religion.


Rev. Eugene DeMay, founder and now semi-retired pastor of Faith Community Chapel on Rose Road, Batavia, turns 90 tomorrow.  His family gathered at T.F. Brown's this past Sunday for a surprise birthday party.

His son-in-law, who supplied the info and photos, Craig Wilkins, said DeMay is still active in the church and continues to preach on occasion.  He will be with his congregation at 11 a.m., Sunday, when Wilkins plays a concert at Labor Daze in Oakfield.

Top photo: From left to right Sandra Jo DeMay Wilkins,  Kathy Hameister, Sheila DeMay Groh, Rena Sanderson DeMay (wife), Gene DeMay, Sharon Price, Susan DeMay Wheeler.



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


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.


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


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.


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.

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