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NEWS In This Issue St. Peter’s UCC, North Tonawanda Blessing of the Animals by Kathy Reandeau


Get to Know Niagara Alliance Church: New Pastor: Pastor Dan Piazza


Places of Worship


October Community Events


On Health Back to School Blues by Lori Jagow


News & Happenings


A Healing Moment A Funny Thing Happened


Puzzle Pages: Crossword, Word Search, Sudoku


Recipes/Signs from Above


Christian Education




History Philistines by Jeff Keefe


Thoughtful Minute - Blessed Woes by Elby Bard





St. Peter’s UCC, North Tonawanda Blessing of the Animals by Kathy Reandeau

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in North Tonawanda will hold a “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, October 28 during its 10:30 a.m. service. The church will welcome all members and guests, and all types of pets under control. Whether a member of a faith community or not, everyone is invited to come with their animal companion and receive a blessing that recognizes the importance of creatures in God’s design.

During the service pets will be welcomed to the altar where they will be blessed by the church’s pastor, Rev. Linda Harle-Mould. She will offer prayers for the animal and its human family. Each pet will receive a neckerchief or a cross for its collar or cage. There will also be special treats, ranging from dog biscuits to mealworms. Last year 44 people and 11 animals attended the blessing including dogs, a cat, an owl, an armadillo and a blue-tongued skink. This year, whether they are present or not, the service will also include blessings for service animals, police and rescue animals, visiting pets and companion pets. Pastor Linda is an animal person by nature who also works in wildlife rehabilitation at Messinger Woods Wildlife Care & Education Center (www. and is a docent at the Buffalo Zoo. She is prepared to welcome any type of animal that needs a blessing, because animals are

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I met with Rev. Harle-Mould and two of the pets that were blessed last year, Gumper and Leo, along with their human companions, John and Sharon Stewart. Gumper is a 160 pound, four year old, Great Dane/bloodhound mix that the Stewarts adopted through Black Dog/Second Chance (www., a no-kill, 501(c)3 organization. Leo is a 90 pound greyhound who came to the Stewarts about six months ago through Buffalo Greyhound Adoption (, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the qualities of the exracing greyhound and finding responsible homes for greyhounds after their racing careers. He was a race dog who ran in 72 races before moving into foster care. The Stewarts refer to Leo as a “gentle giant” because he has a great temperament as a booth dog to take to events where they can help promote awareness of the greyhound cause.

Music is an important part of the church’s ministry and the congregation loves to sing. They will often have a Hymn Sing Sunday where the pastor sits with the congregation while Sharon presents a story and her sister, Lynette Panebianco, the church organist, plays hymns selected by the congregation. John handles audio-video duties that enhance the spirit of the worship service. Lyrics to songs are always displayed on an overhead screen, along with pictures and an occasional joke during the passing of the Peace.

St. Peter’s is made up of people who enjoy working together. They are known for their fish fries or chicken and biscuit dinners, where guests find plenty of food and fellowship. Visitors to Canal Fest look forward to their fish dinners and sandwiches, as well as the over ten thousand deep fried Oreos they served this year! In 2012 they also hosted a luau featuring guests from the Founded in 1888, St. Peter’s looks forward to United Church of Christ in Hawaii who educated celebrating its 125th anniversary next year. Its roots guests about the history of Queen Liliuokalani. The are in the German immigrant community and the Continued on page 4


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On Sunday, August 26, 2012, Pastor Dan was installed as Lead Pastor of the Niagara Alliance Church , located at 7041 Witmer Rd., North Tonawanda, NY. Pastor Tom Cameron of the Medina Alliance Church officiated along with several local pastors including the District Superintendant of the Christian & Missionary Alliance, from Rome, NY. Dan Piazza is an energetic young Pastor with a

wife, Holly, and four children. Pastor Dan was born August 1, 1978 in Erie, PA with many accomplishments in 34 years including the following: Pennsylvania Army National Guard – (1999-2005) Lead Pastor @ Spartansburg Alliance Church – (2/2007 – 11/2009) B.S. Pastoral Ministries from Toccoa Falls College, GA Pastor Dan’s Ministry Objective for Niagara Alliance Church is as follows: “To discover the local body of believers to whom God has called my family to serve, in order that we all may be mutually benefited through our spiritual gifts to God’s glory”

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verses on faith and trust and belief, and so on. I also did extensive two-way journaling where I asked God what He wanted to show me about these areas, so I could think differently and respond differently when tempted to go back into my old ungodly thought patterns. His daily counsel through journaling wasinvaluable! One journal entry which was completely life transforming was this: “Mark, whatever you fix your eyes upon, grows within you, and whatever grows within you, you become.” God taught me never to look at my sin or my weakness or my strength, but to look only at Him. This way Jesus grew within me and I became Christ-like, because I become a reflection of that which I fix my eyes upon. The lady who prayed for me had prayed seven specific prayers with me. I have written about these seven prayers in my book Prayers that Heal the Heart and we also have created CDs DVDs and a LEARN workbook to help others who are

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church celebrates the joy of Christmas every year. Last year they created decorations for a colonial Christmas; this year they are planning a theme around angels. They also enjoy a unique relationship with St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in West Seneca, where Linda’s husband, Rev. Hope Harle-Mould, is the pastor. Referring to themselves as St. Peter’s North and South, members of the north community have visited the West Seneca church and the music group from the south community, “Strike The Rock,” presented a concert at the North Tonawanda church. In a unique twist, when St. Peter’s North was looking for hymnals, St. Peter’s South just happened to purchase a new set and had an old set they could donate to their sister church that was already engraved for St. Peter’s United Church of Christ. COMMUNITY EVENTS DURING THE YEAR: Breakfast with the Bunny - open to entire community at no cost Vacation Bible School - evening starts with dinner open at no cost to the whole family of the child attending the program Booth at Canal Fest of the Tonawandas Prayer Bears for Sick and Shut-Ins Collecting newspapers for Buffalo Zoo COMING UP: Friday, October 26: Friday Fish Fry, followed by history of the church and hymn sing Sunday, October 28: Blessing of the Animals

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Places of Worship ANGLICAN


St. Bartholomew’s Pro-Anglican Church Christ-Centered; Bible Believing 2368 Eggert Rd, TOT (716) 831-1777 Rev. Fr. Arthur W. Ward Jr Summer Schedule: June 17-Sept. 2 SAT: 4:30 PM SUN: 8:00am& 10:00am Christian Ed. Pre-K to Grade 6 & Nursery 9:15am & 10:00am WED: 9:30am

Lewiston Assembly of God 4754 Creek Rd., LEW (716) 754-7736

St. Steven’s Anglican Church 10 Indian Trail Road, WIL SUN: 11:00am ALLIANCE CHURCHES Kenmore Alliance 175 Bonnet Ave., TOT Pastor Jon Schuerholz SAT: 6:00pm, SUN: 8:30am, 10:00am (also Sunday School), 11:30am WED: 6:30 Prayer Meeting THUR: 6:15 AWANA Children’s Program Lockport Alliance Church 555 Davison Rd ., LKPT (716) 433-3571 Pastor Kevin Robbins SUN 9:00 & 11:15 Life Hour 10:15am Niagara Alliance Church 7041 Witmer Road N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 716-731-5689 Sun. 9:30am Life Hour (Sunday School) Sun. 10:30am Worship Service Wed. 7-8pm Prayer Meeting APOSTOLIC New Apostolic 4229 Delaware, TOT SUN: 10:30am WED: 8pm New Life In Christ Ministries 285 Walnut Rd., LKPT SUN: 11:00

SUN: 10:00 WED: 7:00

Lockport Assembly of God 200 Beattie Ave., LKPT (716) 433-2900 SUN: 10:30am WED: 7:00pm Praise & Prayer New Covenant 345 McConkey Dr., TON Pastor Dan Hamlin Sunday: 8:45am & 10:00am First Assembly Of God 9750 Niagara Falls Blvd., NF Rev. James Armpriester (716) 297-7794 SUN: 10:00am WEDS 7:00pm FRI: 7:00pm Youth Service Rev. Kevin L. Wright SUN 10:00am Sunday School 9:00am Brighton Community Church (American Baptist) 1225 Brighton Road at Parkhurst, TOT SUN: 10:30am Calvary New Covenant 78 Pyle Court, TOT SUN: 11:00am Sunday School 10:45am WED: 7:00pm Bible Study Center Road Baptist Church 412 Center Rd. WS www. Rev. William Livermore (716) 675-6545 SUN 11:00am, 6:30pm WED: 6:30pm Christian Fellowship Baptist Church 765 Niagara Falls Blvd., AMH SUN: 11:00am

Amherst Baptist Church 100 Willow Ridge Drive, AMH SUN:9:30am Fellowship, 9:45am – Contemporary Worship Service Sunday School 11:00am

First Baptist 530 Meadow Drive, NT School: 9:30am SUN: 11:00am & 6:00pm Sunday School 9:30am WED: 7:00pm Adult Bible Study and Prayer Meeting, 6:45pm Kind.-5th, 6th-12th

Antioch Bible Baptist Church 3984 Lockport Olcott Rd., LKPT (716) 439-8101

First Baptist Church 511 Union Rd., WS (716) 674-1816 SUN 10:15am, 6:00pm WEDS 7:00pm

Baptist Church Of Ransomville Youngstown-Lockport Rd, RAN (716) 791-4939 www. ransomvillebaptistchurch. org Pastor Rock Garrow SUN: 11:00am Sunday School & Coffee Hour 9:45

First Baptist ChurchLockport 140 Genesee St., LKPT (716) 434-1783 Pastor Dave McBeath SUN: 10:30 am WED: 6PM Jesus and Me


Bethel Baptist Church 995 Dodge Road Getzville, NY 14068 (716)688-8668

First Baptist Church Of Wilson 251 Chestnut St., WILS (716) 751-6988 www.firstbaptistofwilson. com Pastor Stephen Hay SUN: 11:00am

First Bible Baptist Church 949 Lincoln Ave., LKPT (716) 433-1611 SUN: 10:00am, 11:00am Sunday School, 6:30pm WEDS 7:00pm Prayer Meeting, 7:45pm Bible Study Grace Baptist 2525 Eggert Rd, TOT Pastor Jon Longwell (716) 836-1525 SUN: 10:30am Sunday School 9:00am Harris Hill Baptist Church 5071 Harris Hill Road, WILM (716) 689-3199 SUN 11:00am - Morning Worship SUN: 1:15pm - Afternoon Worship Sunday School & Adult Bible Fellowship 9:45am Kenmore Baptist 10 Wardman Rd., KEN (716) 875-6223 SUN: 11:00am Sunday School 10:00am

Tonawanda Baptist 3200 Elmwood Ave., TOT SUN: 10:30am Sunday Bible study 9:30am United Baptist Church 4800 Creek Rd., LEW (716) 754-4473 Pastor Bette Bond SUN: 10:0 & 11:00 Sunday School 10:45 Whitehaven Road Baptist Church 1290 Whitehaven Rd., GI (716) 773-1004 www.Wrbc.Org Pastor Abram Duek SUN: 9:15am & 11:00am Youngstown Baptist Church 230 Lockport St., Youngstown, NY 14174 • 417-0021 Pastor Denny Webb Sunday School 9:30am Worship 10:30am

Evening Bible Study 5:30pm Wed. Adult Bible Study & Prayer Meeting 6:30pm Thurs. Women’s Bible Study 6:30pm CHRISTIAN Amherst Alliance Church 3915 Millersport Hwy, AMH (716) 689-9832 Pastor John Bock SUN: 10:30am Amherst Church of Christ 8285 Transit Road, AMH SUN: 10:30am & 6:00pm Sunday Bible Study 9:30am WED: 7:00- Bible Study Faith Emmanuel Temple 36 Locust St. (716) 433-8484 SUN: 11:30am Sunday School 9:30am Faith Tabernacle Church 5676 Beattie Ave , LKPT

LaSalle Baptist Church 8819 Munson Ave., NF (716) 283-5328 SUN: 11:00am, 6:00pm WED: 7:00pm Prayer Meeting Lighthouse Baptist 383 Wheatfield St., NT Pastor David Costantino SUN: 11:00am, 6:00pm Sunday School 10:00am SUN: 7:00pm Bible Study Open Bible Baptist 72 E. Niagara St., COT SUN: 10:00am, 6:30pm Sunday School 11:00am WED: 6:30pm Prayer, 7:00pm Service Randall Memorial Baptist Church 6301 Main Street, WIL (716) 634-9800 SUN: 9:00am - Bible School SUN: 10:15am Worship Service October 2012 — Neighbor Link News — 5

Places of Worship (716) 434-5451 SUN: 9:30am Pastor Ron Friedersdorf SUN: 9:00am • THUR: 6:30pm

Hartland Bible Church 8110 West Ave., Gasport (716) 772-6115 Pastor Jon Goodwin SUN: 11:00am 9:00am Breakfast 9:45am Discipleship Hour

Wheatfield Community Church Meadowbrook Square Plaza 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd. Suite 5 • Wheatfield (716) 553-3794

Lockport Christian Church 5845 Locust Street Ext., LKPT (716) 478-0500 SUN: 10:00am Niagara Frontier Bible Church 5287 Bronson Dr., Lewiston, NY (716) 297-8783 Pastor Tom Broderick

Sunday Services Sunday School for all ages 9AM All Church Fellowship 10AM Morning Worship 10:25AM Evening Worship - Bible Study on Heaven 6:30PM WED. Prayer Meeting 6:30PM Ridgewood Bible Church 7073 Ridge Road. WS (716) 434-5774 SUN 9:30am & 11:00am Salvation Army 50 Cottage St. LKPT 10:15 Family Worship 11:00 Worship The Chapel at Crosspoint 500 Crosspoint Pkwy, Getzville (716) 631-2636 Pastor Jerry Gillis SUN: 9:00am & 11:00am The Chapel at Lockport 1 East Ave. (716) 250-5004 SUN: 10:00am at the Palace Theater Victory Christian Church 6886 S Transit Rd (716) 625-9300


CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ) Grove Street Christian 85 Grove St. TOT (716) 695-2446 email: Rev. Jim Girling SUN: 10:30am Payne Ave. Christian Church 1459 Payne Ave., NT (716) 260-1217 Rev. Jerry McGlone SUN: 10:00am Weekly Coffee hour 9 am Adult and Children’s Sunday School 11:15 am CHURCH OF CHRIST LaSalle Church Of Christ 1121 N Military Rd., NF (716) 283-1214 SUN: 11:00am, 6:00pm WED: 7:00pm- Bible Study Tonawanda Church of Christ Delaware & Summit, COT SUN: 10:30am Sunday Bible School 9:30am WED: 11am, 5:30pm- Youth Service CHURCH OF GOD Yotvata Community Church (General Conference) 2271 Delaware Ave, KEN (Chapel Of Kenmore Presbyterian) SUN: 11:30am Contemporary Worship Style WEDS: 7:00pm Children Church & Prayer and Bible Study

River of Life Church (Cleveland TN) 195 Schenk St., NT (716) 692- 2230 SUN: 11:00am TUES 7:00pm- God Shop CHURCH of the NAZARENE

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Amherst Sonrise Church of the Nazarene 849 North French Road, AMH (716) 689-9832 SUN: 11:00am CONGREGATIONAL Cambria Congregational Church 4045 Lower Mountain Rd. CAM 716-434-4205 Pastor Todd Blackley SUN. 10:00am EPISCOPAL Calvary Episcopal Church 20 Milton Street, WIL SAT: 4:00 pm Holy Eucharist - Contemp. Music SUN: 7:45am Holy Eucharist - Spoken SUN: 9:00 am - Family 11:00am Holy Eucharist Choral (1st Sun, ea. mo. is Rite I) WED: 7:00 am Holy Eucharist -Spoken THURS: 12PM Holy Eucharist w/prayers for healing Children’s ed. end of 9am service until 10:55am Adult Ed. Sun. at end of 7:45 am service & 10am Bibly Study: Thurs. 10am Rev. Ethan J. Cole, Rector Christ Episcopal Church 7145 Fieldcrest Dr., LKPT (716) 433-9229 Rev. Thomas J. Mitchell SUN 8:00am & 10:30am Church of the Advent 54 Delaware Rd, KEN Rev. Terry W. Bull SUN: 8:00am, 10:00am Grace Episcopal Church 100 Genesee St., LKPT (716) 433-2878 Rev. Cannon Carolyn Lumbard SUN 8:00am & 10:00am St John’s Episcopal Church 431 Lake St., WILS (716) 751-6109 Rev’d Dr. Judith Lee SUN: 9:00am THUR: 11:00am

St John’s Episcopal ChurchYoungstown 110 Chestnut St., YNG Rev. Ellen L. Brauza SUN: 8:00am & 10:00am St Martin-Fields Episcopal 2587 Baseline Rd., GI (716) 773-3335 Rev’d Earle King SUN: 8:00am & 10:00pm Sunday School 9:00am St. Mark’s Episcopal Payne & Tremont, NT SUN: 8am, 10am WED: 10:00am St Paul’s Episcopal Church 400 Ridge Rd., LEW (716) 754-4591 Rev. Susan Keppy SUN: 8:00 & 10:30 SUN Bible Study 9:00 Sunday School 10:30 St Paul’s Episcopal Church 4275 Harris Hill Road, WIL (716) 689-3199 Rev. CE Piger SUN: 8:00am- Holy Eucharist (spoken Rite I) SUN: 10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Rite II with hymns) St Stephen’s Episcopal Church 616 Cayuga Dr., NF (716) 283-2774 Rev. Canon Isaac Ihiasota, Ph.D. SUN 8:00am, 10:00am EVANGELICAL COVENANT Evangelical Covenant Church 786 Kenmore Ave., KEN Sunday: 10:45am LUTHERAN Abiding Savior 1534 Ruie Rd, NT (716) 693-0180 SAT: 6:30pm SUN: 9:15am- Christian Education SUN: 10:30am- Worship Amherst Lutheran Church 5125 Main Street, WIL

(716) 632-4185 SAT: 5:00pm – Live Jazz Worship SUN 10:00am – Traditional Worship Augustana Lutheran 3141 Eggert Dr., TOT (716) 832-5720 Pastor Troy Mulvaine SUN: 10:30am Sunday School 9:00am Calvary Lutheran Church 575 Ayer Road, AMH (716) 835-7567 Rev. Karl Schmidt SUN: 10:30am Sunday Morning Divine Service Crossroads Lutheran Church 4640 Main Street, AMH SAT: 5:00pm- Informal Service; SUN: 9:00am Contemporary Service SUN: 10:30am- Festival Service Sunday School - Adult Sunday 9:00 A.M.-10:30 A.M. Youth - Sunday 10:00 A.M.11:30 A.M. Faith Lutheran Church 2730 Transit Rd., NEW (716) 751-0310 Rev. Clarence Elliott First English Lutheran Church 185 Locust S, LKPT (716) 433-6161 Rev. Flavia Skilbred SAT: 5:30pm SUN: 10:00am First Trinity 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd, TOT (716) 835-2220 Rev. Charles Whited Saturday: 5:30pm SUN: 8:45am & 11:15am Sunday School: 10:00am Grace Lutheran Church 736 Cayuga Dr. NF (716) 283-1843

SUN: 10:30am Good Shepherd 2669 Sheridan Dr. TOT SUN: 10:15 Sunday School & Bible Study 9:15am Holy Ghost Lutheran Church 6630 Luther St., NF (716) 731-3030 SAT: 5:00pm SUN: 8:00am, 10:30am Immanuel Lutheran 107 Scott St, COT SAT: 5pm • SUN: 10:30am Sunday School 9:00am Immanuel Lutheran Church 7147 Ridge Rd., LKPT Rev. Kenneth Craig (716) 434-0521 SUN: 10:45am Sunday School 9:30am Messiah Lutheran Church 915 Oneida St., LEW (716) 754-4944 Rev. Thomas Mason Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd. LKPT (716) 434-8500 Rev. James Zang SUN: 8:30am- Traditional Worship, 10:30am- Blended Worship Holy Communion weeks 1 & 3rd Weeks Pilgrim Lutheran Chapel & Delaware Rd, KEN (716) 875-5485 Rev. Ben Eder SUN: 10am Redeemer Lutheran Falconer at Thompson, NT (716) 692-5734 Pastor David Beutel SUN: 10:30am St James Evangelical Lutheran Church 2437 Niagara Rd Niagara Falls, NY 14304 (716) 731-4057

Places of Worship Pastor Jeff Milsten SUN: 8:15am, 10:45am St. John Evangelical 6950 Ward Rd, NT (716) 693-9677 SUN: 8:00am & 10:30am Sunday School & Bible Study 9:15am WED: 7:00pm St John’s Evangelical Lutheran 3512 Clinton St. WS (716) 668-2152 SAT: 5:00pm SUN: 8:30am & 11:00am Sunday School & Education Hour 9:30am St John Lutheran Church Sunday Worship 6540 Main Street, WIL SUN: 8:30amContemporary Worship, 10:30am- Traditional Worship St. Mark’s Evangelical 576 Delaware Rd, KEN SUN: 10:00am St. Mark’s Lutheran 1135 Oliver St, NT (716) 693-3715 Rev. Patrick McKenzie SAT: 5:00pm SUN: 9am, 11:15am SUN Education Hour: 10:10am St. Martin Lutheran 322 Old Falls Blvd, NT (716) 693-4415 Rev. Devie Ellis SUN: 9:00am Sunday School 10:15am St. Matthew Lutheran 875 Eggert Dr, NT (716) 692-6862 SUN: 9:15am St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 68 Eagle Street, WIL (716) 634-2330 Rev. Timothy Madsen SUN: 9:00am & 10:30am

St. Paul Lutheran 453 Old Falls Blvd, NT (716) 692-3255 Re. Karl Haeussler SUN: 8:00am & 10:45am MON: 7:00pm

3445 Sheridan Drive, EGG (716) 836-4868 SUN: 10:45am Sunday School 9:30am

St. Paul’s Lutheran- Wilson 220 Young St., WILS (716) 751-9300 www. stpaulslutheranwilsonny. com Pastor Ron Haefer SUN: 10:30am Sunday School & Adult Bible study 9:15am Holy Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays

St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 6167 Walmore Rd., SAN (716) 731-4422 Pastor Bruce M. Gamache’ SUN: 8:30 & 11:00 am Sunday School 9:45am St. Timothy Lutheran Church 1453 Staley Rd., GI (716) 773-4400 www.sttimothygrandisland. org Rev. Dean Hunneshagen Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 8760 Transit Road, EAST AMH (716) 688-9245 Contemporary SAT 5:00pm Traditional SUN: 10:30am Sunday school 9:00am Rev. Dr. Daniel Hoffman Trinity Lutheran Church 67 Saxton St. LKPT (716) 434-3106 Rev. Alan J. Bauch SUN: 8:30am & 11:00am Sunday school & Bible Study 9:45am SUN: 8:00am & 10:00am THURS: 7:00pm Trinity Old Lutheran Church

Trinity Lutheran 146 Reserve Rd. WS (716) 674-5353

Rev. Ronald Habedank SUN 8:00am, 10:30pm Zion Lutheran Church 447 Central Ave., GAS (716) 772-2277 METHODIST

Bethany United Methodist 177 Cornwall Ave, TOT (716) 836-8722 SUN: 9:30am, 10:45am Bible Fellowship Church 1136 Baseline Rd., GI (716) 773-3748 www.Bfcgi.Org Pastor Calvin VanderMey Clinton St. United Methodist 50 N Adam St., COT (716) 433-6227 Pastor Cheryl Brown THURS 2pm Adult Bible Study SUN 11:15am Sunday school and Junior church held during main service Covenant United Methodist 539 Main St., WS (716) 674-6869 Rev. Renee T. Engels SUN: 9:30am Emmanuel United Methodist Church 75 East Ave. LKPT (716) 433-2838 www. lockportemmanuelumc. org Rev. Duane Priset SUN 8:15am & 10:30am Sunday school 9:15am MON: 6:30pm- Healing Service Exley United Methodist Church 338 Lake St., WILS (716) 751-6057 Rev. John Loeser

Fillmore Chapel United Methodist Church 2523 Youngstown-Wilson Rd., Ransomville (716)791-3815 Rev. Anne Cole Sunday Worship Service 11am Children’s Sunday School 11:15am Thursday: Adult Bible Study 7pm First United MethodistNorth Tonawanda 65 Main St, NT (716) 694-2456 Rev. Greg Crispell SUN: 8:30am, 10:45am Sunday School: 9:30am First United Methodist Church- LaSalle 8210 Buffalo Ave., NF (716) 283-3370 SUN 10:00am Harris Hill United Methodist Church 8495 Main St., WILM (716) 632-4688. Rev. Katie Zettle SUN: 10:30am Sunday School for Adults, Jr. & Sr. High at 9:30 am Sunday School for 5th grade and under during worship. Hartland United Methodist 8019 Ridge Rd., GAS (716) 772-2376 Pastor Cheryl Brown SUN: Worship Service 9:30am Sunday/Adult School 10:00am TUES: Adult Bible Study 10am Kenmore United Methodist 32 Landers Rd., KEN (716) 875-5091 SUN: 9:20am & 11:30am Living Faith Free Methodist 1907 Center Rd., WS (716) 674-3030 SUN 10:30am Nash Road Free Methodist 958 Nash Rd, NT (716) 692-8683 nashroadfmc

SUN: 9:00am & 11:00am Newfane United Methodist Church 2699 Main St., NEW (716) 778-7011 Pastor Kim Smith

Methodist 2800 Quaker Rd., GAS (716) 772-7457 SUN: 10:45am

New Hope United Methodist Church 2846 Seneca St., WS (716) 825-8745 Rev. Renee T Engels SUN 11:00am

Ransomville Free Methodist 3924 Ransomville Rd. RAN (716) 791-3855 Pastor Bill Lowery, Jr. SAT: 5:07pm SUN: 10:00am SUN: 9:00- Kids Jam & Adult Fusion

North Ridge United Methodist Church 3930 North Ridge Road Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 433-4105 Rev. Matthew Worley Sunday 10:45am

Ransomville United Methodist 2573 Youngstown Lockport Rd., RAN (716) 791-4978 Rev. Matthew Worley SUN 9:15am

Open Bible Church Free Methodist 4143 Beach Ridge Rd, NT SUN: 8:30am & 9:45am

Tonawanda United Methodist 221 Morgan St, COT Sunday: 11:00am

Pendleton Center United Methodist 6864 Campbell Blvd, NT (716) 625-8306 Pastor Tom Kraft SAT: 5:00pm SUN: 8:15am, 9:30am, 11:00am & 6:30pm 1st Monday of the month: 6:00pm -Prayer Service

Tonawanda Free Methodist 207 Grove St, COT (716) 693-1199 Pastor Don Mohr Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am Monday: 7:00pm Biker Church

Pendleton Community Free Methodist 5721 Creek Rd, NT SUN: 10:55am Sunday School: 9:45am

Trinity Church of Grand Island 2100 Whitehaven Rd., GI Rev. Larry Baird SUN: 8:00am & 10:30am Warrens Corners Methodist Church

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Places of Worship 5293 Stone Rd. LKPT (716) 434-7385 Rev. Carl Chamberlain SUN 11:00am Williamsville United Methodist 5681 Main Street, WIL (716) 634-4800 Rev. Rich Neal SUN: 9:00am & 11:00am ORTHODOX St.Theodore Orthodox Church 96 Los Robles Street, WIL SAT: 5:00pm- Vigil SUN: 9:30am- Sunday Divine Liturgy PENTECOSTAL New Life Center United Pentecostal 80 Luksin Dr, COT (716) 694-0071 SUN: 10am, 6:30pm WED: 7:30pm Harbor Lights Fellowship 1821 Grand Island Blvd., GI (716) 773-7900

Pastor Gerard Haberstrow SAT: 7:00pm • SUN: 10:00am

Zion Dominion Church of God 895 North Forest Road, WIL (716) 250-7040 Pastor Roderick Hennings Sunday Protocol of Worship Morning Manna - 8:30am Legacy Leadership Institute - 9:40am Celebration Service 11:00am Latter Rain - 6:00pm PRESBYTERIAN Amherst Presbyterian Church 151 South Youngs Road, AMH (716) 633-4656

Rev. David A. Smith SUN: 10:30am

SUN: 10:45am - Morning Worship & Junior Church 6:00 pm - Evening Worship 9:30 am - Sunday School (All Ages) Curtis Park Presbyterian 748 Woodland Drive, TOT (716) 834-3534 SUN: 10:00am Deerhurst Presbyterian 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd, TOT (716) 875-1962 Rev. Steven E. Jelensperger SUN: 10:00am Faith United Presbyterian 3150 Elmwood Ave, KEN (716) 875-9550 SUN: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:00am First Presbyterian ChurchLewiston 505 Cayuga Dr. LEW Lewiston, NY 14092 (716) 754-4945 SUN: 11:00am First Presbyterian Church Lockport 21 Church St., LKPT (716) 433-5905 Rev. James Hardy SUN: 10:30am First Presbyterian Tonawanda 149 Broad St, COT (716) 692-1319 SUN: 11:00am

1822 Huth Rd., GI (716) 773-4849 www.Islandpresbt.Org Rev. Carla Marie Kline Second Presbyterian Church 71 Van Buren St., LKPT (716) 434-2105 SAT 5:00pm Wrights Corner Presbyterian Church 6515 Ridge Rd. (716) 434-7752 SUN 10:00am Kenmore Presbyterian 2771 Delaware Ave, KEN (716) 875-7600 Rev. Howard Boswell SUN: 10:00am, 6:00pmYouth Service Knox Presbyterian 2595 Elmwood Ave, KEN (716) 873-2423 Rev. Matthew T. Haberman SAT: 6:30pm- Contemporay SUN: 9:30am- Discipleship, 11:00am- Blended North Presbyterian 168 Payne Ave, NT (716) 693-7030 SUN: 11am Sunday School: 9:45am Third Presbyterian 110 Felton St., NT SUN: 10:45am North Presbyterian Church 300 North Forest Road, WIL (716) 632-1330

First Presbyterian Church West Seneca 2085 Union Rd., WS (716) 668-1115 SUN: 10:00am

Rev. William Hennessy SUN: 8:30- Worship in the Chapel – 10:45am- Worship in the Sanctuary

First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown 100 Church St., YNG (716) 745-7067 Pastor Rex T. Stewart SUN 8:30am & 10:45am

Seventh-Day Adventist Church 32 W High St., LKPT (716) 433-2327 SAT: 10:00am - Bible Study SAT: 11:20am - Church Service

Bible Presbyterian Church 1650 Love Rd., GI (716) 773-7303 Island United Presbyterian www.Biblepres.Org Church Pastor Kevin Backus, Ph.D. 8 — Neighbor Link News — October 2012


UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST Church of the Nativity 1530 Colvin Blvd, TOT SUN: 9:00am & 10:30am

Covenant United Church of Christ 4449 Main St. GAS (716) 772-7802 SUN 10:00am Ebenezer United Church of Christ 630 Main St. WS (716) 674-4566 SUN 9:15am, 11:00am Kenilworth UCC 45 Dalton Dr, KEN (716) 835-4120 SUN: 10:30am Kenmore UCC 295 Delaware Rd, TOT (716) 875-1725 SUN: 10:30am Sunday School - all ages & nursery care during the 10:30 service Coffee hour reception following service each week Lockport United Church of Christ 98 East Ave., LKPT (716) 433-2545 Rev. Stephen HAll SUN: 10:30am Salem UCC 144 Morgan St at Main St. COT (716) 692-3429 SUN: 10:30am Sunday School & Bible Study 9:30am St. Paul’s UCC (Wendelville) 7416 Campbell Blvd, NT SUN- 10:00am St. Peter’s UCC 1208 Oliver St., NT (716) 693-0749 Rev. Linda Harle-Mould SUN: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:00am St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 1475 Orchard Park Rd., WS (716) 674-1233 Rev. Hope Harle-Mould SUN 10:00am

St Stephen United Church of Christ 8520 Tonawanda Creek Road, EAST AMH (716) 741-3481 SUN: 10:30am Coffee Hour 10:00am Zion UCC Parker Blvd & Koenig Cir., TOT (716) 836-6220 SUN: 9am, 10:30am OTHERS Bethesda Full Gospel Tabernacle Delaware and Broad, COT (716) 693-6990 Pastor Sam Ciffa SUN: 10:00am WED: 7:00pm- Bible Study FRI (1st and 3rd Friday): 7:00pm Calvary Bible Church 445 Delaware, COT (716) 692-6450 SUN: 10:00am, 6:00pm THUR: 7:00pm Fellowship of God’s Word 116 Broad St, COT SUN: 10:30am The Fair Havens Church 7337 Ward Rd, NT (716) 693-9204 Pastor Patricia MacKinnon SUN: 10:00am Niagara Community Church 10500 Cayuga Drive, NF Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday classes for all ages 11:00am (716) 297-3399 SUN: 9:30am

SUN: 11:00am Salvation Meeting: 7:00pm True Word Anointed Ministry of Jesus Christ 600 Oliver St., NT SUN: 9:30am Sunday School 11:00am WED: 7:00pm - Bible Study Vanguard Christian Church 75 17th Avenue, NT (716) 694-7816 Pastor Alan Valentine SUN: 11am FRI: 6:30pm- Youth Service The Fair Havens Church 7337 Ward Rd, NT (716) 693-9204 Pastor Patricia MacKinnon SUN: 10:00am Niagara Community Church 10500 Cayuga Drive, NF Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Sunday classes for all ages 11:00am (716) 297-3399 SUN: 9:30am The Oasis Center Services held in: Knox Gymnasium 2595 Elmwood Ave. TOT Sunday 4:00pm Salvation Army- LaSalle 7018 Buffalo Ave., NF (716) 283-7697 SUN: 11:00am Salvation Army- Tonawanda 46 Broad St, COT SUN: 11:00am Salvation Meeting: 7:00pm

The Oasis Center Services held in: Knox Gymnasium 2595 Elmwood Ave. TOT Sunday 4:00pm

True Word Anointed Ministry of Jesus Christ 600 Oliver St., NT SUN: 9:30am Sunday School 11:00am WED: 7:00pm - Bible Study

Salvation Army- LaSalle 7018 Buffalo Ave., NF (716) 283-7697 SUN: 11:00am

Vanguard Christian Church 75 17th Avenue, NT (716) 694-7816 Pastor Alan Valentine SUN: 11am FRI: 6:30pm- Youth Service

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events SUNDAY, OCT. 7th 3:00pm Concert w/ Donald Ingram Kenmore United Methodist Corner of Landers & Delaware, Kenmore Join us Sunday afternoon October 7th at 3 pm for an afternoon of musical delight. Mr. Donald Ingram, former organist and choirmaster returns to Kenmore United Methodist Church with friends to perform The Mohawk River Suite along with other soothing melodies.  Don will be joined by fellow musicians: Marilyn Obermeyer, Eugene Tobey, Jane Carey and Linda Fusari.  Admission is free, however a free will offering will be gratefully received. Reception will follow. SUNDAY, Oct. 7th 8:00pm Jews for Jesus Lecture St. John Lutheran Church 6950 Ward Rd., Wheatfield (Corner of Ward & Niagara Falls Blvd.) Andrew Barron of Jews for Jesus will speak at St. John Lutheran Church @ 6950 Ward Road, North Tonawanda, NY  14120, on Sunday, October 7th at 8 pm.  Pastor  Ronald Oravec invites all to attend.  Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world.  There is no admission charge. SUNDAY, OCT. 14th  1:00-5:00pm Fall Festival & Crop Walk Kenmore United Methodist Corner of Landers & Delaware, Kenmore Fall Festival and Crop Walk 1-5pm Warm Chili, Pumpkins, Crafters, Music, Homemade pies and Jugglers is just a sampling of activities planned for the afternoon. Kenmore United Methodist Church opens its doors to you and invites you to celebrate the Fall with smells and sounds of the season. Explore our beautiful historic house of worship and delight in this Fall celebration! MONDAY, OCT. 15th 6:30-8:00pm An Introduction to Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree St. Peter Lutheran Church  4169 Church Rd. Lockport, NY 14094 433-9014 An Introduction to GENEALOGY:  Researching Your Family Tree, Part of the St. Peter Speaker Series. An introduction to

researching your Family Tree and where to find resources to help you on your journey! Speaker Jeanette Sheliga is a member of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and the organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.  She has been researching her family tree for over ten years, is a frequent genealogy volunteer and maintains a blog of her personal genealogical findings to share with her family. Presentation is Monday Oct. 15th  6:30-8:00 pm  Join us for Complimentary Soup & Something Dinner at 6:00 pm!  FRIDAY & SATURDAY OCT., 19th & 20th Rummage Sale St. John Lutheran Church 6950 Ward Rd., Wheatfield (Corner of Ward & Niagara Falls Blvd.) St. John Lutheran Church Women are having their annual Fall Rummage sale! LOTS OF GREAT ITEMS !!! FRIDAY OCTOBER 19, 2012 9 A.M. TO 3 P.M. SATURDAY OCTOBER 20, 2012 9 A.M. TO NOON SATURDAY ONLY-- FILL A BAG FOR $2.00 FRIDAY, OCT. 19th 4:00-7:00pm Fish Fry Pendleton Center United Methodist Church 6864 Campbell Blvd N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 625-8306  Haddock, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders, Sample Platters and Children’s Dinners will be available. Dinners include: French Fries or potato salad, applesauce or coleslaw, rolls & beverage. (Our fried dinners contain no trans fat!) For takeouts call 625-8306 SATURDAY, OCT. 20th 9:00am-2:00pm Theme Basket Event St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 7416 Campbell Boulevard at Tonawanda Creek Rd. Join us for our Theme Basket Event and homemade lunch Saturday, October 20th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Over 85 Theme Baskets to choose from! A 19” LCD TV door prize, baked goods for sale. Flu Shots available from the visiting nurses from 9am-2pm. There is no appointment necessary.  Bring along your insurance card.  Lunch served from 11am-1:30pm (roast beef sandwiches, chili, cookies and beverages available)  Drawing will take place at 2pm ~ you need not be present to win!


SAURDAY, OCT. 20th 6:00-9:00pm Family Oktoberfest Salem United Church of Christ, City of Tonawanda, Main & Morgan Sts. Join us for a family OktoberFest on Saturday, October 20 from 6-9 p.m. The Bergholz German Band will entertain with their music and songs for your listening and dancing pleasure. A traditional home cooked Bavarian meal will be served consisting of sausage and sauerkraut, potatoes, roll, cucumber salad, birch beer, coffee, tea and apple crisp ala mode for dessert. Tickets are $12 per person and can be reserved by calling 692-7809. We hope you join us for a fun evening at Salem. FRIDAY, OCT. 26th 4:00-7:00pm Fish Fry Pendleton Center United Methodist Church 6864 Campbell Blvd N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 625-8306  Haddock, Shrimp, Chicken Tenders, Sample Platters and Children’s Dinners will be available. Dinners include: French Fries or potato salad, applesauce or coleslaw, rolls & beverage. (Our fried dinners contain no trans fat!) For takeouts, phone 6258306

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SATURDAY, OCT. 27th 11:00am-1:00pm Fall Family Festival Niagara Community Church 10500 Cayuga Dr. Niagara Falls, NY 14304 297-3399 You are invited to join us for our 8th Annual Fall Family Festival! A fun-filled event for the children and the their families. There are normally many games, prizes, and lots of candy!  There may also be face painting, balloons, and who knows what other surprises! There are also plans for a Chowder and Bake Sale this year. SATURDAY, OCT., 27th Starting @ 4:00pm Trunk or Treat Pendleton Center United Methodist Church 6864 Campbell Blvd N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 625-8306  Join us for TRUNK or TREATS on Saturday, October 27th Decorate the trunk of your car and bring some candy to pass. Feel free to bring camp chairs, and outdoor fire pits if you wish. Prizes for the best decorated trunk. Drawing for the Giant Pumpkin give away. October 2012 —Neighbor Link News — 9


training process. Registration for Orientation session is strongly recommended. To FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd register call 434-1733. 4:00-7:00pm When: Fish Fry [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday Pendleton Center SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28th 11/6/12 7pm-8pm] United Methodist Church Trunk or Treat Cost: Free!!! 6864 Campbell Blvd Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Lockport Community N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Television                                     625-8306  LKPT 434-8500 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27th Haddock, Shrimp, Trunk or Treating at Mount 2012 Iron Sharpens Iron Portable Field Production                                 Olive, followed by a fellowship Chicken Tenders, Sample Conference 293 Niagara Street                                           Platters and Children’s supper. All are welcome! For 4999 McKinley Parkway Lockport, New York more information, please call Dinners will be available. Hamburg, NY 14075 14094  434-1733                             Dinners include: French Fries                                                     the church office 434-8500. This one day workshop is or potato salad, applesauce The Youth Group will assist for men and their sons age This class focuses on learning or coleslaw, rolls & beverage. to videotape on location. In and will be selling painted 13 and up.   The cost is $39 (Our fried dinners contain pumpkins to raise money per person,  or $47 with a class we discuss common no trans fat!) For takeouts, towards their Aquarium trip. boxed lunch.   This is the mistakes in videography as phone 625-8306 SUNDAY, OCT. 28th fourth annual Buffalo area well as the notion of shooting NOON-1:30pm conference; we’re hoping for with editing in mind. We will SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th  one thousand guys this year!   Community Meal demonstrate LCTV’s mini-dv 2:00pm Kenmore United Methodist Our two guest speakers camcorders as well discuss Corner of Landers & Delaware, National Candle Lighting and other men’s leaders field audio gear and location Prayer Service Kenmore, NY will offer topics that will lighting. Kenmore United Methodist Join us for a warm meal or promote Faith,  Family and When: Corner of Landers & Delaware, [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday companionship at the table.  Fellowship.   A live worship We will spread the table with Kenmore, NY.   band and numerous exhibits 11/13/12 7pm-9pm] a bountiful harvest so all may Light a Candle of care in complete the day.  Men Cost: $25  our community, and shed be fed. All are welcome! are encouraged  register Lockport Community light on the rising incidence No cost - free will offering as as a group and arrange a Television                                     of Alzheimer’s disease and Editing in Final Cut Express                             related dementias during 293 Niagara Street                                           national Alzheimer’s Lockport, New York Awareness Month. 14094  434-1733                                                                        501 John James Audubon Pkwy. The basics of editing in Final Amherst, NY 14228 Lockport Community Cut Express. Everything from Real Estate Television                                    importing   your footage into Orientation to LCTV- FREE          a   computer               to      making            cuts, Cell: 293 Niagara Street                     adding            transitions,                   titles          and (716) 863-7434 Lockport, New York effects will be covered in this 14094 434-1733                        introductory    course. We will Fax:                              also        discuss            outputting                  your   LCTV’s Orientation session projects to DVD and getting (716) 834-0998 is a REQUIRED overview of your program ready for airing E-mail: LCTV’s eligibility, policies on LCTV. and procedures one will When: The Housing Experts Since 1930 encounter while volunteering [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday at LCTV. In addition to 11/20/12 7pm-9pm] giving potential volunteers Cost: $35   some background about Lockport Community LCTV, time will be spent Television                                     Eli B. Hale discussing the upcoming Studio Camera Operation                                 Licensed training sessions and open 293 Niagara Street                                           Real Estate enrollment will begin that Lockport, New York evening. One again, the 14094  434-1733                             Salesperson Orientation is mandatory for                                                     all potential users of LCTV’s This class focuses on the facility prior to starting the operation of the studio based Set up for Trunk or Treats4-5pm. Giant Pumpkin Give Away 4pm Trunk Or Treating 5pm Hot Cider and Refreshments 5:30 pm — at Pendleton Center United Methodist Church.

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632-1330 cameras including shot composition as well as the basics of floor Are you 18-30s looking to meet other managing and taking direction. young adults at North Church? Please When: [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday join us for a Bible study, fellowship, and 12/4/12 7pm-9pm] refreshments on Sundays from 7:30Cost: $15 Lockport Community Television                  9pm        at    Peter     & Tara Martin’s home in Studio Graphics                                            Eggertsville.                   Questions? Email Tara at 293 Niagara Street                                          Lockport, New York 14094 434-1733                               SECOND                &  FOURTH               SUNDAYS      6:00 - 8:00pm Youth Group How to create titles for your studio TV Covenant United Church of Christ programs. We will discuss designing 4449 Main Street, Gasport, NY graphics for television, operating the Gasport Youth Group meets on the 2nd computer during shows and adding and 4th Sundays of the month from photos to your projects. 6p-8p at Covenant United Church of When: [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 10/2/12 Christ, 4449 Main Street, Gasport, NY. 7pm-9pm] The group is made up of students from  [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday 11/27/12 the neighboring towns for grades 5-12. 7pm-9pm] For information: www.covenantyouth. Cost: $15   Lockport Community Television                    org.        Scott         Brauer is the leader along Studio Directing                                            with        many         of     the parents. 293 Niagara Street                                                             EVERY THIRD SUNDAY Lockport, New York 14094 434-1733                               8:00am              &   10:00am             Anointing and Prayers for Healing Detailed demonstration of how to operate the studio switcher as well as how to effectively communicate with crew and perform videotape roll-in. Operation of the studio audio mixer operations will also be discussed. When: [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 10/16/12 7pm-9pm] [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday 12/11/12 7pm-9pm] Cost: $25


Christ Episcopal Church 7145 Fieldcrest Dr., LKPT 433-9229 EVERY MONDAY 10:01 AM Prayer and Bible Study Christ Episcopal Church 7145 Fieldcrest Drive, Lkpt 433-9229 EVERY MONDAY 6:00pm Youth Group Meetings Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500 (Any student grades 7-12 are welcome!). Mondays 6:00pm beginning September 12th EVERY MONDAY 7:00pm Biker Church Tonawanda Free Methodist Church 207 Grove St., TON 693-1199 30 Minute-Biker Church. We ride to different locations each Monday evening after 7:00pm Biker Church for food and fellowship. All are welcome.

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EVERY FIRST SUNDAY 9:00am* Free Breakfast Heartland Bible Church 8110 West Ave., GSPT 772-6115 Discipleship Hour is at 11:15am EVERY SUNDAY 9:45-10:30AM Coffee Café Amherst Alliance Church 3915 Millersport Hwy., AMH 689-9832 Join us for fellowship, coffee and donuts before our Sunday service. Everybody welcome! EVERY SUNDAY 6:00-7:30pm Kenmore Presbyterian 295 Elmwood Ave, KEN 875-7600 Youth Fellowship EVERY SUNDAY 7:30-9PM New Young Adult Bible Study North Presbyterian Church 300 North Forest Rd, WLM October 2012 — Neighbor Link News — 11

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EVERY TUESDAY 10:00am Panera Fellowship Breakfasts Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500 Breakfast meeting is held at Panera Bread on Transit Rd. in Lockport. EVERY TUESDAY 9:00am - 11:00am Sharing Shop Payne Ave. Christian Church 1459 Payne Ave., NT. Payne Avenue Church has begun a “Sharing Shop” where gently used items of clothing and household goods have been collected and are available to those who find themselves in need of some assistance. Items are free with a goodwill offering accepted to help defray expenses.  The shop is located in the school building at 1469 Payne Ave and will be open every Tuesday from 9am to 11am and we hope to add more hours in the future.  If you are interested but not able to stop by at that time please call the church office at 260-1217 and an appointment can be arranged. EVERY TUESDAY 6:45pm Thunder n Son Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500 Thunder n Son motorcyclist service and ride (outdoors, weather permitting).

EVERY TUESDAY 8:00PM Vintage The Chapel at Crosspoint 500 Crosspoint Parkway, GTZVL 631-2636 Vintage College-Age Young Adults Ministry “Vintage” – the college-age/young adult group. Live music- Honest dialogue- Real people. Join hundreds of other 18-20 something’s every Tuesday night at 8pm for the best night of your week! For more information contact Wes Aarum. www. EVERY THIRD TUESDAY 1:00pm Ruth Circle First Presbyterian Church 21 Church St., LKPT 433-5905 Ruth Circle is a group of golden age women who meet for study and companionship. TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 2:00-8:00pm Classic Guitar with Mir Ali Calvary Episcopal Church 20 Milton St., WLM 633-7800 EVERY WEDNESDAY 5:30-6:45pm Wednesday Family Night Amherst Alliance Church 3915 Millersport Hwy., AMH 689-9832 EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:00-7:00pm King’s Kids Club –Ages 3 years to 5TH grade Emmanuel United Methodist Church 75 East Avenue, LKPT 433-2838

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EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:15-9:00pm MOVI The Chapel at Crosspoint 500 Crosspoint Parkway, GTZVL 631-2636 The MOVI movement gathers every Wednesday night in the Crosspoint Theatre, at the Crosspoint campus, from 6:15-9:00pm. Teens should expect that every Wednesday when they leave they are equipped and encouraged for the weeks journey ahead. This will happen through music, small groups, and discussions from the bible and more. EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30pm – 8:30pm Youth Group Bethel Baptist Church 995 Dodge Rd. GTZVL 688-8668 Middle school and High School Students gather for a time of recreation (games), discipleship (bible study), and praise worship. All are invited to attend. EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30pm Jesus & Me (JAM) - Children’s Outreach First Baptist Church 140 Genesee St., LKPT 434-1783 JAM meets It begins with a meal, come hungry! JAM uses lively worship, Bible teaching, an emphasis on missions, and

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small group activities. JAM ministers to children from K- 5th grade. EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30-8:00pm Adult Bible Studies Amherst Baptist Church 100 Willow Ridge Dr., AMH 691-9456 EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30-8:00pm AWANA Children’s Program Amherst Baptist Church 100 Willow Ridge Dr., AMH 691-9456 EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30–7:30pm Mid-Week Prayer Service Lockport Alliance Church 555 Davison Rd., LKPT 433-3571 EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:30-8:00 pm Youth Group Calvary Baptist Church 405 Lincoln Ave., LKPT 434-2251 Cubby Bears (peewee club) ages 2-K Patch Club (Grades 1-6) CBC Teens

EVERY WEDNESDAY 7:00pm Zang’s Gang Bible Study Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500 Zang’s Gang Bible Study, EVERY WEDNESDAY Family Night Ridgewood Bible Church 7073 Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-5774 AWANA Boys Brigade Ignite (Jr. High) Fusion (Sr. High) Bible Study EVERY SECOND WEDNESDAY 10:30am Tea and Sharing EVERY 2nd WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH INVITATION TO ALL LADIES Christ Episcopal Church 7145 Fieldcrest Dr. (corner of Rochester Rd. & Fieldcrest) LKPT 433-9229 Christ Episcopal Church, 7145 Fieldcrest Drive, Lockport extends a warm invitation to all the ladies of the community to attend their informal “Tea Time” on every second Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the parish hall.  Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served.  Everyone is welcome so please bring a friend and come join us for fellowship.  Christ Church is handicapped accessible. EVERY THIRD WEDNESDAY (Sept- May) 4:30-6:30 Spaghetti dinner New Covenant 345 Mc Conkey Dr. TOT 877-9882 Help support our food pantry! $7.00 adult & 3.50 child 4-12

EVERY THURSDAY NOON Bible Study Clinton Street United Methodist Church 50 North Adam St., Lockport, 433-6227 Thurs. NOON (12:00 P. M.)  Bible Study with Pastor Cheryl Brown. Bring your lunch! EVERY THURSDAY 5:30pm Church Night Out Randall Baptist Church 6301 Main St. WLM 634-9800 Pizza Dinner - $3 adults, $1 kids (reservations required) EVERY THURSDAY 6:15pm AWANA Children’s Program Kenmore Alliance Church 175 Bonnet Ave. KEN 876-5570 AWANA Children’s Program EVERY THURSDAY 6:30–8:15pm AWANA Kids Club Victory Christian Church 6886 S Transit Rd., LKPT 625-9300 All kids are welcome! Join us for Games, Fun, and Biblical teachings EVERY THURSDAY 7:00pm MOSAIC- Singles Ministry The Chapel at Crosspoint 500 Crosspoint Parkway, GTZVL 631-2636 The Chapel Singles Ministry provides an environment that encourages ChristCentered living through Biblical teaching, fellowship, and service. We meet on Thursday nights at 7:00pm. EVERY THURSDAY 7:00pm Divorce Care The Chapel at Crosspoint 500 Crosspoint Parkway, GTZVL 631-2636 Divorce hurts! We’re not interested in the whys and how’s and what’s of your divorce, or to condemn or criticize. We’re interested in providing a forum where, in an environment of accountability built on unconditional acceptance, each person can face the issues of divorce with dignity and hope. EVERY THURSDAY 6:30pm STEP ONE Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500 Join us for “Step One” -- a conversation about contemporary topics, refreshments and entertainment for all (even kids!) in a

casual environment. Christian light, music and light refreshments) EVERY THIRD THURSDAY 11:30am Togetherness on Thursdays Christ Episcopal Church 7145 Fieldcrest Dr. (corner of Rochester Rd. & Fieldcrest), LKPT (433-9229) Every Third Thursday is Togetherness on Thursday (TOT) at Christ Episcopal Church, 7145 Fieldcrest Drive in Lockport. Morning Prayer at 11:30 AM followed by lunch at noon. Call Church for reservations at 433-9229.


EVERY FRIDAY 9:00am Weekly Radio Broadcast Zion Dominion Church of God 895 N Forest Rd., WLM 250-7040 Listen to our radio broadcast, every Friday at 9:00am on WUFO 1080AM EVERY FRIDAY 10:00am Prayer Meting Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500 EVERY FRIDAY 5:30PM Youth Group Amherst Sonrise Church –Nazarene 849 North French Rd., AMH 691-7795

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EVERY FRIDAY 7:00pm AWANA Children’s Program New Covenant Tabernacle 345 McConkey Drive, TON 877-1335 Youth Service EVERY FRIDAY 7:00 pm TFMC Youth Group Tonawanda Free Methodist Church 207 Grove St. COT For updates, events and changes Login to EVERY FRIDAY Prayer Meeting H H CELEBRATING 2ND ANNIVERSARY H H Mt Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT Auto Tech 434-8500 Prayer Meeting at the Church 31 E. Oliver St • North Tonawanda, NY


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for fellowship and a growing sense of community by enjoying life together. The Golden Eagles Ministry exists to encourage worship and service for those over age 55. We strive to provide open doors for fellowship and foster a growing sense of community by serving side by side. Monthly group gatherings provide a social setting for interaction, companionship and spiritual growth. This interaction is a luncheon event. Monthly luncheons are held the second Friday of every month in the Fireside Room at our Crosspoint location. A group gathering follows each luncheon. Gatherings vary and often include social networking with games and activities, biblical teaching and discussion, or may be service oriented.  These luncheons and gatherings provide an opportunity for fellowship, fun and food in a light-hearted atmosphere, enabling everyone to become acquainted. For more information, contact Skip Hartman at 716-631-2636 x204. EVERY SATURDAY 9:00am - 2:00pm VENDOR/CRAFT SHOW SATURDAYS Grace Lutheran Church 375 Payne Ave (corner of Robinson) North Tonawanda, NY 14120 Vendor/Craft Show Saturdays will feature vendors showcasing their products in and around the Church Memorial Hall coinciding with the NT City Market 9am-2. Second Saturday of each month the Church will continue to sell its famous hot chowder. A portion of the proceeds raised will be donated to charitable organizations. Tables available, contact Brian 716-523-0944. Free admission EVERY SATURDAY 9:30am Women in the World Bible Study Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT 434-8500  FIRST SATURDAY   9:00am - NOON Kenmore Alliance Church 175 Bonnett Ave., TOT 876-5570 Join us the First Saturday of the month for our clothing co-op where anyone can purchase children’s clothing, toys, baby gear. Most items are only 25 cents. This is open to the community.

FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH! Habitat for Humanity First Presbyterian Church 149 Broad St., COT 692-1319 E-mail: Web address: Our Church is continuing its active support of Habitat for Humanity by scheduling a series of workdays throughout the year. We have a Habitat Workday on the first Saturday of each month! The Habitat programs are so designed that anyone, with any skill level, can participate! Participants will meet at 8am in the Church parking lot to form carpools. Come and experience the fellowship, cooperation and feeling of accomplishment that one receives working with Habitat! Come, and bring a friend who’s looking to make a difference in the world! TUESDAYS/THURSDAYS Clinton St. United Methodist Church Exodus Bible Study 50 North Adam St., LKPT 433-6227 CSUMC hosts a Disciple Bible Study Group, Tuesdays at 6:30pm, Thursdays at 2:00pm. The Pastor leads the class with the study of Exodus.

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Back To School Blues by Lori Jagow

The new school season is well underway, and you may find yourself fighting with your children to do their homework. The hours can be long and grueling if you have a child who resists. Fortunately, there are several strategies that can help motivate kids to get their homework without a battle. First, rule out any learning difficulties. The stigma of having a child with a learning disability can cause parents to neglect the problem, and the child is forced to struggle with a challenge that could easily be resolved by having school professional evaluate for learning difficulties. The child struggling with an undiagnosed disability may internalize that they don’t measure up, and as a result, feelings of low self-esteem set in.  Researchers think that learning disabilities are caused by differences in how a person’s brain works and how it processes information. Children with learning disabilities are not “dumb” or “lazy.” In fact, they usually have average or above average intelligence. Their brains just process information differently.   Homework is given as means of reinforcing what a child has learned at school. It is not a punishment. If parents treat is as such, then so will kids and thus begins the battle. If you find yourself fighting with your kids to get homework done you might want to try some of these strategies to help motivate them.   Set a regular time for homework. If you involve the kids in setting the time that they would like to do their homework each night, you

are helping them to take ownership in the process. Giving them some choice in the matter will help kids see it as less of a punishment. Once the time has been established, then stick to that time. It is also helpful to give a reminder after school that they chose for example, 7:00 PM to homework time. Using the “I” message.      I teach assertiveness in my counseling sessions as many people find that their problems come from lack of being understood or ineffectively communicating their needs.  In assertiveness training, we learn to state what you need using the “I” message. If you start a sentence off with “You”, it comes across as more of an attack, and puts people on the defensive. If you start with “I”, the focus is more on how you are feeling and how you are affected by their behavior. For  example:  “ YOU need to do your homework now “!  is going to be much less effective than if you stated calmly “ I’ am going to turn the TV off so that you can begin.”  “ It is 7PM now, and you chose to do your homework at that time. In this example we are empowering kids to be motivated. How? Because we have taken out the power struggle. First by reminding of THEIR choice and telling them what you are going to do. Not what they need to do. If we were to say, ” You do your homework now or the TV is going off” it sounds similar, but the message here becomes more punitive than motivating.  Keeping a calm tone of voice is also a key in getting kids engaged. Be patient, it may take some time before kids begin to respond. Keep trying because it will be worth it in the

long run eventually eliminating the battle altogether. Assertiveness is often mistaken for aggressiveness, but it is simply stating your own needs respectfully to others, and allowing others to express theirs without judgment. Jesus was a master at assertive communication.  In scripture He does not say to us, “You must choose this.” Rather, he says, “Choose this and such and such will happen.” But he leaves the choice with us. We are free to choose. The only thing he requires is that once we walk through the door of one of the alternatives, we must be prepared to live with the consequences. He doesn’t present these choices with malice, but out of his sincere desire to make it possible for us to live as true people of God.  He gives us choices, but spoke with authority.  He said “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19,20) We see in scripture that Jesus was authoritative, but also respectful, even when someone didn’t agree with him. He didn’t argue, He just presented the consequences.. The choice is up to us. Lori Jagow Director of Recovery Care  Pendleton Center United Methodist Church Recovery programs at Pendleton Center United Methodist Church include  DivorceCare, GriefShare and Individual Counseling.  For more information call the church office 716-625-8306

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ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH WOMEN WILL BE HAVING THEIR ANNUAL FALL RUMMAGE SALE Place: St. John Lutheran Church, 6950 Ward Rd., Wheatfield, NY 14120 (Corner of Ward Rd. & NF Blvd.) Date: Friday, October 19, 2012 • 9am-30m • Saturday, October 20, 2012 9am-Noon Saturday Only - Fill a Bag for $2.00 LOTS OF GREAT AITEMS !!! Any questions please call Lana at 573-7131 Andrew Barron of Jews for Jesus will speak at St. John Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 7th at 8 pm.

Pastor Ronald Oravec invites all to attend. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world. Barron was a science student whose studies in astronomy caused him to wonder about the vastness and complexity of the universe. In 1981, while helping to design and plan space shuttle missions for the United States Space Program, he came across a gospel pamphlet from Jews for Jesus and wrote a letter to the ministry. One of the staff had a short speaking tour in Denver and arranged a meeting with Barron to discuss Jesus. Shortly after their meeting, Barron was convinced that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah. He has served with the Los Angelis and Boston Branches, been a team leader on numerous Jews for Jesus Summer Witnessing Campaigns and pioneered the work of Jews for Jesus in South Africa. He currently is the director of Jews for Jesus in Canada. He and his wife, Laura, have two children, Ketzia and Rafael. Jews for Jesus was founded in 1973 by Moishe Rosen. who revolutionized Jewish evangelism with his creative approach Rosen died in May 2010. David Brickner, a fifth-generation Jewish believer in Jesus, has been the organization’s executive director since 1996. Brickner has kept Jews for Jesus on the cutting edge as the ministry has expanded and established branches in fourteen countries, including the United States, Brazil, Israel, Russia, France, and South Africa. “We exist to make the Messiahship of Jesus an unavoidable issue to our Jewish people worldwide,” Brickner states. “There are still a few that haven’t heard of us!” To Andrew Barron and other Jews for Jesus staff, the objective evidence of the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, and the transformation in their our own lives provide ample evidence that Jesus was who he claimed to be – the Jewish Messiah. Barron will be happy to answer questions after the presentation. Call (716-693-9677) for more information. There is no admission charge.

Church Pumpkin Patch in Pendleton Opens September 30th through October 31 North Tonawanda, NY, September 30th— Pendleton Center United Methodist Church will celebrate Fall and welcome the community with the SHINE Pumpkin Patch September 30th through October 31st from 12pm-8pm. Thousands of pumpkins will be delivered between 10am and 1pm on Sunday, September 30th and unloaded by the congregation and the kids waiting with their wagons ready to go.  Volunteers will be on hand each day from 12am to 8pm to sell pumpkins through October 31. Visit the event’s Facebook page for news on special weekend activities including a Trunk or Treat family event, petting zoo and bounce house. S.H.I.N.E (Share His Incredible News Everywhere -Matthew 5:16) Pumpkin Patch will be located on the front lawn of the Pendleton Center United Methodist Church, 6864 Campbell Blvd at Bear Ridge, 14120. The mission of this pumpkin patch is to spread the light of Jesus to the community and provide a fun fall fundraiser that is “Not-So-Scary” for families to enjoy. All proceeds benefit our church missions.  You won’t find any goblins at S.H.I.N.E patch; instead, we offer a friendly Fall environment with activities planned for the weekends such as face painting, storytelling, petting zoo, a bounce house and more. What began last fall as a fundraiser turned into an opportunity to give back to the community. We gave pumpkins to needy children at Seneca Street United Methodist Church in Buffalo, supplied pumpkins to help local farmers who ran out last year, and when pumpkins were leftover after Halloween, they were used by local famers for animal feed. From their growth on the Navajo reservation to the feeding of the animals, this pumpkin project brings blessing to many.

Calendar of Fall Events at Pendleton Church: Petting Zoo – Saturday, October 20, 2pm-3pm with Lakeview Animal Sanctuary. Free scarecrow doll to first customers with purchase while supplies last. Trunk or Treats - Saturday, October 27 4:00pm-Trunk set-up time. Families are welcome to decorate car trunks while kids trick or treat around the church parking lot. Feel free to come early, decorate the trunk of your car. Bring camp chairs, and outdoor fire pits if you wish. *Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk. 4:00PM-Giant Pumpkin Give Away will take place in the pumpkin patch. Petting Zoo- Sunday October 28th-12pm-3pm Friday Fish Frys- October 19, 26,and November 2 Line Dancing -Wednesday Evenings with Dottie Ryer at 7:30pm. Beginner through advanced. LIKE S.H.I.N.E Pumpkin Patch on Facebook for a chance to win a giant pumpkin and get updates on special events and contests. Open 12:00-8:00pm daily from September 30 through Halloween.


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A Healing Moment

A Funny Thing Happened

Four years ago, we began Stephen Ministry. Our goal was to build a ministry that would train men and women to care for those who are hurting. We achieved that – but a funny thing happened along the way. Three of us went to the Stephen Leader Training conference that immersed us in the Stephen Ministry process. We came home and began planning. We prayed, talked, learned, planned, dreamed, laughed, cried, celebrated, and prayed some more- keeping before us the goal of helping hurting people to find healing and wholeness through the love of Christ. Our next step was to recruit our first class of Stephen Ministers. I will never forget interviewing these men and women. They shared their love for God and their longing to be used in the work of the kingdom. Many described how Jesus helped them through their own past struggles and how they now wanted to be there to help others. Then we began the 50 hours of Stephen Ministry training. One of the surprise blessings was how we ourselves were being changed. Trainees shared how their relationships at home were becoming healthier. I could see everyone growing in Christian maturity. Week after week we spent time together learning , sharing, caring, and praying for each other in the Word. So here’s the funny thing that happened: We thought we were making a program, but it turned out that we were making disciples. Do you have to be a Stephen Minister to become a disciple? No. But elements of Stephen Ministry illustrate the path of discipleship. First, being a disciple is something to which God calls you- something that happens in the community, not alone. Jesus nurtured his disciples in community. They traveled with him and with each other; they learned and grew together. Stephen Ministers learn and grow together in class and supervision. Discipleship never happens alone. Second (but just as important), growth in the inner spiritual life is balanced by a concern for the world outside ourselves and our church. Stephen Ministers study and learn, but their efforts aim toward helping others. While Jesus and his

First Presbyterian Church Clarence 716-759-8396 First Presbyterian Church Niagara Falls 716-285-3555 First Presbyterian Church Tonawanda 716-692-1319 First Trinity Lutheran Tonawanda 716-835-2220 First United Presbyterian Church Silver Creek 716-934-2018 Hartland Bible Church Gasport 716-772-6115 Holy Cross Lutheran Church Clarence 716-634-2332 Immanuel Lutheran Church E. Aurora 716-652-4240 Niagara Frontier Bible Church Lewiston 716-297-8783 North Presbyterian Church Williamsville 716-632-1330 Orchard Park Presbyterian Orchard Park 716-662-9348 Salem Lutheran Church Springville 716-592-4893 Salem Lutheran Church Buffalo 716-824-2787 St. James United Methodist Church N. Falls 716-297-6421 St. Matthew’s UCC Hamburg 716-649-1532 St Paul’s Lutheran Church Eden 716-992-9112 St Paul’s Lutheran Church N. Tonawanda 716- 692-3255 University Presbyterian Church Buffalo 716-836-2108 You can also contact any of these Stephen Wayside Presbyterian Church Hamburg Ministries in the Niagara Frontier:: 716-627-2150 Wesleyan Church Orchard Park 716-662-9842 Catholic Health Continuing Care Buffalo Zion Lutheran Church Clarence 716- 741-2656 716-923-4833 disciples were together and he was teaching them, they were also interacting with folks around them. Jesus was concerned for and had compassion for all those he met- and he urged his disciples to do the same. Third, consistency matters; Stephen Ministry grows disciples because of the consistency involved. Stephen Ministers meet weekly for training and then twice a month for continuing education and supervision. These on-going meetings keep Stephen Ministers centered in the Word, grounded in a community of believers, and focused on their mission: to share the love of Christ with those who are hurting. This leads to two key questions. One: Do you want to be a disciple, one who stays close to the Word, be accountable to a small group, and look for a way to serve? Stephen Ministry enables you to do all that and more. Second: Are you hospitalized, grieving, angry, suffering loneliness or discouragement, divorce or separation, terminal illness, unemployment, new parenthood, single parenthood, victim of a disaster, or any other type of need? If the answer is yes, the Stephen Ministry or the Samaritan Counseling Center can help. If you are hurting for any reason and would like someone to walk with you through this tough time or if you wish to help others or know more about starting a Stephen Ministry at your church, contact The Samaritan Counseling Center 716-743-9117 or outside of Erie and Niagara Counties, 1- 800-660-5053. You can also find Samaritan Counseling Center on the web at

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Submitted by Deb Simpson

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Add the remaining to the creamed mixture    3 cups flour     1 tsp. baking soda     1/4 tsp. salt     1/2 tsp baking powder     3 tsp. cinnamon     3 cups chocolate chips [Optional-chopped nuts]

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CHRISTIAN EDUCATION Center Road Baptist Church The Center Road Christian Academy 412 Center Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224 (716) 675-6545 Christ the King Preparatory Academy K-8th Grade 3571 Niagara Falls Blvd. Wheatfield, NY 14120 (716) 553-6318 Christian Academy of WNY — C.A.W.N.Y K-12 621 Payne Avenue North Tonawanda New York 14120 (716) 433-1652 Covenant United Church of Christ Covenant Nursery School Pre-School 3, 4 & 5 year olds 4449 Main St. Gasport, NY 14067 (716) 772-7802 Fair Havens Wee Havens Preschool 3&4 yr olds 7337 Ward Road N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 693-9204 www. weehavenspreschool. com First Presbyterian Church Happy Times Preschool 18 months to 12 years 21 Church Street Lockport, NY 14094

(716) 433-4987 First Trinity Lutheran Church First Trinity Preschool Pre-K, 2-4 year olds 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd. Tonawanda, NY 14150 Phone: (716) 835-2220 www. preschool Holy Ghost Holy Ghost Lutheran School Pre-K - 8th Grade 6630 Luther Street Wheatfield, NY 14304 (716) 731-3030 Moppets Pre-School Church of Christ 3 & 4 Years Olds 616 Main St. West Seneca New York 14224 (716) 662-5211 First Presbyterian Church Happy Times Preschool 18 months to 12 years 21 Church Street Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 433-4987 First Trinity Lutheran Church First Trinity Preschool Pre-K, 2-4 year olds 1570 Niagara Falls Blvd. Tonawanda, NY 14150 Phone: (716) 835-2220 www. preschool Holy Ghost Holy Ghost Lutheran School Pre-K - 8th Grade

6630 Luther Street Wheatfield, NY 14304 (716) 731-3030 Moppets Pre-School Church of Christ 3 & 4 Years Olds 616 Main St. West Seneca New York 14224 (716) 662-5211 New Creation Fellowship Academy K-12 3325 Genesee Street Cheektowaga, NY 14225 (716) 632-6084 New Life Christian School Pre-School 3&4 year olds K-8 80 Luksin Drive Tonawanda, NY 14150 (716) 694-0071 Pendleton Center UMC Genesis Children’s Program Pre-School 3, 4 & 5 year olds 6864 Campbell Blvd. (at Bear Ridge Road) North Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 625-8306 St. John Lutheran St. John Lutheran School K-8 6950 Ward Road N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 693-9677 St. Mark’s Lutheran Church St. Mark’s Preschool Pre-K, Ages 3-4 1135 Oliver Street N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 693-3715 St. Matthew Lutheran St. Matthews School K-8 875 Eggert Drive N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 692-6862 St. Paul Lutheran St. Paul Preschool Pre-K, Ages 3-4 453 Old Falls Blvd, N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 692-3255 St. Peter’s Lutheran Christian Day School

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BY JEFF KEEFE In historical terminology 1200BC was the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age, but something else was happening at that time in the Eastern Mediterranean world. The Mycenaean Civilization, centered in Greece and the Aegean Sea collapsed; cities were burned but without any evidence of a foreign army. The Hittite Empire, centered in Anatolia (Turkey), collapsed partially because of a confederation of Mycenaean Greeks known as the “Sea Peoples” attacked their cities. They also attacked and destroyed numerous sites along the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Is the story of the Trojan War in Homer’s “Iliad,” related to the other events happening about this time? The Egyptian Empire may have also collapsed but Pharaoh Ramses III beat back the “Sea Peoples” in a great battle. In Ramses’ mortuary temple he depicts his military victories; one of the groups of Sea Peoples he names are the Peleset. A Peleset captive is shown above. He claims to have settled a great number of prisoners in southern Canaan. Or having been defeated, did they go there on their own? Was Ramses then stretching the truth, because he was unable to prevent them from moving into that part of Egyptian dominated territory? These Peleset “Sea Peoples” are the Biblical


Philistines. It seems the “ Sea Peoples” are refugees from the collapsed Mycenaean civilization. Or are they part of the cause of it? According to Amos and Jeremiah, the Philistines were from Caphtor. Caphtor has long been thought to be Crete (though a minority of historians think Caphtor was elsewhere). The Mycenaean civilization replaced the Minoan Civilization that had been based on the island of Crete. Evidence that the Philistines were connected to the Mycenaean/Aegean world has been found by archaeologists. They brought with them to Canaan a new architectural style that focused on the hearth. Their pottery was made locally, but the style was like the Late Bronze Age Mycenaean pottery. Also dated to this time in the Philistine territory are a significant number of pig bones indicating their preference for pork. Last year a two-horned altar was uncovered, at Tel-es-Safi, possibly Gath (Goliath’s home town). Two horned altars seem to have originated in the Aegean world. The Philistines were able to move into five Canaanite cities, Askelon, Ekron, Ashdod, Gath and Gaza along the southeastern coast of the Mediterranean. That area was critical to Egypt as the “Way of the Sea” trade route to the north. Originally content to settle in the land near their five cities, they began to move north along the coast (after Ramses III’s

death), encountering the Tribe of Dan (Samson was a Danite). Sampson’s interactions with the Philistines shows a mingling of cultures and is more about personal issues than territorial ones. The Philistines also moved east into the foothills of Judah, Benjamin and Ephraim. 1st Samuel is full of encounters with the Philistines. In about 1050BC the Israelites and Philistines forces clashed in the Battle of Ebenezer/Aphek. As a result the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant. This also resulted in the destruction of the Tabernacle at Shiloh. It is not mentioned in the 1 Samuel 4 story, but it is remembered in Psalm 78:60-61 and 400 hundred years later by Jeremiah (Jer. 7:12). 1st Samuel 13 & 14 tells how Jonathan routed the Philistines from their base in Israel. David’s encounter with the Philistine Goliath of Gath is in 1st Sam. 18 when King Saul’s army is lined up against the Philistines in the Valley of Elah. Battle of Mount Gilboa ends with the death of King Saul and his sons. The Philistines fastened their bodies to the wall of the Temple of Ashtoreth at BethShan. Beth-Shan was in the territory of Issachar or Asher, but belonged to the tribe of Manasseh. It was probably still a Canaanite city deep in the heart of Israel, since it had a temple to the female goddess Ashtoreth and the brave men of Jabesh-Gilead had to sneak in to retrieve

the bodies of Saul and his sons. The Philistines had a more diverse economy than the tribes of Israel. Being on the coast and a “Sea People,” they had boats for fishing as well as trading with the rest of the Mediterranean world, and they were on the shortest trade route between Egypt and Mesopotamian. They had soil suitable for wheat, olives and vineyards. They lacked forests for wood and the minerals needed for making bronze and iron. Their chief god was Dagon, he was the god of fertility and crops. Dagon also figured prominently in the Philistine concepts of death and the afterlife. The Philistine cultures merged with the local Canaanites, as did their religion. Baal eventually replaces Dagon as the chief fertility god. The Philistines as a nation and ethnic group disappeared some 600 years later after being taken over by the Persian Empire about 539 B.C.

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It is foretold, that only a superspiritual eye could see, If there’ll be any relief for folks from fear and misery. Where heeding prosperity predictors or fortune tellers, Will make some proper people hide in old wine cellars. Although throughout history, humans have tried to flee, Debilitating suffering, but blessed woes are a necessity. For corrupting lust and pompous pride afflicts dwellers, Of every nation where they become like skunk smellers! Obviously; afflictions are the only way to set people free. From self-exaltation that has harmed harmonious charity. Requiring stone cutters to be very accurate name spellers. Especially the odd names of sandswirling suicide sellers! Notably; those who join in The King’s suffering willingly, Will have their old characters refined beyond any mystery. These blessed woes spin-off sin, Preparing souls for a Glorious journey throughout Eternity!

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