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C hurches C reating C ommunity the

MARCH 2012


Lead Story “ Nurses Christian Fellowship” by Kathy Reandeau

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Get to Know Heartland Bible Church, Heartland, NY


Church Service Times


March Community Events Calendar


On Health - March is Brain Injury Awareness Month” by 15 Miranda Ward 16 News & Happenings A Healing Moment “Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)” by Rev. Robert Spilman, CPE Supervisor Crossword Puzzle Bible Word Search



Christian Media Analysis of the Book of Job, An: Revealing Your Unique Purpose in Christ” by: Randy L. Henderson 20 History Corner- “Caesarea Philippi, Dan, Paneas” by Jeff Keefe 23 Ministry Minute- “Lent 2012” by Rev. John Loeser, Pastor at Exley United 24 Methodist Church

Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) is an international professional organization and a ministry of and for nurses and nursing students. It works to help nurses come to know God by building a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to live out this relationship in nursing, bringing God’s love and justice to nursing education and practice. The organization began in 1948 as a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and became a professional organization in 2003 which now provides Christ-centered resources and programs that equip nurses and students for ministry in nursing - including spiritual care, ethics and a Christian perspective on nursing issues. According to the national website their purpose is: “In response to God’s love, grace and truth: The Purpose of Nurses Christian Fellowship, as a ministry of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA is to establish and advance





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in nursing, within education and practice, witnessing communities of nursing students and nurses who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture and God’s purposes in the world.” The national organization (www. is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. A local chapter was started in 2011 by co-leaders Ava Sammarco, LPN and Molly Sammarco, RN. The core group now has about five or six members from different areas of the nursing profession who each bring their own perspective and patient experiences to the group. They are always looking to attract more students and active nurses, including those who may be new to the profession or those who have in-depth experience in caregiving. The group meets monthly for prayer, Bible discussion, and mutual encouragement at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church on

Eggert Road in Tonawanda, but they would like to get other churches involved and perhaps meet at a different church each month. Since nursing can be such a stressful occupation, the co-founders feel that one of the biggest benefits they can offer is to be a Christian support group for nurses. They start each meeting with a prayer and time of Christian fellowship. Then they review a pamphlet of Bible Study from the national organization and spend time in discussion or just listening and supporting each other before closing with another prayer. Molly and Ava said that nurses often see people at the lowest points in their lives and sometimes just need an understanding ear in trying to deal with these situations. Many patients can be angry or depressed and may act out against those trying to help. Some are lonely and need to be comforted. Others want to share their stories and be told that they still have value as a person. Continued on page 4


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GET TO KNOW... Hartland Bible Church Gasport, NY

Hartland Bible Church is a sovereign, independent Bible church. The church’s work, ministry, missionary program, and all other phases of service, are supported solely by freewill contributions of its membership and friends. Hartland Bible Church seeks to glorify God through public worship and service, the preaching and teaching the Word of God, evangelizing to the community, and supporting the worldwide preaching of the Gospel. Originally organized in 1816 in the log cabin home of James Edmunds on Ridge Road, the church had just 12 members by 1818. The original church building, then known as the First Baptist Church of Hartland, was erected on Johnson Creek Road in 1833. The church membership grew and the building was improved

upon with the installation of a church bell, pipe organ, electric lights, and excavation under the building for school rooms and a dining hall. A parsonage was built next to the church building in 1889. In 1992, the church changed its name. The church became known as Hartland Bible Church, as it still is today. Hartland Bible Church purchased a building in the village of Middleport in 2005. The facility, named The Hub, is used for community outreach, especially for teens and adults. The Hub, located on State Street in Middleport, is open 2:30 to 4:30pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for snacks, games, and fellowship. Euchre for seniors is hosted on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30pm of each month. The first Friday of every month The Hub hosts a family

movie night. HBC moved to its current location at 8110 West Avenue, Gasport, NY in 2009. HBC purchased the facility from the Buffalo Catholic Diosce. The facility was last used by St. Mary’s Church on Mother’s Day 2008. Hartland Bible Church held its first worship service at the Gasport facility May 10th, 2009- the next Mother’s Day following the building’s closing a year earlier. The new facility offers more classrooms and offices, larger meeting areas, a larger kitchen and connected dining hall, and a more spacious sanctuary. Today, as in our rich history, Hartland Bible Church continues to proclaim God’s Word through worship services, discipleship classes, youth groups, and small group

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bible study meetings. We believe that salvation comes through Jesus Christ alone. Jesus paid the price for our sins on the cross and rose to life three days later and therefore, we proclaim that the assurance of heaven comes through your knowledge and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior. HBC puts a high priority on the study of God’s Word, prayer, worship, and building Godly relationships in our families and community. We strive to have an impact on our community through outreach events, facility use, and partnerships with area churches and organizations. We believe that God has gifted each person with special abilities and, through our church and its ministries, we hope to provide all members an opportunity to serve and minister in the name of Jesus. HBC also financially and prayerfully supports sixteen missionary families and organizations throughout the United States, Ireland, East Asia, New Guinea, Cambodia, and Haiti. Hartland Bible Church offers a full schedule of programs on Sunday mornings. The congregation can join for prayer at 8:30am, followed by a breakfast served at 9am. Discipleship Hour (Sunday School) for

adults and children of all ages is at 9:45am. Our contemporary Worship Service begins at 11am. A traditional Sunday morning service includes music, prayer, offering, and a message from Pastor Jonathan Goodwin. Communion is observed on the first Sunday of each month. Throughout the year, holidays and special occasions are celebrated during the Worship Service and special evening events. Nursery, Toddler Church, and Children’s Church provide childcare and a Bible lesson during the 11am Worship Service for infant through 2nd grade children. Sunday evenings from 6 to 7:30pm is a time of Biblical teaching, outreach, and fun for our youth. During this time, HBC also offers and adult prayer and praise meeting. HBC has three youth groups on Sunday evenings: Sparks, for Kindergarten through 3rd grade, Junior Astronauts, for 4th to 6th grade, and Junior/Senior High Youth Group for 7th through 12th graders. The youth groups focus on worship, a bible lesson, games, and community outings. Hartland Bible Church also has ministries especially tailored to the needs of our adult members. Band of Brothers, HBC’s men’s ministry, works to encourage men to have a deeper relationship with Christ, be spiritual leaders in their family, and beacons of Jesus’ love in the community through small groups, community projects, and family events. Seasons, HBC’s women’s ministry, seeks to connect women to form meaningful friendships, serve others, and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through bible studies, community outings, and organizing fun-filled outreach events. The family of Hartland Bible Church would encourage and welcome everyone to join us for Sunday service and church activities. Please visit our website at www. and click on our Events Calendar for up-to-date information about the times of our various ministries. If you are interested in using Hartland Bible Church’s facility for your meeting, wedding, or other event please contact us at the church office at 716-772-6115. We look forward to seeing you at Hartland Bible Church! March 2012 — CCC Bulletin — 3

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Nurses Christian Fellowship continued from page 1 When dealing with patients, they said that it is important to remember that they are people with other dimensions other than just a disease. Compassion and having a sense of humor can sometimes help the healing process just as much as medical care. They want to follow the example of the compassion and healing acts of Jesus and show their faith in their nursing works. There are many examples of Jesus acting as a healer in the Bible to the lame, the blind, the bleeding woman and others, but his compassion was also shown in his acts of touching those thought to be untouchable and seeing them as the person, not a disease. No matter whether he was teaching about a Samaritan, a Gentile, a tax collector or a poor woman, he always showed the same grace to all. Members of Nurses Christian Fellowship

St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church

try to follow these examples when providing healthcare. The co-leaders believe that nursing is not just a profession, it’s a calling. They feel that having a foundation in Christ allows them to be more compassionate in their care, helping them to look after the physical and spiritual health of their patients. They also know that nursing can be just as much about promoting health and wellness as treating the symptoms of disease. That is why members of the group will also be providing articles on health issues such as prostate cancer for St. Bartholomew’s monthly newsletter. They will decide as a group to perform various outreach activities. Coming up on June 9 they will hold a HEALTH FAIR at St. Bartholomew’s from 12:00-2:00 p.m. They are planning on offering cholesterol and blood pressure screenings. UNYTS (Upstate New York Transplant Services) will be registering bone marrow donors. There will be a prayer tent and they also hope to have a dietitian and longterm care insurance representative available along with such organizations as Visiting Nurses Association, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and Park Creek Senior Living Community. The event will be free and open to the public. Nurses Christian Fellowship is open to all students and nursing students who want to grow and learn in Christ, and help each other provide compassionate and loving care to patients. Anyone who is interested in joining can contact Ava at the email or telephone number provided.

Molly Sammarco and Ava Sammarco

Nurses Christian Fellowship Ava Sammarco: 716-462-3618 Meetings held the third Tuesday of every month 7:00-8:30 p.m. St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church 2368 Eggert Road Tonawanda, New York, 14150 HEALTH FAIR, June 9, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

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Church Services ANGLICAN St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church Christ-Centered; Bible Believing 2368 Eggert Rd, TOT (716) 831-1777 Rev. Fr. Arthur W. Ward Jr SAT: 4:30 PM SUN: 8:00am; 9:15am & 11:am Christian Ed. & Nursery 9:15am & 11:00am WED: 9:30am 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 APOSTOLIC New Apostolic 4229 Delaware, TOT SUN: 10:30am WED: 8pm New Life In Christ Ministries 285 Walnut Rd., LKPT SUN: 11:00 ASSEMBLIES OF GOD Lewiston Assembly of God 4754 Creek Rd., LEW (716) 754-7736 www. SUN: 10:00 WED: 7:00 Lockport Assembly of God 200 Beattie Ave., LKPT (716) 433-2900

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SUN: 10:30am WED: 7:00pm Praise & Prayer New Covenant Tabernacle 345 McConkey Dr., TOT Pastor Dave 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 BAPTIST CHURCHES Amherst Baptist Church 100 Willow Ridge Drive, AMH SUN:9:30am Fellowship, 9:45am – Contemporary Worship Service Sunday School 11:00am Antioch Bible Baptist Church 3984 Lockport Olcott Rd., LKPT (716) 439-8101 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 Bethel Baptist Church 995 Dodge Road Getzville, NY 14068 (716)688-8668 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. centerroadbaptistchurch. com 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 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 First Baptist Church 511 Union Rd., WS (716) 674-1816 SUN 10:15am, 6:00pm WEDS 7:00pm First Baptist ChurchLockport 140 Genesee St., LKPT (716) 434-1783 Pastor Adam Dueck SUN: 10:30 am 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 www.kenmorebaptistchurch. org SUN: 11:00am Sunday School 9:45am

Amherst Church of Christ 8285 Transit Road, AMH SUN: 10:30am & 6:00pm Sunday Bible Study 9:30am WED: 7:00- Bible Study

United Baptist Church 4800 Creek Rd., LEW (716) 754-4473 Pastor Bette Bond SUN: 10:0 & 11:00 Sunday School 10:45

Faith Emmanuel Temple 36 Locust St. (716) 433-8484 SUN: 11:30am Sunday School 9:30am

Whitehaven Road Baptist Church 1290 Whitehaven Rd., GI (716) 773-1004 www.Wrbc.Org Pastor Abram Duek SUN: 9:15am & 11:00am

Faith Tabernacle Church 5676 Beattie Ave , LKPT (716) 434-5451 SUN: 9:30am

CHRISTIAN Amherst Alliance Church 3915 Millersport Hwy, AMH (716) 689-9832 Pastor John Bock SUN: 10:30am

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

LaSalle Baptist Church 8819 Munson Ave., NF (716) 283-5328 SUN: 11:00am, 6:00pm WEDS: 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: 10:15amContemporary Worship SUN: 10:35am- Traditional Worship Tonawanda Baptist 3200 Elmwood Ave., TOT SUN: 10:30am Sunday Bible study 9:30am

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Church Services Lockport Alliance Church 555 Davison Rd ., LKPT (716) 433-3571 Pastor Kevin Robbins SUN 9:00 & 11:15 Life Hour 10:15am Lockport Christian Church 5845 Locust Street Ext., LKPT (716) 478-0500 SUN: 10:00am 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 Pastor Ron Friedersdorf SUN: 9:00am THUR: 6:30pm

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 Amherst Sonrise Church of the Nazarene 849 North French Road, AMH (716) 689-9832 SUN: 11:00am DISCIPLES of CHRIST 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 EPISCOPAL

Calvary Episcopal Church 20 Milton Street, WIL SAT: 4:00 pm Holy Eucharist Grove Street Christian - Contemp. Music 85 Grove St. TOT SUN: 7:45am Holy Eucharist (716) 695-2446 - Spoken Re. Jim Girling SUN: 9:00 am - Family SUN: 10:30am 11:00am Holy Eucharist Choral (1st Sun, ea. mo. is Rite I) CHURCH OF CHRIST WED: 7:00 am Holy Eucharist -Spoken LaSalle Church Of Christ 1121 N Military Rd., NF THURS: 12PM Holy Eucharist (716) 283-1214 w/prayers for healing 6 — CCC Bulletin — March 2012 CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Disciples of Christ)

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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

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)

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.

St Stephen’s Episcopal Church 616 Cayuga Dr., NF (716) 283-2774 Rev. Canon Isaac Ihiasota, Ph.D. SUN 8:00am, 10:00am

Faith Lutheran Church 2730 Transit Rd., NEW (716) 751-0310 Rev. Clarence Elliott


Grace Episcopal Church 100 Genesee St., LKPT (716) 433-2878 Rev. Cannon Carolyn Lumbard SUN 8:00am & 10:00am

Evangelical Covenant Church 786 Kenmore Ave., KEN Sunday: 10:45am

St John’s Episcopal Church 431 Lake St., WILS (716) 751-6109 Rev’d Dr. Judith Lee SUN: 9:00am THUR: 11:00am

Abiding Savior 1534 Ruie Rd, NT (716) 693-0180 SAT: 6:30pm SUN: 9:15am- Christian Education SUN: 10:30am- Worship

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

Amherst Lutheran Church 5125 Main Street, WIL (716) 632-4185 SAT: 5:00pm – Live Jazz Worship SUN 10:00am – Traditional Worship

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


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. Ethan Cole SUN: 10:30am Sunday Morning Divine Service Crossroads Lutheran Church 4640 Main Street, AMH

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 Pastor Ron Oravec 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

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Church Services 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 www.stpaulswilliamsville. org 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 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 SAT 5:00pm SUN: 10:30am Sunday school 9:00am 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 3445 Sheridan Drive, EGG (716) 836-4868 SUN: 10:45am Trinity Lutheran 146 Reserve Rd. WS (716) 674-5353 www.trinity-lutheranchurch. com 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. Ewart Morris SUN: 10:45am 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 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 New Hope Methodist Church 2846 Seneca St., WS (716) 825-8745 Pastor Jeff Nowak SUN 11:00am

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

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

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

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

Warrens Corners Methodist Church 5293 Stone Rd. LKPT (716) 434-7385 Rev. Carl Chamberlain SUN 11:00am

Quaker Rd. United Methodist 2800 Quaker Rd., GAS (716) 772-7457 SUN: 10:45am 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 Ransomville United Methodist 2573 Youngstown Lockport Rd., RAN (716) 791-4978 Rev. Matthew Worley SUN 9:15am Tonawanda United Methodist 221 Morgan St, COT Sunday: 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

North Ridge United Methodist Church 3930 North Ridge Road Lockport, NY 14094 (716) 433-4105 Rev. Matthew Worley Sunday 10:45am Open Bible Church Free Methodist 4143 Beach Ridge Rd, NT SUN: 8:30am & 9:45am

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Church Services Faith United Presbyterian 3150 Elmwood Ave, KEN (716) 875-9550 SUN: 10:30am Sunday School: 9:00am

Harbor Lights Fellowship 1821 Grand Island Blvd., GI (716) 773-7900 www.harborlightsfellowship. org Pastor Gerard Haberstrow SAT: 7:00pm SUN: 10:00am

First Presbyterian ChurchLewiston 505 Cayuga Dr. LEW Lewiston, NY 14092 (716) 754-4945 SUN: 11:00am

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

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

PRESBYTERIAN Amherst Presbyterian Church 151 South Youngs Road, AMH (716) 633-4656 www.amherstpreschurch. org Rev. David A. Smith SUN: 10:30am Bible Presbyterian Church 1650 Love Rd., GI (716) 773-7303 www.Biblepres.Org Pastor Kevin Backus, Ph.D. 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

First Presbyterian Church West Seneca 2085 Union Rd., WS (716) 668-1115 SUN: 10:00am First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown 100 Church St., YNG (716) 745-7067 Pastor Rex T. Stewart SUN 8:30am & 10:45am Island United Presbyterian Church 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 www.knoxchurchbuffalo. com 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 www. Rev. William Hennessy SUN: 8:30- Worship in the Chapel – 10:45am- Worship in the Sanctuary SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST Seventh-Day Adventist Church 32 W High St., LKPT (716) 433-2327 SAT: 11:20 - Sabbath School, Bible Study SUN: 10:00am UNITED CHURCH of CHRIST Cambria United Church Christ 4045 Lower Mountain Rd, CAM (716) 434-4205 SUN 10:00am 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

Road, EAST AMH (716) 741-3481 SUN: 10:30am Coffee Hour 10:00am

Ebenezer United Church of Christ 630 Main St. WS (716) 674-4566 SUN 9:15am, 11:00am

Zion UCC Parker Blvd & Koenig Cir., TOT (716) 836-6220 SUN: 9am, 10:30am

Kenilworth UCC 45 Dalton Dr, KEN (716) 835-4120 SUN: 10:30am


Kenmore UCC 295 Delaware Rd, TOT (716) 875-1725 SUN: 10:30am 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

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

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 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

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

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

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events FRIDAY MARCH 2ND, 16TH & 30TH 4:00-6:30PM Fish Fry St. Peter’s UCC 1208 Oliver St., NT (693-0749) Fish or Shrimp dinner includes: coffee, tea (water and pop available), your choice of potatoes (German, baked, French fries) and your choice of homemade pies TAKE OUTS AVAILABLE, call 693-0749

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14th 12:00 - 1:00pm WEDS., MARCH 7th, 14th, 21st & 55th Annual Community Lenten 28th 6:00pm Luncheon Series Mid Week Lenten Suppers Emmanuel United Methodist Church Mt. Olive Lutheran Church 75 East Ave. LKPT (433-2838)                                           6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT ENJOY AND BE INSPIRED BY: Erik (434-8500) O’Neil, Investment Advisor and Join us every Wednesday at 6:00pm active lay person.  Midweek Lenten Suppers for LUNCHEON ENTREE: Scalloped FREE potatoes w/ ham. Typical meal includes: entrée, salad, veggie, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7th FRIDAY MARCH 2ND, 9TH,16TH 23 bread Catered by Molinaro’s 12:00 - 1:00pm rd & 30TH 4:00-7:00 Ristorante. Desserts provided 55th Annual Community Lenten Fish Fry - Pendleton Center UMC by women of the church. * Our Luncheon Series  6864 Campbell Blvd., NT cafeteria line opens around 11:50 Emmanuel United Methodist Church (625-8306) and we aim to have the luncheon 75 East Ave. LKPT (433-2838)                and      program              done       by 1:00PM Haddock, Shrimp, Chicken ENJOY AND BE INSPIRED Tenders, Sample Platters and BY: Lou Stitch, Administrator Children’s Dinners will be available. FRIDAY, MARCH 16th 6:00-9:00pm of Heritage Manor                                   CAWNY              Dinner          Auction    Dinners include: French Fries or with Baby LUNCHEON ENTREE: Roast potato salad, applesauce or Joe Mesi Beef. Typical meal includes: entrée, coleslaw, rolls & beverage. Banchetti’s Resturant 550 North salad, veggie, bread Catered by (Our fried dinners contain no trans French Rd. Amherst Molinaro’s Ristorante. Desserts fat!) For takeouts, phone 625-8306 Full sit down dinner included in ticket provided by women of the church. * price, speakers, various auctions, FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd Our cafeteria line opens around 11:50 baskets, door prizes and more 4:00 - 6:30pm                               and we aim to have the luncheon and Tickets on sale now: $20 Krolick’s Fish Fry                                    program             done        by    1:00PM   each. Table Sponsors also available Payne Ave Christian Church                                           for your church, business, family, 1459 Payne Ave NT (260-1217)              SUNDAY,               MARCH             11th, organization etc: They include VIP Starts at 11:00am Payne Ave Christian Church will be table seating; table, event and Basket Raffle holding their 2nd Annual Krolick’s website recognition.  First English Lutheran Church Famous Fish Fry on Friday March 2nd     Dinner Sponsor: 8 tickets 185 Locust St. LKPT (433-6161) from 4 to 6:30pm.  Dinners will include included-$325 Basket raffle fundraiser for our coleslaw, potato salad, roll w/ butter, a     Dessert Sponsor: 4 ttickets 175th anniversary celebration.  First dessert and drink all for $10.  For presale included-$165 English Lutheran Church, 185 Locust tickets please call Andy 260-1217, or     Coffee Sponsor: 2 tickets Street, Lockport NY (433-6161).  purchase at the door.  Dinners will be included-$85 Tickets will be available before the available as take out or dine in. Join us for a great night of fellowship basket raffle takes place.  and help support Christian Education. SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd Meet “Baby” Joe Mesi, bid in our TUESDAY, MARCH 13th 2:00-6:00 PM live auction for autographed boxing 6:00-7:00PM Open House B’Unique Boutique gloves, participate in our various St. John Lutheran Church & School First English Lutheran Church auctions, learn more about our school 6950 Ward Road NT (693-9677) 185 Locust St. LKPT (433-6161) and so much more. B’Unique Boutique a fundraiser for our Please contact the school at (716) St. John Lutheran School is having 175th anniversary celebration.  Various 433-1652 for more information an open house for Kindergarten and unique assortment of items including and to purchase your tickets. through grade 8 on Tuesday, March gift baskets, candles, Tastefully Simple, Limited seating is available,. get 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Bring Pampered Chef, Angel Charmers, jewelry, your tickets today! Also visit www. your child, meet the teachers, purses and books.  Event is held at  see the classrooms, review the Luther Haven (next door to First English curriculum, ask questions, and Lutheran Church) at 175 Locust Street, FRIDAY, MARCH 16th 7:00receive an information packet.   We Lockport NY (433-6161).  Refreshments 10:00pm look forward to seeing you. and beverage will be served while “Third Friday” Coffee House & Open you browse the boutique items in this Mic

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events St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 1475 Orchard Park Road, WS (674-1233) Folk Night - Reliving the music of the 60s and 70s Bring your guitar and groove on with us St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca 674-1233 or $2 cover, under 12 free, portion benefits Dunkirk Conference Center

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21st 12:00 - 1:00pm 55th Annual Community Lenten Luncheon Series Emmanuel United Methodist Church 75 East Ave. LKPT (433-2838)  ENJOY AND BE INSPIRED BY: Melissa Junke, Lockport’s Director of Youth & Recreation and an advocate for our area youth 

MARCH 2012 LUNCHEON ENTREE: Chicken and biscuits. Typical meal includes: entrée, salad, veggie, bread Catered by Molinaro’s Ristorante. Desserts provided by women of the church. * Our cafeteria line opens around 11:50 and we aim to have the luncheon and program done by 1:00PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th 12:00 - 1:00pm 55th Annual Community Lenten Luncheon Series  Emmanuel United Methodist Church 75 East Ave. LKPT (433-2838)  ENJOY AND BE INSPIRED BY: Suan Denny, Rotarian actively involved with the “Interact” program at LHS LUNCHEON ENTREE: Pot Roast. Typical meal includes: entrée, salad, veggie, bread Catered by

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Molinaro’s Ristorante. Desserts provided by women of the church. * Our cafeteria line opens around 11:50 and we aim to have the luncheon and program done by 1:00PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28th 7:30PM West Seneca Community Lenten Journey St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 1475 Orchard Park Road, WS (674-1233) Sermon by Rev. Bronwen Boswell - “Changed By The Good Shepherd”. Music by “Strike The Rock” St. Peter’s United Church of Christ 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca 674-1233 or SATURDAY, MARCH 31st 11:00 - 2:00 PM Easter Egg-Stravaganza Lewiston Assembly of God 4754 Creek R., LEW (754-7736) Come join us for a fun filled time!! Everything is FREE!!!! Egg hunt for 2-11 yr. olds, bounce houses, face painting, popcorn, candy & prizes for all! We’ll see you there!! WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4th 12:00 - 1:00pm 55th Annual Community Lenten Luncheon Series  Emmanuel United Methodist Church 75 East Ave. LKPT (4332838)  ENJOY AND BE INSPIRED BY: Chuck Bell, Lockport Community Development Director, speaking on the Genesee Street housing revitalization program LUNCHEON ENTREE: Penne with Meatballs. Typical

meal includes: entrée, salad, veggie, bread Catered by Molinaro’s Ristorante. Desserts provided by women of the church. * Our cafeteria line opens around 11:50 and we aim to have the luncheon and program done by 1:00PM

SATURDAY, APRIL 28th 11:00 - 2:00pm                         Theme Basket Auction Payne Ave Christian Church                                   1459 Payne Ave NT (260-1217) Join us in April for our very popular Theme Basket Auction! on Saturday, April 28th from 11am - 2pm (drawings begin at 2pm). You need not be present to win. Tickets will be $5 a sheet. A 50/50 raffle will be held. Refreshments available for purchase!

SATURDAY, MAY 19th 8:00 - 4:00pm Flea Market Payne Ave Christian Church                                 1459 Payne Ave NT (260-1217) Looking for vendors, crafters, farm produce, food trucks, etc. to reserve a space in our Outside Flea Market! May 19th from 8am to 4pm. Spaces available, 10’ x 15’ for $20. Call Andy at 807-6761 or the church office for reservations & information.  Rain date May 26th.


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Cost: $15 [Summer 2012 - Tuesday 7/31/12 Lockport Community Television                                     7pm-9pm] volunteering at LCTV. In addition to Studio Graphics                                                               [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 9/25/12 giving potential volunteers some 293 Niagara Street, Lockport, New 7pm-9pm] background about LCTV, time will York 14094 (434-1733                                                                       [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday 11/20/12 be spent discussing the upcoming How to create titles for your studio TV 7pm-9pm] training sessions and open enrollment programs. We will discuss designing Cost: $35   will begin that evening. One again, Lockport Community Television                    graphics            for     television, operating the the Orientation is mandatory for all Studio Camera Operation                             computer               during       shows and adding photos potential users of LCTV’s facility to your projects. 293 Niagara Street, Lockport, New prior to starting the training process. York 14094 (434-1733)         When:            [Spring            2012         -  Tuesday                Registration for Orientation session is 4/10/12 7pm-9pm] This class focuses on the operation of strongly recommended. To register the studio based cameras including shot call 434-1733. [Spring II 2012 - Tuesday 6/5/12 composition as well as the basics of When: [Spring 2012 - Tuesday 7pm-9pm] floor managing and taking direction. 3/20/12 7pm-8pm] [Summer 2012 - Tuesday 8/7/12 7pm-9pm] When: [Spring 2012 - Tuesday [Spring II 2012 - Tuesday 5/15/12 [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 10/2/12 4/17/12 7pm-8pm] 7pm-9pm] 7pm-9pm] [Summer 2012 - Tuesday 7/17/12 [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday 11/27/12 [Spring II 2012 - Tuesday 6/12/12 7pm-8pm] 7pm-9pm] 7pm-9pm] [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 9/11/12 Cost: $15   [Summer 2012 - Tuesday 8/14/12 7pm-8pm] Lockport Community Television                                     7pm-9pm] [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday 11/6/12 [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 10/9/12 7pmStudio Directing                                                                 7pm-8pm] 9pm] Cost: Free!!! 293 Niagara Street Lockport Community Television                    [Winter           II  2012     - Tuesday 12/4/12 Lockport, New York 14094 Portable Field Production                             7pm-9pm]            293 Niagara Street, Lockport, New York 14094 (434-1733)                                                                       This class focuses on learning to videotape on location. In class we discuss common mistakes in videography as well as the notion of shooting with editing in mind. We will demonstrate LCTV’s mini-dv camcorders as well discuss field audio gear & location lighting. When: [Spring 2012 - Tuesday 3/27/12 7pm-9pm] [Spring II 2012 - Tuesday 5/22/12 7pm-9pm] [Summer 2012 -Tuesday 7/24/12 7pm-9pm] [Fall 2012 - Tuesday 9/18/12 7pm-9pm] [Winter II 2012 - Tuesday 11/13/12 7pm-9pm] Cost: $25  Lockport Community Television                                     Editing in Final Cut Express                                             293 Niagara St., Lockport, New York 14094 (434-1733)                                                                       The basics of editing in Final Cut Express. Everything from importing your footage into a computer to making cuts, adding transitions, titles and effects will be covered in this introductory course. We will also discuss outputting your projects to DVD and getting your program ready for airing on LCTV. When: [Spring 2012 - Tuesday 4/3/12 7pm-9pm] [Spring II 2012 - Tuesday 5/29/12 7pm-9pm] March 2012 — CCC Bulletin — 11

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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

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 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 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. 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 8:00PM

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March 2012 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.

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 &encouraged for the weeks journey ahead. This will happen through music, small groups, & discussions from the bible & more.

EVERY THIRD TUESDAY 11:30am Togetherness on Tuesdays Christ Episcopal Church 7145 Fieldcrest Dr. (corner of Rochester Rd. & Fieldcrest), LKPT (433-9229) Every Third Tuesday is Togetherness on Tuesdays (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 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 small group activities. JAM ministers to children from K- 5th grade.

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 9:30-11:15am Mommy and Me Playgroup KNOX Presbyterian Church 2595 Elmwood Ave., KEN (873-2423) The Mommy & Me Playgroup is designed for moms and their children from birth through Pre School. They meet every Wednesday in the Family Life Center for stories, crafts, snacks, music and of course. For additional information call, E-Mail or visit the Knox Christian Web Site at: www. 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) Focuses on the teachings of Bible stories: Inter-active lessons, crafts, fun activities and snacks. EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:15-9:00pm MOVI - The Chapel at Crosspoint

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)

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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 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)

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 6:45-8:15pm Classes for all Ages Amherst Alliance Church 3915 Millersport Hwy., AMH (689-9832) EVERY WEDNESDAY 7:00pm Bible Study Calvary New Covenant 78 Pyle Court, KEN (876-4629) EVERY WEDNESDAY 6:00pm – 8:00pm Family Night at Bethel - Bethel Baptist Church 995 Dodge Rd. GTZVL (688-8668) Join us for Family Night at Bethel. We begin with our “Dollar Deal Meal” at 6PM. At 6:30PM is Bethel Buddies (children’s program: 4-11 year olds). Our Prayer Group “mets” is from 6:30PM-7PM. Men/Women’s Bible Study is from 7-8:30PM. EVERY WEDNESDAY 7:00-8:00pm New Covenant Tabernacle 345 McConkey Drive, KEN (877-1335 ) God Encounter March 2012 — CCC Bulletin — 13

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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

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MARCH 2012 Christ-Centered 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. www. EVERY THURSDAY 7:00pm 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 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) 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 - Mt Olive Lutheran Church 6965 Chestnut Ridge Rd., LKPT (434-8500) Prayer Meeting at the Church EVERY SECOND FRIDAY OF THE MONTH Golden Eagles - The Chapel at Crosspoint 500 Crosspoint Parkway, GTZVL (631-2636) At The Chapel we value our senior citizens and strive to provide open doors 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 716631-2636 x204. 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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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month:

Recognizing Mild Brain Injury or Concussion. By Miranda Ward some of the following symptoms: Brain Injury and Stroke is one of the most misunderstood, HEADACHE undiagnosed public health problems in the United States. DIZZYNESS Often mild brain injury or concussion are not of thought as FATIGUE interchangeable terms. However, both can cause neurological TROUBLE CONCENTRATING changes that affect an individual’s ability to be independent. TROUBLE REMEMBERING IRRITABILITY – MOOD SWINGS Unlike a severe or even moderate traumatic brain injury, LACK OF BALANCE a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury is not easily VISION CHANGES identified. Early intervention for possible concussion can make TROUBLE SLEEPING all the difference. A doctor or neurologist can identify any CHANGE IN SPEECH potential neurologic changes as a result of a Concussion or mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Symptoms of mild TBI can often resolve within hours to days and have been known to improve within 1-3 months. However, A Brain Injury is defined by the Department of Veteran affairs any of the above symptoms should not be ignored. An untreated as, “the result of a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating concussion could cause a number of other consequences that head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. The could further affect an individual. An elderly person who has a severity of this type of disruption may range from “mild” –a fall is likely to be at greater risk of hemorrhage or stroke if they brief change in mental status” to “severe” an extended period have sustained a slight concussion. Early intervention is the of unconsciousness.” An injury such as this can occur from best approach for dealing with potential concussion. playing sports, falling off a bicycle, a fall or a number of other activities or mishaps that might be overlooked as having been a While experiencing symptoms that resemble potential mild dangerous occurrence. TBI or concussion there are a few things you can do to assist the brain in healing faster. Avoid activities that could cause a What are symptoms of possible concussion or mild TBI? If you second injury, such as recreational activities or playing sports. think you may have sustained a concussion you may experience Don’t drink alcohol, but do drink a lot of water! Alcohol can

slow brain recovery but water and keeping the brain hydrated assist in healing. If you’re having trouble remembering things try writing them down. If you are having trouble concentrating, try working in a quiet environment and only completing one thing at a time. Make sure you tell someone what you are experiencing and don’t hesitate to get medical treatment. It is better to be safe and know that you took all the best precautions. For more information on mild brain injury and concussion: Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center New York State Brain Injury Association National Brain Injury Association

Miranda Ward is the Development and Community Resource Director at Venture Forthe, Inc. Venture Forthe is an agency that serves individuals with brain injuries and other disabilities in the home and the community. For more resources or an inservices on head injury she can be contacted at 716-285-8070

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Television has been serving the spiritual community of Niagara County for more than 25 years and offers many valuable assets to local churches and ministries. LCTV has been airing religious broadcast both produced on a local as well as national level since our humble beginnings. LCTV offers to anyone wanting to learn to produce television broadcasts the ability to be trained in the skills necessary to do so, access to high-end video production equipment and free airtime on our local channel 20 on the Time Warner cable system. Many local churches broadcast their services either using equipment they already possess or by borrowing LCTV’s equipment to do so. We can train your members to videotape on location, edit your broadcasts or even tape in our studio. We have a nominal fee for our classes and a small yearly user fee but access to equipment, facility, expertise and airtime are

Many of our local churches videotape their Sunday services for rebroadcast on LCTV for a variety of reasons.  The main reason being simply getting their spiritual message out to the community but others include to benefit shutins who can no longer attend regular services, to showcase the activities that their members can expect to participate in, member recruitment, as a fun way to engage a younger more media savvy audience and the list goes on and on… If your organization can supply the interest and the “willing to learn” crew to produce cable television programming we will be glad to see your goals come true at LCTV. In this bulletin you will find our most recent class offerings for your consideration. If you have any question or would like to sign-up for our free and informative Orientation session please call the studio at 434-1733 and we hope to see you in classes soon!

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There was a whole lot of earth shaking going on today. News of an important personal friend passing away, Along with earthquakes turning fortresses into clay, With winds whipping wickedly, causing trees to sway. As consumers with altered attitudes, begin to turn gray. While foolish folks believe that they are here to stay. Although impish children cheerfully race out to play, Even as Nations conspire to invent the safest death-ray! This won’t prevent hemp weeds from growing anyway. In gardens that allow other flowers to bloom in May. Where planters shall reap what they sow without delay. Essentially all of life struggles to stay out of the fray. For what can workers say as they strive to get their pay? Especially when only the very humble kneel to pray!

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A Healing Moment

Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Dynamic Continuing Education for Pastors and Lay Ministers Rev. Robert Spilman, CPE Supervisor

How can pastors lead their congregations most effectively? What can help them empower church members to do ministry in the world? How can they deal with problems and crises in the church without taking on the stress of others? Congregation-Based Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) helps ministers address these important questions at the heart of their calling. It is a unique continuing education program offered by the Samaritan Counseling Center, North Tonawanda, New York. Developed for pastors, lay ministers, and staff in local churches, the CPE program helps them to be the leaders that God calls them to be. Using a family systems theory approach and theological reflection, CongregationBased CPE provides a four-month learning experience in a small group format. It helps ministers grow in their pastoral and leadership skills and deal more effectively with the challenges of ministry. When pastors work with families in crisis and lead their churches in times of stress and conflict, they can be most effective with the support and counsel of peers in ministry under a trained coach. Congregation-Based CPE offers this dynamic opportunity for personal and pastoral growth. A Personal Witness from a CPE Student “The Congregation-Based CPE program as directed by The Rev. Robert Spilman has made me a better Episcopal priest. This may seem like an audacious statement, but it is true. Before entering the priesthood, I was a licensed clinical professional counselor

(LCPC) in the state of Illinois, working in a community mental health environment—I had extensive training in addictions and mental health issues. My training with Pastor Bob Spilman in the CPE program did a better job of preparing me for the daily work of a parish priest than my 20+ years of counseling experience. “Congregation-Based CPE is such a valuable program because it begins and ends with the individual student. All that we do—as clergy and lay ministers in a church, chaplains at a hospice, pastoral care associates in an agency—is colored by our experiences as parent, child, sibling, partner, employee, employer, student, and teacher. Whenever we are in relationship with other people, we are in a system, and all of our experiences in other systems will affect our behavior in the current system. “Knowing how we respond to anxiety, stress, and discord allows us to see how we are contributing to the action within the system. Congregation-Based CPE not only teaches these concepts, CongregationBased CPE walks with you as you live these concepts. Identifying our own tendencies makes us, ultimately, much better clergy people and lay ministers.” What CPE Can Do for You Congregation-Based CPE will help you to “see” yourself and the church system differently from a broader, less anxious perspective. It will help you to be a calm presence when others around you are anxious. Like a good quarterback on a football team, you will learn to see the

“emotional field” of the church and do your job and not the work of others. You will gain awareness of yourself and others, learn pastoral leadership skills, and grow as a person and minister. How It Works In a group of five to eight persons, CPE participants meet together with the CPE supervisor one day per week over a fourmonth period. The curriculum includes (1) case material from church ministry, (2) family of origin work, (3) presentations on systems theory, theology, and ministry, (4) reflection time in the group, and (5) additional individual coaching time with the CPE supervisor. Who to Contact The CPE group meets from March to June 2012 at the Samaritan Counseling Center, 322 Old Falls Blvd., in North Tonawanda. Recommend the CPE program to your pastor or lay minister. For further information, contact Rev. Robert Spilman at 716-479-7933 or the Samaritan Center at 716-743-9117. Congregation-Based CPE also offers a CPE group during the year in Rochester, NY, and in alternate years in Binghamton, NY, and in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) accredits CongregationBased CPE as a satellite of the Sisters of Charity Hospital CPE Program, Buffalo, NY. March 2012 — CCC Bulletin — 17

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Center Road Baptist Church The Center Road Christian Academy 412 Center Rd. West Seneca, NY 14224 (716) 675-6545 academy.html 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

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. 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

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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 SALEM Salem United Church Salem Pre School Pre-School 3&4 year olds 114 Morgan Street Tonawanda NY 14150 (716) 692-3429

St. John Lutheran St. John Lutheran School K-8 6950 Ward Road N. Tonawanda, NY 14120 (716) 693-9677 html 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 our_preschool.htm

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Caesarea Philippi, Dan, Panea BY JEFF KEEFE At Jesus’ time there were two cities in Palestine named Caesarea. One, built by Herod the Great, (73- 4BC), was on the Mediterranean Sea, hence Caesarea Maritima, about 65 miles NW of Jerusalem. Pontius Pilate had his official residence in Caesarea Maritima from 26-37AD. A seven mile long aqueduct supplied fresh water to the city from Mt. Carmel (think Elijah and the prophets of Baal). The other Caesarea was built by Philip II, the son of Herod the Great and his 5th wife, Cleopatra of Jerusalem. Sometimes referred to as Herod Philip II, he is most often called Philip the Tetrarch. Herod the Great’s will divided his kingdom among 3 of his sons (Archelaus, Herod Antipas and Philip II – Philip I lived as a private citizen in Rome and received no territory to rule). Philip II ruled

the region north and east of the Sea of Galilee from 4 B.C. until his death in 34 B.C. In 2 B.C. Philip built the city as the capital of his territory and named it Caesarea after the Emperor Caesar Augustus. Philip’s Caesarea was located 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee’s village of Bethsaida and 40 miles SW of Damascus, Syria. It was near the base of Mt. Hermon, 9,232’ and near the pagan cultic site called Paneas or Banyas. Caesarea Philippi became a center of Greek-Roman culture, a city known for its pagan worship, and its prestigious status as the residence of Philip and his court. Worship of the Greek god Pan was centered at a nearby cave and spring at a high rock bluff. Pan was the half-man half-goat god of shepherds, flocks and mountain wilds. He was also the god of fright (thus “panic”),

and is often depicted playing the flute. Several niches carved into the rock are identified as being dedicated “to Pan and the nymphs.” Archaeological evidence for the worship of Pan at this location pre-dates the building of the city by at least 200 years, to the 3rd century B.C. Caesarea Philippi was only 2-3 miles from the Israelite city of Dan. In Joshua 19:47 Dan was known as Leshem. Judges 18:27-29 tells the story of how it lost its name as Laish and became Dan after men from the Tribe of Dan put its quiet and carefree people to the sword. In Genesis 14:14 Abram rescued Lot at Dan. Dan is also where the Israelites worshiped a golden calf provided by King Jeroboam I of Israel sometime around 925 B.C. Dan was destroyed by the Assyrians in the 8th century B.C. The city was apparently not rebuilt, but archaeological

evidence shows that cultic worship at Dan continued throughout the centuries into the Roman Era. It was at Tel Dan, that the first inscription to mention the “House of David” was found. Nine times the Old Testament uses the expression “from Dan to Beersheba” when referring to all of Israel. (Dan is in the northeast and Beersheba in the southwest). Mark 8 and Matthew 16 report that it was in the area around Caesarea Philippi that Jesus asked, “Who do men say I am?”

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What does it mean to be devoted to Christ? To claim devotion to something requires practice. For instance, if we want good physical health, we exercise and eat right. The same is true for our spiritual health; we need to practice. How do we practice devotion to Christ? We truly love God and our neighbors; we embrace God’s presence in our lives; we dedicate time each day to prayer and study God’s Word; we regularly participate in the life of a church; we use some of our time, gifts, talents, and financial resources to share Christ with others. In short, we offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God. Yes, all of us go through periods of time when other commitments sidetrack us—I have them too. However, when we allow other commitments to keep us away from our devotion to God for an extended period of time, our spiritual health is weakened. When this happens, our ability to handle times of crisis is severely impaired. The good news is that God’s arms are always open and waiting for our return. If you’ve been neglecting God, ask God for forgiveness and get back into a church. God’s people want help you renew your devotion to God. Pastor John Loeser Exley United Methodist Church

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