Houghton University senior adults group delves into retirement planning

A senior adults group at Houghton University is embarking on a free weekly afternoon discussion series to explore some of the issues associated with planning for or being in the midst of retirement. ENCORE! is hosting five Thursday sessions, entitled Daring to Live Into Resurrection Community, from 4PM to 5:30PM, through May 9, in its … Read more

Family Life Radio joins Amish Awareness Conference, only one week left for early registration savings

Family Life Network (FLN) regional radio has joined the What God is Doing in Friendship ny alliance of churches and Allegany Hope in co-sponsoring this month’s Amish Awareness Conference, with only a week remaining to capture a 20 percent early registration savings. The event will be held Friday night-Saturday, April 19-20, at the Friendship Bible … Read more

Cattaraugus County child records The True Meaning of Easter on YouTube

Nine-year-old Marcus Ethan Tom of Allegany has narrated a video for children and adults about the True Meaning of Easter, one of several he has completed and broadcast on YouTube during the past four years. According to a website narrative at https://tinyurl.com/Planet-Marcus, Marcus, a son of Panvenni Films founder and director, Murphy E. Tom, expressed … Read more

Good Friday services scheduled in Alfred and Wellsville

Two groups will be observing Good Friday services this week in Alfred and Wellsville. Three organizations of college students will gather at 3PM March 29 at the Alfred Village Bandstand at Saxon Drive and Main Street for a public Prayer Rally. The time, signifying the hour of Jesus’ death on the cross at Calvary, will … Read more

Public focus on theology and culture scheduled at Houghton University

An Old Testament Bible scholar will be the presenter for this year’s public Woolsey Lecture Series in Theology and Culture next month at Houghton University. John H. Walton, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School in Illinois, will discuss Listening Ears and Teachable Minds: Letting the Text Speak on Its … Read more

Registration open for regional Amish Awareness Conference next month in Friendship

Early registrations are underway at Friendship for a regional Amish Awareness Conference next month which is designed to acquaint area residents with aspects of the Amish lifestyle and how to reach out to them and other increasing cultures throughout the area. The Friday night-Saturday workshop, provided by Mission to Amish People (MAP) of Greenwich, Ohio, … Read more

Men now invited to women’s monthly missions luncheons and presentations

Reaching the Amish will be the topic for this week’s Friendship women’s missions group luncheon meeting which, for the first time, will be open to men. Women in the Just Do It! mission group, birthed by the United Church of Friendship, will meet at 11:30AM at The Carter House Ministry Center, 37 East Main Street, … Read more

Learning more about Christianity at Easter

An additional community introduction to Christianity is being added in Friendship as Easter approaches. A free book study on Christianity, by Debra Wroblewski, is being held from 6:30PM to 8PM Tuesdays at the United Church of Friendship, 31 East Main Street. The review-discussion opportunity for individuals who want to know more about the Christian faith … Read more

Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God study resumes at Friendship

A study on Experiencing God – Knowing and Doing the Will of God has resumed in Friendship following a holidays break. The weekly sessions are being offered from 1:30PM to 2:30PM Thursdays at The Carter House Community Ministry Center, 37 East Main Street, Friendship. A joint initiative of the United Church of Friendship, Followers of … Read more

Hope Explored to be facilitated in Wellsville

Hope Explored, an informal three-session course for anyone wanting to find hope, peace, and purpose in life will start tomorrow at The Presbyterian Church of Wellsville. The free sessions will be held from 7PM to 8:30PM on Tuesdays, January 16, 23 and 30, at the church facility at 68 North Main Street. Pastor Tom Kristoffersen … Read more

A ton of Friendship Christian materials being shipped to other countries

Over a ton of no-longer-used Bibles, Sunday School materials and other Christian study resources are on the way to pastors and missionaries in other countries as a result of a Friendship churches initiative. The Traveling Chapel, a ministry of PhotosforSouls.com of Alfred, has been the depository for the items since October as the churches joined … Read more

Friendship churches join together for community events for Celebrating the True Message of Christmas

Friendship churches are joining together for a series of events next month to help focus on the True Message of Christmas. A Friendship Christmas Celebration will begin this coming Saturday, December 2, with a series of activities for individuals and families which will run right through Christmas, and even New Year’s Eve. The schedule includes … Read more

Wellsville church to examine biblical and secular history of Israeli and Palestinian conflict

A five-session in-depth look at the biblical and secular history of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people is being hosted by a Wellsville church, starting Sunday. Pastor Dan Kenyon of the Wellsville Bible Church will explore What in the World is Going on in the Middle East? from 6PM to 7:30PM on November … Read more

Houghton University begins Kingdom Conversations as it appoints Student Kingdom Ambassadors

Houghton University will host the first of three monthly educational sessions tonight as it begins a new Kingdom Initiative directed toward “learning about, engaging with and celebrating the rich cultural diversity of Houghton University and the Kingdom of God.” The public gatherings will be held from 7PM to 8PM on Thursday, September 28, and Tuesdays, … Read more

Allegany County churches prepare for Back to Church Weekend

Many Allegany County churches are gearing up to observe a national Back to Church Weekend observance next month, with the number to date being the most per county of any area of Upstate New York and beyond. In addition, participation by the five churches of Friendship is the largest per population in Upstate counties. Signs … Read more

Houghton University to host series of public Christian revival series in September

Rooted, a three-day free public series of spiritual revival services, will return to Houghton University in September. Four sessions are included on the University’s fall calendar, to be held in the John and Charles Wesley Chapel at 1 Willard Avenue, including 6PM Sunday, September 10; 11:10AM Monday, September 11, as part of the regular campus … Read more

Prolific Christian writer residing in Wellsville

Wellsville has its own nationally recognized Christian author, who recently released a new book at the age of 91. Gerald Borchert and his wife, Doris, came to Wellsville following appointment of his daughter-in-law, Karen, as pastor of Grace United Church some two-and-a-half years ago, with his son, Mark, becoming dean of management and creative arts, … Read more

Jasper area churches to host July 3 Revival gathering

Churches in the Jasper area in southwestern Steuben County are joining together for a pre-Fourth of July tent revival Monday, with what are being called “life-changing messages,” accompanied by free music, food and children’s activities. The West Jasper Wesleyan Church and the Boyd’s Corners Bible Church are among hosts for the Jasper July 3rd Revival, … Read more

Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville to close due to declining enrollment and finances

Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville won’t re-open in the fall due to projected enrollment being less than half that of this year, combined with “a recent history of operating at a budget deficit.” Bishop Michael Fisher of the the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo made the announcement today, saying the decision had been made by … Read more

Over 20,000 free online videos available today at Family Fun Day in Wellsville

Parents, caregivers and other adults will have an opportunity today to access over 20,000 free videos for children, youth and themselves during Family Fun Day in Wellsville, just one of more than a dozen free and primarily-free activities this weekend throughout Allegany County. Allegany Hope will be at Family Fun Day from 10AM to 2PM … Read more