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

Upcoming Jewish and Christian holidays to come into perspective during Wellsville event

The link between the Jewish feast of Passover and the last supper Jesus shared with His disciples will be presented Sunday as a representative of the international Jews for Jesus provides insights at Wellsville into the relationship between the Jewish holiday and Easter. Organization representative Stewart Weinisch, will provide an overview of Christ in the … Read more

Revitalization of churches and communities is subject of new weekly study in Friendship

How small churches, many of which are closing their doors every day, can thrive locally and even extend their impacts nationally and internationally is the subject of a video-book study being made available to the public by the United Church of Friendship (UCF). Weekly sessions are being conducted from 10AM to 11:30AM Mondays at The … Read more

Only one out of five evangelical Christians rely on the Bible for immigration beliefs

Only some 20 percent of evangelical Christians, who define themselves in part as believing the Bible to be the ultimate authority, cite it as the primary influencer of their thinking about immigration. The report came last week from Matthew Soerens, U.S. director of church mobilization and advocacy for World Relief, an evangelical organization with a … Read more