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Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:06 am

Weeklong Vacation Bible School begins

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A Little Bit o' Talent  July 22 -26 Vacation Bible School

Free meal for the whole family begins at 5:30. The program begins at 6:15. From nursery age through 6th grade PLUS discussion format for youth and adults.

Come and join the talent show of Biblical characters who shared their talents for God.

Transportation available:  343-4708 or 716-560-0290

Batavia: First United Methodist Church

8221 Lewiston Rd


Event Date and Time

July 22, 2013 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 9:40 am

Searching for Biblical truth

I am in search of true Biblical guidance, from Pastors, Priests, Reverends or any knowledgable, believer in Jesus. I have recently been diagnosed, with severe situational social anxiety disorder and really worried about taking the perscribed medicine. Im struggling to not loose my job, from the stress. Iv reached out for help, but after 3 or 4 days of trying. I guess Iv learned where not to go again. Coping with my loss & isolation through, holidays has turned out to be more then I can bare. I am a devout believer, that Christ died for our sins so that we may have the choice to, be forgiven. Im far from iliterate, but my reading level, comprehension & retension, is a real problem for me. This makes it hard to gain acurate knowledge, in a timely way. To recognize the truth, from a lie. Im not computer savy, but I Googled my biblical concerns & the information below, is what I found. Ill try to include a link, to the site, if that may be of help. What Id need to know, is this Biblical truth. Or just one more of the many, distorted views. Im afraid this will be too large, to post on the Batavian. So if you have the time, @ the web address below, you can read the rest. Please, help…


THE 3 RS OF ACCOUNTABILITY: REPENTANCE, RESTITUTION, AND PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY By Rev. Renee Pittelli Being accountable for one’s behavior is part of growing up and being a mature adult. It is a fallacy that God is all forgiving, and when unrepentant offenders claim that "God forgives me", they are wrong. God does not forgive us until and unless we confess our sins and repent (change our ways). The Lord holds us accountable for our behavior, and he instructs us to hold each other accountable as well. Accountability consists of three parts, Repentance, Restitution, and Personal Responsibility: Repentance: REPENTANCE: Remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; making a change for the better as a result of remorse; a turning from one’s sinful ways; feeling of such regret for past conduct as to change one’s mind regarding it, atonement; forsaking of sin; the feeling or act in which one tries to right a wrong, it always includes the admission of guilt, and also at least one of: a solemn promise or resolve not to repeat the offense, or an attempt to make restitution for the wrong, or in some way to reverse the harmful effects of the wrong where possible. When we rebuke, set limits on, or break off our relationship with an unrepentant offender, she may shrug and tell us, "I know God forgives me", the implication being that the Lord forgives her even if we don’t. But guess what? She is WRONG. & The Lord NEVER forgives unrepentant evildoers. He REQUIRES that sinners humble themselves and come to him for forgiveness, and that they show remorse and change their ways.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Fall bake sale at St. Paul's church in Stafford

post by Shelly Waterman in announcements; food, church, fundraiser

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rt 5, Stafford, is holding a fall bake sale on Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pies, breads, cakes, cookies & more. For more information call 343-4012.

Event Date and Time

October 20, 2012 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Ham dinner

post by Darin Schlaggel in church, dinner

IFUMC Ham dinner

Saturday September 29, 2012 dinner from 4-7

Adults $8.50

Seniors 65 & up $7

Children 6-12 $7

Kids under 6 are free

Event Date and Time

September 29, 2012 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Pink Flamingos

post by Lucy Kehoe-Holnbeck in announcements, batavia, church, Churches, community, Discovery Chapel
Pink Flamingos. A total of 34 beautiful flamingos. Left in front of my rock garden, w/1 perched in a spruce tree? at the entrance of my Rose rd. residence, on Saturday the 4th of Feb. The people making the delivery were caught on tape & driving what appears to be the same GMC Yukon.Owned by a man named Steve, who goes to Discovery Chapel, in Batavia. I believe, they were left as a B-day prank. Intended for a previous resident. Who, for my own personal safety, could no longer live here. Not once but 3 times I was threatened, w/a loaded gun. Then tells me, Im demon posessed & trys to perform an exorcism via text, on my cell phone! Umm, It was time to wake up! BUT! Sorry it didnt work out for you though. It was quite a shocker, when I arrived home. Very clever too. I've never seen a pink flamingo, in a spruce tree, before! Lol! But just so you know. Your birds are safe & waiting to go home, or off on there next mission. Just let me know, the address of the house, were they were left & Ill know that they are yours. You can call 585-762-4020 Leave a message. My name is Lucy & we can come up with a time, so you can pick them up.
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

"Legacy of Love" Christmas Program & Bake Sale by St. Paul Lutheran School

"Legacy of Love"

A Christmas Program presented by

St. Paul Lutheran School

31 Washington Ave., Batavia

Wednesday, Dec. 21

7:00 p.m.

The Parent Group ( F.O.L.K.S.)

will host a Bake Sale, following the program to

benefit the School.

Event Date and Time

December 21, 2011 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 7:07 pm

7th Annual Vendor Blender

post by Kim Gloskowski in announcements, batavia, church, public event, Vendor Show


Saturday, May 7th

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Emmanuel Baptist Church

190 Oak Street, Batavia

Event features MANY popular home business vendors & crafters

Bake sale, lunch, cash & carry, free samples & door prizes

The first 50 customers receive a FREE gift!

visit us on the web at www.emmanuelbaptistbatavia.org

Event Date and Time

April 19, 2011 - 6:55pm - May 7, 2011 - 3:55pm
Friday, March 12, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Institution of Anglican Priest

post by Karen Clement in batavia, Anglican Community Church, church

                        Anglican Community Church Formally Welcomes New Priest


On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Bishop David Bena will officiate at  the Institution

of Rev. Gus Calvo at Anglican Community Church. The community is welcome to

attend the service. There will be a reception following the service. Please join us

as we celebrate this joyous occasion. Any questions please call 343-1847 or 344-

0672 or visit our website at www.anglicancommunitychurch.com.  

Event Date and Time

March 12, 2010 - 1:30pm - March 14, 2010 - 1:30pm
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 12:01 am

First Presbyterian Church of Elba presents "A Christmas Revue"

post by Lauren Picarro-Ho... in announcements, Christmas, church, concert, mission, music

Start the Christmas season off right with an afternoon of your Christmas favorites! Selections will include White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and many more. Performed by several of the area’s finest musicians and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church of Elba. The concert will be followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall.

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 2:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 North Main St., Elba NY


A suggested freewill donation of $5 will be received with appreciation to support the mission and ministry of the church.

Event Date and Time

December 12, 2009 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Batavia pastors and congregations reflect on importance of Thanksgiving

post by Daniel Crofts in batavia, church, religion, thanksgiving

The turkey juices sizzle in the oven. The mashed potatoes are being stirred in the pot. Gooey, delicious sweet potato casseroles melt in the oven, while pumpkin pies baked and cooled, sit, tempting us toward an early desert.

Like any other holiday, Thanksgiving has a large store of such images attached to it. And, like other holidays, it is generally considered a time for us to reflect on the important things in life. As such, it is a time when families gather together in fellowship and in celebration of their blessings.

The social and emotional benefits of Thanksgiving -- or at least the possibility of these benefits -- are pretty clear. Its benefits to the palate (if not always the digestive system) are also well known. But what about spiritual benefits? What are the religious leaders in our area telling their congregations about the Thanksgiving holiday, and what it means to their lives? Moreover, how do they deliver a message that can be repeated each year and yet continue to be relevant?

The following comments come from four Batavia pastors, each reflecting on what they perceive to be the relevance of Thanksgiving to the Christian life:

Pastor Allen Werk, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School:

"Thanksgiving is far more than just a day for a family banquet. It is not about how much food we can prepare and eat.

"Thanksgiving is about expressing our gratitude to the source of all the things in life that we enjoy. It is a reminder to say thank you to the giver of all the wonderful gifts we so often take for granted.

"The Giver of all those good gifts in our lives, the Source of our blessings, is God our heavenly Father. Thanksgiving is a holiday that reminds us to thank our God for everything He does for us.

"'Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.'   James 1:17 (NIV)

"While it is good to take time to thank God for food and jobs and family and health, we also need to remember that God’s greatest gift was sending His Son Jesus to pay for our sins. Without Jesus’ death on the cross, we would be entirely cut off from this mighty and holy God. That salvation that Jesus has won for us is a gift that we would never be able to manufacture for ourselves. That is at the top of our list of blessings for which to say 'thank you' to God.

"God’s blessings to us span 365 days a year. We shouldn’t limit our thanks to one day a year. Remember to thank God often, daily, for all His love and blessings He abundantly pours into our lives."

Pastor Donald A. Shirk, Grace Baptist Church:

"What we as a congregation do at Thanksgiving is on the Tuesday evening (last night) before it, we have a special "Count Your Blessings" service. This evening is dedicated to folks sharing personal testimonies on how God has been good to them throughout the year.

"For the believer in Christ, Thanksgiving is not simply an annual event but a way of life. Paul put it this way in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, 'In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus.' To help prompt, I use a PowerPoint slide with ideas that might help our church members in their sharing. Last night was an exceptional service with our people sharing for over an hour on the goodness of God in their lives."

Pastor Roula Alkhouri, First Presbyterian Church:

"Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for us to take the time to remember the bounty of God's Earth. Often times, we take it for granted that our climate is going to be okay and that we will have good conditions to grow food. So, this time is a time of reconnecting with and paying attention to God's creation. We are often negligent of other creatures in the world. We tend to focus on our individual needs for consumption. Thanksgiving is a great time to be mindful of our responsibility to care for the Earth. The gift of life is so precious, yet it is often taken for granted."

Pastor John Hatch, United Pentecostal Church:

"Usually we focus on what we all are thankful for in a special Thanksgiving Eve service through volunteer testimonies (under 5 minutes) by anyone in the congregation who desires to share and give thanks to God for various personal things they feel the Lord has done for them. This year we will also be focusing on Thanksgiving by celebrating communion to thank Jesus for all He has done for us by the price He paid on the cross for our sins; healing by the stripes on His back and the wonderful way He has forgiven us, saved us and worked in our lives."

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