Western NY Area Churches in Covenant

This is the Home Page the Western New York Churches in Covenant,
an ecumenical partnership between the Western Association of the New York Conference
and the North East Region of the Disciples of Christ.

In Memoriam – 
Judy Berges and  
Jack Bacon

Pastor Judith A. Berges died Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Buffalo General Hospital She was 74 years old and had been suffering from a respiratory infection.

            Judy grew up at Friedens UCC in North Tonawanda, where her father, Rev. Carl Berges, was pastor for many years. (In adulthood her home church was St. Paul’s (Shawnee) UCC, also in North Tonawanda.)

            Her first career was as an elementary school teacher, and Judy taught in the North Tonawanda public schools for more than 30 years. She was also the longtime owner of the travel agency Berges Tours, through which she arranged travel for many clients and led them on European tours, particularly in Germany.

The Rev. Jack E. Bacon of Angola died April 11 after in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy illness. He was 68.  In a varied ministerial career that spanned 22 years of part and full-time service, Jack served churches including St. Paul’s UCC in Alden, First Congregational UCC in Niagara Falls, Trinity UCC in Gowanda and First Congregational UCC in Angola. Before entering professional ministry, he worked in sales and management in the steel industry, and then owned a small business, a nail studio in West Seneca.

(A fuller write-up for both Pastor Judith Berges and Rev Jack Bacon are in the Vineyard, else where in this issue.)

Chapel in the Woods Dedication
     Dunkirk Camp & Conference Center 

Please join us on June 4th for a re-dedication of the Chapel in the Woods in honor of 
Carrie Murawa Veanes Pietrafesa.

Carrie was a camper from a young age and a counselor at both Senior High and Explorer 
Camps. Carrie passed away of cancer in 1998 and her friends dedicated the Chapel in 
the Woods in her honor with a marker.

This year the woods will be spruced up for her and all the future campers this summer.

Please join us for a church service at 11 am in the Chapel in the Woods with a new 
bronze plaque in honor of Carrie. 

Mark Your Calendars!

May 7, 2017 – WNYACIC – Spring Meeting

St John's United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave, Dunkirk.

(Entrance to church & parking lot is on Eagle St)

May 25-26 – NY Conference Annual Meeting – Tarrytown, NY

For more information or to register and reserve housing, go to: www.UCCNY.org  

June 30-July 4, 2017 – General Synod Baltimore, MD

For more information or to register go to: www.UCC.org

July 8-12, 2017 – Disciples of Christ General Assembly Indianapolis, IN

For more information on workshops, mission projects, or business items to go: www.disciples.org

November 5 – WNYACIC Annual Meeting

Honduras Mission Trip Planned for July 

NY/HELP HONDURAS is planning a mission trip to La Laguna in mid-July. La Laguna is a rural mountain community in northern Honduras, where NY/HELP has been working for 28 years. We will be working with the people there on community projects, which include the new Sewing Academy, where women from nearby communities are learning new skills; possible construction projects, including stoves, latrines, and school improvements; and the medical clinic. If you are interested in participating in this trip, please contact Ginger or Gordon Comstock c/o Arcade UCC, 297 Main St, Arcade, NY 14009 or gkcomstock@gmail.com.  Knowing Spanish is not necessary, though helpful.