December 15 – Sermon

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Fenton, St. Luke’s and JRC Collaborate to Host “Seven to Save” Program & Exhibit November 14

The historic Arcade Building in Jamestown is one of the highlighted buildings on the 2018-2019 “Seven to Save” list that will be featured in a lecture by Frances Stern, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs for the Preservation League of New York State. The lecture, titled “Road Map to Preservation” will be presented on Thursday, November 14th at 6:00pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Jamestown.

The presentation will be led by Frances Stern, Manager of Technical & Grant Programs for the Preservation League, accompanied by Christiana Limniatis, Director of Preservation Services for Preservation Buffalo Niagara.

The program, which is being co-sponsored by St. Luke’s, the Fenton Historical Society and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, will cover all aspects of historic preservation in NYS on a general level and would be useful to anyone who is interested in preserving old structures, whether they are commercial, residential, or utilized by a cultural group.

Immediately following the lecture attendees will be invited upstairs for the unveiling of the travelling exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight”, a series of stunning black and white photographs of the featured buildings done by Bruce Harvey Ph.D., consulting professional historian and documentation photographer based in Syracuse. The exhibit, which has been on display in the Preservation Leagues Albany Headquarters since November 2018, is now being shown at several venues over the next few months to reach more audiences across the state.

The Hidden in Plain Sight traveling exhibition is sponsored by Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Gray Slate Partners, Consigli, PBDW Architects, Phoebe Powell Bender, Matthew Bender, Reverend Dr. Thomas F. Pike, and Michel & Caroline Rob Zaleski.

“It is part of the Fenton’s mission to educate our region about how the pragmatic and ongoing preservation of historic resources impacts and supports a community.” says Noah Goodling, Executive Director of the Fenton. ”We hope that this program will energize the citizens of Jamestown and help connect them to the resources they need to get involved in preserving our beautiful historic downtown.”

The Preservation League of New York State has highlighted NY’s threatened historic sites since 1999 through the Seven to Save list, which provides enhanced services from the League to bolster visibility and build support for preservation. Through the Seven to Save program, the League has worked with local stakeholders to avert demolition, develop plans for reuse, secure landmark designation, and foster greater public awareness of the value of New York’s unique and irreplaceable historic resources. Threats to dozens of at-risk buildings, landscapes, downtowns, and neighborhoods have been reduced, and in many cases, eliminated by the Seven to Save designation and subsequent actions.

Founded in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and effectiveness. A leader in advocacy, economic development and educational programs across the state, their goal is to preserve historic buildings, districts, and landscapes, to “build a better New York, one community at a time.”

St. Luke’s is located at 410 North Main Street. The lecture will be held in the Undercroft, which is accessible via 4th Street. There is no charge for the event, which is open to the community. For more information, call 716-483-6405.

St. Luke’s to Celebrate Buildings 125 Year Anniversary with Community Concert

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the current North Main Street structure on Friday, November 15th with a special ‘sparkling’ toast and concert presentation featuring Music Director Ron McEntire, and local musicians Cody Hiller and Brian A. Bogey.

“With all of the attention we have paid to restoring our church building these past few years, we can’t miss the opportunity to commemorate our quasicentennial.” says the Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s. “We will be celebrating with several special events in November – the month that our building was first used. The very first service in this historic building was held Thanksgiving Day in 1894.  We hope that the community will also save the date of Sunday, November 24th to celebrate Christ the King Sunday with us for an exceptional worship service at 10 AM.”

The evenings festivities on November 15th will begin with the concert in the church at 7:00pm. The musical program will open with of Faure’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major with Hiller on Violin and McEntire on piano.

A Frewsburg native, Hiller recently earned his Master of Music in Violin Performance at De Paul University. He is a currently a teacher at Southwestern Central School, has a private studio and performs in three orchestras.

After a short break, the Second Piano Concerto in C minor by Sergei Rachmaninoff will be performed by Ron McEntire on the piano and Brian Bogey, who will reduce all the instruments of an orchestra to the organ. This familiar work has been featured on television and film.  It’s beautiful melodies and drive make it one of the most loved of all piano concertos.  The duo will be resurrecting this work after performing it together several years ago at Christ First Methodist church, 5 days after the death of Ron’s first wife. The piece is being dedicated this time to honor of their first child, Jason, who died from brain cancer this past June.

Bogey has given his entire musical career to the city of Jamestown as organist and choir director of Jamestown High School A cappella as well as several churches, and director of the Living Christmas Tree. McEntire has returned to St Luke’s church after serving 8 and half years at Christ First Methodist church. He received a Master if Music in Organ performance in 2017 adding to his other Master of Science degree in School business administration from Pepperdine University.

The concert will be followed by a celebratory ‘sparkling toast’ reception in the undercroft. Items from the St. Luke’s Thrift Shops Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Marketplace will also be available for purchase at that time with a 20% discount off retail prices.

There is no charge for the program. A free will offering will be taken to support some much-needed restoration and enhancement to St. Luke’s magnificent Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ.

St. Luke’s is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown. For more information call 716-483-6405.


St Luke’s to Host Community Veterans Day Service

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will hold a community Veteran’s Day Memorial Service on Monday, November 11th . The service will be held following the annual outdoor ceremony by the American Legion’s Ira Lou Springs Post, which is held at the corner of Third and Main Streets.  Veterans will process up North Main Street to the church, where the memorial service will begin at 11:11am.

“St. Luke’s has held the annual Veteran’s Day service as long as anyone here can remember,” says the Rev. Luke Fodor, Rector of St. Luke’s. “We especially remember all who gave their lives in the defense of our nation. We offer our appreciation to the members of the Ira Lou Spring Post #149 in sponsoring this Veterans’ Day service and are proud to join them in offering it to our community.”

St Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 410 North Main Street, Jamestown. For more information call 716-483-6405.