NIAGARA FALLS – Magician Mike Hilburger will perform at 6 p.m. today in the second program of a Sunday Cabaret series offered as part of a new partnership among Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York and churches in Niagara County.
The monthly programs in the Community Missions building, 1570 Buffalo Ave., are free and open to the public. Hilburger’s performance is sponsored by St. John’s Church of Youngstown.
The Sunday Cabaret series was developed as part of the Mustard Seed Project, an initiative of the Right Rev. R. William Franklin, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York. Churches were given seed money last spring to begin cooperative outreach projects aimed at making differences in people’s lives and bringing churches and communities together.
At the same time, Community Missions, led by Pastor Mark Breese, is building projects with churches in Niagara County to strengthen their shared ministries.
Community Missions, formerly called the City Mission, provides residential support services to people and families in need regardless of their race, sex, religion or national origin.
The Sunday Cabaret series began last month with a performance by the Gospel Groove Band.
Future programs will include:
• Chalk artist and storyteller Robert Cramer on Nov. 25, sponsored by Grace Church of Lockport.
• Youth of St. Stephen’s of Niagara Falls in January, giving a presentation on a person or text that has inspired them, followed by a choice of bingo or a movie.
• An evening of “picture stories” in February, sponsored by St. John’s of Wilson.
• A dinner of corned beef and cabbage followed by a “Celtic Fest” of Irish songs and dancers sponsored by St. Paul’s of Lewiston to observe St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.