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Services for the Month of July are being held at 10 am at St. Paul's, 93 South Erie St. Mayville, NY.  In August services will be held at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 20 E. Marvin St., Mayville, NY 14757. 


You are invited to attend all services.                             



From Bishop Sean

June 26, 2024

Dear People of God in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York:

Earlier today, the House of Bishops elected me to be the 28th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, and a few moments ago, the House of Deputies confirmed my election. I give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve the church in this role, and I am especially grateful to each of you who have supported and prayed for me during my discernment for this office. Our ministry together and your resilience and creativity in the face of change have prepared me for this new call, and I will always be thankful for your faithfulness and courage.

According to the provisions of Canon I.2.2, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will retire on October 31 and on November 1, I will become presiding bishop for a term of nine years. This generous transition period means that we will have several months to conclude our ministry together and say goodbye. I will plan to conclude my day-to-day work in the partnership by mid-September and will resign as bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania and bishop provisional of Western New York on November 1 when I become presiding bishop. On that day, the Standing Committee of each diocese will become its ecclesiastical authority.

The Standing Committees, under the leadership of their presidents — the Rev. Stacey Fussell in Northwestern Pennsylvania and Saxon Deck in Western New York — began developing a draft plan for this transition shortly after I was named to the slate of nominees for presiding bishop and are prepared for the change ahead. Over the summer, I will continue to work with them, all the members of our leadership bodies, and the partnership staff to ensure that the governance and operation of both dioceses will continue without interruption when I leave in September. Please know that my departure will not change the timetable for the evaluation of the partnership or the vote about its future planned for the fall of 2025.

General Convention ends on Friday, and the deputies from our dioceses and I will return home from Louisville over the weekend. If you have immediate questions about the road ahead, please email them to , and we will do our best to provide the information you need while we conclude the business of convention. You can also watch upcoming issues of the diocesan newsletter for more information about the transition, including dates in September when we will hold events in each diocese to celebrate our ministry together.

In the meantime, I hope that you will pray for me and my family, for everyone in our diocesan partnership, for my fellow nominees for presiding bishop, and for Presiding Bishop Curry and his family. For each of us, today’s news ushers in a time of adjustment and uncertainty. I take heart, as I hope we all will, from the assurance that God is with us.

O God of unchangeable power and eternal light: Look favorably on your whole Church, that wonderful and sacred mystery; by the effectual working of your providence, carry out in tranquility the plan of salvation; let the whole world see and know that things which were cast down are being raised up, and things which had grown old are being made new, and that all things are being brought to their perfection by him through whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, 515)


The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe

Bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Western New York



Father Elberfeld and Deacon Guinn in Dewittville, NY


The Rev. Richard Elberfeld, center, left, and Deacon Patricia Guinn, center, right, of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in Mayville, hold a memorial service, on June 10, 2022, at the site on their property where at least two sets of human remains were found when a septic system was being dug on May 24, 2022. The property was once the site of the former Chautauqua County Alms House, which opened in the 1830s and closed in the 1950s, and officials believe the remains are of people who were buried in unmarked graves.

A proper burial

The sheriff's office stated in its news release issued after the remains were found in Dewittville that, at this point, the incident did not appear to be suspicious. Because of that, and since the remains are not believed to be recent, the office stepped back and released the scene, and the property owner and the Chautauqua County Law Department have been in contact with each other, Telford said.

An official with the Law Department said days after the discovery that the office did not yet have a clear answer on the next course of action, noting that the remains were found on private property. The office will be evaluating the situation, the official said.






Copies of St. Paul's Cookbooks are available at the church and in the office for $5.00 each.

Grab a copy to enjoy some of our favorite tried and true recipes collected from our congregation, and they also make great gifts too.

Food Pantry

The Mayville Food Pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Clients are allowed inside one at a time to pick up food and must wear a mask.

Please call ahead to make donation arrangements (716)-753-2243.

Closing reminder:  The Mayville Food Pantry closes when Chautauqua Lake Central School Closes for major holidays and inclement weather.

More information about the Food Pantry

AA Meetings

AA meetings are held on Thursdays at 8:00 pm in St. Paul's undercroft. 

Prayer Shawls and Lap Blankets

The members of St. Paul’s Prayer Shawl Ministry have been donating their time and talents by knitting or crocheting hundreds of beautiful prayer shawls. The shawls are donated to various locations around the county.  Our next blessing will be Mother's Day, May 8th.  For more information contact the Parish Office.

More information about Prayer Shawls/Lap Blankets

St. Paul's Thrift Shop

The Thrift Shop is open: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.

More information about St. Paul's Thrift Shop