Religion events

NEW YEAR’S GOSPEL CONCERT: The sixth annual New Year’s Eve gospel sing will be held 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday at the Old School Marketplace, the former South Range High School, 11836 South Ave., North Lima, and feature eight groups and artists taking the stage in a five-hour concert.

Headlining the event is Jerry Garcia, a national soloist from Adrian, Mich., and quartet Glory Way from Mansfield. The Golden Street Singers from Farmdale will host the evening. Soloists include Michael Gardner from Tallmadge and Christine McLean from Carrollton.

New for the event are Kelly Dunlap of North Lima, Bill Wiczen of Akron and Cheryl Hardgrove of Canal Fulton.

Fellowship and finger foods follow the concert. There is no admission charge, but a love offering will be taken.

NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICES: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Parish will hold New Year’s Eve Mass 4 p.m. Sunday at SS. Cyril and Methodius, 185 Laird Ave. NE, Warren, and New Year’s Day Mass 8 a.m. Monday at the church, with Pastor Craig McHenry.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: St. James Church of God in Christ, 1838 Main St., Warren, will hold New Year’s Eve service 10 p.m. Sunday.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave. SW, Warren, will hold New Year’s Eve service 10 p.m. Sunday.

WATCH NIGHT: Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, will hold Watch Night service 10 p.m. Sunday. The theme is ”The Year of Hope.” Guest vocalist is Danielle Barnes of Cleveland.

Host pastor is Elder Philip Shealey.

WATCH NIGHT: Progressive Baptist Church, 2258 Colonial Ave. SE, Warren, will hold a Sunday afternoon pre-watch night service 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme is ”Thankfulness, Freedom, Truth and Unity.”

Refreshments will be served prior to the service. Transportation will be provided if necessary by calling 330-553-7340 prior to the day of service and 330-369-2014 on the day of service.

This will commemorate the 155th anniversary of watchnight services in black communities, which originated with the freemen, freedmen and slaves in the United States who waited and anticipated the signing into Law of The Emancipation Proclamation by then-President Abraham Lincoln, in 1862.

Host pastor is the Rev. Isaiah Wiggins.

QUARTET TO PERFORM: Glory Way Quartet will be in concert 6 p.m. Sunday at Leavittsburg Church of the Nazarene, 4175 Pendleton Road.

SPECIAL MASSES: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3020 Reeves Road, Warren, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, 10 a.m. Monday at St. William Parish in Champion and the Vigil, the Epiphany of the Lord, will be held 4 p.m. Jan. 6 and 9 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 7. The Baptism of the Lord will be observed 8:30 a.m. Jan. 8.

DIALOGUE SESSION: Jewish-Christian Studies will meet 1 p.m. Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty. The theme is ”The University of the Call: Will the Gentiles be Saved by the Seven Commandments? An Ecumenical Inquiry.”

MARKING 165 YEARS: St. Stephen Church, 129 W. Park Ave., Niles, is marking 165 years with various activities and events planned for the year. Activities include Night at the Races, Jan. 13; Luck of the Irish, March 17; Easter, April 1; Ministry Day, April 15; confirmation, April 21; Harry Stevens Day, July 1; fall festival, Sept. 9; parish mission, Dec. 1; and closing Mass, Dec. 16.

BIBLE KIDS: Cortland United Methodist Church, 155 N. High St., will hold a community after-school program “Bible Kids” 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through March 28 at Lakeview Middle School. The second session is Jan. 17 to March 28. First day of program sign-up for children is free. Call 330-637-2571 for information.

MASSES FOR LIFE: Bishop George Murry will celebrate two diocesan Masses for Life, inviting all to pray for a greater respect for life at every stage.

The first Mass for Life will take place 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton. The second Mass for Life will take place 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown.

At each Mass, expectant mothers, fathers and their families will be invited to receive a blessing for their unborn babies. The Blessing of a Child in the Womb was created to encourage prayer and recognition of the gift of the child in the womb and to foster respect for human life within society.

In addition, there will be a blessing of pilgrims attending the March for Life Jan 19 in Washington, D.C., to remember the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortions. Following each Mass for Life, there will be a reception, including an Expo of Respect Life.

DAYS OF LIFE: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops calls for “9 Days for Life” to remember the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This year, these “Nine Days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage” will take place Jan. 18 to 26. To participate, go to to download an app, or arrange to receive text messages or emails for each day of the 9 Days for Life novena.

SPIRITUALITY SERIES: ”Women’s Spirituality Series: The Art of Conversation” will be offered by the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 4, Feb. 1 and March 1 at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield. Sister Eileen Kernan will help participants to sharpen listening skills, be more interesting conversationalists, enjoy conversations and enrich relationships.

Call 330-799-4941 for reservations. Freewill offerings will be accepted.

BOOK CLUB: The Ursuline Center’s Book Club will read nine books for discussion in 2018. The first meeting is Jan. 9 for “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. A complete list of titles and dates can be found at or by calling 330-799-4941. Meetings are 6:30 p.m. designated Tuesdays at the center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield.

NEW HIRE BY DIOCESE: The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown Office of Religious Education has hired Joan Lawson as a consultant for religious education effective Jan. 22. A consultant for Religious Education works with the diocesan director and another consultant in serving the diocesan parishes and schools, especially pastors, parish ministers and school principals in catechetical and other pastoral areas.

Lawson brings pastoral experience and educational preparation. She has served as a director of Religious Education at St. Paul Parish, Salem, St. Brendan Parish, Youngstown, St. Michael Parish, Canfield, and most recently at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Austintown.

Prior to her employment in diocesan parishes, she worked with educational programming for adults and youth with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society in Youngstown.