Religion events

YOUTH EXPLOSION: St. James Church of God in Christ, 1838 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will hold a Youth Explosion 6:30 p.m. today. The event will feature guests Carvell Austin III, minister Leland Johnson of Akron and the Ringold Sisters. Anyone who would like to take part can call David Howard at 330-719-3564.

CHURCH REVIVAL: Wildare United Methodist Church, 7211 North Park Ave Ext., Champion, will hold a revival 7 p.m. today and 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Speaking at each service is evangelist the Rev. Billy Huddleston from Cincinnati. An offering will be accepted for Huddleston’s ministry.

ELVIS GOSPEL: Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren, will hold an Elvis Gospel service 10 a.m. Sunday.

MEN’S DAY: First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, will hold a Men’s Day 11 a.m. Sunday. The men of the church will be leading the service. Special guest speaker is Mark Semrau who is the band director/choir director for Newton Falls Jr./Sr. High Schools. He also serves as assistant pastor for the Apostolic Bible Church in Niles.

FAMILY DAY: Hoyt Street Flourishing Ministries Church of God in Christ, 789 Hoyt St. SW, Warren, will hold Family and Friends Day 4 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is Pastor Joseph Walker of Restoration Christian Fellowship in Warren. The theme is ”Love Thy Neighbor as Thy Self.”

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. Thursday and March 1 at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield. Sister Eileen Kernan will help participants sharpen listening skills, be more interesting conversationalists, enjoy conversations and enrich relationships.

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

BEATLES MASS: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren, will hold the seventh annual Beatles Mass praise and worship service and holy Eucharist 3:30 p.m. Feb. 3. Those attending can wear tie-dye T-shirts and bell bottoms. Music provided by Mainstreet Lions. Food and a chili cookoff will follow at 5 p.m. People can bring their own instrument for open mic. Celebrant is the Rev. Jeff Baker.

BAGELS WITH RABBI: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty, will hold ”Bagels with the Rabbi” 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4, with Minyan at 10 a.m. The rabbi’s topic is ”Where Are Our Tribes?” with an explanation of extended tribal members and who is related by lineage and custom. Those attending are asked to contact the temple by Friday.

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING: First Presbyterian Church of Warren, 256 Mahoning Ave., will hold Souper Bowl of Caring Feb. 4. An offering will be received. Given each year to coincide with the NFL Super Bowl, the program has raised many millions of dollars for hunger programs. This year the offering from the congregation will go to the church’s own hunger programs: the free community lunch and the grocery give-away.

NIGHT TO SHINE: Wildare Church, 211 N. Park Ave. Ext., Champion, will serve as one of more than 500 churches around the world that will host Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, simultaneously 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 9. The prom is centered on God’s love, for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. This worldwide movement is already set to take place in all 50 states and 16 countries around the world. Wildare will host about 60 guests at Night to Shine. Guests begin arriving at 6 p.m. with dancing 7 p.m.

EMPATHETIC EMPOWEREMENT: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living will be sponsoring workshops on Empathic Empowerment Training at 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty. The workshops come as a result of interest in empathetic healing, which was part of their 2017 Path to Wholeness lecture series featuring Rian Dean, Empathetic Healer and Intuitive Reader.

The classes are scheduled 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 and March 3. Workshops are limited to a maximum of 10 people. The cost of the class is $125 and reservations are necessary. Send check to Unity Centre/Att Reverend Rose Houston/1226 Naylor Lloyd Road,Girard, 44420 or enroll directly at For information call 330-539-0122.

SOUPS AND SAINTS: St. Columba Parish will host a Lenten film series “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players” for four Mondays during Lent.

The series will be 6 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26, and March 5 and 12. The films are produced by Bishop Robert Barron and each will focus on a different saint. St. Thomas Aquinas will be featured Feb. 19, St. Catherine of Siena will be Feb. 26, St. Francis of Assisi will be March 5 and G.K. Chesterton will be March 12.

The program will feature evening prayer at 6 p.m. at St. Columba Cathederal near the Youngstown State University campus, followed by the movie, soup and light refreshments in the parish hall at 6:30 p.m.

The series is free, but reservations are requested by calling the rectory at 330-744-5233. It is not necessary to attend all four sessions.

KEEP KIDS WARM: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is calling upon Catholics and others to support a collection to provide winter utility assistance for families in need. The “Keep the Kids Warm” campaign takes place this month.

“Keep the Kids Warm” assists working poor families who do not qualify for government assistance; families waiting for Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus to authorize assistance; and families whose Home Energy Assistance Program benefits have been exhausted.

Donations can be sent to: Catholic Charities, Keep the Kids Warm, P. O. Box 614, Youngstown, 44501. Donations can also be made on Catholic Charities’ website at

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT: The 19th annual Eagle of the Cross awards nominations are being sought and are to be postmarked by Feb. 14 or delivered to the Diocese of Youngstown no later than 3 p.m. Feb. 16. The nomination form can be downloaded from the office website at

Nominees are to be a high school junior or senior active in their parish and / or diocesan Catholic school who is a role model of Christian leadership.

The nominees must be practicing Roman Catholics and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayerful / spiritual life and personal outreach to church and community. Involvement in diocesan programs also will be considered.

SHARE THE LOVE: West Farmington United Methodist Church, 220 W. College St., will hold a Valentine Celebration 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 with craft demonstration and lunch. Event sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

WHITE MASS: Bishop George V. Murry, will be the principle celebrant and for the 22nd annual White Mass 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W.Wood St., Youngstown. The Rev. John Trimbur, Mercy Health Chaplain, will serve as homilist. The White Mass is for all health professionals, including mental health workers, to recognize and celebrate the ministry of all those in the healing professions. A reception will follow in St. Columba Hall next to the cathedral. For information contact the Diocese of Youngstown’s Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451.

SURVIVAL GUIDE: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown in cooperation with St. Paul Parish, North Canton, is offering The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 21, 28, March 7, 14 and 21 at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton in the North Room B. The guide is a DVD-based series with accompanying materials created to bring hope, healing, wisdom and wit to divorced and separated Catholics. No cost. For information, to register, or to learn about additional opportunities for ministry call 330-744-8451.