Religion events

GUEST MINISTER: Church of the Living God, 1520 Sixth St., Warren, will have evangelist Yvonne Edge of Cleveland ministering 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

DEACON ORDINATION: Restoration Christian Fellowship Church, 760 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will have its first deacon ordination service 4 p.m. Sunday as James Mitchell and William Bryant will be ordained as deacons. The Rev Joseph Walker is pastor.

TRUTH SEEKERS: Leavittsburg Baptist Church, 4150 Kincaid Road East NW, will offer Truth Seekers, which is a youth group for ages kindergarten through 12th grade. The program will be starting 6 p.m. Wednesday. While the youth are learning Bible truths, playing games and eating snacks, the adults will hold a Bible study of their own upstairs. Call 330-898-2704 for information.

CONCERT PLANNED: The Stevens Family Concert Series will present The Whisnants 7 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty. A love offering also will be received.

WEEKEND RETREAT: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, Evergreen Road, will host a weekend retreat with Edwina Gateley entitled “Call to Personal and Global Transformation” 7 p.m. Friday to noon Sept. 10.

Through Scripture and contemporary stories, participants will explore how to recognize and nurture God’s presence in the world and in ourselves.

Gateley gives talks, conferences and retreats in the United States and internationally while reaching out to women in recovery from drugs and prostitution. Register online at or call 724-964-8886.

SEMINAR ON GRIEF: Restoration Christian Fellowship Church, 760 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will hold a seminar on grief from death, divorce and many other life losses 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 9, hosted by Bishop F. Josephus Johnson. Johnson has authored books and is teaching a class at Ashland on the subject of grief. This event is free. Host pastor is the Rev. Joseph Walker.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: King of Kings Fellowship women’s conference will be 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at the YWCA, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren. Theme is ”Holiness With Self, Others and God.” There will be dancers and vendors. Hosts are Pastor George Austin Sr. and First Lady Annette Austin. For information, call 330-393-0058.

GOSPEL MUSIC: Calvary Bible Church, 4747 Warren Road NE, Cortland, will hold Gospel Music Night bluegrass style 6 p.m. Sept. 10 with Dan Garrett & Limited Edition Bluegrass Band of Newton Falls. Doors open at 5 p.m. A free-will offering will be received.

GERONIMO PROGRAM: Grace United Methodist Church in Warren is starting a new ministry, ”Geronimo!”, and needs volunteers from the community to help. The program for school-aged children starts Sept. 12 and runs 5:30 to 8 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday. There will be after-school tutoring, basic life skills and dinner. Call 330-978-8949.

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 Sept. 13 to March 28 at Lakeview Middle School. The first session is Sept. 13 to Dec. 13, and the second session is Jan. 17 to March 28. First day of program signup for children is free. Call 330-637-2571.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Theology on Tap will meet 7 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 20. There will be talks on faith, religion, love, work and other real-life experiences. Theology on Tap is a program that reaches out to young adults who want to explore the role of faith in their daily lives and provides an opportunity to not only learn about the Catholic faith but meet like-minded people and make new friends. Theology on Tap is open to all young adults, married and single, ages 21-39. The program is Jimmy Sutman of The Purple Cat speaking on “Daily Discipleship in Youngstown” at The Federal in downtown Youngstown. Call 330-372-2215, Ext. 104.

SURVIVAL GUIDE: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, in cooperation with St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Boardman, and St. Paul Parish, North Canton, is offering The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 20 to Dec. 13, at St. Charles Parish, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman, in the St. Luke Room. All divorced and separated Catholics are welcome to attend.

There is no cost. For more information, to register, or to learn about additional opportunities for ministry to the divorced in northeast Ohio call 330-744-8451.

HURRICANE DONATIONS: The Diocese of Youngstown will receive donations to support the relief efforts of Catholic Charities USA, to address the needs of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Donations will help to provide short-term and long-term recovery services to those affected as they begin the process of rebuilding their lives.

Donations can be sent to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, Office of Social Action, Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, 44503. Gifts can also be made online at Click on the “Hurricane Harvey” link on the homepage.

60TH JUBILEE OF RELIGIOUS PROFESSION: Sister Barbara Pavlik, a Byzantine Benedictine Sister of Queen of Heaven Monastery in Warren, observed her 60th jubilee of religious profession in July.

A Divine Liturgy of Thanksgiving was celebrated by Metropolitan Archbishop William C. Skurla at SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church in Warren.

Concelebrants at the Divine Liturgy were the Rev. Simeon B. Sibenik, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church, Warren, and the Rev. Richard I. Lambert, dean of the Youngstown Deanery and pastor of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, Youngstown.

Pavlik was a charter member of Queen of Heaven Monastery of Byzantine Benedictine Sisters when it was founded in Warren in 1969. She taught at Catholic schools in Wichita Falls, Texas; Joliet, Ill., and Chicago­; and Warren and Parma. In the 1970s, she worked with the Religious Education Office for the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

Pavlik is secretary / bookkeeper at SS. Peter and Paul Church and coordinator of the Eastern Christian Formation Program at SS. Peter and Paul.

MARRIAGES HONORED: The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown’s Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry is sponsoring a second Wedding Anniversary Celebration this year to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th, 50th or more anniversaries in 2017. The celebration will be 2 p.m. Oct 22. at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton. Couples interested in attending must register at their parish before Sept. 22. The celebration will include Mass with Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., renewal of marriage vows, a personalized certificate for each couple and a reception for the couples and their families.

FAITH & FAMILY DAY: The eighth annual Faith & Family Festival of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will take place noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at Walsh University’s Hoover Park, 1875 E. Maple St., North Canton. Throughout the day there will be a wide variety of activities, praise and worship bands featuring Ben Walther and PJ Chavez. Eucharistic Adoration and Confession will be available.

Featured speaker is clinical psychologist, author and nationally syndicated talk show host Dr. Ray Guarendi. Youngstown Bishop George V. Murry will preside at the closing Mass at 5 p.m.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

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