Religion events

BOOKS OF BIBLE: Progressive Baptist Church in Warren will hold its annual “66 Books of the Bible” program 11 a.m. today.

GOSPEL NIGHT: Mount Olive Baptist Church, 285 Martin Luther King Drive, will hold Gospel Night in Songs 6 p.m. today featuring The New Revelation of Cleveland and the Mighty Golden Wonders.

VETERANS DAY: Champion Presbyterian Church will hold the annual Veterans Day Celebration 10 a.m. Sunday. Afterward will be a soup fundraiser called “Fill a bowl, fill a need.” Church members will be supporting, packing and buying food for Mespo-Bloomfield Schools as part of the weekend backpack program for hungry kids.

GATHERING WITH RABBI: Temple El Emeth in Liberty will hold “Bagels With the Rabbi” 10 a.m. Sunday. The film ”True Honor … Thanking Jewish War Veterans” will be shown. The film is about American Jewish heroes who earned and received the Medal of Honor. Member veterans will be honored.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 405 Depot St., Niles, will hold the 83rd church anniversary 11 a.m. Sunday with the theme ”Celebrating the Past, Committed to the Future.”

GUEST PASTORS: McKinley Community Church, 1524 Elm Road NE, Warren, is making changes after the

resignation of its pastor. Until further notice, the pulpit will be filled with retired ministers. For the month of November, they will welcome the Rev. Neil Appell 10:30 a.m. Sunday and Nov. 19 and the Rev. Stan Mink on Sunday and Nov. 26. The church also will be searching for a small congregation that might like to join with them. If any congregation has an interest, they should send a letter to the church.

MUSICAL PROGRAM: East Side Church of Christ, 1416 Adelaide Ave. SE, Warren, will hold a musical program for October, November and December birthdays 5 p.m. Sunday.Various soloists and groups will perform including For Grace, Community Church of God in Christ Male Chorus, Cornerhouse Christian Church ABC, and Eastside Church of Christ choirs. The event is organized by James Ziegler and Van Nelson.

HONORING VETERANS: Girard First Christian Church, 140 E. Broadway St., will hold a concert to honor veterans and military personnel hosted by Girard Junior Women’s League 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Swingtime Band will perform with the theme ”Red, White and Blue.”

RETREAT SET: Villa Maria Education & Spirituality Center will host a weekend retreat with Dr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSP entitled “Bring Forth the Realm of God.” This retreat is scheduled 7 p.m. Sunday to Friday. The retreat will cover a variety of topics on the way we approach the vocation of a Christian.

For seven years, Gittins was part of Genesis House — a community where women struggle to escape from prostitution. He is also the author of 16 books on theological and anthropological topics, and on mission and spirituality.

Register online at or call 724-964-8886.

TRUTH SEEKERS: Leavittsburg Baptist Church, 4150 Kincaid Road East NW, will offer Truth Seekers, a youth group for ages kindergarten through 12th grade. The program starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Call 330-898-2704 for information.

CHURCH SEMINAR: New Bethel Baptist Church, Warren, will hold a church seminar 6:30 p.m. nightly Monday to Wednesday with the theme ”Spiritual Vision for Ministry.” Facilitators are the Rev. Lewis Macklin, men’s class; the Rev. Gena Thornton, women’s class; and the Rev. James Bowie, co-ed class. There also will be classes for children and young adults.

THEOLOGY ON TAP: Theology on Tap for those under age 40 will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at YSU Inner Circle, 318 Elm St. in Youngstown. Speaker is John Rindy, director for the Office of Career Education & Development at Slippery Rock University. His topic, “You’re Either Networking or You’re Not Working: How Faith, Happenstance, Economics and Self-Knowledge Result in an Awesome Career.”

THANKSGIVING SERVICE: The churches of Cortland will hold a Thanksgiving service 7 p.m. Thursday at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 490 N.High St., Cortland. Dress is casual. A free-will offering will be given to the Cortland unit of the Salvation Army. Pastor is Denise Gundersen who will be assisted by other Cortland pastors.

APPRECIATION CELEBRATION: Elim Christian Center, 3214 Ridge Road SW, Warren, will hold the 17th annual appreciation celebration for David and Apostle L.J. Pernice 7 p.m. nightly Friday to Nov. 19. Friday is guest speaker Pastor Alton Merrell Sr. from New Jerusalem Fellowship and Nov. 19, Ministerial Tag Team with service 9:45 a.m.

CELEBRATING 101 YEARS: Second Baptist Church “A House of Hope,”1510 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will celebrate its 101st anniversary 10:15 a.m. Nov. 19. The Homecoming Worship Service will feature guest speaker the Rev. Walter Arrington of the Peoples Baptist Church in Canton. Immediately following the service will be a special ceremonial balloon release in honor of members past and present and the relighting of the exterior cross, prominently displayed since the completion of the current church edifice in 1960. Balloons are $3 each and proceeds benefit the church’s building restoration initiative.

Former members or residents who have family or loved ones who had been a part of Second Baptist are welcome to purchase balloons or otherwise make a donation by calling 330-393-0802 or online at

The anniversary committee chairpersons are Sandra Stargell and Deacon Joe Jackson.

MEN’S DAY: Higher Ground Ministries, 327 Belmont Ave., Warren, will hold the annual Men’s Day 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 with guest speaker, Pastor Robert Herron of St. John Church of God in Christ.

FOUNDERS’ DAY: First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Mahoing Avenue, will celebrate the church’s 14th anniversary Nov. 19. Members with 50 years or more will be honored. Call 330-393-1524 if you plan to attend.

COMMISSIONED AS LEADERS: Twenty-two men and women from around the Youngstown Diocese will be commissioned as Lay Leaders of Prayer Wednesday at the Our Lady of the Lakes Parish – Saint James Church in North Jackson. Msgr. Robert Siffrin, Vicar General of the Diocese of Youngstown, will be the presider. Leaders of Prayer are lay persons commissioned to lead the faithful in acts of worship that in the past were most often led by the ordained clergy but which also may be led by lay people. The new Lay Leaders of Prayer include Robert Wirtz of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Austintown: and Carol Stowe of Saint John Paul II Parish, Warren.

DELIVERING MEALS: First Assembly of God, Lords Table Ministry, will be delivering a free home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to area homebound and/ or elderly residents and those in need. If you would like a free dinner delivered to your home on Thanksgiving Day, call the church at 330-898-1775 by Nov. 20.

RELIGIOUS RETIREMENT: Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown will have the opportunity to “give to those who have given a lifetime” as part of the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, to be held in parishes Nov. 25 and 26. Coordinated by the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) in Washington, D.C., the annual appeal benefits 32,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests whose religious congregations lack adequate retirement funding.

Last year, parishioners in the Diocese of Youngstown contributed $313,320 to the collection. In 2017, the Antonine Sisters, Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration, Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark and Ursuline Sisters received financial assistance made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious.

The 2016 collection raised almost $30.7 million. Roughly 94 cents of every dollar aids senior religious.Throughout the year, additional funding is allocated to assist religious communities with the greatest needs and to promote ongoing education in retirement planning and eldercare delivery.

WEEKEND RETREAT: “The Empty Bowl: A Retreat for the Contemplative Way” weekend retreat will be 7 p.m. Dec. 1 to noon Dec. 3 at Villa Maria Community Center in Villa Maria. Pa..

The retreat will provide the opportunity for reflection, space and quiet, and gentle input on themes resonant with the contemplative spiritual path.

Presenter is Cheryl Rose involved in full-time ministry offering retreats, programs, Enneagram workshops, and spiritual direction for adults and young adults.

Deadline is Friday. Register on line at or call 724-964-8886.

SPIRITUALITY EVENT: The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren, are offering a Day of Spirituality in preparation for Christmas 1 to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at SS. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave., N.E., Warren. To register, call 330-856-1813 or e-mail by Dec. 1.

The presenter will be the Rev, John M. Kudrick, Bishop Emeritus of the Eparchy of Parma. His presentation considers answers to the questions: “Where should we seek the Lord?” and “Why do we need to seek Him? Why doesn’t He just show himself?”

There will be time for reflection, questions, and refreshments, and an opportunity to receive the Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: First Baptist Church of Braceville will hold its third annual Christmas celebration 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15 at Aulizio’s Banquet Center in Warren. Tickets are $30 and includes a full buffet dinner with dessert, door prizes and games. There will be live entertainment provided by the Michael Austin Project. All tickets will be sold in advance and not at the door. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Michelle Body at 305-519-0565, by contacting the church at 330-872-3511 or any First Baptist Church member. Deadline is Dec. 10.

TENOR RETURNS: Irish tenor Emmet Cahill will make a return appearance to the Valley Dec. 21. Cahill, 27, is one of the lead singers of Celtic Thunder, one of the most successful international groups of all time. Cahill will perform a combination of Irish music, Christmas carols and church hymns at 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at St. Columba Cathedral. Tickets are $55 for VIP meet and greet tickets, limited to 100 people, $40 and $35. Tickets can be purchased by calling the St. Columba rectory at 330-744-5233 or visiting

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 first session is through Dec. 13 and the second session Jan. 17 to March 28. First day of program sign-up for children is free. Call 330-637-2571.

SCOUTING AWARD: The Youngstown Diocese’s Catholic Committee on Scouting is preparing for presentation of Scouting awards for the upcoming year. Awards are provided by Scouting organizations to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls. Classes will begin in December and are available through the Diocese. Call 330-755-7205.