Religion news and notes
HOMELESS OUTREACH: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Warren will hold Homeless Outreach Project 2020 today and Sunday collecting blankets and cans of soup. Items will be distributed to the homeless in the local area through Basement Outreach Ministries and St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.
BLACK HISTORY: Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will hold a Black History program 9:30 a.m. Sunday featuring Sister Allison Smith, an African-American storyteller, artist and quiltmaker.
Van Nelson will perform an original poem.
WHITE MASS: Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown will be the principle celebrant and for the 24th annual White Mass 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. Deacon Christopher Germak 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 330-744-8451.
GOSPEL MASS: Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE, Warren, will hold a performance in celebration of Black History Month 5 p.m. Sunday.
The church’s choir, along with members from other local church choirs, will present the Ohio premiere of Andre Thomas’ “Mass (A Celebration of Love and Joy).”
Dr. Brandon Waddles of Detroit will conduct the Mass and the Rev. Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church will offer a sermon.
SCOUT SUNDAY: Bristolville United Methodist Church, corner of state routes 45 and 88, will hold Scout Sunday 11 a.m. Sunday.
On Feb. 12, 1920, the Methodist Church and the Boy Scouts of America started a formal partnership. This year marks the 100th year the two organizations have combined their efforts to further the ministry of Scouting.
The highest honor of Scouting continues to be the achievement of the Eagle and more than 50 Boy Scouts from the Bristolville troop have gone on to earn their Eagle Scout award through the years. They will be recognized during the celebration, which will include the worship service, featuring participation by members of the current Boy Scout Troop, led by Steve Dale.
A reception will follow the service.
GLORY WAY QUARTET: General Assembly Church of God in Newton Falls will have Glory Way Quartet 11 a.m. Sunday.
SINGING BOWLS: Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will hold a Singing Bowl Meditation 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The program “Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation” will be conducted by Maria and Calvin Wagner from the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman.
The meditation is free but donations will be accepted. Call 330-539-0122.
GERONIMO PROGRAM: Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren, will host the Geronimo program for children and youth 18 and younger with a Game Night 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be group games, board games and art activities. The program concludes March 24. Call 330-395-5231.
HEBREW COURSE: Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, will present an eight-week Hebrew Primer class beginning Tuesday. The crash Hebrew reading course will enable participants to phonetically read any Hebrew word.
Classes will be 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays to March 10. The cost is $40 for JCC and Temple members and $55 for nonmembers. The course is sponsored by the Commission for Jewish Education.
STEPS TO GIVING: Trumbull County Children Services will host A Steps to Giving 8 a.m. Wednesday at 2282 Reeves Road NE, Warren. All faith-based leaders in Trumbull County are invited.
The mission of the breakfast is to show appreciation to the faith-based community for the support that they have provided TCCS in caring for the county’s at-risk youth. Pastor Todd Johnson will speak.
The faith-based community’s support to TCCS’ children in 2019 was reflected in donations, partnerships and assistance with recruiting foster caregivers. A calendar of opportunities for organizations to collect donations will be presented.
For more information, call 330-372-2010, Ext. 1204.
MINISTRY HELPS: The Aspire Program of Trumbull County in partnership with Basement Ministries, will offer GED classes at 805 Terra Alta. The classroom days will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.
NIGHT OUT: The New Jerusalem Fellowship Couples Ministry will hold a Night Out 7 p.m. Friday at the Renaissance Place, 1948 Palmyra Road NW, Warren. The event will include dinner, music, game and comedy show with Christian comedian Sista Mae Osceola Florentine Chittlin-Hauer.
For tickets, call 330-219-1804.
NIGHT BREEZE: Grace AME Church will host an evening of entertainment and dinner featuring the band “Night Breeze” 6:30 p.m. Friday at the YWCA, 375 N. Park Ave., Warren.
For tickets, call the church at 330-394-6270. Donation $25.
ROAD WITH ROMANCE: Unity Spiritual Centre Girard, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, is having a Valentine’s Day Concert entitled “The Road with Romance” 7 p.m. Friday.
The concert will feature Gary Lucas, who is a graduate of Heidelburg College and has been the keyboardist at the Centre for more than 23 years. A collection of well-known love songs will be featured.
The concert is free but love offerings or donations will be accepted.
WOMEN OF FAITH: The Women of Faith will meet 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Warren.
FAITH AND FAMILY DAY: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Steel Valley will hold a Faith and Family Day 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Youngstown State University basketball game.
Pregame activities began at noon at the Beeghly Center, followed by watching warm-ups and the high-five tunnel at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call Bob at 330-565-9274.
(photo- Gena Thornton)
BLACK HISTORY: First Baptist Church of Braceville, 1300 Cedar St. SW, will observe its annual Black History celebration 3:30 p.m. Feb. 16. Individual presentations will be given by church members and friends.
The Braceville Community has contributed numerous sports and professionals who have prospered and have returned to this community.
Guest speaker will be Rev. Gena Thornton, the former pastor of Grace AME Church of Warren, and the St. Paul AME Church of Cleveland. Thornton continues to be active in the ministry and formation of the Rev. Gena Thornton Evangelistic Ministries.
MOVIE NIGHT: The FOCUS Building presents “Black History Month Movie Nights” at Niles Encore Cinema at the Great East Plaza in Niles.
The first Movie Night will be 7 p.m. Feb. 21 with the 1985 Kung Fu film “The Last Dragon.” The theme is ’80s night and will feature music, giveaways and prizes for best 1980s outfits.
The second night is 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and will feature the 1989 film “Glory.” That evening’s theme is “Heritage Night” with Black History displays and historical information available in the lobby.
Tickets are $10 a film and are available at www.nilesencore.com or at the Niles Encore Cinema ticket office. This event is one in a series of FOCUS-sponsored events designed to promote positivity and community bridge-building in the Warren area.
PERFORMANCE SET: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir will perform with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra March 7. The 80-voice choir will perform in collaboration with Singers Together and The Youngstown Connection for the YSO’s program “Spiritual Journey: The Road to Peace and Freedom.”
Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is comprised of singers from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania.
BUS TRIP: First Presbyterian Church of Warren is sponsoring a bus trip on March 24 to see the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Connor Palace Theater in Cleveland. Tickets are $75 and include the performance and bus transportation.
The bus will leave at 5:15 pm from Panera Bread, 3641 Elm Road, Warren, with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by sending a check, payable to FPC, to First Presbyterian Church, 256 Mahoning Ave. NW, Warren 44483. Reservations are due by Friday and are limited to 50 seats.
For information, call Katylu Herriman 330- 856-4423.
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