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BACK TO SCHOOL: Niles Christian Assembly, 672 North Road, is having a Back to School Extravaganza and book bag giveaway today. There will be a bounce house, face painting, slime making and other children’s activities.

SUMMER STUDY: Friendship Baptist Church, 1954 Brier St. SE, Warren, will present an 11-week focus group, “Issues in Focus.” The group is geared toward addressing relevant issues for people 18 to 25 years old at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Aug. 12.

PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY: Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 1210 Himrod Ave., Youngstown, will hold a pastoral anniversary soiree for Elder J. Dwayne Heard who will mark his 10th anniversary at the church. The morning service is set for 10 a.m. Sunday with speaker Pastor Everett Jennings of New Life Cathedral Church in Oakland Park, Ill. There will be a potluck following the service. Also being honored is first lady Shahara Perry Heard.

HUNGARIAN FESTIVAL: American-Hungarian Federation of Churches and Societies of Youngstown, which is composed of members from churches and groups in Mahoning and Trumbull counties and the Shenango Valley, will hold the Hungarian Day Festival 1 to 5 p.m. Sumday at Aut Mori Grotto Hall, 563 Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown. There is no admission charge.

OLD FASHIONED DAY: Bristolville United Methodist Church is hosting an “Old Fashioned Day in the Park” Sunday at the township park, intersection of state Routes 45 and 88. There will be an ice cream social 1 to 2:30 p.m, blessing of the animals with Pastor Shirley Stoops-Frantz at 1:30 p.m., and Jungle Terry show at 2:30 p.m. with free talk and display of all animals. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

CHURCH CARNIVAL: First Presbyterian Church of Girard, Churchill Road, will hold a children’s carnival 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

SPIRITUAL BOOK CLUB: The Ursuline Center Spiritual Book Club will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the center, 4280 Shields Road, Canfield. Those who attend will read, reflect and share in the discussion of spiritual books that explore the writings of the great spiritual thinkers, both contemporary and classic. The first few chapters of “Things Hidden, Scripture as Spirituality” by Richard Rohr will be discussed. There is no cost to attend but free-will offerings are accepted. To register, contact Eileen W. Novotny at 330-533-3831 or

PATH TO WHOLENESS: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty will have the Rev. John Michael Thornton make an appearance as part of its “Path to Wholeness” series. Thornton will speak 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on “Psychic Pollution” and simple ways to protect yourself. Thornton is an author, psychic, medical intuitive and co-founder of the Great Conjunction Spiritual Center. Contact the center at 330-539-0122.

SCHOOL SUPPLY COLLECTION: The Beatitude House in Youngstown, a ministry of the Ursuline Sisters, is holding a back-to-school supply drive now through Wednesday. The students need traditional school supplies as well as donations of gift cards that can be used to purchase items. Students range in age from elementary through college and attend various schools.

Donations can be brought to the Beatitude House administrative offices on the campus of St. Edward Parish, 238 Tod Lane, Youngstown, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

HOPE IN ACTION: Second Baptist Church, A House of Hope, 1510 Main Ave., Warren, is holding special services and outreaches this month. There will be a Night of Faith 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highland Terrace picnic pavilion. The annual “Praise Without Walls” service is Aug. 12.

The third annual Back to School Sunday will be 10:15 a.m. Aug. 26. Students, teachers, administrators and other staff from Warren City and any local school district are invited to the service of worship and prayer in preparation for the 2018-19 school year. The Youth Ministry will be leading worship and a special message and blessing will be shared by the Rev. Todd Johnson.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in school related-apparel.

MUSICAL CONCERT: Cortland United Methodist Church, 155 N. High St., will host a free concert 7 p.m. Wednesday by the Cortland Community Band. Those attending can bring their own lawn chair. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held at the Opera House.

URSULINE CENTER PROGRAMS: Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield, will hold a Women’s Spirituality Series in journaling 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Sept. 6. Ursuline Sister Eileen Kernan will explore how the ancient tradition of journaling can help dialog with inner wisdom. Call 330-799-4941 for reservations. A free-will offering will be accepted.

PROGRAMS OFFERED: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.,will offer various upcoming special programs including:

“A Day of Mindfulness,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. The program will explore ways to meditate and relax the body and mind.

∫ Empty Bowl Retreat — “Walking the Contemplative Way,” conference retreat will be 7 p.m. Aug. 16 to noon Aug. 19. The event will include reflection exercises and prayer.

∫ Land Retreat “Trees,” a two-day retreat, will be 7 p.m. Friday to 3 p.m. Aug. 11.

Register online at or call 724-964-8886.

(photo – Todd Johnson)

SCHOLARSHIP EVENT: Love Charity Alms will hold its third annual Martha J. Hill Scholarship Banquet 6 p.m. Aug. 11 atEnzo’s Restaurant, Warren. Scholarship recipients are Jessica Bumgarner, Celeste Harris, Gianna Jones and Michael Hill.

Guest speaker is Pastor Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church in Warren. He started Helping Young People Excel (HYPE), which is a young adult career workshop presented at local high schools as part of the Trumbull County summer youth work program. Johnson was previously the pastor of Agape Assembly Church in Warren. In 2011, he founded the Warren citywide youth choir that involves over 200 youth and young adults.

LABYRINTH WALK: Villa Maria will host a guided labyrinth walk 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15 on the grounds of Villa Maria Community Center, Evergreen Road. Participants are invited to meet at the outdoor labyrinth, which is a replica of the one found in Chartres Cathedral in France. Free will offerings are accepted. In the event of questionable weather conditions, call 724-964-8886 for program status. Additional program information and program status is available at

HOMECOMING REVIVAL: Bristolville Freewill Baptist Church, 2087 state Route 88, will hold homecoming 10 a.m. Aug. 19 and revival 7 p.m. Aug. 20 with guest preacher, the Rev. Rodger (Rod) McClellan.

TEMPLE VOLUNTEERS: Temple El Emeth in Liberty will be volunteering 5 to 7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Second Harvest Food Bank in Youngstown. The event is a joint community project with Ohev Tzedek and Rodef Sholom. To volunteer call 330-759-1429.

DIVINE WILL CONFERENCE: Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mt. Carmel, Youngstown, will hold a “Divine Will” national conference Aug. 25 featuring Father Elijah John Joseph of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He is the superior of the Benedictine Monks of Divine.Will which is a new religious community dedicated to the Divine Will writings of Luisa Piccarreta He works with Mother Gabriele Marie, the superior of the Bendectine Daughters of Divine Will,

Cost of the conference is $30 with registration 8 a.m. and ending prayer 4 p.m. Confessions will be offered before Mass noon. For reservations call Helen 330-530-6449 or Maurice at 330-717-3659.

CONCERT SET: St. Columba Cathedral, Wood Street in Youngstown, will host a concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 featuring Les Moineaux choir from Paris, France. The choir members range in age from 10 to 18 and it is conducted by Francois Olivier, who is also the Titular of the Choir Organ at St. Eustache at Paris.

Les Moineaux is on tour in the eastern and southern United States this summer and will offer selections from the 16th Century, the well-known “Hallelujah Chorus” by Handel, “Ave Maria” by Gounod and musical selections from the French folklores. They also will be selling their last CD. A free-will offering will be taken during the concert.

QUARTER AUCTION: St. Columba Cathedral, Wood Street in Youngstown, is holding its third annual quarter auction Sept. 8 in the parish hall. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. to preview items and the auction begins at 6 p.m. There is a $10 paddle fee. Snack type food and refreshments will be available for sale, but guests are invited to bring their own food as well. Call the church rectory at 330-744-5233 for more information.