Religion notes

RETREAT SET: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa., will offer “Watercolor II” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today with Margaret Marszal, a Sister of the Humility of Mary, who has a background in retreat work, parish ministry and education.

CHURCH FUNDRAISER: Niles First United Methodist Church is raising funds to sponsor a service dog for a veteran through Wags 4 Warriors. The cost is $5,000 per veteran and service dog as the two go through 120 hours of classrooom training. The service dogs are protected under ADA law and can go anywhere with their veteran. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today, volunteers will be fundraising at Walmart on Elm Road, Perkins on state Route 46, Handyman Hardware in McKinley Heights and Dragon Den in Niles.

GATHERING FOR MEN: North Mar Church, East Market Street, Warren, will hold a “Meet and Greet” men’s event 11 a.m. today.

DIVINE WILL CONFERENCE: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, 343 Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown, will hold a “Divine Will” national conference today featuring the Rev. Elijah John Joseph of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Confessions will be offered before noon Mass.

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

A free-will offering will be taken during the concert.

ELVIS AT CHURCH: Central Christian Church, 2051East Market St., Warren, will hold Elvis Gospel 10 a.m. Sunday with a 50s Elvis tribute. The event will feature Mark Pringle as an “early 1950s Elvis” and the Blue Moon Band.

LAST SUNDAY: First Presbyterian Church, Mahoning Avenue, Warren, will have Pastor Rusty Cowden’s final worship service 10 a.m. Sunday with reception at 11:15 a.m. He is retiring form active ministry after serving at the church since October 2007.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Second Baptist Church “A House of Hope,” 1510 Main Ave. SW in Warren, is hosting its third annual “Back to School Sunday” 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Students, parents, teachers, coaches, support staff and administrators from Warren City Schools and other local school districts are invited to join in a service of worship. The Youth Ministry will be leading worship for the day. Special messages will be shared by local educators and a prayer of blessing will be offered by the Rev. Todd Johnson. Attendees are encouraged to dress down in school related-apparel.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 646 Lakewood Ave., Youngstown, will hold Friends and Family Day 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Theme is “Homecoming: You are Welcome.” Guest speaker is the Rev. Michael Small of Mt. Heaven Baptist Church in Cleveland. For information or tickets for the dinner, call 330-743-5084.

95TH ANNIVERSARY: First Baptist Church of Braceville, 1300 Cedar Street SW, will celebrate its 95th church anniversary 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is the Rev. Danielle K. Shavers-Honeywood, assistant director of the Cancer Ministry at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Arlington, Va.

The afternoon worship service will begin at 3:30 p.m. with guest speaker Apostle Loretta J. Pernice, pastor of the Elim Christian Center in Warren.

95 YEARS: Mt. Olive Baptist Church will be celebrating the 95th church anniversary 3:30 p.m Sunday. Guest speaker is Pastor Rodney D. Wade from Long Hill Bible Church, Waterbury, Conn.

MEN’S DAY: York Avenue Church of God, 872 York Ave. SW, Warren, will hold a Men’s Day celebration 5 p.m. Sunday. The theme is “Living as Worthy Men of God.” Guest speaker is the Rev. Joseph Walker Jr. of Restoration Christian Fellowship Church in Warren.

FAMILY CAMP: Wildare United Methodist Church, 7211 N. Park Ave., Cortland, will hold a Family Camp worship Sunday. There will be Vacation Bible School-style music, a game show and food. There will be an interactive object lesson from the Bible. For information, call 330-537-5000.

SOUND THERAPY: Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will present the program “Crystal Singing Bowl Meditation” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4 conducted by Maria and Calvin Wagner from the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman. The event is the next installment of the Centre’s “Path to Wholeness” series. Sound Healing has been around for centuries as a healing modality. The meditation is free, but donations or “love offerings” will be accepted. For reservations, call the centre at 330-539-0122.

URSULINE CENTER PROGRAMS: Ursuline Motherhouse, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield, will hold a Women’s Spirituality Series in journaling 6:30 to 8 p.m. 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.

MUSICAL SERVICE: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty, will hold a Erev Rosh Hanshanah musical service 6:15 p.m. Sept. 9 with dinner following at 7 p.m. The Rosh Hashanah service will be led by guest cantor Gabriel Fleishcer and feature musicians Dr. Randy Goldberg, Joseph Kromholz and Daniel Shapira. Reservations needed by Sept. 4

RELIGIOUS AWARDS: The Youngstown Diocese Catholic Committee in scouting is inviting Dioscean scouts, male and female, to take part in earning their scouting award. Classes are scheduled to start this fall and are available throughout the Diocese. Call Bob Granchie at 330-755-7205.

REVIVAL SET: Newton Falls Church of the Nazarene, 520 N. Canal St., will hold a revival with the Rev. Gary Bond from 6:30 p.m. nightly Sept 12 to 16 and 10:45 a.m. Sept. 16. In October 2009, the Board of General Superintendents of the Church of the Nazarene appointed Bond to the office of revivalism coordinator for the denomination. In 2015, Olivet Nazarene Universirty awarded Bond the honorary degree of doctor of divinity. Bond is also the executive director of The Evangelists’ Perspective Magazine for the Church of the Nazarene.