Church notes

BACK TO SCHOOL: Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave., will have speakers Matthew Snipes, principal at Mahoning County Schools, and Michalene Hughley, a substitute teacher in Trumbull County Schools, at 11 a.m. Sunday. Prayers will be said for students as they begin the new school year.

CHILDREN EVENTS: Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren will offer two programs for children ages 3-18, beginning in September.

Awana, a nationwide program, will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month 5:30 to 8 p.m. starting Tuesday. Geronimo! will meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month starting Sept. 11. This program also will offer dinner as well as skill building through creative arts, teambuilding activities, music and tutoring sessions.

Children may attend one or both programs. Registration is required for each. For information, go to or call Lindsay at 330-395-5231, Ext 5.

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 are needed by Tuesday.

JESUS AND MISSION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, P., will host a weekend retreat featuring the Rev. John Dear. This retreat is entitled “Jesus and the Mission of Peace, Love and Nonviolence” and is scheduled 7 p.m. Friday to noon Sept. 9.

Dear is a peace activist, Nobel Peace Prize nominee and author. Through talks, scripture study, and small and large group discussion, focus will be on how is Jesus nonviolent, and calling us to become more nonviolent.

Dear is a co-founder of Campaign Nonviolence and the Nonviolent Cities Project. For registration online, go to or call 724-964-8886.

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. Tuesday 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.

DIALOGUE SESSION: The Jewish-Christian North dialogue will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty. Topic is “A History of God” and a look at Karen Armstrong’s book “An Ecumenical Inquiry.” Discussion will focus on why we should believe and talk to God.

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. 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.

DEDICATION SET: Perkinswood Chapel in Warren will hold its second annual open house and dedication on Sept. 9. There will be a service and entertainment outside.

FALL EVENT: First Presbyterian Church, 3654 Main St., Mineral Ridge, will begin its fall schedule on Sept. 9. The youth are holding a bake sale that Sunday during the time of fellowship to raise money for their local mission work.

FALL KICKOFF: Girard First United Methodist Church will hold its annual fall kickoff of the children’s ministry, K’Motion (Kids in Motion) 11 a.m. Sept. 9. There also will be a family celebration at noon with carnival games and a chance to soak their favorite ministers in the Big Splash with Pastor Vicky Kelley of Girard First Methodist Church and Pastor Shane Russo of McDonald Methodist Church. The church’s Spark Concert held recently raised $1,100 for the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission.

KIDS 4 TRUTH: Niles First Baptist Church, 26 E. Church St. will hold Kids 4 Truth and Cubbies programs for children starting 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12.

FOCUS ON HEALTH: Sisters of the Humility of Mary and Villa Maria Education andSpirituality Center will host part one of a two-part series entitled “The Shale Gas and Oil Health Registry and Resource Network: Tracking Fracking’s Impact on Health Across the Country.” This program is scheduled 6:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa.

There will be presentations with staff members of the Environmental Health Project.

Part two entitled “Know Your Exposures: Air and Water Quality Monitoring in Response to Natural Gas Development” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17.

For information contact Sr. Barbara O’Donnell 724-964-8920 ext. 3350

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 University 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.

CAR SHOW: Liberty Assembly of God will hold a car, truck and bike show 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15. Registration is 10 a.m. to noon. There will be basket raffle, music and inflatables. The vehicles will be judged by the participants.All the proceeds from this event go to support the Ethiopian Missions Team.

The public also can bring gently worn, used and new shoes to donate. Collected shoes not only help to raise funds for our Ethiopian Missions Team, but all the shoes are used to support micro-enterprise vendors.

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.

IMPACT EMPOWERMENT; The women’s auxiliary of New Vision Christian Church, 2219 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, will offer Impact Empowerment prayer. Donations for children will be requested.