NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICES:
• Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry Ave. NW, Warren, 7 p.m. Monday
• Because of Him Ministries, 1212 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, 10:30 p.m. Monday
• St. Rose Parish, 48 Main St., Girard, 4 p.m. Monday and 7:30 and 10 a.m. Tuesday.
PASTOR RECEIVES AWARD: The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Youngstown and Vicinity will present the Rev. Elizabeth Powell Heritage Award to the Rev. Kenneth Simon, pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Youngstown. He was installed at the church in 1995.
Simon serves as chairman of the Community Mobilization Coalition, moderator of the Northern Ohio Baptist District Association and co-convener of the Youngstown-Warren Dr. Martin Luther King Planning Commission.
He received Biblical and religious training from the Evangelical Training Association of Wheaton, Ill., and the Christian Study Center in Youngstown.
Powell was the founding pastor of the World Fellowship Interdenominational Church and was ordained the first woman Baptist minister in the Mahoning Valley in 1956.
UNISON LIVE: Lineage Productions will hold Unison Live, a night of worship, 7 p.m. today at the Restoration Christian Fellowship, 760 Main Ave. Warren. Unison consist of singers and musicians from Restoration, Monument Of Faith, SPAN, New Beginnings, New Jerusalem, Innovation Life, Miracle Church and Temple Of Praise.
WATCH NIGHT: Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave., Warren, will hold Watch Night New Year’s 2019 service 10 p.m. Monday. Guest soloist is Angela Carpenter of the Greater Strong Tower Apostolic Church in Cleveland. The theme is “A New Year, a New Mind.”
JEWISH-CHRISTIAN STUDIES: Jewish-Christian Studies will be 12:30 p.m.Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty. The program is “Common Dynamics of Disbelief Among Youth.” Speaker is Sister Mary Ann Spangler with College Retreat Ministry. The program is an ecumenical inquiry.
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will host Ursuline Sister Regina Rogers at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Avion on the Water, Canfield. The program is “History of Women Religious in the Youngstown Diocese.” For information, call 330-720-4498. The club meets the first Thursday of each month.
LIVING IN AWARENESS: “Living in Awareness,” an overnight retreat with Maureen Lauer-Gatta and Dena Deluco, will be 7 p.m. Jan. 11 to 4 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria. Participants will take time to renew after the stress of the holidays. There will be a yoga workshop, drum circles and neurolinguistic programming. Cost $125. To register and for information, call 724-964-8886.
46TH ANNIVERSARY: On Jan. 22, the nation marks the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States. Each year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops call for nine days of prayer for life during the days leading up to the anniversary. Thousands of Catholics across the country will join together in prayer for a culture of life from Jan. 14 to 22. The prayers in the novena address many “respect life” issues. For more information, go to www.9daysforlife.org.
MASSES FOR LIFE: Youngstown Bishop George V. Murry will celebrate two diocesan Masses for Life in January, inviting all to pray for a greater respect for life at every stage. The first Mass for Life will be noon Jan. 13 at St. Paul Parish, 241 S. Main St., North Canton. The second Mass for Life is 4 p.m. Jan. 20 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. At each Mass, expectant mothers, fathers and their families will be invited to receive a blessing for their unborn babies. The “Blessing of a Child in the Womb” was created to encourage prayer and recognition of the gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society. In addition, there will be a blessing of pilgrims attending the March for Life in Washington, D.C. which is held Jan. 18 to remember the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Information on buses going to the March for Life may be obtained by contacting the Diocese of Youngstown. Following each Mass for Life, there will be a reception including an “Expo” of respect life information. Donations are accepted. For information, call 330-744-8451.