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WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, will hold its annual women’s conference 9 a.m. today and 11:30 a.m. Sunday. The theme is “Walking Under an Open Heaven.” Speakers are evangelist Deborah Shealey; evangelist Charlotte Moore, conference speaker; minister Helen Owens, panel moderator; and psalmist Jamee Dotson, soloist.

MARDI GRAS: St. Patrick Church, 357 N. Main St., Hubbard, will hold a Mardi Gras auction 6 p.m. today with doors opening at 5 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Celebrate Ministry. The church also will mark Blessing of Married Couples on Sunday.

FILL THE CRIB: Warren First United Presbyterian Church, Mahoning Avenue, Warren, will hold a “Fill the Crib” Party on Sunday. The K-4 and Junior Youth Girls will plan the event and they are asking for donations for Isabella’s closet from the congregation. Donations can be brought today. They do not need to be wrapped because that will be part of the shower activity. Items that are needed include receiving blankets, washcloths, bibs, diapers, sleepers, towels, booties, onesies, small toys, etc.

CELEBRATING EUCHARIST: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry Ave. NW, Warren, will have the Rev. Abraham Allende, bishop of Northeastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, as guest preacher 10 a.m. Sunday to celebrate the Holy Eucharist.

In 2014, Allende was elected bishop of the 180 congregations in the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Prior to his election as bishop, he has been serving at the Lutheran Church of the Covenant in Maple Heights since September 2009.

He is a second-career pastor having served in the fields of education and broadcasting and as a professional baseball executive.

REVIVAL: One Nation Kingdom Ministries, 1628 Niles Road, Warren, will hold a revival 10 a.m. Sunday with Evangelist Michael Vance of South Carolina.

GUEST SPEAKER: Wildare United Methodist Church, 7211 N. Park Ave., Cortland, will have guest speaker Billy Huddleston Sunday to Wednesday. Services will be 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday to Wednesday.

SCOUT SUNDAY: Bristolville United Methodist Church, state Routes 45 and 88, will hold Scouting Sunday 11 a.m. Sunday. Boy Scout Troop 75, which has been sponsored by the church for over 75 years, will be special guests and provide leadership for the service. New Scoutmaster Steve Dale will assume leadership as Ron Channel hands over the leadership reins this week. Trevor Ulrich will bring the morning message. He is a former troop member who went on to earn his Eagle Scout award and has been actively involved in guiding the troop activities since then. A reception will follow.

BLESSING BAGS: The members of St. Mary’s Parish Teen Visions will be making blessing bags 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The bags will be made for the St. Vincent de Paul Society to be given to help the homeless, hospitalized veterans and others in need. Those who can donate items for the project can place them in bins at the church.

STUDIES PROGRAM: Christian Jewish Studies will be 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Parish, 232 Seneca St. in Warren.

RESCUE MISSION BENEFIT: Corner House Christian Church in Hubbard will hold a rescue mission benefit Friday at Mr. Anthony’s in Boardman. Call 330-744-5485 for reservations.

MENS SYMPOSIUM: A Men’s Symposium themed “Courageously Confronting Present Realities in the Black Community” will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Restoration Christian Life Ministries, 403 Atlantic St., Warren.

The event will include panelists Elder Glenn D. Matlock, the Rev. Robert L. Stringer, Larry C. Johnson (principal), Robert Davis (educator), Apostle Everett A. Whiteside, the Rev. Orneil Heller, Pastor Todd Johnson, Prophet Roland Barksdale-Hall, DeMaine Kitchen (president of Youngstown City Council), Thomas Conley (President/CEO of Warren-Youngstown Urban League), Pastor Eric U. Brown Sr. and Minister Mario Hainesworth.

The event is free for men and young men ages 13 and up. However, registration is required and seating is limited. For registration, contact Minister Dwayne Jackson at 419-684-0382, by Friday. Host Pastor is Garrick L. Matlock.

60TH APPRECIATION: Blessed Sacrament Parish will hold a 60th anniversary appreciation celebration Feb. 23. The event will include a dinner, music with Guys Without Ties and a photo wall highlighting the parish life for the past 60 years. RSVP to the church office by Wednesday.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT: Nominations are being sought for the 25th annual Eagle of the Cross Award, which recognize high school juniors or seniors active in their parish and / or diocesan Catholic school who are role models of Christian leadership.

The awards banquet and liturgy are set 6 p.m. April 30 in Youngstown.

Nominations must be delivered to the Diocese of Youngstown no later than 3 p.m. Friday. The nomination form can be downloaded from the office website at:

The nominees must be practicing Roman Catholics and exemplify the qualities of moral integrity, prayerful / spiritual life, personal outreach to church and community, contribution to parish and / or school programs and Christian leadership. Involvement in diocesan programs also will be considered.

Nominees in the Catholic high school category must attend one of the six Catholic high schools within the six-county Diocese of Youngstown.

The liturgy is open to the public, but the banquet with awards ceremony is by invitation only. For information, contact Cindee Case at, or call 330-744-8451, extension 280.

REFLECTION ON ST. TERESA: Villa Maria Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa. will present “A Reflection on the Life of St. Teresa of Calcutta,” an overnight retreat with Margaret Marszal 7 p.m. Feb. 22 to 4 p.m. Feb. 23. St. Teresa was canonized in 2016. This weekend retreat will explore both her life and her teachings and will offer time for reflection and prayer. Registration due by Tuesday at or call 724-964-8886.

CHOIR FESTIVAL: The Diocese of Youngstown will participate in the 2019 American Federation Pueri Cantores Pittsburgh Choir Festival and Mass March 30 at St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh. The event will serve as the annual Diocesan Youth Choir Festival and all parish and school youth choirs are invited to participate.

Several hundred students from the Pittsburgh, Erie, Greensburg, Wheeling and Youngstown dioceses are expected to join in the event, which culminates in the celebration of the vigil liturgy at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Cathedral.

The Rev. David A. Zubik, bishop of Pittsburgh, will be the main celebrant at Mass. The director of the Festival is Paul French, nationally known music director at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Chicago.

All students of the diocese in grades 4-12 are welcome to participate. Students planning to attend the choir festival will be expected to rehearse the planned music prior to the event. Parish and school choir directors preparing a group of students to participate are asked to contact the Worship Office (330-744-8451) by Friday for details regarding rehearsals and participation at the festival.