Religion events

LENTEN CRAFTS: Warren First United Methodist Church will hold Lenten family crafts and activities following 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday.

WOMEN’S DAY: Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will celebrate Women’s Day at the 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship service. Guest speaker is first lady Marlyce Roberson-McCants. A special women’s day choir will perform the music.

McCants is a lifelong member of the AME Church and serves as connectional worship director for the Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church. She released a CD “Heaven” in 2007.

SCRIPTURE PRESENTATION: Dr. Allan Mosher, professor of voice at Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, will offer a “Dramatic Scripture Presentation” 11 a.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal Street, Newton Falls. Mosher will be sharing, entirely from memory, the Gospel of Mark 5:21-8:38. The presentation is open to the public.

51ST ANNIVERSARY: Leavittsburg Baptist Church will be celebrating its 51-year anniversary 11 a.m. Sunday with new Pastor Mike Alger. The Golden Street Singers will share their music ministry followed by a potluck dinner.

PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY: Zion Hill Baptist Church, 220 Jefferson St., Youngstown, will hold the 24th pastoral anniversary celebration for Pastor Lowell T. and Jennifer Williams 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The theme is “My Help Comes From the Lord.” Morning worship speaker is Dr. Samuel W. Williams. Evening service is Pastor Elton Allen Jr. of New Zion Baptist Church, Pittsburgh.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Friendship Baptist Church, 1954 Brier St. SE, Warren, will hold its 98th church anniversary 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The theme is “Jesus Christ: the Church’s One Foundation.”

GOSPEL CONCERT: Cortland Church of the Nazarene, 293 E. Main St., will hold a gospel concert featuring the Gospel Friends Quartet of Aurora 6:30 p.m. Sunday. A free-will offering will be taken.

LENTEN STUDY: Niles First United Methodist Church is holding a Lenten study “John the Gospel of Light and Life” 9:30 a.m. Mondays through April 15 led by the Rev. David Hill. Sessions will focus on “The Farewell Discourse,” “The Arrest, Trial and Crucifixion of the King” and “Eternal Life.”

MINI RALLY: The Warren Family Mission, Tod Avenue, will hold a Mini Men’s Rally 6 p.m. Monday. The event is a rally to lead up to the Rally in the Valley April 27 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. For information, visit www.mensrally. org.

SIMULCAST: Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, 1815 Cherry Lane Drive SE, will take part in the nationwide live simulcast of the “Tragedy into Triumph” series Monday to Wednesday. The series will show how God can bring triumphant change into our lives, even in the midst of tragedy. The event is free and open to the public (no offering will be taken) and is being simulcast from Mount Vernon Nazarene University exclusively to the church.

Other events are 7 p.m. Monday when Rifqa Bary will share the custody story that made national news as she fled her home in Ohio to Florida fearing for her life for accepting Christ. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Brian Bosworth will share his journey from football to faith, as he left drugs, defiance and the “BOZ” persona to embrace faith in Christ.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Siran Stacy will share how even a strong NFL running back has to have help in the loss of his wife and four of five children in one night. For information, visit or call 330-534-3111.

TORAH STUDIES: Torah Studies for Christians will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria. Pa. The program is “Is Jesus the Messiah? Or Will Jesus be the Messiah when He Returns?” The program is co-sponsored by the Jewish Christuian Studies Youngstown and the B’nai B’rith Guardian of the Menorah. Free-will offerings will be accepted. Call 724-964-8886.

EVENING OF RECONCILITION: St. Mary Church, 282 Seneca St. NE, Warren, will hold the “Light is on for You,” an Evening of Reconciliation, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

PURIM PARADE: Akiva Academy Purim parade will be 9:45 a.m. Thursday at Heritage Manor Rehabilitation & Retirement Community, 517 Gyspy Lane, Youngstown. The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter / early spring). Purim begins on Wednesday and continues through Thursday.

GOSPEL MUSICIANS: Life Church, 610 S. Leavitt Road, will host Southern Gospel music artists, Jeff and Sheri Easter in concert 7 p.m. Friday with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The Easters have received numerous Dove Awards nominations and multiple Grammy nominations and have frequently appeared on the Gaither Homecoming tour and videos. Free-will offerings will be accepted.

SPEAKER PRESENTATION: St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2860 E. Market St., Warren, will host Tim Schaffner from Trumbull County Children Services, who will speak 10:30 a.m. March 23 on the effects of childhood trauma and tips for dealing with their behaviors. RSVP by Wednesday to Pastor Ann Marie Perkins at 330-394-5741 or Brenda Ceplecci at 330-534-2388.

AUCTION EVENT: Life Church, 610 S. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg, will hold its seventh annual “I Love My Church” auction 4 to 8 p.m. March 23. Proceeds from the event helps with mission projects and reaching others with food and clothing. For information, call 330-898-1131.

CONFERENCE SET: Liberty Assembly of God, 6779 Belmont Ave., will host an adored women’s conference 12:30 p.m. March 23. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be a time of worship, keynote speaker Rachel Wallace and breakout session.

CURIA LEGION OF MARY: The Youngstown Curia Legion of Mary is opening the door to allow priests, parishioners and guests to learn about the Legion of Mary 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23 at Our Lady of Lebanon Shrine in North Jackson. Father Nicholas Mancini will be present as the spiritual director. Free-will offerings will be accepted. To RSVP, call 330-718-7205.

HOLY LANDS: Best of Israel will be 4 p.m. March 23 at Church at Warren, 2878 Warren Meadville Road, Cortland. “Happenings in the Holy Land” question and answer sessions on the 10-day tour Nov. 5-14. Call 330-638-2959.

MEN’S CONFERENCE: Catholic Men’s Fellowship Diocese of Youngstown will hold the seventh annual men’s conference 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville. The theme is “Rise Up O Men of God.” Keynote speaker is the Rev. Dwight Longnecker, who is pastor of Our Lady of Rosary Church in Greenville, S.C. Honorary chairman and speaker is Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown. For tickets, call 330-936-9315.

ART AND FAITH: Butler Institute of American Art Executive Director Dr. Lou Zona will present “Art and Faith” 1 p.m. March 24. The lecture is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown in honor of its 75th anniversary celebration. Reservations are requested by email at or by phone at 330 744-8451, Ext. 302.

SPIRITUALITY DAY: The Bendectine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren, will offer a Day of Spirituality in preparation of the Resurrection of Christ 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 31 at SS. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave. NE, Warren.

The Rev. Robert M. Poita, rector of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh, will be the speaker. The topic is “Living in Peace and Repentance.” There will be a time for reflection, questions and refreshments and an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To register, call 330-856-1813 or email by March 24.