Religion events

DIVINE WORSHIP: Alpha and Omega Second Day Adventists in Warren will welcome Elder Michael Tate as the guest speaker 11 a.m. today at the Divine Worship service in a motivating “Spiritual Exposure of the Dragon’s Tail” as depicted in scripture and illustrated by Tate.

Tate and his wife, Sandy, travel as missionaries throughout the Allegheny West and Ohio conferences, spending their lives in counseling and bringing awareness to causes of the community needs.

BEST OF ISRAEL: The Best of Israel, a 10-day international tour Nov. 3-14, will be discussed 4 p.m. today at the Jericho Center, 2878 Warren-Meadville Road, Bazetta. The presentation is “Happenings in the Holy Land.”

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

MEN’S DAY WEEKEND: New Jerusalem Fellowship, 2555 Palmyra Road, Warren, will celebrate Men’s Day Weekend Sunday.

Pastor Orneil Heller of First Baptist Church of Braceville is guest speaker at the 10 a.m. Sunday worship service.

Heller was ordained in 2002 as an associate pastor of NJF and served for 12 years before leaving in 2014 as he became pastor at First Baptist Church of Braceville. He is a founding board member of All Rise, a newly established nonprofit organization seeking to uplift and empower the youth of Warren and the surrounding areas. All Rise is set to launch in June.

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

DEACON ORDINATION: New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, Tod Avenue, Warren, will host a deacon ordination service for Virgol Ball 2 p.m. Sunday.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren, will host its Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Peter Haladej and other area priests will be available for the celebration, and there will be time for individual confessions.

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.”

YOUTH FAMINE: The youth of Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road, will take part in a 30-hour famine Friday and March 30. Youth will get sponsors as they fast for 30 hours to raise money to fight world hunger. They also will be collecting canned goods and other items in the community on March 30.

SPIRITUALITY DAY: The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren, will offer a Day of Spirituality in preparation for 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. Pipta, rector of the Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh. Pa., 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 qohm@byzben.org by Sunday.

TRIBUTE TO THE CROSS: Niles First United Methodist Church, 608 N. Crandon Avenue, will host “A Tribute to the Wondrous Cross” 3 p.m. March 31. Choirs from several area churches, including Niles, Howland, Sharon and Fowler UMCs, and schools and local musicians will perform. There will be a joint performance of “I Saw the Light.” Free admission.

PARISH MISSION: Blessed Sacrament Parish Catholic Community, 3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren, will host a Parish Mission 6 p.m. nightly March 31 to April 3. The Rev. John Quigley will lead the sessions, entitled “Is it good that our understanding of God changes?”

Each evening focuses on a different facet, with the March 31 theme being “Why do people in the Bible have very different experiences and names for God?” The April 1 theme is “Jesus is the best name, image or revelation that we have for God.” April 2 is “How can we understand Jesus today? What does it mean that He is the Christ?” The final session on April 3 is “Mary’s role / place in God’s self-revelation.”

COUNCIL MOVES TO CHURCH: Knights of Columbus Council 620 will move to Blessed Sacrament Parish, 3040 Reeves Road, Warren, at 7 p.m. April 4. Under new leadership, the council plans to serve the parish family and the community through the ministry of the Catholic faith and fraternal brotherhood. All Catholic men and their families are welcome. Call 330-720-1480.

TALENT NIGHT: Faith Evangelical Fellowship Church will hold a singspiration / ice cream social 6 p.m. April 7.

EVENING OF MUSIC: First Presbyterian Church, 3654 Main St., Mineral Ridge, will hold an evening of sacred music and worship 6:30 p.m. April 9. The music will be performed by Eric McClellan, James McClellan and Janeen McClellan Williams, who are well known locally. A light soup dinner will be served 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

FREE INDEED: Free Indeed Prison Ministries will host a Criminal Justice Reform Symposium 6:30 p.m. April 11 at Aulizio’s Banquet Center in Warren. Keynote speaker is Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick who will give advice in promoting effective rehabilitation for youth and reduction of recidivism. For information call 234-830-0316.

CAHILL CONCERT: Irish tenor Emmet Cahill will make a return appearance to St. Columba Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. May 5.

Cahill is one of the lead singers of Celtic Thunder, and he last played at St. Columba for a Christmas show in December 2017. He will perform a combination of Irish music and church hymns.

Tickets are $35 to $55 and can be purchased at www.emmet cahill.com or by calling the church rectory at 330-744-5233. The $55 price includes a meet-and-greet with the singer and there is a limited number of tickets.

St. Columba is located at 159 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown. There is ample free parking with security and the church is handicap-accessible.

PINK TEA: The Louise Curry Missionary Society will hold the 35th annual Burgundy and Pink Tea 4 p.m. April 14 at Grace AME Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, Warren. The theme is “Christian Women Living their Legacy.” There will be a style show by 5 Grands Fashions.

CHURCH PLANS TOUR: St. Stephen Parish, Niles, has arranged a bus trip “Holy Pittsburgh” on May 2 that will include visits to St. Anthony Chapel in Troy Hill, Old St. Patrick Church and St. Stanislaus Church, both in Pittsburgh. The cost is $49 per person and includes deluxe motor coach transportation, a guided tour of St. Anthony Chapel and other admissions and church donations. The tour will depart St. Stephen Church at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m.

Payment is required to reserve a seat by April 14. Checks should be made payable to St. Stephen Church and be mailed to the church at 129 West Park Ave, Niles, 44446. For information, call 330-652-2474 or 330-646-1071.

BISHOP’S APPEAL: Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown is asking all Catholic households to join him this year by participating in the 2019 Annual Bishop’s Appeal. Murry has set the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal goal to achieve 100 percent participation. He is asking all diocesan households to help the church family continue its important ministries to those in need.

Funds generated through the appeal benefit the services provided by Catholic Charities and ministries.

The appeal will continue throughout the Lenten and Easter Seasons, concluding on Pentecost June 9. Visit www.doy.org, or call 330-744-8451.

RETROUVAILLE WEEKEND: Those couples experiencing disillusionment and misery in their marriage relationship are invited to attend a relationship-building weekend May 24-26 at the Villa Maria Educational and Spirituality Center in Pulaski, Pa.

Retrouvaille is a peer ministry that teaches a new communication technique to troubled married couples.

The program also includes a six-week followup program that continues the lessons learned on the first weekend. For more information call, 330-501-9377.