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PASTOR ANNIVERSARY: Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, will hold the 25th pastoral anniversary for Elder Phillip Shealey, senior pastor, and evangelist Deborah Shealey, first lady, 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be services held 7 p.m. nightly Wednesday to Friday and 11:30 a.m. June 16. There will be a banquet 5 p.m. June 15 at the Victoria Room in Niles. Tickets are $40. Theme is “God’s Servant” Speakers include the Rev. Todd Johnson of Warren, Bishop Willie Hanna of Cleveland, Elder John Oliver of Niles, Elder Daniel Shumpert of Elyria, Bishop Emmitt Nevels of Youngstown and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: Evansville Baptist Church, 1585 Ohltown McDonald Road, Niles, will celebrate the church’s 77th anniversary 2 p.m. Sunday.

PASTORAL ANNIVERSARY: Revised Church of the Living God, 1520 Sixth St., Warren, will honor the Rev. Elnora Edge 7 p.m. today and 11:40 a.m. Sunday. Today’s service is a Youth Expression of Praise. On Sunday is a dinner at 2555 Palmyra Road SW, Warren, featuring the Mighty Golden Wonders.

SCHOOL OF WISDOM: Elim Christian Center, 321 Ridge Road. SE, Warren, will be starting a School of Wisdom 10 a.m. June 15. Those interested in attending classes can call 330-369-2504.

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: New Jerusalem Fellowship of Warren will sponsor a Financial Empowerment series 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Renaissance Place, 1948 Palmyra Road, Warren. Topics are Money Matters, today; Understanding Credit, June 22; and Borrowing Basics, July 6. To register, call 330-395-4518. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with all materials provided.

SHAVOUT: Temple El Emeth, Logan Way, Liberty, will hold Shavout services 5:45 p.m. today, Sunday and Monday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday and Monday. Shavuot 2019 (a two-day holiday, celebrated from sunset today until nightfall Monday) coincides with the date that God gave the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago.

GOSPEL GROUP: The Hoppers, one of the top gospel music groups in the country, will be in concert at the Highway Tabernacle in Austintown 7 p.m. June 28. The group, having appeared in Warren in 2016 and 2017 and at the Canfield Fair last year, has developed a considerable number of fans in the area.

The Hoppers are a multple award-winning family group that has been singing to global audiences for over 60 years, with appearances ranging from presidential religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. They are fan favorites on the Gaither Videos and their new releases frequently top the Billboard charts.

The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

The concert is sponsored jointly by the Tribune Chronicle and the Highway Tabernacle. The evening will be hosted by the Golden Street Singers of Farmdale. A free-will offering will be collected to offset the expenses of the event.

Free tickets are available at the Highway Tabernacle, 3000 S. Raccoon Road., Austintown, or at the Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren. Up to four tickets are available to each person requesting.

Tickets can also be obtained by mailing a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Hoppers Concert, c/o Tribune Chronicle, 240 Franklin St. SE, Warren, 44483. A limited number of tickets are available, so early requests are encouraged.

CHOIR PERFORMS: The Heritage Youth Chorus from American Fork, Utah, will present a musical program titled “Voices of Faith” 7 p.m. June 23 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2205 Tibbetts Wick Road, Girard. Admission is free. The touring ensemble, under the direction of Rob Swenson, is part of the after-school choir program at the American Heritage School. Each summer choir students aged 14-18 have the opportunity to travel out of state to perform programs that include sacred music, personal experiences and heartfelt testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Since its founding in 2009, the choir has performed frequently on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This past year, the Youth Chorus released a stand-alone album titled “Beautiful Savior.”

POEMS EVENT: Faith Evangelical Free Church, 10585 Windham-Parkman Road, Garrettsville, will hold a talent event 7 p.m. June 30. People can bring their own talents including poems, songs, testimonies or short skit (10 minutes). There will be an ice cream social. If interested, call Barb at 330-527-4068.

HONOR GRADUATES: Tod Avenue United Methodist Church honored graduating seniors Kelsey Rising and Sarah Swerdan. Kelsey is an honor graduate of the Warren G. Harding High School, who will attend Cleveland State University to major in Pharmaceutical sciences and a minor in French history. Sarah Swerdan is a graduate of Mathews High School and TCTC. She is a licensed cosmetologist and plans to continue courses to become a nail specialist.

WOMEN IN WHITE: St. John’s Ministries, 419 Highland Ave. SW, Warren, is holding the 13th annual 100 Women in White celebration 5 p.m. Sunday. The theme is “The Character and Behavior of a Holy Woman.” Speaker is first lady Pamela Jocarol Hurse Merrell of New Jerusalem Fellowship. Host pastor is Robert Herron.

HEBREW CLASS: The Jewish Community Center in Youngstown will offer beginner Hebrew class 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Israeli educators Gon Erez and Matan Norani will teach the course in Hebrew reading. Once completed, participants will be able to phonetically read any Hebrew word. Classes are set to run to June 25. Register online at or at 330-746-3259, Ext. 195.

GUIDED WALK: Villa Maria Educational and Spirituality Center will host a guided labyrinth walk monthly through October on the following dates: June 19, July 24, Aug. 21, Sept. 18 and Oct. 20. Participants are invited to meet at the outdoor labyrinth at 2 p.m. to prayerfully walk the grass path after receiving thematic instructions from the presenter. The labyrinth is a replica of the one found in Chartres Cathedral in France. Free-will offerings are accepted. In the event of questionable weather conditions, call 724-964-8886 or visit

COMMUNITY SHABBAT: Jewish Community Center Logan Way Campus, Liberty, will hold a Community Shabbat 6 p.m. Friday.

PRANIC HEALING: The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, in Liberty will have Carol Gottesman for “Pranic Healing.” 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Gottesman, who has been a nurse for 56 years, has a masters degree in education and counseling and is a certified psychiatric and Holistic Health Nurse, will discuss Prana Energy along with the principles behind Pranic Healing. People will learn basic techniques to improve your health and that of your friends and family. The class is free, but love offerings or donations will be accepted. For reservations, call the center at 330-539-0122 or Gottesman at 330-759-0797.

SINGING BOWLS: Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will hold Crystal Singing Bowls meditation 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event is conducted by Maria and Calvin Wagner from the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman. Sound Healing has been around for centuries as a healing modality. The meditation is free, but donations or love offerings will be accepted. Call 330-539-0122.

OUTDOOR WORSHIP: Andover United Methodist Church, will hold a drive-in outdoor worship service 9:30 a.m. each Sunday to Sept. 1 at Wildwood Acres Campgrounds, intersection of state Route 7 and Marvin Road. The casual interdenominational worship service has been sponsored by the church for 50 years. Special music services will be presented June 30 with Sound Witness.

TAP INTO TRINITY: The Office of Evangelization is hosting a one-day retreat, “Unplug and Recharge: Tap into the Trinity,” June 15 at St. Joseph Parish in Randolph. The daylong retreat will include prayer, inspiring witness talks, time for personal reflection, fellowship and an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. The retreat will end with Mass and dinner. The registration fee is $30. Information flyers and registration materials, including online registration, are available at

The registration deadline is Monday.