EVENT WITH SANTA: St. Thomas the Apostle Parish Center, 4453 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna, will have Santa Claus 9 a.m. to noon Sunday. There will be crafts, pictures with Santa Claus and games for children. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Knights of Columbus Council 13260, Vienna.
SAUCE AND SONG: The monthly Sauce and Song event on Sunday, sponsored by Youngstown St. Patrick Church, will include a spaghetti dinner and an afternoon concert in the church.
The one-hour afternoon concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will feature the combined choirs from St. Angela Merici Church and Youngstown St. Patrick Church under the direction of Kris Harper. Harper is the music director for both parishes as well as the permanent organist for the Villa Maria Community Center in Villa Maria, Pa. The program will include both sacred and seasonal musical selections, as well as a sing-along. The concert is free although free-will offerings will be welcomed.
For more information, contact the parish office, 330-743-1109.
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 Birth of Christ 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at SS. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave. NE, Warren.
The presenter is the Rev. Joel Barstad, who is on the staff of the Byzantine Catholic seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Pittsburgh.
Topic for the day is “Our Once and Future Home: Christmas Memories and the Desire for God.” There will be a time for reflection, questions and refreshments and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
JEWISH-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE: The Jewish Christian Studies will meet 1 p.m. Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, Liberty. Topic is “Crucible of Europe — Search for Deliverance.” Discussion will focus on the roots of the monotheistic religion and getting to know Jewish heritage.
LESSONS AND CAROLS: St. Columba Cathedral will present the annual Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols 7 p.m. Sunday. The program will feature the Cathedral Choir under the direction of Daniel Laginya, as well as readers and religious education students of the parish.
The program highlights the ancient “O Antiphons” and culminates with the Annunciation narrative. Contemporary choral settings of traditional seasonal texts will be featured.
The event is free. A reception will follow in the St. Columba hall.
FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will host Sister Carolyn Capuano 11:30 a.m. Thursday to Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield.
She is vice president for Mission and Ministry at Mercy Medical Center. Capuano will speak on “Ministry Changed Not Ended: The Mercy-St. Paul Square Story.” There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow.
Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning at noon. The cost is $18. Call 330-720-4498 for reservations. Visit www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org.
CHURCH WOMEN UNITED: Church Women United will hold a Christmas Tea and Fellowship noon Friday at Grace AME Church, 1137 Main St., Warren. RSVP by Wednesday at 330-394-6270.
CWU is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive ecumenical women’s movement. Since 1941, Church Women United has provided fellowship across denominational, cultural and racial divides and cultivates unity in the rainbow of God’s grace and love.
The group takes part in World Day of Prayer, May Friendship Day, Ecumenical Sunday Church Visit and World Community Day.
Women of all denominations are invited to celebrate unity and diversity. Board members comprise 15 churches in the Warren community.
MEN OF FAITH: Men of Faith from across Trumbull County will come together 9 a.m. Dec. 7 at the 4 Star Diner banquet room, 168 N. Mecca St., Cortland. Guest speaker is Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle and The Vindicator. Music will be provided by the Golden Street Singers. The local group is a chapter of the Men of Faith of the Mahoning Valley, which has brought the Men’s Rally in the Valley to the Covelli Centre for the past 10 years. For information, email Jeff at email@example.com
(photo- Moses Barry)
CHRISTIANITY/ BLACK EXPERIENCE: Christianity and the Black Experience will be 11:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at St. John’s Orthodox Church, 2220 Reeves Road, Warren. The three-part lecture series will feature Father Moses Berry of Ash Grove, Missouri. Lecture schedule is Honoring a Shared Heritage at noon, Linking Ancient African Christianity to the African American Experience at 2 p.m., questions and answers 4 p.m., and great vespers with Father Moses at 6 p.m.
Barry is a speaker of African American history and on issues of African American spirituality and Orthodox Christian mission. He is the co-founder of the annual Afro American and Ancient Christianity conference.
The event is free.
CHRISTIAN ATHLETES: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Steel Valley will hold an FC Party Trumbull County 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Champion Presbyterian Church, 4997 Mahoning Ave., for all Trumbull County FCA groups. There will be a special parent meeting at 7 p.m. Call Don at 440-647-3457.
INTERFAITH CHOIR: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is planning a performance with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra for March 2020. The 80-voice choir will perform in collaboration with Singers Together and The Youngstown Connection for the YSO’s program entitled “Spiritual Journey: The Road to Peace and Freedom,” featuring world-renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee.
Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is comprised of singers from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania. All singers are welcome to participate.
For information and a rehearsal schedule, call Hubbard First Presbyterian Church at 330-534-9721.
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