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GUEST SPEAKER: Dan McNerney of the Frontier Fellowship will be the guest speaker 10 a.m. Sunday at Champion Presbyterian Church, corner of Champion Avenue and Mahoning Avenue Extension.

McNerney joined the Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship (PFF) in 1996 and serves an associate director. Champion Presbyterian is in the region for which Dan is responsible. He has helped PFF begin new frontier mission work in Latin America, parts of Europe and in the Middle East. He is the person who connected Champion Pres with the Moyobamba Presbyterian Church in Peru and the ministry to the Aguaruna Indians. He has been successful in bringing together Muslims and Christians in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

GATHERING IN LIBERTY: Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty, will host the men’s gathering 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18. Guest speaker is Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle since 1998 and The Vindicator in 2019. Jarvis is president of the Trumbull County Gideons and the regional director of the National Day of Prayer. He and his wife, Brenda, have a music and speaking ministry called Golden Street Ministries. They are members of the Wildare United Methodist Church in Cortland. Brenda Jarvis has been a missionary in Mexico for 17 years. For information, call Bob Faver at 330-770-6675.

MLK EVENT: The Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will host the annual Martin Luther King service 6 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave NW, Warren. Guest speaker is Pastor Eddie Parker III from The Word Church of God in Christ in Columbus.

GERONIMO PROGRAM: Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave., NW, Warren, will host the Geronimo program for youth age 18 and younger at Game Night from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 28. There will be group games, board games and art activities.

MARCH FOR THE UNBORN: The March for Life will be Jan. 24 in Washington, D.C. Buses are being organized in various locations throughout the Diocese of Youngstown to take people to the annual march. To find a bus, contact the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family at 330-744-8451, Ext. 272.

MASS FOR LIFE: Each year in January marks the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that effectively legalized abortion on demand throughout the United States. The Diocese of Youngstown hosts two Masses for Life as a prayerful reminder that we “must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.” Bishop George Murry will preside at the Masses for Life at 10:30 a.m. Jan 19 at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, 627 McKinley Ave. NW, Canton, and 4 p.m. Jan. 26 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown.

Each Mass for Life will include a Blessing of Children in the Womb and will be followed by a reception. All are welcome and no reservations are needed.

HEBREW COURSE: Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, will present an eight-week Hebrew Primer class beginning Jan. 21. The crash Hebrew reading course will enable participants to phonetically read any Hebrew word. Classes will be 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Jan. 21 and 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, and March 3 and 10. The cost is $40 for JCC and Temple members and $55 for non-members. The course is sponsored by the Commission for Jewish Education.

PERFORMANCE SET: Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir will perform with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra on March 7. The 80-voice choir will perform in collaboration with Singers Together and The Youngstown Connection for the YSO’s program titled “Spiritual Journey: The Road to Peace and Freedom.” Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir is comprised of singers from Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Portage counties, as well as Mercer and Lawrence counties in Pennsylvania.

DAY OF LIFE: World Day for Consecrated Life will be 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Bishop George Murry wil celebrate the gift of religious life. All religious people who are working and living in the Diocese are invited. Parishes are encouraged to send representatives of youths and adults.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION: The Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor a one-day marriage preparation retreat day Feb. 1 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Registration is requested at 330-744-8451, Ext. 272.

MINISTRY HELPS: The Aspire Program of Trumbull County in partnership with Basement Ministries will offer GED classes at 805 Terra Alta. The classroom days will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.

EAGLE OF CROSS: The 22nd annual Eagle of the Cross awards are being accepted by the Diocese of Youngstown to honor high school juniors or seniors active in their parish and / or diocesan Catholic school who are role models of Christian leadership. 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 will also be considered. Nominations must be postmarked by Feb. 12 or delivered to the diocese no later than 3 p.m. Feb. 14. The nomination form can be downloaded from the office website at: http: //youngstownoyyam.weebly. com/eagle-of-cross-awards. html. The Eagle of the Cross award originally was created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and is the highest honor the Diocese of Youngstown presents to youth who show particular zeal for the improvement of their parish youth ministry program, high school ministry teams or other ministries within the Diocese. Teens are nominated by adults who complete short essay questions regarding the nominee’s participation in parish and / or Catholic high school youth ministry programs within the Diocese of Youngstown, as well as providing specific examples of the qualities mentioned above.

KEEP WARM: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown is calling upon Catholics and others of goodwill to support a special collection to provide winter utility assistance to individuals and families in need. In an effort to raise awareness about the breadth of need for utility assistance among low-income families with children, at-risk adults and vulnerable seniors, especially during the harsh winter months, Catholic Charities has renamed what has formerly been known as “Keep the Kids Warm” to “Warm Hearts for Warm Homes.” Donations for this campaign are now being accepted. Approximately 43 percent of the households in the Diocese of Youngstown have difficulty affording life’s basic necessities, including food, shelter and heat during the cold winter months.

“Warm Hearts for Warm Homes” assists households that do not qualify for government assistance; households waiting for PIPP (Percentage of Income Payment Plan) Plus to authorize assistance; and households whose HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) benefits have been exhausted.

Last year, Catholic Charities impacted more than 5,100 people through its utility assistance efforts across the Diocese of Youngstown.

Donations to support “Warm Hearts for Warm Homes” can be sent to Catholic Charities, Warm Hearts for Warm Homes, 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown, 44503. Donations can also be made on Catholic Charities’ website at www.ccdoy.org.

SELF CARE RETREAT: Villa Maria Education and Sprituality Center will hold a Self Care Retreat for Caregivers Jan. 24 to 26 at the center. The weekend event will be led by Dena Deluco and Maureen Lauer Gatta. For information, call 724-964-8886.

CENTER PROGRAM: During the month of January, Ongoing Metaphysics will sponsor talks about reincarnation at The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty. These conversations will occur 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays. The meetings on Jan. 28 will be facilitated by Christopher M. Bache, professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University. Bache also is adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. On Tuesday, Cay Tomerlin, the spiritual leader for Unity Centre, will present Unity’s perspective on reincarnation and on Jan. 21, the argument against reincarnation, along with religions like Hinduism and Buddhism that have aspects included in their belief systems, will be explored. Attendance is free. For information, call 330-539-0122.

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