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GUEST SPEAKER: Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty, will host the men’s gathering 9:30 a.m. today. Guest speaker is Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle since 1998 and The Vindicator since 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.

FRIENDS DAY: Hoyt Street Flourishing Ministries Church of God in Christ, 789 Hoyt St., Warren, will celebrate its annual Family and Friends Day 4 p.m. Jan. 26. Guest speaker will be Pastor Adams Giles of the Rock Church of God in Christ of Akron.

GUEST SPEAKER: Alpha & Omega Ministries, 561 Washington St. NE, Warren, will have guest speaker Pastor Cassandra Osunbor 1 p.m. Sunday.

SANCTITY OF LIFE: Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, will hold Sanctity of Life at 10 a.m. Sunday.

MLK EVENT: The Trumbull County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance will host the annual Martin Luther King service 6 p.m. Sunday 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 Columbus.

GERONIMO PROGRAM: Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren, will host the Geronimo program for children and youth age 18 and younger at Game Night 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 Friday 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 legalized abortion on demand throughout the United States. The Diocese of Youngstown hosts two Masses for Life. Bishop George Murry will preside at the Masses for Life 10:30 a.m. Sunday 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: The Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, will present an eight-week Hebrew Primer class beginning Tuesday. The Hebrew reading course will enable participants to read phonetically any Hebrew word. Classes will be 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25, and March 3 and 10. The cost is $40 for JCC and Temple members and $55 for nonmembers. 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 will 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 Ave., Warren. The classroom days will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.

KEEP WARM: The 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. 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 winter.

“Warm Hearts for Warm Homes” assists households that do not qualify for government assistance. 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 host 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.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown welcomes Bishop George V. Murry of the Diocese of Youngstown 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning noon. The cost is $18. Call today 330-720-4498. Reservations are limited.

SERVICE PROJECT: “Catholics in the Community,” a joint service project sponsored by the Diocesan Catholic Schools of Mahoning and Trumbull County, will take place 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Ursuline High School gymnasium. Participants include three Diocesan high schools — Cardinal Mooney, John F. Kennedy and Ursuline — and six Diocesan elementary schools — Holy Family (Poland), John F. Kennedy Lower Campus (Warren), St. Christine (Youngstown), St. Joseph the Provider (Youngstown), St. Nicholas (Struthers) and St. Rose (Girard). Collections will take place at each school based on the Catholic Charities’ “wish list.” Each school collected youth clothing (ages infant to 18 years), personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, school supplies and baby products during Advent to stock the sale. The “kids for kids” store will open in the Ursuline cafeteria. Catholic Charities clients may shop using vouchers. The sale is open to the public 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. One hygiene bag will be given to each family in attendance.

CENTER PROGRAM: This month, 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. 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 an adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a Fellow at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. On Tuesday, 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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