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FAITH AND FAMILY DAY: Fellowship of Christian Athletes Steel Valley will hold a Faith and Family Day 2 p.m. today at the Youngstown State University basketball game. Participants should arrive at the Beeghly Center at 11:45 a.m., with pre-game activities at noon. Watch warm-ups and be in the high-five tunnel at 1:30 p.m.

BLACK HISTORY: King of Kings Fellowship Church of God in Christ, 648 Hoyt St., Warren, will hold a Black History celebration 11 a.m. Sunday. There will be a musical skit, readings, history and a movie.

NEW PASTOR: Champion Baptist Church, 556 Center St. W, welcomed new pastor Thomas Christensen from Des Moines, Iowa, along with his wife, Alexandra, and their three sons. Service is 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

HEBREW COURSE: Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, 505 Gypsy Lane, will present an eight-week Hebrew Primer class on Tuesdays. The crash Hebrew reading course will enable participants to read phonetically any Hebrew word.

Classes will be 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesdays through March 10. The cost is $40 for JCC and Temple members and $55 for nonmembers.

The course is sponsored by the Commission for Jewish Education.

ASH WEDNESDAY: First Presbyterian Church, 3654 Main St., Mineral Ridge, will hold Ash Wednesday service 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Lordstown Lutheran Church, 5615 Palmyra Road, will hold its service at 7 p.m. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oakdale Drive NW, Warren, will also be at 7 p.m.

MOVIE NIGHT: The FOCUS Building presents “Black History Month Movie Nights” at Niles Encore Cinema at the Great East Plaza in Niles. The movie shown 7 p.m. Friday will be the 1989 film “Glory.” That evening’s theme is “Heritage Night,” with special Black History displays and historical information will be available in the lobby.

Tickets are $10 per person per film and are available at www.nilesencore.com or at the Niles Encore Cinema ticket office.

This event is one in a series of FOCUS-sponsored events designed to promote positivity and community bridge-building in the Warren area. FOCUS stands for Faith, Opportunity, Collaboration, Unity and Support, and is run by Pastor Todd Johnson of Second Baptist Church in Warren.

SOUP AND MOVIE SERIES: St. Columba Cathedral, Wood Street, Youngstown, will host a soup and movie series on Mondays during Lent.

The events will begin 6 p.m. with evening prayer in the church, followed by soup and the movie at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. The film series will be Bishop Robert Barron’s “The Mass.”

The series will run March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. It is free, but reservations are needed by calling Sister Martha Reed at the rectory at 330-744-5233.

ONENESS BLESSING: Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will hold “Oneness Blessing” 6:45 p.m. March 3. Ongoing Metaphysics will sponsor a “Oneness Blessing,” which is a transfer of spiritual energy from a “Oneness Blessing Giver” to another person by placing hands on the head of the receiver.

The “Blessing” will be conducted by reiki master and author Paul Christian. This event is free but love offerings or donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 330-539-0122.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will host the Rev. Donald Senior, president emeritus and chancellor of Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, 11:30 a.m. March 5 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield.

Senior will present “The Fate of Christians in the Holy Land: Why Should American Catholics Care?” Cost is $18.

Call 330-720-4498 or visit www.firstfridayclubofgreater youngstown.org,

SOUP FOR SOUL: St. Rose Catholic Church, 48 Main St. Girard, will host “Soup for the Soul” during Lent. Enjoy soup while learning about the Eucharist 6 p.m. Thursdays March 5 to April 21, followed by Bishop Robert Barron’s DVD series “The Eucharist.”

The event will be in Rosetta Hall at St. Rose Church.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: Lordstown Christian Church, 6370 Tod Ave. SW, will host World Day of Prayer 11 a.m. March 6. The program is a Zimbawee welcome with water cooled in a clay pot.

The prayer service invites exploration of the Biblical theme “Rise, Take Your Mat and Walk.”

In the first Friday in March, Newton Falls and Lordstown area churches meet for worship and fellowship. World Day of Prayer has been observed internationally since 1921.

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.

SPIRITUALITY DAY: The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery, Warren, are offering a Day of Spirituality in preparation for the Resurrection of Christ, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. March 15 at SS. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave. NE, Warren.

To register, call 330-856-1813 or e-mail by March 8.

The presenter will be the Rev. Thom Dansak, a priest ordained for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and a retired chaplain from the U.S. Navy. Dansak is a bi-ritual priest who assists Byzantine Catholic churches in the greater Pittsburgh area. His topic will be “The I Ams of Jesus.”

There will be time for reflection, questions and refreshments, and an opportunity to receive the Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation.

EVENING OF RECONCILIATION: The Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate an evening of reconciliation titled “The Light On for You” 6:30 p.m. March 11.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) will be available or parishes will combine to celebrate a Lenten Communal Reconciliation Service. Parishioners are advised to consult their parish weekly Sunday bulletin for location and time.

Call 330-744-8451 for more information.

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: Within the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 164 men, women and children from 49 parishes are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter.

Seventy-five persons will receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist at the Easter vigil April 11, and 89 people who already have been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of the Catholic faith and receive the sacraments of confirmation and eucharist.

On the first Sunday of Lent, March 1, the candidates will celebrate the Rite of Election 1:30 p.m. St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown or 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Canton. During the rites, they will be presented to Bishop George Murry. The candidates will then continue their final preparation for Easter in parishes throughout the diocese.

For information, call 330-744-8451, Ext. 282.


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