SPECIAL SERVICE: Unity Church Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will have a special service 10 a.m. Sunday titled “What did we Learn?” It will focus on how people have had to move past all the things that happened last year, including the virus, election, protests, lost jobs and any personal issue that someone may have had trouble dealing with. Visit www.UnityCentre.org or www.facebook.com/unitycentregirard or in person.
HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Love Charity Alms is offering the Jeremiah Barnes Humanitarian Award and will accept nominations through May 7. The award is being bestowed to a Warren-area high school student who demonstrates humanitarian spirit, acts of kindness and work ethic demonstrated by Jeremiah Barnes from the time he was able to assist others until his death in June 2019. To be eligible for the award, submit no more than two pages on how the student is deserving of the award. For information, visit Love Charity Alms on Facebook.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Adults seeking to learn more about or deepen their understanding of topics in faith and Catholic church practice can take part in new online opportunities provided by the Office of Religious Education of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Courses include “Catholic Belief and Tradition,” “Living Catholic Morality,” and “The Letter of James: Pearls for Wise Living.” The online sessions allow for flexibility in schedules because learners can read, reflect and respond any time of the day. Registration information, course dates and descriptions are available at https://catechistcafe.weebly.com under “For Catechists.Catechist Courses.” Call 330-744-8451, ext. 302.
BIBLICALLY SHAPED PRAYER: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual series via Zoom with Ardath Blake, titled “Biblically Shaped Prayer.” The virtual opportunity will take place 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays from Jan. 19 to March 2 except Feb. 9. The sessions are reflections on Prayer as Access to Reality in “No Irrelevant Jesus” by Gerhard Lohfink and articles in “Prayer in the Catholic Tradition” edited by Robert Wicks.
Session 1: Jan. 19 What is Biblically Shaped Prayer and how does it help us deepen our understanding of Lament, Petition, Praise and Thanksgiving? and Session 2: Jan. 26, What does the Old Testament say about prayer and how is this seen in 1 Kings 8?
Cost is $25 for the entire series, or $5 for individual sessions.
Registration is required. Participation in all sessions is not required.
The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent the day before the session.
Program information is available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.
VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Anne Kertz Kernion, titled “Spiritual Practices for the Brain: Caring for Ourselves in Challenging Times.” The virtual opportunity will take place 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 23 via Zoom.
The COVID-19 virus has changed our worlds in many ways, creating challenges impacting all of our lives. During this retreat, we explore a few spiritual practices to support our health and well-being. Cost is $50. The Zoom link will be sent to all those registered on Jan. 22.
Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.