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IMPRISONED FOR CHRIST: The New Covenant Baptist Church, 1606 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown, will host the “Voices of the Martyrs” virtual free event 7:30 p.m. Friday that will feature three speakers, Peter Jasek, Andrew Brunson and Dan Baumann. While sharing God’s love in Sudan, Turkey and Iran, dominated by Islam, each was arrested, interrogated and imprisoned. While all three struggled to find God’s purpose in their suffering, they ultimately recognized his faithfulness and love amid desperate circumstances.

In addition to their firsthand testimonies, there will be a panel discussion by VOM radio host Rodd Nettleton and music from Dove-award winning artist Natalie Grant.

PASTORAL LETTER: Bishop David Bonnar of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown has issued a pastoral letter titled “Testify to the Light.” Through this pastoral letter, Bonnar seeks to acknowledge the darkness of this time, revisit the importance of our Sacramental life, highlight the value of parish life and offer five priorities for our journey into the future together. These five priorities include: prayer, healing, communication, service and joyful witness. The pastoral letter may be found on the Diocesan website at www.doy.org.

LENTEN STUDIES: Grace United Methodist Church. 1725 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren, is hosting a Lenten study series for six weeks. Each session will be to 8 p.m. each Tuesday. Marjorie Thompson’s book “Forgiveness” will be read and discussed.

LENTEN ADORATIONS: St. Patrick Church, 357 N. Main St. Hubbard, will hold Lenten devotion adoration 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the parish center. Stations of the Cross will be every Friday at 7 p.m. at the parish center.

BIBLE STUDY: Newton Falls Methodist churches will host Bible studies for the public. Pricetown and Newton Falls United Methodist churches have just begun a Bible study on the Holy Spirit with the guidance of the Rev. Dewayne Smith.

The Bible study gathers weekly at Pricetown United Methodist Church, 4640 Pritchard Ohltown Road, 10 a.m. Tuesdays or Newton Falls United Methodist Church, 336 Ridge Road 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring a Bible if you have one. Masks and social-distancing guidelines will be followed..

LENTEN MEDITATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual series via Zoom with Natalie Terry, titled “Lenten Meditation Circle.” The virtual opportunity will take place on Tuesdays through April 6 via Zoom. All sessions will be 8 to 8:30 p.m.

A free-will offering will be accepted, and registration is not required. Participation in all sessions is not required.

Program information can be found at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.


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