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COVID-19 MEMORIAL: As part of an ongoing mission to provide outreach and services to the community, the Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services is hosting a COVID-19 Memorial Prayer Service. Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will lead a ceremony 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Cemetery honoring family, friends and front-line personnel lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be a dedication and blessing of a COVID-19 memorial bench by Bonnar. There also will be a wreath-laying ceremony with Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, the Youngstown police and fire chiefs, Mahoning County Health Commissioner Erin Bishop and former National Commander of AMVETS, Jan C. Brown, honoring first responders, safety personnel, and essential workers.

FALL FESTIVAL: Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty, will host a fall festival 2 to 7 p.m. today. The event will include food trucks, hay rides, music, a prayer tent, bounce house and a pumpkin patch.

Special guests will include Christian illusionist Joseph Young and evangelist Carmine Azzato, former professional wrestler.

105TH ANNIVERSARY: Second Baptist Church “A House of Hope” will celebrate its 105th anniversary at a gala Nov. 5 at Packard Music Hall, Warren. The black-tie affair will acknowledge longtime members and share the church’s history. There will be special presentations, dancing and music. Tickets are available at www.secondbaptistwarren.com, by calling 330-393-0802, at the FOCUS Building or the church after worship services.

TRUNK OR TREAT: Second Baptist Church in Warren will partner with Jefferson PK-8 and Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority to present “Trunk or Treat at The J” 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Jefferson PK-8 parking lot. Participants can register their cars by calling Eleanna Vlahos-Hall at 330-675-6960, Ext. 6232.

GUEST SPEAKER: Faith Fellowship Church of God, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, will have guest worship leaders and ministers, the Stevens family, for their morning worship 10:45 a.m. Sunday.

STAY AT HOME TEA: Mount Olive FBH Church, Youngstown, will host a stay-at-home tea virtual event on Zoom for breast cancer awareness sponsored by the Senior and Junior Mission departments. The event will be 6 p.m. Thursday with speaker Lola Simmons, executive director for Home for Good. The theme is “From Survivor to Thriver.” To register, send an email to mtolivefbh67@gmail.com

GUEST SPEAKER: The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Speaker Series will meet noon Nov. 11 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield. Guest is Sheila Triplett, CEO of Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership. Triplett will present her address, “Why Black Lives Matter, A Historical Prospective.” There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and the speaker begins at noon. Cost is $18. Call 330-720-4498 for reservations by Nov. 5.

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY: Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will offer The Chaplet of Divine Mercy at all four cemeteries 3 p.m. every Friday. The Chaplet will be said at alternating cemeteries.

The first Friday of the month will be at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown; the second Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown; the third Friday at All Souls Cemetery, Cortland; and the fourth Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Massillon.

ORGAN DEDICATION : Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, will host an organ dedication ceremony 7 p.m. Sunday.

TRUNK OR TREAT: Fairview United Methodist Church, 21 Fairview Ave., Niles, will host a trunk or treat 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 following the Niles Halloween parade at noon.

BOOS FOR SHOES: The youth ministry at St. Robert Church in Cortland will host a Boos for Shoes carnival 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the lower church parking lot behind the church. There will be crafts and games. Admission is $5 with money raised donated to the adopt-a-school program through LOAF. The youth also are collecting new or gently worn shoes to be donated to Soles4Souls, a program that provides shoes to developing countries.

TENT REVIVAL: Delightful Evangelical Church, 2473 Barclay Messerly Road, Southington, will host an old-fashioned tent revival 6:30 p.m. nightly Sunday to Wednesday. The event will include a sawdust trail, music and preaching by the Rev. Dan Myers, a United Methodist pastor from western Pennsylvania. There will be a picnic 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

RETIREMENT: Champion Christian Church will mark the retirement of its longtime pastor, the Rev. Kenneth E. Hopkins Jr., as he concludes a 40-year career in ministry and community service.

A worship service recognizing his dedication to the church and the community is set for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 151 Center St. W. A reception will follow.

Hopkins has served Champion Christian Church as pastor for 26 years. Under his leadership, the church celebrated 125 years in 2018 with the opening of the Disciple Center to accommodate several ministry and community groups, including its youth group.

TORAH STUDIES FOR CHRISTIANS: Torah Studies for Christians virtual series will present “Two Torahs: Written and Oral” 7 p.m. Nov. 3 via Zoom.

The event is co-sponsored by Rabbi Joseph Schonberger, spiritual leader of Temple El Emeth, Liberty. A free-will offering will be accepted. Registration is not required.

The Zoom link will be made available by calling 724-964-8886.


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