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MEN’S RALLY: The annual Men’s Rally in the Valley is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown. The theme this year is “But God: A Day of Worship.”

Among the speakers at the event are Willie Robertson, Anwar Fazal, Josh Lytle, Bob Pavlich, Jeff Swogger and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin. There also will be a performance by Heart of David. Robertson is the CEO of Duck Commander and Buck Commander and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”

This year’s event also will remember and honor Bing Newton, the founder of the event and also founder of Men of Faith. He died in March.

Admission is free with doors opening at 7 a.m. For information, visit www.mensrally.org.

SUMMER KICKOFF: Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty, will hold a summer kickoff 3 to 8 p.m. today with food trucks, bounce house and activities for families.

FUNDRAISER: Trinity Baptist Church, 235 Highland Ave., Warren, will hold a fundraiser 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today and noon to 1 p.m. Sunday with proceeds to benefit the church’s capital improvement fund.

SHOW ME THE FATHER: First Baptist Church, 2640 S. Canal St., Newton Falls, will show the film “Show Me the Father” 5 p.m. today. The documentary features Youngstown natives Sherman Smith and Deland McCullough revealing the powerful impact of the role of a father in today’s society. Admission is free.

COMMEMORATION: SS. Cyril and Methodius Church is having a commemoration dinner to honor the history and accomplishments of the church 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ciminero’s Banquet Center in Niles.

MOVIE NIGHT: Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave., Warren, will hold an outdoor youth community movie night 8 p.m. June 24. The movie will begin at dusk. Admission and refreshments are free. Children ages 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Bring blankets and camp chairs.

HONORING FATHERS: Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will host an honoring fathers event 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at all four of the cemeteries — Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown, Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown, All Souls Cemetery in Cortland and Calvary Cemetery in Massillon. The event will honor fathers whom we have lost and ones who are still with us.

BIBLE SCHOOLS: Local churches are planning for Vacation Bible schools.

• Poland Presbyterian Church, 2 Poland Manor, will be 6 to 8:15 p.m. July 11 to 15 for age 3 to sixth grade. Registration is online at www.polandpresbyterian.org or call 330-757-1547.

• Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road, Monday and Tuesday for grades preschool and kindergarten and June 27 to July 1 for grades one to six. Call 330-856-3463.

• Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave. SW, Warren, 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday for ages 5 to 12. Theme is “Castle of Courage.” Call 330-394-7516.

• Fowler Community Church, 4665 state Route 305, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Theme is “Zoomerang.”

• Churchill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill Hubbard Road, Liberty, 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday for preschool to sixth grade. Theme is “Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness.” Call Terri 330-539-5743 to register.

• Niles First Christian Church, 33 N. Arlington Ave., Niles, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 31 and Aug. 4. Theme is “Discovery on Adventure Island.” Call 330-652-5839.

MEET AND GREET: Cortland Church of the Nazarene, 293 E. Main St. invites the community to attend a meet-and-greet picnic to welcome Pastor Chuck Hargenrader and his wife, Gloria. The picnic is 2 to 5 p.m. June 25.

CONCERT: North Lima Mennonite Church, 90 Mennonite Drive, will have the Bontrager Family Singers in concert 6:30 p.m. June 25. An offering will be taken.

FIRST FRIDAY: First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Speaker Series season will host H. William Lawson, executive director of the Mahoning Historical Society, 11:30 a.m. July 7 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. Lawson will present, “Keeping the Faith: Religion and Culture in the Mahoning Valley.”

Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning at noon. The cost is $18. Call by July 1 at 330-720-4498. Reservations are limited.

Visit our website www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org.

LABYRINTH WALK: The Ursuline Education and Wellness Center, 4280 Shields Road in Canfield, begins its 12th year of labyrinth walks. While the labyrinth is open year-round, themed and guided labyrinth walks are offered by trained facilitators during warm weather.

All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free, weather-permitting events. Walks generally take 20 minutes to an hour.

The labyrinth is open dawn to dusk and it is accessible for different physical abilities.

Call 330-799-4941 or visit ursulinewellness.org.

CONCERT: St. Mary Catholic Church, 103 N. Maple St., Orwell, in celebration of its 100th anniversary, will present a concert 6 p.m. June 26. The event will benefit the Harriet Tubman Movement, which serves people who have been subjected to sex trafficking, prostitution and other forms of exploitation.

PRAYING WITH COLOR: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer Praying with Color with Paulette Kirschensteiner 7 p.m. July 10 to noon July 14. All materials are supplied. No art experience is necessary.

Kirschensteiner leads retreats incorporating art and prayer. Cost is $335.

Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.

ORDINATION: Bishop David Bonnar will ordain the Rev. Connor Hetzel to the priesthood of Jesus Christ 10:30 a.m. today at the Cathedral of St. Columba in Youngstown. The ordination liturgy also can be viewed online at www.doy.org/live.

Upon ordination, Hetzel will be assigned to serve as a parochial vicar (associate pastor) at a parish in the Diocese of Youngstown. His assignment will be announced during the ordination Mass.

Hetzel, 27, is the son of Brian and Kristen Hetzel. He was born in Rockford, Illinois, and attended Catholic schools in both Illinois and Wisconsin, before his family moved to Boardman in 2004 and became parishioners of St. Charles Borromeo Parish.

He is a graduate of Youngstown State University, with a bachelor’s degree in physics. In May, he received his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe.

As a transitional deacon, while he completed his seminary formation, Hetzel was assigned to Christ Our Savior Parish in Struthers followed by St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Canton.


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