INTERFAITH CHOIR: The Simple Gifts Interfaith Choir will present “Hearts Wide Open” 7 p.m. Sunday at Hubbard Presbyterian Church, 22 Westview Ave. The free concert features a 50-voice choir singing traditional, contemporary and gospel selections. Guest musicians will accompany the choir. The concert will be outside but will be moved inside in case of inclement weather. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit the Presbyterian Church USA’s Disaster Assistance to the Ukraine.
MEN AND WOMEN DAY: Reed’s Chapel AME Church, 1939 Jacobs Road, Youngstown, will host a Men’s and Women’s Day Celebration 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is the Rev. Martha Taylor, Metro Assembly of God.
GUEST SPEAKER: Grace AME Church, 1145 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will welcome guest speaker the Rev. Lucinda V. Burgess, the presiding elder of the European Conference, at 10:45 a.m. Sunday.
In April, during the 60th session of the European annual conference, Bishop Marvin C. Zanders II appointed Burgess as the presiding elder of the European Conference.
Burgess oversees churches in England, France and the Netherlands. Burgess is the first woman itinerant elder and the second native Bermudian to hold this position.
In 2013, she came to the U.S. to attend Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce graduating in May 2017 with a Master of Divinity degree, cum laude.
BLOCK SOCIAL: Divine Trinity Temple Pentecostal Ministries, 500 Vine Ave. NE, Warren, will host a three-in-one Block Social 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20. The event will include a giveaway of back-to-school supplies, a distribution of prefilled food boxes and free hot foods, along with a festivity of outdoor fun. There will be cold beverages, homemade ice cream, bounce houses for the young, water games, face painting, contests and prizes.
PROTESTANT SERVICES: Protestant Family Services, a faith-based agency serving the community since 1944, is in need of donations for the back-to-school program. Shoes and school clothing are needed. The services is working with the Boardman Burlington Store providing vouchers for children to get shoes and school clothing. Donations can be made at www.protestantfamily-service.
com or mail to Protestant Family Services, 2915 Glenwood Ave., No. 6 Youngstown, OH 44451.
OPENING OF BOOKSTORE: St. Paul’s Monastery, 9531 Akron Canfield Road in Ellsworth, will host the official opening of its bookstore, St. Paul’s Books and Gifts, on Aug. 20, which is the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Society of St. Paul by Blessed Father James Alberione. Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will preside at the Holy Mass 10:30 a.m. at the main chapel of the monastery. Following the Mass, the blessing of the bookstore will take place. A picnic will follow in the park.
LABYRINTH WALK: The Ursuline Education and Wellness Center, 4280 Shields Road in Canfield, soon will begin its 12th year of labyrinth walks. While the labyrinth is open year-round, themed and guided labyrinth walks are offered by trained facilitators during the warm-weather season.
All persons of faith are invited to participate in these free, weather-permitting events. Walks generally take 20 minutes to an hour.
This year’s schedule is: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, “Jesus invites the children”; 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15, “Jesus welcomes the sinners”; and 2 p.m. Oct. 16, “God welcomes us all.”
Call 330-799-4941 or visit ursulinewellness.org.
MUSIC JAM: First Congregational Church, will host a music jam and ice cream social 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the Wayne town hall, Route 322. The event is sponsored by the church’s missionary society.
SUMMER EVENT: Holy Apostles Parish-SS. Peter and Paul Croatian worship site and St. Stephen of Hungary Pastoral Center will host a summer picnic noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Strossmayer Croatian Center, Vienna. Outdoor Mass is at 11 a.m., and guests should bring their own chairs. Entertainment is the Mickey Dee Band from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is open to the public. Cost is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
GAME NIGHT: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will host a Game Night at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, There will be board games, retro video games, cards and puzzles.
GOLDEN WONDERS: The Mighty Golden Wonders will present a concert 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at St. John’s Ministries Church of God in Christ, 419 Highland Ave. SW, Warren.
LUNCH AND LEARN: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown, welcomes community and church leaders and other interested persons to a “Lunch and Learn” at noon on Thursday at St. Columba Parish Hall, Youngstown. The free event will highlight the immigration legal services offered through a mutual agreement between the Diocese of Youngstown and the Diocese of Cleveland for people residing in the six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown. The luncheon will include a brief overview of the program, followed by open discussion and a questions and answers segment. The featured speaker is Ashley Sanchez, the attorney from Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland assigned to assist clients in the Diocese of Youngstown. RSVPs are required by Monday to Angela Wells, at 330-744-8451, Ext. 321 or awells@youngstown
In 2021, the collaborative between the Cleveland and Youngstown dioceses resulted in the provision of legal services to 48 new individuals and new cases for 16 repeat clients, totaling 64 individuals served.
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