CANFIELD -- Three sisters will each celebrate 50 years in the Ursulines at 11 a.m. June 10 at the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel in Canfield. They are Sister Janet Frantz, Sister Marilyn Hoover and Sister Mary William Yurko.
Sister Janet is currently the assistant director of the Ursuline Center. Daughter of the late John T. and Rhoda Cable Frantz, she entered the order from St. Ann's Church in Youngstown. She's been a pastoral minister at St. Charles Parish in Boardman and director of religious education at a number of churches.
Sister Marilyn is presently the director of the Ursuline's altar bread department. The daughter of the late Chester and Marie Nagle Hoover entered the order from Sacred Heart Parish in Youngstown. Her work has included being the director of heath care at the motherhouse and being Company of Angela Lay Association Coordinator.
Sister Mary is involved in Ursuline's community prayer ministry. The daughter of the late George and Mary Kramer Yurko entered from Holy Name Parish in Youngstown. Her service has included being the local superior and principal at St. Nicholas School in Struthers.
STRUTHERS -- The Rev. Richard M. Ferris, pastor of Struthers Presbyterian Church, has announced he will retire June 30. His final worship service will be at 11 a.m. Sunday. A recognition dinner will follow.
The Rev. Mr. Ferris began serving at Struthers in 1990. He earlier served as associate pastor of Poland Presbyterian Church. He's been active in Eastminster Presbytery's mission committee and evangelism and growth committee and was a member of the volunteer chaplain team for Hospice of the Valley.
Jerusalem chaplain speaks on Israel
NILES -- The Rev. Ed Smelser, chaplain for the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem, will speak at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Pleasant Valley Evangelical Church. He will address the Jewish-Palestinian fighting in Israel and encourage Christians to support Israel and to be aware of its role in Biblical prophecy.
YOUNGSTOWN -- St. Stanislaus Parish will begin its celebration of its 100th year with the dedication of its Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine, Sunday on the west lawn of the church. The dedication is at 9:30 a.m., Mass is at 10 a.m., and a luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. The parish was formed in 1902. Events this year and next will celebrate the parish's centennial.
YOUNGSTOWN -- New Hope Baptist Church will celebrate its 83rd anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday. Gospel Temple Baptist Church will be the guest congregation.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Lincoln Christian Church will have a homecoming with a special speaker for former members at 4 p.m. June 10. A coffee hour will follow. The program kicks off the celebration of the church's 75th anniversary, observed Oct. 14.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Holy Temple Church of God in Christ will have a reunion for former members to celebrate the church's 61st anniversary. There will be a fellowship service at 7:30 p.m. Friday. At noon June 9, there will be a luncheon and choir rehearsal. There will be a worship service at 4 p.m. June 10.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Guiding Light Ministries will begin celebrating its third year with a banquet at 6 p.m. Friday in the DeBartolo Room at Youngstown State University's stadium. The speaker is Bishop Jerome H. Ross and the musical guest is Joe M. Moorehead, both of Columbus. The cost is $20.
At 5 p.m. June 9, a youth explosion for children age 13 to 18 is at the Guiding Light Center of Hope (the former Jefferson Elementary School). At 10 a.m. June 10, evangelist Brenda Bryant of Jacksonville, Fla., will speak. Pastor Fred L. Gilbert of Mansfield will speak at the service at 5 p.m. June 10. Call (330) 743-6635.
NORTH JACKSON -- The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon will have a conference day on St. Faustina Kowalski. The day begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. June 10. The speaker will be the Rev. Ronald Pytel of Baltimore, Md., the priest whose cure was the second miracle attributed to St. Faustina. Reservations are due by Monday. The $15 cost includes dinner. Call (330) 538-3351.
New casual service
NILES -- Trinity Lutheran Church will begin a weekly casual praise service with praise music and contemporary instruments at 10:45 a.m. June 10 in the church's fellowship hall. Traditional worship will be at 9:30 a.m. June 10 through Labor Day. Call (330) 652-6078.
Summer Bible study
COLUMBIANA -- St. Jude Catholic Church will have summer Bible study from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays from June 12 to Aug 14, and from 9:45 to 11:15 Wednesdays from June 13 to Aug. 15. Both classes will study the Acts of the Apostles.
Niagara Falls retreat
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Lillian Spain Foundation, named in honor of the late co-founder of Lighthouse Ministries International, is an organization for African American women with breast cancer that pays for care not covered by insurance. The foundation will sponsor a retreat-style bus trip to Niagara Falls leaving at 6 a.m. June 9. The cost is $40. Call (330) 782-5345.
YOUNGSTOWN -- "Men and Women Laboring Together for the Kingdom to Come" is the theme of the men and women's day celebration at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. There will be special speakers at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.
BOARDMAN -- St. James Episcopal Church will have its final concert in the 2000-01 season 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert features the William Amendol String Quartet with organist James Johnson. The concert will feature the Holberg suite of Edward Grieg and the music of Dvorak, Mozart and the Toccata for organ by Eugene Gigout. A reception will follow, and an offering will be taken. Amendol, a Boardman High School and Dana School of Music graduate, is director of orchestras in the Mentor school district.
Family fun day
COLUMBIANA -- Singles, single parents and their children will have a family fun day from 2 to 5 p.m. June 10 at Firestone Park. The event is sponsored by the Single Adult Ministry Network. For more information, call (330) 783-6297.
KINSMAN -- Kinsman United Methodist Church will dedicate its new elevator at 10:30 a.m. June 10 The elevator makes the building accessible to people with disabilities. The church is among the 2,000 congregations working with the National Organization on Disability to remove obstacles and attitudes that exclude those with handicaps.
YOUNGSTOWN -- First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown will confirm seven students as members of the church at 11 a.m. Sunday , according to the Rev. Dr. Thomas A. Sebben, the church's interim pastor. The students studied for a year and took a number of field trips, including visits to other local congregations. The youths will be involved in leading the church's annual summer adventure for children June 18 to 22. During the summer they will also work with other members of the congregation to build a portable labyrinth patterned after the 13th century labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral.
COLUMBIANA -- A husband and wife and a 17-year-old boy will share their stories about calls to the ministry during a special Pentecost liturgy at Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church. Services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday.