Memorial lectureto feature speakers
BOARDMAN -- The seventh annual Rabbi Samuel Meyer Memorial Lecture will present three speakers in an ecumenical program, "Three Perspectives on Noah: Rescuing the Power and Delight of the Biblical Story," at 7:30 p.m. May 30 in St. Luke Catholic Church.
The speakers are Molly Halter, a storyteller and a Christian educator at Poland Presbyterian Church; Rabbi Roger Klein, associate rabbi at Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, Ohio, and an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Case Western Reserve University medical school; and the Rev. George Smiga, a faculty member at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School in Wickliffe, and pastor of St. Noel Catholic Church in Willoughby Hills.
The "Give the Children a Chance Choir" from Youngstown will perform.
The lecture honors the late rabbi who was spiritual leader of Temple El Emeth and who worked to foster cooperation and understanding between Jews and Christians.
The program is free. Refreshments will be served. Call (330) 965-7322.
Group elects officers,including 2 from area
AUSTINTOWN -- Monsignor George Appleyard of St. Anne's Church in Austintown and a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese in Parma, Ohio, was recently elected secretary of the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers during a meeting in San Diego. The organization represents Latin and Eastern Catholic dioceses in the United States.
The Rev. Joseph Witmer, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Aurora, Ohio, was re-elected vice president. Officers serve three-year terms.
The election means two area priests, and for the first time, an Eastern Catholic officer, are helping to shape Catholic ecumenical efforts through the association.
Annual luncheon set
VILLA MARIA, Pa. -- The Villa Maria Retreat Center, a ministry of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, will have its fifth annual Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Lunch and Lecture on May 25.
The speaker will be author and theologian Dr. John Shea, the senior scholar in residence at Park Ridge Center for the study of Health, Faith and Ethics and a research scholar at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago. He will speak on "The Spiritual Interests of American Culture and the Spiritual Traditions of Catholicism: Searching for Common Ground."
The event honors the late cardinal, who was archbishop of Chicago and promoted dialogue on faith and tradition. Registration is required by May 21. The cost is $10. Call (724) 964-8920, ext. 3358 or 3241.
Unity minister named
GIRARD -- The Rev. Richard A. Schumacher has been named the minister at Unity Church Centre. He often shares his poetry and prose from the pulpit. He previously served at a Unity ministry in Akron. A reception for the Rev. Mr. Schumacher will follow the 10:30 a.m. service May 20.
Crusade at Stambaugh
YOUNGSTOWN -- Dr. Iona E. Locke of Detroit will bring the "Let's Get it On! The Word and Music Crusade!" to Stambaugh Auditorium at 7 p.m. May 25. The Abyssinia Crusade Choir, also from Detroit, will perform. Admission is free. Call (330) 747-1509.
Annual meeting set
BOARDMAN -- Women of the Youngstown Deanery will be hosts of the 124th annual meeting of the Episcopal Church Women, Diocese of Ohio, Monday through Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. The keynote speaker will be retired Bishop John Thornton of the Diocese of Idaho, who, with his wife, Jan, began a school at the request of Indian elders that is supported by the Women of the Ohio diocese.
Performance, revival
YOUNGSTOWN -- Two events are scheduled at Rising Star Baptist Church.
The local gospel quartet, the Nevels Sisters, will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday.
The church will also have its spring revival at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesdaywith the Rev. Paul Brewer Sr. of Columbus. He's a field strategist for the State Convention of Baptists in Columbus.
Strategist to speak
CAMPBELL -- Church strategist the Rev. Paul Brewer Sr. of Columbus will speak at 6 p.m. Friday at the Archangel Michael Greek Community Center. The occasion is the third anniversary celebration for the Rev. and Mrs. Willie F. Peterson of Gospel Temple Baptist Church. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 14 and under. Call (330) 755-3130.
Spring revival services
AUSTINTOWN -- The First Free Will Baptist Church will hold spring revival services at 8:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 20 and 7 p.m. May 21-23. The evangelist will be the Rev. Gordon Sebastian, pastor of Peace Free Will Baptist Church in Wilson, N.C. Call (330) 792-8593.
Filipino Day schedule
NORTH JACKSON -- The National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon will observe Filipino Day on May 20. The schedule is: The May Crowning, 11 a.m.; Mass, 11:30 a.m.; buffet, 12:30 p.m. The cost of the meal is $5.50 for adults and $3 for children. Make reservations by calling (330) 533-3946.
Congregations signed
CANFIELD -- The National Organization on Disability in Washington, D.C., has announced it has met its goal of signing 2,000 congregations to commit to including people with disabilities in their congregations.
One congregation is St. Michael Parish, which has Mass at 11 a.m. the first and third Sundays of each month with a sign interpreter for the deaf. The pastor, the Rev. Terry Hazel, is chaplain for the Youngstown Diocesan Deaf Association. The parish holds YDDA social events and has offered classes in sign language. The parish has also made room in several rows for people who are physically challenged, designated special parking and installed an automatic door and specially equipped restrooms.
Mother's Day speaker
YOUNGSTOWN -- Dr. Darrell L. Grace, a doctor of internal medicine, will be the speaker at 11 a.m. Sunday at Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
Pastoral appreciation
YOUNGSTOWN -- Union Baptist Church will celebrate its sixth annual pastoral appreciation day for Pastor Michael H. Harrison Sr. at 6 p.m. next Saturday.
On May 20, the speaker at 10:45 a.m. will be Pastor Michael Rutledge from Mount Carmel Community Church in Steubenville. The speaker at 4 p.m. will be Pastor Kenneth Paramore from United Baptist Church in Akron.
Activities for singles
WARREN -- The Single Adult Ministry Network is sponsoring several events this month, including:
UA coffee house and bonfire at 7 p.m. today at Victory Assembly of God in Coitsville. Call (330) 536-2127 for more information.
UA garage sale fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. next Saturday at Fifth Avenue Community Church. Items can be dropped at the church from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Call (330) 783-6297.
UA singles dance from 7 p.m. to midnight next Saturday at the Days Inn in Liberty. A "Never Married Social" is at 7 p.m. next Saturday at the Denny's Restaurant in Austintown. People will then go to the dance. Call (330) 783-6297.
UA single's night out with volleyball and a bonfire at 7 p.m. May 25 at New Life Assembly of God in Poland. Call (330) 757-0727.
UA Memorial Day picnic at from noon to 8 p.m. at Woodland Park in McDonald. Call (330) 783-6297.
Prayer group to meet
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Sacred Heart Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet May 27 at the Shrine of Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted. Prayers begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon Mass and a program. Call (330) 534-9120.
Couples to be honored
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Office of Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring its wedding anniversary celebration for couples who have been married 25, 40, 50, or more years. Couples planning to attend should contact their parish by May 28. The celebration will be at 2 p.m. June 24 at St. Columba Cathedral.
The wedding celebration will also be offered at 2 p.m. Oct. 7 at St. John the Baptist Parish in Canton. Registration will be set later in the year.
Speaker and workshop
LOWELLVILLE -- Prophet Jesse Brooks will speak at Jubilee House of Glory at 7 p.m. Friday and next Saturday, and 11 a.m. May 20. Rosanna Victor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh East, will give a free prophetic dance and banner workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday. There will also be a performance Friday night. Call (330) 536-9195.
Third in revival series
YOUNGSTOWN -- Centenary United Methodist Church will have the third in its series of revival services at 11 a.m. May 20.
Harpist to perform
BOARDMAN -- Harpist Kirk Kupensky will perform at 3 p.m. May 20 at St. James Episcopal Church. Kupensky performs at area hospitals to aid the terminally ill. Refreshments will follow.
Dan Schall to perform
BRACEVILLE -- Dan Schall will perform gospel music at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Braceville United Methodist Church.
Gospel music group
LEAVITTSBURG -- The Southern gospel music group "Southern Faith" from Lehigh Acres, Fla., will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at Leavittsburg Church of God.
Youth event planned
NILES -- Valley Baptist Missionary Church will have a youth celebration at 6 p.m. next Saturday with music, mimes and drill teams. People interested in participating should call (330) 652-7999.
Bus trip scheduled
WARREN -- The senior's ministry of New Jerusalem Fellowship Church is sponsoring a bus trip July 21 to a production of "Noah" during its last season at the Sight and Sound Millennium Theater in Lancaster, Pa. The cost is $80. For reservations, call (330) 394-5637.

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