WEST MIDDLESEX, Pa. -- The Rev. Gary L. Harke, executive director of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, will be the guest speaker at the 30th annual dinner of Christian Associates of the Shenango Valley.
The dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in West Middlesex Presbyterian Church. Call (724) 981-4272 to make reservations. Tickets are $8.
Former presidents of Christian Associates will be guests at the event, and the organization's history will be highlighted.
Mother's Day dinner
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Ambitious Nine Ministry of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church will have a Mother's Day buffet dinner with speaker Sister Lynn R. Phillips of Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church. The dinner will be at St. Mark's Center in Liberty at 2:30 p.m. May 12. The cost is $15.25 for adults, $10 for pastors or spouses, and $8 for children 13 and under. Call (330) 744-5879 or (330) 782-8929.
NORTH LIMA -- The Journeymen Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 3 at North Lima Mennonite Church. An offering will be taken. (330) 549-2333.
Former biker will talk
GREENVILLE, Pa. -- Ron DePriest, who was abused as a child and later became a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang, now holds a doctorate of theology. He'll speak at Living Word Christian Center at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 6:30 p.m. Monday. Call (724) 588-2140.
FARRELL, Pa. -- The spring conference of the New and Living Way Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ is under way today and Sunday. The theme is "Discerning the End Time Signs." A workshop with Apostle Audrey Aikens of Raven Ministries of Swissvale, Pa., will be at 10 a.m. today. Elder George Simmons Sr. of True Holiness Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ of Erie, Pa., will speak at 7:30 p.m. today. Aikens will also speak at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, and the Rev. Roberta Newsome of United Faith Fellowship of Meadville, Pa., will be the guest at 4 p.m. Sunday.
Day of Prayer
LISBON -- The 51st annual National Day of Prayer will be observed by the Columbiana County National Day of Prayer Task Force on the village square from noon to 1 p.m. May 2. The keynote speaker will be Dick Rose of D.W. Dickey and Son Inc.
Spring banquet set
YOUNGSTOWN -- Youngstown State University's Protestant Campus Ministry Spring Banquet is May 14 at the DeBartolo Stadium Club at Stambaugh Stadium. Refreshments are at 5:30, a "Little Italy" buffet is at 6 p.m., and ministry highlights and entertainment are at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for YSU students and children 12 and under. For reservations, mail checks payable to the ministry at 322 Wick Ave., Youngstown 44503. Call (330) 743-0439.
Gospel choir concert
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- Slippery Rock University will present the United States Military Academy Gospel Choir from West Point at 6 p.m. today in Swope Music Hall. The event is free.
NEWTON FALLS -- The Bells' Angels Handbell Choir of Newton Falls United Methodist Church will perform at 7 p.m. today.
Bus trip offered
WARREN --The SAM Network of Warren is scheduling a bus trip to Lancaster, Pa., to see the plays "Daniel" and "Abraham and Sarah" on Aug. 14 and 15. The trip includes one-night hotel accommodations. The cost is $209 for adults and $189 for children ages 3-18 with two paying adults. A deposit of $75 is due by May 12. Call (330) 783-6297.
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor two wedding anniversary celebrations to honor couples who are observing anniversaries of 25, 40, 50 or more years in 2002. Couples may register for the celebration that is most convenient for them. The celebrations are at 2 p.m. June 2 in St. Columba Cathedral and at 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in St. John the Baptist Parish in Canton. Call (330) 744-8451.
CANFIELD -- The Office of Religious Education of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor informational meetings on the Loyola University Institute for Ministry Extension Program from 7 to 9 p.m. May 7 in the Ursuline Center and from 7 to 9 p.m. May 2 in St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Louisville. The meetings will discuss forming another graduate ministry education learning group in the Diocese of Youngstown. Preregistration is required. Call (330) 744-8451.
Imam to speak
WOOSTER -- Imam Fawaz Damra, religious leader of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, will speak on "Islam in American Culture: Prospects and Challenges" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Wishart Hall at The College of Wooster. The lecture is free.
POLAND -- Ways of dealing with violence in young people will be discussed at Holy Family Church from 7 to 9 p.m. April 30. There will be a moderated discussion, and surveys will be taken to assess local opinions. The surveys will be sent to the Kettering Foundation for compilation with other communities. The surveys are often used by legislators to determine the presence of public support for specific legislation. Preregistration is encouraged. Call (330) 757-1545. Individuals may pick up a copy of the National Issues Forum Booklet "Violent Kids -- Can We Change the Trend?" at the rectory office before April 30.
Groups to perform
YOUNGSTOWN -- Early Morning Church of God in Christ will have a musical event at 6 p.m. May 4 in preparation for its upcoming 44th anniversary. It will feature The Christian Brothers of Cleveland, The Horner Singers of Canton, the Unity Gospel Singers of Akron, and The Cleftones and Spiritual Angels, both of Youngstown. Advance donation $8. At the door $10. Children 12 and under $3. Call (330) 788-9053.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate its 80th anniversary at 4 p.m. April 28. The Rev. Willie Peterson will speak. His choir and the congregation of Gospel Temple Baptist Church of Campbell will participate.
Singer to perform
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Gordon Jensen, who has been nominated 10 times for Dove Awards, will perform at Calvary Temple Worship Center at 6 p.m. Sunday.