Council officers to be installed

Council officersto be installed
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Baptist Pastors' Council of Youngstown & amp; Vicinity Inc. will install its officers at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the Greater Friendship Baptist Church.
The Rev. Jack W. Pettis, the senior pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church and the council's immediate past president, will be the guest preacher.
The officers that will be inaugurated and their respective offices are: the Rev. Lewis W. Macklin II, president; the Rev. Kelvin E. Turner Sr., vice president; the Rev. Clarence Glenn, second vice president; the Rev. Joseph Jennings, treasurer; the Rev. Julius Davis, recording secretary; the Rev. Ernest Ellis, assistant recording secretary; the Rev. J. Dwayne Heard, financial secretary; the Rev. Willie Peterson, corresponding secretary; the Rev. William Wilson, chaplain; the Rev. Kenneth L. Simon, public relations director; and the Rev. Lonnie K. A. Simon, parliamentarian.
The council is composed of more than 40 area pastors and associate ministers who represent numerous congregations and more than 10,000 parishioners. The council's purpose is to promote fellowship and unity among faith colleagues, while working to improve the quality of life and civic, economic and spiritual conditions in the Valley. The council conceived the idea of the valley's HOPE Crusades and co-sponsors the American Baptist College's Youngstown Extension Unit, which is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.
Christmas concert
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Westminster College will present its annual Christmas Vesper service at 7 p.m. Saturday in Orr Auditorium. The service that annually attracts about 2,000 people includes traditional Christmas music sung by the audience, various Westminster Choirs and instrumental groups. The evening's offering is designed for the Westminster College Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity International.
Kenyan bishopto speak locally
GREENVILLE, PA.-- Living Word Christian Center will host Bishop Thomas Muthee, pastor of Word of Faith Church in Kiambu, Kenya, and his wife, Margaret, will speak at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, and at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Bishop Muthee's church in Africa has been featured in the video "Transformations" by the Sentinel Group. The video follows the positive community changes, a dramatic drop in crime and an increase in agriculture and business during the bishop's service.
Mariachi Mass
YOUNGSTOWN-- A Mariachi Mass with Salvador Torres Mariachi Music, will be performed in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, at 6 p.m. next Saturday in St. Rose of Lima Church. A dance, at a cost of $12, will follow.
Local CD lauded
CANFIELD -- Marsha Heather Long's CD, "Ave Maria: The Universal and Timeless Hymn" published by Alba House in Canfield has received the Crystal Communicator Award of Excellence. The CD was the first by Alba House. The Communicator Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry. The Communicator's prestigious Award of Excellence is presented to those whose ability to communicate makes them the best in their field. It's the highest award given by the Communicator Awards. This year there were entries from 14 countries. Other winners included production companies for Disney, NPR and numerous commercial radio stations.
Long will be giving a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in St. Christine's Church, Youngstown, that will include selections from the CD. Tickets are available at door.

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