World Day of Prayer
NILES -- World Day of Prayer 2005, titled "Let Our Light Shine," will be sponsored by Church Women United at 11:30 a.m. March 4 at First Christian Church, 33 Arlington Ave.
The service will start with a luncheon by the women of First Christian Church. The program will be presented by First Presbyterian Church and Southside Presbyterian Church. The program's message was written by the Women of Poland "to show our light should reflect the great light which came into the world and identified Himself as that light, Jesus Christ. We are asked to share our God given talents."
A collection will be taken for the Hattie Larlham Foundation. Reservations are required by Feb. 28 by calling (330) 652-5839.
WARREN -- The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church, at Queen of Heaven Monastery, 8640 Squires Lane N.E., are offering an afternoon of spirituality from 1 to 5 p.m. March 12. The presenter will be Sister Mary John Vianney Vranak, SsCM. She will share information she gathered during a visit to Slovakia in 2004. She spent five weeks interviewing about 100 sisters in 20 different religious congregations. Her topic is "20th Century Martyrology."
There will be time for reflection, questions and coffee, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. The afternoon will conclude with the celebration of Vespers of the Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast at 4:10 p.m.
To register, call (330) 856-1813 before March 7. There is no fee.
Church plans play
WARREN -- Hoyt Street Flourishing Ministries Church of God in Christ will present a play, "Look Where God Has Brought Us From -- We Come This Far by Faith," at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the church, 789 Hoyt St. S.W.
The event is presented in conjunction with the Marcus Garvey Institute of Awareness and the Community Tennis Association.
The actors will portray historical figures such as Frederick Douglas and Sojourner Truth, both of whom spent time in Warren. Local historian Wendell Lauth will provide details at the program.
William "Doug" Franklin, city safety-service director, will portray Douglas. Councilman James "Doc" Pugh will portray Martin Luther King Jr.; others will portray Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, Sojuorner Truth and Malcolm X.
'Lost Boy' to speak
ALLIANCE -- The Religious Life Council will present speaker Joseph Thuc at 7 p.m. Monday in the Campus Grounds.
Thuc is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a group of young orphaned refugees forced from their villages by war to trek hundreds of miles through African wilderness. He saw his father killed by Islamic militants, his village was destroyed and other family members shot and left for dead. Thuc and his brother managed to escape on foot and began a journey that led him to Ethiopia, Kenya and finally America.
Thuc survived to tell his story of courage and his reliance on his personal relationship with God while walking through unimaginable conditions and a survival against all odds.
The event is free and open to the public.
Celebrate with church
YOUNGSTOWN -- New Grace Baptist Church, 909 Fairgreen Ave., is celebrating its 43rd anniversary Sunday at its worship services at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The speaker for the first service is the Rev. Alton Johnson, pastor of Greater Liberty Baptist Church; the Rev. Dr. Morris Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church in Youngstown, will speak at 4 p.m.
Congregants from Greater Liberty and Third Baptist churches will provide the music.
The Rev. Albert Ross is pastor of New Grace Baptist. The public is invited.
Life with purpose
HOWLAND -- First Baptist Church, 8957 E. Market St., will host a 10-week series titled "Living Life on Purpose" beginning Sunday through May 1.
The sermon and study, led by the Rev. Jerry Croyts, will focus on practical Christian living. It will be held during the 9:30 a.m. worship service each Sunday.
For additional information, call the church at (330) 856-5612.
'Hour of Power'
YOUNGSTOWN -- House of Revelation, 2936 Market St., will host an "Hour of Power" service at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Elder Jacqueline Hudson of Youngstown will be conducting the service. The Rev. A. Henry is pastor.