Pillars group to meet
WARREN -- Pillars, a women's fellowship group, will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 15 at 1400 Todd Ave. Refreshments will be served.
Those wishing to attend should call (330) 647-0213 or (330) 373-6955. Reservations must be made by Thursday. Pillars is women who are producing integrity, leading ladies and rescuing souls.
Concert at Mount Sinai
YOUNGSTOWN -- Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 328 Forest St., will have a concert at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Spiritual Angles of Youngstown and other groups from Campbell and Warren will perform.
For more information, call Rev. George Wiliness, pastor, at (330) 743-6061.
New officers namedfor Catholic Charities
YOUNGSTOWN -- The board of trustees of the Catholic Charities Regional Agency has announced that Ted Thornton, a Youngstown attorney, will assume the presidency of the board.
The following were elected to serve as officers including: Vince Schuler, first vice-president; William Sweeney, second vice-president; Suzanne Fitzgerald, secretary; and Dr. Helen Savage, treasurer.
New trustees for 2005 are: Sister Susan Schorsten, Flora Cafaro, Yvonne Mathis, Michael Robinson and Sam Scafide.
Outgoing officers, who were recognized by the board for their service, include: James Ford, Dr. Raymond Shaffer and Dr. Sherri Lovelace-Cameron.
Catholic Charities Regional Agency serves, Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties and is an affiliate member of the Diocese of Youngstown Catholic Charities Corporation as well as a United Way agency.
Concert, tale plannedat St. Charles Church
BOARDMAN -- The music ministry of St. Charles Church will present its annual concert and The Shepherd's Tale at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
The event will celebrate the theme of Christmas and the New Year through music and the Nativity story. St. Charles choir will be joined by the Opera Circle from Cleveland to bring to life the spirit of the season.
The Shepherd's Tale will tell how the angels announced the good news of Jesus Christ's birth of the Virgin Mary.
The event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted. St. Charles Church is at 7342 Westview Drive on U.S. Route 224.
Christian rock groupto play in Struthers
STRUTHERS -- Struthers Presbyterian Church will present a performance by the Christian rock group, IDENTITY with McCabe, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23.
The appearance will take place at the church at 110 Poland Ave.
There is no charge for admission, but there will a free-will offering taken to support the church's youth programs.
For more information, call the church at (330) 755-8233.
Grace Lutheran Churchadding second service
AUSTINTOWN -- Grace Lutheran Church is adding a second service beginning Sunday.
The new service will provide an alternative setting that will bring new and familiar music to the worship.
It will take place from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. followed by Sunday school for all ages. The 11 a.m. service will continue in its present format.
Grace Lutheran Church is at 162 Raccoon Road.
For more information, call the church at (330) 792-5889.
Court overturns ruling to biblical reference
CINCINNATI -- A judge's quotation of a biblical passage in sentencing a convicted rapist to prison wasn't reason to set aside the sentence, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to reject James Arnett's argument that a Hamilton County judge violated his rights by citing the Bible as an influence when she sentenced him to 51 years in prison.
Arnett had pleaded guilty in 1998 to raping a child under age 13 -- the daughter of his live-in girlfriend -- and pandering obscenity involving a minor.
The appeals court's decision reversed a 2003 ruling by a federal judge who ordered the state to resentence or release Arnett, concluding that using the Bible as a source for sentencing authority violated Arnett's right to due process of law. Arnett's lawyer argued that the U.S. Supreme Court has forbidden trial courts to use factors such as religion when sentencing defendants.