Visiting pastor
YOUNGSTOWN -- Pastor Jim Erb, author of "Formed in the Furnace," will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Omni Assisted Living Center, 3259 Vestal Road. The Ministry of Righteousness Being Restored is sponsoring the program. Mr. Erb, who has been a pastor of 40 years, served as a missionary in the Philippines and for 22 years was pastor at Living Word Church in New Wilmington, Pa.
Social action service
YOUNGSTOWN -- A social action Shabbat service and pot-luck dinner are planned for March 24 at Congregation Rodef Sholom, 1119 Elm St., by the Social Action Committee, which will lead a service from Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. The dinner will be at 6 p.m. in Strouss Hall; reservations are due by Friday. A service will be at 7:30 in Tamarkin Chapel. Guest speaker will be Dr. Carl Johnston, assistant professor of biology at Youngstown State University, whose topic will be global warming.
Speaker, gathering set
FARRELL, Pa. -- Jennifer L. Perry, pastor and prophetess at Breath of Life Ministry, New Castle, Pa., will be the guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. today for a Singles in Christ Ministry gathering at New and Living Way Apostolic Proclaimers of the Truth, 927 Lee Ave. The theme will be "Don't Live in Darkness." A "gathering of the saints" is planned at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday with host pastor, Bishop Alvin J. McCoy. The theme is "God is Blowing on the Ashes of His Anointing."
Retreat for Lent
VILLA MARIA, Pa. -- A Lent retreat, "Spirituality for a Busy, Complex Society," will be offered from 7 p.m. March 31 to noon April 2 at Villa Maria Retreat Center. The Rev. Eugene Lauer will be retreat leader. The cost is $135 and includes lodging and meals. Registration is due by Thursday. Contact Cindy Wilpula at (724) 964-8920, Ext. 3241.
Taiz & eacute; prayer planned
VILLA MARIA, Pa. -- The Sisters of the Humility of Mary will have a Taiz & eacute; prayer from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Magnificat Chapel at Villa Maria Community Center. Key elements of the worship style include prayer, music, silence and Scripture. Musicians from the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, Pa., will participate.
On Lenten traditions
NORTH JACKSON -- The Youngstown-Warren Ohio Chapter of the Society of St. John Chrysostom (Catholic/Orthodox dialogue) will meet at 7 p.m. March 23 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, 2759 Lipkey Road. Monsignor Anthony S. Spinosa, shrine rector, will speak on "Maronite Lenten Traditions: Focusing on the Gospel Passages in the Syriac Church."
Appreciation services
YOUNGSTOWN -- Jerusalem Baptist Church, 2003 Wilson Ave., will have pastor appreciation services for the Rev. Derrick H. Anderson. Pastor Roderick Hennings of Buffalo, N.Y., will present a program at 7 p.m. Friday. Pastor emeritus Joseph Jennings of Jerusalem Baptist will conduct worship at 10:45 a.m. March 19 and the Rev. Kenneth Simon of New Bethel Baptist Church will conduct a service at 4 p.m. March 19.
Lenten devotions
WARREN -- St. Pius X Church, 1401 Moncrest N.W., will have Lenten vespers at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Fridays during Lent.
Ecumenical services
YOUNGSTOWN -- Ambassadors for Christ, a neighborhood ecumenical association, will have services from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays during Lent at these sites: St. James Church of God in Christ, 75 S. Prospect St., Wednesday; Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, 923 Shehy Ave., March 22; We Walk by Faith Bible Church, 1636 Himrod Ave., March 29; and Mount Zion Baptist Church, 827 Wilson Ave., April 5.
New Life anniversary
GIRARD -- New Life Christian Fellowship, 2088 Tibbetts-Wick Road, is marking its 10th anniversary this month with the theme, "Past, Present and Future." Services are at 10:45 a.m. Sundays. There will be a chili cook-off Sunday after the morning service. The main festivities will take place March 19 with a cake-and-punch fellowship after the service. There will be a special time of prayer March 26. On Easter Sunday, April 16, a dogwood tree will be planted in honor of the anniversary.
Choirs in concert
SALEM -- Locust Grove Baptist Church, 12015 Washingtonville Road, will present The Conestogans in concert of sacred music at 7 p.m. Monday. The group is a 36-voice and hand-bell choir from Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, Pa. A free-will offering will be taken.
Learn about monastic life
HOWLAND -- The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church, Queen of Heaven Monastery, 8640 Squires Lane N.E., will have a free weekend event for single Catholic women to learn about Benedictine monastic life in the Eastern Catholic church. It will be from 7 p.m. March 31 to 3 p.m. April 2. For more information, contact Sister Agnes at (330) 856-1813 or e-mail to by March 26.
Lenten recital
SHARON, Pa. -- St. John's Episcopal Church, 226 W. State St., will present its second Lenten meditation-recital at noon Tuesday. Suzanne Lee will open the free program with carillon music, followed by meditation and a recital by saxophonist Angel Negrin. A light lunch will be served in the parish house.
60th anniversary
CAMPBELL -- Greater Liberty Baptist, 66 Tenth St., will celebrate its 60th anniversary during two services. The Rev. Larry Parker of Fellowship Baptist Church will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, and the Rev. William Blackburn of Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church will speak at 3:30 p.m. March 19. Both will be accompanied by their choirs and congregation. Chairpersons are Jean White and Robert Gore, trustee. The Rev. Olton Johnson is pastor.
Trip to shrines
YOUNGSTOWN -- St. Edward Church, 223 Benita Ave., will be the starting point of a trip Sept. 7-14 to the Canadian shrines devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Anne. The tour will start at St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Quebec; a three-day stay at the Shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre; a two-day visit to Cape De La Madelon, where there is a Blessed Virgin shrine on the St. Lawrence River; and other shrines and churches along the way. Mass will be said daily. The cost is $410 for double occupancy and $510 for single occupancy and includes seven meals. Seats may be reserved with a $100 deposit; the balance is due by Aug. 15. Call Mary Jean McCaffrey at (330) 479-0005.
Flame fellowship
BOARDMAN -- Youngstown Flame Fellowship will host Pastor Salina Covington of The Place Where the Lord Provides Christian Center during a meeting March 20 at the Georgeanna Parker Activity Center in Boardman Township Park. Fellowship will be at 11:30 a.m. with the ministry presentation at noon.
Chapter forming
CANFIELD -- An organizational meeting for the Youngstown Chapter of the Catholic Alliance for the Common Good will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ursuline Mother House, 4250 Shields Road. The group works to foster collaboration among Catholic organizations and individuals and others to bring about positive social change.

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