Submit information for Christmas services

Submit information for Christmas services

The Vindicator will run a listing of area services that are open to the public in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The list will run Dec. 19.

The deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

Information should include the denomination and name of the church, address, city or suburb, time of Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services, your name, and a phone number for verification.

Send the information to Religion desk, The Vindicator, 107 Vindicator Square, Box 780, Youngstown, Ohio 44501-0780; by fax to (330) 747-6712; or by e-mail to

Looking for photos

YOUNGSTOWN — St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., is preparing for its 100th anniversary in 2011. The church is seeking a photo of the interior of the original church, which was a mission-style church built in 1911 and replaced in 1924 with the current building.

Call (330) 743-1109.

Special Mass

YOUNGSTOWN — Bishop George A. Murry will celebrate Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St. The Rev. Gerald DeLucia, administrator of Santa Rosa de Lima Parish and St. Lucy Parish, Campbell, will deliver the homily.

This special Mass, with mariachi, is sponsored by the Office of Hispanic Services of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and will be celebrated in English and Spanish.

All are welcome and invited to bring a rose to offer to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Refreshments will be served after Mass.

Living manger

YOUNGSTOWN —Park Vista Retirement Community, 1216 Fifth Ave., will host a living manger from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the front lawn. It will feature live nativity animals, including Herbie the camel, and nativity figurines. “It’s our gift to the community,” said the Rev. Alan Hutchison, Park Vista’s chaplain.

Concert planned

YOUNGSTOWN — Voices of Zion Choir Ministry of Mount Zion Baptist Church, 827 Wilson Ave., will present a concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 13.

The Rev. Ricky Tigner is man and Rosebud Mason, co-chairwoman.

Pilgrimage to Rome

YOUNGSTOWN — The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and Monsignor Michael Cariglio, pilgrimage director, are planning a pilgrimage June 14-21, 2010, to Rome.

Departure will be from Pittsburgh International Airport; the cost is $2,946 per person based on double occupancy. Optional excursions to Assisi, Monte Cassino and Florence are offered.

For more information, contact Linda Tedde at (330) 744-8451, ext. 252.

Meeting with prayer

YOUNGSTOWN — The City Prayer Team will host a meeting, “Vision 2010,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 14 in the community room at the Covelli Centre. Mayor Jay Williams will speak.

Reservations are requested because of limited space. Send e-mail to or call (330) 799-1713.

Crossing Paths banquet

HUBBARD — Crossing Paths local TV ministry, founded by Donald G. Reed Sr., will have the annual Christmas banquet at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Brentford House, 737 Myron St.

Special guest will be Nick Pirovolos, known as “Nick the Greek,” a former hit man, thief, drug addict and the leader of two gangs until he turned his life around for God.

The event is free but reservations are required; call (724) 981-7777. No children younger than 12 are permitted.

Bethlehem village

BOARDMAN — Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, will create an example of Bethlehem village after the 10:30 a.m. service Dec. 13. The fellowship hall and several other rooms will be transformed into the village of Bethlehem, where visitors may visit the marketplace shops that include bakeries, ancient soothsayers, a craft shop where one may create crafts such as family prayer vessels and wooden ornaments, a scribe shop, and a stable.

All are invited to visit, with the “admission tax” to enter the village being a paper or personal hygiene product to be donated to Protestant Family Service.

For more information, call the church at (330) 758-8189.

Music Connection

GIRARD — His Music Connect-ion will host a coffeehouse and concert from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12 at the former Wellman theater, at 29 W. Liberty St.

Performing will be Tia Ciferno, Danielle Cochran, Chris Mowery, Emmaus and His Music Connection.

The coffeehouse offers free food and drink.

Musical program

BOARDMAN — Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, will present “The Perfect Gift” at 2 p.m. Dec. 12 and at the 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. services Dec. 13.

Twenty-nine children from preschool through high school have been practicing since August for the songs, dances and surprises.

Punch and cookies will be served after the matinee performance Dec. 12.

Women United for Life

BOARDMAN — Women United for Life, an anti-abortion group of the Diocese of Youngstown, will have its Advent meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the parish center of St. Charles Church, Route 224.

The Peter Fegan, associate pastor of St. Dominic Church, will be the speaker.

Refreshments and a basket raffle will follow the meeting.

Membership is open to all Catholic women and Christian women of other denominations, 14 and older.

For more information, call Natalie Wardle, Youth Minister at St. Charles, at (330) 758-0375.

St. Nicholas’ Day Festival

BOARDMAN —St. James’ Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave., will host its sixth annual St. Nicholas’ Day Festival at 6 p.m. Sunday.

This festival Eucharist celebrates the life of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra and patron saint of children, and features a portrayal of St. Nicholas by Bill Dick of Goshen Township.

A pizza party will follow the service and children will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on craft activities and to have their photograph taken with St. Nicholas.

Each year in keeping with the Dutch tradition, children leave a shoe or boot filled with carrots for St. Nicholas’ horse by the fireplace and after the liturgy may find the carrots replaced with small gifts from St. Nicholas.

This year’s offering will be split between Mr. Dick’s Ukrainian Children’s Mission and the local “Shop with a Cop” program sponsored by Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and Boardman Fraternal Order of Police.

Kids who are selected to participate in the program are given $100 to shop for Christmas gifts for their families.

Each child is paired up with an officer to shop at a local store.

The kids are also treated to breakfast before shopping and a movie afterward.

For information, call the church at (330) 758-2727.

‘Night in Bethlehem’

LIBERTY — “A Night in Bethlehem” will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Church Hill United Methodist Church, 189 Church Hill-Hubbard Road.

The community is invited to visit the marketplace, a Jewish home and the synagogue, speak to the innkeeper, and visit the manger where the Christ child was born.

Church tour

COLUMBIANA — Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 415 S. Main St., will participate in the Columbiana Churches candlelight tour scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday.

The church will be open during this time for visitors to view the Christmas decorations.

Special music

WARREN — Dr. Rance Allen, national recording artist, will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday at Monument of Faith Church of God in Christ, 2165 Highland Ave.

Also featured will be Women in Worship of Cleveland.

The program is free.

The Rev. David L. Herron Sr. is host pastor.

Film on Jesus

NEWTON FALLS — The film “Adopt A Jesus,” which is about a minister who traveled across the South to help the poor, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Newton Falls Church of God, 426 W. Broad St.

“Adopt A Jesus” focuses on Brandt Russo, a young minister from Louisiana who quit his job, sold all his earthly goods and dedicated his life to helping the homeless and ministering to the poor.

Filmmaker Bob Wilkinson traveled with Russo for 14 days on his bus, following his journey, interviewing the people he encounters.

Hanukkah party

BOARDMAN — Congregations Ohev Tzedek and El Emeth in Liberty will have a Hanukkah party at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 at Ohev Tzedek, 5245 Glenwood Ave.

There will be the lighting of menorah, musical program, latkes and salad bar.

Services for Advent

YOUNGSTOWN — Victory Lutheran Church, 2110 Glenwood Ave., will host midweek Advent services at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 16.

Christmas concert

YOUNGSTOWN — A Christmas concert, featuring Cantamus 10 and the Beatitude House Children’s Choir, will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St.

The concert is free, though a free-will offering will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County and Beatitude House.

Advent concert

NILES — First Presbyterian Church, Robbins Avenue, will present “Make a Joyful Noise” concert at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the sanctuary.

The event will be the premier of an anthem composed by Gregory M. Pysh, minister of music at First Presbyterian Church of Midland, Texas, that is based on the Christmas song “In the Bleak Midwinter.”

It will be performed by the church Chancel Choir along with guest musicians. The choir is directed by Stephanie Bottiglieri and accompanied by Diane Yazvac. Other musicians are Kristi Yazvac and James Dunlap, violins; and Randi Yazvac, cello; and Melva Huebert, piano. Guest artists will be Katelyn Lisowski, Patsy Sullivan, Tom Yazvac, Kevin Mazey and Tim Harker.

A free-will offering will benefit community outreach.

Musical event

DAMASCUS — The children and youth of Damascus United Methodist Church, 300 Valley Road, will present the musical, “The Christmas County Spelling Bee,” at 10:10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

The evening program will include a presentation of toys to local charity and a reception.

Human-rights event

YOUNGSTOW — Church Women United will host its 2009 human- rights celebration, “Seeking Shalom,” at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 12 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman Ave.

Honorees will be Martha Katz, Ray Nakley Jr. and Roz Sims, peace activists.

Visit Bethlehem

CLARKS MILLS, Pa. — Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3818 Hadley Road, will present “A Night in Bethlehem” with crafts, shops and food from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13.

Study group

YOUNGSTOWN — “Meeting Christ at Christmas” will be the topic of a program by St. John Academy Tuesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 1729 Mahoning Ave. The Rev. John Wigle, retired Episcopal priest, will speak on the Christmas Gospel.

The session will begin with a soup, salad and sandwich supper at 6 p.m.

Other sessions will be Dec. 15 and Dec. 21.

Fellowship Gatherings

A new worship experience called Fellowship Gathering I and II is being started.

A session will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 601 Ohio St., McDonald, and at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at Lockwood United Methodist Church, 4570 Lockwood Blvd., Boardman.

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