Feast Day event
The Feast Day of St. John the Baptist, which is celebrated in many countries, will be observed by St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Drive, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The event will include a bonfire in which broken, worn or outdated sacramentals will be burned. The event will be on Cleveland Street near the church and will include an outdoor prayer service and the bonfire. The celebration will continue with hot dogs, punch and ethnic potluck dishes. Entertainment will be provided by the band Conjunto Riquena.
Although the event is free, those attending may bring a covered dish to share.
For more information, call 330-743-1109.
First Friday Club
The Rev. Dr. Rick Malloy, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, will be the featured speaker for the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown on July 1 at Antone’s Banquet Centre on Market Street.
The luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $15. Reservations are due by Friday.
For more information, call 330-533-1023 or visit the website at www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org,.
His topic will be “Nurturing Religious Vocations Today.”
St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, meeting in Gibson Heights Presbyterian Church, 755 E. Dewey Ave., will conduct a revival at 7 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Mila P. Cooper of Mount Moriah AME Church in Cleveland and at 7 p.m. Friday with Pastor Gerald Cooper of St. James AME Church in Cleveland.
Concert at church
The Mighty Sons of Joy will present an old-time gospel musical at 5:30 p.m. July 2 at Living Word Church, 74 14th St. Funds will go to purchase a church building.
Kenneth Riddle is pastor.
Shenango Valley for Christ, a prayer initiative, will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at Living Word Church, 1109 E. State St., where they will pray then divide into groups.
The groups will visit “pressure points” of government, education, business, media and spiritual centers.
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Villa Maria Spirituality and Education Center continues its monthly ongoing series of morning seminars with “Essences of Spirituality: Solitude” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 13.
Cathy Cawley, adult/family program director at Villa Maria, will be the presenter.
Program participants may stay for lunch, but registration is required.
Cost to attend the program is $7; program and lunch are $13.70.
For more information, call 724-964-8886 or visit www.villaprograms.org.
Jewish Christian Studies North/South will sponsor a bus trip July 21 to the Maltz Museum near Cleveland to see the “Women & Spirit” exhibit, which tells the story of Catholic nuns in America.
The bus will leave at 10 a.m. from the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, and pickup at 10:45 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Warren.
The approximate cost is $40 and includes transportation and museum ticket.
For reservations, send a $20 deposit check made out to St. Ann Parish Outreach, the Rev. George Balasko, 1506 Pennsylvania Ave., East Liverpool, OH 43920, by July 10.
Voice of Hope
The 13th annual Voice of Hope dinner is planned Sept. 11 by Catholic Charities and will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the movement in the United States.
Bishop George Murry will celebrate Mass at 5:30 p.m. in St. Columba Cathedral. A dinner will follow in Stambaugh Auditorium, where 2010 Voice of Hope awards will be presented.
Funds from the fund-raising dinner will benefit emergency assistance programs offered by Catholic Charities.
For more information, contact Shellie Sabel at 330-744-8451, ext. 322.
A Minstrels and Psalmists conference is planned Thursday through Saturday at Everlife Worship Center, 474 Early Road.
For registration, call 330-824-4208 or visit www.gleronrainey.com.
Men’s Day program
Grace African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, will sponsor its annual Men’s Day concert at 6 p.m. today.
Musical selections will be featured by For Grace, Grace AME male chorus, New Bethel Baptist Church male chorus, Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, male choir of St. James AME Zion, male choir of Community Church of God in Christ and Community Choir Male Chorus.
After the concert, refreshments will be served in fellowship hall.
Participants in the Faith Discovery Class at Austintown Community Church celebrated completion of their studies by joining into the membership and life of the church on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.
As members of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, emphasis was placed on knowing the Bible, studying the tenants of the faith and learning the responsibilities of membership.
Class members were Adam Campbell with mentor John Palmer; Bree Helminiak with mentor Amy Schaffer; Cassie Keller with mentor Ella Mallory; and Rebecca Pritchard with mentor Rick Farina.
Assisting the Rev. David Roberts with instruction were Brad Bloomster, director of ministries and Linda Milne.
Italian culture week
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 343 Via Mount Carmel, will sponsor an Italian culture week program for children from 6 to 12 years old from 9 a.m. to noon July 6-9.
Activities will include language, sports, cooking and music.
Registration is due Monday. The cost is $10 per family.
For more information, call Sister Karen Marie at 330-743-3508.