The annual Homecoming Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown, Wood Street, will be marked by the return of former associate pastor the Rev. Bert Campbell. Rev. Campbell is pastor of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland. At 9:45 a.m. Sept. 26, Rev. Campbell will share some of his personal journey since leaving Youngstown. He will then preach during the 11 a.m. worship service on the topic, “Why Preach?” The public is welcome.

Pet blessing


First Federated Church, 10786 Mahoning Ave., will have Paws for Reflection, an informal outdoor pet blessing service, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the church grounds. All people and their well- behaved, vaccinated pets are welcome. There will be a pet-picture-taking opportunity after the service. Attendees are encouraged to bring a donation or a pet item (food, toy, blanket, etc.) for Northeast Ohio Lab Rescue. All proceeds from the photos will be donated to charity.

Church anniversary


Gospel Temple Baptist Church will celebrate its 87th anniversary during a service at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Melvin D. Brown is pastor. Guests will be the Rev. Bennie Williams and the congregation of New Millennium Baptist Church, Akron.

Dinner, discussion


The controversy over the proposal to build an Islamic cultural center, including a mosque, on a site near where the World Trade Center once stood continues to draw fire across America. Is the matter of where the cultural center is located only an issue of freedom of religion? Is opposition to the plan necessarily an expression of intolerance? If a majority of Americans oppose locating the center near ground zero, should that have any bearing on the final decision? These and other related questions will be the basis for a dinner and discussion Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 890 Church Hill Road. The potluck supper begins at 5 p.m. and the discussion begins at 6. The public is invited to both the dinner and discussion. For more information, call the pastor at 330-505-1192.



Jerusalem Lutheran Church Preschool, formerly Southside Preschool, will celebrate its 30th anniversary Sunday. The preschool was established in 1980 and is still at 415 S. Main St. in the church. All former and present students and their families, board members and staff are invited to an open house from noon to 2 p.m. For more information or to enroll in fall classes, call Laurie Wilms at 330-831-3512 or contact her at jlcpreschool@aol.com.

Series begins


Beginning Sunday, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 490 N. High St., will begin a four-week series. Pastors Duane Jesse and Beth Ferne-Johnson will use texts from Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12 to teach about the gifts God gives us to fulfill his purpose in becoming the church God intended. Traditional worship begins at 8:30 a.m., Sunday school at 10 a.m. and contemporary worship at 11 a.m. Communion is offered at each worship service.

King’s Kids club


The King’s Kids Club of Church Hill United Methodist Church, 189 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, next to the old Liberty High School, will begin its fall semester Sept. 22 from 4:45 to 7 p.m. All children of the community are invited to an evening of music, Bible study, dinner, games and crafts. For more information, call 330-759-0118.

Conference set

Mercer, pa.

The 24th annual Know Your Faith Diocesan Educational Conference will be Sept. 25 at Camp Nazareth, 339 Pew Road. Speakers will be the Rev. Basil Aiden and Deacon Stephen Hall.

For information, contact the Rev. Stephen Bachofsky at 330-372-9778.

Women of Destiny

Farrell, Pa.

A Women of Destiny Conference will be Friday at Hour of Power Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, 1126 Fruit Ave. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the cost is $24. Speakers are First Lady Arnita Dukes, First Lady Phyliss Boling and Reverend Donna Ulrich. The conference will continue Sept. 25 at 8 a.m. with a prayer hour, followed by prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. and a senior fashion show.

Camp meeting


Abundant Ministries will have a Camp Meeting from Sept. 26-28, titled “Fulfilling Your Destiny,” at Abundant Harvest World Outreach Center, 104 Idlewood Road. Hosts are Dr. Michael and Pastor JoAnn Pangio. Speakers are Apostle Ernest Gibson at 10 a.m. Sunday, Prophet Connie Brooks at 7 p.m. Sunday and Prophet Richard Myers at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

Orthodox lecture


A lecture series on the Holy Trinity continues Thursday, based on the eighth century’s “Exposition of the Orthodox Faith” by St. John of Damascus. What is a person? Is love always Trinitarian? Where is the meaning of life? The Trinity explains all of reality, even who you are, how to approach truth and where society goes wrong. Hear and talk with Father Andrew at 6 p.m. Thursdays at St. Michael Orthodox Church, 127 Steel St.

For more information, call 330-799-8133.

Archbishop’s lecture


The society of St. John Chrysostom Youngstown-Warren Chapter will present “Who We Are,” a talk by the Most Reverend Robert W. Edmondson, Archbishop, who heads a part of the Anglo-Lutheran Church, Augustana Catholic Communion. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church, 764 Fifth St. For information, call 330-755-9819 or go to stnickstruthers.org.

There will also be a special meeting with Jack Figel, president of the National Society of St. John Chrysostom, publisher of the “Eastern Churches Journal” and producer of the Orientale Lumen conferences, at 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon, 2759 N. Lipkey Road, North Jackson.

For more information, call 330-538-3351.

Retreat time


The Retreat in Daily Life is for busy people with hectic lives and many responsibilities, who are searching for something more in life and desire to develop a personal relationship with God. This retreat requires 30 to 45 minutes of time once a week in the company of a spiritual director and 30 minutes daily private time for personal prayer. A $75 donation is requested. Contact ewalshnovotny@zoominternet.net to set up a time. The meetings will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse Sept. 27 and 28.

Deacon’s sermon


Deacon Willie G. Fant will present his first sermon at the morning worship service Sunday at Fellowship Tabernacle Christian Center Church of God in Christ, 2139 Market St.

Deacon Fant was born in Youngstown and raised on the North Side. He graduated from The Rayen School in 1966. He was introduced to Christ at a young age by his father, Reverend Willie Fant Sr., a pastor at Triumph Church of the New Age. He married Patricia Pugh in 1976 and moved to Howland. He became a member of Greater Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ in 1992. He serves under Pastor Kenneth Eldridge. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, where he earned degrees in Christian Ministry and Biblical Theology.

Peace Day event


Peace Day, the International Day of Peace, will be Tuesday. A gathering will be at 11:45 a.m. at the labyrinth at the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road. The prayer and walk will take less than one hour. For information, call 330-799-4941.

Lectio session

Villa Maria, Pa.

Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will host another Lectio, Lunch and Labyrinth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Villa Maria Community Center. Gather for the sacred tradition of Lectio Divina, followed by luncheon, fellowship and ending with a contemplative walk on Villa Maria’s Labyrinth.

The series is led by Cathy Cawley, the adult/family program director for Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center.

Celebration week


Fellowship Baptist Church, 102 Penn Ave., will have a pre-anniversary celebration for its pastor, Rev. Larry Parker, this coming week.

There will be a meeting each evening at 7 p.m. Speakers are: Rev. Dion Holmes of Christian Love Baptist Church; Rev. Carl Anderson of Greater Liberty Baptist Church; Rev. Lewis Macklin of Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church; Rev. Dennis Garner of Tabernacle Baptist Church; and Rev. Lemont Miles of Metropolitan Baptist Church. The closing program will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 26 with Rev. Kevin Crum of New Hope Baptist Church as the speaker.

Conference planned


“Safe in the King’s Hand: The Message of Revelation for the Church Today” is the theme of a conference Sept. 24-26 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 471 Mathews Road. The Book of Revelation and the unfolding of future events has been a topic of great popularity in recent years. Dr. Gareth Edwards will explain the meaning of the book as it relates to the church today.

Sessions planned are 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at 9:30 a.m., morning worship at 10:55 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

There is no charge to attend, but reservations are appreciated; call the church office at 330-758-5628. Light refreshments will be served and child care will be provided.

For more information, visit www.cornerstonepch.org.

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