Submit details on Christmas services
The Vindicator will publish a listing of area services that are open to the public in observance of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The list will be on the Religion page on Dec. 22. The deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Dec. 19. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day services will be published Dec. 29; deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Dec. 26.
Information should include the denomination, complete 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, OH 44501-0780; by fax to 330-747-6712; or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chancel Choir, Village Handbell Ringers and the Children’s Choir will participate in Christmas vespers, “A Celebration of Carols,” at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 9 at Poland Presbyterian Church, 2 Poland Manor.
Narration and Bible passages will be read by Poland Presbyterian’s youth in grades seven through 12. The sanctuary, decorated for the Christmas season, will be lighted by candles. Errol Kehrberg, director of music, will conduct the combined choirs. Keyboard accompaniment will be by Larry Harris, professor at Youngstown State University Dana School of Music.
There is no charge. Parking is available behind the church.
Kris Harper will direct the 50-member Seraphim Chorus in a concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave.
Music will include “A Little Child Shall Lead Them” by Daniel E. Gawthrop, a trio of Christmas carols by John Rutter and the “Halleluhjah from the Mount of Olives” by Ludwig van Beethoven. Soloists will include Andrew Lawlor, baritone, of Leetonia and Kiyan Taghaboni, tenor, a vocal performance major from the Dana School of Music.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
The Seraphim Chorus is a nonprofit, nondenominational community chorus founded in 2000. They perform throughout Mahoning, Trumbull and Lawrence Counties. The full repertoire of music appeals to a wide variety of audiences. For information, call 724-658-2084 or 724-652-3060.
New Jerusalem Fellowship, 2555 Palmyra Road SW, will have a Christmas celebration featuring the Michael Austin Project from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at Renaissance Place, 1948 Palmyra Road SW. Austin, formerly of Warren, now living in Cleveland, is a jazz saxophonist.
Doors open at 5:30. Tickets are $10. For tickets, call 330-395-4518. Refreshments will be sold.
Lighthouse Christian College will sponsor a Christmas cantata, “Why Did He Come,” at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 1210 Himrod Ave. The recital will include hymns, familiar Christmas music and contemporary sing-alongs led by the Emancipation Community Choir of Youngstown directed by Elder J. Luke Shumpert.
Narration will be performed by students and staff of the college and the dance ministry of Elizabeth Baptist will present a liturgical dance. Dr. Carolyn O’Neil is director, Pastor Ernest Ellis is advisory board chairman, and J. Dwayne Heard, host pastor.
Healing services are planned at 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 415 S. Main St., by Pastor Sean Myers.
While the secular calendar begins Jan. 1, the church calendar starts with Advent.
Minyan and meal
Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, will host a minyan and a meal for Hanukkah on Dec. 8.
The minyan will start at 5 p.m. with a deli and late dinner at 5:45.
Daniel Shapira will entertain.
Reservations are due by Tuesday.
Call the temple at 330-759-1429.
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“The Glory of Christmas Celebration” is planned at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 and at 9 and 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at New Life Baptist Church, 3414 state Route 208.
The event is free. Child care will be provided for infants through 4-year-olds.
For information, call 724-946-2816 or visit www.mynlbc.com.
Ebenezer Church of God In Christ, 566 W. Indianola Ave., will celebrate 21 years in ministry of senior pastors Ernest and Lenora Walker.
A program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday with guest churches.
A banquet will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn in Boardman. Tickets are available by calling 330- 519-0413 and are $40.
Keynote speaker will be Superintendent Clarence Jackson of Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ in Akron.
A service is scheduled at 5 p.m. Dec. 9 with guest churches.
Pastor Philip Shealey of Greater Apostolic Faith Church and Dr. Jerome A. Jones of Issachar Solution will present a workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the church, 3571 Tod Ave. NW.
The focus is “the priest of an apostolic altar, altar workers and intercessors.”
Registration is $20 and includes workshop materials and a continental breakfast. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
For reservations and information, call 888-807-0645 or 330-394-0922.
Top Hat Productions will present “Nativity” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Dec. 9, 14 and 15 at Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road.
The production is free, but offerings are accepted.
Seating is limited; no reservations are taken.
The production is directed by Brian Palumbo with choreography by Brian and Julie Palumbo.
The show puts a contemporary touch on the traditional Christmas story.
St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Community, 4453 Warren-Sharon Road, is sponsoring a two-day family friendly event focusing on “keeping Christ in Christmas.”
Those attending may bring their nativity sets to share.
The event is free.
The crawl will begin at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8 with appetizers and refreshments at 6 and lessons, carols and prayer service at 7.
On Dec. 9, the crawl will start at 6 p.m. with refreshments at 6:30 and Christmas pageant at 7.
For information, call 330-394-2461.
Dr. Sudhakar Rao of the Hindu Temple will speak on sickness and healing in his faith tradition during a meeting of Jewish/Christian Studies/North on Wednesday.
The group gathers at 12:30 p.m. with the study at 1 at Temple El-Emeth, 3970 Logan Way.
For information, call the Rev. George Balasko at 330-406-1034 or Rabbi Joseph Schonberger at 330-759-1429.
“It Could Happen In a Moment,” a Christmas program, will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at First Congregational Church of Wayne, corner of Routes 322 and 193.
The candlelight service will feature a Christmas carol hymn sing, the choir, Gods Messengers youth group, soloists, guitar music and candle light service.
Refreshments will follow.