Submit details on Christmas services

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 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

First Friday


The Rev. Jared Wicks will speak when the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8578 Market St.

The scholar in residence at Josephenum Seminary will speak on “The First Session of Vatican II.” Father Wicks spoke to the club in September on “Pope John XXIII and the Second Vatican Council.”

Cost is $15. Reservations must be made at or by calling 330-533-1023.

Walk with Jesus


First Christian Church of Columbiana, 39 Cherry St., will present a “Walk With Jesus” from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5-7.

The 30-minute interactive Christmas drama is free as a gift from the church to the community. Visitors will be guided through scenes depicting Jesus’ life and ministry. As groups are waiting to walk through the drama, participants are invited to experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the Bethlehem Marketplace.

For information, call 330-482-2671 or send email to

Advent traditions


Blessed John Paul II Parish, 420 North St., NW, will host Jim Johnston at 3 p.m. Dec. 2 as he presents an overview of some Advent traditions. Special emphasis will be on the “O Antiphons,” the most famous of which is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

The program is sponsored by the Adult Religious Education Committee.

Drive-thru Nativity

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Kings Chapel United Methodist Church, 861 Old Pulaski Road, will present a drive-thru Nativity from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.

Eleven scenes with live actors and animals will be set up around the church parking lot. The presentation is free as a gift to the community.

For information, call 724-658-7569.

Crossing Paths


Crossing Paths local TV ministry, founded by Donald G. Reed Sr. and seen on more than 100 cable companies, Channel 27, FOX 17-62 and UHF 29, will have its annual Christmas banquet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Brentford House, 737 Myron St.

Guest speaker will be John Williams, originally from Greenville, Pa., and a graduate of Youngstown State University. Music ministry will be provided by Gene Gardiner.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Dec. 7. Table sponsorships are available.

Call 724-981-7777. No children younger than 12 are permitted.

Choir in concert


The Faith Choir will be in concert at 5:30 p.m. today at Temple Emmanuel Seventh Day Adventist Church, 108 W. Indianola Ave.

The theme of the free event is “He Reigns Forever.”

Trips planned


Jesus “The Key” Ministry is sponsoring trips, and the proceeds send inner-city children to camp.

Trips are: Tuesday, dinner show and Christmas lights in Cambridge, Pa., for $85 and departure at 9 a.m. at First Christian Church in Columbiana; Dec. 8, Gaithers in concert in Pittsburgh, $60, with departure at 3 p.m. from First Christian; Dec. 11 and 12, “Jonah” at Sight and Sound Theater, “Home for the Holidays” at American Music Theater and “Swing Christmas” at Dutch Apple Theater, $269, in Lancaster, Pa., with depature at 7 a.m. at First Christian.

Contact Bing Newton at 330-427-6578 for information.

50th anniversary


World Fellowship Interdenominational Church, 494 W. Dewey Ave., will celebrate its 50th anniversary Dec. 7-9. The late Rev. Elizabeth Powell founded the church now led by the Rev. Larry McCulloh.

The theme is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” A service is planned at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the church with guest speaker, the Rev. Kenneth Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church.

A celebration banquet will be at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Elm Tree in Struthers. Tickets are available by calling the church at 330-788-4992. Ticket costs are $25 for adults and $15 for children 10 and younger. Keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Morris Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church.

A service also is scheduled at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the church with guest speaker, the Rev. Kevin Crum, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church.

Taiz prayer

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Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will host a special Taiz prayer service from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 in Magnificat Chapel at Villa Maria Community Center. The Taiz prayer service is based on a ritual developed by an ecumenical community in France dedicated to prayer and simplicity. Taiz is a Christian interdenominational prayer form that incorporates music, Scripture and silence. Musicians from the Church of Notre Dame, Hermitage, Pa., will provide the music. Refreshments are served after the service.

The program is funded through an anonymous donor. For information or directions, call 724-964-8886 or visit

Re-Creation program


Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE, will present Re-Creation, a song and dance group from Port Trevorton, Pa., in the program “Christmas Gold” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The music of Re-Creation is for audiences of all ages. The program is a celebration of the coming of Jesus. There will be traditional hymns, classics and original music. Re-Creation was founded in 1976 and has performed more than 10,000 concerts in all 50 United States.

For tickets, call the church at 330-856-3463.

Christmas concert


A Christmas choral concert is planned at 6 p.m. Dec. 2 at Struthers Presbyterian Church, 110 Poland Ave. The event is free and refreshments will follow.

Family week

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Family week will be observed at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday at Greater Mount Zion Church, 1825 Roemer Blvd., as the legacies and genealogies of pioneer and present families of the church are discussed.

The event will conclude with a service of tribute to remember the late superintendent Wilbert G. Harden at 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

Guest speaker will be the Rev. Thomas J. Bolling.

Shrine relocation


The Shrine of St. Dymphna, located on the grounds of the Heartland Behavioral Healthcare Facility, will be relocated to St. Mary Parish, 206 Cherry Road NE, this month. Originally, the chapel was built to serve Catholic patients and staff of Massillon State Hospital. The buildings were given to the state by the Diocese of Cleveland in the 1930s. That gift was later reaffirmed by the Diocese of Youngstown.

Bishop George V. Murry has approved the move.

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