On peacemaking

On peacemaking


The recent death of Nelson Mandela has again raised the question of how best to respond to injustice — with force and coercion or with a nonviolent approach? What are the long-term consequences of the use of force as opposed to nonviolent approaches? These and other questions will be the basis for a dinner and discussion on Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Girard, 890 Churchill Road. The potluck supper begins at 5 p.m. and the discussion at 6. Visitors are expected and welcome at both the dinner and discussion. For information, call 330-505-1192.

Groening lecture


“Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path Through the Teachings of Bruno Groening” will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 S. Broad St. The session will be at — but not affiliated with — the church.

The lecture is sponsored by the Circle for Spiritual Aid to Life, based on the teachings of Groening, a German healer and teacher. The free information lecture is about 90 minutes.

For information on the Groening lecture, contact Arlene Barkan, community leader, at 330-372-3144 or by email to arlenah3144@aol.com. Visit www.bruno-groening.org/english.

‘Night in Bethlehem’


“A Night in Bethlehem” will be presented from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road.

The free, indoor, walk-through event will offer a “hands-on” Holy Land experience. For information, call 724-253-2424.

Men’s breakfast


A men’s breakfast meeting, Rally in the Valley 2014, will be Dec. 21 at Das Dutch House with speaker Mark Hoobler.

Special music will be presented by Mary Ann Hoobler. Honoree for the day will be Dick Hartzell.

Canned food donations will go to the Four C’s in New Waterford.

For details, call 330-482-5050.

Christmas cantata


The choir at Faith Community Covenant Church, 1919 E. Midlothian Blvd., will present the multimedia Christmas cantata “Silent Night, Holy Night” during the 10:45 a.m. Dec. 22 worship service.

The children’s choir Grace Notes also will sing.

Blue Christmas services

First Presbyterian Church, 3654 Main St., Mineral Ridge, and Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St., North Lima, will conduct Blue Christmas services.

Christmas can be a painful time for some. It may be the first Christmas since the death of a loved one or it may be a time that has always been difficult.

First Presbyterian’s service will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 22.

The service will include prayers, Scripture and music. For information, call First Presbyterian at 330-652-5712.

At Good Hope Lutheran Church, the service will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 22.

People will be invited to come forward and light a candle in memory of someone or to mark an event in their lives. Not everyone feels like celebrating during this season. Grief, illness, aging, depression, loneliness, unemployment and loss are magnified.

For information, call Good Hope at 330-549-2406.

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