Submit information on Ash Wednesday

Submit information on Ash Wednesday

Lent, a season of spiritual renewal, begins Ash Wednesday, which is Feb. 13.

Forty days is a traditional number of discipline, devotion and preparation in the Bible. Lent also lasts for 40 days, excluding Sundays.

A free listing of Ash Wednesday services and other Lenten programs will be published next Saturday.

Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Send information by email to, mail to Religion at The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or by fax to 330-747-6712.

For information, call 330-747-1471, ext. 1245.

Prayer team


The Youngstown City and Regional Prayer Team will gather for a prayer assembly at 10 a.m. today at Fifth Avenue Community Church, 1361 Fifth Ave.

Prayer leaders are Larry and Betty Stephens.

Interfaith tea


The 68th annual Interfaith Tea is planned from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark’s Orthodox Church, 3560 Logan Way.

The tea was established in 1946 by Marion B. Roth of Congregation Rodef Sholom to foster a better understanding among women of different faiths. Mrs. Roth died in 1995.

The Eastern Orthodox Women’s Society, with Helen Mays as chairwoman, will host the event.

Frederick Anzivino of Warren, a board member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Christian Academy and Preschool, will speak on the theme “Education and Today’s Children.”

The Rev. Basil Duesenberry, pastor of Holy Ghost Orthodox Church and chaplain of the Eastern Orthodox Women’s Society, will give opening remarks.



Jewish-Christian Studiest/North will meet Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way. The group will gather at 12:30 p.m. and the study will begin at 1.

The Rev. Remu Bleahu, a hospital chaplain and member of the Eastern Orthodox Clergy Association of the Mahoning Valley, will discuss the role of sickness and healing in the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

VBS workshops

Lion and Lamb Christian Resources will sponsor vacation Bible school workshops. Presentations will be about two hours and include discussion with presenters and viewing of materials. VBS starter kits are available to review at the store.

A workshop will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Grace Fellowship Church, 2150 Niles-Cortland Road SE, Warren. Call 330-505-1319 for details. A second workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon next Saturday at Lion and Lamb, 145 S. Broadway, Salem. For information, call 800-537-0269 or 330-332-8501.

Boy Scout Sunday

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St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 159 Todd Ave., will host a Boy Scout Sunday service at 11 a.m. Feb. 10 led by the Rev. David Williamson, chaplain of Custaloga Town Scout Camp in northeast Mercer County.

Pastor Williamson will give a free patch to all Cub, Boy and Venturing Scouts and leaders in uniform.

Complimentary coffee, juice and doughnuts will be served at 10:30 a.m.

Revival planned

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Save America Revival is planned at 7 p.m. Thursday through next Saturday at Hempfield Firehall, Sixth Avenue. There will be gospel music nightly.


Vision City


Vision City is a new church being formed by Dr. Jerome A. Jones, who served as executive director of ecclesia affairs at Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church under the mentorship of the late Bishop Norman Wagner.

A reception event is planned at 6:30 p.m. Friday at St. Demetrios Community Center, 3223 Atlantic St. Reservations are requested at 888-807-0645.

The Pentecostal church will conduct “College of the Scriptures” on Wednesdays, Feb. 13 through March 27, at AHEPA Building, 3300 Youngstown Road. Intercessory prayer will be from 6 to 6:45 p.m. and Scriptures from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

The church launch will be at 10 a.m. March 31, Easter Sunday, at St. Demetrios center.

Scouts at service


Boy Scout Troop 25 and their families will participate in a service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St., to recognize the 103rd anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.

The congregation is led by the Rev. Susan Brown. Troop 25 has had more than 160 young men earn the rank of Eagle Scout in its 87-year history.

The troop will serve a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. in fellowship hall.

Pastor installation


The Rev. Eugene A. Koene was installed as associate pastor for Hope Lutheran Parish on Jan. 19.

The Rev. Ron Zoesch, director of Evangelical Mission, installed Pastor Koene at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Pastors Dee Emmert and David Conrad assisted with worship.

Hope Lutheran Parish is a cooperative ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran and St. Mark Lutheran churches of Warren, Messiah Lutheran Church of Newton Falls and Trinity Lutheran Church of Niles.

Pastor Koene is a 2001 graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., and served as pastor at Holy Comforter Lutheran Church, St. Louis; St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Toledo, Ohio; Lutheran Church of the Risen Christ, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Bronx, N.Y. He has also served as house chaplain at Seafarers & International House in New York City.

He was married to the late Deaconness Stella Brown and has two sons.

New Bethel dinner


The dinner committee of New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., has planned the 40th annual dinner for 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Brentford House in Hubbard, with the Rev. Bruce Laurin of Cleveland as guest speaker.

Cost is adults, $13.50; 5- to 10-year-olds, $6.75; children 4 and younger, free. Reservations are due Monday by calling the office at 330-747-2125 and will be taken Sunday in the church narthex.

Theme is “Instruments in The Hand of God, Impacting the Lives of Others” and is a tribute to the late Rev. Lonnie Kwajo Simon.

Ursuline associates


Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown welcomed new associates, Aimee Morrison, Linda Lucarell Miller, Jeannie Moran, Dan Wakefield, Terry Supancic and Kathy Lattanzi, during Mass on Jan. 26 in the Motherhouse Chapel. Brian Smith will be a companion in mission.

The Mass also marked the Jan. 27 Feast Day of St. Angela Merici, Ursuline founder.

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