Dr. Rick Flanders will be the guest speaker for special meetings at 10 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 17 and 7 p.m. Feb. 18-22 at Gospel Baptist Church, 6235 Clingan Road.
Nursery service is available for babies and young children.
Special music will be presented at each service.
Dr. Flanders is an evangelist who speaks on topics related to spiritual revival. For 36 years, he served churches in Michigan as a pastor until September of 2007, when he entered the field of itinerant preaching.
Flanders has written for national religious periodicals for nearly 20 years. He also has written a book on revival, “Back to Normal.”
St. Christine Church, 3125 S. Schenley Ave., will sponsor a parish mission, “Reflections on the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi,” with Friar Johnpaul Cafiero, a Franciscan priest of the Sacred Heart Province in Chicago/St. Louis.
He is the vocational director for his order and a chaplain with Illinois State Police.
Sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday on the “Instruments of Peace,” Monday on “O Divine Master” and Tuesday on “It is in Giving that We Receive.”
A free-will offering for the Franciscans and their ministry will be taken.
Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave. SW, will present “No Ordinary Love,” a Gospel stage play written and directed by Jeff Stanford, at 7 p.m. today.
The play combines drama, comedy and live music to examine the struggles many face in marriage and relationships.
Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken.
Sonship Quartet will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Bible Church, 2878 Warren Meadville Road.
A nursery will be provided.
A free-will offering will be accepted.
Praise and worship
Restoration Christian Fellowship, 151 Folsom St., NW, will present “A Date With The King,” an evening of praise and worship.
Featured will be choirs, Rhema Praise Team, flaggers, musicians, mimes and drama at 7 p.m. Thursday.
At New Bethel
New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., elected 2013 officers.
They are Michael Lyons, deacon board chairman; Mary Ann Mitchell, deaconess board chairman; Julius Livas, trustee board chairman; Ike Henry, general treasurer; Ketuan Baldwin, financial secretary; Reuben Gordon Sr., benevolent treasurer; Juanita Davis, church clerk, Lois York, church superintendent; and Michael Lyons, Christian education director.
The 2013 budget is $640,409.
The Rev. Kenneth Simon is pastor, and the Rev. Robin Woodberry is assistant pastor.
The church will celebrate its 40th dinner meeting Sunday at the Brentford House, which will pay tribute to the late Rev. Lonnie Simon. He was pastor for 33 years and retired in 1995. The Rev. Mr. Simon initiated the annual dinner concept in 1973.
The Rev. Bruce McLaurin of Cleveland will be guest speaker.
40-day fast under way
Members of Temple Emmanuel, 140 W. Indianola Ave., are participating in a 40-day fast.
It began Feb. 1 and will end March 12.
A jubilee worship will be celebrated March 16 with school at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 11.
Refreshements will follow.
Kathryn Hawks Haney is coordinator; Elder Russell L. Fields is pastor.
Area churches are invited to participate. Call 330-740-0250.
The Benedictine Sisters of the Byzantine Church at Queen of Heaven Monastery are offering a Spirituality Day from 1 to 4 p.m. March 2 at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Center, 180 Belvedere Ave., NE.
To register, call 330-856-1813, or email email@example.com before Feb. 25.
Presenter will be Monsignor George Appleyard, pastor of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Catholic Church in Carnegie, Pa., protopresbyter of the Central Deanery and vicar general for the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio.
His topic will be “The Silent Spring,” an explanation of the Paschal season.
There will be time for reflection, questions and refreshments and an opportunity to receive the Mystery (Sacrament) of Reconciliation.
Vespers will follow.
The music ministry of Shiloh Baptist Church, 238 Bright Ave., will present the black heritage play “If Anybody Asks You Who I am ... Tell Them I’m a Child of God” by Roosevelt Wright Jr.
The program will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 17.
The play celebrates Black History Month and is open to all.
Ronnie Rupert is choir president, and the Rev. Ricky Tigner is pastor.
Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown, will present “Addressing Poverty in Our Time: A Lenten Mission” at three sites.
The programs will include prayer, reflection, rediscover and presentations.
There also will be question and answer session. Light refreshments will be served. One hour religious education credit is available
Session are planned at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at St. Rose Parish in Rosetta Hall, 48 E. Main St., Girard; at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at Our Lady of Peace Parish at Mother of Sorrows School, 1464 W. Sixth St., Ashtabula; and 2 p.m. March 3 at Walsh University’s Barrett Center Conference Room C in North Canton.
Registration is encouraged. Contact Rachel Hrbolich at 330-744-8451, ext. 328 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.