Area Valley churches plan various Lenten programs.
Ambassadors for Christ: Ambassadors for Christ, a group of East Side churches in Youngstown that formed the organization in 2000, plans the following Lenten ecumenical services. Ash Wednesday at St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 854 Wilson Ave., with speaker the Rev. George Wilkins and distribution of ashes; Feb. 20 at We Walk by Faith Bible Church, 1636 Himrod Ave., with speaker Elder Willie Sullivan; Feb. 27 at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 328 S. Front St., with speaker the Rev. Joseph Rudjak; March 6 at St. James Church of God in Christ, 75 S. Prospect Ave., with Pastor Roney Tucker; March 13 at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, 421 Covington St., with speaker the Rev. Jack Pettis; and March 20 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 827 Wilson Ave., with a guest speaker. All services are from 7 to 9 p.m.
Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, Boardman: Lenten services will be at noon and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 and 27 and March 13 and 20.
Blessed Sacrament, 3020 Reeves Road NE, Warren: Tuesdays during Lent, Mass at 5:30 p.m. soup supper and education program and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Fridays.
Canfield Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 123 S. Broad St., Canfield: Lenten breakfasts will be from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., Ash Wednesday through March 27. Free-will offerings will be accepted.
Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman: Lenten dinner and study will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 20-March 20, on the life and ministry of the Messiah. Ray Vander Laan’s video presentation will be followed by Bible study and discussion. Contact Dottie Johnson about the meal schedule.
First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown: A Lenten Bible study will be from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, Feb. 14-March 21, in the community room. The theme is “An Acceptable Fast,” based on Old and New Testament texts. Copies of the background material are available in the office.
Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman: Lenten midweek services are scheduled at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday on “Times of Refreshing” with ashes and Holy Communion; Feb. 20 on “The Living Christ in My Own Life”; and Feb. 27, “Sharing Our Faith Together.” Soup suppers will be at 6 p.m. followed by worship.
Holy Apostles Parish, Stations of the Cross at 3:30 p.m. Saturdays at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Catholic Church, 421 Covington St., Youngstown.
Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 415 S. Main St., Columbiana: Lenten services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 20-March 20, starting with a meal prepared and served by volunteers. Each meal will feature foods from different countries; donations will benefit World Hunger. A short service will follow.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N. Broad St., Canfield: Pretzel Sunday services will be observed this weekend at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday school children will mix and bake pretzels during Sunday school hour then share with the congregation after the second service. Pretzels are twisted so that they represent two arms crossed in prayer. Lenten programs will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 and March 5, 12 and 19. The five-session course will focus on helping participants develop a richer understanding of Lutheran worship. An evening prayer will follow each session at 7:30.
Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 420 Clearmount Drive, Youngstown: Wednesday Lenten services will start at noon on the theme “Five Things You Don’t Have to Do,” with soup luncheons following. Ash Wednesday, pasta fagioli; Feb. 20, stuffed pepper; Feb 27, wedding; March 6, vegetable beef; March 13, chicken noodle; and March 20, bean. Takeout is $6 a quart.
New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, Liberty: Midweek worship services at noon and 7:30 p.m. Feb.20 and 27 and March 6, 13 and 20.
Prince of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2985 Center Road, Poland: Shrove Tuesday pancake supper at 5:30 p.m. Lenten suppers will be at 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 20 and continuing throughout Lent except for Holy Week. Worship will be at 7. The sermon series will be on “The Seven Last Words from the Cross.”
Poland churches, Lenten lunches, sponsored by Poland churches, will begin Feb. 20 throughout Lent except for Holy Week. Sessions will begin at noon at Holy Family Church fellowship hall, 2729 Center Road, Poland. The reflection on a different character at the cross will be featured each week followed by a catered luncheon. Cost is $6.
St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman: Taize service will be at 7 p.m. March 25 with candlelight, silence, Scripture and song; evensong prayer at 7 p.m. March 26; and tenebrae service, from the Latin meaning shadows, at 7 p.m. March 27.
St. Christine Church, 3125 S. Schenley Ave., Youngstown: A Lenten soup and bread series is planned Thursdays, Feb. 14-March 21. Supper of homemade soup and bread will be at 5 p.m. followed by an hourlong video explaing Catholic beliefs with the Rev. Robert Barron. There also will be a novena at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Fridays.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown: A Shrove Tuesday pancake supper and Mardi Gras party will be from 6 to 8 p.m. with jazz band. An adult forum during Sundays in Lent will be at 9:15 a.m. beginning Feb. 17. Wednesdays during Lent, Feb. 20-March 27, there will be a study group, soup and Scripture, from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. The sessions will focus on the book “Lent for Everyone, Luke Year C” by N.T. Wright. The book is $9.75 in the office; call 330-743-3175, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve books and meals.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 30 W. Front St., Youngstown: Lenten dinner and devotions will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednedays, Feb. 20-March 27. Pot-luck dinner will be in Brown Hall followed by a devotion. Bring a salad, main dish or dessert.