First Baptist Church of Hubbard, 59 Orvchard Ave., will host an organ concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 19 featuring its new Allen organ.
Steven Frank, director of music and organist at St. Pancras Catholic Church in Glendale, N.Y., since 1994, will play. He studied under Virgil Fox. Frank has played the Wanamaker organ at the Lord and Taylor store (now Macy’s) in Philadelphia, the largest playing organ in the world with 28,500 pipes controlled by a console with six keyboards and 729 color-coded stop tablets.
In 2009, Frank launched the International Organ Festival at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. He serves as president of the Virgil Fox Society, is treasurer for the Queens Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a board member of the New York Theatre Organ Society.
A variety of selections will be showcased in the hourlong concert. Refreshments will follow. Child care will be provided for children through the third grade.
Mass for Life
Bishop George V. Murry will celebrate the annual diocesan Mass for Life at noon Jan. 19 in St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St.
Expectant parents and their families will be invited to receive a blessing for their unborn babies. The new “Blessing of a Child in the Womb” was granted Vatican approval in March and was created to encourage prayer and recognition of the gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society.
A pasta luncheon will be provided in St. Columba Hall. All are welcome to attend. No reservations are necessary.
For information, contact the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life at 330-744-8451.
Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 67 McClure St., will sponsor its Sister-to-Sister Event on Feb. 23 at The Georgetown, 5945 South Ave., Boardman.
The theme for the year’s event that starts at 10 a.m. is “No More Christian Nice Girl.” Speakers will be Thais Davidson of Friendship Baptist Church in Girard and Blonda Poindexter from Rising Star Baptist Church.
There will be a continental breakfast at 9:30 a.m., speakers at 10 and lunch at noon.
Tickets f are $25 for adults and $10 for ages 13-21. For tickets, call Virginia Fannings at 330-755-9675 before Feb. 12.
String Theory, an instrumental guitar duo, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Unity Church Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road.
Steve Pappas and Tony Valenzisi play classical and Spanish guitar, jazz and improvisation.
The event is free and open to the public though donations will be accepted.
First Friday Club
Dr. Nicholas Wolsonovich will be the featured speaker when the First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown meets Feb. 7 at Antone’s Banquet Centre, 8578 Market St.
He is superintendent of Catholic Schools, Diocese of Youngstown. His topic will be “An Update on the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Youngstown.”
The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $15. Reservations must be made by calling 330-533-1023 or visiting www.firstfridayclubofgreater-youngstown.org.
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Engaged couples are invited to attend the Feb. 16 program “Marriage Preparation: It’s about the Loving“ at Villa Maria Community Center.
An experienced panel of married couples, clergy, religious and financial and legal counsel will present the program from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost is $150 per couple and includes all materials, snacks and meals. For an additional cost of $40, couples may elect to stay the night before the program begins or after the program has ended.
Accommodations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration is required for this program. Call 724-964-8886 or visit www.villaprograms.org.
Liturgy Day planned
The Office of Worship of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor the annual Liturgy Day from 8:30 a.m .to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive.
The Rev. Michael G. Woost, associate professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, will be the keynote speaker. His address, “In the Mystery: Encountering God in Liturgy and Life,” will focus on how the intersection of liturgy and life uniquely reveals the mystery of God’s presence.
Other workshops will provide further formation for deacons, parish staff, liturgy committees, musicians, lay leaders of prayer, liturgical ministers and anyone who is interested in the liturgy.
Cost is $27 per person including lunch. After Jan. 24, the cost is $30 per person and lunch is not guaranteed. For information or a brochure, contact the Worship Office, 330-744-8451, ext. 304, or online at www.doy.org.
Praise and worship
Southington United Methodist Church, state Route 305, will conduct praise and worship services at 7 p.m. Saturdays. Refreshments will follow.