Resurrection story

Resurrection story


Bethseda Church of the Living God, 2611 Milton St., will present “The Resurrection Story” at 11:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. The play is directed by minister Derrick Moore of Pittsburgh. Elder Cicero Battee is host pastor.

Orthodox Lent

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A Lenten retreat, sponsored by the Ukrainian Orthodox League of USA, is planned April 13 at Villa Maria Spirituality and Education Center. The theme is “The Journey Through Great Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving.“

Guest speaker is Dr. Gayle Woloschak.

Cost is $30 for adults and $25 for young adults and teens. Register by Friday; call 330-792-6699.

Prayer team


Youngstown City and Regional Prayer Team will meet for a prayer assembly at 10 a.m. April 6 at Fifth Avenue Community Church, 1361 Fifth Ave.

Prayer leaders are Larry and Betty Stephens.

Studies North


Jewish/Christian Studies/North will meet Wednesday at Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, to discuss the role of sickness and healing in faith traditions. The group gathers at 12:30 p.m. with the study at 1.

Dr. Kong Oh of the Baha’i Community of Greater Youngstown will address the topic.

For information, call the Rev. George Balasko at 330-406-1034 or Rabbi Joseph Schonberger at 330-759-1429.

Participants sought


Abdul Harris, an elder in the Church of God in Christ, will conduct services at 2:30 p.m. the second Sunday of the month, beginning April 14, at Dandridge Nursing Home, 31 Marantha Drive. Any mime groups, singers and musicians interested in participating should call 330-518-4369.

Praise service


Southington United Methodist Church, state Route 305, conducts a praise and worship service at 7 p.m. Saturdays.

The dress is casual. Refreshments follow.

Concert at church


St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., will continue its series of monthly concerts at 2 p.m. April 7. Featured will be Howard Howell and the Point 5 Band, Kris Harper and the Seraphim Gospel Chorus and the St. Patrick Gospel Choir. A blend of music from black to Southern Gospel will be presented.

Harper, director of music and Faith Formation at St. Patrick, also is director of SMARTS Sings and Seraphim Chorus, a non-denominational community chorus. Howell, a pianist and vocalist, directs the St. Patrick Gospel Choir.

The concert is open to the community. Free-will offerings will be accepted. For information, call 330-743-1109.

Focus on nuns


Sister Lisa Marie Belz of Cleveland will discuss the history and ministries of “Sisters in Northeast Ohio” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 16 at the Ursuline Center, 4280 Shields Road.

The “Women and Spirit” exhibit, which toured nationally, highlighted “Progress and Promise: Sisters Serving Northeast Ohio” exhibit at Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor. The history of the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown was included.

Registration is appreciated but walk-ins are welcome. Send an email by April 12 to

At First Presbyterian


First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., will present a Taiz service at 7 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary.

Larry Harris and the Motet Choir and choirs from St. Columba Cathedral, Poland Presbyterian Church and Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church will lead the candlelight service of music, chanted prayers and Scripture.

At 3 p.m. April 7, Dr. Mary Louise Bringle will present “Treasures Old and New: On the Hunt for a New Hymnal.” Dr. Bringle, professor of religious studies and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College, will introduce the new hymnal for the Presbyterian Church.

She also will speak at the 9:45 a.m. forum.

Monthly series

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Villa Maria Spirituality and Education Center will continue its series Coffee and Contemplation on the theme “The Resurrection Appearances Invitation is to Live as Alleluia” from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 9.

Presenter will be Sister Ardath Blake.

Cost to attend is $7. Cost to attend program and lunch is $12.

Registration is required; call 724- 964-8886 or visit

Easter play


Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd., will present an Easter play at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday followed by a service at 11.

An Easter egg hunt is scheduled at 12:15 p.m. All are welcome.

Special service

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First United Presbyterian Church, 109 W. Rebecca St., will conduct an Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. with contributions by children. An Easter egg hunt will follow.

At Villa Maria

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“Transformation in a Time of Uncertainty” is a program designed to engage people in exploring the time in which we live through a contemplative approach tapping into the participant’s faith and spirituality.

The conference will be May 4 led by Sister Nancy Sylvester, founder and president of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue.

Cost is $25 and includes snacks and beverages. Registration is required by Friday. Call 724- 964-8920, ext. 3274, or visit

“Living God’s Dream,” led by Margaret Silf of Scotland, an ecumenical lay Christian in the Ignatian tradition, will be April 11-13.

Cost for a full retreat is $300, two-day retreat is $225 and one-day retreat is $125. For details and registration, call 724-964-8886 or visit

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