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Zanni named dean of Trumbull County


The Rev. Frank Zanni, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Vienna, has been appointed dean of Trumbull County by Bishop George V. Murry.

The appointment is a three-year term, renewable.

Father Zanni was ordained June 9, 1990, after seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. He has served as associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish in Hubbard, St. Luke Parish in Boardman and St. Rose Parish in Girard. His current assignment as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish includes the churches of St. Vincent DePaul in Vienna and St. Bernadette in Masury.

Father Zanni also served as a member of the diocesan Priests’ Personnel Board and Priests’ Council.

The Diocese of Youngs-town is comprised of seven deaneries. Priests representing the other deaneries in the Diocese of Youngstown as deans are: Rev. Raymond Thomas, Ashtabula County; Rev. Robert Edwards, Columbiana County (reappointed to second term); Rev. Gregory Fedor, Mahoning County-North (reappointed to second term); Rev. Terrence Hazel, Mahoning County-South (reappointed to second term); Rev. Richard Pentello, Portage County; and Rev. Msgr. James Clarke, Stark County.

New pastor


Phillip McClelland was installed as the new pastor of Gethsemane Lutheran Church (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) this summer.

Pastor McClelland studied at Concordia St. Louis Seminary, where he received a master of divinity degree, and at Concordia, St. Paul, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian outreach.

He previously served at Peace Lutheran Church in Galloway, N.J.

He and his wife, Shiloh, have been married 11 years and have two children.

Worship service is at 9 a.m. and Sunday school at 10.

Weekend retreat

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Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will host a weekend retreat, “Holiness is Wholeness,” from Nov. 1-3 with presenter Melannie Svoboda, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon.

Sister Melannie, the author of 11 books, will explore five signs of everyday holiness — a sense of wonder, peace, hospitality, playfulness and the ability to live graciously with adversity and ambiguity.

The cost is $175 and includes the program, overnight accommodations, all meals and refreshments. A commuter rate is $125.

Registration is due by Monday.


Billy Graham movie


Austintown Baptist Church, 1180 S. Raccoon Road, will screen the movie “My Hope America” with Billy Graham at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

The public is invited to a free fellowship meal. The Rev. Charles Cole is pastor. For information, call the church at 330-792-9532.

Bishop to be feted


Congregants of Cristianos Unidos Church The Place Where the Lord Provides in Campbell and The Place Where the Lord Provides, 104 W. Evergreen Ave., will honor Bishop Sarah Covington at 3 p.m. Sunday.

She presides over both churches. She has pioneered such projects as housing for the elderly, substance-abuse intervention, school for children, food and clothing assistance, prison ministry and a turkey giveaway.

Prayer assembly


The Youngstown City and Regional Prayer Team will have a prayer assembly at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 at Fifth Avenue Community Church, 1361 5th Ave.

Bible translation


The Youngstown-Columbiana Wycliffe Associates banquet will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Das Dutch Village Inn in Columbiana. Reservations are required, but the event is free. Call 330-277-4880. The event will be a chance to learn about Bible translation and meet missionaries.

Men’s, women’s day


The Alpha & Omega First Baptist Church, 3120 Winton Ave., will celebrate their joint Men and Women’s Day Program on Sunday. The Women’s Day celebration will be during the 11 a.m. worship service. The speaker will be Minister Myrtis Thornton of Union Baptist Church. The speaker for the 4 p.m. Men’s Day Program will be the Rev. Ernest Ellis, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church.

Guest minister


Dr. Mark T. Barclay will be the guest speaker for services at Miracle Valley Church, 2119 Valley View Road, at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30. A nursery and children’s church will be provided. Ministers are asked to call ahead for reserved seating.

Annual conference


Grace A.M.E. Church, 1137 Main Ave. SW, will host the 132nd session of the North Ohio Annual Conference. The Nov. 2-9 event will have its official Opening Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 5. All are welcome to attend. The Missionary Witness (Nov. 4), Sons of Allen Witness (Nov. 5), Lay Witness (Nov. 6) and Educational Institution Night (Nov. 7) are other highlights. Call the church office at 330-394-6270 for information.

First sermon


Artis M. Henderson will preach his first sermon at 3 p.m. Sunday at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 646 Lakewood Ave.

Henderson has played piano and organ and acted as music director for 40 years at various churches in the Mahoning Valley and Pennsylvania. He is a former member of the gospel group Jesus Celebration Choir. Henderson attends Greater Friendship Baptist Church, where he has been on the music staff since 2009 and in ministerial training since March 2012.

Anniversary banquet


Mount Zion Baptist Church, 827 Wilson Ave., will celebrate its 93rd anniversary Sunday. The Rev. Gary L. Frost will be guest speaker at the 11 a.m. service. The Rev. Dr. Avan Odom will be the speaker at the Black/White Banquet at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Hall on Logan Way. Tickets are $35. Call 330-746-3601.

Ordainment service


Bethel Lighthouse Ministrries, 1543 Himrod Ave., will ordain Minister Carol Yablonovsky of Hubbard to the office of Elder in a service at 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Change in air time


Crossing Paths TV Ministry, hosted by Don Reed Sr. and Dr. Ernie DePasquale, will temporarily move from 11 a.m. Sunday to 8:30 a.m. on local TV station FOX 17/62. The program will move back to 11 a.m. Dec. 1.

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