Lenten programs | At Valley churches

Ambassadors for Christ, 15th annual ecumenical services from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at various sites in Youngstown: Ash Wednesday, Holy Apostles Parish at St. Stephen of Hungary Church, 854 Wilson Ave., with Pastor Roney Tucker; March 12, We Walk by Faith Bible Church, 1636 Himrod Ave., with the Rev. Joseph Rudjak; March 19, Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 328 S. Forest Ave., with the Rev. Ricky Tigner; March 26, St. James Church of God in Christ, 75 S. Prospect Ave., with the Rev. Jack Pettis; April 2, Mount Zion Baptist Church, 827 Wilson Ave., with the Rev. George Moore; and April 9, Holy Apostles Parish at Sts. Peter and Paul Croatian Church, 421 Covington St., with the Rev. George Wilkins.

Blessed John Paul II Parish social hall, 420 North St. NW, Warren: Lenten programs are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, beginning March 12. The free presentations will be “The Passion and Resurrection Narratives: A comparison of the four Gospels” by the Rev. George Balasko. Refreshments and fellowship will follow. For information, call the parish office at 330-399-8881.

Canfield Christian Church, 123 S. Broad St., Canfield: Lenten breakfasts scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, starting next week through April 16. Meals are free, and free-will donations will be accepted.

Disciples Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 565 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman: Lenten Wednesdays suppers and study are scheduled from 5:30 to 6:50 p.m. with focus on “Disciples of Christ – Who Do We Think We Are, Anyway?” Sessions will be March 12 on cultural trends; March 19, movement; March 26, wholeness; April 2, welcome; and April 9, table.

First Presbyterian Church, 201 Wick Ave., Youngstown: Lenten Bible study is planned from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, March 13-April 17 in the parlor with the Rev. Carolyn Griffeth. Topic is “Give Up Something Bad for Lent.”

First Presbyterian Church, 3654 Main St., Mineral Ridge: Throughout Lent, from March 12-April 9, there will be a free dinner at 6 p.m. prepared and served by a different church committee each week. The dinner will be kept warm until 6:45 and will be followed by a program with communion and a mission speaker. Programs planned are March 12, Kristi Van Nostran of El Salvador, facilitator of Joining Hands Network, via Skype; March 19, James Walawender, farm manager at Joseph Badger Camp and Conference Center in Burghill, on the local ministry; March 26, Jason Woods, program manager for the Americas Program at Heifer International, via Skype; April 2, Cobbie and Dessa Palm of the Philippines where he serves as a mission facilitator, via Skype; and April 9, the Rev. Mark and Ashley Wright, the first Presbyterian mission co-workers to serve with the Presbyterian Church of Honduras, via Skype.

Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, Boardman: Midweek Lenten services will be at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. beginning March 12. Soup suppers will be at 6 p.m. beginning March 12.

Hope Lutheran Parish, midweek services will include supper at 6 p.m. and worship at 7 on March 12, at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 572 Parkman Road,. NW, Warren; March 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 56 N. Chestnut St., Niles; March 26, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry St., Warren; April 2, Messiah Lutheran Church, 4920 Fairport Road, Newton Falls; and April 9, no meal, cantata by joint choir directed by Dean Hunt, organist, at 7 p.m.

Lutheran Cluster with Lenten services, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at various sites with receptions following: March 12 at Christ Lutheran Church, 250 Sexton St., Struthers, with the Rev. Julianne Smith; March 19 at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, Youngstown, with the Rev. Becky Smith; March 26 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 N. Broad St., Canfield, with the Rev. Paul Burgeson; April 2 at Grace Lutheran Church, 162 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown, Taize service with the Rev. Duane Jesse assisting; and April 9 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2985 Center Road, Poland, with the Rev. Barbara Bartholomew.

New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Church Hill Hubbard Road, Liberty: “Exercising your right to pray” is the theme for midweek Lenten services at noon and 7:30 p.m. beginning Ash Wednesday. Potluck suppers will precede the services except for Ash Wednesday.

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road, Austintown: Midweek Lenten services on Wednesdays, March 12-April 9, with dinner at 6 p.m. and service at 7.

St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, Boardman: Lenten parish mission at 6:30 p.m. March 23 with Frank Runyon, TV and film actor, on “Sermon on the Mount” with refreshments following. Non-perishable items will be collected for Martha’s Cupboard food pantry at the church. Other speakers will be the Rev. Nicholas Shori, director of the Office of Evangelization in the Diocese of Youngstown, at 7 p.m. March 24 and the Rev. Gerald DeLucia, president of Cardinal Mooney High School, at 7 p.m. March 25.

St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane, Youngstown: A parish mission is planned at 7 p.m. March 9 and 10 with director, the Rev. Patrick Manning, who also will speak at the first Lent Tuesday program that begins with Mass at 5:30 p.m., simple supper at 6 and speaker at 7. Programs will be March 11, parish mission with Father Manning; March 18, “Called To Be Salt and Light” with Sister Patricia McNicholas of the Ursuline Sisters; March 25, “Evangelization Is Everyone’s Business” with the Rev. Ed Noga, pastor of St. Patrick Church in Youngstown; April 1, “Evangelized By the Word” with the Rev. Joseph Fata, pastor of St. Luke Church in Boardman; April 8, “Sharing Faith in the Home” with Cindee Case of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Youngstown; and April 15, communal reconciliation.

St. James Episcopal Church, 7640 Glenwood Ave., Boardman: Lenten programs will be on five Tuesdays, starting March 11, in Jones Hall with a light supper at 6 p.m. and table talk at 6:30 on “Worship: Why We Do the Things We Do.”

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 323 Wick Ave., Youngstown: Soup and Scripture will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 12-April 9, with discussion on the book “The Wonder of the Beyond” by David Adam. Books are available through the church at $16.50. For information, call 330-743-3175.

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 4453 Warren-Sharon Road, Vienna: Free ecumenical community luncheons are planned at noon Wednesdays throughout Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday. Area clergy will offer a message on a Scripture passage. Sessions will be: next week, Pastor Jason Cashel of Cross Point Bible Fellowship in Vienna; March 12, Pastor Judi Bender of Vienna Presbyterian Church; March 19, the Rev. Joel Dickson of Fowler Community Church; March 26, Pastor Gary Meikle of Hartford Community Church; April 2, Monsignor John Zuraw of St. Rose Church in Girard; and April 9, Pastor Cathy Ake of Vienna United Methodist Church. Call 330-394-2361.

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