New Life council
Members of New Life Lutheran Church, 1181 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, elected the church council.
Serving are Diane Kralik, president; Ray Wilding, vice president; Trudy Riddell, secretary; Bob House, treasurer; and Mary Swanson, financial secretary. Committee chairmen are Elsa Forsythe, worship; Gail Mounts, parish life; Beth Cisco, outreach; Lester Walker, property; and Linda Burgett, education. William Wessner is pastor.
The membership passed a 2014 budget of $139,656 at its annual meeting. The church and its members reach out to support many recipients including Help Me Grow, Rescue Mission, Camp Frederick, the Clothes Closet in Warren, Second Harvest Food Bank, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America’s World Hunger, Operation Christmas Child, an Ecuador mission and Lutheran Disaster Relief, and several outside groups meet at the church during the week.
Worship services at New Life are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays with Sunday school at 9:30. Lenten services will be at noon and 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning next week.
In the six-county Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, 302 men, women and children are preparing to become members of the Catholic Church at Easter.
Receiving the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil on April 19 will be 112 people; and 190 people who have already been baptized in other Christian traditions will make a profession of the Catholic faith and receive the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist.
They have been participating in parishes in the diocese in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process through which they become familiar with teachings of the Catholic Church.
On the first Sunday of Lent, March 9, they will celebrate the Rite of Election at either St. Columba Cathedral at 2 p.m. or St. Joseph Church in Canton at 6 p.m. During these rites, they will be presented to Bishop George V. Murry.
During the Rite of Election, godparents, sponsors and members of the assembly are asked to attest to the readiness of these men, women and children for the Sacraments of Initiation.
For information, contact the Rev. Michael D. Balash, 330-744-8451, ext. 282.
Music of The Beatles, performed by the Mainstreet Lions, will be featured at a Mass planned March 8 at Christ Episcopal Church, 2627 Atlantic St. NE.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with a praise and worship service at 6 p.m. with the Holy Eucharist. Fellowship, free food and a sing-along will be at 7.
A parishioner, Doug Thomas, leads the Mainstreet Lions, with Liz Lewis, Rollo Miller and Al Cooper.
Those attending may wear bell bottoms, tie-dye shirts, headbands and other remnants of the era. Selections will include “Here Comes the Sun,” “The Word” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.”
For information, call the church at 330-372-4998.
Bethel Lutheran Church, 425 Crestview Drive, will begin its 125th anniversary celebration Sunday. The church was organized by a small group of Scandanavian immigrants; its constitution was signed March 2, 1889, at the home of Nils Anderson in old Haselton.
Throughout the year, the event will be noted. A luncheon is planned for Sept. 21 at the Holiday Inn with previous pastors as guests.
The Christian Allstars of Akron will sing for a live DVD recording during a program at 6 p.m. March 8 at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 646 Lakewood Ave. Doors open at 5.
Also performing will be The Voices of Victory and saxophonist Sandra Miles. Master of ceremonies will be deacon Louis Saulsberry Jr.
Elder James C. Bowie is pastor. For information, call 330-261-3094 or 330-743-5084.
Atonement in music
“Atonement in Music,” a presentation exploring Johann Sebasian Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, will be presented April 5 at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 471 Mathews Road. Speaker will be Emma M.C. Riggle, who teaches music literature at Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music.
The event will include dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the speaker. Cost is $15. Reservations are due by March 22. For information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.