Submit information on Christmas

Submit information on Christmas

The Vindicator will publish a listing of area services that are open to the public in observance of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Christmas list will run on the Religion page Dec. 17 and New Year’s, Dec. 24.

The deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

Information should include the denomination and name of the church, address, city or suburb and time of Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day services and New Year’s Eve and/or New Year’s Day services. The information should be accompanied by a name and a phone number for verification or any questions.

Send the information to Religion desk, The Vindicator, 107 Vindicator Square, Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501-0780; by fax to 330-747-6712; or by email to

Blue Christmas


Westminster Presbyterian Church will conduct its fourth annual Blue Christmas Service at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. The service recognizes not everyone is happy during the Christmas season. Dealing with the loss of a loved one, facing divorce or separation, coping with a job loss, living with a chronic illness and other issues may dampen the Christmas spirit.

The service is planned to bring Christ to participants in a refreshing way as people face struggles. There will be special Scripture readings, music, poems and a message of hope.

For special needs


Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St., will present “The Sights and Sounds of Christmas” at 3 p.m. Dec. 4. This unique Christmas experience is for students (preschool to 21 years old) with special needs.

The experience will be welcoming and accessible to all multiple-disability students. The program will be a multisensory Christmas experience including a Nativity dress-up, farm-animal petting, cookie decorating and tasting, music making and sensory toy playing. Activities will focus on the love of God and the Christmas story through the use of five senses. The program is designed by a group of educators who are part of the CUMC congregation.

The Rev. Susan Brown is senior pastor. For information, call 330-533-9801.

Advent series


The Christian Formation Commission of St. Charles Borromeo Church, 7345 Westview Drive, will present its 2016 Advent Speaker Series beginning next week. Sessions are from 7:40 to 8:15 a.m. Wednesdays in St. Matthew Room. A continental breakfast will be provided.

Sessions on the theme “Continuing to Respond with Gratitude” will be next week, with Natalie Wardle, youth minister at St. Charles; Dec. 7, Mary Assion, parishioner; and Dec. 14, Brian Blasko, motivational speaker and parishioner.

For information, call the church at 330-758-2325.

‘Joy and Comfort’


Women Walking in Faith of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish will host a special program called “Joy & Comfort this Advent” from 7 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Church hall, 185 Laird Ave.

Singer Tia Ciferno will be featured at the event to offer inspiration and encouragement to women of all ages to prepare their hearts and minds for Christmas.

There is no charge for the program, but a free-will offering will be collected for a local women’s center. Call or text 330-540-2325 with questions.

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