RELIGION DIGEST | Summer recital; VBS

Summer recital


The Sean Baran Studio will be showcased by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society in the annual summer recital, Music in the Afternoon, at 2 p.m. Sunday at Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St.

The program will feature Sean Baran, studio founder, alone with violinist Jay Koziorynsky and pianist Joel Kreuzwieser. The program is free. A good-will offering will be accepted to further society education activities.

Complimentary refreshments will be served, courtesy of the church. For directions, contact Richard S. Scarsella, WHMHS society chairman, at 330-726-8277.

Free lawn concert


The First Presbyterian Church, 890 Churchill Road, will host a free lawn concert from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday featuring Rudy and the Professionals. There will be a raffle of gift baskets and gift certificates. Proceeds will be used to buy school supplies to be given away at the annual children’s carnival in August. Free refreshments will be served. Bring a lawn chair.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will take place inside the church.

Summer camps


Registrations are being accepted for two summer day camps for children and youth at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen St.

Children ages 5 to 10 are invited to choose Thursday or Friday sessions for GROW Camp, which is a once-a-week gardening and outdoor activities camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning June 14 or 15 until Aug. 9 or 10.

Youth ages 10 to 16 are invited to learn and use outdoor skills at the 2018 Outdoor Summer Experience Camp taking place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 9-13. Lunch and snacks will be provided during both camps. For details or to receive a brochure, call 724-964-8886.

Anniversary celebrations


Zion Hill Baptist Church, 220 Jefferson St., will host a celebration of 40 years in the ministry for Pastor Lowell T. Williams and Sister Jennifer E. Williams at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The guest speaker will be Pastor James McKeithen from Second Baptist Church in Sharpsville, Pa.

St. Anthony’s Relics


St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church, 7345 Westview Drive, will host St. Anthony’s Relics from his Basilica in Padua, Italy, on Tuesday. The relics will be accompanied by Friar Mario Conte from the Messenger of St. Anthony is Padua. The Mass/Novena will begin at 7 p.m., and an evening veneration will begin at 8 p.m.

Feast Day


St. Lucy Church, 397 Tenney Ave., will host the St. Anthony’s Feast Day with a Mass at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The Mass will be followed by a reception at the Palermo Center, 394 Tenney Ave. All are welcome to attend. For information, contact Liana Berardino at 330-755-5438.

‘Evening of Praise’


Mount Olive Baptist Church Building Fund presents “An Evening of Praise” featuring Bishop Rance Allen and special musical guests The Mighty Golden Wonders, Boot and the Boyz, Community Male Chorus and others. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at TCAP, 1230 Palmyra Road. Tickets are $30 at the door or in advance. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets, call 330-766-1943.

‘Listening Campaign’


ACTION will host “Time for our Issues Campaign: New Issues discussion: A Listening Campaign” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 21 at St. Edward Church, 240 Tod Lane. Three members from a church or organization is required. A light meal will be served. RSVP is required by Friday by emailing Monsignor Robert Siffrin is the host pastor.

Summer retreat


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, will host Release and Renew Summer Retreat from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 2 p.m. June 17.

To register, submit your name, address, email address, phone number and room request (shared or private) with $100 deposit made payable to The Center for Sound Therapy, 7250 West Blvd., Suite 1, Youngstown, OH 44512. For information, contact Maria Wagner at 330-779-1669.

Retreat for women


The Praying Sisters of Phillips Memorial Baptist Church will host a retreat entitled “Empowering Women Together” from 4 to 8 p.m. June 23 at Elm Tree Catering Hall, 170 Walton Ave. Guest speaker is the Rev. Dr. Robin R. Woodberry of New Bethel Baptist Church of Youngstown. The cost is $35. For information, contact the church at 330-743-3792 or Rev. Jeanette Humbert at 330-318-0651.

Bus trip


The First Congregational Church of Wayne sponsors a bus trip to the Sight and Sound Theater on July 31 and Aug. 1 to see their new production “JESUS.” Included is a performance at the Dutch Apple Dinner theater to see “The Wizard of Oz.” The bus trip will include overnight accommodations and three meals. The cost is $299 per person. A deposit of $99 is due by Friday to reserve your spot. Full payment is due July 1.

Make checks payable to the church and mail to Logan Coleman, PO Box 114, Williamsfield, OH 44093. Include your name, address and phone number. For information, call 330-397-9189.

Revival planned


Christ Dwelling Place Ministry, 3048 Gerwig Ave., will host “Keeping it Real with JESUS” Revival with Apostle Don Hughes. Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and next Saturday. There will be a worship service at 11:30 p.m. June 17. The program is hosted by Pastor/Founder Bishop Alice Bell-Parkman.

Girl empowerment


The Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, will host a celebration of cultural diversity and girl empowerment entitled Be”YOU”tiful from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and next Saturday for girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Topics include race, ethnicity and culture discussion; self-image, self-esteem and body image; and treating others with respect and kindness. The program will also include lunch, activities, prizes, giveaways and swimming. This is a free event but registration is required. For information or to register, contact Trina Benson by emailing or calling 330-509-5341.

Church anniversary


New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., will celebrate the 94th Church Anniversary at 5 p.m. June 24 with special guests Pastor Michael Harrison and the Union Baptist Church Family of Youngstown. Fifty-year members will be honored at the service.

Bible study


The First Congregational Church of Wayne, corner of state Routes 193 and 322, will host a class entitled “How to Study the Bible” at 6 p.m. Thursday. This is a college satellite class for credit. This is a one-hour-per-week class. For information or to register, call 440-293-4343.

Vacation Bible schools

WARREN: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 2053 North Road NE, will host its 35th annual vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 18-22. The theme will be “Following Jesus into the Desert for our Salvation.” The program will feature arts, crafts, music, games and refreshments. For information, call Father Ken Bachofsky at 330-372-9778.

CANFIELD: Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, will host vacation Bible school June 22-24. The theme will be “Polar Blast: Where Jesus’ Love is Cool.” The program is free to all children from preschool age through sixth grade. Preschoolers must be potty trained. The times are as follows: 5 to 8 p.m. June 22; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23; 10 a.m. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. June 24. For information visit or call 330-792-5805.

YOUNGSTOWN: Third Baptist Church, 1177 Park Hill Drive, will host a vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through June 22 for children ages 4 through 17. The program includes Bible lessons, crafts, music and snacks. For information or to register, call the church office at 330-743-0640.

LIBERTY: Church Hill United Methodist, 189 Church Hill-Hubbard Road, will host vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 18-22 for children ages preschool through sixth grade. The theme is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.” The program will feature Bible adventures, verses, songs, snacks and hands-on explorations. To register call 330-759-0118. For information visit

BROOKFIELD: Brookfield United Methodist Church, 6951 Grove St., will host vacation Bible school from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 9- July 13. For information, email

GIRARD: Center Point Church, 2722 W. Liberty St., will host a vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. July 10-July 13 and from noon to 2 p.m. July 14 for children ages 4 to 12. The theme will be “Life’s Big Game.” A snack will be provided. To register visit or call Nichole at 330-622-1234.

CANFIELD/AUSTINTOWN: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2305 S. Canfield-Niles Road, will host its annual vacation Bible school for children ages 3 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon July 18-20. The theme will be “On the Farm.” The program will take place at the Mahoning County Experimental Farm Classroom, 7574 Columbiana-Canfield Road, Canfield, the first two days. The final day will take place at the church in Austintown. There will be a picnic on the last day. The program will include crafts, games, gifts, music and fun. The event is free and open to all children in the age range. Register online at or contact the church at 330-799-7823.

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