Summer camps

Summer camps


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

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.

‘Listening Campaign’


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

Improve fitness


The Ursuline Health and Wellness Center, 4280 Shields Road, can help improve your physical, mental or spiritual fitness. The Motherhouse pool offers classes for all ages. They also have SilverSneakers by Tivity Health classes for mature adults comprising strengthening, cardio, water and yoga. The center also features spirituality series, individual counseling and spiritual direction. For information visit or call 330-799-4941.

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.

Church anniversary


New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., will celebrate its 94th anniversary at 5 p.m. June 24. The Rev. Michael Harrison and congregation of Union Baptist Church on the city’s North Side will be the special guests. The theme for the event is “Transformed into His Image, As We Serve for His Glory.” A video honoring deceased members will be played from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

Conference retreat


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, will host a conference retreat with Paulette Kirschensteiner entitled “Praying with Clay.” The retreat is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. July 8 and conclude at noon July 12. The cost is $215 and includes the retreat, lodging, supplies and meals/refreshments from a light supper on Sunday to lunch on Thursday. Registration is required by June 25. To register, call 724-964-8886.

Fundraiser planned


Following June will perform a fundraiser for the Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday. The concert is family friendly, free and open to the public. Fundraiser donations or love offerings will be accepted. Those attending are asked to bring chairs.

Investigation closed


The formal diocesan investigation for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God Rhoda Wise will close July 6. The Acts of the Case will be presented and sealed for transport to Rome at a 10 a.m. Mass to take place at St. Peter’s , 726 Cleveland Ave. NW, on July 7, the 70th anniversary of her death.

The main celebrant will be Monsignor Robert Siffrin, Vicar General of the diocese. The celebration will continue with a Eucharistic holy hour, recitation of the rosary and the opportunity of confession after Mass. Rhoda Wise House and Grotto will be open to the public at 1 p.m. that day. See or call 330-453-0322 for further details.

Chehab to be hosted


Sts. Peter & Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 699 Stambaugh Ave., will host Rev. Hicham Chehab July 15. Rev. Chehab, a former Muslim, converted to Christianity following years of studying to become an Imam. For more information email

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 Monday through Friday. 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 Friday through June 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. Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Saturday; and 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. through Friday 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 Monday through Friday 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

YOUNGSTOWN: Beulah Temple United Holy Church, 523 Griffith St., will host vacation Bible school from 5 to 8 p.m. July 9-July 13 for children ages 5 to 14. The theme will be Glow For Jesus Part 2. This free program includes Bible lessons, crafts, music and snacks.

GIRARD: Center Point Church, 2722 W. Liberty St., will host a vacation Bible school from 6 to 8 p.m. July 10-13 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.

YOUNGSTOWN: Wedgewood Park Evangelical Church, 1944 S. Meridian Road, will host vacation Bible school from 5:45 to 8:30 p.m. July 23-27. The theme will be “Shipwrecked: Rescues by Jesus,” and will feature Bible stories, verses, songs, snacks and hands-on explorations anchoring kids in the truth that Jesus carries them through life’s storms. The program is free for all children from age 4 to sixth grade. For information visit

YOUNGSTOWN: Rising Star Baptist Church, 2943 Wardle Ave., will host a vacation Bible school from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for children of all ages, as well as adults. A meal will be served during the week beginning at 5 p.m. For information call the church between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 330-746-5890.

The Religion digest runs every Saturday. Send items for the digest by email to, by mail to the Religion Desk at The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501-0780, or by fax to 330-747-6712. Deadline to submit information is Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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