Pastor anniversary

Pastor anniversary


Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 328 S. Forest St., will conclude Pastor George Wilkins’ 28th anniversary weeklong celebration at 4 p.m. Sunday. The theme is God’s Hand Upon Me! taken from Jeremiah 1:5.

Guest speakers are Rev. Frank Christian from New Grace Baptist Church on Monday; Rev. D. Holmes from Christian Love Baptist Church on Tuesday; Rev. C. L. Ellis from Morning Star Baptist Church on Wednesday; Rev. Marlana Martin from Genesis New Beginning on Thursday; Rev. Holmes from Ebenezer Baptist Church on Friday; and Rev. Larry Alexander from Phillips Memorial Church on Sunday. This program is free and open to the public.

Disciples of Hope

Three area Catholic churches – St. Patrick Parish and St. Angela Merici Parish, both of Youngstown, and St. Luke Parish, Boardman – and St. Angela Merici Parish, are sponsoring a Pentecost mission and concert titled “Disciples of Hope” at Youngstown St. Patrick Church, 1420 Oak Hill Ave., and at 6:30 p.m. today at St. Angela Merici Church, 397 S. Jackson Ave. All are welcome to attend these events. For information, contact the offices of the participating parishes.

Animal blessing


Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., will host a Blessing of the Animals in the parking lot at 11 a.m. today. Rev. Jerry Krueger will bless the connection we have with our pets. Everyone is welcome to this event. Dogs must be on leashes, and cats must be crated.

Memorial service


The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is hosting Memorial Services for Miscarried or Stillborn Children at 5:30 p.m. today in the chapel of Calvary Cemetery, 248 Belle Vista Ave., on the city’s West Side.

Parents, family, grandparents and other relations of any child who died due to miscarriage or stillbirth are encouraged to attend. This event is sponsored by the Office of Worship and the Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Life. For information, call 330-744-8451, ext. 272.

Gospel concert


The Carrollton Bible Chapel, 365 Steubenville Road SE, is hosting a Southern gospel concert at 6:30 p.m. today. Two food items are requested for admission that will be donated to the local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes.

A love offering will be received at the concert, and a door prize will be given away during the concert. For information, or directions to the church, call the church at 330-627-7376 or Richard and Judy Cunningham at 330-323-9532 or 330-323-5610.

‘One Voice’ date set


Meet Me at the Cross presents “One Voice” at 6 p.m. Sunday at Powers Auditorium, 260 W. Federal St. It is free.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Members of more than 50 churches throughout Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana and Mercer counties will attend. A youth/young adult service will take place simultaneously at the adjacent Ford Recital Hall.

Opening Mass


The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will begin a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary with an opening Mass at 4 p.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave., with Monsignor Robert Siffrin presiding.

This is the first of a series of events planned for the anniversary, with the team “With Pride in the Past, and Faith in the Future.” All events are open to the public. For a complete list of events, visit the diocesan website at

Anniversary celebration


Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., will host its 91st anniversary Sunday. There will be a worship service at 11 a.m. with speaker Rev. Lewis Macklin from Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. There also will be a second service at 4 p.m. with speaker Pastor Larry McCullough from World Fellowship Interdenominational Church.

85th anniversary


Oak Missionary Baptist Church, 320 Elk St., will celebrate its 85th anniversary Sunday. Sunday school will begin at 9:30 a.m. and morning worship will be at 10:45 a.m.

The celebration continues with dinner at 2:30 p.m. at The Center for Community Empowerment, 1420 Dogwood Lane. The Rev. James Holmes and St. Peter’s Baptist Church will be the special guests, with Pastor Holmes as the afternoon speaker. The celebration will close at 3 p.m. May 27 at the church with an afternoon of praise and worship. The theme will be “All of these years, the Lord has kept me.”

Spring concert


The Village Singers, under the direction of Peggy Elliott, will perform their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 114 E. Washington St. “You’ve Got a Friend” features 20 singers and musicians from Canfield to Columbiana to Rogers to New Springfield to Lisbon. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Drive-in services


Andover United Methodist Church, 181 S. Main St., invites the public to attend the Drive-In Outdoor Services beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sundays from May 27 through Sept. 2. The services will take place at the intersection of state Route 7 and Marvin Road.

Special musical services will be provided by Sound Witness on June 24, Dan Shall on Aug. 12 and Golden State Singers on Aug. 19.

Speaker announced


There will be a Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue sponsored by the Society of St. John Chrysostom’s Youngstown-Warren Chapter from 7 to 9 p.m. June 5 at St. Maron’s Catholic Church, 1555 S. Meridian Road.

The topics will be “The History of the Filioque Problem” and “How Western Scholasticism changed the theological/philosophical approach inherited from the Fathers of the Church.” Father David Fisher, Maronite Catholic priest and theologian, is the speaker.

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 June 12. 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.

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.

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.

Summer retreat


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2105 Evergreen Road, will host Release and Renew Summer Retreat from 4:30 p.m. June 15 until 2 p.m. June 17.

To register, submit your name, address, email, 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.

Dinner, fellowship


Sts. Peter & Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 699 Stambaugh Ave., will host Rev. Hicham Chehab July 15. There will be a pot-luck dinner and fellowship at 3 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 4 p.m. A free-will donation will be collected after the presentation to support Rev. Chehab’s ministries. RSVPs are strongly encouraged. To RSVP, call 724-347-3620 or email

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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