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GUEST SPEAKER: One Nation Kingdom Ministries, will have guest speaker, Minister Brian Copeland at 10 a.m. Sunday at the FOCUS Building, 2051 Niles Road, SE, Warren. Host pastor is Kent Barnes.

INSTALLATION: Warren native Cecil Boggs, who has been a pastor for more than 30 years, officially will be installed 11 a.m. Sept. 27 as overseerer with Christway Assemblies, which is a part of Christway Resurrection Outreach Ministries headquartered in Atlanta with the main church in Monroe, Ga. The church was founded by Bishop Jeffery Briggs and his wife Apostle Karen Briggs.

Elder Cecil Boggs and Kenneth Bryant will be appointed and installed to office of overseer. They are being installed in the lower house of the Episcopal office and their next elevation will be the Bishopric. Boggs, along with Bryant, will assist Briggs.

Christway Assemblies’ focus is to provide spiritual covering for pastors and churches and ministries.

There is a food and prison ministry, gang counseling ministry and a ministry called Cease Fire to help deal with gang violence.

PREPARING FOR RALLY: Men’s Rally in the Valley 2020 will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown. The Covelli Centre has not had an event since last March and the Men’s Rally is the only event scheduled until the first of the next year. On the website, www.mensrally.org is a schedule starting the day with Mayor Doug Franklin opening with prayer. Scheduled are Tim Ginter, three-term state representative; Victory Christian Praise Band; Lee Haney, eight-time Mr. Olympla; Jeff Stultz with Celebrate Recovery; Teen Challenge; Dave Roever, a Vietnam veteran; J.J. Weeks, Christian recording artist; and Mike Lindell, My Pillow inventor.

There is no admission cost or parking charge. Masks will be required inside the building and social distancing will be in place. Food trucks will be available.

PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY: The National Catholic Committee on Scouting has joined with the USA Council of Serra International in celebrating Sept. 27 as Priesthood Sunday. Priesthood Sunday is a day set aside to thank and acknowledge the Catholic priests of parishes for the work they do. Parishioners are asked to send their congregational leaders a note of thanks, a card of appreciation or just extend a simple greeting to let them know they are truly special and they are valued, cherished and loved.

Members of non-Catholic congregations also are invited to extend their sentiments of appreciation to their own ministers, clergy, preachers, parsons and other clerics.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a wedding anniversary celebration to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th, 50th or over anniversaries in 2020 at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Couples planning to attend this celebration need to register at their parish before Wednesday. The celebration will include Mass with Msgr. Robert Siffrin, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Couples may opt to attend the Mass in person at St. Columba Cathedral or they may participate remotely via livestream on the diocesan website at www.doy.org. Limited spaces are available for couples at the cathedral.

40 DAYS OF LIFE: Former Planned Parenthood manager and current 40 Days for Life Director of Outreach Sue Thayer will share her story of transformation in Youngstown on Tuesday. Thayer will speak at the 40 Days of Life kickoff 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Planned Parenthood, 77 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown. Youngstown is one of 588 communities around the world conducting simultaneous 40 Days for Life campaigns from Sept. 23 through Nov. 1.

40 Days for Life is an intensive campaign that focuses on 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigil at abortion facilities and grassroots educational outreach.

To learn more about 40 Days for Life, visit 40daysforlife.com.

CENTER HOSTS PROGRAM: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa., will offer a week-long opportunity with Ardath Blake, HM, 7 p.m. Sunday to 10 a.m. Sept. 27 with registration due Monday. A weekend opportunity with Blake is offered 7 p.m. Oct. 2 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 with registration due by Friday. Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.

ROSH HASHANAH: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, LIberty, will have Rosh Hashanah virtual services 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. today, and 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Cantor Gavriel Oren and pianist Gilad Katz will take part during the El Emeth high holiday services. Tashlich will be 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 via Zoom.

OUTDOOR PILGRIMAGE: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, Villa Maria, Pa., will hold a special offering with Janet Burkhart, Barbara O’Donnell and Natalie Terry, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at the center. The event includes visiting the Villa Maria grounds to share in prayer and to share in the solace of the natural world. The event begins 10 a.m. at the gazebo followed by labyrinth walking, forest bathing and exploring the pond. While the event is free, donations are accepted. Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or call 724-964-8886.

ROSH HASHANAH ARTWORK: Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and explore Jewish heritage through the lens of traditional foods with the Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown. “D’Vash Designs” will be 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Monday at the JCC, 505 Gypsy Lane. Participants will make works of art that honor the sweetness of the coming new year. Visit jccyoungstown.org/visualarts to register.

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RETURN TO WORSHIP: Boardman United Methodist Church, 6809 Market St., Boardman, will return to in-person worship 10 a.m. Sept. 20. Wearing a mask and social distancing are to be followed. Livestreaming will continue on Facebook at boardmanmethodist.org

BACK TO SCHOOL: Warren Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave. NW, Warren, will host a “Back to School” Family and Friends Day at 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for the community and their families, Masks and social distancing are to be followed. During the event, free baskets will be given out with food, school supplies, toys and gift cards. Gospel music and worship service outside on the lawn and parking lot will take place. Those attending can take a lawn chair. The families with the most guests will receive an award.

GRANDPARENTS DAY: Mount Olive FBH Church will mark Grandparents Day at 3:30 p.m. Sunday with the senior mission of the church presenting a special hour program, “A Tribute to Grandparents” with the theme “Be Encouraged and Encourage Someone Else.” Speaker is the Rev. Mary Kidd, pastor of Mount Olive FBH Church and Northeast Ohio directress of junior missions. Conference line for the program is 712-770-4010 and enter code 883502#

INDOOR SERVICE: Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel NW, Warren, will resume indoor services 9:30 a.m. Sunday. All precautions are in place. Pastor Lizzie Weed will lead the services. A collection of tomato and chicken soup for the food pantry will occur during September.

RACE AND SOCIAL CHANGE: ACTION will present a faith leaders and clergy Zoom meeting 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday with guest speaker, Dr. Jim Baber. The program is “The Subject is Race, Social Change and Music in America.” Other speakers are Bishop Shawn Tyson of Mount Calvary Pentecost Church, musician Jonathan Blackshire and April Alexander of Heartreach Ministries. Email taulen@aol.com for Zoom link.

GUEST PASTOR: The Faith Fellowship Church of God, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd.,Youngstown, will have guest minister, the Rev. Bobby Duncan and wife Sandra, of Brunswick, at 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Sandra is a musician and singer. Rev. Duncan was a pastor in Cleveland and is author of several biographic books.

BIBLE STUDY: Mount Olive FBH Church will begin Bible study at 8 p.m. Wednesday via conference line by dialing 712-4010 and code 883502#

DRIVE-UP SERVICE: One Nation Kingdom Ministries will host a drive-up service 10 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot at Focus Building, 2051 Niles Road, Warren. Bible study will be livestreamed via Facebook at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

RETURN TO WORSHIP: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry Ave., NW, will resume in-person worship 10 a.m. Sunday Masks are required. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

NEW MINISTER: Northeast Christian Church, 865 Perkins Jones Road, Warren, welcomed new pastor Cole Sagstetter, who began serving the congregation Aug. 30. Cole and his wife Katie met while leading short-term mission trips on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. They have been serving the Lord together ever since and now do so with their toddler, James. Cole has been serving in ministry since 2012 as a youth minister and has followed God’s calling to continue in ministry at the church.

ELEVATED: The Right Rev. Gerald D. Gammon was elevated to the office of bishop. Consecration took place in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 23. Gammon, of the Charismatic Old Catholic Church, has served as a priest for over eight years. He also serves as pastor of the First United Church of Christ, 280 E. Market St., Warren.

The Old Catholic Church is not part of the Roman Catholic Church. Though the churches are similar in structure and in beliefs, they differ on some key issues. Clergy can marry in the Old Catholic Church and women are permitted to be ordained.

METAPHYSICS: Unity Spiritual Centre’s ongoing metaphysics classes will be on Tuesdays. The first half will be traditional Sanskrit mantra study and chanting from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. The second half, from 7:30-8:15 p.m., will be meditations from the Heart Math study group, which meets regularly at 9 a.m. Sundays, from the text “Becoming Supernatural.” Respondents are free to join either one or both sessions. To join classes with computers or smart phones use the virtual platform app (www.freeconferencecall.com) and the meeting code INFO69845. For telephones dial 1-978-990-5000 with access code 245683.

“A Course in Miracles” with Larry and Karen Etheridge as facilitators will continue to meet 7 p.m. Sundays. “Association for Research and Enlightenment” (ARE) with Jim Thornton and Rev. Rose Houston as facilitators will continue to meet 10 a.m. Thursdays. Sign-on protocols for these classes are identical to what is used for the above mentioned OM classes. “Prayer and Meditation” with Cay Tomerlin as facilitator will continue to meet 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday by phone only at 1-701-791-9075.

ROSH HASHANAH: Temple El Emeth, 3970 Logan Way, LIberty, will have a Rosh Hashanah virtual services 5:45 p.m. Friday; 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19; and 9:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Cantor Gavriel Oren and pianist Gilad Katz will take part during the El Eemth high holiday services. Tashlich will be 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 via Zoom.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES: The Office of Pro-Life, Marriage and Family Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown is sponsoring a wedding anniversary celebrations to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th and, 50th or over anniversaries in 2020 at 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Couples planning to attend this celebration need to register at their parish before Wednesday. The celebration will include Mass with Monsignor Robert Siffrin, renewal of marriage vows and a personalized certificate for each couple. Couples may opt to attend the Mass in person at St. Columba Cathedral or they may participate remotely via livestreaming on the diocesan website at www.doy.org. Limited spaces are available for couples at the cathedral.

RETURN TO WORSHIP: The Unity Church Centre in Liberty will return to in-person worship 11 a.m. Sunday. Viewing of the service online on Facebook and on the website also will continue to be available.

RALLY IN VALLEY: The Men’s Rally in the Valley will be Oct. 10 at the Covelli Centre, Youngstown. Various Christian speakers, recording artists, Valley Christian Praise Team and Teen Challenge members will appear. For information, visit mensrally.org.

WORSHIP SERVICE: Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave., Warren, is holding worship services in the parking lot 11 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Indoor services are following safety guidelines with temperature checks, masks and social distancing,

CENTER HOSTS PROGRAM: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa., will offer a weeklong opportunity with Ardath Blake, HM, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 to 10 a.m. Sept. 27 with registration due Monday. A weekend opportunity with Blake is offered 7 p.m. Oct. 2 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 with registration due by Friday. Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

ZOOM PRESENTATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Natalie Terry, titled “Election Meditation Circle: The Hidden Ground of Love.” This virtual opportunity will take place every Tuesday through Nov. 3. A weekly meditation circle will take place. On Tuesday evenings there will be silent meditation with a communal intention of unity and communion. Participation in all sessions is not required. Registration is not required. Natalie Terryserves as the assistant executive director of VMESC. She is a minister, preacher and educator. The Zoom link will be available on the website: vmesc.org. Program information is available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

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CHURCH HOLDS TENT REVIVAL: Austintown Baptist Church, 1180 S. Raccoon Road, will hold outdoor tent revival services 6 p.m. nightly Sunday to Thursday. There will be music and inspirational messages.

Speakers are the Rev. Kevin Crum on Sunday, the Rev. Mark Parks on Monday, the Rev. Chuck Homa on Tuesday, the Rev. Gary Frost on Wednesday and the Rev. Rafael Cruz Jr. on Thursday.

Refreshments will be served on Thursday. Social distancing will be practiced.

REDEDICATION CEMETERY: A rededication of the restored original Corner House Church cemetery, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, will take place after the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday.

The labor of love was completed by volunteers offering their time, money, skills, resources and equipment.

There are at least 16 veterans from the nation’s early history and many of the area’s early settlers, including the Hall family who donated the land in the cemetery.

The public is welcome to attend with social distancing.

RETURN TO WORSHIP: The Unity Church Centre in Liberty will return to in-person worship 11 a.m. Sunday. Viewing of the service online on Facebook and on the website also will continue to be available.

RETURN TO WORSHIP: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 140 Cherry Ave. NW, will resume in-person worship 10 a.m. Sunday. Masks are required. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

WORSHIP SERVICE: Agape Assembly Church, 426 Nevada Ave., Warren, is holding worship services in the parking lot 11 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting.

Indoor services are following safety guidelines with temperature checks, masks and social distancing,

DRIVE-UP SERVICE: One Nation Kingdom Ministries will hold a drive-up service 10 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot at Focus Building, 2051 Niles Road, Warren.

Bible study will be livestreamed via Facebook at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

OUTDOOR WORSHIP: Grace United Methodist Church, 1825 Drexel Ave. NW, Warren, is holding outdoor worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday until further notice, with worship led by Pastor Lizzie Wood. Those attending can bring a lawn chair.

In case of inclement weather, the service will move indoors. Face masks are required.

EXTENDED MASS: The Shrine of Our Lady, 577 S. Belle Vista Ave., Youngstown, is offering an extended Mass schedule to accommodate parishioners during the pandemic: 7 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon daily Masses from Monday through Saturday; and vigil Mass 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday.

The book of Mass Intentions for 2021 is now open and can be made by phone, mail or walk-in. The cost is $10. Call 330-799-1888.

CHURCH DONATES BACKPACKS: Abundant Grace Fellowship Church donated 155 backpacks to Currie Elementary School students in kindergarten to second grade in Fowler. The backpacks were filled with school supplies.

Pastor Mike Nicholson, who is also a chaplain in the Army National Guard, and members of the congregation filled the backpacks.

Visit www.agfministries.com for more.

CENTER HOSTS PROGRAM: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa., will offer a weeklong opportunity with Ardath Blake, HM, 7 p.m. Sept. 20 to 10 a.m. Sept. 27, with registration due Sept. 14.

A weekend opportunity with Blake will be offered 7 p.m. Oct. 2 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 4, with registration due by Sept. 18.

In a directed retreat, a director is assigned to each retreat participant. In meeting the director each day, the retreatant is aided in noticing the reality of God’s presence and activity, coming to trust what has been noticed and responding to his presence and activity. Prayerful reflection, often with Scripture, in an environment of complete silence, is the usual setting for this process.

Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

ZOOM PRESENTATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Natalie Terry entitled “Election Meditation Circle: The Hidden Ground of Love.” This virtual opportunity will take place every Tuesday from Sept. 15 to Nov. 3.

A weekly meditation circle will take place Tuesday evenings and will feature silent meditation with a communal intention of unity and communion. Participation in all sessions is not required. Registration is not required.

Natalie Terry is assistant executive director of the center. She is a minister, preacher and educator.

The Zoom link will be available on the center website, vmesc.org. Program information is available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

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AVENGER HUNGER MONTH: Breaking Bread will hold the third annual Avenge Hunger Month Monday to Oct. 4 to help food pantries in local communities. In 2019, the event collected 41,616 pounds of food and $12,264 in cash. Near 200 community feeding programs received resources.

For information visit grhoton@agoc.com

The Avenge Hunger virtual 5K will be held Tuesday to Sept. 30 with run, walk, bike or treadmill at your own pace. Sign up at ArmstrongOneWire.com/Breaking Bread. Registration deadline is Sept. 23. All participants will receive a finishing medal.

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