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PEARL HARBOR MASS: Local veterans organizations will host a Pearl Harbor remembrance 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Veterans are to assemble at 10:15 a.m. at the main church entrance with their colors.

Catholic War Veterans Post 1222 and VFW Post 1423 are sponsoring the event.

CONCERT AT CHURCH: Cortland Church of the Nazarene, 293 Main St., Cortland, will host a concert by Jonathan White 10:45 a.m. Sunday. White sings Christian music to encourage people, help the broken ones, and reach others for Christ. Social-distancing and mask-wearing guidelines will be followed as set by the state.

SHARING TESTIMONY: The Rev. Brian Copeland will share his testimony 11 a.m. Sunday at New Covenant Baptist Church, 1606 Salt Springs Road, Lordstown.

DRIVE-THRU NATIVITY: Poland United Methodist Church, 1940 Boardman-Poland Road, will host a drive- thru nativity 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Live characters and animals will be on display.

VIRTUAL HANUKKAH: Temple El Emeth in Liberty will host a virtual Hanukkah with a candle lighting each night starting on Erev Hanukkah on Thursday. The candle lighting will follow the Zoom Minyan service at 5:45 p.m. Local families and individuals are helping with the candle lighting from their homes. Zoom links for Hanukkah will be sent out prior to the week.

RINGING OF BELLS: Tod Avenue United Methodist Church in Warren will be ringing church bells 10:15 a.m. every Sunday for the holiday season.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Love Charity Alms is offering the Jeremiah Barnes Humanitarian Award and will accept nominations through May 7. The award is bestowed to a Warren-area high school student who demonstrates humanitarian spirit, acts of kindness and work ethic demonstrated by Jeremiah Barnes from the time he was able to assist others until his death in June 2019. To be eligible for the award, submit no more than two pages on how the student is deserving of the award. For information, visit Love Charity Alms on Facebook.

BLUE COATS COLLECTION: The Youngstown Blue Coats will host a “Stuff the Bus” with people able to bring donations to Cornerhouse Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard, in the back parking lot. Items needed are sleeping bags, coats, hoodies, boots, gloves, winter hats, hand and foot warmers, blankets, tents, tarps and socks. For monetary donations, call 330-531-1762 or website Ytownbluecoats.org

SERVICES START: Sunday-morning services have resumed at the Petro Truck Stop, Salt Springs Road off I-80, Weathersfield. Services start at 10 a.m. and are inside the theater. For information, email petrotruckministry@gmail.com.

PEACE LIGHT AVAILABLE: For over 29 years, the Peace Light from Bethlehem has been spread throughout Europe, and since 2000, it has been flown to the United States. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 International Peace Light from Bethlehem cannot be flown to the United States. Bob Granchie, a member of the Youngstown Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting and the Whispering Pines District Chaplain in Mahoning County, has maintained the 2019 International Peace Light at his home since last year.

The Peace Light is available at JMJ Spiritual Connection store, 3408 Canfield Road, Cornersburg, for the public to receive through Christmas Eve during normal business hours, Call 330-270-5657.

Individuals and organizations of all faiths and / or denominations are invited to bring a windproof candle or lantern to receive the flame and take it back to their place of worship for their own congregations to commemorate the Christmas season or take home for their own personal use during the holidays.

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES: Adults seeking to learn more about or deepen their understanding of topics in faith and Catholic church practice can take part in new online opportunities provided by the Office of Religious Education of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown. Fall courses include “Catholic Belief and Tradition,” “Living Catholic Morality,” and “The Letter of James Pearls for Wise Living.” The online sessions allow for flexibility in schedules because learners can read, reflect and respond any time of the day. Registration information, course dates and descriptions available at https://catechist cafe.weebly.com under “For Catechists. Catechist Courses.” Call 330-744-8451, Ext. 302.

VIRTUAL PRESENTATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer a virtual presentation via Zoom with Natalie Terry titled “Night Visions: Advent Reflection Circle.” This virtual opportunity will take place Mondays through Jan. 11, 2021, (except Dec. 28) via Zoom.

The Advent Reflection Circle will be a hybrid book and reflection group. Participants will be invited to create a personal daily reflection space and meet (virtually) with the community group each week during Advent.

These virtual community gatherings will include guided meditation, poetry, song and communal reflection on the weekly theme from Night Visions. You will receive an email with reflection prompts each week before the virtual session. Terry serves as the assistant executive director of VMESC. She is a minister, preacher and educator.

Cost is $25 for the entire series. The program is limited to 15 participants.

The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent the day before the session.

Program information is available at www.vmesc.org or 724-964-8886.

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