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135-YEAR CELEBRATION: First Covenant Church in Boardman will hold its 135th anniversary Sunday. The event will include a service at 10 a.m. with guest speakers sharing stories and histories of the church.

COMMUNITY CONCERT: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, will sponsor a Community Concert 5:30 p.m. today. The outdoor concert will feature Nina and Rick Miller. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair and are also welcome to picnic with family and friends. If it rains, the performance will be moved inside. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted.

FUNDRAISER SHOW: St. Patrick Parish, 225 N.Main St. in Hubbard, will host a car show fundraiser 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Proceeds from the event will be for the Fire Restoration Fund as the church suffered extensive damage from a fire in January. A $5 donation is requested. Call 330-534-1928.

APPOINTMENTS MADE: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown has made the following clergy appointments:

• The Dominican Fathers of St. Dominic Priory will serve as chaplains of Campus Ministry at the Youngstown State University Newman Center;

• The Rev. Kevin Peters will serve as chaplain to Ursuline High School in addition to pastoring St. Patrick Parish and St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown;

• The Rev. Matthew Hummerickhouse will serve as chaplain to Cardinal Mooney High School in addition to serving as parochial vicar at Holy Family Parish in Poland;

• The Rev. Daniel Finnerty will serve as chaplain to Ashtabula St. John High School in addition to serving as pastor of Assumption Parish in Geneva;

• The Rev. Christopher Cicero will serve as chaplain to Warren JFK High School, in addition to serving as pastor of Blessed Sacrament and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parishes in Warren.

EVENT POSTPONED: The annual Taste of Faiths hosted by the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches will be postponed until spring 2022. The annual event celebrates the foods of the congregations of the Mahoning Valley. Visit www.mvaconline.org

BIBLE SCHOOL: Howland United Methodist Church will host VBS 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The theme is “Summer Olympics.” Efforts will be made to hold all events outside.

REVIVAL TOUR: A revival tour “Dry Bones Shall Rise” will be 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and July 3 at the Newton Falls city hall field. For information, visit bigswede154@aol.com

SHARED PASTOR: Pastor Lizzie Weed of Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel Ave. NW in Warren, has been called to a two-point charge in which she will serve both Grace and Palmyra United Methodist Church beginning July 4. To facilitate the appointment, Grace United Methodist worship will be 11 a.m. In the brief interim between the end of Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. and beginning of the worship service will be coffee and fellowship.

SUMMER CAMPS: Pleasant Valley Church in Liberty will host summer camps 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 5 to 8 with the theme “Lava Lava Luau.” There will be crafts, music, sports and art. Athletes from Sports World will lead each camp. Register at www.pvchurch.net

WHEEL MONDAY: Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road in Liberty, will host Unity Wheel Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. People can bring an outdoor chair or blanket and any musical instruments they may have . Offering for the wheel can be cornmeal, tobacco, bird seed or anything you think proper to give thanks to the creator. Plans are to walk the wheel, discovering the meanings of the parts of the wheel, native drumming, smudging and community.

SERIES OFFERED: Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave. in Warren, is hosting a series of “Pandemic Pandemonium Outbreaks” with worship, songs and fellowship with various surrounding churches of different faiths throughout the community on Wednesday nights throughout the year with a common denominator of “Loving and Serving God.”

EUCHARIST DOCUMENT: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to write a document on the meaning of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church during its Spring Plenary Assembly on June 16 to 18. Since the announcement of the vote, there has been much attention on the vote taken to draft a document on the Eucharist. The question of whether to deny any individual or groups Holy Communion was not on the ballot. The vote by the bishops last week tasked the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Doctrine to begin the drafting of a teaching document on the Eucharist. In November of 2021, the bishops will gather to discuss the document draft.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life. The document being drafted is not meant to be disciplinary in nature, nor is it targeted at any one individual or class of persons. It will include a section on the church’s teaching on the responsibility of every Catholic, including bishops, to live in accordance with the truth, goodness and the beauty of the Eucharist we celebrate.

The bishops made no decision about barring anyone from receiving Holy Communion.

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SERVICE FOR PASTOR: Faith Fellowship Church of God, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, will hold a memorial service 3 p.m. today for former Pastor Johnathan Mitchell.

In 2020, after being hospitalized more than 100 days battling COVID-19 and other health issues, Mitchell returned to the church to minister last summer. In June of 2014, Mitchell became the senior pastor of Faith Fellowship in Youngstown. Through his 42 years of ministry, he was called to the mission field, where he and his wife ministered on the Ivory Coast, West Africa.

SUMMER KICKOFF: Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty, will hold a free Family Summer Kickoff 2 to 7 p.m. today. There will be food trucks, inflatables, pony rides, games, and petting zoo, Visit www.pvchurch.net

EVENT POSTPONED: The annual Taste of Faiths hosted by the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches will be postponed until spring 2022. The annual event celebrates the foods of the congregations of the Mahoning Valley.

For information, visit www.mvaconline.org.

135-YEAR CELEBRATION: First Covenant Church in Boardman will hold its 135th anniversary June 27. The event will include a service at 10 a.m. with guest speakers sharing stories and histories of the church.

BIBLE SCHOOL: Howland United Methodist Church will host VBS 6 to 8 p.m. for two weeks. Week one is Monday, Wednesday and Friday for younger children and Week 2 is June 28, 30 and July 2 for older children. The theme is “Summer Olympics.” Efforts will be made to hold all events outside.

WHEEL MONDAY: Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, will host Unity Wheel Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. People can bring an outdoor chair or blanket and any musical instruments they may have. Offering for the wheel can be cornmeal, tobacco, bird seed or anything you think proper to give thanks to the creator.

Plans are to walk the wheel, discovering the meanings of the parts of the wheel, native drumming, smudging and community.

COMMUNITY CONCERT: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, will sponsor a Community Concert 5:30 p.m. June 26. The outdoor concert will feature Nina and Rick Miller performing songs of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair and are also welcome to picnic with family and friends.

On the occasion it rains, the performance will be moved inside. The concert is free but donations will be accepted.

FUNDRAISER SHOW: St. Patrick Parish, 225 N. Main St., in Hubbard will hold a car-show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 26. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fire Restoration Fund as the church suffered extensive damage from a fire in January. A $5 donation is requested.

Call 330-534-1928 for more information.

REVIVAL TOUR: A revival tour will be held 7 to 9 p.m. July 2 and 3 at the Newton Falls city hall field.

For information, visit bigswede154@aol.com

SHARED PASTOR: Pastor Lizzie Weed of Grace United Methodist Church, 1725 Drexel NW, Warren, has been called to a two-point charge in which she will serve both Grace and also Palmyra United Methodist Church beginning July 4.

To facilitate the appointment, Grace United Methodist will worship at 11 a.m. In the brief interim between the end of Sunday school at 10:30 a.m. and beginning of the worship service, there will be coffee and fellowship.

SUMMER CAMPS: Pleasant Valley Church in Liberty will host summer camps 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 to 24, with the theme “Fruits of the Spirit.” There will be crafts, music, sports and art. Athletes form Sports World will lead each camp.

The next event is a Lava Lava Luau July 5 to 8. Register at www.pvchurch.net

LABYRINTH EVENT: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, Villa Maria, Pa. will offer Virtual Introduction to the Labyrinth Journey via Zoom. The virtual labyrinth walk invites participants to walk an ancient path symbolizing cultural passageways.

Future programs during this ongoing series are scheduled on various dates on the grounds of Villa Maria Community Center July 21, Aug. 18 and Sept. 19. Guided labyrinth walks are offered free.

Call 724-964-8886 or visit vmesc.org.

SERIES OFFERED: Greater Apostolic Faith Church, 3571 Tod Ave. in Warren is holding a series of “Pandemic Pandemonium Outbreaks” with worship, songs and fellowship with various surrounding churches of different faiths throughout the community on Wednesday nights throughout the year — with a common denominator of “Loving and Serving God.”

To submit an item for the

religion section, email to religion@tribtoday.com. Items are needed by Wednesday for the Saturday paper.

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LONG MARRIAGES: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate a special Mass 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Columba Cathedral, Youngstown, to mark the wedding anniversaries of 135 couples who are being honored for a total of 6,565 years of wedded life ranging from 25 to 70 years.

John and Marion Anderson, parishioners of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, Cortland, and John and Mary Theresa Gabriele of Christ Our Savior Parish, Struthers, are both celebrating 70 years of marriage in 2021.

Other couples celebrating will be: 38 couples married 51 to 68 years; 60 couples wedded 50 years; 21 couples observing 40 years; and 13 couples marking 25 years.

The wedding anniversary celebration includes renewal of marriage vows at Mass and a personalized certificate. Due to COVID-19 concerns, many of the couples will not be attending the celebration in person but will participate remotely via live-streaming of the Mass through the website of the Diocese of Youngstown at https://doy.org/media/etclive-2/.

APPOINTMENTS MADE: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown has made the following clergy appointments:

• The Rev. Ryan Furlong has been appointed part-time director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, effective July 1. He will continue to serve as parochial vicar at St. Charles, Boardman.

• The Rev. G. David Weikart has been appointed pastor of St. Joseph and Regina Coeli parishes in Alliance, St. Joseph in Maximo and St. Ann in Sebring effective Sept. 1. He also has appointed Amy Benedetti-Dike and Deacon Greg Wood pastoral associates of those four parishes, effective Sept. 1. Wood will exercise his diaconal ministry in all four parishes as well. In addition, Bonnar has appointed the Rev. Patrick Manning and the Rev. Peter Haladej sacramental ministers for all four of these parishes, effective Sept.1.

With the appointments, Bonnar continues the regional planning process building a better future for the diocese that best utilizes all available resources and continues

to support clergy and

staff as they serve the church in the Diocese of Youngstown.

EVENT POSTPONED: The annual Taste of Faiths hosted by the Mahoning Valley Association of Churches will be postponed until spring 2022. The annual event celebrates the foods of the congregations of the Mahoning Valley. For information, visit www.mvaconline.org

WHEEL MONDAY: Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road in Liberty, will host Unity Wheel Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. People can bring an outdoor chair or blanket and any musical instruments they may have. Offering for the wheel can be cornmeal, tobacco, bird seed or anything you think proper to give thanks to the creator. Plans are to walk the wheel, discovering the meanings of the parts of the wheel, native drumming, smudging and community.

135-YEAR CELEBRATION: First Covenant Church in Boardman will hold its 135th anniversary June 27. The event will include a service at 10 a.m. with guest speakers sharing stories and histories of the church.

COMMUNITY CONCERT: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, will sponsor a Community Concert 5:30 p.m. June 26. The outdoor concert will feature Nina and Rick Miller performing songs of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Attendees are invited to bring a lawn chair, and are also welcome to picnic with family and friends. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved inside. The concert is free, but donations

will be accepted. For additional information, call 330-539-0122.

GUEST SPEAKER: Greater Apostolic Faith Church continues its Wednesday night services with worship with surrounding community churches in Trumbull and Mahoning counties. Guest speaker will be Bishop Ernest B. Hawkins from the Apostolic Faith Temple in Youngstown at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

SUMMER CAMPS: Pleasant Valley Church in Liberty will host summer camps 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 21 to 24 with the theme “Fruits of the Spirit.” There will be crafts, music, sports and art. Register at www.pvchurch.net

To submit an item for the religion section, email to religion@tribtoday.com. Items are needed by Wednesday for the Saturday paper.

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