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ADVENT PROGRAM: St. Columba Cathedral in downtown Youngstown will host its annual festival of Lessons and Carols at 6 p.m. Sunday. The program will feature readings and music by the cathedral choir under the direction of music director Dr. Dan Laginya. The program is free and open to the public.

RE-CREATION TO PERFORM: Howland United Methodist Church, 730 Howland Wilson Road NE, will host Re-Creation in Concert for a Christmas program 1 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at the church with money to help Re-Creation perform for hospitalized veterans.

APPRECIATION PRAYER: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 2821 Hillman St., Youngstown, will host a pre-appreciation prayer luncheon 2 p.m. Dec. 4 for the Rev. Clifford Kimbrough. The theme is “Giving God the Glory” with guest speaker Minister Jacqueline Rivers-Richardson. Ticket donation is $25. Call 330-330-0076 or 330-518-6651.

STORY OF DAVID: Torah Studies for Christians will present “The True Story about David” 7 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom as part of a virtual series. The Bible education series is an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the Scripture using video resources from various scholars. A free-will offering will be accepted. The Zoom link will be made available online. Call 724-964-8886.

Rev. George Balasko is the co-creator of Jewish / Christian Dialogue with the late Rabbi Samuel Meyer of Temple El Emeth in Liberty. He is the founder, general editor and producer of a continuing education program in cooperation with Abba House Communications, and for more than 20 years has served as host and producer of the “Jewish / Christian Dialogue” network television series, which airs in several markets around the world.

The next program is “St. Augustine and the Jews” on Jan. 5.

CHRISTMAS IN CITY: St. Jude Roman Catholic Parish, 180 Seventh St. in Columbiana, will host a “Christmas in the City” event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Admission is free. The event will include area crafters / business vendors and home-based businesses. Event organizers also will collect new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots.

CHURCH ON NORTH ROAD: Blessed Sacrament Parish, Reeves Road, Warren, will host “North Road Christmas” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4. It will feature a pancake breakfast, hot chocolate bar, Santa photos, carriage rides, a petting zoo, craft show, cookie walk, kid’s craft shop and a Nativity display. A live Nativity pageant presented by students of the parish will begin at 1:30 p.m.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Speaker Series will be noon Thursday at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 Western Reserve Road, Canfield. The series is held the first Thursday of the month. Guest speaker is Theresa Dellick, judge of the Mahoning County Juvenile Court, who will speak on “Being Trauma Informed.” Audience questions will be taken. Cost is $18. Call 330-720-4498. Reservations are limited.

MINISTRY PROGRAM: Word of Life Christian Center, 127 Wasser Road, Greenville, Pa. will host the ministry of the Rev. John Merola at 10 a.m. Dec. 5.

CHURCH CONCERT: First Baptist Church of Niles, 26 E Church St., will host a Christmas concert with Timothy and Hosanna Noble, the singing pianist and violinist duo, at 7 p.m. Dec. 5.

CHRISTMAS REMEMBRANCE: A Christmas ornament remembrance prayer service will be on the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, at all four of the Youngstown Diocesan cemeteries:

• Calvary Cemetery in Youngstown

• Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown

• All Souls Cemetery in Bazetta

• Calvary Cemetery in Massillon.

FREE LIVE DRIVE-THRU NATIVITY: Bazetta Christian Church, 4131 Hoagland Blackstub Road, will have a drive-thru nativity 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the church. The free

drive-thru event will feature reenactors and live animals, including camels.

COFFEE AND CONTEMPLATION: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center offers the ongoing series Coffee and Contemplation once a month. The next one will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 21. Sessions provide participants with input from a presenter and includes time for reflection and discussion.

The program will be conducted via Zoom. Cost is $7. Registration and further information are available online at vmesc.org or by calling 724-964-8886.

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THANKSGIVING SERVICE: Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 328 S. Forest St., Youngstown, will host a Thanksgiving Day service 10 a.m. Thursday with Pastor George Wilkins. Guest speaker is the Rev. D. Holmes from Christian Love Baptist Church on Shehy Street, Youngstown. The theme is “Time to say thanks to God.”

THANKSGIVING SERVICE: The Vienna Thanksgiving community service will be 7 p.m. Sunday at the Vienna United Methodist Church, 4265 Warren Sharon Road. Pastors from the Vienna community will be participating. There also will be a community choir performing during the service.

THANKSGIVING SERVICE: St. Paul Lutheran Church on East Market Street in Warren is hosting a Thanksgiving service 7 p.m. Tuesday.

TURKEY GIVEOUT: God’s Warehouse Food Pantry at New Life Church, 2250 E. Western Reserve Road, Poland, will have its Thanksgiving food distribution 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. today. A total of 700 turkeys and 150 chickens will be given out. The limit is one turkey per family. Those attending are asked to bring photo identification and have their trunk empty for the drive-thru distribution.

ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES: The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches invites the community to the Mayors’ Interfaith Hybrid Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. The event will be livestreamed by the Sacred Commons from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Youngstown. For over 40 years, MVAC has hosted this annual interfaith event for public officials and people of faith. At this year’s event, Struthers Mayor Catherine Cercone-Miller will speak about the influence of faith on her public service. Jason Volovar, music director at St. Joseph Parish, Austintown, will play some inspirational music, and interfaith leaders will offer prayers for the community. Visit the MVAC website, www.mvaconline.org for more information.

APPRECIATION PRAYER: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 2821 Hillman St., Youngstown, will host a pre-appreciation prayer luncheon 2 p.m. Dec. 4 for the Rev. Clifford Kimbrough. The theme is “Giving God the Glory” with guest speaker Minister Jacqueline Rivers-Richardson. Ticket donation is $25. Call Margaret Rivers at 330-330-0076 or Deacon James at 330-518-6651.

STORY OF DAVID: Torah Studies for Christians and the Villa Maria Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pa., will present “The True Story about David” 7p.m. Dec. 1 via Zoom as part of a virtual series. The Bible education series is an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the Scripture using video resources from various scholars. A free-will offering will be accepted. The Zoom link will be made available online. Call 724-964-8886. The next program is “St. Augustine and the Jews” on Jan. 5.

GIVEAWAY: Trinity Baptist Church, 235 Highland Ave., Warren, will host its annual Thanksgiving giveaway 10 to 11:30 a.m. today where people will be distributing frozen turkeys and all of the trimmings to those families already registered.

CHRISTMAS IN CITY: St. Jude Roman Catholic Parish, 180 Seventh St. in Columbiana, will host a “Christmas in the City” event 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27. Admission is free. The event will include area crafters, business vendors and home-based businesses. Event organizers also will collect new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots.

ADVENT PROGRAM: St. Columba Cathedral in downtown Youngstown will host its annual festival of Lessons and Carols at 6 p.m. Nov. 28. The program will feature readings and music by the cathedral choir under the direction of music director Dr. Dan Laginya. The program is free and open to the public.

CHURCH ON NORTH ROARD: Blessed Sacrament Parish, Reeves Road, Warren, will present “North Road Christmas” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4. It will feature a pancake breakfast, hot chocolate bar, Santa photos, carriage rides, a petting zoo, craft show, cookie walk, kid’s craft shop and a nativity display. A live nativity pageant presented by students of the parish will begin at 1:30 p.m.

YOUTH CELERATE: St. Christine Parish in Youngstown recently hosted the Youth Ministry and Young Adult “You’ve Been Booed!” Youth Ministry Day of Service sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Led by the Rev. Ryan Furlong and in collaboration with St. Christine, St.Charles, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Holy Family, the event included a pizza party social, games and a service project. For the service project, the group created small gift bags for the homebound of the parish communities. The gift bags included a rosary and guide and prayer cards.

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY: Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will offer The Chaplet of Divine Mercy at all four cemeteries 3 p.m. every Friday. The Chaplet will be said at alternating cemeteries.

The first Friday of the month will be at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown; the second Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown; the third Friday at All Souls Cemetery, Bazetta; and the fourth Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Massillon.

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RENEWAL TRIO: Wickliffe Presbyterian Church, 45 Idlewood Road., Austintown, will host the Renewal Trio in concert 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be gospel music, Christmas carols and a free-will offering.

97 YEARS: Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 405 Depot St. Niles, will celebrate the 97th church anniversary 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is Minister Vincent Peterson II. Host pastor is the Rev. Larry Scott who has served 31 years.

APPRECIATION PRAYER: Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 2821 Hillman St., Youngstown, will hold a pre-appreciation prayer luncheon 2 p.m. Dec. 4 being held for the Rev. Clifford Kimbrough. The theme is “Giving God the Glory” with guest speaker Minister Jacqueline Rivers-Richardson. Ticket donation is $25. Call 330-330-0076 or 330-518-6651.

STORY OF DAVID: Torah Studies for Christians will present “The True Story about David” 7 pm. Dec. 1 via Zoom as part of virtual series. The Bible education series is an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the Scripture using video resources from various scholars. Free will offering will be accepted. The Zoom link will be made available online. Call 724-964-8886

MISSIONARY SPEAKER: Champion Presbyterian Church, corner of Champion Avenue and Mahoning Avenue Ext., will have guest speaker the Rev. Dan McNerney at 10 a.m. Sunday during worship and at the 8:30 a.m. adult Sunday school. McNerney will give the sermon.

McNerney joined the Frontier Fellowship in 1996 and serves as the associate director. McNerney connected the Champion church with the Moyobamba Presbyterian Church in Peru and the ministry to the Aguaruna Indians.

CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY: Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will offer The Chaplet of Divine Mercy at all four cemeteries 3 p.m. every Friday. The Chaplet will be said at alternating cemeteries.

The first Friday of the month will be at Calvary Cemetery, Youngstown; the second Friday at Resurrection Cemetery, Austintown; the third Friday at All Souls Cemetery, Cortland; and the fourth Friday at Calvary Cemetery, Massillon.

ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES: The Mahoning Valley Association of Churches invites the community to the Mayors’ Interfaith Hybrid Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. Nov. 23,. The event will be livestreamed by the Sacred Commons from St. John’s Episcopal Church, Youngstown. For over 40 years MVAC has hosted this annual interfaith event for public officials and people of faith. At this year’s event, Mayor Cat Miller of Struthers will speak about the influence of faith on her public service, Jason Volovar (music director, St. Joseph Parish, Austintown) will play some inspirational musical and interfaith leaders will offer prayers for the community. Visit the MVAC website, www.mvaconline.org

NIGHT OF PRAISE: Deliverance Temple Church, 1849 West Ave., Warren, will hold a Night of Praise and Songs with the Mighty Golden Wonders 6 p.m. Sunday. Special guests include the Hall Family of Youngstown and Boot N the Boyz of Akron. A free-will offering will be accepted.

CHRISTMAS IN CITY: St Jude Roman Catholic Parish, 180 Seventh St. in Columbiana, will hold a “Christmas in the City” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27. Admission is free,

The event will include area crafters / business vendors and home-based businesses. Event organizers will also collect new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots.

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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GUEST SPEAKER: The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown Speaker Series will meet noon Thursday at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. Guest is Sheila Triplett, CEO of Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership. Triplett will present her address, “Why Black Lives Matter, A Historical Perspective.” There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions to follow. Luncheon is served at 11:30 a.m. and costs $18. Call 330-720-4498 for reservations or visit www.firstfridayclubofgreateryoungstown.org

CHRISTMAS IN CITY: St Jude Roman Catholic Parish, 180 Seventh St. in Columbiana, will host “Christmas in the City” 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 27. Admission is free.

The event will include area crafters / business vendors and home-based businesses. Event organizers also will be collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots.

CHURCH MARKS 97TH: Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 405 Depot St., Niles, will have Pastor Larry Scott lead a special service 11 a.m. Nov. 14 celebrating the church’s 97th anniversary. The church was started in 1921. Scott has been the presiding pastor for the past 32 years.

REVIVAL: Deliverance Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, 1849 West Ave. NW, Warren, will host a revival 6 p.m. nightly Monday to Friday. Guest speakers are Elder Michael Jethroe of Cleveland on Monday, Minister Reginald Well of Deliverance Temple Church on Tuesday, Pastor Gary Eastland of Girard on Wednesday, Bishop Alice Parkman of Christ Dwelling Place Ministry of Youngstown on Thursday and Evangelist Sabrina Talbert of Greater Faith Apostolic Faith Church in Akron on Friday. There will be a concert 6 p.m. Nov. 13 with the Mighty Golden Wonders of Warren, Boot and the Boys of Akron and Marshall Hall and Family of Youngstown. A free will offering will be accepted.

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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