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BLACK HISTORY: Progressive Baptist Church, 2258 Colonial St. SE, Warren, is hosting a Black History Program at 11 a.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is David Lee Morgan Jr., who will give a presentation on “Black Trailblazers in Sports and Life.” Morgan is a motivational speaker, teacher, sportswriter and author of several books, including “LeBron James: The Rise of a Star,” “Breaking Through the Lines” and The “Massillon Tigers.” He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

BLACKS IN THE BIBLE: Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 485 Redondo Road, Youngstown, will host a Black History Month event on Sunday titled “Presence of Blacks in the Bible” with Terri Bush.

BLACK HISTORY CONCERT: Beulah Baptist Missionary Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., Youngstown, will celebrate Black History Month at 4 p.m. Sunday. It will be a Gospel concert with several churches singing, miming, dancing and reading about black history.

POLISH SERVICE: St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown will host sessions of Gorzkie Zale and Benediction Service at 6 p.m. Wednesdays Feb. 28 and March 6, 13 and 20 at the cathedral’s Sacred Heart Chapel. This ancient Polish Lenten tradition, translated as the “bitter lamentation,” is a 45-minute bilingual prayer service and Catholic devotion containing hymns developed out of Poland in the 18th century.

The service consists of three parts, each offering a hymn and meditation on the Passion of Christ and a sympathetic dialogue between Him and the sorrows of His Blessed Mother, Mary. Celebrant will be the Rev. Joseph Rudjak, retired priest from the Youngstown Diocese, who served as pastor of SS. Peter and Paul in Youngstown. Music accompaniment will be provided by Luke Politsky.

SPEAKER SERIES: First Presbyterian Church of Warren is hosting the first Sunday speaker series at 11:15 a.m. March 3. Speaker is Kelly Younkins, owner / founder of Kelly Younkins Consulting LLC. She is a licensed clinician, clinical supervisor, educator and consultant who has served in a variety of mental health roles since 2005. She also serves as a wellness consultant / coach. The topic will be “Cultivating Well Being” and will cover perspectives and practices that help create and maintain wellness — physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

CEMETERY SERVICES: Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will offer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayer Service in the chapels of the four cemeteries at 3 p.m. Fridays through Lent at alternating locations: first Friday of the month, Calvary Cemetery Chapel, Youngstown; second Friday, Resurrection Cemetery Chapel, Austintown; third Friday, All Souls Cemetery Chapel, Bazetta; and fourth Friday, Calvary Cemetery Chapel in Massillon.

JOURNEY TO HEALING: Journey Toward Healing, an eight-week grief support group hosted by the Rev. John Bower, chaplain, will be 6:30 p.m. each Tuesday through March 19 at Tabernacle Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 2432 S. Raccoon Road, Austintown. Registration is required by calling 330-899-0180 or jbower@harmonycares.com.

LUCK OF THE IRISH: St Stephen Church in Niles will host its annual Luck of the Irish fundraiser 5:30 p.m. March 16 at Cimineros’ Banquet Centre, Niles. The grand prize is $3,000. The event is open to the public. There will be games, prizes, and silent and basket auctions. Tickets are $60 per person and includes the raffle and a buffet dinner. Cost for the raffle is $40. For tickets, call the rectory at 330-652-4396.

PASTORS JOURNEY: The Jewish Community Federation of Youngstown’s Area Jewish Federation will present “United in Solidarity: A Pastor’s Journey to Israel in the Wake of Oct. 7,” presented by Pastor Juan Rivera, 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Cost is $10 for dinner. Rivera recently took a mission trip to Israel. He will tell of his meeting with survivors of the Oct. 7 attacks. Reservations are needed by noon Tuesday. RSVP to Nancy at 330-746-3250, ext. 108.

FIRST FRIDAY CLUB: The 18th First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown 2023-24 Speaker Series will host a luncheon March 7 with Sister Janet Burkhart, program associate, Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center.

Burkhart is an educator who has instructed junior high students for more than 35 years. During post Vatican II years, Burkhart was asked to form a “folk group” in her parish. Thereafter, she became the liturgical minister of music in the schools where she taught. Burkhart will present “Look at the Land! Sacred Experiences of Earth” at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road, Canfield. There will be an opportunity for participants’ questions following the talk. Luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m. with the presentation beginning at noon. The cost is $20. Call 330-720-4498 by Friday. Reservations are limited.

VIDEO SERIES: The Unity Spiritual Centre, 1226 Naylor Lloyd Road, Liberty, is offering the Edgar Cayce Video Series that has recently begun and invites anyone interested in firsthand interviews with people who knew Cayce. The meetings are the fourth Tuesday of each month through 2024. The class is facilitated by Paul Mazza, Cayce former board member and lifelong researcher of Cayce. Group participation is free and open to the public, but donations or love offerings will be accepted. For information, call 330-539-0122 or go to www.unitycentre.org.

PENANCE SERVICE: A communal penance service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Michael Parish, 300 N. Broad St., Canfield.

CHURCH STARTS PROGRAM: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2742 North Road SE, Warren, is starting a new ministry called Katherine’s Closet, which serves women and families in need. Donations to fill the closet are being taken. The community can help by contributing monetary donations for diapers, wipes, and infant and toddler clothes. Two donation days are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 4 and 18. For information, call 330-647-6402.

LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU: The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available throughout the Diocese on Wednesday, where parishes across the Diocese of Youngstown will participate in the annual “The Light is On for You: An Evening of Reconciliation.”

Catholics are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at their parish or a neighboring parish as part of the Lenten journey in preparation for Easter.

For a complete list of parish locations and times in all six counties of the Diocese of Youngstown, go to www.doy.org/thelightisonforyou/.

GAME NIGHT: Harvest Point Church, 2121 Salt Springs Road, will host a game night 3 to 7 p.m. today. The free family event for all ages features board games, fellowship and snacks.

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS: Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, 1815 Cherry Lane Drive, will host a morning sermon series. “Broken and Contrite Heart” will be Wednesday. The Evening Sermon Series will feature “Faith to Follow the Unseen” and “Faith to Win” on Wednesday.

CAHILL IN CONCERT: Irish tenor Emmet Cahill, star of PBS’ “Celtic Thunder,” will perform live in concert at 7:30 p.m. March 14 at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. General admission tickets are $35. Special meet-and-greet tickets that include the concert are $50 and will be at 6 p.m. in the church hall, 159 W. Rayen Ave., across from the church. Proceeds benefit St. Columba Parish.

SPEAKER SERIES: Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center will offer the virtual series “Introduction to Psalms, Our First Prayer Book” with Rabbi Joseph Schonberger at 7 p.m. March 6 via Zoom. The Zoom link will be available on the center’s website.

The program will be reviewing the 10 Psalms that Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav and many others in the Jewish world have found helpful for their lives.

Schonberger is a child of Holocaust survivors and his extended family greatly influenced him to reinforce his spiritual identity. Since 1981, he has served two pulpits: Bangor, Maine and Youngstown. He has begun a new non-profit, Tradition4u, with hopes of helping people recognize and actualize their higher purpose of reinforcing faith through learning, fellowship and helping others. He is available for Rabbinic,pastoral and interfaith services. A free-will offering will be accepted. Registration is not required.

Future dates in the series are April 3, May 1 and June 5.

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