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Recording artist to return to Hubbard ministry on Friday

HUBBARD — For singer / songwriter Jenah Shank, it’s been an opportunity to share her music close to home.

These days, the Austintown resident has been returning a lot to her western Pennsylvania roots and performing at venues across the border. She’s also gearing up to make a few stops this spring and summer in the Philadelphia and New York areas during a return visit to that region.

However, on Friday, Shank will return to the Red Door Ministry in Hubbard for the monthly “Heaven’s Door” worship night.

“I love sharing at the Red Door,” Shank said. “It’s a great place where people can come, listen to some music, drink some coffee if they want and fellowship.”

Shank has shared her original songs at the Red Door, 759 E. Liberty St. Ext., several times in the past.

Tim and Vicki DeTal of Hermitage, Pa., started the outreach ministry in 2020. The couple had been looking for a location in the Mahoning Valley and found a former picture-framing business building on the east side of Hubbard that had been there since 1984.

The ministry hosts weekly events Friday evenings, including open mics and worship nights. They also have featured artists or guests once per month and a “Breaking Bread” gathering, where attendees share a meal and fellowship. The next open mic is set March 8. The Red Door will feature the music of Joe and Terri Hudek on March 15.

On Friday, Shank will share some of her original music as well as select traditional and popular contemporary Christian songs. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the music will start at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Shank has recorded several songs over the past two decades, including “New Road,” one of her most successful works. Shank also has participated in numerous benefit efforts and has shared her songs at churches, coffee houses, youth events, juvenile centers, clubs, wineries, cafes and festivals across the country. Proceeds from her music have helped send disadvantaged youth to summer camp.

She also assists her husband, Ron, with the Truckers 4 Jesus Truck Stop Ministry at the Petro Truck Stop in Weathersfield. Musicians who have contributed to her work include Mahoning Valley natives John Sferra and Phil Keaggy of Glass Harp, Nickie Keaggy, Sonny Cashbaugh and Pittsburgh-area musicians David, Joey and Hermie Granati of the Granati Brothers.

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