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COVID-19 MEMORIAL: As part of an ongoing mission to provide outreach and community service, Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services are hosting a COVID-19 Memorial Prayer Service. Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will lead a ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Cemetery in honor of family, friends and frontline staff lost during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be a dedication and blessing of a COVID-19 memorial bench by Bonnar. There will also be a wreath laying ceremony with Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown, Youngstown Police and Fire Chiefs, Mahoning County Health Commissioner Erin Bishop and former National Commander of the AMVETS, Jan C. Brown, honoring first responders, security personnel and essential workers.

FALL FESTIVAL: Pleasant Valley Church, 2055 Pleasant Valley Road, Liberty, will host a fall festival from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The event will feature food trucks, hay rides, music, a prayer tent, a bounce house and a pumpkin patch.

Special guests will include Christian illusionist Joseph Young and evangelist Carmine Azzato, a former professional wrestler.

10th ANNIVERSARY: Second Baptist Church “A house of hope” will celebrate its 105th birthday at a gala on November 5 at Packard Music Hall, Warren. The black tie case will recognize longtime members and share the history of the church. There will be special presentations, dancing and music. Tickets are available at www.secondbaptistwarren.com, by calling 330-393-0802, at the FOCUS building or at the church after church services.

CHEST OR TREAT: Warren’s Second Baptist Church will partner with Jefferson PK-8 and the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority to present “Trunk or Treat at J” 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson PK-8 parking lot. Participants can register their cars by calling Eleanna Vlahos-Hall at 330-675-6960, Ext. 6232.

GUEST SPEAKER: Faith Fellowship Church of God, 388 E. Midlothian Blvd., Youngstown, will have worship leaders and guest ministers, the Stevens family, for their morning worship service at 10:45 am Sunday.

HOME TEA: Mount Olive FBH Church, Youngstown, will be hosting a Zoom Breast Cancer Awareness virtual tea-at-home event sponsored by the Senior and Junior Mission departments. The event will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. with guest speaker Lola Simmons, Executive Director of Home for Good. The theme is “From Survivor to Prosperity.” To register, send an email to [email protected]

GUEST SPEAKER: The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown speaker series will meet at noon on November 11 at Avion on the Water Banquet Center, 2177 W. Western Reserve Road in Canfield. The guest is Sheila Triplett, CEO of Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership. Triplett will present his address, “Why Black Lives Matter, A Historical Perspective.” There will be an opportunity for questions from participants to follow. Lunch is served at 11:30 am and the speaker begins at noon. The cost is $ 18. Call 330-720-4498 to reserve by November 5th.

DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET: The Catholic Funeral Services of the Diocese of Youngstown will offer the Divine Mercy Rosary in all four cemeteries at 3:00 p.m. every Friday. The Rosary will be said alternately in cemeteries.

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

ORGAN DEDICATION: Western Reserve United Methodist Church, 4580 Canfield Road, will host an organ dedication ceremony at 7 p.m. Sunday.

CHEST OR TREAT: Fairview United Methodist Church, 21 Fairview Ave., Niles, will be hosting a trunk or treat on October 30 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. following the Niles Halloween Parade at noon.

BOOS FOR SHOES: The youth ministry of St. Robert’s Church in Cortland will be hosting a Boos for Shoes carnival on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the church behind the church. There will be crafts and games. Admission is $ 5 and the money raised is donated to a school’s adoption program through LOAF. Young people also collect new or slightly used shoes to be donated to Soles4Souls, a program that provides shoes to developing countries.

TENT AWAKENING: The Delightful Evangelical Church, 2473 Barclay Messerly Road, Southington, will host an Old Fashioned Tent Revival at 6.30pm every evening Sunday through Wednesday. The event will feature a sawdust track, music and sermons from Reverend Dan Myers, a United Methodist pastor from western Pennsylvania. There will be a picnic on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

RETIREMENT: Champion Christian Church will mark the retirement of its longtime pastor, the Reverend Kenneth E. Hopkins Jr., as he completes a 40-year career in ministry and community service.

A religious service recognizing his dedication to the church and the community is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on October 31 at the church, 151 Center Street West. A reception will follow.

Hopkins served Champion Christian Church as a pastor for 26 years. Under his leadership, the church celebrated 125 years in 2018 with the opening of the Discipleship Center to accommodate several ministerial and community groups, including his youth group.

TORAH STUDIES FOR CHRISTIANS: The Torah Studies for Christians virtual series will feature “Two Torahs: Written and Oral” 7 p.m. November 3 via Zoom.

The event is co-sponsored by Rabbi Joseph Schonberger, spiritual leader of Temple El Emeth, Liberty. A voluntary offering will be accepted. Registration is not compulsory.

The Zoom link will be available by calling 724-964-8886.

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