Submit Lenten services, activities
Lent, a season of spiritual renewal, begins Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Forty days is a traditional number of discipline, devotion and preparation in the Bible.
A listing of Ash Wednesday services and other Lenten programs will be published Feb. 18.
Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Send information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, mail to the religion desk at The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown 44501-0780, or by fax to 330-747-6712.
villa maria, pa.
“A Time to Discover the Abundance in My Life” is the theme of a Lent retreat planned from 7 p.m. March 2 to 10 a.m. March 4 at Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center.
The retreat will include presentations on personal prayer, social justice, mellowness of heart and belonging to a concrete community.
The center staff will lead the retreat.
Cost is $135; registration is due by Friday.
For more information, call 724-964-8886 or visit www.villaprograms.org.
Bless the badge
Area clergy will pray for Trumbull County first- responders during a prayer service at 6 p.m. Monday at New Life Fellowship Worship Center, 904 W. Market St.
Mahoning Valley Association of Churches will host an ecumenical program of worship, “Singing the Faith,” featuring choirs and musical groups from a wide range of Christian traditions.
The free presentation will be at 6 p.m. Sunday in St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St.
A free-will offering will be taken. Light refreshments will follow the program.
Quartet at church
Sonship Quartet of Dayton will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Bible Church, 2878 Warren Meadville Road, off Route 5 Elm Road.
A nursery will be provided.
A free-will offering will be taken.
Chestnut Ridge Church of God, 7215 Chestnut Ridge Road, will offer a service of healing at 6 p.m. Sunday.
Anyone seeking healing from physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, financial, marital, relational or any other sickness or affliction may attend.
A Believers Budgeting program on the theme “Our of Hock and Out of Debt” will be presented from 9:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 at Greater Friendship Baptist Church, 646 Lakewood Ave.
Judy Quarles, financial consultant of Compass Family Service Agency, will present the program.
Arrangements were made by the Christian Education Ministry of elder Rose Carter, director; Betty Patterson, co-director; and the Rev. James Bowie, pastor.
Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St., will sponsor a seven-week Bible study, “Making Sense of the Cross” by David J. Lose. Classes will begin next week with sessions at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesdays.
Discussion will focus on why the cross matters and encourages participants readers to bring their questions or doubts.
The cost of the book is $12, payable to Good Hope Lutheran Church.
For information, call the church at 330-549-2406.
First Christian Church, 140 E. Broadway Ave., will have a wedding-bells service at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at which couples may renew their vows.
A cake reception will follow in fellowship hall.
“Help and Healing on the Spiritual Path through the Teachings of Bruno Groening,” an information lecture, will be offered at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 550 Broad St.
The lecture is sponsored by the Circle for Spiritual Aid, based on the teachings of Bruno Groening, a Gemran healer and teacher.
Sessions are at the church but are not affiliated with it.
There is no fee; donations appreciated.
For information, contact Arlene Barkan at 330-372-3144, e-mail to email@example.com or visit www.bruno-groening.org/english.