Submit information on VBS activities

Submit information on VBS activities

Lists of vacation Bible schools open to the public will be published on the Religion page.

Please include the following information: the complete name of the church; address with city or township; time, date and location of sessions; program theme; ages or grades; and whether it’s free or there is a fee.

The Religion deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday for publication that Saturday. Send the information by email to; by fax to 330-747-6712 and marked for religion; or by mail to The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501-0780.

For verification, include a name and phone number of a contact person, which will not be published.

Community picnic


Martin Luther Church, 420 Clearmount Drive, will host a “Unity in the Community” picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Special guest will be Councilwoman Anita Davis, D-6th. Food and drinks will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

Conference retreat


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, will host the conference retreat “Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling Into the Cosmic Christ” from 7 p.m. Sunday to noon Friday, presented by Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, Ph.D.

The retreat will explore the teachings of Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The cost is $300 for commuters or $450 for lodgers. For information and registration, visit or call 724-964-8886.

IMA meeting


There will be an Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance meeting at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church, 1463 Shields Road.

One-day retreat


The Youngstown Diocese office of evangelization will host the one-day retreat “Unplug and Recharge: Tap Into the Trinity” from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 15 at St. Joseph Parish, 2643 Waterloo Road. The retreat will include prayer, witness talks, personal reflection, fellowship, an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass and dinner. The $30 registration fee includes all retreat materials and meals. For information, contact Pete Schafer at 330-744-8451, ext. 275, or by email at Fliers and registration materials, including online registration, are available at The deadline for registration is Monday.

Parish festival


St. Jude and Our Lady of Lourdes will host its fourth annual parish festival from 5 to 10 p.m. June 20 to 22 and from 3 to 10 p.m. June 23 at St. Jude Church, 180 Seventh St. June 20 will be veterans’ night. The festival will feature homemade food, rides, children’s games, raffles, crafts, beer and wine.

On June 23, there will be a drawing for a $5,000 grand prize. In addition, several bands will play, including Sounds Around Town from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 20; Guys Without Ties from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. June 21; Manhattan from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 21; and Kevin Lawson from 3 to 5 p.m. and Dominic Tocco & Brotherhood from 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 22. There also will be bingo from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit

Choir concert


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2205 Tibbetts Wick Road, will host the Heritage Youth Chorus from American Fork, Utah, at 7 p.m. June 23. The concert is free and open to the public.

Summer day camps


Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center, 2067 Evergreen Road, will host two summer day camps for children. Lunch and snacks will be provided during both camps.

GROW Camp, for children entering grades kindergarten through fifth, is available for Thursday or Friday sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Aug. 8 or 9. This is a once-a-week gardening and outdoor activity camp that includes planting and tending a garden, swimming and nature activities.

REACH Camp, for youths entering sixth through ninth grade, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 7. There will be service opportunities, playing games, swimming and various forms of art available.

For information or to receive a brochure, call 724-964-8886.

Day camp


Stepping Stones to a Better Tomorrow will host its fifth annual day camp for kids and teens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20 and 21 at Zion Lutheran Church, 3300 Canfield Road, and from noon to 4 p.m. June 22, place to be announced. This is a grief support group sponsored by Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes and Zion Lutheran Church in the city’s Cornersburg area.

Registration is required by June 19 and can be done by calling Sister Pat Fesler, grief support specialist at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, at 330-792-2353 or Zion Lutheran Church at 330-792-4046.

Singing bowl meditation


The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor-Lloyd Road, will host a crystal singing bowl meditation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event will be conducted by Maria and Calvin Wagner from the Center for Sound Therapy in Boardman. The event is free but donations will be accepted. For information, call 330-539-0122.

Outdoor service


Andover United Methodist Church will host the Drive-In Outdoor Service, a casual interdenominational worship service, at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday through Sept. 1 at Wildwood Acres Campground, 6091 Marvin Road.

The service reaches out to tourists, campers and all people interested in worshiping in nature. Special music will be provided by Sound Witness on June 30, the Golden Street Singers on Aug. 11, and Dan Shall on Aug. 25.

Vacation Bible School

YOUNGSTOWN: New Bethel Baptist Church, 1507 Hillman St., will have vacation Bible school from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday, for children ages 5 to 16. The theme this year is “Super Training University With Jesus.” There is no fee.

LIBERTY: Church Hill United Methodist Church, 189 Churchill-Hubbard Road, will have vacation Bible school from 9 a.m. to noon June 17-21, for children from preschool through 6th grade. The theme this year is “ROAR: Life is Wild, God is Good.” For information or registration, call 330-759-0118.

HUBBARD: Hubbard Church of the Nazarene, 1815 Cherry Lane Drive SE, will have VBS from 6 to 8:30 p.m. June 19-21, for children from age 5 through sixth grade. The theme this year is “Yee Haw.” VBS is free and open to the community. For information, call Pastor Blaze at 234-425-8826 or the church office at 330-534-3111.

BOARDMAN: Good Hope Lutheran Church, 98 Homestead Drive, will have VBS from 6 to 8 p.m. June 24-27, for children grades pre-K through sixth. The theme this year is “Shipwrecked.”

CLARKS MILLS, Pa.: Clarks Mills United Methodist Church, 3813 Hadley Road, will have VBS from 9 a.m. to noon June 24-28, for children from 3 years old through grade 6. The theme this year is “Roar.” For information, call 724-253-2424.

Anniversary Mass


St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W. Rayen Ave., will have a special Mass at 4 p.m. Sunday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Youngstown Diocese and the 40th anniversary of Bishop George V. Murry’s priestly ordination.

Pranic healing class


The Unity Centre for Spiritual Living, 1226 Naylor-Lloyd Road, will host a class on pranic healing from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The class will be taught by Carol Gottesman. The event is free but donations will be accepted. For information, call 330-539-0122.

100th anniversary


St. Joseph the Provider Church, Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, 633 Porter Ave., will celebrate its 100th anniversary with Mass at 2 p.m. Aug. 18. Bishop George Murry will preside. Dinner by reservation only will immediately follow the Mass.

Food giveaway


Beulah Baptist Church, 570 Sherwood Ave., hosts a food giveaway from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday of every month.

The Religion digest runs every Saturday. Send items for the digest by email to, by mail to the Religion Desk at The Vindicator, P.O. Box 780, Youngstown, OH 44501-0780, or by fax to 330-747-6712. Deadline to submit information is Wednesday at 5 p.m.

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