Food distribution set in Winona

WINONA – A food distribution will be held from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Winona Friends Church, 4615 Whinnery Road. For more information call 330-222-0200.

Breakfast offered at Presbyterian church

SALEM – An all-you-can-eat country-style breakfast will be served from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the Concord Presbyterian Church on state Route 45, north of Salem. Items include pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy, eggs, french toast, waffles, fruit cup, juice and coffee. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5 to 12.

Free dinner planned at NW church

NEW WATERFORD – The public is invited to a free dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday at the New Waterford United Methodist Church, 46925 South St. An encore presentation of the Glorious Day Easter cantata is slated. For information call 330-457-7436.

Banquet in Salem features port chops

SALEM The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. The sponsors are Bob and Linda Sebo of Salem. The menu offers chicken noodle soup, stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce, fresh fruit and vegetables, and ice cream sundaes.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Day of Prayer to be marked in Salem

SALEM – The eighth annual National Day of Prayer gathering begins at noon May 1 on the Village Green at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce on the corner of State Street and Lincoln Avenue. This year’s theme is “One Nation, United in Prayer.”

The 50-minute program includes a proclamation for the city of Salem, flag presentations and a pledge, musical selections, but most of all Scriptures and prayers (by clergy and laypersons) for government, military, media, business, education, church, and family.

Drive-thru chicken dinner set May 8

NORTH LIMA – A drive-thru chicken dinner will be available from 3:30 to 6 p.m., or until sold out, May 8 at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 12062 South Ave. Ext. The meal includes a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. Cost is $6.

To reserve dinners call 330-549-2588 and leave your phone number, the number of dinners requested, and your approximate time of arrival.

A clothing give-away is slated from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9. For more information call the church office from 9 a.m. to noon.

Catholic Diocese marks anniversaries

YOUNGSTOWN – The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown will sponsor two wedding anniversary celebrations to honor couples who are observing their 25th, 40th, 50th or over anniversaries in 2014. Couples may register for the celebration that is most convenient for them.

The first celebration of the year will be held at 2 p.m. June 15 at St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown. Couples planning to attend the June celebration should register at their parish by May 15. The second celebration begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton. Registrations will be accepted in September for this event.

To register, or for more information, couples are to contact their parish office.


– DAMASCUS – The public is invited to breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the Damascus United Methodist Church, 300 Valley Road. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

– NORTH LIMA – An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet will be available from 7 to 10 a.m. April 26 at the North Lima Mennonite Church. Items on the buffet include eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, potatoes, homemade rolls, sausage gravy and biscuits, peppers and mushrooms and beverages. For additional information call the church at 330-549-2333.

– FRANKLIN SQUARE – Franklin Square United Methodist Church will host a special children’s program at 10 a.m. Easter Sunday.

The program will include a lesson about our Lord’s glorious resurrection. An egg hunt follows. The public is invited to attend. A church service follow at 11 a.m. Pastor Steven Kenneally and his wife Jamie will lead the services.

– SALEM – The outdoor Easter sunrise service at the gazebo begins at 6:30 a.m. April 20 at the First United Methodist Church, 244 S. Broadway Ave. Those attending are asked to bring a chair. Breakfast follows. Services in the sanctuary start at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.

– COLUMBIANA – The public is invited to a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 at the Zion Hill Church, 14550 New Buffalo Road. Lunch will be available.

– NORTH GEORGETOWN – Two North Georgetown churches, First Brethren at 27333 Main St. and Emmanuel Lutheran at 27485 Main St., have scheduled special services for Easter Sunday morning.

“Easter on Cemetery Hill” begins at 8:15 a.m. in the North Georgetown Cemetery, sponsored by both churches.

At 9:15 a.m., each congregation will host an Easter breakfast.

At 10:30 a.m., each congregation will conduct separate worship services. The service at Emmanuel Lutheran will feature a message by Pastor Jo Dietz.

At First Brethren, the theme will be “Faces in the Crowd.” The service will feature several special numbers by the Celebration Choir. Chris Latham will present a Kid’s Focus with the children. Pastor Ronald W. Waters will speak on the topic, “Almost In or All In?”

The public is welcome to all services. For more information, call First Brethren at 330-525-7169 or 330-525-0595 or Emmanuel Lutheran at 330-525-7700.

– YOUNGSTOWN – The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown announces the recipients of the 2014 Eagle of the Cross Award. The Eagle of the Cross, created by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry and introduced to the diocese in 1999, is given each year to a group of extraordinary high school juniors and seniors who model the dedication, integrity, values and promise for Church and society.

This year’s recipients were chosen from 98 nominations that highlighted parish, school, and community involvement of the youths. A maximum of two Eagle of the Cross Awards are presented to students in each of the six diocesan Catholic high schools, and up to three involved in the parishes in each of the six counties of the diocese.

The following teens will be presented the 2014 Eagle of the Cross Award at the 16th annual Eagle of the Cross Awards Liturgy and Banquet on April 30 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 343 Via Mount Carmel. Area recipients include: Alana M. Chronister and Joseph W. Mercer of East Liverpool High School, Holy Trinity; Elaina Zehentbauer, United Local High School, St. John the Evangelist; and Nicholas Crescimanno, Canfield High School, St. Michael.

The banquet is by invitation only, but the liturgy celebrated by the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Bishop of Youngstown, begins at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

4WARREN – The Diocese of Youngstown has announced an open search for a new head boys basketball coach at John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Warren. Shawn Pompelia was not offered a contract as the boys basketball coach for the upcoming 2014-15 season because of differences in coaching philosophy. He served as head coach for the past three seasons and helped to rebuild the basketball program. For more information call 330-744-8451.

– SALEM – Special events are planned at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1779 Depot Road. Round-up day begins at 11 a.m. April 27; Friend night starts at 7 p.m. April 28; Grandparent’s night begins at 7 p.m. April 29; and Fellowship night starts at 7 p.m. April 30.

Special music and presentations with power point and a children’s program are planned when Wayne and Hattie Nelson and “Danny Boy” visit April 27-30. Services are slated at 10 and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, and at 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A nursery is available. For transportation call 330-206-0619.


Swiss steak dinner offered in Leetonia

WINONA – A Swiss steak dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Family Life Center at the Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road. The meal includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8. Carryouts will be available. For more information call 330-222-0200.

Banquet sponsored by First Baptist Church

SALEM – The Banquet in Salem will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Next week’s sponsor is the First Baptist Church. The menu offers tomato soup, ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, applesauce, fresh vegetables and fruit and cookies.

Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

Breakfast planned in North Benton

NORTH BENTON – An all-you-can-eat community breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 12 at the North Benton Presbyterian Church. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6 to 12.

Chicken pot pie supper set in Greenford

GREENFORD – Greenford Lutheran Church at the corner of Route 165 and Lisbon Road is hosting its annual chicken pot pie supper on May 3. The meal includes mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, applesauce and pie or cake. Advance tickets are available from the church office from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8.50 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 11.

Seatings are at 4:30 and 6 p.m. Carryouts are available from 4 to 6 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome.

Revival continues at Bible Holiness Chapel

SALEM – The spring revival continues at 7:30 p.m. April 4-13 at Bible Holiness Chapel, 3824 McCracken Road. Scheduled to appear are the Rev. and Mrs. Archie Atwell.

Beloit church honored for gift program

BELOIT – After many years of participating in Operation Christmas Child (OCC), one local church received a service award for its dedication to the ministry’s cause.

On Sunday, Pastor Mark Reich and OCC Relay Center Coordinator Susie Stroup, both of Beloit Evangelical Friends Church, accepted a service plaque on behalf of the church from OCC Area Coordinator Kim Plichta in recognition of Beloit Friends eight years of participation as a relay center.

“It’s an honor to be recognized, but it’s not about me. What’s more important is that a child receives the gift of salvation,” said Stroup.

Beloit Friends will continue with its service by participating as a relay center again during National Collection Week November 17-24.

OCC, a Samaritan’s Purse project, has been distributing preprinted shoe boxes called “Go” boxes, which will be filled with gifts to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to impoverished children around the world, according to the organization. Since 1993, the ministry of Samaritan’s Purse International Relief has delivered boxes to more than 100 million boys and girls in more than 130 countries. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the gospel. For more information visit