Church Happenings

SALEM — FreshMark will sponsor the next Banquet in Salem from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, cole slaw, fresh fruit and vegetables and ice cream will be served. Additional sponsors are needed. For more information call Patty Colian at 330-831-2169.

NORTH LIMA — A drive-thru chicken dinner will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. or until sold out Dec. 13 at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 12062 South Ave. The meal includes a stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans and a brownie. To reserve dinners call 330-549-2588.

GOSHEN TOWNSHIP — “Cookies to Go” will be sold from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at Bunker Hill United Methodist Church, 15096 W. Middletown Road. A variety of cookies will be available at $5 per dozen.

DAMASCUS — Damascus United Methodist Church and Middle Sandy Presbyterian Church will host its monthly community breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at the church at 300 Valley Road. The meal offers all-you-can-eat, made to order, pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, toast, juice and coffee. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Proceeds will benefit the upcoming 2019 summer mission trip to Cluster 13 Ministries in Camden, N.Y.

WINONA — All seniors ages 55 and older are welcome to a free lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.. Dec. 12 at the Winona Friends Family Life Center on Whinnery Road.

LEETONIA — A PAL group (Parents of Addicted Loved ones) begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Leetonia First United Methodist Church. The public is invited. For more information call the church at 330-427-6856.

COLUMBIANA — Santa’s Gift Shop will be open from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 210 S. Main St. This unique holiday shopping event for children offers gifts for 25 to 50 cents each. Free pictures with Santa will also be available. The event also includes a Christmas rummage sale for the adults.

SALEM — St. Paul’s Knights of Columbus, Life Ministry and Friendship Circle are hosting a breakfast, bake, craft and soup sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in St. Paul School gym (Scullion Hall), 925 E. State St. The pancake, sausage and egg breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon. Donations will be accepted. People interested in selling their crafts are asked to call Diane at 330-537-4139 or 330-501-7049. Cost is $10 for per table/space and chairs. Set up begins after 4 p.m. Dec. 7.

BOARDMAN — A Journey to Bethlehem live nativity will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Disciples Christian Church, 565 Boardman-Canfield Road. Tours run approximately every 15 minutes. Admission is free.

CANFIELD — The annual cookie walk will be held today at the Calla Community Church, 6482 W. Calla Road. Doors open at 10 a.m. and will stay open until the cookies are sold out. Cost is $5 per dozen. Information on upcoming church events will also be available. For more details contact or 330-533-6007.

NORTH BENTON — An all-you-can-eat community breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 11 a.m. today at North Benton Presbyterian Church, 19070 North Benton Road W. Cost is $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6 to 12. Carryouts are available.

NORTH LIMA — Sue Deutschlander will present a night of inspirational music at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Good Hope Lutheran Church, 12030 Market St. She will be joined by Rachel Aiken on the piano and Christine Habuda on percussion. A free will offering will be taken.

SALEM — ­ The “Homecoming Christmas Concert” featuring Larry and Patricia Jewett will be held on Dec. 16 at Salem Bible Methodist Church, 1647 N. Ellsworth Ave. The public is invited to the event which begins at 10:30 a.m. For more information contact Pastor David W. Crosley at 812-675-1549 or

SALEM — In today’s cashless society, where many folks are now using credit and debit cards, along with other electronic payment methods to pay for goods and services, the Salvation Army’s annual Kettle Campaign is adjusting to the changing of the community efforts. As a result, the Salvation Army is encouraging people to consider texting a donation or setting up a virtual online kettle to help raise critical funds for neighbors in need. New this year, people can text SalemOH to 41444 to donate or visit to set up their own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. Donations can also be made by visiting Regardless of the donation method, all gifts will stay local to this community. As many people in Salem prepare for a joyful holiday season, thousands more are turning to the Salvation Army for help and assistance with food, clothing and other basic needs. However, to provide these services, the Salvation Army relies heavily on donations received during the holidays. Last year alone, over 7,276 hot meals were provided to people in Salem.

With only a few weeks left, the local Salvation Army’s staff urges residents to donate to its kettles or make an electronic donation online or through its Text to Donate campaign.