- LEETONIA - St. Patrick Church in Leetonia is currently displaying 35 crosses in the front lawn to represent one cross for every 100 babies who have been aborted in Columbiana County since 1991. The crosses are in memory of these unborn children. Lifeline of Columbiana County Pregnancy Center has information on post-abortion healing programs. For more information call 330-424-5353. Lifeline is hosting a fund-raising dinner at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Patrick School Hall, 167 Main St. Leetonia. Mike Gonidakis, Ohio Right to Life president, will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $10 per person or $18 per couple. Reservations may be made by calling 330-853-9282 or 330-503-9781.
-SALEM - A free chili dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at Southeast Friends Church, 1300 Franklin Ave.
-EAST ROCHESTER Soups and sandwiches will be sold from 3:30 to 6 p.m. today at the New Alexander Christian Church. Eight varieties of soup are available. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children which includes soup, a sandwich, dessert and beverage. Carryouts are available.
-WINONA - The Winona Friends Church on Whinnery Road will serve a Swiss steak dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. today in the Family Life Center. The meal includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, rolls and dessert. Cost is $8. Carryouts are available. For more information call 330-222-0200.
-SALEM - Senior Information Day will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, fellowship hall. Informational booths will be set up and refreshments provided. Prizes will be awarded and Walgreens will have flu shots and pneumonia shots available. For more information call Angela McCoy 330-332-5042 Ext. 103.
-NORTH LIMA - A barbecue chicken dinner will be served from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 12062 South Avenue Ext. The meal includes half a chicken, baked potato, green beans, applesauce, roll, pie and beverage. Cost is $9 for adults and $6.50 for children age 12 and under.
-COLUMBIANA The Jerusalem Lutheran Church at 415 S. Main St. will host a blessing of the animals in honor of St. Francis at 9 a.m. Sunday. Angels for Animals will bring adoptable dogs for the community to meet as well. All pets are welcome and must be either leashed or contained in some way. Worship will be downstairs in the fellowship hall.
-YOUNGSTOWN - The complete organ works of Maurice Durufl will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at St. Columba Cathedral. Durufl (1903-1986) was a prominent Roman Catholic composer in Paris, France, and is probably best known for his Requiem Mass, which is based on Gregorian Chant melodies. The concert will feature guest artist Dr. H. Ricardo Ramirez, music director and organist at Chicago's Holy Name Cathedral.
Admission and parking are free and open to the public. For more information call 330-744-5233.
-CANFIELD - The United Methodist Women of Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St., will present their 73rd annual bazaar from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Oct. 19. A cafeteria-style luncheon is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Admission is free to this event which includes bargains of gently used books, clothing, housewares, toys, and furniture. There will also be handmade rugs, floral arrangements, gift items, holiday decorations, baked goods, candies, and cole slaw for sale. Proceeds will be distributed to the church's ministries as well as community outreach programs, including Operation Blessing, Rescue Mission, United Methodist Community Center, Community Chest, and Canfield CareNet.
-NORTH JACKSON - Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1110 N. Salem-Warren Road, installed Pastor Philip McClelland as its new pastor on July 28.
Pastor McClelland studied at Concordia St. Louis Seminary where he received a master's of divinity and at Concordia St. Paul where he received a bachelor's of arts in Christian outreach. He previously served at Peace Lutheran Church in Galloway, N.J.
Pastor McClelland and his wife, Shiloh, have been married 11 years and have two children, Barrett and Emerald. She graduated with a bachelor's of arts in Christian education and is a certified director of Christian outreach.
-CANTON - Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., will celebrate a special Mass at the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 to mark the wedding anniversaries of 120 couples who are being honored for a total of 5,426 years of wedded life ranging from 25 to 71 years.
A reception, hosted by the St. John Guild, will be held in the School Hall for the honored couples and their families following the Mass.
Stanley and Anna Mae Duff, parishioners of St. Anthony/All Saints Parish in Canton are the longest married couple celebrating 71 years of marriage, and Chester and Sylvia Dimmerling, parishioners of the Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Canton, are the second longest celebrating 69 years of marriage.
Other couples celebrating will be: 35 couples married 51-70 years; 30 couples married 50 years; 31 couples will observe 40 years; and 24 couples will mark 25 years.
The wedding anniversary celebration includes renewal of marriage vows at Mass, and a personalized certificate. For more information, contact the Diocese of Youngstown at 330-744-8451.