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ACTING PASTOR: Champion Christian Church, 151 W. Center St., a Disciples of Christ congregation, has appointed Rev. Heather Godsey, formerly of Bloomington, Illinois, to serve as interim pastor.

Godsey comes from Centennial Christian Church in Bloomington, where she served as acting pastor since the spring of 2019. She has also held acting pastorates at Table Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Knoxville and First Christian Church in Oak Ridge. , Tenn.

Previously, she worked in Ohio as an associate minister of United Protestant Campus Ministries at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

For 12 years she served as program director for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she obtained and administered a $100,000 grant for Theological Exploration of Vocation Program Funding.

She received her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville and was ordained in May 2003.

Reverend Kenneth E. Hopkins Jr. retired after 26 years of church service and a total of 40 years in ministry.

The Reverend Cynthia Klingemier, a Christian Church of Ohio (Disciples of Christ) regional elder, had served as a bridge pastor for the church after Hopkins retired.

EMPOWERMENT SERIES: Second Baptist Church “A House of Hope” 1510 Main Ave. SW, Warren, will host a Black History Month Empowerment Series. Each session will include a round table. There will be time for questions and answers and next steps for residents to take. People can attend in person or tune in to the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages.

“Next Generation Careers” is 2-4 p.m. today with an overview of the emerging job market and how to get involved in the skilled trades. The host is Pastor Todd Johnson with panelists Timothy Callion, Dominick Brown and Vernon Mills from Ultium Cells.

MARDI GRAS FUNDRAISER: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, McDonald’s, is sponsoring a Mardi Gras draw for Amazon gift cards – three worth $100, two worth $250 and one worth $250. a value of $500. The draw is March 1. Tickets are on sale at a cost of $20 after mass, at the presbytery or from a member of the parish council or the finance council. For more information, call the rectory at 330-530-1111 or visit the church’s website at [email protected]

WHITE MASS: Bishop David Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown will be the principal officiant at the 25th annual White Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at St. Columba’s Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown.

The White Mass celebrates all health professionals, including mental health workers, and recognizes the ministry of all who work in healing professions.

For those unable to attend in person, the White Mass will be streamed live on the Diocese of Youngstown website at

zFIRST FRIDAY: The First Friday Club of Greater Youngstown will have a guest speaker, the Reverend John M. Jerek, Diocesan Director of Ongoing Deacon Formation, at noon March 3 at the Avion on the Water Banquet Center in Canfield. jerek will speak “The way to salvation is through Lent.” Lunch is at 11:30 am and costs $18. The conversation is free. Call to reserve before February 25 at 330-720-4498.

BIBLE COURSES: A free eight-week “Who is this Jesus?” course. will be offered at noon on Thursdays beginning March 3 at the Cortland Library branch. Sessions last one hour each. Call 330-637-1421 to register.

KOLBE GATHERING: The Diocese of Youngstown, through its prison ministry program, has launched The Kolbe Gathering, which is a place where formerly incarcerated and their families can join parish volunteers for spiritual support and fellowship . Gatherings embrace spirituality in prayer, music, scripture reading, and fellowship. Kolbe Gathering can help those in need who are looking for a parish or faith-based organization to join. The first gatherings take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the Saints-Apôtres-SS parish. Peter and Paul Church, 421 Covington Street in Youngstown. The Kolbe Gathering takes its name from Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the patron saint of prisoners and drug addicts. He was martyred in the German death camp of Auschwitz during World War II. For more information, contact William Barger, prison ministry coordinator, at 330-235-3920.

BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM: Windham First Baptist Church, 104422 State Route 308, will host a Black History program at 11 a.m. Sunday with guest speaker Reverend Lionel Young.

ACCEPT GOD’S LOVE: The Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center offers a new virtual program “Lent: A Time to Accept God’s Gift of Love.” The six-week series will take place once a week at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m. on Thursdays starting March 3 via Zoom with Ardath Blake, HM.

Using “The Forty Parables of Jesus” with Gerhard Lohfink as guide, this six-week series will offer reflections on the answer to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say I am? »

Registration is mandatory. The cost is $5 each or $25 for the entire series. Attendance at all sessions is not compulsory.

Registration and more information is available online at or by calling 724-964-8886.

MEN’S MILE MARKER: St. Joseph Parish, 4545 New Road, Austintown, will present Men’s Mile Marker 2022 from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on February 26. An optional mass will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the parish. The day will focus on food, camaraderie and fun. Sign up at

THE FUTURE OF HOPE: Hubbard St. Patrick’s Church will present “Hopeful Future” Parish Mission with Vince Ambrosetti, Former Catholic Artist of the Year from February 27 to March 2.

He played for at least two saints. He sang his song, “Sanctuary” during communion at the funeral of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He also composed, recorded and, at the invitation of the Vatican, performed for Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica.

A family concert will kick off the mission from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 27, February 28 and March 1. March 2 is missionary evening and Ash Wednesday. The Holy Mass and the distribution of ashes will also be part of the last missionary evening.

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