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APPOINTMENT: Bishop David J. Bonnar of the Diocese of Youngstown has appointed the Most Reverend John-Michael Lavelle as Director of Stewardship and Development, effective September 1, in addition to his responsibilities as Vicar for Missionary Discipleship and Pastor from St. Michael Parish to Canfield. The appointment aligns the Office of Stewardship and Development within the Department of Missionary Discipleship.

Under Lavelle’s leadership, the Office of Stewardship and Development will continue to develop and direct the annual Diocesan Appeal: One in Hope, One in Mission, as well as the Diocese of Youngstown Foundation.

Lavelle was appointed Vicar for Missionary Discipleship in 2021 and currently sits on the Diocesan Board of Directors. He was ordained in 2000 and has served as pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Ravenna, and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Niles, and as associate pastor at St. Mary’s Parish, Massillon, and St. Christine, Youngstown

WHO IS JESUS? “Who is this Jesus? the course will be offered Thursdays at noon at the Howland Library, 9095 E, Market St. The free eight-week course will be led by Pastor Dan Barker. A detailed syllabus will be provided to facilitate group discussion. To register, call 330-637-1421.

CHURCH PLANS 102 YEARS: The Disciples of Third Christian Church of Christ, 241 First St. SW, Warren, will celebrate the church’s 102nd anniversary with events planned each Sunday in September. The celebratory events are: Sunday – guest speaker Pastor Leroy Jenkins; and September 25 – musical afternoon.

MISSION TALK: Matthew and Kened (Bennett) Cross, who grew up in Southington and Warren respectively, do missionary work in Haiti and recently hosted a fundraising event. The Crosses will speak about their missionary work at 10:45 a.m. Sunday at Warren Church and at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 25 at Cortland Trinity Baptist Church.

BACK TO CHURCH: Life Church, 610 S. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg will host a Sunday back to church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The event is part of a national event to welcome people to the church.

YOUTH EXPLOSION: Through him, Ministry 1244 Tod Place NW, Warren, will host a youth explosion service on September 25. There will be a choir, a praise dance team and lyrics by Shemar McMillion from the Youth Department. For more information, call 330-240-1586.

MEN’S RALLY: The Valley Men’s Rally, which hosts an annual event, is going through a period of reorganization. Two meetings are held to get a general consensus on the direction the rally is taking. The first is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the Leetonia Public Library, 181 Walnut St., Leetonia. For questions, call Jim at 330-398-6098 or visit

CONCERT AT THE CHURCH: First Baptist Church, 26 E. Church St., Niles, will host a concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday with Niah and Allisha Merrill. The Merrills will present a concert of sacred music crossing the genres of traditional, classical and modern hymns. They sing and play an assortment of instruments (including piano, trumpets, flugelhorn, hand drums and Irish whistles) in a variety of inspiring musical styles. A love offering will be taken.

SCIENCE EVENT: The Corner House Christian Church will host a free science event ‘Professor Seven’s Amazing World of Science’ from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. during worship. The event is free. There will be a barbecue, games and activities.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY: First Baptist Church of Braceville, 1300 Cedar Street SW, is hosting a friends and family event on September 25 with a worship service at 11 a.m., fun, food and fellowship at 1 p.m. .

PASTOR’S BIRTHDAY: The Warren Second Baptist Church will celebrate the seventh pastoral birthday of Pastor Todd and Lady Shameika Johnson at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on September 25. The guest speaker at 10 a.m. is Reverend Ezra Tillman of Flint, Michigan, and at 5 p.m. is Elder Phillip Shealey of Covington, Ga.

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