Valley Alive Festival is Saturday in Sharon

SHARON – Valley Alive 2020 Festival this year will celebrate Fear of Tabernacles from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Joshua’s Haven, 1230 Stambaugh Ave., Sharon.

The program includes: Rev. Natalie Griffin to lead the worship and Rev. Jesse Griffin, of Kingdom Reign Ministries, Youngstown, to deliver the message.

The 11th-annual event’s theme is “Call a Sacred Assembly and Cry Out to the Lord.” Seating begins at 2 p.m.. Admission is free and a free-will offering will be taken.

Feast of Tabernacles is an eight-day festival that represents fulfillment of the coming Kingdom of God, which Jesus taught about extensively during His earthly ministry. Sukkot or “Feast of Tabernacles” also is known as Feast of Booths, which Jews celebrate by erecting tents or temporary booths for the seven-day festival during the fall harvest.

Valley Alive will begin with the sounding of the shofar by Pastor Jesse Griffin, as is custom in many Jewish and Christian worship gatherings, and a Hebraic blessing by Pamela Evakich.

Valley Alive is intended for the community at large as an afternoon of worship, teaching and prayer for our cities, nation and all people; planned to bring people of Christian faith together for the glory of God.

Info: call the Joshua’s Haven office, 724-983-0304.

It’s peanut-butter drive time at Corner House

HUBBARD, Ohio – The annual peanut butter drive is on during October at The Corner House Christian Church, 6954 Chestnut Ridge Road, Hubbard Township.

Bring 16-ounce jars of peanut butter to the church between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays or attend one of its Sunday services (drive in the lot at 9:50 a.m., in the church house at 10:30 a.m.).

Peanut butter is a vital part of the diet for the people who are ministered to by Lifeline Missions in Haiti. This is part of the Little Dresses for Haiti project.

Methodist churches to have joint service Sunday

SHARON – The Sharon Area Cooperative Parish of United Methodist Churches will hold a Joint Worldwide Communion service at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Wheatland Community Park. The park is at 31 Beechwood Ave., Wheatland.

The cooperative churches include Oakland Avenue, Sharon First, Sharpsville, and West Middlesex United Methodist Churches. They will be practicing social distancing and adhering to state guidelines. Bring a lawn chair. All are welcome. Please join for worship and Holy Communion.

Notre Dame changes weekend Mass schedules

HERMITAGE – The Church of Notre Dame, 2335 Highland Road, Hermitage has changed its weekend Mass schedule due to the pandemic. Masses are at 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday. Music is provided at the 4 p.m. Mass on Saturday and the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

Every third pew is roped off to accommodate social distancing, and masks are required.

For more information, call the church office at 724-981-5566.

Guest speaker scheduled at Jesus is Lord Ministries

FARRELL – Jesus is Lord Ministries with Pastor Diane Lampley, 946 Beechwood, Farrell, is hosting Dr. Evg. Virginia Penn, who will be speaking on Living with Purpose at 11 a.m. on Oct. 11.

Face masks required.

Men’s Rally in the Valley speakers listed

These speakers are scheduled for the Men’s Rally in the Valley, which will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown:

• Mike Lindell, inventor of MyPillow

• Jeff Shultz, celebrate Recovery Broken Chains JC

• Lee Haney, eight-time Mr. Olympia, father, husband, and man of God

• Dave Roever, decorated Vietnam veteran, evangelist

• Paul Young, author of the novels The Shack, Cross Roads and Eve

• J.J. Weeks, Christian recording artist

Admission is free.

For more information, visit

18-mile cross, prayer walk to take place Oct. 8, 9

Men of Faith are holding their tenth annual 18-mile Cross and Prayer Walk on Oct. 8 and 9 from Hermitage to the Youngstown Covelli Centre in Youngstown. They will be praying and walking the entire 18-mile Cross Walk.

Some can choose to ride. A motor home will be following with a restroom and hot coffee. Men are needed to drive support vehicles, or just be at scheduled prayer stops, and four prayer leaders are needed as well.

The schedule on Oct. 9:

12:01 a.m. – Cross walk begins at the Shenango Valley YMCA in Hermitage – Prayer leader: Prayers for the region and nation’s youth, substance abuse, families with drug addicted members, OD deaths, grieving familes.

12:15 a.m. – Avenue of Flags at America’s Cemetery in Hermitage – Prayer leader: Persecuted believers worldwide.

1:45 a.m. – Downtown Sharon – Prayer leader: President Trump, his cabinet, government legislature, state and local government leaders.

3:30 a.m. – Hubbard Flying J, halfway point – Prayer leader: Those who preach the Gospel locally, nationally and worldwide, divisions to cease, end of crimes, drug, murder, hatred for those in authority, heal our country, revival, peace.

8:30 a.m. – Covelli Centre, Youngstown – Prayer leaders, Teen Challenge leaders will lead prayer.

For more information, call 724-718-8987.

Villa Maria schedules retreats, events

Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center is offering these events at the Center:

• Guided labyrinth walk: Seeking Wisdom with Janet Burkhart, HM, and Barbara O’Donnell, HM from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Registration is required. Due to health restrictions, the group size will be limited to 10 participants.

The labyrinth is a replica of one at Chartres Cathedral in France. Labyrinths offer a walking meditation for the spiritual seeker.

Free; participants are asked to consider an unrestricted tax-deductible donation to VMESC to help them continue to offer services like the labyrinth walks to those who cannot pay.

Program information and registration are available at www.vmesc. org or 724-964-8886. VMESC is in Villa Maria, Pa., about 1 mile from the Pennsylvania/Ohio state line.

Villa Maria is also offering these virtual opportunities:

• Surprise, Shock and Gospel: The Parables of Jesus with Rev. George Smiga, STD, Oct. 9 to 10.

This retreat will be conducted via Zoom.

Session one will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Sessions two through five will be Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. and 1, 3 and 7 p.m.

This series of lectures will explore what parables are, how they work, and what Jesus’ parables reveal about the Kingdom of God.

Cost: $75. The Zoom link will be sent to all those registered on Oct 8.

• A special virtual Coffee and Contemplation Series with Ardath Blake, HM – Reflections on “The Our Father: A New Reading” by Gerhard Lohfink.

This series will be conducted via Zoom.

Schedule: Oct. 13, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Daniel’s influence on the Our Father and how we live in the Kingdom of God today; Oct. 27, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., What are we asking when we say, “forgive us; lead us not into temptation; deliver us from evil”?

Cost: Each individual session is $5.

The Zoom link will be sent the day before the session. Participation in all sessions is not required.

• Election Meditation Circle: The Hidden Ground of Love series with Natalie Terry.

This virtual opportunity will take place from 8 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Nov. 3.

This series will be conducted via Zoom. The link will be provided on their website.

Registration and participation in all sessions is not required.

The cost is a free-will offering.

Orangeville Baptist schedules events, services

SHARPSVILLE – Orangeville Baptist Church is hosting Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. and morning worship at 11 a.m. Sundays in the church, 7600 Orangeville Rd., Sharpsville. Evening Bible study and prayer is held at 7 p.m. Wednesdays.

The church is always collecting donations for its food pantry. Anyone in need can contact Pastor Harley Williams.

Other events:

• Today: Women’s Bible Study will resume.

• Oct. 13: Women’s Ministry will host a card making event at 7 p.m.

• Oct. 25: Bill Rudge will be giving an update on his ministry at 11 a.m.

The Children’s ministry will be presenting a Christmas program on Dec. 20. Kids have begun practice and future practices will be on Oct. 4 and 18, Nov. 8 and 22, and Dec. 6 and 13.

Pastor Harley Williams: 330-718-0119; Church: 724-646-3917.

All are welcome at Living Faith Christian Church

FARRELL – All are welcome to services at Living Faith Christian Church at 829 New Castle Road, Farrell. Services are 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. Services are also broadcast on radio, 87.9 FM.

Church phone: 724-734-3176.