Those taking part in Warren AME Church's 2014 Gospel Extravaganza titled “Changing Minds, Changing Lives,” got an extra week of rehearsal time thanks to a changing schedule because of weather. The performance is today at 4 p.m. and presents youth and young adults involved in choirs, drill, mime, poetry, praise deance, praise teams, rap, step, and vocals.
Minister Rowena Lee of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church is mistress of ceremonies for the program, expected to last about three hours. Admission is free, and a freewill offering will be collected. The show is at 915 Collingwood Blvd.
Dinner for the Pope
The Most Blessed Sacrament Choir of Toledo, combined with the choir of St. Rose Church in Perrysburg, has the opportunity to perform at St. Peter's Basilica for Pope Francis on Dec. 26, 2014. Their fund-raising for the trip is already under way, and an Italian dinner is on the menu today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stoiber-Holzer Gym at the church, 4227 Bellevue Rd. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the door.
St. Mark Benefit
Some Toledo clergy and congregations have issued a call to the community to attend a special service to help St. Mark Baptist Church, which was destroyed by fire Jan. 3. The building was 111 years old and the church's pastor, the Rev. I.J. Johnson, has been pastor of St. Mark for 59 years.
The service is Sunday at 4 p.m. at Indiana Missionary Baptst Church, 640 Indiana Ave., where the Rev. John Roberts is pastor. Expect the collection plate to be passed. There will be a special guest minister and special choirs at the service. For more information, call 419-261-3852.
Unitarians go to Wildwood
First Unitarain Church of Toledo had extensive water damage during January's freezing weather. The church met for two weeks at Park Congregational Church, then last week canceled services at another location because of weather. Now the church plans to meet at the Ward Pavilion in Wildwood Metropark, 4830 W. Central Ave., Sundays at 11 a.m. for at least three weeks while construction continues to put up new walls in the church and make some plumbing changes to prevent future pipe bursts.
Howard professor brings speeches and sermon
Yanick Rice Lamb, a professor at Howard University in Washington, D.C., will give the sermon Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Historic Third Baptist Church, 402 Pinewood, on the topic “Counting Our Blessings,” to celebrate Black History Month. Ms. Lamb, a former Blade reporter, will also speak to students in the Scott High School honors program and the Stewart Girls Academy on Feb. 7, and at a soul food luncheon at the University of Toledo student union Feb. 8 from noon to 2 p.m. (tickets to the luncheon are $20 at Inkjet Express, 4895 Monroe St.).