Lent is in full swing and the Central YMCA in downtown Youngstown already has everything lined up for this year’s Good Friday Breakfast Service. Sponsored by the Y’s Spiritual Emphasis Committee, the service will occur from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. on Friday, March 25 inside the community gym on the second floor of the Y.
Breakfast will be served buffet style by Sandy’s Deli at 7:15 a.m., with the service beginning promptly at 8 a.m. The Rev. Sean Kelly, lead minister of Greenford Christian Church, will deliver this year’s Good Friday message, and attendees will be hear a live performance by Alyssa Morucci of Poland. Morucci, a junior at Poland Seminary High School, is an 11-year cheerleading veteran, a member of Real Living Ministries and is part of the praise team. She has worked part time at the Davis Family YMCA service desk for the past year.
“I love interacting with people, and my role at the desk gives me many opportunities to engage with others,” she said.
This February, Morucci’s singing talents took her to Chicago, where she auditioned for “The Voice” television show.
“The Y has held the service for more than 40 years, with bishops, pastors, priests and lay people delivering inspirational messages that have become quite memorable,” said Mike Shaffer, the Y’s executive director. “It has become a tradition that many in the community look forward to.”
“Many churches, businesses and families now look forward to this event as a meaningful way to start their Easter weekend,” Shaffer said. “Please join us as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ in this ecumenically diverse setting.”
The public is invited to attend this year’s Good Friday Breakfast with tickets purchased in advance. Attendees can purchase individual tickets for $12, or reserve a table of eight for $85. To order tickets, call Patty Tchoryk at 330-742-4781.
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