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Faith & Religion (July 2, 2017)

Published: July 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Northampton United Methodist Church

Have you ever struggled to make ends meet and found yourself unable to afford some essentials?

Or maybe that coupon deal was too good to pass up and now you have too much on hand? The church's new Blessings Box may be able to help. Located at the east end of the building beside the parking lot, it currently is stocked with personal care items (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, etc). Take what you need to see you through, or bring what you can to share with others. The congregation can make the community a better place, one blessing at a time.

Yoga is held on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and attendance is open to everyone. Contact the church office for more information on either of these groups.

Pastor Keith McLaughlin invites the community to join in worship on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (traditional), 9:45 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. (contemporary). Childcare for infants through preschool age is offered in the Children's Center across from the sanctuary. Summer Sunday School is offered for grades Kindergarten through 5 during the 9:45 service. Teens in sixth-12th grades are invited to Radi8 during the 11:10 worship hour.

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Northampton UMC is located at 852 West Bath Road. Visit www.numchurch.org or call the office at 330-929-0015 for more information about any of the ministries.

Grandview United Methodist Church

Grandview United Methodist Church welcomes their new pastor, David Hull-Frye, on July 2. Pastor David graduated from Bluffton College in 2001 with a degree in social work. He served a year of voluntary service resettling Sudanese refugees in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He then worked for several years as a social worker in Columbus. He graduated seminary from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master of Divinity degree in 2009. As a pastor he has served Woodsfield UMC and Vermillion Grace UMC. Pastor David is originally from Cleveland.

Pastor David and his wife Ellizabeth have a 4-year-old son Elijah. Elizabeth is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state. She graduated with a Professional and Pastoral Counseling degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 2012. In May 2017, she graduated from The Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She has worked with several populations including Appalachia, victims of assault, addiction and youth. She is from Morgantown, West Virginia. The church invites neighbors and friends to join the congregation at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays for the morning worship service. The church is located at 2315 Phelps Ave. For more information call 923-2442.

First United Methodist Church

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Summer worship at First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, is at 10 a.m. each Sunday. There is child care available for infants through preschoolers. Sunday School for children and youth begins at 9 a.m.

First Fridays at Five will take place on July 7 at 5:30. Join the congregation at Oak Park in Cuyahoga Falls for an opportunity of fellowship and fun. Bring a dish to share, table service and a non-alcoholic beverage. Hot dogs, buns and ice water will be provided.

On July 9, the Rev. Ed Peterson, District Superintendent for the Canal District, will be the guest preacher. There will be an ice cream social on the lawn following the service.

If you have children or youth at home, consider sending them to one of First Church's three summer camps.

Epworth Camp is for youth going into seventh through 12th grades. It takes place July 9-12 at Camp Asbury near Hiram. Lots of music, fellowship, games and fun. The camp ends with a day at Cedar Point.

Chess Camp is July 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is for kids with ratings under 1500, with or without experience. The week will include chess-themed crafts, snacks, a concluding tournament and lots of chess.

For more information on any of the camps or to register, call the church office at 330-9223-5241, Ext. 218, or go online to www.firstchurchcf.com.

Bethany United Church of Christ

Bethany United Church of Christ welcomes all, wherever they may be in their faith journey.

June 11 began the summer schedule. Service is now held in the Social Hall (it's air conditioned) beginning at 9:30. Children may sit with their parents or spend time in the Prayground which will be set up in the social hall as well.

Pastor Steve Welker has returned from the Youth Mission Trip to Benton Harbor, Mich., and his vacation. He will continue his sermon series for the summer on Earth, Wind, and Fireand Water based on portions of Genesis 1 and 2.

Prayer Shawl Ministry continues to prepare lap robes and shawls and present them to those in need of comfort and solace. They will gather on July 10 at 9:30.

Vacation Bible School is on the calendar for July 10 July 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the social hall for Kindergarten age and up. There is no charge. Activities such as games, stories, and experiments will center around Creation and Ecology. Call the church office for more information.

Bethany Buckeyes affords those 50 years of age and older an opportunity to gather for a meal, share jokes, and play games like dominoes and GOLF. The July event will be July 14 at 6 p.m.

Bethany Kitchen provides a free meal and companionship for the community on July 15 at 11:30 a.m.

Bethany Band continues to practice during the summer and on July 12 they will entertain at Concordia at noon and at Briarwood at 7.

Beginning July 23 and running through July 29, Bethany U.C.C. will be the host church for Family Promise.

Recycling efforts continue through the collection of Entenman's Little Bites pouches and Capri Sun pouches. The church strives to keep these plastic pouches out of the landfill and turn them into affordable green products through TerraCycle. The pouches may be placed in containers found in the CE wing and the back of the Social Hall.

The church is located at 1235 Broad Blvd. (the northeast corner of Broad Boulevard and 13th Street). The building is handicapped accessible by parking in the small lot adjacent to the church on 13th Street. Bethany welcomes visitors to join in worship and fellowship. New experiences await those of all ages. For more information, call 330-923-5277.

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Pilgrim United Church of Christ, located at 130 Broad Blvd., invites community members to join the congregation each Sunday for Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

All are welcome to join the congregation for worship followed by Fellowship Hour.

Pilgrim continues to invite the community to the crochet and knitting group on July 25 and Aug. 22 from 6:30 8:15 p.m. This is for anyone, the group has teachers to help teach the stitches, or bring the project you are working on, or come to talk. All are welcome to participate.

July 11 13 from 6:30 8:30 p.m. everyone of all ages is welcome to Pilgrim's "Spirit of Service." There will be service projects for all skills and ages that include: Chemo Kits, Blessing Bags, Church World Service School book bags, tied blankets, card making and knitting and crocheting of baby hats and prayer shawls to include with the Chemo Kits. A list of items will be posted on the website if you need more information.

The next Pilgrim Free Community Lunch Program will be Sept.10. Call the church office at 330-928-4847 for more information.

Stop by Pilgrim during the Car Show every Monday through the summer for a $1 hot dog, sodas and water or $2 "Brats" to support the Pilgrim Youth Fund.

All Pilgrim services and activities are open to the wider community.

Check out Pilgrim's website at www.pilgrimcf.org and like Pilgrim on Facebook or follow Pilgrim on Twitter @pilgrimchurchcf for all the latest news and event information.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church, located on the corner of Second Street and Stow Avenue, invites all to come and explore faith in Sunday School, small groups, or worship.

Child care is available for Sunday School and Sunday Worship. Sunday mornings at 9:30 are the Sunday School programs for all ages. Sunday at 10:45 explore Scripture's application to everyday life.

FCC had a great service outside on June 11 in solidarity with the national marches for equality that happened across the USA. There are pinwheels along the Second Street garden to demonstrate the ongoing commitment of the congregation to stand for equal rights for all people.

FCC in conjunction with Cuyahoga Falls School District, St. John's Episcopal, and First Methodist Church has completed the community garden located in the church park between the three churches. The community is invited to stop by and see its progress.

The Second Wind service had its final service of the season on June 28.

FCC will have a hospitality table at Akron Pride Aug. 26. The congregation is collecting water bottle donations to distribute to the people at the festival. Donations can be dropped off at the church office during the week or on Sunday mornings after service.

Follow the congregation on facebook /fccfalls and Twitter @FCCFalls to find out when more community events will be hosted and to find out what else is going on at First Christian Church.

Saint Joseph Parish

A Mass to celebrate Independence Day will be held July 4 at 8 a.m. in the church.

The offices of St. Joseph Parish will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Now available are Raise the Roof Progressive Raffle tickets. As more tickets are sold, the prize money increases. The raffle prizes start at Grand prize: $5,000; 2nd prize: $2,000; 3rd prize: $500. Those prizes can increase to as much as $10,000 for the grand prize; $4,500 for 2nd prize; and $2,250 for third prize. Prize amounts will be posted weekly in the bulletin, on the digital sign, and on the website. The drawing will be held Aug. 20. Request tickets by calling 330-928-2173 or visiting saintjoe.org/raffle. All proceeds benefit the Raise the Roof Initiative for parish improvements. Learn more at saintjoe.org/raisetheroof.

St. Joseph Parish's Early Childhood Learning Center offers classes for Preschool, Prekindergarten, and Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year. Students not only benefit from the dedication of a well-trained staff but also from the amenities of the elementary school including music, art, Spanish, PE, and religion classes as well as access to iPads and the technology lab. Before Care (7-8am) and After Care (3:15-6 p.m.) programs are available to students. Come visit to tour the classrooms, see the junior Makerspace, and find out what X-STREAM learning is all about. Call 330-928-2151 to schedule a tour. Visit http://www.saintjoe.org/preschool for more information.

The Riverfront Cruise In is the best place to be on Monday nights. Stop in at the St. Joseph Parish School parking lot to visit this fun, family friendly event showcasing classic cars from a variety of eras. Parking and admission is free. Enjoy music. Purchase concessions at the St. Joe's Drive-In where all proceeds benefit the parish. For more info, visit http://www.riverfrontcruisein.com/.

Queen of Angels Religious Treasures, located in St. Joseph Church at Second Street and Sackett Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls, will be kicking off its summer sale to reduce current inventory to make room for new items. Many items will be marked down 25 to 50 percent. Store hours are 4-6 p.m. on July 8 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on July 9. The sale will end Sept. 24.

Weekly Sunday Masses at Saint Joseph Church are held at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and noon with the Sunday Vigil on Saturdays at 5 p.m.

For more information on these events or on becoming a parishioner, visit www.saintjoe.org or call 330-928-2173.

Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church is located at 1761 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. Saint Joseph Parish School is located at 1909 Third St. The parish office/rectory is located at 215 Falls Ave.


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