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Cuyahoga Falls & Silver Lake Faith & Religion (Aug. 14, 2016)

Published: August 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Bethany United Church of Christ

Bethany United Church of Christ is 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 on Sunday. New experiences await those of all ages.

Summer Worship:

Summer Sermon Series is presented by The Rev. Steven Welker: "Hey God, What's up with That?" and "Hey Church, What's up with That?" continues in August. Questions that God might ask will be explored, "Who do you say I am?" and "Do you want to get well?"

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For more information, visit www.bethanyucc.org; twitter/instagram: @ucc_bethany or call the church office at 330-923-5277.

On Aug. 14, worship will be outdoors at Galt Park. Attendees should bring chairs. Following the service a concert by the Bethany Band will be presented and a picnic continental breakfast will be provided by Church Council. In the case of rain, the service will be in the Social Hall at the Church.

A free meal will be served Aug. 20 in the Social Hall. Bethany Kitchen reaches out to the community to offer sustenance in the form of food and fellowship.

What do you do when there is no adult faith formation in the summer? You have S'Mores. On Aug. 14, 21 and 28 will be gatherings for those interested in discussing topics of interest. These topics will be new each week. The group will be having s'mores to help in its discussions. The time will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Some possible topics for discussion are: Are all religions the same? Is there a hell? On Earth as it is in Heaven.

"Lunch on Us" will be prepared and served by Members of Bethany Church to the neighborhood at Miller Avenue UCC from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

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Interested in music? The Chancel Choir and the Memory Bell Choir will begin meeting again after Labor Day. Under the direction of Dawn Filler, these choirs enrich the worship service throughout the year.

A group of talented musicians practice weekly on Wednesday evening in the Social Hall. They are the Bethany Band and share their selections and bring joy to various locations such as nursing homes and libraries.

On Oct. 22, there will be a clambake to benefit Bethany Kitchen, and in November there will be a Women's Retreat. Details to follow.

First United

Methodist Church

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

Join the churches on "Church Square" for a Carnival in the Courtyard on Aug. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. There will be food, games, crafts, live music and more. All are welcome.

All youth in grades seven through 12 are invited to the Epworth Youth Fall Kickoff on Aug. 28. It will start at 11 a.m. with Choir rehearsal and a parents' meeting followed by lunch and then the annual Service Road Rally. Back to the church at 3:45 for ice cream sundaes with the day ending at 4 p.m.

The Women's Bible Study groups will begin on Sept. 13-14 with Joanna Weaver's "Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World." If you've ever felt you weren't "godly enough," "loving enough" or "doing enough" this is the study for you. Choose between Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. or Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact Kathy at 330-923-5241, ext. 212 or kkuzasfumccf@gmail.com to register. The deadline is Sept. 2.

First Christian Church

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

Child care is available for Sunday School and both Sunday Worship. On Sunday mornings at 10:45 explore Scripture's application to everyday life, or get a "Second Wind" at the alternative worship service on Wednesday nights at 6:30. This informal and interactive service looks at current events through the lens of faith.

The congregation is sharing its newly repaired gazebo with the community. Everyone can come by and hang out in it. It is a Pokestop in the Pokemon Go game and the congregation occasionally drops Lures on it. On Aug. 21, First Christian, in partnership with First Methodist Church and St. John's Episcopal Church, will host a Back to School festival from noon to 4 p.m. There will be food and live entertainment and plenty of fun games and activities for the whole family. All are invited.

Follow the congregation on facebook https://www.facebook.com/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 in Cuyahoga Falls

Saint Joseph Parish announces Mr. Eric Eiermann has joined its staff as parish catechetical leader.

His duties include the Parish School of Religion (PSR), Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), and Confirmation programs. He can be contacted at ericeiermann@saintjoe.org.

Saint Joseph School Office will be open Aug. 15 through 19 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Beginning Aug. 22, office hours will be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information about registering for the 2016-2017 school year, visit www.saintjoe.org or call 330-928-2151.

Join the congregation Aug. 27 for Saint Joseph Parish's Annual Falls Fest. Begin with 5 p.m. Mass at the church then stop by the school for fellowship, food, beer and wine, and music from 6 to 11 p.m. School tours will be given at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Admission is free. Food and beverage tickets are $4 each.

Event is for ages 21 and over. Parish Raffle Tickets are also available for $5 each with a Grand Prize of $3,000, 2nd Prize of $1,000, and 3rd Prize of $500.

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or wish to learn more about your Catholic religion? If so, Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) classes will be on Wednesdays this fall at the church in Nolan Hall at 7 p.m. To register or for more information, contact 330-928-2173 or eeiermann@saintjoe.org.

Weekly Sunday Masses at Saint Joseph Church take place 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 School is located at 1909 Third St. The parish office/rectory is located at 215 Falls Ave.

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Pilgrim United Church of Christ is located at 130 Broad Blvd.

The church invites community members to join the congregation each Sunday for worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The church welcomes David Day and Shari, Mackenzie and Maura Schneider to share their gifts of music and dance.

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

The church's free community lunch program has been suspended for August. Join the congregation Sept. 10 as it begins the program again. Call the church office at 330-928-4847 for information.

The Bible studies include: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Adult Library. The Wednesday Bible Study will begin in September. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Pilgrim invites the community to its next event to support the Save Our Steeple Campaign on Aug. 21 following worship at 11:30 a.m. Lemonade on the Lawn will take place with several lemonades and kick-off of the Tupperware Fundraiser for the Steeple. A raffle will take place for four tickets to a Rubber Ducks baseball game.

An Ice Cream Social is being planned for Sept. 17. Several raffle baskets will be available. More information is forthcoming.

Pilgrim will have special entertainment in October. A well known Elvis Impersonator, Caesare (pronounced: Chez-er-ray) Belvano, The Dream King° of Akron, will present his Tribute to Elvis Presley. Northampton United Methodist Church

Northampton United Methodist Church and Pastor Keith McLaughlin invite community members to join them for worship on Sundays at 8:30 a.m. (traditional), 9:45 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. (contemporary).

Infant - preschool care is offered in the Children's Center across from the main sanctuary. Sunday School classes for kids-adults are offered during the 9:45 and 11:10 hour. Teens in sixth through 12th grades are invited to Radi8 during the 11:10 worship hour.

All of the fitness groups are continuing throughout the summer. Zumba meets on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; Yoga meets on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Fit NOW is a walking group that uses the church gym as well as a local walking track. Call the church office for details about any of these classes.

Northampton UMC is at 852 W. Bath Road. Check out all that's happening at www.numchurch.org, call the office at 330-929-0015 or check out the Facebook page for more information about any of the ministries.


Presbyterian Church

Northminster Presbyterian Church, 104 W. Portage Trail Extension, worships at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning with the Rev. Stephanie Crossland.

On Aug. 14, Rev. Crossland will speak on "Something Better Comes Along." On Aug. 21, the Sacrament of Holy Communion will be observed and Rev. Crossland will focus on "Yet Once More." She will end the month of August with the church's last outdoor service of the summer on Aug. 28 by speaking on "Repaid at the Resurrection." For the outdoor service, bring a lawn chair and wear comfortable summer clothes and sandals. Gather in the memorial garden area, in the church's backyard. Following the service, plan to stay for the Ice Cream Social. In the event of rain, the service and Ice Cream Social will be moved indoors.

The Book Club will meet on Aug. 15 at 1:15 p.m. to discuss their latest book, "Brooklyn," by Colm Toibin. This story follows a young Irish woman who emigrates to Brooklyn following World War II, leaving her fragile mother and sister behind. She works hard at her job, when she unexpectedly falls in love with Tony, who comes from a strong Italian family. "Brooklyn" is a magically quiet novel that captures the reader's imagination.

The Northminster Craft Guild meets on the third Wednesday and Saturday of each month. The August meetings will be on Aug. 17 and 20, both at 10 a.m. The church invites anyone with a desire to learn a new craft, or anyone who already has a favorite craft or hobby, to join the group for conversation and fellowship. Bring a lunch and a friend for a morning of fun.

For more information, call the church office at 330-928-8885.

St. John's Episcopal Church

Join the congregation for its Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Weekly meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous, who meet on Mondays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Narcotics Anonymous, who meet on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

Yoga class is on Mondays at 7 p.m. and on Saturdays at 9 a.m. on the third floor.

The Wednesday Bible Study and Thursday Book Club will resume their meetings in September.

The church will have "Breakfast Between the Services" on Aug. 14 from 9 to 10 a.m. It's a "pot-luck" breakfast guests are welcome.

The church will have "Carnival in the Courtyard" on Aug. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. in conjunction with First United Methodist and First Christian Churches. There will be live music, ice cream floats, carnival games and more.

Soup's On is Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

There's plenty of free parking in the city parking deck across Second Street.

Everyone is welcome. Visit the church's website at www.stjohnscf.com.

Journey Covenant Church

Journey Covenant Church serves a free, hot dinner to local residents on the last Tuesday of every month from 6 to 7 p.m.

The next dinner is Aug. 30. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public.

JCC is located at 2679 North Haven Blvd. (at the corner of 17th Street).Worship services - Sunday at 10:15 a.m. For more information, contact the church at 330-923-8021 or on the web at www.journeycov.org.

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