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Cuyahoga Falls & Silver Lake Faith & Religion (Aug. 28, 2016)

Published: August 28, 2016 12:00 AM

Bethany United Church of Christ

Bethany United Church of Christ is located at 1235 Broad Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls (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.

Summer worship: Summer Sermon Series 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?".

The summer worship service takes place in the social hall. A portion of the hall has been designated "The Prayground" where children may color, work puzzles, and play - worshipping at their own level.

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

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, according to church officials.

A group of 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.

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.

Sunday School begins at 9 a.m. and child care is available for infants through preschoolers all morning. Regular Sunday worship at 8:30 and 11 a.m. will begin on Sept. 11.

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 and 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 Tuesdays 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.

Fifth Quarter is a program at First Church for youth in grades six through 12. It takes place on Fridays after the home football games at Falls High from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. The next opportunity is Sept. 2. Come for games, snacks, fun and friendship. Permission slips are available at www.epworthyouth.com.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church, located 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.

On Sept. 11, the congregation is kicking off a new Sunday School season with a lunch after the 10:45 service. There will be fun activities and a chance to meet some of the favorite heroes from the Bible. Sunday Schools for youth and adults will begin Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m.

With all the excitement surrounding the new book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them what better time to start a study of The Gospel According to Harry Potter? This study will be one weeknight a week and will last eight to 10 weeks beginning the week following Sept. 18. Studies will include movie clips, readings, and discussion as part of this imaginative exploration of the gospel themes.

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.


Vineyard Church

The community is invited to watch "Woodlawn" on the big screen on Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Community Vineyard Church, formerly Loew's State Theatre, 2543 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls.

"Woodlawn" is a 2015 sports drama based on the true story of Tony Nathan, a talented African-American football player, who, following a government-mandate for school integration, attended Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Ala. He and other African-American football players were selected for the football team but were not allowed to play. As cross burnings and riots erupted in the city, the Woodlawn Colonels football coach struggled to ease racial tensions between his players. When the coach allowed a community member to speak to his team about the message of hope in the Gospel, nearly the entire team became Christians and the spiritual change had a profound effect on the coach, the school and the community. Nathan led his team to state-wide football success.

He was recruited by the University of Alabama's football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, played in the movie by Jon Voight, however he struggled with his decision to attend due to discrimination toward African-Americans there. He decided to attend the University of Alabama to help bring about change at the university and had a successful college football career. He was recruited by the National Football League and was the Miami Dolphins' starting and starring running back in Super Bowls XVII and XIX.

The Community Vineyard Church "Movies with a Message" series takes place the second Saturday of the month. The movie, popcorn and drinks are free and there are prizes after the movie.

For more information, visit the church's website at www.communityvineyard. org, find the church on Facebook, or call the church at 330-928-5134.

Saint Joseph Parish

St. Joseph Parish School of Religion (PSR) for grades 1 through 8 will begin Sept. 12.

Classes will take place at St. Joseph Parish School on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Cost is $40. For more information or registration forms, contact 330-928-2173 or visit http://www.saintjoe.org/PSR. Completed registrations with payment can be returned in the donation basket at Mass or dropped off/mailed to the rectory. Mark envelope "PSR."

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. invites community members to join the congregation each Sunday for worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The church welcomes Pilgrim's Men's Barbershop Group and Kyle Klevington to share their gifts of music.

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.

Join the congregation for a free community lunch program which begins Sept. 10. Call the church office at 330-928-4847 for information.

Bible studies include: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Adult Library. The Wednesday Bible Study will begin Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Beginning Sept. 25 at 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., join Kelly, Janna and Shari for A Worriers Guide to the Bible: 50 Verses to Ease Anxieties by Gary Zimak.

Pilgrim invites the community to its next event to support the Save Our Steeple Campaign on Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for its Family Friendly Ice Cream Social.

There will be games for the kids, raffle baskets, food, mini historical tours and entertainment. The Starr Illumination Group will entertain from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 2 to 4 p.m., the Effange Band will deliver their Blue Grass & Folk music. Suggested donations of $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Pilgrim is planning an event with a special, talented, and well known Elvis Impersonator, Caesare (pronounced: Chez-er-ray) Belvano, The Dream King° of Akron. He will present his Tribute to Elvis Presley. Caesare is considered The Best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world. More information will be forthcoming. SFlbNorthampton United Methodist Church

Northampton United Methodist Church will host a Blood Drive on Sept. 8 from 1 to 6 p.m.

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.

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

Northampton UMC is located at 852 West 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 in Cuyahoga Falls, worships at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday with the Rev. Stephanie Crossland.

The church's final outdoor service of the summer will be on Aug. 28 at 10:30 a.m., where the message will be "Repaid at the Resurrection." 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 and enjoy an old - fashioned Ice Cream Social.

Join the congregation for its first "Muffin Sunday" on Sept. 4. Prior to the morning worship service, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., a variety of muffins will be available, along with juice and coffee. Come early and enjoy wonderful fellowship and conversation, and then plan to stay and join the congregation in worship.

The women's 'circle' meetings, which are a Bible - based study and outreach, will resume on Sept. 7. The morning "Rebecca Circle" will meet at 9:15 a.m. and the afternoon "Ruth Circle" will meet at 1 p.m. Both groups will begin the Horizons study "Who Is Jesus?", which offers an in- depth look at who He is from a variety of perspectives, including the four Gospels to the Epistles of Paul, and others. All women are welcome and encouraged to join the beginning of this study.

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.

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.


Community Church in Stow

Stow Community United Church Of Christ is at 1567 Pilgrim Drive in Stow. The church is one block from Graham Road behind the Briarwood Nursing Home. Contact the church at 330-688-8927 or online at http://www.stowcommchurch.org/.

Summer Sunday Worship With Pastor Jim Case begins at 10 a.m. through Sept. 4. The Fall schedule begins on Sept. 11, with worship starting at 10:30 am. Children's Sunday School at 10:30 a.m. and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m. begin on Sept. 18.

Nursery care is provided for children through age 4.

Wednesday Morning Prayer With The Pastor- Meet with Pastor Case on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. for prayer in the sanctuary, followed by fellowship and coffee.

Adult Bible Study (9 a.m. in the parlor) and Children's Sunday School (during worship) meet September through May on Sunday mornings. Everyone is welcome.

Everyone is invited to the next Spaghetti Supper Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. Chef salad and carry-out are available.

The Stow Community Farmers Market is open on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., June 11 to Oct. 8, rain or shine. Contact Judy in the church office at 330-688-8927 with questions.

The Darrow Street Grange meets at the church on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

Cub Scout Pack 3169 meets at the church on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., September through May.

The Daughters Of The Revolution, Joshua Stow Chapter, meets at the church on the second Saturday of the month at 9 a.m., September through May.

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