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Cuyahoga Falls & Silver Lake Faith & Religion (Sept. 4, 2016)

Published: September 4, 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: On Sept. 4, in Pastor Welker's absence, the guest preacher will be Brian Saxe. The service will begin at 9:30 and will be the last summer worship service 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. Nursery care is available. For more information, visit www.bethanyucc.org; twitter/instagram: @ucc_bethany or call the church office at 330-923-5277.

The fall schedule will begin Sept. 11. Senior high class is from 9:15 to 10. Two hours of Faith Formation are offered for children from two and three years old through grade 8. Worship service will be in the Sanctuary beginning at 10:30.

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Interested in music? For adults, opportunities await with the Chancel Choir and the Memory Bell Choir. 7th Day is comprised of high schoolers. Young Shepherds is a choir of children in grades 1-8, and the Son Singers are the preschoolers.

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.

Youth Fellowship has a full month of activities planned including game night with an area church's youth group they met during a recent mission trip.

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.

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 one is Sept. 9. Come for games, snacks, fun and friendship. Permission slips are available at www.epworthyouth.com.

Join Going Strong, a group of active retirees, on Sept. 8, at 1 p.m. to hear speaker Mary Faktor. Her program, "Inner Voices, Smart Choices," will promote life balance, stress reduction, and relationship communication. Faktor is a professional speaker, actor and author who is a regular guest on network and cable TV shows; she has presented many workshops locally, nationally and internationally. Refreshments will be served following the program.

The First Church Concert Series will present pianist Jooyoung Kim on Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Dr. Kim serves as Adjunct Piano Professor at Indiana Wesleyan and is a Steinway artist. She has been critically acclaimed on international stages for her dazzling technique, superb musicianship, and exquisite artistry.°Since making her debut at the age of 12 as a soloist with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Kim has presented numerous solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and the United States.

ROCK, a midweek children's ministry for age 4 through sixth grade, starts Sept. 7. It begins with choirs at 4:30 p.m. followed by rhythm for preschoolers, boomwhackers for kindergarteners, chimes for second- and third-graders, and bells, cooking, or puppets for fourth- to sixth-graders. Dinner follows, then crafts, chess and more. Pick up time is 7:15 pm. Come for the entire evening or come for any part of it.

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.

On Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m., the church's Pastor, The Rev. Debbie Saxe, will be participating in Light The City Up candle light vigil for opiate awareness at the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront°Amphitheater. All are encouraged to come and participate in this vigil.°

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.

Saint Joseph Parish

Youth Group begins with a meeting on Sept. 11 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy fun with friends, faith formation and service activities. The Sept. 11 topic will be Service to Others. The congregation will also collect ideas for future activities. Youth Group is open to all students in grades seven through 12. For location or more info, contact the Haubert's at 330-929-1845 or mhaubert@saintjoe.org.

St. Joseph Parish School of Religion (PSR) for grades one through eight will begin Sept. 12. Classes will take place at St. Joseph Parish School on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. There is a cost to attend. 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 the envelope "PSR."

Are you interested in becoming Catholic or wish to learn more about the 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.

Join the congregation Sept. 23 for the first annual St. Joseph Athletic Association Golf Outing. This four person scramble includes 18 holes with cart, continental breakfast, dinner, and golf. Registration is at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. at Brookledge Golf Club, 1621 Bailey Road in Cuyahoga Falls. There is a per golfer, per foursome and per dinner cost. Proceeds go to purchasing uniforms, equipment and other needed items for CYO participants. For more information, prices and to register online visit http://www.planmygolfevent.com/29311-StJoes/index.html.

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, located at 130 Broad Blvd., invites community members to join the congregation each Sunday for Worship Service at 10:30 am 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 its Free Community Lunch Program which begins Sept. 10. 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 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 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, a creative artists group, will entertain from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be in collaboration with Armour Ministries, presenting The Josh & Starr Project, and The Energizers. From 2 to 4 p.m., the Effangee Band is a group of friends that finally have a chance to play music together. They all come together to bring a unique blend of harmonies, songwriting and fun to their shows. There are suggested donations for adults and children.

On Oct. 28 the FamFest USA Theatre Group and Pilgrim's Act-It UP! Community Theatre Group are joining forces to present a benefit performance of "Ultimus Veneficus: The Last of the Sorcerers" written by F.A. Taylor. The 7 p.m. performance will take place on Pilgrim's stage in the social hall. More details will be forthcoming.

Stay tuned for more events including Elvis Impersonator, Caesare Belvano, The Dream King° of Akron. His Tribute to Elvis Presley is considered, "The Best Elvis Tribute Artist in the world," according to church officials.Northampton 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.

Northminster

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.

Children's Sunday School classes begin on Sept. 11, and meet during the service, following "A Moment with God's Children." The classes include stories, games, crafts and music. The Junior Shining Stars class is for children in kindergarten through second grade, and The Senior Shining Stars class is for those in third grade through sixth grade. Each week in September, they will learn about Joseph's Journey, and will begin with Joseph and His Brothers, followed by Joseph in Egypt. A nursery room is staffed and available for those children under the age of 5. Also, a cry room is available at the rear of the sanctuary.

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 enlightening study.

The Annual Swiss Steak Dinner will be Sept. 16, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The dinner includes Swiss Steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, salad, rolls, home-made dessert and beverage. Handicapped seating and take out orders are available. Tickets are on sale now by calling the church office.

The Book Club will meet on Sept. 19 at 1:15 p.m. to discuss their latest book, "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President," by Candace Millard. This account of James Garfield's poverty to the American Presidency and the history of his assassination and legacy, brings alive a forgotten chapter of U.S. history. All are welcome to join the club's reflective discussion.

The Northminster Craft Guild meets on the third Wednesday and Saturday of each month. The Saturday meeting in September has been cancelled, but the Wednesday meeting will be on Sept. 21 at 10 a.m. This is an opportunity to join crafters who are working on a variety of projects, and enjoy conversation and fellowship. Bring a lunch and a project or come to learn a new one.

The church is handicapped accessible and large print bulletins are available.

Call the church office for more information 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 Sept. 27. 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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