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Cuyahoga Falls & Silver Lake Faith & Religion (Sept. 25, 2016)

Published: September 25, 2016 12:00 AM

Northampton Bible Church

Do you want to learn how to study the Bible but don't know how to begin? Do you want to understand how God's Word can apply to your life each day?

Join a Northampton Bible Church neighborhood small group in their journey to uncover the answers to these questions and many more through Rick Warren's "40 Days in the Word" beginning the week of Oct. 2.

To find the location of a group, call the church office at 330-929-1419.

Northampton Bible Church is at 333 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Sunday Morning Worship Services are at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Visit www.northamptonbiblechurch.org for more information.

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Bethany United Church of Christ

Bethany United Church of Christ 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.

Faith formation is at the heart of the disciple-making that church officials say they have been called to do by Jesus in Matthew 28 from the crib to the grave. Classes for all ages are presented Sunday mornings.

Faith Formation: Hour 1 (9:30-10:30)

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9:15-10: High School Class

9:30-10:30: Ages 2-3, PreK/K

9:30- 9:50: Grades 1-8, Music (Choir Room)

9:50-10:30 - Grades 1-8, Chapel time, (Library)

9:30-10:15 - Adult Class - TBA

Faith Formation: Hour 2 (10:30-11:30)

Ages 2-3, PreK/K (Still in classroom from Hour 1)

Grades 1-8 will go to classrooms after the Children's Message in worship.

Worship service will take place in the Sanctuary beginning at 10:30. Pastor Steve Welker's sermons for September will follow the theme "Then and Now."

Interested in music? Rehearsals for Memory Bell Choir and Chancel Choir and will be on Thursdays with 6-7 for Bells and 7:30-9 for Chancel. 7th Day is comprised of high schoolers. Young Shepherds is a choir of children Grades 1-8, and the Son Singers are the preschoolers.

As a mission project, congregation members are asked to save 2017 calendars they receive in the mail from charitable foundations and donate them to the church for Willard Food Pantry clients.

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 for Sunday evenings.

First United

Methodist Church

Worship services at First°United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, are on Sundays at 8:30 and 11 am. There are many Sunday School classes for all ages which meet from 9:45-10:45 a.m. There is child care available for infants through preschoolers all morning and a Children's Worship service for those in kindergarten-fifth grade is during the 11 a.m. service.

Men's Time Out is a time for men of the community and First Church to come together for a time of discussion, fellowship and a light breakfast. It takes place on the first Saturday of the month from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The next gathering will be Oct. 1. All are welcome.

Going Strong, a group of active retirees of the church and community, will visit the Holden Arboretum and the James A. Garfield home Oct. 14. The church bus will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 5:30 p.m. Lunch will be at TJ's on the Avenue. Call the church office at 330-923-5241, ext. 210, for more information.

First Church is sponsoring a Yoga class every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. The class is for all levels, from those who have never tried it to experts. All are welcome to attend.

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 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, 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.

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 on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Studies will include movie clips, readings, and discussion as part of this imaginative exploration of the gospel themes. All are invited.

PUBlic Theology will be meeting at Ohio Brewing Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. to talk about God, faith, and life in a relaxed and public setting.

FCC will be having an outdoor worship service and pet blessing on Oct. 2. More info will follow shortly.

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

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Soccer Shootout on Sept. 27 at the Riverwood Chapel, located at 1407 Fairchild Ave. in Kent, 44240 Sign-ups are at 5:30 p.m. with the shootout beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, contact 330-686-1873.

October is designated "Respect For Life Month." To support this mission, Knights of Columbus Council 2362 will place a baby playpen at the front entrance of St. Joseph Church through Oct. 30. Parishioners are asked to help fill the playpen with baby and toddler items. All donations will be taken to the Community Pregnancy Center in Barberton.

St. Joseph will be the host site for the first six weekly meetings of JustFaith, an intensive, small-group program for faithful Christians looking to deepen their commitment to care for vulnerable people and the planet. The group will meet in Nolan Hall on Tuesdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. from Sept. 27 through Nov. 1. Following the first six weeks, JustFaith participants will meet for phases two, three and four of the program at other locations in Summit County. For more info contact Diane Zbasnik, Director, Catholic Commission of Summit County, at 330-535-2787 or dzbasnik@ccdocle.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, 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. in Cuyahoga Falls, invites community members to join the congregation each Sunday for worship service at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Pilgrim church welcomes the Vocal Choir and guest organist Jennifer Korecki to share their gifts of music.

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.

Join Pilgrim for the Free Community Lunch Program Oct. 8. Call the church office at 330-928-4847 for more information.

Pilgrim's 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 from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., Pilgrim's Book Study of "A Worrier's Guide to the Bible: 50 Verses to Ease Anxieties" by Gary Zimak will meet in the adult library.

Northampton United Methodist Church

Northampton United Methodist Church's small group studies begin on Sept. 25.

The church will have adult studies that coincide with the youth Radi8 small group time at 7 p.m., plus one that begins at 6 p.m. Bonfire gatherings began, and you can still join. Ignite groups will be short-term groups for specific purposes (new members, baptism, introduction to Bible study). Refine groups are six to 10 week groups that will study scripture or a specific topic. The Illuminate groups are life groups gathering for the length of the school year to dig deeper into faith and focus on living it out daily. Visit www.numchurch.org under the Ministries tab for more information and to sign up.

Grief Share will begin on Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. This is a class for those are grieving the loss of a loved one as they are guided through the grieving process. Contact the church for more information.

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 - 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 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 (facebook.com/Northampton-United-Methodist-Church) 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 with the Rev. Stephanie Crossland.

Rev. Crossland's message on Sept. 25 will be "Take Hold of Eternal Life." On both Sundays, she will include readings from Luke and I Timothy. World Communion Sunday will be celebrated on Oct. 2. Children's Sunday School classes meet on all Sundays, except when Holy Communion is observed. The classes gather during the morning worship 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, both classes have been learning about "Joseph's Journey,"and will end the month specifically studying "Joseph Saves the Day" and "Joseph and His Brothers Reunited." All children are welcome to join the classes at any time. A nursery room is staffed and open for those children under the age of 5. Also, a cry room is available at the rear of the sanctuary. The church is handicapped accessible and large print bulletins and hymnals are available.

The men of the church meet for breakfast on the last Sunday morning of the month at the Village Gardens Restaurant at 8 a.m. The next gathering will be on Sept. 25.

The women of the church, "The Girls," meet for breakfast on the last Wednesday of the month at the Bob Evans Restaurant of Hudson Drive at 9 a.m. Their September gathering will be on the 28th.

Everyone is welcome to join the congregation prior to the worship service on Oct. 2 for Muffins on Sunday, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. A variety of muffins, along with juice and coffee, will be available. Come early and enjoy fellowship and conversation, then plan to stay and join the congregation in worship.

The women's 'Circle' meetings, which are a Bible-based study and outreach, have resumed, and meet on the first Wednesday of the month. The October meetings will be on Oct. 5. The morning Rebecca Circle meets at 9:15 a.m., and the afternoon Ruth Circle meets at 1 p.m. Both groups have begun 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 this enlightening study at any time.

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


Vineyard Church

Craig Foreman of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, and a member of the Ohio Star Wars Collectors Club, will be the guest speaker at the Community Vineyard Church "Movies with a Message" presentation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, (PG-13), on the big screen, on Oct. 8, at 6 p.m.

Community Vineyard Church, located at 2543 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, is the home of the former Loew's State Theatre.

Foreman is the Director of The Expedition Academy, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Assistant Softball Coach and Academic Challenge Advisor at Kent Roosevelt High School. A Star Wars fan since childhood, Foreman rented the entire Cinemark Theater in Cuyahoga Falls the day the movie premiered. He is a life-long Star Wars collector.

There will be Star Wars artwork on display at the movie event. Those attending can dress in Star Wars costumes if desired.

The church's "Movies with a Message" series takes place the second Saturday of the month. The movie, popcorn, snacks and drinks are all free and there will be Star Wars prizes after the movie.

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

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. 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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