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Cuyahoga Falls & Silver Lake Faith & Religion (Oct. 9, 2016)

Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Bethany United Church of Christ

Bethany United Church of Christ is located at 1235 Broad Blvd.

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 classes begin at 9:15 for the Senior High students and 9:30 for the others.

Worship service begins at 10:30. Pastor Steve Welker will lead the worship on Oct. 9.

A Blessing of the Animals will also take place at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9. The congregation will be blessing dogs, cats, birds, fish, etc. or attendees could even bring a picture of a past pet.

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Coming up on the calendar - Prayer Shawl Ministry will meet on Oct. 10, preparing comforting shawls and lap robes for those needing solace. Bethany Buckeyes, the group for those older than 50, will be meeting on Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. Bethany Kitchen, offering a free meal to the community, will take place Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.

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

As a mission project, save 2017 calendars received in the mail from charitable foundations and donate them to the church for Willard Food Pantry clients.

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.

Youth Fellowship has a full month of activities planned for Sunday evenings.

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Bethany Kitchen presents its 2nd Annual Clambake on Oct. 22 at Black Wolf Hall in Stow. A variety of pricing options are available depending on attendees' choices (clams, chicken, steak) and combinations thereof. All proceeds will benefit the Bethany Kitchen which provides a free lunch and fellowship once a month to the community. Call the office 330-923-5792 for more information.

Bethany collects Entenmann's Little Bits pouches for recycling through terracyle. Money that is raised will help offset the cost of maintaining the handbells.

First United

Methodist Church

Worship services at First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, are on Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

The church has many Sunday School classes for all ages which meet from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. There is child care available for infants through preschoolers all morning and there is a Children's Worship service for those in Kindergarten through fifth grade during the 11 a.m. service.

The Wesley Youth Outing is for all fourth through sixth graders. This month they will travel by church bus to Nickajack Pumpkin Farm on Oct. 9. Children should bring a sack lunch to eat at noon in Asbury Hall and they will leave from there, returning at 5:30 p.m. Call the church office at 330-923-5241, Ext. 218 to register or for questions.

Going Strong, a group of active retirees of the church and community, will visit the Holden Arboretum and the James A. Garfield home on 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.

Guitarist Mark Kroos will perform at First Church on Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Kroos is one of the only people in the world who plays a guitar with two necks. Drawing influence from folk, Celtic, indie, and even punk rock artists, he has developed his own edge to the acoustic guitar. "Dueling Banjos" is one of the songs he performs.

Grandview United Methodist Church

A Fall Harvest Luncheon featuring soups, breads and salads will take place Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grandview United Methodist Church, 2315 Phelps Ave. There is a suggested donation. Proceeds will go to the mission projects of the United Methodist Women's Group. For more information call 330-923-2442.

Grace and Glory

Fellowship

Grace and Glory Fellowship's Pastor Richard Skoff will be teaching a seven-week eschatology series starting Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.

This series will cover the different views of end time theology that have been believed throughout history. The source of this eschatological information will be from the findings of theologians and early church fathers, as well as some educational videos by Dr. R.C. Sproul.

The class is free and open to the public. This course is designed to help attendees clarify their end time views and to better understand current events in regard to the Bible.

Grace and Glory Fellowship is located at 2128 Front St. (main entrance: 2128 Old Town Loop) located on the Riverfront Mall. Check out gngf.org for map and directions. Contact the office at 330-922-4871 for more information.

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. Also on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. is the Gospel According to Harry Potter class. This class discusses ways in which the Gospel and Harry Potter series interconnects. This week the class is in book 3 of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Oct. 9, the youth in seventh through 12th grade in the congregation are having a Pop-Theology meeting at Donato's on State Road at noon following worship. This meeting is a time for the youth to have fun and have intentional conversations about faith, life, and God. All youth in seventh through 12th grades are invited.

Follow the congregation on facebook https://www.facebook.com/fccfalls/, Twitter @FCCFalls, and check out the new website www.fallsfcc.com 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

Registration is now open for the 2016 Winter CYO Sports Season for the following: third through eighth grade boys basketball registration; third through eighth grade girls basketball registration; and third through eighth grade cheer - There are fees to participate.

Registration runs through Oct. 16. Register at http://saintjoe.np.sportspilot.com/

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. 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 information, contact Diane Zbasnik, Director, Catholic Commission of Summit County, at 330-535-2787 or dzbasnik@ccdocle.org.

All are invited to participate in the America Needs Fatima: Rosary Rally on Oct. 14 at noon. The church will pray the Rosary together for peace in front of the Blessed Mother's Statue on the corner of Broad Boulevard and Second Street in Cuyahoga Falls. Bring family members, friends and neighbors. Sponsored by the Legion of Mary of St. Joseph Parish.

Youth Group will meet on Oct. 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. in St. Martha's Kitchen at the school. Enjoy fun with friends, faith formation, and service activities. The topic will be "I Believe in God the Father." Youth Group is open to all students in grades 7 through 12. Contact mhaubert@saintjoe.org for more information.

Join the congregation on Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Mass in the church to hear speaker Frank Kelly. Kelly travels the country with a ministry that consists of Healing Services, Confirmation instruction and Life in the Spirit seminars.

Altar and Rosary Card Party tickets are still available. The event is Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. in the School Gym. Join the congregation for an evening of fun, chance, camaraderie and good food. Call Bernice: 330-923-8150, or Rose: 234-571-4478, or Toni: 330-928-5172 for tickets.

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. 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.

Pilgrim church welcomes Kyle Kelvington as Pilgrim's Music Director to share his gifts of music with the vocal choir and congregation.

Sunday mornings at 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., join Pilgrim's Coffee & Conversation with a book study A Worriers Guide to the Bible: 50 Verses to Ease Anxieties by Gary Zimak will meet in the adult library. Children through fifth grade will meet for L.I.G.H.T. - Learning In God's House Together in the Children's Library will explore "The Creation Story." Youth grades six through 12 will meet in the A.T.T.I.C. room - Attitude Turning Truthful In Christ - will explore "Attitude Is Your Paintbrush: It Colors Every Situation."

Pilgrim's Bible Studies include: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Adult Library. The evening Bible Study began Oct. 5. These will continue weekly. Everyone is welcome to attend.

J.O.Y. Kids Club for children in Kindergarten through the fifth grade began Oct. 5 and runs through Dec. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. featuring the Parables of Jesus and includes a light meal.

Pilgrim's Youth Group will be participating in the Crop Walk Oct. 9. On Oct. 30, the youth will be taking donations for UNICEF in Halloween costumes at 11:30 a.m. during Fellowship Hour.

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.Northampton United Methodist Church

Northampton United Methodist Church is having a garage sale of excess furniture and equipment on Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Tea Ministry is hosting a Victorian Tea on Oct. 23, 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are limited; contact the church office for more information. Limited to those 16 and older.

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-adults are offered during the 9:45 and 11:10 hour. Teens 6th-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.

Northminster

Presbyterian Church

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

The Rev. Crossland will speak on Oct. 9 on "Seek to Give Thanks," and on Oct. 16, her message will be "Building Justice." Both Sunday messages will include readings from Jeremiah and Luke. Children's Sunday School classes meet 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. Their study theme for the month of October is Freedom. Lessons will include The Burning Bush, Moses and Pharaoh and Crossing the Sea. 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. The All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinners will begin again on Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner includes spaghetti with Alfredo, marinara or chunky meat sauce, salad, bread, dessert and beverage.

The Book Club will meet on Oct. 17 at 1:15 p.m. to discuss their current book, "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan," by Lisa See, which is set in 19th century China. The story follows the friendship between two women from proud but lower class families, who share a secret language, written on the edges of a fan sent between them. All crafters are welcome at the October meetings of the Northminster Craft Guild. The Guild meets on the third Wednesday and Saturday of each month, at 10 a.m. The October meetings will be on Oct. 15 and Oct. 19. Bring a lunch and a friend, and stay for crafting, fun and fellowship.

St. John's Episcopal Church

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

The Sunday School class begins at 9:45 and includes Bible lessons for kids and a fun activity each week. The church looks forward to its annual spaghetti dinner on Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. The free-will donations for the dinner benefit Cuyahoga Falls Good Neighbors.

The church will have a Pet Adoption program from "Paws and Prayers Animal Rescue" on Oct. 9 at 4 p.m., followed by its annual "Blessing of the Pets" at 5 p.m., welcoming everyone with a pet (or more).

The church is located at the corner of Portage Trail and Second Street.

Everyone is welcome. Visit the website at www.stjohnscf.com.


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