The 15th annual Epiphany Arts Festival begins today at Bath United Church of Christ, 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath Township.
The free nonjuried show features a variety of art forms from more than 200 regional artists. Items on display include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, jewelry, calligraphy, photography and fiber arts.
The mission of the arts festival is to celebrate artists who offer insight and talent to the world and to promote respect for God’s creation. The exhibits are considered manifestations of God’s light and symbolic of the light of the stable star and the gifts of the Magi associated with Epiphany.
Epiphany, which extends for many Protestant traditions from Jan. 6 until Ash Wednesday, commemorates the revelation of Jesus as the Christ to the Gentiles. Other traditions, such as the Roman Catholic tradition, observe Epiphany as a single day. It is a time when the faithful focus on the mission of the church to the world in light of the Nativity.
The festival will open with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m., when artists will be available to meet and talk to about their work. It will remain open through Feb. 23 from noon to 3 p.m. Sundays, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The arts festival will close with a musical program featuring the Bath Church’s vocal, brass and handbell choirs at 3 p.m. Feb. 23.
For more information, call 330-666-3520 or go to www.bathucc.org.
In other religion news:
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 N. Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free, hot dinner to local residents on the last Tuesday of every month. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public. 330-923-8021.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 7:30 to 11 a.m. Feb. 1. Pancake breakfast will be served. Includes scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages. Adults $6, children $4, under age 3 free. 330-882-4818.
Saints Temple Ministries — 1162 Old Main St., Akron. 10 a.m. today, 6 p.m. Sunday. Leadership Conference will be held. Guest speaker both days will be Bishop Robbie Baxter from Orlando, Fla. 330-376-9058.
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church — 1316 Kentucky Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. to noon Monday. Monthly food distribution will be held.
Wintergreen Ledges Church of God — 1889 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Free hot meal will be served. 330-753-3027.
Women’s Interfaith Spiritual Heritage — Founders Hall, 662 Wolf Ledges Parkway, Akron. 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 1. A panel on Women and Leadership will be joined by authors of the book, Sustaining Our Spirits: Women Leaders Thriving for Today and Tomorrow, Darlyne Bailey, Ruthmary Powers, Mary Ellen McNish and Katrina Uhly. All are welcome. For more information, contact Ann Duff at 330-644-7265 or visit http://neowish.wordpress.com.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help — 342 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Open auditions will be held for Make Us Believers, a musical opera of the Passion of Christ. The cast will be composed of all ages, with at least 15 to 20 teens, 15 to 20 adults and 15 to 20 younger children. Singers, musicians and tech people are needed. For details, call 330-562-8519 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stow Presbyterian Church — 4150 Fishcreek Road, Stow. 7 p.m. Feb. 5. Nate Janoso, coordinator of Cleveland Indians Charities and Alumni, will talk about his career with the team and the upcoming season as part of the Wednesday Night Speaker Series. Indians Charities works with Cleveland youths and the Boys and Girls Clubs to provide baseball and other sports opportunities for local children. For more information, call 330-688-6935 or email email@example.com.
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