The Love Akron Network is accepting nominations for recipients of two awards who exemplify service to the community.
Nominees for the Brenda Burnham Unruh Servant Leader Award must be a Christian who exhibits integrity and good moral character and who voluntarily provides service to the community. The award is named for the late Summit County Common Pleas Judge Brenda Burnham Unruh.
The Fowler-Larson Allies Award is given to two people who embody service to the community and have forged a relationship that overcomes cultural or denominational differences. It is a tribute to the collaborative leadership of the Revs. Ronald Fowler and Knute Larson, who modeled an interracial and interdenominational relationship.
The recipients of the awards will be honored during the second annual Love Akron breakfast on Sept. 17. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Aug. 23.
Love Akron is dedicated to bringing Christian leaders together to work toward the spiritual and social transformation of the greater Akron area.
For more information or to submit a nomination, go to www.loveakron.org. Tickets for the breakfast are $50 and can also be accessed on the ministry’s website.
In other religion news:
Family of Faith United Methodist Church — 800 E. Market St., Akron. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Creamed chicken and Swiss steak dinner. Adults $9, ages 4-12 $5. Bake sale and homemade candies available. 330-376-2141.
Immanuel Temple Church of God in Christ — 125 E. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton. 7 p.m. Friday. Friday Fire. Experience God through his word and ministry in song. Guest churches from Akron and Warren. On Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a yard sale at the church. Free hot dogs, face painting and baked goods. Clothing for everyone and household items available. 330-896-3229.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 North 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. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 5-9. Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix. Bible truths, food and fun. 330-882-4818.
Mount Zion Baptist Church — 327 Cuyahoga St., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating the Rev. Luther C. Cooper’s 38 years of service. Theme is Shepherding God’s People With the Love of God. The Rev. Leonard T. King, pastor of First Zion Missionary Baptist Church, will be guest speaker. 330-253-8642.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The 56th Annual Women’s Day will be celebrated. Theme is Christian Women Putting On the Whole Armor of God. Akron Municipal Court Judge Annalisa S. Williams will be keynote speaker. 330-762-4997.
St. Matthew Church — 2580 Berne St., Akron. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 7. The Council of Catholic Women will host a card party at the church’s Father Silva Center. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7. For reservations or to purchase tickets, call Joanne Johnson at 330-628-1900. Door prizes and raffle prizes.
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church — 3430 St. Michael Blvd., Plain Township. The Rev. Robert Lanterman has been appointed associate pastor by Bishop George V. Murry, Bishop of Youngstown. The appointment is effective Thursday. Father Lanterman was ordained June 9, 2012, following seminary studies at Mount St. Mary Seminary in Cincinnati. Most recently, he served as associate pastor and temporary administrator of St. Joan of Arc Parish in Canton and chaplain at Aultman Hospital. 330-744-8451.
St. Paul Church — 1580 Brown St., Akron. 5 p.m. Thursday. The Pink Lady card party. Light supper included. Tickets available at the door. Bring your own cards/games. Raffle prizes, door prizes. 330-773-9379.
Sisters of the Precious Blood — Sister Patricia Gist, a native of Akron, was recognized for 50 years of religious life at a special banquet in Dayton on July 1. She was one of six Precious Blood Sisters who were honored. Sister Gist is a former pastoral associate and Catholic school teacher. She has a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and master’s in religious studies from the University of Detroit, and lives in Findlay. 937-274-2707.
Trinity United Church of Christ — 3909 Blackburn Road NW, Plain Township. 4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17. Apostles Build Fundraiser Dinner will be served. Includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls, cake and beverages. Raffle baskets available. Trinity United and nine other UCC churches are partnering with Habitat for Humanity in an Apostles Build. For more information, call 330-492-3383.
World Harvest Christian Church — 989 N. Portage Path, Akron. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Omega Women is sponsoring Shop-A-Lot Community Sale. Bring your clothes, appliances, jewelry, toys and products. 330-835-1982.
Word of Life Ministries & Outreach — 547 McKinley Ave., Akron. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 9. Creative Fun in the Sun Day Camp. For ages 6-12. Creative activities, hands-on craft projects and lunch. Free program, open to all. Registration required, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. daily through Monday. Space is limited. 330-786-0295.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 6 p.m. Sunday. Gospel singing with Kapple Family. 330-644-5616.
Down Home Gospel — at Kenmore Gazebo, Kenmore Boulevard, Akron. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Second annual Down Home Gospel Live will be held. Featuring Mercy River Quartet, Raette George, Christ Unlimited, Bonnie Baughman, Down Home Gospel Quartet and Tim Mann. Please bring two nonperishable food items for the First Glance pantry, feeding the youth of Kenmore. Participants entered in drawings for free CDs. Free-will offering. Bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, concert will be at Park United Methodist Church. 330-256-3114, or www.downhomegospelradio.com.
Vacation Bible Schools
Calvary Temple — 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. 7 to 9 p.m. Monday through Aug. 1. Vacation Bible School. Theme is SonWest Roundup. For ages 5-12. Music, stories, crafts, snacks and more. No charge. 330-733-1335.
Canton Baptist Temple — 515 Whipple Ave. NW, Jackson Township. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 4-7. Theme for this year’s Vacation Bible School is Colossal Coaster World. Includes free parenting seminar for all parents who will attend each evening while their children are in classes. For age 2 through grade 5. Please enter Door G at the rear parking lot. 330-477-6267, www.cantonbaptist.org.
Firestone Park Baptist Church — 310 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6-8. Vacation Bible School for grades K-6. Theme is Heroes in the Bible. Teaching, fun, food, music and crafts. Registration starts at 6:15 p.m. Aug. 6. 330-773-5815, www.fpbaptist.com.
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church — 31204 Ridge Road, Fairlawn. 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 5-9. Vacation Bible School for pre-school to high school ages. Theme is Feast Days of the Orthodox Church. Sponsored by the Akron Clergy Association. Songs, fun, Bible stories, prayers, art, games, sports and skits. Registration deadline Tuesday. Cost is $10. Call 330-666-7116, or email email@example.com.
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