The Love Akron Network is looking for nominations for two awards to be given to men and women who exhibit Christian values while serving the community and building bridges of understanding.
The Fowler-Larson Allies Award is given to two people who embody service to the community and have forged a relationship that helps diverse groups understand each other better. The honor is a tribute to the collaborative leadership of the Revs. Ronald Fowler and Knute Larson, co-founders of Love Akron. Larson and Fowler, both retired Akron pastors, are known for modeling an interracial and interdenominational relationship.
The second award, the Brenda Burnham Unruh Servant Leader Award is given to 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.
Recipients of the two awards will be honored during the third annual Love Akron breakfast on Sept. 30 at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. More than 650 people attended last year’s breakfast.
Love Akron is dedicated to bringing Christian leaders together to work toward the spiritual and social transformation of the Greater Akron area.
To submit a nomination, go to www.loveakron.org or call 330-384-8124. Nominations will be accepted until 5 p.m. May 31. Tickets for the breakfast are $50.
In other religion news:
Calvary Baptist Church — 820 White Pond Drive, Akron. 9:30 a.m. today. A pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt will be held. At 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, the choir cantata I Am Redeemed will be performed. 330-867-1394.
Calvary Temple — 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. 10 to 11:30 a.m. today. A community Easter egg hunt will be held for ages 4-12. Prizes, Easter story and snacks.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 9 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday. Easter services will be celebrated. 330-935-0132.
Community of Saint John — at Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson. 10 a.m. Sunday. The Feast of the Resurrection, with Holy Eucharist. A string quartet will add depth to the musical offerings. 330-752-6466.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 8 a.m. Sunday. Easter sunrise service will be held. A breakfast will be served afterward. Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. 330-644-5616.
Covenant Worship Center — at David Hill Community Learning Center, 1060 E. Archwood Ave., Akron. Noon today. A community Easter egg hunt will be at the playground. There will be over 4,000 candy-filled eggs, along with games, snacks and prizes. Free admission. There will also be an Easter Sunday Get Acquainted Social from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Sunday.
Living Hope United Methodist Church — 3406 S. Hametown Road, Norton. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. An Easter Family Fun Day will be held. It features pancake breakfast and children’s activities including an Easter egg hunt, games and crafts. Donations will be accepted. 330-658-3060.
Tallmadge Lutheran Church — 759 East Ave., Tallmadge. Easter will be celebrated with Sunday services at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 8 a.m. Sunday. Easter Sunday sunrise service in the Celtic Garden. Communion service at 10:30 a.m. with choir, organ, the Paragon Brass Quintet and percussion. Child care provided starting at 9 a.m. 330-836-2226.
Biblical Counseling Institute — 8146 High St., Garrettsville. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3. The 25th annual conference, Celebrating the Sufficiency of Scripture, will be offered at Cornerstone Community Church, 1400 Lander Road, Mayfield Heights. Plenary sessions and workshops will be presented on how the Bible gives hope and help for common problems. A question-and-answer time will be provided and lunch is included. For information and registration, call 330-527-4205 or go to www.bciohio.com.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6 p.m. April 26. A Passover Seder will be observed. It is a program presenting the traditional Passover meal and will be followed by a full-course meal. It is open to the public. This celebration of Messiah in the Passover will be under the direction of Rick Miller in the Safe Harbor Sports Center complex. Tickets are $12.50 and deadline for purchase is Monday. 330-935-0132.
Concordia Lutheran Church — 724 Sumner St., Akron. 1 p.m. April 26. Card party and luncheon sponsored by the women’s organization in the social hall. Door prizes. Money raised will be used for repairs to the Sunday School building. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased or reserved by calling Cale Kennedy at 330-733-8933 or Karen Wallick at 330-678-0149.
Diocese of Youngstown — 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown. The Rev. Monsignor John A. Zuraw has been appointed Chancellor of the Diocese of Youngstown by Bishop George V. Murry, effective July 1. This follows the retirement of Nancy Yuhasz, chancellor since 1996. Msgr. Zuraw previously served as executive director of Clergy and Religious Services, vocation director and vicar for administration of the diocese. 330-744-8451.
Gospel Echoes Team — at Hartville Kitchen, 1015 Edison St. NW, Lake Township. 6:30 p.m. April 26. The Gospel Echoes Banquet will feature music and inspiration along with a homestyle dinner. Music provided by Gospel Echoes Harvest and Mercy Road teams, and a prison testimony by Arceli Jimenez who found Jesus in a lonely prison cell. Free-will offering for prison ministry. For ticket information, call 330-388-2688 or 330-877-9034.
Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 26. Community swiss steak dinner will be served in the Family Activity Center. Includes noodles, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, green beans, rolls, coffee or tea, and dessert. Hot dogs available as alternative for children. The youth will sell soft drinks for $1. Dinner is $9 for adults, $4 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under. No reservations needed, carryout meals available. Gluten-free meals may be ordered in advance at 330-699-3255, 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday. 330-699-3255
Immaculate Conception of Mary — 2100 16th St. SW, Akron. 1 to 10 p.m. April 26, 6:30 to 10 p.m. April 27. Life in the Spirit, a two-day event, will be held in Hitch Hall. Mass and dinner are included the first day. Both days feature praise and worship, fellowship and a healing service. Speakers include Father David Bline, Father Michael B. Smith, Father Pete Colletti and seminarian Bobby McWilliams. $10 per person or $15 for two people. Space is limited. 330-753-8429.
McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Church — 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Township. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Complete dinner with beverage and dessert will be served. Gluten-free and carryout available. Please make reservations for groups of six or more. Adults $8, ages 3-12 $3.50, age 2 and under free. All profits go to community outreach projects. This will be the last dinner until fall. 330-499-6971.
New Exodus Christian Fellowship Church — 1063 S. Arlington St., Akron. Noon to 4 p.m. today. Community Day will be held. Free food, games and music.
St. John Lutheran Church — 550 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 6 p.m. Friday. The annual Spring Fling card party and game night will be held. Includes spaghetti dinner with salad, dessert, beverage and door prizes. Proceeds will be used to make the church interior handicap accessible. $8 per person. For reservations, call 330-773-4128.
Wintergreen Ledges Church of God — 1889 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free, hot meal will be served. Also, free personal hygiene items available while supplies last. 330-753-3027.
Youngstown Diocesan Council of Catholic Women — at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 4940 Tuscarawas St. West, Canton. 9:30 a.m. today. A board meeting will be held to make plans for the annual meeting. Sign-in at 9 a.m. The annual meeting, titled Empowering Women, will be held May 7, and will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by the meeting at 9:30 a.m. The morning speakers will be David Schmidt, director of family life for the diocese, Bishop George V. Murry and visiting priests. A box lunch will be followed by speaker Delores Pressley, a local author. Remarks will be given by Vera White, province director. Closing prayer by the Rev. Joseph Witmer. Make checks payable to YDCCW for $20 per person and mail to Rosemary Wetshtein, 125 E. Highland Ave., Ravenna, OH 44266, by April 28.
Zion Temple Baptist Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. 6:30 p.m. today. Raymond Hinton & The Voices of Praise will present a live recording session. Special guest is the Rev. Mark “Tony” Ward. 330-773-3567.
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