An appreciation banquet and fundraiser for the Rev. Benny Williams and his wife, Willa, is at 6 p.m. next Saturday at the Akron Urban League, 440 Vernon Odom Blvd.
Williams, founder and pastor at New Millennium Baptist Church, has been battling prostate cancer for three years. The church is located at 906 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron.
The banquet will feature the Rev. Clifton Norwood of Akron’s St. Paul Baptist Church. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by calling 330-958-0764.
A special worship service is at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at New Millennium. Guest speaker for the service will be Bishop Kevin Strickland of the Church on the Hill.
In other religion news:
Centenary United Methodist Church — 1310 Superior Ave., Akron. 6 p.m. today. Reap the Harvest celebration. The Rev. Jason Campbell of Faith Deliverance Evangelistic Center in Fayetteville, N.C., will be guest minister. Music by K. Miles and Resurrected Praise from Canton and United Praise Youth Group. Also, the Rev. James E. Chester will appear. 330-376-9648.
Grace United Methodist Church — 1720 Schneider St. NW, Plain Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Trunk or Treat. Hot dogs, chips, doughnuts and drinks followed by kids’ games, crafts and pumpkin patch. Trunk or Treat at 7 p.m. as children will go from car to car in parking lot as church members pass out treats. 330-499-2330.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church — at Uniontown Community Park, 3696 Apollo St. NW, Uniontown. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The 31st annual spaghetti dinner will be held. Choice of plain, meat sauce, meatballs or sausage. Includes Italian bread, coffee, tea or punch and dessert. Adults $6, children $3. Ages 5 and under free. Carryout available.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, corn, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Adults $8, ages 4-12 $4, under age 4 free. 330-882-6241.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 7 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, beverage and dessert. Adults $8, ages 5-12 $4, ages 4 and under free. Carryout available. Parking behind church and Mogadore High School lot. 330-628-3344.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church — 180 Edward Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 19. The annual Esther Circle Prayer Breakfast will be held. The Rev. Sherry Green of Phillips Chapel Methodist Church will be guest speaker on the topic Pray and Go. Tickets at the door for $7.
New Exodus Christian Fellowship Church — 1063 S. Arlington St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating the sixth pastoral appreciation for the Rev. Gregory E. Partridge. Guest speaker is the Rev. Lorenzo Glenn of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Northeast Ohio Chapter of International Hindi Association and Hindi Diwas — at Kingsbury Recreation Center, 3840 Stonebridge Blvd., Copley Township. 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The 12th annual conference will be held. Includes tour of exhibition, meeting with IHA President Anoop Kapoor and election of officers.
RiverTree Christian Church — 7373 Portage St., Jackson Township. 6 to 9 p.m. today, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Pumpkin Patch Festival will be held. Free and open to the community. Trunk or treat, face painting, inflatables, games, hayride and crafts. Food available for purchase. 330-494-1860.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church — 515 48th St. NW, Canton. 4:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 19. An Oktoberfest celebration will be held. It features German food, homemade desserts and beverages, kids’ crafts, pumpkin painting, a 50/50 drawing, music and dancing. Free tastings of craft beer made by St. Mark’s parishioners will be available to those 21 and over. The Johnnie Maier band, Visintana, will play from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The North Canton Community Church’s German Singers will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Adults $15, ages 5-12 $5, ages 4 and under free.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron — 3300 Morewood Drive, Fairlawn. 7 p.m. Thursday. A film, A Place at the Table, will be presented by the Food Justice Ministry and UU Women in Action. It tells the stories of three people who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. Church members will share their recent efforts in combating hunger in the community. Open to the public. Donations at the door. Refreshments served. 330-836-2206.
Akron Bethel Seventh–Day Adventist Church — 1368 Canton Road, Akron. 7:30 p.m. next Saturday. Ron Burgan & NuSound benefit concert with special guest Marquitta Minniefield. Free-will offerings accepted. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. 330-419-0220.
Faith Baptist Church — 755 W. Main St., Wilmot. 4 p.m. Oct. 19. The Saturday Sing will be presented. Southern Gospel singing featuring Pearly Gates, The Babbs and Four By Grace. Free-will offering. Soup and sandwiches served following the concert. 330-447-4339, or visit www.downhomegospelradio.com and click on concerts and scroll down to flier.
Firestone Park Baptist Church — 310 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25. Down Home Gospel Concert presents the Fisherman Quartet, Michele Stevenson and Down Home Gospel Quartet. Those attending should bring two nonperishable food items to benefit Haven of Rest. Participants entered in drawings for free CDs. Free-will offerings accepted for the Roof Fund. 330-256-3114, www.downhomegospelradio.com.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Steel Drum Band of University of Akron will perform. Free-will offering. 330-376-5154.
Rahab Ministries — at Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8. Rahab, a Christian ministry devoted to rescuing and restoring women who have been trafficked into prostitution in Northeast Ohio, will host its fifth annual Scarlet Cord Benefit Concert. Register at www.Rahab-Ministries.org. Tickets $30 in advance, $50 at the door. Special prices for pastors and ministers. The Christ Community Chapel Worship Team, with Jim Bossler and Tampa Murphy, will present Journey to the Gospel Through the Music of the ’80s. Silent auction and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. Dessert buffet at intermission. 330-819-3326.
Trinity United Church of Christ — 215 High St., Wadsworth. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Trinity Concert Series will feature Simple Gifts. It is two women, Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon, who play an array of 10 instruments, including fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and percussion. They will play a variety of ethnic folk styles. 330-334-2536.
Speakers, classes, workshops
Akron-Canton Shambhala Center — 1707 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Oct. 25-27. A weekend retreat, Becoming a Shambhala Person, will feature a presentation by Acharya Eric Spiegel. At 7 p.m. Oct. 25, a public talk, Developing a Mind of Kindness, will take place. The workshop continues 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. At 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, a midafternoon refuge ceremony and reception. Open to all. 330-983-9019.
The Chapel — 135 Fir Hill, Akron. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parents of Prodigals meeting will host Dr. Chuck Misja speaking on Available Drug and Rehab Care In Our Community For Your Troubled Prodigal. The Christian-based support group is for parents of teen or adult prodigals every third Tuesday in the Great Commission Room. Open to everyone. For more information, call Ed Davidian at 330-620-5668.
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