The North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Choir will perform at 6:30 p.m. April 13 at Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, 104 N. Prospect St., Akron.
The Greensboro, North Carolina, university choir’s repertoire includes classical, gospel, Negro spirituals, light jazz and African music.
Under the direction of Travis W. Alexander, the choir performed at the White House in 2011 and 2012 during Black History Month. Alexander, director of choral studies at North Carolina A&T, has also conducted concerts throughout Europe. As conductor of the 105 Voices of History HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) National Choir Concert, which takes place annually in Washington, D.C., Alexander traveled to various colleges throughout the nation to rehearse groups of singers.
The local concert is being presented by the Cleveland Chapter of the North Carolina A&T Alumni Association and the Wesley Temple.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 or younger ($20 and $5, respectively, at the door). Proceeds will benefit the alumni association. For tickets, call Paul Hardy, 330-414-8423, or Joann Harper, 330-864-4005.
In other religion news:
Akron-Canton Shambhala Center — 1707 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Friday through April 14. An introductory meditation weekend, The Art of Being Human, will be held, the first at the center’s new location. It will feature meditation instruction and practice, discussion and meetings with a meditation instructor.
Faith United Methodist Church — 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 13. Swiss-steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, applesauce, desserts and beverage. Adults $8, youth $4, age 5 or younger free. Carryout available.
First Church of Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. All-you-can-eat soup supper plus desserts. Adults $6, ages 12 or younger $4.
Frank Avenue Church of God in Christ — 367 Frank Ave., Barberton. 5 p.m. April 13. The Sunday School department will host a fundraiser service. Guests include the Pavilion of Praise COGIC dance team. Deacon Allan Franklin from Mount Zion COGIC in Columbus will be the speaker. Goal is to raise money for a three-day trip to Auxiliaries in Ministry conventions in Baltimore in July. For more information, call Ben Ferguson at 330-212-8345.
Grace United Church of Christ of Loyal Oak — 3285 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 13. Spring dinner with chicken cordon bleu, sides, salads and desserts. Adults $9, ages 4-12 $5, under age 3 free. Pre-ordered tickets discounted. 330-825-3259.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 13. Pancake breakfast. Includes scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages. Adults $6, children $4, ages 3 or younger free. 330-882-4818.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 p.m. today. Monthly, contemporary worship in fellowship hall. Light soup and sandwich meal will be served. Singers and musicians welcome. Child care available. 330-628-3344.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated by Catholics with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, veneration of the Divine Mercy Image, singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, confessions and Benediction. A social follows. 330-896-2345.
River of Life Church — Event held at Akron-Summit County Public Library main auditorium, 60 S. High St., Akron. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13. There will be an evangelistic crusade titled Rain, designed to help women and men find purpose in their life. Entertainment by Fusion drama team, lunch, admission and parking, all free of charge. 330-497-5399.
St. Michael the Archangel Church — 3430 St. Michael Drive NW, Plain Township. 7:30 p.m. April 15. Special ministry for those who have been away from the Catholic church for a while and are considering returning, held in the Parlor/Bride’s Room. For more information, call Barb Reda at 330-685-6585, Mike Fenstemaker at 330-280-1670 or Ginger Griesen at 330-492-3119, ext. 10.
Unity Chapel of Light — 503 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge. 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 13. Pets & Vets Craft Fair, sponsored by the Helping Hearts group. It will benefit Wags 4 Warriors of Brecksville, a nonprofit group that works with local rescues and shelters to provide service dogs to veterans, as well as Pet Guards of Cuyahoga Falls, a no-kill humane organization specializing in cat rescue. There will be a bake sale along with vendors selling a variety of items. No admission fee. 330-928-2108.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church — 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Ohio State Men’s Glee Club will present An Afternoon With Mozart, as part of the Parish Arts Series. It is a free concert. Refreshments afterward. Free parking at the church and Summit Mall. 330-867-3082.
First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 6 p.m. Sunday. The church’s Epworth Youth Choir will present a concert, Celebrate Life, in the sanctuary. The choir has been on spring tour at churches in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois. Freewill offering. Child care provided. 330-923-5241.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Edinboro Concert Chorale will perform.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 9 p.m. April 16. Contemporary Christian artist J.J. Heller will perform in concert. Also appearing will be Jenny Baird, a 2007 Malone graduate. Tickets are $10, $5 for Malone students. Heller will also perform at the regularly scheduled chapel service at 10:30 a.m. the same day. 330-471-8502.
St. Sebastian Parish — 476 Mull Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. April 14. A Spring Ring Handbell Festival will be held in Zwisler Hall. It will feature conductor and composer H. Dan Wagner, director of music at First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls, and seven area bell choirs. Free to the public. 330-836-2233.
Speakers and classes
Ashland Theological Seminary — 401 College Ave., Ashland. 9 a.m. to noon Friday. A seminar titled Apostasy in the Book of Hebrews, featuring Dr. David deSilva, professor of New Testament and Greek. Cost for the class is $20 and will be held in the Sandberg Leadership Center. Register at www.eventbrite.com/event/4676488503 or email email@example.com. 419-289-5007.
Bath Church — 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath Township. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 13. A Stephen Ministry Workshop will be held. It is for church leaders and other members to learn about the Stephen Series, a ministry system that equips and mobilizes lay people for effective and caring ministry. Cost is $15 per person or $50 for groups of four or more from the same congregation. Call 314-428-2600 or register online at www.stephenministry.org/workshop.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. Moody Bible Institute of Chicago will provide fully accredited college-level courses at The Chapel. The classes begin on April 29 (Mondays) and May 4 (Saturdays) and are eight weeks in duration. The Monday classes are Old Testament Survey, taught by Dr. Gary Colledge, and The Church and Its Doctrines, taught by Ron Starcher. Both are from 6 to 9 p.m. The Saturday class is The Gospel of John, taught by Stan Grizzle, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Moody Bible Institute at 312-329-4444 or the Rev. Rob Cochran at The Chapel, 330-935-0132.
Christ Community Chapel — 750 W Streetsboro St., Hudson. 7 to 10 p.m. April 18. Author Dannah Gresh will present her Pure Freedom Conference for girls ages 13-19 and their mothers or mentors. Gresh will discuss what God has to say about sex, purity and beauty. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 per person for groups of 10 or more. They can be purchased online at www.itickets.com/events/298175.html. Space is limited.
Grace United Methodist Church — 1720 Schneider St. NW, Plain Township. 6 p.m. Wednesday. The spring semester for University of Faith, which runs eight weeks through May 29, will begin with a dinner in the Family Life Center prior to the start of classes. Donation of $5 for the dinner. Classes offered include Alpha (a practical introduction to the Christian faith); Signs of Grace ASL Sign Choir (singing through sign language); Prayer Shawl and Sewing Ministry; Stepping Up (a study for women); Irresistible Evangelism; Change the World; Easter Resurrection; and Wacky Wednesday (for kindergarten through fifth grade). For information, call 330-499-2330.
Kent United Church of Christ — 1400 E. Main St., Kent. 9:30 a.m. April 14. Second Sunday Seminary presentation will feature the Rev. David Pattee, who will recount his trip to the Holy Land cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. Free to the public. The 10:30 a.m. worship service will be followed by a community lunch at 11:30 a.m. 330-673-9534.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday. First session of Journey to Peace Bereavement Support, a ministry of information, consolation, spiritual and emotional support. It is a free six-week series held on Mondays. Open to those of any faith who have experienced the death of a loved one. For more information, call Sue Lyons at 330-499-3937.
St. Joseph Family Center — 610 W. Exchange St., Akron. 5 p.m. April 13. Right to Life of Northeast Ohio will present Rebecca Kiessling as keynote speaker at its annual Education and Appreciation dinner. Tickets $40 each and can be purchased at 330-762-2785.
St. Michael the Archangel Church — 3430 St. Michael Drive NW, Plain Township. 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Luncheon presentation in the Fannon Center with the Most Rev. George V. Murry, bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown. His topic will be Signs of the Times. Reservations due by Monday at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-649-1231. Cost of lunch is $12.
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