The congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent will celebrate its denominational roots during a weeklong Reformation Festival, which begins Sunday at the church, 600 S. Water St.
The festival will start with a special sermon during the 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday worship services. At 3 p.m., there will be a hymn fest concert with the adult, youth and bell choirs of the church.
On Monday, a program featuring a talk about what was going on during the Protestant Reformation, dating back to Oct. 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed a document to the door of the Cathedral in Wittenberg, Germany, in hopes to spark a discussion of various church practices. The community is invited to enjoy desserts and music from the reformation period 30 minutes before the program begins.
An art program and exhibit displaying the work of congregation members opens at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Visitors will also have an opportunity to view archived slides from Trinity Lutheran's past throughout the festival.
On Wednesday, visitors are invited to wear Halloween costumes when attending a pig roast and bonfire from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. At 11 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Thursday, a dramatization will be presented, characterizing Katherine Von Bora Luther, the wife of Martin Luther.
Trinity Lutheran’s writers of poetry and prose will present their work at 7 p.m. in a coffeehouse setting. The church’s youth will participate in a lock-in later in the evening.
The festival will conclude on Sunday with a 3 p.m. panel discussion on the future of the church. Panelists will be Northeast Ohio Synod (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) Bishop Elizabeth Eaton; the Rev. Dixon Slinger, Hiram College retired professor of religious studies; the Rev. George Gaiser, Kent State University retired Lutheran campus pastor, and the Rev. Lisa Arledge, who heads Oasis Outreach Opportunity Inc., a nonprofit outreach program for youth in Akron.
For more information, call 330-673-5445.
In other religion news:
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 9 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Knute Larson, who served as senior pastor at The Chapel in Akron for more than 25 years, will be the 36th anniversary speaker at both services. 330-935-0132.
Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 11 a.m. today. A Breast Cancer Awareness salad luncheon will be held. Cost is $5 at the door. Keynote speaker is Sharon E. Martin. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Rev. Jeff Metzger and Bethel Cleveland/Akron Campus will be special guests for the worship service. 330-376-1869.
Community Baptist Church of Tallmadge — 274 N. Munroe Road, Tallmadge. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Trunk or Treat will be held. Hayrides, popcorn, treats. 330-633-8956.
Concordia Lutheran Church — 724 Sumner St., Akron. 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Sauerkraut supper, bake sale and vendor fair. Adults $8, ages 4-10 $4, ages 3 and under free. To purchase tickets, call Karen Wallick at 330-678-0149.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Church Christmas Shop will be open. Handmade crafts, baked goods, white elephant sale. Soup, sandwiches and more for lunch both days. New dinner buffet on Friday starting at 5 p.m. Adults $7, age 10 and under $5. All proceeds benefit local and global mission projects. 330-644-5616.
East Sparta United Methodist Church — 2041 Pine St., East Sparta. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3. Annual turkey supper. Includes dressing, green beans, corn, mashed or sweet potato, applesauce and cranberry sauce, dessert and drink. Adults $8, children $4. 330-866-3341.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church — 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Gary Pinter, organist and choir director for more than 40 years, will be honored at a reception in Fellowship Hall following the special reformation service.
Faith United Methodist Church — 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Turkey dinner fundraiser. Includes mashed potatoes, vegetable, coleslaw, cranberry relish, desserts and beverage. Adults $8, youth $4, age 5 and younger free. Carryouts available.
First Apostolic Faith Church — 790 Easter Ave., Akron. 2 to 4 p.m. today. Official opening of the church bookstore. Bishop Samuel L. Hampton Sr., a retired pastor, will sign his book The Gems and Wisdom for Victorious Living. 330-762-9139.
First Church of the Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. today. Free movie night. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave., Lake Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Swiss steak dinner in the Family Activity Center. It includes noodles and/or mashed potatoes, coleslaw, applesauce, green beans, rolls and desserts. Hot dogs available for children. Adults $8, ages 4-12 $4, ages 3 and under free. An array of fair trade handcrafted products from 36 countries and 23 local artisans will also be available for purchase. 330-699-3255.
Greater Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ — 370 Howe St., Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating the 24th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Clarence L. Jackson Sr. 330-253-8206.
Green Valley United Methodist Church — 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Green. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 3. Annual bazaar will feature a white elephant sale, crafts, baked goods, silent auction and gift baskets. Turkey dinner served from 4 to 6 p.m., adults $8, ages 3-10 $4, under age 3 free. 330-896-4357.
Interval Brotherhood Home — at Todaro’s Party Center, 1820 Akron-Peninsula Road, Akron. 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Friday. The Big Night Out, including live music, clam bake buffet and reverse raffle, will be held in support of IBH. The Vincent Ruby Trio will provide entertainment. Tickets are $160 and $130. Contact Mark Ruby at 330-760-6663 or Vince Murdocco at 330-607-6042.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Fall Revival. On Wednesday, the Rev. Kevin R. Smith of Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Akron will appear. The next two nights, it will be the Rev. Cory Pruitt of Mount Enon Baptist Church in Dayton. 330-864-6635.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 North Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 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.
Key To My Father’s House — 1825 W. Reimer Road, Wadsworth. 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free Trunk or Treat event. 330-335-7301.
LifeSpring Christian Church — 1828 Marigold Ave., Akron. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3. Vendors and crafters are needed for a bazaar and craft show at the church. Call Mary at 330-618-5247 or 330-733-4261.
Love Akron Network — at Emerge Ministries, 900 Mull Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. Nov. 14. Bi-monthly prayer gathering for Christian leaders in the Greater Akron area. Lunch will follow. For lunch reservations, call 330-384-8124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church — 2425 Myersville Road, Springfield Township. Noon to 6 p.m. Nov. 4. The 32nd annual spaghetti dinner will be held. Adults $8, children $4. Tickets sold at the door. Carry outs available. Tours of Nativity’s Bethlehem Cave and Museum available. 330-699-5086.
Northampton United Methodist Church — 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3. Annual pumpkin smashing event to benefit food pantry at Heart 4 the City, 954 Eastland Ave., Akron. Participants will drop leftover pumpkins 50 feet from a lift. Free food, hot chocolate, pie-eating contests with prizes awarded for the pumpkin contest. Cost for a lift ride is $1 or a tube of toothpaste, jar of peanut butter or package of toilet paper. 330-929-0015.
Open M — at Sheraton Suites, 1989 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 9. Fire and Ice Experience. A fundraiser to aid those in poverty. Includes dinner, music, silent auction and more. Tickets $75 per person. Double-date discount of $270 for four tickets. Reservations due Monday. 330-434-0110.
Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church — 104 N. Prospect St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 81st Men's Day celebration with guest preacher the Rev. Eugene Norris of Mountain of the Lord Fellowship. 330-434-5800.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Annual All Saints Day service. It includes a stone ceremony and choral processional and recessional with a bagpiper. Coffee and fellowship follows. 330-836-2226.
Calvary Temple — 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. 7:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. Sunday. The drama Eternity will be presented both days. It focuses on thinking about life and what happens when our time on earth ends.
Canton Christian Home — at Malone University Johnson Center, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 2 p.m. Nov. 10. Pianist Tim Baley will perform a Baley for Bus patriotic concert, a fundraising event to help purchase a new bus for Christian Home residents. No reservations needed. 330-456-0004.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Benefit concert with pianist Huntley Brown. No charge but bring a canned or nonperishable item for the Alliance Salvation Army food pantry. 330-935-0132.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 6 p.m. today. The Joyfulaires, a gospel singing group, will perform. Free-will offering. 330-644-5616.
LIFE Ministries International Church — 2651 Market Ave. N., Canton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9. The Rev. Cathy L. Johnson will present a benefit concert to support the scholarship efforts at Emmanuel Christian Academy. 330-836-7182.
St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The music department is sponsoring a concert with the Christian Love Community Singers, Delivered and the Fortson Singers. The combined choirs of St. John and Phillips Chapel CME Church will also perform. 330-864-3060.
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church — 1241 Grant St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. Unity Mass Choir under the direction of Myron Brown will present a gospel music concert. It features singers and musicians from various churches in the community, with a special performance by guest recording artist Cassandra Stewart. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow. 330-724-8163.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 915 N. Main St., Akron. 3 and 7 p.m. Nov. 3. Forever Love, an uplifting musical by Sharon Dobbins Alberson, will be presented. A retelling of the story of Hosea the prophet, it will benefit five Akron urban churches. Adults $10, children $5. Tickets may be purchased at the door. A spaghetti dinner will be held between the two performances from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner tickets are $5.
Speakers, classes, workshops
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3. ADVANCE Seminar will focus on Orphan Care Ministry and features Jim and Darleen Martin of Alliance, along with a ministry team from Alliance First Friends Church. Coffee served at 8:30 a.m. No preregistration necessary. 330-935-0132.
Northwest Avenue Church of Christ — 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge. 10:30 a.m. Nov. 4. First sessions of Financial Peace University, a nine-week course intended to provide families and individuals practical tools to gain control of their finances and achieve long-term success. It is taught on DVD with small-group discussion. Contact Don Gergely at 330-929-5776 for information or to register.
Portage County Dinner & Doctrine — at Rusty Nail restaurant, 7291 State Route 43, Franklin Township. 6 p.m. Nov. 13. Father Ed Brienz will be guest speaker. His topic is Coffee, Chocolate and Catholicsm? Buffet dinner at 6 p.m., speaker at 7 p.m. Advance tickets must be purchased by Nov. 4 at any Portage County parish.
Stow Presbyterian Church — 4150 Fishcreek Road, Stow. 7 p.m. Nov. 7. Dr. David Beer, assistant professor of political science at Malone University, will speak on how Christianity has influenced the selection of U.S. presidents from John F. Kennedy to today. It is part of the Wednesday Night Speaker Series and is free and open to the community. 330-688-6935.
Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church — 104 N. Prospect St., Akron. 8 a.m. Sunday. Akron Councilman at Large Michael Williams will discuss the upcoming election during the Wesley Temple Brotherhood Breakfast. 330-434-5800.
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