Rosario Rodriguez, a survivor of gang violence that nearly killed her, will share her story of forgiveness at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Barrette Business and Community Center at Walsh University, 2020 E. Maple St., North Canton.
Rodriguez credits God with her escape from a serial rapist and murderer, without physical harm, when she was abducted on her way to a bus stop when she was 14 years old.
She counts a second miracle in 2009, at the age of 31, when she was shot in the chest during a robbery on the streets of Los Angeles.
Despite doctors’ assessments that Rodriguez should have died instantly, she survived.
Today, she spends time sharing the story of her journey of healing — how she found her worth, the power of prayer and the freedom of forgiveness — at universities and high schools throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Europe. Her visit to Walsh is part of a program to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Week.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 330-490-7341 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other religion news:
The Briarwood — 3700 Englewood Drive, Stow. 8 a.m. Wednesday. Celebrating Pastoral Care Week with a breakfast buffet for pastoral and spiritual leaders from the Stow community. Call 330-688-1828.
Centenary United Methodist Church — 1310 Superior Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Annual Rainbow Tea will be held. Adult donation $10, $5 for ages 8 and under. 330-376-9648.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Trunk or Treat will be held for children of Marlboro and surrounding communities, age 12 and younger. It will be held outdoors, or inside in case of inclement weather. Cider and doughnuts for the parents as children gather treats. Wrapped, store-purchased donations of candy are welcomed. 330-935-0132.
Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The 19th appreciation service for the Rev. J. Michael Martin. Keynote speaker is Bishop Alfred Ringer of New Destiny Ministries in Trotwood, Ohio.
Community of St. John — at Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today. A retreat for spiritual growth, Growing in the Virtues of Jesus, will be offered. It is meant to be the first in a series of retreats exploring ways to bring the virtues of Jesus into one’s life. It includes an opening physical activity using hula hoops, an introduction to the art of guided meditation and a group discussion around a series of presented vignettes. It is free and materials are provided. www.communityuofsaintjohn.org, 330-752-6466.
Diocese of Youngstown — at Basilica of St. John the Baptist Church, 717 McKinley Ave. NW, Canton. 2 p.m. Sunday. Bishop George V. Murry will celebrate a special Mass marking the wedding anniversaries of 120 couples who are being honored for a total of 5,426 years of wedded life ranging from 25 to 71 years. A reception hosted by the St. John Guild in the school hall for couples and their families will follow. 330-744-8451.
Lakemore United Methodist Church — 1536 Flickinger Road, Lakemore. 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, bread, dessert and beverage. Adults $7, ages 3-12 $3.50. Carryout available. 330-753-6531.
Loved Ones of Prisoners Family Ministry — at Wintergreen Ledges Church of God, 1889 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 6 p.m. Oct. 26. LOOP will have its first spaghetti dinner and fundraiser. Dennis Shawhan, executive director of Broken Chains Ministry, will be guest speaker. 330-212-6661.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 7:30 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26. All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, presented semi-annually by Boy Scout Troop 118. Includes eggs, sausage, hash browns, gravy and biscuits, coffee and juice. Adults $6.50, senior and ages 12 and under $5.50. 330-882-4818.
McDonaldsville Church — 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Township. 4 p.m. Sunday. Family Fun Fest, with face painting, crafts, stories, food, games and one pumpkin for each child. The free event will be outside, weather permitting. 330-499-6971.
Messiah Missionary Baptist Church — 1168 Ackley St., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating the 24th pastoral anniversary of the Rev. Ernest Stallworth. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Shana Baker of Baltimore, Md., at 11 a.m., and the Rev. Horace Drake at the 4 p.m. service. 330-762-0844.
Nelson United Methodist Church — 9367 state Route 305, Nelson Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Carryout available. 330-527-2268.
New Millennium Baptist Church — 906 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. Thursday, Friday and Oct. 27. The 20th Pastor & Wife Appreciation Celebration continues with special worship and praise services. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Rev. J. Michael Martin and Christ Is The Answer Ministries are guests. At 7 p.m. Friday, it will be the Rev. Melford Elliott and Greater Bethel Baptist Church. There are two services on Oct. 27. At 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Douglas Price and New Morning Star Primitive Baptist Church are guests, and at 4 p.m., it will be the Rev. Shiloh Johnson and New Trinity Baptist Church.
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church — 150 Wayne Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26. Fifth annual Women’s Conference. Guest speakers are Robin Evans of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church and author Dr. Angela Neal of Kent State University. Registration fee $10. Continental breakfast and lunch included. 330-724-3254.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27. A vocation breakfast will be held in the Parish Life Center. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Michael K. Gurnick, Cleveland Diocese secretary and vicar to the clergy and religious. Breakfast tickets are $2 pre-sale and $3 at the door. 330-896-2345.
St. Paul Church African Methodist Episcopal Church — 1250 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. Annual Women’s and Men’s Day celebration. Dinner served following service. Free-will offering. 330-864-2685.
Solid Rock Christian Fellowship Baptist Church — 1316 Kentucky Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Celebrating the sixth Men’s and Women’s Day. Guest speakers are Ward 3 Councilwoman Margo Sommerville and the Rev. James Friedlein of Recovery Church in Akron.
South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. today. Stork’s Nest, hosted by the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta for expectant young mothers, will discuss Breastfeeding Your Baby. Free baby clothes, prenatal education and refreshments. On Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., the church will have an open public food pantry. 330-724-1334.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. The third Sunday dinner, a free community dinner, will be served. It encourages food and fellowship with church members and the local community. All are welcome. 330-836-2226.
Wintergreen Ledges Church of God — 1889 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Free hot meal. Also, free coats, hats and gloves available while supplies last. 330-753-3027.
Wooster Avenue Church of Christ — 1147 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26. Snack lunch and clothing giveaway. First-come, first-served. All sizes when available. Bus No. 14 stops in front of the church building. 330-762-7301.
Akron Bethel Seventh Day Adventist Church — 1398 Canton Road, Akron. 7:30 p.m. today. Ron Burgan & Nusound will perform a benefit concert. Free-will offering. 330-419-0220.
Akron Christian Reformed Church — 50 Marshall Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. City Hope presents Christa Wells in concert.
Diocese of Youngstown — at St. Columba Cathedral, 159 W Rayen Ave. Youngstown. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The complete organ works of Maurice Durufle will be presented. The concert will feature Dr. H. Ricardo Ramirez, music director and organist at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral. Free and open to the public. Security and free parking provided. 330-744-5233.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 7 p.m. Oct. 31. Christian rock band Jars of Clay will perform. The group gained mainstream popularity with the song Flood in the 1990s and has continued to maintain a sizable Christian following. General admission $10, gold circle seating $20. Gold circle seating and meet and greet with the band for $30 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets available through iTickets.com.
Springfield Baptist Church — 1920 Krumroy Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. Sunday. Christian concert will feature His Servants. Free-will offering.
Zion Temple Baptist Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. 6:15 p.m. today. Birthday celebration honoring the Rev. Mark Tony Ward. Derrick Lockett & Ensemble will perform in concert.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 9 and 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m. Oct. 27. Josh McDowell, Christian author and lecturer, will speak at all three services. In the morning, he will address the issue How To Talk To Your Kids About Sex. At 6 p.m., McDowell will provide his two-hour Apologetics Seminar. Free-will offering. During 47 years of ministry, McDowell has spoken to more than 10 million young people all over the world. His books include More Than a Carpenter and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict. 330-935-0132.
Kent State University School of Library and Information Science — Kent Student Center, Room 317. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Ghost in the Machine: How the Internet Is Changing How We Do Religion is the subject of the fall 2013 symposium hosted by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion. Speaker is Dr. Peter J. Haas, director of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Free and open to the public. 330-672-0003.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 10 a.m. Wednesday. Anne Marie Miller of Compassion International will speak on the topic Forgiveness and Compassion. Miller is a writer, speaker and social change activist from Nashville, Tenn.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10:05 to 10:45 a.m. Friday. Kelly Kapic, an author and professor of theological studies at Covenant College, will address the topic What Does It Mean to Give Your Life Away? Thursday’s program will be in Room 106 and Friday’s in the Worship Center. Both free and open to the public.
Stow Presbyterian Church — 4150 Fishcreek Road, Stow. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Sidney Boyd, a native American born in a log cabin in South Dakota, will share his knowledge of events leading up to the Great Sioux Uprising of 1862 and the consequences of the federal government’s failure to honor the 1851 Treaty of Traverse des Sioux. 330-688-6935.
United Church of Christ — at Radisson Hotel Cleveland-Gateway, 651 Huron, Cleveland. Thursday through Oct. 26. Jazz for the Journey: A National Symposium on Jazz at Liturgy will feature leaders in the liturgical jazz movement sharing their perspectives on the music’s impact on ministry. Included are the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, the Rev. Ozzie Smith, the Rev. Henry Simmons and the Rev. Dwight Andrews. For more information, visit www.ucc.org/jazzjourney.
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