The community is invited to make stone soup and green laundry detergent at 10 a.m. next Saturday in Boeke Hall at St. Paul Parish, 1580 Brown St. in Akron.
Participants are asked to bring a chopped-up vegetable to be added to a large stone soup pot. The idea was derived from the old folk story, Stone Soup, in which hungry strangers come to a village carrying nothing but an empty cooking pot. Unable to persuade villagers to share food, the travelers go to a stream, fill the pot with water, drop a stone in and place the pot over a fire. When villagers inquire about what they are doing, the travelers reply that they are making stone soup. To make the soup taste better, the travelers ask villagers to share some ingredients. Villagers begin to share vegetables, making a full pot of soup possible. The story is typically shared as a lesson in cooperation.
While waiting for the pot of soup to simmer at St. Paul's, those in attendance will be invited to make an eco-friendly jug of laundry detergent to take home.
The event, in its second year, is hosted by the St. Paul Parish Social Justice Committee. For more information, call 330-724-126.
In other religion news:
Apostolic Church of Barberton — 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Coventry Township. 9:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker is the Rev. Luke Levine from St. Louis, Mo., at both services. 330-745-5550.
Columbia United Church of Christ — 978 Wooster Road W., Barberton. 4 to 6 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, dessert and beverage. Adults $8.50, ages 4-12 $3, ages 3 and under free, families $25. 330-825-9946.
Higher Ground Worship Center — 380 Wooster Road N., Barberton. 5 p.m. today. A service called F.O.C.U.S. (Following Our Christ Unto Salvation) will be held every Saturday with the Rev. William N. Bridges III. 330-322-1258.
Immanuel Temple — 125 E. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton. 5 p.m. Sunday. Testimonies of the miracles God has performed in the lives of his people.
Lakemore United Methodist Church — 1536 Flickinger Road, Lakemore. 4 to 6:30 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, applesauce, coleslaw, bread, dessert and beverage. Adults $7, ages 3-12 $3.50, age 3 and under free. Carryout available. 330-733-6531.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 7 p.m. today. Monthly 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. 330-628-3344.
Mount Zion Baptist Church — 327 Cuyahoga St., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday, 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spring Revival. The Rev. Nathan Johnson of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Mich., will be guest revivalist. If you need transportation, call 330-253-8642.
St. Phillip’s Episcopal Church — 1130 Mercer Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. The Right Rev. Mark Hollingsworth Jr., Episcopal Bishop of Ohio, will celebrate Sunday service.
Shaw Jewish Community Center — 750 White Pond Dr., Akron. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The JCC will present Our Israeli Street Fair Experience. Celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday at the Yom Ha’atzmaut event. Music, activities, face painters, backgammon and local vendors. Admission, music and some arts and crafts activities are free. Others available for a fee. 330-835-0036.
Wintergreen Ledges Church of God — 1889 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Free hot meal. Also, free kitchen supplies while they last. 330-753-3027.
Wooster Avenue Church of Christ — 1147 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. Snack lunch and clothing giveaway. First-come, first-served when all sizes are available. 330-762-7301.
Brecksville United Church of Christ — 23 Public Square, Brecksville. 4 p.m. April 28. The Antioch Spiritual Arts Choir & Dance Ensemble from Antioch Baptist Church in Cleveland will perform a variety of gospel and inspirational music, accompanied by a four-piece instrumental ensemble. Members of the dance team will be featured during several numbers. Free-will offering. A light reception will follow the concert. Parking available behind the church off state Route 82, or one block south of Route 82 off Arlington Street. 440-526-4364.
Family of Faith United Methodist Church — 800 E. Market St., Akron. 5 p.m. April 28. Pizza and Praise for Pastors. Pizza and pop at 5 p.m., followed by Praise Band Challenge. Includes performances from four congregations with the goal of raising money to fund minimal pensions for retired pastors who served in areas outside the U.S. Vote for your favorite praise band with donations. The band that raises the most money will be declared the winner and receive a trophy. 330-733-8707.
The House of the Lord — 1650 Diagonal Road, Akron. 7 p.m. May 3. Smokie Norful will be in concert to support the scholarship efforts at Emmanuel Christian Academy. Tickets are $35 and will be on sale at both churches. 330-836-7182, ext. 215.
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church — 150 Wayne Ave., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. Pre-Women’s Day concert featuring various female gospel soloists. Admission $7, age 12 and under $2. 330-724-3254.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Mass Choir will host its second annual Concert of Sacred Songs. Director is Reva Golden. Featured soloist will be the Rev. Charlotte Wade of United Baptist Church in Akron, along with several other soloists. Free and open to the public. Refreshments following in Fellowship Hall. 330-762-4997.
Springfield Baptist Church — 1920 Krumroy Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. Sunday. Christian concert will feature the group Christ Unlimited. Free-will offering.
United Methodist Church of Uniontown — 13370 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 6:30 p.m. April 28. The Smash Magic Tour will bring a family-friendly, Las Vegas-style illusion, mystery and comedy show. The performers are Kristen Johnson, known as Lady Houdini, and illusionist Kevin Ridgeway. They combine ministry and spiritual teaching with an underwater escape performed live in a see-through water tank. Advance tickets are $10 at the church office and online at www.smashmagic.com. Cost at the door is $12. Children ages 6-10 must be accompanied by an adult. 330-699-3587.
Visitation of Mary Parish — 87 Broad St., Akron. Four performances of Madd Dillon, U.S. Marshal will be May 3-5 in Dowed Hall. Times are 7:30 p.m. May 3, 1 and 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 7:30 p.m. May 5. It is a musical comedy written and produced by Father James Bernardi and presented by Akron Catholic Thespians of Renown. Adults $10, students through age 12 $3. For tickets or more information, call 330-535-4141 ext. 12.
Community Christian Church — 210 N. Main St., North Canton. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The preschool will hold an open house for parents of prospective students. The program offers pre-reading and pre-writing activities, discovery science time, indoor and outdoor play areas, American Sign Language instruction and social and emotional interaction. Classes for 3-year-olds are 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 4- year-olds and young 5-year-olds from 9 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Extended days held on Mondays and Wednesdays until 2 p.m. For more information, call 330-499-5458.
Mocha Joe’s Coffee House — 3707 Darrow Road, Stow. 10 a.m. to noon. Angelo Thomas Crapanzano, an author who lives in Fairlawn, will be available to sign copies of his book Fiction or Prophecy. 888-361-9473.
St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church — 1460 State St. NE, Lake Township. 9:15 a.m. April 28. The youth Sunday School class will host a presentation by the Stark County Partners Against Trafficking of Humans. Learn about the often unrecognized modern-day nightmare that impacts the lives of young people around the world. Age-appropriate information about human trafficking, how to recognize it and what kids can do to help stop it. Adults welcome to attend. Call to make sure adequate seating is available. 330-877-2676.
Second Baptist Church — 690 S. Main St., Akron. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 27. Akron Missionary Baptist Church will host a Deacon and Deaconess Leadership Class. Instructor will be Deacon Wise-Moore, who can be reached at 330-283-0330.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 6 p.m. Free dinner on the third Sunday of the month will be served. The speaker is Kelly Shinn, a University of Akron professor, who will share her experiences of mothering with a physical disability. Child care is provided. 330-836-2226.
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