Four students from local Catholic high schools will share reflections on “Encountering God” during the First Friday Club of Greater Akron luncheon on Feb. 1 at the University of Akron’s Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway.
Anthony Burns, a parishioner at St. Sebastian Parish in Akron, will represent Archbishop Hoban High School. The coed high school, located in Akron, is part of the Holy Cross tradition (www.hoban.org).
Katherine Caprez, also a member of St. Sebastian, will represent Our Lady of the Elms. The independent all-girls high school is rooted in the Dominican tradition (www.theelms.org).
Gregory Rybka, another St. Sebastian parishioner, will represent St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. The coed school was formed in 1973 when the two oldest Catholic schools in Akron merged (www.stvm.org).
Julie Grace, a parishioner at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Medina, will represent Walsh Jesuit. The coed Jesuit high school is located in Cuyahoga Falls (www.walshjesuit.org).
The First Friday Club is a Catholic organization that strives to bring the best Catholic thinkers, teachers and leaders to the Akron area on a monthly basis to share insight on issues that impact church, family and work and community life.
Cost of the luncheon is $15 per person. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. The hourlong program begins at noon. Prepaid reservations can be made by sending a check to the First Friday Club of Greater Akron, 795 Russell Ave., Akron, Ohio 44307. For more information, call 330-535-7668 or go to www.firstfridayclubofgreaterakron.org.
In other religion news:
Community Christian Church (Disciples) — 210 N. Main St., North Canton. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. African Mission Clothing Drive and Dinner will be held. Dinner is free with donation of clean, used clothes or shoes, new children’s underwear or socks, or disposable or cloth diapers. The clothing will benefit the mission efforts of Northfield Methodist Church in Johannesburg, South Africa. The menu will include pulled pork, baked potatoes and chakalaka (a South African dish). Pie available for purchase. 330-499-5458.
Diocese of Youngstown — at St. Columba Cathedral, 154 W. Wood St., Youngstown. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27. The Most Rev. George V. Murry, Bishop of Youngstown, will be principal celebrant and homilist for the 17th annual White Mass. A reception will follow in St. Columba Hall for members of the Lourdes Guild, an association of Catholic physicians and dentists. For brunch reservations, call 330-744-8451 ext. 289.
Full Gospel Tabernacle — 939 Utica Ave., Akron. 4 to 6 p.m. Jan. 26. Sunday School Open House. Classes for every age, from newborn to seniors. Refreshments provided. 330-794-9440.
Gospel Meets Symphony — at The O’Neil House, 1290 W. Exchange St., Akron. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. A Taste of Heaven fundraiser. Inspirational spirituals featuring sopranos Brenda L. Justice and Angeleina Valentine, tenor Lawrence B. Butler Jr., pianist Kenneth McCorvey and violinist Steve Ostrow. $25 per person. Valet parking available. Limited to 30 guests. For more information, call 330-535-8131.
Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Swiss steak dinner in the Family Activity Center. Includes noodles and/or mashed potatoes and gravy, coleslaw or applesauce, green beans, rolls and desserts. Hot dogs available for children. Adults $8, ages 4-12 $4, ages 3 and under free. Carryout meals available. 330-699-3255.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 6 p.m. Monday. Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday. Requesting participation of all choirs in formation of a citywide mass choir. Those that sing are asked to wear all black. Speaker will be the Rev. Steven E. Robinson from City of Deliverance Church of Lorain. 330-864-6635.
Kent United Church of Christ — 1400 E. Main St., Kent. 9 a.m. to noon today. Annual NCAA Prayer Breakfast will be held. $10 tickets available at the door. On Monday, the church will cooperate in a variety of volunteer projects with several community service partners. Anyone interested in participating may contact Christie Anderson at Kent Social Services, email@example.com. Also on Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the church will host a letter-writing party in VanMeter Hall to send greetings to wounded military veterans. 330-673-9534.
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 Calvary Baptist Church — 442 Bell St., Akron. Noon Monday. A citywide Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will be observed. The Rev. William H. Curtis, pastor of Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, will speak on A Prophetic Word for Perilous Times. 330-253-3711.
St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School — 80 E. York St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Open House to start Catholic Schools Week, immediately following 10:30 a.m. Mass. Grades K-5 offered. Visit the school and meet the teachers.
Second Baptist Church — 690 S. Main St., Akron. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday Supper. An evening of dialogue patterned after the suppers Dr. King hosted during the height of the civil rights movement. Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Zeta Theta Omega and Delta Pi chapters. Topics include home ownership, estate planning, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, Affordable Health Care Act and services for veterans. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. 330-836-1161.
Second Baptist Church — 451 Bronson St., Medina. 4 p.m. Sunday. Annual Medina County Dr. Martin Luther King Commemoration Service. Keynote speaker is Candace Campbell Jackson, vice president and chief of staff at the University of Akron. A yearly scholarship is offered by the Medina Ministerial Association to a Medina High School student who best demonstrates the character of Dr. King. Money raised through sponsorships and a free-will offering during the service funds the scholarship. For more information, contact the Rev. Cornell Carter at 330-421-7160.
Solid Rock Fellowship Baptist Church — 1012 Kenmore Blvd., Akron. 7 p.m. Jan. 24-25 and 4 p.m. Jan. 27. Breakthrough Revival featuring Bishop Walter L. Humphrey of Oakland, Calif. 330-745-9012.
South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. to noon today. Stork’s Nest for expectant young mothers, hosted by the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta. Free baby clothes, prenatal education and refreshments. 330-724-1334.
Wintergreen Ledges Church of God — 1889 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Free, hot meal will be served. 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. Jan. 26. Snack lunch and clothing giveaway. First come, first served. All sizes available. 330-762-7301.
Kent United Church of Christ — 1400 E. Main St., Kent. 4 p.m. Sunday. An interfaith and multicultural concert celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King will feature The Brotherhood from United Church of Jesus Christ in Ravenna, Choralworks from Kent Roosevelt High School and the Kent African Drum Community. It will be followed by a dinner in VanMeter Hall. Free-will offering. 330-673-9534.
Liberty Missionary Baptist Church — 2806 Maco Drive, Norton. 10 a.m. Sunday. Called Out Quartet, a Southern gospel group from Tennessee, will perform during morning worship. There will be an old-fashioned “down home dinner on the ground” gathering about noon. 330-825-0277.
Springfield Baptist Church — 1920 Krumroy Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. Sunday. A Christian concert will feature Bob Legge. Free-will offering.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. The second of four presentations, Nurturing the Next Generation, will be held. Includes the free third Sunday dinner, followed by the presenter, Dr. Joshua Magleby who will speak on Anger Management in Children and Adolescence: Breaking the Chain. Everyone welcome. 330-836-2226, ext. 100.
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