A workshop to help girls and young women avoid abusive relationships will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Medina Presbyterian Church, 5020 Burgundy Bay Blvd.
The Safe Dating Workshop is designed for high school-aged girls but will include helpful information for college age women and others. It will provide tips on how to spot patterns of intimidation and control in relationships; how to prevent emotional and physical abuse; how to escape abusive relationships and how to help friends who are victims of abuse.
The event, which is free, will be facilitated by Melissa Pearce, executive director of the Domestic Violence Project Inc. of Canton and a member of the church. A representative from the Battered Women's Shelter of Summit and Medina counties will also participate in the presentation and provide information on resources available to victims of violence or abuse.
For more information, call 330-723-1000 or email the Rev. Henry Pearce, pastor of the church, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In other religion news:
Alpha & Omega Worship Center — 181 Burton Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Angelena Davis’ 10th pastoral anniversary will be held. Speaker is the Rev. Marc L. Neal of Christian Family Church.
Canton Christian Women’s Connection — at The Fairways at Arrowhead, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, Plain Township. 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The monthly luncheon will be at the Country Fair, featuring auctioneer Anna VanDyke who will auction off a variety of items. There will be crafts, fresh produce and baked goods, white elephant items and a silent auction. Speaker will be Kathy Bradford. Cost is $13 and includes lunch. Childcare available. 330-837-6552.
The Chapel, Green Campus —1800 Raber Road, Green. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Abundant Living 55+ Christian fellowship and dessert night. Host is the Rev. Kevin Seager. Concert with the Stockdale Family Band. Ages 55 and over welcome to attend. 330-315-5508.
Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. A Time of Refreshing will feature speakers Marcellus Winters and Tracy Mays. 330-376-1869.
Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. 9 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating National Back to Church Sunday, starting with a coffee fellowship. Children’s programming included during morning worship at 10:45 a.m. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Crux330 Youth Group will meet for grades 7-12, followed by Crusaders Club children’s ministry at 7 p.m. 330-644-5616.
Covenant Worship Center — 2535 Romig Road, Akron. 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating National Back to Church Sunday at both services.
First Apostolic Faith Church — 790 Easter Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The grand reopening of the Berean Bible Institute will be held. Classes will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday. For more information, call Lula Hampton at 330-762-9139.
Greater Galilee Church — 70 W. Huston St., Barberton. 10 a.m. Sunday. The first-year anniversary of the Rev. Emmett Lee will be held. Services continue at 4 p.m. with the Rev. William V. Green from Tabernacle of Glory Church in Nashville, Tenn.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Celebrating the 55th Women’s Day with two services. The early one will feature Michelle Harris of Israelite Baptist Church in Akron. Guest speaker at the 4 p.m. service is the Rev. Leslie Parker Barnes of Arlington Church of God in Akron.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, the Men’s Day celebration is scheduled. The Rev. John Young of Fellowship World Church of Buffalo, N.Y., will be guest speaker on Wednesday, the Rev. William C. Bunton will be speaker on Thursday and the Rev. J. Michael Martin Sr. of Christ Is The Answer Ministries on Friday. 330-864-6635.
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, dessert and beverage. A kid’s meal of hot dog and macaroni and cheese is available. Adults $7, ages 3-12 $3.50, under age 3 free. Carryout available. 330-733-6531.
McDonaldsville St. Paul United Methodist Church — 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Township. 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Homemade Swiss steak dinner. Complete dinner with dessert and beverage. Gluten-free and carryout available. Adults $8, ages 3-12 $3.50, under age 2 free. All profits benefit community outreach projects. 330-499-6971.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 7 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, beverage and dessert. Adults $8, ages 5-12 $4, age 4 and younger free. Carryout available. Proceeds support women’s fellowship and outreach missions. 330-628-3344.
Prince of Peace Church — 1263 Shannon Ave., Barberton. 4:15 p.m. today. Ethnic Rosary. Praying a decade of the Rosary in Slovenian, Polish, Hungarian, Slovak and English. Polka Mass and social at 5 p.m. 330-825-9543.
Providence Baptist Church — 458 Madison Ave., Akron. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Flu shots will be administered by CVS pharmacy. The event is sponsored by the Nurses Guild. All major insurance accepted. 330-253-3932.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Cleveland — at Cleveland Metroparks Brookside Reservation, John Nagy Boulevard. 10:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 29. Friends of the Poor Walk fundraiser. Members from all walks of life will participate in a simultaneous, nationwide event to increase awareness of challenges faced by the poor and generate funds for direct assistance to the needy. No fees, all money raised will help low-income residents in Northeast Ohio. Free parking. Register online at www.svdpfriendsofthepoorwalk.org or call 216-696-6525, Ext. 3150.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The monthly spaghetti dinner will be held. Adults $7, children $4. A portion of the proceeds will go to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. 330-673-5446.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron — 3300 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. 11:15 a.m. Friday. The women’s association will present a program on reproductive justice. Lunch will be at noon. Taba Aleem of Planned Parenthood of Ohio will speak on how the Affordable Care Act will change delivery of health-care services to women. Guests are welcome. Cost for lunch is $7. 330-923-8216.
Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church — 104 N. Prospect St., Akron. 1 to 3 p.m. The annual Everybody’s Birthday Celebration will be held. Donation of $25 for adults and $10 per child. 330-434-5800.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter — at Cambria Suites, 1787 Thorn Drive, Green. Weekend of Oct. 19-21. Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples get away from jobs, kids, etc. and focus only on each other. To apply for the weekend, call 330-305-9963 or email WorldwideME@sbcglobal.net. Applications may be completed online at http://www.wwme.org/find-a-weekend.html.
Akron Free Will Baptist Church — 1802 Eastwood Ave., Akron. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Host group Down Home Gospel Quartet with guest group Road Less Traveled from West Hamlin, W.Va., along with church talent. Free-will offering. 330-256-3114.
Canal Fulton United Methodist Church — 363 W. Cherry St., Canal Fulton. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Canal Fulton Players will present a night of music and comedy. There will also be a silent auction and dessert bar.
The Light in Kent — at Hometown Bank Plaza, 136 North Water St., Kent. 1 to 8 p.m. today. Kent Songfest is a day of music with a message featuring Awakening, Josh Compton, Stuff Italian, singer/songwriter Lori Triplett, urban/rap artist Lavell Smith, On That Day and Unseen Masterpiece. The Kent State University Gospel Choir and The Bridge Worship Band will also appear. Free and open to the public. 330-818-6913 or www.thelightinkent.com.
Malone University — 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday. The Office of Multicultural Services will host Culturefest in the Quad. Includes outdoor buffet, music and entertainment. $10 charge to the general public for dinner but the entertainment is free. Featured performers are percussionist Elec Simon from the Broadway play Stomp, DJ Smizzle and the Timken High School step team. 330-471-8239,
Mount Olive Baptist Church — 1180 Slosson St., Akron. 6 p.m. Sept. 22. Concert featuring the Voices of Unity (members of the Law family) presented by the pastor’s anniversary committee. Free and open to the public.
New Mission Missionary Baptist Church — 150 Wayne Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Royal Angelettes’ 46th anniversary will take place, featuring the Rev. Walter Steen & Blessed from Detroit and the Mac Singers from Cleveland, along with other groups from Akron and Canton. 330-724-3254.
Springfield Baptist Church — 1620 Krumroy Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. Sunday. Christian concert featuring Sound Witness. Free-will offering.
Speakers and classes
Catholic Diocese of Youngstown — at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Social Hall, 343 Via Mount Carmel, Youngstown. 6 p.m. Oct. 9. The Most Rev. Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, will speak on American Church History and The Vatican Council. It is part of the fourth annual Bishop Benedict C. Franzetta Memorial Lecture Series. Cost is $25 per person and reservations are required. Call Linda Tedde at 330-744-8451, ext. 252.
Community Christian Disciples of Christ Church — 210 N. Main St., North Canton. 5 p.m. Sunday. A discussion about how people make judgments during the Lifetree Cafe gathering. Admission is free. Snacks will be available. 330-826-1025.
FutureChurch — at Windows on the River, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland. Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 30. Two Catholic nuns will be honored at an event focusing on early Christianity. They are Sister Kate Kuenstler, a canon lawyer, and Sister Carolyn Osiek, a biblical scholar. Tickets are $60 and available at www.futurechurch.org or 216-228-0869, ext. 5.
Sacred Heart Parish — 260 Broad St., Wadsworth. 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 29. A conference titled Exploring the New Frontier in Health Care, Your Future, Your Choice? will be held for those college age and up in McMahon Hall. Featured speaker is Rita Marker, executive director of the Patients Rights Council. Main topic will be stealth euthanasia. Free and open to the public. Free lunch. 330-603-6897.
Lakemore United Methodist Church — 1536 Flickinger Road, Lakemore. 10 a.m. Sept. 22. An Alzheimer’s support group will meet. For family and friends of those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementia conditions. Call 330-733-6531 for more information.
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