A special Shabbat service, called Mostly Gospel, is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Temple Israel, 133 Merriman Road, Akron.
The service, which will bring together members of the Jewish and African-American communities, is a collaboration between Arlington Church of God, Beth El Congregation and Temple Israel. It will maintain the traditional structure of a Friday evening Shabbat service and will feature a more than 60-member choir from the three congregations.
The choir is under the direction of Cantor Stephen Stein, Minister Leslie Parker Barnes and Cantor Jason Rosenman. Musical selections will include gospel and songs of contemporary Jewish composers.
For more information, call 330-762-8617.
In other religion news:
Broadman Baptist Church — 250 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday. Team Intense, a group of athletes who perform exhibitions of power, strength and speed, will appear at the church for four evenings. For more information, call 330-923-6127.
Clearview United Methodist Church — 1733 Massillon Road, Springfield Township. 8 to 11 a.m. March 9. Boy Scout Troop 304 will hold its annual pancake breakfast. Cost is a $5 donation. Tickets available in advance or at the door. For more information or to get tickets, call Paul Schweigert at 330-724-5735.
Diocese of Youngstown — at Covelli Center, 229 E. Front St., Youngstown. 10 a.m. Monday. A Mass will be celebrated commemorating Catholic Schools Month in the Mahoning Valley. Students from 14 area schools will participate. It will be open to the public. 330-744-8451.
Faith United Methodist Church — 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 9. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert and beverage. Adults $8, youth $4, ages 5 and younger free. Carryout available.
FallsCreek Community Church — 149 Northmoreland Ave., Munroe Falls. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Fortieth anniversary celebration for the Rev. and Mrs. Michael Thomas. 330-686-1400.
First Church of Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. All-you-can-eat soup supper plus desserts. Adults $6, ages 12 and under $4.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 4 to 8 p.m. March 10. The church’s 21st annual mission auction will be held. Doors open at 3 p.m. to view items including restaurant and hotel vouchers, golf and entertainment packages, gift baskets, local business coupons, furniture, televisions, appliances and baked goods. Food concessions available. The public is welcome. 330-882-4818.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 p.m. today. Monthly, casual contemporary worship will be in fellowship hall. A light soup and sandwich meal will be served. Singers and musicians who would like to participate are welcomed. Child care available. 330-628-3344, www.mogadorechristian.com.
St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 South Hawkins Ave., Akron. 9 a.m. today. The fifth annual Men to Men/Father to Son Prayer Breakfast Buffet is the first event marking Men’s Day at the church. $10 per person. Speaker is the Rev. Robert Goldson, pastor of Prince of Peace Baptist Church. At 6 p.m. March 9, Men Magnifying the Lord concert will feature local and out-of-town guests. Free. At 10:45 a.m. March 10, the annual Men’s Day will feature guest speaker Fred Wright, president and CEO of the Akron Urban League. 330-864-3060.
Second Baptist Church — 451 Bronson St., Medina. 7 p.m. today. Pre-anniversary musical to celebrate the first anniversary of the senior pastor, the Rev. C.P. Carter. It will feature T.L. Perry and Power2Praise, Phillips Chapel Male Chorus from Akron, First Baptist Church Male Chorus from Orrville, the Rev. Linda Bridges from Akron, the Rev. Darnell Woods and the Fellowship Baptist Church Choir from Medina. At 11 a.m. Sunday, Emerging Ministries of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Akron will be guests during morning worship. The Rev. Arthur A. Ruffin will bring the message and a combined choir of Emerging Ministries and Second Baptist Church members will sing. Anniversary dinner will follow. At 4 p.m., the Rev. Nathan Nance and Mount Gillion Missionary Baptist Church of Cleveland will be guests. 330-722-0073.
South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 8:30 to 11 a.m. today. Breakfast fundraiser. Variety of items available. Homemade cinnamon rolls. From 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, there will be an open public food pantry. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a fish dinner will be served at the church by members of New Exodus Christian Fellowship Church. Includes green beans, potato salad or coleslaw, bread and dessert. Cost is $10. For pickup orders, call 234-678-9823.
Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 4 p.m. March 9. Gospel Open Mic Night is open to all who have a talent to share, including spoken word, singers, gospel rappers, dancers and more. For more information, call Evelyn Miller at 330-864-1119 or 330-762-3469.
Brecksville United Church of Christ — 23 Public Square, Brecksville. 4 p.m. March 10. Free concert featuring the Midnight Winds, a quintet from Oberlin Conservatory of Music. They will perform works by Francaix, Reicha, Barber and Danzi. Freewill offering. Parking available off state Route 82, or one block south of Route 82 off Arlington Street. A light reception will follow the program. 440-526-4364.
Celebration United Methodist Church — 771 E. 260th St., Euclid. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Celebration of Our Youth Gospel Fest, featuring the North Carolina AT&T State University Fellowship Gospel Choir. Also appearing are the Cleveland Heights High School Gospel Choir and Celebration Praise Dancers. Tickets $5, ages 12 and younger free. 216-926-8785.
North Canton Community Christian Church — 210 N. Main St., North Canton. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free concert featuring the Stockdale Family Band, who will perform a combination of bluegrass and gospel, with Appalachian music and some comedy. Refreshments available at a reception following the concert. Freewill offering. 330-499-5458.
St. Joseph’s Parish — 1909 Third St., Cuyahoga Falls. Exclusive private showings of the movie Restless Heart: The Confessions of St. Augustine at St. Joseph’s School theater. Three showings at 7 p.m. March 15-16 and at 4 p.m. March 17. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited. Call Lisa at 330-352-7043 or Mary at 330-472-8777.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. 7 p.m. Sunday. A combined concert featuring singer/songwriters Kerry Kean and Bob Patetta is part of Trinity’s Star Night concert series. They will be accompanied by Jan Patetta and Kathy Camille. Admission is free. More information is available at www.trinitykent.org or www.kerrykean.com. 330-673-5445.
Speakers, classes, workshops
Blessed Trinity Parish — 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Living and Loving Lent is the theme for the next Come and See meeting in McKeever Hall. The speaker will be Bill Miller, religious education consultant and spiritual retreat leader. Small discussion groups addressing a variety of topics will follow the presentation. No cost, reservations not required. For more information, call Linda Herold at 330-376-5144.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. Today marks the beginning of spring semester at Moody Bible Institute’s extension site at The Chapel. Classes will also be offered on Monday evenings. Enrollment is limited. Students have the option of earning a fully accredited four-year degree, a two-year Certificate in Biblical Studies, or auditing the courses for personal enrichment. For more information, call 330-935-0132 or go to www.moody.edu/extensionsites and click on “Ohio” and then “Marlboro.”
Diocese of Youngstown — 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown. The Office of Young Adult Ministry invites adults who work with middle school, high school and college-aged youth in a parish school or club setting to enroll in The Component of Evangelization, a two-week class and part of the Youth Ministry Online Training program. Coursework will take place Friday through March 22. For more information, call 330-744-8451, ext. 280.
First Christian Church — 335 W. Main St., Kent. 9 a.m. Sunday. First session of Financial Peace University, a nine-week, video-based series of classes that will teach how to beat debt, manage cash flow and save for emergencies, college and retirement. Cost is $95 per family. Child care is available. Register online at www.DaveRamsey.com or call 330-673-3392.
Graham Road Baptist Church — 705 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, and 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. March 10. John and Kendra Smiley will present a Parenting Like a Pro seminar over three sessions. The Smileys are heard frequently over WCRF (103.3-FM) and are known nationally. The seminars are about the discipline, purpose, joys and trials of parenting. Free admission and parking. Baby-sitting provided. 330-982-7742.
The House of the Lord — 1650 Diagonal Road, Akron. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23. The second Unleashed Hope Women’s Conference will be held at Sawmill Creek Lodge in Sandusky. Theme is Restoration. Speakers will be Linda Coleman Isaiah and author Jan Silvious. Topic is How To Fool-Proof Your Life. Cost is $50. 330-322-1417, www.lciministries.org.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 7 p.m. Thursday. First session of a Bible study over the next five Thursdays that will go further in depth about the 10-hour History Channel special The Bible. The special program will be televised for two hours each Sunday, starting this week and concluding Easter Sunday, March 31. It is produced by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, who starred in the TV series Touched By An Angel. For more information, call 330-628-3344.
St. Sebastian Parish — 500 Mull Ave., Akron. 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. The third of four Monday Lenten Series presentations, We Are Leaven in the World, will be in Zwisler Hall. Speaker is the Rev. Joseph Fortuna, who will focus on the renewed vision of what it means to be church, as the people of God who the share the joys and sufferings of the world. 330-836-2233.
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