Local collection sites for Operation Christmas Child will be open Nov. 18 to 25.
The global Christmas project provides toys, school supplies and hygiene items to needy children. It is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization based in Boone, N.C., and led by Franklin Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham.
Anyone is invited to fill a shoebox with school supplies, hygiene items, toys, flashlights with extra batteries, hard candy or gum in a plastic storage bag, clothes and a note of encouragement to be hand-delivered to children in 100 countries around the world. Items should be appropriate for a boy or girl, ages 2 to 4 years old, 5 to 9 years old or 10 to 14 years old. Each box should also contain $7 to cover shipping costs.
More than 100 million shoebox gifts have been delivered to children in more than 100 countries since 1993. Samaritan’s Purse leaders hope to collect at least 9.8 million shoeboxes during the project’s 20th anniversary this year.
Local volunteers hope to collect 2,100 gift-filled shoeboxes at local churches, including the following:
New Hope Christian Fellowship, 1157 Riverside Drive, Akron.
Christ Community Chapel, 750 W. Streetsboro Road, Hudson.
Northside Christian Church, 7615 Ridge Road, Wadsworth
Crossroads Community Church, 700 Gates St., Doylestown.
Brunswick Reformed Church, 3535 Grafton Road, Brunswick.
Bethany Mennonite Church, 3497 Edison St. NE, Hartville.
RiverTree Christian Church, 7373 Portage St. NW, Jackson Township.
Trinity Brethren Church, 455 55th St. NW, North Canton.
For additional collection sites, instructions on how to pack a box and to review collection times, visit www.samaritanspurse.org or call 800-353-5949. Labels for gift-filled shoe boxes are also available online.
In other religion news:
Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The church’s 89th anniversary will be celebrated at a morning worship service. The Rev. Gregory B. Harrison will bring the message. The Rev. William Blake will be guest speaker. 330-762-3469.
Canton Christian Women’s Connection — The Fairways at Arrowhead, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, Plain Township. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 21. Harvest Happiness is the theme for this month’s luncheon. Trista Todd describes items available at Hartville Marketplace. Featured speaker Eleanor Daum will share how her life went from “bitter to better.” For required reservations or free nursery, call Sherry at 330-837-6552 or email email@example.com by Nov. 17. The $13 cost includes lunch.
The Chapel, Green Campus — 1800 Raber Road, Green. 10 a.m. Friday. Abundant Living 55+ Christian fellowship and program in the Worship Center and Atrium. Cost to attend program and lunch is $5. Concert with pianist Timothy Noble. Ministry highlight is Knitting Knights and Kathie Clark Brown. Ages 55 or older welcome to attend. For reservations, call 330-315-5508 by Sunday. Seating is limited.
Destiny Church of the Christian & Missionary Alliance — R.B. Chamberlin Middle School, 10270 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg. The church will release its first recording project during November. The multiple-genre Christmas CD is titled Expressions of Christmas and will include 11 songs. It is the church’s first artistic outreach by way of mainstream media both locally and globally. The disc contains performances from talent within the congregation. 330-405-1993, www.destinyweb.org.
Firestone Park United Methodist Church — 250 N. Firestone Blvd., Akron. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. next Saturday. Country Fair featuring homemade apple dumplings. 330-773-7636.
Grace United Church of Christ — 13275 Cleveland Ave. NW, Lake Township. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 16. Swiss-steak dinner. Adults $8, age 4-12 $4, ages 3 or younger free. Carry out or dine in. Order gluten-free meals in advance at 330-699-3255 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to noon.
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, age 4 or younger free. Carryout available.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church — 180 Edward Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. today and Sunday. The 67th Men’s Day will be held. There will be a brunch today and the speaker will be the Rev. Steve O’Neil. On Sunday, the speaker will be the Rev. Herbert Gater Jr. of Avon Avenue Baptist Church in Cleveland. 330-376-6378.
Mount Zion Baptist Church — 327 Cuyahoga St., Akron. 3:30 p.m. Sunday. 100 Women in Red Worship & Praise Service, presented by the Women’s Ministry. Speakers are Edith Golson of Prince of Peace Baptist Church, Jackie Elliott of Greater Bethel Baptist Church and Patricia Wallace of Mount Zion Baptist Church. Topics are Breaking Down the Walls of Transgression With Prayer, Stand Still and Know I Am God and If God Be For Us, Who Can Be Against Us. 330-253-8642.
Northside Christian Church — 7615 Ridge Road, Sharon Township. 6:30 p.m. Friday. Free prom will be held for special needs adults, ages 16 or older. Many dresses, suits and tuxes have been donated by church members and the surrounding community. Guests welcome to register. Anyone who knows a special needs adult is encouraged to have them sign up at www.northsideweb.org/jesuspromguest. 330-336-4622.
Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church — 844 Garth Ave., Akron. Celebrating the church’s 56th anniversary, 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17. Theme is A Church Holding Fast in Perilous Times. The service on Wednesday features the Rev. Robert Evans and Mount Lebanon Baptist Church; on Thursday it will be the Rev. John Hosea and North Hill Community Baptist Church; Friday, the Rev. Horace Drake, the Rev. George McNab and Good Shepherd Baptist Church; and Sunday at 3:30 p.m., the Rev. Clifton Norwood and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Fellowship dinner served following morning worship. 330-762-4997.
South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 16. Stork’s Nest for expectant young mothers. It is hosted by the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta and immunizations will be discussed. Free baby clothes, prenatal education and refreshments. 330-724-1334.
Temple Israel — 133 Merriman Road, Akron. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Artfest will be held. Art sale by local artists. Sisterhood bake sale, students’ bagel and coffee sale, Sisterhood Judaica gift shop, raffle and children’s art. Free admission, open to the public. 330-762-8617.
Wesley Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church — 104 N. Prospect St., Akron. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Pastor’s Welcome Reception will be held for the Rev. Charles Tyler Sr., his wife Shannon, and children Charles Jr., Aaron and Morgan. 330-434-5800.
Westminster Presbyterian Church — 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 9:30 a.m. Sunday. A parenting class will focus on the teaching of raising self-reliant children with the book Blessing of a Skinned Knee by Wendy Mogel. 330-836-2226, www.westminsterakron.com.
Faith Baptist Church — 775 W. Main St., Wilmot. 4 p.m. Nov. 16. September Sing will feature the Southern Aires from Dayton, the Kappel Family and Four By Grace in concert. Freewill offering. Soup, sandwiches and fellowship to follow. 330-447-4339.
St. Sebastian Parish — 500 Mull Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Nov. 17. Matthew Ball, known as Michigan’s Best Boogie Woogie Kid, will present a family-friendly concert of blues and ragtime piano classics in Zwisler Hall. Coffee, tea and desserts will be served. Free to the public. 330-836-2233.
Speakers and workshops
Anshe Sfard Synagogue — 646 N. Revere Road, Akron. 5:15 p.m. Nov. 24. Discovery of the Kabbalistic Aspect of Positive Thinking, the 16th annual gathering of Jewish mysticism. For women and girls featuring soul music and speakers. Yocheved Adelman, founder and director of Chabad at Amherst University, will speak on Tap Your Sources of Positive Thinking. Light catered dinner. To RSVP before Nov. 18, cost is $18 for women and $13 for girls. After Nov. 19, prices are $25 and $20. 330-867-7292.
Mount Zion Baptist Church — 327 Cuyahoga St., Akron. 3:30 p.m. Sunday. 100 Women in Red worship and praise service with guest speakers Edith Golson, Jackie Elliott and Patricia Wallace. 330-253-8642.
Weathervane Playhouse — 1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron. 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9. A panel discussion, The Changing Face of Racism: Racial Micro Aggressions and Implicit Bias, will be held. It is co-hosted by Women’s Interfaith Spiritual Heritage. Panelists include playwright Jewelene Banks, community activists Damareo Cooper and John Fuller, educator Bridgie Ford, psychologist John Queener, criminologist Victoria Sheppard, community organizer Susan Vogelsang and Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio. 330-812-0101.
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