The following is a listing of Akron-area religious events. They include:

Events

Akron Area Interfaith Council — First Congregational Church of Akron, 292 E. Market St. 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Annual Fall Forum: Your Faith — Your Freedom — Your Vote. Panel discussion with moderator Steve Brooks, associate professor and associate director of University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. Panel members: the Rev. Rick Gordon, Faith Lutheran Church; Dr. Ratanjit S. Sondhe, Guru Nanak Foundation (Sikh) board chairman; Dr. Ihsan Ul Haque, cardiologist, Islamic Society of Akron and Kent; Rabbi Josh Brown, Temple Israel; Judi Hill, president of Akron NAACP; Dr. Terry Gordon, retired cardiologist, author of No Storm Lasts Forever; and the Rev. Dianne R. Shirey, associate minister for pastoral care, Trinity United Church of Christ in Canton.

Arlington Nazarene Church — 1057 Triplett Blvd., Akron. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Chess Club for everyone with lessons for those who do not play and games for those who do.

Basilica of Saint John the Baptist — 627 McKinley Ave. NW, Canton. Service With Christ: A Door to Mercy Through Service Learning course will be held 7-9 p.m. third Tuesday of the month through May. Course sessions will be an opportunity to pray in community, reflect on the experience of service and learn more about and apply the themes of Catholic Social Teaching. For more information, call 330-744-8451, ext. 289, email pschafer@youngstowndiocese.org or go to www.doy.org/index.php/diocesan-offices/lay-ministry. Also, 2 p.m. Oct. 9, Wedding Anniversary Celebration. Bishop George V. Murry will celebrate a special Mass with renewal of marriage vows and a reception held following the Mass.

Calvary Temple — 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. Sunday. Homecoming Sunday. The Singing Weavers will minister with a Southern gospel music concert to celebrate 38 years at this location.

The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro. 10 a.m. Sunday. A service to celebrate the Chapel’s 40th anniversary will be held with guest speaker the Rev. Cary Duckett.

Christ Episcopal Church — 118 S. Mantua St., Kent. 10 a.m. Sunday. Blessing of the Animals. Pets should be in carriers or on leashes. For more information, go to www.christchurchkent.org.

Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Special guest speaker, Dr. Yvonne Capehart of Believers Life Center of Pensacola, Fla.

Firestone Park United Methodist Church — 250 N Firestone Blvd, Akron. 5-6:30 p.m. Friday. Swiss steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, applesauce or coleslaw, pie and beverage. $8, $4 age 10 and under.

First Church of the Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Saturday. All-you-can-eat Soup Supper with desserts. $6 adults, $4 age 12 and under.

First Friday Club of Greater Akron — Tangier, 532 W. Market St., Akron. 11 a.m. Oct. 14. The Most Rev. Richard G. Lennon, bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, will speak. $20. For reservations, call 330-535-7668 or go to www.firstfridayclubofgreaterakron.org.

Goodyear Heights United Methodist Church — 1690 Hillside Terrace, Akron. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays. Abundant Faith Ministries presents a series on coping with grief. The Rev. Kenneth McGraw Sr. leads the series.

Green Valley United Methodist Church — 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Green. 5-8 p.m. Oct. 15. Annual Pumpkin Fest, featuring hay rides, food, games, music and pumpkin decorating. 330-896-4357.

Haven of Rest Ministries — 175 E. Market St., Akron. 10 a.m. Tuesday. October Auxiliary Program. Judy Brown will present Music for the Young at Heart. Lunch is at noon with the program at 1 p.m. For more information, call Rose Rose at 330-535-1563 or email rrose@havenofrest.org. Annual fall banquets Mending Wounds, Healing Hearts, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wooster Regional Banquet at Memories Party and Conference Center, 2437 B Back Orrville Road, Wooster; 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11, Walnut Creek Regional Banquet at Carlisle Inn, 4949 State Route 515, Walnut Creek; and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Hudson Regional Banquet at Hilton Garden Inn, 8971 Wilcox Drive, Twinsburg. For more information and reservations, call 330-535-1563.

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church — 1868 Brown St., Akron. Bible Study held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Parish Hall.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church — 50 N. Prospect St., Akron. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Bridges Out of Poverty workshop. Participants will create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure and language. $15 per person, $10 for students. For more information or to register, go to www.holytrinityakron.org.

Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 10 a.m. Oct. 9. 59th Annual Women’s Day worship service. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Shiloh Johnson. 330-864-6635.

Loyola Retreat House — 700 Killinger Road, Clinton. 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9. Loyola Pre-Cana - Engaged Couples Retreat. The retreat is for engaged couples preparing for marriage. $75 per couple. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or go to www.loyolaretreathouse.com.

Morning Star Baptist Church of Akron — 1360 Newton St., Akron. Oct. 9. First Pastoral Anniversary of the Rev. Cornell Carter. 11 a.m. service, Danita Harris, anchor for WEWS (Channel 5), will bring the message; 3:30 p.m. service, the Rev. Robert Golson and the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Akron will be guests. 330-923-8462.

Mt. Haven Baptist Church — 545 Noble Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. Oct. 12. Brunch with a Movie. The movie is The War Room. Donation is $5. For more information, call 330-294-7377.

New Millennium Baptist Church — 541 Brown St., Akron. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8. 2016 Courageous Men & Women’s Conference & Luncheon. Speakers are Minister Lisa Turner-Sales from Mt. Calvary and Bishop Emmett Lee from Greater Galilee Baptist Church. Tickets are $20. Also, Oct. 9, Men & Women’s Day. The Rev. Michael Martin from Christ Is the Answer Ministries will speak at the 10:45 a.m. service; first lady Sylvia Harris from Union Baptist Church will speak at the 4 p.m. service. 330-633-4022.

New Mission Missionary Baptist Church — 150 Wayne Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Oct. 8. The Men’s Department will sell chicken, ribs and fish dinners. For more information or to place an order, call 330-724-3254.

Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 11 a.m. Sunday. “Bring Your Pets to Mass” outdoor Mass with pet blessing to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and his love of animals. For more information. call 330-896-2345.

St. Bernard Catholic Church — 44 University Ave., Akron. 10:45 a.m. to noon Friday. The Respect Life Committee will sponsor the annual Witness for Life event. 330-253-5161.

St. George Parish — 271 W. Chestnut St., Lisbon. 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 4, 18 and 25. The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide: a DVD-based series with accompanying materials that brings hope, healing, wisdom and even wit to those who are divorced. For more information and to register, call 330-744-8451, ext. 272, or email dschmidt@youngstowndiocese.org.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church — 515 48th St. NW, Canton. 5-9 p.m. Oct. 8. An Oktoberfest celebration will be held. Featuring traditional German food, homemade desserts, beverages, and dancing to music by Visinata. $20 adults, $10 ages 7-12. For tickets, call 330-499-2662.

St. Mary of the Falls — 25615 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls. 6:30 p.m. Friday. St. Mary of the Falls Council 14416 in Olmsted Falls invites Catholic men interested in becoming a member of this charitable service organization to a free steak fry. Please RSVP by Oct. 1 by contacting Grand Knight Steve Hupp at stevenmhupp@hotmail.com.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church — 755 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Something Russian Festival. Two-day event celebrating Russian food, music, dance, art and more. For more information, go to www.somethingrussian.com.

St. Raphael Center — 4365 Fulton Drive NW, Canton. 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 4 and 18 and Nov. 8 and 22. The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena. A four-session lecture series on the spirituality of St. Catherine of Siena presented by Father Bernard Timothy. Free.

St. Rita Church — 32820 Baldwin Road, Solon. 5 p.m. Oct. 8. Polka Mass. Dinner and dancing following Mass in Mazanec Hall until 9 p.m. Tickets are $20. Adults only. For more information, call 330-963-0808.

Temple Beth Shalom — TBS Tots Around Town will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at Richardson Farms, 6984 Lafayette Road, Medina. Theme: “Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year.” A playgroup-style series of gatherings for all kinds of families with Jewish children ages 5 and under. Pre-registration required, call 330-752-3349 or email education@tbshudson.org.

True Deliverance Baptist — 670 Lovers Lane, Akron. 8 a.m. Saturday. Last day of the Outdoor Flea Market. For information, call Beverly at 330-814-3977.

Werner United Methodist Church — 5116 Werner Church Road NE, North Canton. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Applebutter Time. Featuring food, homemade applebutter, bake sale, pumpkins, mums, and more. Proceeds go to Hartville Migrant Ministries.

Performances

Faith Baptist Church — 775 W. Main St., Wilmot. 4-6 p.m. Oct. 8. The Saturday Sing with the Songsters and Four by Grace. A love offering will be accepted. 330-447-4339 or www.downhomegospelradio.com.

Firestone Park Christian Church — 40 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Shawn Thomas will be in concert. For more information, go to www.gaychristiansinger.com.

St. Sebastian Parish — 476 Mull Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Oct. 9. The Keller Consort will perform. Free.

Temple Baptist Church — 1212 Greensburg Road, Green. 2 p.m. Sunday. The New Dove Brothers Quartet in concert. A love offering will be accepted. 330-896-1000 or 330-644-3789.

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