The following is a listing of Akron-area religious events.
Akron Jewish Community — Home Depot, 4066 Medina Line Road, Copley Township. 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 6. Build your own Menorah. Free. For information, call Kaila Sasonkin at 330-606-9876, Leah Levinstein at 330-283-8308 or Erin Katz Ford at 330-414-2827.
Anshe Sfard Synagogue — 646 N. Revere Road, Bath Township. 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. 18th annual Gathering of Jewish Mysticism. Women of all ages and religious backgrounds are invited to participate in an evening of food, music, prayer workshop, and stories to celebrate and connect to the power of prayer. Cost is $24 for women and $13 for girls. For more information, go to www.LLL-kabbalah.org.
Columbia United Church of Christ — 978 Wooster Road W., Barberton. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Forever Young Fellowship Christmas Concert with games and refreshments. 330-825-9946.
Firestone Park Presbyterian Church — 275 S. Firestone Blvd., Akron. 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 5. 16th annual cookie sale. Large selection of homemade cookies. There will also be candy, breads and gluten free and sugar-free items.
First Friday Club of Greater Akron — Quaker Station, 135 S. Broadway, Akron. 11:15 a.m. Friday. John Allen, associate editor of the Boston Globe, presents Pope Francis: Expect the Unexpected. Cost of the luncheon is $15. For reservations, call 330-535-7668 or go to www.firstfridayclubof?greaterakron.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 with Pastor Kenneth McGraw Sr.
Higher Ground Worship Center — 380 Wooster Road N., Barberton. The church is looking for people who want to sell clothing, jewelry, perfume, candles, and more in this year’s Christmas Bazaar held on Dec. 12. Table cost is $20. For information, call S. Hale at 330-253-3295.
Holy Spirit Parish — 2952 Edison St. NW, Lake Township. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Advent Evening of Reflection. Featuring a dinner buffet, Mass and a presentation by Anna Scally, president of Cornerstone Media Inc. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, go to http://youngstownoyyam.weebly.com/young-adults-20s30s.html.
Loyola Retreat House — 700 Killinger Road, Clinton. Dec. 4-6. Advent Retreat for Men and Women. Directed by Abbot Clement Zeleznik, OSB, based on the movements of the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius. Cost is $160 per person. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For registration form, go to www.loyolaretreathouse.com. Also, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 and 10, Grief Support Retreat. Join Deacon Robin Adair and others who are seeking support on the sacred grounds of peace and prayer at Loyola. Freewill offerings accepted. For more information, call 330-896-2315 or email email@example.com. For registration form, go to www.loyolaretreathouse.com.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church — 180 Edward Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Voices of Judah Praise Team presents Praise Is What I Do. Guests include local praise teams and praise dancers.
Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church — 2425 Myersville Road, Akron. 9-11 a.m. Dec. 12. Breakfast in Bethlehem. Experience the birthplace of Jesus with a replica of the cave where Jesus was born. $6 per person. Reservations are required by Dec. 9. Call 330-699-5086 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18, A Noel Celebration: Sounds and Stories of Christmas. This collaborative cantata looks at the Christmas story through the eyes of first-hand witnesses who share their unique perspective on the miraculous birth of Jesus. Freewill offering will be accepted. There will be a reception following the program.
Northampton UMC — 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Annual Advent Remembrance Service. If you would like your loved one’s name to be included in the service or to submit a photo contact Cheryl at Cheryl@numchurch.org by Dec. 1.
Oak Grove Mennonite Church — 7843 Smucker Road, Smithville. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Search for the Christ Child. A 45-minute indoor-outdoor walk through experience of the birth of Jesus. Admission is one article of food or toiletries for People to People.
Our Lady of the Cedars — 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Fairlawn. 4 p.m. Saturday. All About Angels Pizza and Faith Night. To register, call 330-666-3598.
Shaw JCC — 750 White Pond Drive, Akron. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Latkes 2.0 Modern Jewish Cooking. Leah Koenig, author of Modern Jewish Cooking and The Hadassah Everyday Cookbook, will share some new twists on old favorites.
St. Joan of Arc Parish — 8894 State Route 14, Streetsboro. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. A DVD series called The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide. $15. Registration, 330-744-8451 ext. 272 or dschmidt@youngstown?diocese.org.
St. John the Baptist Church — 1034 Brown St., Akron. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 6. Holiday Boutique and Bake Sale. Gift baskets and Christmas items will be available. Nut and poppyseed rolls for $10 each.
St. Mark Lutheran Church — 158 North Ave., Tallmadge. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5. Holiday Bazaar. Featuring: giftables, wreaths, sweatshirts, Troyer products, baskets, baked goods, crafts and more.
Summit Mall Food Court — 3265 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 6:30 p.m. Dec. 7. 25th Annual Chanukah at the Mall. Live music, latkes and donuts, Judah the Macabee, crafts, Lippman students choirs and the Giant Balloon Menorah.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13. Craft Fair. There will be handmade items including knitted, crocheted and embroidered items, paper crafts, magnets, jewelry, greeting cards, jams and jellies, candies and more.
Valley View Village Church — 11401 Tinkers Creek Road. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. Live Interactive Nativity. Walk through ancient Bethlehem, talk with Roman soldiers, see the prophet Isaiah, “Boo” ruthless King Herod, and marvel at the Magi with their gifts. For more information, call 216-524-3415 or go to www.valleyviewvillagechurch.com.
Christ Community Chapel — 750 W. Streetsboro St., Hudson. 7 p.m. Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 3 and 6 p.m. Dec. 13. Annual Christmas concerts. $5. 330-650-9533 or http://ccchapel.com/christmas?concert.
Fairlawn Lutheran Church — 3415 W. Market St. 4 p.m. Dec. 13. Parish Arts Concert: Christmas with the Master Singers Chorale. Free. 330-867-3082.
St. Paul’s Catholic Church — 1580 Brown St., Akron. 7 p.m. Dec. 5. Firestone Park Community Christmas Concert featuring Combined Chorus, Children’s Choir Orchestra. Freewill offering.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church — 1361 W. Market St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Annual Lessons and Carols. The Choirs of St. Paul will perform choral works by John Ireland, C.V. Stanford, Josef Rheinberger, Maurice Greene and Orlando Gibbons. Reception following in the Parish Hall. Free admission.
St. Sebastian Parish — 476 Mull Ave., Akron. Noon Tuesday. Advent Adorations and organ recitals featuring Mary Ragna Yetter. Also, Dec. 8 will feature Jeffrey Beshore; Dec. 15 will feature Jim Storry; and Dec. 22 will feature J. Curtis Browen. All performances are free. For more information, call 330-836-2233.
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