Colette M. Jenkins

A Love and Respect marriage seminar will be held March 9 and 10 at Aurora Mennonite Church, 59 E. Mennonite Road, Aurora.

The goal of the seminar is to help couples renew, rejuvenate and strengthen their marriages by focusing on the concepts of love and respect. Participants will learn how to resolve conflict, to deal with negative reactions and to motivate each other .

The three-hour session on March 9 begins at 6 p.m. Participants will return at 9 a.m. March 10 for a five-hour session.

Coffee and pastries will be served between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Beverages and snacks will be available during each session.

Registration is $5 per couple. Registration is requested by calling 330-562-8011 or sending an email to Information about the church can be found at

In other religion news:


Apostolic Church of Barberton — 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Coventry Township. 6 p.m. Sunday. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Gary Keller from Lancaster. 330-745-5550.

Centenary United Methodist Church — 1310 Superior Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. March 4. Above All the Right Hat, a hat and style show for women and girls, at Guy’s Party Center, 500 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. Adult dinners, chicken or fish, $35. Ages 12 and under, $15. For tickets, call the church office at 330-376-9648.

Cottage Grove Evangelical Congregational Church — 3133 Cottage Grove Road, Coventry Township. Noon Sunday. Annual Chili Cook-off. The Rev. Ben Walker of Haven of Rest Ministries will speak during 9:30 a.m. Sunday School and 10:45 worship. 330-644-5616.

First Congregational Church of Hudson — 47 Aurora St., Hudson. 6:30 p.m. March 3. Art exhibit opens and soup supper. At 7:30 p.m., The Pleasure of Sweet Harmony, a collaboration with the music ministry, directed by Tom Scott. Free and open to the public.

Goodyear Heights Presbyterian Church — 1430 Goodyear Blvd., Akron. 6 p.m. Wednesday. First of a Lenten dinner and study series on the book, When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life by Squire D. Rushnell. It will be every Wednesday evening through March 28.

Grace United Church of Christ — 3285 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Barberton, Norton, Wadsworth Peace Group to meet. Special guest Zach Friedhof, singer-songwriter, will speak on the founding of the Akron Peace Project. Open to the public.

Islamic Society of Akron & Kent — 152 E. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 9 p.m. March 3. Fundraising Dinner to Help the People of Syria. Keynote speaker is Dr. Talal Sunbulli, president of Syrian American Council and past chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. All proceeds support humanitarian efforts for people inside Syria and Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey. Tickets $10, ages 12 and up, and $5 for ages 3-12, under age 3 free. Free baby-sitting. Contact Raeed Tayeh at 330-949-6061 or

Journey Covenant Church — 2679 North Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Christ Kitchen Dinner. Free hot dinner for local residents on the last Tuesday of each month. Open to the public. 330-923-8021.

Morning Star Baptist Church — 1360 Newton St., Akron. Celebrating the 25th ushers anniversary today. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Sheree Winn from Phillips Chapel C.M.E. Church. 330-923-8462.

Phillips Chapel C.M.E. Church — 413 Iroquois Ave., Akron. Youth and Young Adult Sunday at morning worship. Poets, Christian rapper, praise and worship in dance. Youth leaders will be in charge of service and the youth choir will sing. 330-784-8964.

Queen of Heaven Parish — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 6:30 p.m. March 3. St. Patrick’s Party featuring a bagpiper, MacConmara Irish Step Dancer and Green Blossom Special with Pat Flynn. Ticket price includes catered appetizers from Tap House. Adult beverages, soft drinks and water for sale. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, children $7 or table of eight for $100. Call Caryn at 330-815-6940 or parish office at 330-896-2345.

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church — 125 S. Carrollton St., Malvern. Lenten fish, shrimp and spaghetti dinners will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Fridays in March. Adults $8 for fish or shrimp, $7 for spaghetti. Ages 12 and under $5. Includes rolls, coleslaw or apple sauce, beverages and sherbet. Carryout available. 330-863-0760.

St. Patrick Church — 313 N. Depeyster St., Kent. Lenten Soup Suppers will take place Tuesdays during Lent. Schedule will be soup and bread at 5:30 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 45-minute speaker’s presentation. The first will be Sister Mary Ann Wiesemann-Mills (Feb. 28); the Rev. James Daprile (March 6); Monsignor Peter Polando (March 13); the Rev. Nicholas Shori (March 20); and Father John Michael Lavelle (March 27). 330-673-5849.

Wooster Avenue Church of Christ — 1147 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Soup kitchen and clothing giveaway. 330-762-7301.


Chapel of Grace Christian Center — 1361 Copley Road, Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. An afternoon of worship, praise and spiritual entertainment. For all youth and young at heart. Music by the Rev. Arthur Brown & Company, featuring skits by Michele Reynolds. Freewill offering.

Hear the Word Ministries — 6825 Wales Road NW, Jackson Township. 5 p.m. March 3. Praise musical featuring Stella Nominee, Eneazer Blissett Moore, the Nevels Sisters and Derrick Lawson. Doors open at 4 p.m. $10. 330-209-7341.

Trinity United Church of Christ — 3909 Blackburn Road NW, Plain Township. 5 p.m. Sunday. Gospel celebration featuring Inspirational Voices of Praise from the University of Mount Union. 330-492-3383.

Speakers, classes,?workshops

Akron-Canton Shambhala Meditation Center — 133 Portage Trail (Suite 202), Cuyahoga Falls. Friday through March 4. The Art of Being Human, an introduction to meditation weekend, will be held. It begins with a public talk Friday evening that anyone can attend, whether or not you come for the entire weekend. 330-459-0320.

Fairlawn Lutheran Church — 3415 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 3 p.m. March 4. Valparaiso University Chorale, one of the nation’s leading Lutheran collegiate choirs, will perform. It is part of the church’s Parish Arts Concert Series. Refreshments served. Freewill offering. 330-867-3082.

First Apostolic Faith Church — 790 Easter Ave., Akron. 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. March 4. First session of a 13-week class, Power to Choose, which will last for 13 weeks on Sundays. Intended to help individuals access God’s power for making life-changing decisions regarding life-controlling problems. It will be taught by Elder Kevin Jones and Evangelist Deborah Jones. 330-762-9139.

First Christian Church — 335 W. Main St., Kent. 5 p.m. March 4. First session of Financial Peace University, a 13-week course on DVD, that teaches families and individuals common-sense principles of money management, eliminating debt and building wealth. Contact Louise Neubert at 330-673-6634 for information or to register.

Hamilton Luncheon Forum — St. Michael Catholic Church, 3430 St. Michael Blvd. NW, Plain Township. 7 p.m. March 8. Dr. F. Clark Power, professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at University of Notre Dame, will be talking about youth sports. No reservations necessary. Freewill offering. 330-649-1231.

Our Lady of the Elms Convent — 1230 W. Market St., Akron. A three-session Lenten Series will be held at 7 p.m. the next three Tuesdays in the St. Joseph Room. Entitled The Journey of the Spirit, it will begin with Vatican II: What Is the Body of Christ? On March 6, Vatican II: How do we hear the Word? And March 13, Vatican II: What is the work of Christians? It is not necessary to pre-register. All are welcome. 330-869-5698.

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