Events

The Bath Church: 3980 W. Bath Road. 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 21. The Stephen Ministers at Bath Church will offer their annual Blue Christmas service. The Blue Christmas Service is offered to those whose burdens seem too great, for those whose tears cannot end, and for those who see no end to their hurt. 330-666-3520.

Canton Christian Women’s Connection: The Fairways, 1500 Rogwin Circle SW, North Canton. 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Tiffany Blevins will present “Moment to Moment Choices.” The Northwest Singers will entertain with some Christmas favorites. Tickets are $13. Reservations required, call Deb at 330-837-9412 or email cantoncwc@aol.com.

The Chapel in Marlboro: 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6 p.m. Sundays. Griefshare is a ministry to individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one, providing help in recovering from loss. For more information, call 330-935-0132.

Columbia United Church of Christ: 978 Wooster Road W., Barberton. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 13th Annual Cookie & Candy Sale. Items sold by the pound. 330-825-9946.

First Congregational Church of Akron: 292 E. Market St. 9-11 a.m. Saturday. Breakfast with Santa. Also, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Dec. 16, Wassail Sunday, warm cup of wassail and new friends; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Christmas Service of Hope and Healing, a worship service of solace and remembrance. 330-253-5109 or www.akronfcc.org.

First Congregational U.C.C.: 4022 State Route 44, Rootstown. 4-6:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Roast Pork Buffet Dinner. 330-325-7429.

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church: 1866 Brown St., Akron. 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Holy Ghost Bible study class. Grow in faith from a Ukrainian Catholic perspective. More information at  www.hgucc.org.

Loyola Retreat Home: 700 Killinger Road, Clinton. Saturday and Sunday. Advent Retreat “Mary in Advent: A Preparation for the Feast of Feasts” directed by the Rev. Paschal Petcavage, OSB. For more information or to register, call 330-896-2315 or go to www.LoyolaRetreatHouse.com.

Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church: 2425 Myersville Road, Springfield Township. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Breakfast in Bethlehem. Includes a continental breakfast, tours of the Bethlehem Cave, the Nativity museum, and Bethlehem market for “make and take” activities. $7 per person. 330-699-5086 or email tours@nativityofthelorg.org.

Queen of Heaven Church: 1800 Steese Road, Green. 8:30 a.m. and noon Saturday. The Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception Feast Day Mass. 330-896-2345.

Redeemer North Hill UM Church: 265 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. Tuesdays. Christian Bible Study Class open to anyone interested in learning more about a Christian lifestyle. Also, 11:30 a.m. Fridays, free lunch and clothing store.

St. Joseph Church: 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. 6-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Third Annual Live Nativity. Freewill donations accepted. For more information, call Kathy Paroff at 616-723-3091.

St. John Lutheran Church: 550 E. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Annual Cookie Walk. Fresh homemade holiday cookies for $7.50 a pound. There will also be rummage sale items available.

St. Matthew Rectory: 2603 Benton St., Akron. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. A Cancer Spirituality Group for those on the cancer journey, those who are facing the diagnosis of cancer or have faced the diagnosis in the past or are interested in exploring and talking about the cancer experience in the context of spirituality. 330-628-5725.

St. Raphael Center: 4365 Fulton Drive NW, Canton. 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 17-19. Advent Mission, “Why Stay Catholic,” led by the Rev. Joseph Tuscan, a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Please reserve a spot by 5 p.m. Friday. Email sales@catholicbook.net or call 330-492-7018.

Westminster Presbyterian Church: 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. Dec. 15, Christmas baskets delivery. Also, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Children’s Christmas Pageant and gift giving for Children’s Services Holiday Toy Room during Sunday Morning Worship Services. 330-836-2226.

Performances

The Chapel in Marlboro: 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro. 10:15 a.m. Sunday. The King’s Brass will be in concert. 330-935-0132 or www.marlboro-chapel.com.

Faith Lutheran Church: 2726 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 4-5:30 pm. Dec. 16. Crooked River Chorale presents “A Christmas of Carols.” Freewill offerings accepted.

Fairlawn Lutheran Church: 3415 W. Market St., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Singers Companye will present a Christmas Concert “A Light That I Can See.” Freewill offerings will be accepted.

Grace Lutheran Church: 146 High St., Wadsworth. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. A Baroque Christmas, featuring festive music by J.S. Bach and Vivaldi. Freewill offering will be accepted.

Johnson United Methodist Church: 3409 Johnson Road, Norton. 2 p.m. Sunday. New Horizons Band and String Orchestra of Summit and Stark Counties free holiday celebration concert.

Oak Hill Presbyterian Church: 2406 Ardwell Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Sunday. Annual Music of Christmas program.

Peoples Baptist Church: 525 Vernon Odom Blvd, Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Third Annual Christmas Gospel Jazz Concert. $15 donation.

Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church: 413 Iroquois Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Annual Christmas Concert. 330-784-8964.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church: 2121 Sixth St., Cuyahoga Falls. 7 p.m. Dec. 15. Cuyahoga Falls Community Chorus will perform holiday songs. 330-929-2683.

Westminster Presbyterian Church: 1250 W. Exchange St., Akron. 5 p.m. Sunday. Five at Five Concert featuring Alcee Chriss III on the Schantz organ. Free.

 

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