June 14, 2008

Wesley Temple to Host Conference

By Colette M. Jenkins, The Akron Beacon Journal, Ohio

Jun. 14--Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church will host the 93rd session of its denomination's six-day Ohio annual conference starting Tuesday.

The week's activities include a luncheon on Tuesday, daily worship services and a free Hip-Hop Gospel Concert featuring Judah E, the University of Akron Gospel Choir and Kory Miles & Resurrected Praise at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Student Union ballroom on the University of Akron campus.

The church is at 104 N. Prospect St. in Akron. For more information, call 330-434-5800.

In other religion news:


Bethel Temple Assembly of God SOLO Singles -- Will meet at Rockne's, 5000 Portage St., North Canton, at 6 p.m. Friday, and then go to the Alive Festival at Clay's Park.

Christ United Methodist Church -- 380 Mineola Ave., Akron. Will hold a Beach Party each Sunday. Each week participants will spread out beach towels for fun and stories, and also surf through the Scriptures.

Emmanuel United Church of Christ Kids Club -- 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Will be hiking at Goodyear Metro Park on Newton Street in Akron. 330-784-6608.

Faith Lutheran Church -- 931 E. Main St., Kent. 6-8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Annual Evening Vacation Bible School. Theme is "God's Big Backyard." For ages 3-12. Free. 330-673-6633.

Grace United Church of Christ -- 13275 Cleveland Ave., NW., Uniontown. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. Soup Kitchen featuring shepherd's pie, salad, beverage and dessert.

Loyola of the Lakes Jesuit Retreat House -- 700 Killinger Road, Clinton. Retreat for Women Religious will take place June 15-22. The retreat will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, and will conclude at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 22. This year's theme is "Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time." $400 per person. Registration: 330-896-2315, 800-827-1416 or http://www.loyolaofthelakes.com.

McDonaldsville Church -- 7641 Wales Ave., N.W., Jackson Township. Will sponsor Surfing Through the Scriptures, Vacation Bible School, for children ages 4 through fifth grade. Held on Sundays from 9-11:30 a.m. through Aug. 24.

Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church -- 2425 Myersville Road, Akron. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Euchre Tournament, with all proceeds to benefit Catholic Youth Organization Athletics Program. $5. 330-699-5086.

New Hope Baptist Church -- 1706 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. Hope Soup Kitchen. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Free.

St. John Food Pantry -- 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Will hold its monthly food distribution day for qualified persons living within ZIP code 44320.

St. Mark's Episcopal Church -- 146 College St., Wadsworth. 5 p.m.

Tuesday. Annual Ice Cream Social. Supper is now served with choices of hot dogs, sloppy joes, chili dogs, lemonade, pie and other baked goods.

Unity of Medina at Williams on the Lake -- 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. 11 a.m. Sundays, June 15-Aug. 31. "Boy's Club" for boys ages 10-18. The book George Foreman's Guide to Life: How to Get Up Off the Canvas When Life Knocks You Down, will be discussed throughout the summer. 330-764-7999.

Wedgewood United Methodist Church -- 2350 Wedgewood Drive, Akron. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21. Annual Trash and Treasure Sale. From 1:15-2 p.m. June 21 will be a "Fill-A-Bag for $2" Closeout sale.


Grace United Church of Christ in Loyal Oak -- 3285 Cleveland-Massillon Road, Norton. 3 p.m. Sunday. Bonnie Forsman, a member of the church, will be ordained a UCC minister.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church -- 442 Bell St., Akron. 20th Anniversary of Pastor Jeffrey & Angela Dennis and Family. Celebration Services at 7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Celebration Finale at 10 a.m. June 22. 330-253-3711.


Manchester United Methodist Church -- 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 6-9:30 p.m. Friday. Gospel Blue Grass Jam. 330-882-4818.

United Methodist Church of Macedonia -- 1280 E. Aurora Road, Macedonia. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Sanctuary Festival Series presents folk singer Gusti in concert. 330-467-3169.

Workshops, classes

First Grace United Church of Christ -- 350 S. Portage Path, Akron. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 14. Cardio kickboxing classes with instructor Danielle Thompson. $2 per class or $1 per class with one nonperishable food donation to the First Grace Client Choice Food Pantry.

St. Hilary Parish -- 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Will host an introductory workshop to the nationally known JustFaith program. JustFaith provides participants with an opportunity to explore the biblical tradition, the historic witness of the church, and the relationship between spirituality and justice. 330-664-0943 or 330-867-1055, Ext. 217.

Unity of Medina at Williams on the Lake -- 787 Lafayette Road, Medina. 7 p.m. Wednesday. The movie Harmonic Wealth by James Arthur Ray and The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want will be presented.

Speakers, lectures

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage -- 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Panel Discussion: Israel on the Cutting Edge. Panelists include: Michael Goldberg, Zev Gurion, Baiju Shah and Alan Schonberg. $8 for members and $10 for non-members. 216-593-0575.

Parents of Prodigals -- The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Ben W. Walker, executive director, Haven of Rest Ministries will present "Reasons and Resources for Hope."

Special services

Christ is the Answer Ministries -- 379 E. South St., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Sensational Month of June Celebration Service. A play will be presented by Phyllis Washington of Prophetic Praise Outreach Ministries.

John Knox Presbyterian Church -- 5155 Eastlake St., N.W., North Canton. 11 a.m. Sunday. Father's Day service followed by a picnic. The picnic will consist of hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and beverages.

Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church -- 413 Iroquois Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Young Men Standing For God will host a special service, geared toward young men across city lines. Minister Tony Virden will be the guest speaker. 330-784-8964.


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