July 12, 2008

Baseball Outing for Boys and Men

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

Jul. 12--Imagine Unity, an alliance of six Akron church organizations, is sponsoring a baseball outing for fathers and sons and men and boys at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at Canal Park for the Akron Aeros game against the Connecticut Defenders.

The goal of the evening is to bring together people from various backgrounds. A special 15-minute "assembly of unity" will take place after the game on the field. Anyone wishing to request someone to accompany their son to the game can call Aaron Golby at 330-315-5457.

Imagine Unity was established last year to promote Christian and racial harmony, speak about love and model reconciliation and unity. Member organizations include Love Akron, the Akron and Vicinity Baptist Ministers, Akron Unity Partnership and Interdenominational Ministers Association.

Tickets are available through churches involved in Imagine Unity. Those include The Chapel, The House of the Lord, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Mountain of the Lord Fellowship, Mount Zion Baptist Church and Greater Bethel Baptist Church. Tickets can also be purchased through the Aeros ticket system.

In other religion news:


Canton First Church of the Nazarene Biker Ministries -- 522 30th St. N.W., Canton. 9 a.m. Sunday. Dave Downs, chaplain for Stark County Harley Owners Group, will speak. 330-492-5698.

The Chapel -- 135 Fir Hill, Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Parents of Prodigals. Terry Pluto will speak on Everyday Faith.

Christ Reformed Church -- 2625 Copley Road, Copley. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Hungarian-American Festival. Music by Al Zimmerman & The Senior Button Accordion Group from 1 to 4 p.m. and The Hungarians from 4 to 8 p.m. Free.

Eastern Road Church of God -- 2600 Eastern Road, Rittman. 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Pastor Appreciation Day for Pastor Faron Cole. 330-927-0448.

Firestone Park Presbyterian Church -- 275 S. Firestone Blvd., Akron. Will host a free, outdoor family-friendly movie in the church parking lot on Friday. Movie starts at dusk.

First United Methodist Church -- 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Chess Camp for first-graders through sixth-graders. $100. 330-923-5241, Ext. 219.

Loyola of the Lakes Jesuit Retreat House -- 700 Killinger Road, Clinton. 19th annual Faith & Light Retreat will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Sunday, July 20. The retreat will concentrate on the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their parents or caregivers. $100 per person. 330-896-2315, 800-827-1416 or http://www.loyolaofthelakes.com.

Manchester United Methodist Church -- 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday. Pancake breakfast: pancakes, sausage, egg dishes, muffins and beverages. $5, $4 for children 12 or younger. 330-882-9809 or 330-882-4818.

Nativity of the Lord Jesus Catholic Church -- 2425 Myersville Road, Springfield Township. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Euchre tournament. $5. All profits to benefit our Catholic Youth Organization Athletics Program.

New Hope Baptist Church -- 1706 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. Hope soup kitchen, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Free. Pilgrim United Church of Christ -- 130 Broad Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 5 p.m. Sunday. Pilgrim's Singles Group. For singles age 30 to 65. 330-928-4847.

St. John Food Pantry -- 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Monthly food distribution for qualified persons living within postal code 44320.

St. Joseph of Mantua -- 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday; 3 to 11:30 p.m Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. 45th annual Ox Roast Fair. Rides, games, contests, food, live entertainment. 330-274-2253.


Phillips Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church -- 413 Iroquois Ave., Akron. 4 p.m. Sunday. Senior and Junior Usher Boards' 62nd anniversary. The Rev. Vincent Peterson, pastor of Providence Baptist Church, will speak.

The Tower of Prayer Church of God in Christ -- 1334 Diagonal Road, Akron. 11:30 a.m. Sunday. Will honor Assistant Pastor Lawrence Vinson. Pastor Vinson and his wife of 52 years, Charlotte, are charter members of the church.


Christ is the Answer Ministries -- 379 E. South St., Akron. 6 p.m Saturday. Pastor Arlester Washington and the Anointed Central Kentucky Mass Choir of Lexington, Ky., will be in concert. Free. 330-376-1869.

Manchester United Methodist Church -- 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Gospel Blue Grass Jam. 330-882-4818 or 330-882-3765.

Nora Hunt's Outdoor Gospel Singing -- In the Gazebo, Brimfield Town Park. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Touched by the King Amazing Grace Land Ministries, featuring Galen Oakes as Elvis. 330-673-0700.

Seminars, workshops

Falls Berean Bible Church -- 1736 Bailey Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 2:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday. Marriage Seminar: The Purpose, Roles, and Goals of Marriage from a Biblical Standpoint. 330-945-9325.

Special services

House of Prayer For All People -- 69 S. Balch St., Akron. First lady Lynnette Jenkins will preach her first sermon at 4 p.m. Sunday.

St. Luke Baptist Church -- 875 Garth Ave., Akron. Women's Day Weekend: 9 a.m. Saturday. Morning Glory with the Rev. Raynell Lawson of Burning Bush Full Gospel Church. 11 a.m. Sunday. First lady Lisa Jones.

Vacation Bible School

Broadman Baptist Church -- 350 E. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Friday. This year's theme is Outrigger Island. For ages birth through grade 12. 330-923-6127.

Faith United Methodist Church of Brimfield -- 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield Township. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. This year's theme is Beach Party: Surfin' Through the Scriptures. 330-673-7597.

Grace United Church of Christ -- 13275 Cleveland Ave., Uniontown. 9 a.m. to noon Monday-Friday. This year's theme is SonWorld Adventure Park. For age 4 through sixth grade. 330-699-3255.

Pilgrim United Church of Christ -- 130 Broad Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. This year's theme is Jesus Christ, Super Star. 330-928-4847.

Second Baptist Church -- 451 Bronson St., Medina. 6 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. This year's theme is God's Big Backyard. For ages 4-12. 330-722-0073 or 330-576-6361.

York United Methodist Church -- 6566 Norwalk Road, Medina. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. This year's theme is SonWorld Adventure Park. For ages preschool through sixth grade. 330-725-8147.


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