Religion Briefs

By Betsy Bower

Saint Anne’s welcomes bishop

RITTMAN — Parishioners at St. Anne’s will gather at the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday to welcome Bishop Richard G. Lennon, as he makes his first pastoral visit to Rittman. Lennon was an auxiliary bishop in Boston before being appointed to Ohio on April 4, 2006. He was installed as the 10th bishop of the Cleveland Diocese on May 15, 2006. Following the liturgy, a reception will be held in the church.

Annual harvest festival set

WINESBURG — Longenecker Mennonite Church, County Road 186, near Winesburg, will be having its 14th annual Harvest Festival on Saturday. The public is invited and all activities take place outside under a large tent. Take a lawn chair and enjoy the day.

The events scheduled include:

7-10:30 a.m. — All you care to eat pancake and sausage breakfast; there will also be fried corn mush.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. — Car and motorcycle show — prizes will be awarded in various categories. Come and pick out your favorite car or motorcycle. Last year more than 100 cars registered.

11 a.m. — Children’s Auction — items and bidding for children to age 14.

12:30 p.m. — Main Auction (featuring a variety of items)

3:30-6:30 p.m. — Dinner: Includes: pork or chicken, baked beans, potato salad, pie and homemade ice cream.

Throughout the day there will be a bake sale, chain saw carving and arrowhead knapping.

All proceeds from this festival benefit the Longenecker building fund. For more information contact the church at 330-359-5155.

Open house at St. Agnes

ORRVILLE — St. Agnes Catholic Church is hosting an open house Sunday from 2-4 p.m. The church is on East Oak Street between Lake and Spring streets.

Attendees can see the church and parish center buildings, the newly installed entrance plaza with Christian symbols and the new landscaping at the shrine of Our Lady of Grace. In the church, see the Biblical scenes depicted in the stained glass windows, the Stations of the Cross and the altar mosaic depicting the Lamb of God. See and hear explanations of the vestments, the sacred vessels, the holy oils, statues and more. There will also be an opportunity to see the confessionals and other areas in the church as well as the classrooms and hall in the parish center building.

Light refreshments will be served and there will be an opportunity to have any questions answered. All are welcome and there is no charge or obligation.

Concordia marks 50 years

WOOSTER — Concordia Lutheran Church will hold a special service Sunday at 11 a.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the church’s founding.

Guest preacher will be the president of the Ohio District of the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod, the Rev. Terry Cripe. Guest organist will be Jeanette Tennant, and other special music is also planned. Refreshments will follow the service.

The church is on the corner of Star Drive and Nelson Avenue, one block south and west of the intersection of Highland Avenue and Oak Hill Road.

Homecoming planned

WEST SALEM — First Baptist Church, 129 S. Main St., will hold its 47th annual homecoming on Sunday with Sunday school at 10 a.m. and worship at 11. Lunch will follow the morning worship and the afternoon service will begin at 2 p.m. Special music will be by The Marks Family of Creston, W.Va., and The Pearly Gates of West Salem. All are welcome; for more information call 419-853-4113.

Organ concert planned

SEVILLE — Gary J. Pinter will present an organ concert at Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 9282 Acme Road, on Sunday at 4 p.m., “Variations from the Reformation.” The concert will be played on the Schantz Pipe Organ and will include traditional, folk, contemporary and African American versions of old and new hymns.

Pinter’s passion for music began at age 9. He recently studied in France, Germany and England. He has a dual major in organ and piano from Wittenberg University where he received his bachelor of science degree in music education. He earned a master’s degree in social sciences at the University of Washington, Seattle and a master’s degree in music — organ performance at The University of Akron. He is now serving Fairlawn Lutheran Church as organist and choir director.

Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. For more information, call the church at 330-336-4770.

Quakers explore ‘that of God in everyone’

WOOSTER — The Wooster Friends Meeting (Quakers) will continue discussions on Quaker beliefs and practices Sunday at 12:15 p.m., with an exploration of George Fox’s admonition to “walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone.”

This admonition represents a central value for Quakers and leads to the many times that Quakers have supported individuals and groups who have been generally regarded as unworthy. Early American Quakers saw “that of God” in American Indians and enslaved blacks. Quakers continue to see “that of God” in people suffering in the economy and in the “enemy” in every war.

The discussion is open to the public, and people unfamiliar with Quakers are invited to attend and participate. The discussion will be held in the form of “worship sharing” and will follow the regularly held silent worship, which begins at 10:45 a.m.

The Wooster Friends Meeting is an unprogrammed meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Silent worship, also known as unprogrammed worship, is held each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in the lower level of the Westminster Presbyterian Church House, 353 E. Pine St., Wooster. More information about the meeting may be found at http://

GriefShare series begins

WOOSTER — Have you lost a loved one and need hope and comfort on your grief journey? Grace Brethren Church of Wooster is offering a new session of GriefShare, a 13-week Biblically based support and recovery group beginning Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. For more information or to register, call the church office, 330-264-9459.

Series focuses on marriage

ORRVILLE — Fireproof Your Marriage! Beginning Sunday, Orrville Baptist Church will be offering a six-week series on relationships and marriage. Based on the new Christian film, “Fireproof,” these messages will show how you can love one another as God designed. Whether your marriage is strong or it is struggling, the time you invest will truly benefit your relationship. Services begin at 6 p.m. and childcare will be provided. The church is at 204 Bell Ave. and Brad Dews is pastor. For information, call 330-682-1561.

Singing is planned

SHREVE — “Justified” will provide music for a singing Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Pentecostal Assembly Fellowship 6000 Millbrok Road.

Senior seminars planned

WOOSTER — The Seniors’ Ministry of Wooster Grace Brethren Church will be offering free tours of the new Student/Senior Ministry Center daily Monday through Friday beginning Oct. 6 from 9 a.m.- noon. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea following your tour.

Super Wednesdays begin on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m.-noon and will offer seminars on health issues, finance, prevention, current issues, exercise, and much more, as well as ping pong, and Bible study. For more information contact the church at 330-264-9459, Ext. 242.

Friends for Life Banquet set


WOOSTER — The Pregnancy Care Center of Wayne County will hold its annual Friends for Life Banquet on Tuesday at The Amish Door in Wilmot starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost; a love offering will be received to support the Pregnancy Care Center. Reservations are required and must be called in by Saturday to 330-264-5880.

The main banquet speaker, Carol Everett,was involved in the operation of four abortion clinics from 1977 to 1983. After a radical change in values, she is founder and CEO of The Heidi Group and works full time in ministry to post-abortive men and women, and offers training, continuing education and other resources for crisis pregnancy centers. She has shared her testimony on Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family and has been an expert witness on pro- life issues in courts of law. Her life story is detailed in the book, “Blood Money, Getting Rich Off Of a Woman’s Right to Choose.”

Author Terry Pluto to speak

WOOSTER — Author Terry Pluto will speak at the Wayne County Public Library Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. While Pluto is best known as a sportswriter, his writing on faith is gaining a wide audience. In addition to his weekly newspaper columns on religion in the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Akron Beacon Journal, Pluto has written “Faith and You” and “Everyday Faith.” Both are collections of his essays on faith and the important issues we all confront in everyday life.

“Real faith writing should be about real life,” Pluto says. “I write as much about my failures as my triumphs, because that is what a life of faith is about. It’s often as much suffering as celebration, with lots of mundane, everyday stuff in between.”

Wooster Friends of the Library, sponsors of the program, will be selling copies of Pluto’s books the evening of the program. The author will be available to autograph books purchased that evening.

The program is free and open to the public. Call the Adult Services Department at 330-262-0916 Ext. 7040 for more information.

Youth concert at The Pier

MOUNT EATON — A youth concert, featuring High Valley from Canada and local Holmes County performers Crooked Railroad, is scheduled for Oct. 9 from 7-9:30 p.m. at The Pier.

Food will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs, potato salad, chips, brownies and ice cream will be featured. For more information call Faithview Books at 330-674-0684.

Common Ground to hold banquet

WALNUT CREEK — Common Ground Ministries fall banquet will be Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Inn of Walnut Creek. Former inmate turned chaplain, Mike Swiger, will speak. A freewill offering will be accepted for the prison ministries of Common Ground. To make reservations, call 330-674-9862.

Shepherd’s Institute in Berlin

BERLIN — The Shepherd’s Institute will be held at the Bethel Fellowship Church near Berlin Oct. 13-17. This is an opportunity for ordained or licensed ministry to come aside for a week of intensive training and mentoring.

Day class offerings: Leadership and Brotherhood, Man and Redemption, Introduction to Theology. Instructors will include: Walter Beachy, Paul Emerson, Chester Weaver and Milo Zehr.

Evening classes will be offered for the local Christian public.

For more information contact Bill Mullet 330-852-3231 or Clarence Miller 330-674-7986

Changed Lives banquet set

WILMOT — Changed Lives Ministries will be having its annual banquet at the Amish Door in Wilmot on Oct. 17 at 6:15 p.m., featuring Larry Skrant, director of Changed Lives and assistant chaplain for We Care Ministries. There will also be entertainment by John Schmid.

Dinner is free, an offering will be taken. Everybody is welcome but seating is limited. For reservations call 877-379-5422

Dreams & Destiny Workshop set

WOOSTER — The Dreams & Destiny Workshop by international speaker Doug Addison will be held at Heartland Christian Center, 1741 Oak Hill Road, on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Addison shares that dreams are one of the ways that God speaks to us. Using a biblical basis for symbolism, you can discover your destiny in God and help others find theirs. You may find more information on Addison and his ministry at

To register for the workshop or for more information go to or call 330-345-6780.

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