Each Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. during Lent, Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., will offer midweek services. All are cordially invited.
For more information contact the church office 330-633-4775 or the church website at www.tallmadgelutheranchurch.org
All are welcome to join Sunday activities at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge.
Worship -- 8:30 and 10 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; children and youth choirs, 10 a.m.; children's worship, 10:30 a.m.
High School Fellowship also meets on Sundays, but the schedule varies. Middle School Fellowship and Handbells meet during the week.
Contact the office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Forever Love," a faith-building musical based on the story of the prophet Hosea, will be presented March 9 at 3 and 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, 85 Heritage Drive.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased at the door. All proceeds from the day will benefit the Interfaith Caregivers (a Faith in Action program), 50 N. Prospect St., Akron.
As part of the Holy Season of Lent, First Congregational Church invites everyone to live their spiritual life as a faith journey. Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. or Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., the Senior Pastor's Lenten Bible Study will meet through March 20. The focus of the study will be about Jesus and the book "Saving Jesus from The Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus" by the Rev. Robin R. Meyers will be used. This will be an intentionally provoking study about following Jesus and his teachings. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said about this book, "Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes everything. This is the book … 'Saving Jesus from the Church' is scholarly, pastoral, prophetic and eloquent -- all in equal measure. Meyers has spoken the truth to power and the Church he loves will never be the same." The cost of materials is $15, which includes the book. Those who would like to attend are asked to call the church office at 330-633-4931.
St. Mark Lutheran
St. Mark Lutheran Church, 158 North Ave., offers the following activities:
• March 17 -- St. Partrick's Day -- Wearin' O the Green at services with Communion at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School for all ages, 9:15 a.m.; fellowship and refreshments at 9:15 and 11:30 a.m.
• March 18 -- Knitting/Crocheting for Charity, 7 p.m.
• March 19 -- Alpha Circle, 1 p.m.; evening Bible study, 7 p.m.
• March 20 -- Lenten soup supper, 6 p.m.; Lenten service, 7 p.m.; choir practice 8 a.m.
St. Mark Lutheran Church is located at 158 North Ave. For more information, call 330-633-3718, visit www.stmark-lutheran.org or find the church on Facebook.
Warriors' Journey Home Ministry -- Listen, Speak, Heal is scheduled to meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. monthly. Veterans and individuals of strong heart who would like to experience the healing circle for veterans are invited to attend. For future meeting times, visit the website warriorsjourneyhome.org.
First Congregational Church of Tallmadge is located at 85 Heritage Drive. For more information, call 330-633 4931 or visit email@example.com.
Our Lady of Victory
The Year of Faith -- Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 73 North Ave., continues to celebrate The Year of Faith by sharing some OLV history each week in its bulletin.
Families can jump start faith activities in the home, primarily to assist parents in being the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith which may in turn foster family togetherness, learning and conversations about faith in a fun and interactive way.
Visit the Family Website for the Year of Faith at www.dioceseofcleveland.org/yearoffaith and click on the Family tab.
Lenten Season -- Mass at 7 p.m. every Friday in Lent. Stations of the Cross follow Masses at 7:30 p.m.
Lenten Bible Study -- The Gospel of Mark, every Wednesday through March 20, 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 101.
Five-week Catholisism video series -- Every Monday through March 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 101.
Young Adults -- "What's Next?" Retreat, March 23 and 24 at the Bethany Retreat Center in Chardon. Geared for those in their 20s and 30s. The $30 fee includes meals and supplies. Scholarships available. Concludes with Palm Sunday Mass at noon. Meet other young adults and reflect together and connect with Jesus' journey to Resurrection. Visit www.CharisMinistries.org or call 216-486-5555 for more information.
Holy Week schedule:
• March 28 -- Holy Thursday, 7:30 Solemn Liturgy, 8:30 to 11 p.m. private prayer.
• March 29 -- Good Friday, 3 p.m. Solemn Liturgy, 7:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross and Veneration.
• March 30 -- Holy Saturday, blessing of the food, 1 p.m.; Easter Vigil, 9 p.m.
• March 31 -- Easter Sunday Masses 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
20 Somethings Young Adult Group -- Meet every other Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Center. Babysitting provided. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested Teens -- Now is the time to sign up for the Steubenville Summer Conference on June 8th. Call Ellen at 330-801-0463.
Men's Bible Study -- Every other Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.
High school teens:
• April 27 -- Search Weekend
• May 11 -- Justin Fatica at St Francis DeSales
• June 18 -- Vacation Bible School with Blessed Trinity Parish
• July 13 through 15 -- "Livin' on a Prayer Retreat."
Visit the OLV website for all the news at www.ourladyofvictorytallmadge.parishonline.com.
Call 330-633-3672 for more information.
Queen of Heaven
Holy Week services: Masses Monday through Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., except Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Greenview Inn. Confessions Monday through Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. Holy Thursday, March 28, The Lord's Supper Mass, 7 p.m., confessions for one hour after Mass, Adoration until 11 p.m. Good Friday, March 29, Ecumenical Prayer service at noon sponsored by Green Clergy Association; Liturgy of Lord's Passion, 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m., Confessions: 9 to 10 a.m. and after 3 and 7 p.m. services for one hour. Holy Saturday, March 30, confessions from 10 to 11 a.m., Blessing of Food 3 p.m., Vigil Mass with Baptism and Adult Choir, 9 p.m. Easter Sunday, March 31, Masses at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon.
Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated by Catholics April 7. The celebration will run from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, veneration of the Divine Mercy Image, singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, confessions and Benediction. A social will follow.
"Journey to Peace Bereavement Support," a ministry of information, consolation, spiritual and emotional support at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church will offer a free six-week series. For those of any faith having experienced the death of a loved one, the series will be held on six Mondays, beginning April 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the church. Ministry members will strive to provide Christian support and guidance for daily living for anyone suffering grief, whether recent or lingering from the past. For more information, call Sue Lyons at 330-499-3937.
Queen of Heaven Church is located at 1800 Steese Road in Green. For more information, call 330-896-2345.
The Green Clergy Association invites all to a prayer service on Good Friday of Holy Week, March 29, at noon at Queen of Heaven Church, 1800 Steese Road. The service will consist of music, readings, prayers and seven short sermons given by pastors of the Green Clergy Association on the last words of Jesus from the Cross. The city of Green churches represented by the Green Clergy Association are East Liberty Church of the Nazarene, Green Valley United Methodist Church, Greensburg Church of God, Greensburg United Methodist Church, Lakeview Christian Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, Queen of Heaven Church and The Chapel. For more information, call 330-896-2345.
Grace Baptist Church
Grace Baptist Church, 5915 Rhodes Road, Kent. Sunday services include worship at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school for children, youth and young adults and an adult Bible fellowship class; worship at 11 a.m. with children's church and another adult Bible fellowship class option.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School will host its inaugural 5K Race and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk April 20. The first 300 registrants will receive a cinch sack, T-shirt and goodie bag. The organizing committee is hoping to raise $24,000 in proceeds from the race to upgrade the computer lab at the school. The title sponsor for this year's race is National Machine Group of Stow.
The race will begin at 9 a.m. at the Lillis Drive entrance to the school. Following the race and awards ceremony, temporary tattoos, a Chinese Auction with prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale will be available. All are welcome and encouraged to get fit and participate in this event, which will benefit the student's educational opportunities.
The race committee is offering a "Couch to 5K" program for those who have never run a race before and for those who want to begin running but have little or no experience. The group runs meet Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. in Sand Run Park at the first parking lot off of Portage Path. Join IHM's pastor, the Rev. Fr. Jim Singler, as he trains for the IHM 5K. For more details about the Couch to 5K training group, contact Robb Moretti at email@example.com.
Early bird registration is $20 through April 1. To register for the event and find the complete race route, sponsorship information, donation opportunities and a full schedule of the Couch to 5K program, visit www.ihm5k.org.
Blood drive at First Congregational
First Congregational Church will host a blood drive March 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 85 Heritage Drive. For more information, call the church at 330-633-4931.