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Our Lady of Victory

Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church is located at 73 North Ave.

Religious Education Registration questions? Call the PSR office at 330-633-3672.

Lenten Mass schedule -- Daily Mass, 9 a.m. Mondays Tuesdays and Thursdays; evening Mass Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.; no daily Mass on Fridays.

Stations of the Cross -- Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Knights of Columbus meet the first Monday of the month.

Somethings and Young Adult Group. Meets every other Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with babysitting provided. For more information, call Steve at 330-554-6770.

AA -- Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Room 100.

Adult Studies -- Catholicism series offered Mondays during Lent, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Room 101.

Confessions -- Saturdays from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

Special times

• April 6, 7 p.m., Cluster Communal Reconciliation at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Cuyahoga Falls.

• April 15, 10 to 11 a.m.

• April 16, 5 to 6 p.m.

No confessions April 17, 18 and 19.

Holy week services

• Palm Sunday -- April 12 and 13, Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m.

• Holy Thursday -- April 17, 9 a.m. morning prayer; 7:30 p.m. Mass of the Lord's Supper; 8:30 to 11 p.m., keep watch of the Blessed Sacrament.

• Good Friday -- April 18, 9 a.m. morning prayer; 3 p.m. The Passion of the Lord; 7:30 Stations of the Cross with youth depicting the steps of Jesus and Veneration of the Cross.

• Holy Saturday -- April 19, 9 a.m. morning prayer; no 5 p.m. Mass; 2 p.m. Blessing of Easter Food; 9:15 p.m. Easter Vigil.

• Easter Sunday -- April 20, Masses at 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Visit the church Facebook page at Our Lady of Victory Church

The parish calendar is available on line at http://ourladyofvictorytallmadge.parishesonline.com.

Visit the OLV website for all the news at www.ourladyofvictorytallmadge.parishonline.com.

Call 330-633-3637 for more information.

St. Mark Lutheran

This week:

• March 30 -- Worship with Communion at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages at 9:15 a.m.; fellowship with coffee and fellowship at 9:15 and 11:30 a.m.

• March 31 -- Knitting/Crocheting for Charity, 7 p.m., The Danbury, Third Floor, 1695 Queens Gate Circle, Cuyahoga Falls. Call Diane for information at 330-686-1086. The group's current focus is producing mittens for newborns and fingerless gloves for patients with IVs to meet a request made by local hospitals. Want to learn to knit or crochet? Call 330-686-1086 for more information.

• April 1 -- Evening Bible study, 7 p.m.

• April 2 -- Lenten Soup Supper, 6 p.m.; Lenten service, 7 p.m.; choir practice, 8 p.m.

• April 3 -- Property Committee meeting, 7 p.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.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to host conference

The Akron, Ohio Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host its semi-annual conference April 19 at 7 p.m. and 20 at 10 a.m. at the Latter-day Saint chapel located at 106 E. Howe Road in Tallmadge.

Visiting church authority Elder Michael John U. Teh of the Church's First Quorum of the Seventy will be a special guest at the conference sessions. All members and the general public ages 12 years and older are invited to the Saturday evening session, while the Sunday session is open for all ages.

"We are thrilled to have Elder Teh at the conference sessions in Northeast Ohio. We are looking forward to his message and to commemorating this season of Easter as we celebrate the life and the resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ," said Douglas Talley, president of the Akron Ohio Stake. "We extend an invitation to all to join with us for these meetings," added Talley.

Teh was called to serve as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints March 31, 2007, at age 41. The LDS Church organizes its congregations geographically into "wards" and several wards then combine to make a "stake." Because there are more than 15 million members of the Church worldwide, "Area" assignments are given to selected church leaders who oversee church activity in those areas. Teh is currently serving as president of the Philippines Area of the Church. He was born in Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Philippines in June 1965. He married Grace May Weedon in December 1989. They are the parents of three children and reside in Manila, Philippines.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a membership of nearly 12,500 members in Northeast Ohio. The Akron Ohio Stake consists of 10 wards with membership from New Philadelphia, Canton, Ashland, Wooster, Medina and Akron. Stake conferences are scheduled twice each year with church leaders speaking on a variety of topics from the gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information about the Church, visit www.mormon.org

First Congregational

First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, a Stephen Ministry church, offers two worship services Sunday mornings at 8:30 and 10 a.m.: Also offered Sundays are a 9 a.m. Sunday School and child care, a 10 a.m. childcare, a 10 a.m. children's and youth choirs, and 10:30 a.m. children's worship.

Warriors' Journey Home Ministry -- Listen, Speak, Heal is scheduled Sundays, March 30 and April 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 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.

Human trafficking is of concern to many. On April 7 at 630 p.m., Ginny Collins of Partners against Trafficking of Humans Stark will speak. Collins has been a speaker for PATHS for two years. PATHS is an all-volunteer organization in Stark County with a mission to educate and advocate for the prevention and abolition of human trafficking. Anyone who would like to contribute to the mission of the month may take a new, small, unwrapped stuffed animal for Children's Hospital of Akron.

During the Lenten season, First Congregational Church has two options for adults to deepen their faithful journey. On Wednesdays, through April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., there will be a book discussion led by the Rev. Dr. John Schluep. The focus of the study will be the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, supplemented with the book by John Ortberg, "Who Is This Man: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus." The cost is $12 per book.

The second opportunity is "Rest in God: A Lenten Invitation" on Thursdays through April 10 from 6 to 6:30 p.m. A guided contemplation led by the Rev. Matt Wooster will teach and lead the ancient spiritual practices of Contemplative Meditation and Lectio Divina, a Latin phrase meaning "holy reading" of scripture. This opportunity for spiritual practice is designed to open space in people's lives to listen when God is speaking to them and within them. The 40 days of Lent are modeled on the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, and the 40 years spent by the Hebrews in the wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt.

First Congregational Church of Tallmadge is located at 85 Heritage Drive. For more information, call 330-633 4931 or visit tallmadgefcc@sbcglobal.net or the church Facebook page at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge, UCC to view current activities.

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