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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.

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 at 7 p.m. in Room 101.

Confessions -- Saturdays from 9 to 9:30 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.

Tallmadge United Methodist

Dare to Share is a nutrition program sponsored by Tallmadge High School students, Rotary and Tallmadge United Methodist Church. Those who would like to contribute are asked to purchase small containers to go into backpacks: 100 percent juice boxes, beans and franks (pop-top), beef stew (pop-top), beef sticks, cereal bars, cereal bowls, fruit cups, pudding cups, jelly, shelf-stable milk, microwave popcorn, granola bars, oatmeal, peanut butter, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and tuna. Items made be brought to the Tallmadge UMC office.

Summer Junior Church began June 1. Register at the Hospitality Table to help. All supplies are provided.

Tallmadge United Methodist Church will host its annual Rummage Sale June 13 and 14. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Al Anon continues to meet Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Vacation Bible School will run from June 23 through 27. At Workshop of Wonders, children are invited to put on their creativity cap and start an adventure to build their faith. Children are encouraged to use their heart, mind and imagination to produce something amazing through God, the one who works wonders.

The church is located at 207 N. Munroe road. For more information, call 330-633-3734.

St. Mark Lutheran

This week

• June 8 -- Worship with Communion at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.; rummage sale set up, 11:30 a.m.

• June 9 -- St. Bernard Lunch program, 1 p.m.; pick up rummage sale items at 6 p.m.; 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.

• June 10 -- Out to Lunch Bunch, Eddy's, 2655 Oakwood Drive, Cuyahoga Falls, 1 p.m.; Angels in the Kitchen, 6 p.m.

• June 12 -- Council, 7 p.m.

• June 14 -- St. Mark Southern Gospel Quartet practice, 9 a.m.; Praise Band practice, 10 a.m.

St. Mark's annual Rummage and Bake Sale will be June 20 and 21. The church will accept items June 9 through 19. The annual co-op Vacation Bible School is week of June 23 through 27 (9 to 11:30 a.m.) at Tallmadge United Methodist Church. Look for more details in the future Church News for details concerning both events.

For further information, call 330-633-3718 or visit us on Facebook/St. Mark or www.stmark-lutheran.org.

St. Mark Lutheran Church is located at 158 North Ave.

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.

On June 1, First Congregational will offer one service, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and there will be an extended session for children in second grade and younger.

Vacation Bible School: Under Construction will be offered June 22 through 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Children ages 4 through fifth grade are invited to join "Construction Zone" at First Congregational Church in Tallmadge for a week of crafts, snacks, song, stories and games. These activities are designed to build Christian values and a relationship with God while having fun. Contact the office for a form that may be emailed or mailed, by calling 330-633-4931 or wbrownfcc@sbcglobal.net.

Warriors' Journey Home Ministry -- Listen, Speak, Heal is scheduled June 8 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.

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.

First Church of God

First Church of God, 464 Northeast Ave., will host Vacation Bible School "Special Agents -- Mission Impossible" June 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parents are invited to take their children, ages 3 through sixth grade, for a day of fun and adventure, featuring entertaining Bible lesson program along with games, crafts, songs and food. Preregistration is strongly encouraged. Register by June 15 to receive a free T-shirt. For more information or to register, call the church at 330-633-0107.

Tallmadge Lutheran Church

Tallmadge Lutheran Church will host Vacation Bible School June 16 through 20 from 9 a.m. to noon. At "Weird Animals" VBS, children can discover that Jesus' Love is one-of-a-kind. Morning will be filled with music, activities/crafts, games, a video of real children with real dilemmas, a Bible adventure and snack, all of which center around the Bible story and Bible point of the day. Children will also have the opportunity to help others by donating money to provide water for school children in India and small toys for children who are with their moms in women's shelters in New Orleans. Vacation Bible School is for children ages 3½ through 12. To register for Weird Animals VBS, call the church office at 330-633-4775 or register online at www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/TallmadgeLutheran.

Queen of Heaven

A celebratory Mass has been scheduled for 11 a.m. June 22 to mark the 50th anniversary of Queen of Heaven Roman Catholic Church at 1800 Steese Road in the city of Green. Bishop Richard G. Lennon will preside with a 50-voice choir singing for the celebratory Mass.

The Church, in then Green Township, began as a humble Mmission June 11, 1964, by a decree signed by Archbishop-Bishop Edward F. Hoban, Diocese of Cleveland. Effective the same date, the Rev. Robert C. Hilkert was appointed its administrator. The mission church conducted Sunday Masses in Greensburg Elementary School auditorium/gymnasium, weekday Masses in the James Coughlin barn in summer and in the Musarra Chapel in winter.

As Green Township evolved from wide-open spaces and farm fields to the Village of Green on its way to cityhood, so the church evolved from a cornfield to the Queen of Heaven Mission with about 150 families. The 5,000-square-foot, 350-seat Queen of Heaven Church building officially opened Dec. 8, 1965, the Feast of Mary's Immaculate Conception. The mission church was raised to parish status May 22, 1966, the date of Queen of Heaven Church's dedication. Hilkert was its first pastor.

The growth in the city of Green brought additional parishioners and in 1994 the Church was expanded to 13,000 square feet, comfortably seating 700 to 800 as it does today. Some of the new features included the addition of a cry room, a gathering space, an Eucharistic chapel and a relocated sacristy. In 2005, the Parish Life Center was opened. The PLC accommodated more space for religion classes and retreats, provided a full-size basketball court for CYO sports doubling as a hall for receptions and events such as the Sunday Community Breakfasts, Lenten fish fries, entertainment and kitchen for the summertime FUNFest, and a rentable space for the community.

In these 50 years there have been only four pastors: Hilkert (1964-1968), the Rev. Robert J. Teknipp (1968-1990), the Rev. Robert E. Pahler (­1990-1999) and the current pastor, the Rev. David R. Durkee, who arrived July 1, 1999.

In 2008 a Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel was added to the ever-evolving grounds of Queen of Heaven. Beginning in 2003, prayer gardens, memorials and other projects have been developed and created, mostly by Girl and Boy Scouts in attainment of the highest rank of Gold Award or Eagle Scout Award, respectively.

The current pastor and pastor emeritus have been active members of the Green Clergy Association and its parishioners are community-minded: Volunteers have presented the FUNFest for the community each summer since 2002. The 13th FUNFest will take place July 31, Aug. 1, 2 and 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. each day.

Two parishioners have been presidents of Green Good Neighbors for a total of 25 years: Helen Stevanov (1979-1989) or 10 years and Rosalie Swickard for 15 years (1990-2005).

Two parishioners have been mayors. Ending 175 years of township government, Frederick J. Ravagnani was elected mayor in August 1988 of the 3-by-three-square-mile Village of Green and John Torok served as mayor of the 6-by-6-square-mile Village of Green from 1991 until April 1992 on its way to cityhood, and then served as mayor of the new city of Green from 1992 through 1997.

Parishioner Wayne Wiethe has been the Green's Director of Planning since 1993 and still serves in that capacity.

In 2014, Durkee served on the 13-member Steering Committee that created the conceptual plan for a Central Park in the City of Green.

Every Thursday parishioners participate in the Labre Ministry. Meals are prepared in the PLC and taken to Akron's inner-city to feed as many as 100 homeless.

The celebratory Mass held at 11 a.m. June 22 will be followed immediately with a free luncheon, by reservation only, in the Parish Life Center. For reservations, call 330-896-2345.

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