July 24, 2016

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Church briefs

Dinner theater

Shepherd’s Grace Church is hosting a full-course dinner and Christmas play titled, “In Bethlehem Inn” at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6.
The play is set in a traditional lodge for travelers within the bustling town of Bethlehem on the night Jesus was born. The audience participate as guests of the inn. A stable, with live animals, also will complete the Bethlehem scene.

Tickets are $2 per person and can be reserved by calling the church office at 330-239-2600 during weekday business hours. Tickets are on sale until Dec. 1.

Shepherd’s Grace Church is located at 2325 Medina Road, Granger Township.

Kerygma study

“The Light Will Shine,” a five-week Kerygma study, will be held from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. every Monday in December at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 4797 Sharon-Copley Road, Montville Township.

This study, facilitated by Kim Porter and Karen Baker, is designed to provide fresh perspectives on the journey through Advent to Christmas and beyond, and to highlight the underlying message of traditional Scripture texts and themes for the season.

A Bible and a participant guide are needed. Guides can be purchased either on or before the first meeting for $12.
Pre-registration is necessary; e-mail christianed
ucation@fccmedina.org or call 330-723-7021.

Haven of Rest open house
On Nov. 20, Haven of Rest Ministries in Akron will host an annual open house from 2 to 7 p.m. at Haven of Rest’s main rescue mission building at 175 E. Market St., Akron. Free parking is available in lighted lots. Refreshments will be served.

The event will allow visitors an opportunity to tour the rescue mission’s facilities, learn about the services it provides for needy and homeless people and hear testimonies of men and women who have benefited from its discipleship and rehabilitation programs. Its programs and services are available without charge.

For more than 65 years, Haven of Rest Ministries has met the physical and spiritual needs of poor and homeless men, women and children by providing food, shelter and other vital services to help them break the cycle of poverty and homelessness that dominate their lives.

For details, call Rose Rose at 330-535-1563 or e-mail rrose@havenofrest.org.

Essay contest

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage challenges students in grades six through 12 to combat acts of hatred, discrimination and intolerance by participating in the “Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out” essay contest.

A tuition scholarship of up to $100,000 to an Ohio college or university will be awarded to a junior or senior selected from among the best entries.

This contest supports the Maltz Museum mission to build bridges of appreciation, tolerance and understanding of persons of all religions, races, cultures and ethnic backgrounds. It reflects Jewish values of responsible citizenship and respect for all humanity. Students will strengthen problem-solving and writing skills while emphasizing empathy for others.

Guided by the words of Edmund Burke, students are asked to describe an act of discrimination, reflect upon their response and put forth a plan of action to affect change in one’s self, school and/or community. Entries will be judged on content, originality, the potential for the plan of action to be implemented and presentation.

All submissions must be received electronically, by mail or delivery, no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 5. For more information or to download contest guidelines, visit www.MaltzJewishMuseum.org.

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Council No. 4847 of Brunswick is a Columbian Award winner for the 2007-08 fraternal year. The award is presented for excellence in the sponsorship of programs that serve the Church, community, families and youth, as well as council members.

In accepting the award, Grand Knight John Brown, head of the local council, said “Receiving this award is quite an honor. We’re very pleased with this accomplishment.”

The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic church, their communities, families and young people. With more than 1.7 million members in more than 13,000 councils around the world, the Knights of Columbus annually donates more than $144 million and 68 million hours of service to charitable causes.

For more information, visit www.kofc.org or www.kofc4847.org.