July 24, 2014

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Review: ‘Good Intentions’ explores options for daily obstacles

By Kathryn Popio Special to The Gazette The “justice bra” is not among hot topics for 2009. Or is it? As readers take a longer look at Charles M. North and Bob Smietana’s book, “Good Intentions, Nine Hot-Button Issues Viewed Through the Eyes of Faith,” they realize the “justice bra” legitimately belongs on the list. Read More…

Connection extends blessings of the Christmas season to the community

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor SHARON TWP. — Connection Church is living up to its name with a program that will allow its members to connect with the community to extend the blessings of Christmas. The congregation held an auction Dec. 6 to raise money for the church, but what the Rev. Tony Myles, Read More…

Pieces of the puzzle

By DORIS KILBANE Faith in Action Medina County Purchase a beautiful collage puzzle of the local Faith in Action churches and at the same time you’ll be helping local elderly needing a little extra help. This professional, one-of-a kind, 500-piece puzzle is on sale now in all the local Buehler’s grocery stores, the Faith in Read More…

Mackall’s ‘The Gift of the Christmas Cookie’

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor Dandi Daley Mackall captures the sweet spirit of the holiday with her latest picture book, “The Gift of the Christmas Cookie: Sharing the True Meaning of Jesus’ Birth” (2008, Zonderkidz, $16.99). With illustrations by Deborah Chabrian, the story unfolds in tough economic times of years past. Jack, the main Read More…

A blessing in disguise

By MONA JACOBSON Special to The Gazette Does this Christmas season have the potential to be the worst Christmas in your personal history? The economy is unstable. Jobs are disappearing. Baby boomers’ retirement funds have become smoke rising on the altar of recession. I know one young couple with three small children about to lose Read More…

Season of light: Grace Lutheran Church presents traditional Santa Lucia pageant

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By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor WADSWORTH — With bells wildly jingling at the tips of their pointed red hats, the tomtes skipped and bounced down the main aisle of Grace Lutheran Church, shattering the Saturday morning quiet. Tomtes — you might describe them as the Swedish version of Christmas elves — are just the Read More…

Simple Gifts

By KATHRYN POPIO Special to The Gazette One phrase that comes to mind when reading Bill Henderson’s book, “Simple Gifts: One Man’s Search for Grace,” is, “never realized something like that was in a hymn.” At first, readers may lazily turn pages while Henderson extravagantly unravels his family’s memories associated with a few favorite hymns Read More…

Baskets of blessings for area families

By SANDY CIUPAK Special to The Gazette MEDINA TWP. — More than 200 First Baptist Church members showed up on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to pack and deliver food baskets to area families. The annual project began in 2003, when the church first partnered with Medina’s Community Services Center to provide a turkey and fixings Read More…

‘Art of the Nativity’ shines at Stan Hywet

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor AKRON — In many families, bringing out the nativity set is one of the main highlights of the holiday. Whether an elaborately carved imported wooden crèche or a humble plaster set from the five-and-dime, the Holy Family holds a special place of honor, with angels keeping watch over Mary, Read More…

Harvest Presbyterian presents ‘Messiah’ Christmas selections

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette What: “Messiah” Part One: Christmas Section When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 Where: Harvest Presbyterian Church, 1095 E. Reagan Parkway, Medina Tickets: Free Info: www.harvestpca.com or 330-723-0770 MEDINA — Celebrating the holiday season in style is the reason Harvest Presbyterian Church Choir annually presents G.F. Handel’s “Messiah, Part One: Read More…