February 11, 2016


Service, baptisms held in downtown Medina

A choir from First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina, lead a crowd in worship songs Sunday morning in Medina’s Public Square for the church’s eighth annual Service in the Square, which was followed by a baptism. KATIE ANDERSON / GAZETTE

Hundreds of people crowded under tents and umbrellas Sunday morning at Medina’s Uptown Park for a Christian service and baptisms. First Baptist Church, state Route 18, Medina Township, and Second Baptist Church, Bronson Street, Medina, combined their Sunday services for the eighth annual Service on the Square that lasted from 10 a.m. to noon. “We’re Read More…

‘Service on the Square’ in Medina to host full immersion baptisms

The Rev. John McCaw, left, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, poses with the Rev. Cornell Carter, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Medina. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

A full immersion Christian baptism will be part of a church “Service on the Square” at 10 a.m. Sunday on Public Square in Medina. Organizers said it is the eighth event of its kind. The Rev. John McCaw, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, said his congregation will be joined by the Rev. Read More…

Medina resident plans 600-mile pilgrimage on Camino de Santiago

Carol Vaccariello stands in her backyard near a statute of an angel. Vaccariello is planning a 600 mile pilgrimage next month known as the Camino de Santiago. The route she will take starts in France and ends in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

A Medina resident is planning a 600-mile pilgrimage from France to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Carol Vaccariello wants to walk the Camino de Santiago, or St. James Trail, in the hopes of spiritual growth. The former Catholic nun said she doesn’t know Read More…

Medina County prepares for U.S. Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Supreme Court Gay Marriage

Medina County Probate Court is preparing for the possibility the U.S. Supreme Court could legalize same-sex marriage this month. Justices are expected to rule by the end of June in the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges, a set of four consolidated cases from across the country questioning whether states are required under the U.S. Constitution to Read More…

Ugandan choir to perform at Medina United Methodist Church


Medina United Methodist Church, 4747 Foote Road, Medina Township, will host the Watoto Children’s Choir at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help the group’s work in Uganda. For more info A performance by the group is available on YouTube, bit.ly/1wWOvNJ. For information about Read More…

Faith-based walk in Medina focuses on men, families


A faith-based walk aimed at strengthening Medina County families drew hundreds to Medina’s Public Square on Saturday morning. The message of the Move 2015 Men’s Walk was that men should embrace God and become “real men” capable of leading their families. “The churches don’t need to give you a vision,” event coordinator Brian Hagerman told Read More…

National Day of Prayer draws hundreds to Medina Square (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Second-graders from St. Francis Xavier School perform sign language to the song “Beautiful” before a crowd of more than 150 people who attended a National Day of Prayer celebration Thursday at Medina’s Public Square. (NICK GLUNT / GAZETTE)

More than 150 Medina County residents gathered at Medina’s Public Square for a group prayer service Thursday afternoon. The noon service was part of National Day of Prayer. It was led by the Rev. Doug Davidson, pastor of Medina Community Church. Prayer of Confession, read by the Rev. Doug Davidson at Thursday’s National Day of Prayer Read More…

Faithful service to be recognized at event

Bob Wenz

Two of Medina County’s faithful will be honored at an award ceremony tonight for their community service. The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina will honor the Rev. Bob Wenz and Connie Ebaugh at the 28th Pope St. John Paul II Proclaimer of Justice Gala Dinner and Silent Auction, starting with a 6 p.m. Read More…

Children fill up Easter baskets at First Christian Church egg hunt (PHOTOS)


More than 100 youngsters lined the parking lot of First Christian Church on Saturday afternoon with baskets and bags in hand with one goal: grab as many candy-filled eggs as possible. Hundreds of pastel-colored plastic eggs dotted the field around the church, which sits at Wooster Pike and Sharon-Copley Road in Montville Township, and the Read More…

Church holds ‘Passion Walk’ kicks off Holy Week (PHOTOS)

Members of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church re-enact a bible scene of the Last Supper, during a Passion Walk on Saturday at the church. The church hosts the event every year to prepare their members and the public for the Easter Season. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church’s “Passion Walk,” where members re-enacted the final days of Jesus Christ as told in the Bible, attracted more than a hundred people on Saturday. The event was held Sunday as well. The church hosts the event every year to prepare their members and the public for the Easter Season.