April 23, 2014

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Area churches talking turkey with free meals

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor Since its beginning, Thanksgiving has been about sharing the bounty of the harvest. Several area churches will continue the tradition by opening their doors and their kitchens to the community. The Rev. Brian Liechty, pastor of New Life Christian Fellowship in Medina, said their purpose is to do anything Read More…

Litchfield Baptist celebrates 175 years

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor LITCHFIELD TWP. — When a group of 13 people decided to organize as Litchfield Baptist Church in 1833, they chose 2 Chronicles 7:12 as their dedication verse: “And the Lord ap-peared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place Read More…

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 Read More…

Ugandans build new life one bead at a time

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor Mary Auma rises at 5:30 a.m. to feed her chickens and work in her garden. By 7 a.m. she is weeding potatoes and sweet potatoes she grows on leased land, a job she finishes by 11 so she can walk the 2½ kilometers back home to make lunch for Read More…

Charlie Bell chimes with The Icemen

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette During his years spent teaching math at Medina High School, Charlie Bell always dreamed of taking his soul music singing hobby to a new level. Surprisingly, the Georgia native found his opportunity a few years ago while overseas as part of the Fulbright teacher exchange program. “While I Read More…

Saint who?

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor Visit a Catholic church on All Saints Day, and part of the observance will include a litany of saints. It’s a beautiful chant inviting the saints to pray with those asking for help. The litany opens with a petition to Mary and Joseph to “pray for us” and ranges Read More…

What’s in a name? County churches reflect favorites

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor Throughout Medina County, many churches, both Catholic and Protestant, have taken a saint’s name. Each saint is associated with a certain area of blessing expertise. Here are a few you’ll probably recognize, with information provided by the Catholic Online Web site at www.catholic.org: St. Colette — Born Jan. 13, Read More…

Praying in the company of saints and angels

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:18) While most people associate Halloween as a day of kids decked out in costumes begging for candy, on the church calendar it is better known as Read More…

Trinity UCC celebrates 150th anniversary

WADSWORTH — Trinity United Church of Christ will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary at 2 p.m. Oct. 26, with a musical prelude to begin at 1:30. The church family invites the Wadsworth community to come and celebrate with them. The afternoon service will feature meditations provided by the Rev. Robert C. Johnson, senior minister emeritus of Read More…

Winners announced for Peace and Justice Award

The Catholic Commission of Wayne, Ashland and Medina, the regional social action organization of the Diocese of Cleveland, has named John and Dorothy Stratton as recipients of the 2008 Michael Berken Peace and Justice Award. They are singular catalysts for peace, social justice, and health care who have launched organizations impacting the lives of many Read More…