April 1, 2015

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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…

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…