April 18, 2015

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Nazarene churches celebrate 100th anniversary of the denomination

On Oct. 5, local Church of the Nazarene churches will join 18,000 other Nazarene churches to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the denomination. Preparations for the day began in 2004 with the writing and translation of materials sent to every Nazarene church across the globe. The plan is that all 1.7 million Read More…

Church security seminar

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor MEDINA — Churches concerned about increasing safety and security for their congregations are invited to attend a seminar hosted by the Medina County Career Center and Medina Assembly of God Church. The seminar will be held 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Medina County Career Center, Read More…

Church briefs

10 Principles of Positive Discipline A five-week series of “10 Principles of Positive Discipline: Bringing Back the Joy and the Connection,” will explain conscious discipline — a shift from seeking to create an obedient child to nurturing a productive member of a family or classroom. Classes will be held 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Oct. 14, Read More…

‘Beyond the Threshold’

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor MEDINA — In her new book, “Beyond the Threshold,” author Laura Adams shares a year she spent with God. The introduction describes her selection of the title, although it may sound “ethereal or philosophical,” as “the most practical explanation of the revelation God has given me as I have Read More…

Medina UCC honors long-time members

By ANGELA HUSTON Special to The Gazette MEDINA — On Sept. 20, greeters Don and Carolee Rafn welcomed everyone to the annual luncheon at which the United Church of Christ Congregational honors members with 50 years or more of membership. Following a social hour during which guests rekindled long time friendships, the Rev. Dr. Neal Read More…

Garden of Granger: Church’s project helps kids find mission spirit

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By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor GRANGER TWP. — Just behind Granger United Methodist Church, a choir of sunflowers sings above a row of tomato and pepper plants. A pumpkin vine sprawls around two orange beauties, and further down a small watermelon peeks through the broad leaves that shade it. It’s small, as gardens grow, Read More…

Living Word welcomes new pastor

By JUDY A. TOTTS Religion Editor MEDINA TWP. — When the Rev. Jeffrey Steele-Steeber sat down to write one of his first columns for Living Word Lutheran’s August newsletter, he opened with a question: “What do you get when you mix worship, food, games, food, families, food, a piñata, food, water balloons and more food?” Read More…

Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church names its new pastor

GUILFORD TWP. — The Rev. Dr. Edward E. Kropa, Jr. has accepted the call to serve as pastor of Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church located at 9282 Acme Road. Kropa’s first official Sunday in the pulpit was Sept. 7. Kropa received his Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus and his Doctor of Ministry Read More…

Accentuate the positive

By MONA JACOBSON Special to The Gazette Human beings are created for fellowship. We play in groups. We marry a partner. We live and worship in communities. One of our greatest desires as humans is to connect. God created us that way so we would desire connection with him and each other. The best moments Read More…

Connection Church gathers in new home

By BETTY CARLISLE Special to The Gazette GRANGER TWP. — The congregation of Connection Church has built its corner stone on the belief that it is the people who become the church – not the bricks and mortar of the building where they gather. So when it was time to construct a permanent facility at Read More…