November 27, 2014

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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…

Contemporary Christian artist Tumes performs at Harvest

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette Contemporary Christian music singer/songwriter Michelle Tumes is at a crossroads. While the artist enjoys performing live and touring her music, there’s a new side to the industry that has sparked her interest. The Australian native and Los Angeles resident is currently writing material for feature films. In fact, Read More…

Rundle releases debut CD of Christian songs

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette MEDINA — A dream come true. That’s how Medina housewife Sherril Rundle describes the recent release of her debut CD, “In His Grip: Songs of Comfort and Joy.” After a lifetime of volunteering her voice for various community organizations, including Hospice, Kiwanis and more, the 50-something Columbia Township Read More…

Georgia-based Third Day performs at Blossom

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette In contemporary Christian music circles, you don’t get much bigger than rock act Third Day. With more than 5 million albums sold and numerous Grammy Awards to its credit, the Georgia-based act is back with its latest album “Revelation.” While the new album debuted at No. 6 on Read More…

Multidenominational service marks Sept. 11

MEDINA — Area representatives of the world’s leading religions will gather at Unity of Medina at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 to offer prayers of peace and unity. The public is invited to participate in this moving ceremony. Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, Muslim, Jew and Christian leaders will offer prayer, chant or poetry common to their Read More…