St. Mark Lutheran

St. Mark Lutheran Church, 158 North Ave., offers the following activities:

Jan. 13 -- Services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School, 9:15 a.m.; Sunday

School at 9:15 a.m. Formalizing a vision continues to be the focus of discussion. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall.

Jan. 21 -- Knitting/Crocheting for Charity, 7 p.m.

Jan. 22 -- Angels in the Kitchen, 7 p.m.

Jan. 23 -- Douglas Gardner and family will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. honoring Charles Gardner. A luncheon will be served after the service; choir practice, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 -- St. Mark Southern Gospel Quartet practice, 9:30 a.m.

St. Mark Lutheran Church is located at 158 North Ave. For more information, call 330-633-3718, visit or find the church on Facebook.

Tallmadge United Methodist

This week at Tallmadge United Methodist Church:

Jan. 13 -- Contemporary service, 8:45 a.m.; Sunday School for all ages, 9:45 a.m.; traditional service, 10:45 a.m., followed by a UMYF Spaghetti Dinner; Kid's Club, 4 p.m.; Junior High UMYF, 4 p.m.; Senior High UMYF, 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day, offices closed.

Jan. 22 -- Bible study, 7 p.m.

Jan. 23 -- Choir practice, 7 p.m.

Jan. 24 -- Men's Devotions and work group, 8:30 a.m.

Tallmadge United Methodist Church is located at 207 N. Munroe Road. For more information, call the church office at 330-633-3734.

First Congregational

All are welcome to join Sunday activities at First Congregational Church of Tallmadge.

Worship -- 8:30 and 10 a.m.; Sunday school for all ages, 9 a.m.; children and youth choirs, 10 a.m.; children's worship, 10:30 a.m.

High School Fellowship also meets on Sunday's, but the schedule varies. Middle School Fellowship and Handbells meet during the week.

Contact the office for more information at

Warriors' Journey Home Ministry -- Listen, Speak, Heal is scheduled to meet Jan. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Veterans and individuals of strong heart who would like to experience the healing circle for veterans are invited to attend. For future meeting times, visit the website

First Congregational Church of Tallmadge is located at 85 Heritage Drive. For more information, call 330-633 4931 or visit

Our Lady of Victory

The Year of Faith -- Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 73 North Ave.,continues to celebrate The Year of Faith by sharing some OLV history each week in its bulletin.

Families can jump start faith activities in the home, primarily to assist parents in being the first and best teachers of their children in the ways of faith which may in turn foster family togetherness, learning and conversations about faith, in a fun and interactive way.

Visit the Family Website for the Year of Faith at and click on the Family tab.

Middle school teens -- Feb. 23, annual retreat hosted by St. Sebastian's on Mull Ave. in west Akron, $20. This is a middle school retreat lead by high school teams supervised by their youth ministers from six surrounding parishes. Call Ellen at 330-801-0463 for questions.

High school -- Feb. 22 and 23 - Middle School Retreat at St. Sebastian's.

Twenty-somethings Young Adult Group -- Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 21, every other Thursday at OLV. For singles or married individuals in their 20s and 30s with or without children. Babysitting provided. Currently reading Matthew Kelly's Book: "Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic." All are welcome.

Adults -- Monday nights during Lent Feb. 18 through March 19 in Room 101 at 7 p.m.

Ten-week series "Rediscover Our Faith -- the Catholicism Series" will be presented in one hour videos. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in a Lenten journey.

Ash Wednesday -- Lent begins Feb. 13.

Lenten Bible Study -- Feb. 20, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Parish Center. The Gospel of Mark will be explored every Wednesday during Lent

Jan. 26 and 27 -- After each Mass donations will be accepted to provide funds for 400 billboards, Internet, phone aps, etc. to educate people in crisis pregnancies and puts them in touch with life saving alternatives.

Visit the OLV website for all the news at

Call 330-633-3672 for more information.

Grace Baptist Church

Grace Baptist Church, 5915 Rhodes Road, Kent. Sunday services include worship at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday school for children, youth and young adults and an adult Bible fellowship class; worship at 11 a.m. with children's church and another adult Bible fellowship class option.

Maranatha Bible Church Women's

Ministry presents


New Beginnings: When God Turns the Page will be presented by the Women's Ministry of Maranatha Bible Church Jan. 20 from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at Maranatha Bible Church,1424 Killian Road, Akron.

Sue Wells-Langford-Whitman and Kim Bates-Ahlstrom will speak.

Wells-Langford-Whitman has many titles: divorcee, widow, brain surgery survivor, newlywed, mom, step-mom, grandmother and teacher (she has been teaching at Tallmadge High School for 30 years).

Bates-Ahlstrom has been taking baby steps of faith on her journey as a wife and mother of three children, two at home with her and one in heaven.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 330-645-2681 or visit