The United Methodist Church in Stow has Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. (Praise) and 10:45 a.m. (Traditional). Sunday school for all ages is at 9:30 a.m.

Kids' Church and nursery care are offered at both services.

On Dec. 18, the church will have Lessons and Carols at all services. Christmas Eve services will be at 5 p.m. (Family), 7 p.m. (Traditional) and 11 p.m. (Communion). On Christmas Day there will be one service at 9:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Feel free to wear your pajamas to this service.

The church is located at 4880 Fishcreek Rd. Contact by phone: 330-673-7752 or by email: umcinstow@gmail.com or visit the web site: www.umcstow.org


Resurrection Lutheran Church invites the community to participate in a new adult study on the book of Romans during the study hour, 9 a.m. on Sundays with worship following at 10. Children's Sunday School is at 9 as well.

Resurrection Lutheran Church invites the community to participate in a new advent study on the gifts from heaven above during the study hour at 9 a.m. This will also be the focus of the sermon series as well for Sunday's worship at 10. Children's Sunday School is at 9 as well.

There will be a service of carols, candlelight, and readings on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. On Christmas morning there will be no study hour, but there will be a birthday party for Jesus following the worship service with treats and activities for the children. All are welcome.

Resurrection Lutheran Church is located at 1981 Graham Road with parking off Dirker Boulevard. Call the pastor at 330-689-1045 for more information.


Worship services are at 8:30 a.m. in the Chapel and 10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

Both services include hymns, contemporary songs, scripture, sermon, prayer, and communion.

The 10:45 service also includes a Children's Message.

Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m.

On Dec. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m., come and search for the Christ Child with us. Shepherds will guide you through Bethlehem and Judea where you will meet Angels, Shepherds in the field, the Three Wise Men, Elizabeth and her son John, King Herod, the Inn Keepers, and finally, the manger, where Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus will greet you with quiet reflection on the miracle that changed the world.

First Christian Church of Stow is at 3493 Darrow Road, Stow. The church can be reached at 330-688-4450, and online at www.firstchristianstow.org and on Facebook www.facebook.com/fccstow and Twitter @FCCStow. The Rev. Jonathan Rumburg is the church pastor.


Stow Community United Church Of Christ is at 1567 Pilgrim Drive in Stow. The church is one block from Graham Road behind the Briarwood Nursing Home. Contact the church at 330-688-8927 or online at http://www.stowcommchurch.org/.

Sunday Worship with Pastor Jim Case begins at 10:30 a.m. Children's Sunday School is at 10:30 a.m. and Adult Bible Study at 9 a.m. Nursery care is provided for children through age 4.

Wednesday Morning Prayer with the Pastor -- Meet with Pastor Case on Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m. for prayer in the sanctuary, followed by fellowship and coffee.

Adult Bible Study (9 a.m. in the parlor) and Children's Sunday School (during worship) meet September - May on Sunday mornings.

The next Spaghetti Supper is Jan. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. Prices are: $7.50 for adults; children 12 and under pay $3.50. Chef salad and carry-out are available. There is no Spaghetti Dinner in December.

The Annual Christmas Cookie Sale is Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Home-baked cookies sell for $5/baker's dozen. Come early; these great cookies sell quickly.

The Darrow Street Grange meets at the church on the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m.

Cub Scout Pack 3169 meets at the church on Tuesdays at 7 p.m., September through May.

The Daughters Of The Revolution, Joshua Stow Chapter, meets at the church on the second Saturday of the month at 9 a.m., September through May.


Sunday morning services are at 8:30 and 11.

A Homemade Christmas From Around the World: This Advent Season the congregation will experience the true meaning of Christmas as we prepare for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Join us as we travel to different countries each Sunday from 9:45 10:45 a.m. where we will learn about Christmas traditions through food, crafts, worship and song.

Dec. 11 3rd Sunday in Advent we'll visit Brazil; and Dec. 18 4th Sunday in Advent we'll visit South Africa.

Adult Learning Programs: Saturday Men in Mission Bible Study each Saturday from 8-9 a.m.; Adult Bible Study each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 a.m.; Women's Bible Study each Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m; and Pastor Landis Coffman will offer a Crossways Bible Study - each Thursday from 7-9 p.m.

The third Sunday (Dec. 18) of each month has been designated as Bridge Sunday. Plan to meet and pack Bridge Bags after the 11 a.m. service.

The church is located at 3725 Kent Road, Stow. For more information contact the office at 330-688-7213 or office.ststephenstow@gmail.com.


Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m. There also is a "Kid's Own Worship" each Sunday at 10:45 a.m. for children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The Choir's Christmas Cantata, "A Night To Remember," will be offered Dec. 18 during the 10:45 a.m. worship service.

A Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.

Dec. 25 Worship Service will be at 10:45 a.m.

The church has a green recycle bin in the parking lot for paper and cardboard.

Twin Falls is on Facebook. The church is at 60 N. River Road in Munroe Falls. Call 330-688-5676 or visit www.twinfallsumc.com.


The Church of New Hope invites all to worship and share Christ's love each Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Wednesday night features programs for all ages. Groups meet at the church from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Under the direction of Children's Pastor, the Rev. Elizabeth Kargbo and her team provide children ages 4 to 11 with a time of Bible teaching on their level, memory verses, crafts, fun, and snacks.

Pastor Dalia Soza is providing interesting and fun times for youth. She and Pastor Soza are eager to meet young people and their friends. Teens, invite someone to come with you and find out what this group is about. The group meets in the Student Ministries Room on Wednesday nights.

Adults meet in the sanctuary for Bible study. Pastor Joel has begun a new study on the Book of Micah.. The group enjoys a time of rich teaching, prayer, and fellowship. It's a great midweek lift. Meet in the sanctuary at 7 p.m.

New Hope Learning Center provides quality, loving Christian care for children ages 3-12 years old. There is room for additional children. Call Dawn at 330-688-9970 for information. If you're looking for quality preschool care for your children, or before- and after-school care, New Hope Learning Center is a safe, secure place for kids ages 3-12.

There is a green recycle bin at the edge of the parking lot just off Route 91 and next to the church sign. Cardboard and bagged shredded paper are also accepted. Proceeds are helping fund a missions trip that's in the planning stage.

The church is at 4415 Darrow Road, Stow. Telephone is 330-688-9999, email office@churchofnewhope.com, or visit www.churchofnewhope.com.


Sunday worship service is at 10:15 a.m., with Christian Ed and ABF at 9 a.m.

Student Ministries Seventh- through 12th-grade student ministries meet on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Email students@stowpres.church for more information.

Crossroads -- the post-high school group meets the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:30 p.m. off site. Email crossroads@stowpres.church for information.

Resonate, the kids ministry (K-6th grade) meets Sundays during the 10:15 a.m. worship and for special events. Email kids@stowpres.church for more information.

Stow Presbyterian Church, 4150 Fishcreek Road, can be reached at 330-688-6935, email info@stowpres.church or online at www.stowpres.church.


The church will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Holy Family Parish this fall with an Anniversary Mass on Dec. 18 at the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Good Neighbors food collection is gearing up for the Christmas drive, which will take place Dec. 13-15. Visit www.holyfamilystow.org for details.

Confirmation for Adults - Are you an adult who has received First Holy Communion but has never received the sacrament of Confirmation? For more information call 330-688-6412 x223.

Advent Tuesdays - Holy Family Church at 8 p.m. Night Prayer.

Registration has begun for PSR, Sunday School, First Communion and a brand new program, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Many programs for children ages Kindergarten through eighth grade start in the fall. A new program is being introduced as well for ages 3 and 4. visit www.holyfamilystow.org for registration details.

RCIA sessions are on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 1 of the lower hall. Call 330-688-6412 ext. 271 for more information.

Life Teen has begun for high school teens following 11:30 Mass on Sundays in the Life Teen Lounge. Visit the Youth Ministry Page on www.holyfamilystow.org for more details.

Parish Prayer Line: Those wishing to place an intention are welcome to call 330-688-5666.

For more information on these and other events, visit www.holyfamilystow.org or call 330-688-6411.

Community of Saint John

"The Original Christmas: Rethinking the Birth of Jesus," will be presented in a free public lecture by the Rev. Brian Suntken at Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt St. in Hudson on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.

"Centuries of history have biased the reading of the Nativity stories as they are found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke," says Suntken. "The birth narratives, read in their original context, are far richer and more challenging than most people imagine. What do these stories mean in the context of their primary Jewish setting? These narratives speak powerfully about humanity's deepest yearning for God's promises and passions. They are at one both personal and political."

Brian Suntken brings to his presentation 30 years of biblical study, numerous trips to Israel and the West Bank, and a devotion to presenting the ancient texts in their proper historical setting. A gifted teacher and preacher, Suntken has used his passion for God and God's people in a lifetime of dedication to the spiritual and intellectual growth and enrichment of every individual.

This lecture is sponsored by the Community of Saint John. The Community of Saint John was established in 2012 as an independent Christian Church with no affiliation to any denomination. The congregation is committed to following Jesus' way of love; a rich diversity; the work of reconciliation and seeking justice for all people. The Community holds regular services at Barlow Community Center, Sundays at 10:45 a.m. Worship is centered around the service of Holy Communion, led by Brian Suntken, Minister and Nicole Keller, Director of Music. Supervised activities that relate to the lectionary are provided for young people in the Memorial meeting room. Coffee and fellowship follows each service.

More information about the Community of Saint John can be found on the website: www.communityofsaintjohn.org.



Worship services at First United Methodist Church, 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls, are on Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

The church has many Sunday School classes for all ages which meet from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. There is child care available for infants through preschoolers all morning and there is a Children's Worship service for those in Kindergarten through fifth grade during the 11 a.m. service.

Worship on Christmas Eve will take place at 6 (a family-oriented candlelight service), 8 and 10 p.m. (candlelight services.) On Christmas Day there will be a worship service at 11 a.m.

The Procession of the Nativity will take place on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Join voices with all the vocal choirs of First Church as they "walk" through the Old Testament prophecy of the Messiah, The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, and on to the Nativity in a concert full of music, costumes, and instruments. Come and worship Emmanuel: God With Us.

The new Women's Bible Study, "What Love Is" by Kelly Minter, will lead attendees through the letters of 1, 2, and 3 John. "Through his letters John gives us the ultimate gift of assurance: we can know that we know Jesus." The Women's Bible Study takes place on Tuesdays (7-9 p.m.) and Wednesdays (10 a.m.-noon) beginning Jan. 17/18 and lasts for seven weeks. The deadline for registration is Dec. 30.


Sunday morning worship celebrations begin at 10 a.m. The Cornerstone Cafe is open from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m. and immediately after the service with refreshments provided "on the house."

The church is at 5344 Fishcreek Road. Call 330-686-0722 with any questions or for further information.


Sunday worship is 10:30 a.m. to noon. Sunday class is 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

For events current and upcoming, visit the web site, www.vlchurch.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/victorylifechurch.stow. Sermons are available on the website under "Media" for listening or download.

Matthew Skifstad is the pastor.

Victory Life Church is at 3833 Hudson Drive, Stow. Call 330-929-6555 for details.


Sunday mornings begin with worship at 8:45 a.m. Bible Study is at 10:15 a.m. followed by worship at 11:30 a.m.

Childcare is provided for babies through 3 years during worship and Children's Church for 4 years through sixth grade takes place during the 11:30 a.m. worship service.

Crestview Baptist Church, 3943 Fishcreek Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-673-0405 or visit www.CrestviewStow.org and be a VIP guest at 11 a.m. worship on Sunday.


On Sundays at 10:30 a.m. there is a traditional service with hymns and a sermon. The traditional service also includes communion on the first Sunday of each month.

Faith Fellowship Baptist Church is at 4872 Darrow Road in Stow. Call 330-650-3744 for details, or visit the website at www.ffbc-stow.org. The Rev. Jill A. Smith is the pastor.


Grace Bible Church meets at 2474 Graham Road, just east of Charring Cross, in Stow. The Sunday morning service starts at 10 a.m. and finishes at 11:15 with a greeting and fellowship time after the service.

The Men's Bible Study meets Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. at the church building. The group is studying the book of Ephesians together using a guide published by John MacArthur. There will be teaching, discussion, bagels and coffee.

Pastor Jim Brown is teaching through the book of Luke in the morning worship service. The focus is to expound God's Word verse by verse to learn what God has revealed about Himself and about one's relationship to Him. The main attraction at GBC is Jesus in God's Word.


Christ Community Chapel, Stow Campus, worships together at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Enjoy free doughnuts and coffee before a casual worship service.

Children's options are available for birth through fifth grade.

Christ Community Chapel, Stow Campus, is at 3900 Kent Road in Stow. Call 330-688-2440 or visit the website at stow.ccchapel.com.


Sunday worship opportunities are available at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school programs for all ages and nursery care are available during both services. On Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. Stow Alliance Fellowship offers activities for the whole family as well: Adult Prayer Ministry, Worship Choir, Women's Bible Study, Men's Bible Study (5 p.m.), Jr. High Youth Group, Sr. High Youth Group and Awana.

Stow Alliance Fellowship, 4460 Stow Road in Stow, can be reached at 330-688-7433 or www.StowAlliance.org.


Sunday worship service is at 10:45 a.m. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. Children's Church takes place during Sunday morning worship.

Nursery care is available during class and worship times. The Fishcreek Church of the Nazarene is at 4469 Fishcreek Road, Stow. It can be reached at 330-673-8538