A four-part speaker series called Nurturing the Next Generation begins Sunday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 250 W. Exchange St. in Akron.
The series is designed for parents and others who care for children. All lectures begin at 6 p.m., with a free community dinner at 5 p.m. Childcare will be provided.
The first session is The Importance of Play in the Development of Children. It will be facilitated by Dr. Joshua Magleby, a neuropsychologist.
Magleby is also the presenter for the second session on Jan. 20. That lecture will focus on anger management in children and adolescence.
On Feb. 17, Chelsea Cunningham, of Akron Children’s Hospital, will present Respect: Teen Dating Violence Prevention.
The final session on April 21 is titled The Invisible Woman: Exploring History, Literature and Experience of Disability and Motherhood. The April session will be led by Kelley Shinn from the University of Akron.
The series is sponsored by Westminster Presbyterian Church, Spring Garden Waldorf School, Faith Lutheran Church, the Shaw Jewish Community Center and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
For more information, go to www.westminsterakron.com or call 330-836-2226.
In other religion news:
Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Community and friends Thanksgiving dinner. All are welcome. 330-376-1869.
Covenant Worship Center — 2535 Romig Road, Akron. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Holiday Bazaar & Craft Show, sponsored by Women United for Christ. Free admission.
First Church of Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 6 p.m. today. Free movie night. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
First Evangelical Congregational Church — 369 E. Woodsdale Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Thanksgiving service. The community is invited. 330-773-2126.
Goodyear Heights Community Church — 464 Brittain Road, Akron. 6 p.m. Sunday. Special Thanksgiving Communion service. Nursery will be provided. 330-733-6664.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 7:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 1. Pancake breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage and beverages. Adults $6, ages 12 and under $4. 330-882-4818.
Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 7 p.m. today. Swiss steak dinner. Includes mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, beverage and dessert. Adults $8, ages 5-12 $4, ages 4 and younger free. Carryout available. Proceeds support mission outreach of the Christian Women’s Fellowship. 330-628-3344.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 9 a.m. Thursday. Thanksgiving Day Mass. Canned goods and cash donations will be collected for Green Good Neighbors. At 6 p.m. Dec. 8, there will be a silent and oral auction and dinner in the Parish Life Center with the Remember When band. $40 per person or $280 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased the last two weekends in November after church services, by mail or at the church office. New items will be accepted for the auction during November. 330-896-2345.
St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Food pantry monthly food distribution for qualified persons living within postal zip code 44320. Registration and qualifications for current year will be required of applicants, with picture ID and proof of current address. 330-864-3060.
St. Patrick Parish — 313 N. Depeyster St., Kent. 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6. A retreat titled An Advent Journey With the Blessed Trinity. It will be facilitated by Sister Mary McCormick, professor of theology at Walsh University. There is no fee. Bring a plate of Christmas cookies to share. To register, call 330-677-4453.
South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11 a.m. to noon today. Stork’s Nest hosted by the sisters of Zeta Phi Beta for expectant young mothers. Free baby clothes, prenatal education, refreshments. There will be no December meeting. The open public food pantry will be closed Friday. At 2 p.m. Thursday, there will be a free community Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings for anyone in the community. 330-724-1334.
Wooster Avenue Church of Christ — 1147 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 24. Snack lunch and clothing giveaway. Sizes available for all ages. If needed, transportation is provided between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. by calling 330-762-7301 or 330-388-0235 before 6 p.m. Friday.
Arlington Church of God — 539 S. Arlington St., Akron. 7 p.m. Friday. Leslie Parker Barnes and Friends present More: A Concert and Worship Experience. Doors open at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop.
Calvary Temple — 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. 2 p.m. Sunday. An In House Concert will be presented. It will feature singers from the church following morning worship and a potluck luncheon. There will be a water baptismal service following the concert.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6 p.m. Nov. 25. The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, a gospel group from Memphis, Tenn., will perform. Free-will offering. 330-935-0132.
Malone University — Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 3 p.m. Dec. 2. The College of Theology, Arts and Sciences Department of Music presents its annual Christmas at Malone concert, All Is Well. It combines scripture and music in a celebration of the Nativity. It includes a fully-staged production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 senior citizens. Malone students with an ID admitted free.
Millheim Baptist Church — 2661 Hayne Road, Springfield Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. Silver Ring Thing’s Rewind Tour. A live, concert-style event for high school and middle school students. It is an international youth ministry promoting the idea that a person should have only one sexual relationship during their lifetime, with a husband or wife. Tickets are $5 online or $8 at the door. Group discounts available online. www.silverringthing.com/eventinfo.asp.
Mount Olive Baptist Church — 1403 13th St. SE, Canton. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Singing Wonders of Canton, with George Hogan and Perry Range, will celebrate their 46th anniversary. Guests include the male chorus from St. James AME Church of Massillon, and the male choruses from East Liverpool and Steubenville. At 3 p.m. Nov. 25, the Deacons and Trustees’ end-of-the-year drive will culminate with the Rev. William C. Bunton of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Akron as the guest. 330-453-8197.
Springfield Baptist Church — 1920 Krumroy Road, Springfield Township. 7 p.m. A Christian concert will feature the Fisherman Quartet. Free-will offering.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County — 3186 Burbank Road, Wooster. 7 p.m. Nov. 26. Ohio premier screening of Things We Don’t Talk About: Women’s Voices From the Red Tent. It documents the stories of women reclaiming their sacredness, their truth and their voice as changers in the world. Free and open to the public. To learn more about the movie, visit www.redtentmovie.com/trailer.html.
Zion Temple Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. 6:15 p.m. Monday. Annual O’Give Thanks Concert with Raymond W. Hinton & The Anointed Voices.
Speakers, classes, workshops
East Akron Community House — 550 S. Arlington St., Akron. 6:30 p.m. Monday. First session of a five-week workshop series called How to Deal With Sadness During the Holidays. It will continue on Nov. 26, and Dec. 3, 10 and 17. It will be facilitated by the Rev. Jeffrey Dennis of Mount Calvary Baptist Church and therapists from Minority Behavioral Health. Sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Adriane Clayton at 330-773-6838 ext. 237.
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