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Day of community service to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

By Colette M. Jenkins
Beacon Journal religion writer

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Hillel at Kent State University and the university’s Office of Quality Initiatives and Curriculum are organizing a day of community service to commemorate Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 21.

The initiative, called Just For a Day, encourages students, faculty, staff and community members to volunteer and give back to the community. It begins at 9 a.m. at the Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E. Summit St. on the college campus. Volunteers will be sent out to work at a variety of locations in Portage and Summit counties, including Hattie Larlham, the Campus Kitchen, Meals on Wheels and Freedom House. The goal is to bring a minimum of 120 volunteers together.

Just For a Day debuted on Veteran’s Day 2009 and has regularly rotated between the two federal holidays. For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, call 330-678-0397 or email

Hillel at Kent State is an independent nonprofit Jewish organization.

In other religion news:


First Church of Brethren — 1812 Marigold Ave., Akron. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today. All-you-can-eat soup supper plus desserts. Adults $6, ages 12 and younger $4.

Mogadore Christian Church — 106 S. Cleveland Ave., Mogadore. 5 to 6 p.m. today. Contemporary and Casual Worship Service will be held the first Saturday of each month in Fellowship Hall. Light dinner during service includes soup and sandwich. Childcare available. 330-628-4433.

New Life Episcopal Church — 13118 Church St., Lake Township. 3 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the successful merger of two parishes, as well as the December completion of the church’s $150,000 building repair and renovation project. The special service will be celebrated by the Rev. Mark Hollingsworth Jr., bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. It will include a blessing of the renovated areas. A reception will follow. 330-699-3554.

South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 8:30 to 11 a.m. today. Breakfast fundraiser. Variety of breakfast items available. Homemade cinnamon rolls. On Friday from 9 to 11 a.m., there will be an open public food pantry. 330-724-1334.

Speakers, classes,


Akron-Canton Shambala Center — 133 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 17. First session of a five-week introductory meditation class, Meditation in Everyday Life, held on Thursdays. Participants do not have to take the entire series. 330-459-0320.

The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. Winter Retreat will be held Feb. 1-2 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Interstate 77 and Rockside Road in Independence. Speaker will be Jennifer Sands, a Christian author and speaker who lost her husband in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Her topic is Abiding in Christ. Registration required, deadline is Jan. 13. Call 330-935-0132.

Grace United Methodist Church — 1720 Schneider St. NW, Plain Township. 6 p.m. Wednesday. First session of varied classes offered for 11 Wednesdays through March 20. The University of Faith includes classes on Alpha: A practical introduction to the Christian faith; Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit, crochet or sew; American Sign Language; Acts: Celebration of Discipline; The Gift Years: Learn how to handle the golden years; Personal Christian Finance; It’s Tough Being a Woman: A study by Beth Moor; Change the World: Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus; Why Men Hate Going to Church; and Wacky Wednesday: a class for grade K-5. Soup and sandwich at 6:45 p.m., classes from 6:45 to 8 p.m. 330-499-2330.

Malone University — Office of Spiritual Formation & Arrants-McSwain, Randall Campus Center, 2600 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 18. One-day educational workshop for pastors and spiritual leaders. It was originally scheduled for Friday, but the date has been changed. It is designed to help leaders understand and relate to people of their congregation and develop spiritual formation practices that relate to their special needs. To register, call Celia King at 330-471-8632. Cost is $59 per person. Limited to 50 participants.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church — 583 W. Hopocan Ave., Barberton. 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the Episcopal Church House of Deputies, will be guest preacher at two services of Holy Eucharist, where the church will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany. 330-753-9026.

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