A forum to address the issue of human trafficking will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the Root Cafe at Northampton United Methodist Church, 852 W. Bath Road, Cuyahoga Falls.
The S.T.A.N.D. (Serve, Teach, Advocate, Nourish, Dignify) Against Trafficking event aims to give those in attendance insight into human trafficking and offer ways to help the men, women and children who are targets of exploitation. It will include a presentation from representatives of Rahab Ministries, an Akron organization that serves women who have been trafficked into drugs and prostitution and Not For Sale, an international organization that focuses on diminishing poverty in an effort to help survivors and those at risk of being trafficked.
The Root Cafe is a nonprofit coffee shop that is located on the first floor of the Cuyahoga Falls church. Because of space limitations, reservations are required for the forum. To reserve a seat, call 330-928-9323.
In other religion news:
Bath Church — 3980 W. Bath Road, Bath Township. 2 and 7 p.m. Friday. Blue Christmas services for those who do not wish to celebrate the holiday because of any type of loss, such as death of a loved one, loss of job or other reasons. Services conducted by the Rev. Maureen Weber, associate pastor. 330-666-3520.
The Chapel, Green Campus — 1800 Raber Road, Green. 10 a.m. Friday. Abundant Living 55+ Christian fellowship and lunch in the atrium. Concert with John Schmid, Common Ground Ministries. Ages 55 and over welcome to attend. 330-315-5508.
Christ Is The Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. The church will be distributing 25 Christmas food baskets on Dec. 23. You must call to preregister by Thursday. 330-376-1869.
Grace Church, Bath Campus — 754 Ghent Road, Fairlawn. Programs will be offered for a creative, family-friendly way to celebrate the meaning of Christmas. They are offered at 5 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22; 9 and 11 a.m. and 4 and 6 p.m. Dec. 23; and 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Childcare available for newborns through age 4. 330-815-0658.
Green Valley United Methodist Church — 620 E. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Green. 4 p.m. Sunday. A choir cantata, Bethlehem Morning, will be presented. At 6 p.m. Friday, there will be a Blue Christmas service for people experiencing difficult times during the holidays. 330-896-4357.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 North Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free, hot dinner is served to local residents, usually on the last Tuesday of every month. It will be a week earlier than usual in December, though, because of the Christmas holiday. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public. The normal schedule will resume in January. 330-923-8021.
Kent United Church of Christ — 1427 Horning Road, Kent. 7 p.m. Friday. The Longest Night service will be held for those who have difficulty coping during the holiday season. Offers quiet reflection and meditation as a way to cope with the pressure to be joyful when there is little joy in the heart.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Gospel Bluegrass Jam on the third Friday of each month. Bring your favorite covered dish to share for dinner at 7:30 p.m. Donations welcome. 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, age 4 and under free. Carryout available. 330-628-3344.
Morning Star Baptist Church — 1360 Newton St., Akron. 5 p.m. Dec. 22. Celebrate Christmas With a Cantata will be presented. 330-923-8462.
Our Lady of the Cedars — 507 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Fairlawn. 6:30 p.m. today and each night through Dec. 23. The Nine-Day Novena will begin with daily devotions including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. 330-666-3598.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 7 p.m. Sunday. An ecumenical service, a Festival of Lessons and Carols, will be held. Christmas schedule is as follows: Communal Penance service with individual confessions at 7 p.m. Thursday. Individual confessions on Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. and 7 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. and 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., and Dec. 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. Christmas Masses will be on Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., with music by Sent Forth Band at 7:30 p.m.; and at 10:30 p.m. with music by the adult choir at 10 p.m.; on Christmas Day at 9 and 11 a.m. 330-896-2345.
St. John Christian Methodist Episcopal Church — 1233 S. Hawkins Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. The St. John Food Pantry will hold its monthly food distribution for qualified persons living in postal zip code 44320. Registration and qualifications for current year will be required of all applicants, including picture ID and proof of current address. The annual Christmas Community Lunch will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free to the community. 330-864-3030.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. 4 to 7 p.m. Friday. Spaghetti dinner. Includes garlic bread, drink, salad, applesauce and dessert. Free-will offering. The Pastor’s Fund will receive a portion of the proceeds. 330-673-5446.
Apostolic Church of Barberton — 1717 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Coventry Township. Christmas Candlelight Concert. 330-745-5550.
Arlington Memorial Baptist Church — 2330 E. Market St., Akron. 6 p.m. Sunday. The Festival Choir and orchestra will perform Magnify — A Soulful Christmas Celebration. The cantata will be followed by refreshments in the Life Impact Center. Concert is free, childcare provided. 330-733-8311.
Calvary Temple — 3045 Albrecht Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. today, 11 a.m. Sunday. A Christmas play for the whole family, Back Alley Billy, will be presented. It was written and will be directed by Wanda Walker.
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 7 p.m. today and Sunday. A Christmas praise gathering, On Earth, Peace, will be presented both evenings. Incorporating drama and full orchestra, the musical is the story of Christmas 330-935-0132.
First United Methodist Church — 245 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Procession of the Nativity. The concert presents the story from the Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary to the adoration of the Christ child. Music from choirs at the church. Free and open to the public. Childcare provided. 330-923-5241.
Goodyear Heights Community Church — 464 Brittain Road, Akron. 6 p.m. Sunday. The annual Christmas play, A Shepherd’s Story, will be presented by the church’s young people. 330-733-6664.
Kent United Church of Christ — 1427 Horning Road, Kent. 4 p.m. Sunday. The Christ Chancel Choir will lead a Festival of Lessons and Carols in the sanctuary. It tells the story of the coming of the Christ child with favorite hymns and carols, other music of the season and readings from scripture. A community dinner will be served in VanMeter Hall at about 5:15 p.m. No admission charge. 330-673-9534.
St. Sebastian Church — 476 Mull Ave., Akron. 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Ceremony of Lessons and Carols will be held. It includes nine readings of salvation with Advent/Christmas music interspersed. Featuring children’s and handbell choirs, Gregorian Schola choir, parish choir and praise and worship ensemble. Free and open to the public. 330-836-2233.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron — 330 Morewood Road, Fairlawn. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Joy of Christmas: A Musical Celebration. Featuring the church’s chancel choir under the direction of Bob Carlyon, along with keyboard artist Brian Laakso and guest musicians. 330-836-2206.
Victory Chapel — 32 W. Bellisle Drive, Coventry Township. Presenting A Night In Bethlehem, a live Nativity with animals.
Wesley Temple A.M.E. Zion Church — 104 N. Prospect St., Akron. 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Songspiration of Praise and Worship will feature the praise team and youth and adult choirs.
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