Unity Chapel of Light will celebrate the 20th anniversary at its Tallmadge location, 503 Northwest Ave., at 10 a.m. Sunday.
The church, which traces its roots to 1917, began in several homes in the Akron area. By 1952, the congregation, known as Unity Center of Truth, moved to 1075 W. Market St. (the mansion that was originally the home of Charles W. Seiberling). It remained there until 1992, when its current building was completed.
The anniversary service will include historical highlights. A picnic celebration will begin after the service. Guests are welcome to gather outdoors or in the air- conditioned fellowship hall.
Unity Chapel of Light is considered a progressive Christian church that adheres to the practical application of the teachings of Jesus. It welcomes people from all belief systems, lifestyles and backgrounds. The Unity movement began more than a century ago and is widely known for The Daily Word, an inspirational booklet found in hospitals, prisons, libraries and churches.
In other religion news:
Antioch Baptist Church — 670 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sunday. Community outreach breakfast. All are welcome. 330-762-3469.
Faith United Methodist Church — 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield Township. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Janelle Kurtz has been appointed pastor and will begin her ministry at morning service. She graduated from the University of Akron in 2009 with a degree in child development. She is currently enrolled in Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. Kurtz succeeds the Rev. Curt Bissell, recently appointed associate pastor at Mentor United Methodist Church. 330-673-7597.
Immaculate Heart of Mary — 1905 Portage Trail, Cuyahoga Falls. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Candlelight prayer service as part of Fortnight for Freedom, a two-week effort of prayer and public action to emphasize both the Christian and American heritage of religious freedom.
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; and age 4 and under, free. This is the last Swiss steak dinner until September. 330-628-3344.
South Arlington United Methodist Church — 790 S. Arlington St., Akron. 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer lunch program sponsored by the city of Akron and the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. Free lunch, open gym and games. From 9 to 11 a.m. Friday there will be an open public food pantry. 330-724-1334.
Zion Temple Baptist Church — 515 Ardella Ave., Akron. 6:30 tonight. Raymond W. Hinton & the Anointed Voices Ministry will present a musical.
First Friday Club of Greater Akron — Martin University Center, 105 Fir Hill, Akron. Noon July 13. Deacon John Green, director of Catholic Charities Community Services/Summit County, will be the speaker. His topic is Living Deeply in a Shallow World. Cost of the luncheon is $15. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. 330-535-7668.
Grace United Methodist Church — 1720 Schneider St. NW, Plain Township. The Art of Marriage, a six-session event, will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. July 27 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28. Experience God’s design for marriage from expert teachers and humorous vignettes. Cost is $35. Child care is available. For information or to register, call 330-499-2330.
Vacation Bible Schools
The Chapel in Marlboro — 8700 State Route 619, Marlboro Township. 6:15 to 8:45 p.m. July 9-13. The Sky’s the Limit is the theme for Vacation Bible School. Children will learn a Bible lesson each day, reinforced with verses and stories. There will be a carnival the last night with food and amusements. 330-935-0132.
First Baptist Church — 1670 Shatto Ave., Akron. 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 9-13. Vacation Bible School will be held for children age 4 through grade 6. For more information or to register, call 330-867-2121.
Grace United Methodist Church — 1720 Schneider St. NW, Plain Township. 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. July 9-13. Vacation Bible School. Theme is Sky: Everything is Possible With God. For age 4 through grade 5. To register or for information, call 330-499-2330.
McDonaldsville United Methodist Church — 7641 Wales Ave. NW, Jackson Township. 3 to 6 p.m. July 9-13. Vacation Bible School, for age 3 to grade 6, with a 5:30 p.m. meal for the whole family. Crafts, songs, games. Free. Call 330-499-6971 or email children’s names to email@example.com.
Twin Falls United Methodist Church — 60 N. River Road, Munroe Falls. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 8-12. SonRise National Park Vacation Bible Adventure. For ages 3-12, it includes Bible stories, crafts, outdoor adventure, snacks and nature center. Call 330-688-5676.
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