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FAITH & RELIGION

Published: February 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Organist Gail Archer performs March 4

HUDSON This year marks 25 years since the installation of the great Wilhelm pipe organ at First Congregational Church in 1991. Please join First Congregational Church in continuing to celebrate this milestone for a free concert by internationally-renowned organist Gail Archer on March 4 at 8 p.m. in the church's sanctuary, located at 47 Aurora St., Hudson. Gail Archer will play selections by Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Joan Tower, Mary Howe, Alexander Shaversaschvili, and Modest Mussorgsky.

Bereavement Support Group meets March 8, 9

When we lose a loved one by death, we are wounded. Just as a wound does, we need to heal from within, to express our thoughts and feelings, even when they seem crazy. We need to recognize that "crazy is normal."

Knowing this will not lessen your grief, but it may help your healing to begin. A support group is a safe haven with those who understand and care. St. Mary Church, 340 N. Main St., Hudson, will have meetings on March 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. and March 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 106.

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Grief, like a wound, takes time to heal. A support group is to the grieving like a healing salve to a wound; it soothes and comforts us while we heal.

To register for the group or for more information, contact Rose Gordyan, Pastoral Associate, at rgordyan@stmaryhudson.cc or 330 653-8118ext. 227.

Divorce and Beyond session March 14

Now what do I do? Divorce is painful, often shattering. But it need not be disastrous.

Divorce and Beyond is a seminar for people who are separated, have filed for divorce, or are already divorced. This seminar helps to examine what happens to most people going through the total beak up of their marriage. These group sessions will begin on Tuesday, March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 106 at St. Mary Church, 340 N. Main St. in Hudson.

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Register by calling Rose Gordyan, Pastoral Associate at rgordyan@stmaryhudson.cc or 330-653-8118 ext. 227. In the meantime, May God Bless you and help you take the chance to discover you are not alone in feeling not yourself and how to deal with this drastic change in your life.

Talk on finding Jesus March 30

Bible teacher Kinney deHamel will speak on the topic "I Love to Tell the Story" at Hope Lutheran Church on March 30 at 7 p.m.

The free presentation will include encouraging stories of people finding Jesus and inspiring ways to help the hurting and seeking people in one's own life. Refreshments will be served.

Kinney DeHamel has been a teacher for nearly 30 years. She became a Christian while trying to prove that the Bible is false. Since then, she has had a heart for the hurting and those who seek truth and meaning for their lives, and has had many experiences teaching prayer, evangelism and spiritual growth in venues as diverse as children's Sunday School and prison ministry.

This program is sponsored by the Women of Hope. Hope Lutheran Church is located at 456 S Chillicothe Road in Aurora.

First United Methodist Church in Cuyahoga Falls

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.

Mark the beginning of Lent by coming to the Ash Wednesday service on March 1 at 7 p.m.

Coloring mandalas can be a time of nurture, prayerful practice and drawing closer to God. Bring colored pencils or markers and join the congregation at First Church for a Lenten study which will feature coloring. It will take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon beginning on March 4 and continuing through April 8. Call Kathy at 330-923-5241 ext. 212 to register.

Going Strong, a group of active retirees from First Church and the community, will meet next at 1 p.m. on March 9. The program will feature Judy Brown-Kritzman, who will entertain attendees with Irish songs in honor of St. Patrick's Day. As a vocalist with Johnny Singer's Orchestra, she has sung for Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan as well as England's Princess Margaret.

The Wesley Youth group for 4th-5th graders will head to Cici's and a movie on March 12 at noon, returning at 5 p.m. Reservations are due by March 8 at 6 p.m. Call 330-923-5241, Ext. 218.


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