Faith and Religion: Veterans can take free driver safety course

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Hope Community Church will offer veterans, their spouses and dependents free participation in the AARP Driver safety course. The four-hour course, taught by an AARP representative, will be at Hope Community Church, 3033 Middleton Road in Hudson, Nov. 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants receive a certificate at the end of the course that could get them a discount on car insurance. Call the church office 330-655-5170 to register for the class. Non veterans are welcome to take the driving safety course at a cost of $14. Visit www.HopeCMA.com for more information. Hope sponsors coat giveaway Hope Community Church, 3033 Middleton Road, is sponsoring a Winter Coat Give-Away Nov. 17 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Coats will be given out to children in grades K through 12. Each person must be present to receive a coat. Call 330-655-5170 or visit www.hopecma.com for more information. Rejoice youth group to make blankets The Rejoice Middle School Youth Group will gather for faith, fun, fellowship, food and friends Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The group will be making fleece blankets to donate to Akron Children's Hospital. To join the group or donate new fleece to make the blankets, contact the church office at 330-653-5980 or office@rejoicelc.org. Rejoice Lutheran Church is at 7855 Stow Road in Hudson. Luncheons offered for those 55 and older Lunch will be served to guests 55 and older Nov. 15 at noon at the Parish Hall at the church at 21 Aurora St. in Hudson. The event is sponsored by the parish nurse ministry of Christ Church Episcopal and First Presbyterian Church of Hudson. The speaker will be Liz Mulroy from the Greater East Ohio Alzheimer's Association. The Parish Nurse Luncheons are open to all. Email reservations to Cynthia_Rocco@hmis.org. The next Parish Nurse Luncheon will be Dec. 20 at 21 Aurora St., with dietician Suzanne Kim as the guest speaker, discussing the "10 Commandments of Nutrition." Free family movie night scheduled for Nov. 17 Western Reserve Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) hosts a free movie night on the third Saturday of every month. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. with the movies beginning promptly at 7. These family-friendly movies are open to the public. Movie dates include: Nov. 17, "A Family Thanksgiving" (not rated), and Dec. 22, "The Family Holiday" (not rated). For more information, call 330-650-1242. Search for Christ Child at United Methodist The Hudson United Methodist Church, 2600 Hudson-Aurora Road, will host a "Search for the Christ Child" Dec. 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The Search for the Christ Child begins in the inn where a census is taken. After light refreshments, a shepherd guide will accompany groups of travelers on an interactive pilgrimage in search of the Christ Child. Visitors are encouraged to dialogue along the way as they meet shepherds, angels, wise men and innkeepers. They also will visit King Herod's palace, travel through a marketplace, and ultimately reach the nativity. This 30-minute journey is free and for all ages. For more information, call the church office at 330-650-2650. St. Mary Church hosts Christmas Bazaar St. Mary Church, 340 N. Main St., will host a Fair Trade Christmas Bazaar Dec. 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A wide assortment of fair trade items from 16 vendors representing artisans and farmers throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia and the Holy Land will be for sale. This event includes free admission, with fair trade coffee and chocolate tasting, and a raffle to win a gift from one of the vendor tables. Fair Trade is an international movement to build equitable trading relationships between consumers and the disadvantaged of the world. Through fair trade, underprivileged workers are enabled to generate change and opportunity for themselves by learning skills; adapting traditions and skills to compete in the world market; and sustaining a consistent flow of income to rise above poverty. Cornerstone Family plans Live Nativity Cornerstone Family Church, 1460 Hines Hill Road in Boston Township, will host its sixth annual Live Nativity Dec. 15 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Guests will walk to the manger as they interact with the Magi, Roman guards, shepherds, live animals and more. Free refreshments and live Christmas music by harp will be available inside the church. Visit www.cornerstonefc.org for more information.

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