Louis Markos, a C.S. Lewis scholar, will speak at churches in Stow, Cuyahoga Falls and Kent on Wednesday and Thursday.
A professor of English at Houston Baptist University, Markos will present his perspective of how Lewis’ work (including the Narnia tales) mounts a Christian response to topics like science and the natural world, the new age movement, philosophy, evil and suffering, the arts and heaven and hell.
Markos is the author of Lewis Agonistes: How C.S. Lewis Can Train Us to Wrestle With the Modern and Postmodern World (B&H Books, 2003) and co-writer of a screenplay on C.S. Lewis (The Lion Awakes), which highlights his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. His new book, On the Shoulders of Hobbits: On the Road to Virtue With C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien (Moody Press) is scheduled to be released in October.
He will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Stow Alliance Fellowship, 4460 Stow Road in Stow, 330-688-7533; 2 p.m. Thursday at Northampton United Methodist Church, 852 W. Bath Road in Cuyahoga Falls, 330-928-9323; and 7 p.m. Thursday at Riverwood Community Church, 1407 Fairchild Ave in Kent, 330-678-7000.
In other religion news:
Catholic Diocese of Youngstown — Bishop George V. Murry has appointed the Rev. John Madden as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, 409 W. Main St., Ravenna. The bishop also appointed the Rev. Edward Stafford as assistant pastor at Christ the Servant Parish, 1001 39th St. NW, Plain Township.
Christ Is the Answer Ministries — 379 E. South St., Akron. 7 p.m. Monday. Special prayer service. 330-376-1869.
Faith United Methodist Church — 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield Township. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4. Purse Party Round-Up & Luncheon. Casual western-themed event, with appropriate clothing like kerchiefs, vests, hats and boots encouraged. Tickets $5. Fried chicken and other food and drink served. Childcare provided. 330-673-7597.
Family of Faith United Methodist Church — 800 E. Market St., Akron. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Creamed chicken/biscuits and Swiss steak dinner. Adults $8, ages 4-12 $5. Carryout available. 330-376-2141.
First Apostolic Faith Church — 790 Easter Ave., Akron. 6 p.m. Sunday. Sunday Night Explosion service: Signs of the End Times. 330-762-9139.
Jehovah’s Witnesses Convention — Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University, 2000 Prospect Ave., Cleveland. 9:20 a.m. today and Sunday. Three-day “heart examination” at district convention, highlighting Biblical references to the heart. Admission is free.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. Community Day outdoor worship service and picnic. Guest speaker is the Rev. Richard Bush of Marietta, Ga. Entertainment festivities with local talent. Singing, praise dancing, mime, Christian poetry and rap. 330-864-6635.
Journey Covenant Church — 2679 North Haven Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls. 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Free, hot dinner to local residents on the last Tuesday of each month. Christ Kitchen Dinners are open to the public. 330-923-8021.
LifePointe Church — 6498 Waterloo Road, Atwater Township. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A Christian missionary group, Manna Worldwide, will share experiences of its mission trip to Panama July 17-25. It will be led by former LifePointe pastor, the Rev. Cory Ward.
Mount Lebanon Baptist Church — 180 Edward Ave., Akron. 11 a.m. Aug. 12. The 66th Women’s Day celebration will be at morning service. Speaker will be Robin Evans, currently the acting pastor. A pre-Women’s Day salad and dessert brunch will be at 10 a.m. on Aug. 11 in fellowship hall. It includes a fashion show. 330-376-6378.
Mount Olive Baptist Church — 1180 Slosson St., Akron. 10 a.m. Sunday. Family & Friends Day. Prizes to the individual bringing the most guests, and to the guests traveling the farthest to Akron. Dinner will be served after the service. The Rev. Edison Esters of Detroit, Mich., will speak at the 4 p.m. service. 330-836-5561.
Nashville Nights — 88 W. Wilbeth Road, Akron. 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 18. Saint Pio Mission Blues Festival. Big Daddy’s Blues All-Stars headline with special guest Downtown Tommy. Tickets $8.50, which includes spaghetti dinner and show. All proceeds benefit impoverished single mothers and the elderly.
Notre Dame College — For the first time Notre Dame College will award a scholarship valued at $40,000 at The Fest on Aug. 5. Entrants must fill out a contact form at www. notredamecollege.edu to be eligible for the award to the private college in South Euclid. Students must be present to win at the raffle-style drawing. The award is for one full-time undergraduate student who begins studies in 2013, 2014 or 2015. The award is for $10,000 for four years. The Christian festival is sponsored by the Diocese of Cleveland on the grounds of the Center for Pastoral Leadership at 28700 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe.
Open M — Paradise Lake Golf Course, Suffield Township. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, 12th annual Open M Golf Outing fundraiser. Proceeds benefit the free health clinic for uninsured residents of Summit County. Fee is $100 per golfer and includes golf, cart, lunch, appetizers and steak dinner. Best-ball scramble with a shotgun start. Reservation deadline is Sunday. To sign up, visit www.openm.org or call 330-434-0110, Ext. 404.
Our Lady of the Elms Chapel — 1230 W. Market St., Akron. 3 p.m. Sunday. Celebrating Mary of Magdala with Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace. Call Conni Dubick for reservations at 330-835-5688.
Community Gospel Tabernacle — 181 E. State St., Barberton. 10:45 a.m. Sunday. Singer Rich Adkins from Franklin, Ohio, will perform at morning service.
Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church — 1225 Vernon Odom Blvd., Akron. 5 p.m. Aug. 5. Celebrating the 17th anniversary of The Gospel Train radio program, with Paul and Susie Finney. Local radio host Henry Dunn will present performers including Mamie Brown, Brandon Hollis, the Christiannaires, the Spiritualettes and many more. 330-338-3466.
Lake Anna Park — West Park Avenue and Sixth Street Northwest, Barberton. 7 tonight. The 26th annual Gospel at the Gazebo. Christ Unlimited and guest singer Rich Adkins will perform. Bring a lawn chair.
Trinity Lutheran Church — 600 S. Water St., Kent. 5 p.m. Aug. 6. Annual picnic and Goodyear Stan Hywet Band Concert. Picnic from 5 to 7 p.m., concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share, and lawn chairs. Hot dogs, burgers, brats, chips and beverages will be served.
Speakers and classes
Blessed Trinity Parish — 300 E. Tallmadge Ave., Akron. 7 p.m. Aug. 7. Father Michael B. Smith, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Akron, is the speaker for the next Come and See meeting in McKeever Hall. His topic will be How to Update Your Faith. Discussions will follow on a variety of topics. No cost, reservations not required. For information, call Linda Herold at 330-376-5144.
Mount Calvary Baptist Church — 442 Bell St., Akron. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Aug. 7. The Bridges Program will hold its annual summer sessions. It is a college access program for students entering the ninth grade. To register, contact Brandon R. Scarborough at 330-957-2474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Queen of Heaven Church — 1800 Steese Road, Green. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 6. First of a free six-week series on Mondays, excluding Labor Day, entitled Journey to Peace Bereavement Support. It is a ministry of information, consolation, spiritual and emotional support for those of any faith who have experienced the death of a loved one. For more information, call Sue Lyons at 330-499-3937.
Vacation Bible Schools
Goodyear Heights Community Church — 464 Brittain Road, Akron. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Vacation Bible School for pre-K through grade 7. Theme is Up and Away. Stories, music, crafts and treats. Closing program at 6:30 p.m. Friday. No fee, but nonperishable food items will be collected for Haven of Rest. 330-733-6664.
Manchester United Methodist Church — 5625 Manchester Road, New Franklin. 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 to 10. SonRise National Park Vacation Bible School. For age 4 to grade 6. Includes field trip to Portage Lakes State Park. 330-882-4818.
St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church — 3204 Ridgewood Road, Fairlawn. 8:30 a.m. to noon Aug. 6 to 10. The Akron Clergy Association will sponsor a Vacation Church School. Preschool through high school ages. Registration deadline is Monday. Theme is The Sacraments. Songs, Bible stories, art, games, sports, skits. 330-666-7116.
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