Welcome to The Community Church of Stow
1567 Pilgrim Drive
Stow, Ohio 44224
Stow Community Church)
1567 Pilgrim Drive
Stow, Ohio 44224
Stow Community Church)
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) update for The Community Church of Stow
Dear Church Family and Friends,
Our barriers have come down! It is no longer necessary to mask and social distance yourself! Hymnals, Bibles, and pew cushions have been replaced in the pews. Masks and sanitizer are available if you wish to use them and we will continue to sanitize the sanctuary following worship.
In other church news:
Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change, prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change.
In Essentials, Unity. In Non-Essentials, Liberty.
In Diversity, Charity. In All Things, Christ First.
Adult Sunday School is held at 9 AM on Sundays. It is led by Carol Zeh and will be held OUTDOORS, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair and your own coffee. When it becomes necessary to meet indoors, classes will be led by another member of the group.
The Worship Service with Interim Pastor Larry Baldridge begins at 10:30 AM.
Holy Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month and on Easter and other special occasions throughout the year.
Worship is now being held in the sanctuary. Summertime worship will occasionally be held outdoors.
The United Church of Christ was formed when the Congregational Christian Church, and the Evangelical and Reformed Church, merged in 1957. Both denominations grew out of the Protestant Reformation. The rich insights of our Calvinist and Lutheran heritage still shape and nourish our faith today. The Community Church of Stow, founded in 1917, voted to join the United Church of Christ in 1961.
Each congregation of the United Church of Christ is autonomous and self-governing. The national bodies of our denomination speak to our churches, but cannot speak for them.
We believe in God, the Eternal Spirit, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and our Father, and to his deeds we testify:
God calls the worlds into being,
creates humanity in his own image
and sets before us the ways of life and death.
God seeks in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
God judges all humanity by his righteous will
declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Lord,
God has come to us
and shared our common lot,
conquering sin and death
and reconciling the world to himself.
God bestows upon us the Holy Spirit,
creating and renewing the Church of Jesus Christ,
binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
God calls us into the Church
to accept the cost and joy of discipleship,
to be his servants in the service of others,
to proclaim the Gospel to all the world
and resist the powers of evil,
to share in Christ's baptism and eat at his table,
to join him in his passion and victory.
God promises to all who trust him
forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace,
courage in the struggle for justice and peace,
his presence in trial and rejoicing,
and eternal life in his Kingdom which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto him. Amen.
HELPING OTHERS BECOME ONE IN CHRIST
learned from Pastor Jim Case
Tony Evans notes a caterpillar is ugly, slow, slimy, and it takes all day to go two feet. But when it undergoes the process of metamorphosis and the caterpillar becomes a butterfly, something beautiful is born. Metamorphosis is the process of something at work on the inside trying to show up on the outside.
There’s only one reason a butterfly can fly. Its wings are strengthened by the work it does to break through the cocoon. If a bystander were to slit open a cocoon prior to the butterfly breaking itself loose from the cocoon, it wouldn’t fly. Its wings are developed through the struggle. No struggle, no flight.
Every Christian is a butterfly waiting to happen. A saint may feel like a caterpillar or even think they look like a caterpillar, but the goal for the Christian is seen in Philippians 2:12-13 concerning our response in the midst of adversity. “. . . continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good pleasure.”
Coming out of the covid pandemic, which would have to rank as pretty intense adversity, it raises pertinent questions concerning our Christian walk. How have I grown in my Christian faith? Has the Lord taught me to trust Him more and not be afraid? Can I look back over the past year and see God’s leading and spiritual strengthening in my life?
Until God calls us home, adversity will always be a part of our lives. The question is never, “How can I avoid adversity,” but rather, “With God’s presence in my life, how can my faith and Christian character mature in the midst of adversity?”
In Christian Love,
Join us on Wednesday morning at 9 AM for prayer in the sanctuary followed by a time of coffee, goodies, and fellowship.
Open to all.
Our Lay Associate,
Carol Zeh, leads the Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class.
Meets Sunday morning
in the parlor or outdoors, weather permitting,
at 9 AM, September - May.
ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL HAS BEEN
Sunday School for children age 4 through young adult, is held during the worship service following the anthem, September - May.
Nursery care is always available.
The Prayer Shawl Knitters meet on the second Friday of the month at 10 AM in the parlor.
Completed shawls are prayed over and freely given to those in need of comfort and prayer.
Don't miss out!
Serving the public
for over 20 years!
Join us on the third Friday of each month (except December) for the best Spaghetti in town!
From 4 - 7 PM
Dinner includes spaghetti (meatless sauce available), salad, bread, beverage and dessert.
Children ages 4 - 12: $3.50
Hosted by the Church and founded in 2011, The Stow Community Farmers Market continues to grow!
Find your friends there and enjoy some great shopping.
Saturdays, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
June 5 - October 2
Join us for breakfast at the Stow Cafe on Darrow Road.
We meet the third Thursday of the month at 9 AM.
BREAKFAST MEETINGS HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY POSTPONED.
WE HOPE TO RESUME SOON!
The Darrow Street Grange meets here on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 PM in
The Joshua Stow Chapter of the DAR meets on the second Saturday of the month at
September - April.
Play & Learn Preschool is a privately owned preschool located in The Community Church of Stow, United Church of Christ.
It has served the communities of Stow, Cuyahoga Falls, Munroe Falls, and Kent since 1968.
Karen Blankenship, Director
Dedicating the spot on Elm Street for a new church. . .
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