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 Community Church of Stow
Dear Church Family and Friends,
We are now meeting in our beautiful sanctuary at 10:30 AM on Sunday, with these restrictions:
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.
Worship Service with Interim Pastor Larry Baldridge:
Worship is now being held in the sanctary. The congregation is requested to wear masks.
No Nursery Care is available at this time.
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
It is a joy and an honor to be serving as your interim pastor. Since I began August 1, 2020, these have been challenging months. They have not only been difficult for churches but on our whole nation dealing with the coronavirus. We have taken many steps as a church to keep people safe. There are no certainties with this virus, but there certainly are with our Lord. Economies rise and fall. Politicians come and go. Our health and life are day to day.
With God there are certainties, unlike this virus. His eternal love, demonstrated in the sending of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. His eternal truth and promises, manifested in His authoritative Word, the Bible. We could go on and on talking about God’s unchangeable attributes.
We have to make a choice today with the freewill God has given each one of us. Are we going to live in fear to the uncertainties of life like the coronavirus or are we going to choose to put our faith in what God has promised and made known?
I’m reminded of the importance of our need to act in faith, and not just talk about faith, in a story told by Tony Evans.
“A blind girl, one day, was caught in a fire on the tenth floor of a building. She could make her way to a window, but she couldn’t see anything. She felt the heat and smelled the smoke of the fire. Then she heard a fireman yell, “Jump, jump!”
She said, “I’m scared to jump. I can’t see.”
The fireman said, “If you don’t jump, you’re going to die. Take the risk and jump.”
It’s bad enough to jump from ten stories high, but to jump when you can’t see where you’re jumping—that’s terror. In the midst of the chaos and confusion, she heard another voice, “Darling, jump. I’ve got you.” She smiled and said, “Okay Daddy. I’ll jump.”
Jesus Christ is inviting us to jump. He knows we’re nervous, but He’s asking us to just jump on His certainties! He knows you’re scared, but just jump on what He’s made known. Remember, we’re talking about our Daddy. We’re talking about Somebody we know. You’ve seen what He can do in your life and other people’s. Let’s jump together!
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.
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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 9:15 AM,
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
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