Faith & Spirituality

Catholics Coming Home program is back at St. Raphael

St. Raphael Church in Bay Village will offer a program called Catholics Coming Home on seven consecutive Thursday evenings, Sept. 16 through Oct. 28, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. These sessions are for non-practicing Catholics interested in returning to the Catholic Church. There will be informal sharing and an update of the Catholic faith in a support-group format.

One former participant said of the program, "The sessions provided a sense of community with the other participants as well as with the team leaders, making me realize how much I missed that." Join us and reconnect with our Catholic community.

St. Raphael Church is located at 525 Dover Center Road. For more details and to register, call the parish office at 440-871-1100. Additional information is available at under "Parish Flyers." You may also refer to our Facebook page: Catholics Coming Home at Saint Raphael.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:44 AM, 09.08.2021

Bay United Methodist welcomes minister of education

Rev. Lauren Clawson joined Bay United Methodist Church on July 1 as their Minister of Education for Children and Youth. Previously serving as Minister of Discipleship at Gay Street Church in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Rev. Lauren is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and holds a master’s degree in Christian Education. Her experience includes 21 years of leading children and youth in churches in North Carolina, Georgia, and Colorado.

Rev. Lauren’s arrival brings new energy to BUMC’s children and youth ministry. She will develop Sunday School programs for children from pre-K to 6th grade, coordinate 7th and 8th grade confirmation curriculum, and serve as director for high school youth programs.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:57 AM, 08.03.2021

Bethesda On The Bay will host 'Homeless Jesus' sculpture

Bethesda On The Bay Lutheran Church & Childcare Center is pleased to announce the hosting of the sculpture "Homeless Jesus" May 24 through June 28.

Homeless Jesus is a life-size sculpture created by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz which depicts Jesus as a homeless person lying on a bench, shrouded in a blanket with wounds on the feet. This symbolic work of art is one of a series of inspiring sculptures crafted by Schmalz.

This very powerful image of homelessness has traveled our community since October of 2018. He has been giving inspiration to congregations and the public at 12 churches and one recovery home and one family shelter to date, and now at Bethesda on the Bay – a vibrant congregation and childcare center and member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:14 AM, 05.18.2021

The camels are coming! Westlake UMC to host live Nativity

Westlake United Methodist Church hosted its first live nativity last year and the congregation was overjoyed by the positive feedback from the community. One person commented, “for a moment I felt like I was really in Bethlehem! It was a moment of the divine on earth. Hearing the story and songs really gave me the Christmas spirit!” 

One year later, the live camels and donkeys will be back, but with a twist. “So many things have been cancelled this year because of COVID. We knew we had to find a way to still make this experience possible,” said Christopher Neeley, Westlake UMC’s Director of Music and Youth.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:51 AM, 12.15.2020

Bethesda on the Bay to host outdoor live Nativity

Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church & Childcare Center is pleased to announce the hosting of an outdoor live Nativity for the public on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 4:30-6 p.m. on its spacious grounds at 28607 Wolf Road in Bay Village.

"This is a great opportunity to visualize and experience the story of the Holy Family in a tangible and meaningful way during this time when most cannot celebrate together in person," explained Bethesda pastor Angela Freeman-Riley. "We wanted to bring a live Nativity to the community in a safe environment for all to enjoy and experience the spirit of Christmas.”

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 12.15.2020

Bay UMC offers pandemic-friendly worship options

Through its “Step In, Drive In, Listen In” campaign, Bay United Methodist Church (29931 Lake Road) is offering multiple worship options for anyone and everyone in the area during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each Sunday at 10 a.m., Bay UMC, led by Pastor Jonathan McCleery, provides a traditional worship service with Pastor’s message, a music leader (singing is not allowed in the sanctuary due to COVID), Scripture lessons, prayer, and special music, including the Bay UMC Bell Choir.

The 10 a.m. service provides an in-person worship option with social distancing in the sanctuary along with a drive-in option in the parking lot (corner of Lake Road and Bassett Road) for families wishing to worship in their car with a live localized radio feed at 87.9 FM.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2020

Contribute to Christmas comebacks

Bay Presbyterian Church (BPC) invites all Westshore families and community members to be a part of comeback stories at The City Mission by donating items to make Comeback Kits. BPC will be collecting items for the Mission’s Comeback Kits. These kits are provided to guests of the organization’s shelters and include immediate care, relief, and encouragement products like: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, lotion, razors, shaving cream, new underwear and socks, women's hygiene products, Bibles (New Living Translation), stationary, pens, games.

Shop for any of the items requested and drop off your donation at BPC’s main entrance (25415 Lake Road) anytime from Sunday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 27.

Bus passes are an urgent need also, and they can be purchased at area Marc’s, Giant Eagle, and Discount Drug Mart locations. On Dec. 17, students from the Westshore Young Leaders Network will gather at BPC to sort items collected as of that date.

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Volume 12, Issue 23, Posted 10:01 AM, 12.01.2020

'Homeless Jesus' draws attention in Bay Village

Through a collaboration with the Community West Foundation, a statue of “Homeless Jesus” was temporarily installed at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church adjacent to the walking path at Bradley Road Park in Bay Village.

The sculpture, created by Timothy Schmalz, depicts a man wrapped in a blanket and lying on a bench. Feet, protruding from beneath the blanket, bear the wounds of crucifixion. The work is a visual representation of Matthew 25:40, the verse quoted at the base of the sculpture: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Homeless Jesus is currently on loan from the Community West Foundation – the largest provider of homeless services in Cuyahoga County – and will be installed at St. Barnabas until Dec. 1.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:26 AM, 10.20.2020

'Sukkah on wheels' brings holiday joy to Westsiders

With Covid-19 restrictions keeping many people at their homes, Chabad of the West Side found creative solutions to include as many locals as possible during this year's Jewish holiday season.

Sukkot, a sacred, week-long holiday celebrated outdoors inside man-made huts called "sukkahs," was celebrated this year at the beginning of October, with a pickup truck "Sukkah-mobile" trekking across the whole West Side.

This holiday is really all about inclusion; because we’re all created from the same creator, and everyone deserves a chance to celebrate – even in the current circumstances.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.20.2020

St. Paul Westlake celebrates Pastor Appreciation Month

Churches across the nation have set aside the month of October to acknowledge the essential work of the pastor in the local congregation.

At St. Paul Westlake, “We Love Our Pastors” is the theme for the celebration that took place at weekend worship Oct. 17-18. While the usual cakes and cookies were not part of the event because of COVID safeguards, the 162-year-old Lutheran congregation on Detroit Road in Westlake showed their gratitude with cards, letters and gifts during the four services and drive-up communion.

Pastor Jeff Smith and his wife, Melissa, have served since 2015 when they arrived fresh from the seminary. They were joined this year by new Pastor Josh Gremminger and wife, Anna.  The enthusiastic ministry of these young men has merged with the experience of veteran Pastor David Buegler and his wife, Sue, to create a vibrant congregation serving 2,500 souls with good Biblical teaching, traditional and contemporary worship options and personal ministry to all generations.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.20.2020

Westside children enjoy Jewish COVID-safe camp

Despite the unique challenges posed by COVID-19, Camp Gan Israel – a division of Chabad of the West Side – opened its doors with a special program for local children to enjoy a fun-filled experience ingrained with traditional Jewish values.

In-person meetups for specialty shows took place twice weekly, with ample space between families and some shows being repeated a few times throughout the day in order to accommodate everyone safely. Supporting staff and boxed activities were also sent to children's homes all across the West Side to allow for a full, enriching experience.

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Volume 12, Issue 16, Posted 9:17 AM, 08.18.2020

Bay United Methodist Church finds new ways to connect

In the new COVID-19 normal, connection is important, while at the same time tougher to accomplish. As a church, Bay United Methodist feels the absolute calling to reach further than our own members to find connections within and outside of our community.

Through postcards to our neighbors, pizza delivery each Friday to the fire department, online postings of mid-week meditations and Sunday worship, to personal phone calls and Zoom meetings, they've found opportunities to lift people up during this difficult time.

It is not enough. Leadership in the church is actively pursuing fresh looks at ministry, continually asking the question, "How can we do better?"

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2020

St. Barnabas launches Good Neighbor Project

When Jesus offered the Summary of the Law – love God and love your neighbor as yourself – a Pharisee asked, “Who is my neighbor?” That’s when Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, who stepped up to help someone in need when others refused.

Because of social distancing requirements, many of the ways we’d like to serve our neighbors aren’t currently possible.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village recently launched the Good Neighbor Project. Through the great generosity of a handful of parishioners, we mailed $100 to every household in the parish and asked the recipients to use those funds to be good neighbors.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.16.2020

Dessert auction is sweet success at Bay UMC

Twenty-four desserts. Thirty-four volunteers. A room full of eager bidders. One super-hilarious auctioneer. That is how sweet it was on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Bay United Methodist Church for our annual dessert auction.

In support of our Appalachia Service Project Team, the congregation and friends of our church turn out to bid on delicious homemade desserts. However, this is not just any auction. The generosity and out-pouring of love is amazing and surprising each year.

The dessert auction is well known by our members as a boisterous time where gluttony (oops, generosity) hails in full force. As the tradition goes, volunteers bake their favorite homemade recipes (or get last-minute help from Heinen's) and the audience bids against each other in friendly, giggle-worthy competition. Bids for donuts, big sheet cookies, yummy bars, gluten-free and gluten-full cakes sell into the hundreds of dollars.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.18.2020

Portraits of homelessness

The Portraits of Homelessness collection, featuring 15 photographs and stories of residents from the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside,will be on display at Westlake's Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the lower lobby entry from Feb. 26 to April 12. 

Lydia Bailey, volunteer coordinator at the shelter and photographer, sought to convey their gifts and vital personalities as well as the confusing, fearful and damaging elements of homelessness.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:07 AM, 02.18.2020

Bay grad follows her father's footsteps into healing ministry

How did a Bay High alumna (class of 1986), with a degree in early childhood education, find herself as a national board member for the Order of St. Luke international Christian healing ministry, and in demand around the country today as a keynote speaker at OSL conferences?

It all began in 2006 when her father, David Ball, then convener of the Westshore Chapter sent his daughter a brochure about the upcoming local conference, featuring the Rev. Nigel Mumford.  At that time, Saran Warne's husband, Tom, was the young rector at St. John's Church in Huntingdon, PA, developing a congregation in the depressed industrial town. She was the stay-at-home mom, with their three active boys.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:05 AM, 02.18.2020

Weekly ministry focuses on praise, revival

The Praise Community has been gathering since early September at 7 p.m. weekly in the sanctuary of Advent Church, 3760 Dover Center Road, Westlake. The core leadership team of this initiative comes from four different area churches.

The Praise Community is an opportunity for believers to gather together weekly to offer up praise to the Lord and expect that He will meet with His people. The Praise Community is a non-denominational ministry that has the blessing of Advent leadership to use their great sanctuary. You are invited to come as we seek to lift up the name of Jesus seeking personal and regional revival!

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.21.2020

'Peace Troubador' James Twyman coming to Westlake

For years, James Twyman has been known as the "Peace Troubador." In 1995, James was invited to Croatia and Bosnia to perform a peace concert using his songs created from the peace prayers of the 12 major religions. Since then, James has traveled to Iraq, South Africa, Northern Ireland, and most recently Iran, to bring his focus of peace to areas impacted by the tensions of war.

Twyman has always had an affinity for St. Francis, and has been inspired to take his one-man musical, "Brother Sun, Sister Moon," to an off-Broadway venue. He will travel penniless from Portland, Oregon, to New York City relying on the generosity of people along the way.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.21.2020

Tea time for peace

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Westlake Porter Public Library, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations), St. Ladislas Catholic Church and WCMA (West Cleveland Muslim Association) hosted "Tea Time for Peace," an interfaith and larger community dialogue with the focus on getting to know your Muslim neighbor better. It was held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Westlake on Dec. 4.

Christians and Muslims alike took a brave and hospitable step in a time so fraught with controversy and fear. Over 100 guests gathered together for the chance to have tea, snacks and conversation with neighbors from diverse communities that may not have otherwise had a chance to come together. 

The evening was filled with warmth and laughter as neighbors got to know each other and launched new friendships.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.17.2019

Remembering the 1914 Christmas Truce

On Dec. 7, 1914, Pope Benedict XV suggested a temporary hiatus from the war for the celebration of Christmas. Although the warring countries did not accept the invitation for a cease fire, the soldiers in the trenches declared their own unofficial truce. 

On Christmas Eve, German and British troops which were fighting in WWI joined together in singing Christmas carols across the lines. When Christmas morning arrived, German soldiers came out from the trenches wishing the British troops a Merry Christmas! Although the British soldiers were concerned that it was a trick, their fears were allayed when they saw that the German soldiers were not carrying guns. They, too, came out from the trenches and began shaking hands.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:13 AM, 12.03.2019

Free Christmas choral celebration in Westlake

The Cleveland Ohio Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will host an evening of choral and instrumental Christmas music on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6:00 p.m., and the public is cordially invited to attend this free holiday event.

Also participating that evening will be youth and adult vocalists as well as instrumentalists representing the St. Joseph Senior Choir.

The performance will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 25000 Westwood Road in Westlake. Plenty of free parking is available on the church site.

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Volume 11, Issue 23, Posted 10:07 AM, 12.03.2019

Panache Desai discusses moving from fear to love

Panache Desai knows first-hand the experience of being an immigrant touched by xenophobia. Growing up in London's East End in the 1980s, he lived in a working class neighborhood. More and more immigrants were arriving and competing with the older, more established residents. 

Panache was of Indian descent who preferred the silence of meditation to the safety of gangs. In his teens, however, he began to turn his back on spirituality and worked to become who everyone else wanted him to be. He studied business and law in order to please his grandfather. He began to spend time in the East End underground music scene, partying at night with heiresses, gangsters and drug dealers.

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Volume 11, Issue 21, Posted 9:30 AM, 11.05.2019

CrossPointe seminar focuses on dealing with difficult situations

CrossPointe Community is offering a training seminar from a new book by author Dr. Myke Merrill from Hilton, New York. Dr. Merrill will be at CrossPointe on Saturday, Oct. 26, 5-8 p.m., and Friday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m. The cost for the training is $20 and includes Dr. Merrill's book, "Why Do People Act That Way ... And What Can I Do About It?" plus a pizza and beverage.

Dr. Merrill will teach practical skills to disentangle complicated or difficult situations and relationships. It will give you insights into the four key complexes of the mind and how they shape our sense of reality, while also offering tools for accurate understanding and effective resolution of the five emotional systems. It will help you ask questions, get answers, and then ask better questions. Finally, it will help you to identify your own storyline in a way that may help you resolve some lifelong issues.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 9:21 AM, 10.15.2019

Father and son team make a journey with impact

In July, as father and son we had the opportunity to travel from our home in Bay Village with a group of 18 other individuals from Northeast Ohio and other parts of the U.S. to Nairobi, Kenya, on an “impact trip,” with an organization called CARE for AIDS. The purpose of the organization is to empower people, who are HIV positive or have AIDS, to live beyond their condition spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially and economically.

During the trip we had the chance to see all levels of the work carried out by CARE for AIDS in partnership with local churches. The people or clients whom we observed ranged from those who were early in their journey with the organization to those who were graduating from its 9-month program. Every step of the way we saw them in their medical and spiritual counselling, visited with them in their homes where we built relationships and shared meals with them, and worshiped and engaged with them in vacation bible school.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:09 AM, 09.17.2019

Parkside Church welcomes new pastor

On Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m., Dr. Donald Lain will be installed as Senior Pastor at Parkside Church of the Nazarene in Westlake, 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake.

Pastor Lain was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and raised in a Nazarene Church parsonage. At age 13, his family became missionaries to Haiti after one year in Albertville, France. Don graduated from an international high school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1988 and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at Asbury Theological Seminary in 2009.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:09 AM, 09.17.2019

Would you like to transform your relationship with children?

Conscious parenting, based on the Conscious Discipline Program of Dr. Becky Blailey, offers an opportunity for parents, grandparents and others who work with children to build a new bridge to meaningful relationships and cooperative children. Through conscious parenting, adults are supported in transforming their relationships with children through problem solving, compassion, freedom, structure, connection, confidence, enjoyment, life skills, cooperation and positivity.

Conscious Discipline is a multidisciplinary approach that integrates the brain stem, limbic system, and prefrontal lobes. The brain stem is responsible for our survival state. It is in feeling safe that we soothe our survival state. The limbic system is responsible for our emotional state. The only way to soothe an upset emotional state is through connection. The prefrontal lobes are responsible for problem solving and learning. We support the development of the prefrontal lobes as we ask the question, "What can I learn from this?"

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:13 AM, 09.17.2019

Rally Together: All are welcome at Bay Methodist

Division. Unfortunately, this seems to be the word of the moment. We disagree on politics, we condemn those who think differently than us, we espouse our opinions on social media to perfect strangers, and we avoid our friends in fear of being judged or alienated.

At Bay United Methodist Church, we are struggling with division as well. This past February, a General Conference was held in St. Louis, Missouri, to determine a path forward regarding LGBTQ+ clergy and marriages within the Methodist Church. It was determined by delegates chosen to vote on behalf of global Methodist communities that self-professing LGBTQ+ ministerial candidates will not be ordained and same-sex marriages cannot be performed.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.04.2019

Humility of Mary Nuns Celebrate 60th Jubilee Anniversary

Last month, we hosted Sr. Mary Therese Berry and Sr. Helen Jean Novy in celebration of their 60th Jubilee anniversary of religious life as Humility of Mary sisters. These highly intelligent, creative, humorous nuns are responsible for giving thousands of local students their strong educational and spiritual formation over the past 40-plus years at Magnificat High School.

As a community, we would like to honor them and pay them tribute for such an incredible accomplishment. We know that we represent all students and families (both former and current) in sending our deepest gratitude for what they have given us.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:15 AM, 08.06.2019

St. Paul Westlake welcomes new vicar

St. Paul Westlake installed a new vicar in services on Sunday, July 14. Vicar Chad Bolosan is eager to get started in his role as pastoral intern.

“It’s a chance to learn from those that have the experience,” he said, referring to St. Paul’s pastoral staff which includes Pastor Emeritus Rev. Dr. David Buegler, Senior Pastor Ronald L. Young and Associate Pastor Jeffery M. Smith.

Bolosan, 44, and wife, Sherry, are the parents of Annabelle, 8, and twins Emma and Charlotte, 3.

“I fell in love with sharing the gospel, and it’s wonderful seeing it in other people,” he said.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.16.2019

Healing room to open at Advent Church in Westlake

The West Shore Healing Room will open on July 9 at Advent Episcopal Church, 3760 Dover Center Road in Westlake. The healing room, which is certified by the International Association of Healing Rooms in Spokane, Wash., offers personal prayer for physical and emotional healing and addictions.

The room will be open on the second Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge. Appointments for prayer at other times can be made by calling 216-407-3220 or emailing to

The International Association of Healing Rooms coordinates 2,946 healing rooms in 68 countries.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:42 AM, 06.18.2019

Unity hosts women's retreat in July

Unity Spiritual Center welcomes women to a spiritual retreat July 18-20 on the USC campus at 23855 Detroit Road in Westlake. The retreat begins Thursday evening, continues all day Friday, and on Saturday until 3:00 p.m. It is not an overnight event.

California-based singer and songwriter, Karen Drucker, who is also a creator of transformational women’s retreats held around the U.S., will lead the Unity retreat. The theme is “Self Care for Turbulent Times.” She will be joined by Betsy Muller, human energy expert and author of “Energy Makeover.” The price of $199 includes all events, and six healthy meals by "whole-istic" chef, Cheryle Costa, of Kitchen Underground Project.

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.18.2019

Dover UCC honors church members for volunteerism

When was the last time your church thanked you for all that you do to carry God’s message out to the community? Well, Dover Congregational United Church of Christ in Westlake did just that on Sunday, May 19.

The event was named “Church + (Plus)” and over 140 members of the church were treated to a catered dinner, along with live entertainment, speakers and even a maître de. The purpose of the dinner was to recognize that fact that not only does church happen on Sundays, but members continue the Lord’s mission every day.

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Volume 11, Issue 11, Posted 10:19 AM, 06.04.2019

Westside Jews celebrate Passover with fun, learning and ancient traditions

Few Jewish holidays evoke the same warm sentiments as Passover. Memories of family and friends gathered as the four cups of wine are poured, the four questions asked and the Matzah served, all contribute to Passover’s popularity in the Jewish community. Bringing the warmth and tradition of this festival to the West Side community, Chabad of the West Side is inviting all Jewish residents to participate in a community Seder to be held on Friday night, April 19.

The Seder takes participants through the wondrous liberation of our ancestors from Egyptian bondage, while sharing the relevance and beauty of the age-old festival in our modern lives. Included in the Seder will be a delectable catered dinner paired with a variety of fine imported wines and handmade round "Shmurah" Matzah from Israel.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.16.2019

Westside churches collaborate for Good Friday

On Friday, April 19, eight Westside churches will come together to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus; offering a community Good Friday Service at 7 p.m. at LaCentre, 25777 Detroit Road, Westlake. This event will focus on the seven last words of Jesus Christ on the cross, as well as Holy Communion. There will be music with a live band, scripture readings and four brief sermonettes. 

How do eight churches from a variety of backgrounds and theological persuasions come together? Often pastors are asked, "So what's different about your church?" or "Are you a denomination or independent?" Personally, I prefer to talk about what is the same versus what is different, and that is exactly what this event is all about: coming together to focus on what is the same.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.16.2019

A Good Friday Experience: Stations of the Cosmic Christ

For centuries, Christians around the world have practiced the devotion of the Stations of the Cross. These stations invite participants into the last hours of Jesus' life. It is a powerful practice that allows one to enter into and thereby relive the final hours of Jesus' life. 

The traditional stations, however, covers just 20 hours of Jesus' life. There were many other pivotal events in the life of Jesus, and expanding the stations to include these offers a fresh perspective on a traditional practice.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:48 AM, 04.16.2019

Westlake United Methodist Church continues to welcome ALL people

The United Methodist Church (UMC) has been in the news recently after delegates of the global denomination met in a Special-Called Session of the General Conference to address long-standing disagreements around human sexuality and the inclusion of LGBTQIA persons in the full life of the church.

Headlines from this Conference – where a narrow majority of delegates voted to uphold the worldwide-church’s bans on same-gender unions and “self-avowed, practicing” gay clergy – may lead some to question if United Methodist churches are friendly to LGBTQIA persons. Rest assured, in spite of the vote approving the “Traditional Plan” as amended, Westlake United Methodist Church remains a welcoming congregation.

Westlake UMC is an open and affirming house of worship for all of God’s children with a long history and tradition as a progressive, mission-focused church. In 2001, the church formalized this commitment to inclusion into the congregation’s Vision & Value statements. It is core to Westlake UMC’s identity to “welcome people of all ages, races, social and economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.”

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.02.2019

Love stands in the doorway

On Sunday, March 24, Reverend R. Keith Stuart, pastor of Dover Congregational United Church of Christ in Westlake, held a very different kind of service. You see, he had traveled to Nogales, Arizona, and across the border to Nogales, Mexico, last November and had a front row seat to the so-called "Immigration Crisis." On this Sunday, he was not being political; not advocating illegal immigration or telling the congregation what their opinion should be. Instead, he simply shared his heart.

Rev. Stuart challenged the congregation think about immigration on a human level, a holy level. "Scripture never begins with policy, it begins with humanity," he stated.

When we watch the news, we hear about the illegals, the wall and how we need to protect our border. He wanted the congregation to imagine entering at a different part of the story. What if we started at the beginning of the migrant's journey?

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.02.2019

What will it take to birth a greater reality?

Unity teachings remind each of us of the power to transform our own individual lives in order to impact the transformation of our greater community and world. As you begin to heal your own mistaken ideas, words and actions you impact the greater human consciousness. As you and I take responsibility for the way we show up in the world, the world as we know it begins to shift. Every day, no matter what is occurring in your own individual life, you have the opportunity to make a difference.

When it feels like the end of your world, you've arrived at a point of magnificent opportunity: the possibility of transforming every dimension of your life. How do you release old ways of thinking? How do you become a conscious co-creator of your reality? How do you become an active participant in global transformation?

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:50 AM, 04.02.2019

Westlake church to host simulcast event

Parkside Nazarene Church is pleased to announce the nationwide simulcast of the Tragedy into Triumph series, which features well-known athletes, authors and people in the news. This series will show how God can bring triumphant change into our lives, even in the midst of tragedy.

Simulcast over three days, the series features three inspirational stories:

  • Monday, March 18, 7 p.m.: Rifqa Bary will share the custody story that made national news as she fled her home in Ohio to Florida fearing for her life for accepting Christ.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 7 p.m.: Brian Bosworth will share his journey from football to faith, as he left drugs, defiance, and the “The Boz” persona to embrace faith in Christ.
  • Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.: Siran Stacy will share how even a strong NFL running back has to have help in the loss of his wife and 4 of 5 children in one night.
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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2019

St. Lads to help foster healthy relationships

St. Ladislas will host a panel discussion on fostering healthy relationships titled, "Finding Joy: Creating strong, thriving, healthful relationships with others and God," on Sunday, Feb. 10, 7-8:30 p.m., at St. Ladislas Church on 2345 Bassett Road in Westlake

All educators, counselors, managers and religious leaders agree positive relationships lead to improved mental, physical and spiritual health.

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Volume 11, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.05.2019