The Sanctuary of Praise, at 8788 Hadden Road in Twinsburg, will offer vacation Bible school Aug. 10 through Aug. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m. nightly. On Aug. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will be a free book bag giveaway and festival. Register a child for a free book bag. This is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Call 330-425-3088 ext. 320 for more information.
Rejoice Lutheran hosts clothing shed
Rejoice Lutheran Church at 7855 Stow Road in Hudson is raising awareness for a clothing drop off shed they have hosted now for two years. Rejoice partners with St. Pauly Textile Inc., a used clothing collection company that was founded 20 years ago in Rochester, N.Y., and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. The company works with non-profit organizations to set up used clothing drop off sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items, which are then distributed both here in the U.S. and worldwide.
Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to place items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts to help donors take a tax deduction.
St. Pauly collects more than 90,000 pounds of clothing every day and estimates that this clothing ends up in 44 different countries (including the U.S.) yearly. In 2015 St. Pauly was able to help keep more than 71 million articles of clothing out of landfills. For more information, visit St. Pauly's website at www.stpaulytextile.com.
Good Shepherd hosts missionary
Missionary Elena Huegel will share pictures and stories from her years as a missionary Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Christian Church, 9571 Shepard Road in Macedonia.
Huegel will offer stories from her recent book, "The Earless Man from Chile, Mission Stories of Healing and Resilience," published by Chalice Press in 2015.
Huegel is a teacher, storyteller, poet and artist. As founder and chaplain of the Shalom Center, she uses imaginative teaching methods to create a context for cultivating resilience, transformation and healing.
Huegel has more than 20 years of experience as a missionary with Global Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ. For more information, call 330-467-5644.