Akron Alliance Fellowship Church Ladies Brunch Conference – Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Margaret Bernstein

09/14/2016 § Leave a comment

Save the Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Ladies in Cleveland, Akron and Northeast Ohio, join us for our second annual L.A.D.I.E.S. Brunch Conference (Living as Devoted in Every Sense)! Saturday, September 24, 2016 will be a great morning of inspiration and encouragement with our special guest speaker, literacy advocate, writer and award-winning local journalist Margaret Bernstein.


About Ms Bernstein:

Margaret Bernstein is the Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC Channel 3.

A Los Angeles native, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California. She worked as a reporter and editor at The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest daily newspaper, from 1989 to 2013. A recipient of many journalism honors, Margaret won the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists’ first-place award for minority issues reporting in 2011 and 2012, for co-writing a series of profiles about the 11 Imperial Avenue victims and their families.

She is an award-winning volunteer as well. Margaret was named the National Big Sister of the Year in 2000 for her work with two Cleveland girls, Cora and Ernestine, through the local Big Brother Big Sister agency. She was also a longtime volunteer with the Urban Journalism Workshop, an annual program for high school students put on by local black journalists.

Margaret Bernstein is also the writer of The Bond, a memoir on fatherlessness by The Three Doctors, Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins. That experience led her to write her most recent book, a storybook titled All In A Dad’s Day, designed to tighten the bond between fathers and their young children.

Margaret is married to Shaker Heights Chief Prosecutor C. Randolph Keller, and is the mother of two children, Randy and Alexandria.

Ms. Bernstein is a champion and advocate for literacy, and her message is very important and worth hearing! Feel free to invite or bring the boys and young men in your life to this event!

Along with a delicious brunch, admission is FREE for this “can’t miss” event, and there will be door prizes, too! If you or a group are interested in attending, let us know as soon as possible (we need a head count!). Please call our church office at 330.376.4654 or call Melvin Gaines at 234.206.0345. You can also send a message (voice or text) to 234.214.6550.


Your IMAGE and Forgiveness – Free Seminar – April 17-18, Stow OH

03/27/2015 § 1 Comment

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Your IMAGE and Forgiveness – Spring Break Relationship Conference 2015 – April 17-18

02/24/2015 § Leave a comment

Your Hosts: Melvin and Lynn Gaines

Your Hosts: Melvin and Lynn Gaines

The act of forgiveness is very difficult.  An unforgiving person may experience extreme anger, anxiety or hopelessness…or all of these emotions.  Unforgiveness can cause others a lot of pain, as well—people may tend to avoid you.  What about you?  These unresolved issues are spiritually debilitating and can even make you physically ill.

There’s no need to avoid dealing with forgiveness any longer!  If you are harboring animosity, resentment or dread over past hurts or injustices, then this two-day seminar is for you!  We will discuss and share how forgiveness, with the healing power and grace of God, is the best way to conquer the past, free your mind and soul and experience true rest in Jesus Christ!  Join us for lively conversation, prayer time and fellowship!  The seminar is free (hotel stay extra)!

Friday, April 17   ·  Saturday, April 18

Hampton Inn Stow

4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive  •  Stow OH 44224  •  330.945.4160

Special room rate for overnight stay (April 17) only $85.00 plus 15.25% tax.

When booking ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church rate.

Book your reservation by Friday, March 20 (up to 4 guests per room).

A free hot breakfast is available for hotel guests

Free internet  •  pool  •  fitness center

  comfortable and relaxing amenities  •  shopping and restaurants nearby

Availability will go quickly!  Be sure to register today!

Questions?  Call Melvin Gaines at 234.206.0345 or visit akronalliance.org

Spring Break 2013 is in Stow Ohio April 19-20

04/18/2013 § Leave a comment

We’re just a day away from Spring Break 2013!  Join me this Friday afternoon at 5pm at the Hampton Inn in Stow OH for what promises to be one of my best relationship conferences ever presented!  If you want to see your relationship with Jesus Christ really take off and become a strong testimony before others, then this is where you want to be this weekend!  We will meet tomorrow evening and Saturday morning with tips and strategies to help you on your way.  Best of all, the event is free and open for singles and couples.Spring Break 2013 is Here! (and it's free, too!)

Spring Break 2013 is Here! (and it’s free, too!)

Spring Break 2012 Seminar Coming Soon!

04/09/2012 § Leave a comment

I will be hosting this year’s free two-day seminar on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 at the Hampton Inn in Stow, Ohio. The subject, God’s Love Languages For Your Life, will cover how God communicates with you and your communication with Him, while discovering ways to improve upon hearing how He speaks to you while enhancing your worship experience.

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I recommend that you take advantage of the newly remodeled Hampton Inn hotel for an overnight stay on Friday, April 20 at a special rate of only $79 plus tax (ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship room rate when booking your room). I promise that the entire event will help you to relax, refresh, and recharge, and you might just learn something, too!

There are still rooms available, but you need to act quickly. If you are unable to stay at the hotel and are in the northeast Ohio area, you’re welcome to visit for the seminar and enjoy the fellowship! For start times and more information, please call 234.206.0345.

New Year’s Resolution: Reading The Bible Daily

12/31/2011 § Leave a comment

I have challenged myself recently to find a way–in the midst of my daily routine–to read the Bible each day.  It’s important for me, personally, to do this because (1) I teach Sunday school and I speak from the pulpit when I’m called upon, and (2) it would be silly for me to tell others that reading the Bible daily is important while I’m not doing my best to keep that same commitment.

I have seen a lot of different Bible plans that provide good direction for reading, but I have found that the best fit for me is a two year bible reading plan.  The plan comes from The Two Year Bible, which was published by Tyndale back in 2001 (there are other similar two year plans now available just by searching online, as well).  If you don’t currently have a plan, this may be just what you need to get started!

Why two years to read the entire Bible?  The simple reason is that you are much more likely to be successful with a workable plan in the long run if you can keep your commitment to get through it.  The one year Bible plans that are available are fine if you can commit 15 minutes per day to reading (and that doesn’t include prayer time).  Staying with a one year plan is admirable, but it’s not practical for everyone.  The two year plan that I am following takes about half of the time each day as a one year plan, and it promotes a greater consistency for those persons who are regularly balancing their time with an active lifestyle.  Since we have the desire to read The Word each day because of its goodness (1 Peter 2:2; Job 23:12; Psalm 119:11), it’s good to get into a plan that will allow us to be successful in the long term.  While it’s great to be able to start the plan on January 1, it’s not a requirement–just start the plan on the appropriate calendar date where you are and keep going from there…you can still cover the entire Bible in two years from when you start the plan.  Even if you miss a day or two with the two year plan, you are not so far behind that you can’t get caught up with your reading.  Your level of commitment will help you to have fewer missed days and experience much more success and progress in your reading–leading to a better relationship with God.

I have separated the two year plan into 12 separate documents that each cover two months of dates throughout the reading plan.  The documents refer to year one and year two and it doesn’t matter which year you start with first.  You may prefer to select year one for years that end in an odd number and year two for even number years…the great thing about this plan is that it doesn’t matter where you start…just get it started and stay with it once you do!

Here are links to the two year plan in Word document format in order that you can print and keep these with you for use with your favorite Bible:

Akron Alliance Fellowship Church – Two Year Bible Reading Plan

Melvin Gaines Professional Speaker Services – Who am I? (links on this page)

Start off the New Year the right way by getting closer to God in His Word…daily.  Remember to always accompany your readings with consistent prayer as to how He is speaking to you.  May God bless you in your progress with your reading and in your relationship with Him.

Spring Break 2011 is Coming!

03/08/2011 § Leave a comment

Spring Break 2011

A special weekend retreat for couples where you can rest, relax, renew and recharge!

AAF Relationship Conference Series

Love Languages for Your Life

Lynn & Melvin Gaines

Everyone has at least one love language. Do you know yours? Marriage counselor Dr. Gary Chapman first introduced The Five Love Languages almost 20 years ago.  Today, love languages are not just for married couples…they are also relevant to family members and close interpersonal relationships, and even help us better understand how God loves us, too!  Our seminar will explore all of these languages; help you to discover yours, and to look for the love language of those persons of importance to you.  With your participation, this relationship seminar promises to be a fun, relaxing and fulfilling experience!  Singles and married couples are welcome!

Friday, April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2011

Country Inns and Suites By Carlson

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

1420 Main Street • Cuyahoga Falls OH 44221

330.926.1233 • 800.596.2375

Special room rate for overnight stay only $80.00 plus tax.  When booking your room ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church special rate.  Please book your room reservation by Tuesday, March 15 (maximum of 4 guests per room).  A free hot breakfast is available for hotel guests.  Free internet  •  pool  • fitness center  • comfortable amenities  • newly remodeled  •  restaurants nearby

For more information visit akronalliance.wordpress.com or melvingaines.com

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