L.A.D.I.E.S. Brunch Conference 2017 – Saturday, October 7 feat. Kelly Parker!

09/26/2017 § Leave a comment

Ladies, join us for our third annual L.A.D.I.E.S. Brunch Conference (Living as Devoted in Every Sense)! Saturday, October 7, 2017 will be a great morning of inspiration and encouragement with our special guest speaker, Kelly D. Parker.

About Ms. Parker:

Kelly Parker is a Bible teacher, speaker and blogger. Her desire is to see women embrace the victory and freedom that come from a life wholly submitted to Christ. She finds great joy in conveying biblical truths in a straightforward way to help women apply God’s Word to their everyday lives.

Kelly is the founder of When the Gals Gather, a movement focused on empowering women with tools and resources for authentic biblical living. Kelly is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Kent State University. She holds a degree in Marketing and Public Relations and has more than 10 years of professional marketing experience.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys writing, reading and calligraphy. She is married to Luvirt Parker, Lead Pastor of Christ Community Church in University Heights, Ohio.  They have three children, Gabrielle, Marcus and Nia, and reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Ms. Parker is a wonderful, dynamic speaker who has a message for ladies of all ages!  Feel free to invite your daughters, neighbors and friends 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 or 234.221.8125.

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L.A.D.I.E.S. Brunch Conference 2017 – Saturday, October 7 feat. Kelly Parker!

08/05/2017 § Leave a comment

Save the Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Ladies, join us for our third annual L.A.D.I.E.S. Brunch Conference (Living as Devoted in Every Sense)!  Saturday, October 7, 2017 will be a great morning of inspiration and encouragement with our special guest speaker, Kelly D. Parker.

About Ms. Parker:

Kelly Parker is a Bible teacher, speaker and blogger. Her desire is to see women embrace the victory and freedom that come from a life wholly submitted to Christ. She finds great joy in conveying biblical truths in a straightforward way to help women apply God’s Word to their everyday lives.

Kelly is the founder of When the Gals Gather, a movement focused on empowering women with tools and resources for authentic biblical living. Kelly is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Kent State University. She holds a degree in Marketing and Public Relations and has more than 10 years of professional marketing experience.

In her spare time, Kelly enjoys writing, reading and calligraphy. She is married to Luvirt Parker, Lead Pastor of Christ Community Church in University Heights, Ohio.  They have three children, Gabrielle, Marcus and Nia, and reside in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Ms. Parker is a wonderful, dynamic speaker who has a message for ladies of all ages!  Feel free to invite your daughters, neighbors and friends 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 or 234.221.8125.

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.

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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.

Spring Break 2012: God’s Love Languages This Weekend

04/17/2012 § Leave a comment

Spring Break 2012

Our Annual Relationship Conference Series continues with discussion about how God speaks in His special way to you:

Hosted by Melvin Gaines

God’s Love Languages for Your Life

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

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 you and your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  Knowing how you can best hear God speaking to you will only help you to grow and understand more about your relationship!  Our seminar will explore all of these languages and give you insight into your communication with God that you may not have realized before!  With your participation, this relationship seminar promises to be a fun, relaxing and fulfilling experience!  Singles and married couples are welcome!

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hampton Inn, Stow OH

4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive   •  330.945.4160

Special room rate for overnight stay only $79.00 plus tax.  When booking your room ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church special rate.  Please book your room reservation today (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 start times and additional information, call 234.206.0345.

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.

Join Me For This Year’s Spring Break 2012 Seminar in Stow OH!

02/25/2012 § Leave a comment

Spring Break 2012

Our Annual Relationship Conference Series continues with discussion about how God speaks in His special way to you:

Hosted by Melvin Gaines

God’s Love Languages for Your Life

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

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 you and your own personal relationship with Jesus Christ!  Knowing how you can best hear God speaking to you will only help you to grow and understand more about your relationship!  Our seminar will explore all of these languages and give you insight into your communication with God that you may not have realized before!  With your participation, this relationship seminar promises to be a fun, relaxing and fulfilling experience!  Singles and married couples are welcome!

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hampton Inn, Stow OH

4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive   •  330.945.4160

Special room rate for overnight stay only $79.00 plus tax.  When booking your room ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church special rate.  Please book your room reservation by Tuesday, March 20 (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

Availability will go quickly!  Be sure to register today!

Roller Skating Enthusiasm – From the Euclid Rollerdrome to Pla-Mor Roller Rink

06/04/2011 § 1 Comment

(Number Two of a Series)

I was first introduced to the Euclid Rollerdrome in 2004, and thought that it was, far and away, the best skating floor that I had ever seen.  I couldn’t believe how smooth and well kept the floor was.  The floor’s excellent condition was because of the efforts of the rink’s owner, Keith Broda, who was a dedicated skater and lover of roller skating.  He really did a tremendous job keeping up the floor, if not the rest of the building.  It remains, in my mind, the most ideal roller skating experience in memory.

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It was a complete surprise to all of us who regularly attended the adult skating sessions when the Rollerdrome closed in October of 2008.  It closed without warning, and our regular group of skaters migrated to United Skates of America for a brief period afterward.  It was a letdown to skate on USA’s floor in comparison to the old Rollerdrome floor.  The USA floor was not as well kept as in previous years and skating sessions in 2008 and early 2009.  There were several slick spots on the floor where there was moisture from the overhead air conditioning units.  It was also very dirty (my wheels were absolutely filthy after each session) and there were bits of debris on the floor where you could experience a sudden stop if you ran over something.  During one session, I witnessed a young lady barely get out onto the floor when one of her wheels caught a bearing or a loose item on the floor, and she fell and fractured both wrists.  From that moment on, I was concerned for my safety and my wife’s safety, and I knew that I would be scaling back from skating there unless there was a dramatic change to the floor conditions.

It was about five months since the Rollerdrome closed that The Big Rumor began to circulate throughout the roller skating crowd…The Rollerdrome was going to reopen!  A loyal friend of our group of skaters was trying to open up his own skating rink business.  I was hoping for the best but preparing for the worst because it was almost too good to be true–especially in the present economy where businesses were closing…not opening.  Nonetheless, there was a definite buzz in the air for a few weeks as we kept hearing about it more and more, but we could not confirm anything…until we heard that there was now a projected opening date at the old Rollerdrome.  When the word got out that there was a grand opening coming in the Spring of 2009, the management at USA tried to entice attendees with a super-discounted session the following week, but there was no way that I would be coming back if the old Rollerdrome was open again…it was no contest.  No, I haven’t gone back since then.

The grand opening of the Pla-Mor Roller Rink was a moment that I compared to the movie Field of Dreams.  It was an amazing sight to see the rink on opening night.  Bright colors…a clean floor…the newly decorated walls…lights…sounds of a booming speaker system.  Yes, it was the same floor in the same building that I remember, but with new signage, new posters, and fresh coats of paint.  It was a thing of beauty to me.  There was nothing grand or magnificent about it on the surface…it was merely a place where I was now able to pick up where I left off at Rollerdrome and build on those wonderful memories with some new ones…and enjoy skating once more.

The name Pla-Mor was a revival of an old skating rink near University Circle, and the name takes on the same meaning for those who skated there as it does for those of us who remember the glory days at Southgate, the older United Skates of America, and the Rollerdrome (for more on the ownership of the new rink, please refer to this article on the rink from June 2009 on Cleveland.com).

Pla-Mor’s floor is one of the best in the Cleveland area for skating.  The floor has not always been as exceptionally clean as the Rollerdrome floor, but it is still more than acceptable for skid-free skating.  The management, in fact, does an excellent job keeping debris off of the floor surface and makes sure that any issues that may develop are handled quickly.  It was recently resurfaced with a heavy varnish that took some getting used to when it was first applied, but the end result was an improvement to the surface after the rink’s reopening.  I enjoy fast skating on the outside of the rink, and a good grip is critical.  My wife is more of a dancer, and the skate surface in the center area is smooth and free of obstruction (I learned recently that not all floor surfaces in the center area are smooth…some surfaces are not sanded down properly and some can be so poor that they are warped.).  The Pla-Mor surface is firm and is a good fit with Bones wheels, as long as the floor is clean and free of excess dirt and your own wheels are clean.  I have been using a soft window-like cleaner to clean my wheels before every session to prevent unnecessary buildup.  A quick tip—if you use too harsh of a cleaner on your wheels, you could cause premature deterioration and dull their surface, which would adversely affect your grip and traction.

The floor of the Pla-Mor rink is a decent size.  At one time, the USA floor in Wickliffe was one of the largest that I had ever seen, but over time, the floor had lost real estate because of extra seating in the audience and because of the addition of laser tag in an adjacent area.  Pla-Mor has no obstructions or areas that can encroach the floor.  There is bench and chair seating available on three sides of the floor as well as an ample supply of lockers where you can pay an extra dollar to lock your personal belongings.  There is also a snack bar available, but a lady has been bringing in meals and desserts every week for about five dollars a plate that would rival most Thanksgiving dinner menus.  The air conditioning, at times, has strained to keep the rink at an optimal level of comfort, and the music has been more often good than outright bad.  There is much to be thankful for in that the diehard roller skaters now have a place to go once more each week to create more great memories.

 

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