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The Rev. Gerard P. Mirbel, a native of Haiti, who came to the United States 35 years ago will be elevated to the office of Bishop, at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at First Church of Christ, 422, Mentor Ave., Painesville. His compassion to help others came with him to the United States after growing up in Haiti, West Indies. His history of benevolence is represented nationally and internationally for which he has received numerous awards and recognitions from many public officials and respected organizations including being invited by the White House Press Secretary to do the invocation for the President of the United States. His willingness to speak for others who cannot speak for themselves and his guidance in churches, court rooms, hospitals, jails, prisons, schools and nursing homes has uplifted and encouraged those people who may have been overlooked or given up on entirely. Mirbel has been working in many communities for 35 years and would like to invite the people that have known, met and heard of him through the years. Mirbel is president and founder of Association To Help The Lord’s Work.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner: The Church of Saint Anselm, 12969 Chillicothe Road, Chester Township, will hold a free Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at the church’s Kelly Hall. The menu will include roast turkey, stuffing mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetables, salad, homemade apple sauce, desserts and beverages. All are welcome. To volunteer for the event or for more information, go to stanselm.ivolunteer and choose a slot, or call Pat Kuss at 440-339-7220.
Support for life’s challenges: It’s as simple as stopping in and posting your needs on one of our prayer boards or posting on the outside board at the WELL — Willoughby House of Prayer, 4091 Erie St., downtown Willoughby. Volunteers will then pray over your request each day. Our mission is to share the peace and serenity of God’s providential care. Experience peace; let go & let God! The WELL is open Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Healing Mass: The community is invited to join St. Peter’s Shadow for Mass and a night of healing prayer at St. Gabriel Parish, 9935 Johnnycake Ridge Road, Concord, at 6 p.m. Nov. 13 at Fr. Jacob Bearer will celebrate this healing Mass that focuses on Jesus’ healing power. All are welcome to experience this therapeutic event!
Retreat offered: The community is invited to join a Poustinia Retreat hosted by St. Gabriel Parish at the Bethany Retreat Center at 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon. The retreat will be Nov. 30 to Dec. 1 with private room accommodations. Fr. Jeremy Merzweiler will be present. Please register by Nov. 27. Registration fee is $75. The retreat will provide an opportunity to encounter our loving God in silence, solitude, and prayer this Advent. For more information, visit www.StGabriel.org for registration or call 440-352-8282.
Surviving the Holidays:
Surviving the Holidays seminar will be Nov. 17 at Painesville Church of the Brethren, 10410 Buckeye Road, Painesville. The free seminar, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will help participants discover hoe to deal with emotions, what do about traditions, offer tips for surviving social events and how to find hope for the future. Pre-registration is requested. Call Mike Allen at call 440-255-4562.
Yoga offered: Yoga is offered at Chardon United Methodist Church Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A gentle, progressive style of yoga suitable for all ages and body types will be offered. On the floor, or on a chair, this class includes Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath practices), and relaxation. No experience is needed. The class is Conducted by master teacher and instructor Susan Gundersen. This is a donation class (suggested donation $10) with proceeds going toward the church’s Guatemala mission. To learn more about our Guatemala mission, visit www.chardonchurch. org and click on Worldwide missions. Please bring a yoga mat, light blanket and wear comfortable clothing. Chardon United Methodist Church is at 515 North St. in Chardon. For more information, call the office at (440)285-4581.
Holly House Craft Show:
The annual Holly House Craft Show will be held at Shoregate United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 1. The show is looking for crafters. Call 440-943-0382 or email email@example.com for details.
Support for life’s challenges: It is as simple as stopping in and posting your needs on one of the Willoughby House of Prayer prayer boards or on the outside board. Volunteers will then pray over the request each day. The mission is to share the peace and serenity of God’s providential care. The Willoughby House of Prayer, 4091 Erie St., Willoughby, is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays.
Reiki therapy offered:
Mentor Presbyterian Church, 5885 Hopkins Road, Mentor, will offer free Reiki Therapy at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in the newly renovated healing center. Help for physical, emotional and spiritual pain. The healing is also available by appointment by calling Barb at 440-478-2151.
Sunday services: Mentor Presbyterian Church, 5885 Hopkins Road, Mentor, hosts Sunday worship services at 12:30 p.m. Pot luck and worship services are from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month and Bible study is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings.
Prayer line: Lakeshore Christian Church in Euclid sponsors a telephone prayer line every Tuesday from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Call 1-605475-4000, access code 554793.
New grief support: A new non-denominational grief support group open to all meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the Chapel at Painesville United Methodist Church, 71 N. Park Place in Painesville. For more information, call 440-3543642