Free community meal

The Valley Presbyterian Church will be offering dinners available for pick-up or delivery, if needed. These meals are a gift to the community for anyone who is in need of the food or the love that goes into making it.

The menu for the Oct. 12 meal is baked lasagna, green salad, bread and dessert.

The meal will take place from 4-6 p.m. Please reserve your meals by phone at 440 543-1071 or by visiting

Blessing of the animals

On Oct. 17 at 4 p.m., the Valley Presbyterian Church is inviting anyone in the community to bring their pets to the outdoor chapel, off the main parking lot, for a special service of thanksgiving, prayer, music and blessing. Please dress for the weather. In case of rain, the service will be held under the front portico.

Lord of Life events

Lord of Life in Bainbridge is a welcoming place for all. One offering for parents is a free book study that will meet the third Thursday of each month from Sept. 23 to April 21 at 10 a.m and 7:30 p.m. While reading “The Lazy Genius Way” by Kendra Adachi, participants will be encouraged to embrace what matters, ditch what doesn’t and get stuff done.

During this study, parents can connect with other parents in a comfortable, supportive environment. The study can be joined any time. The only cost for the class is the book.

Other upcoming fall events are the Crop Walk and Fall Fest. The Crop Walk will be held at Frohring Meadows on Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Families from Lord of Life will join with other communities of faith in the area to help raise money and walk out hunger. A portion of the funds raised in Chagrin Falls will go to the Geauga Hunger Task Force. The church is also excited to host its annual Fall Fest. It will be held on Oct. 24 from 3-5 p.m. Trunk or treat, games, snacks and more will be offered. Children are welcome to dress up in costume and join the fun. All are welcome at these or any event at Lord of Life.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church is located at 17989 Chillicothe Road.

For more information, contact the church office at 440-543-5505 or visit

Beacon on the Hill re-lighting

The Federated Church is re-lighting their famous steeple. The ceremony, complete with music, will take place on Oct. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The celebration will take place at the Bell Street Park at the corner of Bell and Main Streets. This location presents a perfect view of the steeple from downtown Chagrin Falls. There will be music from “Sinatra Serenades” and cannolis from ETalian.

This will be a special event in the community, and it is open to the public. The Federated Church steeple, affectionately known as the “Beacon on the Hill” in Chagrin Falls, has not been lit for several years due to the cost of repairing the lighting. The celebration will be held at Township Hall in the event of rain.

Community discussion on housing

Eight diverse Jewish and Christian congregations are joining together to sponsor “Building Home: A Conversation on Housing Challenges and Neighborhood Partnerships” on Oct. 17 at 2 p.m. on Zoom.

The event will be hosted by the Rev. Derrick Harkins, who grew up in Cleveland and is now director of the Housing and Urban Development Office of Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships; and Michiel Wackers, director of Cleveland’s Department of Community Development, to speak about the plans to increase safe, affordable housing in the Cleveland area for low-income residents. The program is free and open to the community. Pre-registration is required by Oct. 15 to receive the webinar link. Please register at

For questions, contact Ellen Petler at or 216-371-2244 ext. 122.

St. Mary’s fall fest

Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary’s), will host a Fall Festival on Oct.17, 1-5 p.m. at 27275 Aurora Road, Solon. The event will feature Ukrainian and American food, a 50/50 raffle, basket raffles, door prizes and music. Admission is free.

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