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Spring Break 2013 Seminar – Join Us April 19-20 in Stow Ohio


Our Annual Relationship Conference Series takes an exciting approach that will not just grow but enhance your relationship with God through Jesus Christ!  You’ll be not just salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), you’ll be–


Melvin Gaines, Host

Seasoning with Brightness!

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

Now, more than ever, it is vital to grow in your personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ!  Your growth in Christ will help you communicate with Him at a high level, and will also help you to make a greater impact in your daily ministry with others!  We are called to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16), but you can become more seasoned and brighter than ever as you grow into the best relationship with Jesus ever!  We will provide tools to hep you develop effective, daily habits of prayer and meditation to grow and learn much more of what God has in store for you!

With your participation, this relationship seminar promises to be a fun, relaxing and fulfilling experience!  Singles and married couples are welcome!  The event is free and open to the public.

Note:  You do NOT need to stay at the hotel to attend the seminar.  The seminar is free.  Call 234.206.0345 for more information and start times.

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hampton Inn, Stow OH

4331 Lakepointe Corporate Drive   •  330.945.4160


Special room rate for overnight stay only $79.00 plus tax.  If you are interested in staying at the hotel, please call and check for availability.  When booking your room ask for the Akron Alliance Fellowship Church special rate.  A free hot breakfast is available for hotel guests.  Don’t wait another day–be sure to register today!


Free internet  •  pool  •  fitness center  •  comfortable amenities  •  newly remodeled  •  restaurants nearby



Bowling Party – Saturday, August 6, 2011

The Senior Usher Board of Akron Alliance Fellowship Church is sponsoring a Bowling Party on Saturday, August 6, 2011 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Charger Lanes, 1213 Norton Avenue, Norton OH 44203 (330.825.9901).

The cost is $10.00 per person, which includes 2 games of bowling, bowling shoes, and 2 slices of pizza!

A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit persons in need in the Akron Alliance community.

Come join us for a good time, fellowship, and see how many pins you can knock down!

2010: The Work of Akron Alliance Fellowship

As this is a new year for all of us in service for the Lord, we should make a responsible, ongoing assessment as to who we are and what we are as a church. Our aim is to always seek the will of God and to reach out to those who visit our church. In our effort to make visitors welcome with our greetings and our hospitality, we must consciously make sure that they are all treated equally, without regard to their stature or circumstances, just as Christ did the same for those He encountered. Keeping in mind that we need to make those persons who visit our church as welcome and as comfortable as possible, we are to love those who would be deemed unlovable by the world’s standards. To love someone has a cost. You invariably have to give up something in order to love someone. It is hardly a sacrifice to love someone who already loves you. “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:43-48).”

To love someone (with an agape love) is to do so with the understanding that Jesus Christ wants that individual to know the Lord as his or her Savior. While the recipient of the overtures of a church, a pastor and its members may make one wary or suspicious of such treatment, our hearts are to express love not for the unbeliever, but love and concern for the unbeliever’s soul. After all, it is the person’s eternity that is at stake. “Above all, keep your love for one another at full strength, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).” We are not to be concerned with a worldly response where the person you are trying to love uses you or even tries to take advantage of you, for God will certainly replenish what you have as you trust in Him and continue to operate in His will. Think of how Jesus Christ loves us unconditionally, and has met us time and again where we were…in our sin, our our own failures and in our moments of despair. We are to remember how to love others in the same way that Jesus Christ loves us (John 5:12, 15:9-14). True agape love means setting aside our own judgments and moving in the Spirit as Christ would have us to do.

In doing this, we, as a church, should have a desire for the Lord that continually challenges us to grow in our understanding of Him. “As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2)” There needs to be a strong desire for God and His wisdom in our lives. When you have a passion for God, He will have a passion for you. God wants us, in our trust of Him and in our obedience, to see the fruits of our desire for Him. A fulfilling relationship with Jesus Christ is the result of your dedication to Him. He will gladly meet all of our needs according to His riches (Ephesians 2:7). God also wants us to grow in Him and live for Him. This occurs when we allow His Word to teach us and provide instruction and direction. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:18)” God wants to shower you with His favor, His wisdom, and His knowledge. We will always continue to learn more about God in our lifetime and throughout eternity. Our prayer is that you will use this new year as an opportunity to grow in Christ. “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:5-8).” The more knowledge of God that you acquire, the more that God can use you in service for Him. You become more valuable to God as you learn more about Him. In order to do this, we need to move away from those things that can distract us from maintaining a close relationship with God (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Our ultimate goal, as a church, is to give Christ the priority in our lives. “He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything (Colossians 1:17-18).” (See also Revelation 22:13; John 3:31; Job 42:1-5.) This means that, in trusting God in everything, it means turning over everything to Him, including our finances. If Jesus is first in our lives, He is more than able to provide for us. He wants us to place our service to Him and for Him as a priority. The more we, as individuals and as a church, learn about the Lord through our Savior, Jesus Christ, the more we can flourish in our service for Him because we know that He has a plan for us in His will and in His purpose. Take the time to listen to Him through His Word, and allow Him to speak to you. You will see the hand of God moving in your life.

Sunday School Today: What Really Matters To God

In the book of Luke in chapter 15, Jesus heard the complaints of the scribes and the Pharisees when He took the time to speak to and fellowship with the known sinners of the town and the tax collectors. “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them! (v. 2)” In response to their comments, Jesus wanted to make it very clear that, unlike the religious leaders of the day, He does not play favorites over those who follow the Lord and those who do not. The three parables of lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son (the prodigal son) show that it is God’s desire is for everyone–every human being that He created–to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:3-4). The three parables go beyond expressing God’s love and concern for the lost (those who do not know the Lord Jesus Christ). God not only pursues the lost, but He also desires a loving relationship with believers that have fallen away from Him even though they know the truth. The parable of the prodigal son reflects a young man who was raised with the knowledge of who God was because, when things turned badly for himself, he immediately asked for God’s forgiveness and mercy (Luke 15:18-19). To ask for forgiveness while declaring yourself to be “no longer worthy to be called your son (v. 19)” implies that there was already a place of standing and fellowship within the family. God graciously forgives us once He sees a change of heart and a spirit of remorse when we ask for forgiveness. God is so loving and gracious that He gives us the peace that we seek almost immediately when our heart and mind turns from sin and focuses on Him. Yes, heaven rejoices for the return of the believer who had fallen away. A changed heart for Jesus means that, once again, God can use that individual for the Kingdom of God! That’s a good reason to celebrate, and it is reassuring to know that God loves us so much that He will seek us out until we finally acknowledge His presence.

Beth-El Ministries: Sharing the Good News

The Bagirov Family

The Bagirov Family

A special thanks to Pastor Igor Bagirov of Beth-El Messianic Ministries & Congregation of Cleveland, Ohio for being our guest speaker today. He was born in the former Soviet Georgia as the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. He is married to Tatiana Bagirov and they have four children. They immigrated to Israel from the Soviet Union, where they lived for three years before moving to Quebec, Canada. While in Canada, they met some Christian friends who shared with them the Good News, and both Igor and Tatiana accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Twelve years ago they came to Cleveland. Their ministry is among the Russian Jewish people on the East side of Cleveland. There is a large population of Russian immigrants in Cleveland (about 30,000), of whom mostly are Jews. Pastor Igor and Tatiana are working to reach this Russian-speaking Jewish community. The mission is to reach the lost and share with them the Good News, glorifying God’s name, sharing with them through a healthy fellowship. The focus is to build a part of God’s Kingdom on this earth through fellowship, worship and praise with the preaching of God’s Word. The mission and the vision of this ministry recognizes and understands the Jewish roots of Christianity (Joshua 24:14-15). All of the apostles were Jewish, and so was the first church. We believe that we live in the time of salvation of the Hebrew remnants (Jeremiah 23:3; Romans 9:27). “So that you will not be conceited, brothers, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery: a partial hardening has come to Israel until the full number of Gentiles has come in. And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Liberator will come from Zion; He will turn away godlessness from Jacob. And this will be My covenant with them, when I take away their sins” (Romans 11:25-27). While the mission was established to reach the Jewish community, it has evolved to reach all Russian speaking people, Jewish, Muslim and others. The Beth-El Messianic Congregation has a goal to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ among the Russian speaking community. His ministry took the name “Beth-El,” which means “The House of God.” It represents one more place of worship, a house of God, in Cleveland, a place of refuge where people can hear the Good News, and find rest for their souls. It is a bold mission that faces a great amount of opposition and hardship, but Pastor Igor realizes that it is the very souls of people that are at stake here. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16). For more information about Beth-El Messianic Ministries & Congregation, call 440.238.7216, or write to PO Box 360165, Cleveland OH 44136-0003. The website address is

Beth-El Ministries: Sharing the Good News

A Rainbow of Color: God’s Covenant

Today at Akron Alliance Fellowship Church’s Rainbow Tea 2009 celebration, the church was awash with the bright colors of a rainbow. Shades of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Colors that are rich and vivid and yet symbolic of God’s covenant with His people. The first rainbow was created by God as a sign to Noah and his family and to all of mankind. “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth (Genesis 9:13, 16).” All of the descendants of Noah, including the people that live around the world today, are part of that covenant. In spite of the unrealiability of man and how we fall short, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23),” God does not fail to keep His promises (Joshua 23:14). The rainbow was a symbol of His promise to mankind, and not that God needed the reminder, but rather for us to see and remember how God has been and continues to be truly good to us. He had already seen and declared that man was wicked and that the earth was corrupt (Genesis 6:11-12). With that in mind, it is only God who determines our righteousness before Him. We cannot control or determine our own righteousness. Thanks be to God for the beauty of the rainbow and the richness of its color, a living symbol of the richness and beauty of His covenant that He keeps with us through His Son Jesus Christ. Noah was righteous in God’s eyes and was a testimony of Him before others, even in the midst of scorn and ridicule. Our righteousness comes from our obedience to God and His Word, no matter what others may say about us and without concern for the world’s troubles. We are to “be anxious for nothing (Philippians 4:6a).” God is still in control and His covenant is still in place. He is deliberate in His actions and is not slow in keeping His promise. He is very patient and has been very patient with each of us (2 Peter 3:9). The challenge to each of us is making the commitment to follow God. It starts with repentance, salvation through trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and it continues with your own testimony of God with worship, praise and obedience.

Spring Break 2009 – Thanks!

A special thanks to everyone who attended this weekend’s Spring Break 2009 Relationship Conference!  Our discussion time on marriage, divorce, and remarriage was extremely timely and valuable.  All of the discussion, as always, reverts back to what God’s Word has to say.  He has much to say to us about marriage and divorce, and He even gives us guidelines when it is time to consider remarriage.  While there is much to learn from God, many of us at the conference would readily conclude that it is still up to all of us to study and follow God’s Word closely…we have to work at being obedient to God in much the same way that successful marriages also require work.  Love is not just about our feelings, but it is also about actions.  Communication is just as important as companionship.  Faithfulness in marriage requires a conscious effort to overcome distractions and temptations.  Respect and maturity are also important areas of marital growth.  All of them need the complete effort of both the husband and wife, as well as lots and lots of prayer for strength and guidance!

If you are interested in a hard copy of the seminar notes, please see Melvin or Lynn Gaines or call 330.328.1385.

We also thank the host facility, the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Stow, Ohio, for a beautiful, relaxing experience and for a nice break from the regular routine.  The breakfast was also quite delicious!  We plan to be back with you in 2010!