Henry Ward Beecher said, "No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today, enjoy it and bless God for it."
Moving beyond the day to day spiritual offerings, one local parish is offering the community so much more with its art gallery and newly added coffee house.
Located inside Glenwood Christian Fellowship, 7872 Glenwood Ave., directly across from Boardman High School, the Gallery on Glenwood offers free admission and serves as an outreach to local artists of various media.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Katherine Hatch, left, is pictured with Elizabeth Hawkins as they work the counter on a busy Saturday evening at Sounds and Grounds Cafe.
According to information provided by Dorothy Wright, parish secretary, "Pastor Nathan Doyle is delighted to have created a relaxed atmosphere where local artists can come to share art with their community."
Sharing that the idea for the gallery originated with Doyle, Wright said he felt that all too often people become accustomed to stationary artwork, walking past without notice, which offered him the idea that it would be nice to have something that changed. "Our goal is to change artists every three months," said Wright.
Serving as the gallery's curator is Wright's daughter, Dionne Wright, who coordinates with artists and selects the theme and pieces that will be displayed.
An opening reception was held in February featuring the work of local nature photographer Eve Parteleno of Youngstown, whose work will remain on display through April. The gallery has welcomed the work of Boardman High School art students, the woodcarvings of Jim Weingart, and the lighthouses of an artist from Spain.
Gallery times and tours are Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. or by appointment. For additional information, please contact Dorothy Wright, at 330-726-2643, or Dionne Wright, at 330-881-1020 or at bluePHOTOdesigns@gmail.com.
An added feature to the Gallery at Glenwood is the Sounds and Grounds Cafe. Operated by Katherine Hatch, a parishioner, who shared that she has had a dream of running a coffee shop since she was in high school. Accompanied by volunteers, she can be found preparing and serving up piping hot Ugandan Gold coffee and a wide variety of mostly organic soups, salads, fresh fruits and desserts.
Available for lunch and once monthly on Saturday evenings, the Sounds and Grounds Cafe welcomes the sounds of local musicians, and also hosts scheduled Open Mic Nights.
"We want to support local business," said Hatch, adding that the coffee shop benefits from the quality and generosity of area businesses such as Anzivino's Italian Store.
With a family farm of her own, Hatch said she and her husband, who have two small children, place great effort at their own home to leave a very low carbon footprint, grow organically, and compost nearly everything they use.
Combining her passion with a strong belief in mission work, Hatch said that in an effort to feed people spiritually, emotionally, and palatably, the coffee shop is donation based and also offers the products of Ten Thousand Villages.
Founded in 1946, according to its website, Ten Thousand Villages is a source for handmade gifts, jewelry, art, etc., that represents the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
The sale of products made through environmentally friendly processes using sustainable natural resources and recycled materials helps pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.
Eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends. At Glenwood Christian Fellowship, visitors are welcomed to enter, and leave the rest to them.