Pastor still being sought

The call committee at Hope Lutheran Church has narrowed its list of 11 candidates for pastor to three, and plans to conduct interviews soon. One or more candidates likely will be presented to the congregation later this year or in January.

Hope is providing Thanksgiving dinner bags of food for people referred by the Volunteers of America. Volunteers are needed to pack and distribute the bags Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Pizza and drinks will be available.

The Rev. Gregory Seltz will preach at the church services Nov. 11 and 18, and the Nov. 25 speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus from the Lutheran Hour.

Becky's book club will meet Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Becky Bell's house to discuss Maeve Binchy's "A Week in Winter."

Advent services will be Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at 5 p.m. There will be a short program and light supper. Folks attending the supper will be asked to bring items. The theme is "Giving One Hour to Jesus."

The church's Christmas party will be Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Cost is $5 per person and each person should take a small, inexpensive gag gift to exchange. Wine, beer, pop, setup and cleanup are provided by the fellowship board.

Women's Bible study meets Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. at Sheila Kressierer's home. The subject is "Woman of God." Men's Bible study meets the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m.

During Advent Sunday school classes, children will make ornaments that have special meanings to decorate an Advent tree.

A short children's Christmas program will be Dec. 23 during the service, with practice for the program Dec. 22 at 10 a.m.

Hope Christian Nursery School is registering children ages 3 to 5. Call 330-562-8660 or visit

Adult Bible study is every Sunday at 9 a.m., while AA gathers Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Nutcracker is a success

Organizers of the annual Nutcracker Sweets arts and crafts show at the Church in Aurora report the event was an overwhelming success, with 200 more people paying on Friday than last year.

Chairmen of various tasks were: Lin Reichelt, kitchen; Amy Logan, advertising; Jennifer Vermillion and Diane Brubaker, raffle; Joy Evans and Patti Jaeger, decorations; Flip Eavenson, jury; and Alice Ann Wolf, gate.

The Women's Guild will hear Amanda Joy Hall on Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. She is a singer and songwriter. Cost of lunch is $5, and reservations for the December luncheon at Walden will be taken.

The 3H Evening Group will meet Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. Members should read chapters 17 and 18 of the book.

Toddy's Christmas Shoppe will begin Nov. 25. It is a workcamp fundraiser selling gently used Christmas items, which can be placed on the fellowship hall stage starting Nov. 18.

The Rev. Bill Schnell will preach Nov. 11 and 18 and the Rev. Kevin Horak on Nov. 25.

Recent baptisms were Louis Evan Seese Jr., Lucas James Niosi Obradovic, Henry Lincoln Trook, Madison Quinn Cox and Addison Alexis Moon.

Members are invited to help hang the greens Nov. 25 at 12:15 p.m. For details, contact Linda Pallotto. Lunch will be served afterward.

Vendors will visit OLPH

Vendors such as Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, thirty One and 20 more will visit Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Nov. 11 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Persons who donate a toy to Toys for Tots will get a discount toward their purchases with one of the vendors. Door prizes and a Chinese auction will take place. For details, visit

The parish recently welcomed as members Louis and Michelle Genovese and family, Robert and Rebecca Hernandez and family, Kevin and Susan Zuege and Robert Warshawsky.

Eucharistic minister training will be Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 12:15 p.m. Call Sister Lu Haidnick if interested in participating.

First Reconciliation will take place Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the church.

St. Joseph's in Mantua will have its 28th annual Christmas boutique Nov. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be handmade arts, crafts, needlework, door prizes and food. St. Joseph's is off Pioneer Trail, just west of Route 44.

Other coming events are: Nov. 8 -- Spirited Seniors at 11:30 a.m., charity and justice meeting and Boy Scouts at 7 p.m. and choir practice at 7:30; Nov. 10 -- Reconciliation at 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 11 -- CLOW at 11 a.m.; Nov. 13 -- Eucharistic Adoration from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

School items collected

Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Route 306 in Bainbridge is collecting school supplies for children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Supplies are being collected through Nov. 9 and will be loaded into a semi-rig for distribution. Offices hours at the church are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For a detailed list of supplies, visit and click on "flood." Monetary donations also can be left at the church and will be distributed by Lutheran Disaster Relief.

Worship night is Nov. 10

Jeremy Paul and Curtis Marazzi will offer a night for worship Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at Aurora Mennonite Church.

A community pulled pork dinner will be Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., while the senior fellowship will meet today (Nov. 7) at 11 a.m. at the church to go to lunch at Cal's in Garretsville and a small group gathering will be at 7 p.m. at the Schwartzes.

A chili supper, followed by the playing of Jeopardy, will take place Nov. 16. The questions will focus on Bible trivia. For details, contact Kristen Chittick.

The church's annual business meeting will be later in November or early December.

MennoMedia has released two new CD collections -- "A Cappella Christmas: Edition 2" and "18 Most Loved Hymns" -- which are $12.95 each. For details, call 1-800-245-7894 or visit

A collection box for the Aurora schools' boxtop program has been placed in the church's foyer. Each coupon turned in is worth 10 cents for the schools.

Other coming events are: Nov. 8 -- MWSO (sewing group) at 9:30 a.m. and Cub Scouts at 7 p.m.; Nov. 13 -- pastors fellowship of Aurora at noon and board meeting at 7 p.m.; Nov. 14 -- service at Independence Village at 10 a.m.; Nov. 18 -- Krista Allen to speak in the pastor's absence.

Food, supplies are sought

Members of Christ Community Chapel-Aurora who know of someone who need help with food for Thanksgiving should provide a name and address and email by Nov. 12. Persons also can sign up if they wish to fill a basket of food. A list of needed items is available on the foyer table.

Operation Christmas Child is an outreach to children around the world affected by civil wars, natural disasters and extreme poverty. Church members can pick up a shoebox to fill with basic supplies and toys at the foyer table.

Moms Together will meet Nov. 15 at 9:15 a.m. in fellowship hall. Register children for free care at

Men's Bible study meets Saturdays at 8 a.m. for coffee, discussion and study of God's word.

The next Community Harvest collection will be Nov. 18, and soap and shampoo are needed for the Aurora food bank.

Encore Ladies (over 50 years old) will meet Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Helga Gross will speak about using the upcoming holidays to enjoy and strenghten relationships with family and friends. A signup sheet is in the welcome center or call the church office.

Momtourage meeting set

A Momtourage meeting will be Nov. 13 at 9:15 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Aurora. For details, contact Joyce J., Crystal H., Megan C. or Bev. F.

"First Focus" prayer meetings continue Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the pastor's office. The new adult life grooup study "Ekklesia" continues Sundays at 9:15 a.m. focusing on the book of Acts and New Testament letters. It meets in fellowship hall.

Activities at New Life

Prayer meetings take place at New Life Assembly Church in the Geauga Lake area on Saturdays at 7 p.m.

Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m., and the youth life group for students in grades 6 to 12 meets Sundays at 6 p.m. A student reach conference is coming up Nov. 9. Kids church is for ages kindergarten to fifth grade.