Disaster donations eyed

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Youngstown, working in collaboration with Catholic Charities USA -- the official domestic disaster agency of the US Catholic Bishops -- is accepting donations to assist families and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Catholic Charities USA will utilize these donations to support local Catholic Charities and other Catholic-sponsored agencies working in the affected areas with short- and long-term support to rebuild after this severe storm.

To donate, visit the Catholic Charities website at http://ccdoy.org/social-action/disaster-relief-efforts/ for electronic donations; or send donation to Catholic Charities, Diocese of Youngstown (memo line: 2012 Hurricane Relief Fund), 144 W. Wood St., Youngstown 44503.

For more information, contact Brian R. Corbin at bcorbin@youngstown diocese.org or 330-744-8451 ext. 320.

Decorating set at Hope

Decorating for the Christmas season will take place Nov. 25 after the service at Hope Lutheran Church. Church officials say "many hands make light work."

Also, the packing of food bags will take place Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. The board of evangelism will provide 30 bags of food for Thanksgiving dinners for Volunteer of America clients. Hope Christian Nursery School students are collecting the food.

An Advent series starts Dec. 2 and continues through Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. Supper and a short service are planned. Hope's Christmas party will be Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in fellowship hall.

Women's Bible study meets Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and a men's Bible study is the third Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. Adult Bible study gathers Sundays at 9 a.m. and AA meets Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Giving Tree items eyed

Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Giving Tree begins Nov. 17-18. Givers can select tags in the narthex, and they are due by Dec. 2. The program is sponsored by the charity and justice committee.

First Reconciliation will take place tonight (Nov. 14) at 7, with candidates arriving at 6:45. Parents and family members are welcome to celebrate the sacrament. After the penance service, a reception will take place in the parish hall.

A Christmas dinner and pageant will be Dec. 9, and many children's parts are available. Contact Mrs. Flanik for details. Ticket information will be available in the near future.

Two Eucharist training sessions will take place Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 12:15 p.m. Call Sister Lu Haidnick if interested.

PSR classes for grades 6 to 8 will meet Nov. 18 and 26-27. There will be no sessions Nov. 19-20 and 25.

Other coming events are: Nov. 15 -- Spirited Seniors at 11:30 a.m., Cub Scouts at 6:30 p.m., Boy Scouts and parish and family life committee at 7 and choir practice at 7:30.

Nov. 17-18 -- retirement for men and women religious appeal; Nov. 17 -- reconciliation at 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 18 -- K of C pancake breakfast, CLOW at 11 a.m. and turkey golf for the high schoolers at 12:15 p.m.

Chili and Jeopardy set

A chili supper and Jeopardy game night will be Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Aurora Mennonite Church.

Longtime Aurora Mennonite member Nolan Yoder has transferred his membership to Pleasant View Mennonite Church, but he will remain an associate member at AMC.

Krista Allen will be received as a member on Nov. 25. AMC children are working on a Christmas program which will take place Dec. 16.

A Christmas tree is set up in the fellowship hall with names of seniors in the area. Members are welcome to take a name tag, purchase what is on the wish list and return it under the tree. Gifts are due by the end of November.

Other coming events are: Nov. 14 -- youth meeting at 7 p.m.; Nov. 18 -- Krista Allen will speak; Nov. 21 -- youths to deliver Thanksgiving meals and small group at the Schwartzes at 7 p.m.; Nov. 30 -- senior fellowship to the Haven of Rest.

Poinsettias are available

The deadline for ordering poinsettias for the holiday season at the Church in Aurora is Nov. 18. The cost is $9.25 each, and order forms are in the north and south chapels.

The 3H Evening Group will gather Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. Participants should read chapters 17 and 18, and will work on prayer shawls and baby blankets. For details, call Kathleen Horak at 330-562-1930.

Members will gather to hang the greens in the church on Nov. 25 at 12:15 p.m. after the second service. Contact Linda Pallotto if you have questions. Lunch will be provided.

The Women's Guild will meet today (Nov. 14) at 11:30 a.m. in fellowship hall to hear Amanda Joy Hall. Reservations will be taken for the December luncheon at Walden.

The Caring Tree will be up in fellowship hall Nov. 18, so that members can help a family or a child during the holiday season. Gifts should be returned by Dec. 9. For details, call Betsy at 330-348-3913.

Toddy's Christmas Shoppe items can be taken to the church starting Nov. 18. They should be placed on the stage in fellowship hall. Sales benefit the work camp groups.

Missionary talks at UMC

James Bunyasi from the Omwabini Mission in western Kenya will speak at Aurora United Methodist Church on Nov. 18. The church has supported the mission for several years.

Other events coming up are: Nov. 14 -- TOPS at 6 p.m.; praise team rehearsal at 6:30 and small group Bible study at 7; Nov. 18 -- men's breakfast at 8 a.m., Sunday school at 9:15 and worship/junior church at 10:30; Nov. 20 -- men's fellowship at 7:30 p.m. at Bob Evans.

Baptist programs roll on

AWANA and the First Focus prayer meetings at First Baptist Church continue Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. AWANA is for children age 3 to sixth grade. The prayer meeting is in the pastor's office.

Persons interested in helping with the Upward basketball and cheeleading as coaches, referees, scorekeepers and concessionaires should mark the back of their Connection Card or see Pastor Drew Carroll.

Individuals are needed to serve in the junior church during worshiip. Volunteers can pick which weeks they want to serve. For details or if interested, contact Megan C.

CCC women will gather

A Christmas gathering for Christ Community Chapel-Aurora women will be Dec. 1 from 3 to 5 p.m.. Dinner, music and a message from Carla Gasser are planned. Cost is $10. Signup at www.auroraccchapel.com.

Men's Bible study meets Saturdays at 8 a.m. for all ages. The next Community Harvest collection will be Nov. 18. Items can be dropped off anytime before that in the foyer.