July 4 open house set

The Church in Aurora welcomes July 4 revelers to stop by for its annual open house, which takes place to demonstrate Christian hospitality to the community that gathers on its doorstep.

Thanks go to Paula Messner, who stepped in at the last minute to head up the drama section at the recent vacation Bible school. Messner is a past deacon at the church.

Circle A will have a lunch meeting July 15 at noon at Mad Jack's for devotions and socializing. Call Jean Wilson at 330-562-7097 if interested in attending.

Circle 3H will meet Aug. 1 to assemble backpacks for school children. Colored pencils, washable markers and Elmer's Glue are needed and can be donated starting July 13 in a collection container in the Great Hall. For details, call Diane Brubaker at 330-562-6935 or Barb Thayer at 330-995-6109.

The workcampers' recycling project has expanded its list of items accepted to include inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, iPods/MP3 player, laptops, digital cameras and CPS devices. Thanks to Kim Williamson for her dedication to this program.

The Care Team is available for those who need meals during a time of recovery, a ride to an appointment, prescriptions pickup or a friendly visit. Call Rita Suchanek at 330-562-3273 or 216-570-9808 or Lin Reichelt at 330-995-4393.

The Volunteers of American food pantry needs canned fruit, canned meats and meals, paper towels, mashed potatoes and spaghetti sauce this month.

The next American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the church July 14 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Bible school wraps up

Nearly 150 children and volunteers taught, learned and celebrated Jesus' unconditional love at Lord of Life Lutheran's annual vacation Bible school recently.

Children were immersed in Bible stories by listening to storytellers, created crafts, played games and sang and danced to Christian music. "The energy in the building was contagious," said Jen Keller, director of children's ministry.

Early in the week, the children were introduced to Nancy Marshall, a missionary and ordained pastor who leads a deaf church in Orange Walk Town, Belize. Daily offerings went to Marshall's cause.

Lord of Life Lutheran is on Route 306, just south of Route 422. For more information, call 440-543-5505 or visit www.loloh.org.

Sports camp coming

Summer sports camp is coming up at the First Baptist Church in Aurora from July 30-Aug. 2 starting at 6 each evening.

Each child can participate in two sports of their choice, and the cost is $15 for the first child and $10 for each additional child from the same family. Children who register before July 13 will receive a free T-shirt. For details, call 330-562-8233 or email info@fbcaurora.org.

My First School summer program continues Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. First Focus prayer meetings are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and the "Rooted in Grace" study continues Sunday mornings.

The church has selected Jeff Lowe as its new family pastor. He began his duties the first of July.

Upward flag football registration is continuing, with practices beginning the week of July 28. Register at www.fbcaurora.org My First School open registration also is continuing. For a tour, call 330-562-8070.

UCC offers ice cream

An ice cream social is coming up July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bainbridge Community United Church of Christ on Route 306.

There will be ice cream, fellowship and family fun, including games for all ages, face painting, karaoke and a cake walk. A special outdoor service will be at 10:30 a.m.

Vacation Bible school at the church will be July 28-Aug. 1. For details about the church and its activities, call 440-543-5117 or email Bainbridgecommunity@gmail.com.

6 picnic tables done

Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Knights of Columbus Council helped build six picnic tables for the outdoor pavilion under the guidance of Brian Cassidy and Herb Gieseler.

The volunteers were Chuck Southerland, Dan Rondini, Mike Shydlowski, Marty Galaska, Ed Kubek, John Kubek, Jeff Filarski, Bo Kusznir, Bob Flanik, Bill Curley, Gary Jancsurak, Jacob Jancsurak, Bob Kohl and Stephen Cassidy.

Dave Stafford recently revamped and repaired the kiosk in the narthex. It holds missalettes, prayer cards, parish announcements, posters of church events and pamphlets.

Ugandan Comboni missionary the Rev. Ruffino will celebrate Mass at the church on July 5-6. For details about his group, visit www.combonimissionaries.org.

The youth ministry rummage sale will be July 17-19, and donations will be accepted as of July 13. For details, call Marianne Ivany at 330-995-3885.

Eucharistic ministers are needed for the new "Reflections at Anna Maria" program. Contact Sister Lu Haidnick at the church or at lhaidnick@olphaurora.org if interested.

Some coming events are: Wednesdays -- Book of Revelation study at 7 p.m.; July 3 -- Spirited Seniors at 11:30 a.m.; July 4 -- church office closed; July 5 -- Reconciliation at 3:30 p.m.; July 6 -- CLOW at 11 a.m.; July 13 -- fair trade coffee sale; July 14 -- K of C social; July 15 -- Mass at Kensington at 11 a.m.

Baptisms set at CCC

Baptisms will take place July 27 at Christ Community Chapel-Aurora during services. A pre-baptism class will be July 20 at 11 a.m. in the conference room.

Volunteers can participate with the church's float in Aurora's July 4 parade. They can walk or ride bikes or scooters.

A new support group for those affected by or dealing with same-sex attractions will begin July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson campus. Ambassador soccer camps return to the Hudson campus for boys and girls July 15-19.

Activities at Parkside

Some Parkside Church events include: July 7 -- men's summer study at 7 p.mn. in Room 202; July 8 -- Club JV at the Warehouse in Solon; July 9 --Standpoint mid-week events at 6:30 p.m. in the commons and women's summer study at 7 p.m.