Play sessions to start

Play-N-worship sessions will start Oct. 18 for ages 4 and 5 and Oct. 20 for ages 2 and 3 at 10 a.m. The sessions are free and open to the public. Signups are possible on the church's website or by contacting Liz Sutter.

Pastor Appreciation Month is in October. The church's pastors will be honored at coffee hour Nov. 13.

The fall rummage sale is Oct. 5-6, with setup Oct. 3-4. Express dropoff will be Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The 35th annual Nutcracker Sweets will be Oct. 14-15. Help is needed for the kitchen, raffle booth, setup/teardown and taking money at the door. For details or to volunteer, call Peter or Muriel French at 330-562-3352.

The 3-H Evening Group will meet Oct. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Escape to review Billy Graham's book "Where I Am chapters 5-8. There will be no meeting of the Women's Guild in October.

Baptist plans sermons

The current sermon series "It's All About the Gospel" at First Baptist Church will conclude Oct. 2 and a new series "Jesus Is Greater Than Everything" will begin Oct. 16. It will cover the Apostle Paul's New Testament letter to the Colossians.

The next Club 306 meeting will be Oct. 21, when third- to sixth-graders will go bowling at 5 p.m. at Sky Lanes in Garrettsville. Bowling, shoes, pizza and pop are included the fee.

The church is partnering in November with Operation Christmas Child. Members will fill shoeboxes with special gifts for needy children of the world. Help will be needed Nov. 14-21, when the church serves as a dropoff location.

My First School preschool held a walkathon Sept. 24 to raise funds for new indoor playground equipment.

The church will host a concert Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. of the Gospel Echoes. Tickets are $20, including dinner at 6 p.m. Call Marcy Kretzer at 216-870-2765 for tickets.

A new life group began Sept. 25 and will continue for seven more weeks under the leadership of Pastor Drew Carroll. The class meets Sundays at 6 p.m. and child care is available.

The next all-church luncheon will be Oct. 9 following the worship service. Participants should take their favorite soup or dessert. The church will provide salad, rolls and chicken nuggets for the kids.

Pumpkin Patch starts

It is the time of year where you can walk into any coffee shop in the area, and you will notice a familiar smell that comes around in the fall, pumpkin spice.

This must mean that Halloween and Thanksgiving are around the corner, and that means it's Pumpkin Patch time at Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Route 306 in Bainbridge.

Pumpkins and other items are available such as small gourds, winter squash (acorn and butternut), Indian corn and cornstalks.

Pumpkin Patch opened Sept. 25 and will be open daily throughout October from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds will go for a youth trip to Houston for the ELCA Youth Gathering in 2018.

For details about Pumpkin Patch or any other L of L ministry, call the church office at 440-543-5505 or visit

Pets will be blessed

Area residents and their pets are invited to a blessing of the animals Oct. 9 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal at 21 Aurora St., just off the Green in Hudson.

There will be a short service in the memorial garden, then each animal will receive a blessing from the Rev. Charlotte Collins Reed. Rain location is in the parish hall.

The ceremony remembers St. Francis, lover of all living things, whose feast day is Oct. 4. For details, call the church office at 330-650-4359, visit or contact the Rev. Reed at

Outerwear is needed

Hope Lutheran Church will sponsor a drive to collect new and serviceable outerwear to benefit the Redeemer Crisis Center in Cleveland.

Child and especially adult items are needed, and include all types of winter gear such as hats, gloves, mittens, snow pants, boots, scarves and coats.

Monetary donations also are being accepted, with checks made out to Hope Lutheran Church.

The drive runs through Oct. 9, when the collection will end with brunch at 11:15 a.m. followed by a lecture on Michelangelo by Felicia Zavarella Stadelman. Free babysitting is offered.

Area residents can drop donations in the wooden collection bin at the entrance of Hope. To reserve a spot for the brunch, email

Clambake set Oct. 1

Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Knights of Columbus council will sponsor its annual clambake Oct. 1 with dinner a 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 269. For tickets, contact any Boy Scout or Gary Jancsurak at 216-670-6274 or the church office.

A confirmation candidates/parents meeting will be Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in parish hall for those eligible for confirmation. The confirmation celebration will be March 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.

The next baptismal preparation session for expectant or new parents anticipating a baptism will be Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. Call the parish office to register.

Volunteers are needed Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. to make quilts and afghans for the homeless. For details, call Karen at 216-513-6444.

The team of Jeff Beckstrom, Cecelia Guttierez-Yapur and Joe Sontich won the spaghetti tower challenge. They built the tallest, free-standing structure (19 1/2 inches) with 20 pieces of dried spaghetti.

New bed linens and towels for the Portage County domestic violence shelter will be collected Oct. 8-9. Katherine Lee Ulsenheimer, daughter of Scott and Jessica, was baptized recently.

High school students will have a St. Francis Day retreat Oct. 9 after the 11 a.m. Mass. Youths will carpool to Cuyahoga Valley National Park and return between 3 and 4 p.m.

Other coming events are: Sept. 29 -- Spirited Seniors at noon and Boy Scouts at 7 p.m.; Sept. 30-Oct. 1 -- parish directory photo sessions; Oct. 1-2 -- equal exchange sales; Oct. 1 -- St. Francis blessing of pets at 11 a.m.; Oct. 2-4 -- PSR; Oct. 2 -- CLOW at 11 a.m. and youth ministry at 6:30 p.m.

Study group to begin

Small group study at Aurora Mennonite Church will resume Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Schwartzes home. Information is available from Jim or Gloria.

Senior fellowship members who are going to the play "Mennonite Girls Can Cook" should meet at the church Sept. 30 at 9:30 a.m. to carpool.

The fellowship will have a tour and lunch at the Atrium at Anna Maria on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m. All who plan to eat should let Susan know so reservations can be made.

The pastor wishes to meet with all greeters and ushers Oct. 2 after worship.

Other coming events are: Oct. 1 -- congregation prayer time at 5 p.m.; Oct. 21 -- Mennonite Central Committee meat canning at Middlefield; Nov. 4 -- community dinner at the church.

Talent show at AUMC

The inaugural Aurora United Methodist talent show will be Oct. 14. Vocalists, jugglers, ventriloquists, musicians, magicians, storytellers, comedians and poets are welcome to sign up.

The praise and worship team is looking for more singers and musicians. Contact worship leader Darryl Lewis if interested. Tuesday morning women meet at 10. Call the church for details.