Inmate gifts eyed

Aurora Mennonite Church's missions committee is supporting the Way Out Christmas gift bags for inmates program again this year. Fliers are on the table in foyer showing the specific items needed. Items should be taken to the church by Dec. 8.

The senior fellowship will visit Haven of Rest on Dec. 2. A Christmas hymn sing will be Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the church. The community is invited. Coffee is available on Sundays at 10 a.m., with the worship service following at 10:30.

'Santa' gifts eyed

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church's Advent Giving Tree is a program sponsored by the charity and justice committee. "Santa type" gifts of not more than $30 are needed.

Givers should register the code number on the tag, plus their names and phone numbers on the forms provided at the back of the church.

Gifts must be returned with the identifying tag attached on or before Dec. 4. They will be sorted for distribution on the afternoon of Dec. 4. For details, call Karen Hoffman at 216-513-6444.

The next family program is Dec. 4 after the 11 a.m. Mass. All children in the program should bring their PSR books. Lunch will be provided. Contact Mac Clapp for details.

St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown will present its annual Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. A reception will follow.

A parents night out will be Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in parish hall. Children will watch a movie, do crafts and make cards for children in hospitals. Pizza and drinks will be provided. For more info, contact Mac Clapp at 330-5623-8519 ext. 121 or

PSR classes will be in session Nov. 28-29, but not Nov. 27. A Thanksgiving Day Mass will be Nov. 24 at 9 a.m. and the next baptismal session will be Dec. 4 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 201.

Decorating slated

Members of Aurora United Methodist Church will decorate the church for the Advent season on Nov. 26 at 9 a.m. Poinsettias will be displayed in the sanctuary Dec. 18-25. Orders are being taken through Dec. 4.

A night out at CCC

Christ Community Chapel in Aurora is planning a women's night out Dec. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. It will be a casual evening at Two Cafe and Boutique in the Market Square Shopping Center in Chagrin Falls.

Coffee, tea, appetizers and desserts will be available. The event is free, but registration is requested.

A meeting for those who wish to be baptized will be Dec. 4 at 11 a.m., and a baby dedication parents' meeting will be Dec. 18 at 10:45 a.m. Two Christmas Eve candlelight services will be offered at the church Dec. 24.

Parkside activities

Parkside Church on Pettibone Road in Bainbridge will share the joy of Christmas with families in need, both in the Cleveland area and in the surrounding community, by purchasing essentials and Christmas gifts for children in these families.

The goal is to offer families hope during the holiday season: the hope that comes from generosity, and the hope that comes from Jesus.

Anyone wishing to help can place checks in the offering plate with "Christmas Benevolence Project" on the memo line. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 31, and church officials will do the shopping.

Sunday morning services at the church are at 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

Other coming events in the next week are: Nov. 28 -- Christmas concert rehearsal at 7 p.m in the choir room; Nov. 29 -- Tuesday facilitiators' Christmas dinner at 6 p.m.and Club JV at 7 p.m.; Nov. 30 -- transit at 7:30 p.m. in the loft; Dec. 1 -- student life gatherings and Christmas concert rehearsal at 7 p.m.

New name likely

At a recent congregational meeting, members of Aurora's First Baptist Church proposed Cornerstone Church of Aurora as the church's new name. The name will be voted upon after the first of the year. Officers feel the name will better represent the church to the community.

The church's My First School Christmas concert will be the afternoon of Dec. 4. Parents are urged to make or purchase two dozen cookies for the attendees to eat.

New family pastor Matthew Russell and his wife Kelsey will officially start their duties Nov. 27.

An all-church workday has been rescheduled for Dec. 3. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The church office is closed Nov. 24-25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Ready for holiday

At Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bainbridge, children are included in all elements of the Christmas celebration. Sunday school classes, which meet Sundays at 9:30 a.m., continue to collect small items for the Stuff-a-Stocking mission. Children's books, toys, and games will be collected through Dec. 11.

All are welcome to attend the year's first Christmas event for kids, a St. Nicholas Day pajama party on , Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. The kids will learn about the generosity of St. Nicholas with crafts, games and a nut-free snack. Coffee and breakfast will be available for parents who would like to stay during the party.

Next is the children's Christmas Pageant on Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. This "no-fuss" pageant includes a carol sing. Lord of Life will offer a family Christmas Eve service Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. It is geared toward families with young children.

If you would like more information or have any questions, contact the church office at 440-543-5505. Lord of Life is located at 17989 Chillicothe Road, just south of Route 422.

Live nativity set

The Women's Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus No. 3766 will present a drive-through live nativity at St. Joseph Church on Dec. 16-18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Participants include Scouts, 4-H members, PSR students, members of the Women's Auxiliary, Mantua Knights of Columbus, as well as members of St. Joseph Parish.

Admission is a donation of $5 per car, and non-perishable food items are also appreciated.

Proceeds from this event will help with church repairs.

To volunteer or for more details, please contact Kathy Paroff at 616-723-3091 or