OLPH is on the go

Several activities are coming up at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, including a parents night out Dec. 2 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in which children will participate in crafts, make cards for children in hospitals and watch a movie while their parents enjoy time by themselves. For details, contact Mac Clapp at 330-562-8519 ext. 121 or maclapp@olphaurora.org.

The next family program will be Dec. 4 after the 11 a.m. Mass. Piecemakers will meet today (Nov. 30) and Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to work on quilts and blankets. For details, call Karen at 216-513-6444.

Giving Tree gifts are due by Dec. 4. They will go to the needy in Portage County through the Center of Hope, Volunteers of America, hot meals program and Safer Futures. Call Karen Hoffman at 216-513-6444 for details.

Ben Martin Partovi, son of Sasan and Lisa, and Joshua Abraham Bryan, son of Matthew and Sarah, were baptized recently.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be observed Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m.

Youth ministry members participated in a scavenger hunt recently, visiting Aurora Manor and buying basketballs and footballs for the Portage County Juvenile Detention Center, plus other sports equipment, coats, clothes, food and water for the Miller House in Kent.

Other coming activities are: Dec. 1 -- Spirited Seniors at noon, Cub Scouts at 6:30 p.m., Boy Scout at 7 and choir practice at 7:30; Dec. 3-4 -- equal exchange sale; Dec. 4 -- CLOW at 11 a.m., baptism prep class and family program at 12:30 p.m. and youth ministry at 6:30; Dec. 5 -- faith formatioin at 7 p.m. and stewardship meeting at 7:15; Dec. 7 -- Day of Reflection Advent retreat at 9:30 a.m.

Holiday activities

The Church in Aurora will have its annual Christmas pageant Dec. 4 at 5 p.m., followed by a potluck dinner and Christmas festival in the fellowship hall. Participants should take a dish to share. There will be crafts and games for youngsters.

The church's annual Vespers musical service will be Dec. 11 at 5 p.m. Refreshments will follow in fellowship hall. The church will send 200 cards to the Red Cross as part of the Holiday Cards for Heroes program.

Church note cards are being sold on Sundays, with proceeds going to the workcamp fund. December Spires are available on the Hunt table in the Great Hall. The closing date for monetary donations for the staff Christmas gifts program is Dec. 12. Checks should be made out to the Church in Aurora.

Kennedy Poling, daughter of Briana and Ben Poling and granddaughter of Joni and Kyle Hanson, was baptized recently. Free Advent devotionals are available in a basket on the Hunt table in the Great Hall. The Aurora Food Pantry needs corn, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and large cans of yams in December.

Gifts for the Caring Tree must be returned to the church by Dec. 11. The Women's Guild's Christmas luncheon will be Dec. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Club Walden. Anne Ramsay is in charge of reservations, which must be made by Dec. 11. Emily Dorland will sing Christmas songs and Sally McGill will share a Christmas story.

Circle 3H will meet Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. to complete gifts for area shelters. The church will send 178 gifts to Portage County Family Services. Toddy's Christmas shoppe is open through Dec. 23.

UM activities set

The women of Aurora United Methodist Church will have a luncheon Dec. 4 after worship at Station 43. There also will be an afternoon of fun, fellowship and Christmas dessert for the adult Sunday school class at 2 p.m. Call the church for the location of the latter.

The men's fellowship will gather Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Steak N Shake on Route 43 in Bainbridge. Members of the church will go Christmas caroling Dec. 18 at 3 p.m., followed by hot chocolate and cookies at the church.

Baptist work day

An all-church work day is slated for Dec. 3 at First Baptist on East Mennonite Road to prepare the church for winter and winter ministries. Breakfast will be served at 8 a.m.

Two separate My First School preschool Christmas concerts will take place Dec. 4. Families are asked to make or purchase two dozen cookies to serve to those attending.

The eight-week parenting life group led by the Rev. Drew Carroll will not meet Dec. 4, but meets other Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

The next monthly church luncheon will be Dec. 11 after worship. The church will provide ham, and families should sign up to bring a side dish or other item.

The Friday evening adult life group will meet Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Tucker home. The group meets every other week to study the book of 1 Peter.

Parents can still register their children for the Upward Basketball season until Dec. 5.

However, the first- to sixth-grade boys divisions are filled, and those who sign up now will be placed on a wait list.