UM men will meet

The men's adult group at Aurora United Methodist Church will enjoy breakfast Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. at Nicky & Smitty's. At 3 p.m., members of the church will go caroling and then return to the church for fellowship, cookies and hot chocolate.

On Christmas Eve, a service will begin at 7 p.m., and the Christmas Day service will begin at 10:30 a.m. The UM church is located on Route 43 north across from the entrance to Barrington Golf Club's clubhouse.

3-H group meets

The 3-H Evening Group will gather Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Eldridge Library at the Church in Aurora to prepare Christmas gifts for Volunteers of America. Members should read chapters 13-16 in Billy Graham's book "Where I Am."

Members ordered 92 poinsettias to don the church during the Christmas season. Any contributions that members wish to make and want credited to 2016 should be in the church office or postmarked by Dec. 30.

Anderson J. Trook, son of Katie and Josh Trook, was presented for baptism Dec. 11. The Aurora Food Pantry needs corn, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce and large cans of yams this time of year.

Two Christmas Eve services are planned at the church -- a family service at 5 p.m. followed by a walk to Bethlehem and a traditional candlelight service at 9 p.m. Dec. 25 will feature a single service at 10 a.m. with child care for infants to fourth-graders.

Coats are needed

Coats for Kids is collecting new and like-new winter coats of all sizes, and Aurora Mennonite Church has a collection box in the lower foyer. The deadline is Dec. 31. See Gloria Schwartz for more information.

At a recent congregational meeting, Kevin Chittick and Ben Yoder were affirmed as elders for the next three years.

The church's Christmas program with children is Dec. 18. A Christmas Eve program will be Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

New Life services

Services Dec. 18 at New Life Assembly on Orchard Avenue in the Geauga Lake area will be at 9 and 11 a.m. Christmas Eve service will be at 6 p.m. and there will be no services on Christmas Day. New Year's Day service will be at 11 a.m. only. The church's life groups usually meet Sundays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m.

Parkside activities

Parkside Church on Pettibone Road in Bainbridge will offer Christmas Eve services at 5 and 7 p.m. Child care will not be offered, but children are welcome to attend all services, and will feel especially comfortable during the 5 p.m. service. The mothers' and parents' rooms will be open.

Services on Dec. 25 will be at 9 and 11 a.m., with no evening service. There will be no nursery or preschool classes offered, but the mothers' and parents' rooms will be open. Services Dec. 18 will be at 8:15, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. with no evening service.

The church offices will be closed Dec. 23, 26 and 30 and Jan. 2. Other coming events are: Dec. 15 -- Student Impact at 7 p.m.; Dec. 20 -- Club JV at 7 p.m.; and Dec. 22 -- parents of teens prayer night at 7.

CCC services set

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be Dec. 24 at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Christ Community Chapel in Aurora. A Christmas Day service will be at 11 a.m. A baby dedication parents meeting will be Dec. 18 at 10:45 a.m. Baptism Sunday and baby dedication day will be Jan. 1 at 9:30 a.m.

Several join OLPH

New members at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church are Richard Cerveny, Scott and Kristen Danna family, Allan and Rose Ann Hodakievic, Ralph and Christine Janus, Richard and Lynda Schiltz and Joan Wohala.

The PSR Christmas pageant will be Dec. 19-20 at 4:45 p.m. featuring the fourth- and fifth-graders presenting a play depicting the birth of Jesus.

The next destination for a mom's night out is the Mason Jar. A date will be determined in the future. The first night out took place at the Aurora Inn's Six Horses Tavern.

Baptized recently were Michael R. Janko, son of James and Courtney, and Emily L. Dobler, daughter of Michael and Meghan.

A Diocese of Youngstown's men's discernment retreat weekend will be Dec. 16-18 for men 18 to 50. It is at Villa Maria Retreat Center. For information, call the office of vocations at 330-744-8451.

Other coming events are: Thursdays -- Spirited Seniors at noon, Boy Scouts at 7 p.m. and choir practice at 7:30; Dec. 17-18 -- equal exchange; Dec. 18 -- CLOW at 11 a.m.; Dec. 22 -- decorate the church at 4 p.m.; Dec. 24 -- Christmas Eve Masses at 4, 6 and 11 p.m.; Dec. 25 -- Christmas Day Mass at 11 a.m.

Live nativity is set

The Women's Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus will present a drive-through live nativity Dec. 16-18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph Church on Pioneer Trail in Mantua.

Visitors can view the manger, enjoy some hot chocolate and join in caroling. Free-will donations and non-perishable food items are appreciated. Proceeds will help with church repairs, and non-perishable items will be donated to the 4C's food cupboard.

Participants include members of the Women's Auxiliary, Mantua Knights of Columbus 3766, PSR students, Scouts and parishioners of St. Joseph Parish.

Take a book or 2

First Baptist Church invites members to take any adult books that interest them since the church is converting its library to a relationship/refreshment zone. Members should not take any children's books at this time.

The church asks that everyone give just one card to the church that will be displayed for all to see. They can mail the single card to the church or leave it in the welcome center.

The next session of the Friday evening life group is Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Tuckers' home. The group meets every other week to study the book of 1 Peter. See Jim Tucker for information.

Church members are asked to consider a gift to support missions at all levels -- from Central Community Church in Akron to the farthest points in the world. Members can mark the regular giving envelopes for FBCA missions.

There will be no Sunday morning Bible studies or adult life group Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Regular services will take place on those dates.

Church members are invited to a special "Redeeming the Gift" conference Feb. 17-18 in Mayfield. It will feature special speakers, seven main sessions and workshops for men and women. The cost is $30 if registered by Jan. 8. See Pastor Matthew Russell for more information.