UM plans services
Area residents are welcome to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Aurora United Methodist Church.
A Christmas Weve candlelight service will be Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., with a Christmas Day service at 10:30 a.m.

Mennonite news
The Aurora Mennonite Church’s Christmas Eve program will be Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. with music and readings.
The church is still collecting coats for Coats for Kids. Sizes for children and adults are needed, and can be placed in the box in the lower foyer.
Monetary donations also are accepted. The deadline for donations is Dec. 31. See Gloria Schwartz for information.
Thanks go to all who contributed to Way Out Prison Ministry’s Christmas bags. Thirty-six bags were sent.
The church’s annual congregational meeting will be Jan. 22.

OLPH news noted
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church is gearing up for Christmas and New Year’s with several Masses planned.
A piano and carols Mass will be Dec. 24 at 4 p.m., with a candlelight family Mass at 6 p.m. featuring the Celebration Band and a candlelight Mass at 11 p.m. with piano, brass and choir.
On Christmas, there will be just one Mass at 11 a.m. with organ and brass.  New Year’s weekend Masses will be Dec. 31 at 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 1 at 9 and 11 a.m.
The church’s PSR program needs a fifth-grade teacher for the Monday after school session. The second half of the year begins Jan. 8 and runs through April 24. Call Nancy Flanik at 330-562-8519 or email if interested.
An adult study of the Old Testament will begin Jan. 10 at 12:45 p.m. It will be facilitated by Marianne Ivany. Register in the parish office or call 330-562-8519.
Youth minister Cody Topp attended the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry i San Jose, Calif. from Dec. 1-4. He also reported that OLPH’s youth ministry Christmas party took place last week, where participants played holiday-inspired games and made human Christmas trees, plus there was an ugly sweater contest.
The next dinner and doctrine will be Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Overlook in Twin Lakes.
The topic will be “Woman at the Well: A Living Message from the Gospel of John, with the Rev. Pat Manning, associate professor of theology at Walsh University.
A buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Reservations are required by Jan. 11. For details, contact Sister Lu Haidnick or Mac Clapp.
OLPH member Joan Klipec recently celebrated her 100th birthday. She is one of the earliest original members of the parish.
Between Christmas and New Year’s, the parish office will be open Tuesday to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Other coming events are: Dec. 22 — decorating the church for Christmas at 4 p.m. and choir practice at 7 p.m.; Dec. 26 — office and building closed.
CCC sets activities
Two Christmas Eve candlelight services are planned at Christ Community Chapel in Aurora at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 24. A Christmas Day celebration will be Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.
Other coming events at the church are: Jan. 1 — baptism Sunday and baby dedication at 9:30 a.m.; Jan. 10 — Red Cross bloodmobile from 2 to 7 p.m.; Jan. 12 — Nehemiah kickoff (women’s Bible study) from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Feb. 1 — Wednesday nights at CCC kickoff from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Hope activities set
Hope Lutheran Church’s Christmas Eve service will be Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m., with a Christmas Day service Dec. 25 at 10 a.m.
 The next Wine and the Word Bible Study will be Jan. 10 at the Aurora Inn. Happy hour prices begin at 5 p.m. and the Bible study starts at 6. There are plenty of interesting topics to discuss.
A Christmas Eve service will be Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God in the Geauga Lake area of Aurora. There will be no service on Christmas Day, but a New Year’s Day service at 9 a.m. only.
Real Life meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the student center and is for students in grades 6 to 12. It includes fun activities and a message that students can apply to their lives.

Parkside services
Parkside Church on Pettibone Road in Bainbridge will have Christmas Eve services Dec. 24 at 5 and 7 p.m
 Child care will not be offered during the services, but children will feel especially comfortable at the 5 p.m. service. The mothers’ and parents’ rooms will be open.
Christmas Day services will be Dec. 25 at 9 and 11 a.m. with no evening service.  No nursery or preschool classes will be offered, but the mothers’ and parents’ rooms will be open, as is the case with New Year’s Day services, which will be at 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.
Christmas at L of L
Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Route 306 in Bainbridge will offer three services on Christmas Eve to celebrate the birth of Jesus. They are at 4, 7 and 10:30 p.m.
The 4 p.m. service is interactive designated especially for families, and will feature music by the children’s choir, lighting of the Christ candle and a Christmas message.
Festival worship with candlelight is featured at the 7 and 10:30 p.m. services.
Traditional hymns and carols of the season will highlight the services, and each includes an uplifting message.
Guests on Christmas Eve are encouraged to arrive early to ensure good seating.
For more information about the church, visit or call 440-543-5505.

Reverse raffle set
The Women’s Auxiliary of the Mantua Knights of Columbus Council 3766 will have a New Year’s Eve reverse raffle party Dec. 31, with doors opening at 6 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 11845 Route 44, just north of Route 82 in Mantua Township.
Tickets are available from Jay D’Aurelio at 330-569-8156. They cost $65 a couple and $50 per person, and include appetizers, the raffle, dinner. an open bar, disc jockey, dancing and a midnight champagne toast.
All proceeds go toward a new roof for St. Joseph Church in Mantua.