Confirmation practice for all candidates and their sponsors at Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be March 12 after the 11 a.m. Mass in the church. Candidates must turn in their "Reflection on and Evaluation of Confirmation Preparation" document no later than practice.
Bishop George V. Murry will preside over the Sacrament of Confirmation March 19 at 2 p.m., with a dessert reception to follow.
All women of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish are invited to the next night out March 14 at 7 p.m. at Paws in the Bertram Inn. If possible, participants should let Shannon know you are coming. Her phone number is 440-679-1325.
Hospitality Sunday will be March 12, with coffee and doughnuts available after Mass in the parish hall.
Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence from meat for Catholics 14 and older. Bishop Murry is granting a dispensation from that obligation on March 17 (St. Patrick's Day). Catholics should follow the Friday abstinence edict another day that week.
An evening of reconciliation will be March 15 from 6:30 to 8. A communal penance service will be hosted by the Newman Center at Kent State University on March 20 at 7 p.m., while St. Joan of Arc will host another such service March 22 at 7 p.m.
Lenten Day of Reflecton featuring Cacki Upchurch is March 11, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. She will give her reflection at all Masses on March 11-12.
Brooke Addison Chesney, daughter of George and Ashley, was baptized recently.
Other coming events are: Tonight (March 8) -- Stations of the Cross at 6 p.m. with a soup supper at 6:15; March 9 -- Boy Scouts and charity and justice meeting at 7 p.m. and choir practice at 7:30; March 10 -- Stations of the Cross at noon and 7 p.m.; March 12 -- CLOW at 11 a.m. and high school youth ministry at 12:30 p.m.
Lenten suppers are part of Sunday evening services during Lent at Hope Lutheran Church in Aurora. Pasta will be served March 12, hot dogs March 19, sloppy Joes March 26 and a potluck meal April 2.
Bible teacher Kinney DeHamel will speak on “I Love to Tell the Story” at Hope on March 30 at 7 p.m. It is a free presentation and refreshments will be served.
Hope members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert. They can sign up in the narthex.
Wine and the word will be March 21 at 5 p.m. at the Aurora Inn. Bible study will begin at 6 p.m.
Pretzel Sunday is March 26. Children of the church will learn about repentance and Jesus’ forgiveness during Sunday school, and will make pretzels to share with worshippers.
Acolyte training is March 19. Students in third grade and up and their parents are invited to the 30-minute worship. For further information, contact Becky or call 330-562-7895.
Becky’s Book Club will gather March 22 at 7 p.m. at Becky Bell’s home to discuss “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware.
Pastor events set
Aurora Mennonite Church has scheduled a series of events March 11-12 pertaining to a pastoral candidate.
The candidate will meet will elders, the board and the pastor search committee on March 11 at 10 a.m. and will have lunch with the senior fellowship group at 11:30. He will meet with the small groups at 4 p.m., and the entire church membership is invited to a family night at 5 p.m. with a meal provided.
Then on March 12, the candidate will meet with members of the worship team at 8:30 a.m., will speak during Sunday school at 9:30 and will preach a sermon at 10:30. A carry-in meal will be served at noon and the candidate will have a follow-up meeting with the search committee and elders at 2 p.m.
A barbecue chicken community dinner will be May 5 and a women’s tea will be May 13.
Winter jam slated
A winter jam for Club 306 at First Baptist Church will be March 12 at 4:30 p.m. It will showcase 10 Christian artists. Parents are invited to accompany the children in the group. Cost is $10 per person.
Club 306 is planning a camp experience from June 19-24 at Skyview Ranch. It is for youth in grades 3 to 7. See Pastor Drew Carroll for information or visit www.skyviewranch.org. BRochures are available in the church foyer.
Upward Awards Night is March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will be recognized and cookies and lemonade will be served. Help is needed with audio-visual, setup, teardown and cookies.
The new church name Cornerstone Church of Aurora will go into effect April 16 (Easter Sunday).
An all-church luncheon will be March 19 after the worship service. Sign up for a dish to share. Volunteers also are needed for setup and cleanup. The Malley’s candy fundraiser has begun for My First School at the church.
Pub meet popular
Pubs and bars are filling up across the country with people discussing who God is and what God is doing in our midst. The trending Pub Theology invites people who might not ordinarily feel comfortable in a church setting to participate in discussions about faith around a cold brewor wine, or tea if that’s one’s preference.
Lord of Life Lutheran Church has caught onto this trend with monthly discussions on the third Wednesday of each month. In the Cutting Board restaurant at the Aurora Inn, a small group gathers to discuss intriguing topics, such as sin, the Trinity, forgiveness, evil and guilt.
The group has a wide range of participants — from 20 somethings to retired folks, sharing wisdom and experience with one another. “We talk about things that you may not ordinarily think about, or that you might not think about in the same ways. It’s thought provoking,” one participant said.
Pub Theology participants gather about 7:45 p.m., with discussion beginning at 8. For information call the church at 440-543-5505 or www.loloh.org. The Cutting Board is at Route 82 and Shawnee Trail.
An American Red Cross bloodmobile will be at the Church in Aurora on March 13 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall.
The Women’s Guild is meeting today (March 8) at 11:30 to hear Aurora Fire Chief David Barnes speak on fire safety and to allocate Nutcracker Sweets money.
The 3-H Evening Group will meet March 9 at 6 p.m. in the Eldridge Library to review Chapters 19 to 28 of “Where I Am” and make prayer shawls, prayer squares and baby blankets.
The annual Parent Night Out will be March 19, when all children who are potted trained through fourth grade are invited to play games, do crafts and eat dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. while parents enjoy time to themselves. If interested, contact Liz Sutter.
Night service set
Aurora United Methodist Church will have a “Made to Love” evening service March 12 at 7. Women meet for fellowship Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Those interested in the latter should call the church at 330-562-7866 for the location.