Officers installed

The Church in Aurora’s Women’s Guild recently installed officers for 2017-18 and they are: Barb Brookhart, president; Cheryl Miller, vice president; Betty Marlar, recording secretary; Marilyn Nabring, corresponding secretary; Alice Ann Wolf, treasurer; and Cicle reps Lillian Papper, Joan McMillin, Marilyn Gwin and Carol Fenger.

The Thursday morning Bible study group will begin meeting bi-weekly, with dates on June 1, 15 and 29 at 10 a.m. Topics will be presented by members of the group, and anyone is welcome to attend.

On June 15, the church will host the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster, Pa. at 7 p.m. The choir consists of students in grades 6 to 12, and this is the first stop on its summer tour.

Vacation Bible school will begin June 5 and run until June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon for those age 3 to entering the fifth grade. Cost is $15. To register, visit the church’s website at For details, email Liz Sutter at

Empty food cans are being collected at the church until June 4. They will be used at vacation Bible school.  Cans with pulloff lids or those opened with a smooth-edge can operner work best.

The workcampers’ tool drive is continuing. Unneeded tools, new paint brushes, rollers, snadpaper, etc. can be placed in the box by the garage doors at the Escape.

The church’s missions expo will be July 16 in the fellowship hall. Attendees can see some of the organizations the church supports during the year. The church’s bloodmobile May 8 had 39 donors.

Recent baptisms include Khrystyna Skabyk, Jason K. Friedstrom and Maelyn R. Balzer. Jay Rudolf graduated from West Virginia University. Jeffrey Winter and Pearl Groves were married recently.

The workcamperrs’ spaghetti dinner raised $10,200. The group will head to Chillicothe from June 25-July 1.  

The Ober family donated an engraveable landscaping stone to the church, and it will be dedicated June 4 after the 9:30 a.m. worship.


Friedlers manage

Kim and Scott Friedler are the new Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish hall managers. They have been action parishioners at the church for more than 20 years. Dora Gamez is the new part-time parish secretary.

Starting June 3-4 and continuing through Sept. 2-3, the summer Mass schedule will be Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. and Sundays at 8 and 10 a.m. Office hours are Mondays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June 3 will be Sacrament of Reconciliation at 3:30 p.m. The celebration of the Rev. Joseph Witmer’s 50 years in the priesthood will be June 4 at the 10 a.m. Mass, with a pancake break following courtesy of the Knights of Columbus Council.

Our Lady’s day of service will be June 3, when parishioners will do a variety of projects around town. The day will end with the 4:30 p.m. Mass. For questions about the projects you are assigned to, call Karen at 216-513-6444.

Next weekend is the annual combined collection for three major Church at Home ministries. Pictorial directories hae arrived and can be picked up either after Masses or in the parish office.

Baptismal preparation for expectant or new parents anticipating a baptism will be June 4 at 11:30 a.m., which is a different time than originally scheduled. The group will meet in Room 201.

A diocesan child protection in-service session will be June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady. For details, email Mac Clapp at Summer Bible camp runs June 12-16 from 9 a.m. to noon. The registration deadline was May 30.

Other coming events are: June 1 and 8 — choir practice at 7:30 p.m.; June 3-4 — food pantry weekend; June 5 — faith formation at 7 p.m. and stewardship meeting at 7:15; June 6 — parish and family life mee3ting at 7 p.m.; June 7 — Piecemakers at 10 a.m. and Mass at Anna Maria at 10:30 a.m.; June 8 — charity and justice meeting at 7 p.m.


Outdoor work set

A church work day will be June 3 at Cornerstone Church of Aurora to mulch, clean flower beds, plant flowers and prune. The work will be preceded with breakfast at 8 a.m.  The "Stories of Jesus" sermon series will commence June 11 at the 10:30 a.m. worship. Jesus’ parables in Matthew, Mark and Luke will be the focus. An all-church luncheon also will take place June 11 at noon, while the Club 306 campout will be June 16-17 for children in third to fifth grades.


Journey to W. Va.

Thirteen high school youths from Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bainbridge will head to Mount Hope, W.Va. this summer for a mission trip. From July 9-15, the team will work with other church groups to help Mount Hope residents with various construction projects.

As a result of poverty in Appalachia, one of the biggest needs is to help people bring some much needed love to their homes. In the morning and afternoon, the youth will work on the building projects, and in the evening they will praise God through song and worship followed by a time of reflection before bed. 

The youths will experience New River Gorge National Park during their free time. 

Lord of Life offers three Sunday services: A reflective service at 8:15 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:31 and a traditional service at 10:45. For more information, contact the church’s office at 440-543-5505 or visit