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Women's Guild to gather

The Women's Guild of the Church in Aurora will meet March 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Decisions will be made about allocations of Nutcracker Sweets money.

The group sets aside 25 percent for designated charities, then gives the 75 percent based on "wish list" requests. Lunch will be prepared by Marianne Paul of Twiinz Catering and costs $5.

A Red Cross blood drive will take place March 11 from 1 to 7 p.m.. at the church.

The Choralier Choir will perform "A Technicolor Promise," a cantata for the Lenten season, on March 17.

The membership committee will host a "Bring a Friend" day March 10, with a photographer set up to take members' and friends' photos.

The workcamp group's spaghetti dinner and silent auction will be April 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Aurora High School. Items are needed for the auction. To donate, contact the Eavensons, Mindy Rogge or any workcamper. Tickets will be sold in March and April.

The 3H Evening Group will meet March 14 at 6 p.m. in the Escape to review Chapters 25 and 26 and make prayer shawls, prayer squares and baby blankets. For details, call Kathleen Horak at 330-562-1903.

Palm Sunday services will be March 24, with a chancel choir cantata. Maundy Thursday service is March 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Easter services March 31 at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

The Rev. Bill Schnell will preach on March 10 and 31 at all services. This month, the Volunteers of America food pantry needs all kinds of soup, plus tuna helper, hamburger helper, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise.

Scholarship applications for the church's annual award are due by April 30. Questions should be directed to Diane Bush at 330-562-4699.

Open house at preschool

Bainbridge Christian Preschool, operating at Lord of Life Lutheran in Bainbridge, has scheduled an open house April 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for all new and/or prospective families.

The open house will give families a chance to meet teachers, learn about the preschool's approach to education and tour the facility. For information, contact Faith Kirtley at fkirtley@loloh.org or visit www.loloh.org/content.cfm?id=2014.

First Communion slated

On March 17, a group of fifth-graders at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bainbridge will experience Holy Communion for the first time. In the Lutheran church, children do not receive Holy Communion until they are of an age where they can understand the act and its significance.

"First Communion is an opportunity for the children to begin to move beyond the basic stories of the Bible and make their faith real and tangible in their lives," said the Rev. Jon Weaver, a Lord of Life pastor. "First Communion is the first in a series of rites of passage as they grow from children into adult members of the Body of Christ."

Women to gather at CCC

Women on the upside of 50 will meet March 13 at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Chapel. Participants should take their own bag lunches. They will then travel to the Hudson campus to hear Barb Hibschman speak about "The Power of Forgiveness." Signup is possible in the foyer.

An Aurora campus high school retreat will taker place March 16-17. The boys will go to one place and the girls to another to discuss manhood and womanhood. Email Alex.Sosler@ccchapel.com for information.

Soup and condiments are two of the critical needs for Community Harvest this month. The next collection is March 17.

Commemorative plants will be ordered to decorate the sanctuary and honor loved ones or Easter weekend. Stop by the welcome center and fill out an order form. The cost is $10 each.

Lenten services at Hope

Lenten services are offered Sundays through March 17 at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 at Hope Lutheran Church. There is no charge for the meal.

Men's Bible study and breakfast continues the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m., while women's Bible study is offered Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and adult Bible study is offered Sundays at 9 a.m.

AA meets Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. Hope Christian Nursery School is registering children ages 3 to 5 for next year. Call 330-562-8660 or visit www.hopeaurora.org/HCNS/

Becky's book club will gather March 20 at 7 p.m. at Becky Bell's home to discuss "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" by Alexander McCall Smith. An alternative or also read is "Three Junes" by Julia Glass.

Easter egg hunt planned

Aurora Mennonite Church will have an Easter egg hunt March 16 at 11 a.m. A craft for children and lunch will be available. Contact Brina Paul for details.

Jane Nussbaum, Krisa Allen and the Rev. Tim Schultz will attend the Ohio Conference assembly in Kidron this weekend. Jim Schwartz will deliver the message at the March 10 service.

Other coming events are: March 6 -- youth group and small group at the Schwartzes, both at 7 p.m.; March 12 -- board meeting at 7 p.m.; March 13 -- senior fellowship's carry-in lunch at 11:30 a.m.; March 14 -- MWSO at 9:30 a.m.; March 17 -- senior fellowship pancake lunch at noon; March 18 -- senior fellowship to visit Haven of Rest at 9 a.m.

Chapel groups to gather

The next men's breakfast at the Chapel at Tinkers Creek will be March 16 at 8 a.m. Two adult Bible fellowships meet Sundays at 9 a.m. -- one for people under 30 and one for those over 30. The First Hour youth group meets Sunday mornings in the cabin, while the Youth After Church group meets Sundays at 6:45 p.m. in the cabin.

Fellowship gathering set

First Baptist Church's next all-church fellowship gathering will be March 10 following worship. Chicken and biscuits will be served as a main dish, and everyone is asked to take a large side dish or dessert to share.

Open registration for My First School has begun. If interested, contact Theresa Scotton for a free tour at 330-562-8070. Space is limited!

An all-church work day will be March 23 at 8 a.m. Big and small projects will be tackled, with a special focus on changing light bulbs in the auditorium.

AWANA and prayer meetings begin Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. All Wednesday evening meals have been canceled indefinitely.

The church is seeking individuals to serve during worship services in junior church for the month of April. Helpers can pick their dates. Contact Megan C. with questions or to sign up.

Parkside sets a play day

Parkside Church's young family play day will be March 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Warehouse. There will be inflatibles and a soft play area. A main dish for dinner will be provided, and participants should take a side dish.

Sojourners (age 50 and older) will have a potluck dinner March 15 at 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation by missionaries Jeffrey and Katherine Robinson. Register at www.parksidechurch.com.

All boys in kindergarten to fifth grade and their dads/grandpas/uncles are invited to a March Madness game night March 15 from 6:30 to 9 at the Warehouse. Cost is $2 per person.

Any couple married 10 years of less is invited to a dinner March 16 at the Deliberato home. The next play-n-learn session is March 19 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Loft.

A "Dealing with Divorce" seminar series begins April 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 227. There will be seven sessions in the series. Child care is available.

Men's and women's Bible studies, a single moms care group, student life groups, GEO Kidz, TrueLife Singles, choirs and various courses and programs are among other programs offered at Parkside.

Valley Presby sets events

Some upcoming events at Valley Presbyterian Church in Bainbridge are: March 11 -- Valley Knitters at 9:30 a.m. and deacons meeting at 7 p.m.; March 12 -- Sarah Circle at 1 p.m.; March 15 -- senior prom at 7 p.m.; March 17 -- listening session at noon; March 18 -- Session meeting at 7 p.m.

The senior prom will be at the Centerville Mills Park dining hall. All ages are invited. Prizes will be awarded for the cutest couple, best dancers and best prom dress. Beverages will be provided. Participants should take an appetizer or dessert for to share.

Youths will go to Converge on March 10 at the Shaker Heights First Baptist Church, leaving Valley at 5 p.m. and returning at 9. They will enjoy pizza at the Church of the Western Reserve in Pepper Pike before heading to Shaker Heights.

Chagrin Valley Council of Churches' Lenten soup supper and service schedule is: March 6 at Auburn Community, March 13 at St. Martin's Episcopal and March 20 at Lord of Life Lutheran. The evening activities start at 6.

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