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Holiday food needed

Filled baskets with Thanksgiving meals for needy area residents must be dropped off at Christ Community Chapel in Aurora by Nov. 24. Church volunteers will deliver the baskets.

Residents 55 and older are invited to an old-fashioned hymn sing at a Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 21 hosted by the church's Encore senior ministry. Appetizers will be served at 4:45 p.m. in the atrium and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in fellowship hall. Cost is $5 per person and reservations are limited. Sign up online at www.aurora.ccchapel.com/events.

Moms Together will gather Nov. 21 at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall to hear Jennifer Morocco talking about "Bringing Them to His Feet." Child care is free to those who preregister online at www.aurora.ccchapel.com/momstogether.

New "Daily Bread" devotionals are available in the welcome center. The women's Christmas gathering will be Dec. 7 with guest speaker Katie Potesta. Doors open at 3:15 p.m.

The church's Christmas concerts will be Dec. 12-13 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 14 at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 3 and 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Nov. 23 at www.aurora.ccchapel.com/events or by calling the church office.

Membership class set

Anyone interested in joining First Baptist Church can attend a membership class Dec. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact the Rev. Drew Carroll for a membership book.

The "Kaleo" adult life group meets Sundays at 9 a.m., a fall "Something More" life group meets Sunday evenings and First Focus prayer meetings are Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

The last day to register for Upward basketball and cheerleading is Nov. 21. Cost is $60. For details, contact the Rev. Carroll or Jeff H.

Middlers to have fun

Our Lady of Perpetual Help's Middlers youths will visit Fun-N-Stuff in Macedonia on Nov. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $13, and permission slips are needed. Parents can sign up to provide transportation at www.olphhsyouth@gmail.com.

Remaining classes of the adult education study titled "Fifty Shades of Catechism, Part Two" will be Wednesday nights through Dec. 11, but not on Thanksgiving Eve. For details, call facilitator Karen Yash at 330-289-8966. All over age 18 are welcome.

Altar server training will take place Dec. 2, 8-9 and 15 at 7 p.m. Participants should attend one class from each of two sessions. Parents should accompany their child.

Donations are being accepted by Catholic Relief Services for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines. Visit www.crs.org to view information and to make a donation.

Christmas Giving Trees will be up with tags the weekend of Nov. 23-24. Gifts must be returned by Dec. 8. The suggested limit for gifts is $30.

A collection of nonperishable food and paper and soap products will be taken on Thanksgiving Day and the weekend after. Items will be taken to the altar during presentation of gifts.

Other coming events are: Nov. 21 -- Spirited Seniors at noon and Boy and Scouts at 7 p.m.; Nov. . 23 -- reconciliation at 3:30 p.m.; Nov. 24 -- PSR, youth ministry Bible study at 10 a.m. and CLOW at 11 a.m.; Nov. 25 -- no PSR.

Christmas singing set

Parkside Church's Christmas concerts will be Dec. 13 and 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 14 at 3 and 7 p.m. Nursery care will be offered for the three 7 p.m. concerts, and helpers are needed in the nursery.

Some other coming events are: Nov. 22 -- Grieving with Hope harvest dinner at 6:30 p.m. in fellowship hall, boys game night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and TrueLIfe Singles fellowship dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Nov. 23 -- Thanksgiving Box project from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scranton Road Bible Church; Nov. 24 -- TrueLife Singles outing from 12:30 to 6 p.m.; Nov. 26 -- Twinsburg Coffee Connection at 6:30 a.m. at Starbucks.

Holiday practices set

Practices are coming up for the children's Christmas presentation at New Life Assembly in the Geauga Lake area. The presentation will be Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m.

Practices will be Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and 14 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. Sign up with Pastor Josh Willaford at jwillaford@auroranewlife.com or by calling 330-562-6285.

The church will have a Christmas breakfast Dec. 22 at 9 a.m., and its Christmas Eve service will be at 7.

Eve service set at LOL

Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bainbridge will host a Thanksgiving Eve service Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. It will include an uplifting message and prayers of thanks. For details about the church, call 440-543-5505 or visit www. loloh.org.

School kits assembled

Aurora Mennonite seniors assembled 682 school kits during a recent work day at Mennonite Central Committee and the youth group put together 156 school kits at the church.

Rod Truman will bring the message at the Nov. 24 worship service. His topic is "How God changed me from a game winner to a soul winner."

The church will set up a Christmas tree in fellowship hall with names of area seniors. Members are encouraged to select a name tag, purchase what is on the wish list and return it under the tree. There is no need to wrap the gift. Contact Annette Balis for information.

Church cookbooks are still available for $10 each. Donations are being sought by MCC to help the people of the Philippines. Visit www.mcc.org/typhoon-response to donate.

Other coming events are: Nov. 20 -- youth group at 6:30 p.m., small groups at the Pauls and Schwartzes at 7; Nov. 21 -- women's prayer group at 9 a.m. at Lela's; Nov. 22 -- Learning Lighthouse Preschool Thanksgiving meal at noon; Dec. 10 -- board meeting at 7 p.m.

Poinsettia orders due

Church in Aurora members can place Christmas poinsettia orders through Dec. 1. Cost is $9 per plant. Order forms are in the church bulletins or available from a deacon.

Members can sign up to provide altar flowers and coffee hour treats for 2014 on the bulletin board in fellowship hall. Members will decorate the church for the holidays on Nov. 24 at 12:15 p.m. A light lunch will be served afterward.

Annual reports are due in the church office by Dec. 16. They can be emailed to pjaeger@thechurchinaurora.org.

The Caring Tree will be up in fellowship hall as of Nov. 24. When taking a card from the tree, register it with the missions committee at the table nearby.

Greens hung at AUM

Members of Aurora United Methodist Church on North Aurora Road will hang the greens for the holidays Nov. 30 at 9 a.m. Meanwhiule, the November sermon series is titled "Ordinary Saints: Ordinary Lives -- Extraordinary Mission."

Other coming events are: Nov. 20 -- TOPS at 6 p.m. and Alpha Bible study at 7; Nov. 21 -- trustees meeting at 6:30, finance committee at 7 and administrative council at 7:30; Nov. 24 -- youth fellowship at noon and Girl Scouts at 4 p.m.

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