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Women's unit to meet

The Women's Guild at the Church in Aurora will gather Jan. 8 at 11:30 a.m. in fellowship hall to learn ways to keep memories sharp from Kathryn Kilpatrick. A soup, salad and dessert buffet will be offered. Anne Ramsay will share devotions.

The 3-H Evening Group will meet Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. in the Eldridge Library. Participants should read Chapters 9 and 10. Baby blankets, prayer squares and prayer shawls will be made. The blankets will be given to Miller House in the spring.

Two mini-retreats will take place Feb. 8 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups will be limited to 20 people. If interested, call Reed Fuller at 330-562-3388.

The youth group recently participated in a mock trial where a teenager was tried for vehicular manslaughter while texting. Circle 3H recently provided 125 gift packages and scarves, socks and gloves for area shelters.

Yoga classes are offered Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Great Hall. For details, contact Kris Radzanowski at 330-221-4037 or kradz@roadrunner.com.

Orders will be taken for sub sandwiches on Jan. 12, 19 and 26. A bake sale will take place during sub pick up on Feb. 2 (Super Bowl Sunday).

A celebration of life will be Jan. 5 at 6 3 p.m. for Virginia Klein on what would have been her 100th birthday. Light refreshments will be served, including her favorite -- ice cream.

Missions of the month are Cure International, International Rescue Committee and United Christian Ministries at Kent State University.

Winter fest set Jan. 5

Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Bainbridge Township will kick off the new year with a Winter Fest on Jan. 5 at 9:30 a.m.

Children from preschool to fifth grade should arrive at the church on Route 30-6 dressed for the weather and prepared to play inside and outside.

According to children's ministry director Jen Keller, "There will be enough hot chocolate and cookies for everyone."

For more information about the church, call 440-542-5505 or visit www. loloh.org. The church is at 17989 Chillicothe Road.

Parkside services set

Christmas Eve services are planned at 6 and 11 p.m. Dec. 24 at Parkside Church in Bainbridge Township.

The TrueLife group will ring in the new year Dec. 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Loft in Solon. TrueLife Singles Bible study will resume Jan. 3 at 7 p.m.

Student Body, Baptism 101 and U-Turn will meet Jan. 5 at 9:45 a.m., while the high school youth group will meet Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Changes announced

First Baptist Church of Aurora will have no adult life group Dec. 29 and no First Focus sessions on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The church office will be closed through Dec. 27 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

'Gloria' to be featured

Aurora United Methodist Church will have a Christmas Eve candlelight service Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. featuring several students from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the church choir performing Vivaldi's "Gloria."

The last five weeks of "The Alpha Course" small group Bible study will commerce Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. The men's Bible study will meet Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. to continue the study "No Man Left Behind."

Women's small group will meet Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at El Camino. The next men's breakfast will be jan. 19 at 8 a.m. at Bob Evans, the Rev. Jared Priset will lead a service at Independence Village on Jan. 22 and prayer gatherings will be Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 11 a.m.

Youth fellowship will meet Jan. 5, 12 and 19 at noon. Lunch is provided. The UM Girl Scout troops packed and distributed 20 baskets of food for local needy persons on Dec. 14. The Aurora food pantry needs canned soups, chili, toilet paper, saltine crackers and Pop Tarts during December.

Services set at Hope

Hope Lutheran Church members will worship Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) at 7 p.m. and Christmas Day (Dec. 25) at 10 a.m.

A service at New Life

A Christmas Eve service is scheduled Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. at New Life Assembly in the Geauga Lake neighborhood. It is open to the community, and light refreshments will follow.

PBS films set at OLPH

The Rev. James Daprile and Karen Yash will host the viewing of the Rev. Robert Barron's 10-part PBS series at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

The schedule is as follows: Jan. 8 -- "Amazed and Afraid" (revelation of God become man); Jan. 15 -- "Happy Are We" (teaching of Jesus); Jan. 22 -- "The Ineffable Mystery of God" (that than which nothing greater can be thought). Sessions start at 7 p.m. and no registration is necessary.

A scripture study with Marianne Ivany will run on Tuesdays from Jan. 7 to April 21. Registration forms are on the bulletin board and at www.doy.org.

No high school ministry session will take place Dec. 29. Sessions will resume in the new year.

An Angels and Shepherds Mass will be Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and other Masses are at 4 and 11 p.m. A Christmas Day Mass is Dec. 25 at 11 a.m.

The third annual chili and dessert cookoff will be Jan. 12 after the 11 a.m. Mass. Prizes will be awarded for judges and parishioners' choices. Peanut free food and dessert offerings will be available.

Signups for auditions for the "Make Us Believers" musical opera will be Jan. 25-26 after all Masses. The play will be performed during Lent at the church.

The next session for expectant or new parents anticipating a baptism is Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 201. Call the parish office to register. Attendance at a session is necessary before baptism can be scheduled. Another session will be April 6 at 12:30 p.m.

Recently joining the parish are John and Michele Arsena, Nina DeWitt, Maureen Feeney, the Richard and Chickee Olique family and the Andrew and Erica Thornton family.

The next Portage Deanery dinner and doctrine series topic "Let Us Build Bridges, Not Walls" will be Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Rusty Nail in Twin Lakes. Cost is $25, and signup deadline is Jan. 8.

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