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Mennonite auction set

Aurora Mennonite Church's annual missions auction is coming up June 21 at 10 a.m. This is the 32nd year for the event, which features many items to bid on.

"We have a great selection of items this year," said auctioneer Roger Troyer. "Everything from handmade quilts, handcrafted wood items, housewares and home decor to garden supplies and gift certificates from local businesses. There's something for everyone."

Several of the items can be viewed on the church's website at www.auroramennonite.com. There also will be homemade baked goods, glazed doughnuts, barbecued chicken, Trail bologna, Swiss cheese, hot dogs and ice cream.

All proceeds go toward mission activities of the local church and Mennonite Church USA. The church is at Route 43 and East Mennonite Road. For details, call 330-562-8011.

Brunch, book club set

Summer brunch is planned June 22 after the 10 a.m. service at Hope Lutheran Church. An attendance signup sheet, and one for volunteer cooks and bakers, have been posted in the church.

Becky's Book Club will gather June 18 at 7 p.m., with Sheila as host. It will be a reader's choice evening.

Thrivent Financial of Summit and Portage Counties will sponsor a family night at the Akron RubberDucks-Harrisburg Senators game June 27 at Canal Park in Akron. Tickets cost $11, including a picnic dinner before the game and fireworks afterward. There's a limit of six tickets per family. Deadline for reserving tickets is June 22.

Summer Sunday school teachers are needed, and can sign up for one Sunday. If interested, called Becky Bell at 330-562-7895.

Volunteers are needed to paint the trim and doors on the church's garage. If interested, call Dave Bell at the number listed above. Volunteers also are needed to trim the grass around the church during the summer. A signup sheet is on the bulletin board.

VBS eyes participants

Spots are still available for Lord of Life Lutheran's vacation Bible school program "Weird Animals: Where Jesus' Love Is One of a Kind." It will run June 16-20.

During the week, children will learn about some unexpected ways that Jesus demonstrated unconditional love. There will be crafts, team-building games, songs and tasty treats. Participants will discover how to find evidence of God in everyday life.

The VBS is for age 3 (toilet trained) through fifth grade. Sessions will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Registration forms are available at the church on Route 306 in Bainbridge weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at www.loloh.org.

Grid signups possible

Registration is under way for Upward Flag Football for children 4 years old to sixth grade at Aurora First Baptist. Fee is $65 before June 14 and $75 thereafter. Practices begin the week of July 28. For details, call 330-562-8233.

First Focus prayer meetings usually take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

A membership class will be June 14 at 9 a.m. for those who have an interest in joining the church. It is titled "First Gear: Membership Class" and will run until noon. Contact the Rev. Drew Carroll for a membership book.

My First School open registration for 2014-15 is continuing. Children from 18 months to prekindergarten are welcome.

Summer vacation Bible school has been canceled, but a summer sports camp will be offered July 30-Aug. 3 Registration begins June 15 for children 5 to 12 years old. Cost is $15, and those who register by July 13 will get a sports camp T-shirt.

Watch soccer match

Men of Christ Community Chapel in Aurora will gather June 22 to watch World Cup soccer from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Grilled food will be available.

Vacation Bible camp runs June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to noon for children age 3 to fifth grade. Cost is $15 per child with a T-shirt. Sign up at www.aurora.ccchepl.com'events.

A Seize the Summer event for local students will take place June 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Stutzman's Barn. There is no cost, but preregistration is required.

Ambassadors Soccer Campus will run July 8-12 and 15-19 at the Hudson campus. They are for boys and girls ages 6 to 14. Registration is possible on the church's website.

Over the course of one year, the children attending Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, Akron, Aurora and Stow collected more than $7,000 to purchase a 2006 Jeep Liberty to be used by a ministry the church supports in Quanamithe, Haiti.

In partnership with Don Sitts, who made up the difference in price with a donation, the Jeep was purchased for $5,000, leaving the remaining $2,000 to cover the cost of transporting the vehicle to Haiti.

UM conferences set

Teens from Aurora United Methodist Church will attend the annual youth conference June 13-15 at Lakeside. About 1,000 teens will participate. This year's theme is "Navigate." The Rev. Jared Preset will be the keynote speaker for the event.

The annual adult conference will be June 16-19 at Lakeside. For details and a live streaming schedule, visit www.eocume.com. The theme is "Jesus Is Calling Us In."

The local church will honor its graduates June 22 at the morning service. The pastor will lead services at Independence Village on June 25, July 30 and Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

Vacation Bible school will be July 14-18 from 5:45 to 8 p.m. with the theme "The Workshop of Wonders." Adult volunteers also are needed and should contact Leslie Lambertson. A VBS celebration will be July 20, and a men's breakfast at 8 a.m.

The church's summer picnic will be July 27 after the morning service at Sunny Lake Park. It is sponsored by the men's ministry, and all food will be provided, except participants should take desserts to share.

A NOW ministry team meeting will be June 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the parsonage, and the trustees, finance committee and administrative council will meet July 10.

Men's Bible study meets June 24, July 29 and Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the church to study "No Man Left Behind" and Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Bob Evans in Bainbridge for fellowship.

Softball is under way

Valley Presbyterian Church's softball team will play June 15, 22 and 29 at various times at River Road Park. The team includes those 14 years and older.

A Holy Land presentation will be June 22 after worship in the fellowship hall. It should end by 1 p.m. Also that day, a peace pole will be dedicated following the chapel in the woods service. The Session will meet June 16 at 7 p.m.

Recent confirmands are Grace Cannon, Mikala Izzo, Ethan Krause, Madison Spicuzza, A.J. Wahl and Johnny Yakovac. Kenston High graduate Matt Cooper is serving on a month-long mission trip in the Dominican Republic.

Vacation Bible school will run July 14-18 from 9 a.m. to noon for 3-year-olds to fourth-graders. Volunteers are needed. Information is available at www.valleypresbyterian.org or from VBS director Heidi Cregar.

Family fun will begin

Family fun nights begin tonight (June 11) at the Chapel at Tinkers Creek in Streetsboro and will gather on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through July 23. All events are free. Each night will be a snack and Bible lesson, with different themes each Wednesday.

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