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Faith & Religion-Sept. 14

Published: September 14, 2016 1:00 AM

Hope projects finished

Hope Lutheran Church has completed several maintenance and improvement projects during the summer.

Carpet was replaced in the narthex, with Carpet Remnants in Streetsboro doing the work. Chris Duke, Paul Sieler, Bob Mihalak and Dan Coleman helped move furniture and school items in and out of the narthex for the project.

The parking lot and driveway were patched by George Tomaselli's company prior to resealing and restriping.

The lights in the church sign along Route 43 were replaced and rewired, and the sign was cleaned.

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Special new playground mulch was spread on the ground at the church play area, thanks to Colin Bell, Dan Coleman, Bob Mihalak and Dave Bell. Older plastic playground equipment was removed and recycled.

The storage shed was repainted, trees were trimmed, grass was cut, flowers were watered, new choir loft blinds were installed, the fellowship hall floor was waxed and windows were cleaned.

The Women of Hope will meet Sept. 18 at 5:30 in fellowship hall. Members are urged to bring a high school graduation photo and a salad for six to share. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Service projects, future speakers, fundraisers and events will be discussed.

Becky's book club will gather Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss "The Summer Before the War" by Helen Simonsen. "The Ladies Auxiliary" will be the focus of the Oct. 19 meeting.

Many causes backed

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Lord of Life Lutheran Church on Route 306 in Bainbridge reaches out in many ways in the community and beyond, including involvement in the City Mission, men's Crosswalk group and women's Laura's Home.

Meals are prepared and served to these groups at least once a month, as well as supplying them with items for basic needs and RTA all-day bus passes. Members also support Food for Friends and assist with a monthly commitment to Burton's food pantry.

On the church grounds is a River Valley Paper Retriever recycle bin and a used clothing dropoff shed to collect items that can be recycled and/or passed on to those in need.

In times of disasters, L of L pitches in through Lutheran Disaster Response.

The church also is active in Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity's 2016 Apostles Build, visits the Geauga County Home monthly to play bingo with residents and has a dedicated quilters group.

Overeaters Anonymous and Families Anonymous groups meet at L of L weekly.

Information about the church is available at www.loloh.org or by calling 440-543-5505.

Life group will begin

A new life group will begin Sept. 25 at First Baptist Church of Aurora. Led by Pastor Drew Carroll, it is a video-based study called "Effective Parenting in a Defective World."

Sessions will be Sundays at 6 p.m. Those interested should mark their connection cards at the church.

The current sermon series is "It's All About the Gospel." The church office is now open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., but some closures are possible.

The pastor this month plans to present a final candidate for a family ministry pastor to the elders, who will make a recommendation to the congregation.

Screenings are slated

Aurora Mennonite Church will host a Life Line Screening, on Sept. 19. Screenings provide information on vascular disease, including atrial fibrillation and peripheral arterial disease.

For details or to schedule an appointment, call 1-888-653-6441. Preregistration is required.

Small group Bible study will resume Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Schwartzes' home. Anyone interested should contact Jim or Gloria Schwartz.

Congregational prayer time takes place Saturdays at 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed Sept. 26 to help prepare lunches at the Haven of Rest. The senior fellowship recently went to MCC in KIdron and helped assemble 319 school supply kits. Lunch and fellowship followed.

Keller gets certificate

Fourth-grade catechist Susan Keller at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church has received her parish elementary catechist certificate from the diocesan office of religious education.

OLPH is helping Aurora High's service learning class to collect school supplies, backpacks and children's books for Louisiana flooding victims. Items are due in the parish office by Sept. 16. For details, call Ethan Walker at 440-264-3582.

Hospitality Sunday will be Sept. 18, with coffee and doughnuts available after Masses in the parish hall. Photo sessions for the new church directory are under way Sept. 14-16.

Tickets are available for Catholic Family Day at the Sept. 25 Cleveland Indians-Chicago White Sox game at 1:10 p.m. To order, visit, tinyurl.com/quwmyrl and use the passcode "Catholic."

An adult study titled "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass" begins Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. and continues for five weeks in the parish center. Registration is possible after Masses Sept. 17-18.

The next baptismal preparation session will be Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 201. Call the parish office to register.

Other coming events are: Sept. 15 -- Spirited Seniors will not meet, but Boy Scouts will gather at 7 p.m.; Sept. 17-18 -- equal exchange sale; Sept. 18-20 -- PSR; Sept. 18 -- farewell to deacon Gary Keefer, CLOW at 11 a.m. and no high school youth ministry meeting.

UMC youths to Point

Youths from Aurora United Methodist Church will attend Pointfest on Sept. 17 at Cedar Point. They will gather at the church for breakfast at 8 a.m.

Other coming events are: Sept. 18 -- men's breakfast at 8 a.m. at Nicky & Smitty's and family and friends day at 10:30 a.m. with a picnic, children's activities and unveiling of the new outdoor chapel and prayer garden to follow; Sept. 20 -- Tuesday women's prayer gathering at 10 a.m.

Activities set at C in A

The 3-H Evening Group will begin its year Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. in the Eldridge library. The group is studying Billy Graham's book "Where I Am" and is continuing making prayer shawls and squares.

Thursday morning Bible study resumes Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the church library to begin a 13-session study of the book of Acts.

The fall rummage sale is Oct. 5-6, with setup days Oct. 3-4. Items can be placed on the stage in fellowship hall starting Sept. 19, with express dropoff days Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Frenzy set at Chapel

Friday Night Frenzy for middle schoolers will be Sept. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Christ Community Chapel-Aurora.

Wednesday night activities take place at 6:30 p.m., and a pickleball session will be Sept. 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. Harmony, Hymns and Hope will be Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

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