Happy Wednesday, friends!

I am so excited to tell you that the Elders (working with the staff, Trustees, and Deacons) have set a tentative date for us to regather in person for worship. Please read the letter and plan below, and watch out for it in your mailboxes at home, too! 

We know that it will not be the same as it always was, but we can at least come and see one another and enjoy worship together. During these times, we have all been taught to be flexible. The Elders and the staff appreciate your patience and your understanding. Even as we begin to gather again, there could be changes and adjustments. We ask for your continued patience and practice of grace. 

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask an Elder or one of the pastors!

I am so looking forward to seeing folks again (though I may need reminded of your names!). 

In Christ, 
Pastor Derek

FROM DOROTHY BELL….
Hello Church! 
We are hosting another blood drive Monday, July 6 from 1:30-6:30 pm. AS OF TODAY, ALL APPOINTMENT SLOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. It is likely that cancellations will occur, so keep checking.  An alternative date for Aurora is July 22; its location is not confirmed but will be at The Aurora Inn or in our Fellowship Hall – I will let you know next week. As in May, those who donate will receive temperature checks at the outside North door to Fellowship Hall.  All donors must wear a mask, have a donation appointment, and preferably a Rapid Pass (which I can help you register for if you call me at 330-908-3885).  The only refreshments will be single serve, prepackaged as provided by the Red Cross (no pizza or coffee).  Six feet distancing will be maintained and the Red Cross will be sanitizing equipment and seats between donors.
 
All collected units at this drive will be processed for COVID-19 antibody.  If you succeed in donating a complete unit/pint, your unit will be tested & your results will be available to you in the App or online under your donor login. Here’s the info from the Red Cross:
 
Here’s what you need to know about the COVID-19Antibody testing:

  • The COVID-19 antibody test used by the Red Cross is authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the coronavirus, regardless of whether they developed symptoms.
  • The Red Cross is not testing to diagnose an illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. Individuals who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should not present to donate until they are symptom free for 28 days.
  • The blood donation process will not change — donations will be tested using samples obtained at the time of donation. There will be no charge to donors.
  • Due to the anticipated high demand, appointments are highly encouraged.
  • Donors can expect to receive the results of their antibody test within 7 to 10 days of their donation through the  Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.
  • Donors need to have a successful donation to receive the COVID-19 antibody test results. Per standard donation procedure, only successful donations are sent to our laboratory for testing.

Also there is a promotion at this blood drive. Here are the details from the Red Cross:…All donors who come to donate at your July blood drive will automatically be entered for a chance to win an authentic WONDER WOMAN 1984 movie prop replica package. Items include The Golden Lasso and a pair of Gauntlets, identical to WONDER WOMAN’s from the film.* Plus, they get an exclusive WONDER WOMAN 1984 T-shirt when they come to give July 1-8, while supplies last!**
Visit RedCrossBlood.org/WonderWoman1984 for details.
 
Our May drive units were sent to help patients and their grateful families at:

CLEVELAND CLINIC 
UH CLEVELAND MEDICAL CENTER 
ALLIANCE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL 
AULTMAN HOSPITAL 
CHILDRENS HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER-AKRON

 
Thank you for your prayers and support!  Our next blood drive is scheduled for Labor Day on September 7th.  I hope to see your eyes then!
-Dorothy Bell  

Rev. Horak and Kathleen share their picture (and a little humor), showing that we are here to help! 
GET YOUR SIGN!  Show your support and help us get the word out that…The Church in Aurora is here to help! Email Pastor Derek to get your sign. (We were having problems with the link from last week)
In return, we ask for two things: Consider making a $10 donationConsider taking picture of you and/or your family in front of your sign for us to shareFriends, The Church in Aurora is a strong church with great peopleand one of the things I have loved most about this faith community is that even though we may have differences in our politics or theology, we all have united around helping our community. We dont let our differences hinder our missionso, lets lock arms and continue to stand strong as we commit to serving those who have needs in our community and in the surrounding area.
                                                                                                   — Pastor Derek
 
Because we are The Church in Aurora, we are here to help.
COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND UPDATELast week we served 154 people in 45 households! A volunteer team also packed 100+ lunches for Homeless Hookup CLE, which were distributed in Ravenna. Homeless Hookup CLE takes a mobile unit out to local areas to help the homeless population through food, showers, haircuts, hygiene kits, and Narcan distribution.  The founder, Dean Roff, is a northeast Ohio resident and veteran of the U.S. Navy.  To find out more about Homeless Hookup CLE, click here. 
REMINDERS FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE: The July/Aug Spire is set for production on July 15. Please submit your articles and committee news to Kay by Sunday July 12.EMAIL SCAMS CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM FOR ALL OF US.  Please note that  if you receive an email solicitation from a church staff member looking for donations, gift cards, etc., it is one of these scams. Please mark the email as spam in your inbox and block the sender.
We will meet online again this Sunday.  Log on for a few minutes to say “hello” to some of your church family. The Zoom meeting begins at 10:45 am and ends at 11:15 am. 
If you need assistance logging into Zoom, please call Pastor Derek at the church office. He will practice with you anytime Monday-Thursday.

To Join the Zoom Meeting, click here: 
https://zoom.us/j/676788260?pwd=NmtuNFIzcGptd3FzdWp6OGNEbC93Zz09

Meeting ID: 676 788 260
Password: 077836