Click here to read about all our high school graduates and the plans they are making as they continue their education.

FROM THE MEMORIALS COMMITTEE:
We are pleased to announce the following class of 2020 High School Students who have been awarded the Barkett Memorial Scholarship:
 Luke Calder
Emily Hanna
Baleigh Groth
Tatum Miller
Katelyn Stover
Ben Sutter
 
This year
Adelyne and Gray Lange Memorial Scholarship recipient is Ben Sutter.
 
Congratulations to all our graduates for receiving the scholarships this year and on finishing this chapter of your lives.
  The Church in Aurora will be keeping you all in our prayers, as you set off on your next adventure in life. You will always have a home here at The Church In Aurora.
Laura Holman our Acting Moderator, Carol Bowman our Church Librarian, and Tom Siewiorek one of our Mission Directors contributed to the July/August Spire. Click here to read their reports.
WHILE PASTOR DEREK IS AWAY ON VACATION, REED FULLER OFFERS US THESE REFLECTIVE THOUGHTS….

Sometimes when I look at what is happening in this world and the sin of this world, I reflect on the world in which Jesus lived and died. He proclaimed the coming of the Reign of God…. (click here to continue)
A message from the Elders:

The Elders are excited that we’ll be gathering soon as a church community on Sunday August 2nd. We’ve been working these past months to ensure our reopening is a positive experience and that the safety of our members is the number one priority. In an effort to ensure we have adequate room and safe social distancing we will provide three 30-35-minute Sunday services; 9:00 AM in the church sanctuary, 10:00 in the great hall, and 11:00 AM in the church sanctuary. Masks will be required. For your safety the worship areas will be thoroughly sanitized following each service. For those not yet ready to attend church in person, the on-line option will continue to be available.  

As a church we’ve been very judicious with our spending during these trying times. That being said, there have been some staffing changes made at the church. Due to the impact COVID-19 is having on our Church services and workload on various staff positions, the Elders Committee has made the very difficult decision to eliminate the Financial Assistant position effective June 29, 2019. We’ve also “furloughed” or temporarily laid off the positions of Music Director, Children’s Choir Director, Youth Choir & Handbell Director, Nursery Workers, Assistant Youth Leader, and Custodial Assistant. The furloughs went into effect Monday June 29th and are only temporary.

The void of Sunday worship will soon be filled. We are so looking forward to the morning of August 2nd!

FROM THE CHURCH OFFICE: 

There will be no Fall Rummage Sale this year.


Our church’s Safety Plan for Re-Gathering for Worship was included in the last Enews and bulk-mailed to all church members. Click here to see the plan.


Mail sent to the church office should be addressed to:  146 S. Chillicothe Road  Aurora, OH 44202  If you include the former P.O. Box # the post office will not deliver it and will return it to you.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ABOUT THE AUGUST 11 BLOOD DRIVE FROM DOROTHY BELL.

                            JULY TRUSTEE REPORT
 

A member family has donated to the church a mist sprayer sanitizing machine and sanitizing solution. Another member family has donated sanitizing solution and masks to be used when sanitizing. What a blessing this is for our church. This has given the Trustees the opportunity to develop a sanitizing program for the planned reopening of the church for Sunday services in August. The Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, the Great Hall, and the bathrooms will be sanitized before the three planned services. There will be hand sanitizing stations placed throughout the church. Firm guidelines have been established and sent to us to follow as we reconvene for church services. Having the church sanitized is a part of those guidelines. The Trustees thank the member families for their generous donations that have helped make this possible. God willing we look forward to seeing you in our beautiful church in August.

MORE SIGNS ARE GETTING POSTED IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND WORD IS GETTING OUT THAT THE CHURCH IN AURORA IS HERE TO HELP. 

Email Pastor Derek to get your sign. 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.
Week 17
COMMUNITY RELIEF FUND UPDATE
We will be serving 164 people in 47 households again this week – Requests are being received for pastoral counseling and other needs, as well as food assistance. Your contributions of full size toiletry, all infant-adult size diapers, and hygiene products are appreciated and may still be dropped off in the plastic bin outside the church’s glass doors.

The
 Sirna and Sons program continues to help sustain The Community Relief efforts.  Orders for fresh meats, dairy, fruits, veggies and more at competitive prices can be made online and will be placed in your car touch-free at Leighton Elementary School on Thursdays between 9 am and 11 am.  15% of all orders received go to the Aurora Community Relief Fund. You can click here to check out their website and make an online order. If you use the promo code “FLASH20” at checkout you will receive 20% off your orders for the rest of July.

ATTN PARENTS:  Would your family like to help “spread some cheer” to the families we are serving? The plain brown paper bags can be decorated with your child’s artwork. Please let me know if you’d like to have some bags to decorate and I will drop them off.                                                                                                                                 Liz Sutter