Pastoral Reflections


 Hi Friends and happy Wednesday! 

Investing our resources for the sake of the kingdom is risky. It takes courage. As we sow the seeds of our time, talent, and treasure, some will fall on deaf ears. Others will fall on ears which are somewhat receptive. And our resources will be sown in places where some will accept them and use them and benefit from them until the worldly attitudes of society creep up around them. We will be disappointed, frustrated, even ridiculed at times. 

But thanks to God, sometimes our resources will be accepted by deep, receptive, productive people. Some will receive our investments of time, talent, and treasure and happily accept them and use them and benefit from them—and produce fruit for the kingdom because of our investments. And because of our willingness to seek out the best investments of our resources, the kingdom of God will have an unbelievable harvest. 

How would you like to get a 30-, 60-, or 100-fold return on the seed you plant in your garden this spring? Better yet, how would you like to get a 30-, 60-, or 100-fold return on the investment you put in the bank? Yes, that’s a 3,000, 6,000 or 10,000 percent interest rate! It’s not possible to get such interest rates at the bank. But it is possible when it comes to the kingdom of God! 

This week, think about how God is calling you to sow seeds for the kingdom. Are you sowing with an attitude of defeatism or with resilience? Are you sowing haphazardly or with purpose? 

In Christ, 
Pastor Derek


Collecting Donations for Our Afghan Allies

FRI & SAT NOV 19 & 20 / 9AM-5PM

Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all our blessings. The arrival of our Afghan allies is an opportunity for us to pay it forward for all we have received. Every one of us can make a difference in someone’s life!

Only two percent of citizens are native to the land the U.S. encompasses, so most U.S. citizens have roots in other nations. Considering our history, there is nothing more American than an immigrant. Ensuring that every immigrant has access to housing, food, medical/mental health services and community support is critical to a successful resettlement journey. Resettling to a new country can be very intimidating and overwhelming. Our role as community members is to welcome members to their new homes and create an environment of trust, dignity, and self-determination. The need is great. 

Donation Drive
The Church in Aurora and the United States Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) are co-sponsoring a donation drive to help Afghans establish homes in northeast Ohio. Aurora residents are invited to donate to the drive or to volunteer:

The Church in Aurora / Located at 146 South Chillicothe Road 
+ Friday, November 19, 9am to 5pm
+ Saturday, November 20, 9am to 5pm

Ways to Get Involved
+ Drive up and drop off donations (see donation needs list below).
+ Receipts for tax purposes will be provided to donors at the drive.
+ Information about the work of USCRI or to donate money on-line is available at
+ To volunteer during the donation drive, email Liz Sutter by EMAIL

Donation Needs
Following is a list of urgent needs. These items should be new or in excellent condition and must be clean.

+ Babies and Children: baby food, highchairs, cribs, Pack ‘n Plays, bathing bins, single or double strollers, diapers, wipes, cribs, toys, games, and car seats (must be in good working order, no more than 10 years old and not appear on Car Seat Recall List).
+ Bathroom: bathmats, body lotion, heavy duty shower liners with rings, small waste cans for bathroom,  hand towels, wash cloths.
+ Books: basic reading level featuring letters and numbers.
+ Cleaning Supplies: dish soap, all-purpose cleanser, sponges, cleaning rags, paper towels, laundry detergent, waste baskets, mops or brooms, dust pans, cleaning buckets, trash bags, toilet bowl cleaner, toilet brush, 11-gallon kitchen waste cans, 11-gallon kitchen garbage bags, sponges, disinfectant wipes, floor vacuums.
+ Clothing: We are only accepting winter outerwear for clothing donations. We do not have the capacity to accept any other kind of clothing. Winter coats, scarfs, and gloves for men, women, and children.
+ Furnishings: Please note that we have a limited capacity to store furniture. To donate furniture, contact Graham Ball directly at 216-682-5565 or by EMAIL. to discuss specific furniture donations and to arrange delivery. 
+ Kitchen Items: full set of place setting of tableware (forks, knifes, spoons), dishes, plates, soup bowls,  cups, pots and pans with lids (saucepan, soup pots, large frying pan, and baking dish), large mixing/serving bowls, kitchen utensils (spatulas, wooden spoons, knifes, serving utensils), can openers, casserole dishes, tea kettles, drinking glasses (glass and plastic), microwaveable dish sets, scissors, oven mitts, hot pads, rice cookers.
+ Linens and Other Households items: towels, sheets and blankets (full or twin), pillows (new), pillowcases, alarm clocks, paper, pens and/or pencils, 60- or 75-watt light bulbs, hangers, command hooks, large plastic bins.
+ Monthly Phone Data Cards: From Straight Talk or Simple Mobile.
+ Toiletries (limited chemicals and fragrances if possible): toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, razors, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, personal hygiene items as appropriate, deodorant, moisturizing lotion, band aids, tissues.
+ Visa Gift Cards
+ RTA Monthly Bus Passes

TCIA Memorials Scholarship Fund


Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for all of our blessings.   As we approach the giving season, please consider gifting to our TCIA Memorials Scholarship Fund which receives gifts in memory and/or in honor of church members and friends.  The funds given to our Memorials Committee Scholarship Fund provide scholarships to our qualifying high school graduates.  Historically, these funds were greatly enhanced with scholarship funds established by the Barkett Family Scholarship Fund and the Adelyn and Gray Lange Memorial Scholarship Fund.  These two family funds have funded the majority of our scholarships for many years but their Funds have seriously diminished over the years and, at this point, cannot support the scholarships awarded each year. Our Memorials Fund is not supported by our church budget.

As we approach the season of giving, please consider honoring and/or memorializing someone dear to you by giving to the Memorials Scholarship Fund.  In the spring, you will see the blessings of your gift as you witness our young people who are headed to higher education and/or vocation do so with the help of our own church members.  Thank you for considering this important part of doing Christ's work for our young adults.

You may give online, or by check in our Memorials Committee mail box at the church, or by sending a check to the church office.  God Bless you for taking the time to consider a gift to our Memorials Fund.

The Memorials Committee
Betsy Tomasko, Pam Fife and Erick Leigh

Trunk or Treat Volunteers & Candy Donations


The Church in Aurora will have a big presence at the City of Aurora's Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat Event! We need volunteers to decorate the TCIA tent and pass out candy to children at the event. This is a great opportunity to love our neighbors and support the city we all love! Packaged candy donations can be dropped off outside the glass doors of the church in the plastic bin. If you'd like to participate by decorating our tent and(or) passing out candy, please contact Liz Sutter in the church office by EMAIL.

October is Pastor Appreciation Month


October is the official National Pastor Appreciation Month. This is our opportunity at the Church in Aurora to honor and to express our gratitude for the special effort Pastor Hickman and Rev. Horak have made in ministering to each of us and to the church body this past year. Let's celebrate our good fortune of having these two dedicated men helping us to grow in our faith. Please consider giving thanks to our Pastors, through prayer and a  note of appreciation for their service to our church and our community.

Leaf Raking with the Aurora Rotary Club


Join us in helping to rake leaves for people in Aurora who are unable to do so for themselves. The whole family is invited…kids of all ages can help.  This is a great way for youth to pick up some volunteer hours, and it is a lot of fun.  We will have snacks and fellowship afterward outside the church (weather permitting). Rakes, leaf blowers, and tarps are needed.  Contact Liz Sutter at if you would like to participate.

Trustees Report on Restoration Projects


The Trustees are pleased to report that the exterior restoration project begun in April was completed in early October (coming in approximately $4800 under budget).

View After Restoration Highlights
Take a look at the restoration highlights/summary through the button below.

View After Restoration Photos
Take a look at the finished restoration photos through the button below.


View Before Restoration Photos
If you’re interested in seeing some of the “before restoration” photographs in the Trustees’ 2020  Renovation Proposal, click the button below.


Music Department News


Vespers Service
Vespers is coming back! We are excited to announce that our Vespers service will be held on Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 5pm. On that note, we’re happy to announce that some of our other music groups will begin rehearsing. 

Children's Choir at the Vespers Service
If you are interesting in having your child participate in a Children's Choir at the Vespers service on December 19, 2021, please notify Barb Brookhart at before this Sunday. This group is open to children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Practice is on Sundays after the first service and will end at 10:40am.

Children's Choir Practice On Sundays
Children’s Choir occurs on Sundays, from 10:10 - 10:40am in the children’s choir room downstairs. This group is open to children from Kindergarten to 5th grade and will remain under the direction of Barb Brookhart. Please email her at if your child is interested.

Handbell Choir Rehearsals
Handbell Choir will be under the direction of our choir director, Ross Downing. Rehearsals will begin in late October. If you are interested in this group, please reply to Current bell members who have already committed need not reply. More information will follow as a member email list is generated.

Basic Choir Resumes in Late October
BASIC Choir will also resume in late October under the direction of Ross Downing. A separate letter of interest and information will be forthcoming.

Workcamp in Elkview, West Virginia


Join us for an opportunity to serve and share the love of Christ with those in need in the Elkview community. Elkview is in the beautiful Kanawha Valley of West Virginia’s coal country, taking its name from the wonderful Elk River that flows through the area. Although it is near the busy capital of Charleston, little growth in manufacturing, professional, or construction jobs has left this area with a struggling economy. 

+ Sign-up and $100 deposit due by Oct. 20
+ Fundraising events help defray additional costs!
+ Check payable to: The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Rd., Aurora, OH 44202 - On MEMO line write: W.C. registration
+ Or, you can put check in church mailbox (#41 Workcamp)

To learn more or sign-up, contact Don and Rebecca Bliss at

Thank You Blood Donors!


Our October blood drive  was successful in collecting 46 units of blood in this time of dire blood shortages. Our deep appreciation goes out to Marilyn Cooper, Wanda Himmel, Kyla Errington, and Jim and Bonnie Niebuhr for volunteering their good hospitality skills. The Red Cross is very appreciative of the support our church gives them. Our next blood drive will be Monday, November 8 from 12:30-6:30 pm. You may make your donation appointment through the button below.


Fall Calendar for Youth


Haunted House Night for High School Oct 24 / 6pm-12am
Location & Price TBD / Let Lance know who is coming so he can prepare accordingly. 

Middle & High School Movie Night Nov 13
We will meet at the AMC Classic Solon 16 Time and Movie TBD. Cost will be price of admission and money for Snack. The Youth Group Fund will cover 1 snack for each Youth.

Youth Group (High School) The Escape Nov 14 / 6-8pm
Dinner will be served.


News & Announcements

Leaf Raking
Sat Nov 6 at 9am
Join us in helping to rake leaves for people in Aurora who are unable to do so for themselves. We will meet in the church parking lot. Rakes, leaf blowers, and tarps are needed. Contact Liz Sutter by email at if you would like to participate.

November Bood Drive
Mon Nov 8 12:30-6:30pm
Our next blood drive will be Monday, November 8 from 12:30-6:30 pm. You may make your donation appointment through the Red Cross Website.

Our Daily Bread Booklets Available
Copies of the September-November Our Daily Bread are available. You may pick one up after worship, get one in the black dropbox outside the glass doors, or call the church office at 330.562.8266 to have one mailed.

This Week's Flowers

Altar Flowers
Are given by Betty Tucker in remembrance of her deceased husband's birthday.

Side Rail Flowers
Given by Tanya & David Shively in honor of our daughter, Dana, in appreciation for keeping such good care of us. 

Flowers for Sunday Worship
If you would like to sponsor altar or side-rail flowers for Sunday worship services, you may sign-up through the button below or call the church office at 330.562.8266. SIGN-UP LINK

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Prayer Requests

Submit prayer requests through the link below. Prayers are confidential to staff. 


Last Week's Service

You can watch last Sunday's worship or other services on our YouTube Channel. 

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Make a gift online or manage your Realm giving account through the button below. 

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