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EDITION OF VON
December 12, 2014
January 8, 2015
VON will not publish on December 19th, December 26th, or January 2nd in observance of the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
VON does not publish New Year's week, Easter Good Friday, the Friday after Memorial Day weekend, 4th of July week, the Friday before Labor Day, Thanksgiving Friday, week before Christmas, or the week of Christmas. The dates for 2015 that VON will not publish are: April 3, May 25, July 3, September 4, November 27, December 18 or 25, and January 1, 2016.
At A Glance...
This Week (and Next) in Vermilion
FRI DEC 12
~Paper Moon Vineyards: JEFF SHERMAN, 6-9 pm
SAT DEC 13
~Santa Is In the House, Exchange Park, 11:-- am - 3:00 pm
~Paper Moon Vineyards: JAY GUERRERO, 6-9 pm
SUN DEC 14
~Children's Christmas Play, Grace United Methodist Church, 10:15 am
~The Miracle of Jesus, Trinity Lutheran Church, 10:00 am
~"A Broadway Christmas", Sandusky State Theatre, 4:00 pm
MON DEC 15
~City of Vermilion CHIP Kick-Off Meeting, 6:00 pm, 687 Decatur Street
~ VHS Instrumental Music Department Holiday Concert, 7:00 pm
THURS DEC 18
~Shorelines Book Club, open to new members, Ritter Public Library, 1 pm
~VHS Vocal Music Department Holiday & Reunion Concert, 7:00 pm
FRI DEC 19
~Light Up the Plaza Night, South Shore Plaza, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
~Paper Moon Vineyards: JD EICHER, 6-9 pm
~St. Mary Pre-School Free Playgroup, 10;00 - 11:00 am
SAT DEC 20
~Santa Is In the House, Exchange Park, 11:-- am - 3:00 pm
~Paper Moon Vineyards: EMILY KEENER, 6-9 pm
SUN DEC 21
~Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Worship, UCC Church, 5:00 pm
WED DEC 24
~UCCC Christmas Eve Services 5:00 - Family Worship, 10:00 Traditional Service
THURS DEC 25
~Merry Christmas to All!
Be sure to check the "Vermilion Area Holiday Happenings" column below as well. For more information and details on these on other Vermilion Happenings, read the articles below. Be sure to check in the "Upcoming Events" column!
Vermilion Area H0liday Happenings
Main Street Arts Guild Winter Holiday Art Show & Sale
November 1st thru Sunday, December 21st
Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00 Noon until 4:00 pm
Santa Is In the House
Saturdays, December 13th, and 20th
11:00 am until 3:00 pm
Santa’s House is in Exchange Park, Vermilion
Bring your camera!
Children's Free Care Fund - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Friday, December 12th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Children's Free Care Fund
Grace's Kitchen - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Saturday,, December 13th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Grace's Kitchen
Children's Christmas Play @ Grace United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 14th, 10:15 am
THE Christmas Story; a Living Nativity
Annual Cookie Walk
Sunday December 14, 11:15 am
UCC,Congregational Church Fellowship Hall
990 State Street, Vermilion
Come & buy from the homemade assortment of delicious cookies, candies and treats
Lorain Co. Heart Walk- Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Sunday, December 14th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Lorain Co. Heart Walk
"A Broadway Christmas" Concert - Firelands Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, December 14th, 4:00 pm
Sandusky State Theatre
Candice Michaeloff Memorial Fund - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Monday, December 15th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Candice Michaeloff Memorial Fund
Ability Works - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Tuesday, December 16th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to ABility Works
Amy Rotari - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Wednesday, December 17th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Amy Rotari Fund
Cub Scouts Pack #412 - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Thursday, December 18th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Cub Scouts Pack #412
Vermilion YMCA - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas Sunday, December 19th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Vermilion YMCA
Erie Co. Humane Society - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Saturday, December 20th All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Erie County Humane Society
Erie Shores Early Childhood PTA - Recipient of 12 Gifts of Christmas
Sunday, December 21st All Day
Sponsored by Quaker Steak & Lube, 10% of food sales for the day donated to Erie Shores Early Childhood PTA
If your group or organization has a holiday event
you would like posted in this column, email the info
A Note from the Publisher
Kenny' Clark's Dream Come True: A Video
On Saturday, November 22nd, local musician Kenny Clark's dream came true! That was to meet and sing with country music legend Billy Dean, who has been a source of Kenny's inspiration and his idol for many years. The event was held at German's Villa and it was a very magical night. I attended the concert with friends, as I am a long time Kenny Clark and Billy Dean fan as well.
Watch for a 3 part segment in January that I am writing on Kenny Clark, Billy Dean, Tom Augustine, and Cliff German; as all four gentlemen played a huge part in this very special event.
There are no words to describe that evening; those of you who attended, understand this. It was an atmosphere full of magic and more importantly, faith.
Vermilionite Lee Ann Mayer Bors did a special video piece on Kenny and that night titled "How a Dream Became a Reality." This is a very special piece and kudos to you Lee Ann, very well done. This video is also airing on Vermilion Channel 2. Please watch it...we have so much "bad" in the world and this a wonderful example of good, right here in Vermilion.
Here is the link: https://vimeo.com/114198470.
Erie Co. & Vermilion in Partnership with
The Erie County Commissioners are pleased to announce that Erie County in partnership with the City of Vermilion has been awarded $575,000 in funding from the Ohio Development Services Agency Community Housing Impact and Preservation (CHIP) Grant.
The grant provides for five (5) basic housing activities: $291,500 for Homeowner Rehabilitation which will assist approximately 7 households (2 in Erie County non-incorporated areas and 5 in Vermilion); $140,500 for Home Repair which will assist approximately 17 households (7 in Erie County non-incorporated areas and 10 in Vermilion); Home Repair Rental in the amount of $32,000 to assist approximately 6 households (3 in Erie County non-incorporated areas and 3 in Vermilion); and $22,000 for New Construction – Habitat which will assist 1 household in the Erie County non-incorporated area.
Tenant Based Rental Assistance will also be available through the Erie Metropolitan Housing Authority to assist approximately 20 households (10 in Erie County unincorporated areas and 10 in Vermilion). The balance of the grant provides for fair housing and administration. The grant must be completed by October 31, 2016.
All participants must meet the eligibility requirements, and be within the income guidelines for the program. Public meetings have been scheduled as follows:
A Kick-off Meeting is scheduled for December 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Vermilion City Hall located at 687 Decatur Street in Vermilion.
All five programs and requirements will be explained. Applications will be available at the public meeting or may be picked up at the Erie County Planning Office or the Vermilion City hall the day following the meeting.
Light Up Plaza Night is Friday the 19th!
South Shore Plaza Merchants invites the community to take part in "Light Up the Plaza" night on Friday, December 19th from 5:00 until 8:00 pm.
Selfies with Santa can be taken at Health Solution Centers. the jolly old man will anxiously be awaiting visits from boys and girls of all ages. He needs your Christmas list! Remember to take your camera! Health Solution Centers will be giving away free coloring books as well.
Goodwill will be offering candy canes, warm up with cookies and hot cocoa at Ace Hardware, and be sure to stop in for your fortune cookie from Lucky Chinese. Anytime Fitness, Dollar General, and Salty Critter will all have Christmas candy on hand and McDonald's is offering $1.99 Happy Meals for the evening. Susie's Homestyle Cafe will be open and evening dinner specials will be available.
Last Chance for
Archival Society Calendars
As 2014 draws to a close, this is your last chance to purchase the 2015 Vermilion Area Archival Society calendar. This year's theme is "Vermilion Then and Now" and features photos of buildings and areas as they once appeared and as they are now.
These calendars make great gifts and your out-of-town relatives will appreciate seeing the town as it has evolved.
Calendars cost $5 each and can be purchased at Brummer's Chocolates, Decidedly Different, The Chairmaker, and at Lighthouse Antiques. Get them while they are still available.
EHOVE Adult Career Center Receives Accreditation
The Council on Occupational Education (COE) has granted accreditation to EHOVE Adult Career Center for a period of six years. The award of accreditation status is based on an evaluation to demonstrate that the institution meets not only the standards of quality of the Commission, but also the needs of the students, the community, and employers.
The Commission’s evaluation process includes an extensive self-study by the institution and an intensive review by a visiting team of professional educators representing the Commission’s member institutions from other states.
EHOVE began its self-study in July 2013 and underwent a COE team visit in September 2014. “We are very proud of the Commission’s action to grant EHOVE six years of accreditation,” said EHOVE Executive Adult Director Ben Chaffee, Jr. “The hard work and commitment of our adult career center faculty and staff are a positive match to the Commission’s values of quality and integrity in career and technical education.”
Chaffee also boasted of the great support demonstrated by the EHOVE Board of Education and administration as well as the support and cooperation of business and industry partners throughout the accreditation process.
As part of the evaluation, EHOVE’s expanded and updated adult education training areas were reviewed. These areas have been outfitted with the latest equipment to meet EHOVE’s immediate needs to provide the latest training programs for in-demand jobs in our area. No new levies were requested to fund the project.
A full history of the project, including photos from groundbreaking to ribbon cutting, are available at www.EHOVE.net. Information about EHOVE’s occupational programs and how to enroll is also available on the website.
The Council on Occupational Education, based in Atlanta, Georgia, offers quality assurance services to post-secondary technical education providers across the nation. Organized as a non-profit corporation, the mission of the Council is to assure quality and integrity in career and technical education. Services offered include institutional accreditation (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education), program quality reviews for states and technical education providers, and informational services. Most of the Council’s work is carried out by qualified professional volunteers who are experts in technical education.
The core values of trustworthiness, transparency, accountability, commitment, flexibility, planning and sharing provide the foundation for the Council’s mission, goals and objectives. Through the accreditation process, the Council seeks to stimulate the validation of job skills, portability and certification of skills, placement of graduated in related jobs, facilitation of partnerships to compete in the global economy and links among employers, policymakers, business and industry, labor and other parties with vital interests in technical education. For more information, go to www.council.org.
Stwrap® on Vermilion!
Vermilion High’s Class of ’88 graduate Tom Augustine is flying high! Stwrap® on for the ride Vermilion, this guy is soaring! This past summer, August to be exact, Tom branded, and marketed, (with a patent pending) his latest idea.
Stwrap® is a hot new strap accessory that lets you carry your team pride on your bag. What do backpacks, purses, sport bags, duffles and totes all have in common? Straps…millions of dull, boring straps just screaming for attention. Stwrap® was created so you can turn all the straps in your life into stark-raving fan gear. Stwrap® comes in a multitude of colors with a patent-pending design that’s as easy as stretch, wrap and hook. Whatever the sport, whatever the team, join the movement and show your Stwrap® with pride.
The bag embellishment is rapidly gaining popularity, and is an inexpensive item that may soon rival Silly Bandz and Slap Bracelets. They are available in professional and college sports teams such as baseball, football, hockey, basketball and more. Pro-personalities are also available as well as animals or custom designs in both wholesale and retail. This ornamentation for bags of all kinds was imagined, designed and is made in the USA by Tom Augustine and brought to you exclusively by WinCraft. WinCraft is a leading manufacturer of licensed and promotional products for retailers, professional sports teams, concessionaires, colleges, businesses, distributors, and schools.
Check it out at www.Stwrap.com or www.facebook.com/stwraps
Who is Tom Augustine?
Who is Tom Augustine You Ask?
Straight from Tom: My name is Tom Augustine. I graduated from Vermilion High School in 1988. Inducted into Vermilion High School Hall of Fame in 2010.
My wonderful, supportive parents Tom and Bonnie Augustine still reside in Vermilion. I have two 2 incredible sisters, Michele lives with her family in Avon and Cindy and her family in Rocky River.
I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Visual Communication Design. This is where I got my passion for product design. I’m a huge Buckeye fan. Go Bucks!
I am married 21 years to my wonderful and beautiful wife, Gina, and have two amazing kids; Alainna is 17 and Nathan is 14; two dogs round out the family, Lilo and Kobe, and we all reside in Powell, Ohio which is just north of downtown Columbus.
I was a corporate marketing executive for a large software company for 9 years in Columbus where I learned marketing and was able to constantly innovate, and where I learned to become a confident, inspiring leader. In 2002, I left the corporate world to be a co-founder of Minds On, Inc., which over the past 13 years has grown to be one of the top digital marketing agencies in Columbus. We have 13 amazing employees with an amazing culture. We are looking to further grow the business in 2015 and expand our space.
Charity and giving back is a huge part of my life, as I have be very fortunate in my life. I created Minds On Gives Back where we help those less fortunate throughout the year.
I also dedicate 10 hours a month to helping other entrepreneurs. I do this because I have hit every hurdle that came my way,over the years, by getting up, brushing myself off, and most importantly, learning from each fall. If I can help one business avoid a hurdle or help them get up when they fall, then I walk away with a good feeling knowing that I helped someone.
I love solving challenges and making things better…in life, in business and now with products. The inventor in me came out 10 years ago when I designed and patented a shoelace accessory called the Lacelet, with an inscription "Within Reach", representing a cure for diabetes will be within reach. The meaning gave those affected with diabetes hope. My product was used to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for diabetes charities around the world. Kroger picked the product up to support diabetes awareness by selling and promoting Lacelet in over 200 stores in the mid-west. I plan on re-launching the Lacelet again in the near future, as that was one of the most rewarding times of my life. Lacelet was the first shoelace accessory of its kind when it came to market.
When I turned 40, my attitude changed to where I said to myself, “NO MORE WHAT IF'S!” I had the idea for a bag accessory years ago, but never did anything with it, I didn't want to be that person that was watching a commercial one day and said, "Oh I had that idea 10 years ago"; so at age 40, I pulled it off the shelf and began the process of bringing a product to market. I love new challenges!
Like Lacelet, I saw a huge opportunity to create something unique in an everyday experience. As I was dropping my kids off at school, I noticed practically everyone was carrying a bag of some sort…I saw the same thing at the office and in my travels. The inventor in me thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool to find a way to dress up all those plain, boring straps?” The marketer in me thought, “'Look at all this overlooked promotional space and there are billions of bags in the world.” I immediately went home and started designing." Stwrap® is a simple accessory that wraps around and hooks securely onto any bag strap measuring 1" to 1 1/2" wide. Using full color digital images and a wide range of case and band colors, Stwrap® is highly collectable where one can display all their favorite teams, players, venue, characters, promotions--the possibilities are endless. Stwrap® can also be customized to allow companies, schools and charities to display any image, logo or promotional message to generate awareness.
After years of designs and prototypes, I was finally ready to take his invention to WinCraft. The company licensed Stwrap® and took it into production.
"WinCraft is constantly offering new products and services to keep our merchandise interesting and exciting," said John Killen, president and chief operating officer of WinCraft. " Stwrap® provided an innovative and inexpensive way for sports fans from age 6 and up to carry their favorite teams everywhere they go, so we're pleased to bring them to the public."
When I began this process, it was important to me to work with a world-class organization to bring my idea to market and keep the production right here in the USA. I'm extremely grateful to WinCraft for believing in me and backing my product with their outstanding manufacturing capabilities, exceptional people and broad distribution network. I could never achieve their impact on my own.
Available in a variety of colors, teams and sports, Stwrap® hit the market just in time for back-to-school--where it all began. The timing was also in sync with the start of the 2014 NCAA, NFL, NHL and NBA seasons and for the MLB and MLS playoffs. To learn more or to order Stwrap, visit www.stwrap.com or www.facebook.com/stwraps.
Stwrap®, in the last couple of days, just launched collectable animals http://stwrap.com/collections/animals, positive words http://stwrap.com/collections/positive-words, and patriotism http://stwrap.com/collections/patriotism. We will be launching NASCAR in the next couple days. My team and I at Stwrap®, are constantly launching new collectable Stwrap®s, so check in often, your favorite might be available.
Stwrap is making its way into stadiums, college bookstores around the country, with the goal in 2015 to hit major retailers and make Stwrap a household name.
Thanks for letting me share my story Vermilion!
@ Ritter Public Library
Crafts for Kids at Ritter
This holiday season, you’ll find lots of free fun for the family at Ritter Public Library. Kids of all ages can enjoy after-school craft programs as well as fun things to do during the school break. Check the calendar at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org for details or call 967-3798 or stop in and pick up a paper flyer.
Kids in kindergarten through third grade can learn the basics of making paper pop-ups and create their own holiday cards at a free program at Ritter Public Library Monday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. Please let us know you’re coming so we can prepare. Call 967-3798 or sign up on the online calendar.
Adults Who Read YA
A new book club is forming at Ritter for adults who enjoy reading novels written for young adults, such as the “Hunger Games” and “Harry Potter” series. The group’s first title is the New York Times bestseller “We Were Liars” by e. lockhart.
Called “thrilling, beautiful and blisteringly smart”, it’s about Cadence and her extended, old-money family which spends summers on a private island off Cape Cod. In her fifteenth year, she suffers a mysterious accident and spends the next two years in a haze of amnesia, debilitating migraines and painkillers, trying to piece together just what happened. Order your copy today by calling 967-3798, then join the conversation Monday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.
Get Friendly with Technology
Pick up tips and tricks and trade ideas about the newest gadgets and computer apps at Ritter’s new tech-users group, which meets Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Commons.
Shorelines Book Club
Ritter’s afternoon book club meets Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the Ritter Room to talk about “Promise Not to Tell” by Jennifer McMahon. The club’s next title is “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Kline tells the story of a girl aging out of the foster care system who finds a connection with an elderly woman, an orphan put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other homeless children to face uncertain destinies. Call 967-3798 to order your copy today, then join the club which meets every third Thursday.
Indoor Snowball Fight
Celebrate the first day of winter break with an indoor snowball fight at Ritter Public Library! We’ll make pom-pom launchers and test them out on Monday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. For children in kindergarten through third grade only please. No need to register.
Light-Up Holiday Cards
Kids in grades four through seven can meet in the teen department Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. to use paper engineering and LED technology to create hand-made holiday cards. Please let us know you’re coming so we can prepare. Call 967-3798 or sign up on the calendar at www.ritterpubliclibrary.org.
Ritter Public Library is located at 5680 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion. Telephone number is 440.967.3798, website address is www.ritterpubliclibrary.org. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9:30 am-8:30 p m; Friday & Saturday, 9:30 am-5:30 pm; Sunday, 1:00-5:00 pm.
Fall Hours (through December 31st)
Monday - 6 AM to 9 PM
Tuesday - 7 AM to 9 PM
Wednesday - 6 AM to 9 PM
Thursday - 7 AM to 9 PM
Friday - 6 AM to 8 PM
Saturday - 7:30 AM to 3 PM
Sunday - Closed
THE HOLIDAY SEASON
is here. Consider a YMCA membership as a Christmas present for your loved one, or even an early present for you!
YMCA OPEN HOUSE
On Tuesday, December 30th, the YMCA will be hosting a Open House, which is FREE to the community. There will be adult activities, youth/family activities, and a dance party for everyone. Mark the day on your calendar. This is a great opportunity to see what the Y has to offer!
1. Childcare instructor, 18 years or older. High school diploma. Experience preferred. Must be able to pass a background check. Apply at the YMCA, 320 Aldrich Road, or at www.clevelandymca.org.
2. Evening housekeeper, part-time, 6PM-11PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Must have high school diploma or GED, and must be able to pass a background check. Apply at the YMCA, 320 Aldrich Road, or online at www.clevelandymca.org.
The Vermilion Family YMCA is sponsoring 2 families who need our help at this time of year. We have a Christmas tree with ornaments on it. If you are wanting to help someone in need, please come in and pick out a ornament. Once the present is bought, just drop off at the front desk.
Register your Kindergartner thru 5th grade child for Christmas break Fun days. December 22,23, 26,29,30,31 and January 2. 6am-6pm. Registration form is online www.clevelandymca.org. Deadline Dec. 17.
OUR AOA (ACTIVE OLDER ADULT) PROGRAM
is going gangbusters! In addition to our popular array of classes especially designed for the older adult, we offer events to add fun and friendship to the lives our amazing group. In November, we made ornaments and had a special Thanksgiving potluck. In December, we are taking a day trip to see the Oglebay Lights and we are having a Holiday Party on December 18th, complete with dinner, fellowship, a trip to Miller Conservatory, and a performance by our Singing Silver Stars choir! Our new choir is growing and having so much fun coming up with a holiday program. We will be featuring their performance on our Facebook page soon! The New Year will be an exciting one for our AOAs. We have more bus trips planned, including a trip to Playhouse Square, a Labryinth Walk presented by Stein Hospice, talks and lunches presented by Cleveland Clinic and Kingston of Vermilion, and a new chair yoga class! Our members really care about one another and we really care about them…come be a part of our family and get more fitness, fun and friendship into your life in 2015.
YOUTH VOLLEYBALL LEAGUE
This is a learning league for boys and girls, ages 7-12. One practice per week with games on Saturday afternoons at the Y. Registration deadline is January 5. Practice begins week of January 19. First day of games is January 31. Last game is March 21. Volunteer coaches encouraged. Fees: Member Plus $10, Members $15, Program Member $20, Non-member $25 (includes a 1-year program membership).
JUNIOR CAVS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
All leagues are learning leagues. Boys and girls ages 5-12. One practice during week and games played on Saturdays. Jersey fee of $5 if you do not have one from Fall session. Includes one free Cleveland Cavs ticket and ticket to annual Healthy Kids Day event at the 'Q'. January 5 is registration deadline ($10 late fee after that). Week of January 12 skill evaluations. Week of January 19 practices begin. January 31 first day of games. March 21 last day of games. Fees: Member Plus $25, Member $50, Program Member $65, non-member fee $70 (includes 1-year program membership).
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
December 19 - 12 Gifts of Christmas at Vermilion Quaker Steak & Lube.
Check out our website at http://www.clevelandymca.org/ . "Like" us on Facebook! The Vermilion YMCA is located at 320 Aldrich Road, Vermilion, OH 44089. Phone 440.967.4208, web site is www.www.clevelandymca.org/branches/vermilion/.
3330 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion
440.967.1770 for reservations & info
Let German's Villa do your holiday cooking!
Order a famous German's Ham and Turkeys now!
1/2 Hams-Spiral sliced, avg 8 lbs, $5.59
1/4 Hams-Spiral sliced, avg 4 lbs, $5.79
Turkey Breast - avg 4 lbs, $6.89
Order food to go: Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken Paprikash, Breaded Pork Chops, and much more!
Pre-New Year's Eve Party
Saturday, December 27th 6:00 - 11:00 pm
Eweres Fine Arts presents Pre-New Years Eve Dinner Dance featuring The Swing City Big Band. $120 per couple; $60 per person. For tickets call Germans @ 440.967.1770 ORv440.310.1743, 440.315.2280
Norwalk & Western Train Show
Sunday, January 18th 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Model trains all scales; model railroad supplies, historical items, books, videos, dvds,
operating layouts and displays, Thomas the Tank engine items.
Totally 80's Dinner & Murder Mystery
Saturday, February, 21st
Enjoy a delicious dinner while you and your friends try to figure out "who dun it".
This show is Totally 80's...you know the 80's...jean jackets, mullets, big hair. Dinner is a 3 meat buffet and a cash bar will be available. Make your reservations now...you don't want to miss this one!
German's Villa is located at 3330 Liberty Avenue in Vermilion, phone 440.967.1770. Website is www.germans-villa.com.
@ Paper Moon Vineyards
In Season Hours: May 1 - December 27th, 2014
Tuesday, Wednesday: 12-5PM
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12-10PM
Sunday, Monday: CLOSED
CLOSED December 24 thru January 15
OFF-SEASON HOURS: January 15th - April 30th, 2015
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12-10PM
Friday, December 26th
Saturday, December 27th
"The Beautiful Flame Pizza Napoletana" will be visiting Paper Moon! Enjoy pizza the way it was created in Naples, Italy, circa 1889. In case you've missed them in the past, this is a mobile brick oven created by Larry Cariglio, owner of Lorenzo's Pizzeria (Oberlin). EXPERIENCE THE FLAME! Right before your eyes, they'll fire up oak or maple wood to a scorching 900 degrees! Each pizza is done in less than two minutes because of the high temperature. Pizzas have a light-as-air crust, and the rapid cooking captures the freshest tastes of Italy with a seductive, smoky scent. Hungry yet? They'll have a few different pizza choices available and begin serving at 5PM on the three dates listed.
Evening Entertainment, Live Music 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Friday, December 12th: JEFF SHERMAN, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk
Saturday, December 13th: JAY GUERRERO, Pop & Rock
Friday, December 19th: JD EICHER, Pop & Originals
Saturday, December 20th: EMILY KEENER, Folksy Nostalgic Groove
Friday & Saturday, December 26th & 27th: DAVID LESTER, Folk & Pop
Paper Moon Vineyards is located at 2008 State Road, OH St Route 60 in Vermilion, Phone 440.967.2500, web site www.papermoonvineyards.com.
@ Vermilion River Reservation
of the Lorain Co. Metro Parks
December 2014 Programs & Events
FRI DEC 12
Jolly Jamboree: 3-8p. Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn. Enjoy the Carriage Barn holiday décor and shop vendors for gifts! Also includes luminary trail.
MON DEC 15
Woodcarvers: 7-9p. Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn. Open carve night with the Lorain County Woodcarvers!
SAT DEC 20
Winter Survival Series: Shelter: 10-1130a. Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn. Learn survival shelter basics. Attend 5 programs for an award. Please register by 12/18. Easy Hike.
Camp Stove Cocoa Hike: 1-3p. Vermilion River Reservation. Meet at the Walking Center to hike to a remote part of the park and enjoy hot cocoa! Easy Hike.
MON DEC 22
Holiday Traditions Around the World: The Philippines: 1-3p. Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn. Fun crafts, games, activities, and snacks! Please register by 12/20 and pay $1 per person. Age 2 and up.
MON DEC 29
Move it Hike: 2-3p. Vermilion River Reservation. Fast, calorie-burning, hike. Meet at Walking Center. Moderate Hike.
WED DEC 31
New Year’s Barn Blast!: 10-11a. Vermilion River Reservation, Carriage Barn. Barn party time! Celebrate the coming of 2015 with fun activities. Please register by 12/29.
Vermilion River Reservation, Mill Hollow is located at 51211 North Ridge Road, Vermilion. Phone 440.967.7310. metroparks.cc.
@ Schoepfle Garden
of the Lorain Co. Metro Parks
December 2014 Programs & Events
SAT DEC 20
Natural Ornaments: 11a-12p. Schoepfle Garden, Visitor Center. Use pine cones, dried flowers, and more to make holiday ornaments. Please register by 12/18.
MON DEC 22
Wildlife Christmas: 1-2p. Schoepfle Garden, Visitor Center. Learn about animals in winter and make a feeder to use at home.
SUN DEC 28
Garden Walk: 2-3p. Schoepfle Garden. Stroll the garden for early winter signs. Easy Hike.
MON DEC 29
End of the Year Crafts: 1-230p. Schoepfle Garden, Visitor Center. Help us use up leftover materials to end the year! Fun crafts using up items from the past programs.
TUES DEC 30
Hot Cocoa Hike: 1-2p. Schoepfle Garden. Walk the woods and garden to return to a hot cup of cocoa. Moderate Hike.
Schoepfle Garden is located at 11106 Market St. in Birmingham, Phone 440.965.7237, www.metroparks.cc
@ Erie Metro Parks
December 2014 Programs & Events
KAYAKING IN THE CLASSROOM
Sat, Dec 13, 2pm, Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron. Meet at the Frost Center for an off-the-water class to learn kayaking on dry land. This class will cover equipment, paddling strokes, safety, and boating laws for beginners. Age 8 and up, registration required, limit 20.
PARK PALS- ANIMAL ARCHITECTURE
Mon, Dec 15, 10:30am, Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron. We all need food, water and shelter to live. This Park Pals will explore how animals find shelter, how they build their homes, and what they use to do it. We will be decorating an edible “Gingerbread” House, created with graham crackers and lots of sweets. Then we will read some great books and enjoy some fun games. Age 3 to 6, registration required, limit 15.
THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
Tue, Dec 16, 2pm, Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave. Huron. Have a cup of tea on us and learn about events that happened locally and around the world.
Wed, Dec 17, 10:30am & 5pm, Castalia Quarry MetroPark Parking Lot. Join us for 1 hour of hiking! All hiking abilities welcome, meeting rain, snow or shine! Discover YOUR Erie MetroParks with a hike each week.
ART IN THE PARK, DECORATE A “GINGERBREAD” HOUSE
Thu, Dec 18, 6pm, Osborn MetroPark, Frost Center, 3910 Perkins Ave, Huron. To celebrate the season, make your very own edible “Gingerbread” House, created with graham crackers and lots of sweets. $3 fee for materials. Pay at the door. MEET UP
KIDS NATURE CLUB, ANNUAL BIRD COUNT
Sat, Dec 20, 10am, Sheldon Marsh State Nature Preserve, 2715 Cleveland Rd West, Huron. Join us for our Kids Nature Club, where kids will have the chance to participate in a variety of nature and outdoor programs once a month. We will take a hike with retired naturalist/bird expert, Mary Warren, to help with the Firelands Audubon Society annual bird count. Dress for the weather. 4th – 6th graders welcome, $10 per child for entire year.
WINSTER SOLSTICE HIKE
Sun, Dec 21, 6:30pm, Coupling Metropark, Depot meeting room. Let’s hike the trails at the park and enjoy a warm fire in the Depot. Register by December 19. Limit 20.
For information on the clubs and
organizations of Vermilion, visit the ORGANIZATIONS PAGE
of Vermilion Online News located at the top of this page.
@ the American Legion
Homeless Shelter Items Needed
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 397 collects items for the homeless shelter those items include: trial size (the kind you get in otels/hotels) soap,tooth paste shampoo, any non-perishable foods, paper plates, cough drops. For more information please call Rita Hart @ 440-213-1306.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 397 meets the second Monday of the Month. All members are encouraged to attend.
The Vermilion American Legion Post #397 is located at 2713 State Route 60 in Vermilion, Ohio 44089. Phone 440-967-2919
@ AMVETS Post 22 & Auxiliary
AMVETS Post 22 Auxiliary meets the first Tuesday of the month. All members are encouraged to attend.
AMVETS Post 22 regular meeting is the third Tuesday of the month. All members are encouraged to attend
The Vermilion AMVETS Post #22 is located at 1517 State Rte. 60, Vermilion, Ohio 44089. Phone 440-967-9269; E-Mail: email@example.com.
@ the Arts Guild
The Arts Guild of Main Street Vermilion kiced off their Winter Holiday Art Show & Sale on Saturday, November 1st. This annual holiday season favorite event will run through Sunday, December 21st. Gallery hours are 12:00 Noon until 4:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Gallery is located in the Main Street Vermilion building at 685 Main Street, beside the railroad tracks.
The Arts Guild is a Main Street Vermilion Committee. The Gallery is located at the Main Street Building located at 685 Main Street, beside the railroad tracks in Vermilion. Phone 440.963.0772; www.mainstreetvermilion.org or www.VermilionOnlineNews.net/arts-guild
@ Main Street Vermilion
Lighthouse Committee is Selling Wine Glasses; $10 each or 4 for $35
Limited edition lighthouse stemware is now being sold at the Main Street Vermilion office, 685 Main Street. The Lighthouse Preservation Committee commissioned these glasses and all proceeds will benefit their efforts to maintain the lighthouse, including the purchase of a replacement Fresnel lens. Main Street Vermilion accepts Visa, Mastercard and discover cards.
Watch for these upcoming events:
January 22 - VIB Ladies Night at Martino's, 7 - 9 pm
January 24 - First Arts Guild workshop - Watercolor with Diane Reinhart, 9:30 am - 3 pm
Ice-A-Fair Coming February 7th, 2015
Another fabulous ice event is already being planned for Downtown Vermilion. Last year there were 60 professionally carved ice sculptures. Will there be more this year? More information to come, but for now, save February 7th for a day to remember in Vermilion.
Whether you are already a member, a volunteer or just want to support our programs , now is the time to join! Main Street Vermilion is beginning our 2015 calendar year membership campaign. Your membership will extend through December 31st, 2015. $35 Individual - $50 Family - $125 Business. Every new member receives a MSV Cling for your car or business! Call, email or stop in to join! You may now pay for your membership online on our website! Main Street Vermilion 440-963-0772, firstname.lastname@example.org
Main Street Vermilion is an Ohio Main Street Program dedicated to the preservation of Vermilion's historic commercial and residential district. Located at 685 Main Street, Vermilion, OH 44089, Phone: (440) 963-0772, www.mainstreetvermilion.org, email@example.com
@ Vermilion In Bloom
The Vermilion In Bloom committee has announced
their 2015 Event Schedule as follows:
Thursday, January 22nd Martino's Cafe, 7:00-9:00 pm
Thursday, February 19th, Tiffany's Flowers @ Town Hall, 7:00-9:00 pm
Wednesday, March 18th, Paper Moon Vineyards, 7:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, April 25th, Sailorway Middle School, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Ladies & Gents Night
Thursday, May 7th, Vermilion Boat Club, 7:00-9:00 pm
Flower Planting Dates
Tuesday, April 7th, Bridge Boxes @ Bissell's Greenhouse, 9:00 am
Wednesday, April 15, Sailorway Middle School, 9:00 am
Wednesday, May 13th, Downtown/Exchange Park, 8:30 am
Thursday, May 14th, McGarvey's Landing, 1:00 pm
Main Street/VIB Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Wednesday, September 23, Venue & Time to be announced
Flower Removal Dates
Saturday, October 3rd, Hanging Baskets, 8:00 am
Wednesday, October 7th, Downtown/Exchange Park 9:00 am
2014 Season of Flowers
View the slide show of Vermilion In Bloom's 2014 Season of Flowers at www.vermiliononlinenews.com/vermilion-in-bloom
The plants and blooms of 2014 are gone...
but the photos and memories will last forever........
Vermilion In Bloom is a Main Street Vermilion Committee. The office is in the Main Street Building located at 685 Main Street, beside the railroad tracks in Vermilion. Phone 440.963.0772; www.mainstreetvermilion.org
VFW Post #7576
Holland-Bond VFW Post 7576 Auxiliary meets the third Tuesday of the month. All members are encouraged to attend.
The Holland-Bond VFW is located at 7576 Poorman Road, Vermilion OH 44089. Website www.vfw7576.org. Phone 440.967.5300.
Homeless Outreach Drop-Off
Due to the weather and time changes, there will no longer donations accepted at the Vermilion on the Lake Clubhouse on Tuesdays. Please contact Melissa Marie 440-610-7380 for donation pick up for homeless outreach and donations for our veteran's housing. She will make sure every donation will reach a person in need! The VOL folks are still feeding the homeless every other Saturday if you would like to donate or help with their outreach. Thank you to all that donate items or time.
@ Vermilion Local Schools
Update: Graduation Date Changed
Please note that the official school calendar has been updated to reflect a new date for commencement exercises in 2015. A link to a copy of the updated calendar is attached to this article. The new date for the Vermilion High School Graduation ceremony will be Sunday, May 31, 2014.
- See more at: http://www.vermilionschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=4A2II&dasi=33U2#sthash.aayVBTSM.dpuf
Snow Day Information
There are many other ways that we communicate with parents and the community about school closings:
*Local television and radio stations
*Visit our website at www.vermilionschools.org
*“Like” our Facebook page
*"Follow" us on Twitter. For the earliest notification, follow the Superintendent's Twitter
*See more at : http://www.vermilionschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx…
Emergency Closing Procedures
This year our official first snowfall of the season came much sooner than expected this year, but our crews were prepared and worked hard to make sure driveways, parking lots and sidewalks were safe for students and visitors. We frequently get questions about how the decision is made to close our schools during a weather event or other emergency. In general, parents should know that closing school is a serious matter. As you might expect, each situation is different, and usually involves a team of trained individuals who work together to determine the best course of action on that specific day. School will not always be closed due to low temperatures, or a light snowfall.
During weather events we look at weather forecasts, travel the streets to evaluate road conditions and communicate with City officials and the police department in an effort to determine whether school should remain open. Our goal is always to make the decision as early as possible so that staff and students can be notified before they begin traveling.
- See more at: http://www.vermilionschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=5GGUII&dasi=33UI#sthash.sUTToKmK.dpuf
Visit the Vermilion Local Schools website at: www.vermilionschools.org
St. Mary School and Preschool
Free Monthly Playgroups
Free monthly playgroups for infants toddlers & preschoolers! St. Mary Vermilion Gym. 5450 Ohio Street. The December playgroup date is Friday, December 19th. A perfect way to meet other families while the children play and develop social skills in the spacious gymnasium with toddler ride on toys! Story, crafts & snacks! Open to the Community! Questions call St. Mary parish office 967-8711. Like us on Facebook for future Playgroup dates "St. Mary School Vermilion." Parents/Grandparents/babysitters Welcome!
Church of the Open Door
Sunday Worship Services
9:00 am & 11:00 am
If you are looking for a church where you and your family can discover the Adventure of Becoming more like Christ or if you’re just trying to figure out what Church is all about – we hope you will stop by and check us out!
Church of the Open Door - Vermilion Campus is located at the former Vermilion School Administration building at 1230 Beechview Drive, Vermilion OH 44089. If you have questions about our services or programs contact Pastor Bob by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Church of the Open Door visit www.opendoor.tv
@ Grace United
Sunday, December 14th during 10:15 a.m. Worship Community children are invited. We are preparing a program called THE Christmas Story; a Living Nativity. A traditional retelling of the Christmas story. Thoughtful and meaningful. Limited speaking parts. Every child can have a part.
December 13th - 10 am - noon
December 14th - 9:15 am
Program - December 14th at 10:15 service
Questions? Contact Kate Repola at 440.967-1166.
Ladies of Grace and Ladies of Grace 2
is doing a study of John's Gospel. The Wednesday group meets at 9 a.m., and the Thursday group at 7 p.m. All women of the church and community are cordially invited to join us as we explore the scriptures. Attend whenever you can / regular attendance not a requirement!
Adult Bible Study (ABS) Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.
Upcoming Lessons: 11/9 - scripture and Charity 11/16 – scripture and Money
Take Off Pounds Sensibly. Meetings are every Monday
5:30 pm Weigh In, 6:30 pm Meeting. Attend your 1st meeting free of charge, bring a friend! www.tops.org
On Facebook – Facebook.com/worshipbythewater
On web - worshipbythewater.com
Grace United Methodist Church is located at 13406 Coen Road, corner of Coen Road and West Lake Road), Vermilion. Sunday Worship Service is at 10:15 am. The telephone is 440.967.5206, church website is www.vermiliongrace.org. The Reverend David Hull-Frye is Pastor.
@ Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church
"Handkerchiefs for Heroes"
Donations are being accepted for "Handkerchiefs for Heroes". "For He orders his Angels to protect you wherever you go." It started as one handkerchief for one soldier...over 6.000 have been sent all over the world! There is no charge for the handkerchiefs, no matter how many are requested. After they are made, they are annoited and prayed over by members of the Harbourtown Foursquare Church. Make donations at Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church, c/o Jane Stanley, 873 State Street, Vermilion OH 44089
Harbourtown Community Foursquare Church, 873 State Street, Vermilion OH 44089. Phone 440.967.5728, website address www.hcfcoh.com . Worship Services 9:00 am and 10:45 am Sundays, Mid-week activities Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
@ Lakeview Baptist Church
Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Crisis Center
Sactantity of Life Sunday January 18, 2015 12:30 - 2 p.m.
This event is open to the public, you may donate any new or gently used items for the crisis center, For more information or pickup you may call Rita Hart @ 440-213-1306.
Lakeview Baptist Church is located at 591 Ferndale Avenue in Vermilion, Phone 440.967.5104, web site www.lakeviewvermilion.org
@ St. Mary
Christmas Cards & Magnets Sale
The Knights of Columbus will be selling Christmas Cards and "Keep Christ in Christmas" magnets after all the services on Saturday and Sunday in the church's gathering space.
Saturday: 4 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Weekdays: Consult weekly schedule in bulletin Most often 8:30 a.m.
Holy Days: Day itself: 9:00 a.m. and 7 p.m.
St. Mary is located at 731 Exchange Street in Vermilion, OH 44089. Phone 440.967.8711. www.stmaryvermilion.org
@ St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Prayer Shawl Ministry Blessing
St. Matthew Lutheran Church Prayer Shawl Ministry blessed a shawl on Sunday, December 7, for Lily, a 10 year old girl who is preparing for surgery. Our knitters pray for the recipient as they make the shawls and blankets. Call (440) 967 9886 for more information.
Sunday School meets each Sunday at 9:30 am. We have new classes starting for all ages, including a new Confirmation class. Your child will receive a warm welcome. All are welcome at St. Matthew! Please come and visit us.
Sunday Worship Services
Men's Bible Study
Thursdays @ 10:00 am. Bible Study is led by Pastor Karl. All welcome.
You can watch some of Pastor Fry's recent sermons at www.vimeo.com/stmattvermlcms
Web site: www.lutheransonline.com/stmattvermlcms
St. Matthew Lutheran Church is located at 15617 Mason Road in Vermilion. The mailing address is P O Box 774, Vermilion OH 44089. Phone number is 440.967.9886, and web site address is www.lutheransonline.com/stmattvermlcms. The Reverand Dr Karl F. Fry is the pastor.
@ Trinity Lutheran Church
Invitation to the Miracle of Jesus Worship
A unique, multisensory Christmas family worship service called The Miracle of Jesus will be hosted at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3747 Liberty Avenue, on December 14. Families will step back in time to Bible-times Bethlehem, exploring Jesus’ miraculous love in an interactive marketplace setting in the sanctuary during a special 10:00 a.m. worship. Kids and adults will be placed in a fully immersive experience where they interact with shopkeepers and discover surprising details about Jesus’ miraculous birth and life. Guests will enjoy trips to the Bethlehem Bakery, Fisher’s Pier, Spice Shoppe, Toy Shoppe, Census Taker’s Office, and Wool Trader. And no trip to Bethlehem would be complete without experiencing the ultimate miracle of Jesus’ resurrection. Families experience this adventure together, discovering more about Jesus’ miraculous life on earth in a way they’ll never forget—complete with keepsake items they’ll treasure. Miracle of Jesus Worship will begin at 10:00 a.m. For more information, call [440-967-4225].
Traditional Worship at 9 a.m.
Contemporary Worship at 10:45 a.m.
Christian Education Hour at 10:00 a.m. for all ages, preschool through adult
Vermilion Soup Kitchen
Serving Dinner every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 3747 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion. Mailing address is P O Box 2, Vermilion OH. Email address is www.trinityvermilion.org. Phone 440.967.4225.
@ United Church of Christ Congregational
Sunday Morning Adult Study
Sundays at 9:30 in the lounge. We're taking a look at the seasons and texts of Advent. Child care is provided.
Monday Evening Fellowship
7:00pm, continues to work through the Catch Fire in Fifty Days study. and has been joined by the Monday Morning study group in this endeavor. Please keep all involved in your prayers as they proceed through this exciting time together. Our discussions are getting deep and exciting. God is speaking and this group is listening, and catching fire as we do!
Worship This Sunday, December 14, Third Sunday of Advent
We continue our Advent pilgrimage this Sunday with the lighting of the first three Advent candles - hope and peace will now be joined by joy.Texts for this Sunday are Isiah 61:1-4 and John 1:6-9. As you read from Isaiah, ponder what good news God is speaking to you today. As you read from John, ask yourself how it is that you are giving witness to the light of God in your life.
Cookie Walk, This Sunday, December 14 @ 11:30
Our annual Cookie Walk is this Sunday! Cookies will be $6/pound. (Please bring your cookies to the church by 2:00 on Saturday the 13th so everything can be set up and ready to go.) Be sure to tell your neighbors and friends! Better yet, bring them with you!
Ashton Drake Collector Dolls
(during Cookie Walk). The United Church of Christ has recognized a need to welcome persons with mental health and disability issues. Your Mission Committee will "welcome" Shannon Tarrant to sell collector dolls during coffee hour (Cookie Walk) again this Sunday. Look for her table in Fellowship Hall. Shannon has started her own business. She gets wholesale prices on Ashton Drake collector dolls. Retail prices range from $59.00 - $179.99. Shannon's dolls are priced from $41.50 - $157.00. These prices include a shipping charge already paid for dolls on hand. She plans to donate 10% of her sales to the church. She will also have home made craft items for sale. Stop by and do your Christmas shopping.
open again this Sunday! Our initial Santa's attic was a great success, but we do have some items left. So you'll have a second chance to shop after church this Sunday (12-14). We'll be set up in the same place during coffee hour, so stop by! Also - we're already making plans for next year and have a request: if you have re-usable gift bags that you plan to discard - please discard them to the church. We'll put them to good use next year!
Youth Group This Sunday
Our youth will have another busy Sunday. We'll begin during church school time.
(1) We'll be getting ready for our pageant on December 21. (2) Those who will be here on Christmas Eve (please check your family's schedule so you'll know) will begin to prepare for that service of worship as well. (3) When rehearsals and preparations are done, we'll wrap all our church's contributions going to Operation Christmas Joy. Wrap and ribbon will be provided, as will a light lunch. Bring your friends.
Pastor's Open House, This Sunday, December 14
(beginning at 2:00), Stop by Karen & Bob's (1419 Sanford) for as long as you want or as short as you need. Everyone is welcome. Construction Update - They're done - almost! What's not done is the manhole covers are not even with the road surface. Most of them are in the middle (run over by the yellow stripe) and easily missed - which you'll want to do, unless you're looking for a good excuse to get an alignment! Parking Update - We've heard about a new ordnance prohibiting parking on the hydrant side (which is our side) and of warnings being given. However, there are no signs. It is suggested you use the driveway, opposite side of Sanford, Timberview and Mapleview to park.
Next Wednesday, December 17 - 10:00 prayer. Everyone is welcome to join with us in prayer as we pray for those whom we know and love, our friends, neighbors, community, church and world. If you have a specific request for prayer, please let us know and we'll include it. Better yet - let us know by coming and joining with us in prayer.
Children's Program & Luncheon
Sunday, December 21. Our children and youth will be leading worship, presenting the story of the "Fourth Wise Man." After worship, everyone is invited to Fellowship Hall for a turkey and gravy lunch, put on by the Thanksgiving Reenactment Committee. Everyone is welcome!
Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Worship
Sunday, December 21, 5:00 pm. Not everyone feels jolly and festive at Christmas. For some this is an especially difficult time of year for a variety of reasons. Whomever may feel the need for whatever reason is invited to join with us as we gather in the sanctuary to share ourselves truthfully with God in the assurance that God will never leave us alone and is in fact walking with us in whatever valley of life we're in. Come and share with us as we journey towards coming to know that God does indeed share our grief and touch our pain, brings healing and light and love to our lives. We'll pray, sing, read scripture, light candles, and remember that God's presence is with all of us, no matter where we are on life's journey this year.
Faith & Steak
Wednesdays @ Lake Erie Taphouse, 8:00pm. (Come early for dinner if you desire, or grab something when you arrive. If you want the $7 steak special, please let Pastor Bob know by noon on Wednesdays and he'll call in your reservation). Join us for our always interesting and inspiring discussions that cover just about anything that's on your mind, always with the question asked, "As people of faith, how is God calling on us to respond?"
Opportunities to Share God's Love
(1) Our youth are collecting gifts for Vermilion's Annual Operation Christmas Joy - with an emphasis on teenagers. For girls - hats, scarves, mittens, purses, board games. For boys - hats, gloves, scarves, foot, base and soccer balls, frisbee's and games. Please have all donations to the church by This Sunday, December 14. (2) Warm Up America - needed are 7 x 9 inch knitted or crocheted rectangles, which are sewn together in blankets which go to homeless shelters in Lorain County. (We'll be collecting these through February.) (3) Mitten Tree - in the narthex. Simply place hats, gloves, scarves and mittens directly on the tree. They will be taken to the Salvation Army after Christmas for distribution in January. (4) Mary Lee Tucker shopping for clothes and other necessities with needy children in Lorain County. Dates for shopping will be Saturdays December 20 and January 3. Both will take place at 10:00am at the J.C.Penny in Midway Mall in Elyria. Please let Karen Rossi know you want to take part so everything can be organized. (5) UCC Christmas Fund - provides emergency funds to men and women who have served the church but now find themselves in unforeseen financial crises. Checks can be made out to the church and noted for this fund. Envelopes will also be in the Christmas Eve Bulletins.
Christmas Eve Worship
We will once again gather for worship twice on Christmas Eve as follows:
5:00 - Family Worship - for all who desire a "participatory" worship experience. We'll gather, dress and then take our place in the story of Jesus' birth. What part do you want to play, and what impact will it have on your life? 10:00 - Traditional service of lessons, carols, and the celebration of the coming of the Light into our lives. Special prelude music (including our bell choir) will begin at 9:30.
Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign
The annual Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign is underway and we have just one more day assigned to us to ring - this Friday December 12 at the Giant Eagle. You can donate one hour or two, alone or with a friend. Youth and children are welcome but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please call Pat Zimmerman to let her know when you can help.
The United Church of Christ Congregational is located at 990 State Street in Vermilion. The website address is: www.vermilioncongregational.org . The mailing address is P.O. Box 228, Vermilion, Ohio 44089 and the phone number is 440-967-5212. Church email address is email@example.com and the church newsletter email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
@ Vermilion E & R
(Evangelical & Reformed) Church
The Pastor's Table
The Pastor's Coffee Table will be held Thursday mornings from 10:00 - 11:00 am beginning in September through May at Decidedly Different, 590 Main Street, Vermilion. The Pastor's Table is sponsored by St. Mary's Church and Vermilion E & R Church. Come for prayer or to talk.
7:30 am every Monday
Back room of The Nest Restaurant
Bible Study and Fellowship
Everyone is Welcome!
Ladies Bible Study
Every Tuesday morning @ 9:15
in the Church Library
Mothers of Preschoolers
Meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Childcare is provided
Kid's Boutique is held each month on the second Tuesday from 1:00 until 4:00 pm. Vermilion E & R Church knows that these are trying financial times and the church would like to offer assistance to the families in the community. Free clothing is offered in sizes ranging from newborn through juniors. There is no obligation. All we ask is that a parent or guardian accompany children. The church is located at 752 Grand Street in Vermilion. The entrance to the Kids Boutique is behind the Education Building, which can be accessed from Grand Street or Ohio Street. Clothing donations may be placed in the dock box on the north side of the property by the side stairs.
Worship Cafe, a coffee social time, takes place every 3rd Sunday at 9:00 am.
A Hymn Sing takes place every 3rd Sunday at 10:30 am.
Vermilion E & R (Evangelical & Reformed) Church is located at 752 Grand Street in Vermilion. Sunday Worship services are at 10:30 am, with Sunday School beginning at 9:15 am. Telephone number is 440.967-3559, church website address is www.vermilionchurch.com.
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"A Broadway Christmas"
Get into the holiday spirit with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra, Broadway twins Willa nd Anthony Nunziata and local high school choruses on Sunday, December 14th. The concert begins at 4:00 pm in the Sandusky State Theatre.
Will and Anthony's soaring tenor voices and energetic stage presence will electrify the audience as they celebrate the joyus of life, music, and family. Young and old will delight in this holiday celebration.
Call toll free for tickets 877.626.1950. For more information visit www.FirelandsSymphony.com
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