The Voice

July 2018







Jason Rissler


(330) 806-7814




E-Mail Address




Youth Sunday School

Summer Break




Worship Service

9:30 am



Adult Sunday School

Summer Break



Staffed Nursery




Church Office Hours



Monday through Thursday


 8:30 am – 3:00 pm


Closed for lunch


12:00 – 1:00 pm






8:30 am – 12:00pm


(330) 878-5113   Office
or (330) 878-1707







E-Mail Address:




Office Manager


Jodi Davis




Office Assistant


Corrinne Gerber






Rick Michel 



Chancel Choir Director


Cindy Smith




Handbell Director


Becky Reymond






Gary Garber










July 1st


Brenda Bayer




July 8th


Linda Beck




July 15th


Heather Farthing




July 22nd


Skip Harper




July 29th


Sue Burdett






*Pat Liggett, Denise Zeigler,


Lillian Galli & Becky Reymond








Jerry & Susan Murphy


Vickki Hinebaugh & Ethel Weeks








July 1st


Alexandria Parson & Katie Farthing




July 8th


Tessa & Trenton Bitikofer




July 15th


Hunter McKenzie & Derek Rissler




July 22nd


Evan & Brennan Rissler




July 29th


Joey Farthing & Mason Wagner




Lay Leaders




July 1st


Bub Dreher & Jay Huff




July 8th


Jane Andreas & Donna George




July 15th


Jerry Murphy & Shirley Kuecher




July 22nd


Gary & Heather Spinell




July 29th


Debbie Burrier & Denise Borter



July 2018


Special Dates


To Remember;




July 1st – 5th


Pastor Jason Vacation




July 1st


Tom Patton Guest Speaker


Posting of Colors




July 2nd


6:00p – Outreach




July 4th


Office Closed


Happy 4th of July!




July 17th


6:30p - Council




July 19th


5:15p – Congregational Care


6:00p - Missions




July 23 – July 26th


Mission Trip to Cincinnati




July 24th


Newsletter Deadline





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Their Words of Encouragement


     A number of years ago I picked up a small book by John Maxwell entitled, Running with the Giants. The book reads like a devotional book with short chapters and a personal challenge. This summer I am using the book to guide my summer sermon series.


     Hebrews 12:1 says this, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Chapter 11 of Hebrews is often referred to as the “Hall of Fame” of the Christian faith. We read of men and women, who have gone before us. They are this cloud of witnesses who are cheering us on in this race of life.


   Maxwell, in his book asks, if these men and women “could step out of the crowd, come down onto the track where you are running, and jog a lap with you…what would they say to you?” (pref p. 8). This is the question that we are asking as each week this summer we are studying the life of Old Testament hero of the faith.


     We started out with Noah. Noah followed in obedience and built a great big boat, the ark. As a result of Noah’s obedience his life, the lives of his family and the animals were saved. If Noah would come down onto the track of life and run a lap with us, he might say to us, “One person can make a difference.” You and your life can make a difference. You can make a difference for God’s kingdom. You can make a difference in the lives of others.


     We looked at the fascinating, fast paced story of Esther. Through a series of circumstances outside her control, but directed by God Esther came to the position of Queen. Esther risked her life to save her people, the Jews. Today Esther might say, “God has a place for you.” Maybe you know the place God has for you or maybe you are waiting to see. Either way, God has a place for you.


     Joseph had a dream. He was only 17 years old. His family didn’t support him and his brothers even sold him into slavery. Never the less, Joseph remembered the dream and 23 years later his dream came to pass. God used Joseph to save his family and the nation of Israel. Today Joseph might say to us, “Don’t give up on your dreams.” Others might not understand or believe in you, but hang onto God’s promises and the words he speaks to you.


   Over the next two months we will look at the stories of Moses, Rebekah, Abraham, Nehemiah, David and Jonathan. Those who have gone before us are cheering us on. They want us to run the race with perseverance and join them one day in the cheering crowd of witnesses.


     As in a relay race, the baton is in our hands. It has been handed to us from those who have gone before. May we run the race as God would have us so that when we run our final lap we can hand the baton off with confidence that we did our part.


God bless you as you run the race of life!


Pastor Jason 



July Birthdays


75 & Older






Eva Longacher                  7/03


Bernice Hall                      7/12


Mary Ellen Gurney             7/16


Esther Kate                      7/18


Bob Gardner                     7/27


Gale Huffman                   7/27


Beulah Hensel                   7/28





Youth Mission Trip




On July 22nd-26th the youth will be in Cincinnati for a summer service trip.  They will work with Washington UCC.  This urban congregation has a vibrant ministry to children in their neighborhood.  Each summer they run a summer youth program for about 50 children.  We will help with this program by assisting with Bible stories, worship, crafts and recreation. We will visit a homeless shelter and distribute an afternoon snack as well as participate in a poverty education class.  Thanks to all who helped to support this trip through the bake sale, care wash and other generous donations!

One additional way you can help - we are providing the snack for the homeless shelter.  We would like to provide homemade cookies and are looking for 18 dozen cookies to be prepared and dropped off at the church on Sunday July 22nd.  There will be a sign-up sheet for cookies in the coffee hour room.  Thanks!

Thank You! 





Thank you to Pastor Jason for his visits and prayers. Thank you for the visits and cards sent to Dorothy Fulton.














July Special Music




7/01         Cindy Smith & Rick Michel




7/15         Longfellow Family




7/29         Joyful Noise

American Legion Chicken BBQ

July 15, 2018

10:00a – 12:00p (or until sold out)




Dress A Child 2018


The Dress A Child program continues to work throughout Tuscarawas County to support our students in beginning a new school year in a positive way. We are committed to providing new school clothes to the children whose families meet the federal poverty guidelines.


Last year we were able to provide 1,348 children with a voucher for $50.00 for new clothes. Clothes shopping is supervised and approved by our wonderful volunteers.


Please note that 100% of all donations go to the clothing voucher.


Please have all donations in by

Monday, July 23rd.













The Valley Voices will be providing the special music.


Service will begin at 10:30am.   Please bring a potluck dish to share. Bring friends and family (and lawn chairs if you don’t want to sit at the picnic tables).




New Dawn


Mary Ann Farthing

865 East Iron Ave/Rm 708

Dover, OH 44622


Country Club


Eva Longacher

862 E Iron Ave Apt 108

Dover, OH 44622


Inn at Northwood Village


Katherine Wells

5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 104

Dover, OH 44622


Bud Longacher

5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 503

Dover, OH 44622


Carol Huffman

5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 609

Dover, OH 44622


Lena Hilbert

5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 212

Dover, OH 44622


Polly Foster

5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 412

Dover, OH 44622


Allay Senior Care Center

Of Myers Lake


Margaret Reynolds

3328 – 13th Street NW Rm 15

Canton, OH 44708


Amherst Meadows Senior Center

Joyce Hall

1610 First Street N.E.

Massillon, OH 44646

Park Village


Ruth Breniser

1511 Crater Ave/#11C

Dover, OH 44622


Arlene Reed

1511 Crater Ave/#18A

Dover, OH 44622


Dorothy Fulton

1525 Crater Ave Rm 306

Dover, OH 44622


Diana Harper

1525 Crater Ave Rm 105

Dover, OH 44622


Ken Burgess

1525 Crater Ave Rm 106

Dover, OH 44622


Doris Straub

1529 Crater Ave/#10G

Dover, OH 44622



Apartments on the Park Village Campus


Betty L. Ickes

1529 Crater Ave. Apt. 51H

Dover, OH 44622



Bolivar Hennis Care Center


Betty Smith

300 Yant Street Room 125

Bolivar, OH 44612


Apartment on the Country Club Campus


Bob Zeltman

860 E. Iron Ave. Apt. 225

Dover, OH 44622




JULY 2018














Tom Patton


Posting of the Colors


Pastor Jason Vacation


6:00p Outreach




Pastor Jason Vacation






Pastor Jason Vacation


Office Closed




Pastor Jason Vacation






Pastor Jason Vacation
























6:30p Council





5:15p-Cong. Care

6:00p Missions









Cincinnati Mission Trip


Cincinnati Mission Trip


Newsletter Deadline


Cincinnati Mission Trip


Cincinnati Mission Trip




































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