The Voice

September 2018







Jason Rissler


(330) 806-7814




E-Mail Address




Youth Sunday School





Worship Service

9:30 am



Adult Sunday School




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















September 2nd


Dylan Harper




September 9th


Brenda Bayer




September 16th


Pat Liggett




September 23rd


Heather Farthing




September 30th


Skip Harper






*Terry Zingery, Keith Burrier, Harold & Brenda Bayer








Connie Zingery & Sue Rieger








September 2nd


Mason Wagner & Derek Rissler




September 9th


Joey & Katie Farthing




September 16th


Hunter & Kylie McKenzie




September 23rd


Cole & Caden Hutchison




September 30th


Tessa & Trenton Bitikofer




Lay Leaders




September 2nd


Vickki Hinebaugh & Evan Rissler




September 9th


Jerry & Susan Murphy




September 16th


Bub Dreher & Debbie Burrier




September 23rd


Al Osler & Shirley Kuecher




September 30th


Jane Andreas & Suzanne Black





September 2018


Special Dates


To Remember;



September 2nd


Posting of Colors


5:00p – Youth Golf




September 3rd


Labor Day/Office Closed


6:30p – Board of Christian Ed




September 4th


5:00p – Tiger Paw/Outreach


6:00p – Girl Scouts




September 5th


4:30p-7:00p – Jr. High Team Meal




September 9th


10:45am – Adult Sunday school




September 18th


6:00p – Girl Scouts




September 20th


12:00p – Seasoned Seniors


5:15p – Congregational Care


6:00p – Missions


6:30p - Council




September 23rd


9:00a – Youth Sunday school




September 25th


Newsletter Deadline




September 26th


4:30p-7:00p – Jr. High Team Meal







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Reflections from Cincinnati Trip

Last month I finished up writing my newsletter article as I sat at the kitchen table in the apartment where we stayed in Cincinnati on the youth service trip.


The youth had a great trip to Cincinnati July 22-26. I was privileged to join them. We partnered with the Washington UCC church in their summer program to children. Washington UCC has a wonderful ministry in a distressed urban neighborhood. The church owns a large apartment building where they house youth groups and other work groups who help them in their ministry. Interestingly, we joined with another group from St. John UCC from St. Charles, Missouri. They had a larger group. We enjoyed getting to know them and work together with them.


We had six youth and three adults in our group. Our youth were “buddies” to the children in the summer program. We joined them in meals, worship, bible lessons, crafts, nutrition, recreation, gardening and a trip to the pool.   We took turns serving the meals for the children as they ate breakfast and lunch at the church.


One afternoon we visited the local homeless shelter and served snacks which we brought (homemade cookies and chips). Thanks to all who baked homemade cookies that we took along – a taste of Strasburg! On another afternoon we participated in a poverty education class. The class helped the youth who were there serving to think about poverty through some hands-on exercises.


We also went to a Reds game, ate out together and on another evening went out for ice cream. It was a fun week, a stretching week, a learning week and one which we will remember for a long time with good memories.  


I hope that our congregation can work with Washington UCC again in the future. Possibilities could include a work group doing upkeep on their properties, collecting items for the children and families they work with or another youth summer trip. Through the car wash, bake sale and other generous donations, the expenses of the trip were covered. Thanks to all who helped to make the trip possible!


God bless each of you in the upcoming month!


Pastor Jason



September Birthdays


75 & Older





Betty Smith                     09/01

Nancy Goss                       09/12

George Bitikofer               09/18

Nick Haswell                     09/23

Shirley Winkler                 09/25

Larry Miller                      09/26




Stewardship Campaign

Sunday, September 16th through Sunday, October 7th


American Legion Chicken BBQ

September 16, 2018

10:00a – 12:00p

(or until sold out)





Thursday, September 20, 2018



Stuffed Pepper Soup

Egg Salad Sandwich

Texas Sheet Cake

Coffee & Punch



Bick Miller makes doll dresses and sends to the Philippines

Thank You! 




To my congregation,

          I’s like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the strength and support that you have provided not only me, but all of the youth of our congregation. I believe that it is our religious upbringing that truly forms our character and our beliefs that we express in our everyday lives. I truly thank you for the monetary donation that will allow me to continue my education.

Thank you and God Bless,

Andrew Cregan



Dear St. John United Church of Christ,

          You made our day! I cannot tell you how much we appreciate your support for the Strasburg Fire Department. Your generous donation of a “Taste of Strasburg” basket, will go a long way in helping us reach our goal.

          We hope that you can join us in September for our event. Come out and enjoy some fun, food, music and of course our basket raffle.

          Thank you once again from our entire department for your donation and support. It means the world to us.

With Gratitude,

Christine Raderchak



A big thank you for the generous contributions for the sealing and striping project. Also, thank you to Gessner Sealrite and Levco Striping for a great job!

Fred Tuerler, Property Committee Chairperson

& Church Council


Thank you to the congregation for all your calls, cards, concerns and prayers.

The Gale Huffman Family


Dear Friends,


          Thank you! We are so very grateful for the time, energy and talent given to us at Washington United Church of Christ by your group the week of July 22.


          What a blessing you were to the children and leaders of Washington UCC and to the neighbors we serve in our inner-city section of Cincinnati. Thank you for being such great “buddies” and role models to the children in our Summer Youth Program.


          We appreciated your work food serving and preparing the Community Dinner. Plus, you gave us a great head start on packing up summer and looking toward our back to school ministries with your work Thursday afternoon.


On behalf of the church and the children, thank you.




Laurel Humes


Church Council


Washington UCC






A special thank you to Vickki Hinebaugh and Ethel Weeks for volunteering their services to help clean the fellowship area. It is all nice and clean to begin our fall with a time of fellowship after the worship hour.


       May God Richly Bless You,


Barb Limbacher


Delaine Malcuit Baptism
August 19, 2018




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



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


 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





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Propel chapters (small groups of women) are spread into 27 countries around the world. They are divided into a Conversation Series (Personal Leadership, Passion, Growth, Momentum, and Success), with six-sessions per workbook. Strasburg Propel Chapter was established in 2016, and our next session will be held at 7:00 pm on September 25, in the Wardell Bldg, 840 S Wooster Ave, Strasburg, and will be led by Kelly Burtscher of Strasburg. Kelly grew up in Sugarcreek and is Vice President of Manufacturing at Nilodor Inc. of Bolivar. She, her husband Doug, who is an 8th grade history teacher at Dover Middle School, and their son Brody, who is 11 and in 5th grade at Strasburg Elementary, share their home with 2 dogs - Buster and Bernie, and 1 cat - Wilbur.


Will you join us?


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September 2018






















Posting of Colors


5:00p Youth Golf Outing


Labor Day

Office Closed


6:30p Board of Christian Ed


5:00p Tiger Paw/Outreach


6:00p Girl Scouts



Jr. High Team Meal


6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir


6:00p Music & Worship










6:30p Cub Scouts


6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir








Stewardship Campaign




6:00p Girl Scouts

6:30p Cub Scouts


6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir


12:00p Seasoned Seniors

5:15p Cong. Care

6:00p Missions

6:30p Council






9:00a Youth Sunday school


Stewardship Campaign




6:30p Cub Scouts



Jr. High Team Meal


6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir








Stewardship Campaign


























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