JUNE 2019



Jason Rissler

(330) 806-7814


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Worship Service

9:30 am


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




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Office Manager

Jodi Davis


Office Assistant

Corrinne Gerber



Rick Michel


Chancel Choir Director

Cindy Smith


Handbell Director

Becky Reymond



Gary Garber


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Pentecost Sunday/Communion


June 17th – 21st

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June 30th


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Congratulations to the Class of 2019!

Welcome to the June newsletter. In this month’s newsletter we highlight our graduates. For our young men and women who are graduating from either high school or college, they are at a crossroads in their life – a time that is both exciting and yet scary, a time of new independence and freedom and also a time of new responsibility.

This past Sunday at the end of our morning worship service, we gathered around our graduates and we prayed for them as they embark on this new journey. Part of the prayer was from Paul’s prayer in the book of Ephesians 3:16-19:

“16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

In this prayer, there are four aspects that we joined with Paul in praying:

We pray for inner strength. I Timothy 4:8 states: “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better. We understand the importance of training in sports, the early morning run or late night workout in the gym. Physical strength and training is good, but an inner strength and godliness is better. Inner strength will be a moral compass, It will give the ability to stand up for what is right and not give into temptation. Just like physical strength, an inner strength just doesn’t happen. Rather it is built through prayer, worship, rest, service and time with others on the same journey.

We pray that Christ would have his home in your heart. An older book, “My heart, Christ’s home” compares our lives to a home and Christ as a guest in our home. Do we visit over the fence, sit on the front porch or do we invite Christ into our home and give him the most predominate spot?  

We pray that you would be rooted in God’s love. A healthy tree that has deep roots is able to withstand the storms, the wind and the rains. However, a tree with a shallow root system can easily be toppled when the storms come.   In the same way, when we are rooted in God’s love, our lives are able to stand in the midst of life’s storms.

We pray that you would know the deep love of God.  I hope you have had the chance to stand on the shores of the ocean. It is breathtaking to see the strength and magnitude of the ocean. I believe it is an image of the love of God: wide, long, high and deep. I love the words of the old hymn, Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made. Where every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade. To write the love of God above would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole though stretched from sky to sky.”

            So to our graduates standing at the crossroad, look to God in all you do. Give God the first place in your life. Remember God loves and affirms you and so do we!


Peace and blessings,


Pastor Jason




June Birthdays


75 & Older




06/01                    Linda Marburger


06/07                    Nancy Harvey


06/08                    Pat Beechy


06/23                    Bill Hensel

Happy 90th Birthday to

Hank Grove





Youth Service Project


2019 Youth Service Trip - Middle and High     School youth are again given the opportunity to serve with Washington UCC's summer children's program in Cincinnati.  We will leave Sunday afternoon, July 21st and return Thursday, July 25th.  If you are interested in more details, please see Pastor Jason




A Confirmation Class is being offered to 8th grade through 12th grade students beginning September 2019.


If interested, please see Pastor Jason or contact the church office.



St. John UCC has cookies on Wednesday,


June 19th for VBS, sign-up sheet is in the


coffee hour room.



American Legion Chicken BBQ

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Thank You! 

Thank you to all who helped with the mulching. Your help is greatly appreciated and noticeable around our church.

Fred Tuerler

Property Chair



Thank you to all who sent cards, called, brought food and are praying for me. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness while I am going through this.

God Bless,




VBS Registration forms are available on the hall & Narthex tables.

VBS is June 17 – June 21

from 9:00a to 12:00p

at First Lutheran Church




Congratulation to the 2019 Strasburg Christian Scholarship Recipients:

Jacob Farthing & Ethan Cregan



Dress A Child 2019


“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller



100% of all donations go to the clothing voucher.


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 1,074 children with a voucher of $84.00 for new clothes. Shopping for clothes is supervised and approved by our wonderful volunteers.


There are two ways to participate in the Dress A Child program:


  1. 1.Cash donations to pay for the clothing vouchers.
  2. 2.Volunteers to help with registration in July and/or shopping in July or August. New volunteers are welcome to help with planning and organization. Please contact the names below.


Dress A Child serves the students of Tuscarawas County. We raise our money here and support the stores in Tuscarawas County.


“Wear Love everywhere you go.”

Colossians 3:14


Mary Kay Reed                    Beth Rafter

2406 St. Rt. 39 NW              4447 Swonger Rd. NW

Dover, OH 44622                 Dover, Oh 44622





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New Dawn




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865 E. Iron Ave/Rm 708


Dover, OH 44622





Country Club




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5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 104


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5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 212


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3328 – 13th Street NW Rm 15


Canton, OH 44708




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1610 First Street N.E.


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Dover, OH 44622




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1525 Crater Ave Rm 307


Dover, OH 44622




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Dover, OH 44622




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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




Country Lawn Altercare




Diana Harper


10608 Navarre Rd. SW


Navarre, OH 44662




The Congregational Care transportation service is a benefit gift from St John UCC to any of our members who are in need of transportation anywhere.

Call 330-343-1419 or 330-413-0685


Congratulations 2019 graduates!


Mollie Harper

Mollie is the granddaughter of Jim Sr. and Diana Harper.

Graduate of Strasburg High School where she participated on Student Council, in Drama Club, College Credit Plus, Writers Workshop, Deliberate Scholars and 11 years at OCUCC Camp. Mollie will be attending Kent State University in the fall.


Mike Neidenthal
Mike is the son of Matt and Melanie Neidenthal. Graduate of Strasburg High School where he participated in Golf, Basketball, Baseball, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Academic Challenge, Prom Committee and Student Council. Mike was Junior Class President, Senior Class Vice President, Buckeye Boys State Delegate and a Big Brothers Mentor. Post-Secondary Kent State and a member of St. John UCC Youth Group. He plans to attend Kent State University Tuscarawas in the fall and study Nursing and plans to become a Nurse Anesthetist.


Jaylynn Huff

Jaylynn is the daughter of Frank and Barb Huff and the granddaughter of Jay and Kay Huff. Graduate of New Philadelphia High School she participated in the Delphian Chorale, Youth to Youth Advisory Board and works at Millers Creamery. Jaylynn will

attend Ohio Christian University majoring in Worship Leader and Psychology. After school she may do Social Work or see what God has in store for her.


Mitchell Spinell

Mitchell is the son of Gary and Heather Spinell and the grandson of Nick and Glenna Haswell. Graduate of Kent State University with a B.S. in Journalism.




Mitch Neidenthal
Mitch is the son of Matt and Melanie Neidenthal. Graduate of Strasburg High School where he participated in Golf, Basketball, Baseball, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Academic Challenge and on the Prom Committee. Mitch was a Buckeye Boys State Delegate and a Big Brothers Mentor. Post-Secondary Kent State and a member of St. John UCC Youth Group. He plans to attend Kent State University Tuscarawas in the fall and study Accounting/Finance and plans to become a CPA.


Jacob Farthing
Jacob is the son of John and Heather Farthing. Graduate of Strasburg / Kent CCP where he participated in Basketball, Football, Track and was on the Scholar Challenge Team. Jacob will be attending Kent State University majoring in Business.

Daniel James Malson

Daniel is the son of James and Tammy Malson and the grandson of Larry and Sue Miller. Graduate of Buckeye Career Center and Strasburg High School where he participated in Track. He likes to hunt and fish and works part time for Jimita Farms in Strasburg. Daniel will be pursuing an Associate’s Degree at Hocking College in Heavy Equipment Management.



Kylie Sue Rieger

Kylie is the daughter of Kai and Rhea Rieger, and Sheryl Rieger, and the granddaughter of Sue Rieger and the late William Rieger. Graduate from Jackson High School where she was an Athletic Trainer for the football team in the fall and a Track Athlete in the spring. She also was a Freshman Mentor, member of Key Club and Student Council. Kylie will be attending Stark State College in the fall to complete an Associate’s degree. Then she will be finishing her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Akron, in Business Administration. Kylie will be pursuing a career in Healthcare Administration.




Amelia Rhea Clower

Amelia is the daughter of Jeff and Heidi Clower of Summerville, SC and granddaughter of Barb Limbacher. Graduate of the University of North Carolina- Charlotte with a degree in Public Relations. She hopes to work for a public relations agency and eventually work at a cochlear implant or audiology company. She has played soccer for the past four years while attending UNC- Charlotte.



Meghan Emilie Beyrer

Meghan is the daughter of Rob and Krista Beyrer of Milford, Ohio and granddaughter of Barb Limbacher. Graduate of Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati. She is a member of the lab jazz band and jazz ensemble. She plays acoustic and electric guitar and drums. She writes and performs her own music and occasionally performs music gigs around the Greater Cincinnati area. This spring she traveled with the jazz ensemble to Chicago. She is employed at the Musical Art Center and has weekly guitar instructions. In the fall Meghan will attend the University of Cincinnati entering as exploratory/undecided and will be pursuing the University of Cincinnati’s College of Conservatory of Music with a business minor in 2020.



Evan Michael Zingery Preston
Evan is the son of Bob and Tara Preston and the grandson of Terry and Connie Zingery. Graduate of New Philadelphia High School where he participated in the Delphian Chorale, Quaker TV, Track and Swimming. Evan will be attending Kent State University – Main Campus in the fall in Exploratory Studies. He wants to explore all the opportunities that college gives him to further his life and dreams.



Ethan Joseph Raymond Cregan

Ethan is the son of Andrew and Nancy Cregan and the grandson of Ray and Mary Bender. Graduate of Strasburg-Franklin High School where he was a 2017 Golf State Tournament Participant. He participated in Track, Student Council, Prom Committee, Pep Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Strasburg Community Youth Fellowship and the National Honor Society. Ethan will be attending Kent State University and is majoring in Entrepreneurship while growing his Lifestyle Brand, ECregs Outdoors.

Nicolette Cregan

Nicolette is the daughter of Nancy and Andrew Cregan and Granddaughter of Mary and Ray Bender. Graduate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law with her Juris Doctorate (JD). While at Case Western’s Law School she was President of Women’s Law Association and Managing Editor of the Health Matrix Journal of Law Medicine. She was selected as the third-place winner in Division I of the 2018 Public Contract Law Journal Writing Competition for her paper “Grasping Gainsharing: A Business Approach to American Healthcare,” and will be published for her work in the Public Contract Law Journal. After graduation Nicolette plans to work for EY in downtown Cleveland and pursue her passion for both business and law. She said she would not have accomplished any of this without her faith and the love and support from her Parents and Grandparents.



Brandon Ross Goldsmith

Brandon is the grandson of Linda Rusk. Graduate of Tusky Valley High School where he participated in Golf, Basketball, and Baseball and was an honor roll student. He will attend Malone University majoring in Biology and he will also be on the Golf Team.


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5:15p Cong. Care

6:00p Missions

6:30p Council





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