Newsletter

 

                               The Voice


February 2018


  


 

 

 

Pastor

 

Jason Rissler

 

(330) 806-7814

 

 

 

E-Mail Address

 

jasonrissler@gmail.com

 

 

 

Youth Sunday School

 

9:00 am

 

 

 

Worship Service

 

9:30 am

 

 

 

Adult Sunday School

 

10:45 am

 

 

 

Staffed Nursery

 

 

 

 

Church Office Hours

 

 

 

Monday through Thursday

 

 

 

8:30 am – 3:00 pm

 

 

 

Closed for lunch

 

12:00 – 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

 

8:30 am – 12:00pm


 

 

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

 

 

 

Website: www.stjohnuccstrasburg.org

 

 

 

E-Mail Address:

 

stjohnucc@frontier.com

 

 

 

Office Manager

 

Jodi Davis

 

 

 

Office Assistant

 

Corrinne Gerber

 

 

 

Organist

 

Rick Michel 

 

 

Chancel Choir Director

 

Cindy Smith

 

 

 

Handbell Director

 

Becky Reymond

 

 

 

Custodian

 

Gary Garber


 

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Nursery

 

 

 

February 4th

 

Brooke Spinell

 

 

 

February 11th

 

Missy McKenzie

 

 

 

February 18th

 

Pat Liggett

 

 

 

February 25th

 

Brenda Bayer

 

 

 

 

 

Ushers

 

*Harry Wood, Bob Gardner,

 

Ron & Linda Reiger

 

 

 

 

 

Greeters

 

 

 

Bonnie Wood, Fred & Mary Jane Aul

 

 

 

 

 

Acolytes

 

 

 

February 4th

 

Mason Wagner & Brennan Rissler

 

 

 

February 11th

 

Joey & Katie Farthing

 

 

 

February 18th

 

Alexandria Parson & Kylie McKenzie

 

 

 

February 25th

 

Derek & Evan Rissler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lay Leaders

 

 

 

February 4th

 

Cindy Brown & Scouts

 

 

 

February 11th

 

Al & Kathy Osler

 

 

 

February 18th

 

Debbie Burrier & Cole Hutchison

 

 

 

February 25th

 

Kelly Henry & Susan Murphy

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2018

 

Special Dates

 

To Remember;

 

 

 

 

 

February 1st

 

6:00p – Music & Worship

 

 

 

February 4th

 

Scout Sunday/Blanket Sunday

 

 

 

February 5th

 

5:00p – Tiger Paw/Outreach

 

6:30p – Board of Christian Ed

 

 

 

February 11th

 

Delivering Cheerboxes

 

 

 

February 14th

 

6:30p – Ash Wednesday Service UMC

 

 

 

February 15th

 

5:15p – Congregational Care

 

6:00p - Missions

 

6:30p - Council

 

 

 

February 18th

 

Communion

 

 

 

February 19th

 

Office Closed/President’s Day

 

 

 

February 25th

 

Annual Meeting/Blanket Sunday

 

 

 

February 26th

 

6:00p – Blue & Gold Banquet

 

Set-up

 

 

 

February 27th

 

6:30p – Blue & Gold Banquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For me the beginning of the year is a good time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the upcoming one. I took some time and scrolled through St. John’s Facebook page posts and pictures over the past year. It is full of good memories and many ways of seeing God at work. This past year we witnessed new life and death, we laughed and cried but through all of this, we look to and trust God for his work among us.

2017 brought some changes in staff. We said good bye to Bobbie McGinnis in her role as choir director. We welcomed Rick Michel as our organist and welcomed back on staff Cindy Smith as our choir director.

We worshipped together, fellowshipped together and we served together. Guest speakers Tom Patton, Ron Hall, Melissa Young, Al Osler and Jay Huff all blessed us with challenging messages. We ate together at a spring and fall luncheon after church and the ladies had their annual luncheon. The Seasoned Seniors join together monthly to eat and to fellowship. We served together at our Corn Fest booth, Akron Canton Food Bank, and with our continued work through the Tiger Paw Packs program.

Prayer plays an important role in our church and community. This past year we joined with the churches in Strasburg in meeting together quarterly to pray for our community. We also joined again with the community in prayer at the school in the beginning of the school year.

We experienced the generosity of our congregation as we raised money and were able to purchase a new sound system. The Celebration of Music fundraiser organized by the music and worship committee was an enjoyable afternoon of music. We also were able to raise money for much needed new carpet in the upstairs Sunday school room. A bake sale and youth car wash helped with raising this money. A six-week stewardship campaign in September and October, along with stewardship stories from our congregation, challenged us as we think about the resources God has blessed us with.

Our youth have an active and important role in the life of our congregation. They served together, had fun together and learned together.   In addition to weekly Sunday School, the youth joined together in ice skating, distributing cheer boxes to our shut ins, attended the Jerusalem Walk, a summer cook out, day camp at the Wilderness Center, a fall party, 5th quarter parties after home football games, and Christmas caroling followed by making homemade pizza. Youth Sunday was a highlight with Tim Hiller sharing his testimony as a successful quarterback.

The Scouting programs that we host at St. John continue to expand with the addition of a Scout Venturing Crew this past year. The Scouts reach many youth in Strasburg and beyond. This past year Strasburg High School became a host for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes program. Twice a month over 50 youth from our middle and high school join together for bible study and prayer.

We enjoyed worshipping and serving together with all the churches in town through services at Ash Wednesday, Lenten Bible studies, Maundy Thursday and Thanksgiving. The Live Nativity was a joy to host as we joined together with all the churches for this public witness of our Saviors’ birth.

I celebrate the accomplishments and the ways we see God at work. I anticipate all that this coming year might hold for us as a church family. God is able to do far more then we can ever ask or imagine!

In His Service,

Jason Rissler


 


February Birthdays


 

75 & Older

 

 

 

 

Jean Moran                      02/02

 

Ray Bender                       02/03

 

Dorothy Fulton                 02/07

 

Katherine Wells                02/09

 

Marilyn Burgess                02/10

 

Nancy Lyon                       02/11

 

Bill George                         02/19

 

Norma Freitag                  02/26




 

 

 


 


Thank You! 

 

  

 

 

Thank you for all the cards and visits. They were greatly appreciated.

 

God Bless,

 

Lena Hilbert

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the prayers, cards, calls, food and visits during my surgery and recovery. Also thank you to everyone who sent cards, gave gifts, and well wishes for the Holidays. I couldn’t ask for a more thoughtful, caring church.

 

Thank you,

 

Jodi

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for the cards and the gifts I really appreciate your kindness.

 

Thank you,

 

Corrinne

 

 

 

 

 

A great big "thank you" for the cards, notes and the generous Christmas gifts. We truly feel blessed and appreciated.  It is a joy to serve God together with you here at St. John UCC.  Looking forward to all that God has in store in this upcoming year! 

 

Pastor Jason and Heather Rissler


 

 

 

 

Annual Meeting 

Sunday, February 25, 2018

 



 

Dear Friends at St. John,

 

            At this point, I’m not sure who is still with you who might remember Don and Sue Klohr. But I know they had so many friends they have spoken of so fondly over the years. So I am sending along this notice that Sue died in September. She was 91 years old and died a couple of weeks after her birthday. So if any of her peers remember her, they will want to know – Mom and Dad were there from 1950 to 1959. I was 8 years old when we left, but still have clear, happy memories of Strasburg. My dearest memory is that there were so many folks who were “aunts” and “uncles”.

 

                   With fond memories,

 

Ann (Klohr) Pearson

 

The Funeral Card/Bulletin is hanging on the Church Board



 

Lenten Study and Worship

 

Once again the churches of Strasburg are joining together over Lent for various worship services and Bible studies.  The times together are a beautiful opportunity to join together as the Body of Christ in Strasburg.  

 

Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 14th 6:30 at the Strasburg United Methodist Church.

 

Maundy Thursday Meal and Communion - Thursday, March 29th, First Lutheran

 



Lenten Bible Studies

 

Theme:  Jesus Brings New Life, Examples from Jesus' ministry, each week we will also highlight a local Strasburg ministry.

 

February 18, 6:30 pm - First Lutheran Church

 

February 25, 6:30 pm - Led by Lighthouse, held at Strasburg UMC

 

March 4, 6:30 pm - St. John UCC

 

March 11, 6:30 pm - Strasburg UMC

 

March 18, 6:30 pm - Cross Connections, held at the Wardell Building, 840 S. Wooster Ave.



 

Scout Sunday

 

Next Sunday, February 4th is Scout Sunday.  We look forward to having the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venturing Crew with us and participating in our morning worship service.  


 

 

 

Souperbowl of Caring

 

Sunday, February 4 is Souperbowl Sunday.  The Souper Bowl of Caring utilizes Super Bowl weekend in America to mobilize young people to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities. Your donations will support the work of the Tiger Paw Pack program.



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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 Edwards

 

5799 N. Wooster Ave Rm 601

 

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 4

 

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

 

 

Nancy Lyon

 

1529 Crater Ave/#18G

 

Dover, OH 44622

 


Apartments on the Park Village Campus

 

Doris Straub

 

1529 Crater Ave. Apt. 12G

 

Dover, OH 44622

 

 

Dorothy Fulton

 

1529 Crater Ave. Apt. 54H

 

Dover, OH 44622

 

 

Betty L. Ickes

 

1529 Crater Ave. Apt. #51H

 

Dover, OH 44622

 

234-801-4384

 

 

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

 

 

Windsor Medical Center

 

Marge Jossi

 

1454 E. Maple Street/Rm 2441

 

North Canton, OH 44720



 

 



 


 


 

FEBRUARY 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1

6:00p Music & Worship

2

 

3

 

4

Scout Sunday

 

Souperbowl Sunday

5

5:00p Tiger Paw/Outreach

6:30p Bd of Christian Ed

7:00p Scouts

6

6:00p Girl/Cub Scouts

7

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

8

 

9

 

10

 

11

Delivering Cheerboxes

12

7:00p Scouts

13

 

14

6:30p Venture Crew

 

6:30p Ash Wednesday Service UMC

15

5:15p Cong. Care

6:00p Missions

6:30p Council

16

 

17

 

18

Communion

19

7:00p Scouts

 

Office Closed/President’s Day

20

6:00p Girl/Cub Scouts

 

Newsletter Deadline

21

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

22

 

23

 

24

 

25

Annual Meeting

 

Blanket Sunday

26

6:00p Blue & Gold Banquet Set-up

 

7:00p Scouts

27

6:30p Blue & Gold Banquet

28

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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