THE VOICE

                                                              MAY 2019

 

Pastor

Jason Rissler

(330) 806-7814

 

E-Mail Address

jasonrissler@gmail.com

 

Youth Sunday School – 8:45 am

 

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

 

 

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


 

For Church updates follow

 

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Christ on Facebook



 

 

 

 

Ushers

 

*Richard Beck, Pat Liggett,

 

Cheryl Feutz & Jerry Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

Greeters

 

 

 

Bonnie Goehring & Deanna Zaugg




 

Seasoned Seniors

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

 

12:00pm

 

 

 

Menu

 

Pulled Pork Sandwich

 

Potato Salad

 

Applesauce

 

Brownie Sundaes

 

Punch & Coffee

 

 

 

Program

 

Tom Patton – Changes to My Town





 

 

Special Dates

To Remember;



 

 

May 2nd

 

National Day of Prayer

 

 

 

May 4th

 

Social Hall Reserved

 

 

 

May 5th

 

1:00p – Ladies Gathering

 

 

 

May 15th - 20th

 

Jodi Vacation

 

 

 

May 16th

 

12:00p – Seasoned Seniors

 

 

 

May 19th

 

Promotion/Graduation Sunday

 

 

 

May 21st

 

Newsletter Deadline

 

 

 

May 27th

 

Office Closed/Memorial Day




 

 

 

Nursery

 

 

May 5th

 

Susan Murphy

 

 

May 12th

 

Susan Murphy

 

 

 

May 19th

 

Susan Murphy

 

 

May 26th

 

Susan Murphy

 

 

 

Acolytes

 

 

May 5th

 

Tessa & Trenton Bitikofer

 

 

May 12th

 

Hunter & Hudson McKenzie

 

 

May 19th

 

Brennan & Evan Rissler

 

 

May 26th

 

Hunter & Kylie McKenzie



 

 

 

Lay Leaders

 

 

May 5th

 

Jim Harper Sr. & Denise Borter

 

 

May 12th

 

Jay Huff & Suzanne Black

 

 

May 19th

 

Laura Smith & Evelyn Smith

 

May 26th

Vickki Hinebaugh & Heather Rissler



The Pastor’s Page

 

 

Christ is Risen, Christ is Alive!

 

On Sunday we joined with believers around the world in celebrating the resurrection of Christ. Alleluia, Christ is risen! In reflecting on the Easter story from the gospel of Luke in my preparation for the Easter message, two words gripped me, “living” and “believe.”

 

As the women approached the tomb on Easter morning, with burial spices in hand, they encountered an empty tomb and two men in white shining clothing. The men asked the women, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” (Luke 24:5) Christ is risen, he wasalive and he is alive today. Jesus didn’t at some later date die again and was buried. No, rather he ascended to heaven and as Romans 8:34 states: “Christ Jesus, who died…who was raised to life – is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”

 

The women then returned to find the 11 disciples and share the news of the empty tomb. Luke says in 24:11, “But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense.”  We know that later Jesus appeared to his disciples and they also believed.

 

The question I found myself asking is, “Do we believe that Jesus is alive?” Do we really believe this? I don’t mean do we believe it enough to recite a statement or creed. But do we really believe this in a way that like the disciples, causes us to re-orient our lives around this message?

 

Believing, as we see in the New Testament is not just an intellectual belief but a belief that is associated with some sort of change or action, it is responding with my life to the story. The Easter story isn’t just a nice and sterile story from history. The Easter story is one that if we truly believe will impact all of our life. Like Peter and the other disciples, it will impact and change us. It will cause us to change our priorities; it will cause us to give our lives. Do we believe?

 

Because Jesus is alive death has been defeated, death has been overcome. We are offered eternal life free from pain and suffering. Our life is more than just our few years on earth. Do you believe?

 

Because Jesus is alive, our sin has been paid for, no longer are animal sacrifices required to cover sin, Jesus the perfect lamb of God paid the price for our sins – if we confess our sins to God, he will forgive us! He redeems the past; he makes the old, new. Do you believe?

 

Because Jesus is alive, his power and promises are available to us.   His word is loaded with promises, “Come to me, all who are weary and I will give you rest.” “Do not worry about tomorrow” “Peace I give to you.” Do you believe?

 

Because Jesus is alive, he invites you and me to follow him each and every day. To obey his teachings: to love one another, to love even our enemies, to forgive as we have been forgiven, to do to others what you would have done to you. Do you believe? Will you follow?

 

Now that Lent and Easter Sunday are in the rear view mirror, let’s not also put the truth that Jesus is alive on the shelf until next year. Rather, let’s allow this truth to grip our hearts all year and let’s allow it to impact all of our lives. Like the Father of the boy Jesus cleansed of the evil spirit we say, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”

 

Peace and blessings,

 

Pastor Jason



 

 


May Birthdays


75 & Older

 

 

05/02                         Rose Gardner

05/03                         Sue Miller

05/26                         Wanda Miller

05/29                         Hank Grove

05/31                         Ken Burgess

            05/31                         Sue Rieger


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



 

 

Communion

 

 

On Sunday April 14th Pastor Jason commissioned Corrine Gerber and Linda Herman to join Wanda Miller and Pat Liggett in the ministry of serving communion to our shut-ins.   Communions are currently served four times a year to our nursing home residents and home bound members.  If you would like to receive communion and are not on this list, please contact the church office.



 

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.

 



VBS STOCK

 

Please buy VBS stock to send a child to Vacation Bible School.


 



Thank You! 


Awesome – Grateful – Thankful

 

Thank you for the generous contributions toward our door replacement project. Funds received will allow us to move forward with this needed maintenance improvement. They also will allow us to move forward with other maintenance and improvements. Thank you to Jason and Shelly Kramer for working with ProVia on door options.

Thank You,

Fred Tuerler

Property Committee, Chairperson

 

 

Dear Church Family,

     Thanks to those of you who sent cards or called on the phone during my recent illness. Also thanks to Pastor Jason for his visit. It was so helpful to me. I’m feeling much better, but I have a couple of hurdles to face with the help of God and my family and my church family.

                             Mary Bender

 

 

Ladies Gathering
Sunday, May 5th at 1:00p

Menu

Baked Chicken – Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Green Beans - Dressing – Broccoli Salad

Fresh Fruit & Dip – Dinner Rolls – Dessert

 

 

 

 

 

American Legion Chicken BBQ

Sunday, May 19, 2019


 

GRADUATES

 

We will be recognizing the graduates in the June newsletter. We would like some information on the graduates including the following:

 

Name of graduate

 

High School attended

 

Any special activities graduate was involved in

 

Name of college student will be attending

 

If attending college, major student will be studying

 

Goals student has set for him/herself in the future

 

Anything else special graduate would like to share about themselves

 

Please include a picture of the graduate!

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to fill this out and for providing the information needed to complete the newsletter!  

 

 

 

Please fill out and return to the church office by May 14th


 

 

 

Our Nursing Home Residents

 

 

New Dawn

 

 

 

Mary Ann Farthing

 

865 E. Iron Ave/Rm 708

 

Dover, OH 44622

 

 

 

Nancy Lyon

 

865 E. Iron Ave/Rm 418

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

Ken Burgess

 

1525 Crater Ave Rm 307

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

  

 May 2019

 

 

 

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

1

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

2

6:00p-Music & Worship

3

 

4

Social Hall Reserved

5

1:00p – Ladies Gathering

6

5:00p Tiger Paw/Outreach

6:30p Board of Christian Ed

 

7

 

8

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

9

 

10

 

11

 

12

 

13

 

14

6:30p Cub Scouts

15

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

 

 

 

Jodi Vacation

16

12:00p Seasoned Seniors

5:15p Cong. Care

6:00p Missions

6:30p Council

Jodi Vacation

17

 

 

 

 

 

Jodi Vacation

18

 

19

Promotion

Graduation

Sunday

20

 

 

 

 

 

Jodi Vacation

21

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Deadline

22

6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir

23

 

24

 

25

 

26

 

27

Office Closed

Memorial Day

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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