MAY 2019



Jason Rissler

(330) 806-7814


E-Mail Address


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




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


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Bonnie Goehring & Deanna Zaugg


Seasoned Seniors





Thursday, May 16, 2019








Pulled Pork Sandwich


Potato Salad




Brownie Sundaes


Punch & Coffee






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







May 5th


Susan Murphy



May 12th


Susan Murphy




May 19th


Susan Murphy



May 26th


Susan Murphy







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






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.




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


Baked Chicken – Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Green Beans - Dressing – Broccoli Salad

Fresh Fruit & Dip – Dinner Rolls – Dessert






American Legion Chicken BBQ

Sunday, May 19, 2019




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






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















6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir


6:00p-Music & Worship




Social Hall Reserved


1:00p – Ladies Gathering


5:00p Tiger Paw/Outreach

6:30p Board of Christian Ed





6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir












6:30p Cub Scouts


6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir




Jodi Vacation


12:00p Seasoned Seniors

5:15p Cong. Care

6:00p Missions

6:30p Council

Jodi Vacation







Jodi Vacation













Jodi Vacation






Newsletter Deadline


6:00p Bells

7:00p Choir










Office Closed

Memorial Day













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