Carillon Deadline

The deadline to get information and articles into the next regular issue of the Carillon is Monday, September 11, 2017. Please mark your calendar! This will be for the October Carillon. We want to continue to keep each mailing loaded with information, dates, articles, etc. pertaining to the life of St. John’s. Remember ... you can now send your articles, thank you’s, etc. by E-mail to: church.secretary@doverstjo

The Creed

We’re all searching for something. Sometimes it is easy to find the answer: just type the question into your phone and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are more complicated and the answers more difficult to find. For example: How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Some of these powerful answers are contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs

Starting September 10 and continuing for six weeks, the Pastor’s Sunday School Class will be exploring how the Apostles’ Creed can help us answer the questions of life, reality, and truth. We will examine not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it, and, most importantly, why it matters. Please join us every Sunday morning as we study in depth the core of our Christian beliefs.

Tuscarawas County Walk to End Alzheimer's

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dover Middle School

2131 N. Wooster Ave., Dover, OH 44622

Check-in: 8:30am Opening Ceremonies: 9:30am

Alzheimer’s disease is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death, destroying our families, our finances and our future.

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

For more information on Alzheimer’s, visit or call 1-800-272-3900.

XOO (Christ, Others, Ourselves)

XOO will begin meeting Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 in the Social Hall. XOO is open to all children in grades Kindergarten through 5. To start this year, we will be learning about Jesus through some very cool Bible Science. We will have pizza and salad the first night. Kids will receive emergency forms for parents to fill out and a schedule. So, come join in the fun and fellowship and learning with kids your own age. Friends are also welcome. Stacie and I look forward to another great year!!! 

Attention Parents of Ninth Graders

If you have a child who will be attending the 9th grade this fall and is interested in confirmation, please contact the office at 330-364-4458 or send an email to We will be starting a new class in September.

Youth Group

Youth Group will begin this school year by meeting on August 27 as we welcome new members to the group with games and food (always a staple of youth group). Youth will be asked to be involved with service projects this year, like the Alzheimer’s Walk in at Dover Middle School on Saturday, September 16. If you are a youth from grades 6-12, consider joining in the Sunday night gatherings in the Youth Room from 6 – 7:30.

Chancel Choir Resumes

If you enjoy praising God with singing, laughing and good fellowship, please consider joining St. John’s Chancel Choir for rehearsals on Wednesday evenings @ 7:00PM beginning August 30, 2017.  Our first Sunday to sing during worship services is Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Our goal is to present a variety of musical styles throughout the year that, not only praises God, but in some way, helps to bring the spirit of God into the hearts of the listeners, as well as the singers. We would love to have you join us and help us keep this wonderful ministry alive at St. John’s.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Baker @330-308-9361 or any choir member.


Handbells practice will resume on Sunday, September 10 at 8:00 AM.   Recalling all past ringers and inviting any new ringers to join us. Adults and children grade 6 and up are welcome. Some music knowledge  is helpful, but not mandatory as the music will be numbered and color-coded.  Practices are Sunday mornings and the bell choir presents an anthem in church on the 4th Sunday of the month.  We only ask for a commitment month by month, so members can ring part-time or full-time.  Come try it out!!!

Any questions---call Nancy Smith at 330-364-2195

Men's Bible Study

Men’s Bible Study will meet again beginning Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lounge. We will then meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Come and join in the discussion. If you have any questions, please contact Don Maurer at 330-364-6521.

Golden Oldies

The next meeting of the Golden Oldies will be on Wednesday, September 20, at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Center. The cost is $5.00. You can make your reservation by calling the office at 330-364-4458 or by signing up in the Friendship Register on Sunday mornings.

Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned BUT I Have Several Excellent Excuses!

Have you ever noticed that we feel we have to justify anything and everything we want to do or have done? We attempt to excuse all the bad choices we make with our own free will. We use circumstances, past events, other people, even evil spirits (“the devil made me do it”) to blame for our own sinful ways.

What does the Christian faith have to say about all of this? Come join the Women’s Bible Study as we try to justify our excuses to God. Bible Study will begin on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the Conference Room. This Bible Study is based on the book by James W. Moore who encourages us to seek forgiveness. After all, we are justified not by our eloquent excuses but by the grace of a loving, caring, forgiving God.

Let’s Do Lunch!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 24 from 11:00am - 1:30pm. During the RePurse It Soup Sale, we will be hosting a lunch of soup, sandwich, pie and drink for a bargain price of $6.00. All proceeds will go to the RePurse It program. Stay after church for food and fellowship.

P.S. We would be very appreciative if anyone could donate an apple, peach or cherry pie.

Chiz Rider In Concert

One of America's foremost professional trumpeters, touring and recording artists, CHIZ RIDER, will be appearing in concert. In 2011 he released his ninth album titled, "Live Worship". Chiz is touring with a newly designed concert that incorporates a high impact light show along with large screen video enhancement. This is a concert experience that people of all ages will thoroughly enjoy. While entertaining and professionally done, its focus and goal is to glorify Christ, to present the gospel, and to encourage believers. He will be here at St. John’s on September 24 at 2.00p.m.

St. John’s Cookbook

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Please reserve Sunday, December 3, 11.30-2:00 p.m. on your calendar!!! Be prepared to eat! You are cordially invited - ok, maybe we're just saying you HAVE TO COME - to our Foodie Event. This is an opportunity to smell and taste some of the best food in all the world made by many of you. Part of the featured events for that afternoon is a St. John’s Cookbook Potluck, featuring recipes from the cookbook made by the chefs. If you don't have a world-famous recipe, or lost it, or it died a tragic death in a bizarre cooking incident, we invite you to come and share some tasty food with us. For each prepared delicacy you taste, you will be asked to donate $.01 to $1,000,000 to the Youth Staffing project. The chef with the most donations wins. We will also have the new St. John’s cookbooks available for sale and several silent auction items. (Please consider donating a basket for this silent auction. These baskets make great Christmas presents!)

WE NEED YOUR RECIPES NOW! WE NEED YOUR RECIPES NOW! WE NEED YOUR RECIPES NOW! Did you get it? We need your recipes now. Drop off your recipes at the office or post them through the link on St. John’s Facebook.

Mission Team Returning To Hindman, Kentucky

We are going back to Hindman, KY from October 16 – 21, 2017. We will be helping residents of that area repair their homes to make them safe and dry. We leave on a Monday and return on a Saturday so we will be working on job sites 4 days. We travel by vans with at least one truck pulling a trailer for extra luggage, tools, and supplies. We make several stops along the way so it is an easy drive. We will be staying in the same UMC church with a good kitchen and showers.

If you feel you have no skills, please do not let that stop you from going. As one of our former team members told us after returning home, “When I was invited to go on my first trip, I wondered if I had the necessary skills. It turned out that all that was needed was a willingness to do what I know how to do, and to follow directions to do what was new to me!” We have always come home feeling we received so much more that we gave. The trips are inspirational, fun with lots of laughs, and yes, even some sore muscles.

The cost for this trip is $250 per person but St. John’s will cover $100 of this registration fee. You will need your check for $150 made out to St. John’s UCC into the church office no later than September 8, 2017. This covers all costs for the week except for lunches and dinners while traveling.

For additional information or to have your questions answered, please call John or June Wright at 330-339-5039 or email them at

Altar Flowers & Bulletin Sponsors

Available dates for altar flower sponsors for 2017: March 19; April 2, 9, 30; May 7; June 4, 18, 25; July 9, 23, 30; August 20, 27; September 3, 10, 24; October 15, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17, 31. If any of these dates sound especially important to you, be sure to call or stop in the church office to get it reserved so you can honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion! There are also many dates available for bulletin sponsors. Come in...let’s talk!!