Carillon Deadline

The deadline to get information and articles into the next regular issue of the Carillon is Monday, October 9, 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:

Update Military Lists

St. John’s will be honoring all veterans in our worship service on Sunday, November 12. We will also publish our list of veterans that day. If you would like to update or add a name to our list, contact the church office, no later than November 1, at 330-364-4458 or Please include which branch of the military and the years that were served.

Girls’ Night Out: Weave a Christmas Basket

Attention Ladies of St. John’s: Looking for a night out with some of your St. John’s sisters? Ever wanted to try something new? Want to try your hand at basket weaving? Here is your chance. On Tuesday, October 24, join us in the social hall at 7:00 PM. Belinda Lentz will meet you there and lead you in weaving a Christmas basket. You need to bring an old towel, some clip type clothespins, a plastic dishpan (if you have one), an awl/ice pick (if you have one), a pair of scissors, $25.00 for materials cost, your good spirits, and a willingness to have some fun. Call the church office by October 19 to reserve a spot. Class is limited to 12. Hope to see you there.

The Road To Hell

We’ve all heard that old saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Most of us do have good intentions. We don’t set out to lead a sinful life. But, somehow on the path to heaven we get side tracked by such things as ambition, jealousy, arrogance, hostility, and deceptiveness. The thing is, we have really good reasons for all the wrong turns we took. They sound good to us, but is God buying it?

Come join us every Tuesday at 2:00 pm. in the Conference Room as the Women’s Bible Study takes a deep look at the book by James Moore, Yes, Lord, I Have Sinned but I Have Several Excellent Excuses. Are our excuses leading us on a path to God or on the road to hell?

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells

Have you started your shopping yet? It’s Time for Operation Christmas Child!

Once again, St. John’s will be collecting shoe boxes filled with toys and gifts for under-privileged children throughout the world; in some of the most remote regions of the world. Each shoe box is a tangible expression of God’s love for boys and girls in desperate need of hope.

This year St. John’s will again provide the shoe boxes for you to fill. Starting October 1, they will be available at the front entrance and in the vestibule. Inside each box will be a list of suggested gifts and a note you can fill out to send to the child who will receive your box.

The shipping cost this year has risen to $9.00. HOWEVER, we are asking you to include only $5.00 for each box you fill. The remainder of the shipping fee will be paid by St. John’s from monies left to us by Ruth Rausch. We will also be attaching shipping labels that will allow us to track our boxes so we will know to what part of the world they are sent.

What a wonderful way to show the true meaning of Christmas: by sharing our blessings with others. All gift-filled boxes must be returned to the office by Wednesday, November 15. Help us reach our goal this year of 160 boxes.

Trunk or Treat

On Saturday, October 28 from 5-7pm the Board of Christian Education will be hosting a Trunk or Treat. A Trunk or Treat is a family friendly alternative to door-todoor trick or treating. All participating vehicles will be parked in the side parking lot. We will open our trunks or back of vehicles and have them decorated by a theme to match your costume or decorated for fall. We will pass out candy from the vehicles to the costumed children traveling from vehicle to vehicle. A sign-up sheet will be available in the Fellowship Center for donations of candy and participating vehicles. We are looking forward to providing a safe family environment for children.

One Book, One Community, and Bad Girls

The Bad Girls Book club will once again be reading the Tuscarawas County One Book, One Community selection in October. This year’s book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio. It’s the story of a facially deformed boy who will attend school for the first time when he’s in fifth grade. How he endeavors to fit in with the rest of the class, how he teaches the others that he and they have more in common than they suspect, and how he manages to gain affection and respect from his classmates make for a fascinating tale. Join the Bad Girls on Monday, October 9 at 6:30 in the Conference Room for another heartwarming discussion.

Golden Oldies

The next meeting of the Golden Oldies will be on Wednesday, October 18, 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.

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.

Food Pantry Reminder

This is a reminder that our church will be volunteering at the Dover/Phila Food Pantry on Friday, October 27, from 9:30 until 12:00. If you have signed up to volunteer and are unable to make it, please contact Sue Febrache at 330-364- 6132.

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!!