Rise and Shine Service

On Sunday, January 6, 2019 we will be adding an 8:00 a.m. service.  We are calling this service “Rise and Shine”.  The service will be in the     fellowship center and only last 30 minutes.  It will have two songs, a message, and a prayer and be led in a very relaxed atmosphere.  Individuals      attending this service will enjoy their coffee while the service is being conducted.  If you are a person that struggles with standing up and sitting down, please come.  If you are a person that can’t sit for a full hour but still want a message, please come.

If you are a young family that has sporting events but still want to come to church, please come. Come in your ball uniforms, jeans or whatever is most comfortable.

Homeless Awareness

It’s that time again! If you happen to drive by the church (and we hope you will) on the evening of February 9 through the morning of February 10 and you see our boxes and a fire…well, the youth group is back with their Homeless Awareness Lock-out. If you stop by (and please, do so), bring us your donations and chat with the youth who have committed to this annual event. The homeless in our community are not going away. There are more of them than ever before. So again, our youth are doing something to raise awareness and help.

What does this have to do with you? We ask that you drive into the parking lot and make a donation to the Friends of the Homeless of food, blankets, cleaning supplies, personal toiletry items, or cash to help support this very worthwhile project. For our youth, we ask for contributions of hot food (like soup), hot chocolate, snacks, and your prayers.

Who knows what weather February will bring? Last year we slept in boxes in the building due to rain. What we do know is that no matter the weather, the youth of St. John’s will be on the front lawn because they are committed to this mission. Will you help support the youth of our church one more time as they try to make life a little better for those who aren’t so blessed?

Book Club, Meet Book Club

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows outlines the travails and triumphs of the inhabitants of the Isle of Guernsey during the World War II German occupation.  You will get to know and appreciate the members of the Society quite well as they make their way through this incredibly difficult time with the help of humor and friendship.  Join the Bad Girls Book Club on January 14, 2019 at 6:30 in the Conference Room to investigate the inner workings of a different kind of book club.

What Can You Get For A Quarter?

For only one quarter, 25 cents, you can provide a meal to one of the 600 or so weekly recipients at our local Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry.  Just think what you could provide for a more sizeable donation.  Throughout the month of January, St. John’s has traditionally donated to the Food Pantry so please consider a contribution to this worthwhile cause. You can use the pew envelopes and mark them “Food Pantry.”  No one deserves to be hungry.

Fingerprints Of God

“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31)

All God’s creation reflects God’s personal goodness. The God who raised mountains and set the mighty waves in motion wants you to feel that tender touch of God. While we cannot feel that touch skinon-skin, God’s touch is always personal. God’s essential touch separates us from other created beings. God’s touch warms, affirms, and guides us; it communicates value and self-esteem.

The Women’s Bible Study is starting a new series beginning January 8, 2019. We will be watching and discussing a DVD by our favorite author, Jennifer Rothschild, entitled Fingerprints of God. We meet every Tuesday at 2:00 pm in the Conference Room. Everyone is welcome. Even if you can’t make it to all the sessions, please come when you can. All opinions are valued.

I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me

Boy, isn’t that a true statement! Most of the time, the reason we like someone is because you have so many things in common with that person. But, what about the person you just can’t seem to “relate” to. Sometimes true connections with others can seem an unreachable ideal – but it doesn’t have to be. Beginning Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 9:00 am., the Pastor’s Sunday School Class will start a 6-week series by John Ortberg; I’d Like You More if You Were More Like Me.

This is a study about getting close to one another. It’s about developing the kind of relationships that challenge us, sharpen us, support us, and grow us. It’s about building the kind of relationships that God wants us to have with others and God wants to have with us. Make a New Year’s Resolution to come to Sunday School!

Parish Visitors

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019, following Golden Oldies (about 12:30), the Parish Visitors will meet in the Fellowship center to reorganize for the new year. We need your help! At present we have 25 members who are in extended care facilities and many who are home-bound on either a permanent or a temporary basis. These members are eager to see a friendly face and to hear what’s going on at church. It only takes about an hour a month to brighten someone’s day and share the love of God. Please consider being a Parish Visitor. If you have any questions, call Pastor Dotty.

Offering Envelopes Available

2019 Offering Envelopes are now available in the Fellowship Center.  Please stop by and pick them up at your convenience.

Altar Flowers & Bulletin Sponsors 2019

Forms are now available in the church office (also in your December Carillon) if you would like to sponsor altar flowers or bulletins in  2019.  Stop in and pick up a form to get your date reserved.

Annual Report

Reminder to all Committee Chairs, Class Leaders and Department Chairs that it is time to begin preparations for your year-end reports for the 2018   Annual Report.  Reports will need to be turned in to the church office no later than Friday, January 4, 2019.

Volunteer Needed for Aluminum Cans

We need a volunteer to check on the aluminum can bin every couple weeks to make sure it is not over-flowing and to take the cans to the recycle facility as needed (usually every couple months).  This bin is located behind the church.  Please check in with the church office or speak with Pastor Tom for further details.

Stewardship Pledge Cards

Pledge cards for 2019 are now available in the pews and in the church office.

Annual Congregational Meeting

The annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 27, 2019 following the worship service.  We will be voting on the new Church Council members.  Please plan to attend.


Needles & Hookers: Resumes on Monday,  January 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm in the Lounge.

Women’s Bible Study:  Resumes on Tuesday,  January 8, 2019 at 2:00pm in the Conference Room.

Men’s Bible Study:  Resumes on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and January 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the Lounge (then first & third Tuesday of each month).

Annual Report:  Year-end reports from all Committee Chairs, Class Leaders and Department Chairs will be due on Friday, January 4, 2019.