Activities and Announcements for week of August 7, 2022

Sunday, August 7

9:30 AM    Worship/Communion 

Monday, August 8 - Carillon Deadline

11:00 AM.    FLOCK

12:30 PM.    Zoom - A Bigger Table

7:00 PM.     Boy Scouts

Tuesday, August 9

6:30 PM      Cub Scouts/Webelos

6:30 PM.     Elders/Trustees

7:30 PM.     Council

Wednesday, August 10

1:00 PM.     Card Party @ 4th and Faith


Thursday, August 11

Friday, August 12 - Office Closed

Saturday, August 13

5PM-8PM.    Cruise In in the parking lot

Sunday, August 14

9:30 AM      Tent Service on the front lawn




August 7th Worship & August 8th Zoom Luke 15:1-32


We will have a Zoom discussion on Monday from 12:30-1:15 pm to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions about the scripture and the sermon (i.e., Did you say…? - Why? - Why didn’t you mention…? – I thought this passage was about….) and discuss our worship experience, offer thoughts and feelings about the week’s reading, or simply spend a little more time together considering what is holy in our lives. This has been a wonderfully, enlivening, inspiring and thought-provoking gathering! This is the last chance to offer your advice, opinions and seek to expand your understanding of church growth.


The three parables in the passage from Luke’s gospel form a trio of “lost and found” stories. Building a bigger table may require that we don’t just add from our own, but share a place with those who have been forgotten or excluded. Most difficult, perhaps, is remembering that both the rebellious son and the loyal brother were invited to share the banquet table.


Questions to ponder:

· What makes you hesitant to talk about growth from this perspective?

· Do you still think standing quietly in the middle is a helpful ministry?

· How can we defend the dignity of all people without vilifying those who deny the dignity and rights of others?

· What within you is functioning as a barrier to the bigger table? What can you do about that?


The Zoom Link for this engaging opportunity is: A Bigger Table Discussion and Reflection Zoom Meeting Time: Monday 12:30-1:15pm: Via the WWW:             Via the phone: (301) 715-8592


Choir Director

St. John’s has begun reaching out in search of the next Choir Director. If you know of someone who might be interested or know someone who might know someone who might be interested, please encourage them to contact Rev. Jeff via the church office. If the candidate desires, this role could be expanded to include music ministry at Fourth & Faith. 


Attention Parents of Ninth Graders

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


Card Party

At our Fourth & Faith facility on Wednesday, August 10:  1 pm - 4 pm  $8.00 includes food. Please contact Bev Smith at 330-343-2231. Benefits the Cancer Care Bags.


Church Office Hours

Please note that the church office will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday—Thursday. The Office is closed on Fridays. The summer hours will last through September 6.


Blessing of Friendships/Cancelled 

The Blessing of Friendships for August 14 has been cancelled.

Tent Service

Sunday, August 14 @ 9:30 am Worship -- Hope you can join us for this special event out on our front lawn.   


Carillon Deadline

The deadline to get information and articles into the next regular issue of the Carillon is Monday, August 8, 2022.  Please mark your calendar!  This will be for the September 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:


Depression Era Cross Country Travel…With Giraffes

Based on a true story, but highly fictionalized, West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge is the tale of two young giraffes who miraculously survive a hurricane while crossing the Atlantic heading for the San Diego Zoo.  Finishing the last very long leg of their journey, the giraffes are accompanied by Woodrow “Woody” Nickel, the inexperienced driver of their custom truck, a crusty old man with a past, a young female photographer with a secret, and assorted Dust Bowl reprobates as they make their way across the country. Join the Bad Girls on Monday, September 12 at 6:30 in the Conference Room to fall in love with the characters in West with Giraffes, especially the giraffes.

FLOCK (Free Lunch fOr Christ’s Kids) & Blessing Box 

   St. John’s is providing free brown bag lunches for children and adults in the church neighborhood and beyond that began Monday, June 6. We will continue each Monday through August 22 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.  The need is still there, and we will be out there helping feed those in need this summer. 

   You can help by making donations of sandwich bags, snack sized bags, bags of carrots or fruit, small bags of chips, applesauce or pudding cups, granola bars or bottled water. Cash donations are also accepted.

   Also, the Blessing Box will continue to be filled with food. As I am sure you all know, groceries are much more expensive these days. Costs for the box have risen dramatically. The box is being used daily. Donations of laundry soap, peanut butter and jelly, cereals, granola bars, canned spaghetti-o’s, spaghetti sauce and noodles, canned fruit and vegetables, bread and applesauce cups would be appreciated. Please, no bags of beans. 

 These are two important missions of St. John’s. Let’s continue our good works.