Activities and Announcements for week of May 22, 2022

Sunday, May 22

9:00 AM.     Sunday School

10:30 AM    Worship

7:30 PM       Bells Practice        

Monday, May 23

11:00 AM   Yoga Class

2:00 PM.    Women's Bible study

7:00 PM.    Boy Scouts

7:00 PM.    Barbershop Chorus

Tuesday, May 24

6:30 PM     Cub Scouts/Webelos

Wednesday, May 25

3:00 PM     Yoga Class

7:00 PM.    Chancel Choir

7:00 PM     Men's Bible Study


Thursday, May 26

Friday, May 27

Saturday, May 28

Sunday, May 29

9:00 AM      Sunday School

10:30 AM    Worship

7:30 PM.     Bells Practice

Holiday Closing

The Church Office & Building will be closed on Monday, May 30 in celebration of Memorial Day.


It Takes a Village

We had a small village working on our landscaping during one sunny day in May.  Thanks to Barb Lengler, Jen Conkle, Barb Hren, Laura Brown, Kim and Scott Thomson, Rod Showers, Rudy Tschantz, Dave and Jane Gingrich, Dan Hurst, and Adam Herman.  There are others, including Beth Showers, and John and June Wright, who were not able to come on the organized day but who maintain beds throughout the growing season.  Our beautiful landscaping is a big job and all who help out are very much appreciated.  


We’re Proud of You! 

We will be honoring all high school and college graduates along with our scholarship recipients on Sunday, June 5.  Everyone is welcome.  Please plan on attending to congratulate these fine students on all their hard work. There will be a reception in the Fellowship following the service. 

NOTE:  If you are a graduate or the parent of a graduate, contact the church office at 330-364-4458 or We don’t want to miss anyone so please don’t assume that we already know.  


Chocolate Walk

The Chocolate Walk is back!! Once again, St. John’s will be one of the Sweet Stops. The event will be held on Saturday, June 11 from 5-8:00 PM. We need your help. We are asked to provide 250 pieces of chocolate. Each donation must be wrapped individually before you bring it to the church. It does not matter what kind of chocolate you share. We would appreciate your donations by end of the workday on Friday, June 10 in the Conference Room. We will be set up in the Narthex. Tickets for the event are available at the Dover Public Library, The Emporium and Magic Mugs for $20. This is a fun event for Dover and proceeds will benefit the Canal Dover Book Festival. Hope to see you there!


Celebration of Life 

A Celebration of Life for Bill Shell will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 6 pm to 8 pm at The Ernest Warther Museum & Gardens. All are welcome to help celebrate his life, which included 50 years of devotion to St. John's UCC Chancel Choir.  Please come & spend the evening at a very special place that he enjoyed.

Thank you

Sheila Harmon & family


Yoga Class Schedule 

Monday May 23 – 11:00 am 

Wednesday May 25 – 3:00 pm

Reminder: Wear comfortable clothes. If you would like to do some regular yoga, bring your own mat and Rod can help you with that too.


Wrapping Up for The Summer

A note that the following groups will be wrapping up their meetings for the summer and will meet again in the fall:

· Sunday School classes

· Bad Girls Book Club 

· Needles & Hookers 

· Women’s Bible Study will have their last meeting on Monday, May 23.

· Men’s Bible Study will meet one last time on Wednesday, May 25.

Be sure to watch for information on start-up dates for the fall!!


Summer Hours for Church Office

Please note that the church office will be adjusting the hours of   operation for the summer.  The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The summer hours will take effect June 5 and run through September 6.   



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

Once again, St. John’s will be providing free brown bag lunches for children and adults in the church neighborhood and beyond beginning June 5. We will continue each Monday through August 22 from 11:00am through 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.


Summer Worship Schedule

Summer Worship will be held at 9:30 a.m. every Sunday beginning June 5 and running through September 11. 


Rev. Richard Plant

Rich Plant served as Associate Minister here at St. John’s from 1999 - 2001. I would ask that you keep Rich and his family in your thought and prayers. As I write this, Rich is in the hospital and has been diagnosed with Leukemia and has started chemo. As of Mother’s Day, he was not doing well with two infections. The family asks that there be no calls to him and no cards to the hospital. 

You may send cards to his house, and the family will deliver them to him. 

His home address is: 

3252 22nd St., Canton

OH 44708


St. John’s LOL

Due to a variety of reasons and after a great deal of consideration, the Board of Christian Education has decided to not have a traditional VBS again this summer. However, we are excited to invite the ENTIRE CHURCH to join us once again on the lawn for St. John’s LOL (Laugh on the Lawn). The entire church means each and every one of you, no matter your age, whether you have little kids, big kids or no kids at all. Dates for this year’s LOL are:

June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20. 

We will begin at 6:00 and hang out until 8:00 or until we all go home. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join us for a night, or two, or four of fun and fellowship.Each Wednesday evening will include dinner, a short bible lesson (similar to a children’s message), a take home craft, lawn games and lots of chances for laughter. We hope to see you there!