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Strengthen the Church Offering to be Collected May 20

On May 20, 2018, the Strengthen the Church offering will be collected at St. John’s UCC.  The offering supports the expansion of ministry and growth of UCC local congregations and will help the UCC fulfill its commitment to creating a … Continue reading

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A Litany for Earth Day, April 22, 2018 (John 10:11-18)

One:      Dear God, This is our thanks for the colors of the earth. Many:    For the browns and golds and greens of the earth. For the white snow on the mountains and fields of lavender. One:    … Continue reading

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Samaritan’s Purse: Reaching Millions of Young Hearts

A recent communication received from Franklin Graham states:  “In more than 100 countries, Samaritan’s Purse is working to teach precious boys and girls about Jesus through The Greatest Journey–our discipleship program for children who receive Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.  … Continue reading

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Christ Among Us (Luke 24:36b-48)

It seems obvious to us, now, after centuries of practice, that it is in a shared meal that communion is found.  We understand that there is something in the Lord’s Supper that binds everyone wherever and whenever it is offered.  … Continue reading

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Marks of Faith (John 20:19-31)

How do you define “success?”  When you imagine your own personal success does that translate into how you imagine the success of institutions you care about?  How do we know, for example, if a church is “successful?”  It might be … Continue reading

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Calling All Ladies!!

A short get-away is planned this spring.  Pastor Carol, along with Dotty Hartzell and Belinda Lentz from St. John’s UCC, Dover, Ohio, will be facilitating a gathering to be held at Templed Hills, our UCC church camp at Bellville, OH. … Continue reading

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Operation Christmas Child Update

The shoeboxes that we collected at Christmastime were part of a delivery to 27,506 children in Belize.  Belize has 360,000 people and is located on the eastern coast of Central Africa.  Thirty-four percent of the population is 14 years or … Continue reading

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Food Pantry in Need of Supplies

You will notice that the food pantry shelves empty out quickly, especially after the third Saturday distribution takes place.  Out of our abundance, we need to meet the needs of others.  On a Sunday morning, open your cupboard door and … Continue reading

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This Week at St. John’s UCC

Centering Words for Sunday, April 15: Sin or righteousness?  Doubt or belief?  These are questions raised by today’s texts.  Are we afraid when Jesus appears unexpectedly in our lives?  How strong are our beliefs and desire to follow?  Are we … Continue reading

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Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen

If you would like to volunteer for helping serve at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Lima on Tuesday,  May 22,  please sign up on the bulletin board in the sanctuary.  Helpers are always welcome.

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