St. John's United Church of Christ 

285 West National Drive ● Newark, Ohio 43055 ● (740) 323-2407

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Pastor's Message

Streaming Prayer Services

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Live from St. John's UCC Chapel. Join us for our Streaming Prayer Services:

Live streamed on St. John's YouTube channel:

  • Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

    A time to worship and to share your prayers and concerns.



Special Services and Holidays

    Please go to Calendar of Events

Radio Services

  • The River 89.3FM
  • WCLT 98.7FM

Holy Communion

    See our calendar

All Sunday School Classes & Childcare

  • Youth Sunday School - during the 11:00 a.m. service
  • Adult Classes - 9:00 a.m.
  • Childcare - Childcare is available at 10:45 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. service.

Office Hours (by appointment only)
~Call and leave a message at 740-323-2407~

Anita Chirdon, Administrative Assistant

Dear members and friends of St. John’s:

A thunderstorm broke out in the middle of a worship service just as the choir finished its anthem. "Sounds like hail," the minister said as he began his sermon.

"Get off our backs," the choir director stood up and shouted. "We weren’t that bad!"

On Sunday, July 18th at the 11:00 service, something sure looked different when I stepped up to the pulpit to begin my sermon. There were people in the choir loft!

Then I rubbed my eyes a couple of times and realized they were members of the choir. They came to perform an anthem, of all things. You do remember those, don’t you?

When Todd lifted his right arm to direct them, and they began to sing, it sure sounded like heaven to me. Do you realize that the last time there was singing from that part of the church, was in March of 2020?

  1. Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.
  2. Worship the LORD with gladness;
    come into his presence with singing.
  3. Know that the LORD is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;*
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
  4. Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.
  5. For the LORD is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

So if you haven’t yet been back inside for worship, and you are comfortable doing so, why not come and join us for one of the 11:00 services in August? You can even crack open one of our Chalice Hymnals and make some joyful noises of your own.

Better yet, why not talk to Mr. Todd about taking a place in the choir loft when we resume having anthems? As for me, it would be best if I stick to preaching. You never know what it might sound like if I attempted to sing.

Besides that, our choir director needs me again to do one of the most important jobs I do around here - push the button on the keyboard for accompaniment.

In Christ’s love,

Rev. Mark.

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