January 21 - 28, 2023

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Worship Sunday

January 22

 “Jesus Revealed – I Am the Vine.”

Preacher: Rev. Steve Stultz Costello

Scripture: John 15:1-7, John 15:8-17

In-Person: 8:30 Traditional, 10:30 Modern

Livestream Link for 8:30am 

Livestream Link for 10:30am 

Watch via Facebook Live

Worship Resources:

Sunday School Opportunities

  • Sunday School activities for all ages 9:30am-10:30am, Gathering Area and Chapel. Stay as long as you like. Bible story at 10:00 am.
  • Nursery Care & Preschool Sunday School (up to age 5), during worship in Room 18.
  • Youth Sunday School for grades 6-12, 9:45am in the Youth Room
  • Adult Sunday School opportunities are listed on the church calendar/website.

Worship at Crystal Park UMC:

Traditional Worship at 11 a.m. | 2219 Mahoning Rd NE, Canton, 44705

Preacher: Rev. Paul White

Sermon: Unity In Christ

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 

Wednesday Night Dinner Worship

January 25 I Am the Vine Reflection

An evening of fun, food, faith and fellowship 5:45-6:30pm!

Leave the cooking to us and enjoy a great meal and mid-week worship! We strive to serve healthy adult and kid friendly, gluten-free, low carb, and peanut/tree nut free options each week. A great time to connect with others. 

Groups and activities for adults, youth and kids follow worship. Childcare where little ones learn about God is available during adult groups.

Jesus Revealed Worship and Study Series

Discover Jesus' character through the "I Am" statements found in the Gospel of John. These are statements that Christ made about himself to teach us who he is! We can't wait to journey through "Jesus Revealed" with you. Visit our website for details.

NEW Church Office Hours

Effective January 1, 2023

8:30am-4:30pm Monday- Thursday

Closed Friday

The church building will still be open but Staff will work remotely and the office will be closed. 

Safe Sanctuary Orientation and Renewal

January 26 at 2:00 pm via Zoom

If it has been a year since you last attended and/or you are interested in serving with children, youth and vulnerable adults please be sure to attend. Please contact Kathy Schmucker or a member of the Safe Sanctuary ministry group to participate.

The next New Member Sunday will be February 26

If you are interested in becoming a member or learning more about church membership, contact Pastor Steve, Pastor Jake, or Kathy Schmucker.

Changes to our Church Staff

Amanda Englehart, our office Administrative Assistant, is leaving Faith United to pursue an accounting position. Her last day is January 23. While we look for a new staff member, we have Beth Wilson, Julie Kirker, and Sue Schillings filling in as interims. Joe Andrews is taking over the website content duties.

They can be contacted via shared email, adminassistant@faithumchurch.org.

For Navigator, Announcements and other communication/marketing requests, please email communications-team@faithumchurch.org.

At Faith United we care for one another! We care about those worshiping in person and online. We care about those who are out and about and we care about those who are homebound, in nursing homes, or in Senior Living facilities.

Do you know someone who is homebound or living in a nursing home and connected with our congregation? We are currently in the process of launching a new version of visitation ministry, and want to make sure that our lists are up to date! For someone to be added to the list, please follow this process: 

Step 1: If the individual is not you, check with the individual about being added to our Homebound or Nursing Home / Senior Living lists. Let them know that this provides increased opportunity for one of our (soon to be) visitation team members to visit them, bring them communion, etc. In addition, this will make sure that they are on the pastor lists for visitation. 

Step 2: That individual, or a member of that individual's family, will then call the church office and request to be added to the list. The church office will then confirm contact information for that person including an address and phone number. 

In addition, if you would like to be a member of our visitation team, please reach out to Pastor Jake! This is a great way to serve God and the Church!

Group Leaders. Child Care Providers. Committee Members. Worship Team Leaders. Office Ministry Volunteers. Hospitality Ministry Volunteers. ALL Volunteers in any and all areas of Church life are encouraged to attend our annual leadership training!

Faith United could not do all that we do without your leadership! We want to make sure that you are equipped and empowered in the best ways for 2023.

The annual leadership training is an important opportunity to remember best practices, to learn about changes, and to do the best we can to serve the community God has entrusted to us!

Adult Connect Groups

Get connected at Faith United, Winter and Lent groups are now forming! Contact Kathy Schmucker for information on starting, or participating in an adult group.

  • The Book of Acts, Monday Night Bible Study, 6:30pm, Ron Luikart, Parlor/Zoom
  • Jesus Revealed, Tuesday Women's Group, 6:30pm Zoom, Sue Bell and Sue Schillings
  • Second Wind, Everybody's Got a Story, 1:00pm, Feb 14, Joann Fox, Tom and Betsy Douce
  • The Lord's Prayer, Wednesday Women's Group, 9:00am, Linda Reynolds
  • Sewing for Missions, Wednesday, February 1, 6:30pm Coordinator: Sue Bell
  • After Dinner Table Talk, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Room 5
  • Jesus Revealed, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Conference Room/Zoom, Pastor Steve
  • Faith 101, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Parlor
  • The Gospel of Matthew, Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Feb 1, Pastor Jake
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry, Thursdays, 1:00pm, Coordinator: Mike Flechtner, Parlor
  • Theology for Our Times, Fridays, 1:00pm, Coordinator: Tom Strauch, Zoom 
  • Resilient, Men's Life Study, 8:00am, Jan 21, Beyesly's Restaurant, Jim Skinner
  • Common Ground - Mom's Group, 9:45-10:25am, Sundays, Rebekah Heskett and Bethany Sedziol, Nursery
  • The End of Me: Where Real-Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins, Sundays, 9:45-10:45am starts January 29, Bob Snyder, Conference Room/Zoom
  • Through the Year with John Wesley - Text group with Pastor Steve & Pastor Jake

Click here or scan for more details about all the group opportunities and programs happening at Faith United. 

Explore some great resources for your spiritual journey!

Amplify Media is a video library with 1,000's of videos for adults, youth and kids to view from your phone, tablet, computer, or tv. These resources can be used for individual or group studies, and has a special section just for kids! Follow these instructions to access your free account. Contact Kathy Schmucker, Spiritual Formation Director.

Faith and Environment Weekly

A Corpse of Aspen

Remembering that our environment is both beautiful and science

Binsey Poplars, Felled 1879. Gerard Manley Hopkins

My aspens dear, whose airy cages quelled,

Quelled or quenched in leaves the leaping sun,

All felled, felled, are all felled;

Of a fresh and following folded rank Not spared, not one

That dandled a sandalled

Shadow that swam or sank

On meadow and river and wind-wandering weed-winding bank.

O if we but knew what we do

When we delve or hew –

Hack and rack the growing green!

Since country is so tender

To touch, her being so slender,

That, like this sleek and seeing ball But a prick will make no eye at all,

Where we, even where we mean

To mend her we end her,

When we hew or delve:

After-comers cannot guess the beauty been.

Ten or twelve, only ten or twelve Strokes of havoc unselve

The sweet especial scene,

Rural scene, a rural scene,

Sweet especial rural scene.

The Takeaway – Our environment is both beautiful and science; take care of it.

The views of this, and other F&E articles, do not necessarily reflect the views of the congregation, nor every member of the F&E group. Intent & Responsibility Statement. Article Edited by Tom Strauch on behalf of the Faith & Environment Ministry Group. Text your comments to Tom Strauch at 330 283-9883

Sunday School activities with Bible stories are in the Gathering Area between worship services.

9:30 am - 10:30 am, Bible Story shared at 10:00 am

Celebrate Wonder home activities are available in the weekly worship emails for Nursery-5th Grade. Pick 1-2 activities to do and learn and wonder about God together. View each week's Bible story and music videos on Amplify Media which has special videos for kids! Follow these steps to register or contact Kathy Schmucker. 

Kids, remember to bring your Liturgical Prayer beads to worship this Sunday and Wednesday to add the next beads. If you haven’t received your starter beads yet, join us on Sunday or Wednesday to learn more!

Wednesday Wonder Kids

Grades K-5 gather from 6:30-7:30pm following dinner and worship to learn about faith through games, Bible stories, activities, service and mission projects and worship experiences!

Elementary age kids will continue exploring the meaning and significance of The Lord’s Prayer through story and art.

Little Wonders, up to age 5, learn about God in a loving, caring environment. Contacts: Kathy Schmucker, Kristin Krach, Bethany Sedziol, Rebekah Heskett.

Sing-along choir for preschool and elementary students occurs Wednesdays at 5:00pm.Toddlers can join in for the last 15 minutes. Come sing, play instruments, make a joyful noise for the Lord! Contact Sandy Wallace for details. 

Faith United welcomes children of all ages in worship. Our worship experience is enriched as we gather together to experience and praise God.

  • Worship Kits and worship manipulatives are available to guide children as they pray and learn about God
  • Family Prayer Ground at the front of the sanctuary for families to have a comfortable, close-up view of worship.
  • Rocking chairs in the Narthex and Family Prayer Ground.
  • Nursery care/Preschool Sunday School (birth-age 5) during worship (room 18)

2022-2023 Children/Youth Emergency and Permission Form.

For the safety of our children and youth, our Safe Sanctuary Policy asks that parents/guardians complete an emergency form for children (birth through high school graduation) participating in church activities each year. Designate the activities your child has permission to participate in so you only need to complete one form for the year.

Join us Sundays at 9:45am for Sunday School!

Youth Newsletter January 2023


           As we head into the new year, I’m looking back on our past accomplishments as well as looking ahead to possibilities. 2022 was my fist full calendar year at Faith United. It was challenging, to say the least. I was tasked with rebuilding a youth ministry that had been inactive for most of 2021. Although we are far from where we once were, I am happy to see the progress we have made. We have established a Wednesday night youth group, which is included within the Wednesday night worship. We offer a Sunday school program at 9:45am. We had an excellent confirmation class for 2022. We also began a monthly activity where we do something fun outside of the church. Last month, for example, we went ice skating in downtown Canton (pictures are available on our Facebook page).

           I was able to get involved in the North Canton community as well. I signed up for a mentorship program for the middle school called the Legacy project. Each Thursday, my co-mentor and I meet with about 8 students, talk with them, listen to them, and teach principles of character development. It has been a very rewarding experience and has connected me with other faith leaders who also volunteer.

           So where are we headed this year? I plan on getting involved in another community group for North Canton high school students called Young Life. It is a Christian based organization that meets twice weekly. I also want to begin monthly mission opportunities locally for the youth, such as going to Faith Kitchen. We have the youth worship service coming on February 19th as well as the mission trip at the end of June to Pittsburgh. Finally, I plan on getting involved next school year with a North Canton high school support group called the GSA (gay-straight alliance). It’s a group that brings together people from the LGBTQ+ community along with those who want to support them.

           If you are a youth (6th grade-12th) or a parent and you want to have some input into the youth ministry, please take this brief survey to help me with further direction. I look forward to what God has in store for us.  

Youth Mission Fund

Order gift cards year round! Part of each order benefits the Youth Mission Fund. Check out available cards and contact Matt Kluchar to order.  

2022-2023 Children/Youth Emergency and Permission Form.

For the safety of our children and youth, our Safe Sanctuary Policy asks that parents/guardians complete an emergency form for children (birth through high school graduation) participating in church activities each year. Designate the activities your child has permission to participate in so you only need to complete one form for the year. 

Contact Matt Kluchar for other Middle/High School youth events and details.

What books have inspired your faith journey?


The Books and Resources available in Faith United’s Library to nurture your spiritual journey! You can connect to us through an app on your phone or through our church website. 

Type a topic in the search bar to see available resources. 

Faith United is searching for Part-Time Child Care Providers - flexible hours on an as- needed basis. For more information and an application email kschmucker@faithumchurch.org 

or visit our website.

Saturday, January 21

8:00am-9:00am Resilient Men's Life Study (Beyesly's)

Sunday, January 22

8:30am-9:30am Traditional Worship - Live Stream (Sanctuary)

8:30am-9:30am Nursery Care & Preschool Sunday School (Room 18)

9:30am-10:30am Sunday School Activities (Gathering Area & Chapel)

9:45am-10:25am Common Ground Mom's Group (Nursery Room 18)

9:45am-10:30am Youth Sunday School (Youth Room)

10:30am-11:30am Modern Worship - Live Stream (Sanctuary)

10:30am-11:30am Nursery Care & Preschool Sunday School (Room 18)

Monday, January 23

2:30pm-3:30pm Men's Emmaus Accountability Group-Zoom

6:30pm-8:00pm Book of Acts Study (Parlor/Zoom)

Tuesday, January 24

9:00am-11:00am Faith Friends Library Time (Chapel)

9:30am-11:00am Celebration Bells (Sanctuary)

2:30pm-3:30pm Women's Emmaus Accountability (Zoom)

6:30pm-8:00pm Women's Study "Jesus Revealed" (Zoom)

7:00pm-8:00pm SPRC (Conference Room)

Wednesday, January 25

9:00am-11:00am Women's Study "Lord's Prayer" (Parlor/Zoom)

5:00pm-5:45pm Sing Along Kids Choir (Room 8)

5:45pm-6:30pm Wednesday Dinner Worship (Robinson Hall) 

6:30pm-7:30pm Wednesday Night Youth (Youth Room)

6:30pm-7:30pm Little Wonders Child Care (Nursery)

6:30pm-7:30pm Wonder Kids (Chapel/Room 6)

6:30pm-7:30pm After Dinner Table Talk (Room 5)

6:30pm-7:30pm "Jesus Revealed" (Conference Room/Zoom)

6:30pm-7:30pm Faith 101 (Parlor/Zoom)

7:30pm-8:30pm Chancel Choir (Sanctuary) 

Thursday, January 26

1:00pm-2:30pm Prayer Shawl Ministry (Parlor)

2:00pm-3:00pm Safe Sanctuary Training (Zoom)

6:30pm-8:00pm Stephen Ministry Team (E/W Parlor)

Friday, January 27

1:00pm-2:00pm Theology for Our Times (Zoom)

Saturday, January 28

10:00am-12:00pm Faith Kitchen at Crystal Park

Calendar Snapshot - View more at myfaithunited.org/calendar