May 23 - May 29, 2021
Pentecost Sunday - May 23, 2021
Scripture Readings: Acts 2:1-21 | Ezekiel 37:1-14

Download the Pentecost Coloring sheet for all ages to use during worship this Sunday. We invite you to share your creations on social media showing others what you do in worship at Faith United. You can even tag the church.

Missed a week of worship? Find it here.
Electronic giving of Tithes & Offerings is also available.
Graduation Sunday will be on May 30 to recognize and celebrate all students. If someone in your family earned a college or graduate degree this past December or will this spring, contact Kathy Schmucker.
Peace With Justice Sunday Walk - June 6th
Caring for Canton: Food and Housing as Matters of Justice

Gather at 1:00 PM at Crossroads United Methodist Church in downtown Canton. From there, we will walk to Gonder Avenue, the site of a new medical clinic and fresh market. There will be music, a message and food trucks at Gonder Avenue. Shuttles will be available to take you back to your vehicles. Click on the flyer for details.
Contact Pastor Jake with questions.
Welcome Crew – Volunteers Needed  
Beginning June 6, we will have two worship services in the sanctuary each Sunday. We are excited to begin using the new Welcome Center in the Gathering Area. Our Welcome Crew is looking for several teams of volunteers to share our hospitality each week. Whether you are a returning volunteer or you are looking to serve Faith United in a new way, please contact Laura Luikart (330.933.1392) or Judy McLaughlin (330.309.0980). There will be two training opportunities in June. 
EASTER OFFERING DISTRIBUTION

Thank you to the congregation for the very generous response to the Easter offering - even in these pandemic times. We received $9,348. 

The tradition at Faith Church is to give every dollar received to missions. Because of your faithfulness we were able to meet our commitment to the five missionaries we support around the world. We had planned to send support to our missionary in Paraguay, Sue Givens, also, but we received notice that Sue passed away on Easter Sunday. So to honor Sue we sent a donation in her memory to Project for the People of Paraguay, a non-profit foundation Sue helped establish. It helps families in the area around the school.

Other recipients of funds included Canton Calvary Mission, The Urban Action Team of the Tuscarawas District, UMCOR, Faith Kitchen and the Faith Church campership fund.

The generosity of the people of Faith Church will touch the lives of many in our community, our nation and the world. Thank you for your part in spreading God's love to the world.
Safe Sanctuary Renewal Orientation

Volunteers make all things possible! Since we have not gathered for over a year, everyone serving in children and youth ministries and with vulnerable adults will need to update Safe Sanctuary training via one of the following Zoom training Opportunities:
  • Thursday, May 27 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, June 1 at 10am
Contact Kathy Schmucker or Amy Ferguson to register for one of the dates.

Dive deeper into last week's Worship Engagement and Devotion.



June/July/August Daily Bread
Now Available in the
Gathering Area

Join us May 26 at 6pm for our last WNL of the season.

You can view at our Faith United Facebook page. Check out our latest WNL below.
Some Current & New Adult Small Group Opportunities

  • I'm Still Here - 6:30pm Wednesdays
  • Prayer Shawl - 1pm Thursdays at Faith
  • Theology for Our Times - 1pm Fridays
  • Faith of a Mockingbird - 6:30pm June 2

For facilitator information, group descriptions, and additional groups, visit our Programs and Group Page. Groups meet via Zoom unless otherwise stated.
Faith & Environment Prayer:

O Lord who thought up kangaroos and cacti,
and threw the stars like snowballs into space,
who dashed the Milky Way across the heavens
like a child in love with finger paint,
lift our busy eyes from all distractions
that we might see the beauty you have made.
Help us to awaken and awaken...   
 
O God of Twilight, Lord of Day to Night, Spinner of the Earth, O Sunset Painter,
our hearts lift praises for the many blues you spread above us as the evening falls,
pinks and reds projected on the clouds and orange fire spilt across the mountains.
Our souls sing out in thanks for all your colors!...
Excerpts from prayers written by Diane Tucker
Sunday Night Youth Group
  • Sundays 6-7pm
  • Any Youth Grades 6-12
  • Take your temperature at home, please do not attend if you have COVID symptoms
  • No Youth Group May 30 due to holiday

Fill out our Youth Registration/Permission Form 2021-2022 events and programs.

Contact Amy Ferguson for more information.
Check out our Sunday Night Videos for youth or anyone who wants to watch - All are Welcome! Read more
Celebrate Wonder activities guide children Nursery to 5th Grade, and their families, through Bible stories, creative experiences, and spiritual practices. Read more.
Wonder Kids Meet In Person This Week!
  • May 26 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm,outside at the church
  • Children K-5th grade invited
  • Registration required
  • Contact Kathy or Bethany for more details

Parent's please fill out the Children Registration/Permission form for 2021-2022. This covers all events or Sunday School programs.
Check out Last week's Sunday School Activities.
Have a parent use these steps to watch Bible Story videos made just for you!
Nursery Care will resume starting June 6 at both services provided there are enough volunteers to serve. Contact Kristen Krach or Kathy Schmucker to learn more about nurturing the youngest of our church family.
Butterfly Project
Children and families have the opportunity to witness firsthand the miracle of one of God’s most amazing creations, the life cycle of a butterfly. This will be an exciting, educational and spiritually enriching experience for children and families.

Families take home 5 caterpillars to raise, watch them develop into a chrysalis, and emerge as a butterfly. Care instructions are provided. Butterflies will be released at Faith in mid-June. Suggested donation is $5 per family and caterpillars should be available for pick up at the church by May 26.

If anyone has large pretzel or animal cracker containers, we can use empty, clean containers for the butterflies. Contact Kathy Schmucker for more information and to participate in the butterfly project!
VBS 2021 Registration is now open!
Treasured: Discovering You're Priceless to God

VBS will be held online June 21-25 with an In-Person event on Wednesday, June 23 6:30-8pm for kids and their families. VBS Kits will be available for pickup at the church with all the supplies you need, including a Treasured VBS Music CD for each family!
Click here to register by June 15 to receive your kit ahead of VBS.

VBS videos with music, Bible adventures, a daily Bible point and more will be available daily by 9am for your family to view at your convenience.

There are many opportunities for volunteers to help behind the scenes, with making videos, packing kits and helping with Wednesday's event. Contact Kathy Schmucker or Pam Wig for more details.
Family Worship Kits Faith United’s Spiritual Formation Ministry Team created a Family Worship Kit for children and families to use as they worship in person at the church or via livestream in your home. Enjoy exploring your Worship Kits! There is an instruction sheet with suggestions for using the items during worship. The kit includes a packet for celebrating Pentecost on Sunday, May 23. If you have not yet received your Family Worship Kit, please contact Kathy Schmucker or Pam Wig.
Camp Read-A-Lot 2021 Registration Now Open Be Loved, Be Kind, Be You

Students entering kindergarten through third grade are invited to participate in some fun summer activities designed to keep their reading skills sharp. Camp Read-A-Lot will be held online July 7 and July 14, with an In-Person event on Wednesday, July 14 6:30-8pm for kids and their families. Camp Read-A-Lot Kids will be available for pickup at the church with books for you to read and keep, and other literacy activities. Click here to register by June 30 to receive your Kit ahead of Camp Read-A-Lot

Camp Read-A-Lot videos with music, stories and literacy activities will be available Wednesdays July 7 and July 14 beginning at 9:30 am for your family to view at your convenience! 

There are many ways to serve during this summer’s Camp Read-A-Lot by participating in videos, preparing kits, assisting with the in-person event and other ways to support this summer’s community ministry. Contact Kathy Schmucker or Pam Wig for more information.
Register for Summer Camp!
 
To check out Camp locations and programs, register, and learn about COVID-19 changes look here. Camperships are still available. Visit Faith United’s Summer Camp Page for additional details. 
Congratulations to Meredith and Ben Stuckey on the birth of their daughter, Maren Marie, on May 14, 2021. Proud grandmother is Karen Loy.
Faith United has an exciting way to support you living out your faith. Amplify Media is a video library with thousands of videos for adults, youth and kids that you can view from your phone, tablet, computer or tv.

These resources can be used for individual or group studies, and there is even a special section just for kids! Check out these instructions to access your free account. Questions? Contact Kathy Schmucker, Spiritual Formation Director.
Cokesbury is a great resource to purchase Bibles, devotionals, gifts and more!

When you order, please use this link. The church receives credit and a rebate from your purchase.
Order gift cards year round from The Youth Mission Team.
Part of each order benefits the Youth Mission Fund.

Check this listing of available gift cards and email Amy Ferguson for more information.
Resources to help
enhance your viewing
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As of Thursday, May 20, Stark County is in Red Level status.
Calendar events are subject to change or cancel based on status level.
Sunday, May 23
9:45am-10:45am Courage Study (Zoom)
11am-12pm Worship - Live Stream (Sanctuary)
6pm-8pm Youth Group (Pavilion/Sanctuary)

Tuesday, May 25
7pm-8pm SPRC (Zoom)

Wednesday, May 26
6pm-6:30pm Wednesday Night Live (Zoom, Facebook Live)
6:30pm-7:30pm Wednesday Night Youth (Zoom)
6:30pm-7:30pm "I'm Still Here" Study (Zoom)
6:30pm-7:30pm Wonder Kids (Outside)

Thursday, May 27
1pm-3pm Prayer Shawl Group (Parlor)
5pm-6pm Unity Challenge Planning Team (Zoom)

Friday, May 28
1pm-2pm Theology for Our Times (Zoom)
2:30pm-3:30pm Women's Emmaus Accountability- Luikart (Zoom)

Calendar Snapshot - View more at myfaithunited.org/calendar