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All Aboard the Youth Train

Cody Jerles has been hired by Planning Council to be the “new conductor” of our Grace Youth Train. This comes after a most positive recommendation from Stewardship Development Ministries and an interview with Pastor Rice. Cody began his duties as our new Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries August 4.

Cody Jerles is a life-long member of Grace Lutheran. He is graduate of Dover High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood development from Akron University. He is currently employed by the Garaway Local Schools as an Intervention Specialist for grades K-3.

Cody steps up to his new responsibilities and opportunities after years of experience with Grace youth activities as both a participant and a leader. Cody has ventured forth on twelve Grace Youth Mission Trips, six as a youth participant and six as a youth leader and chaperone. This next summer the Youth Train will travel to Benton Harbor, Michigan to serve our up-north neighbors in the name of Jesus. Cody already has plans and arrangements in the works.

We wish to offer our heartfelt thanks to Rhonda Fisher for serving as our Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries for the past five years. She stepped up into this osition in a time of great need and has done an excellent job in every way. She has served our youth and congregation ably and well and is committed to be a valuable and continuing resource for our youth and family activities. Thank you, Rhonda! We appreciate you so very much!


Children's Ministries

We are looking for a responsible adult or teen to take care of our nursery (children 3 and younger) during the Sunday School hour and 10:30 a.m. morning worship. This is a paid position. Nursery care begins at 9:15 and continues through approximately 11:45. It begins the first Sunday in September and ends the last Sunday in June. If you are interested in this children’s ministry, please contact Pastor Rice or the church office for an application.

We are also looking for a volunteer or two to teach our 3rd-4th grade Sunday School class. The students meet for learning activities at 9:15 a.m. If you would like to share God’s wonderful words of life with these young people, contact Faith Bambeck, Director of Christian Faith and Life, or Pastor Rice.

Children’s Church

Now seeking volunteers to help serve at Children’s Church starting in September. If you have interest email or text Jen Vaughan at jenvaughan2@yahoo.com or 330-447-6790.
Youth Fundraiser

The Youth group will be selling pepperoni balls during the month of October as a fundraiser for the upcoming youth activities including mission trip to Nashville, TN. The pepperoni balls are freshly baked by Asetta Bread Co. and will come with 6 in a bag along with heating instructions. The youth will be selling these for $10 and will be available before and after services during the month of October. If you would like to buy some, the last day will be Oct. 30th. Pick up will be at the Outreach Center on Nov. 6th from 11-1pm. All orders not picked up by 1pm will be donated. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cody Jerles at 330-418-0393. Thank you.
Young Musicians

If you play a musical instrument in your school’s orchestra, take private instrument, voice or piano lessons, I encourage you to think about sharing your musical gift in Sunday morning worship at Grace. Perhaps you have a piece that you have prepared in your music class at school for Contest or Ribbon Festival, or have a favorite hymn you would like to play or sing.

If you wish to take part in this very special ministry, please feel free to talk to me after worship on any Sunday. There is a signup sheet in the Narthex.

Linda Hanna
Director of Music/Organist




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