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September 29: E-Newsletter

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Trunk or Treat

Join us for Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 31 from 4:30-6:00p at the Carroll County Fairgrounds! This event is offered for ages 2-5th grade. 

If you are bringing a car to decorate:

  • Decorating from 3:30-4:15pm

  • Please provide candy to distribute

  • Masks are required for volunteers (we have extra if needed)

  • Family-friendly decorations, no political decor

  • One-way traffic for visitors to follow social distancing guidelines

  • Anticipating 400 children, so please plan for enough candy

Please sign up online, or contact the office, so we know how many vehicles and how much space will be needed.

Also accepting candy – must be store bought and individual wrapped. Please drop candy off at the Yellow Brick Church.

Outdoor Sunday School
God will make a way where there seems to be no way....
When the pandemic guidelines prevented our Sunday School classes from meeting at the church for several months, God was already providing a safe alternative space for us!

We are currently meeting at the Bluebird pavilion/amphitheater as long as weather permits. Sitting in the midst of God’s beautiful creation while studying the Gospel of John has been a gift straight from our Father’s Heart!

Please join us any Sunday morning following the church service at yellow brick from 9:45 to 11:00.

Whether you have attended Sunday School before or not—jump in with us anytime. This is a fun group in a relaxed setting and you won’t be called upon to respond or read unless you would like to.

Bring a lawn chair and a Bible and see what God is doing in this group! We are social distancing while drawing nearer to Him.

(In case of inclement weather, check the church parking lot door for signs showing alternate meeting place.)

For more information/questions, contact Ron Smith (330-627-2640), Tom & Debbie Longbons (330-627-5944) or Rob & Rhonda Atkinson (330-627-7854).

Camphor Mission Students in need of Sponsors 

In 2018 our church was approached by Camphor Mission in Liberia, Africa after a visit by Pastor Kimberly about 8 young girls who had been orphaned. These girls were blessed that 8 families from our congregations stepped up and have supported them over the past two years. Unfortunately, due to changing circumstances some of these families are not able to continue their support. 

If you are interested in supporting one or more of these girls at $550 a year or a partial scholarship please contact Pastor Kimberly for details. These scholarships provide a year of education, room, and board at Camphor Mission. Camphor Mission is a United Methodist Mission Station in Liberia that is heavily supported by East Ohio Conference and other Conferences in the United States. 

VBS Mission Project
This year for our VBS mission project, we collected items for the Urban Mission in Steubenville! We asked specifically for donations of baby products. Photographed above are the items we received! Thank you to all who participated and brought in items. 

A Letter from Pastor JP

What is the visible mark of our faith? In 1966, Peter Scholtes, a parish priest on the South Side of Chicago wrote the song, "They'll Know We Are Christians" to go with his sermon series focused on ecumenical importance within the interracial struggles of the '60s. You may know this tune and the echoing verse stating, "And they'll know we are Christians by our love, by our love."

While our love is possibly the mark most visible to others, the evidence most plain to us of our relationship with Christ is often our peace. The peace of Christ living in us, and we in Him. Dr. Paul Chilcote is one of the great Wesleyan scholars which I and Rev. Kimberly had the privilege to study under at Ashland Seminary. Dr. Chilcote consolidated key points of Wesley's sermons into 52 beautiful prayers. He opens one, "In Christ, you have shown us that to be truly religious means to live in your reign - to live in and for shalom." He explains that true religion is love and shalom. He continues to explain shalom, "All of this is nothing other than shalom - wholeness and happiness, justice, peace, and joy" (Chilcote, Praying in the Wesleyan Spirit, 27-28).

I believe the world needs to see our love and to experience the shalom of Christ in our present times. In Bishop Malone's opening message of the clergy executive session, she commented, "Abiding in Christ will give us a deep peace and calm amidst the chaos and trouble." I hope you will join with me in the prayer that people all over will see the love that may lead them to know Christ and experience his shalom. 

Peace was the experience I felt during our first Faith & Fitness event two weekends ago. God supplied a beautiful day making it easy to give thanks and enjoy the time in his creation. I hope that you will check out our future faith and fitness events. While we want to know God's beautiful works, we also encourage you to learn of God's character and His plans for you as we study His Word together. We have started the first part of Multiply Bible Study, but we encourage others to jump in during the later parts. Part II starts on November 1st and Part III, entitled "How to Study Your Bible", is beginning January 27th at the Bridge. 


United In Christ, 

Pastor J.P. 

Faith, Fitness & Pumpkin Fun!
On Saturday, October 10, we will be painting pumpkins, spending some time reflecting on God and His Word for our lives and going for a walk/bike. We will meet at Scio UMC (117 Maple St., Scio). Pumpkin Painting anytime from 9:30-11:00a; with the walk/bike ride set to start at 10a.

What do I need: Your bike if you are planning to bike and appropriate clothing for the weather and activities. Paint, pumpkins, and bottled water provided.

Multiply Classes

Multiply is a resource written by Pastor Francis Chan who has focused his life and ministry on authentic Biblical Discipleship. David Platt calls Multiply, “A simple, practical, biblical, helpful, and personal tool for disciples of Jesus who want to make disciples of Jesus.”

We are breaking up the five parts into five separate classes. You do not need to take all five classes, you can join those classes that fit your availability and interest.

Multiply Part I: Living as a Disciple Maker + Culture of Mentoring Workshop (4 Weeks)

  • Time: Sundays, September 20 - October 11 from 6 - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Multipurpose Room in the Yellow Brick Church

Multiply Part II: Living as the Church (3 Weeks)

  • Time: Sundays, November 1 - November 15 from 6-7:30 pm

The remaining 3 sessions will be held after the first of the year – for more details and to sign up, please visit our website

A free downloadable pdf of the book is available at this link:

Clay Pots

Judy Markle as the head of our Liturgical Arts Team is looking for 10-12 various size clay pots to use for Advent at the two locations. They will be returned after Christmas. We are also looking for 8-10 clay pots that may be chipped or broken and you do not want that can be broken into various pieces that again can be used as part of the Advent decorations. So, if you have some nice pots or some pots that you are planning to trash and would be willing to allow the church to borrow/have please drop them off at the Yellow Brick Church with your name on the nice pots you want returned. 

Mission Updates

Operation Christmas Child information:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be collecting packed shoeboxes this year.  If you would like to help Samaritan’s Purse with this very worthwhile project, I would suggest going online to the Samaritan’s Purse website and packing a box virtually.  That’s what we plan to do.  Hopefully, next year we can pile up boxes at the front of our church!

Ken and Kathy Keyes – The commercial printer wouldn’t accept the picture dictionary in the software that was submitted, so Ken and team have to try again!  They ask for prayer for the editor, who is a perfectionist, as she tries once again to learn a new software and get the dictionary done.  They are, also, asking for prayer for the resolution of the bills from their son’s car accident.  The police and insurance company agree it was not their son’s fault, but they are having trouble getting all the bills paid and trying to settle in a fair way.


Bright Side Youth Ranch – Devin and Tia Tharp sent a newsletter that they are currently in need of a tractor.  A generous Bright Side champion is offering to match gifts up to $12,000.  Our mission budget allowed us to send them $500 which will become $1,000 for their tractor fund!  We hope to show a video about the ranch in the coming weeks.


Our Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK) group has been called upon several times this fall for large and small projects.  The people who have been helped have been very appreciative.  We are the hands and feet of God.  Many thanks to all of you who have helped in any capacity!

The Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC) that we packed the 5 flood buckets for this summer, is asking our East Ohio churches to give supplies for their mission partners.  There are a variety of needs, but we have decided to help with the Christmas needs.  If you are able to donate any of the following, you’ll help to make someone’s holiday a little brighter.  

Needs include:
  • Jump ropes
  • All types of sports balls (deflated)
  • Pumps and needles for the deflated balls
  • Simple musical instruments – recorders, harmonicas, percussion
  • Simple board games like Jenga, Trouble, Candyland, Connect 4 or any other simple game

We will collect the above items from Nov. 1 – 29.  There will be a box in the glassed in area off the parking lot where you may place your item(s).  Thank you very much for helping with this mission project.

-Ellyn Dunlap

New Children's Programming

The theme for the next 8 weeks of videos is "Superhero Faith!" These videos are available on Facebook, YouTube, and on our website

Please pick up a Bible Superhero packet from the glass vestibule at the Yellow Brick Church or The Bridge location (available now). Join us Saturdays and learn about the many biblical superheroes!


Are you curious about Jesus and the Christian faith? Start here! We will come together to have conversation and discuss our opinions openly. 

  • When: Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm (September 2 - November 18)
  • Locations: YBC & The Bridge. As well as Zoom!
  • Zoom link available – contact the office.
  • ALPHA Youth for grades 6-12 will be meeting at the Yellow Brick Church at the same time.

JOIN ANYTIME! Contact the office for more info.

Justified Youth 

The Youth Alpha series has sparked impacting conversations with the youth about the evidence that supports our faith in Jesus and what a relationship with Him is all about.   The series will continue through October.  We meet at Yellow Brick 6:30 - 8:00, in the Youth room downstairs.

On October 11, the Arbaugh's corn maze will be our destination. We are going to leave from the Bridge at 11:30am and return 2:30-3:00pm.  Lunch will be provided.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support for our youth!
If you know of youth who would like to connect with a group, please let me know.  

In Christ,
Lisa Baker

Advent Devotional
This year we would like to make our Advent devotionals more meaningful by writing them ourselves. We can write them as individuals, as couples, as families. Please sign up to write a reflection on one of the scriptures listed. There are additional scriptures available at both our YBC and The Bridge locations. Reflections need to be submitted to the church office (by email or snail mail) by October 25.

Sign Up for a Scripture HERE!


As of last week:
Women’s donations for the week $75.05; the Men’s $41.14! Way to go Ladies!!!
Ladies’ total $688.42; Gentlemen’s total $403.51.

Total donated and counted to date - $3,680.50


SOS for Aluminum Cans or Other Aluminum

Missions is beginning a new project to help raise more funds for the women’s dorm at Africa University. We are asking you to save your aluminum cans and then bring them to either the Bridge or Yellow Brick Church. You can just sit your bag of cans outside either building and they will be picked up by our helpers. Please continue to do this until we have raised the $20,000. Every little bit helps. If you work at or know of a place where they would save cans for us, please let the office know. Our helpers, Carl Leonard and Lynn Dunlap would be happy to pick them up! Thank you so much!

Teach-Reach-Bless is the campaign to build a women’s dorm at Africa University.

Keep it up everyone and thank you for your generosity!

Parishioners of the Week
Since September 6, we have been drawing an ‘online viewer of the week’ and an ‘in-person attendee’. To be eligible, please submit your attendance card. Please complete the online attendance form at or send an email to and let us know you were watching. The attendance information is important for end of year reports! Please help us by filling it out.


Week One Winners: 
Kathy Cramer and Carl Winters

Week Two Winners: 
Noah Boettner and Scott Stine

Week Three Winners: 
Pat Calvert and Carrie Barker

Carrollton First UMC (Yellow Brick Church & The Bridge)
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253 South Lisbon Street, Carrollton, OH 44615

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