The Lion's Pause


Dear Father RJ

and our friends at St. Mark's Episcopal Church:

As we celebrate this special Holy Season, I wanted to thank you all for your support and love for everyone at Hope Outreach Ministry!

We are more than grateful for each and every one of you, and especially your children, who so faithfully make our personal care packages. You are a great blessing! That bar of soap and new washcloth is so needed! We are giving out hundreds of personal care bags every month and that is special to have a new washcloth.

We are also grateful for the many people who are bringing donations of clothing and household items for our clothing ministry!

I also want to thank all the wonderful people that are coming to serve the meal on the third Sunday! The kindness and love they show everyone is incredibly special!

In closing, the Bible says, “Because He Lives, we can all face tomorrow” and because of all of you, all our lives are better!

God Bless You All,

Pastor Marilyn Roman

Sunday, April 7:

8 and 10 a.m.



Live Stream

Monday, April 8:

Knitting, 1 p.m.

Office Closing at Noon

Wednesday, April 10:

Zoom Evening Prayer, 4 p.m.

Bulletin Zoom

Monday, April 15:

Book Club, 3 p.m.

Servers this Sunday, April 7:

Eucharistic Ministers 8:00am: Paul Sack

Eucharistic Ministers 10:00am: Derek Gordon, Pam McCarthy

Acolyte: Joe Hoot

Ushers: Richard Crowl, Wayne Paradis

Altar Guild: Carol Popovich, Karen Violand, Kathy Wise


Servers next Sunday, April 14:

Eucharistic Ministers 8:00am: Diana Cornell

Eucharistic Ministers 10:00am: Bruce and Judy Hixon

Acolyte: Joe Hoot, Danny Holihan, Colin Jenkins

Ushers: Dave Thorley, Gary Giammarco

Altar Guild: Carol Popovich, Karen Violand, Kathy Wise

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A Chorus For A Cause proudly presents "Carousel of Life" - concerts benefiting Canton area non-profit Refuge of Hope. Concerts scheduled for Sunday, April 14th at Zion UCC in North Canton at 6:30pm and Sunday, April 21st at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Massillon at 6:30pm, promise a blend of familiar favorites and relevant songs of passion and empowerment. No tickets are required, however, your donations are greatly appreciated. Your contributions support A Chorus for A Cause and its mission to pay it forward to other organizations within our community. Since its inception in 2009, A Chorus For A Cause has raised over $125,000 for local charities, living up to its motto "Singers Making a Difference!"  

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April Birthdays

1 Marcia Kiesling

8 Drew Pelger

9 Tom Temelkoff

10 Barbara Whitehouse

12 JD Arnold, Susie Hines

20 Katie Cerrone-Arnold

21 Kim Nadel

26 Sandi Kaustinen

27 Karen Violand

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Bob's Music Notes

My dad was a super salesman. He could sell anything. When I was 12, his company rewarded him with a Florida trip for the family. I remember my first moments in Miami, seeing those palm trees and enjoying the warm weather (it was December).

So, years later, contemplating retirement from my music position at the downtown Methodist Church in Canton, OH, Florida was beckoning. My wife's sister Carol and husband Ed were residents of Englewood. My brother was Battalion Chief in the Venice Fire Department, and my son was Executive Officer at the Navy's Cecil Field in Jacksonville.  

And so Kathleen and I signed up for a four-month rental on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. This was such a new experience for me not to be planning and playing for church, although I made acquaintance with a former Canton organist who played at the Catholic Church, and I volunteered occasional preludes for him.

My brother Dick's wife Barbara was a dynamo. She rose every morning at 4:00, delivered 250 Miami Herald newspapers, went back to bed for a bit, and then opened up "Gems By Barbara" on the Venice Avenue Strip. Dick had a shop two doors south "Tropical Scenes and Things" which, having retired from the Fire Department, was his new occupation.

Kathleen and I attended my brother's Presbyterian Church whose organist was, like me, a graduate of Westminster Choir College and (unlike me) a published composer. We sang in the choir each Sunday and, during the week, I'd go to the post office and pick up the mail for Dick and Barbara's businesses.  

Idyllic days indeed. A foreshadowing of my retirement years?

Prayer Concerns

Ten Gall, Vonda Temelkoff, Henry Aegerter, Jim Weaver, Jane Schutrum & Ron Brookes

Family and Friends: Doug (friend of Marcia Tirpak); Joanne C. (Florida friend of the Kieslings); Tom (brother-in-law of AnJane McConville); Kit Caspar (Carol Hayn’s brother); Jody Shumway (Co-worker friend of the Rand’s daughter); Father Amjad & Molly Samuel (acquaintance of friends of Father RJ); Dr. Mallamaci (acquaintance of Bobbi Zollinger); Jolanda Mull, Kirk Schuring, Pam Lagodich & Bill Allen (sister-in-law & friends of the Mulls); Earl Hoot (father of Joe Hoot); Ashley Stockman (friend of Katie & Ryan Kuceyeski); Mitz Cushing, Harold Freedman & Tim Swihart (aunt of Bobbi & friends of the Gordons); Larry Aclaska & Judy Heisser-Turner (acquaintance & sister of Bert Heisser); Lee, Theresa, and Chuck Boone (friends & cousin of the Hixons); Nori Shawk (friend of Brynn Pelger); Johnny Willoughby (grandson of the Willoughbys); Heather Armington & Mark Osterhage (friends of the Watters); Elaine Campbell (friend of the Turners); Sammy Coates (friend of Leslie Redmon); Bob Rownd (friend of John Werren & Anne Coen); Melanie & Trish (friends of Paulette Frech); Pat Walter & family (friend of Barb Whitehouse); Alycia Geis (Karen Violand’s friend’s daughter); Don & Janet Sheatzley-Morgan (husband & sister of Barb Siegfried); DaNay Jackson (friend of Ron Brookes); Allison Cornell-Hood & Anne Higgins (daughter & friend of Diane Cornell); Finnigan Savage (friend of Pam McCarthy); Jimmy Little (son of Sue Little); Yanette Pysher (Vonda Temelkoff’s cousin); Tony Donahue (friend of the Boyds); Marc Hostetler (brother of Susan Hostetler); David (acquaintance of the Nadels).

For those who have died.

For those in the armed forces.


St. Mark's has a group of prayer warriors who pray for the specific needs of those on the prayer chain. If you would like to place yourself or a loved one on the prayer chain, please contact Bobbi Gordon at

Prayer requests may be placed on the private Prayer Chain or on the Prayer Concerns list appearing in The Lion's Pause and Sunday bulletin or in both places. Please let Bobbi know your preference. Unless otherwise instructed, names will be listed as we receive them. Please update Bobbi or Katie on the status of your friends or family members as to when they may be removed from the prayer lists.

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