St. Paul News & Events


Remembering those with medical challenges:   Debbie Bartlett, Elaine Benka, Ron Benka, Christian Groves, Jerry Groves, Jim Illencik, Lauren Patton, Roy Seibert, April Williams, Andrea Wollam

Remembering those who are home bound:   Shirlee Chambers, Charles English, Margaret Halavick, Ellen Miller, Harriette Shaffer

Remembering those with special needs:   Joe Benka, Bryan Giocondi, Debi Houlf, Harlan Lewis, Lisa Null, Anita Rayburn, Cindy Robinson, Deanna Savon, Willis Stauffer

Remembering those in Military Service:   Joe Baudo, Kirk Groves, Michael Maradin


YSU Dana Chorale:
At the Christmas Eve service, all in attendance enjoyed an exceptional vocal performance from the balcony.  Music Director Jeff Trimble had arranged for members of the YSU Dana Chorale to sing with our choir as several regular choir members were ill or out of town, and the result was “angelic”.  After the service, the students told Jeff that in May the Dana Chorale will be representing YSU and Northeast Ohio on tour in Southeast Asia and each member must raise money to cover expenses.  Hearing this, Jeff had an idea and made a proposal to Church Council.  Between Jeff’s personal donation and that from members of the congregation, we intend to support four (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) Dana Chorale members for their tour.  In return, they would sing with the St. Paul Choir for 8 to 10 weeks in the spring.  This community outreach would go a long way in helping them pay their tour expenses and St. Paul would enjoy several months of their participation in our Choir.  Please put your contributions in the offering plate in an envelope marked “Dana Chorale”.  Contact Jeff, Pastor Winters, or David Maurice with any questions.


Five of us enjoyed Sue’s gingerbread cake before the meeting started.  Diana was thanked for hosting the very impressive appetizer supper for all, present and past members, following the annual caroling at Howland Shepherd of the Valley.  Diana had five great suggestions for Rebekah Circle’s events/activities for the upcoming year:

  1. A Rummage, Bake, & Boutique Sale to be held simultaneously on April 29, with the locations and monies being divided. The Rummage Sale will be held in Cassel Hall with the proceeds being used for the 150th Anniversary celebration of St. Paul.  The Boutique Sale will be held in the narthex with proceeds going to Rebekah Circle.  The Bake Sale proceeds will be split.
  1. The back kitchen room does not look neat and orderly, therefore Rebekah Circle would like to remodel it with approval of Council by removing the dishwasher and installing cupboards.
  1. A large tapestry of the Lord’s Supper donated by Joe Jarzembowski’s grandparents will be framed by Frame Depot and hung in the Chapel.
  1. To prevent the carpet from fading by the sun, we will install opaque contact-type paper to the two doors in the Parlor.
  1. A cushion will be made for the piano bench.

Because the number of our members has become so low, we are going to need a lot of support from a lot of volunteers for the Rummage, Bake, & Boutique Sale.  We still have three months until the sale, but you can start collecting all the items that will be needed for the Rummage & Boutique Sale, and don’t forget your family and friends.  Dates for drop off will be given at a later time.  We welcome all ladies to join us the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Parlor.    Georgia Mikola

For the month of FEBRUARY we are collecting canned soups and crackers.

Weeks are still available for purchase, dedicated to your special intentions. The meditation candle is $5.00 and flowers are $30.00 for two vases. Please use an Order Envelope and PREPAY your order at the time that you sign the flower and candle chart. PAYMENT ENVELOPES ARE BY THE FLOWER CHART. On weeks where there is no paid order, the church will display silk flowers to the Glory of God.  Please sign up for your special weeks while they are available.

St. Paul volunteers will continue to help with registration and provide snacks for the canteen table during the Red Cross blood drives. If you would like to volunteer, see the sheet on the volunteer table or contact Bonnie Thompson.

Donations are always warmly welcomed, and with your continued support, we will be able to sustain this valuable ministry to young families.

Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn is spearheading this ministry with Pr. Winters’ and God’s guidance and help.  When a loved one dies, Joyce sends a set of four books called “Journeying through Grief” throughout the first year. Each book describes the issues and feelings that a person tends to encounter at various points of grief and the books offer suggestions on handling them.  If Pastor Winters or Joyce can be of any help or if you have any questions during a time of grief, please contact either of them.

In the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), churches and clergy can no longer make written or oral public announcements of health information regarding our members.  Thus, unless specifically requested by a member to share other information, we are only able to indicate where a person is hospitalized or that they have been discharged.