St. Paul Lutheran Church
2860 East Market Street
Warren, OH 44483
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP AT 10:30 am
MAUNDY THURSDAY WORSHIP AT 7:00 pm
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP AT 8:00 pm
FROM INTERIM PASTOR GAIL ZACKRISON:
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
These last few weeks have been a blur—my daughter’s hospitalization in Pittsburgh in the middle of January, starting as interim pastor at the beginning of February for St. Paul as well as St. John, then hospice care for Cindy and her death, then trying to restart with St. Paul, and getting myself back to some kind of a “normal” routine. And all of you have been part of this with me—so many cards and prayers and wonderful thoughts—thank you so very much!!!…And life goes on…
One of my colleagues in Erie made me aware of the daily Lenten devotions from the Washington National Cathedral. These are short, and anyone can sign up for them, they come right into your email. If you have only a cell phone, you can probably still sign up for them since most phones can handle email. Simply go to cathedral.org and search for “daily Lenten Meditation”. There will also be Easter meditations judging from what I saw when I “searched”. The one from last Tuesday, March 9, stuck with me, and I would like to share it with you.
The passage was John 7:37-52 about Jesus proclaiming that he is the living water, and that those who are thirsty should come to him and drink. Those who listened to him disagreed about what was meant, and for some this became another one of the things they didn’t like about Jesus and were willing to kill him for. What caught my attention in the meditation (by The Rev. Canon Kelly Brown Douglas) was:
“But in truth, as their argument revealed—they missed the real point of Jesus’ declaration. For the true shocker of Jesus’ words is the pronouncement: ‘Whoever believes in Me, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’
Here is the point: Belief in Jesus as the Messiah is not about vociferously defending that claim against all others. Such is the seed of divisions and hostilities—and not the way of faith. The belief into which Jesus invites us is one in which we allow the water that Jesus offers us to flow through us so that we become at least a stream of living water to others; that is, a stream of change from hateful and unjust divisiveness to loving and just community.
Simply put, Jesus invites those who truly thirst for a change from the way things are, to drink from the waters that he is offering and, in doing so, to be the change that we hope to see. This is what faith is about—partnering with God to change the world. This is our Lenten invitation.”
I just finished a book about Badshah Khan (Abdul Ghaffar Khan, 1890-1988), the non-violent soldier of Islam by Eknath Easwaran. The title intrigued me, and I left it on my wish list until finally my niece got it for me this year. He was also called “The Frontier Ghandi”. He learned non-violence from Ghandi, and they worked together in the decades-long struggle for India’s independence from Britain in 1947-8. But the non-violence was more than just a strategy in a political struggle for freedom; this non-violence arose from love for all people which resulted in social movements. What connected me to the Lenten meditation was what Jesus would call “living water” flowing through people towards the rest of the world. Ghandi, a Hindu, and Ghaffar Khan, a Muslim, saw in each other the same spirit, the same “soul-force” in Ghandi’s words, that worked non-violently, sacrificially, and loving-the-neighbor-ly to help the larger community. They each saw each other as a “servant of God”. I see this as the “living water” flowing through people, daring to strive to “change things from the way they are; to partner with God to change the world”.
And then the resurrection comes, giving us the courage and gumption to strive to “partner with God to change the world”.
May the spiritual journey that is Holy Week lead you to Easter and new life.
Pr. Gail Zackrison
A Message from the President…
Did you know that jellybeans tell a wonderful story, all for the benefit of God’s own glory?
Red is for the blood He gave.
Green is for the grass He made.
Yellow is for His sun so bright.
Orange is for the edge of night.
Black is for the sins we made.
White is for the GRACE He gave.
Purple is for His hours of sorrow.
Pink is for our new tomorrow.
A bag full of jellybeans, colorful and sweet, it’s a prayer…a promise…and also an Easter treat.
May each day be Easter in your heart. May the joy you feel on Easter morning be the joy of each day of your life. That is the Easter Promise…the promise of Eternal Hope and Love.
Love and Peace,
ST. PAUL NEWS & EVENTS
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Praying for members with medical challenges: Elaine Benka, Ron Benka, Darlene Cesta, Jerry Groves, Carolyn Marsh, Jerry Wareham
Remembering those with special needs: Heather Breter, Gini Cage, Dean Voye, Mark Voye
Remembering those who are home bound: David Baudo, Pastor Richard Bowen, Bill Cohol, Marlene Cohol, Geneveive Costello, Jim Illencik, Jean Maurice, Harriette Shaffer
Remembering those in the Military: Jonathan Benka, Kirk Groves, Michael Maradin
CELEBRATE GRAND-FAMILIES: “Celebrate Grand-families” is a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren. St. Paul is reaching out to support these families with Christian compassion and a place to meet and discuss their needs. While the grandparents meet, we will have crafts, games, bible stories, snacks, help with homework, tutoring, and a fun social time for children. Sessions in April will be on Saturdays, April 10 and 24, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please contact Liz Chapin at 330-394-7308 to help.
PASTA DINNER TO-GO: We will hold a Pasta Dinner To-Go on Saturday, April 10, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. The cost is $8.00. Proceeds will go to the Boiler Project. For advance orders, please call Lorri Baudo at 330-883-4157. For questions, call Diana Bauman at 330-856-6034. There will also be a Bake Sale and Basket Raffle.
FOOD OUTREACH: Grace Shiau has been cooking again, supplying delicious, warm meals for distribution on February 19. We also delivered boxes of shelf-stable foods. We are thankful for the response from you. Our hope is to maintain the servant project, once a month, through the year, recognizing an essential need in the community and to keep communication with some of our members, too. The following suggested items are always appreciated; cereal, soup, chili, crackers, macaroni and cheese, easy-prep noodle or rice side dishes, canned meats (tuna salmon, turkey, chicken), canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, gravy, peanut butter and jelly, and cookies. Monetary donations can be made to the church with FOOD OUTREACH on the memo line. Questions or suggestions, please contact Bonnie Thompson at 330-272-1400, Debbie Illencik at 234-308-1626 or Grace Shiau at 330-720-4579.
HOME COMMUNION: Home communion packages will be available in the church office Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. The bread and wine were blessed during Sunday service. Please call Lynn at 330-394-5741 to make arrangements for pickup. Marty Maurice (330-393-6168) is available for home delivery. New church directories and 2020 Annual Reports are also available.
SPLASH TODAY: Splash Ministry is a monthly resource which is mailed to parents of children from ages newborn to 3 years. This resource helps young children to grow in their faith formation and provides fun and easy ideas for bringing faith into the everyday life of infants, toddlers, and their families. It also connects the church to families for support and encouragement. If you have further questions about the Splash Ministry, please see Bonnie Thompson or Brenda Ceplecci. Donations for Splash are always warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.
GRIEF MINISTRY: Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce Osborn (330-372-2136) is spearheading this ministry with 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 Joyce can be of any help or if you have any questions during a time of grief, please contact her.
HALL RENTAL: Anyone wishing to rent Cassel Hall must first call the office to schedule the date to be sure it is not already rented or in use by the church, the Preschool, DAR, or the Red Cross. There is also paper work which needs to be filled out prior to renting.
FLOWERS AND MEDITATION CANDLES: Weeks are 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.
DUE TO GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS: 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.
BIRTHDAYS IN APRIL:
1 = Brian Wishak
8 = Isaac Maurice
12 = Gerald Groves, Sr.
13= James Kines
15 = Terry Thirion
19 = Pamela Dennison
20 = Diana Bartlett
21 = Carol Kines
25 = Stephen Kines
26 = Shirley Gardner
30 = Marilyn Malito
ANNIVERSARIES IN APRIL:
6 = Benka, Ronald & Elaine
9 = Dodge, Michael & Judy
12 = Cary, Glenn & Judy
ST. PAUL SERVANTS FOR APRIL 2021
Acolytes 10:30 service: (agreed dates by parish youth)
4/04 See Christine Mymo
Acolytes: Please be present ten minutes before the service begins. If you are unable to acolyte as scheduled, please trade with one of the other acolytes and notify Christine Mymo – 330-647-2913. Thank you for your help! We count on you to be here!
4/04 Lorri Baudo
4/11 Liz Chapin
4/18 Stacey Altiere
4/25 Nola Bennett
4/04 None through Aug.
4/11 None through Aug.
4/18 None through Aug.
4/25 None through Aug.
4/04 Peggy Skoczylas
4/11 Diana Bauman
4/18 Marty Maurice
4/25 Joanne Santucci
Refer to the sheet in the Sacristy for deliveries. Mark the date of delivery opposite the person’s name on the sheet. Thank you.
4/04 Linda Murray & Nola Bennett
4/11 David Maurice & Grace Shiau
4/18 Liz Chapin & Tom Mossor
4/25 Marty Maurice & Grace Shiau
4/04 Lorri Baudo
4/11 Liz Chapin
4/18 Debbie Bartlett
4/25 Nola Bennett
4/04 Diana Bauman & Kay Paajanen
4/11 Diana Bauman & Kay Paajanen
4/18 Rodger & Debbie Bartlett
4/25 Rodger & Debbie Bartlett