St. Paul Lutheran Church
2860 East Market Street
Warren, OH 44483
SUNDAY WORSHIP AT 10:30 am
FROM INTERIM PASTOR GAIL ZACKRISON:
Summer greetings to all of you…
The CAT is out! That’s the Congregational Assessment Tool through Holy Cow, the consulting group that St. Paul is using. And the CAT is back in – the deadline was July 9, and the folks in charge have been pleased with how many of the people of St. Paul returned their responses – and it was very good; mazel tov! The folks in charge will receive a report from Holy Cow after all the responses have been crunched through the appropriate computer program. I don’t know how that material will inform the “essay questions” of the MSP (Ministry Site Profile) that is required by the Synod and Churchwide for the effort of matching pastoral candidates with possible congregations. St. John’s is also wrestling with those questions. The best advice to either church – be honest about who and what you are.
I also know how much people want to be pleased by their worship experience. But is that the most faithful or God-pleasing thing? Jesus was almost done in by the home-town folks who didn’t like what he had to say. I know I like good liturgy, both as a worship leader and as a pew-sitter, and I like a lot of people singing all different kinds of hymns. And I, too, can feel a little lost when I’m encountering a hymn I’m not familiar with – and there are some. But I try because it’s good for me, and I pay attention to the words to learn some new thought, some new spirit in them. But as I encounter various lessons from the OT prophets, and some of St. Paul’s experiences of the problems and dissent in the various churches in Corinth, I keep thinking – “Boy! Feeling good about the worship experience may not be the most important thing!” We need words of comfort, yes, but we also very much need the words that challenge us and confront us and convict us. In fact, it’s usually those words from God that mean a renewal of our lives – for good, and for the sake of the world.
I’m currently reading Tenacious Solidarity by Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann (United Church of Christ). Even though he’s not Lutheran, he’s loved by Lutheran pastors of all ages – he “tells it like it is”. He’s a renowned OT professor who has taught at various seminaries throughout his years, and has often contributed to various preaching publications, which is where I first encountered him. He always brings the wisdom of God in the OT to bear on our life and society today – and we are usually found lacking. In short, in this book we are to be neighbors to each other, and most of our institutions and practices in our society today don’t do that. Over the years, I’ve come to think a similar thing – God wants us to take care of each other. Period. On Saturday, I saw a friend’s post on Facebook. It was actually a picture of some words by Fr. Richard Rohr, a well-known Catholic writer.
One of the friends of my friend then commented further on her post – “When they saw Jesus’ message of love could destroy their greed and power, they decided to destroy him by killing him…but that didn’t work. So they decided to worship him instead…and that worked.”
I give you these thoughts to help you in your thinking about what does being a member of a church mean, what does being “church” mean, and what is God calling you to do and be in this place in this time?
And I hope you have noticed the commemorations each week. There are some interesting facts about the saints down through the ages. The list is usually fixed, and you can find these commemorations in the front of the hymnal. But upon occasion, one may be added, as it was in June. June 17 is now the day for the Emanuel 9, those who were killed at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC. I finally did get to visit the church this year, although worship was only virtual because of COVID-19 concerns. Enjoy learning about these saints of the Church Triumphant!
God’s blessings on your ruminations!
Pr. Gail Zackrison
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
As we continue our Pastoral Search, Rick Thompson (Chairperson of the Call Committee) and I had a recent Zoom meeting with Rev. Mitch Phillips, the newly appointed Assistant to the Bishop of our Northeast Synod. It is the responsibility of Pastor Phillips to assist congregations through the Call Process and also to provide Pastoral Candidates for consideration. Our first meeting was very informative and profitable, as we found him to be very open and accessible. We invited him to visit St. Paul once he is settled into Ohio from Indiana. He seemed very interested in an on-site visit, sometime in the near future.
The Call Committee continues to meet and work on the process of securing a Pastor for our church. Our last meeting was with the Holy Cow Consulting Firm to discuss the results of the recent assessment that was completed by most of our congregation. We would like to share a condensed version with you on Sunday, August 15, after church in Cassel Hall. We will have a light luncheon and then a presentation of the results and an opportunity for discussion.
The next step in the process for the Call Committee is to complete the Ministry Site Profile that will be submitted to Pastor Phillips for review and consideration as he progresses to the next step in the search process for us.
The Call Committee asks for your continued support and prayers as we complete our journey to finding the best Pastor for St. Paul. With God’s help, it will happen.
Love and Peace,
SOME THOUGHTS FROM THE PRESIDENT:
As we continue to emerge from a very stressful time in our lives, we enjoy getting together with family and friends to relive old memories and to create new ones. We all need a little nostalgia in our lives, the kind that we have when we visit Grandma.
Grandma’s house is where everyone tends to be happy.
Grandma’s house is where the hands of the clock take a vacation with us and the minutes unhurriedly go by.
Grandma’s house is where a simple pasta and homemade bread seem to take on different, delicious flavors.
Grandma’s house is where an innocent afternoon can last for an eternity filled with games and fantasies.
Grandma’s house is where the cupboards hide old clothes and shoes, brick-a-brac, and mysterious tools.
Grandma’s house is where closed boxes become chests of secret treasures, ready to be unveiled.
Grandma’s house is where toys are invented on the spot, not readymade.
Grandma’s house is where you can stay up late and then eat ice cream for breakfast.
Grandma’s house is where you feel like you are the only kid in the world.
Grandma’s house is where your favorite book will be read to you over and over and over…
Grandma’s house is where everything is mysteriously possible, where magic happens, and where there are no worries.
Grandma’s house is where we find the remains of our parents’ childhood and the beginning of our lives.
Grandma’s house is where history is kept alive as she shares stories of how people lived long ago. She gives you a past to remember—a gift that only age can give you.
Grandma’s house is where amazing stories live that she will lend to you as she lets you try on her memories.
Grandma’s house is where arms enfold you, making you feel warm and safe in the knowledge that there is no shortage of hugs and kisses.
Grandma’s house on the inside is the address of our deepest affection and our constant feeling of serenity.
May we all have a “Grandma’s house” in our lives. For as you know, Grandmas are special angels of God.
Love and Peace,
ST. PAUL NEWS & EVENTS
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Praying for members with medical challenges: Ron, Don, Kara, Shirley
Remembering those with special needs: Jeff, Gini, Cora, Charlotte, Don, Sandy, Trisha, Dean, Mark
Remembering those who are home bound: Pastor Richard, Bill, Marlene, Geneveive, Jean, Harriette
Remembering those in the Military: Jonathan, Kirk, Michael
CONGREGATIONAL REQUESTS: With not having someone in the office fulltime and not having a fulltime permanent pastor, the Council is concerned that we might have overlooked someone who needs us. For example, someone goes into the hospital or wants a nursing home or home visit, wants home communion, needs transportation to church or a doctor’s appointment, etc. Lorri has agreed to coordinate all of these requests. She will then find someone to help you with your needs. Next, VOLUNTEERS WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! Lorri will be placing a form in the bulletin that you can use to sign up for what you would be willing to help with. With God’s blessing, we can all help one another! Thank you! Lorri
RUMMAGE SALE – AUGUST 7: Please have your items for the Rummage Sale to the church by August 5, if possible, to allow for sorting and pricing. We are accepting clothing as well as books, toys, linens, decorative items, household goods, small furniture, etc. Items may be brought to the church Monday through Friday between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm or on Sunday mornings. If you need help getting your items to the church, please call Bonnie or Brenda. We will need lots of help with this fundraiser! There are sign-up sheets in the narthex for those who are willing to help on Saturday, August 7, and also during the week of August 2-6 with set-up and pricing. Please contact Bonnie or Brenda with any questions or offers to help.
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 August will be on Saturdays, August 14 and 28, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please contact Liz to help.
FOOD OUTREACH: The following suggested items are always appreciated: peanut butter, canned veggies, soup, and canned meats such as tuna, salmon, turkey, and chicken. Delivery of hot meals continued on July 23. We will deliver boxes of shelf-stable foods to several families in need. Marty Maurice will make at-home communion available for members at that time. 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 next delivery will be on August 20. Monetary donations can be made to the church with FOOD OUTREACH on the memo line. Questions or suggestions, please contact Bonnie, Debbie, or Grace.
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 is available for home delivery.
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 or Brenda. Donations for Splash are always warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.
GRIEF MINISTRY: Part of the Social Committee is Grief Ministry. Joyce 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 AUGUST:
2 = Margaret & Barbara
4 = Joe
7 = Kenneth
8 = Michael
9 = Samuel & Ezekiul
10 = Christian
11 = Kyler
13 = Kinsley
14 = Michelle
15 = Susan
16 = Lauren
17 = Elaine & Matthew
18 = Stephanie
19 = William
20 = Laurie & Kristie
21 = Lorri
22 = Jay & Andrew
26 = Heidi & Xavier
27 = Alix
29 = Mary, Sally, & Rick
30 = Deborah & Peggy
31 = Kay & Ashley
ANNIVERSARIES IN AUGUST:
9 = William & Marlene
9 = Wayne & Susan
12 =Kirk & Stephanie
18 =Matthew & Sally
28 =Rodger & Diana
ST. PAUL SERVANTS FOR AUGUST 2021
Acolytes 10:30 service: (agreed dates by parish youth)
8/01 See Christine
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. Thank you for your help! We count on you to be here!
8/01 None through Aug.
8/08 None through Aug.
8/15 None through Aug.
8/22 None through Aug.
8/29 None through Aug.
8/15 June & Kelly
Refer to the sheet in the Sacristy for deliveries. Mark the date of delivery opposite the person’s name on the sheet. Thank you.
8/01 David & Grace
8/08 Rich & Bonnie
8/15 Nola & Liz
8/22 Kelly & Marty
8/29 Terry & Linda
8/01 Marty & Joanne
8/08 Marty & Joanne
8/15 Marty & Joanne
8/22 Rodger & Debbie
8/29 Rodger & Debbie