July Newsletter


JULY 2021

St. Paul Lutheran Church

2860 East Market Street

Warren, OH   44483


WORSHIP AT 10:30 am


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Well, this is a big country and it was an “interesting” trip south!  I’ve driven through the Rockies, even though it was many years ago, and for the last decade or so, I’ve been making the trip south to Charleston, SC, yearly, except for last year.  I think I now consider the mountains of West Virginia a little more challenging.  They’re beautiful and rugged and hugely varied, but you do need to pay attention with all the twists and turns.  And particularly this time – it was pouring on Sunday such that all the traffic slowed way down, and many cars were driving with their flashers on.  At least that helped you see the cars ahead of you.  I stopped for gas at one point, and the rain let up a little.  I had to go inside the store to get a printed receipt and when I came back out someone was pointing out brown flash flood water that was beginning to flow over everything.  I did have to step in the water to get back in my car.  I didn’t want to drive through it “cuz you don’t know what’s there or how deep it is”, but others were doing just that.  And it turned out to be the only way back out to the interstate.  I did hear some “scrappy” stuff underneath the car, but everything is still in one piece.  Yay!  The rains came and went and came and went some more and I thought I was out of it by the time I stopped at my motel for the night – still in WV (did I say it’s a big country?)  Once I checked in, it was just a short trip to Buffalo Wild Wings for a beer and a chicken wrap.  Pretty soon, though, it got dark again and then the storm hit – more heavy rains and lightning, knocking out the Direct TV service.  I waited a while inside hoping it would pass, but soon decided I’d better get back before it got dark.  The rain was very light as I stepped out the door, but the minute I got in the parking lot, the skies opened.  Fortunately, the car wasn’t far, but I was all wet by then.  Got parked at the motel, and still had to hustle in through heavy rain – but I was already wet so what did it matter?  Finally, it was nice to be able to change into dry things for the night and the TV crawler said flash flood warnings for the whole area.

Monday the weather cleared so that was good.  As I said, this is a big country!  There’s a spot as you’re coming down from the mountains to the flat land in Virginia where the view suddenly opens up so you can see the plains down below.  It’s a spectacular view and I always marvel at it, but I remembered it as someplace still in West Virginia.  I kept looking for it and was surprised to learn (again) that the scenic view is further south in Virginia, not West Virginia.  This is a beautiful, big country!  But ya know, all people love the land they grew up in.  One of our hymns in ELW refers to that – how there are “other skies” that people love.  (Just did some online digging – ELW 887 This Is My Song)

COVID-19 concerns – I ended up having to eat my Sheetz breakfast standing at the car.  I’ve had both “rabies” shots, so I didn’t have to wear a mask according to the sign on the door, but I kept it in “chin-warmer” position just in case.  One woman at a rest stop commented that mine was the first mask she had seen since Florida.  We chatted a bit and then wished each other safe travels, and I said that when we comply with the guidelines, we are helping out the larger community.  A couple of weeks ago, I heard a man on TV protest the vaccine because it was an “invasion of his autonomy”.  Well, yes, it is, but we go on to do these things for the sake of the larger community.  Check with your doctor, and if it’s okay for you, then go ahead and get it if you haven’t already done so.  Years ago President John Kennedy told people “not to ask what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country” – (the larger community).  I can’t say it enough.

Both congregations are making progress – St. John’s is getting ready to fill out the Ministry Site Profile (MSP) and St. Paul folks are working on the assessment tool provided by the consulting group Holy Cow.  That’s in both an online form and a hard copy form for those who do not have a computer.  Please be as diligent and honest and complete as possible in order to give Holy Cow the most accurate picture of who you are.

By the time you read this, we’ll be ready for the 4th of July.  As I drive through the country, I’m always impressed by the beauty of all terrains – hills and valleys and plains and mountains and farmlands.  There are different cultures and different regional accents, and different customs, but we are all here striving to work and play and live together in peace.  Remember the “other skies” that God also loves (ELW 887).  

Peace to you all and enjoy the 4th!

Pr. Gail Zackrison


July is the summer month that is a sun-bather’s delight.  A month fraught with picnics, barbeques, and bonfires.  And the local festivals that are enjoyed by young and old alike.  And everyone’s favorite – FIREWORKS!  As we celebrate the 4th, Christian patriots are remembering that our country was founded as “One Nation Under God”.  Our nation was founded by men who believed that God was Sovereign and we celebrate with distinct patriotic fervor leaning on the sovereignty.  

Our country’s independence came at a high price.  Lives were upended.  Lives were lost.  Battles were won and lost.  Courage was tested.

The United States of America was born on July 4, 1776.  On that day, America declared independence from England and a new nation with its own laws, leaders, and flag was formed.  During that time, there were 13 colonies along the East Coast.  In 1774, the colonies each sent a representative to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia to discuss their common problems and issues.  They continued to meet well into 1775.  They were formulating plans to break away from England and form a new, independent nation.  By July of 1776, Thomas Jefferson finalized the words in the Declaration of Independence and it was adapted and signed on the 4th.  Can you imagine the celebration on that first declaration of freedom – the ringing of the Liberty Bell, the cannons and muskets fired, the church and school bells ringing, the parades, and, of course, the fireworks!  To commemorate that day, there is a painting entitled “The Spirit of ‘76” that shows the hardships endured by Americans as their newfound freedom is celebrated with enduring patriotism.  

Prominently displayed at all celebrations over the years is the symbol of our country – our flag.  As we honor the birth of our nation, it stands for the patriotic ideals of America, the ideals of a nation “conceived in liberty”.  From the dawn’s early light to the twilight’s last gleaming, we are proud to wave “Old Glory” to display our loyalty to our country.  Never forgetting what it means to be an American in the freest and greatest country in the world.

As we continue our celebrating with family and friends in various ways, whether quietly or with noisy, colorful, fun fireworks, let us be reminded how blessed we are to live in a country where we are free to worship as we choose.  Psalm 33 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  Psalm 22 says, “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.”  

There are many lovely patriotic hymns as well as rousing patriotic songs.  Many love “God Bless America” by Kate Smith, as do I, as well as these heartfelt words by Samuel F. Smith:  “Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light; protest us by Thy might, Great God, our King.”

Love and Peace,

Diana Bauman

AN UPDATE FROM THE CALL COMMITTEE:  The Call Committee has sent out a member assessment questionnaire from HOLY COW, our partner in the search for our new pastor.  It is very important that these be returned with your answers to the church office by July 9.  These questionnaires and your answers will be used to help us understand what YOU want or are looking for in a pastor to lead us and direct our ministry at St. Paul for the next ten or twenty years as we grow and spread the Gospel in the Warren community.  The Call Committee is ready to assist you and answer any questions with this survey.  It is very important that ALL of the members of St. Paul have their voices and thoughts heard.  So please be involved.  We need YOU.  With God and your help, this can be done.  

Thanks for your help, 

Rick Thompson, Call Committee Chairperson




Praying for members with medical challenges:  Don Brant, Shirley Gardner

Remembering those with special needs:  Gini Cage, Charlotte Elson, Don Elson, Sandy Findley, Peggy Martin, Trisha Trill, Dean Voye, Mark Voye 

Remembering those who are home bound:  Pastor Richard Bowen, Bill Cohol, Marlene Cohol, Geneveive Costello, Jean Maurice, Harriette Shaffer

Remembering those in the Military:  Jonathan Benka, Kirk Groves, Michael Maradin

THANK YOU:  Dear St. Paul’s Youth Group, Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to making the Stuff-A-Cruiser event successful yet again!  The students at Warren City Schools appreciate your kindness and efforts!  Sincerely, Melissa Bartholoma

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 July will be on Saturdays, July 10 and 24, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Liz Chapin at 330-394-7308 to help.

BLOOD DRIVE:  Red Cross is welcoming back volunteers at St. Paul beginning with the Saturday, July 10, blood drawing.  Vaccinated volunteers will register donors (no experience needed), serve snacks, and have a chance to visit with everyone.  If you are interested in helping the community and welcoming others to the church facility, add your name to the sign-up sheet in the hall.  The next opportunity to volunteer for Red Cross will be in September.  Times and dates will be listed on the sign-up sheet.  If you have any questions, please call Bonnie Thompson at 330-272-1400.

SUMMERTIME BBQ:  Please join us for a Summertime BBQ on Saturday, July 17, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  This will be TAKE-OUT ONLY.  Menu:  Smoked pulled pork sandwiches $5.00, side of coleslaw $1.00, side of baked beans $1.00, brownie $1.00; one pound smoked pulled pork $7.00 pre-order suggested; smoked baby back pork ribs half slab $8.00, full slab $16.00, PRE-ORDER ONLY.  Pre-order sheets are available in the narthex.  Indicate pick-up on Saturday July 17 or after church on Sunday, July 18.  Please see Nola Bennett (330-383-0673) if you have any questions or to place an order.

FOOD OUTREACH:  The following suggested items are always appreciated:  cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned veggies, soup, pasta and sauce, canned meats such as tuna, salmon, turkey, and chicken.  Delivery of hot meals continues 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.  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.  

RUMMAGE SALE UPDATE:  Plans are underway to hold a Rummage Sale on Saturday, August 7, with the proceeds to go toward the church’s general fund.  Many members have been spring cleaning and setting aside unwanted items – clothing, shoes, toys, books, linens, household goods, small furniture, and other miscellaneous items.  You may start to bring these items to the church AFTER JULY 1 between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm Monday through Friday or on Sunday mornings.  These items should be taken to the choir room.  If you have any questions or need help bringing items to the church, please contact Bonnie Thompson at 330-272-1400 or Brenda Ceplecci at 330-534-2388.

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.  

SPLASH TODAYSplash 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 MINISTRYPart 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 CANDLESWeeks 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.


1 = Kara Eaton

2 = Jim Kuzman

3 = Andrew Thirion

4 = Wendal Shaw

6 = Georgia Mikola

7 = Emily Thirion

8 = Aaron Sutton

10 = Kirk Groves & Vanessa Lindenmuth

11 = Jane Shaw 

12 = Tim Martin

14 = Carole Null

15 = Ron Benka

17 = Sarah Bartlett & Heidi Lapmardo

18 = Ean Dodge & Ethan Dodge

19 = Leah Lindenmuth

21 = Marcia McCracken

22 = Erik Bachinger

23 = Teresa McCleary

24 = Tom Czoka

25 = Wayne Kemp

28 = Thomas Colarich, Jr., & Tod Steuer

29 = Deborah Whaley

31 = Brenda Hart


13 = Mossor, Tom & Trisha

17 = Hart, Bill & Brenda


Acolytes  10:30 service:  (agreed dates by parish youth) 

7/04    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!

Assisting Ministers

7/04    Stacey Altiere

7/11    Rick Thompson

7/18    Nola Bennett

7/25    Diana Bauman

Church Closing

Marty Maurice

Communion Assistants

7/04    None through Aug.

7/11    None through Aug.

7/18    None through Aug.

7/25    None through Aug.

Flower Delivery

7/04    Joanne Santucci

7/11    June & Kelly Hutchison

7/18    Peggy Skoczylas

7/25    Diana Bauman

Refer to the sheet in the Sacristy for deliveries.  Mark the date of delivery opposite the person’s name on the sheet.  Thank you.


7/04    Liz Chapin & Trisha Mossor

7/11    Linda Murray & Nola Bennett

7/18    Marty Maurice & Joanne Santucci

7/25    Tim & Amy Martin


7/04    David Maurice

7/11    Rick Thompson

7/18    Kelly Hutchison

7/25    Diana Bauman


7/04    David Maurice & Grace Shiau

7/11    David Maurice & Grace Shiau

7/18    Terry Ceplecci & Kelly Hutchison

7/25    Terry Ceplecci & Kelly Hutchison