June Newsletter

SEASONS

JUNE 2021

St. Paul Lutheran Church

2860 East Market Street

Warren, OH   44483

330-394-5741

WORSHIP AT 10:30 am

FROM INTERIM PASTOR GAIL ZACKRISON:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

There is a committee in this synod called “Cross-Cultural Conversations”, and I learned about it at the NEOS assembly a few years ago through the educational workshops.  That particular workshop was led by African-Americans from this synod, some of whom were pastors.  That was unique right there.  And then we broke into small groups to discuss how and when and what we learned about “race” as children.  The stories were all different, and both black and white had their learning experiences.  I signed up for emails but I didn’t know how much I would be able to participate because of distance.  It turned out that the group would meet every few months on a Saturday morning for discussion and lunch.  I was able to attend in person one Saturday when I did a short-term interim position in the Akron area and the meeting was at the synod office – that was only 20 minutes away.  And then the pandemic hit, and the in-person meetings were suspended, nor were there Zoom meetings.  But a couple of Saturdays ago (5/8) the synod did offer a Zoom meeting for all the previous folks, and I was able to “attend” that one.

This is such an important topic and area of work and education.  I come back to it every once in a while, even knowing that some folks get angry when the topic of white privilege or systemic racism is brought up.  But I think it is becoming increasingly important, and we have this big opportunity right now to partner with other people in the learning process, black and white and all shades in between.  I want to stress how much this is a learning and growing process, and sometimes it will be uncomfortable, but we don’t have to be “uncomfortable” alone.  I would like to have some people from both St. John’s and St. Paul’s (and maybe Prince of Peace/Cortland) meeting together for study purposes.  One of the Zoom attenders sent a resource to the synod with all kinds of movies and documentaries and articles and books, so there’s plenty out there.  Let me stress – this is not to make anyone feel “guilty”, but it will be an opportunity to learn and grow – together.  At this point, I would think we might have ?weekly? meetings, maybe some evenings at St. John’s, and some mornings at St. Paul’s.  If you are interested, please let me know – ghzack1@gmail.com, or the church office (St. John’s – 330-847-0200; St. Paul’s – 330-394-5741).

In the meantime, St. John’s is working on filling out the Ministry Site Profile with responses gathered from the congregation, and St. Paul’s, using a consulting group (Holy Cow/Crow’s Feet), is preparing to gather that information. . . . and I’m just along for the ride.

Meanwhile, the CDC has said that – “Fully vaccinated people can now safely go mask-free in most indoor settings, according to new guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week.”      And “There are a few caveats to the new recommendations. State and local governments, as well as independent businesses, can enforce their own mask mandates, which all residents are still required to follow. People should also mask up when using public transportation like planes and buses, or when entering health care settings.”   (May 15, PBS Newshour Science weekly email)

This is an important caveat – again, in order to build up the larger community, sometimes we need to forego the things we want to do in order to protect and enhance that larger community. . . .  but I gotta say that it was neat to hear the joy and freedom at St. John’s before worship as people were coming in and greeting each other.  One woman was trying to tell me to get rid of my “chin-warmer” – but I have to be careful and ready to “mask up” for the sake of others.  And yesterday at St. Paul’s, after worship, meeting the family of one young person receiving 1st Communion, I did something I haven’t done in almost a year – I shook a hand!  And then felt a little guilty about it, so we fist-bumped!  But as I also said at St. John’s – the virus is not done.  The folks of St. John’s had a reminder of that as Jim Kirschman’s cousin Brenda Culver died of COVID in the hospital last Thursday.  Please keep that family in your prayers, as well as all medical workers.

‘Nuff.  Onward to June busting out all over . . .  Pr. Gail Zackrison

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

June is busting out all over – say the lyrics of an old song.  It is certainly true for those of us with a June birthday — but who’s counting?

From Isaiah 46:4, “Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am he, I am he who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”  We know this to be true, even the part about the gray hairs.  It is not uncommon for Senior Citizens to commiserate about the aging process.  We need to be fully alive in each moment and delight in the mundane.  When we feel skeptical or doubtful or distracted, then we must lift our face to heaven and pray.

As Sharon Hinck reflects, we are disheartened by how chronological maturity hasn’t automatically produced spiritual maturity.  We had hoped that by this stage of life we would have become more like Jesus, learned from our life experiences, and mastered more Christ-like qualities.  Instead, we continue to struggle and forget to put complete trust in God.

The longer we live, the more aware we become of our shortcomings and must remind ourselves to reach out to God daily for encouragement, reassurance, and comfort.

Our daily prayers, our weekly worship services, our gatherings of fellowship, and our outreach into the community all serve to maintain our faith and expand it to become better servants of God — servants that continue to learn, practice, grow, and spread the Word.  

When we feel that we need a visionary to inspire us, to coax us, to create a plan and carry it through, God gives us aspirations according to His purpose for our lives.  We need to define them and follow them through to completion by maintaining a closer relationship with God.  Let us thank God for watching over us each day and giving us the grace to walk closer to Him.

Love and Peace,

Diana Bauman

AN UPDATE FROM THE CALL COMMITTEE:

The Call Committee will be sending out a member assessment questionnaire from HOLY COW, our partner in the search for our new pastor, in the coming weeks.  It is very important that these be returned with your answers to the church office as soon as possible upon your receiving them.  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

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ST. PAUL NEWS & EVENTS

PLEASE PRAY FOR

Praying for members with medical challenges:  Rodger Bartlett, Elaine Benka, Ron Benka, Darlene Cesta, Jerry Groves, Joanne Santucci

Remembering those with special needs:  Heather Breter, Ann Buch, Gini Cage, Charlotte Elson, Don Elson, Sandy Findley, 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:  I would like to thank my church family and friends for all the prayers, thoughts, cards, and donations with the passing of Jim.  You have no idea how I enjoyed the cards as I opened them; I would smile.  Even though they were with sympathy, I know you were all with me.  God bless, Debbie Illencik

Dear Masked Disciples, Thank you so much for blessing The Basement Outreach Ministries Drop In & Street Outreach with the beautiful purses!  Thank you for helping us reach, rescue, and restore!  It is such a blessing to come along our sisters in Christ such as you and serve our community together.  I pray the purses not only meet a need, but in the act of kindness they see His love that will nudge each woman who receives a purse to want to see us again so that we can help them.  Thank you again so very much.  Your generosity is also encouraging to us as we all work together to make the most of every opportunity to help a soul that glorifies God!  In His love, Pastor Julia Wike

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 June will be on Saturdays, June 12 and 26, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Liz Chapin at 330-394-7308 to help. 

FOOD OUTREACH:  Delivery of hot meals continues June 18.  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 following suggested items are always appreciated:  cereal, peanut butter, jelly, canned veggies, soup, pasta, canned meats (tuna, salmon, turkey, chicken), boxed potatoes, and gravy.  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.  

STRAWBERRY SOCIAL:  The Strawberry Social will be held on Saturday, June 19, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  We will need a lot of help.  Sign-up sheets are in the narthex.  Thank you, Lorri Baudo

LET’S TRY THIS AGAIN – RUMMAGE SALE:  We are planning to have another Rummage Sale to be held on Saturday, August 7, with the proceeds going to the church’s general fund.  Please begin to save your unwanted but useable items but DO NOT bring them to the church until further notice.  This includes clothing, books, small appliances, tools, and household goods.  As in the past, we will need lots of help with set up, pricing, and working at the sale.  Thank you in advance for your donations and for any help that you are able to give.  Please see Brenda Ceplecci (330-534-2388) or Bonnie Thompson (330-272-1400) with any questions.

FROM THE CUSTODIAN:  You can now leave a note for Tim Martin if you see something at St. Paul that needs fixed, replaced, or needs attention.  Outside of the custodian’s room there is a wall file with paper and a pen to write a message and leave it in the wall file.  These notes will help Tim identify, prioritize, and just plain remember what needs to be done.  If you have any questions, leave Tim a note.

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 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 REGULATIONSIn 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 JUNE:

1 = Diana Bauman & Jerry Wareham

4 = June Hutchison

7 = Helen Knouse

8 = Lillian Barbutes

12 = Jennifer Gilger & Andrew Sutton

14 = Ernest Basalyga

18 = Patricia Galgozy

20 = Nathan Truhan

21 = Rodger Bartlett

22 = Chelsea Moorhead & TJ Skoczylas

23 = Taylor Stredney

25 = Barb Basalyga

27 = Eric Hart

30 = Adam Huffman

ANNIVERSARIES IN JUNE:

2 = Baudo, David & Lorri

7 = Moorhead, Matt & Alyson

15 = Whaley, Dale & Deborah

16 = DiRubba, Dominic & Tiffany

16 = McCracken, Samuel & Charlene

16 = Tekac, Ryan & Rachel

20 = Thirion, Terry & Lisa

30 = Brant, Donald & Evelyn

ST. PAUL SERVANTS FOR JUNE 2021

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

6/06    See Christine Mymo

6/13   

6/20   

6/27

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

6/06    Marty Maurice

6/13    Lorri Baudo

6/20    Liz Chapin

6/27    Linda Murray

Church Closing

Diana Bauman

Communion Assistants

6/06    None through Aug.

6/13    None through Aug.

6/20    None through Aug.

6/27    None through Aug.

Flower Delivery

6/06    June & Kelly Hutchison

6/13    Peggy Skoczylas

6/20    Diana Bauman

6/27    Marty Maurice

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

Greeters                               

6/06    Linda Murray & Nola Bennett

6/13    Christine & Kyra Mymo

6/20    David Maurice & Grace Shiau

6/27    Kelly Hutchison & Marty Maurice

Lectors  

6/06    Marty Maurice

6/13    Lorri Baudo

6/20    Liz Chapin

6/27    Linda Murray

Ushers

6/06    Tim Martin & Dale Whaley

6/13    Tim Martin & Dale Whaley

6/20    Barb Basalyga & Harry Pasku

6/27    Barb Basalyga & Harry Pasku