May Newsletter


MAY 2021

St. Paul Lutheran Church

2860 East Market Street

Warren, OH   44483




Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The grass is growing, I haven’t picked up all the sticks yet (branches and twigs galore), and the grass keeps growing.  I feel guilty and envious when I drive by houses with neatly cut lawns.  And there’s a lot that’s going to happen in the churches, too!  

St. John’s doesn’t have the young people, but there’s a lot happening around the grounds—spring clean-up and mowing, etc.—plus all the in-gathering of donations for various organizations around town.  And it was good to see some of the folds from St. John’s at the Lenten mid-week and Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at St. Paul’s.  The prayer shawl ministry that was begun with St. John’s and Prince of Peace/Cortland continues in both congregations.  My practice had been that when some shawls were going to be given to someone in need (sometimes even for me and my family), that we would gather in a big circle somehow so that everyone was holding on to someone, and the shawls were included in that circle of touching.  Then, of course, COVID-19 hit—no touching, no movement, no circling.  But then I thought, why not put them on the aisle ends of the pews, and as people come forward to commune, they can just touch each shawl, lay a hand on, and think of the folks the shawls are going to.  There were several shawls last week, and I just happened to notice that each person did just lay a hand on the shawls on the different pews.  It just felt good to see that.  I’m not quite sure why, but it touched my heart.  It’s like seeing a prayer in action.  

St. Paul’s has a bunch of stuff happening, too, in May—three young people will receive Holy Communion for the first time on May 16 (Kingston Hart, Lilith Heuser, and Ezekiul Ruiz), and then just one week later, one of those young people and two more (Olivia Colarich, Ezekiul Ruiz, and Taylor Stredney) will go through the Rite of Affirmation of Baptism (Confirmation).  They have been going through confirmation material for a couple of years, but certainly this academic year has had a few disruptions.  First, the pandemic restrictions, and then both the co-operating pastors, Pr. Anne Marie resigning to take another call and Pr. Bill Leitch retiring.  This then put the total responsibility of teaching on Stacey Altiere’s shoulders, and from what I saw yesterday at the church’s community garden, the young people love and trust her.  At any rate, I met the confirmands yesterday for the first time.  When my older daughter was confirmed years ago, the pastor had each one of those being confirmed go through the rite of private confession (ELW p. 243-44) with him.  I’ve been doing the same thing since then—not because I think the kids are so bad, but so they know this gift of confession and forgiveness exists.  Most of us have done things we wish we hadn’t, and I want the kids to know they don’t have to live with a deep, dark secret.  

And then the community garden!  One of the things I urge congregations to do is to listen to their neighbors, the neighborhood around them.  The community garden is a little further from the church, but there are plenty of neighbors there to listen to!  And that may happen as the work goes on to clean up the raised beds, paint some stuff, replace some stuff, plant some stuff, and do the weeding and tending and (hopefully) harvesting.  

Lots of stuff happening!  May God give you all the peace and power and friends and neighbors to do it with!

Pr. Gail Zackrison

A Message from the President…

After Lorri Baudo and I spent the past few weeks immersed in preparation for the Pasta Dinner, I was reminded of an article by Sharon Hinck, an author featured in “Mornings with Jesus” daily devotionals about her Grandmother’s cooking.  Sharon tried to duplicate her Granny’s recipes without success.  The taste was never the same—close—but not close enough.  Especially the meatballs!  She could never master the flavors.  So, she decided to camp out in Granny’s kitchen to watch and take notes.  When she asked questions about amounts—the answers were vague—add enough to make the dough feel “right”, or add enough to make it look “right”, add butter to just the “right” thickness, or taste it to see if it tastes “right”.  Don’t forget to add a pinch, a dash, or a dab was the standard fare.  What we learned that day was that Granny was a great cook—but everyone already knew that!  As a Christian, we want a quick recipe for living our life.  “Mix a third cup of service with a third cup of worship, stir and simmer with two ounces of love.”  It is a bit more complicated than that!  It doesn’t involve a recipe or a checklist.  “True discipleship requires interacting with God constantly:  remembering His teaching, listening for His direction, opening our eyes to where He is at work in our church, our home, and in our community.”  As Sharon’s Granny altered and changed her recipes, we alter and change our life activities.  We change course when necessary and bring out the best flavors in our lives.  As you prepare your next meal, think about the ways Jesus may be inviting you to adjust your life recipe.

Love and Peace,

Diana Bauman




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, Ann Buch, Gini Cage, Sandy Findley, Trisha Trill, Dean Voye, Mark Voye 

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

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


A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the Pasta Dinner.  It generated $2,175.00 that will go into the Boiler Fund.  So many of you (our church family) contributed and helped in oh so many ways and we want to express our thankfulness to all of you.  The center of the meal was the sauce, meatballs, and pasta for which we are extremely grateful to John and Darlene Cesta, Tom Skoczylas, Ron Wireman, and Eric Houlf.  The rest of the meal was a gigantic group effort!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  Until we meet again…Lorri Baudo and Diana Bauman

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your generous monetary donations as well as numerous items for our spring basket raffle.  The baskets are beautiful and are brimming with lots of great “stuff” thanks to your generosity.  Raffle tickets will be available on Sunday, April 18, and the drawing will be held on Thursday, April 22, at the Preschool Art Show.  A report on the exact proceeds will be forthcoming.  This has been a great fundraiser for our new heating system!  With gratitude, Kay Paajanen and Brenda Ceplecci

We would like to thank all that have called and came to see us and brought communion in this time of our lives.  It is very much appreciated!  Bill & Marlene Cohol

To our Church family, The lily was so lovely!  Thank you very much!  Thank you also for bringing us communion.  We do appreciate your consideration very much!  Bill & Marlene Cohol

We would like to thank the following members for their assistance and help during the past many weeks:  Rodger and Diana Bartlett, Debbie Illencik, Tim Martin, and Kay Paajanen. 

COMMUNION SERVICES:  We will return to celebrating Holy Communion every Sunday beginning on May 2.

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 May will be on Saturdays, May 8 and 22, 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 April 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 following suggested items are always appreciated;  cereal, soup, pasta, canned meats (tuna salmon, turkey, chicken), boxed potatoes, gravy, and peanut butter.  Delivery for May will be on May 21.  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.  

MUSIC FESTIVAL:  The members of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Living Lord Lutheran Church are invited to attend the state convention events of the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs to be held at St. Paul on Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, 2021. There will be a concert presented in the sanctuary on Friday at 8:00 pm beginning with organ solos, followed by the Jubilant Ringers, the Hand Bell Choir of Living Lord Lutheran Church, and the National Federation of Music Clubs 2019 Young Artist winner in strings, Alexander Hersh, a cellist from Chicago.  He has performed with the Houston Symphony and the Boston Pops.  Hersh is co-artistic director of Nexus Chamber Music Chicago that is dedicated to deconstructing the traditional barrier between audience and performer.  The concert will be followed by a reception in Cassel Hall.  The cost of the concert, including the reception, is $5.00, payable at the door.  On Saturday there will be three free competition programs given by outstanding piano, string, and vocal students from all over Ohio ranging in age from 10 to 19 years of age.  The first program is from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon given by students younger than 7th grade.  The second program, given by students in grades 7-9, begins at 1:00 pm, followed by the program given by students in grades 10-12.  Many of the students are from northeast Ohio, including Boardman, Canfield, Cortland, and Cleveland.  If you have any questions, you may contact Jeannine Morris at 330-392-5690 or

ANNUAL CONGREGATION MEETING:  The Annual Congregation Meeting to elect Council members will be held on Sunday, May 23, at 11:30 am.

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.

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 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.


4 = Joyce Osborn

5 = Trisha Mossor

12 = Nathaniel Sutton

13= Arlene Sutton

20 = Abe Perez

21 = Tyler Eaton

23 = Phillip Lapmardo & William McCleary

25 = Tiffany DiRubba

27 = Tom Mossor, Jr.

29 = Lorie Rhine & Glade Ronald Wireman

30 = Kathryn Bachinger


2 = Wareham, Kenny & Jerry

9 = Czoka, Tom & Laurie

21 = Lapmardo, Phillip & Heidi

24 = Skoczylas, Tom & Peggy

25 = Lacy, John & Teri


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

5/02    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

5/02    Rick Thompson

5/09    Linda Murray

5/16    Diana Bauman

5/23    Terry Ceplecci

5/30    Brenda Hart

Church Closing

Kelly Hutchison

Communion Assistants

5/02    None through Aug.

5/09    None through Aug.

5/16    None through Aug.

5/23    None through Aug.

5/30    None through Aug.

Flower Delivery

5/02    June & Kelly Hutchison

5/09    Peggy Skoczylas

5/16    Diana Bauman

5/23    Marty Maurice

5/30    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.


5/02    Barb Basalyga & Debbie Cravotta

5/09    Terry Ceplecci & Judy Dodge

5/16    Rick & Bonnie Thompson

5/23    Marty Maurice & Grace Shiau

5/30    Tim & Amy Martin


5/02    Rick Thompson

5/09    Linda Murray

5/16    Diana Bauman

5/23    Terry Ceplecci

5/30    Brenda Hart