Newsletter – February



St. Paul Lutheran Church

2860 East Market Street

Warren, OH   44483




A Message from the President…

Now that we are into the second month of the year, we are hopeful that our journey into and through 2021 will continue to improve and we will eventually begin to enjoy open fellowship and less restrictive activities.

The Synod (Pastor Karl Biermann, Assistant to the Bishop) has reached out to Pastor Gail Zackrison to be our Interim Pastor beginning on February 1.  She is currently serving at St. John Lutheran Church in Champion as their Interim and will thus serve as Interim Pastor for both churches.  Pastor Z hails from Marblehead, Massachusetts, and was ordained in 1983.  She has served at various congregations over the years as Pastor and has been trained as an Intentional Interim Pastor.  She currently resides in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.  Our Worship and Music Committee is currently working with Pastor Z to establish scheduling for Lent and Easter services.

As we contemplate present and future events, we must keep ourselves on a strong, steady path of renewed growth.  We must maintain a sense of gratitude by forming a habit of remembrance.  A habit of recalling and thanking God for our blessings.  A habit of daily prayer.  The Bible tells us that maintaining a close walk with God is a command that we must obey and we must try to the best of our ability to perpetuate and enrich our spiritual life.  

The importance of prayer cannot be overstated.  Sure, we think that we can get by without it for a while, but we soon find ourselves in a quandary and overwhelmed.  Trying to make a go of it on our own is a lesson in futility.  A habit of daily prayer is necessary for our peace of mind.

And so, “let us approach the Throne of Grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”.  Hebrews 4:16.  We then celebrate that love and grace by sharing it with others.  Max Lucado’s account of God’s Healing Grace:  She had been bleeding for 12 years.  By the time she got to Jesus, she had nothing left.  She was penniless.  The diagnosis had stolen her last hope.  The hemorrhage had robbed her of her energy.  She had no money, no friends, no options.  With the end of her rope in one hand and a wing and a prayer in her heart, she shoved her way through the crowd.  When her hand touched his garment, a transfusion occurred.  It didn’t bother Jesus that the woman came to him as a last resort.  To him it mattered only that she came.  He knows that with some of us it takes a lot of reality to snap us to our senses and remind us to reach out to him.  He offers his gift of grace to all of us, for after all, we are all God’s children.

Peace and Love,

Diana Bauman




Praying for members with medical challenges:  Darlene Cesta, Jerry Groves, Carolyn Marsh

Remembering those with special needs:  Ann Buch, Gini Cage, Peggy Martin, Dean Voye, Mark Voye 

Remembering those who are home bound:  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

THANK YOU:  Thank you to Debbie Illencik and the Youth Group for the evening meals provided each month.  They were great!  Also the peanut butter cookies from Debbie.  Thank you also to Roger and Diana Bartlett for the Christmas basket.  Thank you also to Roger for taking me to the retina doctor for treatment each month.    Kenny and Jerry Wareham

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 January will be on Saturdays, February 13 and 27, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Liz Chapin to help. 

FOOD OUTREACH:  We are thankful for the response from you.  Keep filling the basket and we will keep delivering as needed into the new year.  The following suggested items are always appreciated:  cereal, soup and crackers, macaroni & cheese, easy-prep noodle or rice side dishes, canned meats, canned fruit and vegetables, boxed potatoes, peanut butter and jelly, and cookies.  Monetary donations can be made to the church with FOOD OUTREACH on the memo line.  This is a Thrivent Financial Action Team project.  Contact Bonnie Thompson at 330-272-1400, Debbie Illencik at 234-308-1626, or Grace Shiau at 330-720-4579.

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 = Lilith Heuser & Jake Lynn

7 = Jacob Groves & Jean Maurice

9 = Eileen Hazel & Alyson Moorhead

10= Michael Altiere

12 = Stacey Altiere

14 = David Basalyga, Linda Caldwell, & Logan Mossor

15 = Nathan McCracken

18 = Harry Pasku, Jr.

23 = Carolyn Marsh

24 = David Baudo



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

2/07    Gabbie DiRubba




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

2/07    Nola Bennett

2/14    Lorri Baudo

2/21    Liz Chapin

2/28    Marty Maurice

Church Closing

Georgia Mikola

Communion Assistants

2/07    None through Feb.

2/14    None through Feb.

2/21    None through Feb.

2/28    None through Feb.

Flower Delivery

2/07    Marty Maurice

2/14    Joanne Santucci

2/21    June & Kelly Hutchison

2/28    Peggy Skoczylas

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


2/7    Marty Maurice & Joanne Santucci               

2/14    Trisha Mossor & Liz Chapin                   

2/21    Linda Murray & Nola Bennett                   

2/28    Christine Mymo                       


2/07 Barb Basalyga & Harry Pasku

2/14 Barb Basalyga & Harry Pasku

2/21 Diana Bauman & Kay Paajanen

2/28 Diana Bauman & Kay Paajanen


2/07    Brooke Frazzini

2/14    Lorri Baudo

2/21    Liz Chapin

2/28    Marty Maurice