September Newsletter

SEASONS

SEPTEMBER 2021

St. Paul Lutheran Church

2860 East Market Street

Warren, OH   44483

330-394-5741

Mission Statement

Baptized in Christ and strengthened through Word and Sacrament, we seek to share Christ’s love and forgiveness, to live in the world as God’s humble servants, and to be a caring and welcoming community.

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SUNDAY WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL AT 10:30 am

FROM INTERIM PASTOR GAIL ZACKRISON:

There are so many changes coming upon us, so many things demanding our attention.  The CAT (Congregational Assessment Tool) is being processed by the Call Committee at St. Paul, and you have had some presentations on what Holy Cow learned about that congregation through this survey.  St. John has been learning similar stuff about themselves over the last year or so, and is also working on the essays for the MSP (Ministry Site Profile) that is given to any pastoral candidate so he or she can learn about the individual congregations.  Similarly, a pastor or seminarian ready for call will fill out a Rostered Minister Profile so that congregations can look at the candidate whose material is provided by the Synod office.  I am sure glad I don’t have to do one of those anymore!

We are also all trying to navigate our living and being and working and worship through the levels of vaccinations and variants of the COVID virus, and masks or no masks.  I think most of the folks at St. John and St. Paul are vaccinated, but if not, please ask your doctor if the vaccine is okay for you.  If so, then get it, for the sake of everyone.  Pope Francis calls getting the vaccine an “act of love”.  The more people who get sick means the more possibility of evolution of the virus which leads to the greater possibility of more variants, and so on and so on.  The only way to get past this pandemic is to “starve” the virus – no new infections!  That means masking when necessary, obeying masking requirements, and get the vaccine.

And then we’ve got the Afghanistan situation to be concerned with.  There are various ways to learn more about the situation and how we can help through the national church – the ELCA Advocacy Action Center, Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Services, and Lutheran Disaster Relief, which currently is more focused on Haiti and the U.S. wildfires.  The count as of Wednesday morning (8/18) in the Haiti earthquake is over 1,900 dead, and almost 10,000 injured, and going into peak hurricane season (Grace stopped raining as of this morning), and also the COVID situation to deal with.  Both of these stories are gut-wrenching!

The ELCA Advocacy Action Center, Lutheran Refugee and Immigration Services (LRIS), and Lutheran Disaster Relief, as well as others like the Red Cross are all ways that we can help our neighbor, whether next door, nearby, or around the world.  God’s call to God’s people is to take care of each other.  Period.

This can all get a little overwhelming, and even depressing.  And I think even the news people realize this.  I watch the ABC local news at 6:00 pm.  Then I switch to the NBC national news, because ABC tends to sensationalize the news too much – we don’t need any more triggers of anxiety.  So, NBC national at 6:30 pm Monday through Thursday.  Lester Holt always ends the newscast at 7:00 pm by saying something like “take care of yourselves…and each other”.  The tone of the NBC program is slightly less sensational than Norah O’Donnell on CBS national.  At 7:00 pm, I switch to the PBS Newshour (always informative) and they, too, have stories that look to uplift, stories that feature the creative imagination of people helping people.  But on Fridays at 6:30 pm, I switch to CBS in order to get the Steve Hartman stories.  Last Friday, August 13, there was a story about an injured goose being treated at a facility in Barnstable, MA.  I am sure some of you saw it, and you can find it online – CBS Steve Hartman stories.  Anyhow, the injured goose’s mate must have watched the veterinary team capture the gander, because she showed up at the facility and wanted to get in.  The veterinary team managed to help the two geese get together periodically – it took a few weeks for the gander to heal.  When he was released, he was joined by his mate, and they wandered off to the nearby lake.  Was it love?  It certainly was a lesson for the veterinary team to reconsider what they knew about animal emotions.  And, as usual, Steve Hartman had a caption as the two geese swam into the lake – “what’s good for the goose…is certainly good for mankind.”  Yup.  Re-thinking what we “know” and taking care of each other.

Take care of yourselves…and each other.

Peace,

Pr. Z

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:

September Song comes to mind as we wave good-bye to the Summer Rains and welcome the cool, crisp fragrance of Autumn Air.  Excitement and new expectations meet us as we meander into a new Season.  Along with the scents and scenes of Fall, it is always the beginning of a new school year, an experience that we all have in common.  No matter who you are, somewhere, sometime, somehow, someplace, we all attended school.  

Teachers are looking at the faces of innocence and light.  They are trying with all their strength to teach children wrong from right.  

The teachers that I have known really seemed to care.  They encouraged and prodded with the knowledge that they tried to share.  

Their work is priceless, with precious minds to reach.  It is done out of compassion and love for the ones that they teach.  Teachers shape children in ways we never know.  They challenge and inspire them as they continue to grow.

Teachers should be recognized for the job that they do.  They have made a difference in the lives of me and you.  

Teaching is not really a job—it is a mission of love.  Each teacher serves with wisdom that comes from above.  

A teacher’s purpose is to make a difference in the world, one child at a time.  Instilling values and ideals that serve over the test of time.  

It takes grace to be a teacher with a kind heart and a warm smile.  As well as the perseverance to walk an extra mile.  May all teachers have the grace to see things through.  Bless the children that they are teaching, as God’s love shines on them, too.  

Blessed are all teachers, striving to do their best.  To educate our children, while parents do the rest.  

After all, as you know, parents are a child’s first teacher.  Most parents have taught their children a plethora of knowledge:

Our parents taught us RELIGION.  “You better pray that stain comes out of the carpet.”

They taught us LOGIC.  “Because I said so, that’s why.”

And MORE LOGIC.  “If you fall off that swing and break your neck, you are not going to the store with me!”

They taught us FORESIGHT.  “Make sure that you wear clean underwear in case you are in an accident.”

They taught us IRONY.  “Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about.”

They taught us about the science of OSMOSIS.  “Shut your mouth and eat your supper.”

They taught us about CONTORTIONISM.  “Will you just look at that dirt on the back of your neck!”

They taught us about STAMINA.  “You are going to sit there until all of that spinach is gone.”

They taught us about WEATHER.  “This room of yours looks like a tornado went through it!”

They taught us about HYPOCRISY.  “If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times…don’t exaggerate!”

They taught us about ANTICIPATION.  “You just wait until we get home!”

They taught us MEDICAL SCIENCE. “If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.”  Or “Stop making faces…your face will freeze that way.”

They taught us about ROOTS.  “Shut the door behind you.  Were you born in a barn?”

They taught us about GROWTH PATTERNS.  “If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.”

They taught us WISDOM.  “When you get to be my age, then you will understand.”

And, of course, they taught us about JUSTICE.  “I hope that someday you will have kids and I hope that they turn out just like you!”

God bless our parents and our teachers, wherever they may be.  We honor them and thank them for shaping us into the people that we are today.  As it says in Proverbs:  “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

Love and Peace,

Diana Bauman

COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS

President Diana Bauman called the meeting to order on Monday, August 9.  

Committee Reports:

Call (Diana, Nola, Jim, David):  The Committee is preparing a summary of the Holy Cow Survey to be presented to the congregation on Aug. 15.  Jim gave Council a comprehensive overview of the Survey results.

Education (Debbie):  Rally Day is Sept. 12.  Sunday School will begin on Sept. 19.  The Nursery is in operation and functioning well.

Evangelism (Marty):  The Food Ministry Program has been well received.  Home Communion is given to those who desire it.

Fellowship (Lorri):  Sunday morning Coffee Hour will commence in September.  

Finance (Darlene):  The first installment for the Boiler has been paid to York Mahoning.  The loan from Huntington Bank is forthcoming.

Memorial (Charlene):  The current fund remains stable.

Property (Dale):  Ongoing repairs are being made on the stove that is 30 years old.  Parts are impossible to get.  The installation of the Boiler System continues as well as a replacement for the hot water tank.  

Social Ministry (Judy):  School supplies are being collected for the Warren City School District.

Stewardship (Nola):  The annual Stewardship Campaign is being planned at this time.

Technology (Jim):  New and updated equipment has arrived and will be installed shortly.  A new St. Paul brochure is currently being formatted.

Worship and Music (David):  We will hold an outdoor Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 12, which will include Blessing of the Pets.

Youth Director (Stacey):  The Community Garden continues to be a youth-driven summer project.

Old Business:

1.  Cassel Hall Rental has been revised to include a $50.00 stipend for the Custodian.

2.  A wooden Lock Box to be installed in the Church Office will be ordered by Lorri and paid for from the Memorial Fund.  Keys will be given to the ladies who count the weekly offerings.

New Business:

1.  The Chairs of the Evangelism, Fellowship, and Stewardship Committees will work together to draft a Time and Talent Survey that will be circulated to and completed by our members and then to be condensed into a compact form to be used to better serve the needs of our congregation.

Council Officers:

President – Diana Bauman

Vice President – David Maurice

Secretary – Kelly Hutchison

Next Council Meeting is Monday, September 13.  Questions or comments may be directed to any Council Officer or Member.

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ST. PAUL NEWS & EVENTS

PLEASE PRAY FOR

Praying for members with medical challenges:  Don, Evelyn, Kara, Shirley, Naomi, Jerry, Kenny

Remembering those with special needs:  Gini, Sandy, Trisha, Dean, Mark

Remembering those who are home bound:  Pastor Richard, Bill, Marlene, Geneveive, Eileen, Jean, Harriette

Remembering those in the Military:  Jonathan, Kirk, Michael

THANK YOU:  Brenda and I would like to thank everyone who made the Rummage Sale a success.  Thirty members and friends of St. Paul dedicated time and hard work to plan and organize the sale.  Thank you as well to those of you who donated items, baked, and helped collect treasures for the sale.  We are happy to report Thrivent Financial was a sponsor.  The remaining clothing and linens were delivered to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Clothes Closet.  Children’s shoes will be sent to the school.  Thank you again, Bonnie

THANK YOU:  Thanks to everyone who stayed for our meeting and lunch following worship on August 15 to discuss the results of the Holy Cow Survey.  If you were unable to attend and have any questions, please see any member of the Call Committee.  Jim

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 September will be on Saturdays, September 11 and 25, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Liz to help.

RALLY DAY – SEPT. 12:  Rally Day/Pinwheels for Peace will be on Sunday, September 12.  We will have an outdoor church service at 10:30 am followed by a covered dish on the church lawn.  We will provide hot dogs, beverages, and place settings.  Please see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex so we can get a head count.  Sunday School will begin on Sunday, September 19.  More information will be available in September.  Looking forward to seeing everyone for Rally Day and excited for the Sunday School year.  Have a great Labor Day Weekend!  If you have any questions, please see Debbie.

RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   Red Cross will be taking blood donations at St. Paul on Saturday, September 25.  Volunteers are needed to register donors and to help at the Canteen table.  See the sign-up sheet in the narthex for times.  Thank you, Bonnie

BABY & CHILDREN’S RUMMAGE SALE:  There will be a Rummage Sale for Baby and Children’s Items ONLY in Cassel Hall on Saturday, October 9, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.  Tables are available to rent for $15.00 each and set-up begins at 8:00 am.  Items for sale may include clothing (baby and children’s sizes), toys, and other equipment that is no longer needed – NO CAR SEATS, please.  Contact Bonnie or Brenda if you are interested in renting a table.  Please spread the word among your family, neighbors, and friends.  

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

FOOD OUTREACH ANNIVERSARY:  What a difference a year makes!  Church committees found it difficult to meet in person a year ago.  Great ideas were on hold.  Groups in the narthex were discouraged. Somehow the Food Outreach idea took off.  Pastor Winters compiled a list of possible recipients.  Grace started cooking.  Debbie, Marty, Rick, and I started delivering.  Members started donating to the grocery cart for those in need of a little extra.  We settled on a combination of members and non-members, old and young, many who were unable to attend Sunday service at the time.  The list has shifted a little, but our goal is still to make contact by phone and visit to remind all we haven’t forgotten you and we want to extend a hand.  We did take this opportunity to thank the 911 office in Howland and the main fire station in Warren with a lunch food delivery last February.  Thrivent funding again made it possible to purchase containers and food.  Members at St. Paul have made donations to continue the outreach into its second year.  Our goal is to keep reaching out to the community and to support our members.  There is always room for improvement and additions.  Let us know if we can be of help.  Bonnie

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 and is also able to serve communion if requested.  

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 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.