Update 2/28/21

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church

2860 East Market Street, Warren, Ohio   44483


Office email:   stpaulwarrenoh@aol.com

Office Hours 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

February 28, 2021

Sharing in the ministry today:

Presider – Rev. Gail Zackrison

Live-stream Technician – Tom Mossor

Altar Guild – Debbie Groves & Ruth Sarko

Assisting Minister – Marty Maurice

Church Closing – Georgia Mikola

Flower Delivery – Peggy Skoczylas

Greeter – Christine Mymo

Lector – Marty Maurice

Ushers – Diana Bauman & Kay Paajanen

Our Mission:

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 church.

We are changing our prayer list guidelines.  The names listed below will stay on the list for the month of February.  If you want a name put on the prayer list, please call or email the church office.

February Prayers

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

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

Remembering those who are home bound:  David Baudo, 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

The Eternal Light Candle burns this week in loving memory of Esther Taylor by Rodger and Diana Bartlett.

Announcement Page Articles:  Please have your articles to the church office by Tuesday each week.

Visit us:  On Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/stpaulwarrenoh; on our website at:  stpaulwarrenoh.org

Interim Pastor:  Our Interim Pastor is Gail Zackrison.  She will be our Interim Pastor for this pastoral transition.  She is trained in Intentional Interim Ministry, which is a process to help a congregation look at itself and its mission, etc.  As many of you as possible will be involved in that process.  She lives in Edinboro, PA, with her cat, Jennifer.  She has two daughters, both of which are married with one child each.  Pr. Zackrison went to Christ Seminary-Seminex, and graduated in 1982, and was ordained on Super Bowl Sunday 1983.  She has served congregations in Missouri and Pennsylvania with several interim positions in Missouri, Kansas, Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  She is currently the interim at St. John Lutheran Church in Champion also.

Grand-families:  Grand-families meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month in the Parlor.  We will meet Saturday, March 13 & 27, at 10:30 am.

Supporting St. Paul Lutheran Church:  It’s time to remind Thrivent members to direct Choice Dollars by March 30.  Many projects and activities in 2020 were supported with funding from Thrivent Financial.  Members can build on our resources from Thrivent to make a good idea into a great project with an Action Team in 2021.  You may also be able to support us by participating in Thrivent Choice!  Through the Thrivent Choice program, you can make a personal donation or direct Thrivent Choice Dollars to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Warren, Ohio.  To learn more about Thrivent, visit thrivent.com or call 800-847-4836 and listen to the prompts.  I can help you with that if you need assistance, Bonnie Thompson 330-272-1400.

Food Outreach:  Grace Shiau has been cooking again, supplying delicious, warm meals for distribution on February 19.  We also delivered boxes of shelf-stable foods.  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, chili, crackers, macaroni and cheese, easy-prep noodle or rice side dishes, canned meats (tuna salmon, turkey, chicken), canned vegetables, boxed potatoes, gravy, peanut butter and jelly, and cookies.  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.  
Art Show Baskets:  Our preschool is planning to have their annual art show sometime after Easter, and as many of you know, this is a very well attended event.  They have graciously given us the opportunity to hold a basket raffle, with the proceeds going toward the cost of our new heating system.  We are willing to plan and create these baskets as we have done in the past, but we will definitely need the help of our congregation.  There will soon be sign-up sheets in the narthex with suggested items for these baskets, and we invite you to sign up to donate one or more items.  We will also accept cash donations from those who prefer not to shop.  No amount is too small as we are bargain hunters!  Place your check in the offering plate marked “Art Show Baskets” on the memo line.  You may also contact one of us if you have items that are not on the list but could fit into one of the basket themes.  The proposed themes are:  Italian/wine basket, gardening basket, men’s basket, laundry/cleaning supplies basket, family fun basket, children’s kitchen basket, and gift card/lottery ticket basket.  We already have a children’s basket ready to go.  This is an opportunity for everyone in the congregation to be involved in this fundraiser and help to contribute to the cost of our heating system.  Please participate if you are able!  If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Ceplecci at 330-534-2388 or Kay Paajanen at 330-394-0007.