Update 5/9/2021

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

May 9, 2021

Sharing in the ministry today:

Presider – Rev. Gail Zackrison

Organist – Jim Kuzman

Live-stream Technician – Tom Mossor

Altar Guild – Debbie Groves & Ruth Sarko

Assisting Minister – Linda Murray

Church Closing – Kelly Hutchison

Flower Delivery – Peggy Skoczylas

Greeters – Terry Ceplecci & Judy Dodge

Lector – Linda Murray

Sunday School – See Stacey

Ushers – Bill Hart & Ron Wireman

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.

ATTENDANCE    Sunday, May 2 = 47

GIVING        Sunday, May 2, Deposit = $3,397.00        2021 Boiler Project = $24,271.35 (to date)

We have added Boiler Fund as a drop down option to donate through Tithe.ly now.

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


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:  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

The Eternal Light Candle burns this week in loving memory of Mason Osborn by Joyce Osborn.

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


COMMUNION SERVICES:  We will celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday.

GERANIUMS:  We are planning to plant the red geraniums around the outside of the church after Pentecost Sunday.  The cost of each plant is $6.50.  The deadline to order is TODAY, May 9.  Please make your check payable to St. Paul Lutheran Church and mark “geraniums” in the memo portion.

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 jkmorris2@gmail.com.

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 Saturday, May 22, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm.  Please contact Liz Chapin at 330-394-7308 to help. 

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.

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

May 2021

10 – Council in Parlor 6:00 pm

15 – Red Cross in Cassel Hall 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

16 – Newsletter Deadline

21 – Music Festival 8:00 pm

22 – Grand-families in Parlor 10:30-12:00 pm; Music Festival 11:00 am

23 – Annual Congregation Meeting 11:30 am

27 – Preschool Last Day

31 – Memorial Day (Office Closed)


First Communion Meeting with Pastor Z


Children receiving First Communion on Sunday, May 16, are asked to stay after service today to meet with Pastor Z for further discussion and rehearsal.  Dismissal is tentatively noon.  


Saturday, May 22, 11: am – 2:00 pm

Mark your calendars!  The St. Paul Lutheran Church 3rd Annual Stuff-A-Cruiser for the Warren Local School District will be on Saturday, May 22.  Once again, this is a Thrivent sponsored event and will be held at the Warren Police Department.  As always, ALL donations are GREATLY appreciated!  Please choose items that are kid-friendly and require little to no adult supervision.  Contact Stacey Altiere at 330-718-8820 for further information.  The following have been specifically requested by the schools:  non-perishable foods, pasta noodles, pasta sauce, rice, Ramen noodles, cereal, cereal bars, Pop-Tarts, syrup, soups, crackers, snack crackers, fruit cups, pudding, juice boxes, bottled water, canned vegetables, Spaghetti-Os/Beef Ravioli type canned pastas, toiletries, bar soap, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant (men’s and women’s), lotion, mouthwash, body spray, chapstick, socks, hair brush, comb, laundry soap, dish soap.

Community Garden Planting & Clean-Up Day

Saturday, May 29, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Our first official day at the garden will be Saturday, May 29!  All youth and their families are asked to attend and transfer the seedlings they have been growing at home into the beds.  We also need volunteers to help plant vegetables, repair beds, paint, etc.  A sign-up sheet will be in the narthex.  Even if unable to work, the entire congregation is invited to stop by and take a peek!  Please see Stacey Altiere or Debbie Groves for further information.