Welcome to St. Paul’s! Easter is here! He has Risen Indeed!

Many thanks to Jillian Russel for filling in for Pastor Gonsalves on Sunday. You did an excellent job!

Jillian Russell Conducted our Sunday Service.
Jillian Russell filled in for Pastor Gonsalves.

The Fresh Produce Distribution will next take place on Friday, June 2, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. These are new hours. The distribution will take place at All Occasions, 6989 Waldo Delaware Rd. Waldo, Ohio 43356. About 10,000 pounds of food are generally distributed.

Food Box
Food Box

Deborah Circle will be held Tuesday, June 13, 2022 at 9:30 AM. The Bible study is held on the second Tuesday of each month at the Church. See the schedule here.

On Sunday Night, April 23rd, Family Night was held in the Educational Wing. Pastor James Lichtenberger, family and friends including Joyce Lehner and Deb McEntire took us on a journey to Israel. They gave a presentation entitled “Come Walk With Us Where Jesus Walked” after our supper. Esther Levering did a great job in organizing the event.

Deb McEntire, Pianist
Deb McEntire visited Israel.

Tuesday, May 23, our Drive-Thru Neighborhood Supper will take place between 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Please sign up on our Family Board to donate cookies or volunteer. Please contact Penny Ward with any questions. We provide free warm meals in styrofoam boxes to take home. Once the Covid virus crisis is over, we will be able to eat together at the church. We need volunteers to donate cake and to help out. We have a list of dates for the year.

Penny Ward, our current treasurer, has prayerfully discerned that it time for her to step away after serving faithfully for over four years. Many thanks to Penny for her hard work!

Penny Ward
Penny Ward, Treasurer.

The Treasurer Search Committee is looking for a qualified person to serve as treasurer. Managing the finances of the church requires a great deal of skill, time, and commitment.

If you feel you possess the skills and qualities necessary for this responsibility and you are interested in serving, please contact any member of the Treasurer Search Committee: Cheryl Beineke, Cheryl Wickersham, Pam Wells, Bruce Gast and Bonnie Gast.

Vanilla is available for purchase in the kitchen at the price of $3.00 a bottle. Please give your money to Sharon Warner.

Haiti, one of the poorest countries on earth, has suffered a devastating earthquake and continued political upheaval. St. Paul’s has been supporting Living Hope Ministries for many years. Living Hope Ministries provides schooling, trade training, and religious instruction to hundreds of youngsters. Their need is always great. You can make a donation using your offering envelope or going through the Living Hope Ministries web site.

Lutheran World Relief is also taking donations for Haitian earthquake relief, Turkey Earthquake relief, the people of Ukraine and other areas of need. You can make a donation by going to https://donate.lwr.org.

The war in Ukraine has prompted millions of people to flee their homes and country. If you would like to help, designate your contribution to Eastern Europe Crisis Response on your offering envelope. You may also send contributions directly. Make your check out to Lutheran Disaster Response. Send it to: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ElCA Gifts Processing Center, PO Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009. In the memo line write either Eastern Europe Crisis Response or Where Needed Most.

Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves
Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves delivering the sermon on a recent Sunday.

Communion – We have communion on most Sundays at the altar rail, or a flow through communion. Please come forward at the deacon’s direction. If you are unable to come to the front of the church, tell a deacon and the pastor will bring communion to you in your seat. You may have either wine or grape juice. Non-communing children and others who do not wish to receive communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

Communion Bread and Wine.
Holy Communion is celebrated on every Sunday.

“At the table of our lord Jesus Christ, God nourishes faith, forgives sin, and calls us to be witnesses to the Gospel!” – The Use of the Means of Grace.

You can attend via Zoom too! The Church Service starts at 10:30 AM. Sunday School will start at 9:30 AM. After every Service, a recording of the service is uploaded to Facebook. You can watch the service on St. Paul’s Facebook page.

Prayer requests – We are asking St. Paul’s Church Family to write down the name(s) of people you would like to have on the prayer list for the current month and coming months. We have a sign-up sheet available in the church narthex. At the end of the month all names will be removed from the prayer list. If you would like to keep names on longer, sign-up sheets are available for the next several months.

For those with hearing difficulties we have an option to amplify the audio for you. If you would like to try this option, please alert a deacon.

Devotionals, Christ in Our Home for April – June 2023 are available between the back doors and in the Narthex.

Christ in Our Home
Christ in Our Home available for free in
the Education Wing.

The magazine, Living Lutheran, is available in the Education Wing. It is free for the taking. If you want to read about recent events in the ELCA or uplifting stories, pick up a copy to take home. Living Lutheran comes out monthly.

Living Lutheran Magazine
Living Lutheran Magazine free
for the taking available
in the Education Wing.

Jim Wellhausen has made created a number of Sermonettes. They can be accessed on the menu above or by clicking on this link. The sermonettes cover a number of topics:

  • Why We Pray
  • Our Sins and are They Forgiven
  • To Judge or Not to Judge
  • Repentance
  • Bread and Wine, Body and Blood
  • The Story of Mary
  • Abraham, Isaac, God and his Son
  • God’s Kingdom, Our Kingdom and the Bible
  • Jephthat and His Daughter

The Flower Calendar has been posted on the Bulletin Board. Please sign up to provide flowers for a Sunday worship service.

Zoom – Contact Tammy Alexander at the Church Office for Zoom connection details. You can attend via computer, smart phone, or phone. Members of the church should have received a letter with the connection information.

Elder, Linda Lovell and Claudia Fetter can provide spiritual assistance including communion. If you have a concern, problem, or prayer request, they have a ready ear and are just a phone call away.

Our prayer chain is ready for prayer requests. Again contact Pastor Jen, Linda Lovell, Claudia Fetter, Janet Poorman, or Tammy Alexander at the church office.

Philippians 4:6  “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

We pray that everyone comes through the present Covid crisis and world upheaval unscathed. Please say some extra prayers and lend a (virtual) helping hand to those around you. While life has been turned upside down, each of us has faced far worse in our personal lives. The only difference now is that we all are facing the same crisis together at the same time. Take this time to study your Bible. Pray! Steady those who are unsteady. Reassure those who are scared. At some point this crisis will be over. God is with us! May God smile on you this and every day! He is holding you in His Hand.

You can get up-to-date information on our congregation from our Facebook page too.

For upcoming events and dates see This Week!

Thanks for visiting us online.  Please take a few moments to explore some of the ministries of our church community.  Nestled in the village of Waldo, Ohio, we gather across generations to worship, learn, encourage, serve, and share the story of God’s gracious love.  If you are looking for a welcoming community where your faith can grow in fellowship with others, come join us!