Welcome to St. Paul’s!

Time ChangeSunday School will now start at 9:00 AM until September. Church will start at 10:00 AM. Adult Sunday School will meet in the sanctuary. It will also be broadcast on Zoom.

Waldo Community Blood Drive – Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. To schedule an appointment, call 800-RedCross or visit Redcross.org Use the sponsor code: Waldo.

Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves was installed on Palm Sunday. Bishop Daniel Beaudoin and our former Pastor, Sarah Schaaf, led the service and installed Pastor Gonsalves. The service can be viewed on Facebook if you missed it. Welcome Pastor Jen! Click here for more information about our new pastor.

Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves
Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves preached her first sermon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on March 21, 2018.

Covid UpdateMask Update – In accordance with CDC recommendations, masks are now optional or individuals who are fully vaccinated (15 days after their final shot.)

As you have done throughout this pandemic, we ask that you continue to show love and care or your neighbors around you. Respect the boundaries of those who are not yet able or comfortable with removing masks and ask before sitting next to or standing close by. Thank you for your cooperation!

At the Church Council meeting on May 20th, the council has decided to have the Safety Committee decide exactly how and when to relax the rules in the sanctuary and at church functions. Church Council has decided to allow singing a verse or two of the final hymn at our church service as long as covid infections remain low in Marion County. We are still maintaining social distancing in the sanctuary. Every other pew is blocked off. We are broadcasting to cars in the church parking lot via FM radio and you can attend via Zoom! The Church Service starts at 10:30 AM. Adult Sunday School will start at 8:30 AM on Zoom. Children’s Sunday School starts at 9:30 AM on Zoom. After every Service it is uploaded to Facebook. You can watch the service on St. Paul’s Facebook page.

Communion Update: We have changed our communion practices due to Covid. We are not pouring the wine and distributing the bread as we have in the past. Instead we provide a self-contained package of either wine and communion wafer or grape juice and communion wafer. As you enter the rear of the sanctuary pick up your serving for use later in the service. If you are listening in your car, a deacon will bring the communion choices to you or you can pick one up by the door of the office.

If you would like to provide special music at our worship service please sign the sheet on the Family Board. In the past, Linda and Gary Lovell sang a duet and Kevin Emigh has sung a lovely solo.

Coming UP!

Church Council Meeting – June 17th at 7:00 PM.

The Neighborhood Supper will be held Tuesday, June 22nd from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. See Penny Ward for information and to sign up to help. We need volunteers to donate cake and to help out. 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 have a list of dates for the year.

The Fresh Produce Distribution will next take place on July 2, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The distribution will take place at All Occasions, 6989 Waldo Delaware Rd. Waldo, Ohio. About 10,000 pounds of food are generally distributed.

Fresh Produce Distribution Today
Fresh Produce Distribution Today

Deborah Circle will meet on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 9:30 AM. The Bible study is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Church. See the schedule here.

Portals of Prayers for April – June 2021 is available on the chair between the back doors as well as 2021 Offering Envelopes,

Portals of Prayer January through March 2021
Portals Of Prayer January – March 2021 is a daily devotional for each day of the month.

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.

Blessing Box… A storage unit has been placed on the side of our existing shed to be used as a blessing box. The premise of the box is to provide non-perishable food items to anyone in need. If you would like to help, just place your donated items in the box. If there is no room in the box, leave the items inside the church. If you have questions, please contact Todd or Penny Ward. “Leave what you can, take what you need, but above all be blessed!”

Blessing Box
The Blessing Box has food items for people in need. If you have extra items to donate, please put them in the box.
Blessing Box
The blessing Box is located on the south side of the shed in the parking lot. If you need some emergency items, please check it out. If you have extra items to donate, please place them in the box.
Blessing Box Food Items
If you need some food items, take what you need. If you have some food items that you wish to donate, put them in the blessing box.

Zoom – Contact Chris Seiter 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.

The Elders, Jim Wellhausen and Claudia Fetter are providing assistance. 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 the Elders, or Chris Seiter.

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 crisis 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. The day is getting closer when we will meet together again as we have done in the past and rejoice!

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!