Welcome to St. Paul’s!

The Red Cross will hold a blood drive at the church on Saturday, September 25th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. To schedule an appoint call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or visit RedCrossBlood.org. The sponsor code is “Waldo.” Masks are required.

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. You can make a donation by going to https://donate.lwr.org.

Sunday, August 29 – Adult Sunday School starts at 9:00 AM . Church will start at 10:00 AM.

Time Change – On Sunday, September 5th we revert to the regular schedule. Adult Sunday School will start at 9:30 AM. Church will start at 10:30 AM. It will also be broadcast on Zoom and available on Facebook after the service ends.

Rally Day will be held on Sunday, September 12th at 9:30 AM. The traditional potluck breakfast will NOT be held. However donuts, coffee, and juice will be offered outside and there will be activities for the children. Installation of teachers and blessing the children and backpacks will be held at the 10:30 AM service.

A Meeting for Youth (6th-12 grades) and Parents will be held on Sunday, September 12th after worship. Plans for the year and the 2022 summer trip will be discussed.

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

Covid UpdateMask Update – Since Marion County has had a surge in Covid 19 cases, we request everyone, (vaccinated and unvaccinated) wear masks.

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 at our church service as long as covid infections remain low in Marion County. You can attend via Zoom too! The Church Service starts at 10:00 AM. Adult Sunday School will start at 9:00 AM in the sanctuary. After every Service, a recording of the service 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 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.

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 month of September. We have a sign-up sheet available in the church narthex. At the end of September all names will be removed from the prayer list. If you would like to keep names on longer, sign-up sheets are available for October and November.

Coming UP!

Church Council will meet on Thursday, September 16th at 7:00 PM.

The Neighborhood Supper will be held Tuesday, September 28, 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 September 3, 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 be held Tuesday, September 14, 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 forJuly – September 2021 is available between the back doors.

Portals Of Prayer
Portals of Prayer for July to September 2021.

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 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 Linda Lovell 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!