Welcome to St. Paul’s!

Christmas is upon us!

Upcoming Christmas Season Services flyer.
Upcoming Christmas Season Services.

Please note: In the event of a Marion County Level 2 Weather Emergency, the church service will be cancelled.

Sunday School starts at 9:30 AM. The Worship Service starts at 10:30 AM. You can also always watch via Zoom. Contact our Church Office for connection details.

Christmas by Candlelight and a live nativity scene will be held at the Marion County Fairgrounds, December 18, 2022 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.

The last Advent Service before Christmas will be held on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00 PM in the Educational Wing. It will be devoted to those who are grieving or struggling with the Christmas season. The offering will be given to the American Red Cross.

Christmas Eve Candle Light Service will be held on December 24th at 7:00 PM. The offering will be given to the Marion Homeless Shelter.

The Christmas Day Service on December 25th will start at 9:30 AM an hour earlier than normal. There will be no Sunday School. The offering will be given to the the Fresh Food Distribution.

The Church office will be closed from December 22nd through December 26th.

Tuesday, December 27nd, 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.

On Sunday, January 1, 2023, the Church service will be devoted to the songs of Christmas and lessons from the Bible about the Christmas story. The service will start at 10:30 AM. There will be no Sunday School.

The Fresh Produce Distribution will next take place on Friday, January 6th, 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.

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

Deborah Circle will be held Tuesday, January 10, 2022 at 9:30 AM. The Bible study is held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Church. See the schedule here.

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.

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.

Covid UpdateMask Update – Since Marion County has survived the surge in Covid 19 cases, masks are optional. 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!

Church Council has decided to allow singing at our church service as long as Covid infections remain low in Marion County. We have also restarted our traditional communion practices. We have communion at the altar rail, or a flow through communion depending on the Sunday.

You can attend via Zoom too! The Church Service starts at 10:30 AM. Sunday School will start at 9:30 AM except on Christmas Day. There will be no Sunday School and the Church Service 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.

Communion Update: We have reverted back to our traditional communion practices. We have communion at the altar rail, or a flow through communion depending on the Sunday. 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. Children and those who do not wish to receive communion are welcome to come forward for a blessing.

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.

Coming UP!

The Fresh Produce Distribution will next take place on January 6, 2022 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Note the new hours. 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

Devotionals, Christ in Our Home for January – March 2022 are available between the back doors and in the Narthax.

Christ In Our Home Devotional

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.

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 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 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!