On February 4, Church Council interviewed Pastor Jennifer Gonsalves and voted to extend a call to her. At our congregational meeting on February 21 the congregation approved calling Pastor Gonsolves.
Pastor Gonsalves has been the Associate Minister for Grace Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota for the last two years. She graduated from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, Columbia, SC in 2013. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota in 2009.
Covid Update – Church services in the sanctuary have resumed. 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.
The Neighborhood Supper will be held February 23 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. See Penny Ward for information and to sign up to help. 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.
February 24, 7:00 PM – Lenten Service at St. Paul’s, in the parking lot via FM Radio, and on Zoom. To access Zoom, call the church office.
Please review the Church Directory and make sure that your name, address, phone and e-mail address is up to date for 2021. It will be published soon. It is on the table in the church narthex.
The Fresh Produce Distribution will next take place on March 5, 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.
Portals of Prayers for January – March 2021 is available on the chair between the back doors as well as 2021 Offering Envelopes,
Sunday Preview by Pastor Bob on Facebook, at 7:00 PM on Tuesdays. Go to the St. Paul’s Facebook page. It will reflect on the past week’s sermon and Pastor Bob’s first thoughts on the lessons for the upcoming Sunday.
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
- 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
Deborah Circle – Has been canceled due to the Covid epidemic.
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!”
The Reverend Robert Ohrstedt has been hired to become our interim pastor through the end of the year. He just celebrated 40 years in the ministry! Read more information about Pastor Bob here. Pastor Bob has written a message to the congregation.
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. Someday 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!