Steeple 2012

Service Schedule


November 2, 16 and 23, 2014

8:30 AM Worship Service

9:45 Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship Service


November 9 and 30, 2014

10:00 AM Worship Service

No Sunday School


Holy Communion served at all services.

Nursery care provided during services.


Orange mums

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Mission Statement

To know and serve Christ by reaching out in love to all.

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October Children’s Ministry News

          Sunday School is back and in full swing!  Please join us every Sunday morning from 9:45-10:45am.  Preschoolers – High School are all welcome.  We hope to see you!
          We also send out a huge thank you to our 2014-15 Sunday School staff.  The following St. Paul members have committed to lead our young people in their Sunday School studies this year.  We thank them for stepping forward to provide leadership for our children and teens.
       Preschool- Kelly Brandt, Kyle Lengel, Cayln Henderson
       Kindergarten- Cheryl Harkema, Traci Krug
       First/Second Grades- Jean Meresko, Nancy Goette
       Third/Fourth Grades- John Kelly
       Fifth/Sixth Grades- Jim Lappin
       Seventh/Eighth Grades- Randy Genther, Jeff Schlott, Marianne Trausch, Pastor Pam Kelly   
       High School-Pastor Tom Henderson
          Calling all kids!  Children’s Church is back and we hope that you will join us on the second and fourth Sundays at both services.  Please listen for Mrs. Hines to play “Jesus Loves the Little Children” on the organ and you will know to come to the back of the Sanctuary.  Hope you will join us!

We send out many thanks to everyone who helped to make Rally Day 2014 such a fun kick-off to our 2014-15 year.  We thank Kevin Hines and his Bluegrass group for leading us in our worship service.  Thank you to Cathie Varnes and her workers for the food preparation for our lunch.  Cathie does such a great job of feeding all of us with such love and care.  There were truly so many people that contributed to the day’s events that it is impossible to name them all.  We hope that you know how much your help was appreciated.  We send our thanks to the people that helped to set up and take down the tables and chairs, helped with the food in the kitchen, helped in the office, and to all of you who attended our Rally Day.  What a blessing you all are!  Thanks so much!


A great big thank you goes out to Gail Dailey for her weekly donations of yummy treats.  Thank you, Gail!  Food donations are always appreciated for all of the children, youth, families, and St. Paul members who gather in our Library Fellowship area on a Sunday morning.  Thank you to all who leave donations for our Sunday mornings.

October Children’s Ministry Calendar

October 5th 9:15 Recorders
9:45-10:15 Sunday School
2:00-3:00 Play Uno with the Aristocrat

October 12th 8:30 Children’s Church
9:45-10:45 Sunday School
11:00 Children’s Church

October 19th 9:15 Recorders
9:45-10:45 Sunday School
2:00-3:00 Play Uno with the Aristocrat

October 26th 8:30 Children’s Church
9:45-10:45 Sunday School
11:00 Children’s Church




Confirmation Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 9:45am in Room K

          We will continue our study of The Ten Commandments this month.  Specifically we will look at what it means to have a Sabbath day and to keep it holy, honoring our parents, and respecting life, not killing it.  On the 26th we will have our first test.  All the answers will be posted on our St. Paul website before the test morning.  It will cover what we have learned about the first five commandments.

Test Stuff‏ From October 19, 2014 commandment          Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
4th commandment           Honor your father and mother
5th commandment           You shall not kill.

What does God declare concerning all these commandments?
He says, “I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:5b-6 ESV).  The answers are in bold and underlined.

God uses a “chain-of-command” to rule the world, including things such as: governments, judges, police, teachers, pastors, and parents.

 When God says, “do not kill” he means everyone.  He does not want us to harm either ourselves or others.
 Protection           to be kept from danger and harm
Authority             to have power, to be in charge

 How does a traffic light represent the ways Luther taught us to look at the Commandments in his Small Catechism
                The traffic light tells us to stop, go and use caution.  When Luther talks about the Ten Commandments , he not only tells us what not to do.  Luther also explains how the Commandments show what we should do and how we should live.

 In your own words, define what “sin” is.  What makes sin wrong?  Why is it a good thing for God to point out our sin?
                Mrs. Trausch went over this in class.  I, Pastor Pam, would say sin is being separated from God.  It’s wrong because we then are not connected to our loving Father who only wants the best for us and is willing to walk with us.  God points out when we sin so we can get reconnected to Him.   

Test Stuff from 10-5-2014
3rd Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
 The Sabbath is to be observed one out of every _______ days.  (seven)
 Sabbath               to stop; to rest; to take a break.
 A good way to observe the Sabbath is by going to church  T

Confirmation Test Stuff from 9-28-2014
 You will need to write out each commandment…
1st           You shall have no other gods before me
2nd          You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain

 You will need to match these words with their definition
Priority                     -            what comes first in order and action
Respect                     -          to recognize and honor the power of
Temptation             -          when something or someone pressures you to sin
In Vain                      -           for nothing, or for no good reason
Idols                          -           anything we trust other than God
Commandments    -         rules and laws God gives for our protection

 You will need to fill in the blanks
God gave the law for our benefit; God’s law _____________ us.  (protects)
In the Small Catechism, Luther’s explanations to the commandments start out like this:  “We should ______ and ________ God so that…” (fear, love)
Having faith in God means that you ___________ God. (trust)
God’s ______is an important and powerful thing, because it helps us know him and to call on him.  (name)

You will need to offer short answers to these questions
What are the two basic functions of God’s law?
a)      Creates order
b)      Shows us our sin

You will have to circle T for true or F for false
The Ten Commandments are not the only laws in the Bible  T
God is the first and main authority in our lives   T
Jesus was tempted but he did not sin; he did not give in to temptation  T
Sin can include thoughts, words, and actions T
God wants us to pick and choose which commandments to follow F
Martin Luther originally wrote the Ten Commandments  F



“ST. PAUL CONFIRMANDS” board in the hallway is missing pictures from 2010 and 2011. If you have an 8x10 or just a snapshot, please bring to the office, we can copy and return to you.

Church 2012


Saint Paul Church is located on the south-east corner of East Bagley Road and Eastland Road in Berea, Ohio.

Our address is: 276 East Bagley Road, Berea, Ohio 44017

From the north take I-71 South to the Bagley Road exit, turn west (right) on Bagley Road, drive 1 mile, the church will be on the left.

From the south take I-71 North to the Bagley Road exit, turn west (left) on Bagley Road, drive 1 mile, the church will be on the left.

From the east or west take I-480 to I-71 South, to the Bagley Road exit, turn west (right) on Bagley Road, drive 1 mile, the church will be on the left.

Parking lot off Eastland Road


Listen To Us


Sermon October 26, 2014 Charles R See

Sermon October 19, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon October 12, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon October 05, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon September 28, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon September 21, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon September 14, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon September 7, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon August 31,2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon August 24, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon August 17, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly


Listen God Is Calling Choir Fire 10-26-2014

Sing A New Song Covenant Choir 10-19-2014

10,000 Reasons Praise Choir 10-12-2014

Come To The Table Worship Team 10-12-2014

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands Faithful Ringers 10-5-2014

Bread Of The World Covenant Choir 10-5-2014

Send Out Your Grace Worship Team 9-28-2014

Give Me Jesus Covenant Choir 9-21-2014

Kyrie and Glory To God Worship Team 9-14-2014

Will The Circle Be Unbroken JP & The Chatfield Boys & Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

Just A Closer Walk With Thee JP & The Chatfield Boys & Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

On The Wings Of A Dove Mixed Worship Teams with JP & The Chatfield Boys 9-7-2014

I've Been Redeemed Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

Down To The River To Pray JP & The Chatfield Boys & Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

Do Lord JP & The Chatfield Boys & Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

I Saw The LightJP & The Chatfield Boys & Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

I'll Fly Away JP & The Chatfield Boys & Combined Worship Teams 9-7-2014

Amazing Grace B and C Ozanich 8-31-2014

Doxology Congregation 8-31-2014

Beautiful Savior B Goette & L Morella 8-24-2014

Meditation French Horn and Organ 8-24-2014

What A Savior L Morella 8-17-2014

Eternal Father Strong To Save Congregation 8-10-2014

Ladamus Te M Ghrist & S Metivier - Sopranos 8-3-2014

Give To Jehovah D Young - Baritone 8-3-2014

Vocalise T Jelen -Bassoon 7-27-2014

Et Incarnatus Est C Euype -Soprano, L Foster -Flute, L Cormack -Oboe, T Jelen -Bassoon 7-27-2014

Minuet L Forster & L Cormack -Flutes 7-27-2014

Come Ye Disconsolate C. Coughlin 7-20-2014

Kyrie C. Coughlin 7-20-2014

How Beautiful C. Cain & M. Montag 7-13-14

America D. Young & Congregation 7-6-2014

For The Beauty Of The Earth P. Kelly, S. McLaughlin, S. Siebert Flute Trio 7-6-2014

Trio#1 Allegro P. Kelly, S. McLaughlin, S. Siebert Flute Trio 7-6-2014


Colors of Grace Good Friday Cantata 4-18-2014

The Apostle's Creed

The Lords Prayer

The Nicene Creed


Sheep and Goats for October—

Redeemer Crisis Center a beacon of hope in the neighborhood — 2970 West 30th St. & Walton Ave., Cleveland
Hunger is the inability to identify where your next meal is coming from. The Center’s goal is to help families and individuals with the food resources necessary to feed themselves and their families in their homes for the next 9 – 12 nutritious meals. We serve people living on the near west side of Cleveland who continue to struggle to survive financially below the 150% poverty level. This year the Center has added a garden to provide more fresh produce for monthly bags. Our clients include senior citizens and the disabled living on fixed incomes whose monthly dollars must cover food as well as medicine; families who have recently become unemployed or who are underemployed; the homeless, and those facing unexpected circumstances such as medical emergencies, accidents, death of a family member, or the need to help a relative with housing.

Organ pipes

Our Music

Saint Paul church offers a wide variety of liturgical music and has choirs and music groups for all ages. You can choose to attend services with traditional or contemporary music most Sundays.

Check out the "Listen To Us" tab

Traditional Services This Month:

October 5 and 19, 2104 @ 8:30 AM

October 12 and 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Contemporary Services This Month:

October 12 and 26, 2014 @ 8:30 AM

October 5 and 19, 2104 @ 11:00 AM


Outreach Programs

St. Paul has many programs and projects that impact the local community as well as the greater world beyond our neighborhood. Many of our members and friends are not aware of these efforts, and the great opportunities they present to show Christ’s love to others. Here are some of them:

  • Adopt a Platoon: Dave Hall is the coordinator. This project collects cash and material donations. The product is “Care Packages” sent to an isolated US Military unit overseas. “Adopt A Platoon” is a National Organization. See We have had about 10 different groups over the years since 2002.
  • Community Meal: In cooperation with other Berea churches offers meals on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM to community members. The community meal is currently being held at St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
  • Fair Trade Coffee and chocolate sales: Marianne and Bob Trausch are the coordinators. Proceeds go to benefit Lutheran World Relief and the coffee is OUTSTANDING! Watch for Bob in the hallway outside the church office between services.
  • Habitat for Humanity: This program provides decent, affordable housing to dramatically change a family's life. The cycle of poverty is broken, health, physical safety and security improve, educational and job prospects increase, a sense of stability and dignity grows and money is freed up for other essential needs. Many of our members work on local building projects. John and Mary Evans serve as fund raising coordinators and also in many other roles.
  • Just Like Home: Provides support to Baldwin Wallace college students who sign up to be a part of the group.
  • Meals On Wheels: St. Paul’s provides the kitchen facilities for this critical local outreach program that provides meals (at a nominal fee) to shut ins and the elderly throughout Berea and adjacent towns. Contact the office if you are able to help with meal delivery or other assistance.
  • Pre-School: The Early Education Center provides a quality Christian education for children 3 - 5 years old and offers support and guidance for parents.
  • Redeemer Crisis Center: is a ministry serving low income families with meals and the necessities of life. Located on the near west side. We help serve meals, pack groceries and have an ongoing clothing collection. Contact the office if you would like to help.
  • Sheep & Goats: This is a project to collect an extra offering in response to the challenge in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 25. “Whatever you did for the least of these …”. A different social concern is chosen every month and all donations for the month go there. Recipients have included Lutheran Metro Ministry
  • Support for Providence House: Cindy Cain coordinates donations and special projects. Providence house is one of the nation's oldest operating crisis nurseries offering emergency shelter and care to children who are actively at risk for abuse and neglect due to family crisis.
  • Youth outreach: TORCH - This is a Saturday program where youth groups from several local churches join forces to help needy people and congregations in the Cleveland area. The kids meet with leaders in the morning and groups are dispatched to places like the LMMO Mens’ shelter on Lakeside and St. Herman’s monastery. They all meet back at the starting point for pizza around dinner time. Adult helpers are always needed! Contact Pastor Tom for more info.

Our Pastors

Pastor HendersonSenior Pastor - Rev. Tom Henderson x202 E-mail:





Pastor KellyAssociate Pastor - Rev. Pam Kelly x208





Director of Music Ministry - Lois Hines x210


Director of Children’s Ministry - Susan Moore x207


Assistant Organist - Richard Densmore

Worship Leader - Barbara Tibbitts

Children/Cherub Choirs - Linda Forster

Office - Sherrill Crawford & Rae Batig x200


Bookkeeper - Lynnette Ozanich

Nursery Care Provider - Gail Brandt

Pastor's Letter

Dear Friends,
When my children were very young, they would sometimes come to me and say, “Daddy, I need some money to buy you a birthday present.” As a parent, I certainly didn’t resent buying my own gift; rather I was touched and thankful to receive that gift from the heart.
In that same way, stewardship begins with the realization that all is gift. All that we have, every breath we take, every moment of our life comes from the gracious hand of God. Even if we were to devote every moment or every dollar to serving God we could never give to God anything that didn’t belong to God already.
It is in that spirit that I would like you to consider your financial commitment to our congregation for the coming year. At our September meeting, the church council considered a preliminary budget of $520,222, ($35,025.00 of which is for roof replacement).   The final proposal will be voted on at the congregational meeting on November 9th.
Soon you will receive a pledge card and financial chart to guide your giving. You are asked to return the completed form on Sunday, November 9th combined 10:00 service. They will be presented to God as we come forward for communion.
Our financial position remains strong. We finished the summer significantly in the black. We still have to pay the remaining balance on the roof repairs, but we should finish the year in good shape. Thank you for your generous support.
May God bless and guide you as you decide how best to use the gifts God has entrusted to your care.
Pastor Tom Henderson


Philosophy of the Center

St. Paul Early Education Center is a non-profit Christian center for young children and their families.  It is a place where chil­dren are encouraged to develop their own unique, individual skills and talents. The center provides a healthy, loving child-centered environment to aid young children in their social, emotional, physi­cal, intellectual and spiritual growth. Programs to support and encourage par­ents of young children are also provided as an integral part of our program.


The school is governed by a Board of Di­rectors comprised of nine members, two of whom are parents of children in the early education center.

Our faculty has been carefully selected for experience and love of children.  All teachers have an Early Childhood Education degree or a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.  All assistant teachers have experience and an Early Childhood Education degree or certification from the Department of Human Services.


We will follow the vacation schedule of the Berea Public Schools September—May.

3’s        M—T               9:15 — 11:15 am
*After Christmas       9:15  –  11:45 am
4’s        W-Th-F          9:15 — 11:45 am
Pre-K   T-W-Th-F      12:30 —   3:00 pm

An average day at the center includes, but is not limited to: art, music, dramatic play, language development, listening skills, large and small motor activities, creative play and Bible stories. There is also time for a snack, occasional field trips and special visitors.


Supply/Registration fee: $40 per family plus $10 for each additional child.

2 day 3’s         2  hours             $86 monthly
(after Christmas 2 1/2 hrs)
3 day 4’s         2 1/2  hours      $112 monthly
4 day Pre-K       2 1/2  hours      $132 monthly  
If a second child attends, his/her tuition is reduced $10 each month.
Prices are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the Board of Directors.


There are a limited number of scholarships avail­able to assist with tuition. Decisions, based on need, are made by the Scholar­ship Com­mittee. All information is kept confidential within the Scholarship Committee. An application is included in each enrollment packet.

Enrollment Information

· A non-refundable fee of $40 per family plus $10 for each additional child registered is due with the application.

· Children must be 3 by October 1 for the 3-year-old class and 4 by October 1 for the 4-year-old or Pre-K class — or have the approval of the director.

· All children must be toilet trained.

· For further information or to schedule an appointment for observation, call St. Paul Lutheran Church at 440.243.1144.

Currently there are openings in each class.

Scripture Readings For This Month

October 5, 2014

Isa 5:1-7, Ps 80:7-15, Phil 3:4b-14, Matt 21:33-46

October 12, 2014

Isa 25:1-9, Ps 23, Phil 4:1-9, Matt 22:1-14

October 19, 2014

Isa 45:1-7, Ps 96: 1-9 [10-13], 1 Thess 1:1-10, Matt 22:15-22

October 26, 2014

Jer 31:31-34, Ps 46, Rom 3:19-28, John 8:31-36

Vacation Bible School

          As you have probably heard, our 2014 “Weird Animals-Where Jesus’ Love Is One-of-a-Kind” VBS was a week enjoyed by all.  It was truly a joyful, blessed week. We had the privilege of hosting over 200 young people and 60 adults participated in some capacity.  We sang songs, danced, listened to Bible stories, watched puppet shows, made crafts, enjoyed snacks, played games, and spent time in Bible Adventures.  We participated in two outreach projects, met new friends, and had lots of fun.  We were so pleased to have children join us from 29 different churches.  
          We were fortunate to have a wonderful Youth Encounter group called Captive Free join us for the week.  Paul, Zach, Joanna, Holly, Kelsi, and Elyse helped to fill our church with great songs, dances and puppet shows.  These young people came from Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, California, Texas, and North Carolina. They spend one year traveling across the country helping to spread God’s word through their music.  They truly helped to make our week one with lots of great memories.  We had the Sanctuary rocking!
          We ended our week with a pizza picnic lunch and enjoyed a closing program with Jungle Terry with all of our VBS families and friends.  I hope that you will take a minute to see all of the pictures from our week together.  They are displayed on the bulletin board by the second set of doors.  You will get a first hand look at our children, teens and adults in action.
          I also want to thank the children, youth, and adults that helped to build our float and walked in the Berea Grindstone Parade.  During our VBS week, our 11 on up youth volunteers had a pizza and swim party and on Friday evening, we concluded our VBS activities with a family picnic at the pavilion at Coe Lake.  Thanks to all who attended our events and helped to make this such a special week.
          A project such as this could never be accomplished without the joining together of so many people with so many different gifts. I want to thank our congregation for their continued support of our Vacation Bible School program. I thank you for giving so generously of your time, talents, and loving care to the children that were given to us for our VBS week.  Thank you for reaching out and sharing God’s word and love to so many children from St. Paul and our local communities.  I hope that you know how much I appreciate all that you have given to our VBS program.  It could not have been done without all of you!  God bless you.
                                                       Susan Moore


Youth Activities


Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 9:45am in Room K

          We will continue our study of The Ten Commandments this month.  Specifically we will look at what it means to have a Sabbath day and to keep it holy, honoring our parents, and respecting life, not killing it.  On the 26th we will have our first test.  All the answers will be posted on our St. Paul website before the test morning.  It will cover what we have learned about the first five commandments.

Music, Music, Music       
Sundays, October 12 and 26 from 5:15 to 6:30pm at St. Paul

          All youth are welcome to Ringers for Jesus, our youth bell choir and Choir Fire, our youth vocal choir.  Ringers for Jesus meets in the sanctuary from 5:15 to 6:00pm and Choir Fire meets in the adult choir room near the sanctuary from 6:00 to 6:30pm.

Saturday, October 11 at 12:30pm.   Meet at the church

          Our youth have a chance to join with youth groups from other churches in serving others.  Meet at the church on the 11th and serve in the greater Cleveland area.  Then gather back at the church for pizza and a short discussion.

High School Sunday School     
Sundays, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 9:45am in the Youth Room

          Join Pastor Tom for a series called “Back2School.” 

High School Youth Ministry Nights     
Sundays, October 5 and 19 at 6:30pm in the Youth Room

          In October we will gather to catch up on our lives, discuss faith and life, and specifically to talk about being a welcoming people.  We start with food at 6:30pm.