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Service Schedule

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February 1 and 8, 2015

8:30 AM Worship Service

9:45 AM Sunday School

11:00 AM Worship Service

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February 15, 2015

10:00 AM One Service

No Sunday School

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Holy Communion served at all services.

Nursery care provided during services.

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Congregation

Please join us for worship!

Special Event:

Bluegrass Service with JP and The Chatfield Boys. February 15, 2015 at 10:00 AM

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Directions

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

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December Children’s Ministry News

SUNDAY SCHOOL We want you! If you have never been to our St. Paul Sunday School, we hope you will start the New Year off by joining us. If you are in Preschool up to High School, please come on January 4 th at 9:45am. Join us in 2015 and meet some new friends, great teachers, and learn lots of new things. Any questions, please call Susan at 243-1144. Hope to see you!

CHRISTMAS CANTATA Many thanks are being sent to all of our Sunday School children, families, and our Sunday School teachers. Our children are the best! They worked so hard, followed directions so well, and are truly a blessing. Thanks also goes out to Lois Hines for inviting us to join the choir and orchestra and for all of her hard work in organizing this wonderful worship service. Many thanks to Linda Forster and Lisa Cormack for leading our children with our preparations. It was a wonderful morning of celebration. Thanks to all!

ADVENT WORKSHOP I want to thank everyone who attended our 2014 Advent Workshop. As I’m sure you know, it takes many combined hands to make our events take place. It would be impossible to name each individually, but I hope you all know how much I appreciated your contributions. I thank our folks who set-up and cleaned-up, baked brownies, served our food, cut our fleece blankets and the folks that tied them, our recorder ensemble, and the people that led and participated in our crafts. Many thanks to all.

December Children’s Ministry Calendar

January 4th

9:15-10:15 Recorders

9:45-10:45 Sunday School

2:00-3:00 Play Uno at the Aristocrat

January 11th

8:30 Children’s Church

9:45-10:45 Sunday School

11:00 Children Sing in Worship

11:00 Children’s Church

January 18th

9:15-10:15 Recorders

9:45-10:45 Sunday School

January 25th

8:30 Children’s Church

9:45-10:45 Sunday School

11:00 Children’s Church

Confirmation

Confirmation Sundays, 9:45am
We will talk about not committing adultery, not stealing, and not bearing false witness against each other. 

Test Stuff From December 14, 2014

 Fill in the blanks
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)

What does this mean?
God threatens to punish all who violate these commandments.  We should, therefore, fear his anger and in no way disobey them.  But God promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  We should, therefore, love him, trust in him, and gladly keep his commandments.
 

These are the matching words and their definitions
Fidelity                   to be faithful and loyal
Responsibility      to take proper care of something
Integrity                 honesty/trustworthiness of character
Contentment         to be satisfied with what you have
Envy                        wanting what belongs to someone else
Greed                      obsessively wanting to have more
Jealousy                 being possessive of another person
Selfishness             not wanting to share with others
Plagiarism             using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own

Short answer question
What’s the difference between believing that God exists and having faith in God?  Why would faith make us want to obey God’s commandments?

True or False
T              Jesus says “killing” includes insults and words of anger
F              Breaking a commandment is okay if no one gets hurt
T              If you give in to temptation and desire, you have sinned
F              Our sin doesn’t affect anyone but ourselves.

Test Stuff From November 30, 2014

Fill in the blanks
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)

What does this mean?
God threatens to punish all who violate these commandments.  We should, therefore, fear his anger and in no way disobey them.  But God promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  We should, therefore, love him, trust in him, and gladly keep his commandments.


These are the matching words and their definitions
Fidelity                 to be faithful and loyal
Responsibility    to take proper care of something
Integrity               honesty/trustworthiness of character
Contentment       to be satisfied with what you have
Envy                      wanting what belongs to someone else
Greed                     obsessively wanting to have more
Jealousy                being possessive of another person
Selfishness           not wanting to share with others
Plagiarism    using someone else’s ideas as if they were your own


Short answer question
What’s the difference between believing that God exists and having faith in God?  Why would faith make us want to obey God’s commandments?

True or False
T   Jesus says “killing” includes insults and words of anger
F   Breaking a commandment is okay if no one gets hurt
T    If you give in to temptation and desire, you have sinned
F    Our sin doesn’t affect anyone but ourselves.

Test Stuff From November 2, 2014
6th: You shall not commit adultery.

Faithfulness between husband and wife includes many things: loyalty, support, respect, love, honesty, trust, communication, protection, etc.

We confess that we all have sinned against God – in thought, word, and deed.

Fidelity – to be faithful and loyal.
Adultery – having sex with someone you are not married to

F              Having sex before marriage is not really adultery.
T              Marriage is meant to be a commitment for life.
F              A person can do whatever they want with their own body.

Test Stuff‏ From October 19, 2014
https://bay179.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gifhttps://bay179.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gifhttps://bay179.mail.live.com/ol/clear.gif3rd 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

Help

“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.

Listen To Us

Sermons

Sermon January 25,2015 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon January 18,2015 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon January 1, 2015 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon January 4, 2015 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon December 28, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon December 24, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

What Sweeter Music Christmas Cantata 12-21-2014

Sermon December 14, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon December 7, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon November 30, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Sermon November 23, 2014 Pastor Pam Kelly

Sermon November 16, 2014 Pastor Tom Henderson

Music

Ev'ry Move I Make Choir Fire 1-25-2015

The Tribute Worship Team 1-25-2015

Be Thou My Vision Covenant Choir 1-18-2015

We Worship And Adore You New Song Worship Team 1-11-2015

Each One Reach One Praise Choir 1-11-2015

Out Of The East Covenant Choir 1-4-2015

Mary's Little Boy Child Worship Team 12-28-2014

Joy To The World Covenant Choir 11 PM 12-24-2014

Lo How A Rose F. Assmus - Trumpet 12-24-2014

Come An' Warm The Boy Child Covenant Choir 12-24-2014

Angels We Have Heard On High Covenant Choir & Congregation 12-24-2014

Peace On Earth Choir Fire 12-24-2014

Angels From The Realms Of Glory Covenant Choir With M. Klausch trumpet 12-24-2014

Oh Come All Ye Faithful With Faithful Ringers 12-24-2014

Silent Night 12-24-2014 9 PM Service

Oh Come Let Us Adore Him S. McLaughlin 12-24-2014

Fall On Your Knees JPraise Choir 12-24-2014

O Holy Night Flute duet S. McLaughlin & P. Kelly 12-24-2014

Joy To The World 12-24-2014 1 PM Service

Silent Night 12-24-2014 1PM Service

Christmas Selections Flute & Oboe- L. Cormack & L. Forster 12-24-2014

Oh Little Town Of Bethelehem 12-24-2014

Christmas Selections Recorder Ensamble S. Chmelik, L. Forster, S. Moore & E. Yerger 12-24-2014

What Sweeter Music Christmas Cantata 12-21-2014

O Come Christmas Joy Ringers For Jesus 12-14-2014

Breath Of Heaven Prais Choir -soloist S. Hinton 12-14-2014

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus Covenant Choir & L Cormack, oboe 12-7-2014

Christmas Is Coming Covenant Choir 11-30-2014

I Will Give Thanks Choir Fire 11-23-2014

The King Of Glory The Worship Team 11-23-2014

Come Ye Faithful People Come S. McLaughlin & P Kelly 11-23-2014

Like A Lighthouse Covenant Choir 11-16-14

Jesus Is Coming Soon Praise Choir 11-9-2014

Saints Bound For Heaven Covenant Choir 11-2-2014

For All The Saints Faithful Ringers, Covenant Chior & Congregation 11-2-2014

Extra

What Sweeter Music Christmas Cantata 12-21-2014

The Apostle's Creed

The Lords Prayer

The Nicene Creed

Mission

Sheep and Goats for January—

Lutheran World Relief Gifts-Goats
An LWR Goat not only provides a woman farmer with milk to sell but also helps her build a herd.

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:

January 4, and 18 2015 @ 8:30 AM

January 11 and 25, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Contemporary Services This Month:

January 11 and 25, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

January 4 and 18, 2105 @ 11:00 AM

Cantata

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 www.adoptaplatoon.org/. 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. Paul Lutheran 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: thenderson@stpaulberea.org

 

 

 

 

Pastor KellyAssociate Pastor - Rev. Pam Kelly x208

E-mail: Pkelly@stpaulberea.org

 

 

Staff

Director of Music Ministry - Lois Hines x210

E-Mail: Music@stpaulberea.org

Director of Children’s Ministry - Susan Moore x207

E-Mail: children@stpaulberea.org

Assistant Organist - Richard Densmore

Worship Leader - Barbara Tibbitts

Children/Cherub Choirs - Linda Forster

Office - Sherrill Crawford & Rae Batig x200

E-mail: officestaff@stpaulberea.org

Bookkeeper - Lynnette Ozanich

Nursery Care Provider - Gail Brandt

Pastor's Letter

Dear Friends,
A sabbatical is a time for a pastor to step away from day to day activities in order to renew and refocus their current ministry. Pastors in the ELCA are eligible for a sabbatical leave after six years in one congregation. After 24 years at St. Paul I have decided to give it a try. I will begin my sabbatical in early January. Sometimes pastors will travel far and wide; I’m going to stay a little closer to home. I am going to work with Church Street Ministries as they transition from a ministry affiliated with First Congregational Church to an independent agency. Additionally, the director, Frannie Millward, has been with the organization since she founded it 28 years ago. Frannie is well into her 80’s and, at some point, will step aside for a successor. That can be one of the most critical steps for a ministry going forward. I want to help them work through that process. I have chosen this project for several reasons. I have known Frannie for 45 years and she is one of the key people who introduced me to servant ministry. Also, I have been St. Paul a long time and my time of transition is becoming more visible on the horizon. I want to make sure that when it is time for me to leave here that I leave the congregation in the best possible place for my successor.
The sabbatical will be for roughly three months. In that time I will be present one Sunday a month for preaching and worship, for mid-week Lenten services, Monday’s at Mike’s, and for emergencies. I am grateful for this opportunity and appreciate the willingness of the church council to put a sabbatical policy in place for Pastor Pam and myself. I also appreciate Pastor Pam’s willingness to take on the additional responsibilities that will fall on her. I trust that you will step up as needed.
Church Street Ministries does a wonderful job of working with folks who fall through the cracks, but they face many challenges. I look forward to partnering with them and ask your prayers for this time.
God bless,
Pastor Henderson

Preschool

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.

Staff

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.

Schedule/Program

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.

Tuition

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.

Scholarships

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

January 4, 2015

Jer 31:7-14, Ps 147:12-20, Eph 1:3-14, John 1:[1-9] 10-18

January 11, 2015

Gen 1:1-5, Ps 29, Acts 19:1-7, Mark 1:4-11

January 18, 2015

1 Sam 3:1-10 [11-20], Ps 139: 1-6, 13-18, 1 Cor 6:12-20, John 1:43-51

January 25, 2015

Jonah 3:1-5, 10, Ps 62:5-12, 1 Cor 7:29-31, Mark 1:14-20

Vacation Bible School

VBS THANKS-
          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

Happy New Year everyone!!! Here are our activities for the month.

Confirmation Sundays, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th. 9:45am
We will move from studying the 10 Commandments to the Apostle’s Creed

High School Sunday School Sundays, January 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th . Youth Room
We meet to encourage each other and discuss faith and life.

Confirmation Youth Ministry Night Sunday, January 12th at 6:30pm Youth Room
How do we welcome a friend?

Senior High Ministry Nights Sundays, January 5th and 19th
at 6:30pm Youth Room
Now that Jesus is born we need to discover who he is…