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Weekly Lenten Message

4-3-2020

   

We have journeyed with Jesus for close to 40 days. During these Lenten Meditations I have written about giving thanks to the Lord for our blessings, having no fear in the face of uncertainty as the Lord is always with us and showing patience, showing love toward all. In this final meditation I ask you to reflect upon the journey. The journey you have taken over this Lenten season, and to relish the moments you have had with your Lord. Consider the conversion of Saul on the road to Damascus. Saul is met on his journey by Jesus and a flash of light makes Saul blind. After being led to Damascus by two others making the journey he did not eat or drink for three days. The Lord convinced one of his disciples, Ananias, to meet Saul and lay hands upon him to cure the blindness. Ananias, finally convinced went to see Saul, and…(Acts 9:17-19) 17 So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul[a] and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.”


As we have journeyed through this Lenten season, I hope you are able to reflect on how, much like Saul (St. Paul), the Lord has opened your eyes and you have seen the great glory of the Lord. While times may be difficult, the Lord’s great might and power are always on display, just open your eyes and see!


God Bless You All and have a blessed Easter season!

Pastor Jason Stitt

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About Us

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Our Vision

  

The church is the membership, gathered to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to celebrate the Sacraments, to enjoy Christian fellowship, to serve others with love, and to strive toward righteousness, justice, and peace. 

   

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Our Outreach Ministries

 

  • Brookside  Hunger Center
  • Hunger  Task Force
  • Church  Street Ministries
  • Church  Missionary in Brazil
  • Our  Christian World Mission
  • Families  at Christmas
  • Neighbors  in Need
  • CWS  Crop Walk 
  • Mutual  Ministry Service Group  
  • Malachi  House
  • Parma  Family Collaborative
  • Habitat  for Humanity
  • Maggie's Place 


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St. Paul's Organizations

  

  • Adult  Church Choir - provides choral music in celebration of the worship service. Practices are before service at 9 A.M the third and fourth Sundays of each month. 
  • Church Council - members voted in by the congregation to provide for the business operations of the church.  They meet the second Tuesday of each Month except July and August.  
  • Bell Choir - looking for  additional members to join 


From the Desk of Pastor Jason Stitt

April, 2020

    

Spring has arrived and we should be grateful to make it through another Cleveland Winter. It was mild, compared to others, but just as we pull out of the winter doldrums we are beset by panic and worry over a virus we know as the Coronavirus or Covid 19. We have, for the safety of everyone, been told to stay home unless you have essential work. The work to take of people, keep people safe and the like. It has put a great strain on families who rely on their work to provide a living, it has put a strain on the economy to keep business-es from going bankrupt. It has put a strain on grocery stores, as people panic shop, thinking they will not be able to find the resources necessary to survive. It is a time no one on the face of the earth has ever lived through. And yet, here we are.


What must we do to survive, what must we do to live? The CDC has given us many recommendations and precautions to keep from spreading the virus, but our men-tal and emotional well beings are tasked as well. For those with families at home, it is a blessing in disguise. Instead of spending hours and hours at work and see-ing spouses and children for only a brief time, the blessing of family time has been given.


It has given us all a time to reconnect, be it on the phone, skype, or FaceTime, with family and friends we have not seen. It has also given us time to reconnect with our Lord. When we are in the midst of crisis, we call out to the lord to help us. Now, more than ever, it is a time to take a deep breath, calm the nerves and pray to the Lord for continued strength and guidance during these uncertain times.

I will leave you with Psalm 121 to remind us of who we need to call upon when times of struggle and difficulty overtake us. I pray for everyone to let the Lord’s light shine through your house during these days and overcome the darkness. To-gether, through Christ, we will come through this. 


God Bless You All.

Pastor Jason Stitt


-Psalm 121

Assurance of God’s Protection

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills—   from where will my help come?  

2 My help comes from the Lord,   who made heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot be moved;   he who keeps you will not slumber.  

4 He who keeps Israel   will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord is your keeper;   the Lord is your shade at your right hand.  

6 The sun shall not strike you by day,   nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;   he will keep your life.  

8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore.




  

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Upcoming Events - all activities on hold

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Lenten Services

Tune in via YouTube for special messages from Pastor Jason on these Holy  days.   Or go to the Special Sermon section listed above for links to these messages.  

Sunday, April 5, 2020 - Palm Sunday Service 10 AM  Cancelled


Thursday, April 9, 2020 - Maundy Thursday Service 7:30 PM - with Ridge Road United Church of Christ at their location, 6050 Ridge Road, Parma, Ohio   Cancelled

   

Friday, April 10, 2020 - Good Friday Service, 7:30 PM at our church with Ridge Road UCC members    Cancelled


Sunday, April 12, 2020 - Easter Service, 10 AM    Cancelled   

Mutual Ministry

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 6 PM at Ridge Road UCC  . Will be fast food potluck.  Continuing discussions about the upcoming Crop Walk and grant applications for the Parma Family Collaborative.    Cancelled

Pet Friendly Services

All our services are pet friendly services.  Yes, you can bring your friendly leashed/caged pet with you to church.   Call the church office for all the details.  

Book Study

Will be joining with our sister church St. Peter United Church of Christ for our continuing book studies.  The session will begin at 12:30 PM and will be held in the Fellowship Hall of St. Peter UCC at 125 E. Ridgewood Drive, Seven Hills, Ohio.  Below is the date and the book to be discussed.  

April 25, 2020 - A Man Called Ove - by Fredrik Backman     Cancelled

  

Hall Rental Available with Full Kitchen
Seating capacity: 125
Cost: $250.00, plus a $50.00 security deposit for 4 hours
Snow plowing extra if needed
 

Church Sanctuary Available for Weddings
Cost: $250.00

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St. Paul United Church of Christ

7507 York Road, Parma, OH 44130, US

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