MISSION & OUTREACH
St. Paul's hosts a monthly mobile food pantry from Food for Thought on the 2nd Tuesday, where we provide food for 40-80 households, primarily drawn from our immediate neighborhood. In addition to providing space, time, and effort to serve our neighbors, we also collect and contribute supplies of toilet paper to distribute to the guests of the food pantry. 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Every July, we provide a picnic-style dinner and entertainment (usually bingo) to a community of neighbors in need right down the street. With hamburgers, hot dogs, coleslaw, baked beans, and watermelon for 40, it's a good meal, and it's good to gather with neighbors for dinner, fellowship, and laughter.
Our annual Eat In to Help Out dinner has raised funds for community organizations such as the East Toledo Family Center, the Oregon Senior Center, and Helping Hands of St. Louis in East Toledo. This is a free will offering dinner, with the folks of St. Paul's cooking up a delicious Hungarian dinner and serving as hosts and waiters.
St. Paul's Disaster Fund, funded entirely by the offering on the first Sunday of the month, has helped us to respond to crises near and far, including the destructive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma; the Ebola crisis in west Africa; and the devastation in the Philippines. We support 2 Cents a Meal with a free will offering on the last Sunday of every month, which supports both hunger ministries in the Diocese of Ohio and the Cherry Street Mission in Toledo.
St. Paul's gives to the United Thank Offering in May and November of each year, "a ministry of The Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering, men, women, and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God. These prayers of thanksgiving start when we recognize and name our many daily blessings. Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. United Thank Offering is entrusted to promote thank offerings, to receive the offerings, and to distribute the UTO monies to support mission and ministry."
Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him,“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
FORMATION & EDUCATION
Youth & Adults
Sunday Morning Study is offered seasonally on particular topics of interest, such as "The Psalms of Lent" and the Book of Isaiah.
From the Pie Potluck in November to the Fish Fries in Lent, we enjoy breaking bread together and with our friends and neighbors. Other events include Bowling Night, Family Game Nights, and the OregonFest Parade (we have a "whale" of a good time!).
For those who are musically inclined, the Choir provides a time to "make a joyful noise" together under the direction of our organist, Jill Roth Boessel. Choir anthems are offered in worship on special occasions and especially for major feasts of the church year.