Greetings from St. Paul United Church of Christ, the “Church on the Corner” in Navarre, Ohio! We are the oldest continuing congregation in Stark County, serving the needs of our members, neighbors, friends, and community for over 200 years. We have been a Lutheran Church, a German Reformed Church, and Evangelical & Reformed Church, and since 1957, we have been the United Church of Christ. But through all the changes, we have worshipped continuously as God’s faithful congregation in Navarre. We welcome you to our Church to worship and fellowship with us. Our doors are open to EVERYONE who wishes to worship God through the presence of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit. “God is Still Speaking” in our midst, and we are still a faith community in progress, with a great ecumenical spirit. Come and join us in “Our Little Corner” of Ohio. There is always a place for YOU!
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February 11, 2021
Dear Members and Friends of St. Paul UCC,
Needless to say, there have been many changes at St. Paul recently. Since I don’t have the opportunity to see most of you at Sunday services, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on a few items.
As you know, Pastor Gundlah accepted a call to another church effective February 15, 2021. I want to thank him for his work and care of our membership over the past three years. Although he will be greatly missed, his departure is part of God’s plan.
Church council has started the search process for a new pastor. Susan Whitmore has graciously agreed to chair the search committee. The search for a settled pastor can take an extended period of time (the last search was about a year).
Council has interviewed interim pastor candidates to serve our congregation during the search period. We expect to finalize a covenant with a trained interim pastor in the near future. The interim pastor will be a full-time pastor providing complete pastoral care.
Beginning with the Ash Wednesday service on February 17, 2021, Steve Johnson, a recently retired pastor from Massillon, will officiate our Sunday services.
This has been a difficult time to communicate with the membership and I know many of you probably have questions or are wondering what is happening. I plan to keep you up to date on the search and church news on Facebook, the church bell, announcements during the streamed Sunday services, email and direct mail. In the meantime, should you have any questions, concerns or just advice, feel free to call me directly at (330) 904-4550.
In closing, I’d like to thank the church council, various committee members and church staff for all of their tireless work during this time. Be sure to express your gratitude when you see them.
Charlie Snyder, Council President