Annual Congregational Meeting

St. Paul’s will hold its annual congregational meeting on Sunday, February 25, immediately after the 10AM service of worship. Members should expect to receive a letter explaining the importance of attendance as a vote will be taken to approve proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws, as well as approving the operating budget for fiscal year 2024, and other important business. Come early that Sunday morning (8:30-9:30AM) and enjoy a pancake breakfast provided by the Scouts.

From the Call Committee

Pastoral Call Process – Congregational Input
One of the aspects of calling a new pastor is to have a Ministry Site Profile completed.
The MSP encompasses the mission of the church, which assists the Synod in providing
candidates. Congregational input vital to this process.
The Call Committee is asking for your input today to help us complete three portions of
the MSP.

  1. Ministry Site Characteristics – For each line, read the statements on the left and
    right. Consider which statement you feel most closely describes our
    congregation, and whether it is a lot like us, or a little like us. Check off only one
    box per line.
  2. Top Five Ministry Tasks – Choose the five tasks you feel are most critical to
    require of our next pastor.
  3. Gifts for Ministry – Choose the five gifts you feel are essential in our next pastor
    (left-hand column), and the five that would be very helpful (right-hand
    The Call Committee will host workshop on Sunday, February 4, 2024, immediately after the 10 AM service. A box lunch will be provided for those who registered in advance.

    Thank you for your participation and for your continued prayers and support!
    St. Paul’s Call Committee
    Tom Olson
    Lori Davis
    Linda Grund
    Jeanine Heath
    Rick Cassar
    Laura Blenderman

Congregational Survey (due by February 4, 2024)

Adult Forums

Mark, the First Gospel

The earliest gospel, Mark has a compelling urgency and rawness. In comparison with Matthew and Luke, we’ll consider Mark’s distinctive themes and story-telling, including the writer’s preoccupation with secrecy and his abrupt conclusion. Pastor Barbara will lead this discussion at the Adult Forum on Sundays, January 21, February 4, and February 11. Join her from 8:30 – 9:30AM in the Blue Room.

Welcome to Our Interim Pastor

The Reverend Barbara Melosh is a second-career pastor, ordained in 2005 after a
teaching career (English and history) spent mostly at George Mason University.
Her first call was to a small church in Baltimore city, a story told in her 2018
book “Loving and Leaving a Church: A Pastor’s Journey.”

Since her retirement in 2014, she has served as interim pastor in several Delware churches–Grace Lutheran Church in
Hockessin, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Wilmington, Hope Lutheran Church in New Castle. Now begins her ministry here at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Newark as of Sunday, July 9,2023. We welcome Pastor Melosh with open arms as she bridges the gap between pastors and helps prepare us to call a new minister of word and sacrament.


Along with our in-person Service of Holy Communion at 10:00 AM, the service will be streamed on Facebook at 10:00 AM.  “Like” the church’s FB page prior to Sunday morning and you will get a notification that worship is starting.  You can also click on the FB link in the bottom right hand corner of St. Paul’s homepage found at Click on “VIDEOS” under the “MORE” tab to find the livestream.  A link to a recording of the late service will also be available during the week in the upper right hand corner of St. Paul’s homepage, along with links to this week’s worship bulletins.

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