ST.PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

Church Information

Office Hours

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The church secretary is in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 

11am - 2pm.

Pastors Hours

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Pastor Don is in the office on     Tuesday & Wednesday 

9:30 am -1:30 pm 

By appointment on Thursdays. 

Service Times

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Every Sunday at 10:15 am 

Bible Study

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Every Tuesdays 

2pm at Triple Moon Coffee Company located at 1100 Central Ave.

Handicap Accessible

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The church and sanctuary is handicap accessible.  We have people that will be glad to assist you.

Nursery

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Feel free to bring your children.  

We have a nursery for children under the age of 7. 

Our Pastor

Reverend Don Erickson

  

Council is pleased to announce that we have hired an interim minister. Reverend Don Erickson’s first Sunday will be July 14.  He will be commuting from Milford where he lives with his wife and son. He will guide us through the search process for a called minister, he will have office hours similar to Ann’s and will visit the home-bound and hospitalized. As we get to know each other he is open to seeing what other interest might unfold. Welcome Rev. Don! 

Rev. Don is a 2004 graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York and clinically certified in pastoral care (ACPE), receiving his residency training in 2006-2007 at Tampa General Hospital. From 2007 to 2013, Don served in the role of hospice chaplain in Florida and New York State. In August 2009, Don was ordained by the Riverside Baptist Church (Alliance of Baptists) in Jacksonville, Florida. Don is currently in the Privilege of Call process with the Southwest Ohio Northern Kentucky Association (SONKA) of the UCC. 

In July 2013 he was called to serve as the minister of the Community Church of North Orange & Tully (CCNOT) in Central Massachusetts, a federated UCC and Unitarian Universalist Association church. Don ended his ministry at CCNOT the summer of 2018 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where he has served as a chaplain at Hospice of Cincinnati.
    Don is an expert in Christian theology and Buddhist philosophy. He is a published poet, amateur musician, film-buff, and book-lover. In the fall 2019 or winter 2019/2020, a book he wrote titled, A Life Lived and Laid Down for Friends: A Progressive Christology, will be published by Wipf & Stock Publishing. 

Find out more

Follow Rev Don on his blog

The St. Paul's Community

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Welcome Statement

 

We the members of St. Paul's UCC of Middletown, Ohio, believe that all people are created in God's image and thus are loved and blessed equally by God. We seek God's will for today through an inner spiritual journey and an outer journey of engagement in community life.

Our faith leads us to welcome all persons, including those of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, family structures, faith backgrounds, abilities and economic circumstances, into the full life and ministries of this church.

We welcome and encourage all to share in the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities and blessings of participation in our congregation.

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Purpose Statement

 By listening to the still speaking God, we seek to connect people to God and to others through worship, service and fellowship. 

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Fellowship

 Develops a deeper sense of fellowship within the local and universal church by providing meals, cards, and calls to member in need, organizing lunches and other fellowship building activities, and assigning weekly duties that assure our hospitality to guests and members. 

About Us

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Our Church Community

 Rotating volunteers perform many of the weekly duties at St. Paul's. Communication between the minister, Council and the laity creates meaningful worship, education and mission. This is the way new people become involved and new ideas are welcomed. 

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Worship

 Oversees worship, prepares sacraments and assigns ushers. Its goal is to create a climate of faith through education and sanctuary preparation. 

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Service

 Encourages active discipleship and assesses various local, state, national, and international mission needs. The many capacities and talents of the members are used to minister to the needy, infirm, and aggrieved. 

History

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Our History

 

St. Paul's United Church of Christ's history began in 1876 with a group of people who were German immigrants seeking to express their theological understanding. The name decided on by the original 32 Protestant Christians was St. Paul's German Evangelical Protestant Church. That name still appears in the stained glass above the front doors today.

Worship services were conducted in German until 1918. English was introduced in January of 1910 for the late morning service.

The original old Victorian Gothic section was built in 1877 and appeared as you see it today with exception of the front doors and the cross on the bell tower. The second floor sanctuary was completed in 1888. The irreplaceable art glass windows in the north and south walls of the sanctuary were installed in 1920. The Lord's Supper and Easter Morning windows were placed above the altar and in the balcony in 1939. The sanctuary was remodeled in 1940 as it appears today.

Our history began over 140 years ago as a covenant with God and Christ and one another to carry out the mission of the church, as the 32 founding Christians understood it. We can be proud of our heritage, both as a congregation and denomination. We strive to continue the mission of the church, as we understand it.

Our faith is over 2000 years old; our thinking is not.

Jesus did not turn anyone away; neither do we.

Missions & Outreach

St. Paul's has a long history of benevolence & outreach and that makes us very proud!

 
City Centered Activism: St. Paul's UCC is invested in the citizens of this community. We support, and provide space for, meetings that promote racial justice, positive community interactions with police, prayer services to address social injustice, interfaith gatherings, and many more community building events. We are also active with our town's solution to serving the homeless through the winter, serving meals alongside our neighboring church. 


 Abilities First: A local agency that provides services for children and adults with disabilities, developmental delays, and other special needs.  


 One Great Hour of Sharing: Provides support relief services whenever and wherever disaster strikes: humanitarian aid, famine relief and help to resettle refugees, ministries for homeless children in inner cities of the world.  


 Crayons to Computers: Many children cannot afford the basic supplies for school, and many teachers spend their own money to purchase supplies for their students and classrooms. Crayons to Computers helps bridge the gap by operating a free store for teachers.  

 
Strengthen the Church: UCC mission offering for new church starts. 


 Neighbors in Need: Supports ministries of justice and compassion including the Council for American Indians and UCC's Justice and Witness Ministry.  


 Veterans of the Cross: Provides pension supplements, health premium subsidies, and emergency assistance to active and retired clergy families.  


 Hope House and Center of Hope for Women and Children: Two homeless shelters in Middletown 


 Crossroad Child and Family Services Fort Wayne, Indiana: UCC ministry for clients who need therapy, education, and family support for emotionally troubled young people. 


 UCC Global Child Sponsorship Program: St. Paul's supports a Tibetan refugee child in Darjeeling, India 


 Family Service of Middletown Choice Market: Provides food and taxable items that cannot be purchased with food stamps, such as personal care products, laundry detergent, and dish soap. 


 Needy Fund: St. Paul's concentrates on local needs. Our Needy Fund is used to help people who come to the church looking for help with gas, electric, and water bills. Sometimes they need help with small emergencies, prescriptions, or bus passes. We also have a small pantry on site where walk-ins can receive some staples such as peanut butter and canned goods. 


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Contact Us

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Church Office Hours are Tuesday-Wednesday & Thursday from 11am-2pm.  


Benevolent Checks are written on Tuesday & Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm 


Please call the office with any questions .

St. Paul's UCC Middletown

114 South Broad Street, Middletown, Ohio 45044, United States

(513) 422-4519

Pastor's Office Hours

Sunday Service starts at 10:15 am

We are an open & affirming church. 

All are Welcome!

Handicap accessible

Nursery provided for children under 7 

Whats happening in September

September 4

Choir Practice

4:30 pm

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September 4

Choir Practice


4:30 pm

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September 8

Council Meeting

11:30 am

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September 8

Council Meeting


11:30 am

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September 11

Choir Practice

4:30 pm

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September 11

Choir Practice


4:30 pm

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September 11

Coffee with Rev Don

11am - 12pm

Java Johnny's

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September 11

Coffee with Rev Don

Meet Rev. Don at Java Johnny's and get to know him on a more personal level and he gets to know our community 

11am - 12pm

Java Johnny's

September 17

Bible Study

2pm - 3pm

Triple Moon Coffee Shop

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September 17

Bible Study

Join Rev Don in exploring the book  What is the Bible by Rob Bell and discussing it in great depth.

2pm - 3pm

Triple Moon Coffee Shop

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