Our Outreach team loves to provide and care for the needs of individuals and families in our local communities. We invite you to explore being a part of our Outreach team to help those in need. Feel free to contact Sue Schad, our Outreach Director, to learn more how you can help.
What child doesn’t like to get a Christmas present? Some children, however, go without because times can be tough. That’s where Angel Tree comes in. St. Paul's members generously buy gifts from wish gift tags, from children whose names have been given to us by Maumee Schools, church members, and other organizations. You too can help. Partner with us by giving gifts at Christmas, so all kids can know the love that comes from Christmas.
Love shopping for baby items, but don't have any little ones to shop for? This ministry, occurring during the month of December, gives you the chance to purchase baby girl or boy items (up to age 12 months) to place at Baby Jesus' manger in the Gathering Space. On Christmas Eve, we take the collected items and donate them to the Pregnancy Center, a Christian center where teenage girls are counseled and assisted with their pregnancies.
Are your children eager to rid themselves of backpacks in early June as they begin their summer vacations. In August, the Outreach Team, in partnership with Lutheran Compassion Relief, take the gently used or new backpacks and fill them with school supplies and snacks to give to struggling families with school age children. Our collection goes Salem Lutheran where families find the cost of school supplies overwhelming. Can you help? Donate new or used backpacks to our collection.
Save your change every week until Christmas Eve to bless a family in need. Help another family by collecting your extra coins in jars, and then have them delivered anonymously to on Christmas Eve with an attached love card that can say "With love from friends. Have a blessed Christmas!" Please visit christmasjars.com to learn more.
St. Paul’s has a thriving food pantry ministry. You can help feed the hungry in Maumee and surrounding towns with our "BUY TWO" project. This is how: When you go grocery shopping—buying personal needs or non-perishable food items—consider buying two and donate one to Outreach. Use your Grocery Card to build points too.
Are you eager to connect to a ministry that uses your knitting or crocheting skills? Do you want to make a difference for folks who are dealing with cancer treatments? This ministry utilizes those skills to make chemo caps for cancer treatment individuals. The caps are donated to local hospitals and cancer treatment centers so they can be given to provide comfort to the cancer treatment patients.
All people are God’s people, especially the developmentally challenged and the elderly. Every week, St Paul’s volunteers minister not only to the residents of the NODC (developmentally handicapped), but also the Whitehouse Manor (senior citizens) to bring a piece of heaven to their lives. If God puts this on your heart, consider joining our team to minister to a group of very special people.
This October & November ministry is done through Samaritan's Purse, a Franklin Graham ministry. It provides needy children with gifts around Christmas. Plastic shoeboxes are placed for members to choose. They shop for small items that fit into the shoebox and then return the filled box to church. The Outreach MAT/Board delivers the shoeboxes to a central distribution center where they are shipped to needy children in the United States as well as around the world.
It is good to comfort others as we too been comforted (2 Cor 1:4). Our Prayer Shawl team knits and crochets shawls to our hospitalized and shut-in members, providing love, comfort and covering for people to hold onto in difficult times. If you have a passion and joy for knitting and/or crocheting, help us comfort the afflicted.
Located in a depressed neighborhood in downtown Toledo, Salem Lutheran Church serves the poor without condition. We’re partnering with Salem to take care of the inner city’s poorest of poor. Read more about the ways you can get involved in this ministry.
Did you know that many children go off to school each year without pens, pencils, notebooks and the like? St. Paul’s likes to help fill the need. Throughout the year, collect school supplies when you’re shopping at your favorite store. Then, in late summer, help us help the kids with our school-supply drive, so all children can learn and do well in school.
On "Soup"er Bowl Sunday in February, you can be part of our team to help "tackle" hunger in the Toledo area. Donate a dollar or more to the Campbell Soup jars and bring non-perishable food items to the Gathering Space that Sunday. The monetary donations and food items are then given to Lutheran Social Services Emergency Food Pantry in Toledo to help stock their pantry.
St. Paul’s Care Ministry wants to help you navigate life through times of change, challenge, or crisis through a ministry of presence. These ministries seek to extend to those in need the love, hope, comfort of Jesus Christ.
St. Paul’s has a wonderful team of ministers who enjoy visiting those who are hospitalized and/or shut-in. If you have a heart for care, inquire how you can join our team. Also, if you’re being scheduled for surgery, going to be hospitalized, or laid-up for a while, let us know so we can arrange to visit and pray for you.
St. Paul’s is unique; we have on staff a 31-year Registered Nurse. Prior to his calling at St. Paul's, Pastor Paul Doerfler spent 23 years as a hospice nurse. He has the perfect qualifications, experience, and the heart to help you from a spiritual perspective with your health concerns. If you’re feeling that tug to seek-out health counseling, consider contacting Pastor Paul.
Life can be so challenging at times that cooking a meal can seem impossible or implausible. Find out more about how you can help serve in our Meal Share program, or if you’re in need of meal assistance.
We at St. Paul’s believe, that through prayer, everyone can walk in freedom. St. Paul’s has wonderful Prayer and Care Teams. They would love to talk with you, pray for or with you, and to help you discover more of life with God.
If you have a prayer need that you would added to the St. Paul’s Prayer Chain, please submit your prayer request. Provide as little or as much information as you are willing to share. Your requests will be sent via email to St. Paul’s prayer ministers and will be lifted to the Lord. We're also more than glad to set up a time to pray with you personally.
There is power in Sunday service prayer. If you would like prayer for any reason on Sunday mornings, our Prayer Teams and pastors are available during every worship service. The Prayer Corner is located in the Northeast corner of the sanctuary. Seek God and see what you find.
St. Paul’s prayer chapel is available anytime day or night to seek God privately or with a small group in peaceful environment. Our Prayer chapel is located in the lower level, adjacent to the youth room on the east side of the building.
Caring for the poor is important to St. Paul’s. In response to our ever-changing world, we created Lutheran Compassion Relief, a ministry to help meet the basic needs of the poor—locally, nationally and internationally. We invite you to explore how we’re making a difference, and how you can get involved.
On the fourth Tuesday of every month, volunteers from St. Paul's assist Salem Church by serving hundreds of free meals to the homeless and poor. We’re one small part of an overall solution serving over 13,000 meals every year.
One Saturday morning each month, a team of people from St. Paul’s purchases, prepares, and serves thousands of pancakes to hundreds of people in the neighborhoods surrounding Salem Church.
St. Paul’s partners with ISOH/IMPACT — a world relief ministry in Perrysburg — to help with disaster relief, medical missions, and their Light House ministry. Find out how you can help here.
Project Hope is Christian organization that provides equine assisted psychotherapy services to children and adults. In addition to financial assisting this powerful ministry, we’re helping Project Hope to upgrade their facilities. Inquire how you can help by here.
Not far from our doors, thousands of people live in abject poverty in the South End of Toledo. Western Avenue Ministries is helping families by transforming Toledo through the Gospel and community development. Every month, volunteers from St. Paul's prepares and serves a meal to help the poor and disadvantaged to the people of South Toledo.