Dec 22

Christmas Blessings

A very Blessed Christmas to you all from all of us at St Pauls Lutheran Toledo.

Christmas Eve worship:

10am in our art gallery.


7pm in our Sanctuary.

Both services with Holy Communion

Dec 20



Dec 20

advent TED TALK recipe

From our recent Advent Ted Talks


Butternut Pumpkin and Sage Soup (Gluten/Dairy free)


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted dairy free margarine
  • 3 sage leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) package prechopped onion
  • 3/4 cup unsalted roasted blanched almonds, divided
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose gluten free flour
  • 3 cups unsalted vegetable stock, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. Place maragarine, sage, and onion in a large saucepan over medium-high. Cover and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until onion is lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  2. Coarsely chop 1/4 cup almonds; set aside. Whisk together flour and 1/4 cup stock. Add remaining 1/2 cup almonds, flour mixture, remaining 2 3/4 cups stock, pumpkin, salt, and pepper to onion mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep pumpkin mixture from sticking to bottom of pan.
  3. Place pumpkin mixture in a blender; remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape). Secure lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in lid. Process until smooth. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup chopped almonds and chives.

Oct 25

reformation 500

If we think the Reformation was about us ‘fixing what they got wrong’ we miss the point. The Reformation always is and will be, because the Father constantly seeks the lonely, those lacking self worth and esteem, the outsider. Live like you are loved….because you are!


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Sep 14

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Its a tough bible reading for this Sunday’s sermon. God calls Abraham to sacrifice his only remaining son, Isaac. How can this be a loving God? Have you ever asked that question, I know I have.


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Aug 29

You are chosen by God, you are loved! 

You are chosen by God, you are loved!  Deny anything else that tells you otherwise. Come to St Paul’s this Sunday, 10am and hear what Pastor Pete has to say! EVERYONE is welcome. 428 N.Erie Street, right opposite Lucas County Courthouse. See you in Church!

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Aug 24

Culture at the Crossroads

Dear Friend:


It’s been a few years since we’ve had the First Thursday lunch series in Toledo, and we think the times call for us to start it up again. We have a program we think you’ll find interesting and fascinating.  Please consider it!


First Thursdays in October-November and January-April, noon to 1:15 p.m., with lunch, speaker, and discussion.


Location: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 428 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604.  Free parking in Kwik lot adjacent to the church; your ticket will be stamped when you sign for lunch.


Theme: Culture at the Crossroads: Critical Issues of Our Time.


Speakers as of this writing:


October 5        Mike Beazley, City of Oregon Administrator: Threats to Democracy

November 2    Dr. Johnathon Ross: Healthcare

January 4         Eugenio Mollo, Jr., Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE): Immigration

February 1       Chris Vickers, WTOL Meteorologist: Local Efforts to Keep the Paris Accord

March 1           Dr. Samina Hasan: Being Muslim in America Today

April 5             Thomas Luettke: Issues facing Returning Citizens


Lunch: Simple soup and salad, gluten-free and dairy free. Brown bags welcome if dietary issues are a concern.


Cost:  $15 each by cash or check at the door.  Series discounts available:  $84 for 1 ticket for all six dates, $112 for a table of 8 for one date, $650 for 1 table of 8 for all six dates. Financial assistance is available for those in need.


Not a meeting.  Not a fund-raiser. Our intent is to provide an opportunity for a thoughtful dialogue around critical issues of the day. The dynamic process of the resolution, we believe, could well give shape to our evolving culture, locally and globally.


RSVP to one week in advance.


Sponsoring Organizations:  Association of U.S. Catholic Priests Toledo Chapter Social Justice Subcommittee (contact Fr. John Blaser, 419-000-0000) and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (contact Rev. Pete Bowmer, 419-000-0000).


Many thanks!


Chuck Atkins

Nancy Atkins

Fr. John Blaser

Rev. Pete Bowmer

Fr. Martin Donnelly

Sharon Rappaport Joehlin

Fr. Ed Littelmann

Tom McDonald

Aug 22

A Vision for St Pauls

I have a vision of what social ministry and community engagement could be in the coming year at St Paul’s. The working parties will add to this foundation.

I share this vision below.



  • Teaching crock pot cooking, providing demonstrations, recipes, food and crockpots.

The program would be for small groups of 10 people (or less). 3 sessions of cooking demonstrations with recipes and food provided. At the end of the 3 sessions participants get to keep their crockpots. Funding would be primarily through grants and sponsorships. A volunteer or two would need to be harnessed for the teaching. Each session would be preceded by a short devition/worship time.


I’ve made a connection with the University Church (a United Methodist congregation) with a community garden who can provide us fresh food. In addition Glenwood Lutheran participates in a community garden. We have established contact with Seagate and other foodbanks. The program will focus on returning citizens (ex offenders) and recovering addicts.


  • forming a women’s ‘Lean In’ group based on the writing of Sheryl Sandberg. Lean In:Women, Work, and the Will to Lead is a 2013 nonfiction book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and magazine writer Nell Scovell. Mixing research, personal narrative, and anecdotes from other professionals, Lean In presents case studies on the trials facing women in the workplace, and advice on how to get ahead.


Lean In Circles are small groups that learn and grow together by leveraging the benefits of adult learning and peer mentorship. And they work: 85 percent of members credit their Circle with a positive change in their life. Once you submit your partner profile, tips are given on starting and running a Circle, along with supporting materials to help you market and engage with your Circles community.


  • In conjunction with Glenwood, St Marks (eastside) and Collingwood Presbyterian we are planning a ‘collegial’ approach to Fall bible study/conversation. Autumn is around the corner and school is about to be in session. In the church, we are heeding our call to teach Jesus’ disciples and nurture their gift of faith. We all have such incredible learning experiences to offer that it would be a shame for anyone to miss an opportunity to grow because of a scheduling conflict. Instead, we would do well to compile a list of learning opportunities for this fall so that our fellow disciples can select a time that works and a topic that interests them. 


So far we have 3 topics/books people can choose from;

“Brand Luther” book study at the Black Cloister led by Pastor Beth Giller and Sherry Krieger.

“Lutheran Trump Cards” book study led by Pastor Pete at St Paul’s

“Ephesians” led by Pastor Chris Hanley at Glenwood.


  • In conjunction with some Catholic leaders I know we are forming a Social Justice collaboration. It is sponsored by the local social justice subcommittee of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and is entitled: “Culture at the Crossroads: Critical Issues of our Time”. Topics planned so far include, The Paris Climate Accord, What’s happening with Health Care for all, Enabling Returning Citizens, Being a Muslim in America today, etc. This will take place at noon on the first Thursday of each month, beginning Sept at St Paul’s. The session begins at noon with a 25 minute lunch, then a guest speaker for 25 minutes, then 20 minute Q and A. Cost will be $15 which covers the meal and guest speaker.


  • Thursday Socials. The first Thursday of the month will be a time for Social justice collaboration mentioned above. On the second Thursday of each month we will watch a movie at St Paul’s and share a community lunch afterwards. On the 3rd Thursday there will be a Seniors writing group led by Kate Philabaum in the heART Gallery. 


  • This is all in addition to the exciting possibilities our heART Gallery can bring to St Paul’s.
  • Image may contain: 1 person, indoorme in my favourite Cronulls Sharks Rugby League  guernsey.

Aug 22



Plenty4all is an international humanitarian organization committed to feeding every child on this planet.

To feed every child on this planet it is also necessary to feed their parents and families also.
Everybody Eats!

We must look beyond our differences. Look to the light of God that shines so brightly in the eyes of the child. It is there we will find strength and purpose for a better world. We will build projects growing fresh food locally anywhere on the planet by creating Plenty4all Coops.

Aug 22

Culture at the crossroads

CULTURE AT THE CROSSROADS: Critical sssues of our time.

This is a brand new group that will be meeting at noon on the First thursday of the month, beginning this October, in the St Paul’s social Room.

Oregon City Administrator Mike Beazley will kick off the new First Thursday luncheon series October 5 with Threats to Democracy: The Perniciousness of Money in Politics.

The event includes a simple soup-and-salad lunch at noon followed by Beazley’s presentation with Q&A discussion ending at 1:15.

“It’s been a few years since we’ve had the First Thursday lunch series in Toledo, and the times call for it to be started again,” said Fr. John Blaser, one of the organizers.   The series is the result of a partnership between the Social Justice Subcommittee of the Toledo Chapter of U.S. Catholic Priests and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, following the pattern of the 2001-2012 series by Catholic Charities.

According to St. Paul Pastor Pete Bowmer, “All people of all faiths need to get together to look at today’s critical issues through the lens of social justice and the common good.” The theme of the series is “Culture at the Crossroads: Critical Issues of Our Time.


First Thursday lunches will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 428 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604. Cost is $15 for lunch and presentation (cash or check at the door). Tickets will be stamped at the door for free parking in the Kwik lot adjacent to the church. Series discounts and financial assistance for those in need are available.


Future presentations in this year’s series:


November 2    Dr. Johnathon Ross: Healthcare

January 4         Eugenio Mollo, Jr., Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (ABLE): The Treading Immigration Topic

February 1       Chris Vickers, WTOL Meteorologist: Local Efforts to Keep the Paris Accord

March 1           Dr. Samina Hasan: Being Muslim in America Today

April 5             Speaker to be announced: Prison Reform.


RSVP to one week in advance.





Fr. John Blaser, 419-344-1295,

Rev. Pete Bowmer, 419-243-4214,

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