Time and Place
St. Paul Lutheran church on Wayne Avenue is closing. The church building is being sold and St. Paul UMC has been blessed as one of 13 ministries to be included in the distribution of the funds that will come from the sale when it is completed. As a way of celebrating 165 years of ministry at St. Paul Lutheran and their commitment to "paying it forward" and blessing others, our New Year's service was canceled and many of our congregation joined Pastor Gill to participate in the final worship at their church on New Year's Eve.
Pastor Steve Gill, reflecting on St. Paul Dayton and its ministries:
"We have not run from the darkness but have reached out to those who don't always feel welcome."
The arrival of Santa
Carol singing organized and led by Michael Garison (at the piano) and his musician friends.
Cherokee Morning Song
A ceremonial burning of a copy of a document associated with the Doctrine of Discovery. Based on Papal Bulls issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493, the Doctine of Discovery became the premise for all European claims in the Americas, as well as the foundation for the United States' western expansion. One impact of it was that it allowed Christian dominion over Indigenous lands and called for the subjugation of American Indians for the purpose of propagating Christian doctrine.
In 2012, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church called upon all levels of the Church to condemn the Doctrine of Discovery as a legal document and as a basis for seizing native lands and abusing the human rights of indigenous peoples.
Congregation members at the service also signed a letter to Congressman Mike Turner. It requests that he "advocate on behalf of the Native Americans fremaining in our country, who have been stripped of their land, their possessions, their dignity, and often their lives, throughout the history of our nation."
A ceremony to honor Jerry Murphy, who has been a long-time volunteer maintenance, upgrading and remodeling genius at St. Paul. In addition to being instrumental in keeping our our historic building in good repair, and having the vision and skills to make key improvements, he has compiled a history of the church that he presented here at St. Paul recently. Today's event acknowledged both his service to the church and his 80th birthday, and he was presented with a book of photographs of some of his projects.
Jerry's presentation of the church history may be seen on page 16 of the history book on the web site history page