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80TH BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR RUSS HOVLAND Cheryl, Kristen, Carey and Jana are planning an 80th birthday party for their dad, Russ Hovland at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. We are extending an invitation to all those that would like to celebrate with Russ. Please come join us in Danford Hall on Saturday, November 30th from 9-11 a.m. NO gifts please!

BIG CONGREGATION MEETINGS!!! The weekend of December 7th and 8th will be a meeting to discuss the budget. The annual congregation meeting to approve the 2020 budget and elect new council members will be held the following week on December 14th and 15th .

Nominees for the 2020 Congregation Council:

The council has 12 members and members are elected on a rotating basis. For this election there are three open places for men and two open places for women. Below are brief biographies of the nominees.


Anne Daly (second term) Anne has been a member of St. Paul’s for 41 years. She currently serves on church council, the Constitution committee, and the Mecklenburg committee. She has traveled twice with church groups to Mecklenburg to visit our sister church, St. Bartholomew, and has hosted their members when they’ve visited St. Paul’s. Anne also participates in the book group and Matthew’s Kitchen small groups, serves as lector and communion assistant, and sings in the Covenant choir.


Greta Blegvad (second term) has been a member of St. Paul's since 2000, along with her husband, Jens, and daughter, Emily. Greta celebrates her 30th anniversary this year as a funeral director in Licking County and is employed with Criss Wagner Hoskinson Funeral Home in Newark. Greta has served one term on Council, is the webmaster of St. Paul's website, and serves on the Mutual Ministry committee. She has been active as a communion assistant, greeter and lector.


Also running – no bios at print time – Ella Young, Ryleigh Jones.


Charlie Laidlaw-Smith (second term) He and his wife Hydi, and daughters Ainsley and Addison, have been members since 2014. Charlie teaches Sunday School and is an usher. He and his family moved to this area from Seoul, South Korea in 2008. My wife was serving for the US Army there and both our daughters were born in Korea. I was born in the south-west of England and moved to America in 1994, when Hydi and I got married. I look forward to serving for the congregation on the board, thank you for your consideration.


Four Church Farm-Our Own Outdoor Campground

Do you need a place for a family reunion, overnight camping,

weekend camping or just a family picnic?

Then The Four Church Farm is the place for you!
This is a beautiful hilltop area on Flint Ridge which was donated to St. Paul’s, St. John’s, Trinity and Christ Lutheran Churches by the late judge, Virginia Weiss. We at St. Paul’s help maintain this area during the year with mowing, cleanup and overall maintenance. Shelter House, picnic area, restroom facilities, water and sporting equipment is available with your reservation. Last year, the farm was only used 40 times with a lot of open dates. This facility is more than the October Ox Roast and needs to be used. No cost involved.
For reservations, check the calendar on Christ Lutheran Church web page. Click on Four Church Farm for the calendar, then call the church secretary at Christ Lutheran, 740-522-4505, for your reservation.



St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church

67 North Fifth Street, Newark OH 43055   

 Phone: (740) 345-6115     Fax: (740) 345-6145  

Pastor Betsy Williams: revbmw77@gmail.com

Church Office Secretary: secretary@stpaulselca.org

Webmasters: Jens & Greta Blegvad

Email Webmasters At: StPaulsELCANewark@gmail.com


Last Updated:  NOV. 22, 2019


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