St. Paul Church "Pays It Forward" to CJ & Others

A church that closed its doors is now helping countless others in a significant way. A special “pay it forward” presentation was held by the pastor and members of St. Paul Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 31 at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

St. Paul held its last service at the end of 2017. The sale of the church’s assets totaled more than $1 million. A church advisory committee chose to contribute the funds to several area organizations.

The presentation of funds coincided with the Protestant celebration of Reformation.

“Part of the Reformation was about change,” said Pastor Bob Miller of St. Paul. “So often in the church we talk about it but don’t do anything about it. St. Paul did something about it even though our outcome came to a close — we decided to go out with a change, which is reforming.”

Organizations that received funds during the presentation on Wednesday, in addition to CJ, were 4 Paws for Ability, Daybreak, Jeremiah’s Letter, New Hope Ministries, Shoes 4 the Shoeless, St. Paul United Methodist Church - Huffman District, and the Victory Project.

“It is inspiring and humbling for us to have the opportunity to be the stewards of St. Paul’s resources,” reflected CJ president Dan Meixner ‘84. “This congregation has meant so much to so many people in this community.

“We feel a sense of obligation to use this gift to maximize the impact for our students, the community we serve, and to make sure that our students leave here with the heart to make the same kind of difference St. Paul’s and their congregation made over their 160 year history,” Meixner continued. “It’s an awesome responsibility.”

Additional funds from St. Paul went to organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio, Rebuilding Together and South Community Behavioral Services.

Posted October 31, 2018