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Olean’s newest resident has arrived!

Congratulations to Pastor Curtis and Mandy on the birth of their son, Matthew Isaac!
Matthew Isaac Black
Matthew was born on October 22 at 7:50 p.m. at Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison. A healthy boy, Matthew weighed in at 9 lb 11 oz, 23 inches!

“God’s Work. Our Hands.”


“God’s Work. Our Hands.” is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.  On this Sunday, September 13, 2015, congregations across the United States participated through various activities and left great impact upon their local communities through acts of service in the name of Christ.

This year, St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Olean, joined the growing list of congregations participating in “God’s Work. Our Hands.” St. Paul Olean has planned multiple projects to address needs within our community.

On Saturday, September 12, we began a collection drive for two organizations – South Ripley Community Schools and Back Door Friends of Faith.  At the local Farmers Market held on the Town Square, we had a booth where members of the community could meet us at a public space, drop off donations of winter clothing, school supplies, and toiletries, and get to know the people of St. Paul Olean.  As part of this day, visitors to our booth were also offered the opportunity to create no-sew fleece hats to be donated to Back Door Friends of Faith.

While things were happening on the Square, Team Courage participated in the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk in honor and in memory of all our loved ones affected by heart disease and stroke.

After worship service and a pitch-in lunch on September 13, we worked along a four-mile stretch of Indiana State Road 129 to pick up trash.  The garbage collected far exceeded the space in the church’s dumpster!

During this week, we will continue to collect items for our annual rummage sale which is scheduled for Saturday, September 19. This event provides a loving outreach to our community – a way for us to be an ever-positive presence in our community and to spread God’s word.

Looking forward, St. Paul Olean will be participating – as we have for many years – in the annual Ripley County CROP Hunger Walk scheduled for October 4.

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Deepest Sympathies to the family of Harold G. Stegemoller

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 1.51.57 PMHarold G. Stegemoller, 86, of Olean passed away at 8:55pm Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. He was born near Olean on December 14, 1928 the son of George and Laura Fisse Stegemoller. He was married to Virginia “Bea” Jones on November 23, 1957 and his wife of 57 years survives. Other survivors include two sons John (Malinda) Stegemoller of Canaan, and Brian (Marilyn) Stegemoller of Allen, Texas; one daughter Linda (Scott) Estes of LaGrange, Kentucky; 9 grandchildren along with Brayden and Ella Hurelbrink who considered Harold their grandpa, and 3 great-grandchildren; also his sister-in-law Ethel Stegemoller of Versailles.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Henry and Louis Stegemoller, his sisters Miriam Obendorf and Lucy Merritt, and his great-grandson Seth Stegemoller. Mr. Stegemoller attended the Friendship school and was a 1947 graduate of Cross Plains High School. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served with Company A of the 41st Signal Battalion at Ft. Lewis, Washington. For his time in the service Harold received the National Defense Service Medal. He farmed his entire life and retired in 1998 after 37 years with Delta Faucet in Greensburg where he worked in maintenance. Harold had served several terms as Brown Township trustee and he was a lifetime member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 27th at 11am at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Olean with Pastor Curtis Black and Rev. Sherman Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles and on Thursday from 10am until time of services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Friendship Fire Department, St. Paul building fund, or St. Paul Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

Our September Newsletter is now online!

2015 Church Picnic Photos

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Prayers for the family of Esther E. Gilliland, who passed away July 8, 2015.


Esther E. Gilliland, 98, of Olean passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Ripley Crossing in Milan. She was born at Friendship on March 23, 1917 the daughter of Jesse and Hulda Vinup Linkmeyer. She was married to Howard Schwake on September 11, 1935 and he preceded her in death on June 30, 1966. She was married to William Gilliland in November of 1969 and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2008. Survivors include one daughter Sharon Spencer and her companion Ted Jones of Madison; three granddaughters Debbie (Robert) Hudson of New Albany, Teresa Gerth of Austin, and Marsha (John) Uhl of Madison; 7 great-grandchildren; one sister Mary Lou (Allen) Narwold of Batesville. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother James Linkmeyer, and her sisters Ruth Cutter, Dorothy Schwoeppe, and Thelma Hiner. Mrs. Gilliland attended the St. John Lutheran School in Farmers Retreat, a walk she made from Friendship every day. She was a full time homemaker and enjoyed her gardening and her home in Olean was always adorned with the roses she had attended. She enjoyed visiting and receiving visits from her family and friends, and was a big fan of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune on TV. Esther was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church at Olean where she participated in the WELCA and the Martha Circle. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30am at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Pastor Curtis Black officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery at Olean. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm.  Memorials may be made to the St. Paul Lutheran Church or St. Peters Cemetery in care of the funeral home.

(Photo credit: Phyllis Armbrecht)

Catch up on the latest news from St. Paul Lutheran Church, Olean!

Our August newsletter has been posted to our website! 

May Newsletter Now On Our Website

The May Newsletter is now available on our website!
Mark Your Calendars!!!
*Relay for Life Spaghetti DinnerMay 3
*National Day of PrayerMay 7
*MS Walk in ColumbusMay 9
*Kids’ Choirs Sing at Ripley CrossingMay 13
*Ladies Serving Halford AuctionMay 16
*Relay for Life at Jac-Cen-Del TrackJune 13
* VBSJuly 5-9
*Rally Day/Back to School Sunday/Church Picnic August 2
*Heart Walk in ColumbusSeptember 12
*“God’s work. Our hands.” day of serviceSeptember 13
*Rummage SaleSeptember 19

Bracket Benefit Starts Now!

We now have a bracket pool! Follow this link to our Yahoo pool group and fill out your bracket. (NOTE: You will need a Yahoo account; if you don’t have a Yahoo account, create one and turn it into your designated spam-receiving account.) When you get the opportunity, bring your donation to the church office. The person with the highest score will have the power to designate the donation pool to the organization of his/her choice, whether that is within the congregation, the local community, or a synod/national level ELCA organization. (Restriction: you cannot designate that the donation pool goes into your own pocket or to an organization that employs you.)

If you know of someone who prefers paper brackets, encourage them to fill one out by hand and bring it to the church office; Pastor will calculate the scores of any paper brackets we receive.

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Lenten Services for March 4 Cancelled

Due to weather conditions, tonight’s services have been cancelled.