Sangre de Cristo Journal

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Warm Reception at St. Paul’s

Paula and I were excited for the opportunity to travel to Meadville and were thrilled at the warm reception we received from the people there. We fell in love with everyone right away. Joel DeAngi, the interim pastor, picked us up at the airport in Pittsburgh on Friday and upon arrival at Meadville, we went to a wonderful Italian restaurant called “Chovy’s” – yum! Then we had ice cream at Hank’s Frozen Custard (owned by one of the members at St. Paul’s). We enjoyed the frozen yogurt and a wonderful 76 degree evening.

Joel’s hospitality shined throughout our time there and we were really impressed with his gifted piano playing, but we had an immediate bond of fellowship and saw the love of Christ in him. Joel’s wife Yumi is a physician and Paula and I really enjoyed her fellowship as well. They have two beautiful children.

Saturday morning, we toured the church property. It was much more beautiful than we had anticipated and the facility proved to be very neat and well cared for. We walked through just about every room and were impressed with the daycare area and how it was so well maintained. After leaving the church, we toured the city and looked at homes before stopping for lunch at the Rib and Chop House. It rained almost all day and for the matter, the rest of our time in Meadville.

Saturday evening, we met with the consistory and the pastor search committee at Joel’s house for pizza and an informal Q&A. I was struck by how warm and friendly everyone was, and how they seemed excited about the future prospects of the church.

StPaulSign Sunday morning, we arrived at the church to a reception in Fellowship Hall where we met most of the people who attended that day. It was nice to be able to meet each one of them before the worship service.

When the service started, I was pleased with the attendance and impressed that the choir was in robes. The pipe organ sounded great, but then I am partial to pipe organs! I really felt relaxed and at home in the pulpit and the acoustics were outstanding!

The worship service was followed by a congregational meeting and then a more formal meeting with the consistory and the search committee.

We discussed more pointed issues of interest to both parties and I think we were both pleased with how that meeting went. The official call of the church is not to be voted on until the next congregational meeting on May 20th so we are prayerfully seeking the Lord’s will each day. For my part, I think St. Paul’s and Meadville would be an great place to preach the gospel and minister. I will update this post at a later date.

April 30, 2012 - Posted by | Meadville, PA, St. Paul's Church


  1. If they vote you in, I might have to visit the church one weekend.

    Comment by madsgaqvq (@madsgaqvq) | May 16, 2012 | Reply

    • That would be great!

      Comment by Rev. David P. McAfee | May 16, 2012 | Reply

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