Pastor's Message

Pastor's Message 

Dear Friends in Christ,
   The church has many treasures. One of the treasures are the hymns of the church. One such hymn is Rock Of Ages in which we sing “Rock of Ages cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee…” Jesus is our cleft in the Rock to find peace, solace and protection.

   With this in mind I find it very disturbing that many of our churches are forming safety teams. My beloved wife and I recently attended a church safety seminar in which about 80 people from several states were in attendance. There were several presenters who talked about how churches could take steps to make themselves safer places. They indicated that churches are #3 on the FBI’s list of targets for acts of violence. Who would have ever thought that our church in our country would become a battleground? I also learned that most of the crimes against churches do not occur during the worship service but during the week. I find this interesting, but have to admit all the crimes that have occurred in the churches I have served throughout the years has happened during the week, not during the service. It was also very interesting to me that most of the crimes occur regarding our children. Yes, I said children! There are many sexual predators that infiltrate a church in which they groom pastors, leaders, parents and children over a period of time to gain their trust and then pray upon young boys and girls. All churches are targets for this to happen. This was just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, when dealing with threats to our churches.

   So we will take a closer look at what we are doing now here at St. Paul and some things we can do in the future to strive to make this church a cleft for people young and old as they are connected to St. Paul.

                                                                        Rev. Scott A. Kozisek


Rev. Scott A. Kozisek