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HeART Gallery is located in historic St. Paul's Lutheran Church in downtown Toledo. The church has a rich 165-year history of innovative worship and outreach that has adapted to meet the changing needs of its congregation and surrounding community.  Many landmark events, including the formation of the American Lutheran Church (1930), took place in its sanctuary which still boasts seating for 600 and one of two German-made Reuter pipe organs in the area. In 1927, a Parish Hall was built that included a large auditorium, gymnasium with showers, commercial-sized kitchen, and beautifully adorned spaces for meetings.  It remains an exquisite example of Gothic architecture in the heart of Toledo. 

Throughout its history, St. Pauls has remained involved and committed to the downtown Toledo community. By 1967, much of the Toledo residential population had moved to the suburbs. Numerous times proposals were put before the congregation to follow trends and relocate, but each time, the group was unswayed and held to their decision to remain downtown. The commitment to serve this area has remained steadfast, even as economic changes have impacted the city.

A new ministry has emerged, appropriately named HeART Gallery.  It's first steps of infancy have proven very successful due to the hard-working efforts of the arts committee, staff, and members of the congregation. This new avenue of out-reach intends to engage many people through monthly exhibits, participation in vibrant Toledo Art Loop activities, monthly Lunch & Learn events. Riverside Writers (a creative legacy writing group for seniors), and other art, music and food events planned around the unique interests of those living in the Toledo area. We believe visual art creates discussion for spiritual thought and inspiration for daily life.  We strive to create a community where all can belong, grow, and become better equipped as caring citizens of the world. 

St. Pauls and the HeART Gallery ministry is a vital and unique destination: the heart in the heart of Toledo. It is a place of inclusion regardless of age, gender, income, race, beliefs, or life circumstance - all are welcome. Through collaboration with downtown agencies, businesses, non-profit organizations, and local arts groups, HeART Gallery reaches out and brings people together through the arts. We offer an environment where all people can experience the love of Christ through the gifts of artists, writers and musicians, that our eyes may be open to the deeper love of God and the gifts of the community around us.  Our events are varied: missional, entertaining, reflective, or healing.  Come and experience HeART Gallery!

Kate Philabaum


COMING EVENTS . . .  for more information

and reservations.



Old Time Radio Show

Sunday, Feb 6.  4:00pm

Mystery radio-show  with dinner.

The Shroud

Thursday, Feb 17 noon

Lunch & Learn with talk on the Shroud.

Souper Bowl

Sunday, Feb 20

Take out a quart of homemade soup with

bread and cookies for the big game.


Spotlight Tour

Thursday, March 17   noon

Lunch & Learn program about the

Athena Society Art exhibit

Cherry Blossom Tea

Saturday, March 26    11am

Our spring tea with cherry blossom theme

Athena Society Luncheon

Monday,  March 28     12:30pm

Local female artists invited.


Toledo Choral Society

Saturday, April 9     7:00pm "The Seven

Last Words of Christ" cantata with

organ; 100 voices

The Earth Sings

Lunch and Learn

Thursday, April  21     12:00pm

What hymn writers tell us about the earth.

(Earth Day April 22)

Spring Entertaining Event

Sunday, April  24    2-4pm

Chef Demos, Art Exhibit, Spring Food Tastings

Our signature Sip and Still event

Harry Potter 20th anniversary

Saturday, April  30    7pm

Interactive experience for Harry Potter fans.

Food, trivia and Hogwarts activities


Southern Lady Tea

Saturday, May 14    11:00am

Enjoy southern tea delicasies


Rivets & Rails

Lunch and Learn

Thursday, May 19     12:00pm

Food and stories from railroad boarding 

houses in Northwest Ohio.

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