Who We Are
As Lutherans, we believe: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16-17, NRSV)
We also celebrate that God comes to us as a gift: "By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God - not the results of works, so that no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9, NRSV)
God's wonderful gift raises the question, "Now that you do not have to do anything to earn God's love, what are you going to do?"
Our response is our Mission Statement: "Claimed by grace to worship and serve God."
Our vision is to live out our baptism as God guides us to COME & SEE, GROW & SHARE, and GO & TELL the story of God's love in Jesus our Savior.
The Cross of Christ (God's love for us) is placed in front of Signal Knob Mountain (our community) as seen through the Arch window of the church.
What to Expect
A friendly smile, handshake, or introduction will greet you shortly after you step into the doors at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church. We hope our friendly atmosphere makes you feel at home! Please introduce yourself to any of our church members and staff. We look forward to meeting you and worshiping together!
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Evangelical (Ev.)? Based on the Biblical term "Good News." It reminds us that our primary task is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Do I have to stand up in front of people? No, our visitors are not singled out or asked to stand. Our congregation is a community of warm and welcoming members. This is one of our greatest gifts, and we are sure you will come to know those who are seated around you in worship. We do hope you will sign our friendship register in the pew or guest register in the Narthex and introduce yourself to our greeters and pastor. We offer a visitor’s cup as a gift which also contains information about our church
Do you want my money? In a word, no. Our community is a giving community. Members of our church see Christ in every part of their lives and give of their time and monies. We are pleased the way in which our gifts are making a difference in the world. These opportunities grow out of participation in our community. Visitors are welcome and not expected to give. You are our guest! In time, if you should become a regular part of our life, you may decide that you would like to participate in the giving of your time and possessions to the work of this church. We are looking to grow joyfully with you and are excited about the work of God in this church and in our lives.
Do I have to dress up? Absolutely not! Come to our community, and you will see some people in dresses and suits and others in jeans and t-shirts. All are welcome!
May I just come and see? You are always welcome to come to church to see what life is like in our community. You are always welcome to join us in any activities at any time. You may receive a contact from one of our members or staff to follow up after your visit to our church.
Will I know what to do during the church service? Our worship program has information as to when we stand, when we sit, what songs we sing, information on announcements and scripture passages. This is done to make worship with us as simple as possible. Our pastor also announces “what comes next” throughout the service.
What if I have other questions? Feel free to contact us at (540) 465-3232 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you, and will make every effort to respond right away.
We are located in the heart of historic Strasburg, VA in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We have been a vital part of our community and the work of the church since at least 1747. We celebrated our bicenquinquadunary (250 years) in 1997.
History of St. Paul
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