Saint Paul Lutheran Church & Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community
Invite you to join us for our Christmas Eve Services on Sunday, December 24th.
9:30 a.m. - Sunday Morning Worship
10:00 p.m. - Candle Light Service with B.O.R.C.C.
Pre-Service Music will begin at 9:40 p.m.
Both services accompanied by the Chancel Choir.
St. Paul offers a single service, the Celebration of Holy Communion, at 9:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship before and after worship. Sunday School and Adult Education begin at 10:45.
St. Paul offers Celebration of Holy Communion every Sunday. St. Paul's organist, Beverly Pettit, accompanies worship on the large 38-rank organ, a smaller 4-rank organ, and/or the grand piano. In addition, the St. Paul Chancel Choir, under the direction of Music Director Seth Hartwell, helps lead worship each week during the school year.
All who believe are welcome to the Lord’s table at St. Paul. If you require gluten free bread or grape juice rather than wine, simply indicate this to the server during distribution. If health concerns give you reason to avoid the wine/grape juice or bread, remember that the Christian Church has always taught that Christ is fully present in either element alone; therefore you may receive the sacrament and its benefits in either the bread or the wine/grape juice. Those not communing are welcome to come forward for a blessing.
St. Paul offers additional services, on a seasonal basis, throughout the year. Advent is marked with mid-week services, as is Lent. Christmas Eve is celebrated in two services, one at 5 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m.
You may choose from two services (mid-day or evening) on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. St. Paul celebrates Easter Vigil with a Saturday evening service, and offers a 10:00 a.m. Easter Sunday services. Contact us closer to those dates for precise service times.
St. Paul Lutheran Church Behavioral Covenant
As people of St. Paul Lutheran Church we believe that all people are children of God, created in God’s image as sisters and brothers of Jesus. We desire to live Christ-like lives in community with one another and value this community as a safe place. We are called to engage with one another in life-giving, supportive ways. We value civility, respect for all people, and the infinite diversity of life stories and ideas they embody.
In order to live that which we value, we agree, in all of our communications, to:
- See the child of God in each person;
- Work together for the common good;
- Openly and honestly share our views with each other, especially when we disagree;
- Take personal responsibility to ensure that each person has the opportunity to speak;
- Listen to one another without interruption or judgment;
- Honor the decision that may arise out of a difficult decision-making process;
- Talk directly with a person with whom we have a conflict;
- Assume they have the best of intentions;
- Respect confidentiality; and
- Actively practice forgiveness.
Adopted, as presented, by the St. Paul Lutheran Church Council on September 18, 2012.
2017 Census Update
Dear St. Paul Family & Friends,
As we prepare to call a new pastor, we would like to update our records with current information. There are two forms attached; one is for the Head of Household and the other is for Household Members. (Please fill out a Household Member form for everyone in your family, except the Head of Household, who fills out the Head of Household form.) You may pick up additional forms at the Welcome Center, or click here.
It would be very helpful to have all forms returned by October 1st, 2017. If you have changes in your membership or are no longer affiliated with St. Paul, please let us know.
We greatly appreciate your time in addressing this need and look forward to hearing from you in the near future. Should you have any questions or concerns, Please contact AnnaMarie Padilla in the office at 505-242-5942 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ELCA Petition: “For Such a Time As This”
A Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy
We are coming together as leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church to oppose deep cuts to programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with poverty. We make this call in anticipation of the May 21 Global Day of Prayer to End Famine. We highlight the importance of foreign assistance and humanitarian relief as members of the World Council of Churches.
We also make a call to pray, fast and advocate not just on May 21, but throughout the 115th Congress. At the invitation of Bread for the World, we join with ecumenical partners and pledge to lead our congregations and ministries in fasting, prayer and advocacy, recognizing the need to engage our hearts, bodies and communities together to combat poverty. As the call to prayer articulates:
We fast to fortify our advocacy in solidarity with families who are struggling with hunger. We fast to be in solidarity with neighbors who suffer famine, who have been displaced, and who are vulnerable to conflict and climate change. We fast with immigrants who are trying to make a better future for their families and now face the risk of deportation. We fast in solidarity with families on SNAP, who often run out of food by the last week of the month.
Domestically, Americans throughout the country are struggling with poverty, and many government funded programs allow them to care for and feed their families. As we look overseas, we must acknowledge that foreign assistance and humanitarian relief can help address regions confronting famine and food insecurity, including South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Lake Chad Basin. We will challenge proposals to eliminate or defund proven anti-poverty programs, at home and abroad.
The story of Esther provides encouragement for our fasting, prayer and advocacy. Esther, a Jew, was the wife of the Persian king. When plans were made to slaughter all the Jews in the empire, Esther’s cousin Mordechai pleaded with her to go to the king and use her voice to advocate for them, even though this might place her life in danger. He urged her not to remain silent, as she may have been sent “for such a time as this.” Esther asked people to fast and pray with her for three days to fortify her advocacy before the king, resulting in saving the lives of her people.
God’s intention is the flourishing of all people, and we are called to participate in God’s loving purpose by standing with our neighbors who struggle with poverty and hunger. Following the Circle of Protection ecumenical fast in 2011 to fortify the faith community in opposing cuts to vital anti-poverty programs, we may have also have been prepared “for such a time as this.” We commit ourselves to and invite our members to one day of fasting every month to undergird our efforts to convince our members of Congress to protect poverty-focused programs.
The Most Reverend Michael B. Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America