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St. Paul's Lutheran Church & Preschool


- A Congregation of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod -


Rev. Paul D. Sundbom, Pastor


"I was glad when they said to me 'Let us go to the house of the Lord'" Psalm 122:1

OUR HISTORY
On February 10th, 1958, a group of members from Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Fairport Harbor, Ohio met at the Arnold Ollila home under the guidance of their pastor, Rev. Paavo Frusti to discuss and set up a plan to organize a much-needed mission congregation on the east side of the fast-growing community of Painesville Township
From that beginning, our congregation was born. Named St. Paul's after the Christian faith's greatest missionary, the church was acutally constructed by our own members in 1959. Foregoing time they could have spend on themselves, they sacrificed their evenings, Saturdays, free time, and vacations for the building of this house of God. On May 22, 1960, after one year of hard but joyous labor, St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was dedicated with three inspiring services led by Rev. John Mattson, our first 'called' pastor. There have been many building expansions and renovations since, but even more importantly, God's kingdom has been built among us through the faithful witness of his people and the sharing of His Word with our community.
Today, we stand together at an exiciting time in our church's history. Through the teaching ministries of St. Paul's Preschool and Our Shepherd Lutheran School; through worship and Bible study; through building relationships and personal invitation we strive to introduce people to the saving grace of Jesus. We pray that you will feel warmly welcomed here, as we draw strength from our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
WHAT WE BELIEVE AND PRACTICE
We believe that all people are sinners and are separated from God. We believe that God in His love sent Jesus Christ to pay for our sins and to provide forgiveness and life to us. We believe that through faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior, we are won back to God and receive the gift of eternal life. We believe the Bible is God’s Word, a certain and complete source of God’s will and love for our lives.
IN OUR PRACTICE WE ENCOURAGE
Regular worship and communion attendance. Regular Sunday School and Bible Study. Regular use of our gifts, talents and offerings in service to Christ and His church.
WORSHIP
Our worship is one of the ways we hear and receive the gifts of God’s Word and we express our thanks to God for His blessings. We encourage all of our members to worship Him regularly as an expression of our gratitude to Him. An easy to follow order of worship bulletin and Hymnals are provided. Handicap Accessible – there are no stairs or steps in getting into the worship center or education area. Air conditioned facility. A cry room is available for parents to use to tend to their children.
CHILDREN
Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for children ages 3 through grade 8. Vacation Bible School for children ages 4 through grade five, dates to be announced.
YOUTH
Grades 6 through 8. Sunday morning classes at 9:30 a.m.. Youth social meeting and recreation activities at announced times.