184 Years of Christian Community

We will be celebrating our 184th year of Gospel ministry on Tuesday, February 18, at a service of prayer at 6:30 p.m. in the church nave followed by birthday cake in Christ Hall.  Together we will count the abundance of blessings especially; the friendships that we have formed through St. Paul’s and God’s infinite love made known through Christ Jesus.  RSVP to the office if you plan to attend.

Birthday celebrations are important opportunities in our lives to rejoice and give thanks for the things we have been able to accomplish and to look forward to the new things that we are approaching.  In the life of a congregation, recognizing a birthday provides us with the opportunity to look back in awe and amazement and in gratitude.  It allows us to acknowledge the gifts of time and talent and treasure that have been given to provide us with the current facilities, the financial health, the faithful members and friends who graciously give of their skills and gifts to make the love of God known here and around the world.  Teaching God’s love has been a hallmark of the St. Paul’s congregation.

Our renovations are completed and we have a beautiful state of the art building in which to gather.  We removed barriers making it possible and easier for guests and members to fully participate in all aspects of our ministry.  On this anniversary our future is bright and hopeful.  We  look forward to Faith for Future Generations and our mission is to teach the world that God is love.  We do this in worship, education, witness, fellowship, and service.  Through Christ and the Holy Spirit we are called to be faithful that the Word of God may become effective in our lives and in our community.

In 1836, St. Paul’s New English Evangelical Lutheran Church of York was formed by English speaking members of Die Deutsch Lutherische Kirche, the first Lutheran Congregation west of the Susquehanna River (est. 1733). Although for 100 years, early English settlers in York had worshiped in German with their German neighbors, by 1836, some English speakers no longer felt it necessary to worship in Martin Luther’s native tongue.

Wishing to hold services in English in their own church building, a group of members organized on February 18, 1836, purchased property at King & Beaver Streets, and conducted their first service December 12, 1836 in the partially finished basement.

Another 100 years passed. A second building replaced the first. Then after a fire destroyed the second building, St. Paul’s, St. Luke’s, and Augsburg congregations merged to form the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of today. In 1942 a beautiful new church building was dedicated at Springettsbury Avenue & George Street where it continues to welcome and serve the community.

We have completed a massive renovation to bring the 1942 Building into the 21st Century with new heating, cooling, wiring, gathering space, Narthex, restrooms, and overall improved flow for ministry.  The Nave, Narthex, and Gathering areas are beautiful.  We will be having an open house and tour of our newly renovated facilities on Saturday, September 7 and a Re-dedication Service and Celebration on Sunday, September 8 at a combined liturgy at 9:15 a.m.