183 Years of Christian Community

On February 18, 2019 we celebrated our anniversary of 183 years of Gospel Ministry in York.

While our facility has been under construction for the last year and a half, it is finally completed and is 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 are building in 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.