History

183 Years of Christian Community

On February 18, 2019 we will celebrate our anniversary of 183 years of Gospel Ministry in York.  Join us on February 17 for St. Paul’s Birthday Party.  We have a full day of events planned.  You can pick and choose what works for you.  A complete list of events and times can be found in the January newsletter.

While our facility has been under construction for the last year and a half, we are getting close to completion and having a beautiful state of the art building in which to gather.  We have been removing 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 are nearing completion on 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 are anxiously awaiting the completion of all of the spaces.