1) If I come for worship, what should I wear?
Although we don’t have a formal “dress code,” most worshipers wear business informal attire. Suits and fancy dresses are not the norm, but neither are jeans and tshirts. However, if you decide to come very dressed up or very causal, you will still be welcome.
2) What is worship like?
We gather for worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00am. We are a liturgical congregation. This means that we use a very formal – but also very rich and historical – structure when we worship. Musically, our worship is led by organ and piano music and the vocal talents of the choir who sing from September to May. There is also plenty time for congregational singing of hymns from a hymnal. The service usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. Pastor Lammi’s sermons are typically around 15-18 minutes long.
3) Where is visitor parking?
We have 59 parking spots on the north side of our building. Two of those spots are designated as visitor parking. Four of the spots are designated as handicapped parking.
4) Where is the front door?
Although we have an older entrance with a red door that faces Dog Leg Road, the main entrance is actually on the north side of the building right next to the parking lot.
5) What is there for my kids?
See Ministries > Kids
6) How do I join the church?
New members’ classes take place on one Saturday morning and typically occur twice a year, once in February and once in August. If you are interested in becoming a member of St Paul, contact Pastor Lammi.
7) What denomination is St Paul affiliated with?
St Paul is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. To learn more about the ELCA, go to www.elca.org
8) Why do you ______?
a. …celebrate communion every week? Most congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America celebrate weekly communion. Holy Communion is one of our two sacraments. (The other is Holy Baptism). In Holy Communion, we are fed with the body and blood of Christ. This strengthens us to share God’s love with others. Much like how you eat physical food often to maintain your physical strength, we believe that you should receive Holy Communion often to help maintain your spiritual strength.
b. …have a healing service once a quarter? This special time of healing is included in the regular Sunday morning service approximately four times a year. This time of healing involves prayers, the laying on of hands, and anointing with oil. Coming forward for this time of healing is completely optional, but many people participate. Although we are not claiming that we can get rid of any sickness or fix any life problems with this healing service, many people still find it very comforting and reassuring. One youth of the congregation said, “It’s like a spiritual hug. It just makes you feel better.”
c. …have worship leaders who wear white robes? The white robe worn by the pastor, assisting minister, and acolytes is called an “alb.” This is a baptismal garment, reminding us that all of us have been made clean in Christ. (In the early days of the church, when someone was baptized, they were put into the water naked and then wrapped in a clean white robe when they came out of the water.) Wearing this robe is also like wearing a uniform. The emphasis is taken off of the specific person wearing it and directed more toward what they doing.
d. ...have a castle and a tree inside your building? The castle and tree in our social hall were built by hand by one of our volunteers. The castle is made from a refrigerator box and the tree is made from cardboard boxes, paper grocery bags, and other items. These are the sets for our puppet ministry. Hubert the Dog lives in the castle, and Chester the Squirrel and Ollie the Owl live in the tree. They regularly join the kids during children's church on Sunday morning to learn about God's love. (Children's church is the educational time for kids during Sunday morning worship.) Also, there are other puppet friends who like to show up too. You never know who you'll meet and what you'll learn together.
e. … eat dinner at the Waffle House every month? We have a partnership with the Vandalia Waffle House. “Spirit Night” is from 2pm-9pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month from September to May. That means that if you have dinner at the Waffle House at that time and tell them you’re with St Paul, part of the proceeds of your meal will support our adopt-a-family ministry. Run by the men’s group called St Paul Active Men (SPAM), the adopt-a-family ministry raises money all year to help support families in need in December as they get ready for Christmas.
f. … pick up trash on the side of the road? Twice a year, the men’s group and the youth come together to clean our “adopt-a-road.” Our stretch of road is part of Meeker Road from the intersection with Heathcliff Road (by the Buckhorn Tavern) to Frederick Pike. You can see a sign by the Heathcliff Road intersection that says St Paul Lutheran Church.
g. …have an Ohio Historical Marker in your front lawn? The Ohio History Connection is responsible for granting these markers to historically significant sites in the state of Ohio. We received a marker as part of our 200th anniversary celebration on Sunday July 30, 2016.
9) How do I contact the church for……?
a. ….having a wedding there? St Paul’s wedding policy states that we do not allow outside weddings here. We also do not rent our building for use by wedding parties. Weddings are held here if at least one member of the couple has been a member of St Paul for at least a year and they agree to abide by our wedding policy.
b. … renting your building? Any individuals and groups wishing to rent our building must be approved by the council, agree to our building use policy, and pay the appropriate fees. For more information, contact Pastor Lammi.