Welcome

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus!

As you look around this website, you will no doubt form a number of impressions about our church.  As a means of welcome, please permit me to share some of my early impressions from being at St. Paul’s.

My first impression was made by the building: strong, impressive, beautiful.  This really seemed like a wonderful place to worship.

But a church is much more than a building.  The impression that really matters is the sense you get about the people and the activity.  It didn’t take long to figure out that St. Paul’s was a warm, active and Christ-centered place. It remains that way today.

Let me say more.

Warmth is communicated through the faces of people.  I feel this warmth at St. Paul’s.  There are people here who have faced all kinds of trials, known all kinds of hurts, and yet walk through life with a sense of joy and thankfulness.  They have learned to turn to Christ Jesus for their strength.  As a result, the people of St. Paul’s freely and generously extend themselves in acts of welcome and service to others.

Activity takes all kinds of forms.  At St. Paul’s you will see the activities of singing, praying, serving and studying to name a few.  Of course, you will also see planning, debating, hurrying and even crying… such is the stuff of life.  It’s amazing, however, how the love of Christ as witnessed in this place so often transforms the busyness of activity into growth and care.

To be Christ-centered is the goal for Christians.  It is the goal of the people and programs of St. Paul’s.  We begin by preaching Christ crucified, and we do our best to live and learn the meaning of this Word.  The people of St. Paul’s know that being Christ-centered means mirroring His love, making His Word our guide and relying on His grace.

Though I’m no longer new to the congregation (I arrived in November of `98), I know it’s never easy being new to a group.  However, a Christian congregation is a unique kind of group.  We are tightly knit only in our love for one another and our commitment to Christ.  I know I speak for the entire congregation when I say that if you are looking for a warm, active and Christ-centered place to worship and grow, we welcome you to participate with us at St. Paul’s.  Come and form your own impressions!

As I walk around the church neighborhood, I am often struck by the large numbers of people, buildings and cars that share this same space.  What a blessing that in the midst of all this there is holy ground.  I invite you to come and join the people of St. Paul’s as we are renewed at this place.

- Pastor Mark Shaltanis