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church crossAbout St. Paul's UMC

 

The purpose of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church family is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through Worship, Study, Fellowship and Service.
 
Our goal is to provide Christ-centered experiences to those who know and do not know Jesus as their personal savior. These experiences are led by believers in Jesus Christ who celebrate Jesus through worship, grow spiritually in study, support others with fellowship, and love others unconditionally through service.
 
The foundation of our Christ-centered experiences is built upon; Christ, Children/Youth and Community. As illustrated in our purpose logo, we accomplish our purpose by linking the C’s together. The largest C represents Christ with his out stretched arms ready to support us, comfort us and receive our love. The smaller C’s represent our commitment on Children/Youth and our Community.   The Christian fish in the middle is a reminder that believers in Jesus Christ are prepared to share our purpose with those who know and do not know Jesus as their personal savior.
 
As with any purpose you need to have a foundation. In Matthew 7:24-25, Jesus told us that “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the flood waters rise and the winds beat against that house, it will not collapse because it is built on bedrock.” It is because of this that our purpose logo is designed to look like solid rock.
 
Now that you know our purpose, please consider using your time and talents to support our purpose accordingly. Together we can show that Christ, Children/Youth and our Community that we are not a collection of individuals but rather a diverse family acting as one “United” Methodist Church.

Our History


St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is part of an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.
 
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. Here at St. Paul’s we have been putting our faith and love into action since or origin in 1853. Our purpose is to make disciples of Jesus Christ through worship, study, fellowship and service. We accomplish this purpose by providing Christ-centered experiences to those who know and do not know Jesus as their personal savior.   The foundation of our Christ-centered experiences is built upon; Christ, Children/Youth and Community.
 
The history of our church dates back to May 28, 1853 when a small group of trustees came into possession of a plot of land on the Manheim Road. From this time until 1871 the church grew to a total of 84 members which is evidence of the incredible faith our founders had to establish a church in Elizabethtown.   With growth continuing the Board approved to erect a new structure and the cornerstone was laid on May 10, 1903. The women of our church were very busy selling doughnuts to help offset the $12,000 project. The townsfolk would often joke “That church will never stand for the foundation is built on fat cakes”. Little did they know that the foundation of this church was built on solid rock, the solid rock of Jesus!
 
As our past members continued to put their faith and love into action, the church continued to swell to an average attendance of 600 in 1952. As you might suspect, it was time to begin a new building campaign which included looking for a new site. On May 12, 1957 the cornerstone of our present day church at 398 North Locust Street was laid and the $546,537 project was underway. On December 15, 1957 the first service was held and a new generation of Methodists had taken a significant step towards advancing the kingdom of God.
 
Since those early days of our new building in 1957, our church as undergone three additional significant renovations, the last of which was completed in November 2009 when we added a contemporary worship sanctuary. We have a proud heritage here at St. Paul’s and have been blessed by strong leaders and members who believed we could be something greater if we let our faith and love guide our actions in the name of Jesus Christ.
 
We recognize the challenges that face us in today’s society.   Today’s Christ seekers are not bound to a pre-determined denomination, which is why St. Paul’s has open doors to anyone who wants to experience Christ. We invite you to visit us anytime and encourage you to browse our website to learn more about us.