Dear Friends in Christ:

Welcome to St. Paul’s!

I think you will find St. Paul‚Äôs to be a lively gathering of faithful people who are passionate about the Gospel and who care about each other and the community.¬† We are a ‚ÄúReconciling in Christ‚ÄĚ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Please feel free to visit with us on Sunday morning for worship or participate in some of our ministries and events.

May God continue to bless you and strengthen you with God’s grace. 

Yours in Christ,
Rev. Thomas A. Omholt, Pastor


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4900 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

We are located between Ellicott & Everett Streets NW, between Murch Elementary School and the Fire Station.








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From the Pastor's Desk:

Remembering the 59 

 In a month's time we will celebrate the Festival of All Saints. As is our custom here at St. Paul's we will place the names of those who have died on a banner on display near the baptismal font. This time there will be the names of the 59 who were killed on Sunday in Las Vegas while attending a concert.

Those 59 do not belong on that banner because those 59 people did not need to die. They needed to go back to being police officers, teachers, nurses, moms, dads, sons and daughters. We lift up in prayer today the family and friends of the 59 who died on Sunday, and we pray for the many who are recovering from their emotional and physical wounds.

I also pray that something so horrible does not happen again. Less than two years ago 49 people were killed in the Orlando shooting, now 59 in Las Vegas. I pray that this type of violence will never happen again. I pray that God will grant us the wisdom and the courage to do something about it. I think you have some thoughts on the subject as do I.

For now let us mourn the 59 who died on Sunday, and pray for their loved ones.

God bless,

Pastor Tom Omholt



Click HERE to read about events celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation throughout our area!


Reformation at 500 

Hosted by American University


You are invited to join American University for a nine-week reflection on the ways in which the Protestant Reformation has - for good or ill - shaped our world. Posters with the full schedule are located in the portico and the narthex.

 For more information, contact or visit 

Click here to view the flyer about the series.


Mark Your Calendars-A New Church Directory is Coming!


It 's been  ten years since we produced our last photo directory, and we are long overdue!  Lifetouch Photography Studios will be at the church November 11 th -November 18 th taking pictures for the new directory, so mark your calendars NOW!

Please schedule your appointment time for Lifetouch by clicking on this link:

If you have any questions about the upcoming photo directory, please contact Lisa Wackler.



St. Paul's Food Pantry needs your help! Please consider contributing soups, pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna and canned chicken.  Items can be left in the basket in the narthex or the basket in the pantry. Thank You!



First Communion Class 

Begins Sunday, October 1st

A class for young people seeking to receive Holy Communion for the first time will begin on Sunday, October 1 at 10:00 am. There will also be classes on October 8 and October 15 as well. Children will receive their first communion on Sunday, October 22 during the 11:00 am worship service. Please let Pastor Tom know if you have any questions or concerns.


New Member Sunday: October 15th

New members will be received into St. Paul's on October 15th during the 11:00 am worship service. There will be a class for the prospective  members on Tuesday, October 10th at 7 pm in room 207 of the educational building.  If you know of someone who is interested in becoming a member, please have them contact Pastor Tom (202-966-5489) or  .



Prayer Shawl Ministry

October 22, 2017 --10:00 am

The Prayer Shawl Ministry will gather on Sunday, October 22nd at 10:00 am in the dining room.  The group will continue to discuss new areas of service and share their latest prayer shawl projects. If you are interested in learning more about the ministry please join the group on October 22 nd.  You are always welcome.  If you are aware of individuals or groups that are in need of prayer shawl gifts please fill out one of the forms in the narthex or portico.  Please feel free to contact one of the members or  Deaconess Cassie. 


Prime Time


Our Prime Time Members participating in a meditative activity using Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Schedule of Services (beginning 9/17/17):

Sunday Morning Worship:  8:30 am and 11:00 am

Sunday School:  9:45 am Chapel in Fellowship Hall       (aka Lower Auditorium)






St. Paul's Reformation Day Lunch--Sunday,  October 29th

 Please join us immediately after the 11 O'clock Service on Sunday, October 29th for a German-inspired luncheon and the opportunity to continue our celebration of the 500th Reformation Day! We will gather outside, weather-permitting (and inside in the Fellowship Hall, if not).

This is not a potluck, so you don't need to sign up to bring anything - just come and enjoy each other's company!

And if you want to continue your celebrations, please plan to join us at the Washington National Cathedral at 4:00 p.m. for the Reformation Day Worship Service hosted by the ELCA Metro D.C. Synod.  (If you would like to go, and need a ride from the church, please contact Lisa Wackler.)



You’ve probably worn red on Pentecost Sundays, as many Christians do, to mark the fiery, festive birthday of the Church on Earth. A growing number of Lutherans also wear red for Reformation Sundays, to remember the start of a new denomination & its winds of change to the Church. How about we brighten the St. Paul’s sanctuary extra for Lutheranism’s 500th birthday by wearing RED to church on October 29th? Neckties, scarves, dresses, shirts, blouses, shoes, socks, jackets, & more will all work! The chancel will be decked in celebratory red, & we can be, too!





Capital Campaign Update:


How Does New HVAC Help Ministry at St. Paul's?

The calendar may say "October," but outside it still feels like summer... so it's easy to love HVAC for the comfort that it brings on days like today!

We've been talking about the "Our Time, Our Turn" campaign and how it directly impacts the people of St. Paul's, but did you know that our new HVAC system can also help our ministries?  We have many people visit the church who also benefit from an updated heating and cooling system.  Some of them may be at the church to participate in a special service or event such as a wedding, funeral, concert, or speaker.  And some of them may be at the church on a regular basis as part of our men's shelter, food pantry, after-school program, or group meetings.  The people who come to the church may not be members, but they are an important part of our community, and it is an important part of our mission as a church to serve our neighbors.  Who ever thought that HVAC could be such an important evangelism tool?

To Date, 61 households have either contributed or pledged to contribute $343,586. But we hope to hear from every one of you and if you have not pledged, we hope that you'll take a moment today to fill out your pledge card.  Together we can fully fund the project-and no amount pledged will ever be considered too small.  In the spirit of Our Time, Our Turn, we want everyone to make their pledge.  If you need guidance about your pledge, please do not hesitate to contact Campaign Chair, Mike Charlton.  Mike can help you determine your pledge, and how to take the next steps.

Thank you to all who are making the Our Time, Our Turn campaign a success!




Reformation 500 Bookstore

"Luther at Erfurt", which depicts Martin Luther discovering the doctrine of sola fide. Painting by Joseph Noel Paton, 1861.


Reformation 500 Bookstore

Learn about Martin Luther, his writings, and the impact of the Reformation for the church today.  Discover a variety of resources on the Reformation for readers of all ages.

Stop by the Portico on Sunday, October 15th--Sunday, October 29th after the 11:00 am service (and by appointment) to see what's offered, and to receive up to 50% off plus FREE SHIPPING!

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Lisa Wackler.



‚ÄúThe best way to drive out the devil, if he will not yield to texts of Scripture, is to jeer and flout him, for he cannot bear scorn.‚Ä̬†
¬†‚Äē¬†Martin Luther



Lutherans Love Their Coffee-This is Most Certainly Brew!

Just in time for the Reformation's 500th Anniversary,  St. Paul's has received a shipment of coffee mugs commemorating this important event!

Your morning cup is going to taste even better in this limited-edition 17-oz. mug, which can be yours for a minimum $10 donation.  Buy one for yourself, buy one for a friend, and toast the 500th with a steaming hot cup of joe! For more information, or to purchase a mug, please contact Lisa Wackler .