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:

Dear Friends in Christ,

I love the story that Corrie ten Boom tells in her book, The Hiding Place. It is about an incident that taught her always to be thankful. She and her sister, Betsy, had just been transferred to the worst German prison camp they had seen, Ravensbruck. On entering the barracks, they found them extremely crowded and flea-infested.

That morning their scripture reading from 1 Thessalonians had reminded them to rejoice always, pray constantly, and give thanks in all circumstances. Betsy told Carrie to stop and thank the Lord for every detail of their new living quarters. Corrie at first flatly refused to give thanks for the fleas, but Betsy persisted, and Corrie finally succumbed to her pleadings. During the months spent at that camp, they were surprised to find how openly they could have Bible study and prayer meetings without guard interference. It was not until several months later that they learned the reason the guards would not enter the barracks was because of the fleas!

Give thanks in all circumstances. Really? I don‚Äôt know about you, but I‚Äôm pretty good at giving thanks when circumstances are favorable, when everything in life seems to be going my way, but giving thanks when life gets really tough, when the hurts are immense, well I don‚Äôt know if I‚Äôm capable of giving thanks during those times. No way am I going to thanks for fleas. Yet there is something about this passage from 1 Thessalonians that is so compelling. The letter was written by Paul who certainly had his share of difficult circumstances. Through imprisonments, beatings and shipwrecks, he could still write to his friends at Philippi, ‚ÄúRejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.‚ÄĚ

So does this mean that we are to thank God for the crazy driver who cuts us off on the Beltway? Should we be thankful to God for being let go from the company after many years of faithful service? Should we be thankful to God for a friend battling cancer? I don’t think so. I think it means that we are called to be thankful, especially during tough times, for that chance to learn more about patience, humility, forgiveness, and to experience the love of God, and the love of God’s people.

‚ÄúRejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.‚ÄĚ ‚Äď 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†

Yours in Christ,


 Rev. Thomas A. Omholt                                         





 With a goal of 100% participation, we need all families to sign up. Our directory will allow us to connect names and faces and stay connected with one another.


Photography times are still available - you can sign up via the following ways:

Please plan for around an hour for your portrait sitting.  There are brochures in the narthex and portico with tips on how to best prepare for your sitting--don't forget to pick one up!

Every family will receive a free 8x10 portrait and will have the opportunity to purchase additional portraits, and you will receive a $10 off coupon at check-in.

IF you have any questions, please contact Lisa Wackler.  


Thanksgiving Baskets

Display and Sign-up Sheet in the Portico.

St. Paul's members are again partnering with Friendship Place to provide Thanksgiving baskets for individuals and families in need of a holiday meal.  The Thanksgiving basket display is located in the Portico with the sign-up sheets.  Look for the information sheets listing suggested food items and small additional basket stuffers.  As we enter the holiday season and all of its demands please prayerfully consider providing a Thanksgiving basket for families who face the possibility of hunger during the holiday season.   Use the project to involve the children - shopping, making food selections, decorating the basket, drawing a picture - while at the same time helping them to understand God's message to help feed the hungry.  If you are unable to provide a basket but would like to contribute Friendship Place is accepting gift cards.  These cards will be given to those who are unable to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.  A gift card box will be available in the chancel on November 19th where you will be able to place the cards.  The baskets will be blessed on November 19th during both worship services prior to being given to Friendship Place.  Contact Deaconess Cassie with questions.  



StLuthRef Youth Group @ St. Paul's

THIS Sunday, November 19th   

The StLuthRef (SLR) Youth Group is meeting here at St. Paul's on Sunday, November 19th, 1-4 pm.  SLR is for ALL youth Confirmation age (grades 7 & 8) through high school.  Our theme this year is "Named," and we are exploring all the ways that God names AND CLAIMS us.  Please RSVP to Lisa if you're planning on coming, so we can get an accurate count!

And St. Paul's families are responsible for providing the day's lunch, so please go to our link in Sign Up Genius to volunteer to bring something:




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!


Stewardship Sunday is This Sunday, November 19th! 


This year our stewardship theme is "High Five for 175:  Celebrating St. Paul's Past and Our Ministry for the Future.". We will remember with great thanksgiving how St. Paul's was built up faithfully by generous givers over the past 175 years. As we celebrate our 175th anniversary, we pray that we will continue to build up the body of Christ here in this place and in our community. 

On stewardship Sunday, November 19th, please remember to bring in your time and talent forms and pledge cards.

Please remember that your commitment for 2018 is in addition to your generous commitment to the Capital Campaign. 


Prime Time


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


Halloween Candy Collection

St. Paul's  will be collecting any extra or unwanted Halloween candy again this year. We will make up small gift packages for the folks at Friendship Place to give to their clientele in the cold weather months.  We will begin collecting on November 5th when the box labeled "Halloween Candy" will be in the portico. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Wackler.


Hanging of the Greens 

Saturday, December 2nd at 10 am! 

Please join us in the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 2nd at 10 am for fun, fellowship and refreshments! We will deck St. Paul's in all its Christmas Trimmings, tree and wreaths, garlands and bows, pine cones and holly berries. Light refreshments will be available. All are welcome! 



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)


Wednesday, November 22nd --7:00 pm

On Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm members and friends will gather in the chancel of St. Paul's to give thanks to God for all His many blessings. Please join us! 





Capital Campaign Update


We are excited to report that as of this writing, we've had 71 commitments totaling $372,616 for the Our Time, Our Turn Capital Campaign.  Thank you to all who have taken the step of turning in their pledge cards.  Your early commitment to this campaign is much appreciated!

For those of you who have not yet committed, we need you now more than ever as we have a ways to go to reach our goal of $900,000.  There is still time to fill out a pledge card--pick one up in the Portico, the Narthex, or by clicking  HERE.  Remember that your pledge-no matter the size-is crucial to the success of the Capital Campaign. 

Do you need help figuring out how to take the next step?  Please contact Mike Charlton, the Chair of the Capital Campaign.  Mike can discuss with you the various ways that you can contribute to the Our Time, Our Turn Capital Campaign.




Our Mission Team is on the ground in Houston, Texas this week!




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 visit the Reformation Bookstore in the Portico after the 11 am service or contact Lisa Wackler .


St. Paul's Celebrates 175 Years!

  The 500th anniversary of the Reformation isn't the only big celebration happening here at St. Paul's.  Next year, in 2018, the Congregation of St. Paul's will be celebrating its 175th Birthday!

We are currently looking for people who might be interested in serving on a committee to help plan the celebration.  Interested?  Please let Lisa Wackler know.

And as you come across pictures from your own time at St. Paul's, please share those with us, so we can include them on our website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and in displays around the church.  If your pictures are hard copies, we will scan them and return them to you.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Lisa or Joy in the Church Office.







Thanksgiving Dinner for AU Students: Nov. 19th

For the past several years, St. Paul's has been providing a Thanksgiving dinner for the students at American University. We need two large Turkeys. We also need help with stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls and pies. If you would like to assist or if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact  Pastor Tom.



Sewing Help needed for the Children's Christmas Pageant 


The children's Christmas pageant is only a few weeks away. Our costumes have served us well for many years - and a few years too many in some cases.  We have fabric and patterns and are looking for some helping hands to start sewing. Angels, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, townsfolk and wise men all need some uplift.  Please let us know questions or if you are interested in helping. Contacts:   Christi Barnhart or Amy Moorhus Baumgardner.  Thank You!


Advent Begins Sunday, December 3rd!











Christmas will be here soon, so don't forget to take time to enjoy the special season of anticipation that is Advent.  Advent is the special time leading up to Christmas as we ponder what God promised to us: That we would be sent Jesus, to live among us and be our Savior.

The Advent Workshop will be at the church on Sunday, November 19th, during the Sunday School hour.  Please join us as we make a kid-friendly Advent craft, make cards for our college students, and have the opportunity to pick up the supplies to make our "Countdown to Christmas Chains."  There will also be a chance for families to make an Advent wreath for their home!  (No need to RSVP, but if you'd like to make a wreath, please let Lisa Wackler  know, so we have enough supplies on hand.)

Our College Advent Care Packages are always a big hit with our  parishioners who are away at college.  Parents of college students should notify the church office of their child's school address if they haven't already done so, because we don't want them to miss out!  And if anyone wants to contribute boxes of pre-packaged snacks, candy/gum/mints, powdered drink mixes, or other small seasonal items for the packages, (or if you'd like to contribute money for the purchase of these items), please let Lisa Wackler know.

Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp and Conference Center is having an Advent Family Gathering on Sunday, December 3rd, 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Bring your family and friends and start a new tradition! Enjoy the warmth of Mar-Lu-Ridge's woodstoves and campfires, create some holiday crafts for your home, make a beautiful wreath with greens from the property and enjoy fellowship over a delicious meal at MLR's Agape Hall.  (Note:  Please bring your own wire and wire wreath frames; all other supplies included in the cost.)  The cost is $7/adult - $3/youth ages 3-11 - Children under 3 are free.  Please RSVP by December 1 st :  or by phone:   (800) 238-9974 .