Dear Friends in Christ:

Welcome to St. Paul’s!

I think you will find St. Paul’s 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 “Reconciling in Christ” 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,

With Ash Wednesday only two weeks away, I know I should be getting into a Lenten frame of mind, but I am having difficulty doing so. You see I’m writing this to you while still in the season of Epiphany. I can still see the Wise Men leaving Bethlehem and heading home by using a different road. While there is no threat of a snowstorm in the days ahead, I’m still thinking, gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have another DC “snowmagedon”? I can’t believe that snow is on my mind when I should be focusing on Lent. I need to remember that the word, “lent”, actually suggests spring as it comes from an old English word that means “lengthen”, or “lengthening of days.”

Well as much as I would like to stay in the Epiphany season and play in the snow, it is the Spirit calling me to begin my Lenten journey to Calvary and the cross of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As much as I would like to bask a little longer in the warmth of the Epiphany light, I know that by the light of the Gospel, the Holy Spirit is calling me to probe the darkness in my life caused by sin.

Even though I might not be ready for Lent right now, I know that as soon as the ashes are traced in the sign of the cross on my forehead, the Spirit will point me to where I need to be in life, and the road that will get me there.  Jesus Christ has already walked this road for me. He has paved the way with his own sweat and blood. It is a road that not only runs into the heart of the Holy City, Jerusalem, but into the loving heart of God as well.

Lent means taking the road of repentance, fasting and prayer.  It means taking the road into the lives of the hurting and hopeless among us, and offering them the Good News of the Gospel.  It means taking the road of suffering and sacrifice in gracious response to a loving God who sent his only son to walk the way of the cross for you, for me, and for the world.

Yours in Christ,


 Rev. Thomas A. Omholt                                         



Join us for the Social Ministry Committee Meeting on February 11th!

Do you feel called to "reach out to people who have hurts and hopes with the good news"? If so, join the social ministry committee where that's our mission! Our first meeting of 2018 is happening directly after the 11 am service on Sunday, February 11th in the conference room. We hope you'll join us to plan this year's scheduled activities (like Six Summer Sundays of Service and Gifts of Hope) and to help us brainstorm some exciting new ones! If you have questions, contact Emily Foley at


Lutheran Social Services' Good Neighbor Program: Refugee Resettlement Information Meeting


Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3799 East-West Hwy, Hyattsville MD

Is your congregation or community group interested in partnering with LSS/NCA to resettle a refugee family and helping them reach self-sufficiency in their new community? The leaders of your group are invited to attend this informational workshop about the details and responsibilities of serving as a Good Neighbor. You MUST RSVP for this event to Kiersten Rossetto at


Report on Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Congregational Meeting of St. Paul's Lutheran Church took place last Sunday. At the meeting, the congregation took the following actions:

1.    Approved the proposed 2018 budget.

2.    Elected the following members to serve:

  • Trustee - 3 year term:Kay Cartwright
  • Council - 3 year term:   Pam Wannen (incumbent)
  • Council - 3 year term:   Kate Belinski
  • Council - 3 year term:   James Carstenson
  • Council - 3 year term:   Mark Dueholm
  • Council - 1year term:   Tina Schendt
  • Congregational Secretary: Lynn Adkins
  • Congregational Treasurer: Rod Larson

Copies of the Annual Report are available in the church office.



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!



Special Movie Event, Monday March 5th,     7:30-9:30 pm:

"Tortured for Christ"

                   Landmark Bethesda Row                        7235 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda MD

The Voice of the Martyrs invites everyone starting MARCH 5th, 2018 in theaters and churches all over the U.S. to the inspiring new movie Tortured for Christ, a cinematic retelling of the testimony of VOM founder Pastor Richard Wurmbrand as written in his international bestseller Tortured for Christ. This movie was produced to honor the 50th anniversary of the book's 1967 release. Invite your friends and family to this world premiere of Tortured for Christ where you will watch this amazing true story unfold and learn how persecuted believers all around the world can be supported. 

Buy your tickets now for The Voice of the Martyrs' new Tortured for Christ movie. This is a limited theatrical event, and the theater will agree to air the movie only if enough tickets are pre-purchased.


Stewardship Campaign Is Underway!

In 2018, St. Paul's celebrates its 175th anniversary! Our stewardship theme for this special year is "High - Five for 175!"  God's Work. Our Hands. Giving in Gratitude.  We are celebrating St. Paul's past and our ministry for the future. God is doing amazing things in our world and in our church and God is doing these amazing things through each of you as you continue along in your own individual journeys of stewardship.

If you have not yet completed and turned in your time and talent survey and financial commitment card - it is not too late!Please prayerfully contemplate and complete the time and talent survey and financial commitment card and return it to the church before the end of the year.  Please remember that your commitment for 2018 is in addition to your generous commitment to the Capital Campaign. Thank You!

Update on Stewardship Campaign

As of today, we have received 41 pledge cards. Of these, 3 are new pledges, 20 reflect an increase in giving, 7 were at a decreased level of giving and 11 chose to stay at the same level of giving. 



Prime Time

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




We are looking for people interested in volunteering for this very important church function.  It consists of a two member team that works on Sundays after church or Monday for about 1 or 2 hours collecting, counting and recording the offering.  The teams are assigned a month at a time, usually 3 or 4 months a year (depending on how many teams we have).  Sundays can be switched with other teams.  Training and written instructions are provided.  Please contact Paula Stewart 410-956-7117 or the church office to volunteer.



Reglular Schedule of Services 2018:

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

Sunday School:  9:45 am Chapel in Fellowship Hall 

      (aka Lower Auditorium)



Lenten Services and Fellowship

Wednesday, February 21st @ 6 pm

"Soup, Sacrament, and Holden Evening Prayer"

Each Wednesday during Lent we will meet in the church's dining room for mid-week Lenten activities.  At 6:00 pm, there will be a child-friendly activity and devotion time, followed by a light supper at 6:30 pm.  Then we head upstairs for the Holden Evening Prayer service in the Chancel at 7:30 pm.  In addition to Holy Communion we will visit two main "stations" for prayer and meditation.

Over the last 6 years, these Lenten Mid-Week "Soup and Sacrament" gatherings have been a huge success, and a wonderful opportunity to share the Lenten journey with one another.  We hope you'll join us again this year!

Volunteers are needed to provide parts of the shared meal.  Contact Lisa Wackler at  or 202.966.5489 to volunteer, or you can sign up online at Signup Genius.


Lent and Holy Week at St. Paul’s


Wednesday, February 14th —Ash Wednesday

 Services at 11 am and 7:30 pm


Wednesday, February 21st —1st Wednesday in Lent

Wednesday, February 28th —2nd Wednesday in Lent

Wednesday, March 7th —3rd Wednesday in Lent

Wednesday, March 14th —4th Wednesday in Lent

Wednesday, March 21st —5th Wednesday in Lent


6:00 pm          Family Devotions in the Dining Room

6:45 pm           Soup and Salad in the Dining Room

7:30 pm           Holden Evening Prayer in the Chancel



Sunday, March 25th —Palm and Passion Sunday

Services at 8:30 am & 11:00 am

Wednesday, March 28th —Holy Wednesday

6:00 pm          Family Devotions in the Dining Room

6:45 pm           Soup and Salad in the Dining Room

7:30 pm           Holden Evening Prayer in the Chancel

Thursday, March 29th —Maundy Thursday

Service and Foot Washing at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 30th —Good Friday

Tenebrae Service at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 31st —Holy Saturday Vigil

Vigil in Epiphany Chapel at 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 1st —Easter Sunday

Services at 8:00 am and 11:00 am

9:15 am-10:45 am       Easter Breakfast

10:40 am                    Pre-service music

11:00am                      Festival Service


Sunday, January 28th was Youth Sunday!



Thank you for supporting the National Youth Gathering team at their second fundraiser, the Bake Sale! We had so many amazing and yummy treats to sell!

 The youth raised $1,541.85, which is a great help for supporting our 25 youth and 5 adults as they raise funds for plane tickets and hotel costs.

Many thanks to all of the families of St. Paul's, Luther Place, Reformation, and Augustana Lutheran Churches who baked, and to Luther Place for hosting us.

Each of the StLuthRef churches is hosting a fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering team.  The next fundraiser, a parents' Night Out will be held at Reformation in March!  Look for more information soon about the date and how you can support the team!



St. Paul's Celebrates 175 Years!

175th Anniversary Worship Service

Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:00 am

(One service only)


All are invited to the 175th Anniversary Worship Service to be held on the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 15, 2018. It was on April 15, 1843 that St. Paul's was officially organized at the worship service that day. All members and friends of the congregation are invited that day to celebrate our rich history, and to pray for a bright and Spirit led future.

We are pleased to announce the 175th Anniversary Committee: Ivanna Hollar (Chair), Bill Heffley, Kay Cartwright, Amelia Nuss, Rebecca Highsmith, Aaron Goerlich, Debbie Goerlich, Pam Wannen, Jay Guerber, and Lisa Wackler.

Please watch for upcoming information and events in the weekly enews, bulletin inserts, and the St. paul's website.

Did You Know...

That the original location of St. Paul's English Lutheran Church was at 11th and H Streets NW, and was on land given to the church by General John P. Van Ness?  



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 in Houston, Texas, last November!