On February 28, 1909, 19 members of St. John’s in Wrightstown and also other Greenleaf locals, resolved to launch a congregation in Greenleaf. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran church is a congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), reaching out with the pure living Word of God.
We are a church family that worships and studies God’s Word. Our worship is on Sunday mornings at 10:30am (10:00am between Memorial Day and Labor Day).
Every church has its own style of worship. As in any church, it may take a couple of Sundays to become accustomed to a particular church’s way of praising God and proclaiming what he has done. Pastor guides us as we praise God and proclaim what he has done in a sequence of hymns, songs, readings from the Bible, a sermon, and prayers. The hymnal we use is The Lutheran Hymnal, published in 1941. While the archaic language may take some getting used to, we hope that you would see the benefit of this style of worship long enjoyed by previous generations of Christians.
Studying God’s Word
Members at St. Paul’s enjoy getting together and studying God’s word together. Our Bible class is on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00pm. We rotate between studying a book of the Bible or a topic. We meet in the church basement.
We know stepping into a church for the first time can be intimidating. We hope these questions and answers are helpful to you as you consider attending our church. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance. We hope to see you in worship soon!
What time are the services?
We worship on Sundays at 10:30am. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day we worship at 10:00am.
Will I be able to follow the service?
We use an orderly form of worship that is easily followed page by page in the front of our hymnals. Usually, each hymn is announced when it’s time to sing. If you don’t know the tune, just follow the words and when you feel comfortable, join in singing. It’s not a performance – it’s your personal praise of your Lord.
What about the offering?
We believe that our offerings to God should reflect our belief that all we have is his gift to us. Like most Christians, our members bring offerings to God through their church. Since offerings are gifts of love for God, no one dictates what each person is to give. We pass an offering plate during the service so that our worship may include bringing gifts to God. We look to Christ and his love to motivate us in our giving, whether it is a child putting in coins or an adult writing out a check. You may wish at first to learn more about our church before you give an offering, but you are always welcome to participate as your heart leads you to give.
What about communion?
Members of this church family announce for communion by signing the communion register in the back of church. We hold to the ancient, biblical practice of “close communion.” This means that we commune only confirmed members of our church or churches of our fellowship (ELS and WELS). If you are a guest who is interested in communing, please speak with the pastor prior to the service. He’d be happy to go over with you what we believe and teach, in the hopes that you would make St. Paul’s your church family.
Is St. Paul’s handicap accessible?
Unfortunately, no. While you can avoid the steps outside by walking on the grass, once you get into church there are still a few steps to go up into the sanctuary.