St. Paul Lutheran Church

Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches." John 15.5

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History of St. Paul

The Founding of St. Paul's

In 1898, Pastor Ebert along with Carl Prahl, August Lettau, August Richert and Ferdinand Begick organized our St. Paul's congregation. The following year a small frame church was erected on a piece of land on the northwest side in the village of Birnamwood. This church building was used as a parochial school until 1938 when it was closed.

By 1913 it was evident that this modest wood framed church could no longer meet the congregations needs. Pastor E. Englebert and William Beversdorf, along with the congregation set out to raise money for a new church. In early 1914 they had sufficient funds and the congregation began building. To save on expenses, the members themselves did the excavating and furnished the stones for the basement. The project progressed at such a speedy rate that by August 9, 1914 the corner stone could be laid, and three months later, on November 15, 1914 the finished church was dedicated.

The New St. Paul's Church

After four years of gathering funds and making plans, the dream of a new building for St. Paul's would officially begin on April 9, 1989. While there were feelings of sadness shared by all in leaving the old church, there is also joy and excitement for the future of St. Paul's in the new building. We are excited to see what God has planned for us!

Belief & Practice

With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are co-equal and co-eternal, one God.

Being "Lutheran"

Our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases: Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone. 

SOLA GRATIA → GRACE ALONE → God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
SOLA FIDE → FAITH ALONE → By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
SOLA SCRIPTURA → SCRIPTURE ALONE → The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

Who is Jesus?

For more than 2,000 years people have asked this question. We were not present when Jesus lived on this earth, but in the Bible we have the record of His birth, life, death on the cross, and resurrection.  Through the study of the Bible, you can seek the answer to this age-old question.

  N9035 US Highway 45 Birnamwood, WI 54414    715.449.2101 (office)   Rev. Matthew Christians, pastor