Dear Friends in Christ:

St. Paul‚Äôs is a lively gathering of God‚Äôs people around the Gospel-centered promise of grace, a ‚ÄúReconciling in Christ‚ÄĚ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in NW Washington, DC.¬†

St. Paul’s is focused on living thankfully in light of God’s gracious love, gathered in prayer for the world, and actively working for justice and peace locally and globally. Join us for outdoor worship this Sunday and often! 

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Reconciling in Christ - Northlake Lutheran Church Kenmore WA ELCA


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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 Pastor Walker's Desk:

‚ÄúFor I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. . .‚ÄĚ

                                 --Romans 16:1a

I want to talk to you about something I'm very excited about‚ÄĒ that is the good news of Jesus the Christ and telling others that good news. That is Evangelism. One of the plans when I first came to Saint Paul‚Äôs was to work really hard to get to know the community: leaders, families, business owners. All of that was put on hold because of the pandemic. I haven‚Äôt forgotten. As the pandemic begins to subside, I have an idea. What if the pastor sits at the edge of the church's front lawn, drinks coffee and introduces herself to all those who pass by? This could be my warm weather office a few hours a day. I could invite conversation with the neighbors, hold meetings outside and generally tell all those who would listen about the gospel and St. Paul‚Äôs. So, we have ordered a picnic table. It will sit on the outer edge of the front lawn, near the banner. I envision this as a space of welcome for the community that cuts across the lawn as a short cut and often has lunch on our lawn. We would be intentionally and by invitation sharing what God has so graciously given us with others.
The picnic table is black metal and 46‚ÄĚ round. The cost is approximately $1100. I have given the first $100 for the picnic table, (*this is an offering over and above what I give to St. Paul‚Äôs) and a member of the church council was excited about the idea and donated $100. If you are excited about the good news and believe that evangelism at St. Paul‚Äôs is needed. If you believe this is a good idea please feel free to contribute.
Be well, be safe, be blessed, 
Pastor Andrea
*The Stewardship study group has learned about giving as our duty and delight. My regular offering is my ‚Äúduty‚ÄĚ and an offering toward the picnic table is my ‚Äúdelight.‚ÄĚ Stewardship Bible Study will continue on Wednesday May 5th ¬†at 6:30 p.m. for 3 weeks, have a week off and resume for 3 more weeks.
P.S. If you want another way to delightfully give, your time, talent or treasure to St. Paul’s see below!


Click here to view the Phase 2 Guidance for Places of Worship in DC.
For more information from the DC Metro Synod on Coronavirus, please click HERE.
For up to date information in the District of Columbia: 
To register for the vaccine in the District of Columbia, please click HERE.   
To register for the vaccine in the state of Maryland, please click HERE.      
To register for the vaccine in the commonwealth of Virginia, please click HERE.
         Lawn Mower Fund Raising

Keeping the lawns neatly trimmed at St. Paul's plays an important role for outdoor worship and community outreach. It shows the world that we care about our church and God's surrounding natural wonders.

We're hoping that you can pitch in to help us buy two new Toro push mowers for the St. Paul's volunteers. They mow our churchyard and edge the walks every week to ensure that the grounds are ready for Sunday services.

The new mowers would replace both the 10-year-old Craftsman that can no longer be repaired for use and the 15-year-old Lawnboy shown in the photo of Bob Hershey mowing last Saturday.

Each new mower costs about $425. Checks to St. Paul's Lutheran Church should be designated "Landscaping--mowers" on the memo line.

All donations are truly appreciated...and if you would like to join the lawn crew...please speak to Bob Hershey, Cynthia Jensen, Anya Burt, or Neil Berger.


Give to St. Paul's by shopping at Amazon Smile!

Amazon Smile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. On all eligible purchases, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate a portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice. Please make St. Paul's your charity of choice! Shop for St. Paul's here, enter your email and amazon password and shop away to benefit St. Paul's English Lutheran Church (bookmark the tab so it will always be easy to find!).

For more information about the program, click here.

Let's Go Shopping!!!!


Apple Computer Fund continues as Worship technology fund.

We continue to accept donations to St. Paul's worship technology fund. Here are some items that the donations are helping us fund along with those we wish to purchase:


  • Microphones to capture the choir and organ in high quality for recorded and livestreamed services (purchased in 2020)
  • An audio mixer to combine music and spoken word for recorded and livestreamed services (purchased in 2020)
  • Microphone stands and cables (purchased in 2020)
  • Sturdy tripods for outdoor worship.
  • Eventually we will need cameras for the sanctuary for a permanent video presence. (Currently we are using cameras on loan).
  • Ongoing maintenance on all the equipment.

 Thank you to all who have given so far! If you are able, keep the donations coming and mark them for worship technology!



Vacation Bible School--Let Us Hear From YOU!

We're starting to see more new information about the pandemic, especially as it relates to vaccine distribution, and so we're thinking about what summer may look like at St. Paul's, including Vacation Bible School. The dates have been set for June 28th - July 2nd from 9 am -noon. The activities will be scaled down a bit from years past and the attendance will be capped. Extended day will not be an option this year. 

St. Paul's is Looking for a Media Intern!

 Do you like to video edit and work on social media content? Do you need Community Service or SSL hours?  Are you looking to build a portfolio of your work to use for a class, a college application, or resume? 

Then we are looking for YOU! 

St. Paul's is looking for someone who is willing to join our team as a media intern.  Ideally, this person would join us every week to video record our services (and do any necessary post-edit), manage the church's social media presence on Instagram and Twitter, and keep our website up-to-date. 

Basic video editing skills are highly desirable (for example, experience with iMovie on a Mac), but extensive knowledge is not required.  

This position could be shared by more than one person.  Approximate number of hours required each week: 4. 

All ages are welcome to apply!

If interested, please contact Pastor Andrea. 


Adult Sunday School resumes Sunday, Join us this Sunday!

The class will be led by Ted Wackler and will explore the Old Testament from biblical, historical, and social perspectives; one book at a time.   We hope to gain a better perspective on how it all fits together and why it remains important in our lives today.


St. Paul's Lutheran is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Topic: Bible Study

Time: May 9th, 2021 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)      

Join Zoom Meeting

 Meeting ID: 818 7469 0961

Passcode: 948193




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Comfort is being spread! 

Last Sunday we blessed more prayer shawls, quilts, and blankets, and they are ready to provide comfort to a hurting world.  If you would like to pick one up for someone, please contact the Church office (delivery usually possible too)!


The sweet way parents can use rainbows to help children during ...

You have this, because God has YOU.


Parents of College Students

Please let Lisa Wackler know your college student's school address.  Now more than ever we want to let them know that their church is praying for them!




Youth Choir Practice on Hold Until Further Notice

If you wish to join the youth choir or would like more information, please contact director Marcia Perez .


MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS LOOKING FOR SERVICE HOURS:  Please contact Lisa Wackler Community Service or SSL hours! 



It's never too early to think about ways that you can serve the church when we can gather again!

Complete a survey to let us know your interest by clicking HERE.



Prime Time Center


Canceled Until Further Notice. 

We will be providing updates as we know them. 

If you would be interested in reaching out to Prime Time attendees to see how they're doing, please let Lisa or Joy know!





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Please join our livestreamed and online services on YouTube.


Sunday, May 9, 2021


Please click HERE for the service bulletin.  

Please click HERE for today's Children's Bulletin.

(Bulletins are uploaded the weekend of the service)


St. Paul’s is in Bloom!

We are so thankful for everyone who helped make our Easter service so beautiful! Our grounds are absolutely gorgeous, thanks to the efforts of Neil Berger, Cynthia Jensen, and Anya Burt. 

And our Portico garden would not have happened without the creative efforts of Grace Heffley.¬†Thank you to everyone who sent us their flowers in photos, drawings, coloring pages, crocheted, as stickers, in tissue paper, and in fabric.¬†Our indoor and outdoor gardens will be in full bloom throughout the coming weeks‚ÄĒmake sure you stop by and take a look!¬†



Wednesday Evening Book Study and Reflections Resumes TONIGHT, May 5th,at 6:30 pm


The new book is Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity, by Michael R. Ward. (if you use Amazon, please don't forget to use

St. Paul's DC is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Topic: Stewardship Bible StudyTime: 

   May 5, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)    Every week on Wed, until Jun 16, 2021, 7 occurrence(s)    May 5, 2021 06:30 PM

   May 12, 2021 06:30 PM

   May 19, 2021 06:30 PM


    Jun 2, 2021 06:30 PM

   Jun 9, 2021 06:30 PM

                                                                                          Jun 16, 2021 06:30 PM

Meeting ID: 863 3156 8071

Passcode: 996665

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Please Send Us Your Favorite Soup Recipes!

Over the years, there have been some delicious home-made soups shared at St. Paul's, especially on Wednesday evenings during Lent. While we won't be together in person on Wednesday evenings during Lent this year (Ash Wednesday is February 17th), let's keep up the tradition of enjoying these soups but in our own homes. There will be activities offered on Wednesdays during Lent (details to come...) so why not have a St. Paul's inspired soup for dinner on Wednesdays as well!  Beginning next Wednesday and continuing during Lent, we will publish at least one soup recipe via e-news for you to prepare and enjoy the following Wednesday of Lent. Please send your recipes to Joy.

Happy Cooking!


Got questions? Let Us Know! 



Sometimes, people will read something in the e-news or hear something in a service and think: Wow, I didn’t know that! THAT’S why we do do/say/show that?!?!?!? 

It got us thinking that it would be fun to have a semi-regular video feature in the e-news where we answer your questions. Introducing: ‚ÄúAsk the DCL‚ÄĚ!¬†Send us your questions:¬†about St. Paul‚Äôs, about being Lutheran, or anything else (within reason ūüėä) and we will try to answer them for you.¬†(Questions can remain anonymous unless you are okay with us putting your name out there!)¬†

Click HERE to ask your question!



 Food Pantry News-

We continue to collect toiletries for our Food Pantry. These items are not covered by benefits, so having a supply of these on hand will help us meet the needs of our patrons.  If you would like to order items directly from Amazon, please CLICK HERE to see our shopping list.
Please note that at this time, we have plenty of toilet paper.  We will put a call out when we run low!

At this time, the pantry is requesting boxes of healthy cereal and jars of peanut butter. The cereal and peanut butter needs to be regular size and not family size as family sized items are too big to pack in the bags. Please also consider donating items to the food pantry that are low in sodium.

We continue to accept your donations of hearty foods and paper grocery bags (Whole Foods, Trader Joes) with handles. 


Racial Equity

Movement 3


Tuesday Feb 23 at 7:30 pm

Opening prayer:

God of love, help me value the diversity in your creation and in the human family. Help me to love others and send your Holy Spirit to transform my life. I pray for your unfathomable grace to touch me so that I am energized to work toward dismantling white supremacy. Help me to know more clearly who I am and to live out your compassion and justice in my life, through Jesus the Christ. Amen 


 Amos 5:23-24 

"Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps. But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."

Activity Options:

(Please choose one or all these options) 


The 1619 Project Podcast - Episode 3 The Birth of American Music (35minutes) 


 TEDTalk - How to Deconstruct Racism One Headline at a Time Baratunde Thurston 



 10 Habits of Someone Who doesn't Know They're AntiBlack. ( 

Or/and- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Chapters 6,7,8 


The Oprah Conversation on Apple TV "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" episode 1 (39.37 minutes) 

Reflection Questions: 

How did the activity make you feel?

What was new to you?

What surprised you?

What made you feel uncomfortable? Why do you think that is?

What does any of this have to do with your faith?

Write a brief synopsis of your chosen activity.

What do you want to do after hearing/reading/watching this?

Closing Prayer: 

Peacemaking God help me discover what makes for peace. Amen


Church is open for Prayer and Meditation.

As the pandemic continues we are holding worship services outside as the weather permits.
If you miss being in the church, please contact Joy Belew to set up a time to come inside for quiet meditation and prayer.
Please don't forget to wear your mask, and wipe down any surfaces in which you make contact (wipes will be provided)!

If you have any questions about using the space, please contact Joy in the church office at 202.966.5489.


Introducing GivePlus Text!    You can now make a contribution with text!
Simply send a text message to St. Paul's GivePlus Text number, 844-262-6943, with the amount you would like to contribute. Within a few minutes, you'll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and debit or card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt of your donation via email.
For future giving, send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! You can even text "repeat" to make it a recurring donation. Text giving is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give. 
To learn more watch this video or click here  to view a pdf "Quick Guide to GivePlus Text".