Dear Friends in Christ:

You are welcome here, every summer Sunday at 10am!

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 a gospel centered gathering of God’s people, 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 worship this Sunday and often!

John R. Spangler, Interim 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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St. Paul's Lutheran Church continues its commitment to ministry for and with persons experiencing homelessness and remains actively supportive of the long-term mission to address the need for short term, transitional housing in DC. You may recall that last fall, we announced the shelter would be closing temporarily and would likely reopen in the future using a new model based on peer support. That decision was put on hold when it became clear that the current residents would not be able to find suitable long-term housing before the cold winter.

Since that time, the church staff has been working diligently with the current residents to be more closely connected to Friendship Place services staff, encouraged and supported in working toward finding appropriate housing. The St. Paul's shelter was never intended to be long-term housing, and there is much evidence that long-term stays in shelters can have significant negative impacts on the residents and may even impede their ability to find suitable housing.

In order move forward with the plan to reassess its structure for short term shelter for homeless persons, the congregation's Council decided to close the current shelter on July 31, 2019. This date provides time for current residents to plan for more permanent housing or alternative short-term shelter with the help of Friendship Place. We will continue to support and assist the residents during this transition, and we ask the congregation to keep the men in your prayers.

If you are interested in participating in the reassessment of our ministry with homeless persons, please give your name to Joy Belew in the church office  or by phone.


The Year of Luke: A 3 Part Study

The Scribe Who Shapes our Faith 

Our inspiration during Pentecost comes from Acts of the Apostles and from the Gospel according to Luke. The author of both, Luke, provides fully 25% of the New Testament. Most of our gospel texts for the next several months will come from the 3rd Gospel, and so it makes sense to get an overview of this important source for our faith. That is the topic of our three-part Bible study that continues next Wednesday, June 19th. We have plenty of food for a quick supper (6pm to 7pm) and then we will dive into a one-hour study. Everybody will be on their way by 8pm. Luke is a strong shaper of our faith, and we will aim to understand his contribution a little more deeply. Bring your bible if you have a favorite.


John R. Spangler, pastor


Donors Needed for Altar Flowers
There are several dates available to donate altar flowers. The cost of the flowers is $65. Flowers can be donated in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone's special  event, or in thanksgiving for something special to you. Dates available:  July 14th, 21st and 28th.  Please contact Joy Belew to reserve a date. Thank you. 



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.


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Are you ready for summer camp 2019?! Our brochure is now available online. Take a look at the programs offered for 2019, including a brand-new "Extended Stay" program for senior high youth! Online registration is now open. Click HERE for more info.



Happy 175th Anniversary, St. Paul's!





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June 16th - September 1st

One Worship Service at 10 am 


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And don't forget!  The church nursery is available  in room 111 every Sunday during the 10 am worship service.  Let us give you a break when you need it!


Get Ready for Vacation Bible School!

VBS: "ROAR: Life is Wild-God is Good" is Coming Soon!

Mark your calendars, because St. Paul's Vacation Bible School, ROAR: Life is Wild-God is Good is June 24th-28th, 2019, from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon.

Join us as we explore God's goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us through this wild life through worship, crafts, outdoor play, Bible study, and song. We will even have a Bible-themed snack every day!

Kids aged three (and potty-trained, please) through completed 5th Grade are invited to join in the fun. Older kids (completed 6th Grade and up) and adults are welcome to help with the programming!

Cost of the program is $105 per child (with a $220 family maximum).

There is also an option for Extended Day programming from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm every day. The cost for the Extended Day programming is $110 per child, and space is limited. 

For more information, please contact Lisa Wackler.

To register, click HERE.


St. Paul's Thanks Its Incredible Sunday School Teachers!

As the Sunday School Year draws to a close next week, we just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of the dedicated men and women who were a part of the Sunday School program this year. We appreciate your willingness to commit your time and energy to spreading the news of God's love to all of our students! Be sure to stop by the Church Portico after the service for a small token of our appreciation!
Our Sunday School teachers for the 2018-19 School Year are:
  • Tammy Larson, Sunday School Superintendent and Grade 5/6 teacher
  • Liz Rihani¬†and Anna Dueholm, Grade PreK/K Teachers
  • Peter Guerber¬†and Kim Stonerook, Grade 1/2 Teachers
  • Amy Moorhus Baumgardner¬†and Christi Barnhart, Grade 3/4 Teachers
  • Lisa Wackler, Confirmation Teacher
  • Ted Wackler, Adult Class Teacher
  • And Many Thanks to our "Chapel Team":
Neil Berger
Gail Ferris
Rod Larson


Please return your intention cards for 2019 Annual Giving!

Year- end statements of giving were mailed to households on January 30th. In that same envelope was a letter from stewardship chair Mike Charlton along with an intention card to be returned to the Treasurer indicating your intentions for giving to the church in 2019. To date, 63 households have responded. Please take the time to return your card! 



Our Transition Committee members are eager to hear from everyone in the Congregation about your thoughts and ideas about the ministries of St. Paul's and what we should be looking for in a new pastor.  Contact information for the committee members is below:

Christi Barnhart (chair) 

Gail Ferris 

Rebecca Highsmith 

Sarah Hines 

Paul Reichert 




Our Mission Team in Houston, Texas!



St. Paul's Lutheran Church Prime Time Senior Ministry

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