The calling of Lutherans and of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in education is closely tied to a Lutheran understanding of vocation. While many understand vocation as a job or career or as the call to be a pastor or priest, Lutherans understand vocation as a calling from God that encompasses all of life for all the faithful.
From the time of the Reformation, the Lutheran church has been a teaching and learning church. Martin Luther, a university professor, pursued the reform of education on all levels as an integral part of his reform of Church and society. With his teaching on vocation, Luther understood the Christian life to be one of service to God and neighbor in one’s everyday places of responsibility; education equipped Christians for this vocation.
We at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church provide learning opportunities for all ages through Sunday School classes for all ages, weekly Adult Bible Study class and a variety of other learning opportunities throughout the year.
We encourage the children to reach out to others in the community by sponsoring through our Sunday School classes sharing of our gifts in local relief and world relief.
We provide classes for youth to prepare for their First Holy Communion, and confirmation classes prepare older youth for the Rite of Confirmation.
On the first Sunday of each month, we sponsor Breakfast Club, where all classes meet together for brunch, served by the middle and high school youth. A lesson is presented by one of our church leaders, and the younger children have a music class during that time. This is a good time for fellowship for all.
Annually our week-long Vacation Bible School provides learning in a fun atmosphere with story telling drama, games, crafts, and music that carry out our theme. We reach out to the children at our St. Paul Preschool-Child Care Center and to other day care facilities in the community.