Welcome

I welcome you to visit our church here in Vernon.   I hope that you find here a warm spiritual home where the Gospel of Jesus is shared and proclaimed.

In His Peace,
Paul Neuberger, Pastor

Contact Us

St. Paul Lutheran Church

4405 Hospital Dr.
Vernon, Texas 76384
Phone 940 552 2495

Regular Schedule

Sunday

  • Sunday School & Bible Class
    – 9:30 AM
  • Morning Worship
    – 10:30 AM

Wednesday

  • Warriors for Christ
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Bell Choir
    – 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Confirmation
    – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Bible Search

Announcements

  • Return to Church

    May 22, 2020

    Dear Members of St. Paul,

    After prayer and study, the Elders and I have determined to reopen the church doors for public worship.  While we are aware that we are nowhere near the end of this pandemic, we also recognize the spiritual needs of God’s people are better met when we gather together as a congregation.  Please be patient.  We have never been through anything like this before and each week we will be learning.  We want to be prudent, keep the risk of infection as low as possible, and, to the best our abilities, worship the Lord our God and receive His gifts.  We will also continue to provide online worship.

    Therefore, we have established the following guidelines as we begin to again meet publicly for worship.  These may and will change as we learn more, and as we monitor the world around us.

                   

    · We encourage those over the age of 65 and those who have a medical condition which makes them vulnerable to severe illness to consider remaining at home and watching our services online.  However, we are not restricting you from coming, as you are the best judge of what is best for your health and faith.

    · If you do not feel well, please stay home and join with us online.

    · Please park in the East Parking Lot and enter through the East doors.  The doors will be either held or propped open for you.  The west entrance will be closed.

    · We encourage but do not mandate the wearing of masks.  We are unable at this time to furnish masks.

    · Please enter and exit the sanctuary through the open center doors only.

    · As you enter, your family group will be seated beginning from the front of the church and ending at the back of the church.  A distance of six feet must be maintained between family groups. We will alternate pews to assure a safe distance between people.

    · If at all possible we ask that you avoid using the restrooms, as well as any other part of the church besides the sanctuary, unless absolutely necessary.

    · If your child needs to leave the sanctuary for any reason, you must accompany them, see that their needs are met, and then return with them to the sanctuary.

    · We encourage the use of hand sanitizer, but none can be provided by the church at this time, so please bring your own to use if desired and/or possible.

    · Bulletins will be provided to you as you enter for worship. The entire service will be printed in them so that we will not need the hymnals.  Instructions for Holy Communion will be given on our next Communion Sunday, scheduled for June 7.

    · We will not be passing the offering plate.  The plates will be in the back of the sanctuary. Please place your offering in a plate as you leave the sanctuary.

    · At the end of the service, you will be ushered out, beginning with the back pews.

    · We kindly request that you do not shake hands or visit in the narthex.  Once outside in the parking lot, feel free to visit, maintaining a safe distance.

    · There will be no Sunday School, nursery, or childcare at this time until further notice. Children are to remain with their family group at all times.

    We know this is a long list of rules. However, we want all who come to worship to feel secure and free from any worry as they worship God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

    Peace,

    Pastor, the Board of Elders, and President of St. Paul Lutheran Church

  • May 17 Service

  • Easter Service

  • Good Friday Service

  • Maundy Thursday Service

  • Giving Through the Website

    If you would like to donate to St. Paul Lutheran Church through the web-site, you may Donate Here.

  • Palm Sunday Service

    God be with you during this trying time.  While we are not gathered together at church, we remain the church as we pray and encourage one another from a distance, and through technology share together the Word of God, hearing the saving Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He promises to remain with you, never forsake, and continues to work in our world and in your lives. In this Holy Week, we meditate on the suffering and death of Jesus and then turn to the joy of His resurrection.  He lives.  Nothing can ever change this truth.

    Until Further notice, our Sunday services are on Youtube and Bible Studies are on Zoom.

    Please email the church or call Pastor if you have any questions.

     

     

  • Cancelling Services For A Time

    Although God's Word commands us not give up meeting together, in exceptional times like these, and for the common good and to "love our neighbor" by doing what we can do to limit the spread of illness, the Elders and I have decided to not have Sunday morning worship and classes at church on Sundays until the time comes when we can freely meet together again. I am working on ways we can meet the spiritual needs of members, which will include online worship, and hopefully an interactive Bible Study on Sunday mornings, as well as more phone calls to members. By the end of the week, I hope to have things worked out and more information. St. Paul writes in Romans 10, "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ." The Holy Spirit will continue to work in your lives and the lives of so many others who believe in Jesus. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13).  Please let me know if you have any questions.

  • Coronavirus and the Church

    In the story of the Good Samaritan, while the Priest and Levite do nothing, the Samaritan does something. He goes to the injured person and "binds up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine" (Luke 10:34). Oil and wine were used for medicinal purposes. In James 5:14, the instruction is to pray and anoint with oil (i.e. provide medical care). It is the same with Covid-19. Pray to the Lord and provide medicine. Right now, there is no medicine. It is already here, but the experts tell us "social distancing" may limit the spread of this disease. What can we do to mitigate the severity of this illness? Listen to the medical experts. At St. Paul, I will be visiting with the Elders to discuss how we should change our services and when to cancel services. That time may be sooner than we think. We will work on ways to notify our members when activities are cancelled. I am trying to ramp up to get ready to provide Bible Classes and Services online. Will we have drive-through communion at a certain point? Who knows! Even though we may not fear or be at risk from the disease, it is possible we could spread it to others who are more vulnerable. "Love does no harm to a neighbor"(Romans 13:10). Many other pastors disagree with the idea of cancelling services, yet a biblical case can be made for this. Perhaps later I will write on this. During the outbreak of the Spanish Flu in 1918-1919, Milwaukee was one of the most successful cities in preventing death. They closed churches early on and suffered only 291flu-related deaths per 100,000 people. Our hope is in the Lord. Pray for the sick. Jesus has conquered sin and death. We know and believe that whether we live or die, we belong to Him. That good news helps us live confidently in times such as these as we bear witness to him. Please pray to God to give wisdom to the Elders and me, to all pastors and church leaders, as well as all those in positions of authority in our land.

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    On Tuesday, March 3 the Elders met and discussed what precations we should take.  Here is a summary and some directions from health professionals:

    • Please do not shake hands at church.
    • If you are sick or may be coming down with something, please stay home.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly. The recommendation is 29 seconds (as a timer hum the "Happy Birthday" song twice through).
    • Try not to touch your nose or mouth.
    • Be aware of the needs of your neighbor.
    • Avoid large gatherings (we respect your decision if you decide to miss church for the time being).
    • Let the church office know if you have cancelled your land line and switched to a cell number if you want to be contacted regarding any changes or needs you may have.
    • Keep on praying to our Heavenly Father in this time of need.

    Here are some helpful sites:

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Map Tracking Covid-19

    World Health Organization Coronavirus Page

     

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