Welcome, and thank you for visiting St. Paul Lutheran Church & Early Childhood Development Center online. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available. Please feel free to read more about our church on this site, or come in for a visit. We would love to greet you and share with you our love for Jesus Christ and for you, our neighbor.
"Loving God, Loving People, Loving All For Christ"
WHO WE ARE
St. Paul Lutheran Church is a congregation of individuals and families from across Morgan County and even across sections of East Tennessee. We were founded in 1847 by German and Swiss immigrants seeking a new life in America. St. Paul Lutheran was an independent Lutheran congregation until 1884 when it joined the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod and remains the Mid-South district's oldest congregation.
We consider everyone here a member of our family that has been baptized into Christ and is fed with his Word and gifts every Sunday. We hope that you will want to visit us and come and see what so many from across our area have found that has brought them closer to our Lord Jesus.
Our campus sits on one city block on Church Street and consists of our Church facility, Early Learning Center, and a parsonage. Upon arriving on Church St., you will find designated guest parking with a sidewalk leading to the sanctuary. Handicap parking is located on Rose St. (behind the Church), with a ramp leading to the sanctuary. Once inside we have friendly greeters that will welcome you and show you to any facilities needed. Please see our Sunday School page to see where your age appropriate class will meet.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
At St. Paul Lutheran Church the best way to find out what we believe is to come and visit! You will find a loving church family with open arms. For those who would like a brief overview we will use something called the Apostles’ Creed. A creed is a statement of belief. For example, we do see belief statements in Scripture. The most famous for the people of Israel was in Deuteronomy 6 (“Hear O Israel, the LORD your God, the LORD is one”).
In 1 Corinthians 8:6, St. Paul borrowed from this creed to include Jesus (“yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist”).
Our worship is always centered in Jesus Christ and directed towards God using words from Scripture in how we pray, sing, and speak. Any Christian ought to feel at home when worshipping here at St. Paul no matter where you come from. For those who have never been to a Christian worship service we are happy to guide you along and know you will soon feel very much comfortable and at ease with our service.