St. Paul Lutheran Church on County Road 17 is celebrating their 150th anniversary. On March 2, former Pastor Paul Schlief delivered the Sunday message. On May 11, St. Paul was honored to have Bishop Lohrmann for the morning service.
A special invitation has been sent to former confirmation graduates of St. Paul for the August 3 worship service. Former Youth Group members and organists have also been invited for the service. The Youth Group and Sunday school choir will be participating in the service.
St. Paul will have a float in the Apple Festival in Oak Harbor on October 11. On October 26 a special Homecoming Service will be held at the church. A son of the church, Pastor Timothy Nahls, will be present at that time.
Everyone is always welcome and especially on these dates. Morning services on August 3 and October 26 will begin at 10:30 a.m. with lunch following.
St. Paul Church was started in 1864 by Rev. Christopher Raths, who had been born in Germany in 1807. He became a teacher and then came to America in 1840, studied to be a minister and was ordained in 1858. Rev. Raths served as pastor of St. Paul for 28 years from 1858 until his death in 1886. He and his wife and buried in the Roose Cemetery, southeast of Oak Harbor.
The current pastor is Cheryl Wessel who has been with St. Paul since 1998.