St. Paul’s centers on community outreach

By Zach Jones

St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Bellville provides members with oppportunity of serving the community-at-large and spreading its mission of living and sharing God’s love.

Founded in 1883, the church is one of Bellville’s original places of worship and community support organizations.

“We are a community outreach church,” said St. Paul Lutheran Church AdministrativeAssistant Barb Hoover. “When we added on to the church and built the community room it has truly been a community room.”

Among the community groups that use the room are the Bellville Lion’s Club and local Girl Scout troops.

“We also host Weight Watchers here on Mondays at 5:30 p.m.,” said Hoover. “Food Addicts also meets here on Mondays at six and then Alcoholics Anonymous at eight.”

In addition to the area organizations the church hosts, they hold a community dinner on the first Thursday of every month, as well as a blood drive every other month. The next drive is slated for Aug. 4.

Pastor Doug Pretorius and church members stick to their mission statement of “caring both within and beyond our church community.”

The church also aims to build their membership by including younger attendees in faith based groups.

“Our youth are leaving July 15 for a Youth Gathering in Detroit with 35,000 other youth groups,” said Hoover. The gathering is designed for youth groups from accross the county to grow their faith and faith community.

Along with caring for Bellville groups and their own church community, St Paul’s operates through their vision of trusting, learning and telling about God’s love for people.

Located at 48 Church Street the church’s service times on Sundays are 8:15 a.m. for contemporary worship with guitar music, 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school and 10:30 a.m. for traditional worship complete with organ music.

By Zach Jones

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