St. Paul's Evanglical Lutheran Church and School 1201 Main Street, Onalaska, WI 54650 PHONE: 608-783-2552

Today's Bible Passages

Jer 29:11-14

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

Church Services

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We will be broadcasting selected services on this page. Our services are recorded during the 10:30 service and available on our YouTube channel by Sunday evening.

  • Sunday 10:30am

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Who is most important?

As I write this, the world is mourning the loss of music icon, “Prince.” People are singing “Purple Rain” in his honor. What should you as a Christian be thinking about? How about the fact that knowing Jesus is the most important thing is your life!

Making millions of dollars, being adored by fans, and being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t mean anything when the Lord calls you home. Jesus had this in mind when he said, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul (Matthew 16:26)?” The answer is – there is nothing I or you can do to win God’s favor. Jesus paid the price for all of us. It is vitally important to know him. We will all die someday. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

A recent newscast featured interviews with people who said, “Prince greatly influenced our lives.” Jesus makes the most profound impact on his people. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a person remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

My point is not to show disrespect to someone who millions adored. My point is – there is only one person who is worthy of our ultimate adoration. He is Jesus. We join the multitudes in heaven in singing, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne and to the Lamb (Revelation 7:10).”

Completing Our Joy

Christian joy comes from possessing peace that comes with God's forgiveness. The gospel is the amazing message that Jesus has completed everything to secure our forgiveness, our salvation. After Christ completed every detail of God's plan of salvation, he declared from the cross, "It is finished." There's no more we can or need to do to complete our eternal salvation. Jesus is our joy because he is our COMPLETE SAVIOR!

Our work for Christ, though, completes our joy. Our complete Savior gives each of us the work of spreading the incredible message of salvation. When we proclaim the gospel, our joy in Jesus is completed. Our joy increases when others come to faith through the power of the Word. Read what St John wrote in his first letter: "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to MAKE OUR JOY COMPLETE" (1 John 1:3, 4). John's joy in the Lord would also be complete when his readers would share saving faith in Jesus with him (2 John 12).

Jesus finished the work of salvation in loving obedience to his Father. It filled him with joy and satisfaction that he had complied fully to his Father's will and rescued the whole world from sin's curse (John 15:9-11). Similarly, our love for Jesus makes us glad to do his bidding of sharing the only message that saves sin-sick people from eternal death. How it gladdens our hearts, throbbing with joy when people embrace Jesus by faith and confess him as
their Savior and the Lord of their life! When we witness to other people in our day-to-day lives about the Savior, IT COMPLETES OUR JOY IN JESUS.

Please don't miss out on the joy, the privilege! Tell someone about Jesus. Need help? Attend a class here at St. Paul's on personal/friendship evangelism. We have another one planned after Easter (March 27). Get involved with our congregation's evangelism efforts. Check out some of those opportunities in the article included in this month's newsletter. Check out the personal evangelism resources located on the WELS website. And PRAY that God will help you
COMPLETE YOUR CHRISTIAN JOY by telling others about the completed work of Jesus Christ.


J.A.M. stands for Jesus in the Afternoon for Me. J.A.M. is a Wednesday after-school program for children in grades 1-5. All are welcome to attend especially those who do not have a church home or Sunday school.

Children gather in St. Paul's fellowship hall after arriving from their school (they can get shuttled by bus from their school to St. Paul’s--Ask your child’s bus driver for details). The sessions begin with a snack, free time (games), a Bible lesson (beginning around 3:50), singing and craft. Children are to be picked up at 5:00 p.m. You can register your child when you bring them or by clicking the link below to our online registration form.

J.A.M. is FREE and a fun way for your child to learn valuable lessons for life and bring them closer to God.

For more information click on the link below to the J.A.M. handbook or call St. Paul's church and school office 783-2552 extension 0.

Click here to fill out and submit the J.A.M. registration form.

Click here to view the JAM handbook.

Worship Services

Sunday Services 
8:00am & 10:30am

Holy Communion

  • 1st and last Sunday


Wednesday Lenten Worship
2:00 & 7:00 p.m.


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If you know someone who has fallen into the quicksand pit of internet pornography, Conquerors through Christ (CtC) can help. CtC uses the power of the gospel to take away guilt, erase shame, and empower people for purity—the power to leave the life of sin of internet pornography use (John 8:11). Refer someone caught in this sin to CtC’s website. Also check out the many helpful articles being posted on the CtC Facebook page. For more info, speak to Staff Minister Schoeffel — CtC Committee member (783-2552 extension 233), or one of our pastors.

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God's Word of salvation is abundantly clear and is planted in our hearts and mouths. It fills our hearts and mouths. With such abundance, the life of faith responds in generosity toward others in need. The Simple Word of God is all we need! So now we ask the Holy Spirit to bring such fruits of faith as loving our neighbor for the sake of Christ.

What we believe?

Read the eBook, "What the Bible and Lutherans Teach" for an excellent answer to this question.