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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our worship services typically last one hour, and the focus will always be Jesus and the Bible. Every Sunday, expect to hear God's Word show you your sin and then proclaim your forgiveness. You will hear this message in the Bible readings, the songs we sing, and the sermon. We are a church that follows an order of service or a liturgy.

  • Some people wear shirts, ties, or dresses. Other people wear jeans. Don't worry about your clothing. Come as you are. We are just happy to share Jesus with you.

  • Children of all ages are welcome at St Paul's. We encourage children and their parents to grow in faith together as they hear God's Word and sing His praises. The pastor gives a short children's message most Sundays. We have a nursery with large windows and speakers that allow you to follow along with the service even if you need to step out with your child. 

    Restrooms and a changing table are also available near the sanctuary's entrance. We also provide quiet bags and children's bulletins for families with young children to keep them engaged in God's Word. 

    While we want to encourage families to bring their children to worship, we recognize that some families may want to have their children attend Sunday school (3K-6th Grade) during church for various reasons. Sunday school and the 9:15 am service happen simultaneously to accommodate those families who prefer to worship without their children.  

  • During our services, we gather an offering. This is a way for us to continue carrying out our work in the Onalaska area. When you visit, you are our guest. We do not require anyone to contribute. We are simply happy to have you with us.

  • Please speak to one of the pastors before taking part in the Lord’s Supper. 

What We Believe

In an age of anxiety, we believe that real peace comes from Jesus Christ.

In an age of confusion, we believe that the Bible is the word of God; without error, and it will endure forever.

In an age of doubt, we believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

In an age of guilt, we believe that Jesus died on the cross to remove the power of sin from our lives.

In an age of hopelessness, we believe that Jesus rose physically from death; and so will we rise.

In an age of skepticism, we believe that God is at work in the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion.

In an age of despair, we believe God’s promises to heal and transform us.

In an age of violence, we believe that God calls us to embody his love in the world.

In an age of constant change, we believe in the unchanging Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Want to learn more? Click Here

Our History

St Paul's Lutheran Church was first started in Onalaska, Wisconsin, on May 6, 1888. After almost 70 years at its original location, the congregation decided to relocate to the corner of Sand Lake and Main Streets in Onalaska, and a new church was built in 1957. In 1973, a small school was added, and the doors opened to our first students in 1974. Over the years, God has greatly blessed our church family with several more building additions and renovations. Our church family currently has over 1500 members, and our school has over 270 students. We pray the Lord continues to bless the efforts of St. Paul's Church and School in the Coulee Region and beyond. 


Our Mission 

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church exists to:

Support each other with God’s Word and sacraments

Share Christ with our community and the world

Serve others in Christian love

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