150th Anniversary

The glorious sounds of choral and organ music, the sunlight through the stained glass, the joyful prayers of faith and the fellowship of young and old together. These are just a few of the things that make St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church more than a church. We are a church family. Whether through happy occasions or solemn ones, we have all been touched by the people and pastors connected to our church. This year, 2008, marks the 150th anniversary of its founding. This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate our history and the accomplishments of our spiritual home.

Our celebration has included many special events including a concert by David Arcus, organist at Duke Chapel, special music from the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, and a congregational picnic at the Hanover Seaside Club.

On Sunday, May 25, Bishop Leonard Bolick, bishop of the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was our guest preacher. Later that afternoon, A Festival Service of Hymns and Anthems was presented in our Sanctuary featuring our Church Choir, combined with the choirs of St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, accompanied by orchestra with organ. The premier performance of Paul D. Weber’s anthem “So We Do Not Lose Heart,” commissioned for our 150th Anniversary, was featured.

Our very special guest on the gala weekend of May 31 – June 1, 2008 was Dr. H. George Anderson. He is the immediate past Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is also a past president of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. A gifted and humorous speaker, he gave an after dinner talk at the banquet and preached the sermon at the special worship service on Sunday. Participants in this grand service celebrating 150 years of ministry also included previous pastors of St. Paul’s: Bill Milholland, Marion Starr, Richard Graf and Frank Perry.