Who We Are

Are you searching for a church that loves God and is committed to welcoming all and healing our broken world?  Would you like to find a church that really cares about you?  Are you looking for a church that is grounded in the best traditions of Christianity, but encourages friends and members to think for themselves?  Are you looking for a church that sings the grand old hymns, enjoys learning new ones, while engaging the modern world's most pressing problems?  If the answer is "yes," then we believe you'll find a wonderful home at St. Paul Community Church.
St. Paul Community Church was established in 1865 as a religious and cultural home for immigrants from many parts of German-speaking Europe who settled in the Homewood area.  Its religious roots are with the Evangelical and Reformed Church.  From this German Evangelical background some of the theological, worship and service concerns set patterns that are still visible today.  The commitment to the importance of worship and the sacraments, personal morality and active service to others, and the "manifestation of friendliness to all."
St. Paul has always been interested in working with other Christians as exemplified by its merger in 1931 with the United Church (a congregation with Methodist and Presbyterian heritage).  The merger resulted in "The St. Paul Community Church of Homewood (Evangelical Synod of North America).  As a Community Church, St. Paul has always been a church where people from a variety of faith traditions and backgrounds can gather to freely express their faith and unite in worship and service to God.  
In 1934, the German Evangelical Synod of North America became the Evangelical and Reformed Church, and St. Paul Community Church continued to be a participant in this, its original denomination.
In 1961, the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged with the Congregational Christian Church and St. Paul became part of the United Church of Christ.  St. Paul remains associated with the United Church of Christ.  Some of the basic beliefs of the United Church of Christ give added meaning to the beliefs at St. Paul:
A belief in the triune God: Creator, resurrected Christ, the sole Head of the church, and the Holy Spirit, who guides and brings about the creative and redemptive work of God in the world.

A belief that each person is unique and valuable. It is the will of God that every person belong to a family of faith where they have a strong sense of being valued and loved.

A belief that each person is on a spiritual journey and that each of us is at a different stage of that journey.

A belief that the persistent search for God produces an authentic relationship with God, engendering love, strengthening faith, dissolving guilt, and giving life purpose and direction.

A belief that all of the baptized 'belong body and soul to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.' No matter who – no matter what – no matter where we are on life's journey – notwithstanding race, gender, sexual orientation, class or creed – we all belong to God and to one worldwide community of faith. All persons baptized – past, present and future – are connected to each other and to God through the sacrament of baptism. We baptize during worship when the community is present because baptism includes the community's promise of 'love, support and care' for the baptized – and we promise that we won't take it back – no matter where your journey leads you.

A belief that all people of faith are invited to join Christ at Christ's table for the sacrament of Communion. Just as many grains of wheat are gathered to make one loaf of bread and many grapes are gathered to make one cup of wine, we, the many people of God, are made one in the body of Christ, the church. The breaking of bread and the pouring of wine reminds us of the costliness of Christ's sacrifice and the discipleship to which we are all called. In the breaking of bread, we remember and celebrate Christ's presence among us along with a 'cloud of witnesses' – our ancestors, family and friends who have gone before us. It is a great mystery; we claim it by faith.

From its earliest days to the present, St. Paul Community Church is a place where worshipping God, following Jesus Christ, and serving the community is central to our identity. 
Come, join us as we journey together in faith.
For more information about the United Church of Christ visit http://www.ucc.org