The St. Paul Lutheran Church Bell at Wallis, Texas
Our church Bell which we ring each Sunday was cast at the Henry Stuckstede Bell Foundry Co. at St Louis MO in 1913 (bell is marked HY STUCKSTEDE BELL FDY CO ST LOUIS MO 1913)
The German inscription on the bell reads:
“GOTTES WORT UND LUTHERS LEHR VERGEHT NUN UND NIMMER MEHR”
Pastor Houppert translated:
“God’s Word and Luther’s teaching will never be lost nor forgotten”
Due to the Weather Emergency we are experiencing in our area, There will be No Ash Wednesday services.
The following Guidelines were developed to allow for In-Person Church Worship Services to begin:
- Someone will hold open the Narthex door to greet and admit you. Don’t congregate in the Narthex. Maintain Social distancing throughout. No handshakes or hugs.
- Note that the Fellowship Hall will be closed to general access. Everyone should enter through the Narthex doors to be seated.
- Please deposit your offerings in the offering plate located on a table in front of the organ as you enter the church.
- For those at greater risk, i.e. having some underlying health condition you should stay home – but if you choose to come to church you should wear face masks.
- Ushers are to seat everyone, so distancing is maintained. Couples/families can sit together, but each family unit or person will be seated to provide about 6 foot spacing between each other.
- If where you normally sit isolates you from others by 6 foot, then ask the usher if you can sit where you normally do. Ushers will assist you in determining spacing. Please be patient as we figure this all out.
- No one should be sitting directly behind or in front of any other person/couple.
- You might consider sitting in the same place each week while these rules are in effect for your safety as well as that of others.
- An usher will seat any visitors that may arrive.
- Communion will be administered by the Pastor and an Elder.
- We will commune as a left and right side of the church – one side at a time.
- An usher will guide people to stand in a single line spaced 6 foot between each communicant or couple in the center aisle.
- Communion elements will be dispensed at the front of the church and not at the rail or on the chancel.
- The communicants will exit to the left or right to return to their seating.
- We will not have a fellowship time and there will not be any coffee or treats.
- Adult Bible Class will be held in the sanctuary after a short break. Those wishing to attend should keep the same seating positions that they had during the church service.
- One person in the restroom at a time – knock on the door and clean up after yourself as you leave. Sanitizing cloths will be provided.
The Number 1 Rule for everyone:
If you have any symptoms or don’t feel good don’t come to church.
- If you are coughing or sneezing don’t come to church.
- If you have been around someone you know (or have reason to believe) has the Covid-19 virus stay home. Protect yourself and fellow members of St. Paul
- If someone has coughed or sneezed on or near you stay home.
Pastor Rod Houppert
General Information about St. Paul
For those that are looking to find an LCMS church that primarily offers Traditional Lutheran Services you have found a home! We have recently moved to the Lutheran Service Book for our liturgy and hymns. St. Paul was founded in 1900 and primarily serves the Wallis, East Bernard, Simonton, Weston Lakes, and Fulshear Texas area. Several families travel from distant parts of the Houston area as well. We have a fellowship time after each service where the congregation and visitors can meet over a cup of coffee and a treat to talk. We are a small congregation but behave like a welcoming family. We hope this sounds like a place where you would like to come worship Christ and get to know us.
Biographical Sketch of Pastor Houppert Continue reading
In response to recent developments concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and out of care and concern for our worshipers, St. Paul will continue to suspend our physical services in adherence to the ban on gatherings over ten people which has been extended through the end of April. We will continue to monitor the situation, and update the website as new information surfaces.
We will post audio services from Pastor Houppert as he makes them available.
St. Paul has ongoing operational needs, so please remember to send in your Tithes and Offerings to the church at P.O. Box 427, Wallis, Texas 77485
We will celebrate Christmas with a special Christmas program and fellowship on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 PM.
Written and produced by Sheila Johnson, directed and costumed by Cheryl Davis, The Christmas Gift will feature children and adults, carols, and beautiful sign-language interpretations of carols.
Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall after the program.
Please, come and bring your friends for this meaningful, fun evening!
We have a new Pastor! Our Call has been Answered!
We received an email from Pastor Rod Houppert! Pastor Rod has accepted our call, and will be coming to St. Paul as our new Pastor. His current plan is to finish up his previous commitments, and move to Wallis, Texas during the last week of September. We have already found a place for him to live that should meet his needs and are eagerly awaiting his arrival! He will start his ministry to St. Paul with the first Sunday in October.
His installation will be planned as soon as possible.
Let us give thanks to God for answering our many prayers in providing a Pastor for our church, and for his guidance to Pastor Rod in accepting our call. We have been blessed!
Until Pastor Rod arrives, we have a full calendar of Supply Pastors scheduled for our upcoming services:
The following pastors will be preaching at St. Paul:
Sept 22nd – Pastor David Cecil
Sept 29th – Pastor Randy Ledbetter
Oct 6th – Pastor Rod Houppert (Communion)
St. Paul will be holding its Annual Chicken Fried Chicken Dinner on Sunday, September 8, 2019
Columbus Club Hall
703 Columbus Rd.
Hours: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Cost: $10.00 a plate
~ Dine in or take out ~
Serving Chicken Fried Chicken and Gravy
Pastries sold separately.
*** Tickets can be purchased from members of St. Paul or at the door ***
Meal Catered by Ben’s Chuck Wagon of Wallis
A Silent Auction sponsored by St. Paul LWML will be on site.
On Sunday morning, May 19, St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wallis, held their Graduate Recognition Sunday. During this service, Veronica Cassidy Brzozowski was recognized as a graduating senior at Brazos High School. After the church service, all celebrated her upcoming graduation with a special cake provided by her parents.
Cassidy will graduate on Friday, May 24, 2019. Her accomplishments include making the A/B Honor Roll and playing in the high school band for three and a half years. During her senior year, she was Section Leader of the Drum Line.
Cassidy has been active in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wallis since April 2005. She was baptized in 2007 and confirmed in 2013. During her confirmation years and many years following, Cassidy served as an acolyte. She has also served as a helper and teacher in St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School, and an active member of Teen LWML.
Cassidy plans to attend WCJC in Wharton for three years and transfer to the University of Houston where she plans to become a NICU nurse and a travel nurse. The congregation was happy to recognize Cassie as she starts this new adventure in her life.
Church Members presented gifts to Cassidy. Pictured from left to right – Peggy Spitzenberger – LWML, Steve Grissom – Congressional Vice President, Cassidy Brzozowski – Graduate, and Pastor Ralph Sackschewsky
Cassidy pictured with her Sunday school teacher Cheryl Davis
Cassidy pictured with her cake and some of her High School Accomplishments