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Saint Paul's Lutheran Church and School
The Coronavirus Does Not Rule Us
The word "corona" is the Spanish word (from the Latin word) for "crown". The coronavirus is so-named because under a microscope the virus looks like it is covered with crowns. The one who wears a crown rules. In our godless, sinful world, where so many don't believe in almighty God, they are allowing themselves to be ruled by the coronavirus, or, rather, by fear of the coronavirus. They fear getting infected. They fear getting sick. They fear dying. They fear life as we know it will end forever.
In addition, many fear the effects the coronavirus will have on the economy, on their jobs, on their very livelihoods. Evidently, hoarding the staples of life somehow alleviates this fear. That's one thing fear leads to-selfishness. As long as I have what I need, it doesn't matter if there's anything left for others.
Why don't Christians have to get carried away with the overwhelming fear of coronavirus that rules so many? Because we believe in Almighty God. His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, is the One who wears the real crown. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the One who through his death on the cross destroyed the one who held the power of death (that is, the Devil) and freed us who at one time were held in slavery by our fear of death. His mighty resurrection from the dead proclaims him our triumphant King who has shattered the power of death and brought life and immortality to light. Yes, he wears the crown and rules over all things.
That includes the coronavirus. Our King sends hardships in this life and then bends them to serve his purposes. He promises that he is ruling over all things for the good of his people. He is giving us the chance to let our faith in him be evident to everyone around us, letting them know that we have absolute confidence in our King.  Not long ago, one of our area pastors went to Kwik Trip to get some bananas. He said to the lady stocking the shelves, "Good morning, how are you?" She said, "I'm doing fine, how are you?" He replied, "I'm great. I am alive and I have a Savior named Jesus." She smiled and said, "Thank you." It's that easy to share your faith. Now is not the time to panic. Now is the time to be still, and know that the LORD our King is God. In this way we can help others be still as well. Remember, our King says, "Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
Upcoming Plans for St. Paul’s:
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, we will send out a Lenten devotional to all on our email list. We will also attach the link to that here on our website. Watch for it in your email and here. 

Also, soon, we will send out "notes & news" via email and snailmail to you. It will be much like the Sunday bulletin announcements. 

Further, we would like to do an online Bible Study which you can access at home and join with others in studying His Word together. We will post information on the times and dates here on the website and via email. 

Continued Plans for St. Paul's:
In consultation with the area Wels churches we have decided to cancel public worship services through April 5. This includes the remaining Lenten services on March 18, 25, & April 1. There will be no Saturday or Sunday services on March 21 & 22; March 28 & 29; and April 4 & 5. 

Please, watch our website:; or the school’s Facebook site “Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church & School”.

Please feel free to call Pastor Barenz at the office (920-922-9056) or on his cell (920-539-2491) anytime. You may also email him at:    
Giving Options
  • Mail your offering to St. Paul's. W2090 Hwy 23, Mt. Calvary 53057
  • Give by Phone- Text the amount you would like to give to #920-280-6507.  You will receive a text back that has a link with prompts to follow.
  • Download the "GivePlus" app from your app store. Follow prompts.

Welcome to Saint Paul's Lutheran Church and School. We have been located in the Town of Forest, Wisconsin for the past 160 years. We are a Christian Congregation who gather regularly to grow in our faith through the preaching and teaching of God's Holy Word found in the Bible. Saint Paul's operates a Christian Day School which begins with 3K and goes through 8th grade. We thank you for visiting our site and invite you to look around in hope you find all of the information that you are looking for. If you have a specific question you would like to ask, please contact us.

Worship Times
We invite you to come and worship with us at the following times.

Sunday - 8am and 10am
Saturday - 4pm (Sept 1 through May 31)
Monday -  6:30pm (June 1 through August 31)

(Holy Communion on the last weekend of each month)