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Lutheran Connections

Since the beginning of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1988, (resulting from the merger of three church bodies: the American Lutheran Church, the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and the Lutheran Church in America) this denomination has been one church body organized in three expressions that enable and support all to grow in faith and put faith into action:

  • Nearly 10,500 local congregations
  • Sixty-five Synods throughout the United States and the Caribbean
  • And the churchwide organization (national office) in Chicago, Illinois
  • How does this structure relate to us at St. Paul's?

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Family is one of the 10,500 local congregations;
  • Sierra Pacific Synod is the name of our synod, one of the sixty-five; and
  • Our national organization, ELCA, is our churchwide organization
  • The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.

    Click here for more information on ELCA

    Click here for more information on the Sierra Pacific Synod of the ELCA

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