Where is St. Paul Loacted?
St. Paul is located on the northwest corner of 2nd St. (N. Col. Rowe Blvd.) and Pecan Blvd. (495) in McAllen, TX.
When are your worship services?
Saturdays at 5:00pm
Sundays at 8:00 (Traditional) and 11:00am (Contemporary)
Bible Study at 9:30am
Additional worship services are offered seasonally.
Where do I park?
St. Paul offers three large parking lots. Two of them are on the south side of the campus and the third is on the north side. All of our lots offer convenient access to our worship services and Bible class.
Where are your worship services and Bible classes held?
All of our worship services are held in the church. Our main Bible class is held in our fellowship hall/cafeteria. Other Bible classes are periodically offered and the locations are listed in the bulletin.
What if I come from a non-Christian or non-Lutheran background?
Please come by and check out one of our worship services! You will not be expected to say or do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. You will be welcomed at the door by one of our greeters, lay ministers or by one of the pastors. Have a seat and observe or participate in as much or as little of the service as you feel comfortable.
Will I have to stand up and introduce myself?
No. Newcomers and visitors do not have to introduce themselves during the service. You will have a chance to briefly greet the people around you at some point in the worship service.
Are my small children welcome to come to worship?
Yes, children are welcome at worship! We feel it is important that children are a part of the worship life of the church. We frequently include children as readers or as a part of our music ministry. At our services, you will find the “Creation Station” that is loaded with child-friendly activities like coloring pages, lacing cards, pipe cleaners, books, blocks and other activities. We set up several tables for those who are more comfortable sitting at a table. We also include a children’s message at 11:00am.
Is there a nursery for children on Sunday mornings?
We do not have a nursery on Sunday mornings. We love to have children in worship! Please bring them to worship and enjoy the activities provided at the Creation Station. We do provide a private space for nursing mothers and mothers with small children.
What if I don’t know much about the Bible?
Our mission is that everyone who attends would Know God, Grow in Him and Show His love to others. We are all at different places in our walk of faith and we learn from each other. You do not need to know anything about religion or the Bible to take the first steps.
What is worship like?
We offer Traditional, Contemporary and All-Ages Dinner and Worship styles. All of the services include singing, Bible readings, prayer, and a message or sermon. We use screens for all of our services so everything is easy to see and it is easy to follow along. The All-Ages Dinner and Worship is offered monthly and includes the elements above along with dinner, a craft, and fellowship for all ages!
Music during the traditional service is usually lead by our pipe organ and can include music from our choir, handbells, school children, etc. Music during our contemporary service is led by our Minister of Music and our excellent praise and worship band and includes piano, guitar, drums, bass, other instruments, and several vocalists. Several times a year, we have the Early Learning Center and School Children sing during worship. Each service lasts about an hour.
How should I dress?
Comfortably. St. Paul has a friendly and casual atmosphere. Some members prefer a suit and tie or dress, others come business casual, still others wear jeans. Don’t worry about what to wear.
Should I bring anything?
You do not need to bring anything with you. Just come and be a part of the family of faith at St. Paul. Of course, you are always welcome to bring your Bible and your friends!
What about the offering?
We pass an offering plate during the worship service so that our worship may include the opportunity to respond to God’s love through giving. This is completely voluntary and is intended for our regular attenders and Winter guests. Visitors should not feel obligated to participate but are welcome to as God leads you.
What if my vision is a concern?
We use projection screens for all of our services so everything is easy to see and it is easy to follow along.
What if I have mobility concerns?
There are marked handicap parking spaces available in all of our parking lots. We have handicap seating spaces available in our church together with a large open area that can accommodate wheelchairs, etc. All of our facilities are on the ground level except for some of our classrooms. There is an elevator to access those rooms.
What about Communion/Lord’s Supper?
We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. Members of sister LC-MS congregations are welcome to commune. We have an explanation of our beliefs regarding the Lord’s Supper in our bulletin and on our website. If you have any questions, you can always ask one of the pastors or lay ministers.
There are many different churches in McAllen. Why should I attend at St. Paul?
St. Paul is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS is a denomination that confesses the historic, orthodox Christian faith, a faith built on “the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone” (Eph. 2:20). Today, the LCMS has more than 2 million baptized members in more than 5,900 congregations and more than 21,000 pastors and church workers. Two seminaries and 6 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate one of the largest Protestant parochial school system in America (source: www.lcms.org). We invite you to come and check us out!
Is there a traditional Sunday school for children and youth?
Our busy lives often pull family members in different directions. At St. Paul, we focus on bringing families together for worship, learning, serving, and play. While there is no Sunday School for youth and children, we invite families to worship together, provide resources for families to grow in faith in their homes and offer a variety of opportunities for families to grow together outside of Sunday mornings.
Does St. Paul livestream worship services?
Yes, we livestream all of our worship services (with a few exceptions), our Sunday Bible Class, School chapel services, along with other events. You can find the livestream here and the video archive here