St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Our History

1907                          Eleven charter members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange begin to organize a new

                                  congregation and school in Olive

 

 

April, 1907                 First church building purchased for $500

 

 

Sept. 7, 1907             First sermon delivered by Pastor August Berner

 

 

Sept. 7, 1908             First day of school for St. Paul’s Christian Day School

 

 

Nov. 3, 1912              Ground-breaking for new sanctuary

 

 

1923                          Congregation begins to have two Sunday worship services – one in German, one in English

 

 

April 17, 1932            Congregations celebrates its 25th anniversary; 600 in attendance

 

 

1947                          Congregation votes to close the school for lower grades due to low enrollment and inability to

                                  find a teacher

 

 

1952                          Christian Day School reopens

 

 

1956                          Relocation committee appointed to find a new site for growing church and school

 

 

1957                           5.5 acre site at Heim and Canal purchased for $33,000; congregation moves from Olive to

                                   Orange

 

 

1962                          Present day sanctuary constructed

 

 

1965                          Property in Olive sold for $75,000

 

 

Aug. 5, 1973              Pastor Ron Martin ordained and installed as Senior Pastor

 

 

1981                           St. Paul’s Extended Daycare (now “School Age Care” or “SAC”) established to provide after-

                                   school care for children with working parents

 

 

1985                           Heim Elementary School (two blocks west of the sanctuary) purchased from the Orange

                                   Unified School District for $1.8 million; school moves to Heim campus; Early Childhood

                                   Development Center (ECDC) opens in previous school facility

 

 

1999                           6 acres purchased across the street from the sanctuary for $4.9 million

 

 

2000                           First outdoor service held on Easter Sunday

 

 

2002                           Congregation sells 3 acres of the Heim and Canal property

 

 

Sept. 7, 2014              Pastor Scott Christenson installed as Senior Pastor