Reformation 500 Road Rally Race!

The cars will soon be stacking up at the starting line! Will you be in one of them?

You are invited to join us in this HISTORIC race on
September 9 @ 6:00PM St. Paul, Coldwater, 95 W. State St.

You will:

  • Receive a cardboard box & instructions on how to make it into
    a race car after you register,
  • Decorate your car with items provided plus your imagination,
  • Return with your decorated car on Sept. 9th to complete your
    entry into the Reformation 500 Road Rally Race

Ages 2 to high school seniors are welcome to join in the fun and snacks. Bring your family to cheer you on. Bring a friend to race against. Learn some history about the beginning of our Lutheran church.

The children will carry their race car with them along to the check points following clues like in “The Amazing Race”. Each check point will have an activity related to Luther and the Reformation. We will have 3 age groups.

Call 278-8061 or stop in to register to receive your race car instruction packet. Registration must be made by August 31, 2017.

The entire race will be run on church property.

Neighborfest 2014

Neighborfest at St. Paul Lutheran Church is just around the corner – Saturday, July 12 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM – and we hope to see you there! The entire community is invited for a fun day that includes a free lunch, inflatable jumping toys for the kids, crafts and games, vehicles on display (emergency vehicles, tractors, etc…), car seat safety checks, and much much more! The outdoor music stage will feature Christian music by the St. Paul Lutheran Praise & Worship Team and by special guest, David Paul Britton. Lunch will be served from 11:00 AM -2:00 PM (pork sandwiches, hot dogs, popcorn, sno-cones, and more!).

Everything is absolutely FREE, but all those who attend are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Branch Area Food Pantry.

It will be fun day for people of all ages! Come on out and join us! In the event of inclement weather we will move inside. See you on July 20 from 10:00-3:00! St. Paul Lutheran Church, 95 West State Street, Coldwater.
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More on Pastor-Elect Aaron

Many of us were present on Wednesday evening to learn the name of our new (to be ordained) pastor. Aaron Chittick has had a very busy week and is finishing up his last two weeks of Seminary has added to the whirlwind that closes his time there.

In the middle of all the busyness, I was able to speak with him over the phone Thursday evening. During the conversation we had a chance to talk about a lot of things. But some of you want to know more about him a little more personally, so I offer that here.

Aaron Chittick
Aaron Chittick

Aaron is 31 years old and is the middle (between two brothers) of three children of a Pastor. He has a wife, Melissa and a new daughter, Loralei, who is three months old. Earlier when I learned of his young family, I was misinformed of her age, so three months is truly accurate.

He comes from the Cleveland, OH, area, but has lived in Florida as well. His vicarage was in Kansas (though I do not know the city). He spoke of how touched he was knowing that so many of us gathered together for worship during the Call Service. I let him know there are many more who wanted to attend, and that we had all been praying for him for quite some time — and that we will continue to do so.

He desires to visit as he is able, but if that is not a possibility, he has tentatively planned on starting with us June 16 after moving in that week/weekend. Melissa is seeking information on renting, particularly an apartment. If there is anyone who feels moved to assist, please contact Larry Bruce or the church office. She’ll be staying home to raise little Loralei, so we hope to help them find the best, most comfortable residence available.

Check back here for future updates, as I’ll post anything I can as I know it. We have sent Aaron a package containing several items to assist with familiarizing them with us at St. Paul, as well as with the Coldwater area. Anyone wishing to send him a card or a welcome package as well, please contact the church office for his address. In the meantime, please continue to lift up Aaron and his family in prayer.

Our New Shepherd


After months of anticipation, we finally hosted our local Call Service tonight at 8:00pm. Along with thousands of viewers around the nation watching the Concordia St. Louis Call Service via Livestream, 42 members of St. Paul Lutheran gathered for worship to be the first to learn who will be our next pastor.

We began with an ice cream social for Lutheran fellowship at 7:30 before transitioning into the sanctuary. Using our projection screen and a laptop we participated as though we were there.

Near the end of the service, and after months of prayers, we learned that Aaron Chittick has been called to be our pastor. In the coming days, we will know more about him and we’ll share as much as we know as we learn it. For now, we have a name to pray for, and pray we must.

“Now all the vault if heav’n resounds… ‘Christ has triumphed! He is living!'” is what we sang tonight in concert with Aaron – hundreds of miles apart. We await a day soon when we sing together as we worship, fellowship, grow, serve, and share God’s glory under his guidance. God plan for us is good (Jer. 29:11).

Special Service – Call Day

As most you have been aware, we have been without a regular pastor here at St. Paul since the retirement of Pastor Curt Adams back in November. During that time, we have ben blessed to have had the guidance and service of Pastor Roger Olson, a retired pastor and chaplain for a Lutheran Home facility. I would like to offer the sincerest and most heartfelt THANKS on behalf of the St. Paul Congrecation to him and his wife Loita for their steadfastness and warmth and to Roger specifically for making it feel as though we were never in a call process.

However, it was indeed a time of prayer and consideration as we sought a replacement for Pastor Curt. Upon deciding as a Voters’ Assembly in February to request a graduate from the Seminary, we have been anxiously awaiting word from the Michigan District as to if we would be granted a called graduate and who he is. Officially we have learned that a graduate has been selected for us and that he will come from Concordia Theological Seminary in St. Louis!

We also learned that calls will be issued to expected graduates on Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 8:00 pm. This will be part of a special call day celebration at Concordia St. Louis. For us and dozens of congregations around the region, they have made a live stream (think broadcast, but over the Internet) available for us to participate in the service and learn who will receive a call to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Coldwater, MI.

You are invited to participate as you are able. There are two ways you can.

  1. Join us in fellowship and worship as we gather at church to participate in the service Wednesday evening. We’ll start with ice cream at 7:30 and then transition into the sanctuary for worship.
  2. View the service in the comfort of your own home. This requires broadband Internet access. Simply set your browser to Get a service folder from the office (or download at

If you choose not to participate, please give thanks and praise for this occasion and for our collective future in the service of our Savior. We look forward to what is in store for us.

In Christ,

Lawrence Bruce