Climbing your way to the top is exhausting.
It’s time to stop. It's time to rest.
At St. Paul Lutheran we believe there’s no way to know or enjoy God by climbing the stairs of your own morals, obedience, or efforts. Instead, we teach that the good news of Jesus Christ restores our hearts to both know and enjoy God in every area of life. From him come true peace, faithful obedience, and spiritual rest.
We’d love to tell you more. Please visit us — and start resting.
Saturdays at 6:30 pm
Sundays at 8:00 am and 10:30 am
Mondays at 6:30 pm
** Signed Services during our worship services are available upon request.
** We invite you to come and worship with us! Please contact the Church Office in advance as to which service an interpreter is needed.
Weekend church service is available on Lake Mills Community Television (994), Sunday at 7:20 am and Saturday and Sunday at 12:20 pm and 5:40 pm. If you know someone who is housebound, invite them to worship through cable access.
What to Expect at Worship
We strive for worship that is more more timeless than traditional, more diverse than contemporary
Our services typically last about an hour. We’ll work hard to make sure you feel welcome. But we’ll also tell it like it is — helping you come face to face with your living and loving God.
The focus will always be Jesus and the Bible. To make that happen, we are a church that follows an order of service — a liturgy. In the message and sacramental meal, in specially selected Bible readings, and in carefully crafted songs, prayers, and creeds, the liturgy proclaims the good news about Jesus from start to finish.
We work to keep the entire body together
We seek to enfold young people into the life of the entire church and encourage them to participate in worship with the whole body of Christ. Children can learn about God next to the people who play the most important role in their formation as people — their parents.
For your convenience, we have a nursery where you can take your children if they need a moment.
Several of our members have small children — we love hearing the sound of those little ones echoing inside the walls of our church.
We gather an offering, but we don’t require that you donate any money
The members of St. Paul Lutheran have joined together to support the Lord’s work in this community and around the world. The offering is their way of contributing to the financial needs of that work. Without it we would not be able to continue our work in Lake Mills.
So, while an offering plate will be passed, no one here expects our guests and visitors to donate money unless they wish to.
We often celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and we’ll politely ask you to abstain — for now
About every other Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This sacramental meal is an expression of unity, agreement, and spiritual intimacy between the people who have committed themselves to membership in this church body. That’s why we ask guests and visitors not to participate — yet. We sincerely desire that all who come to us will eventually join us in the privileges and responsibilities of membership. We also understand that no one can make that kind of commitment without proper instruction. To help people along that path of commitment we offer instructional classes that, upon completion, open the door to full membership in the congregation and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
We are theologically conservative Lutherans
The Lutheran Church traces its history to a man named Martin Luther, a church reformer who lived primarily in the 16th century. That was a long time ago, but his work has influenced churches ever since that time.
Our church is set firmly in the Lutheran tradition. Though not all Lutherans are similar, we are among the theologically conservative, which means we reflect what the Bible teaches with Lutheran theological emphasis.
We believe that people are born sinful, in other words people can’t help but do wrong and need to be rescued from sin and wrongdoing. Jesus is that rescuer. He is given to us by God’s undeserved love. We come to know him through the Bible. We are saved only by faith in him.
Where to Find Us
Our Church and School are located at:
1530 South Main Street
Lake Mills, WI 53551
[parking and/or brief direction info]
Pastor Bruce McKenney
Pastor James Rath
Pastor Douglas Tomhave
Pastor Doug Tomhave was educated at Northwestern Prep School and attended Northwestern College in Watertown, WI. He attended the Wisconsin School of Business - University of Wisconsin - Madison for one year before returning to become a minister.
In 1998 after four more years of post graduate work at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary he was assigned to a start up congregation in Verona, Wisconsin.
Pastor has served congregations in Verona, WI; Fort Worth, TX; Milwaukee, WI; and Hampton, GA. He is excited to be here in Lake Mills in a growing congregation that focuses its efforts on worship, spiritual growth, education and community outreach. Pastor Tomhave is married to Kelly, a teacher currently serving St Paul Preschool. They have 4 children, a son and three daughters (Henry, Grace, Claire and Eleanor).
He currently serves as a member of the WELS Commission on Evangelism, Advisor for Schools of Outreach, and a member and adviser on the WELS Commission of Congregational Counseling.
Come and connect with us here at St Paul!