After 250 years in ministry, St. Paul Lutheran Church still knows how to keep things exciting.

The church, at 250 Trinity Road in West Manchester Township, dates back to 1763.

"It's really exciting," said the Rev. Sara Gausmann, the church's pastor. "The church has a very rich past and a very promising future. It's a great place to be."

On Saturday, St. Paul will hold a 5K Walk/Run at 9 a.m. to support the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry.

Then the church will host its annual Community Bash from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the events will have a colonial theme in honor of the church's history.

Events include "Back in the Day" sack races as well as a cake walk, music, classic cars and health screen

ings. A STAT-MedEvac helicopter also will be available.

During the event, families can register their children for vacation Bible school, which will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 23, to Thursday, June 27.

"We're very friendly, very family oriented," Gausmann said. "We have lots of things for kids. St. Paul is a warm, welcoming place."

Gausmann has been pastoring the church with her husband, the Rev. Paul Gausmann, for 13 years.

St. Paul started 250 years ago as a union church, sharing a worship site with a Reformed congregation, the pastor said.

When the union between the two congregations dissolved in the early 1960s, St. Paul built and moved into its own building on Trinity Road in 1962. That structure included an educational unit, according to the church's website at


Eight years later, the church started another building project at its site to accommodate the growing congregation. That building, which is the

church's current structure, was dedicated in 1972.

"God has blessed us with all these years to be able to serve the community and share the message of Jesus Christ, to share that hope-filled message of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ," Gausmann said.

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