St. Peter's Lutheran Church began serving the community of North Plainfield in 1892, over 100 years ago! There were only about a dozen major roads in the borough, and people often traveled an hour or more by foot or horse and carriage just to come to church. The church has come through many things since then, both joys and setbacks, including wars, the Depression, and even a disasterous fire in 1946. We have survived and thrived, and are still here!
Our Church remains an important part of our lives, because the GOOD NEWS that God, through Christ, loves us, forgives us, and is always with us means so much. Church is also a wonderful way to met people, to strengthen family relationships, and to become involved in the community.
Adult Choir, Youth Bell Choir, Women of the ELCA (WELCA), Lutheran Men in Mission, Vacation Church School, 95ers Softball, New Member Classes, Nursing Home Programs, Outreach to Seniors and Shut-ins, Spring Fling, Support of our Mission Project, in Chile (EPES), and Ministry to Persons without Homes.
Take a look at our Photo Album, showing some of the people and events in the life of St. Peter's.
PASTOR GUNNAR L. ANDERSON has served St. Peter's Lutheran Church since 1974. He is a graduate of Gettysburg College (B.A.), the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (M. Div.), and the Graduate Theological Foundation in Donaldson, Indiana (D. Min.).
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Pastor Anderson at:
A Lutheran is a Christian who believes in God the Father, Creator or Maker; Jesus Christ the Son, Redeemer or Savior; and the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier or Helper and guide in life.
We take our name from Martin Luther, a priest who lived in Germany from 1483-1546. He became the key figure in the period of history known as the Reformation. As a young man, Luther was frightened of God. for the church taught that each person had to do things or pay money to earn God's favor. Luther, realizing that he was not a perfect person (as none of us are), knew that he could never do enough or pay enough to deserve God's love. And if not, then what? Eternal condemnation and punishment! A pretty scary thought.
Bible verses such as "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God" made all the difference in the world to Luther. This verse is really a good summary of what it is to be a Lutheran. Since God's love and forgiveness come to us as free gifts, we can live serving God not fearfully because we have to but gratefully because we want to.