“One hundred sixty-three years of educating children not only in reading, writing, and arithmetic, but in learning and living the Word of God: wow, what a legacy! We have all benefited from the dedication and foresight of God’s people at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hamel, IL, who have continually made Lutheran education for young people their mission and priority.
My family has been a part of St. Paul Lutheran School for many years. My mother and I both attended school at St. Paul, and my grandmother was the school cook for many years (Farmer’s Delight or Cheese Rarebit, anyone?) All four of my children attended school at St. Paul, and now my grandchildren attend as well. The methods and teachers have changed dramatically through the years, but one thing has always remained the same: the church and school’s steadfast dedication to educating God’s children in the gifts of His Word and His whole creation.
These days, when I speak with my friends from grade school, we often end up saying, “Remember when…”. My own children also reminisce about their days at St. Paul with those who remain not just acquaintances, but friends. My hope and prayer is that St. Paul Lutheran School continues to educate and train many generations of children to come, teaching them to be faithful to the God who gives them forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.”
-R.E., grandparent and alumnus