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Trick or Treat at First Saint Paul's

Dress in your favorite costume, bring your friends and stop by First Saint Paul's for a goodie bag filled with Halloween treats and a message of Jesus’ love for you.

If you want to share the love of Jesus with your friends on Halloween, show them how Being a Christian is like being a pumpkin. You can also find answers to some common questions about Halloween below. If you still have questions, please join us on Halloween outside our church entrance on W. Goethe at LaSalle.

When Did Halloween Start?

Hallowe'en comes from the old English words All Hallow's Eve or All Saints Eve. The holiday started in the 4th century as a day to honor all the saints of the church, especially martyrs. By the 8th century, the All Saints festival moved to November 1 to Christianize the Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, which marked the beginning of winter and a time to remember the dead.

How do today’s Christians celebrate the holiday?

On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (or disputes) to a church door in Wittenburg, Germany. These Theses were attempts to reform the Catholic church and questioned false doctrine: the need to pay for sins even after death. Today’s Christians mark October 31st as the Reformation, the birth of the Lutheran church, and celebrate All Saints Day in thanksgiving for all who have died knowing Jesus as their Savior. In many All Saints services, people read the names of the dead to celebrate their new life in Christ.

How does First Saint Paul’s observe the holiday?

We believe that Christ alone paid the price for our salvation through his death and resurrection. Salvation is yours and it is FREE. We observe the Reformation on the Sunday before Halloween. On the Sunday after Halloween, we observe an All Saints celebration to commemorate those who have died in Christ, as well as the Christians before us who testified to their Christian faith.