St. Paul’s celebrates students, new year

St. Paul’s students bounce off energy at their back-to-school bash Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. (Amy Leonard for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Paul’s Lutheran School on Saturday hosted a back-to-school bash for students. Young scholars enjoyed snacks, lunch and bouncing about on inflatables. 

Pastor Richard Gaub, a new addition to the St. Paul’s family, shared, “This was our back-to-school bash. It’s our way of welcoming everyone back to school. We started school this past Wednesday, and we’re looking forward to a full week next week.” 

While students filled up on hamburgers and hot dogs and played with friends, new and old, Gaub continued, “I’m new. I’m brand new to the school. I’m brand new to the area. I moved here from Houston. We were at a school in Houston for eight years. I was recently called to be the headmaster here to bring the idea and concept of classic Lutheran education to St. Paul’s, and ultimately, to Cullman. I arrived at the end of June.” 

The tenets of classical Lutheran education are grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, music theory, geometry and astronomy, while including Martin Luther’s “Luther’s Small Catechism” guidance on the six parts of Christian faith. Those include the Ten Commandments, the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, baptism, confession and communion. 

Gaub surveyed the school grounds and surmised, “It’s a whole lot different here – and in a good way – than Houston. I very much enjoy the slower pace of life and the community, definitely. You meet people and feel like you’ve known them forever.” 

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