Tales from the Archive

Tales from the Archives is a presentation from the Archives at St. Paul's

Contributions of items of significance to the Church History or contributions of stories are welcome and encouraged. Please submit by the 20th of the moth for publication the first Sunday of the following month. It is the goal of the Archive to preserve the church history and make selected portions of it known to the congregation from time to time.

June 28, 2019

July happenings in the Archive

150th Anniversary of St. Paul's

For July, I thought I would focus on the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul’s coming up next year and perhaps reflect on what was happening 50 years ago at St. Paul’s.


As, you may be aware the Evangelism committee is in full swing discussing plans for this event and all are invited to get involved. The Evangelism Committee will meet again on July 8th at 7 pm in the chapel.


The Dymeks and Elsie Mae Bassler have provided me with materials from the 125th that I would like to share with you now.


Excerpts from the December 13, 1994 Planning Meeting for the 125th as submitted by Adeline Oehlke (Courtesy of Joe & Cathy).


Present Carol Wanner, Irene & Al Iager, Harriet Schroeder, Elaine Bentz, Kathleen Lichtenauer, Adeline & Norm Oehlke and Pastor Rod

125th to be held October 22, 1995 culminating our year of activities. Celebration in the early evening hours after our regular two service schedule.

  • Rev. Ted Menter to be contacted for inclusion in the event.
  • Betty Kerwin to paint a 125th sign.
  • Randy Arndt to work on a picture of our Church from the air.
  • Archives to provide an 1860’s map of the area.
  • Various fund raising suppers to be sponsored by the “1st of the Month Club” being February 1995 to help with the celebration costs.
  • Brotherhood’s “Father Son Banquet” to be held before Easter to help raise funds.
  •  “Flea Market” in the spring to help fund the celebration.
  • Sunday School to zero in on the heritage of our church. Sandy to lead craft project depicting the Lord as the vine and the members as the leaves.
  • A skit to be preformed by Sandy and Martha Best in period clothes to impart historical information about our founding families.
  • Stained-Glass windows in the church to display historical information about these former members who donated the windows.
  • Founding member’s graves to display Lutheran Flags.
  • Invite the “sons of St. Paul’s to preach.
  • Cookbooks to be sold of members favorite recipes to help defray the costs.
  • Catered Meal for 200 guests on October 22nd featuring:

1. Oriental Food

2. Italian Food

   3. American Food

4. Mexican Food

Meal to be $21 per person.

Catered by Sutton Gourmet Place

What was St. Paul’s up to in 1969?

  • Rev. Gerald F. Scheck installed as Pastor April 13, 1969
  • Robert Berger, “4th son of St. Paul’s” ordained in Ohio, June 1969
  • During July 1969, In memory of her husband John, Leila Schmnke donated  the “Wayward Traveler” by Kovac Elemar for use in the “Fellowship Room.” (Youth Room)
  • The “Fellowship Room”, now the “Youth Room” was completed as a memorial to Elmer and Elsie Wessel in September 1969. Dr. & Mrs. Allison Saville donation helped make this possible.


50 years ago, Apollo 11, put Men on the Moon. If a man could walk on the moon 50 years ago with so many people working together to make the mission a success, I believe if we all pull together, St. Paul’s can mark this very important milestone in our history with a series of events all through 2020, not just on the big day October 25th. 

Are you willing to take a role in the mission?

What can you do for your church today?


PS keep watching for more information about the 150th Anniversary in the coming months!

Website: stpaulslutheran.info

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Respectfully submitted,

Kerry Griffin



St. Paul's "Last Supper"

St. Paul’s version of the “Last Supper’’. Our version executes some of the traditional elements. However, notice in this version the table is semi-round in the Jewish tradition and there is nothing on the table as in Leonardo’s and there is a faint image of an altar as well as a suggestion of foot washing in the lower left corner. It is fittingly located beneath our Trinity Stained Glass window.

C. Ellsworth Iager (Charles Iager’s father) bought the picture around 1980 and it is an original depicture of the “Last Supper” done by an artist. C. Ellsworth and Mary Elizabeth Iager (married 49 years) donated it to the church and took a lot of pride in giving it and having it hung up.  They were very humble about it and very proud of finding it because they loved it.   

C. Ellsworth was President of the Church Council several times. Building the parsonage and the 100th Anniversary took place while he was President.  Ellsworth sang in the choir for many years.

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St. Paul's Original Building

August 6, 1871 - The "new" (today know as the wooden ) church was dedicated by Pastor Mengert and Dr. Wiliian Ebeling of Catonsville. From this date forward the congregation became known as, 

"St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church."

The "wooden" church was moved (I believe it is still in use a Real Estate Office) to Savage, MD from our present location on Rt. 216 and the stone church we have today was constructed during 1932 and dedicated on January 1, 1933.

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The Banners of St. Paul's

A Brief History and Inventory of the Banners at St. Paul's Lutheran Church

The purpose of this photo Gallery is to document the variety of banners that enhance our worship here at St. Paul's through countless hours, talent and treasure of all those who have contributed to make them possible.

The banners contained here in take us through the Church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Pentecost and the sacraments of marriage and baptism as well as the rite of confirmation.

Although Church banners are not new to the St. Paul's they do more than just decorate, many are based upon passage's from the Bible and God's creation and remind us of His word and the beauty of creation as well as marking important milestone in St. Paul's congregation's life.

Most of St. Paul's banners are hand sewn and one their creators, Sandy August is particularly fond of adding a ribbon. Make note of the special fabric used in some of them, such as the Advent banners. The photos may not do them justice but they have an unusual impression in them similar to a watermark on paper.

Please browse by clicking the forward arrow ">" or the backward "<" arrow on the image below.  There are at present about 60 in the collection.

The Stained Glass of St. Paul's

I happened upon a 2009 Booklet about the Stained Glass of St. Paul's and the meaning of each of the various windows at St. Paul's written I believe by Prue Ronneberg and I was inspired to re-do the booklet in a larger format and update it to present 2017. Below is the resulting story.

St. Paul's Today

Come and check out our various vibrant ministries and fun and engaging groups including: Monthly Youth Activities, Monthly Men's Group, Monthly Women's Group, Monthly Seniors Lunch Group, Handbell Ringers, Traditional Adult Choir, Contemporary Youth Band, Weekly Adult and Children's Sunday School and many more ministries...