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 23, 2018

What's happening in the Archive

Cemetery Dedication

Cemetery Dedication

For July, I thought, at the request of Donna Beall and with a submission by Judy Iager fill in all those who were unable to attend  the dedication of the Cemetery Expansion this past June 17th and record the event for the Archive.

Our expanded Cemetery Dedication was held on Sunday, June 17th at 11 am. A nice crowd was present for Pastor Carolyn’s prayers and Charles Iager’s comments. Everyone seemed happy with how the new section of our cemetery turned out. Recently seven “pin oak” trees were planted to fulfill St. Paul’s obligation to Howard County. Thanks to the Heyser Family for planting the trees. Five of the trees are on the border ridge and two are at the entrance of our new road. Thanks to Elise Mae Bassler for donating the two closer trees.

We’d like to thank R.L.O. Contractors (Robert Littleton Orndorff Contractors) - Bobby and Jerry Orndorff—for the beautiful job they did on the excavation, tree removal, stump removal, grading, seeding, etc. (Also thanks to their mom, Peggy.)

Gutechick, Little and Weber did a lot of work for us (including Dan Sweeny) to help get all the permits through the county, and we thank them.

J Bar W Ranch (Johnny Williams) installed the fence posts to match the rest of the cemetery. We had some local help paint the chains and posts. Thanks to Danny Green and Rodger Atkins.

George Strott and Family and Michael Brashear keep the grass looking good.


Graves are available for sale.


I would also like to add as Charles Iager mentioned in his comments. The difference between a graveyard and a cemetery is that a cemetery is connected to a church, were as a graveyard is just a field without a connection to a church.


St. Paul’s Cemetery is definitely connected to a church as many of our members have generations of loved ones buried in the original section of the cemetery.


Now thanks to the vision of all the membership and leadership over a multi-year period we can continue for generations to come to lay our loved to rest here at St. Paul’s.

Respectfully Submitted,

Kerry Griffin



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.

Featured Items

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.