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.

April 27,  2019

May Happenings in the Archive

150th Anniversary of St. Paul’s


For May, I thought that I would share some of the past memorabilia from the 140th Anniversary to spark interest in participating with the planning of the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul’s.


The Evangelism Committee will be taking this topic up this month at the May meeting and it will be a topic of future meetings as well. So, please feel free to join us May 6th or forward your ideas to any of the members of the committee or Pastor Dave.


As, you can see on the facing page from the bulletin insert (facing page) there was a theme presentation, prayer, special music, potluck super and memories from the congregation at the 140th.


I thought it might be nice to again share memories from the congregation, especially from some of our long time members. If you would like to volunteer to share a memory either spoken or written, please let me know, I would be happy to help with getting it taken down.


Some of those who shared memories that day, included Frank Bentz and Gloria Wessel. So if you have a memory to share, please let me or the committee know. These memories are an important part of St. Paul’s Legacy and I fear as time passes some of them may be lost.


“The Day and Its Significance; quoting from the bulletin, “Today we celebrate our 140 years as a Christian Community, called and gathered by the Holy Spirit through the Gospel. We give thanks for the saints who were led to form this church, and who in faithfulness took risks for their heritage in Christ by building and expanding their witness at the corner of Murphy Road and MD 216. Welcome to all on this day of thankfulness and Joy!”


Among the songs from the day was “I Am the Church.” In the spirit of that music, I think together we can embark on commemorating this very special anniversary. As the song says, “The Church is not a building, the Church is not a steeple, The Church is not a resting place, the Church is a people.”


We have grown since that day and some things have changed over time. Some are no longer with us. However, one thing has remained constant, “The Church is a people.” It belongs to us all. It is up to us to carry the legacy forward to the next generations.


I hope in the coming months to share various moments from our history. Perhaps develop a sort of “History Corner” So I invite everyone to send me a memorable moment, thought, idea, etc. along the way to our present 148 years going on 149.


Personally, I am excited to be part of this moment, and I hope that you are too. The possibilities on how to mark the day are endless, but the celebration won’t happen by itself. So please become involved in whatever form you can.


“Don’t hide your light under a bushel basket.” Matthew, 5:15 and 5:16


Link to see a bulletin insert from the 140th

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Link to see the invitation from the 140th

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Link from last month to see the plaque listing all our Clergy in progress

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Keep up with our activities and plans for the 150th.

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Special note: St. Paul’s 150th Anniversary. 

As was done for the 140th Anniversary I would like to interview and collect the thoughts of some of our long time members and perhaps include some thoughts from our youngest members. 

If you would like to contribute to the project or have any thoughts on direction or content, please let me know and get in touch with me? 

 The day will be upon us, before you know it. It is not too early to begin thinking about it. Why is St. Paul’s special to you? What do you treasure about it? Please share those thoughts, not just for this occasion, but it is something we can  share every day with friends, neighbors, etc. and invite them to “Come and See.”


Respectfully submitted,

Kerry Griffin



Preliminary Clergy Plaque

To be hung in our history hall.

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Bulletin Insert from the 140th

A Copy of the bulletin insert from 10/31/2010

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140th Invitation

Copy of the mailing from the invitations that went out for the 140th Anniversary.

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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.

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.

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...