150th Anniversary

St. Paul's is now over 150 years old as of 2020. This section is a collection of articles, photos and other materials chronicling our celebration of this event in 2020 and on going activities.

Celebrating 150 years of Service in 2020

Symbol of St. Paul's

‘The sword and the open Bible symbolize the “Sword of the Spirit” as Paul refers to it in Ephesians 6:17, “And accept the salvation for a helmet , and the word of God as a sword that the Spirit gives you.” Spritius Gladius”, the words written on the Bible, are Latin for Sword of the Spirit.  

St. Paul's Original Building

Our original wood church on the present site.

Just imagine it a Christmas with a cedar Christmas tree with lighted candles on each branch.

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.

Our Original Church

From a postcard sent out to the congregation. Which came came to me by way of Patrick Thompson.

Bell Tower Re-dedication 1958

Bell Tower Rededicated in 1958 and the cornerstone was placed in the Parish Hall wall with a “time capsule .”

The Parish Hall was completed that year.

How many couples were married that year?

My parents were among the first to have a reception in the new Parish Hall.. If you know of a marriage that year, please let me know.


Remembering our 100th Anniversary - October 2020

As I write this, I can’t believe it is October already and at the same time as COVID-19 drags on it feels like it should be December. October is a special month at St. Paul’s and very special this year as we commemorate 15o years of service and ministry to the community.

It just so happens that this month is also a “Blue Moon” event. October 1st (“Harvest Moon”) which was obscured by rain and the second full moon of the month (blue; “Hunter Moon”) which occurs on Halloween.

How fitting, because how many churches can say they have reached the Sesquicentennial Anniversary?

A look back the Centennial, the year 1970. Pastor Gerald Scheck was Pastor of St. Paul.


Centennial Committee:

C. Ellsworth Iager, Chairman

George W. Renn

Grace F. Bassler

Hebert W. Wessel

Irene Burns

Kenneth W. Grauel

Elaine Bentz

Church Council:

Harry K. Utterback, President

Eugene Titus, Vice President

Mrs. Marian Claussen, Recording Secretary,

Mr. Paul Kapp, Financial Secretary

Donald Simpson, Treasure

Eldon Hart, Parish Education

James Grooms, Publicity

Eugene Titus, Evangelism

Eugene Hillgas & George Emch, Property

Fred Kurrie, Youth

Robert Conn, Stewardship,

Frank Bentz, Worship & Music

Donald Sealing, Loyalty

Organizational Presidents:

Jeanne Sealing, A.L.C.W

Joseph Newcomer, Brotherhood

Mr. & Mrs. Club, George Emch

Luther League, Jason Burns

Our story, appeared in the NEWS LEADER, Laurel, Maryland, September 24th, 1970. (My Grandmother saved a copy of the clipping.)

Pastors of St. Paul’s were listed as:

Rev. Verhoff 1870

Rev. John H. Mengert 1871—9/1872

Rev. Ernst C. Ide, 1873-1876

Rev. Martin Kraft 7/1876—12/1877

Rev. G.H. Brandon 1878

Rev. Ernst C. Ide 9/1879—1897

Rev. Richard A. Salzwdel 10/1897-6/1901

Rev. H.A. Wegner 1901-1904

Rev. C.F. W. Hartlage 1905-1907

Rev. H.F. Richards 1907-1911

Rev. L.P. Propst 9/1911-11/1942

Rev. Aaron A. Anderson 2/1943-9/1948

Rev. Robert F. Hein 9/1949-10/1953

Rev. Alvin F. Burns 8/1961-3/1965

Rev. Ronald F. Christian 7/1965-8/1968

Rev. Gerald E. Scheck 4/1969 -

Members "pitch-in"

August 1, 1932 (Basement in progress, current building)


Digging the present basement with mules, picks and shovels.

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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...