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.

August 27, 2019

September happenings in the Archive

150th Anniversary of St. Paul's

Well it is time to write the September Newsletter again. We had an unbelievable August here at St. Paul’s with fantastic events such as the Corn Roast and “Back to School” Picnic and Peach Festival.


September is proving to be an exciting month as well. There are service activities planned for September 7th as well as Rally Day September 8th and the Launch of the 150th Planning Meeting.


So, if you have any desire or passion to be part of the discussion, I invite you and encourage you to attend the meeting on September 7th that the Evangelism Committee is sponsoring which is intended to be a church wide event.


I have heard from some of you on which to include in the next volume of our church history which I am putting together for release next year. June Pickett has promised some bulletins/flyers from past “Mother-Daughter” Banquets which was a great tradition here at St. Paul’s.


If there are others out their with any memories or memorabilia please let me know when you have a chance so that they can be included in the booklet.


For this month I thought that I would include a moment from our history in 1958.


Remembering 1958

1958 - Members of the Brotherhood (Harry and George W. Renn) began taking the recordings of the 11:00 a.m., worship service to shut-ins. Boys in the confirmation class began serving as acolytes.

February 1958 - Mr. John Kruhm donated folding doors to be installed between the church and the future parish hall.

16 February 1958 - At the Sunday worship service, each member placed a card listing his or her favorite Scripture passage and any words he/she desired to write to future generations in a copper box. After other items of historical interest were included, the box was sealed and included with the cornerstone. On 9 March a service was held with Elmer Wessel laying the cornerstone.

30 November 1958 - Herman Bassler, a son of the congregation and student at Capital Seminary, preached the sermon at the 11:00 a.m. service for the dedication of the parish hall and bell tower and the rededication of the church. Chaplain Colonel Cecil L. Propst, also a son of the congregation, preached the sermon at the 3:00 p.m. service at which the new chancel, the new altar ware (given in memory of Mrs. LeRoy Niemann by her husband), a new altar (donated in memory of Mrs. Niemann through other memorials), Bibles (donated by Mrs. Propst and the Junior Mission Band), paraments, (made by the women's circles), and the altar rail (by Mrs. Frank Bassler as a memorial to her husband, who was president of the congregation when he died on 26 July 1958) were all dedicated. The new altar brass by Sudbury Square consisting of as follows: Cross, 30 inches ­Candlesticks, 14 inches - Vases, pair about 13 inches; Missal Stand ; and Candlelighters. The pulpit and lectern, donated for the new church in 1933 by Pastor and Mrs. Propst, and two altar chairs, donated by Mr. and Mrs. John L. Murphy at that same time, were rededicated.



Maybe we could also include some of the “sons” and "daughters" of the congregation to our activities in 2020. It would be interesting to learn how many of our youth have entered in the clergy as well and other youth have achieved. Please bring your thoughts to the meeting on September 9th at 7 pm.



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

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Respectfully submitted,

Kerry Griffin



Celebrating 150 years of Service in 2020

Join us this year as we plan for next year's events to mark 150 years of service to the community.

Watch this space and the website for developments

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 the story?


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.

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...