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.

January 21, 2020

February happenings in the Archive

150th Anniversary of St. Paul's

Archive February 2020,


As, I sit here to write the next installment of “Tales from the Archives” I can’t believe that in a few short weeks it will be the Lenten Season.

As many of you know Pastor Theodore Menter passed away January 8th. We had planed as part of the 150th Celebration to have perhaps a written message or video from him for the congregation. Pastor Carolyn had reached out to invite him to be part of our celebration. So in lieu of being able to do that I thought that I would share with you all some of the memoires in the archive of Pastor Menter and his Christmas letter he wrote to my parents as well as additional information from his tribute wall at Spence Funeral Home that some of you might not have been able to see.

Pastor Menter, married my parents at St. Paul’s August, 31st, 1958 at 3pm while the Parish Hall was under construction. Many of our members at St. Paul’s were also married by Pastor “Ted”. I will be trying to answer the question how many weddings did he perform for members.

St. Paul’s first got to know Pastor Ted in June 27th, 1954. He had just earned his Bachelor of Divinity and was ordained on June 13th. We were his 1st call. Pastor Menter conducted our first Advent Service in December of 1954. He and his family moved into the new parsonage from their temporary housing in Laurel in December ‘54. 

Some of the St. Paul’s milestones during his Ministry that lasted until December of 1960 were: Formation of the Mr. & Mrs. Club, drafting the Sunday School constitution, dedication of the parsonage on 16 January 1955, scholarship fund for those entering the mission field, the Young Couples Club creating the nursey, sponsoring Cub Scout Pack 797, the First Vacation Bible School August 1955 which went for two weeks, Parents class in September 1955, the 80th Anniversary 30 October 1955 with 301 confirmed members and 440 baptized and a Sunday School of 200, and expansion of the church 6 February 1956.

Pastor Menter began a new mission which became the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 19 February 1956 where he conducted the 1st service in September of 1956.

Under his watch the first Father and Son Banquet was held 10 February 1956 and the first Mother Daughter banquet was held on 11 May 1956 with 126 people in attendance. Luther League was born in 1957. Not to mention the Fellowship Hall addition in 1958 and moving the bell tower and placing the time capsule in the base of the present bell tower.

The last turkey supper was held in September 1960.

Pastor Ted would go to serve Saint Paul’s in Niagara Falls, NY, Salem Lutheran (Center for Christian Service) in Woodhaven, MI and Saint Martin in Port Huron, MI.

Later Pastor Menter would serve on the pension boards of the American Lutheran Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church from 1974 to 1990. He is credited with adding the Dental program to the TALC pension plan. He enjoyed retirement in Ohio. 

He is survived by his wife, three children David (Cheryl) Menter, Phillip (Mariann) Menter and Rebecca (Tom) Converse, eight grandchildren Elizabeth (Jonathan) Spiker, Abby Menter, Courtney (Gerry) Emgi, Andy Menter, Emily (Joe) Ebert, Matthew Menter, Hannah Converse and Mackenzie Menter and eight great grandchildren Emma, Christian, Michael, Clair, Catherine Emig and Lydia, Ezra and Jude Spiker.

Pastor Menter to his great grand daughter on the Trinity

Dear Lydia,

You asked in church how God could be Father, Son and Holy Spirit at the same time. You should know that, that question had been struggled with by the church, its professors, its pastors and its members for all the days of the church’s history, from 30 AD until the present time.

Every now an then a theologian or a group of theologians decides to give answer to the question. And every time the answer is faulty or misunderstood.

I could go down the years of history of the church, and quote the answers give, and we still could not know the solution to the problem.

The real answer is this: it is a doctrine to accept, and believe, even though it troubles us to that acceptance and believing. It is something about the revelation of God about himself that is beyond our comprehension.

And so, as much as we wish we could have an answer to our questions about Trinity, we must live with the fact that we cannot know, or probably could not understand what it means to be God as Father Son and Holy Sprit, on God, three expressions of God.

I hope this helps you in your struggle to find an answer to your questions.

Lovingly, your in Christ

Great Grandpa Menter


Respectfully Submitted


Kerry Griffin

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

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Latest addition to Archive

Featured Items

Elise Wessel Original Painting

Painting of the original wooden church that stood on the property in the 1870's. Now a Real Estate Office in Savage, MD.

J. Santini Painting from Wessel Room or Youth Room.

Painting of the "stone" church from earlier in our history.

John Santini was a member and a builder of homes in the area. Believe to be during the late 50's and 60's.

Chalking the Door

January 2020

Our Original Church

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

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

1870 Bible now add to the Archive Collection

Donated by Charles and Judy Iager in September 2019

1870 Bible

Front Cover

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.

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?

See Mother Daughter Program Below


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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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...

Gerry & Betty Griffin

Pastor Menter officiating at Gerry & Betty Griffin's Wedding August 31,1958


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Menter Family

Top: Meg and Ted on their 66th Anniversary

Bottom: Grand Daughter Pastor Emily ordained the same day as Grandfather and Grandmother Menter's Anniversary

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