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.

July 22, 2019

August happenings in the Archive

150th Anniversary of St. Paul's


Well, I can’t believe I am writing the August newsletter already. The summer is flying by. Excitement is building around the 150th Anniversary of St. Paul’s. I wanted to again feature events from past anniversaries and to let everyone know that the Evangelism committee is planning a meeting September 9th after Rally Day Sunday and to encourage you to attend and contribute your thoughts how to not only mark the date Sunday, October 25th (Reformation) but the whole year of 2020.


The idea is to have something special each month as a single day can’t begin to hold all the activities that have been done on past anniversaries.


Things that have been discussed so far are: providing a time for long time members to share their thoughts about St. Paul’s and why they have attended so long, members from founding families to speak, remembering those long time members who are buried in our cemetery and placing a Lutheran flag on their grave, special presentations by the Sunday School, special music, hear from past clergy at St. Paul’s either in written form or in person and of course a catered dinner on the day!


What would you like to see St. Paul’s do each month? Other special projects to commemorate the year are establishing an endowment fund for St. Paul’s and getting more involved with community and ways to serve. The LEAD committee has been looking into these needs. There are families in the area that are in need. Perhaps donate $150 to your favorite charity. Perhaps you could help us think of 150 ways to serve the community and to advance the mission to spread the Gospel?


There are many ways to serve and no contribution is too small or too large. All are equally important. However, none of this will happen unless you get involved.

So, I encourage you to attend Rally Day Sunday, September 8th and see once again all the Ministries of St. Paul’s being showcased.


Visit each group and see how you can become more involved with the life of the church and share any suggestions you may have to expand or improve the small groups at St. Paul’s.

Then come to the meeting with those thoughts and be part of the mission to make it an extra special year in the life of St. Paul’s.


“They dreamed the dreams, we’ve seen come true; They labored long and hard; That we might have a Holy House Wherein to worship God.

They ask no trophy from their heirs, No credit would they take, Except that we follow them and Will “serve for Jesus’ sake.”


From the 75th Anniversary program.


A bit of history from the 125th to get you thinking about what might be this time. Festive vespers were held October 22, 1995 at 4 pm. Pastor Rod L. Ronneberg presiding. Organist Ms. Elise Hoermann. A “Service of Light” with the dinner following.


Conclusion

Wouldn’t be great to renew friendships with some of those members of the past such as Elise or to hear from our past clergy like Pastor Rodnneberg or their families as in the case of Pastor Skarsten, who have we not seen in a while, that we can invite to “come and see” the things happening here at St. Paul’s . There is much work to be done and it will be January 2020 before you know it. Let’s work together to “kick off” a new decade, mark 150 years of service here at St. Paul’s and begin another chapter in our history.

Are you willing to take a role in the mission?

What can you do for your church today?

 


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


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Respectfully submitted,


Kerry Griffin

Archivist

 


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

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...