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.

October 28, 2019

November happenings in the Archive

150th Anniversary of St. Paul's

Archive November 2019


Greetings to everyone. For November I thought I would share with you  a bit of old time wisdom in honor of the launch of our community garden.



** seeds that will yield valuable amounts of energy **

4 rows of peas: presence, promptness, participation and perseverance.

3 rows of squash (each a different variety): squash indifference, unfair criticism and gossip.

5 rows of lettuce: “lettuce” obey the rules – constitution and by-laws, “lettuce” be loyal to our organization – uphold its principles and objectives, “lettuce” be true to obligations – resolutions and polices, “lettuce” be faithful to duties and responsibilities and “lettuce” truly love one another.

4 rows of turnips: “turnip” for meetings, with a smile, with some new ideas, and with a determination to accomplish something worthwhile.


New Donation in September

I also wanted to share an exciting donation of a Bible by Charles and Judy Iager. As best I can tell it is from 1870 Prague Germany. So now we have a prayer book and a Bible from the time our congregation was founded. We are most blessed to have these examples.


St. Paul’s has a rich and long history to have been on the same corner for nearly 150 years.  Planning for our 150th Anniversary is under way and we have teams working on different aspects of the celebration. We will again be meeting in Chapel at 7 pm on Monday, November 11th.


It’s not too late to join us and become involved and share your ideas and suggestions. Events are scheduled for each month. Come and see.


Hope to see you at the planning meeting.

Respectfully Submitted


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

Website: stpaulslutheran.info

Member Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/438901092851824/ 

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Respectfully submitted,

Kerry Griffin



1870 Bible now add to the Archive Collection

Donated by Charles and Judy Iager in September 2019

1870 Bible

Front Cover

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?

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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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...