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Welcome to St. Paul's Lutheran Church

It is our mission to share the love of God in Christ Jesus to our members, our community and the world in which we live.

*October 10, 2020

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do nota be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7

My Fellow Rejoicers,
This phrase “Rejoice in the Lord always” is easier said then done. Franky our circumstances do not always put us in a rejoicing mode. It’s hard to rejoice when, due to the pandemic, we cannot see people we want to see and do things we want to do. It’s hard to rejoice when our work is not fulfilling. It’s hard to rejoice when we are being being pulled twenty different directions. It’s hard to rejoice when arthritis has become our everyday companion. Yet, Paul does not say rejoice because of your circumstances. Rather in the middle of those circumstances your Lord is at hand. He is at hand to respond to your supplications and your requests. In Jesus, he is at hand to bring you the peace of God which passes all understanding. In other words, his peace is greater than all our ways of figuring things out. Rejoicing at your circumstances doesn’t make a lot of sense, but rejoice in the Lord, now that is a sensible thing to do.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Krenz


Food Pantry Work Day

Save the date! The Boy Scout Food Drive is coming up in November. We will need lots of help sorting and marking the food we receive. Community service hours available for all eligible students. Sign up today! If you have questions, call Kendra at 618.281.4875.

  • Weekend Service Theme and sign up: The theme for our three weekend services is “Strengthened by him to do all things” based on Philippians 4:13. Our readings for this weekend are Isaiah 25:6-9, Philippians 4:4-13, and Matthew 22:1-14. You can sign up for services at It is helpful for us to have people sign up for services in order to keep our numbers at the 35 range in each service. You can access the past 30 services and 17 Bible Studies at our YouTube channel that can be found at
  • Sunday School: Sunday School began this week, and God willing will continue moving forward It meets from 9:15am to 10am. The students are asked to wear masks, and will be meeting in their regular classrooms. The 8th to 12th graders will not be meeting separately this week, but are invited to the Adult Bible Class in the sanctuary.
  • Adult Bible Class: We are meeting in the sanctuary from 9:15am to 10am on Sunday morning. This weeks topics include the 6th commandment and the last section of Ephesians 3. Our discussion will cover the gift of marriage, and the great blessing of having a God who is not limited by our prayers.
  • Bi-monthly newsletter deadline: The November/December newsletter deadline is October 15th. This gives the board of communication plenty of time to put together the bi-monthly document. Please send items you would like to place in the newsletter to and/or call or text Kendra Nowak at 240-413-0014. You can also contact other Board of communication members which include Joshua Colyer, Julie Greatting, and Jennifer Krick.
  • Wednesday Communion Devotional Sign ups: Please sign up at For the 9am and 5pm Wednesday devotional communion services. These services are around 20 minutes long.
  • Usher Meeting: If you are or would like to be an usher/greeter please attend a brief meeting this Sunda (October 11th) from 10am to 10:20 am in the sanctuary.     
  • Gifts and Talents Survey: Please fill this out and send in via the self addressed envelope. We have received
  • BELL CHOIR: All are invited to join or try out this new group. Alicia Benning, our Deaconness field worker, is leading the choir on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm.
  • Sign Update: Over the next few months you will see the signs go up on Route 3 and on Bottom Avenue. The sign on the corner of Bottom Avenue and Goodhaven has been dismantled and the base will soon be power washed. We are raising at least $10,000 of the total cost from the congregation. So far $6,570 has been received for the signs. If you make a donation to the signs, please place in the check memo “For Church signs”.
  • Youth bible study (grades 8th-12th) will take place at church each week, starting at 9 AM in the youth room upstairs. No bible study this week – see you next Sunday, October 18th.
  • Next youth committee meeting will be on Monday, October 12th at 5 pm.
  • A fall fun event with food and games is planned for the high school group at Christina Schmitt's house on October 16th, 5pm.
  • JOIN US - Our Not-for-Couples-Only Bible Class in our next study on the book of Malachi on November 13. The fellowship hall is the socially distant meeting place. If you'd like to participate at home or in person, please call Pastor Sievers (314-822-2097) so he can provide you with the study guide he has written.
  • Children’s Worship Handouts: On the table in the narthex (church entryway) there are “Growing in Worship” children’s bulletins. These bulletins are usually handed out during the children’s message and assist families in their weekly devotion. You can pick these up any time during the week. If you would like us to mail this to you please contact the church office.
  • October Calendar: To get an updated October calendar go to our website at

Gifts and Talents Survey

The Board of Stewardship is asking members to fill out the survey linked below.   It is hoped that these surveys will better help the church leadership match gifts and abilities of the members with various ministries in the congregation.  We will be collecting these through November.

You should be able to open the link, fill out the form, and submit it via email by using the button at the bottom of the form.  Alternativly, you can open the form, save it, fill it out and email it as an attachment to or print it out and mail it to the church:

227 North Good Haven
Columbia, IL 62236


Poinsettia Order Form

To be guaranteed that we receive 5-bloom poinsettia plants in time for the Christmas season, we need to place our order by Nov. 15! These will be displayed in our Sanctuary during the Christmas season. Please fill out the following form and include $7.00 for each plant ordered.


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St. Paul's Preschool


Historic Building Info


Employment Opportunities


227 North Good Haven,
Columbia, IL; 62236

Service Hours

Sunday 8:00 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM
Monday 7:00 PM