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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.


Vacation Bible School 2020!

St. Paul's will be hosting a virtual VBS this year! VBS will be held from July 6th-July 10th, 2020 (This is a week later than the original date).  For more information, please use the links below.

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” Acts 2:8

“But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, He will bear witness about me” John 15:26

“In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit” Ephesians 1:13

Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost, a day which recognizes the coming of the Holy Spirit. Why is the Holy Spirit so central in our Christian life? The Holy Spirit shows us Jesus and his words. The Holy Spirit assures (seals) us in the faith, and he is the power behind God’s mission. We regularly bump up into our limitations collectively as a congregation and individually as a believers. How good to know that God has provided us the ultimate of helpers, the Holy Spirit.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

  • On Wednesday, May 27th Lorene Moehrs entered her eternal rest. There will be a private family funeral service for her on Monday, June 1st. You can send a note of sympathy on the Lesseman funeral home web site or you could send a sympathy card to her daughter Joan Raney, 855 Hillcrest, Columbia Il 62236. Please keep her family in your prayers. Her obituary information can be found at!/Obituary
  • On Friday, May 29th Betty Pierson entered her eternal rest. Her funeral arrangements are pending. Please keep her husband Tom, her daughter Julie, and her son Larry and the rest of her family and friends in your prayers.
  • Sunday Sermon Theme: Breaking down barriers through the Spirit” Acts 2:1-21. The other readings are Numbers 11:24-30, and John 7:37-39.
  • When will we go back to in person Sunday worship? This question is on the mind of many reading this note, and it was the primary discussion at the most recent board of elders meeting on Tuesday, May 26th. At this meeting, it was decided that we will continue the Sunday online worship services for the next few weeks, and add Wednesday (maybe Thursday, if needed) devotional communion services. Recently (yesterday) state guidelines changed for churches in regards to “size of groups” that can assemble together. The board of elders will meet again on June 9th to discuss this change, and what safety precautions need to be in place when we gather together again for in person public worship. Loving our neighbor in regards to their physical health (5th commandment), the need for public worship (3rd Commandment), and honoring those God has placed over us in the public square (4th Commandment), are principles that are guiding us in regards to the when of public worship, and how that will look. Thank you for your prayers and patience. Pastor Krenz and the Board of Elders.
  • Virtual Youth Bible Study -Join us this Sunday @ 1PM CST. Contact Christina Schmitt at Future Zoom Studies will be held June 14th and 28th.
  • Food Drive here at Church-The Columbia Rotary Club is sponsoring a food drive for our food bank on Saturday, June 6th from 9am to 11:30am. The first hundred cars that bring food will also receive a free mask. Invite your friends and neighbors. Needed items include Shelf-stable milk (powdered or 1 liter containers. Dollar Tree has best price on 1L containers), Juice, canned meats (tuna, chicken breast, salmon, beef stew, ravioli, Spam, chili, etc.), Chili beans, Canned tomatoes, Tomato sauce, Canned fruits of all kinds, jello/pudding mixes, baking mixes (muffins, bread, etc), liquid hand soap, and bar soap The Food pantry currently has an excess of the following items Green beans, Corn, Pasta, Macaroni & cheese
  • This weeks meetings: Monday: 6:30pm Stewardship; Thursday: 6:30pm Education
  • Church offerings: You can mail your offering to the church at 227 Good Haven Drive, Columbia, Il 62236 or drop them off at church during the day. On most days someone is in the church office between the hours of 9am-5pm. Last week we received almost $4,000 in church offerings. To God be the glory!
  • CPH Website ( A number of free devotionals are available for all ages at this website. Also check out Spring Resources, Mustard Seed Devotion and Lutheran Women’s Quarterly.
  • Online Worship Service, Sunday School Lesson, and Bible Study: Along with our weekly worship service, our YouTube channel will have a Bible Study on the three readings for Sunday Worship, and a short Sunday School lesson. You can access these by going to our web site or by going to YouTube and typing in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Columbia Il.
  • Adult Bible Study this Week: A Bible Study over next weeks Trinity Sunday readings will be available on YouTube by the end of the week. Unlike the last two weeks, it will not be a Zoom Bible Study.
  • Food Pantry: We served 19 households on May 6 plus ONE person who picked up a box mid-week. On May 20 we had 17 households (36 adults & 8 kids). We also sent notes home with everyone who came week stating that we shortened our hours to 1:30 to 3 p.m. for the duration of the drive-thru service.
  • VBS Update Originally, our in-person VBS was to start June 28th in the afternoon and go through July 2nd. However, given the need to change course and to have a little more time to gather materials and distribute them as safely as possible, we are pushing the virtual program to July 6th-10th. The present plan is to prepare materials for families and have them ready for pick up at church the week of June 28th-July 3rd. These materials would include lesson leaflets, the items to make crafts, and a download card for you to access videos and songs on a laptop/desktop computer or chromebook (unfortunately it is not compatible with phones and tablets). If your family needs assistance with materials to make crafts (such as glue, glue sticks, markers, etc.) please indicate this on the form. Likewise, if your family would need assistance with food to make the snacks, please indicate this as well. Lesson outlines and supplementary videos will be posted on the church website: If you would like to be part of our virtual VBS, please fill out the registration form for each child participating. If you have already signed up on VBS Mate we kindly ask you to take a couple of minutes and fill out this form, as there are some different questions here that would be helpful for us!
  • Office Hours: Starting next week Mary Lou will again work daily from 9am-1pm, and Pastor Krenz will be in the office most mornings. For the time being, those visiting the church office are asked to wear a mask.     

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227 North Good Haven,
Columbia, IL; 62236

Service Hours

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