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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.


On Sunday, August 9th we are moving forward with the Rise Against Hunger event. At this event we will fill and package 10,000 meal packets that will be sent overseas to areas of need.

“How long I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me.” Psalm 13:2

Dear friend and members of St. Paul’s,

This weekend the sermon will focus on Psalm 13 which is a lament Psalm. Lament Psalms ask God to take care of a variety of dilemma’s that encounter the believer. One is quickly struck in reading these Psalms how real the enemies are to the authors. For example, the enemies in Psalm 13 are those in Saul’s camp who are desiring to take the life of David. Some Psalms like Psalm 109 are Psalms that ask God to bring all sorts of judgements on enemies. These Psalms, sometimes called Imprecatory Psalms, make us uncomfortable, especially considering Jesus words to “love our enemies.” In our lives certain individuals may be working against us, and therefore could be an enemy of sorts (if that is the case we are still called to love them), yet our true enemies are the devil, the world, and our sinful nature. When you encounter “enemies” in the Psalms keep these three in mind. While, our enemy certainly is the devil who wants to take us from the faith, our enemies also include destructive viruses, cancers, our own negative behaviors, various addictions, along with death and everything that surrounds it. Here is the good news, Jesus your Savior, is greater than these enemies and because of that he will make sure they do not have the final word in your life. This same Jesus also provides you and me with the tools to battle these enemies in his word, meal, and baptismal promises. Join us this weekend for worship, whether online or in person, to receive the great help our Lord gives you to come out victorious against these all too real enemies.

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

  • Weekend Worship: Please join us as we start our series on “Praying the Psalms” with this weeks focus being “Individual Lament” Psalm 13. You can sign up for the 11am Saturday and 8am and 10:30am Sunday services at Or you can watch them on St. Paul’s Lutheran YouTube Channel
  • Wednesday Devotional Communion Services: Feel free to sign up for our 9:30am or 5:30pm Wednesday Devotional Communion Services. These are 20 minute services that do not include any singing. If you are not able to sign up online please call the church office.
  •  Rise Against Hunger: As of Friday, we have 26 people signed up to assist with this event which will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, August 9th. The shifts are from 12-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, and 4-5:30pm. Each shift will have from 10-15 people and socially distanced. Watch updates for more information….You can also donate to the $3700 our church is using to cover this event online or make a check out to the church and in the memo put “Rise Against Hunger”.  
  • August/September Sermon Series “Praying the Psalms” (As part of your devotional life I would invite you to read during the week the Psalms in parenthesis that fit with the theme)
  • August 9th: “Praise” Psalm 116 (106,124, 8, 111, 139, 150)
  • August 16th: “The Messiah” Psalm 110 (22, 45, 72, 132, 144, 47,93)
  • August 23rd: “Community Lament” Psalm 85 (60, 74, 89, 123, 129, 137)
  • August 30th: “Trust” Psalm 27 (23, 46, 62, 63, 71, 131)
  • September 6th: “Wisdom” Psalm 49 (34, 37, 78, 111, 127, 133)
  • September 13th: “Creation Praise” Psalm 148 (8, 19, 29, 65, 104, 139)
  • Adult Studies: Due to the Zoom Book Study titled “Callings for Life”, there will be no YouTube Bible Study in August. If we are not meeting in person for Bible Study by September, we are planning to again start these online studies. Our next Zoom Study is Wed., Aug. 5, 2020 at 7pm. Please call or email Pastor Krenz to get the zoom link for the class (618-363-0121).
  • The Parsonage has sold: On Friday, July 17th the parsonage was sold for $249,000. After various settlement charges, the church received a check of for $228,281.01. A committee will be formed to assist the congregation in using this and the recent Maurice and Myrtle Schneider estate gifts to the glory of God and the mission of this congregation to bring the love of Christ to our community and the world.  
  • Facebook Page: Check out our congregations Facebook page. This week a number of pictures from the youth servant event in southern Missouri are on the site.  
  • Food Pantry, on July 15th served 22 households, including 34 adults and 8 children. Supplies needed include canned fruit, especially pears, pineapple and fruit cocktail. The next food pantry distribution will be held on Wednesday, August 5th from 1:30pm-3pm.
  • New Newsletter: The board of communication is presently working on a new format for the newsletter. The present plan is to go from a monthly to a bi-monthly newsletter starting with September/October. If you have any suggestions for this newsletter contact one of the Board of Communication members (Julie Greatting, Joshua Colyer, Jennifer Krick, Kendra Nowak, Levi Ottwell). Please send September/October news items to church by  Aug. 14. 
  • Voter’s Meeting: The next congregational Voters Meeting will take place on Tuesday, August 25th.

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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