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Pastor's Weekly Devotions

Devotions - October 2019

“The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry true, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it would obey you”. Luke 17:5-6

Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

That sounds very simple, in that we might say “the act of believing in God”. While this is partly true, much more needs to be said when it comes to the Christian faith. First, faith is only as good as that which it trusts in. If you or a I have faith that you can fly, and believe it with all your heart, that is not going to make any difference in our ability to do that task. Simply put, a person can have misplaced faith. Faith in Christ is real and powerful, because Christ is real and powerful. Second, while faith in Christ is something that we have, the way it is gained and maintained is not found in our own will, but found in the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 10:17 says “So faith comes through hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” That Holy Spirit is all about bringing and keeping us in the faith, and he does this by fueling our faith life with his Word. Join us this weekend, as we hear about a seemingly weak and small mustard seed faith that does unbelievable things. How can it do such things? Read above, and/or join us this weekend, and find out 😊

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

LWML Sunday: This Sunday we will be celebrating the work of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. The wonderful thing about this local and national organization is that it helps us focus on mission hear and around the world. One of the local outreach projects this organization does is make quilts that are sent overseas. Examples of these quilts can be seen in the back pers on Sunday. In addition every member and guest will have the opportunity to pick up a mite box. This box is used to collect change that is used for missions locally and around the world.

Re-Vitality Surveys Starting October 13th and running through November 3rd the congregation will be invited and encouraged to take a 100 questions survey online that will help us assess where we are truly at as a congregation. See the attached guide to this survey. Don’t worry, it won’t be complicated. If you know of those who will not be able to fill it out online, we will have extra copies in the narthex that people can fill out by hand. This is the first step in a six to nine month planning process that “hopefully” will help our congregation move forward in our God given mission. You will specific instructions in next weeks weekly note and in next week’s bulletin on taking this survey.

Youth Info: The Middle School & High School are asked to volunteer and participate in one or both services (8:00am and &10:30am) for youth Sunday. Many volunteers are needed, be sure to sign up for your preferred selection. Sign up sheet is located by the youth bulletin board. Also On October 20th at 5pm After the late service we will have pizza for lunch and then travel to Eckerts, Millstadt, IL to see all the fun farm events. We will pick pumpkins, watch the pig races and pumpkin cannon and walk through the corn maze. Contact Melissa Upson 314-852-0161 or with questions or to sign up to attend. Sign up sheet is by the youth bulletin board as well.

Church Council: The church council will be meeting on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm. Each committee and board is asked to prepare a report for this meeting. If a member of your committee or board is not able to be at this meeting, please provide a written report. The October Voter’s Meeting will take place on October 22nd at 7pm.

Wednesday Night Bible Class: Please join us on Wednesday nights in October at 7pm as we study and discuss the book of John. The first class will start on Wednesday, October 9th. Pastor Krenz

The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class On Christian vocation will look at the Christian calling to the church. Our new Bible class series starting October 13th will cover “The Parables of Jesus”. In addition we will spend 15 minutes each week addressing the most common questions on Biblical and religious topics I have received in my years of ministry. Join us at 9:15am in the fellowship hall for these classes.

The Women's Ministry will be starting a bible study on Oct. 21st, led by Lisa Krenz. We will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month from 7:15-8:00pm in the Fellowship Hall. The name of the bible study is Joy: A Study of Philippians and we would love for you to join us. Please sign up in the Narthex by Oct. 7th so we will know how many books to order.

Think and talk more about Jesus workshops will be held at here at St. Paul’s and presented by Dr. Jason Droge of the Lutheran Hour Ministries. You may attend on Saturday, Oct. 26, 9-11:30am or Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30-9:00pm. Attendance is free of charge. Sign up on the sheets available in the narthex. Contact Pastor Sievers at 314-882-2097 or email him at for more information.

Kidsway: The Wednesday classes are for those in grades 1-4. Each week they learn a different Biblical account. Contact Mary Colyer at 618-334-2321 if interested. We have had up to seven children in these classes.

Food Pantry-On October 2nd the Food pantry served 22 households which included 54 adults and 17 children. Our current needs are cereal, canned fruits (except for applesauce) and pie filling (but not pumpkin). Thanks for your support.

Portals of Prayer for October-December are available in the narthex.

An invitation from the Trustees! The straw bales in front of the church are the setting for an autumn display. Everyone is invited to add pumpkins, cornstalks, fall flowers, and other appropriate seasonal items. The display will remain until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Any questions may be directed to Helen Nowak at 618.281.4875.

The Music Team has graciously volunteered to play the 8am service on October 13th after we were unable to find an organist for this service. The 10:30 service on that day will have an organist. 

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Friends and Members of St. Paul’s,

Our congregation is participating in the LCMS re:Vitality Lutheran revitalization program. Essentially it is a long term planning process for St. Paul’s. “Vital” is the key component of “revitalization.” Wherever the Word is proclaimed in its purity and God’s Sacraments are rightly administered, there is spiritual vitality. re:Vitality builds upon spiritual vitality and guides the church in positive action for sustainable, adaptable, focused, and healthy ministry for years to come. The first step in the re:Vitality process is to submit honest feedback about our congregation from everyone involved. I want to encourage every adult (18 years and older) to fill out this simple online questionnaire. Simply click this link when you are ready to begin: and enter our congregation code: C193551. It takes about 20 to 25 minutes to complete.

We need to hear from everyone, individually. That means husbands and wives should both fill out a questionnaire separately. We want to hear from you whether you’ve been a member here your whole life, or you’re brand new to Christianity; whether you’re a member, frequent attendee, or occasional visitor, we want to hear from you.

Your responses are completely anonymous. No one will know your name, and I will not see individual responses. It is important to be honest in your feedback so that we can have an accurate assessment about where we are as a congregation. In talking with the program coordinator, he mentioned that if possible try to use “the undecided” button sparingly….that will help them in scoring the feedback.

Also, for those who are not able to access a computer for this process, paper copies are available at church in the narthex. Once you complete the paper copy, someone will enter the data into the computer link.

Help us find the answer to, “Where are we…really?” Thank you for submitting your responses by November 3rd.

Pastor Krenz

P.S. In November we will start a Sunday morning Bible Class on this topic, and 12-15 leaders in the congregation as well as other congregational members will be meeting on a regular basis for 6-9 months to evaluate and help plan future activities. If you would like to be a participant please contact Kevin Koenigstein

Other Announcements

Weekend Service Theme: “Faith and the blessing of healing” Luke 17:11-19. The other readings are Ruth 1:1-19a and 2 Timothy 2:1-13.

8am Worship: Thank you to the music team who will be leading a blended service at 8am this week. We were unable to find an organist for this service, and they graciously volunteered to help us out. The 10:30am service will have an organist.

The Parables of Jesus: This new Sunday morning 9:15 am Bible class wlhich meets in the fellowship hall will start this weekend. In addition, every week for the foreseeable future we will be looking at the most questions I have received in my years of pastoral ministry. Come one, come all.

Church Council: We will be meeting on Tuesday, October 15th at 7pm. Each committee and/or board is asked to prepare a report for this meeting. If a member of your committee or board is not able to be at this meeting, please provide a written report.

Youth Sunday: On Sunday, October 20th the youth will be participating in both worship services.

October Youth Event: Sunday, October 20th the youth will be traveling to Eckert’s. They will leave at 12pm and return at 5pm. Contact Melissa Upson with questions and sign ups. 314-882-2097.

Parsonage Discussion: On Sunday, November 10th after the late service the congregation will be meeting to discuss a variety of options on what could be done with the parsonage. A final decision will not be made at this meeting. You do not need to be a voting member to participate in this meeting. It is hoped that the congregational input gained from this meeting will assist the congregation on making a future decision on the parsonage.


We invite you to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 227 North Good Haven, Columbia, IL for a presentation of the Fall Concert “American Spirit” by the Gateway Ringers. This is scheduled for Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM. This concert features a little Cohan, a little soft shoe, a visit to the Virginia Highlands, spirituals, Americana, and more. The music will lift your spirits! The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

The Gateway Ringers is an auditioned community choir, comprised of handbell ringers from the St. Louis metropolitan area. Their mission is to inspire excellence in musicianship and heighten awareness of handbell music. The group was formed in the fall of 1995. The Gateway Ringers are members of the Handbell Musicians of America at the Area VIII and national levels. More information is available on their website


227 North Good Haven,
Columbia, IL; 62236

Service Hours

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