Welcome to St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Our Mission is to proclaim Christ, teach Christ’s Word,
and reflect Christ’s love to all.

Join us as we package more than 10,000 meals with Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization that is growing a global movement to end hunger through nourishing lives, empowering communities, and responding to emergencies. The meals packaged at the event will go to communities facing food insecurity around the globe from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Rise Against Hunger meal packaging events are a fun, high-energy, educational way to make a hands-on impact and serve those in need.

*July 16th, 2021

“When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things” Mark 6:44

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

How easy it is for us to become frustrated with “crowds” we encounter who are acting and saying things we believe not to be helpful. These crowds might represent a political party, organizations, family members, co-workers, and even fellow church members. How different it is with Jesus. Rather than frustration, he has compassion on those who are wandering aimlessly causing harm to themselves and others. Isaiah 53:6 says “We all like sheep have gone astray, each one has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid upon Him the iniquity of us all. Thank goodness he has shown compassion on you and me, who also are prone to wander from the shepherd, and who act and say things that are not helpful. Oh..how the world needs this kind of compassion. Oh.. how we need this kind of compassion. In Jesus we have it in droves. Have a blessed weekend and we’ll see you at church, where we encounter the one who has compassion like no other.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

Weekend Service Theme: “Hunger, Compassion, Satisfaction” Mark 6:30-44.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Mission Statement:  Proclaiming Christ, teaching Christ’s Word and reflecting Christ’s love to all.

Vacation Bible School – VBS start Sunday at 2pm. As of right now, we will be serving around 50 students from St. Paul’s and other local congregations, both in person and virtually (7 are doing it virtually). Due to the additional students we can use additional helpers. If you or someone you know can give even a few hours on a particular day please contact Carleigh Ottwell. 618-719-9307. We have approximately 20 adult volunteers from both our congregation and others who will be leading Bible Stories, Crafts, Snack, Games, Bible Challenge, and our Early Childhood group. We also have several HS youth helpers from the area. Thank you for your congregational support and please continue to pray for this ministry as we hold our VBS this week!

Rise Against Hunger – On Sunday, August 8th at 12pm our congregation is sponsoring a Rise Against Hunger meal packaging event in the fellowship hall. This event provides over 10,000 meals to those in need around the world. You can help in three ways. First, volunteer to package on that Sunday from 12pm -2pm. (We are hoping to get 40 volunteers.) Second, help  defray the $3,400 cost for the event by writing a check to church and in memo area write--Rise Against Hunger. Place this check in a separate envelope marked Rise Against Hunger. Third, pray that God will use this event to be a blessing to many throughout the world. Sign-ups are in the narthex. 

Women's Bible Study - will be meeting Wednesday, 21st, and 28th in the Fellowship Hall from 6:30-7:30pm. If you have any questions, please contact Sam at crf_wegnersm@cuchicago.edu.

What About Summer Sunday Bible Study Series? Join us this Sunday at 9:15am in the sanctuary as we see what God’s word has to say on the “Age of the Earth and Evolution.”  

New Secretary/Administrative Assistant- Praise the Lord, Dianne Miller has agreed to be our administrative assistant Starting Monday, August 9. More details on her schedule here and general information will be given at a later time. Thank you to Debbie Manken, Nancy Radentz, and Marilyn Snider who have filled in during our secretary vacancy.

Summer Sunday School – All those age 3 – 6th grade are encouraged to attend. This week’s topic – What Are You Worth? Hope to see you there!!

Baptism: This weekend Trevor Douglas Search will receive the blessings of baptism at the 10:30am service. Trevor is the son of Tanner and Kelly Search.

Middle School Life Night--Mark your calendars for another Middle School Life Night on Sunday, August 1st, 5-7pm in the church fellowship hall. All students entering 4-8th grade are welcome to join us for an escape room, dinner, and a brief Bible study. Contact summer DCE intern, Sam Wegner, with any questions at crf_wegnersm@cuchicago.edu. We hope to see your family there!

LET'S GO FISHING (Community Outreach) – Sign up yourself and a teammate today on the sheet in the lobby to let us know you are willing to participate in our upcoming COMMUNITY CANVASSES. We'd like your names, phone numbers, and emails, plus a yes/no answer as to our first one on Sunday, August 29, 2 p.m. Any questions? More info? Call: 314-882-2097 or email pastorsievers@yahoo.com Pastor Sievers.

Upcoming Youth Event – High School Summer Mission Trip in Altenburg, MO. - July 22-25th. Interested in joining our group and/or attending the activities? Please reach out to Christina Schmitt at 314-807-2200 or cschmitt.splc@gmail.com.

Church Pictorial –Sign up in the Narthex to have your family’s picture taken for our 2021 Directory. A PERFECT PICTORIAL INCLUDES YOU!

Mark your calendar for important August/September events here at St. Paul’s: 8/8--Rise Against Hunger, 8/15—Sunday School Rally Day, 8/13, 14, 27, &28--Pictorial Directory appointments, 8/29—Community Canvas, 9/5—Maurice Schneider Memorial Meal (in fellowship hall for all friends and members of our congregation, 9/12—New Member Picnic (for all congregational members after the late service).

Voters’ Meeting--Please mark your calendar and plan to attend our congregational summer voters’ meeting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, July 27 in the Sanctuary.

Thank you members of St. Paul's for the Visa card and the 2 rounds of golf that were presented to me before the July 4th service. I enjoyed serving as your church secretary and appreciate the kindness you always showed me during the last 9 years. God's Blessings to you all. With much love, Mary Lou

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227 North Good Haven,
Columbia, IL; 62236


Email: pastork@splcolumbia.com
Phone: (618) 281-4600

Service Hours

Saturday 11:00 AM
Sunday 8:00 AM
Sunday 10:30 AM