Welcome to St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Our Mission is to proclaim Christ, teach Christ’s Word,
and reflect Christ’s love to all.
Service Times
Sunday 9 AM
Monday 6:30 PM

* May 17th, 2023

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:29-20

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This weekend we bid a fond farewell to Sam Wegner, our DCE Intern this past year. She has helped bolster our youth ministry here at St. Paul’s and has helped us in a number of new programs here at St. Paul’s. Her organizational ability, skills in youth ministry, pleasant demeanor, and love for God’s Word along with her willingness to serve in many areas of congregational life has blessed us in many ways. We applied and received Sam as an DCE intern over a year ago partially due to the Re-Vitality planning process. The goal at the time was to have interns for two years, and then evaluate what is needed to move forward. This year we applied for another intern, but due to a shortage of new students we were not able to receive another intern in the upcoming year. For the next year, we will be using a parent model in planning various middle school and high school youth activities. The question for our congregation over the next couple of years is whether a full time worker, a part time worker or another intern would help us carry out our God given mission here in Columbia. Questions for us to consider include whether our size warrants another worker. What new possibilities for outreach within our community could this new worker assist us in? Is it a good stewardship of our financial resources to have another church worker? Please keep this in your prayers, as we seek to proclaim Christ, teach Christ Word, and reflect Christ love to all.



God's Living Water - VBS 2023

Monday, June 12, 2023 to Friday, June 16, 2023

Sign up today for VBS! Throughout this program, we will emphasize the Living Water, Jesus, through exciting games, lively music, impressive science experiments, and more! Let's celebrate that we're covered in Jesus' grace! Please click here for more information and to Sign up!

9am Sunday Worship begins this Week: This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday with the theme “The ongoing blessings of God’s creation” from Genesis 1:2-2:4. We will also be having the Monday Service throughout the Summer.

Sam’s Farewell & Mission Presentation: Please join us in the fellowship hall after the service for refreshments, a presentation on Sam’s upcoming service in Hungary, and some farewell words from congregational members and Sam. A card basket is available for people to make personal donations to Sam and/or donations to “Mission of Christ Network,” which will help in her upcoming mission.

Summer Bible & Catechism Reading Program: Next week the daily devotionals will cover Mark 2-5, Psalms 4-9, & Commandments 4-10. Notes and thoughts on the daily reading are attached in this email, and will be distributed after both the Sunday and Monday Services.

 **Kid's Worship Journals — We have a new resource to help elementary-aged students to follow along with the worship service! These laminated "journals" are available inside the children's worship bags in the narthex, with extra copies on top of the stand for older children to use. They are designed to be reused week after week, so please remember to return them with the stickers and clothespin after church. We hope they are a blessing to your family's worship!

Vacation Bible School June 12-16 9 am to 12 pm If you are interested in registering any children or as an adult volunteer, please sign up today or contact Carleigh at carleigh.ottwell@gmail.com if you have any questions! Pick up a flier in the narthex - invite your neighbors and friends! A meeting for helpers and volunteers to review the week will take place Monday, June 5th at 7:30pm. Here is the link to sign up online https://vbsmate.com/events/StPaulsColumbia/26838

Gateway Grizzlies Game — Wednesday, June 7th --The game starts at 6:45 with the gates open at 5:45. Like last year, those attending from St. Paul’s (guests and members) will get a meal. We have 54 members and friends of the congregation attending this game.

Summer Fellowship Picnic -Members and friends of the congregation are invited to a congregational picnic at Bolm-Schuhkraft Memorial Park in Columbia on —Sunday, June 18th between 10:30 am-11am. While chicken and hot dogs will be provided, we are asking members to bring side dishes, deserts, and drinks. Please sign up in the narthex if you are planning to bring a side dish and/or attend the picnic. Outdoor games are also being planned. Come one, come all!

The Summer Sunday School/Youth/Adult Bible class will run June 25th thru July 30th from 10:15am-11am.

CHRIST FOR YOU this week on KFUO AM850 & kfuo.org: Search Scripture with us in the June/July issue of the Lutheran Witness on The Coffee Hour (6/5 at 9:00 a.m.), study Revelation 11-13 on Sharper Iron (weekdays at 8:00 a.m.), and study 1 Samuel 26-30 on Thy Strong Word (weekdays at 11:00 a.m.). Find your favorite programs on demand at kfuo.org or the KFUO Radio app!

Food Pantry Update Next date for Food Pantry: June 7th, 1:30-3:00 pm.

Sunday Fellowship Potluck—Our next Sunday Potluck will be in July.


Food Pantry

The Food Pantry is currently operating on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday's of the month in the lower lot circle drive of the church.  For more information, please click below or call the church office at 618-281-4600


Location and Times


Food Pantry


St. Paul's Preschool

Contact us


227 North Good Haven
Columbia IL 62236




Pastor Krenz


227 North Good Haven,
Columbia, IL; 62236


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

Service Hours

Sunday 9 AM
Monday 6:30 PM

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