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Pastor's Weekly Devotions

Devotions - November 2019

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” Psalm 116:15

“To all those loved by God and called to be saints” Romans 1:7


Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

Happy All Saints Day!! Lutheran Christians have no hesitation celebrating this day for it glorifies Christ and honors present and past believers. Believers whose practice of the faith brings us encouragement in our walk with the Savior. The word saint means simply means “holy one” or “set apart one.” This holiness is a gift given and received from God through the Holy Spirit and not worked for or achieved by the believer in Christ. With that in mind we honor those saints who have fought the good fight, and are with Christ and other saints in heaven. This weekend at all of the services we will remember with thanksgiving those believers from Saint Paul’s who have entered paradise in the past year; Janet Bense, Emery Fulford , Carlene Kempf, Richard Maske, and Mildred Zavadil. As we reflect on their lives, and the loving Savior who continues to shepherd them in paradise, please pray for their grieving family and friends.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz

Weekend Service Theme: “Blessedness Redefined” Matthew 5:1-12. The other readings are Revelation 7:2-17 and 1 John 3:1-3.

Weekend Sunday School Topic: “The Egypt Exit” Exodus 14.

Parables: On Sunday morning we will continue our look at the parables of Jesus in our 9:15am Bible Class. Our parables this week will cover “Solid Foundations, and getting ready for the Christ’s return”. On November 10th, our last class on the this topic will cover parables that speak of God elevating the humble and humbling the proud. Starting November 17th a new Bible class will begin titled “Serving in God’s Mission”. This class is part of the “Revitality”, long range planning process we are in as a congregation.

Community Canvas: On Sunday, November 3rd from 2-4pm members and friends of the congregation are invited to meet at church to walk the neighborhood distributing a brochure on our congregation and asking the neighborhood the following question. “When you look at the needs of our community, what do you think a church like St. Paul’s can do to help meet those needs?” Come one, come all!! Pastor Krenz and the Board of Outreach.

Re-vitality: The online survey process for Re-Vitality has been extended to Sunday, November 10th. As of Thursday of last week 37 individuals have filled out this survey, and our hope is to have over 50. The log in information is as follows… www.lcms.org/survey/revitality and enter congregation code: C193551. There is a paper copy you can turn in at the narthex for those who do not have access to the internet. These surveys are anonymous.

Stewardship Pledges: There are pledge forms in the narthex (church entryway) that you are encouraged to fill out and turn in on November 17th/18th. On that day we are asking members to place their 2020 pledges in the offering plate. A stewardship pledge box will be placed in the narthex the following two weeks (November 24th and December 1st). This is for those who will not be there on the 17th or 18th of November.

Twenty/Thirty/Forty Somethings: We are having a get together at our house on Saturday, November 9th from 5:30PM-7:30PM. The present plan is to have a sitter here at the church during that time period. This get together includes a meal, devotion, and plenty of time for fellowship. Please text 618-363-0121 if you think you will be able to attend. Our home is located at 239 Elizabeth Drive here in Columbia. Pastor and Lisa.

A SPECIAL INFORMATIONAL MEETING WILL BE HELD ON SUN., NOVEMBER 10TH AFTER THE 10:30 SERVICE IN FELLOWSHIP HALL.

THE SUBJECT WILL BE THE PARSONAGE. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.

To order Poinsettias please pick up an order blank by the Portals of Prayer in the Narthex. Orders are due by November 11.

CALLING ALL SINGERS: If you are someone who enjoys singing, you will want to join us for a “Sing-Along” on Wed., Nov. 13 @ 7PM. We plan to sing hymns and Christian songs. Unlike a choir, we will sing melody only and just for the joy of praising the Lord.

LUTHERAN WITNESS The deadline to call the office for next year’s subscription is Nov. 13. Cost is $18/year which will be billed after Jan. 1,2020

Scouting for Food event is coming up soon. Scouts will be distributing bags on 9 November and will collect food on 16 November. This event is the single largest source of food for our pantry. We always get more than enough corn and green beans, so if you are planning on donating food, please consider alternatives. We can always use the following: canned fruits, canned chicken or beef stew, beef & chicken broth, and cream of chicken & mushroom soups, and jelly. We need volunteers on the 16th to pick up the donations from the Scout Hut in Columbia around 11 a.m. If you have a truck or other large vehicle and have an hour or two to spare, please contact Marilyn Snider. We can also use your help on Sunday evening (Nov 17th) and Monday morning (Nov 18th) to sort, mark, and pack the food for storage. Come for an hour or two or until the job is done. These are great opportunities for kids and adults to help out with a local mission. We even have jobs that can be done while sitting down if you have mobility issues. More details to follow in the next few weeks in the bulletin and on Facebook. Questions?? Contact Marilyn Snider, Barb Ries, or Kendra Nowak. *note: Columbia Public School students grades 5-12 can earn community service hours at this event. 20 service hours are required for high school graduation.

TImage result for hay bales and pumpkin clip arthanks to many who contributed to the autumn display in the front of the church. The display will remain until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Any questions may be directed to Helen Nowak at 618-281-4875.

LWML Christmas Stocking Workshop will be held on 11/16/2019 at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Freeburg, IL. Breakfast and registration: 9:00- 9:30 a.m., Homily at 9:30 a.m. by Pastor Karl Gregory. Lunch will be at noon and a free-will offering will be taken. Bring children's items for stocking stuffers (less than 6" wide) and materials for the stockings. See the LWML bulletin board for more information.



“Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of the that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey”. Exodus 3:7-9

Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

I have not yet met a person that said they were good at being patient. However, I have met plenty of folks who struggled with impatience including yours truly. The above reading from Exodus 3 shows us a God who has heard the cries of his people and is responding by taking them out of Egypt and bringing them to the promised land. However, they had been crying out for 400 years! “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. Genesis 15:13. We get concerned if our gracious Lord does not deliver us from our problems by the end of the day…..let alone 400 years. We live in an “instant solution” society, and that makes waiting patiently for the Lord’s provision, rescue, and solution even more difficult. Yet, waiting is the nature of faith. Psalm 27:4 says Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! As you wait, hear His Word, take in his promises, receive the Lord’s Supper, and know that he has surely heard your cry…oh and deliverance is on the way.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Krenz


Weekend Service Theme: “Standing Firm on the spoken and written word” 2 Thessalonians 3:15. The weekend Scripture readings are Exodus 3:1-15, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, and Luke 20:27-40.

Parables Bible Study: This Sunday’s parable study theme is “Unlikely Status” Parables of God elevating the humble and humbling the proud. Join us this Sunday from 9:15-10:10 as we discuss parables and continue our “Most Common Questions” discussion.

What to do with the Parsonage? A congregational meeting on this question will take place this Sunday after the 10:30 service in the fellowship hall (11:45am). This meeting is informational, and will allow members of the congregation to give their ideas on the parsonage. You do not have to be a voting member to attend this meeting.


Stewardship Pledge Sunday/Monday: This will take place on November 17th and 18th. On that day we are inviting members to place their 2020 pledges in the offering plate. A stewardship pledge box will be placed in the narthex the following two weeks for those who will not be there the 17th and 18th of November. Pledge forms are in your newsletter, and can be found in the church narthex.


Christmas Poinsettias forms can be found in the narthex. Orders are due by November 11th.


Food Pantry/Boy Scout Fund Drive: On November 6th 20 households were served at St. Paul’s food bank. This number includes 43 adults and 17 children. Remember, the Boy Scout Food Drive is coming up next Saturday, November 16th. Volunteers are needed to pick up donations from the Scout Hut in C/Columbia around 11am (Call Marilyn Snider if you can help). Volunteers are also needed on Sunday evening, November 17th and Monday morning, November 18th to sort, mark and pack the food for food storage.


Historic School Update: Cynthia Hill is renting the school for the next six months for her retail shop “A Fresh Look by Cynthia”. She sells cabinetry and resale items. The business phone is 618-719-2330. Hours are M-T-W by appointment only Thur-Fri-9:30-5:30pm; Sat. 10am-4pm.


Outreach Update: A Good OUTREACH Start - 15 of the 24 members who signed up attended the two THINK AND TALK MORE ABOUT JESUS workshops held here last month. Our goal is to empower at least 50 members with this vital outreach training over the next two years. Prayerfully plan to be part of the next wave when this and a follow-up workshop entitled THE SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION CURVE are offered next spring. Pastor Sievers


Community Canvas: Last Sunday new flyers on the congregation were distriugted to twenty homes on Goodhaven Street last Sunday afternoon. Thank you to Christine Schmidt for the flyers, and to Diane and Mark Bierman who helped canvas this street.


Re-vitality: The online survey process for Re-Vitality has been extended to Sunday, November 10th. The log in information is as follows… www.lcms.org/survey/revitality and enter congregation code: C193551. There is a paper copy you can turn in at the narthex for those who do not have access to the internet. These surveys are anonymous.


Calling all Singers: If you are someone who enjoys singing, you will want to join us for a “Sing-Along” on Wed., Nov. 13 @ 7PM. We plan to sing hymns and Christian songs. Unlike a choir, we will sing melody only and just for the joy of praising the Lord.

“And then they will see the Son of coming in a cloud with power and great glory” Luke 21: 27

“And he will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead, whose kingdom will have no end.” Nicene Creed


Dear friends and members of St. Paul’s,

As we enter the last few weeks of the church year, the weekly scripture readings help us focus on the second coming of Christ, and the events leading up to that coming. We not only confess this truth every week in the Nicene and Apostles creeds, but also when we pray the words “Thy Kingdom Come”. It is good to be reminded that things are not as they should be on this planet, which is why we need Christ, and for him to make things new when he comes again. It is good to be reminded of our mortality so that we appreciate what we presently have and realize this is not our home. C.S. Lewis, an early 20th century Christian defender of the faith, once wrote “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” Simply put, a life understanding Christ’s role in such eternal things will help us immensely during our brief stay this side of heaven.

Many Blessings,
Pastor Krenz


New Bible Class: This Sunday a new Bible class will begin titled “Serving in God’s Mission”. This class is part of the “Revitality” process we are in as a congregation. Due to the food being collected in the fellowship hall for the food drive, we will meet in the sanctuary for this Bible Class.

Stewardship Pledges/Intention Forms: There are 2020 pledge forms in the narthex (church entryway) that you are encouraged to fill out and place in the offering plate. A stewardship pledge box will be placed in the narthex the following two weeks (November 24th and December 1st) for those not here today.

Re:vitality Update: On Friday we received a summary report of the 57 surveys that were collected. The congregation will be informed of this finding in the next couple of weeks. A core planning team and an expanded planning team from across the conregationw ill be assembled the first part of next year to start the six to nine month planning process.

Scouting for Food event: This event is the single largest source of food for our pantry. We always get more than enough corn and green beans, so if you are planning on donating food, please consider alternatives. We can always use the following: canned fruits, canned chicken or beef stew, beef & chicken broth, and cream of chicken & mushroom soups, and jelly. We can use your help on this Sunday evening (Nov 17th) and Monday morning (Nov 18th) IN FELLOWSHIP HALL to sort, mark, and pack the food for storage. Come for an hour or two or until the job is done. These are great opportunities for kids and adults to help out with a local mission. We even have jobs that can be done while sitting down if you have mobility issues. More details to follow in the next few weeks in the bulletin and on Facebook. Questions?? Contact Marilyn Snider, Barb Ries, or Kendra Nowak. *note: Columbia Public School students grades 5-12 can earn community service hours at this event. 20 service hours are required for high school graduation.

Children’s Advent/Christmas devotional books are available on a table in the narthex.

CPH Christmas Catalog: If you are looking for Christian resources as gifts for Christmas check out the catalog found on the table in the narthex.

Outreach Workshop Update: 15 of the 24 members who signed up attended the two THINK AND TALK MORE ABOUT JESUS workshops held here last month. Our goal is to empower at least 50 members with this vital outreach training over the next two years. Prayerfully plan to be part of the next wave when this and a follow-up workshop entitled THE SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION CURVE are offered next spring.

Welcome! This weekend we welcome Margaret (Mickey) Simmons to our congregation via transfer from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in East Carondolet. We also welcome Derek and Bethany Neuhaus and their children Poloma (5), Augustine (3), and Mozelle (17 months). Derek is a chiropractor in New Athens, and Bethany is a Chiropractor in St. Louis and a part time nurse. They moved to Waterloo three years ago, and are transferring from Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Louis. They enjoy music and singing, being active outdoors, and reading. Be sure to welcome them into our church family

Perry County Christmas Tour: You are invited to go with us to Perry County, MO for a Country Christmas Church tour on Fri., Dec. 13. We will tour some beautifully decorated historic Lutheran Churches in that area. We will leave our parking lot at approx.12pm and drive to Perryville and continue on to 8 other towns. At each stop there will be snacks and beverages. We will go in cars. The only cost is a $5 donation to your driver. For more info call Helen @ 281-4875.

Cynthia Hill is renting the Historic School for the next six months for her retail shop “A Fresh Look by Cynthia”. She sells cabinetry and resale items. The business phone is 618-719-2330. Hours are M-T-W by appointment only; Thur-Fri 9:30-5:30pm; Sat. 10am-4pm.

Hometown Harmony’s annual Christmas Concert will be held on Sun. Dec. 1, Hope Christian Church at 6:30pm. $5 advanced tickets are sold at First National Bank and State Bank (all locations) Kids 10 and under are free.

Boar’s Head Festival at Peace Lutheran, 737 Barracksview Road, St. Louis on Dec. 5, 6 & 7 at 7:30pm and Dec. 8 at 2:30 & 6:00pm. Free Tickets (limit six) on a first come first served basis by calling the church office at 314-892-5610 or in person at the church. Additional info www.peaceboarshead.org.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Sugar Loaf is selling apple butter made by the church members, $7/pint; $9.50/quart. Contact Judy Kremmel to make arrangements for pick up at 618-531-6999.

Christ Memorial, St. Louis, is hosting a free event, “A Song for Christmas” with a live orchestra and talented singers from around the area, to be held on Dec. 1 and 2 at 7pm and Dec. 3 at 2pm at 5252 S. Lindbergh Blvd. For more information please see FamilyMusicalTheater.org.

First Baptist Church of Columbia Presents “Journey To Bethlehem”, a free, live, outdoor telling of the Christmas story. Dec. 13, 7-10pm; Dec. 14, 6-10pm and Dec. 15, 5-9pm. See www.facebook.com/JTBColumbia.

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