LENTEN SEASON

Ash Wednesday: February 26


Midweek Lenten Services: March 4-April 1


Wednesday, March 4


Wednesday, March 11


Wednesday, March 18 - VIEW ONLINE HERE


Wednesday, March 25 - VIEW ONLINE HERE


Wednesday, April 1  -VIEW ONLINE HERE

ST. PAUL'S ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES: CLICK HERE

  • WATCH NOW OR ANYTIME: NEW SERVICE POSTED EACH SATURDAY & LENTEN WEDNESDAYS

    ST. PAUL'S CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION PAGE HERE

    • Includes latest updates on cancellations, procedures, communion information, changes and resources. 

    AT-HOME RESOURCES FROM ST. PAUL'S HERE

    • Includes devotions, sermon archives, Bible study archives, Lutheran resources, at-home Sunday school guides

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  • JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH NIGHT: please see our Junior High page


    DINNER FOR EIGHT: please see our Get Connected page

for your home: resources & ENCOURAGEMENT

Christ’s love and message can be overshadowed amidst nervousness, uncertainty, and distress. Draw closer to Him during these times with devotional material to re-center on Christ while at home.


ST. PAUL'S SERMONS & BIBLE STUDIES (click on links in green)

  • SERMONS: Hear our pastors' encouragement in God's Word - in Law and Gospel - by listening to past Sunday sermons, with over 300 archived.
  • BIBLE STUDIES: Stay close in the study of God's Word. We have a full archive of past St. Paul's Bible studies.
  • ALL ARCHIVES: Find all of our listening archives on our Media pages.

THIS WEEK'S SERMON ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pastor Thomson's 9/22/19 sermon, "Pray for All," about how we can pray to God about anything and everything. Listen here.
  • Pastor Thomas' 8/25/19 sermon, "Why Me?" about how how God is at work in our lives, especially in the difficult times. Listen here

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

  • A message from Matthew C. Harrison, President of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, amid the coronavirus pandemic: view here.

LUTHERAN DEVOTIONAL RESOURCES

  • Watch a special coronavirus video message and prayer from The Lutheran Hour Speaker, Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler, encouraging us to rely on our "compass" ... Jesus Christ.
  • Family devotional materials from Concordia Publishing Housethe publishing arm of the LCMS, can be found here, along with at-home Bible study lessons.
  • Reflect on daily devotions and The Lutheran Hour radio shows from Lutheran Hour Ministries.
  • Listen to LHM's Speaking of Jesus podcasts featuring real people having a real conversation about life, Jesus, and what He means to them. 


CANCELED ACTiVITIES  updated march 20, 2020

CHURCH CANCELLATIONS

  • All church worship services at St. Paul's
  • All Bible classes
  • Children's Sunday School
  • Living Way Bible Study: Postponed until April 20 (tentative)  
  • Foundation Bible Study: Cancelled until further notice  
  • Children's Sunday school
  • Fellowship Breakfast: Cancelled until further notice  
  • Monday Morning Men's Bible Study: Postponed until further notice  
  • Children's palm processional on Palm Sunday
  • Saint's Got Skills talent show
  • Middle school night at Amp Up
  • High school open youth room nights
  • High school Abide7 campus visits
  • Cardmaking for March
  • Missionary Shepelev visit
  • Joy 55+ theater outing and dinner
  • Fourth Monday Bridge Group: Cancelled until further notice
  • LWML Spring Rally
  • April Seniors Luncheon
  • Moms in Prayer: Cancelled until further notice
  • Uplifting Voices: Cancelled until further notice
  • Adult Handbell Choir: Cancelled until further notice  
  • NAMI Family to Family Classes: Postponed until April 11 (tentative)

SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS

  • Please check St. Paul's School, ECC & PDO web pages for the latest updates
  • School (K-8), ECC & PDO through April 6 (see school letters & ECC letter)
    Read about the K-8 School's staggered locker pickup schedule in the letters
  • School choir trip
  • School auction Fast Eddie's trip
  • School 8th grade play
  • School sports events & practices: Cancelled until further notice

CONTINUING ON RADIO ONLY

  • Pastor's Bible study will be pre-recorded (no attendees) and broadcast at its normal 9:30 a.m. Sunday time slot on KFUO radio

congregational letters & communications

Important communications regarding coronavirus measures and changes:

  • Monday, March 24, 2020: Pastor Glen Thomas' letter
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020: Principal Janet Profilet's school letter (locker pickup change)
  • Thursday, March 19, 2020: Principal Janet Profilet's school letter (lockers, laptops, hours)
  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Pastor Glen Thomas' letter (online worship, private communion)
  • Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Pastor Glen Thomas' letter
  • Friday, March 13, 2020: Pastor Glen Thomas' letter
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Pastor Glen Thomas' letter
  • Monday, March 16, 2020: Principal Janet Profilet's school closure letter and locker pick-up schedule
  • March 15 & 17, 2020: Director Bev Gruenwald's ECC closure letters

safety MEASURES WE've taken

Updated March 18, 2020


St. Paul's pastors, staff, church leaders and elders are devoting considerable prayer and thought to the practical considerations of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, to help our congregation stay well amid rapidly-changing circumstances. 

  • Please be assured that we are continually monitoring the news for the most up-to-date information recommendations and public policies
  • Seating will be offered in the pews in an every-other pew format, with half of the pews available. We hope this will result in more distance between people. Ushers will also ask attendees to space themselves out if joining another family in a pew.
  • Communion cups will be spaced apart more widely on the trays, with every other hole and every other row of holes empty.
  • Children’s clipboards will no longer be available. 
  • The pre-service hymn sing is cancelled so worshipers will not have to touch hymnals that have not been sanitized. 
  • Communion distribution will take place in a continuous, walking format on the nave floor instead of at the Communion rail. We encourage people to maintain a safe distance between one another.
  • Pastors washing hands prior to Communion distribution (this has always been done)
  • Assisting Elders washing hands prior to Communion distribution
  • Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers in all school and church buildings (Since Fall 2019.)
  • Pastors not shaking hands as they greet people after worship services
  • Lenten dinners being served by individual servers rather than everyone helping themselves and thereby touching the serving utensils.
  • Latest technology of  electrostatically-charged room-wide commercial disinfectant sprayers, causing disinfectant to stick to surfaces and kill germs effectively. All building interiors (including church sanctuary, school rooms and ministry building) disinfected via same spray procedure (School procedure since late fall, 2019. Church interior spraying began March 16) 
  • Not re-distributing worship bulletins used by congregants in one service to be reused by worshipers at a later service.
  • Narrowing the choices at the Fellowship Breakfast and having those items served by designated servers instead of everyone having direct access to all items.
  • Having offering plates stationed near all exit points instead of passing offering plates during the services.
  • Investment in video technology improvements and additional licensing and software to livestream worship services, and to archive worship service video for home viewing.

SAFETY MEASURES REQUESTED OF OUR CONGREGATION

  • If you or any member of your household are feeling ill, please stay home.
  • In addition, if you or a member of your family has recently traveled to an area the CDC has identified as having a significant number of confirmed coronavirus cases, either domestic or international, please stay home. 


FAMILY & children's RESOURCES

AT-HOME DEVOTIONS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

FROM OUR HIS Kids SUNDAY SCHOOL TEAM: Moms and dads, to help you lead Sunday school at home with your children, we’re providing teaching guides and activity-starters that you can print at home. Distributed with permission from CPH.


THIS WEEK'S HOME SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS: Week of March 22 (Unit 2, Lesson 13). Click to download a PDF:


EXPLAINING CORONAVIRUS TO CHILDREN

  • From our Early Childhood Center Director, Bev Gruenwald, here is a recommended page with tips on how parents can explain COVID-19 to young children.
Worship & communion updated March 23, 2020

ONLINE WORSHIP THIS WEEK

  • NEW: Watch our March 21/22 weekend worship service here
  • Watch our Wednesday March 18 Midweek Lenten service here
  • Weekend worship service videos (with worship folders and music) will be posted here each week

CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES SUSPENDED

until further notice, with respect to the order of the St. Louis County Executive.


PRIVATE COMMUNION

RESERVE A TIME FOR PRIVATE COMMUNION WITH YOUR PASTORS

  • CHOOSE AN APPOINTMENT TIME HERE or call the church office at 314.822.0447
  • With governmental restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more, the pastors at St. Paul's are available to privately meet with members on a scheduled basis to receive the Sacrament, confession and absolution.
  • As the Church, it is still important that we can offer the Lord's Supper to our congregation members (should they choose, and within their personal comfort level.)
  • Procedures: Our pastors will thoroughly wash their hands, will wear gloves and change their gloves, as well as using hand sanitizer. The chairs will be carefully wiped down with sanitizing cleaner between each appointment session. While freely offered to all, we understand and fully support members' personal comfort level and discretion at traveling outside the home.

From our Pastors

Grace to you and peace through our Savior, Jesus Christ!


We pray for all who are impacted by these viruses and for the medical personnel who are treating them. Please be assured that we are monitoring the news to stay informed about the spread of these viruses.


As we transition at St. Paul's to the closure of our on-premises church services, our worship services will move online; please join us from home each weekend.


In the midst of all the unsettling news, God would have us remember precisely what Moses told God’s people, “The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut. 33:27). God will lift you up in His everlasting arms and will continue to be your dwelling place, your refuge, and your strength!

  • Easter Sunday Service

    in GYm for Living Stone

    (with acoustic music setting)

    9:30am

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  • Easter Sunday services

    in main church Sanctuary

    (WITH festival choir & ORCHESTRA)

    8:00, 9:30, 11:00am

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  • easter egg hunt

    Sat., April 11 at 10am

    (at South campus school)

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  • april 10 Good Friday

    lunch hour Service

    12:05-12:50pm

    (& services at 5 & 7pm)

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WELCOME TO ST. PAUL'S

St. Paul's is a vibrant and family-friendly church with a 171-year history of God’s grace, faithful Biblical teaching, and outreach to our community.

  • strengthen the saved; save the lost

    OUR MISSION STATEMENT, Strengthen the Saved; Save the Lost, reflects the Great Commission Christ gave to His Church: "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 28:19-20, ESV)


    THE GOOD NEWS: Jesus Christ is worshiped and boldly proclaimed at St. Paul's as the Savior of the world. As Jesus so clearly stated, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16, ESV) It is through the proclamation and the hearing of this Good News that the Holy Spirit works saving faith in people (Romans 10:17). There is also great joy and thanksgiving at St. Paul's when the Holy Spirit, through the water and Word of Baptism, works in the hearts of infants, children, and adults, thus saving them (Titus 3:5).


    IN COMMUNION TOGETHER: On a weekly basis the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion) is received at St. Paul's. Here, Christ is present in a very special and promised way, offering His own body and blood, forgiveness of sins, and strength for daily living.


    GROWING IN THE FAITH: There is a recognition at St. Paul's that the faith that is begun in a new Christian needs to be nurtured through the Word of God. The pastors at St. Paul's preach sermons that explain and apply the Scripture in ways that are meaningful. An extensive program of Christian education is offered for children and adults so that all might continue to grow and mature in the Christian faith.


    COMMITMENT TO QUALITY CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SINCE 1849: An Early Childhood Center, Preschool, and Elementary School (K-8) provide students with a high-caliber academic experience, one that is grounded in the Word of God.


Order easter flowers by March 18

Order by: March 18

Please fill out a flower order form here


Join in making our worship spaces and church chancel beautiful for Easter. Congregation members have the opportunity to purchase lilies ($9.50 each), hyacinths ($8.95 each), and ferns ($19 each) that will decorate St. Paul's for Easter. After the final Easter service, if you choose, you may bring your flowers home. Flowers will be mixed colors. Thank you.

St. Paul’s Day at Chick-fil-A on March 18: drive-through only

Location: Chick-fil-A at 11997 Manchester Rd, Des Peres, MO 63131

Date: Wednesday, March 18, noon-8:00 p.m.

Update: Drive-through only. Due to recent coronavirus policies, Cick-fil-A's inside dining area will be closed.


Let someone else do the cooking Wednesday and head to the drive through at the Des Peres Chick-fil-A. It's the perfect combo: a delicious meal with a side of fundraising for our Ysleta mission trip!


Mention St. Paul's when placing your drive-through order, and Chick-fil-A will donate 15-25% of the day's proceeds.

Purchases between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. on March 18 are eligible. Note that the Chick-fil-A dining room will not be open.  (No Lenten dinner will be held in the gym on March 18.)

UNPUBLISHED/ARCHIVE page

This unpublished page is hidden from the main (published) website menu and serves as an archive area, storage of posts to repeat at a future date, or an experimental area. Please feel free to "store" items here. 

Thanks, Nancy

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Foundation study: on HIATUS due to coronavirus MEASURES

Location: Fellowship Hall


Join us for a Bible study on spiritual conversations, based on the resource "Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age" by Lutheran Hour Ministries and Barna Research Group. This five-week study will discuss the prevalence, importance, and implications of spiritual conversations in our daily lives.


Read more about our weekly Sunday Foundation Bible study below.

WHAT WE BELIEVE: Feb. 9 - March 15 with radio simulcast

BASICS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH & WHAT LUTHERANS BELIEVE


Dates: Six weeks on Sundays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Feb. 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 15

Location: Pastors' Bible class in the gym (simulcast on KFUO Radio 850AM)

New members received: Sunday, March 29. Reception following

Resources: Class recordings and class notes available


Delve into what the Bible teaches in our What We Believe class. All are welcome, whether to refresh your understanding or to learn something new.


Meeting for six consecutive Sunday mornings, the class is taught by Pastor Thomas and Pastor Thomson and offers a comfortable setting and comprehensive teaching on foundations of the Lutheran faith, including Christ, baptism, communion, the ten commandments, and the Lord’s prayer. Topics on Christian life include: living with expectations; living with Jesus as Savior; living as God’s child; living the Christian life; living forever with Jesus. Also reviewed are the history of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), and St. Paul's history.


There is no charge for What We Believe, and there is no obligation to become a member of St. Paul’s after completing the learning course. However, those who agree with the doctrine presented and who would like to become a member of St. Paul’s will be happily received into membership.


New members, including those received through adult confirmation, transfer, and affirmation of faith will be received into membership during the Sunday church service on March 29, 2020, with a welcome reception following. 


If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Renee Hemmy in the church office at 314.822.0447, ext. 115. 

coronavirus (COVID-19) preparedness

Updated March 14, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. CDT


Read Pastor Thomas' March 11 and March 13, 2020 letters regarding St. Paul's measures and changes related to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • Download letter PDF here
  • Excerpts from Pastor's letter:

    "We pray for all who are impacted by these viruses and for the medical personnel who are treating them. Please be assured that we are monitoring the news to be informed about the spread of these viruses.

    Attending worship this weekend and probably for at least the remainder of this month, is going to be an individual decision that each of us will need to make given our age and overall health. Please know that I understand, respect, and support your decision, whatever it might be. 

    If you or any member of your family is feeling ill, please stay home. 

    As the Psalmist reminds us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)"

        Pastor Thomas

Continuing as scheduled at St. Paul's:

  • March 14 and 15 worship services
  • March 15 Bible studies


Current cancellations at St. Paul's:

  • Missionary Shepelev visit
  • Joy 55+ theater outing and dinner


ernie hagenmueller memorial service update

A letter from Senior Pastor, Glen Thomas:


Greetings to you in Christ’s name.


As many of you know, we have a memorial service planned for Tuesday, March 17, at 11:00 a.m. (with visitation at 10:00 a.m.) as we give thanks and praise for the blessings God granted to and through Ernie Hagenmueller. In light of the increasing health concerns regarding the coronavirus and the most recent proclamation by the five counties in the St. Louis area, we are taking the following steps concerning the funeral:

  • We are asking that only former students of Ernie’s, and faculty and staff who served with Ernie, and their spouses, attend the memorial service. We will be video-recording the service and will make it available, both on a DVD and eventually on our web site.
  • We are printing the words to the hymns in the worship bulletin so that no hymnals will need to be touched by worshipers.
  • We are cancelling the pot-luck luncheon that was planned for after the service.
  • We are asking people, to the extent possible, to exercise some distancing between themselves and others as they worship. The same would apply to greeting one another, especially the family. Obviously, shaking hands and hugging are high-risk actions in terms of spreading the virus and should be avoided.

Attending this service is an individual choice and I ask people to exercise their best judgment, especially in light of their age and overall health.


As the hymn writer Isaac Watts prayed:

O God, our help in ages past,

Our hope for years to come,

Be Thou our guard while troubles last

And our eternal home! (LSB, 733, st. 6)


Pastor Thomas

Rev. Dr. Glen Thomas, Senior Pastor

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School

free parking shuttle for Around the World Concert

  • St Paul's has handicapped and visitor parking near the church doors, and a large parking lot to the north.
  • Across the street is the Edward Jones parking garage, from which we will run complimentary garage-to-door shuttles for the concert. 
  • Our church is next to Des Peres Park, where additional parking is available.
  • Stars on the map show parking areas.

We warmly welcome YOU and your family for worship services this Easter and Holy Week. Find St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Des Peres right across from West County Mall.  Click for map and service times.


Easter time is a centerpiece of the church year, when we celebrate with joy the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

A lent to REMEMBER

St. Paul’s sermon message theme for Lent this year is “A Lent to Remember” and each of our Wednesday midweek Lenten services in March and April have focused on one devotional aspect of remembering our Lord. 


Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services will emphasize the Lord's remembrance of His people and what it means for us as His people. The Lord's Super will be offered at all midweek services and Maundy Thursday services.



Good Friday: April 19

Service times: *12:05 pm 5:00 and 7:00 p.m.  (Includes Tenebrae service at 7:00 p.m.)

Sermon theme: Remember Me

*NEW! Lunch hour service: This year, for the convenience of workers traveling to and from their offices, our Good Friday daytime service will begin at 12:05 and conclude by 12:50.


Maundy Thursday: April 18

Service times: 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. (Includes stripping of the altar at 7:00 p.m.)

Sermon theme: Remembrance of Me


Palm SUnday: April 14

with Children's Palm Processional

Service times: 8:00, 9:30, 10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary, and 10:45 a.m. Living Stone (gym)


Children's Palm Processional: All children age 3 through grade 6 are invited to participate in the palm procession on Palm Sunday (in each of our four services). Children will form a processional, walking into church waving palm branches, ending at the altar steps to sing the Hosanna refrain which opens our Palm Sunday services. After singing, children will rejoin their parents in the pews.


Children will gather in the Music Room 15 minutes prior to the service start (and in the back of the gym for the Living Stone service) to receive their palm branches and to practice their refrain, "Hosanna, hosanna, blessed us He, Blessed is He, blessed is He who comes, He who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest."


Please click here to register your child(ren) so we know who to expect. Thank you!


Easter sunday: APril 21

Service times:

8:00 am in the Sanctuary (the main church)

9:30 am in the Sanctuary

9:30 am in the Gym for Living Stone service

11:00 in the Sanctuary (only)

(No Saturday evening services; no Sunday School or Bible Study classes)


Fall vOTERS' mEETING rEPORT

Read full report here on the Member Portal area of our website. 

  • Please note that our member pages are password-protected; contact the church office for password questions at 314-822-0447.

On Thursday, November 7, the St. Paul’s voters' meeting included the passing of both resolutions brought forward and the election of two new officers. 

seniors' luncheon on Jan. 8

Date: Wednesday, January 8, 12:00 noon

Location: Fellowship Hall


Join us for fellowship and friendship at a luncheon in the New Year. Please bring soup or a salad for the potluck lunch. Dessert will be furnished.

Lifeline Health Screenings on Jan. 6

Date: Monday, January 6

Location: Fellowship Hall

Register: see below


Preventative health screenings will be offered at St. Paul’s through the company Lifeline. 


Cost is $139 for five screenings that take 60-90 mins. 


To register, call 1-866-229-0469, text “circle” to 797979, or visit the Lifeline website here.

EPIPHANY

Epiphany Weekend

Saturday, January 4 & Sunday, January 5


Festival Worship

Sunday, January 5

8:00, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. services

Choirs and instrumentalists

Holy Communion in Sanctuary only


What Is Epiphany?


An article in the Lutheran Reporter newspaper describes that "Epiphany enlightens us as it proclaims great Scriptural truths. The time of celebration emphatically declares that Jesus, who was born at Bethlehem, is true God made man....


"The word epiphany has a variety of meanings intimately related to one another. Epiphany means the shining of a light, a shining forth, a manifestation, an appearance, or a revelation....


"The Day of the Epiphany, with Easter and Pentecost, is one of the three oldest and most important festivals observed by Christians."

Card tree to benefit Mission Trip: Due by Dec. 18

Deadline for bulletin inclusion: Wednesday, December 18


Have your heard about our church Christmas card tree?  It's a win-win ... you save time addressing and mailing, and a ministry receives a contribution! 


Here's how it works: instead of purchasing more Christmas cards and stamps for St. Paul's friends, many families like to donate that cost instead. This year, all proceeds will support our 2020 Ysleta mission trip to Mexico and Texas. 


We'll hang your holiday card on our lobby tree, and we'll list your name in the Christmas bulletin as a participant in the card tree fundraiser.


Please mail or drop off your card and donation to St. Paul's office (12345 Manchester Road; 63131), so that it's received by December 18.

New: The five Love languages in Foundation Bible study

Dates: Sunday mornings, November 17 to December 15, from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Location: Fellowship Hall


You'll love our new five-week study starting November 17! You may have heard of the Five Love Languages framework, or even taken the free online quiz to discover your own top "love language."


In our newest Foundation series, we'll look at God's Word in relation to love.


As Christians, we're called to show love in every relationship, and to our neighbor. Over the weeks ahead, we'll discuss more than marriage or sexual love; we'll also talk about what godly love looks like in comparison to what the world may teach us.


Foundation Bible study meets weekly on Sunday mornings and rotates discussion-based topical all year.

Final Photo Day: Sunday, December 15

Date: Sunday, December 15 from 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


One more chance to get your picture taken or retaken for our new St. Paul's pictorial directory on Sunday, Dec. 15.


Walk-ins are welcome or pick a time on the sign-up sheet at the front desk.

collecting for Gabriel's Gift Shop now THrough Dec. 13

We're now collecting donations of new and like-new items for Gabriel's Gift Shop, held on December 14 (a part of Breakfast in Bethlehem), where children shop for moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas.


We gladly accept items such as re-gifted trinkets, scarves, hats, Christmas items, ornaments, sports gear, jewelry, purses, home décor, tools, golf balls, ties, mugs, picture frames, soaps/bath items, and personalized items that say “Mom,” “Dad,” Grandma,” etc. (Please, no baby items or children's toys.)  Look for the marked collection bins and church and school. 


Children pay only $1 per item and are delighted to experience the joy of giving during this celebration of the birth of Jesus. Glory to the newborn King!

Order poinsettias by Dec. 9

Orders due: Monday, December 9. Order link here


Help make our church chancel festive for our celebration of Christ’s birth with the purchase of poinsettias! 


Each potted poinsettia is $7.50 and you may choose to take one home after our 10:00 a.m. Christmas day service. 


Orders are due through the link above, or to the church office by Monday, December 9.

Christmas Music Service: Dec. 7 & 8

A SERVICE OF SACRED MUSIC FOR THE TIME OF CHRISTMAS


Dates: 

  • Saturday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 p.m. 
  • Handbell prelude begins 20 minutes before each service
  • A reception with refreshments follows the concert

Come away from the noise, the hectic pace, and the pressures of the season, and be refreshed and renewed by the message of the heavenly angels: the Savior Jesus Christ was born for you. This divine proclamation will be presented by the choirs, handbell ensembles, and orchestra of St. Paul's. 


The congregation will have opportunities to sing familiar hymns and carols of the season by shimmering candlelight.


Our annual “Service of Sacred Music for the Time of Christmas” is offered by Music at St. Paul’s. Please join us and invite your family and friends. 


The event is complimentary with a free will offering. Free shuttle from Edward Jones covered parking garage across the street.

Gift tree to benefit Seminarians & families: Due Dec. 8

Due: Please bring your gifts to the receptionist desk by Sunday, December 8.


Social Ministry and Living Way Bible Study sponsor the Christmas Gift Tree located in the Ballas Lobby (west). 


Gifts are collected for our seminary field workers, their families, and other families in need. For the first time, Christmas dinners (both packaged items and gift cards for turkeys) will be provided to Humanitri's 18 client families. 


After buying and wrapping the gift, it is important that the gift tag be placed on the outside of the wrapped gift.


Thanks for helping us help others. 

Cookies for military care packages: Drop off Dec. 8

Due: Sunday, December 8 by 10:30 a.m.


While you are baking holiday cookies, please consider baking extras and dropping them off in Fellowship Hall kitchen by Sunday morning, December 8, to be included in care packages to our military members. Thank you!

Joy 55+ Bunco Night on December 7

Date: Saturday, December 7 at 6:3o p.m.

Location: Fellowship Hall

Register online: here

 

Come join us for a December evening of games, food and sharing. The "game" is the most popular game in St. Louis - bunco; the "food" will be a favorite appetizer you want to bring; and the "sharing" will be the $10 gift we each bring to share with one another. Please bring a second toy/gift card for the Friends of Kids with Cancer organization. Contact Sue Franson or Sherry Whitlock with questions. 

Christmas Decorating day on Black Friday

Date: Friday, November 29 from 3:00-8:00 p.m. - two shifts

Sign up to help here


Escape the crowds on Black Friday and help make St. Paul's merry and bright! Youth, adults and families are all invited for our Christmas Decorating Day, with a light dinner. Catch the Christmas spirit as we put up the church Christmas trees, lights, wreaths and our special "Chrismon" ornaments.


Please sign up early so we'll know we have enough helping hands. For more information contact Pastor Thomson.

Blood Drive on Nov. 27

Date: Wednesday, November 27 from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Location: school gym

Registration: click here


Help save a life before Thanksgiving!


Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood, and donors can make a difference in the lives of emergency victims, surgery patients, and hospital patients.  Please donate blood during our American Red Cross blood drive. 

Thanksgiving Eve Service

Wednesday, November 27

7:00 p.m. 


Thanksgiving Day Service

Thursday, November 28

10:00 a.m.


Both services will included Holy Communion, with music by our choir

Guest preacher: Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagan, President of the LCMS Missouri District


Welcome guests! Please join us

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Collecting Christmas shoeboxes: due by Nov. 17

Let’s launch 500 Christmas shoeboxes around the globe!


Operation Christmas Child collects and distributes shoeboxes filled with Christmas gifts and supplies to children in need in more than 100 countries. Last year St. Paul's collected 421 shoeboxes; this year our theme is “The Drive for Five (Hundred)!”


Shoeboxes may be filled with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items. Some families and children enjoy including a letter or photo with prayers and greetings from America.


Complimentary empty shoeboxes and fill-in-the blank letters are available for you to pick up in our main narthex. A contribution of $9 is suggested to accompany each shoebox to offset shipping and processing costs.


What to put in a shoebox?

Suggestions include picking one medium to large “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, doll, or musical instrument like a harmonica or recorder, then filling the rest of the box with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies ... maybe a comb, toothbrush, bar of soap, pencils, crayons, stickers, washcloth, binoculars, tennis ball, yo-yo, toy car, coloring book, ruler, bandana, jump rope, kaleidescope, or sunglasses.  Most importantly, pray for the child who will receive your gift. You can also include a personal note and photo.


Please fill and return to church by Sunday, November 17. Thank you.

American Kantorei Concert: Nov. 17

Date: Sunday, November 17 at 3:00 p.m.


Music at St. Paul's is pleased to host the American Kantorei, under the directorship of Dr. Maurice Boyer, as part of the 2019-2020 season.


The talented American Kantorei chorus specializes in the performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred choral works in the original German, accompanied by orchestra. The choir's concert at St. Paul's will feature Bach's Cantata 27, Cantata 37, Cantata 93, and Cantata 156.


"The walls of St. Paul’s ... were filled to the rafters with their glorious sounds," writes one reviewer, a professional composer and musician, who continues, "The Kantorei focuses almost exclusively on the works of J. S. Bach. They do so with an extraordinarily beautiful German sound from the choir, rich in color and tone. Notably, the detail in their phrasing was rather remarkable with so much poignancy and lilt I could hardly keep from tearing up..."


A reception follows the performance. The concert is complimentary, with a freewill offering. Free garage-to-door shuttle service is available from Edward Jones' covered garage, across the street; see below. 

Life Chain: Oct. 6 pro-life gathering

Date: Sunday, October 6 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.


Gather with other members of our faith family and other local congregations to stand for the protection of unborn children and their mothers. This is a visual statement that the church supports the sanctity of all life.


The Des Peres/Kirkwood Life Chain is organized for Sunday, October 6 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., at the intersection of Manchester and Ballas Roads.


Annually, on the first Sunday in October, Life Chain invites churches in each city and town across North America to stand for life. For more information, visit Lifechain.net.

Puppet Show: season debut on Oct. 6

Date: Sunday, October 6 at 10:45 a.m.

Location: Living Stone service in school gym


Don't miss the season debut puppet performance, "Fire for Him," by our very own St. Paul's H.I.S. Puppeteers troupe on October 6! The puppet show is high-energy, creative, music-filled and most of all ... Gospel-centered. All are invited to enjoy this special performance: children, parents, and congregation members of all ages.


A H.I.S. (Hands In Service) Puppeteers show often features over 60 different puppets, including several person-sized "walkabout" puppets that dance among the audience.


Under the direction of Mrs. Becky Hohenstein, our all-high school volunteer troupe visits area Lutheran churches and other venues throughout the fall and winter months.


Follow the puppeteers on Facebook here.

Serving our community, serving our church

Our St. Paul's high school youth are serving others in our community. Congregation members: join with us and let's serve together!


Serving Our Community: Clean Sweep

Date: Saturday, September 21

  • From the JoyFM 99.1 radio radio website: JOY FM invites you to join us for this summer’s Clean Sweep events. Team up with us and Better Family Life to revitalize neighborhoods around St. Louis. We’ll do simple repair and cleaning projects: no special skills needed! Just a few hours of your time on the day you pick. Your help can bring a sense of hope for a clean, vibrant and fully-functioning community!  www.joyfmonline.org/extras/project-clean-sweep/

Serving Our Community: Food Pantry

Date: Sunday, October 26

  • Watch for more details to follow.

16TH cONGREGATIONAL RETREAT sEPT. 27-29

Recharge, reconnect, and refresh yourself in God's Word at our congregational retreat at Trout Lodge.


Visit our retreat information page

We have a full page dedicated to the retreat with highlights, details and a registration link. 


Find our page entitled Congregational Retreat on the submenu that appears under this News | Events | Registrations menu listing.

September 22 Hymn Festival

Music at St. Paul's cordially invites you to the debut of our 28th musical concert season, beginning with a Hymn Festival on Sunday, September 22. Reception with light receptions following. All are welcome. Listen to a sampling of joyous music from past seasons here


Enjoy hymns sung by adult and youth choirs along with the assembled congregation, accompanied by strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and pipe organ.


Our guest organist will be Mr. Jacob Weber, associate editor of worship and music at Concordia Publishing House in St. Louis.  Event is complimentary with a freewill offering.


Hymn Festival Parking & Free Shuttle: see map below. 

Living Way BIble Study Begins Sept. 11

For more information, visit our Bible Study page.


Living Way is a weekly in-depth Bible study where participants begin in a large group, break into small discussion groups, and gather together for a closing lecture led by our pastors.


The Gospel of John preserves and teaches the story of Jesus with tremendous clarity and force. Often using simple words, John conveys complex truths. 



Outdoor Movie Night

Date: Saturday, September 14

Shift Times: 6:30-8:30 p.m.and 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Sign up for a shift here


It’s that time of year to take part in the tradition of Outdoor Movie Night! This year the movie will be the live action Cinderella. We would love to see you there, but we also need your help! For the last 15+ years, the St. Paul’s senior high youth have been responsible for working the concession stand.


This year instead of hot dogs and brats, we will be selling ice cream sundaes and floats! This event is a great chance to get service hours for school, and to mingle with friends and members of the congregation. And as always, your friends are welcome to join us!


What is an Outdoor Movie?

This is when we project the movie onto the outside wall of the church building. The community and congregation are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets. 

170th ANNIVERSARY service & Luncheon: Sept. 8 at 10am

Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019

Time: 10:00 a.m. worship service

Luncheon: Immediately following the service; complimentary

Guest Preacher: Rev. Jeremy Schultz

Location: Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park (map below)


​St. Paul's heritage is the story of God keeping His promises to His people. On September 8 we will celebrate 170 years together in God's grace! ⁣


On this special anniversary, we come together for a congregation-wide celebration worship service at Queeny Park. Pastor Jeremy Schultz, former associate pastor at St. Paul’s, will serve as preacher, and we will enjoy a fellowship lunch together following the service. 


Saturday Volunteer Sign-Up: please click here. Can you help volunteer to help with set-up and clean-up at Queeny Park, or with different aspects of this celebration? Event set-up will take place on Saturday, September 7.  Helping hands are appreciated.

Outdoor Movie Night: Sept. 14

Date: Saturday, September 14.  Arrive at 7:00 p.m.; movie starts at dusk

Location: church parking lot


We invite school and church families to enjoy a family movie night under the stars! Bring a friend.


This free event is an annual favorite at St. Paul’s, so come and enjoy a great evening out, and meet new friends. The movie Cinderella (Live Action) will be projected on the outside wall of church. 


Bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the church parking lot. Our youth group will offer ice cream sundaes, floats, popcorn, water and soda for sale at the concession stand. Sponsored by HIS KIDS Sunday School.

last dates for church photos: sign up or walk in

St. Paul's new pictorial directory booklet, and updated directory mobile app are coming out this fall ... and they won't be complete without YOU! 


If you weren't able to be photographed during the August sessions, we have one more weekend opportunity for you:

Saturday, September 14 (4:30-6:30 p.m.)

Sunday, September 15 (7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)


Sign-up sheets are at the reception desk (park-side lobby) or you may call the church office to schedule your appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome.

Queeny park location of 170th service

Sunday's anniversary worship service and luncheon will be held at Queeny Park, just a few miles west of St. Paul's, off of Weidman Road. 


Greensfelder Recreation Complex

at Queeny Park

550 Weidman Road

Ballwin, MO 63011


No Saturday services 9/7/19 or Sunday School 9/8/19

Please note that there will be no church services, Sunday School, or Bible classes held on St. Paul’s campus at 12345 Manchester Road on Sunday, September 8, and there will be no Saturday service held on September 7. Join us instead for our special celebration at Queeny Park.


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Women's Summer Choir

Do you enjoy music and singing, but aren't able to fit full-year choir into your calendar? Would you appreciate including a musical pursuit in your summer experiences? Then the women's summer choir may be just right for you!


Dates:

•Sunday, June 2 (rehearse morning of Saturday, June 1)

•Sunday, July 14 (rehearse morning of Saturday, July 13)

•Sunday, August 11 (rehearse morning of Saturday, August 10)


The new women's summer choir is forming now. Contact Matt Gerhardt, Lisa McMiller, or Anne Thomas for more information.

Attention HighSchoolers: after-party

Date: Thursday, August 8, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Location: gym


Join us for a few hours Thursday for a Mini Youth Gathering/After Party with food, friends, and fellowship! 


All friends are welcome to come. This is for highschoolers and recent graduates. 


Fellowship will include songs, Bible study and games. Food includes a meal and some snacks! We will meet in the gym!

Women's Summer BIble Study

WOMEN OF THE BIBLE

Dates:  Four Wednesdays, from June 19 through July 10

Time: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Location: LL4

Register: online here or call the church office.


Join other women at St. Paul's for our women's summer Bible study. This four-week study, led by Lois Engelbart, will explore the lives of different women who appear in Scripture. 


Donate diapers in June

Help babies and moms with much-needed diapers and supplies.


St. Paul’s Life Team is collecting diapers (newborn to size 5) and baby products such as wipes, shampoo, body wash and lotions for local pregnancy centers. Drop off donations to the pack-n-play in the west lobby any time in June. Thank you for your support of mothers who have chosen life for their babies.

Vacation bible school at St. Paul's

Save the date! Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's Lutheran Church: “Miraculous Mission – Jesus Saves the World” on June 3-7, 2019! More details and registration available here.

work at the rummage sale

We need your help! Sign up here to work at the annual youth rummage sale. 


The first shift is Saturday, June 8, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and the last shift ends on Saturday, June 15. 


The sale is run completely by the Senior High Youth and their families, with over 900 hours of work throughout the week. We need all helping hands, so please sign up now.

Donation Drop-off for St. Paul's Rummage Sale

Spring cleaning and de-cluttering? Why not save it for June? We'll gladly accept household donations!


DONATION DAYS:

• Sun., June 9 | 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

• Mon., June 10 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

• Tues., June 11 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

• Wed., June 12 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

• Thurs., June 13 | 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

• Sorry, we are unable to store donated items prior to June 9

• Your donations to the rummage sale are tax deductible! Please ask for a receipt when you drop off your items.


WE CAN ACCEPT:

• Furniture, toys, bikes, clothing, yard equipment, etc. that are in good repair and can still be used.


WE CANNOT ACCEPT:

• Tube televisions or old tube computers (as we have to pay to recycle them if they do not sell), mattresses, large exercise equipment, car seats and strollers, weapons.

Church Rummage Sale at St. Paul's

Come and shop for bargains at our giant church-wide rummage sale!


SALE DAYS:

• Wednesday, June 12 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    (*$3 Early bird entry fee Wednesday only, from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.)

• Friday, June 14 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

• Saturday, June 15 | 8:00 a.m. - Noon


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Our rummage sale benefits St. Paul’s high school youth group's trip to the LCMS Youth Gathering in Minnesota with 20,000 other Lutheran youth and adults.

VBS DATE ANNOUNCED FOR ST. PAUL'S

Save the date! Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's Lutheran Church: “Miraculous Mission – Jesus Saves the World” on June 3-7, 2019! More details and registration links to follow in the months ahead.

Ascension service: May 30

• Festival Divine Service • Full Orchestra • Choir • Strawberry Social •


Celebrate Christ’s coronation, marking His return to the right hand of the throne of God at the Ascension Day Festival Divine Service. Powerful preaching, joyful singing by congregation and choir, festive orchestral music, and Christ Himself will be present with His gifts in Word and Sacrament.


Join us after the service for a Strawberry Social in the gym with fresh strawberries, ice cream and shortcake, hosted by our school moms. Free will offerings will be donated to the school playground fund.


Thursday’s Ascension service marks the final musical offering of the 2018-2019 "Music at St. Paul's" series of special services and musical events.

VBS DATE ANNOUNCED FOR ST. PAUL'S

Save the date! Vacation Bible School at St. Paul's Lutheran Church: “Miraculous Mission – Jesus Saves the World” on June 3-7, 2019! More details and registration links to follow in the months ahead.

Living Way BIble Study: weekly IN-depth study

DATES: September through April.

CURRENT SEMESTER'S STUDY: Great Miracles of the Old Testament (January to April, 2019) 

MEETS: 

  • Wednesday mornings at 9am in Sanctuary & various break-out rooms   or
  • Thursday evenings at 7pm in Fellowship Hall

The Living Way in-depth study format features a weekly lesson with assigned readings and worksheet questions to answer, break-out time in a small group to discuss the lesson in a casual setting, followed by a lecture on the lesson topic by our pastors or vicar. During the pastors' lecture time, Q&A are always welcomed. 


Join us on Wednesday mornings (beginning January 9) or Thursday evenings (beginning January 10) for this  semester's study, Great Miracles of the Old Testament. In this study, we will examine some of the tremendous moments of our Lord’s intervention in the natural course of history and human events. We will see how God’s interventions were important to His overall plan of demonstrating redemption and salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. This study will give a greater appreciation of the Lord’s ongoing presence in our lives and communities, an appreciation for His constant providence and care in the midst of a fallen world suffering the consequences of sin and death.

 

Register for Living Way online by clicking here.


LESSON PDFs, AUDIO & CALENDAR: Click here to jump to our Media page, where you can find lessons to print, listen to the audio of a Living Way lecture, or review the calendar of lessons and breaks.

6th Annual GOlf Tournament

Date: Monday, April 29

Time: 12:00 Lunch, 1:00 Golf, 6:00 Dinner

Deadline: ​Accepting registrations through Thursday, April 25

Location: Tapawingo National Golf Club, 13001 Gary Player Dr, St. Louis, MO 63127

Registration link: click here


Join us at Tapawingo National Golf Club For our 6th Annual Golf Tournament. Register as an individual golfer or as a foursome. Lunch, dinner, and drinks on the golf course are included. 


Even if you're not a golfer and would like to help sponsor this event, we have $100 Hole Sponsorships, $250 Putting Contest Sponsorship, and $200 Lunch Sponsorships.  

“Breakthrough” Movie Day for St Paul’s: April 23

Released in Holy Week at theaters nationwide, the movie “Breakthrough” tells the extraordinary true story of a local teenager – and cousin to one of our St. Paul’s families – whose life-changing ordeal began when he and two friends fell through the ice on a St. Charles County lake. After being declared clinically-dead for an hour, he walked out of the hospital, completely healed by the Lord, sixteen days later.


Come out to the Marcus Des Peres Cinema on Tuesday, April 23 for either the 4pm or 7pm show, to watch the movie with fellow St. Paul’s family and friends. While not a private showing for St. Paul’s, the day and times have been chosen for those who would appreciate watching together in fellowship as a church family.


Tickets are only $5 on Tuesdays.


Due to the depiction of a traumatic accident, parental guidance is encouraged for those with children who may be sensitive to this topic. The movie is rated PG.


To purchase tickets for the 4:00pm show, click here.

To purchase tickets for the 7:00pm show, click here.

Official movie trailer here.

EASTER EGG HUNT - APRIL 20 at 10 a.m. - South Campus

DATE: Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 a.m.

LOCATION: St. Paul's South Campus - 823 North Ballas Road, Des Peres 63131


Egg hunt | Big puppet show | Cookies


EASTER EGG HUNT

Make family memories together at St. Paul’s Easter Egg Hunt! All children, from babies to second graders (0-8 years), are invited to this annual favorite, hosted by St. Paul’s and our Mothers of PreSchoolers group. Children will enjoy an outdoor hunt for filled eggs, a large-scale, Christ-focused puppet show by our own H.I.S. Puppeteers troupe, and delicious homemade, decorated Easter cookies. The egg hunt is complimentary with no advance registration required. 


COOKIE BAKERS & DECORATORS NEEDED

Are you interested in baking or decorating cookies? The Easter Egg Committee is looking for cookie bakers and decorators the week of April 15th. You will be provided with cookie dough to bake, or ingredients and directions to decorate. We just need you! If interested or need more information, contact Dana Meyer.


EGG HUNT VOLUNTEERS WELCOME!

Easter Egg Hunt - Help Needed. Can you hide Easter Eggs, Set up tables, or greet families? We are in need of people to help with our Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. If you are interested in assisting with the Easter egg hunt in any way, please contact Dana Meyer.

EASTER FLOWERS

Order your Easter flowers by clicking here. There are Easter lilies, hyacinths and Boston ferns available. Order deadline: Mon, April 1.

INstitute of Theology: A Brief History of St. Paul's

DATES: Tuesday evenings at 7pm on Feb. 5, 12, 26 and March 5

LOCATION: Fellowship Hall


This year we will celebrate the 170th anniversary of the founding of St. Paul's by German Lutheran immigrants. This course surveys the history of St. Paul's from its start in a log cabin to the present. We will look at the role of our congregation and school in the Lutheran Church in the St. Louis area and beyond. 


A variety of topics will be presented by Dr. Gerry Bode, including the founding of the congregation, the transition to English, and our involvement in Gospel outreach and human care ministries. Through the decades, God has richly blessed our congregation and school, and we are confident of His faithfulness in the future! Everyone is invited.

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