Pastor Smith's Anniversary and Retirement

Date: Sunday, September 30

Celebratory Worship Services: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am in Church Sanctuary

Dinner Banquet: 5:00pm at Orlando Gardens (Hoffmeister Avenue)

Reservation for Banquet: Registration is closed


Please join us on Sunday, September 30 as we warmly say thank you for all that Rev. Dr. David Smith has done in his pastoral ministry. The commemoration of Pastor Smith's retirement and his 40 years in the ministry and 20 years at St. Paul's begins with morning worship services at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am in the Church Sanctuary during which Pastor Smith will be delivering a farewell sermon. 


The celebration continues with a dinner banquet in Pastor Smith's honor at Orlando Gardens (4300 Hoffmeister Avenue). The evening will begin at 5:00pm with cocktails, appetizers, dinner buffet, guest speakers and an address by Pastor Smith. Tables of 10 are reserved seating and reservations must be made no later than Friday, September 14. Payment must accompany reservations. Transportation on the school bus will be available to and from St. Paul's on a first come, first served basis.


Any reservation questions may be directed to Julie Claus (314-822-0447 or jclaus@stpaulsdesperes.org)

senior pastor call committee is working

The composition of the Senior Pastor Call Committee was approved at the Voters' meeting in April.  The Call Committee consists of: Cory Ahlbrand, Rachel Arndt, Randy Bluhm, Jon Burford, Erin Burkis, Matthew Gornet, Heidi Heimlich, Des Kittelson (ex-officio, voting), Joan Koepke, Janet Profilet (ex-officio, non-voting), Laine Rosin, Pastor Glen Thomas (ex-officio, non-voting), Pastor Kevin Thomson (ex-officio, non-voting), Mark Yaeger (chair), David Ziegler (ex-officio, voting)


We thank in advance the members of the Call Committee for agreeing to devote many hours to the task of being guided by God to identify and issue a divine call to the next senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.


Over the coming weeks and months, the Call Committee will be engaging in the following tasks:


All Congregation Survey: COMPLETED


Senior Pastor Position Description: COMPLETED


Nominations:

  • Nominations from St. Paul’s members of candidates for the next senior pastor have been received;
  • Submit the nominations received to Missouri District President, Rev. R. Lee Hagan;
  • Receive back from President Hagan the list of candidates, including any he may have added.
  • Finalize a Recommendation to the Voters Assembly:
  • Phone/Skype Interviews - Reduce the list of candidates to those with whom the Call Committee will conduct phone or skype interviews;
  • Invite to St. Paul’s the top two or three candidates and their families for a series of meetings;
  • Recommend to the Voters Assembly the candidate(s) it recommends to receive a divine call to serve as the next senior pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School.

The call process will include considerable time, prayer, thought, and discussion. It is realistic to expect that a call will not be issued prior to January, 2019. Please include the work of our Call Committee in your prayers, praying for wisdom and discernment, even as we will include their work in the prayers offered from the altar in the future.

music at st. paul's

Music at St. Paul's is a vital, self-sustaining component of St. Paul's music ministry. Celebrating its twenty-fifth season, this annual series of special services and musical events brings to St. Paul's guest ensembles and artists who, through words and music, proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. This music series benefits the members of St. Paul's and serves as an outreach to the greater St. Louis community. In addition, Music at St. Paul's sponsors the music for some of the festival services in the regular worship life of our congregation and provides enrichment for the overall music ministry of our parish.


Unless otherwise noted, there is no admission fee. A freewill offering is collected at each event to support this ministry.


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