St. Paul's News

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Super Bowl Sunday is a time for our St. Paul's family to continue our study of the book of Ecclesiastes. This Sunday, our theme is, "Satisfaction Sold Separately." We will be looking at Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9, a passage dealing with the vanity of wealth. Even though most of our congregation may not be wealthy, this will apply to us all, because it is the "love of money" which is the topic.

Telephone Ministry. The weather forecast this Sunday is for 1 to 3 inches of snow, with a high of 35 degrees. Let's see what happens. If you should decide to stay home on Sunday because of the weather, remember that up to 250 can listen in on our telephone ministry. Here is how to connect:

  1. Dial 314-627-6338 a few minutes before the service begins.
  2. When prompted, enter this code: 63141#. (Hint: this is the church zip code and the "#" key.
  3. There is no need to mute your phone since it is a presentation or listen mode only.

Sausage Supper, February 15. We are gearing up for the Sausage Supper at St. Paul's. Our focus this year is OUTREACH! Ticket prices are reduced to make it easier for your friends ($8 in advance, $10 at the door). We have a special outreach ticket at $5 for friends who have never come before! Children 11 and under are free to make it family friendly. Let's get the word out and make this a great time to meet new people!

The February Newsletter is Out! Please click HERE to get an electronic copy. You can pick up a printed copy at church, or also request that a copy be sent to your home.

I encourage you to think of worship as evangelism. Inviting a friend to worship can help them begin to understand what it means to enter into the presence of God.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Grace, mercy and peace to all!

Pastor Mark Friz


Dear St. Paul's Family,

Highlights: This Sunday there are several special events that deserve mention:

Nine (9) new members will join our church.
Our annual congregational meeting will be held after the second service. Please bring a side dish and dessert. Meat will be provided. We plan to start the meeting around 1:00 pm.
Dr. Bob Yarbrough will finish up his ABF series, "Building on the Rock: The Three Keys for Opening Jesus' Narrow Gate" in Matthew 7:13-29. Meet from 9:45 to 10:45 in the multipurpose room.
Dr. Yarbrough will also teach a children's message in the second service.
Pastor Mark will continue our series from Ecclesiastes. This week, the theme has to do with work: "Surviving the Rat Race" from Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16.

Telephone Ministry Fixed! Thanks to the work of our tech team, we have a new telephone ministry, called TurboBridge. Homebound members (up to 250 at a time) can now listen to either of our services on Sunday morning. Simply dial 314-627-6338. You will be prompted to enter your conference id (63141) and press the "#" key (hint--this is our church's zip code). There is no need to mute your phone, as this system mutes it automatically.

Please also remember the following:

call Madelyn Oliver to give blood (314-428-4575) on Monday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 7 pm.
pick up your giving statements in the welcome center on Sunday.

Grace, mercy and peace to all of you!

Pastor Mark Friz

Dear St. Paul's Family,

This coming Sunday Pastor (Dr.) Bob Yarbrough will be back with us, teaching between services (9:45 to 10:45) on his four week series, "Building on the Rock" from Matthew 7:13-29. We will meet in the Multipurpose Room, and coffee and donuts will again be served!

Pastor Andrew Seley will be preaching this Sunday, from Ecclesiastes 3. His sermon title is, "Does anybody know what time it is?" This will be the second in our ten part sermon series from Ecclesiastes. We will also hear a touching message from our Life Team.

The 7th and 8th Graders in the Digging Deeper (Confirmation) Class will be headed off on a retreat this weekend. We leave on Sunday, after church, and will be coming home on Monday, around 6:30. Please pray that for students to become disciples of Jesus Christ, and to grow as disciples of Christ. We have eight students in our class.

Our Telephone Ministry continues to be active, so encourage people to call in and listen to our worship services. We have had problems lately with the ministry "cutting out" sometimes during church. We are trying to solve this problem through our tech team. The Telephone Ministry is a valuable ministry, and we are sorry for the problems we have had lately.

Annual Reports and Giving Statements are available this Sunday. Also, don't forget that the Annual Meeting is just 10 days away, and will be held on January 25 after the second service.

Grace, mercy and peace to all!

Pastor Mark Friz

  Dear St. Paul's Family,This Sunday we launch our new sermon series called Ecclesiastes: Wisdom for LifeThe first sermon is from Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:26, and is called, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction." I encourage you to read this section before Sunday, and notice especially verses 2:24-26, which summarize the theme of the book.This Sunday we also launch our small groups. The Book of Ecclesiastes will provide a great source of discussion materials for this new quarter. Please sign up for a small group next to the "Small Group Central" counter, near the "Big Desk" in the Welcome Center.This Sunday, Paul Friz will speak at the Faith and Culture Series at 12:30 pm following the Second Service.

  • Join us for pizza and salad right after the second service ($3 donation)
  • Paul will speak about his research for the Rosetta Project as an aerospace intern at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California.
  • He will talk about the space probe Rosetta which recently landed on the Comet 67P after a 10 year journey through space.
  • He will talk about how, as a Christian, he integrates science and faith.
  • As a preview, click HERE to listen to Paul Friz describe his work on St. Louis Public Radio.

This Sunday . . .

  • Dr. Bob Yarbrough continues his series: Building on the Rock: The Three Keys for Opening Jesus' Narrow Gate.
  • We continue to collect used Christian books, Bibles, CD, and DVD's. Please place your items inside the front door of the church, in the boxes provided.

I look forward to being with all of you on Sunday, to share the joy of being together in our St. Paul's family.Grace, mercy and peace to all!Pastor Mark Friz


Message from: Bob Binns

We will be starting our Spring semester of the St. Paul’s Faith & Culture Speaker Series this coming Sunday, starting with a talk by Paul Friz on the “Rosetta mission to Comet 67P”. Details on his talk and the others presently scheduled are below. Please join us for these interesting discussions on important subjects and issues of our day. As a part of each topic discussed, our speakers will make a connection with our Christian faith. Following each talk there will be a question/answer and discussion time. January 11--“The Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P”, by Paul Friz, Sunday, January 11, 12:15-12:30 in the multipurpose room following second service. Come for pizza, salad, ($3 donation requested) and to listen to Paul speak on the topic of “The Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P”. (Note that the date and time are different than usual to accommodate Paul’s schedule). The Rosetta mission, which placed a lander on Comet 67P, has captured the imagination of nearly everyone.  Last November the European Space Agency and NASA for the first time landed a spacecraft on the surface of a comet.  The Rosetta spacecraft and Philae lander traveled for more than 10 years and over 3.8 billion miles to reach their target, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Their mission—to unravel the mysteries of the origin of the solar system by exploring a comet.  We are fortunate to have Paul speak to us after spending 5 months as an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, working with the Project Manager and others, when the spacecraft orbited and landed on the comet. Paul will answer questions such as: 

  1. What exactly is a comet?
  2. What can we learn from comets?
  3. What do comets have to do with me?

 Paul obtained his BS in Physics in 2012 from Truman State University and an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2014.  He is presently starting his PhD studies, also in Aerospace Engineering at MO S&T, but will be working on his thesis at the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA. February 16—“A Christian Approach to Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change”, by Prof. Douglas Wiens, Monday, February 16, 7:30PM in the auditorium. Doug Wiens is Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University.  His research specialty is in seismicity and he has extensive experience in Antarctica, distributing seismometers around the continent to image the Earth’s interior. In addition, he has taught courses on a range of subjects in earth and planetary science. Doug was the department Earth and Planetary Sciences Department Chair from 2008-2013, was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2007, and has had a number of other honors.  Doug obtained his BS in Physics from Wheaton College in 1980, and his MS and PhD degrees in Geological Sciences from Northwestern University in 1982 and 1985. March 16—Not yet determined April 20—“Is it Safe to Drink? What it Takes to Run a Modern Water System”, by Neil Amiri, Monday, April 20, 7:30PM in the auditorium. Neil Amiri is manager of “supervisory control and data acquisition” for American Water Company. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, Automation, and Controls from the University of Missouri-Rolla and has a Professional Engineering license. He has had considerable experience in communications, motors, programming, servers, etc.

  Dear St. Paul's Family,There is a lot going on this Sunday, Jan. 4, as we welcome in the New Year!

  1. Traditional Worship at 8:30; Contemporary Worship at 11:00.
  2. Pastor Bob Yarbrough is back, and will be teaching in the Adult ABF in the Auditorium between services.
  3. Children's Ministry kicks off the new year at 9:45, in the PowerPlant with the video lesson, "Jesus Has Power Over Creation." Students will then exit to their classes. We welcome Tess Hilgers as a new teacher for 2nd and 3rd grade. Thanks also to Lisa Stahlhut and Don Andrews for helping out as Children's Ministry Coordinators at this time!
  4. Communion will be served in both services.
  5. Pastor Mark's Message will be from Matthew 2:1-12: "Surprises from the Middle East."
  6. Sunday will be the 10th day of Christmas. We will celebrate Epiphany, which means "to shine forth."  It is a celebration of the revelation of God the son as a human being in Jesus Christ. That means we will still have our Christmas candles shining strong!
  7. Let's welcome Jeff Lawson, who will be our worship leader for the 11:00 service!


  1. A special free concert, at St. Paul's, by the Recruits, a male acapella group that is preparing to sing in the Harmony Foundation's Youth Chorus Festival.
  2. Recruits will be joined by Vocal Spectrum, the 2006 International Quartet Champions!
  3. Let's have a big turnout from St. Paul's, and show our support for the men that have been so generous to sing for free at our Christmas Eve Worship Services!
  4. Concert will be over by 7:00 PM.

There are many opportunities this coming Sunday to honor Christ.

  1. Attendance at worship
  2. Inviting a friend
  3. Bringing gifts like the magi
  4. Have an open heart to preaching and teaching
  5. Serve the body of Christ
  6. Bring a joyful and caring spirit to worship with you
  7. Listen and support one another during times of fellowship!

Grace, mercy and peace to all!Pastor Mark Friz 

 From Missouri To The Stars: Paul Friz to Speak for Faith andCulture Series  

Dear St. Paul's Family,

Today, National Public Radio aired an interview with our own Paul Friz, concerning his work as an assistant to the Rosetta Project Manager. (The Rosetta Mission recently landed a space probe on a comet).Please click HERE to see the NPR article and listen to the interview.Paul Friz will be speaking for our Faith and Culture Series on Sunday, January 11, at 12:45.After church, we will have a pizza lunch ($3 per person). Then, Paul will speak about his work as an intern for the Rosetta Project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. (Later in January, Paul will be moving to Hampton, VA to continue his work as a NASA intern and work on his PhD.The Faith and Culture Series at St. Paul's provides an opportunity for members of St. Paul's to communicate how their Christian faith relates to their careers or current cultural trends.Please put this Sunday, January 11 date on your calendar, and be sure to invite friends and family.Grace to all,Mark Friz