St. Pauls 175 Blog

The Summer 1951 edition of the St. Pauls Bote Newsletter contains an announcement that is no less true in the summer of 2019:

Vacations

May we express the hope that all of you have a restful vacation and can often find time to...

For over 100 years St. Pauls only praticed altar communion. Members came forward at the end of worship to partake in the bread and the wine. Pew communion didn't become the standard practice until 1947. The reason for the change wasn't...

The 1919 Good Friday Service Bulletin page below has two things in common with tonight's 2019 service. We still sing the hymn "O Sacred Head Now Wounded," and the choir sings from John Stainer's cantata, Crucifixion. Crucifixion was a...

Confirmation at St. Pauls used to be held on Palm Sunday. This is the class from April 10th, 1949. One of these young people is still in worship at St. Pauls every Sunday. Can you pick her out?

Throughout our history, St. Pauls has thrived because of the hard work of faithful women. And beyond our walls, it was the women of St. Pauls who gave birth to ideas and brought about the existence of Uhlich Children's Home (UCAN) and...

St. Pauls used to be governed by an all-male Church Council and Session. The Session is where the power was. This was its desciption: "The Session is the voting body of the Council. It is self perpetuating and selects its membership...

Until his retirement from editing the Bote newsletter, Pastor Rudolph John would include a column called “Signs Of Our Times," quoting humorous signs he or others had seen about town.  Here are some examples, and please keep in mind...

St. Pauls was originally at LaSalle and Ohio, but moved to Orchard and Kemper in 1898. Both of those church buildings had bells in the steeple.

The 100th Anniversary edition of the Bote in 1943 reports: "Mrs. Catherine Muhlke,...

Following the Civil War, St. Pauls Church founded an orphanage, Uhlich Children’s Home and a generation later St. Pauls House, a home for the elderly. This reading is an account of how Christmas was spent at Uhlich in 1931. It...

It was when Captain Santa docked in the Chicago River that the Christmas season really began. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, one of our St. Pauls members, Captain Herman Schuenemann, the skipper of the Rouse Simmons, sailed his...

Christmas Eve is the 200th anniversary of the first singing of "Silent Night." This history of the beloved carol was written especially for the St. Pauls Bote newsletter of 1931 by Dr. Otto Kuebler of Germany.

Year after year it is sung...

Our 1898 building had a clock and bell tower. The bell in the courtyard is the one that survived the fire of Christmas night 1955.

An article in the October 1948 Bote newsletter reads:

“FACE LIFTING - No this isn’t an...

In the 40s the pledge period for the church was called the Kingdom Roll Call, a time when people were asked to make their pledges to the church. It was later called St. Pauls Roll Call and the drive started with “Loyalty Sunday.”

The church phone number in 1940 was Diversey 3829.

The famous World War I American ace pilot, Eddie Rickenbacker, (on the left) donated the first Rickenbacker Sedan off the assembly line to St. Pauls and his old friend Pastor Jacob Pister in spring of 1922.  The Rickenbacker autos were...

For the Centennial of St. Pauls in 1943, a book was produced by the congregation about our 100 year history. They ended it with these words:

St. Pauls Church has a unique history. it has faced some tremendous difficulties. It...

Until the mid 1920’s a major source of church income was the purchase of your pew.  The “new” pledging system with weekly donation envelopes was introduced in January 1927. 

There were printed notices in every Sunday worship...

Our Pipe Organ Powered By Water?

Until 1924 the pipe organ at St. Pauls was indeed powered by water. The water drove a turbine which produced the air necessary to play the organ. Our pipe organ was “completely electrified” in 1924,...

St. Pauls used to produce cook books using member recipes. This "recipe for a day" was published in the 1909 cookbook published by the St. Pauls Church League, the young adult group of the day.

 

A Recipe for a Day

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St. Pauls Own Hymnal – St. Pauls Blaubuch was published by our church in 1905 and was used into the 1930’s.  There were 396 hymns.  Roughly half were German and the other half English. Pastor Rudolph John often composed a German text...

A "St. Pauls Story" By Colleen Henry

Shortly after the Trosts and Henrys attended a really fun fund-raiser at another church, Pastor Trost asked me if I would chair an Oktoberfest to benefit St. Pauls outreach ministries. I...