Following the tragic shootings at a congregation in Metro-East and in other parts of our nation, large churches were strongly encouraged to develop security plans and be vigilant. St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Des Peres, Missouri developed such a plan. On Sunday, October 31, that plan went into effect when a man entered our church in suspicious clothing capable of concealing items, made advances toward the sanctuary and indicated he had a message for the congregation. He also had a large stick in his hand. Our security plan went into effect in order to protect our members and ministers. It is unfortunate that churches must have such plans and be so vigilant. This is the reality of the world in which we live. The critical reporting of this event may cause churches to be less vigilant, and thus place large churches everywhere in jeopardy when they seek to defend their members and ministers. Jesus was not asked to leave our church. Jesus is with us and is always welcome at our church.