Message from our VBS Coordinator


What an amazing VBS we had this year!  As we got closer to August it became very apparent that having our VBS in-person was the right thing to do.  This summer has been difficult for everyone and with your generous support of VBS we were able to bring the love and joy of Jesus to 65 families in our community.  Each morning at drop off, parents would stop to tell me how thankful they were that we still had our VBS in-person and how their kids had been looking forward to our camp all summer long!

Each day we made crafts, played games, ate yummy snacks, sang songs, danced, and laughed with everyone’s favorite- Pastor Don and his puppets! The Pastor Don puppet and his friend, Mr. Slothy, taught us to trust in Jesus because He is the way to salvation!  Our volunteers went above and beyond to make our VBS memorable.  Thank you to all who volunteered!  You all put in the extra time to learn how to properly disinfect your rotations, how to social distance, all the rules to keep us safe, and still have fun.  My wonderful volunteers, you are all gifts from God!


Church Rummage Sale

St. Paul Lutheran Church Youth


Sale will run 2 weekends!

October 1, 2, 3
October 8, 9, 10
(Located in the Connect Center)
Hours are 9 am to 4 pm
Masks will be required prior to entering the facility and please observe the social distancing as
set forth by the State of Oregon. Please use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the
building. We will have that available for your use. Weather permitting a majority of the sale
will be outside. Masks are required outside too during this event.
Our capacity will be limited as well per Phase 1: Maximum of 25 people if distancing is
observed otherwise we will limit people to 10 at a time. If we have reached our maximum
inside you will be asked to wait until someone exits the building. Thank you for your patience
and please be courteous to your fellow shoppers.

Proceeds benefit St. Paul youth activities.


Sent to Serve

Hard to believe that it has been six months since preschooler’s and the preschool staff have been inside our classrooms. As preparations are being made to begin on-site learning for the new school year, there will be many new faces attending and working at our preschool.

We are thankful for all who will serve us during this school year. We are thankful for each one of them. Our preschool could not operate without them!

Our Bible Verse for the new school year tells of Jesus who came to serve us in a very necessary way. During the school year, we will hear about the most important servant for our preschool and for the whole world.

Jesus, the perfect teacher sent from God, teaches us the importance of serving. While the world thought that those who had important titles or positions were most important, Jesus taught that the ones who served others were most important.

Jesus teaches us the most important lesson of all. It is a lesson that will be our preschool theme for this year: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28). We will hear Bible stories about how Jesus, the Son of Man, served during His earthly ministry. He served healing others. Jesus served by miraculously feeding thousands. More important than any of Jesus’ miracles was His going to the cross and giving His life as the sacrifice for all our sins. Only Jesus, the perfect Son of God, could serve in this way. Only the sacrifice of Jesus could pay for our pride and other sins.

Because we are blessed in receiving Jesus’ service through our Baptism, we are now blessed to humbly serve together this year. This year, we will serve one another and others in Jesus’ name.

In His Service,

Mrs. Prehm

sunbeam over pond

Here we are, it’s September 2020 COVID style. It’s always hard to get started writing these articles, I feel like I need to cover something from the Past, the Present and the Future. So here we go in reverse order.

Future – We will have a voters meeting in September on the third Sunday, September 20th at 12:30. The meeting will be in the Grove if the weather is suitable, if not it will be in the lower level of the church.

Present – The weather has been absolutely perfect the last few weeks, in my opinion anyway. I’m sure many are getting tired of the ongoing conditions as a result of COVID-19. We all miss doing the things we used to do together and have found new things to do in smaller groups mostly consisting of immediate family. I’m one to look for the silver lining and find the blessing in our current situation. I’m learning that I am much happier when I limit my consumption of “news“. With that said let’s focus on Christ and a message from some recent devotionals. Portals of Prayer this week has been on the subject of “My Grace is Sufficient for You.” 

The author has done a wonderful job of emphasizing each word in this phrase on subsequent days. Today’s word is sufficient; what does that mean to you ?  For me it is reassurance that all my needs are being taken care of, even if it doesn’t seem that way sometimes. Our blessings are so many, allow us to count them all and give praise to the one that provides them.

Past – We had our vacation bible school and it was a blast as always. A BIG thanks to Jennifer Gatke and company that did a fantastic job organizing everyone and keeping us all safe. We had fun observing social distancing, I have included a few photos, can’t wait for next year.

In His Service,

Tim Grace

Greetings in Christ Jesus!

Here we are, last month of summertime and we are in the same mode as we were in the spring. Strange world we live in.  Everywhere you go people are wearing masks.  People keeping a distance from each other.  Limited number of people who can attend church.


 When WILL it end?  Are the politicians keeping us in the dark?  Who can one trust?  What does God’s Word tell us? In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 we read:   Encourage one another and build each other up.” As seniors we have been around the block, so to speak, perhaps several times.  So why aren’t people seeking wise words from us? Perhaps they are too busy racing around the block.


In this strange time we live, let us encourage and help one another.  We will continue our Zoom time each Wednesday at 1:30 pm.  No masks required!  Join us to help build each other up.  After all we have experienced a lot in our lives.  God loves us and will get us through the days ahead.  You are in my prayers! God bless you with peace and love!


In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Rich

from the church mouse



Hi gang,

                        I am tired of wearing a mask.  How about you?  I am lonely.  I miss our Wednesday get together.  Please tell the Governor!  I have been out of PJ for some time.  I hope Paul and Karon will bring me some soon.


Pastor said we should build each other up, so here are some smiles for you. These appeared in church bulletins.


The sermon this morning is about Jesus walking on water.  Next Sunday it will be about searching for Jesus.


Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Bring your husbands.


The Pastor will preach his farewell sermon, afterwards the choir will sing “Break Forth into Joy.”


Potluck supper next Sunday and medication to follow.


The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind.  They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.


Keep smiling, read your Bible and share God’s love with all!