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!
St. Paul Lutheran Church Youth
RUMMAGE SALE – COVID STYLE
September 17, 18, 19
(Located in the Connect Center)
Hours are 8 am to 4 pm for all three days
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.
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,
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,