While I was at the Oregon Pastor’s Conference last week, someone was thoughtful to leave a “Chick Tract” on my desk at the office. I’ve talked about these “Chick Tracts” before; they’re illustrated booklets created by Jack Chick out of Ontario, California. They’ve been in circulation for decades, inviting kids and adults to accept Jesus as their Savior before it’s too late. Each tract (there are hundreds of them) cover a variety of topics concerning the Christian faith. The one left on my desk is, “The Attack” published in 1985. It tells the story of how Satan has been attacking the Word of God since the creation. After the time of Jesus, Satan managed to get intellectuals in Alexandria Egypt to incorrectly translate the Hebrew Bible and New Testament manuscripts into a “mess” which made people doubt the truth of God’s verbally inspired word.


“The Attack” goes on to try and convince you that many Bibles today, including the New International Version (NIV,) and English Standard Version (ESV,) are based on the Alexandrian manuscripts, which do not contain all of God’s Word. But if you send $12.95 to Jack Chick’s publishing company, you can get a book which has all the missing verses from your corrupted Bible. Our Lutheran Study Bible, an ESV published by Concordia, notes these missing verses and the fact that they are not found in the earliest known Greek manuscripts. For example, look up Acts chapter 8, verse 37. In your Bible, you may notice the text goes from verse 36, to 38. Where’s 37? You should find a note somewhere at the bottom of the page or in the commentary about the missing verse. It should say some manuscripts don’t contain the words in verse 37 and should also tell you what the words are. You can find other examples such as Matthew 8, verse 11, and Mark 15:28.


There’s nothing sinister or mysterious about this. While it is true the devil attacks God’s Word constantly in many ways, the fact that your Bible is missing some verses isn’t one of them. Some English Bible publishers choose to go with the earliest Greek manuscripts because it is known that Christians added in some verses for clarity or to complete some scenes such as the Ethiopian eunuch receiving faith and confessing Jesus is Lord. By leaving the verses out of the main text and noting them elsewhere on the page, you, the reader, can discern the nuances which exist in manuscripts used by Christians in the First Century which make up the New Testament. If you want an English Bible which contains all the verses in the main text, get a King James Bible (KJV.) The KJV considers late Greek manuscripts available to English scholars in the 16th Century. By the way, Jack Chick heartily recommends this version.


This all plays well into the Reformation which we will celebrate on Sunday, October 30th. Wear something red on that day. I’ll explain why when we get there. Not to spoil the reason we celebrate but be assured we have the enduring Word of God—early and late manuscripts of the Gospels, Acts, Paul and John’s letters were used to build up the church. The problem isn’t with the Word, it’s with us. And I’ll talk more about that later as well. Until then, may the Lord abide in you until he comes again in glory.


Pastor Don


After hearing a wide range of beliefs about dedicated funds and the treasurer’s manual, I realized there was no agreement among my fellow church members. I decided to call the local Lutheran Church Missouri Synod District Office.  I was able to talk with Marilyn Allen, Business Manager, who is the resource person regarding the Treasurer’s manual. She graciously, and with great knowledge, answered all my questions.  Now, I want to share with you the results of our conversation.

First, we must follow the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Treasurer’s Manual. It instructs us on how to follow the rules for 501C3 Non-profit organizations (which we are) as legislated by the Federal government. It also instructs us on when we need to go to the state government. Then we get to follow state rules for non-profit organizations.

Second, when an individual donates to the church for a certain purpose, those funds are dedicated to that purpose inperpetuity (i.e.: forever). We can release those funds for other purposes only through one of the following ways:

  • We go back to the donor and ask them for their permission to re-allocate the funds. If the donor is deceased, we have an option of one of the two following:
  • We go to the heirs and ask their permission to re-allocate the funds. This can be quite difficult because there often are many people to work with.
  • The other option is to petition the state’s Attorney General for their permission to re-allocate the funds. Yes, there are processes and procedures we would have to follow. (It’s not a simple case of “Mother may I?’, “Yes you may.”)

The only time the funds can easily be re-allocated is if it is specified by the donor at the time of donation.  Marilyn gave the following example:  If a donor gave a donation to paint the church walls purple and stated that if they are not painted purple in 10 years, then the money can be re-allocated. (I don’t know about you, but I’d be waiting with bated breath for those 10 years to expire!)

She reminded me that Board (Council) designated funds are not restricted. An example of this is if the board allocated $4000 for materials to reside the Senior Center. Say materials cost $2500. At the end of the project, Council could then redesignate the remaining $1500 to General Fund to meet other financial obligations.

She also cautioned us that when we are raising funds (such as in a stewardship drive) that we do not be too specific. Her example was: The church has a fundraiser for new choir robes. If we raise $1000, but spend only $500, the remaining $500 will need to stay in a dedicated fund until the next time we need choir robes. She said it would be better to be more general and ask for funds for the Choir Department. That way the excess $500 can go to meeting other expenses in the department. 

She also told me that many non-profits have an established policy that governs the terms under which they can accept a donation. It’s something to consider as/when we start looking at long-range planning for this church.

Next month I will share with you what I have learned about the funds we have invested with Edward Jones.

The leaves are starting to change color. Pastor Rich

Greetings in the Name of Jesus

The leaves are starting to change color.  Darkness comes quicker.  A reminder that things are changing.  We, as people are changing.  Our hair color changes.  Our physical abilities diminish.  But our focus needs to stay on what really matters.  Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  It is easy to become distracted.  Keep your focus on Jesus.  Read God’s Word.  Concentrate on the Good News and not on all the bad news.  Jesus loves you.  He took our brokenness on himself and took our punishment that we might live with Him in Heaven.  Focus on Him and you will have true peace and joy.  As you focus on Him,  you will be blessed.

How about the Senior Saints who won the Baked Bean Bake Off at the Octoberfest,  The top three were Pam Garrett, Karen Baldwin and Peggy Pariseau.  Way to go gals!  God’s Blessings as you journey into Fall.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Rich


Hi folks,

Bingo the Basset Hound
Bingo the Basset Hound


The dog days are over for another year.  Kinda sad.  But I enjoy the return of the Seniors.  Thanks to all who repaired our Center.  The new green siding looks great.  Wonderful that so many came to help.  The Seniors all say thanks.

I hope all of you enjoyed your summer.  Remember if you visit another church, I would like for you to bring me a bulletin.  I pass them on to Pastor Rich.   Leslie Atiyeh brought me one from Luther Memorial Lutheran Church. 

Now time for a smile or two. 

How about some fall season smiles.

How do trees get on the Internet?  They just log on.

How do you fix a broken pumpkin?  With a pumpkin patch.

Why does Humpty Dumpty love Autumn?  Because he had a great fall.

What did the leaf say to the other leaf?  I am falling for you.

Why do birds fly south in the fall?  Because it is quicker than walking.

What happens when winter arrives?  Autumn leaves.

If the pilgrims were still alive, what would they be famous for?  Their age.

Why did the apple pie cry?  Its peelings were hurt. 

Okay that is enough for October.



Love from Bingo, your happy Basset Hound



Hello everyone! As October begins, I hope you all are filled with sugar, and spice, and the love of Christ!

“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” –Zephaniah 3:17

Questions? Want to volunteer? Email me at jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool

Youth Program Director


14-16 Oct 2022


LCMS retreat at Camp Lutherwood

On the weekend of Oct 14-16, the annual middle and high school LCMS retreat at Camp Lutherwood will be happening. Join Talia Johnston and Aaron Richard for this incredible weekend. This year’s theme is Water, Death, and New Life. Campers will dig into their baptismal identities, spend time with peers from Oregon and Washington, and make lasting memories! You can register at www.lutherwoodoregon.org  If you have any questions, call or email me. I’m here to help!

16 Oct 2022

Red Berry Barn

October 16th after 2nd service, we are meeting at the Red Berry Barn in Sherwood to enjoy their Corn Maze and numerous fall activities! This is for all ages. Send me an email if you would like to meet us there. Prices are based on age- 0-2 years are free, 3-12 years are $18, and 13-100 years are $10. Your admission is good all day too.


16 Oct 2022

Pies Pies Pies

We will be making pies in November for the holiday season. You can pre-order your pies beginning Oct 16th. There will be order forms in the bulletin, at the back of the church, or you can call the office to place your order. We will have traditional apple pie and streusel topped Dutch apple pie. All pies are $12 and proceeds help fund the various activities and retreats for our youth throughout the year.

30 Oct 2022

On October 30 from 3-5pm, we will be having our annual Trunk or Treat event for our congregation, community, and our Preschool families.  If you are new to Trunk or Treating, it is a modern tradition in which kids go “trick or treating” car to car in our parking lot. We invite any church member who would like to join in on the fun to sign up! Decorate the back of your car to offer a fun place for the children to stop and receive a treat from you. Bring your own pre-packaged candy or treats, and dress up if you like to as well. There are prizes for the top three best-decorated trunks!  Vehicles can start setting up at 2 pm and the trunk or treating begins at 3 pm. If you would like to decorate your vehicle and hand out treats, please register at https://mailchi.mp/stpaulsherwood/trunk-or-treat

If you want to trunk or treat, there is no need to register. Come on by between 3-5pm on Sunday October 30th!

Here are some photos for decorating inspiration!


“For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” –Zephaniah 3:17

Questions? Want to volunteer? Email me at jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool

Youth Program Director

CYF calendar October 2022

Worship at St. Paul Lutheran Church

October 2022 From Your Congregational President

Declaring & Teaching – Jesus is Lord !

Romans 12 – Life in God’s Service
12 So then, my friends, because of God’s great mercy to us I appeal to you: Offer yourselves as a living
sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. This is the true worship that you should offer.
Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete
change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and
is perfect.

And because of God’s gracious gift to me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than
you should. Instead, be modest in your thinking, and judge yourself according to the amount of faith that
God has given you. We have many parts in the one body, and all these parts have different functions. In the
same way, though we are many, we are one body in union with Christ, and we are all joined to each other as
different parts of one body. So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has
given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to
serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so.
Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever
shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.

Love must be completely sincere. Hate what is evil, hold on to what is good. Love one another warmly as
Christians, and be eager to show respect for one another. Work hard and do not be lazy. Serve the Lord with
a heart full of devotion. Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times.
Share your belongings with your needy fellow Christians, and open your homes to strangers.
Ask God to bless those who persecute you—yes, ask him to bless, not to curse. Be happy with those who are
happy, weep with those who weep. Have the same concern for everyone. Do not be proud, but accept
humble duties. Do not think of yourselves as wise.

If someone has done you wrong, do not repay him with a wrong. Try to do what everyone considers to be
good. Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody. Never take revenge, my friends,
but instead let God’s anger do it. For the scripture says, “I will take revenge, I will pay back, says the Lord.”
Instead, as the scripture says: “If your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them a drink;
for by doing this you will make them burn with shame.” Do not let evil defeat you; instead, conquer evil with

Words to Live By
Paul says it best, Romans has always had a special place in my heart, one of Paul’s best letters in my
opinion. I was looking for something to capture the essence of our church life this Fall. There is
always much to do in our service to the Lord and the way he has instructed us to behave in
relationship to each other is all here. May it be so in our hearts, minds and actions toward each
other. Pray for a Spirit of Peace as we continue to work through the challenges He has bestowed
upon this church body.
Tim Grace


Declaring & Teaching – Jesus is Lord !

1 Chronicles 16:29-36

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come before Him; Worship the Lord in holy attire. Tremble before Him, all the earth; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. Let the heavens be joyful, and the earth rejoice; And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” Let the sea roar, and everything it contains; Let the field rejoice, and everything that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy in the presence of the Lord; For He is coming to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His faithfulness is everlasting. Then say, “Save us, God of our salvation, And gather us and save us from the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name, And glory in Your praise.” Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, From everlasting to everlasting! 


Then all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.


Seasonal Update 

Has everyone been enjoying Summer?  I hope so, as Fall is quickly approaching. How are we all doing as a congregation and as individual children of God ? Hard to say, some days better then others. The above scripture is from the August 21st Portals of Prayer devotional and seems to work for the current church season.  The devotional is titled Abiding Love. We know He is faithful in His provisions for us but sometimes things just don’t seem to make sense or put another way “to add up.”


There is much work to be done at the church and as often can be the case, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Our harvest field is right here at the church and there is much to be done and there is much that is being done to carry the church to a glorious future.

Following are a few summer projects that we need help with. Replacing the siding on the Senior Center; the church will purchase the necessary material and it will be delivered and onsite for a siding-demo-reinstall party celebration that will start 7:00 AM Saturday September 17. We are asking everyone who has ever turned a screw or operated a skill saw to please show up and be part of the miracle. Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve coffee/breakfast for a mid-morning break and freshly smoked beef brisket will be served at 1pm. There will be much to be done to remove and replace this siding, your prayers are greatly appreciated. Please bring your own tools if you have them.


Other projects include, painting the wood trim on the church, and general painting for the old school building, the connect center, the activities house and our tractor sheds. All of these need to be completed before the wet weather arrives. If these projects are not completed this year the wood on these buildings will likely be permanently damaged.



Tim Grace

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool has been like a second home for John and I and our family over the last 13 years. When our family first arrived in Sherwood, summer of 2009, I will never forget driving around the neighborhoods of Sherwood and we saw a sign in a yard for “St. Paul Lutheran School Enroll Now”. I asked John to stop the car and go knock on their door and ask where this church was located. John did go knock and Jeff Shipman was who opened the door!! From that moment on we knew St. Paul would be our church. That summer we began attending the church services in the grove and the rest is history.

The St. Paul community support and the love of God have been an enormous source of comfort and relief for the Prehm Family during these past 13 years.

Unfortunately, our time here in Oregon is coming to an end and we will begin a new adventure the end of September in Chicago, Illinois. As many of you know, John has been working in Chicago the past 20 months and has been blessed with such a great opportunity to share his gift and knowledge of finance in Health Care. 

John and I know we can never find another church family as close and loving as this one, but we believe God has a plan for us and that we will continue to serve out His plan faithfully, even in Chicago!

We want to thank Pastor Don, Pastor Rich and Pastor Walt for their inspiration and love for our family. I want to thank all of you for your unending love and support for me during my time as your Preschool Teacher at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool these past 10 years. We will truly miss you all, and we will keep you and St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool in Sherwood, Oregon in our prayers.


The Prehm Family


S.P.A.R.K.   (St. Paul Church’s Announcements to Read and Know)

 September 2022

Dear friends in Christ, I am taking some time off from church work, but I will see you again on Sunday, September 11th. Below are some newsworthy items you should know as the summer comes to a close, and school starts. 

  • On Sunday September 11th Leslie Abbott will be installed as preschool teacher at the 10:45 AM service. We are excited to have Leslie as our teacher along with a large group of thee-year-olds enrolled—that means lots of new families to meet and get to know over the course of the year. Diana Burda will continue as preschool aide along with Rebecca Sanchez. 
  • Also on Sunday, September 11th we say “farewell and Godspeed” to Kathy Prehm, who has been our preschool teacher and director since 2012. A reception will be held after the 10:45 AM service in the church lower level. There will be food, cake, and a presentation. I encourage all of you to attend to recognize and thank Kathy for her outstanding service to our church and community. 
  • Firm Foundations Academy is getting ready to launch their hybrid homeschool in Modular C and the old schoolhouse. Parents of the children who are enrolled in this program have donated many hours to cleaning and repairing the classrooms for school. This is a rental agreement and not a new mission of the church. However, we have established a good rapport with the owners of this exciting program and pray there will be opportunities for the ministry to be involved in the lives of the families who come here. 
  • Beginning Sunday, September 11th I will be leading a new adult education study, Callings for Life: God’s Plan, Your Purpose. This series will cover questions many of us have such as, “what is my purpose in life?” “what is the one thing I was born to do?” and more. While I encourage all adults in our congregation to attend Bible study between services, I especially encourage parents with children to attend this. We have a Sunday school for your children to learn about God while you attend the adult education. Please come! 

The ministry of our church enjoyed a productive and enjoyable summer. The National Youth Gathering, while brutally hot in Houston, was a success. So was our Vacation Bible School, thanks be to God, Jen Gatke, and all our volunteers who made it happen. Confirmation and Family Camps at Lutherwood were also highlights of the summer for our youth and families. Now it’s time for me to rest a bit, fly some model rockets at Sod-blaster IV in Pasco, and recharge for all the activity which will be happening on our campus after Labor Day. God bless you all and have a safe and blessed rest of summer. 


Pastor Don 

Greetings in the Name of Jesus,

How fast the summer past.  I pray that you had quality time with Jesus.  We were challenged to read the book of Acts.  This gave us an opportunity to explore the church in the post resurrection era.  Being in God’s Word is essential for survival in today’s woke culture.  This month I encourage the seniors to delve into the letter to The Colossians.  Read and meditate on one chapter per week.  I invite all of you to join the seniors in this exercise.  Colossians gives insight into the person and work of Christ.  You will discover what it means that Jesus is the Head of The Church.  It calls us to rise above all worldly philosophy and sin.

The Senior Saints will resume weekly gatherings on Wednesday, September 14.  Bring your sack lunch, your Bible, and yourself each Wednesday at 12 noon.  Water and coffee will be provided.  

Are you ready for persecution?  In 2 Timothy 3:12 it says everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.  The world may hate you for what you believe, but in the end you win.  We have life everlastingly with Jesus.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!

Pastor Rich


Bingo the Basset Hound
Bingo the Basset Hound

Hi folks,                       

Hi all, I look forward to seeing my Senior friends again on Wednesdays.  

I will miss the dog days of summer.  Now I need to go back to sniffing out rabbits.  After all that is what we were bred to do.  Thanks to Claude Hampton and his crew for hauling a piano to the Center.  Thanks to all who took care of the Senior Picnic.  It was a great time!

Now time for a smile or two.  This month it is about rabbits.

  • What did the rabbit give his Girlfriend?  A 14 carrot ring.
  • Where do rabbits work?  At IHOP restaurants.
  • How do you know a rabbit is in a good mood?  He is hoppy.
  • Why did the rabbit build himself a new house?  He was fed up with the hole thing.
  • What is a rabbit’s motto?  Don’t be mad, be hoppy.
  • Why are rabbits so lucky?  They have four rabbit’s feet.
  • What is a rabbit’s favorite game game?  Hopscotch.
  • One more?  What do you call a rabbit working in a hotel?  A bell-hop.

Have a good September!  

Love from your Basset Hound