This month is packed full of fabulous CYF events! As always, these events are for the young and young at heart. I hope to see many of your smiling faces throughout June!

VBS registration opens on June 1st! This year’s theme is ‘Twists & Turns’ Following Jesus Changes the Game! We hope you will join us as we sing, dance, explore, and play games at VBS July 31st thru August 4th from 9 am till Noon. Registration is open for participants’ ages 4 to 12 years old and volunteers ages 13+.  Sign up at

On Sunday June 4th, is Senior Salute! There will be a slide show at the end of each service and a reception in between 1st and 2nd service. Join with us as we celebrate this milestone with our graduating church members.  

Sunday school will resume on June 11th 9:40 to 10:30 am in the Ed building for both the preschool and elementary aged kids. We will follow in the Apostles footsteps as they spread the Good News about Jesus Christ around the world. We will make crafts, play games, and explore how to share the Gospel with everyone we know. We would love to have your kids join in on all the fun!   

Family Movie Night is June 24th at 4pm. We will be watching the classic Veggie Tales, ‘Jonah and the Whale’ in the Senior Center. Bring a blanket or stuffed Veggie doll and enjoy this vegetable masterpiece with us. Popcorn and Juice boxes will be provided. RSVP at

Mini Camp is June 27-29th from 10-1 pm. Our theme this year is Rockets! We will build our own model rockets, launch them, make some outer space crafts,  play fun water games, and go on a scavenger hunt around campus. If you would like to join us, RSVP at 503.625.6648 or  

 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Youth Program Director


Youth Calendar June 23

Vacation Bible School

Where: St. Paul Campus

VBS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Vacation Bible School registration is open! At Breaker Rock
Beach VBS this summer we’ll learn about God’s solid truth in a world of shifting sands!
VBS is July 29 thru August 2nd from 9am to Noon. As always, we need volunteers to
make this happen. Last year a parent came up and thanked me for always having an
amazing VBS that is accessible to everyone. This is the only summer camp they are able
to send their children to since we don’t charge for our VBS. This is our biggest outreach event, help
us share the Love of Christ with our community. 

 Want to register, please visit our website:


Hello everyone!

I hope to see many of your smiling faces throughout May!
We have Sunday school each Sunday from 9:40 to 10:35. We are finishing up our unit on Easter and will begin our special summer unit about the Apostles. Join us for fun crafts, games, and snacks as we learn how the Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to share the Good News with everyone around them. Preschool through elementary age meet downstairs in the Education Building. Middle school and High school are meeting with Pastor Don and the Adult bible study in the lower level of the church.

Our wonderful friends at the Purple Hen have teamed up with the youth to sell gorgeous hanging baskets that are perfect for Mother’s Day. Please fill out the form or call the church office to order your baskets today!

On Saturday May 20th from 12 noon till 3pm, you can join Pastor Don for a special model building workshop. This is open to those 12 years old and up. For more details, contact the church office.

With summer right around the corner, we want to hear from you! What activities would you like to see happening at St. Paul? Don’t be shy! We are here to grow our church family and have fun.

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, questions, and/or you want to volunteer?
My email is:

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not
for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Jennifer Gatke
St. Paul Youth Program Director

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Happy April everyone! Praise be to God for He has Risen Indeed!

I can tell spring is in the air as the sun shines a little more each day.  Your CYF board has been busy organizing several upcoming events and planning the next few months’ calendars. We want to give you ample time to plan for these events.

Sunday school is finishing up our special Lent lessons, The Tree of Life God’s Promise of Salvation, this month. We’ve really enjoyed this special curriculum with its games and trivia cards that have kept us all on our toes. We would love to see you all every Sunday from 9:40 to 10:30 am in the Education Building for Sunday school! If you would like to help with Sunday school, now is the perfect time to join us! My email is

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April 2nd is Palm Sunday. We would like all the kids to attend the 10:45 am service and join the procession of palm branches at the beginning of the service.

April 8th is our Egg Hunt. Middle and High schoolers are to arrive at 9 am to help set up and hide eggs before the hunt starts.  The Egg hunt begins at 10 am in the Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome- bring your friends, neighbors, and family! Once the Egg Hunt is concluded, we will set up the lower level of the Church for the Easter Breakfast the next day.

April 8th we will also be decorating the flower cross in front of the church. If you would like to donate flowers and help decorate, join us at 11 am by the front of the Church.

April 9th is Easter Sunday. Those helping with the Easter Breakfast need to arrive by 7 am. Breakfast begins at 7:30 am and ends at 10 am. We will be serving pancakes, scrambled eggs, diced potatoes, ham, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. This is a wonderful fundraiser for our youth group and we have a lot of fun serving you! Your donations are graciously accepted.

April 16th we will begin selling the gorgeous flower baskets for Mother’s Day. Baskets will be $38.00 each and available for pick up from The Purple Hen on or after May 1st. Thanks to the generosity of The Purple Hen, this fundraiser will continue throughout the summer as well. Order forms available to print here.

April 23rd from 7 pm- 9:30 pm is our Youth Group Egg Hunt in the Connect Center. This event is for all middle school and high school youth. We are going to have potluck taco bar for dinner, followed by our flashlight egg hunt and special prizes! Watch for the email to sign up to bring a dish as we get closer to this event.

Looking into May, Pastor Don will be hosting a model building Saturday May 20 from 12-3 pm for those 12 years old and up. More details will be given in the May newsletter.

Lastly, we need a new location to have our High School youth group meetings. For many years we would meet at Symposium on a Wednesday evening. Symposium closes in the early afternoon on week days now. We are looking for a cozy place to have fellowship along with a small bite to eat and drink. If you have any suggestions, please let us know!  

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, questions, and/or you want to volunteer?

My email is:  

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”-Hebrews 6:19

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Lutheran Youth Program Director

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Hello March Children Youth and Family 2023

Hello St Paul Children, Youth and Families!!   

In Sunday school, we are doing a Lenten devotional. Each Sunday we will learn about a different ‘father’ in the bible and how they showed love to their families and friends. Just like God our Father shows His love for each of us through the life and death of Jesus. We will also make St. Patrick Day cards for our homebound members as we share the Gospel like St. Patrick did.  Sunday school starts at 9:40 in the Ed building for all kids Elementary school age and younger. Our middle school and high schoolers will continue meeting in the lower level of the church with the adults. We would love to have you all join us this each Sunday.

I am pleased to announce that we will resume our coloring book fun this month! On Sunday March 19th from 2-4pm we will be coloring, crafting, drinking tea, and enjoying fellowship with one another. If you would like to join us, just let me know! We will have coloring supplies available along with tea and snacks.

Now that we are in the full swing of Lent, here are some dates for upcoming activities. We will begin collecting wrapped candy on March 8th for the Easter egg hunt on April 8th. We will have the older youth help with setting up the egg hunt and cleaning up afterwards. We will also have our Easter Sunday breakfast again this year. The wonderful Talia Johnston will reach out to all who helped last year as we get closer to Easter Sunday.  

Do you have a beach house you’d share with us for a weekend? We weren’t able to have our Youth Ski retreat this January. This retreat is a great way to reinforce how important each teen is to our church and to God. Pastor Don, Talia, and I are looking for an opportunity to spend time away with our teenagers and help deepen their faith connection to our church family. Do you have a suggestion? Please let us know!

My email is

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.”- Isaiah 55:1

Jennifer Gatke

Youth Program Director

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Hello everyone from Children, Youth and Family!

Happy February! I hope this month finds you all warm, cozy, and filled with the love of Christ. This is the perfect month to shine Christ’s amazing love for all to see. I challenge you to love everyone as Christ does. While waiting in line, stuck in traffic, in a meeting, these are great times to shine love to all around you. It’s truly life changing and the results will surprise you!

In Sunday school, we will be talking about love and Lent. With Ash Wednesday on the 22nd, we are going to work on what we can do to thank Jesus every day for saving us on the cross. We are still meeting in the Ed building at 9:40 to 10:30 for pre-K and elementary ages, middle and high schoolers will continue meeting with Pastor Don and the adults in the lower level of the church. Come join us!

Parents! Do you need an afternoon off? Could you use a couple hours to get things done while someone else entertains your kiddos? You are in luck! It’s Mini Mixer Time!! On Feb 5th all families are invited to join us for our bring your own picnic lunch in the Connect Center. We have lunch around 12pm. Pastor Don will give us all the details about our upcoming family camp at Camp Lutherwood this summer. Then after lunch, Parents can leave for a couple hours while your kids play Bingo, become comedians, and run off some of their energy. Parents get the afternoon off! Pick up time will be 3pm. Please RSVP to Pastor Don.

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, questions, and/or you want to volunteer?

My email is

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” –Romans 5:8

Jennifer Gatke

Youth Program Director

Youth Calendar Feb 23

Hello everyone! I pray that the Joy of this Advent Season will fill your hearts and homes with the Love of Christ Jesus completely!

Our theme for Sunday school during Advent will focus on The Jesse Tree. Did you know that Jesus had parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents—just as we do! His family began with Adam and Eve and continues through the bible to us today.

With the Jesse Tree as a guide, we will meet the key people from the Bible who are Jesus’ ancestors and learn how they are a part of God’s plan for our salvation. Learning about our Savior’s family tree helps us to see how God kept His promise to redeem us all and make us His children—a promise kept and sustained over thousands of years. That is something to be excited to learn!

On December 4th after 2nd service, we will begin putting up the decorations, lights, and ornaments in the trees and bushes around campus.

December 11th after 2nd service, we need many hands to help set up the tents for our Live Nativity the following week.

December 11th the middle and high school youth will also be decorating the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary, eating pizza, and having a White Elephant gift exchange. Please bring a traditional White Elephant gift worth $10. RSVP with Jen Gatke by December 8th.  

December 17th is our Live Nativity drive through at our Campus! We need Townspeople, Shepherds, Wise men, Inn Keepers, set up and clean up help, and so much more! We will be collecting canned food for our food pantry and new toys for a few of the families through our Possible with God clothing closet.

Finally, our last event of the year will be New Year’s Eve. Service begins at 7pm in the Sanctuary followed by a special Family Game night in the lower level of the church. All ages welcome! Come join us for service, games, snacks, laughter, and fellowship! We will have an apple cider toast too!

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, and questions or want to volunteer? Please reach out to me; I would love to hear from you.

Email is

“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others- the armies of heaven- praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14

Jennifer Gatke

Youth Program Director

CYF CalendarDecember 2022

Hello everyone! Happy November!

Thank you all for your help with Trunk or Treat this year. We had a great time!

This month is going to fly by as we make pies, prepare for the Drive Thru Nativity, enjoy Thanksgiving, and decorate the church for Advent at the end of the month.

In Sunday school we will be talking about how the Apostles spread the news of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the end of November, we will begin our series on Advent and look at how we can prepare our hearts for the Birth of Christ.

On November 6th after 2nd Service, we will have a meeting to discuss our Drive Thru Nativity. All those interested in helping make this year fantastic are invited to join us! We will be discussing logistics, decorations, advertising, and more. We will be meeting in the Lower Level of the Church.   

We are thrilled to bring back our Thanksgiving pie fundraiser! We are offering a traditional apple pie and a Dutch apple pie. Each pie is $12 and can be pre-ordered through Nov 9th. If you would like to place a pre-order please call the church office to do so. Pies will be ready for pick up Sunday November 20th.

We will be making pies on Sunday November 13th after 2nd service with pizza for lunch. We are asking all youth to help out. We have jobs for those who can put stickers on lids, mix ingredients, and even weld an apple peeler!

Saturday November 26th at 10 am, we will be decorating the inside of our church for Advent. For those planning ahead, we will be decorating our campus after 2nd service on December 4th and 11th.  If you would like to help deck the halls, festoon the boughs with holly, or help make everything glow, please let me know. 

“This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” –Hebrews 6:19

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions?  Please reach out to me by Email at .

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Youth Program Director

CYF November Event calendar 2022


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

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  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

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

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool

Youth Program Director

CYF calendar October 2022

Children, Youth & Family Fall News!

Happy September! Our Children, Youth, and Families had a wonderfully jam packed summer. There were family camps and Confirmation camp at Lutherwood, National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas, Art Camp in the Connect Center, and Vacation Bible School in The Grove. We also had several campfire & s’mores nights, family movie nights, and weekly Sunday school. It truly felt like a St. Paul summer again!

At VBS this year, our theme was Created for God’s Purpose! We discovered how God made each of us to not only help each other but to also help build up God’s Kingdom on Earth. We shared the Love of Christ with 95 kids and 45 volunteers! 

On September 4th during 2nd service, Pastor Rich will be blessing the backpacks of all our students and teachers. Feel free to bring as many backpacks as you would like. Thank You Pastor Rich for blessing our backpacks and wrapping us up in blessings this school year.

On Wednesday September 7th at 6:30pm in the Library, CYF will be having a planning meeting for the next several months. If you want to help CYF with Trunk or Treat, Thanksgiving Pie making, Advent decorating, Drive- thru Nativity- and so much more; please come to this meeting!! The Zoom Link for this meeting will be emailed out on Sept 3. If you would like to attend in-person or via Zoom, please let me know! 

Oktoberfest is September 25th from 4-7 pm. CYF will be selling Root beer Floats in commemorative St. Paul Lutheran Church mugs that are yours to keep, while supplies last! The Youth will be helping run the carnival games and hand out prizes as well. If you would like to help out, please let us know!

In Sunday school, we will be finishing our look into the many ways God blesses us with gifts of His Grace. Starting September 11th, Sunday school will be held in the Education building. The High school group will meet in Pastor Don’s office, Elementary will meet in the Library, and the Preschool will meet in the downstairs classrooms. 

We are so excited to have all our Sunday school classes in the Education Building! Sunday school will still be between 1st and 2nd service every Sunday. 

Thank you all for your prayers and support as we love everyone as Christ has loved us! 

“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” –Romans 5:8

God Bless you all!

Jennifer Gatke

Youth Program Director

503.550.9457 cell

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