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



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.



It’s easy to get lost. That’s why we need Jesus!


To make it through this unknown world safely, kids need a guide who can keep them on the right path. At Rainforest Explorers, learn how Jesus is our ultimate guide in the rainforest and our lives. He leads us to the treasure of eternal life, and He’ll never leave us!

St. Paul Lutheran is having VBS this year

Monday, August 10, 2020 to Friday, August 14, 2020 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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VBS 2020 Rainforest Explorers

Hello everybody!  I am so excited for VBS this year as we learn that Jesus Leads the Way!

Due to Covid-19, we will be doing things a little differently.  As of writing this at the end of June, our County is still in Phase 1 of reopening.  If we continue to hold in Phase 1 our VBS will take place online.  We are currently working on what that will entail.  We are hoping to have a live event each day. 

If we transition into Phase 2 by August 1, 2020, then we will have VBS in person!  Once in Phase 2, our plan is to only have 50 registered participants and around 20 volunteers.  We will follow the guidelines set out for us by the Governor for summer day camps and do the best we can to share the Love of Jesus with all who attend.  I won’t bore you all with an avalanche of details at this time.  Just know that our VBS team has all the details well in hand through the grace of God. 

For our volunteers – we need 5 adults and 5 teens to be group leaders and helpers.  We also need help leading each rotation station too.  If you are interested in volunteering but aren’t sure what you can do, just call or email me!  I know many of you who normally volunteer are in the ‘high-risk’ demographic, please only volunteer if you feel comfortable doing so.  Your health and safety are too important to risk this year. 

God always provides for our needs.  He will provide volunteers for us too!   There is one huge thing everyone can do for us – PRAY!  The power of prayer is undeniable!  Thank you for all your support and dedication to making VBS happen year after year. God Bless you all!

Jen Gatke

Director of VBS

jennifergatke@gmail.com  or 503.550.9457

*If we are unable to have an in-person VBS, we will have a virtual one instead!  The virtual one will take place on the same dates and times. 

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