VBS 2021

What an amazing VBS we had this summer! 

Hello everyone and thank you for all your gifts, your time, and your prayers.

Pastor Don led a team of truly inspired teens who made every one of us laugh, dance, sing, and never want to leave. We were able to have our s’mores on Wednesday night and have hot dogs and snow cones on Friday too! I am so grateful that you allow me to run this camp every year! I look forward to seeing how God will touch the lives of every one of us through VBS. This year, 2021, we shared the love of Jesus with 90 kids and 40 volunteers!

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Sunday School 2021

I am excited to start our Sunday school back up this fall! I need your help too. On September 16th at 6:30 PM, there will be a meeting to discuss what Sunday school needs to be during this pandemic and beyond. As of writing this, Governor Brown has issued a mask mandate for both indoors and outdoors regardless of vaccination status for ages 2 and up. Thankfully, God has given me 2 summers of VBS under strict COVID guidelines. I feel capable of putting together a flexible Sunday School program that will allow us to continue Sunday school as safely as possible. I cannot do this on my own. Please pray about becoming a Sunday School teacher, mentor, advisor, helper, and anything else the Lord puts in your heart!

 God bless you! Jen Gatke

I want to help with Sunday School




“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7


We are blasting off on a Miraculous Mission

August 2-6, 2021

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join us as we learn how

Christ came to save us all with

His world-shaking Love!


Come with us as we blast off our rockets, play games, enjoy snacks,

laugh with Robbie the Robot, create beautiful crafts, and so much more.

Registration filling up quickly and we only have a few spots left!  https://vbsmate.com/StPaulLutheranSherwood

We are in need of volunteers!!

We desperately need leaders and helpers for the week of VBS.

If you are available to volunteer, please register with the link above.  

If you would like to help us prepare various items to be used during VBS,

reach out to me and I promise to find something for you to do. 

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support!

God Bless you all!

Jennifer Gatke

Director of VBS

Cell: 503.550.9457

 Email: stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com

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Miraculous Mission



We are blasting off to our Miraculous Mission

VBS August 2-6, 2021!

I hope you have booked your seat aboard our rocket ship this summer!

Come with us and learn how Christ came to save all of us with His world-shaking Love!


Join us for dancing, singing, games, puppets, challenges, and leave with a heart bursting with the Love of Christ! Registration is open now!


We are in need of many volunteers! If you would like to lead a crew of kids, help make decorations, cut out stars, or help in your own special way; just give me a call! I promise to find something for you to do.  You can register to volunteer on the website above. 

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support! God Bless you all!

Jennifer Gatke

Director of VBS

503.550.9457 -or- stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com

August 2-6, 2021 from 9 am till Noon
This year we are blasting off into outer space to discover how the Love of
Jesus Saves the World! Come join us for games, stories, snacks, crafts, and rocket ships! All kids ages 4 to 12 are welcome to attend. If you are 13 and older, we would love to have you as a volunteer!!
We are following the Oregon Health Authority’s guidelines for Outdoor
Summer Camps. We will have a limited amount of campers, so register soon! Registration starts Monday, May 10th
Our Registration website is: https://vbsmate.com/StPaulLutheranSherwood
Our VBS will be August 2-6, 2021 from 9 AM till Noon


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.


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

Go to


to register now!


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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