Hello everyone!

Thank you all for a wonderful 2021. I am looking forward to 2022 and all the opportunities we will have to grow our faith together! We are truly blessed at St. Paul Lutheran.

In Sunday school, we are picking back up where we left off before Advent with our study of the Old Testament.  Starting on Jan 2, pre-k will meet in the library, elementary in the Connect center, and middle & high school will meet in the Old Schoolhouse. All are welcome to join us!

Game Night – Yay or Nay

In November, we had a couple of game nights where no one came. I would like to continue our family game nights but I need your input. During the winter months, it can be a challenge to get together in the middle of the week for an evening game night. I, for one, love to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book on these dark and stormy nights. What are your thoughts and suggestions? Should we wait till spring to have a weeknight family game? Should we plan a mid-day family game on a Saturday? Let me know what would work for your families.

Join us for Coloring and Tea (Childcare not provided)

Thanks to several suggestions and a few nudges, on January 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, we are having a quiet afternoon of coloring books, conversations, and tea. In the lower level of the church after the Voters’ meeting, you are welcome to come color and sip tea with us! You are welcome to bring your own coloring books and markers, or you may use some from my extensive collection. This is a wonderful way to relax and get to know your fellow church members better. 

NYG Meeting

There will be an NYG meeting this month. Look for the announcement of when and where, in the near future.

Lutheran Schools Week

Lutheran Schools’ Week is Jan 24th thru 28th, continue to keep our preschool and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

High School Youth Ski Trip

Finally, we will be having our annual High School Youth Ski trip! On Friday, Jan 28th Pastor Don and Jill will lead the caravan up to the Golden Chalet Ski lodge for a 2-night adventure filled with devotions, food, and winter fun! On Saturday, Jan 29th, all ages are welcome to come up and go sledding/skiing with them.  You will be able to use the lodge we have rented as a home base for the day and enjoy a day of snow! If you are interested in sending your High School Youth for the weekend or bringing your family up for the day, let me or Pastor Don know.

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

Email is stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com or jennifergatke@gmail.com

“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”

-Psalms 31:24

Jennifer Gatke

Sunday School Superintendent Children’s Ministry

Upcoming Schedule

23

January 2022

Coloring and Tea

2:00 – 4:00pm

St. Paul Church Library

24-28

January 2022

Lutheran Schools Week 

St. Paul Preschool

28-30

January 2022

 

High School
Youth Ski Trip

 

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 it continues through all generations 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!

We have several events going on to help us prepare for the Birth of Our Savior.  The first Sunday of Advent is November 28 and our midweek Advent services are on Wednesday, December 1st, Dec 8th, and Dec 15th.  There are two services on each of these Wednesdays. The first service starts at 1:30 pm in the Senior Saints Center and the second starts at 6:30 pm in the Sanctuary.  All are welcome to attend either service or both! The evening service on December 1st will focus on readings from Scripture and traditional Carols.  The evening service on December 8th we will be Unwrapping of the Manger with the PreK and Elementary Sunday school classes.  Finally, on December 15th our Middle/High School youth will recount the journey Mary and Joseph traveled to get to Bethlehem.  We hope you will be able to join us for these important services.

December 11th is the Women’s Christmas Tea from 11-1 pm. Tickets go on sale Nov. 21th at both the 8:30 and 10:45 services. If you would like to join us, please contact Jen Gatke at 503.550.9457 as seating is limited.

December 18th is our Drive-thru Nativity on Campus! We need Townspeople, Shepherds, Wise men, Inn Keepers, set up and clean up help, and so much more! We will need all hands on deck and everyone’s help to make this event shine with the Love of Christ for all to enjoy!

Christmas Eve will have its two services; first service at 3 pm followed by the Candlelight service at 7 pm. Christmas Day will have one service at 10 am with Holy Communion.

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!

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 stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com or jennifergatke@gmail.com

“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

Sunday School Superintendent Children’s Ministry

Backpack Project
Backpack Project
Backpack Project

OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY – BACKPACK PROJECT

To branch off of our St. Paul Lutheran church pantry we will be putting together care backpacks for Sherwood, Oregon, and surrounding areas for the homeless. This is an Outreach project for St. Paul in the Sherwood, Oregon community. 

These backpacks go with the officers as they patrol because they see first-hand where the need is and will hand these backpacks out to those people in dire need.

This is a way to help people who don’t have the means to come to our food pantry for help. 

If you’d like to help with this project please contact the office.  We will be working closely with the Sherwood, Oregon Police Department’s Chaplain.

 

 

Items needed…

Backpack (new or gently used)

2 pairs

of socks

Hand & Feet warmers

Hand Sanitizer

Plastic bag (small for garbage)

Wet wipes for personal hygiene

Plastic poncho (for rain protection)

Emergency blanket (looks like tin foil/ Bi-Mart has them)

Small food items: Granola bars, packs of waterless tuna, cheese & crackers

Eating utensils-plastic

Kleenex, face mask, Band-aids

Bottle of water, juice box

Winter gloves, stocking hat (winter is coming)

Gift cards for hot food ($15 for Taco Bell, McDonald, Burger King, Subway)

 

If you’re unable to shop, monetary donations or Amazon gift cards are accepted through the office. THANK YOU!  For more information please call the St. Paul Lutheran Church office at 503-625-6648.  Donation receipts are provided upon request.

        Hello everyone! Happy November!

Grateful Thankful BlessedSunday school and the Adult/New member classes are every Sunday between the first and second service. These classes are for everyone whether you are a life-long Lutheran or want to learn more about your faith. We would love to have you all with us. In Sunday school, we are learning about the Patriarchs of the Old Testament.  God made promises to each of them and He never failed them. We can gain so much peace by learning how God took care of them regardless of how crazy their world was. God will continue to take care of us too! How awesome is that?!?

 Family Game nights have been so much fun! I hope more of you will be able to join us this month. Our Family Game nights will be on Nov. 3 and 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and are in the Connect Center. We would love to teach you how to play 9 squares in the air too. There will be several board games and card games available to play or bring your own and teach us how to play! This is a great time for all to get to know each other better and build strong relationships too.

Youth Group will be on Nov 10th from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Connect Center. We will be talking more about the National Youth Gathering, working on our next devotion, and playing a few games! If you are wanting to attend NYG this summer, I strongly encourage you to come and see why we are so excited about it!  

As for upcoming events-

Saturday, November 27 we will begin decorating our church and campus for the beginning of Advent. If you would like to help deck the halls, festoon the boughs with holly, or help make everything glow, please let me know. Many hands make light work.  

 Weeknight Advent services start Weds December 1st. Pastor Don and I are planning the youth-led services now. If you would like to join the planning team, let us know!

December 11th is the Women’s Christmas Tea. Tickets will go on sale soon! We are thrilled to be able to celebrate this miraculous season at our annual Christmas Tea.

December 18th is our Drive-thru Nativity on Campus! We need Townspeople, Shepherds, Wise men, Inn Keepers, set up and clean up help, and so much more! We will need all hands on deck and everyone’s help to make this event shine with the Love of Christ!

Christmas Eve will have our Children’s service at 3 pm, the Candlelight service will be at 7 pm. Christmas Day service will be at 10 am with Communion.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day fall on a Friday and Saturday this year. The next day is a Communion Sunday too. Thank you all in advance for all your help and your unwavering support of our Pastors during this season of overflowing blessings!

Do you have any ideas, suggestions, or questions; please reach out to me!

Email is stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com or jennifergatke@gmail.com

Thank you all for the opportunity to re-ignite our community through youth ministry!

Jennifer Gatke

Sunday School Superintendent Children’s Ministry

Christian Education calendar November 2021

Children’s Ministry Fall events
Luther Rose
Luther Rose

Hello everyone! Can you believe it is October already? Time does fly when you are having fun!

We have several events this month for all members of our congregation.

Sunday school is every Sunday between first and second service.

Let us know if you will be joining us and/or if you would like to help teach a class or two!

Family Game Night will be on Oct. 6 and 20, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Family game night is for all ages. 

You are all a part of our St. Paul family; we would love to have you! There will be several board games and card games available to play or bring your own and teach us how to play! This is a great time for all to get to know each other better and build strong relationships too.

 We are thrilled to start our Youth Group meetings again.

On every other Wednesday, starting October 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in the Connect Center, we will play a few games, get to know each other, and talk about how our faith can help us confidently walk through whatever life throws at us. On October 13, we will share with you some of our experiences that made National Youth Gathering is so important and such a blast for us!

LCMS retreat at Camp Lutherwood

On the weekend of Oct 15-17, Pastor Don and a few of our youth will head down to a special LCMS retreat at Camp Lutherwood. Focus in on the disciples after the resurrection and before Pentecost. Each day we look to the news and say: “What’s going on?” and we get down. As opposed to looking to God and finding hope. The disciples are hiding, retreating, and being refilled before going out again. Please keep them all in your prayers this weekend.

Trunk or Treat

On October 31, we will be having the first Trunk or Treat event for our congregation family and the 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 instead of house to house 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 3 pm and the trunk or treating begins at 4 pm.

 

To register for any of these events or if you have questions, please reach out to me!

Email is stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com or jennifergatke@gmail.com

Thank you all for the opportunity to re-ignite our youth ministry!

Jennifer Gatke

Sunday School Superintendent Children’s Ministry

CYF calendar October 2021

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!

Posted in VBS

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

Posted in VBS

 

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!

https://vbsmate.com/StPaulLutheranSherwood

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

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
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
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Our Registration website is: https://vbsmate.com/StPaulLutheranSherwood
Our VBS will be August 2-6, 2021 from 9 AM till Noon