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 jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

“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 jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org .

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 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

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

jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

503.550.9457 cell

CYF September

 

Happy summer middle and high school youth, kids and families! July is brimming with CYF events and trips, while August has VBS, Gospel at the Beach, and S’mores Galore!

VBS registration is in full swing!

We need all the volunteers we can get. If you and/or someone you know wants to help out with VBS, sign up today! This year we are diving into ‘Sparks Studio’ where we will explore how we are Created! Designed! And Empowered! By God! Join us to sing, dance, explore, and create as we learn all about God’s unfailing love for all of us! VBS is August 1st thru 5th from 9 am till Noon. Registration is open for participants ages 4 to 12 years old, Volunteers ages 13+.  Sign up at www.myvbs.org/stpaulsherwood .

On July 8th, Pastor Don, Jill, and I will chaperone JP Garstka and David Sanchez to our National Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas! We have been preparing, praying, and supporting each other as we see Christ ‘In All Things’ throughout the past year. There is nothing like worshipping God with 25,000 teenagers from all over the country. Thank you all for your prayers and support! This is truly a life blessing event. We are truly blessed to be a part of it all.

Sunday school is happening this summer in the Connect Center at our usual time- 9:40 to 10:30 am. During the summer both the preschool and elementary age classes are merged into one super group. Our special summer curriculum focuses on God’s Gifts of Grace for each and every one of us. We will explore God’s Gifts of Grace by making puppets, crafts, using our imagination to visit exciting places all over the world, and playing goofy games. We would love to have your kids join in on all the fun!  Want to volunteer to lead a Sunday school lesson?!? Just let me know! I promise it will be a highlight of your summer. This summer is a great time to try your hand at teaching Sunday school.    

There are 2 family camps this July at Camp Lutherwood. The first camp is July 8th -10th, the second is July 21st -24th. We have several families attending these camps and our very own Gina Byers is working as the camp nurse at Lutherwood as well.

VBS! VBS begins August 1st!

We will begin setting up and decorating after Missionfest on July 31st. We can use everyone’s help transforming our campus into God’s creation studio. There are posters to hang, pew signs to mount, giant craft supplies to situate, and so much more. All volunteers are expected to lend a hand with set up. After set up, we will pass out camp shirts and have a brief meeting.  On Monday August 1st, we ask that volunteers arrive at 8am and report to the Senior Saints building. The rest of the week volunteers can arrive by 8:30. We will have our traditional S’mores Campfire on Wednesday August 3rd at 6:30pm and our end of VBS hot dog lunch on Friday August 5th.

 

Attention Middle and High school youth!

 

Youth Campfire July 6th 2022

The amazing Talia Johnston will be hosting special Campfire nights throughout July and August just for you! Starting with Wednesday July 6th at 7pm and again on July 30th after our Veggie Tales movie night, around 7pm. August campfires will be the 3rd at 6:30pm and August 24 at 7pm. RSVP to taliaj1@frontier.com or 

Gospel at the beach

jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org 

Gospel at the Beach with Pastor Don is August 18th. We will drive down to the beach, read 433the Gospel, build sand castles, play in the surf, and enjoy dinner at Camp 18 on the way home. Bring a towel, change of clothes, sunscreen, a sack lunch, and $15 to help cover the cost of dinner. We will provide the transportation from church to the beach and back again. This is a wonderful opportunity to strengthen your friendships with God and each other. RSVP to jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

Family Movie Night will be July 30th and August 30th at 6pm. We will be watching Jonah a Veggie Tales Movie in July and Josh and the Big Wall in August. Bring a blanket or stuffed Veggie doll and enjoy this vegetable masterpiece with us. Popcorn and Juice boxes will be provided. RSVP with me, Jen Gatke!

Craft and Chat will be August 21st from 2-4 pm in the church library. Bring that project you’ve always wanted to finish, or the one you’ve been meaning to start. Enjoy the tea and company of your family as we craft and chat together.

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

My email is:  jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org  

“For I hold you by your right hand- I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.’”- Isaiah 41:13

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Youth Program Director

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 we are building ‘Sparks Studio’ where we will learn that we are Created! Designed! And Empowered! By God! Join us as we sing, dance, explore, and create as we learn all about God’s unfailing love for us all! VBS is August 1st thru 5th from 9 am till Noon. Registration is open for participants ages 4 to 12 years old, Volunteers ages 13+.  Sign up at www.myvbs.org/stpaulsherwood . Questions? Email me at jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

On Sunday June 5th there will be a special celebration for our Confirmands during our usual Christian Education hour

 between worship services. We will have cake, punch, and rejoicing! The following Sunday, June 12th, is Senior Salute! Join us for cake, punch, and celebrating! 

Sunday school will resume on June 19th in the Connect Center at our usual time- 9:40 to 10:30 am. During the summer both the preschool and elementary age classes are merged into one super group. Our special summer curriculum focuses on God’s Gifts of Grace for each and every one of us. We will explore God’s Gifts of Grace by making puppets, crafts, using our imagination to visit exciting places all over the world, and playing goofy games. We would love to have your kids join in on all the fun!  Want to volunteer to lead a Sunday school lesson?!? Just let me know! I promise it will be a highlight of your summer. This summer is a great time to try your hand at teaching Sunday school.    

We will be having a National Youth Gathering meeting on June 18th from 2 to 4 pm, in the lower level of the Church. We will be making clothes pins, designing our t-shirts, picking out snacks, and a lot more. Please RSVP to jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org before June 12th. It’s important that we are all able to attend this meeting. If this date doesn’t work for you, please let me know ASAP. 

Family Movie Night is June 25th at 6pm. We will be watching the classic Veggie Tales, ‘God wants me to forgive them!?!’ Bring a blanket or stuffed Veggie doll and enjoy this vegetable masterpiece with us. Popcorn and Juice boxes will be provided. RSVP at jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

 

Mini Camp is June 28-30th from 10-1 pm. Our theme this year is Animals! We will be making clay animal pinch pots, inventing our own thumbprint animals, playing fun water games, and going on a scavenger hunt around campus. If you would like to join us, RSVP at jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

 

Finally, a HUGE THANK YOU to the families that helped us clean the grave stones in our cemetery! It was a gigantic undertaking. I truly appreciate you all! Several families suggested that we have a monthly clean up afternoon during the summer. If you would be interested in helping, please don’t be shy. Email me at jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org  

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

My email is:  jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org  

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Jennifer Gatke

St. Paul Youth Program Director

Hello everyone!

Thank you all for your help with the Easter egg hunts and the Easter Breakfast. It was truly a blessing to be able to enjoy these events with you all once again.

In Sunday school, we are finishing up our school year curriculum this month. It’s hard to believe that summer is right around the corner! We will continue to have Sunday school throughout the summer months, but it will look a little different.

Summer Sunday school begins on May 22.  All kids aged 3-12 will meet in the Connect Center at 9:35 am. We will be learning about God’s Gifts of Grace and how God always keeps His promises. Our older youth will have the opportunity to help teach a craft, a game, or retell the Bible story to the younger kids. The older youth will have their own Sunday school lessons too.  With all the camps, trips, and special events this summer we could use a few extra volunteers to teach 1 or 2 Sundays for us. This summer is a great time to try your hand at teaching Sunday school.    

 

We have a special Craft and Chat on May 1st, Dottie Buss will be teaching us all to make a special Mother’s Day card. All materials and tools will be provided. Space is limited, please let us know if you would like to attend. We will have our usual Craft & Chat on May 15th from 2-4 pm. I hope to see you on May 1st and May 15th for Craft and Chat from 2-4 pm, feel free to bring your favorite snack if you like to nibble while you craft.  As always, we will have extra coloring pages and supplies available. If you have a craft idea you’d love to teach or if there is a craft you’ve always wanted to learn, let me know!

We will be having a National Youth Gathering meeting on May 14th from 2 to 4 pm, in the lower level of the Church. We will go over packing lists, itineraries, snacks, and so much more!

On May 21st starting at 11 am, we need all the youth and their families to help clean up our cemeteries and place flags at the graves of our veterans.  The church will BBQ some burgers and hot dogs, please bring a side dish to share.

During the summer months, we will be having a Veggie Tales movie night every 4th Saturday, beginning this month!  Saturday May 28th starting at 6 pm we will watch “Where’s God When I’m S-Scared?” There will be popcorn and juice boxes for everyone too!

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

My email is:  jennifergatke@stpaulsherwood.org

“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

Welcome to March

and the beginning of our Lenten season. 

Sunday School

In Sunday school, with Lent beginning on March 2, we will explore the path Jesus walked in the final parts of His ministry leading up to Holy Week. We will also make St. Patrick’s Day cards for our homebound members as we share the Gospel as St. Patrick did. You can drop off your kiddos each Sunday at 9:35. Our lessons will begin by 9:45 and finish up just in time for the second service to start. 

Just as before, pre-k/kinder will meet in the library, and elementary will meet in the Connect Center. Our middle & high school will be meeting in Pastor Don’s office for the time being. We would love to have you all join us each Sunday.

Craft & Chat

A big thank you to all who attended our Craft and Chat afternoon in February. It was wonderful to chat, share creativity, laugh, learn from each other, and drink tea together!

Our next Craft and Chat is March 20th from 2 to 4 pm. Come by for the whole time or just an hour. Bring a project you’ve always meant to complete or just come for the tea.

Next month at Craft and Chat on April 24th, Dottie Buss will be teaching the art of card making with a special Mother’s Day card. Everything will be provided, you just need to let us know if you would like to attend. If you have a craft idea you’d love to teach or if there is a craft you’ve always wanted to learn, let me know! There is plenty of room in the lower level of the church for all of us. I hope to see you on March 20th for Craft and Chat from 2-4 pm., feel free to bring your favorite snack if you like to nibble while you craft. As always, we will have extra coloring pages and supplies available.

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

My email is stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com or jennifergatke@gmail.com

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

Jennifer Gatke

Sunday School Superintendent Children’s Ministry

 

Hello everyone!

Happy February! I hope you all are warm, cozy, and filled with the love of Christ this entire month!

Waltz Through The Old Testament

In Sunday school, we are starting a new unit that will finish up our waltz through the Old Testament and carry us into the birth of Christ. You can drop off your kiddos each Sunday at 9:30. Our lessons will begin by 9:45 and finish up just in time for the second service to start.  Just as before, pre-k/kinder will meet in the library and elementary in the Connect Center. Our middle & high school will be meeting in Pastor Don’s office for the time being. All are welcome to join us!

Connecting with the Seniors

Each month we will be connecting with our senior friends who are homebound by making cards, crafts, gift baskets, etc. It is vital that our children know their elders and learns from their resilience and strength of faith. This month, we will be making Valentine’s Day cards for our homebound friends. We are collecting any Valentine’s Day stickers, cards, craft items for this project. You can drop them off in the Church Office by Feb 11 if you wish to contribute.

A big thank you to all who attended our first Coloring and Tea afternoon. It was wonderful to chat, color, laugh, and drink tea together! I am very pleased to announce that we will be having this once a month. We are expanding on the theme and have hereby renamed it- Craft and Chat. Bring any craft, painting, and/or coloring project you wish to work on. There is plenty of room in the lower level of the church for all of us. I hope to see you on Feb 20th for Craft and Chat from 2-4 pm., feel free to bring your favorite snack if you like to nibble while you craft. As always, we will have extra coloring pages and supplies available.

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

My email is stpaulsaintsvbs@gmail.com or jennifergatke@gmail.com

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

Jennifer Gatke

Sunday School Superintendent Children’s Ministry

 

CYF calendar February 2022

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