St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool has been like a second home for John and I and our family over the last 13 years. When our family first arrived in Sherwood, summer of 2009, I will never forget driving around the neighborhoods of Sherwood and we saw a sign in a yard for “St. Paul Lutheran School Enroll Now”. I asked John to stop the car and go knock on their door and ask where this church was located. John did go knock and Jeff Shipman was who opened the door!! From that moment on we knew St. Paul would be our church. That summer we began attending the church services in the grove and the rest is history.

The St. Paul community support and the love of God have been an enormous source of comfort and relief for the Prehm Family during these past 13 years.

Unfortunately, our time here in Oregon is coming to an end and we will begin a new adventure the end of September in Chicago, Illinois. As many of you know, John has been working in Chicago the past 20 months and has been blessed with such a great opportunity to share his gift and knowledge of finance in Health Care. 

John and I know we can never find another church family as close and loving as this one, but we believe God has a plan for us and that we will continue to serve out His plan faithfully, even in Chicago!

We want to thank Pastor Don, Pastor Rich and Pastor Walt for their inspiration and love for our family. I want to thank all of you for your unending love and support for me during my time as your Preschool Teacher at St. Paul Lutheran Preschool these past 10 years. We will truly miss you all, and we will keep you and St. Paul Lutheran Church and Preschool in Sherwood, Oregon in our prayers.


The Prehm Family


The Theme “IN ALL THINGS …” for the 2021-2022 Preschool year, is also the same theme for the National Youth Gathering this summer!

The Preschool will begin the New Year 2022 celebrating National Lutheran Schools Week, January 24th – 28th. NLSW provides our network of more than 1,800 LCMS preschools, elementary schools, and high schools with the opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in Lutheran Schools.

 During the week of January 24th, St. Paul Lutheran Preschool will celebrate “Days of Creation” based on this year’s theme:

“In All Things” Colossians 1:15-20

Monday – Jesus

Tuesday – Creation

Wednesday – Children

Thursday – Church

Fun Day Friday – Community

I give thanks to God and celebrate the many opportunities, that we as a congregation have and continue to have in the new year, to share Jesus with our preschool parents’ most precious gift: his or her little child.


Kathy Prehm


National Lutheran Schools Week

Matthew 20:28: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”

January 24 30, 2021

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool serves as a partner with families in nurturing the faith of their children. Our Preschool serves St. Paul Lutheran Church by being a mission outpost to our community. St. Paul Lutheran Preschool serves the world with the Gospel!

We also serve in the name of Jesus! The last week of January is National Lutheran Schools Week. The theme for 2021 is “Sent to Serve” and is guided by Matthew 20:28: “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Lutheran schools share the life-changing message of Jesus’ love with more than 180,000 students, their families, and the community. Because Jesus was “Sent to Serve” as our Savior. Jesus’ saving service brings us forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

St. Paul Lutheran Preschool Events for National Lutheran Schools Week:

Monday: JESUS – Sent to Serve

Tuesday: TEACHERS & PASTORS – Sent to Serve

Wednesday: Serving Together on God’s Team

Thursday: Serving in Home and Community

Friday: Sent to Serve in the World

In His Service,

Mrs. Prehm