Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
– Matthew 19:14

St. Paul’s Vacation Bible School is held each July and we eagerly anticipate sharing the Gospel, the giggles, and the great music every year!

In 2019, the mission teams had a wonderful week at the VBS “Miraculous Mission Center” on July 22-26.  We had a great group of children who enjoyed all the special activities that were planned by our many volunteers.  The kids had fun and learned about God’s Miraculous Mission of love and salvation as they visited Starry Night Storytelling, Observation Station Bible Challenge, Galaxy Snacks, Blastoff Games, and Creation Crafts.  The daily puppet shows with Robbie the Robot and the daily rocket launches with the Rocket Man were favorite activities – thanks to Dave Jungmeyer.  The kids celebrated God’s Mission, reviewed the daily lesson, and sang enthusiastically at the at the Mission Center Opening and Closing each day.  Our Friday Celebration and Lunch were enjoyed by a good crowd and it was a great week for building faith, giving witness, and making new Christian friends.

We had 67 children enrolled and an average daily attendance of about 55.  Over 45 volunteers were a wonderful blessing to the program as they taught lessons, led teams through the stations, decorated our Mission Center, and organized everything to go smoothly.  We were also happy that we have 20 teens/tweens volunteer to help as VBS provides a special “faith perk” for them.  Many others donated snack/lunch items, supported our mission project, and much more.  Special thanks to Dorothy Jungmeyer who received a Thrivent Action Team Grant for $250 to help pay for supplies, decorations, and crafts.  Patricia and Rebekah Inglish took pictures for use in a video, on Facebook, and for display.  We were grateful for the many prayers asking God to bless our VBS program and send the Holy Spirit to build faith in the hearts of our children.

This year, we collected offerings to support the 3MT mission project.  Mr. Kevin Kohler came to visit our Closing on Monday to tell the kids about the many helpful projects that the 150+ 3MT campers complete in this area for low income, elderly, handicapped, or single parent families.  The children reached their goal of collecting $250 for 3MT.

Many thanks go to the following Miraculous Mission volunteers who taught, led, and helped:

Ashley Baker Jan Bleich Lucas Bleich Ryan Bleich
Caydee Cooper Jennifer Dampf Lexi Diehls Mikayla Diehls
Glenda Ellis (SPCCC) Walker Friedmeyer Steven Gentry Vanessa Gentry
Haley Green Patricia Inglish Rebekah Inglish Beth Jungmeyer
Dave Jungmeyer Joyce Kaiser Kaleigh Kaiser Isabella Kincaid
Jessa Kinchens(SPCCC) Pastor Kopper Jeanette Kunze Alyssa Maurer
Isaac McDaniel Kari Mertens Sabra Mertens Trinity Paulson
Martha Phillips Jean Schuber Cassie Sellick(SPCCC) Sherri Sommerer
Karen Stock Kristin Stotts (SPCCC) Braxton Turner Charlie Turner
Debbie Turner Sam Turner Sara Turner Erin VanDieren
Diane Weicken Marie Wickham(SPCCC) Amy Wilhelm Stephanie Zimmerman

*SPCCC – (St. Paul’s Child Care Center)