Vacation Bible School
St. Paul Vacation Bible School is usually held the first full week in August. It is open to children ages 4-12. The purpose of VBS is twofold: 1) to help our own students to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ and his Word; 2) to reach out to the unchurched in our community so they also may know Jesus as their Savior. Vacation Bible School follows a Scripture-based theme for the week, teaching Bible lessons and truths, always with the purpose of pointing to Christ and his sacrificial love for all mankind. Activities that supplement the Bible lessons include crafts, games, songs, and even snack-time. There is no fee for VBS. It is run by volunteers from St. Paul, who give of their time, energy, and talents to glorify God and share the Gospel.
PTO Held Events
The first annual St. Paul Lutheran Trunk or Treat was held on Friday November 1st, 2013, coordinated by the school PTO. Many members of our congregation and students’ families decorated the trunks of their vehicles and handed out goodies to ‘trunk or treaters’ in a safe, Christian environment. The Appleton Fire and Police Departments attended, encouraging the children to interact with the firefighters and policeman and explore their vehicles. Following the Trunk or Treat, over two hundred attendees filed into the school gymnasium for a family-friendly dance, complete with a DJ, balloon artist, gooey gross bar, and concessions. There was also a hula hoop and costume contest. This event is open to the public, making it an awesome fellowship and outreach opportunity for our church and school.
Private Piano Lessons
We offer private piano lessons for children second grade or above. The lessons are conveniently scheduled, in the building, and during school-time, at the guidance and discretion of the teachers. Lessons are conducted in a light-hearted and Christian atmosphere, with consideration of each child’s individual capabilities. We make them fun and affordable!
What are they?
Handbells were created in England to provide instrumental practice at home for change ringers. These instruments are made out brass and are individually voiced. Due to the cost of a handbell set, you will mainly hear handbells played in a church setting.
Who can ring handbells?
Handbells are able to be rung by anyone willing to learn how to read music and count. At St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, we have two handbell choirs. One handbell choir is for the children of St. Paul Lutheran School and the other choir is for the confirmed members of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Celebration Ringers (Children of St. Paul Lutheran School)
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” ~ Psalm 98:4a
At St. Paul Lutheran School, our students have the opportunity to praise their Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier through music. Handbells are a great way to strengthen children’s abilities to read and count music. We are blessed to have the opportunity to praise God in church and at handbell festival throughout the year.
Jubilation Ringers (Adults of St. Paul Lutheran Church)
“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” CW 334
Church members and visitors enjoy hearing our choirs sing praises to our Lord. The same response is true about ringing praises to our Lord. St. Paul Lutheran Church invites our confirmed members to join our Jubilation Handbell choir. Ringing handbells, or learning how to ring handbells, is a great opportunity to praise our Lord as well as make new friends. If you have never picked up or played a handbell—come to one of our practices on Tuesday evenings at 7PM in the church balcony and explore the opportunity to become a member of the adult handbell choir. For additional information, contact Ashley Steinmetz at 920-216-1882.
St. Paul is blessed to have a very active group of parent volunteers at the school. These volunteers can find an outlet for their energy and ideas through the Parent/Teacher Organization. The PTO takes responsibility for coordinating student favorites such as Trunk or Treat, the Laff-O-Lympics, and biannual roller skating parties. The group also coordinates service projects such as serving Fellowship Meals and organizing Staff Appreciation Week each May. To fund PTO events, members have been relying mostly on proceeds from Box Tops for Education by coordinating an annual campaign drive to keep students focused on bringing in their Box Tops. In the future, PTO hopes to add a few more social programs including a movie nights on the big screen in the gym as well as service projects including a bulletin board swap system and a church-wide rummage sale.
Due to recent successes with the Box Tops campaigns, the PTO has been able to give back to the school this year by donating half the cost for new cheerleading uniforms for both the A and B cheerleading teams. Many more needs have been identified throughout the school and the group hopes to be able to continue providing large donations towards these items.
All parents at St. Paul are encouraged to come to the PTO meetings and share ideas, even if they can't commit to spending a lot of time volunteering. Opportunities, both big and small, are available for those who wish to get involved.