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Banner #19; January 7, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 07 January 2013

St. John Lutheran School


Number 19

January 7, 2013

Principal’s Pen

This past Sunday, Jan. 6, was Epiphany, the day the Christian church celebrates the Wise Men’s visit to see Jesus. This day is also the 12th day of Christmas (remember learning about the 12 days of Christmas at the PS-2nd grade Advent service on Dec. 13?). Unlike what we usually see, the Wise Men didn’t visit Jesus the night he was born. He was actually a child living with Mary and Joseph in a home when the Wise Men arrived. They brought gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh and worshiped Jesus. What can we learn about following Jesus from them?

The Wise Men’s preparations and journey to and from Bethlehem certainly took longer than a year. It must have cost a significant amount. What did they leave behind? Jobs? Families? Friends? They gave gifts of precious commodities. They risked being imprisoned or worse when they disobeyed Herod’s command to return and tell him where to find Jesus. All of these things show the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice that the Wise Men made in searching for and worshiping Jesus. All of their efforts were rewarded when they met Jesus face to face and worshiped Him.

What does our worship of Jesus look like? Are we as dedicated, committed, and sacrificial as the Wise Men were? Our worship does involve financial sacrifices as we give offerings in support of our churches and other charities. It may cost us relationships as others may turn away from us as we turn to Jesus. We may want to do other things with our Sunday morning. We may want to sleep in. We may be working, or just getting off work, or getting ready to go to work. All of these factors may wear down our commitment to worship Jesus. But, when we battle these factors and worship Jesus we will be blessed. In 2013, may we all be wise men and women as we meet Jesus in worship and are blessed by Him!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

Re-enrollment News

Re-enrollment for the 2013-2014 school year will be soon be here! A packet of information on the re-enrollment timeline, the registration process, tuition levels, and staff changes will be sent home with students on Tuesday, Jan. 22. At that time we will also begin taking names of prospective new students to add to our class lists after our current students are re-enrolled. If you know of someone who would be interested in and benefit from the excellent Lutheran education that we offer, please encourage them to contact the school office.

Spelling Bee January 10

On Thursday, January 10, don’t miss our school’s Spelling Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the county Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Geography Bee January 17

On Thursday, January 17, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Pastor Griebel’s Retirement

After over 30 years of ministry here at St. John, Pastor Griebel is retiring. Pastor and Cindy have been valued members of the St. John family for all of those years and saying good-bye will be hard to do. The Griebels will be relocating to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where Pastor will serve for 2 years as an interim pastor at a Lutheran church there. Sunday, January 27, has been set aside to recognize the Griebels. There will be three services that day, one at 8:00, one at 9:30, and one at 10:45. A recognition ceremony will begin at 1:00 followed by an Open House until 4:00. All school families are welcome to join us on this special day. Watch for more details on how the school children will be involved in saying thank you, good bye, and God bless you to the Griebels.

Chapel Offerings

Our chapel offerings this trimester are supporting Life and Family Services. This Kendallville agency helps support young mothers and their children. Students can support Life and Family Services by bringing in offerings to chapel or by bringing in diapers, clothing, formula, and baby food. So far we have raised over $200. If we raise $600 by the end of the trimester Mr. Walz will dye his hair blue! That’s right! So, bring in your offering or other gift and support Life and Family Services and see Mr. Walz go blue!

Coming Soon – Watch for More Details

We have several exciting events coming soon. Please mark the dates on your calendar and watch for more details to come.

Science Fair: Information will be available this week for all students interested in participating in this year’s science fair. Please see your child’s teacher or the school office.

Pastor Griebel’s Retirement: Sunday, Jan. 27, will be Pastor Griebel’s last Sunday at St. John (see additional article for more details)

Lutheran Schools Week: Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, special events all week long to celebrate who we are as a Lutheran school

Science Central: Friday, Feb. 1, at 9:00 for K-2nd and at 10:15 for 3rd-6th, parents welcome and volunteers needed

STOP Bullying Now Assembly: Monday, Feb. 11, at 1:45

SCRIP: New Year, New Habit

Would you like free money? Do you shop at any of the following stores?

Walmart Kroger Dairy Queen Dude’s Shell

BP Dietrich’s Shepherds Walgreens CVS

Applebees Home Depot Summer’s Stories Maria’s Kohls

These are just a few of the retailers that we carry SCRIP cards for. When you purchase a SCRIP card a percentage of the face value is credited back to you. It really is that simple!

As we begin a new year, why not start forming a new habit of using SCRIP? All you have to do is stop in the office any time or the gym on Friday at pick up time, purchase your SCRIP cards, and start saving money. The more you use SCRIP, the more you’ll save. Watch here for other easy ways to use this program!

For those of you who have been using SCRIP, your balances for the last half of 2012 will soon be applied to the account of your choice.

Keep saving those General Mills Boxtops for Education! We recently received a check in the amount of $540.70, so you can see these little scraps of cardboard add up to a sizable amount!! Thank YOU!!!

Steve Malone/Shayna Burgh and Amanda McCormick families

prayed for last week;

Stephen & Jamie McKenzie, Brian & Sarah Moreland, Tyler & Summer Moser, Eric & Melissa Murphy, and Tim & Terri Myers families prayed for this week;

Mrs. Amy Buuck and her family upon the death of her husband’s grandfather

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student the week before Christmas: Gideon Gerber, Owen Chambers, Nathan Walz, Mason Goddard, Lucas Diehm, Garrison Gerber, Abi McLeod, and Jaxson Campbell We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Christmas Thanks….

Here are notes of thanks that were received gifts from our Christmas Giving Tree:

“I would like to send a heartfelt gratitude to the people who have helpd us out this year. There are no words to express how thankful I am! God bless you so much!

Sincerely grateful, thank you again!”

“Words cannot describe my gratitude for everything that people have taken the time and money to make this a great Christmas for my little angel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May the Lord bless you and touch you in so many ways. I am so blessed and thankful that I found a great school for my little one and friends to meet me in heaven!

Thanks so much, and God bless you all!

Forever grateful!”

“Just want to thank everyone for helping make my kids’ Christmas one of the best ones. I loved seeing their faces light up as I watched them open all of their gifts. We had a rough year and weren’t sure how we were gonna be able to give the kids a good Christmas, but with your help it was wonderful.

Thanks again and God Bless”

“We would like to say Thank You to St. John’s staff and also the members for your generosity this Christmas Season. Thank you for the smiles on our children’s faces that morning. May God bless you all in the years to come.

Thank you”

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