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The Banner

St. John's weekly newsletter to parents, faculty and staff

Banner #14; November 18, 2013

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 18 November 2013


St. John Lutheran School

November 18, 2013

Number 14

The Principal’s Pen

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,

Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;

Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way

With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

These words are the first stanza of the well-loved Thanksgiving hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God”. The author wrote words praising and thanking God from the depths of his being (with heart and hands and voices). The author praised God for all the amazing things He has done (Who wondrous things has done). The author praised God for all the blessings he had received from God’s love (Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way). The author praised God for still being his God (and still is ours today).

This author must have lived a pretty good life, don’t you think? To be able to praise God in thankfulness for so much, the author must have been living the high life. Well, you be the judge. The author was Martin Rinkart, a German pastor alive in the 1600s during the Thirty Years War. He lived in Eilenburg, a city that had been surrounded by the Swedish army, and was filled with refugees, famine, and the plague. Pastors were conducting a dozen funerals a day, until all the pastors, except Rinkart, died. Alone, Rinkart would often perform 50 funerals a day. After the Swedes asked for a huge ransom, Rinkart left the city walls to beg for mercy. The Swedish commander, impressed with Rinkart’s faith and courage, lowered the ransom. Soon after, the war ended. Rinkart, even after witnessing the horrors of war, was able to write these words in celebration of his trust and gratitude toward God.

How about you? What are you thankful for? I’m thankful that, even in the most difficult of times, I still have much to be thankful for!

Report Cards Come Home

Report Cards for the first trimester were given to students today. Please take a few minutes to sit down with each child and discus his or her progress. Ask your child what he or she is proud of. Ask what he or she can improve in. Praise your child for his or her hard work, attitude, and effort. These qualities are just as important, and maybe more important, than the actual grades on the report card.

Academic Festival Recap

Our Academic Festival on Saturday, Nov. 10, was a tremendous success. We had 55 students from St. John participating and 103 overall. We witnessed some great competitions between schools and many of our students received ribbons for their efforts. It was great to see the interaction between parents and students from the different schools. A big thank you goes out to our staff for their hard work making revisions to the events, setting up for the day, and helping to run all the events. Another big thank you goes to the approximately 35 volunteers; parents, church members, and alumni, who made the day possible. We could not have done it without you! We cannot thank you enough for stepping in and helping prepare materials, read questions, judge competitions, sell food, and clean up. If you have any feedback from the day please let us know. We have received a few comments and are looking at how we can make next year’s event even better. Thank you to the parents who encouraged your children to participate. We hope that even more of you will plan now to have your children involved next year. Thank you again for making the day great for our kids and our guests!

Are You Ready for College?

College preparation is complex. How can you help provide for your child’s education without sacrificing your retirement savings or overburdening your child with debt? College Matters: Ways to Avoid costly mistakes and discover funding sources™ is a free 60-minute educational workshop that will be offered at the Thrivent Financial office, 807 Donaldson Drive, Kendallville, every third Wednesday of each month, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. During the workshop, attendees will learn strategies that may help them find financial aid and minimize the amount they will pay out of pocket for college. They will also get tips to help improve their child’s chances of admission and academic success. The workshop will be presented by Deb Beck, Financial Associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. To register, please email deb.beck@thrivent.com or call 260-347-5597.

No products will be offered for sale at this workshop.

For important Thrivent Financial for Lutherans disclosure information, please visit Thrivent.com/disclosures

Thank You!

Special thanks to all who helped make our fall fundraising sale of Butter Braid such a success! Special thanks to our “Distributors” – Terri Myers, Shelly Williams, and Mindy Riley! THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

Munchies in the Morning

Please set aside some time THIS Friday, Nov. 22, anytime between 7:00-7:45, to join us for some morning treats. Scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving, the teachers are hosting this event as a way of saying thank you to our families for being here at St. John. We look forward to hosting you and giving you the opportunity to have a special treat with your children at school that morning.

DEADLINE: Monday, November 25 – 9:00 a.m.

Operation Christmas Child

A great way to let God’s love SHINE to others around the world is to pack a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! A brochure has been given to the students and is available in the office with the specific information. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 25th. Unfortunately, any boxes delivered after that time will NOT be delivered as we have a strict deadline to meet. The child receiving your gift will be blessed with toys, but more importantly shown the love of Jesus through you!

Kids Against Hunger

Have you ever gone to bed hungry? No, I mean really hungry? Around the world, 1 in 7 people go to bed starving each night. One in six children worldwide die before they turn 5 from malnutrition and other related conditions. Our chapel offering for the 2nd Trimester will support Kids Against Hunger (www.kah-fortwayne.org) in bringing highly nutritious meals to needy children all over the world. Plus, our children will take part in an event in April to actually pack these meals. Your child received some materials today to help them collect money at home for their chapel offering.

Inclement Weather

As the likelihood of inclement weather increases, a few reminders about the procedure for school closings are in order. St. John will follow the East Noble School Corporation. When their decision is made you will be notified through a SchoolReach call and the following media outlets: WPTA, WISE, WANE, WBCL, WAWK, and WLAB (STAR). You will see or hear St. John Lutheran, Kendallville, listed on all these media outlets. The option exists for school to be closed, on 2-hour delay, or on 3-hour delay, which pushes dismissal time back to 3:45. Parents must always use discretion, whether we are in session or on delay, to determine if their own drive to school is too hazardous and they need to wait before coming in to school.

Family Pictures

Let St. John help you with your family portraits. On Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11:00-3:00, Derby Studios (the studio that is doing our school pictures this year), will host family portrait sessions here at St. John. You can get your family pictures done right here for a great rate. For only $30, you will receive a CD of 6-8 pictures with the rights to make as many prints as you desire. Of that $30, St. John will receive $25 to go towards Kids Against Hunger and student technology. You can have additional poses (like mother and kids or kids only) for only $5 each more. You can’t beat this opportunity! This event is also open to church and community members, so invite your friends. Call the school office for more information or to sign up for a time slot.

These school families will be prayed for this week

Jason and Kari Krehl; Brandon and Cassandra Lash; Thomas Parr; Shon and Lisa LeRoy;

and John and Angela Malone

Josh Jank, whose health is in God’s hands, and for the whole Jank family.


Remember that we have a Suggestion/Question box in the lobby area (with the soup label, Box Tops, pop tab and ink cartridge drop off boxes). Your feedback is welcome!

Thanksgiving Break

Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 27-29 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Christmas is just around the corner…

Advent Worship

As a part of the spiritual formation we provide children, our students are preparing to help lead worship during the Advent season! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. Our 3rd-8th grade students will lead the Advent worship on Thursday, Dec. 5. The St. John Youth Group will lead the worship on Thursday, Dec. 12. Our Preschool-2nd grade students will lead the Advent worship on Thursday, Dec. 19. All services begin at 7:00. More details will be coming home in the weeks ahead. A light meal will be available before the services to both ease your schedule and provide some fellowship time. We hope that your family will plan now to join us for these special services.

Christmas Gift Collection

While the holidays can be an especially joyous time for most of us, it can be a time of sadness for a child of a needy family. To help in this cause, we will be taking a gift collection to be given to needy children of our school and congregation. This is strictly a voluntary donation.

Just after Thanksgiving, we will place ornaments on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament will have written on it either the name of a specific toy or a suggested type of gift certificate for clothing which would be enjoyed by one of our families.

If the item to be purchased is a toy, purchase the toy, wrap the gift, then tape the ornament on the front of the package. If you choose to purchase a gift certificate, simply place the certificate inside the envelope you take from the tree and return it to the school office. We will see that it gets to the family for whom it was intended.

It’s impossible for us to truly know the needs of all of our families. We will soon contact various families that we think could use some special help this Christmas.

We feel this is a great opportunity to teach the children that the true joy of Christmas is in the spirit of giving, and it will also bring joy and Christ’s love to those with whom we are sharing.

World-Wide Day of Remembrance

Sunday, December 8, is the world-wide day of remembrance of children who have died. All across the world at 7:00 p.m. in respective time zones, candles will be lit in honor of these children. As most of you know, I lost my only son, Christopher, in a car accident in January of 2004. I know there are others among us who also have suffered the loss of a child, or at least know of someone who has.

We would like to print a listing in the Banner of all the children associated with our school families who have died. Please give those names to me by Tuesday, November 26. Names will be listed in the December 2nd Banner.

Cathy Thiem

Women of St. John Winter Festival

Saturday, December 7 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation. There will be lots of gently-used toys, crafts, a giant white elephant table, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our fourth graders each year, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

The Women of St. John have asked if some of the school kids

would be willing to sing during the lunch hour. If your child is in

grades 1-8 and is interested in joining us, please meet in the Worship Center at 11:15 on Saturday, December 7th. The kids will sing around 11:30 for about a half hour or so. If your child will be participating, would you please send a FastDirect message to Mr. Buuck. Thanks.

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is Tuesday, December 10,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SERVANT student last week: Alicia Proxmire, Emma White, Ashton Benson, Bethy Stewart, Bethany Murphy, Macaulay Botteron, Riann Ramer, Trenton Bolen, Hanne Brandgard, Sadie Potts, Kaeli Christian, Christian Stephan, Joseph Erne, Katie Graber, Libby Goldey, Alexys Antal, Bailey Murphy, and Evan Kilburn. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Pictures, Please

Those who have snapshots that are taken at St. John events this year are invited to e-mail those to the office. They will be forwarded to our photographer for possible inclusion in our annual yearbook. Please send pictures to Mrs. Thiem at cthiem@stjohneagles.org. Thanks!

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