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Banner #16; December 1, 2014

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 01 December 2014


St. John Lutheran School

December 1, 2014

Number 16

The Principal’s Pen

1. You better watch out 2. He's making a list

You better not cry And checking it twice

Better not pout I'm telling you why Gonna find out who's naughty and nice

Santa Claus is coming to town Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s coming! Depending on your child’s self-evaluation skills (or level of guilt), this song can fill them with fear or great anticipation. While this song represents a fun part of the Christmas season, our thoughts and focus over the next few weeks should be on Someone else who is also coming.

Advent (the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas) means coming, and it is a time of preparation. What are we preparing for? Christmas, of course, but not just the shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping, celebrating, and enjoying that come with the holidays. No, we are preparing for the coming of Jesus, a little baby born in Bethlehem. Why did Jesus have to come? He came because you and I are sinners and we need God’s forgiveness. Jesus lived a perfect life and took our sins to the cross. His death and resurrection give us forgiveness and new life. Why do we celebrate something that took place 2000 years ago? We celebrate Christmas because we are glad that Jesus came to earth. But, we also celebrate the past with eyes to the future. While on earth, Jesus promised that He will return. We look forward to the day of Jesus’ return at the end of time, when we can then live with Jesus forever!

May God bless your Advent preparations!

Advent Devotion

Each family is receiving a devotional and cardboard Advent wreath today. It is our hope that these materials will be a simple, and yet meaningful, way for your family to prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. It will only take a few minutes each day to read the Bible verse, short devotion, and put the sticker on the wreath. Even if you aren’t able to have devotions every day, doing so often can help your family focus on Jesus, the greatest reason for Christmas!

Women of St. John Winter Festival

THIS Saturday, December 6 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Women of St. John will be hosting a Winter Festival THIS Saturday, December 6, and I encourage each school family to support the efforts of these women. This group has done much over the years to improve our facility and they provide our fourth graders and new students in upper grades with Bibles each year.

If you would like to help out, you can donate some home-made cookies for the cookie-go-round or something for the bake table. Bring your goodies before 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Whatever it may be, the Women of our congregation would welcome your donation.


Order a Christmas Poinsettia

If you would like to order a Christmas poinsettia to decorate our worship areas for our Christmas Eve and Christmas morning services, please see Mrs. Thiem or Miss Young for an order form. The cost for each poinsettia is $12.00 and the plants can be placed in honor or in memory of a special person in your life. Deadline to order is noon, Monday, December 15, so don’t delay!

Advent worship is a special time of the season; a time when we can join together with other believers to focus on Jesus, the real reason for Christmas. Please join us for the following Advent services:

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:00 – led by our 6th-12th grade youth group

Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:00 – led by our PS, K, and 6th-8th grades

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:00 – led by our 1st-5th grades

A dinner will also be served on Dec. 11 and 18 from 5:30-6:30 in the gym. Please join us for fellowship and worship with your St. John family.

Thursday, December 11 - 5:30 – 6:30

NEXT week’s Menu:

Chicken Vegetable Soup or Pasta

Grilled Cheese Sandwich



Free-will offering proceeds to benefit Washington D.C. trip April 2016

Classroom Christmas Gifts

This year students in grades 1-8 will not exchange gifts between students at their classroom Christmas parties. Instead, some grades recently collected items to fill shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child”. Those boxes, filled with toys, candy, and school supplies are sent to needy children all over the world and are often times the first gifts those children have ever received!

Please watch for letters from your child’s teacher regarding the projects that will be undertaken by the classroom for Christmas in lieu of the gift exchange.

Students in preschool and kindergarten will continue the tradition of purchasing a gift in the $4.00-$5.00 range to exchange with classmates. Again, please watch your child’s class letter for details.

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.

Ornaments have been placed on a Christmas tree in our school. Each ornament has 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. (We have switched to gift certificates for clothing rather than the purchase of actual clothing.)

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.

This year, Thrivent Financial has designated our Giving Tree as a recipient of some of their service dollars. We are grateful for the help this will provide to our families!!

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Students in grades PS-8 painted Christmas greetings to be displayed along with boards from other local school children. The displays will be lit each evening from 6-9 p.m. Other activities will be available during those times as well.

These school families, prayed for this week:

Chad and Emily McKinley; Alissa Middleton; Brian and Sarah Moreland; Tyler and Summer Moser; and Marshall and Kimberly Mossman

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

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.

Reduced-Price Sale!!!

Available in the school office are some extra Butter Braids. They are being offered first-come-first-served at a price of $9.00 each. Check with Mrs. Thiem to see what is still available.


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!

Congratulations to students in grades 4 through 8 who have earned a place on the 1st Trimester honor roll.

Fourth Grade –All A’s – Joshua Bailey, Max Bender, Caylee James, Kyle

McKenzie, Aowyn Myers

A’s & B’s - Jacob Diehm, Hunter Kline, Savana Phares,

Grant Schermerhorn, Sam Schroeder

Fifth Grade – A’s & B’s – Brett Christian, Katie Graber, Libby Goldey,

Riley Spencer

Sixth Grade – High Honors – Gavin Burtch, Delia Norris, Wesley Potts, Marcy

Treesh, Caleb Walz, Joshua Walz

Honors - Hanne Brandgard, Dominic Campbell, Madisyn

Cope, Lucas Diehm, Aliyah Jimenez, Daniel

Malone, Jessie Schroeder, Gabby Stier, Katelyn


Seventh Grade - High Honors – Haley Bloom, Andrew Schroeder, Emma Schroeder

Honors - Cole Christian, Colin Stephan

Eighth Grade – High Honors- Lars Brandgard, Rhett Norris, Christian Stephan

Honors - Mason Goddard, Noah Jank, Ethan Kessler,

Connor LeRoy

The next Hungry Howie’s Day is

Tuesday, December 9,

(and each second Tuesday thereafter).

Position Available

St. John is looking for a new music/keyboard teacher. Mrs. Meyer has offered her resignation to pursue other opportunities. Mrs. Meyer started our keyboard program 10 years ago and has been instrumental (pun intended) in the success of our music program. We thank God for her and wish her well in all that is ahead. The ideal candidate would have a music education degree, but candidates with experience playing and teaching piano will be considered. Candidates must be available to teach on Wednesday and Friday. If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, please contact Mr. Walz.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Nathan Potts, Carter McKinley, Coby Treesh, Hunter Shire, Lauren Diehm, Lilly Moser, Taryn Haines, Maddie Burtch, Briggs Cheesman, and Brendon Heileman. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

The Week Ahead – December 1 – 7, 2014

Monday, December 1

4:15 – 5:15 – JV Girls Basketball @ HOME vs HC

5:30 – 6:30 – JV Boys Basketball @ HOME vs HC

6:45 – 7:45 – V Boys Basketball @ HOME vs HC

Tuesday, December 2

8:15 – Chapel

3:15 – 4:45 – Boys Basketball Practice

4:45 – 6:15 – JVG Basketball Practice

Wednesday, December 3

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

3:15 – 4:45 – Boys Basketball Practice

Thursday, December 4

7:00 – Advent Worship #1 – led by St. John Youth Group

Friday, December 5

Saturday, December 6

9:00 – 2:00 - St. John Winter Festival

Sunday, December 7

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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