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Banner #8, October 1, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 01 October 2018


St. John Lutheran School

October 1, 2018 Number 8

The Principal’s Pen

Monthly Family Bible Verse

Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

Romans 8:14

This is our verse for the month of October. We encourage families to read this verse, talk about it, and learn this verse together.

To help us begin to understand this verse a little, let me share a little bit about the verses around it. In this section of Romans, Paul is writing about the life we have through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Triune God who lives within us and helps us follow God in our thoughts, words, and actions. By nature, we are sinful. The Holy Spirit enables us to turn from our sinful ways and follow God.

When we do that, a significant thing happens. Verse 14 tells us that as we follow the Holy Spirit we are made sons (children) of God. A couple of verses later Paul uses the term Abba in reference to God the Father. Abba means Daddy. This helps to understand that God wants to be our Daddy, the relationship of love, dependency, security, and trust that a small child has with his Daddy. That can be a difficult concept for some of us because sin has broken our relationship with our earthly fathers. But, God is the perfect Father, Daddy, to us.

This month, let’s focus on coming to God as Father, Daddy, and resting in His perfect love for us! The Holy Spirit will help us live as His children!

Apple Festival THIS WEEKEND!!

Have fun! Make friends!

Make the event a success for our kids!

• Dry ingredients assembly THIS Thursday at 1:00.

• More workers needed! Contact Mrs. Thiem to sign up.

• We need coolers. Bring them anytime this week!

• Pray for good weather and big crowds!

• See you at the Festival to enjoy some fritters!

We still need people to work shifts at the festival. As virtually every past participant will tell you, it is more fun than work. Work assignments were sent home again this week. IF

YOU RESPONDED TO OUR PLEA FOR APPLE FESTIVAL HELP – THANK YOU! We still have a couple holes to fill – see the schedule coming home.

It’s loads of work, but lots of fun! We hope that you can be involved in some way with the Apple Festival. Chances are you will rub shoulders with some neat people; perhaps even make some new friends. And if the weather is good, we’ll have a shot to raise a sizable sum of money to meet the needs of our school!

Don’t forget to come on out and support our school by purchasing a hot apple fritter at our booth at the fairgrounds. Our booth will be located in the same area as last year. Look for us on the midway just in front of the primitive display.

YOUR Help is still needed!!

Apple Festival Quiz

What happens at the St. John apple fritter booth?

A. Fritters are fried golden brown and coated with powdered sugar (calorie-free!)!

B. Fun and fellowship with other St. John families!

C. Big-time fundraising for the benefit of every student at St. John!

D. All of the above!

• Every family at St. John is expected to help because every student benefits. If you haven’t signed up to help yet, please contact the office right away to get in on the fun!

• Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help!

• Another schedule and informational packet is coming home today. Please check it carefully and contact Mrs. Thiem if there are changes to be made or if you can help fill other openings.

• Many (50) coolers are needed for eggs and apples. Please bring in your coolers anytime this week for us to use!

• Cash donations are much appreciated and will help us enter the weekend debt free!

• 7th and 8th graders and parents will be mixing dry ingredients on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 1:00-2:45. We have plenty of help signed up – THANK YOU!!

•Calling all pickup trucks. Your truck is needed on Friday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 – 12:00 to transport materials to the fairground. Please let Mrs. Thiem know if we can count on you and your truck.


The Apple Festival Committee requests that each participant dress in appropriate costuming at the Apple Festival. We have skirts and aprons at the booth which women can simply slip on over their jeans. Men usually wear blue jeans and flannel shirts.

To clarify “appropriate costuming,” please find several suggestions for dress and a few absolute “do not wear” below. Remember the goal of the Apple Festival is to entertain and educate about our pioneer heritage in 1830-1865.

We do have a supply of clothes to slip on, but if you have something that is appropriate you are encouraged to wear it!


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Dark-colored pants or jeans Designer jeans

(Shirts worn out to cover snaps, zippers, etc.) Contemporary outerwear

Peasant-style shirts Baseball style hats

Flannel shirts (preferably solid color) T-Shirts

Capotes Neon-colored clothing


Suggested Not Acceptable

Boots or dark-colored shoes Visible tennis shoes

Mid-calf to long dresses Visible pants

Cloaks, shawls, quilts, afghans Contemporary outerwear

Period hats, bonnets and caps Neon-colored clothing




 Zippers were invented in 1890

 Fabrics were pure natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk, linen, canvas, broadcloth)

 Layering your clothing will be helpful for changing temperatures

Thank You Grandparents and Special Guests

Thank you to all of our special guests who joined us last Thursday for Grandparent’s Day. It was wonderful to welcome over 160 of you into our building and classrooms for the afternoon. You are a blessing to us, and even more so to the children we care for each day!

Thank you also to our parent volunteers who made the day a success: Brooke Hastings, Emily McKinley, Jeremy Bontrager, Natasha Hayden, Michelle Harlan, Amanda Gerber, Dalene Hobart, Drew Conrad, Kayla Leininger, Leslie Aumsbaugh, Jessica Neuman, and Elisha Schmidt. We couldn’t have done it without you. Your gift of service is a blessing to us and our students! (VERY sorry if we missed anyone!)

Basketball Starts This Week

Girls basketball practices will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, and Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 3:00-4:30, with Miss Koehlert. All girls in grades 4th-6th that are interested should plan to attend. See Miss Koehlert or Mrs. Kline for more information.

Boys will start their practices on Thursday and Friday of this week, October 4 and 5 from 4:30 – 6:00. Parent Matthew Jimenez will lead the team. Contact Mrs. Kline for more information.

Parent Brainstorming Session

All parents are invited to attend either of two brainstorming sessions to discuss a spring auction or other fundraiser for the school. Last year was the first year we did not hold an auction and we would like to get parent feedback on whether we hold an auction again this year or do something else. All interested parents are invited to attend:

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2:15-3:00 in the library

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30-5:15 in the library

These students and their families will be prayed for this week:

Georgia Sexton, Genevieve Smoot, Kali Spaw, Aiden Treager, and David Zollman

Paper Banners By Request Only

The Banner can be accessed on our website (www.stjohneagles.org) and is posted on ParentsWeb (https://sjl-in.client.renweb.com/pw/). If you would still like to receive a paper copy of the Banner please let the office know and we will gladly send a copy home with your child.

No School

Oct. 8-12


Academic Festival: November 10, 2018

The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10. We are looking forward to welcoming students from St. Mary’s, Avilla; St. Paul, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; and Ascension, Ft. Wayne. Information is coming home with students regarding all of the events and how to sign up. Please ask if you do not see this information or if you have questions.

In order to make this great day possible we need parent and alumni help. We will start contacting those of you who signed up through the Servant Handbook. Additionally, if you are willing to help please let the office know. We will have a schedule of helpers available the week before the Academic Festival.

ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

Butter Braid Sale Begins Wednesday, October 17

Hey, everyone! Remember those delicious fruit-filled bread loaves we have sold the last several years? Well, we’ve got them coming again! Due to popular request we will again sponsor a sale of these yummy loaves. How about a loaf for a dance teacher, mailman, etc. for a Christmas gift? Bake it yourself, or give it to them frozen to prepare when they see fit.

The sale begins Wednesday, October 17 - with delivery of frozen loaves November 14. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!

No Halloween Celebrations

Our school does not have Halloween parties. Too many things commonly associated with Halloween conflict with our Christian beliefs. We will instead have Fall or Thanksgiving parties

in some of our classrooms.

Little Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night will be here before you know it and now is the time to begin gearing up. Plan now to attend this fun night of costumes, games, candy, food, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Saturday, October 27, from 5:00 – 7:00. Contact the school office to volunteer to help. Lots of helpers are needed to run the games and other events. Also, we need each family to provide 2 bags of candy so that we have plenty of prizes to give to all our Little Saints! You may place your donation in the box in the gym.

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Karson Butler, Eill Schowe, Katie White, Katelyn James, Leah Downam, Krista Hamann, Elizabeth Walkup, Cooper Leininger, Abby Hale, Bryson Shire, and Melissa Heileman. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Veteran’s Day Service – Friday, November 9th

We will be hosting a service to honor our servicemen and women, both active and veterans, on Friday, November 9th, at 10:45 a.m. Please invite family and friends who are serving, or have served, so we can express our thanks for their service to our country. Coming home this week will be a sheet of cards to pay tribute to those dear to us. PLEASE return your cards as soon as possible and a display will be made. Students are welcome to color the cards as they so choose. More cards are available for the asking. Please help us make this a special event for Veterans in our midst!

Fitness Fact

Did you know that exercise boosts brain power? Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function, says certified trainer David Atkinson. “Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity,” says Atkinson, director of program development for Cooper Ventures, a division of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. (webmd.com)


The drop box for your gifts for Operation Christmas Child (the shoebox project) has moved to the Gathering Area near door #4. You may continue to drop your items in the collection box, pick up empty shoeboxes

if you want to pack your own box, or grab a brochure that gives a bit of information and some collection ideas. National Collection week is fast approaching and will be here before we know it! This year’s dates are November 12-19 so plan to have your filled box back to St. John by then. Remember - NO toothpaste, candy, breakables, used items, or war related items are allowed and WILL BE removed from boxes. See Cathy Thiem if you have questions!!

Are you packing your shoebox? OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD uses simple, gift-filled shoe boxes to let hurting children know they are loved and to share the message of the greatest gift they can ever receive – Jesus Christ.

The collection of these shoeboxes will be upon us before we know it – the week of November 12th. St. John will serve as a regional collection site again this year! What an opportunity God has provided for us to minister to so many children around the globe!

For now, continue to collect new items suitable for a shoebox for a needy child. Most of the children who receive these boxes have never before received a gift, so even the smallest of items to us is such a blessing to them! Mrs. Thiem can provide lots of ideas for you, and brochures about the project will be coming home with your student very soon.

I will also be looking for volunteers to help man the drop-off site at designated times the week of November 12th. Please respond favorably!

The Week Ahead

October 1 – 7, 2018

Monday, October 1

Tuesday, October 2

8:15 – Chapel

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:30 – Girls JV Basketball Practice

Wednesday, October 3

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

3:00 – 4:30 – Girls JV Basketball Practice

Thursday, October 4

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys JV Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 5

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

3:00 – 4:30 – Jr. Spell Bowl

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys JV Basketball Practice

Saturday, October 6

Sunday, October 7

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

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