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

Banner #11; October 31, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 31 October 2018


St. John Lutheran School

October 31, 2018 Number 11

The Principal’s Pen

What do you stand for? Some common responses to a quick Google search are: bullying, sitting, injustice, poverty, falls, racism, and abortion. All of these are good causes and worthy of support. I’m sure we could make the list much longer with issues important to us.

Today we remember the stand taken 501 years ago by a German priest named Martin Luther. Luther took a stand against the Catholic church, the most powerful religious and political body in the world at that time. While Luther is credited with starting a new branch of the Christian faith – the Lutheran church – of which St. John is a part, that was not his intent. Luther’s stand was against beliefs and teachings where the Catholic leaders had strayed from the Bible. One of the chief of these was that people could purchase forgiveness, for ourselves and others, by buying indulgences. Luther’s stand could have cost him his life. Luther was brought before the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, who wanted Luther to recant, or take back, his writings and speeches against the Catholic church. Luther’s response included these famous words:

“Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason (I do not accept the authority of popes and councils because they have contradicted each other), my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. So help me God. Amen.”

Luther’s stand started a movement that changed the course of history. Even those who are not Christian recognize that! Luther’s stand was supported by what he read in the Bible. The Word of God and the work of Jesus were his foundation. Kind of like our theme this year: On the Rock. We, too, can be encouraged to take a stand, especially when we see those who are speaking or acting against the Word of God!

Welcome, Pastor Rigdon!

St. John has a new pastor, Pastor Phil Rigdon. Pastor Rigdon accepted our Divine Call and has moved here with his wife Jamelyn from Clearwater, Florida. Both Pastor and Jamelyn have Indiana roots. Please take time to introduce yourself to Pastor Rigdon as you see him around the building. He will be installed this Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:30, and all St. John families are invited to attend.

Women of St. John Fall/Winter Festival

Saturday, November 17 - 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plan to attend the annual Festival organized by the women of our congregation on Saturday, November 17th! There will be lots of gently-used Christmas items, jewelry, baked goods, and a delicious luncheon. The Women of St. John purchase the Bibles for our fourth graders each year, and have done a myriad of other things to improve our facilities here at St. John, so your support of their event is very much appreciated!

Check out the items for sale on the Silent Auction tables in the church lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Women of St. John and the great work they do around our building and for our students. Take a moment and make a bid or two please! Bids close on Saturday at the Festival.

Welcome Reed Family

We welcome a new family to St. John today! Pastor Jason Reed (new pastor at Messiah Lutheran Church, Wolcottville), wife Emily moved here last week from Illinois. They have three children: Benjamin (5th grade), Lydia (2nd grade), and Timothy (Kindergarten). Please take the opportunity to welcome the Reeds!

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. Congregation members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please invite family and friends who are serving, or have served, so we can honor them for their service to our country!

Aunt Millie’s School Spirit Proceeds

Last week we also received a check in the amount of $65.10 for those School Spirit points you have been saving! Thanks to St. John parent, Kelly Hoffman, for organizing and submitting the points. We appreciate the efforts by everyone!!

Box Top Update

Our most recent check from Box Tops for Education was in the amount of $288.40! Thank you, everyone, for continuing to collect Box Tops. This collection covered February 15 – October 15. We lost out on $74.20 due to expired Box Tops (yes, they have an expiration date on each top). Please send your Box Tops in regularly! You don’t have to have a full bag. Thank you! The school appreciates your help and so do I!

Cheryl Young, Box Top Coordinator

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Reminder

For the safety of our parents and students, we make the following reminders about morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up:

Morning Drop-off: The area next to the building is for dropping off. All parents who walk their children into the building need to park in the lot. Parents with handicap plates/tags can park in the two marked spots on the right after entering the lot or, if those are filled, pull all the way up to the spots next to the Worship Center.

Afternoon Pick-up: All parents come into the building for pick-up and, therefore, should be parking in the lot. Parents with handicap plates/tags can park in the two marked spots on the right after entering the lot or, if those are filled, pull all the way up to the spots next to the Worship Center.

The area from the crosswalk to the Worship Center doors must remain free of parked cars. Please share this information with others who regularly pick up your children. Thank you for doing your part to provide a safe drop-off and pick-up procedure!

Kendallville Night at the Komets!

Saturday, Nov. 3, is Kendallville Night at the Komets! Miss Indiana, Lydia Tremaine, will sing the national anthem. Tickets are only $15. You can purchase tickets online at https://groupmatics.events/event/Kendallvillecommunity2 or by contacting Mitch Meinholz at 260-482-6812 or mitch@komets.com.

Fitness Fact

Exercise helps ward off many diseases: Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis (bone loss), and loss of muscle mass. (webmd.com)

Academic Festival: November 10, 2018

Academic Festival is next Saturday, Nov. 10! We will welcome students from St. Paul’s, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; St. Mary, Avilla; Ascension, Ft. Wayne; and St. John. The teachers will be finalizing their teams today – so if you want your child to participate but haven’t returned the sign-up form – contact the teacher today! Coming home next week will be a schedule of events and a listing of who is in what events. Also, coming home next week will be a listing of volunteers and duties. If you signed up earlier in the year we will assign you a duty and be calling to make sure you can still help. More helpers are needed to make this fun day a reality. Please contact the office and let us know you can help!

Little Saints Night

Little Saints Night was a rousing success for all the little princesses, ninjas, superheroes, cowboys, policemen, clowns, and more who attended. It was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate as a school family in a safe environment. Thanks to all the parents who donated candy. Thanks also to the parents, alumni, and students (too many to name individually) who helped set up, run events, and clean up.

Please pray…

These students and their families will be prayed for this week: Olivia Hastings, Serenity Hayden, and Evan Huelsenbeck.

First Trimester Ends

Next Friday, Nov. 9, marks the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home on Monday, November 19.

Congratulations St. John Graduate!

Congratulations to St. John former student Michael Bender for being named a 2018 Lilly Scholarship finalists. We’re proud of Michael and look forward to hearing if he is selected for this college scholarship when it is announced in December!

Junior Spell Bowl!!

Congratulations to St. John’s Junior Spell Bowl team, who competed in the regional Spell Bowl here at St. John last evening. The team scored 23 points, which earned them first place in their division! Special thanks to Mrs. Pillers, our faithful Spell Bowl coach.

Team members were: Aowyn Myers, Ashlyn Myers, Naomi Schroder, Kaeli Christian, Rosa Andorfer, Solana Andorfer,Andrew Malone, Katie White, Lex Moser, Sadie Potts, Trey Warren, and Olivia Tibbs.

Congratulations Junior Spell Bowl team members!!!

We are proud of you!!


Do you work in a place that would allow you to put a box in a prominent place to collect used printer cartridges? If so, we’d appreciate your help in doing so! Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! See Mrs. Thiem if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

The $coop On $crip!

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C. Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken and pit- tatoes will be available at ReMax on Highway 6 on Saturday, November 10 from 10:30 – 2:00. This is surely one of the last opportunities of the year to get some tasty chicken before the snow flies! IF there is any extras, they will be for sale on Sunday between services. Don’t miss out!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Santiago Espinoza, Addison Hampshire, Lex Moser, Aubrey Kammerer, and Aiden Treager. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others!

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale has now ended. If you still have an order form, please get that to Mrs. Thiem immediately. Delivery of the frozen loaves will be Wednesday, November 14. HELP WILL BE NEEDED WITH BUTTER BRAID DISTRIBUTION ON THE AFTERNOON OF WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14. LET MRS. THIEM KNOW IF YOU CAN HELP!!! THANKS!

Operation Christmas Child

Please consider putting together a shoebox full of toys and school supplies for a needy child in another part of the world! This is a great way for you to teach your child the joy of giving! Don't forget to include a letter and even a picture if you'd like. All boxes should be delivered to the school office no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 19th. 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!

Once again, St. John will serve as a Relay Collection Center for National Collection Week – the week of November 12-19. If you would be willing to spend a few hours helping to collect boxes as they arrive and package them in shipping cartons, give Mrs. Thiem a call (347-2444).

Empty shoeboxes are now available for the asking in the office. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher. Want an easy way to help? Money is needed for shipping! $9.00 per box – any amount will be accepted and will help send our boxes on their journey into the arms of a desperate child!

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Students are encouraged to wear

Red, White, and Blue

to honor our veterans at our service next Friday, November 9th

10:45 a.m.

This is the month – it is finally here!

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is near!

November 12 to 19, I’ll be manning the post

The rush time is here – it’s no time to coast!

Again, we need money for the shipping fee

Everyone knows those costs are not free.

Nine dollars for each box is asked and that’s not a lot

Considering distance, it’s really a small dot!

So send in your money, your check or your dollar

If you need me to come with a truck – just give a holler!

It’s been fun each month, well…it has been for me.

To find what, for shoeboxes, in the box that you leave.

I’m sorry if my poems make you cringe – just remember….

I’m taking time off – no poem in December!!!

The Week Ahead - Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2018

Wednesday, October 31

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

Thursday, November 1

3:00 – 4:30 – Shoebox Packing Party for Registered K-3 graders

3:00 – 4:30 – Girls Basketball Practice

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 2

3:00 – 4:45 – Lego Club

4:30 – 6:00 – Boys Basketball Practice

Saturday, November 3

Sunday, November 4- Daylight Savings Time Ends

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – The Buzz Hour & Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

2:30 – Pastor Rigdon’s Installation Service

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