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

Banner #16, December 10, 2018

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 10 December 2018


St. John Lutheran School

December 10, 2018     Number 16



The Principal’s Pen

            Our first Advent service focused on Advent itself and the Advent wreath. If you attended, you might recall the following line near the end of the service:

And the big white candle goes in the center. This is called the Christ candle, which we will light on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Jesus is the center of what we are celebrating and should be the center of our lives.

            This last week our second Advent service centered on the Christmas tree and ornaments. You might recall this line from the beginning of the service:

Given the reality that Jesus is God, it seems amazing that it may be politically correct to remove Him from Christmas! Christmas time is a celebration of a person – a living person who loves you and was born for you, and then died for you, so that you might have eternal life. Christmas is Jesus.

            Have you ever gotten so busy with Christmas preparations that you have forgotten what (or WHO) we are celebrating? I don’t mean to make you feel guilty – I know we’ve all been there – myself included! It’s easy to do. That’s why it’s also important to be mindful of taking time to focus on what Christmas is all about: Jesus!

            I invite you to join us this Wednesday at 7:00 for our last Advent service. Our focus will be on the Christmas presents, but it will really be on the Christmas Present – Jesus – that we celebrate at Christmas. I encourage you to take this hour, and others personally and with your family, to dwell on what Christmas is really all about: Jesus!

Something New for Boys in Grades 3-8

Do you want your son to Grow Tall in Christian faith and character? Do you want your son to Stand Tall when faced with challenges from the world? If your answer is Yes, then you need to send your son to Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks!

Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks is a brand new after school club at St. John. It's for boys in grades 3-8. It's led by Mr. Walz and Mr. Wendt (and we're working to involve some other dads as mentors). Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks sessions will include active games, snacks, relationship building, Bible lessons on characteristics of Godly men, and more! Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks will begin in January, but we're holding an introductory, kick-off event on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 3:00-4:30.

Please plan to have your son join us to experience this new boys’ discipleship program here at St. John. If your son can't make it on Dec. 12, but is still interested in participating when we start in January, let Mr. Walz or Mr. Wendt know and we'll be sure to get the information to you. If you have questions, please contact us (Mr. Walz twalz@stjohneagles.org or Mr. Wendt pwendt@stjohneagles.org)!

School Spelling Bee

            Classroom Spelling Bees in grades 5-8 have taken place and now it’s time for our School Spelling Bee! The Bee will take place Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 1:15, in the Worship Center. The winner of our school Bee earns the privilege of representing St. John at the regional bee in February. All parents are welcome to join us on Tuesday at 1:15.

Science Fair

            Inquiry, investigation, problem solving, research, time management, public speaking: all of these skills and more can be built through working on a Science Fair project! This is a great opportunity for children to explore an area that they are interested in. Information on the St. John Science Fair has been made available to students in grades 1-8. Your questions can be answered by your teacher or by our Science Fair chairperson, Don Schroeder. The projects will be due in February and the full schedule is available in the packet. We encourage all students to participate in this worthwhile event!

Body Safety Classes

            THIS Tuesday, Dec. 11, St. John will be presenting body safety – child abuse, sex abuse, and neglect prevention training for our K-8 students. More detailed information was sent home in paper and email form two weeks ago. A summary of the classes is as follows:

• Grades K-1st: I Am The Boss Of My Body: This video helps children understand body safety, including what private areas are (bathing suit areas). This presentation will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9:00.

• Grades 2nd-3rd: It’s Your Body: You’re In Charge: This video helps children understand what their private areas are, what is a good touch and a bad touch, and what to do if a touch makes you feel uncomfortable. This presentation is Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 9:30.

• Grades 4th-5th: Breaking the Silence: This video helps children understand physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. This presentation will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:15.

• Grades 6th-8thBreaking the Silence: This video helps children understand physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. The 4th-5th graders and 6th-8th graders will use the same DVD, but will view it in different sessions. This presentation will happen on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 11:00.

            We invite parents to join us for the appropriate class presentation. In addition, we will have the DVDs available for previewing at school between Dec. 4 and Dec. 11. Please call the school office to arrange a time if you would like to view the appropriate DVD.


Ethan Schowe as he recovers from surgery;

These school families, prayed for this week:

Mikayla Bolinger, Nathaniel Bontrager, Anna Conrad,

Fyo Hayden, and Lexy Kammerer

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being  recognized as a SHINE Student last week:  Brody Workman and Aiden Treager.    We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

            Did you catch last week’s final comment?  It was/is so powerful that we are printing it again: “There simply isn’t a major health problem where exercise cannot have a positive effect,” (Bryant-webmd.com)  (BTW:  Every P.E. teacher in the world cheered at that statement!)

Ink Cartridge Collection – NOTE CHANGE

          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!  Mrs. Thiem is in charge of the collection here at St. John. Thanks for your help in keeping a bit of trash out of our landfill and helping our school earn money as well! 

Currently this collection receives certain LASER CARTRIDGES.  As of January 1st, we will no longer be able to redeem those.  Those types of cartridges should be recycled through the instructions on your cartridge, or they can also be dropped off at Office Depot for recycling.  See Mrs. Thiem if you have any questions!  THANK YOU!!

We are looking to hire a part-time custodian for 3-4 hours per day.  Hours are flexible Monday through Friday.  See Mrs. Thiem for an application.


We are also looking for volunteer bus supervisors.  Morning attendants would greet bus riders at East Noble Middle School and supervise until they boarded the bus to St. John.  Afternoon attendants would do just the opposite.  Each position takes about a half hour and is mandatory for our participation in East Noble’s transportation system.  See Mr. Walz for more details and to offer your service.  THANK YOU!!!

The King is Coming!


Don’t miss the final Advent worship service this Wednesday evening, December 12, at 7:00 p.m.  This week our kindergarten through second grade will follow up on the last two week’s message – this week focusing on the gifts under the tree.  Don’t miss it!!

St. John Youth Advent Docu-Series

The youth of St. John Lutheran Church have created a four-part Advent docuseries that re-imagines the Christmas story as an investigative report. Called "From the Beginning," it's an audio-only event that can be found on the St. John website (sjlc.net) or on iTunes (search "St John From the Beginning). One episode is released each week of Advent. Listen in and see what the youth ministry of St. John has been up to! We think you'll enjoy it. 

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 $13.00 and the plants can be placed in honor or in memory of a special person in your life.  Deadline to order is noon, Friday, December 14.

Christmas Gift Collection

If you have taken an ornament from our Christmas Giving Tree, please make sure to return your wrapped gift by Monday, December 17.  Thank you for brightening someone’s Christmas celebration!

Amazon Smile

            While you’re thinking about Christmas shopping and gift giving, let’s also talk about Amazon. Instead of using their regular site, please use www.smile.amazon.com. Designate St. John as your charitable organization and we will receive 0.5% of your purchases.

Christmas at Bixler Lake

            Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake.  Most classes in our school 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.





Birthday Party for Jesus

            It’s a Birthday Party for Jesus – during Bible study hour on Sunday, December 16th, at 9:15 a.m.  There will be something for all ages….other than the cake, that is!!  Join the celebration!



Crazy Christmas Clothes!

            Everyone is invited to wear some crazy-fun Christmas clothes, headpieces, necklaces, hats, etc. on the last day of school before Christmas Break – Wednesday, December 19.  See how creative you can be!



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Check out our gift

cards for your Christmas needs.

We have lots of selections on hand

that would be perfect for stocking stuffers

or those hard-to-buy-people on your list.

Just to name a few, we have Amazon,

iTunes, Bath & Body, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks,

Tim Hortons, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s,

Menards!  We have PetSmart for animal lovers, and

most of the fast food places.  Target.  Meijer’s.

Please consider purchasing our Gift Cards for Christmas

and earn money for the school!

Did you know that the Kohl’s Cares Cards we sell can be used to

pay your Kohl’s bill at any of the cash registers, and we earn money

because you used those special cards?  We would be happy to order

any card you would like from the list on shop.shopwithscrip.com (bottom

of page, retailer list) or ask to see the full list on Sunday or in the office.




Please remember the final order before Christmas will be placed on Friday, December 14th.


Be a blessing to our school by using our scrip gift cards

and have a safe and blessed Christmas!

VBS Holiday Bake Sale

            Don’t forget about the Holiday bake sale to support our VBS program for next summer!  Save yourself some time in the kitchen and support a great cause at the same time!  Order forms were sent home last week and are available in the office.

East Noble Middle School Petition

            Feel passionate about the future demolition of the old East Noble Middle School building across the street from our parking lot?  There’s a group that hasn’t given up changing the mind of the East Noble School Board to allow the building to be repurposed to a Community Learning Center.  If you agree that more consideration should be given to this idea before it’s too late to get it back, there is a petition that awaits your signature.  You will find one in the church lobby, one in the Gathering Area, and another in the office.  Please sign only once.

The Week Ahead – December 10 – 16, 2018

Monday, December 10

4:15 – JV Girls Basketball game @ SPI

Tuesday, December 11

8:15 – Chapel

9:00 – 11:00 – Body Safety Presentations (see article for schedule)

1:15 – Spelling Bee

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

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

Wednesday, December 12

7:00 – Advent Worship led by Kindergarten through grade 2

Thursday, December 13

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

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

Friday, December 14

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

Saturday, December 15

Sunday, December 16

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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