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The Banner

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

Banner #17, December 17, 2018

Tim Walz
WRITTEN BY Tim Walz - 17 December 2018


St. John Lutheran School

December 17, 2018      Number 17



The Principal’s Pen


Silent night, holy night!

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace,

Sleep in heavenly peace.


            From Dec. 1 – 15, I have had only 6 nights without some family or school event. Perhaps you can relate! Now, these events were all good and worthwhile events to participate in. But, I would welcome a Silent night right about now! I would welcome some calm! Again, perhaps you can relate!

            But, as I reflect on the busyness of the calendar and on the hymn verse above, I realize that a silent, calm night isn’t necessarily an outward thing. After all, I don’t know whether the first Christmas night was as silent and calm as this verse (and the Christmas card depictions of it!) make it out to be! A silent night doesn’t have to be a 4- or 6- or 8-hour time of quietness, peace, and warmth.

            Perhaps my focus (and maybe yours!) needs to be inward. Perhaps my silent night needs to be a 5-minute reflection on a Christmas hymn or song. Maybe it is 10 minutes with an Advent devotion. Or, it might be 15 minutes sitting in the glow of the Christmas tree. Or, maybe it’s a little more time watching my favorite sentimental Christmas movie (It’s a Wonderful Life anyone?).

            I hope and pray for some real silent nights in the coming week. Even more so, I hope and pray for some inward silent-night moments, time to reflect on the Holy Infant, tender and mild, who was born to be my Savior. My hope and prayer for you this Christmas season is the same!

Today’s Banner covers information for this week (Dec. 17-19) and the week we return (Jan. 3-4).


Something New for Boys in Grades 3-8

            Last Wednesday, 17 boys participated in our introduction to this new discipleship groups for boys in grades 3-8! Grow Tall - Stand Tall: Mighty Oaks is a brand new after school club at St. John. 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 officially begin on Thursday, January 10, from 3:00-4:30.

            Even if you didn’t make the introductory session, you are welcome to join in on Jan. 10! A schedule of our January and February meetings will be coming home today with all boys in grades 3-8. If you have questions, please contact us (Mr. Walz twalz@stjohneagles.org or Mr. Wendt pwendt@stjohneagles.org)!



C-H-R-I-S-T I-A-N !!!

            Congratulations to Christian Heileman, winner of this year’s Spelling Bee!  Christian correctly spelled the word “alabaster” to win the bee in the 11th round.  Second place finisher was Aowyn Myers, followed by Rosa Andorfer in third place.

            Other contestants were Sadie Potts, Solana Andorfer, Ashlynn Myers, Shanda Schlatter, Hunter Bolen, Aiden Hoffman, Addison Hampshire, Lauren Diehm, and Santiago Espinoza.

            Christian will represent our school in the Noble County Spelling Bee in late January or early February. We will share the specific day, time, and location in the Banner once we receive it. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

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!


Ethan Schowe as he recovers from surgery;

Mr. Thiem as he is hospitalized;

These school families, prayed for this week:

Katelyn James, GracePalmer,KylieParks,NicholasRex


SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week:  Christian Heileman, Lexy Kammerer, Branson Klink, Brayden Schott, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, Braylon Shire, Hunter Bolen, Jaxon Kitchen, Evan Huelsenbeck and Timothy Reed.  We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.


Fitness Fact

Since the holidays are upon us (and holiday yummies) and since the students are studying a bit of nutrition during P.E. right now, I thought we would segue from exercise to nutrition for a couple of weeks. Rather than completely denying yourself all of those goodies, consistently cover 1/2 to 2/3 of your plate with fruits and vegetables.  Your body will thank you for meeting its nutritional needs…and for the tiny treat.


Middle School Swim Team

            The East Noble Middle School swim team will begin practicing after Christmas Break. St. John 6th-8th graders are welcome to participate on this team. For more information, please contact the coach, Scott Kabrich, directly at SKABRICH@eastnoble.net


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!!!


Christmas Break begins on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 3:00.

School resumes on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8:00.


 The King is Coming!


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. 


Christmas Gift Collection

If you have taken an ornament from our Christmas Giving Tree, please make sure to return your wrapped gift by TODAY 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.


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!


So, while we’re all dressed in our festive best, we’ll spend some time singing some popular Christmas tunes.  Everyone is welcome to join us while we have some fun singing!  The sing-a-long begins at 8:15 on Wednesday in the Worship Center and should last around a half hour.


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.  Orders are due TODAY!


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.




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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.





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

and have a safe and blessed Christmas!



The Week Ahead – December 17 – January 6, 2019

Monday, December 17

4:15 – JV Girls Basketball game @ EMM

5:30 – JV Boys Basketball game @ EMM

Tuesday, December 18

8:15 – Chapel

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

Wednesday, December 19 LAST DAY OF SCHOOL


8:15 – Christmas Sing-along

Sunday, December 23

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

Monday, December 24

5:00 – Christmas Eve Worship Service in the Worship Center

7:00 – Christmas Eve Worship Service in the sanctuary

Tuesday, December 25

9:00 – Christmas Day Worship Service in the Sanctuary


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

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

Friday, January 4

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




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