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Banner #18; December 16, 2019

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 16 December 2019

THE BANNER

St. John Lutheran School

December 16, 2019 Number 18

The Principal’s Pen

Our Advent services this year focus on the Advent wreath and the candles and their meanings. The first Advent service, led by the Kindergarten through second grade classes, focused on hope. We learned that there are many things we hope for each day or week. But, hoping for nice weather is much different than hope centered in Jesus. Hope in Jesus is a certainty based on Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. It’s a hope we can count on.

Our second service, led by our third through fifth grade classes, focused on peace. We often think of peace as no war or fighting. We will never see that kind of peace here on earth. But, peace rooted in Christ means that even in the midst of turmoil, we can have peace. That’s hard to understand, and it’s only found in Christ.

Our final service (this week, please join us!) will be led by our preschool classes and our sixth through eighth grade classes. In this service we will focus on both joy and love. Friends, good food, presents, and family all bring us happiness. Joy is much deeper. It is based on our relationship with Jesus and not simply on what does or doesn’t happen to us. We will also focus on love. Instead of focusing on who we love, Christmas focuses on Who loves us! “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.” (John 3:16) God’s love is what we truly celebrate this Christmas season!

My prayer is that the message of our Advent services is real to you this Christmas. Jesus was born as a baby as a gift of God’s great love for you. He lived, died, and rose again to give you joy, peace, and hope. May your Christmas celebration be filled with these gifts!

Advent Worship

Thank you to our Third through Fifth Graders for leading us in a beautiful Advent service last week. Your message of peace in Jesus gives us great comfort and encouragement. Please join us this week for our remaining Advent worship service, with our Preschoolers and 6th-8th Graders leading.

We are videotaping each service and are determining the best way to make them available to interested families.

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 are being sent home this week. TOMORROW – TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 IS THE FINAL DAY TO ORDER. Get your yummy goods ordered!

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our students’ 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.

Christmas Gift Collection

If you purchased a gift for the Giving Tree and have not yet returned it to the office, PLEASE bring that to school IMMEDIATELY! Thank you for your generous help in providing a wonderful Christmas to our families!

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 purchase.

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 – Friday, December 20. See how creative you can be!

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24

5:00 p.m. – Contemporary Christmas Eve Worship in Worship Center

7:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service in Sanctuary

Christmas Day, Wed., December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

Final Day before Christmas Break – Fri., Dec. 20

St. John returns to school from Christmas Break on Monday, January 6, at 8:30 A.M.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Information on signing up for our 2nd Trimester Parent/Teacher Conferences came home last Thursday. As we tried with our 1st Trimester Conferences, these conferences will be split over two weeks and will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, and Tuesday, Jan. 21, starting at 2:15. School will dismiss at 1:55 these days. Progress Reports will be given out at these conferences. After the conferences there will be 4-5 more weeks to make necessary changes before the end of the trimester. As we also tried with our 1st Trimester conferences, parents will be invited to fill out a short survey after the conference to provide input for the teacher and principal. Please watch for the conference sign-up information and return it BEFORE CHRISTMAS BREAK so that we can schedule your conference. We look forward to these conferences and a meaningful time to discuss the growth of your child!

Congratulations Robotics Team

For the first time ever, our robotics team competed at the state level this past Saturday at Purdue Fort Wayne. They were one of fifty teams to attend this tournament! Special thanks go to coaches Roy Ernsberger and Nick Hayden for all of their hard work with the team this season. Congratulations to our competition team: Andrew McKinley, Matthew McKinley, Melissa Heileman, Kaitlyn McKenzie, Brayden Schott, Lex Moser, Lilly Moser, Alex Ormiston, and Lillian Smoot. Additional team members are: Fyo Hayden, TJ Knox, Brayden Koehl, Hunter Koehl, Santiago Espinoza, Aiden Hoffman, Landon Kintz, and Nathaniel Bontrager.

Special Assembly

On Friday, Dec. 20, at 10:15, our students will enjoy an assembly led by Pastor J Brown. Pastor Brown is a martial arts expert who speaks on standing strong, overcoming challenges, character, and reaching goals. The students will enjoy his martial arts skills and benefit from his message. Parents are welcome to join us.

School Spelling Bee

Our 5th – 8th grade classrooms are completing their classroom Spelling Bees before Christmas Break. The School Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 1:15. Parents are welcome to attend!

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!

Guitar Lessons Offered

Our Advanced Guitar instructor, Pastor Mike DiSanto (associate pastor at First Christian Church) is offering guitar lessons to students at St. John. Lessons will be given here at St. John at a very reasonable price! Contact Pastor Mike at 440-773-8879 for more information or to schedule lessons.

These school families, prayed for this week:

Ireland Blake, Abigail Hale, Maddison Harlan, Violet Hobart, and Arybella Parks

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Jackson McKinley, Andrew MKinley, Cameryn Proxmire, CC Knox, Danica Sattison, Kylie Parks, and Lillian Smoot. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

Trying to say “no” to leftover holiday goodies? Kill two birds with one stone by drinking 8 ounces of water before eating every meal and snack. You feel fuller and less likely to give in, and your body is well hydrated. It’s a Win-Win!!

The Week Ahead

Dec. 16–Dec. 22, 2019

Monday, December 16

3:00 – 4:00 – Student Council

3:15 – 4:30 – Art Club

5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Game vs Holy Cross

Tuesday, December 17

8:15 – Chapel

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

Wednesday, December 18

7:00 – Advent Worship led by Preschool, Grades 6-8

Thursday, December 19

4:00 – 5:30 – JV Boys Basketball Practice

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, December 20

10:15 – 11:15 – Assembly Program

Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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