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Banner #12; Nov. 2, 2020

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 02 November 2020


St. John Lutheran School

November 2, 2020 Number 12

The Principal’s Pen

What does this mean?….It’s a questions Lutherans often ask, modeled after the question Martin Luther frequently asked in his Catechism. Whether you are deeply connected to the Lutheran faith or another form of Christianity, we can all learn and grow in faith. This third installment of a new monthly feature serves to share one of the distinctive beliefs that we as Lutherans hold, for the purpose of building us all up in the faith.

Lutherans consider baptism to be one of two sacraments. A sacrament is a sacred act, instituted (begun) by God, that connects God’s Word with a physical object, and in which the forgiveness of sins is offered. One of the verses that shows us that God instituted baptism is Matthew 28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” In baptism, the pastor shares these words along with the physical water. In baptism, the child receives the forgiveness of sins and is welcomed into God’s family.

Lutherans believe that babies can be baptized. The main reason for this is that we see faith as a gift from God. As a gift, God can give faith to a baby even though the baby cannot communicate anything about that faith. In addition, “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’” Matthew 19:14 Finally, babies, as cute as they are, are sinners in need of God’s forgiveness.

If your children (or you) are not baptized and you would like to learn more about giving this precious gift to your them, please contact me. I would be glad to talk with you more and connect you with Pastor Rigdon. We would love to celebrate this special event with you!

Butter Braid Delivery Wednesday, NOVEMBER 11!

A big thank you to everyone who sold those delicious Butter Braid bread loaves during this fall’s fundraiser! Orders will be delivered NEXT WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11. Please mark this date on your calendar now and plan to pick up your child’s order. Orders will be given to students at dismissal time for students who are picked up by parents. Bus riders or families with larger orders will need to be picked up in the office. Call ahead – 347-2444. THANK YOU!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Tyson Kintz, Emmalinn Bond, Andrew McKinley, Piper Arnold, Kinze Huelsenbeck, Nola Prest, Timothy Reed, and Georgia Sexton. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others!

Fitness Fact

Pursuing fitness improves your body’s strength and stamina which makes everyday tasks easier.

These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Barrett Klink, CC Knox, and Jackson McKinley

Kroger Community Rewards

We have received another distribution from the Kroger Community Rewards Program. This time, the check was in the amount of $349.34 and is totally free money for no work on anyone’s part. If you are not part of this program, contact Mrs. Thiem in the office, who will help you get your rewards card linked to our school. That’s all there is to it!! Thank you!

No School – Thursday & Friday, Nov. 5 & 6

A reminder that we also will not have school on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 5 and 6. The teachers were supposed to attend the Indiana Non-Public Educators Conference in Indianapolis. That event has been canceled for this year. We will spend those days in various Professional Development activities. These days will not be Learning at Home days.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago. A make-up day has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 11th, beginning at 8:15 a.m., for our 4-year-old Preschool class, students who were absent on the original Picture Day, as well as those who were not satisfied with their original portraits. If you are bringing in a preschool child for retakes, please here before 9:30 as that is when the photographer will be leaving. Please remember that the entire package must be returned if your child is to be re-photographed.

To qualify for retakes, a student must return the original photos along with the form included with the packet stating the reason the photos are unsatisfactory so the photographer can attempt to improve the results on the second attempt. Photos will not be retaken simply because you do not like the clothes the child was wearing or a different hair style is desired.

Class composite pictures will be printed after make-up day, and will be sent home as soon as we receive them back from the lab.

PE Still Outdoors

We are continuing to hold PE outdoors. Students should come prepared with a sweatshirt, hoodie, or light jacket on cool days. We do not want students to get sick from being outside in the cold. But, the benefits of the cool air, being outside, and being active far outweigh the negatives. We will continue to evaluate the balance between outside activity and the temperature and move PE inside when necessary. For now, please be sure to have layers on PE days!

First Trimester Ends

This Wednesday, Nov. 4, marks the end of the first trimester. Look for report cards to be sent home on Monday, November 16.


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! See Mrs. Thiem if you have any questions! THANK YOU!!

St. John School Endowment – A Gift Today and A Gift Tomorrow

The St. John Lutheran School Endowment was established and built through the foresight of many supporters. Your gift to the school endowment blesses our school today and tomorrow! Your gift provides tuition assistance and general operating expenses for today. But, your gift continues tomorrow and each year after as we continue to receive the dividends from the endowment. Plus, your gift is matched dollar for dollar through The Lutheran Foundation Lutheran School Support Grant. This means that your gift is more than doubled over time!

For more information contact Principal Tim Walz (twalz@stjohneagles.org or 347-2444), send your check to the school office (payable to St. John and write Endowment in the memo line), or donate online at www.stjohneagles.org and click on ‘Donate Now’.

Thanksgiving Break

Just Ahead

Just a reminder that St. John will not be in session November 25-27 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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 Sunday morning, November 22. 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!

As a part of the spiritual formation we provide children, our students are preparing to help lead worship during the Advent season! Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. Grades 5 through 8 will lead the worship on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Grades 2 through 4 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 9. Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 will lead the worship service on Wednesday, December 16. The services have been prepared in such a way that students from different cohorts will not be mixed together, even in leading the service.

Due to COVID and our inability to host the large numbers of people who attend these services, we will present these services completely online. The services will be recorded during the school day and the recordings will go live at 7:00 on the Wednesday evening. We encourage families to set aside these evenings now to worship together. We also encourage you to share the link (coming in future Banners and emails) with family members outside of the area. Finally, we encourage you to watch all three services as they all build off each other (something that was hard to do with in-person services). While we will again miss being physically together, we can still be together as we worship in this way.






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The Week Ahead – November 2-8, 2020

Monday, November 2

Tuesday, November 3

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, November 4 – End First Trimester

Thursday, November 5 – No School

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, November 6 – No School

Saturday, November 7

Sunday, November 8

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 –Worship Service-Worship Center

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