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

Banner #23; February 2, 2021

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 02 February 2021


St. John Lutheran School

February 1, 2021 Number 23

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 fourth 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.

The Apostle’s Creed is a written statement of what we believe. It is used by many Christian churches. Early versions of what we now call the Apostle’s Creed can be traced back to the 300s AD. The Apostle’s Creed, then, like now, offers a clear statement of what we believe. It is divided into 3 parts, or articles. The first focuses on God the Father, the second on God the Son, and the third on God the Holy Spirit. While written by men, every part of the Apostle’s Creed can be supported by verses from the Bible.

As we focus on the second part, we are given a clear understanding of who Jesus is. We confess that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. We confess that He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried, descended into hell, and rose from the dead on the third day. We also confess that Jesus ascended into heaven and sits on God’s right hand to judge the living and the dead.

In these simple statements, we can clearly explain what we believe about Jesus. We see evidence that He was fully human (he was born and he died). We also see that He was fully God (conceived by the Holy Spirit and rose from the dead). Along with clearly stating what we believe, we can also use the Apostle’s Creed to teach our children about God. We can use its simple statements to help our children learn more about God. Luther’s Small Catechism is a great tool to use as it contains questions, answers, and Bible references for the Apostle’s Creed (and the 10 Commandments, Lord’s Prayer, and more). Please let us know if you’d like a copy!

Science Fair

Projects are due on Monday, Feb. 1 – TODAY!!, and the Science Fair Night will be Friday, Feb. 5, at 6:00.

G-O-O-D L-U-C-K, B-E-N !!!

Best of luck to Ben Reed who will represent our school in the Noble & LaGrange Counties Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 9. The Bee starts at 5:00 and will be held in the Prairie Heights High School Auditorium. Good luck, Ben!!

No School NEXT Friday

There will be no school next Friday, Feb. 12. Our teachers will be participating in a professional development day with other teachers from around the Fort Wayne area. In addition to worshipping together, we will attend 3 sessions on various topics (all done virtually).

Run Hard Rest Well Retreat

Do you RUN HARD? Between work, home, family, friends, community, and church, is your To-Do list never done? Are you worn, weary, and wounded?

Do you REST WELL? Do you know that rest is Biblical and true rest refreshes you to run hard once again?

Please join us on Saturday, Feb. 13, for a Run Hard Rest Well Retreat (www.runhardrestwell.org) at St. John from 9:00-12:00. In this retreat, you will learn about and experience the 4 rhythms of Biblical rest: sleep, sabbath, stillness, and solitude. You will be uplifted. You will be connected – to God and others. You will be refreshed. Feel free to bring a friend and enjoy this time together! Please call the church office at 260-347-2158 to register.

Re-enrollment for 2021-2022

Information on re-enrolling your children was sent home last week, both on paper and by email. We encourage all of our families to begin the re-enrollment process promptly as applications for new students will begin to be accepted on Monday, Feb. 1


One of the highlights of the year is SHOWCASE, our annual talent show and display of projects. This is such an important opportunity for our students to share their God-given abilities. We will hold SHOWCASE virtually this year. Students will still be able to share a talent act as well as a collection or special projected, created at school or at home. We will record all performances at school. All of the details and the sign-up sheet will come home this week. The SHOWCASE 2021 Video Premiere will go live Friday, March 5, at 6:30.

St. John Open House

Normally, we kick off our new enrollment season with an Open House near the end of January. With COVID restrictions and precautions in place we will not be doing that. However, we are scheduling individual tours outside of school hours and have some virtual options for prospective parents.

Although we will not be holding traditional Open Houses right now, we still need your help in promoting St. John to your friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives. Word of mouth is consistently our best advertising. Please help spread the news about St. John and encourage others to contact the school office for more information.

Free Lunches Continue

St. John has been approved to continue providing free breakfasts and lunches to all students for the remainder of this school year. Extra milks for breakfast or lunch and Extended Care snacks are not eligible for this program and will be billed to the families.

Chapel Offerings

Chapel worship is every Tuesday and our students have the opportunity to bring in an offering in Thankfulness to God for His many blessings. This trimester our offerings go to support Ascension Lutheran School in Gary, IN. Ascension is a new school, started in 2017, that is providing a vital ministry in the heart of Gary.

Tax Reform and St. John Tuition

One of the provisions in the tax Reform Act passed a year ago is that families can use their 529 accounts to pay for K-12 education and not just college education. This could be great news for those of you who already have a 529 account started. It’s also another great reason to start one of these accounts if you haven’t. We will share more details as they become available.

Lutheran Schools Share Christ… On their bumpers!!!

We have a good supply of bumper stickers advertising our school and would like to distribute them to interested parents. If you would like to show your support of our school in this way, please contact Mrs. Thiem for your free sticker!

At Home Faith Activity

Parents! Grandparents! Anyone who cares for a young child! Beginning Sunday, February 7th, the St. John Board of Christian Education will begin providing “Growing Faith Bags” to any family that would like one. What’s in the “Growing Faith Bag”?

• A full set of instructions for a 20-30 minute growth in faith time for parents or grandparents and young children. Instructions will include how to:

• Access an online video “Faith Talk”.

• Access an online sing-along song based on that month’s theme.

• Complete a family craft activity. Most required craft items will be in the

Bag. (We won’t include things like scissors or common household items.)

• Additional ideas to explore the theme for the month.

• Information about how your child or children is growing in faith and maturity.

We are beginning with a focus on young children (In or near the age 3-6 range).

Bags can be sent home with your child, or picked up at St. John Church office during the week or on Sunday morning. We will also cheerfully deliver the bag to your home if that is preferred.

Currently we intend to produce two bags each month based on a theme for that month.

Questions? Please contact DCE Paul Wendt (pwendt@stjohneagles.org, 260-347-2158) or Mr. Vernie Scheiber (vscheiber@stjohneagles.org). If you’d like to help in producing this resource, please contact us as well!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Lilly Moser, Tyson Kintz, Andrew Stahl, Max Harlan, Jackson McKinley, Arianna Wright, Greyson Ashley, and Rosie Sexton

We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Fitness Fact

Exercising consistently will strengthen your muscles, increase flexibility, and improve your overall performance. Your muscles will work much more efficiently and you’ll gain a greater sense of endurance. In addition, your reaction time and balance will improve. (Atkinson and Bryant webmd.com)

These students and their families, prayed for this week: Alex Ormiston, Paige Gibson, Alaina Andrews, Hunter Parshall, and Landon Kintz

Operation Christmas Child

The collection box remains in the Gathering Area and I am passing along suggestions of what to put in the box each month. Perhaps you would rather just donate an item here and there rather than assemble an entire box.

For February – toothbrush, dental floss, NO TOOTHPASTE

For March – Winter hats, gloves, baseball hat, bandanas, scarves

Of course, other items can be placed in the box at any time, these are merely suggestions!

Kroger Community Rewards Check Received

Rewards from the last quarter of 2020 have been received in the amount of $329.76. If you are registered for this easy program, THANK YOU! If not, won’t you consider taking just a moment to make that happen? Then, every time you shop and use your Kroger card, rewards will be headed to St. John. It costs you nothing and does NOT affect your fuel points!

To enroll your Kroger card in the Community Rewards program, simply call 1-800-576-4377. Choose option 3, then option 4. St. John’s Organization Number is VX580. Thanks!

Monday, February 1

Tuesday, February 2

8:15 – Chapel

Wednesday, February 3

Thursday, February 4

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, February 5

6:00 – Science Fair

Saturday, February 6

Sunday, February 7

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – Christian Education Hour

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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