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Banner #18; December 17, 2012

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 17 December 2012

St. John Lutheran School


Number 18

December 17, 2012

Principal’s Pen

What’s the best gift you’ve ever been given? Was it a toy you received as a child or something you’ve received more recently? Was it something that you waited for a long time? Was it something that cost a great amount or required a large sacrifice? Is it something you still have, or is it broken, lost, or no longer valuable to you? Christmas presents, both giving and receiving, are one of the best parts of Christmas. Receiving that special present is something that you remember forever.

The Christmas story is so familiar that we sometimes take it for granted. Mary, Joseph, census, Bethlehem, manger, angels, shepherds, Wise Men. Yet, when we boil it all down, it’s really a story about a gift. Not just any gift, but the best gift. Ever.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

God loves you so much that He gave you the greatest gift of all – His Son, Jesus. God came to be one of us. This precious gift, Jesus, lived and, ultimately, died, to take away the penalty of your sin and give you eternal life with Him in heaven. This gift is priceless, and it came with great sacrifice. But it is a gift that can never be taken away from you, lost, or broken.

In all of your busy preparations for Christmas, I hope that you can pause for just a moment and reflect on the amazing gift that you have been given in Jesus. God’s love for you is so great that He gave you the greatest gift ever – Jesus. May God bless you and your family this Christmas and throughout the year ahead!

Seeking to reach all with Christ, St. John Lutheran School partners with families to provide a Christ-centered education which nurtures faith in Christ,

promotes discipleship, develops God-given abilities and skills,

and encourages academic excellence.

This is the last edition of The Banner in 2012. The entire St. John staff wishes a Blessed Christmas to all of you. May the love of God made known to us all through His Son, Jesus Christ, reside in our hearts this Christmas, and permeate our lives forever.

Chapel Offerings

Our chapel offerings this trimester are supporting Life and Family Services. This Kendallville agency helps support young mothers and their children. Students can support Life and Family Services by bringing in offerings to chapel or by bringing in diapers, clothing, formula, and baby food. So far we have raised over $200. If we raise $600 by the end of the trimester Mr. Walz will dye his hair blue! That’s right! So, bring in your offering or other gift and support Life and Family Services and see Mr. Walz go blue!


Congratulations to Lars Brandgard and Nathan Walz. Both students were honored on Saturday for winning the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. Lars won the 6th grade contest and Nathan won the 7th grade contest from all the essays submitted in Noble County. Thanks also to writing teacher Nick Hayden for working with the students. Way to go Lars and Nathan!

Spelling Bee January 10

On Thursday, January 10, don’t miss our school’s Spelling Bee where students in grades 5-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the county Spelling Bee. The Bee will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Geography Bee January 17

On Thursday, January 17, don’t miss our school’s Geography Bee where students in grades 4-8 will compete for the opportunity to represent our school in the national Geography Bee. The Bee will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Worship Center. Parents, please join us!

Shop With SCRIP for Christmas!

Using Scrip doesn't always mean giving a gift card! You can redeem the scrip yourself to purchase gifts. Make Scrip your first stop before you shop and save money on your tuition or other school expenses. Still not sure how Scrip works? Ask in the office! Don't miss out on the opportunity to save--it's never too late to get on board!

Worship the newborn King with us!

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24

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

11:00 p.m. - Candlelight Service – Sanctuary

Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31

7:00 p.m. - Sanctuary

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1

9:00 a.m. - Sanctuary

Christmas at Bixler Lake

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our student’s work displayed on large wooden boards at Bixler Lake. Students in grades 2-8 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.

Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. There is no better way as a family to prepare than to spend time in worship on Thursday nights along with your school family as the children lead the Advent worship services here at St. John. This Thursday, Dec. 20, our Youth Group will lead the worship service. The service begins at 7:00 in the Worship Center. You can also enjoy a light supper (free will donation) starting at 5:30. We hope your family will take the opportunity to prepare for Christ’s birth by participating in these worship services!

Thursday, December 20 - 5:30 – 6:30

This week’s Menu:

Chicken Surprise Soup

Grilled Cheese or Peanut/Butter/Jelly Sandwich



Free-will offering proceeds to benefit Wash. D.C. trip or St. John Youth Group.

Christmas Break begins

Friday, December 21

School reconvenes Thursday, January 3, 2013.

All the families who lost loved ones in the shooting in Connecticut;

These school families will be prayed for this week:

Brandon and Cassandra Lash/Thomas Parr; Kevin Leffel; Teresa Leffel; Jeff and Bambee Lehman; John and Angela Malone

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE student: Alan Jimenez, Aowyn Myers, Ryan Goldey, Hunter Kline, Noah Jank, and Libby Goldey. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

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