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Banner #10 October 23, 2017

Cathy Thiem
WRITTEN BY Cathy Thiem - 23 October 2017


St. John Lutheran School

October 23, 2016 Number 10

The Principal’s Pen

I’d like to continue looking at the Reformation started by Martin Luther 500 years ago and what it means for us.



Martin Luther grew up thinking that he needed to do certain things in order to earn God’s favor. As a monk he would punish his body thinking that was how he would pay for his sins. He believed that buying indulgences would help free himself, or loved ones, from time spent in purgatory. Martin Luther tortured himself thinking that he wasn’t good enough to have God’s favor.

As Martin Luther spent more time reading the Bible, he made a wonderful discovery:

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

This verse showed Martin Luther that salvation did not depend on what he did or did not do. He was saved by grace. Salvation is a gift from God and does not depend on anything we do. Through this verse, and others like it, Martin Luther was released from the weight of his sin and the belief that he couldn’t quite measure up to God’s demands.

This is a Reformation message for you and me! We don’t need to try to measure up to God’s expectations! We can’t! We’ll fail and fall short every time! Fortunately, God gives us GRACE: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. God gives us His richest gift, grace, not because of anything we do, but because of what Christ did! Praise God for His grace, given freely to us!

Jennie Williamson Concert at Central Lutheran

Central Lutheran School invites you to experience Christian artist, Jennie Williamson, in concert on Friday, November 3 at 6:30pm. This FREE event for families of all ages will be held in Central’s new gymnasium. Jennie travels all across the country sharing her music and message to Pastors, teachers, moms and dads, men and women, and boys and girls. With selling over 750,000 CDs, it is estimated that Jennie has touched the lives of over 2 million people! Make plans now to attend! Central Lutheran is located at 900 Green Street in New Haven.

Keep Your Kids Safe Online!

WHO: All St. John Parents and their friends

WHAT: A Presentation on Internet Safety

WHEN: Monday, Oct. 23, 6:30

WHERE: St. John Lutheran School – Worship Center

WHY: How much time do your kids spend online daily or weekly? For many, that number is significant. While there are many great ways to spend time online, there are also great dangers. All parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the dangers online and how to set up safe boundaries for kids and families. Students are welcome to attend the evening presentation. The 3rd-5th graders will have a presentation at 12:30 and the 6th-8th graders at 1:35. Parents are also welcome to attend these presentations.

Butter Braids Sale

Our annual Butter Braid sale continues through this Wednesday, October 25, with delivery of frozen loaves on Wednesday, November 8. Keep this sale in mind when making your pre-holiday preparations and plan now to support our school!


Do You Know?

The percent of our school expenses for the 2017-2018 school year that cover salaries and benefits is about:

A. 20% C. 60%

B. 50% D. 90%

If you don’t know the answer to this question, please plan now to attend any 1 of 3 “Funding the Ministry” Presentations. During these presentations Mr. Walz will inform you on how our school is funded and seek your input on how we can continue to be the best stewards of the resources God has provided us. The presentations will be Monday, Nov. 6, 6:30; Thursday, Nov. 9, 8:15 A.M.; and Sunday, Nov. 12, 1:00. All presentations will take place in the Worship Center. Because we feel that this information is so valuable for you to have, there will be 3 random drawings for $50 gift certificates (for SCRIP, lunch bill, or extended care bill) at each presentation!

Little Saint’s Night

Little Saint’s Night is this week Saturday! Plan now to attend this fun night of costumes, games, candy, food, and more. In fact, plan now to invite your friends to join you on Oct. 28, from 5:00 – 7:00. This is always a fun night for the St. John family! The following things are needed to make this a great night:

1. If you signed up to help on the volunteer handbook form, we have been calling to schedule you to work.

2. If you didn’t sign up, but are able to help, we can always use you! Please call the school office to get on the list!

3. Our candy box in the gym is getting full, but we still need more treats for the kids. If you haven’t donated any candy or treats yet please leave your candy donations in the box in the gym this week.

No Halloween Celebrations

Our school does not have Halloween parties. Too many things commonly associated with Halloween conflict with our Christian beliefs. We will instead have Fall or Thanksgiving parties in some of our classrooms.

School Pictures – Make-Up Day

School pictures will be sent home as soon as they arrive. A make-up day has been scheduled for THIS Thursday, October 26th, beginning at 8:30 a.m., for our 3-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 11:00 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.

Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week across our country. To help celebrate, and stand united against drug use, Wednesday will be ‘Wear Red Day” at St. John. All students are encouraged to wear something red. PS-8 students will also be given a red ribbon to wear. Middle school students will also receive a drug education book. Please ask them for it and use this informative resource.


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! 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!!

SHINE Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized as a SHINE Student last week: Rhoda Bontrager, Lucas Christian, Luci Dalrymple, Elizabeth Walkup, Bryson Shire, Ireland Blake, Dallas Dean, and Anna Conrad. We give thanks to God for these students who let their light shine before others.

Food Drive

To coordinate with our chapel offering collection this trimester, we are now receiving non-perishable food items for the Friendship Food Pantry here in Kendallville. Food items will be accepted through November 10th. Please think about this collection the next time you are shopping for your own family and pick up an extra item or two – something your family would like!! Too often we see expired items end up in our collection – items that your family doesn’t want and no other family will want either. Think of what someone else would like and give from your heart to make this a great collection for our local pantry. Thank you!!!!

The $coop On $crip!

What is Generic Scrip?

We’d like to let you know about what we call “Generic Scrip.” Generic Scrip is like a universal gift card you can purchase that can be redeemed or exchanged for any scrip card. It can be purchased for any quantity. It can be redeemed only here at St. John. Generic Scrip is most often used between St. John School or Church families and is a popular pastor or teacher gift. You are welcome to give Generic Scrip to those outside of the St. John family, but it is important that you inform anyone you give it to that they must bring it to St. John for redemption before they shop. Also, you may wish to provide them with an order form so they can be aware of what type of cards they can use it for.

Giving the gift of Generic Scrip may also be a good way for you to introduce Scrip to your family and friends and encourage them to continue buying it on your behalf.

Check out the items for sale on the Silent Auction tables in the church lobby. All proceeds will benefit the Women of St. John and the great work they do around our building and for our students. Take a moment and make a bid or two please!

Your Next Opportunity to Support The D.C. Trip…

The next fundraiser for the Washington D.C. trip is just around the corner. It’s delicious Nelson’s BBQ Chicken! The chicken will be available in the North Fire Station on Highway 6 on Saturday, November 4 or here at the Academic Festival. Don’t miss out on what could possibly be your last chance for Nelson’s this season!

Planned eLearning Day THIS FRIDAY

We will not have school on Friday, Oct. 27, as the teachers spend time in Professional Development activities. The teachers will spend the morning learning more about our STAR Assessments and related products. In the afternoon they will learn about writers’ workshop. We are going to use this day also as a planned eLearning day as a trial run to see whether using eLearning on the day school is canceled is possible for us. This will count as a day of school for us. Since we are trying this as if it was an eLearning day on the day school is canceled, our procedure will be a little different from our normal procedure:

• No yellow eLearning folders will be sent home on Thursday.

• School will not be open on Friday morning for students to work here.

• All assignments will be posted to our eLearning website by 9:00 A.M. Friday.

• An email will be sent to parents by 9:00 with that website and other reminders.

• Teachers will be available by text, phone, and/or email all day on Friday.

• Students will be able to stay after school until 4:15 on Monday and Tuesday to use school computers and have assistance from teachers.

• All work will be due by 8:00 Wednesday morning.

We look forward to trying this option out and getting feedback from parents on how this goes. There will be a parent survey to gain your input. If this goes well we will use this type of eLearning make-up day in certain situations this coming winter.


These students and their families, prayed for this week:

Gracelyn Perlich, Lilliana Parks, Chase Ryan, & Caydren Sams

Katie &Emma White upon the death of their grandmother, Elsie Fregeau

Mad Ants Get Fit Challenge

Recently we welcomed the Mad Ant to St. John to kick off the Mad Ant Get Fit Challenge. This challenge encourages our students to spend 30 minutes per day being active. This involves any out-of-school activity. In return for being active for 30 minutes per day for 30 days, the students can earn a free ticket to a Mad Ants game (and discounted tickets for everyone else in the family). Details were sent home with the students. We encourage all of our students to participate in this great challenge!

Academic Festival: November 11, 2017

The Academic Festival is a fun half day of academic “competitions” with other schools. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11. We are looking forward to welcoming students from St. Mary’s, Avilla; St. Paul, Bremen; Trinity, Sturgis; and Emmaus, Ft. Wayne. Information is coming home with students regarding all of the events and how to sign up. Please ask if you do not see this information or if you have questions.

In order to make this great day possible we need parent and alumni help. We will start contacting those of you who signed up through the Volunteer Handbook. Additionally, if you are willing to help

please let the office know. We will have a schedule of

helpers available the week before the Academic


ATTENTION ALUMNI!!! We would gladly accept help at this year’s Academic Festival from former students and their parents! We know there are St. John graduates who enjoyed the Festival as students and now they can experience it on the other side of the table!! Contact Mrs. Thiem to offer your help!!

T-Shirts for Sale

If you missed your chance at ordering a “WALK ON” St. John T-shirt, check with Mrs. Thiem. A few children’s sizes are still available.

Do You Love Christmas?

While Halloween isn’t even here yet, we are thinking about Christmas! The Kendallville Christmas Parade is Saturday, Dec. 2, with the theme “Christmas Toyland”. We would love for St. John to be a part of the parade as we have been in the last few years. This is a great community event for us to participate in and a great opportunity for us to share the true meaning of Christmas with our community! In order to make this a reality, though, we are in need of a parent or group of parents to organize this effort. It doesn’t have to be a major production, and we can give guidance and assistance. Please contact the office if you are willing to help out!

SGO Donations – A Double Blessing!

Your gift to The Lutheran SGO on behalf of St. John blesses our church and school and blesses you! The blessing for our church and school comes as tuition assistance funds to help needy families send their kids to receive a Christian education here at St. John. A number of our students have received these scholarships over the past few years. The blessing for the donor is that half of your gift is returned to you in the form of a credit on your Indiana state taxes. Donations can come from individuals or businesses and can be cash, stock, and even things like corn and soybeans! You can give online at www.lutheransgo.org or paper donation forms are available in the office. See Mr. Walz or Mrs. Thiem for more information on this opportunity to be a double blessing!

Veteran’s Day Service – Friday, November 10th

We will be hosting a service to honor our servicemen and women, both active and veterans, on Friday, November 10th, at 10:00 a.m. Please invite family and friends who are serving, or have served, so we can express our thanks for their service to our country. A sheet of cards to pay tribute to those dear to us was sent home last week. PLEASE return your cards as soon as possible so they can be added to the display that has been created. Students are welcome to color the cards as they so choose. More cards are available for the asking. Please help us make this a special event for Veterans in our midst!

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 9:00 a.m. on Monday, November 20th. 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!

Once again, St. John will serve as a Relay Collection Center for National Collection Week – the third week of November. If you would be willing to spend a few hours helping to collect boxes as they arrive and package them in shipping cartons, give Mrs. Thiem a call (347-2444) or stop by her office.

Mrs. Thiem spoke with students at chapel last week about the project and all students received a brochure which gives specific guidelines about the project. Empty shoeboxes are now available for the asking in the office. Students in selected grades may use this program as their classroom Christmas project in lieu of a gift exchange between students. Stay tuned for instructions from your child’s teacher.

Kroger Community Rewards

Our latest check from the Kroger Community Rewards program was $444.54. That represents just a portion of registered shoppers’ purchases from July 1 through September 30. If you have not yet registered your card, won’t you consider doing so? Call 800-576-4377 and choose the Community Rewards and select option 3. Our school’s NPO number is 10129 when you are asked for that number.

The Week Ahead - Oct. 23 – 29, 2017

Monday, October 23

12:30 – 2:35 – ICAC Assemblies for various grades

3:00 – 4:30 – Junior Spell Bowl

6:30 – 8:00 – Internet Safety Presentation

Tuesday, October 24

8:15 – Chapel

8:00 – 11:30 – Preschool Field Trip

3:00 – 5:15 – Bright Lights

Wednesday, October 25

3:00 – 4:30 – Junior Spell Bowl

7:00 – Confirmation Class

Thursday, October 26

8:30 – Picture Retakes

7:00 – Worship Service

Friday, October 27 – No School – Professional Development Day


Saturday, October 28

5:00 – 7:00 – Little Saints Night

Sunday, October 29

8:00 – Worship Service in the Sanctuary

9:15 – The Buzz Hour & Adult Bible Class

10:30 – Worship Service in the Worship Center

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