School News: April 4, 2017
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
I was reading an article about the state of religion and faith in American society, and it came as no surprise to me that interest in “spirituality” is on the increase. Studies have been showing that for the past few years. What’s of concern to us as disciples is that interest in saving faith in Jesus Christ is decreasing. Knowledge of the Bible as God’s Word is also decreasing. In fact, many Americans would say their favorite Bible passage is “God helps those who help themselves.” Two thoughts struck me as I read this “passage”.
It is true that God helps those who help themselves. Our lives as believers are committed to His will, and God helps us as we strive to live daily in that will. He has been there to guide and direct us in the past and He promises to be with us always. We can count on His help in every situation. All of Scripture testifies to this.
Unfortunately, too many people use it to place human effort over divine assistance. Used wrongly, it’s like saying that God helps us ONLY when we take the first steps. It has also been used as a call to “stop praying and start working”.
However, this is a contradiction to other passages in Scripture. Nowhere in God’s Word will we find evidence that God rewards us with His help ONLY when we are willing to take the first step. As a matter of fact, all through God’s Word we find that He comes to us even before we take the first steps. One passage illustrates this. Paul writes to the Romans, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Imagine. When we least deserved it, God was there. Before we even acknowledged our need, God sent His Son Jesus into the world to bear the punishment for living our lives separated from Him. Jesus didn’t come to help us overcome our sin. He came to overcome it for us.
How great it is that our God puts no conditions on His love. How great it is that God helps us when we ask, but also when we haven’t thought to ask. This week, let’s praise Him for that love.
By the way, the reference for Paul’s letter is Romans 5:8. The other passage, “God helps those who help themselves”, is not in Scripture. Many believe its origin is from “Aesop’s Fables”.
ACCELERATED READER ACHIEVEMENT
Congratulations to the following students who earned membership in a new AR Point Club during March:
Dara M. (500 Pts. – Bronze Club)
Caroline B., Kathryn G., Cole S. (250 Pts.)
Piper C., Sophia S., (100 Pts.)
Ellalee F., Elayna L., Caleb Morrow (50 Pts.)
Aspen B., Catherine B. (25 Pts.)
Our annual spring Walk-a-thon will take place on Wednesday, May 3. Information packets about our walk-a-thon, including sponsor procedures, will come home with students this week. We hope you will all join us in this effort to raise funds for exciting programming and opportunities for our students.
The project includes an option to send your sponsor letters through email with a video to share as well: http://stjohnindy.org/walkathon-video/
ISTEP Part 2, the online portion of ISTEP will begin for students in grades 3-8 on Monday, April 17 and could continue through Friday, May 5. Parents, we are following a very tight schedule in the computer lab. Please be sure your children can be in school during all testing times that will be shared by your child’s teacher.
TUITION OPTIONS FOR 2017-18
Parents, please check your Fast Direct messages regarding tuition options for 2017-18. If you choose to pay in full prior to July 3rd, you’ll receive a 3% discount. No credit cards accepted for discounts. Use this link to pay. If you would like to enroll with SMART Tuition making monthly payments, please go to our website, scroll to the bottom of the page and click SMART Tuition to enroll.
Please notify Lori Reno Howard if your tuition arrangements are changing.
Mrs. Paula Chappell, our art teacher since 2012, has informed us that she will not be returning to St. John for the next school year. We praise God for Mrs. Chappell’s gifts and her willingness to serve here at St John for the past five years. We wish her God’s blessings on her future.
We will begin a search soon for a new Art Teacher for 2017-2018. If you know of anyone with qualifications and experience in art education, please be sure to give that information to Mr. Kerr.
NO SCHOOL MONDAY, APRIL 17
This is Easter Monday and was scheduled as a day off when the calendar was developed.
MUSIC FESTIVAL SPONSORS NEEDED
The annual Indianapolis Lutheran schools Music Festival will be held on Friday, April 28th @ 7 PM @ Lutheran High School. This year an individual, family, organization, or business may become a Music Festival Patron or Sponsor. Patron donation is $15 or more, a sponsor donation is $10 or less. Patrons & Sponsors will be listed on the concert program. Your support as well as your attendance at the concert are greatly appreciated. Click here for the sponsor form, you can pay online on Fast Direct under Band.
AN UNINTENDED OMMISSION
Our article listing the High Honor students two weeks ago failed to list Nathan S. Congratulations for all your hard work.
As we move toward the end of the school year, families are reminded of your responsibility to pay all tuition and fees, registration, lunch and extended care charges, band, and class trip balances by the end of May. In accordance with Indiana state law, no records or report cards will be released in any form or transcripts forwarded to new schools until your financial obligations have been met.
EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES
Friends, family, and neighbors are more likely to accept invitations to church at Easter than other Sundays during the Church year. It’s not too late to invite them to attend Easter services. Full details @ http://www.stjohnindy.org/event/945274-2017-04-16-easter-services-breakfast/
YOUTH FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL SUMMER SERVICE PROJECT
Our St. John youth are selling 5 gallon containers of laundry soap, dish soap, and various sizes of garbage cans. All proceeds from this fundraiser support their LOCAL (Living Out Christ-Assisting Locally) summer service project in our community. Orders can be placed online or at the sign-up sheet in the Commons by Easter. Call or email Heidi Mielke at 317-538-3958 or .
PREVIEW NIGHT @ LHSI
Please join us this Thursday, April 6th at 6:30 PM to tour our facilities.