School News: March 21, 2017

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS WEEK

Let’s admit it. We are not perfect. Although created in God’s image, Adam and Eve chose the path of disobedience. Sin became a reality, and the entire world for all of human time would have to deal with it. The consequences of sin have been evident throughout history, and this sinful imperfect world will continue to bring about circumstances that are hard to understand. Even, and especially, in our time. Neither our advanced knowledge, nor our modern technology will change that fact.

As believers, we are aware of our imperfection. We recognize the effect that sin has on us and on the world. We are aware that our sin separates us from God.

But the Good News is that we do not have to dwell on the darkness. Instead, we praise God for His love for us. John 3:16 reminds us, “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.” He sent His Son Jesus into this world to live a perfect life, to take the punishment for our sin, and to be the perfect sacrifice that brought us back to God. Because His Holy Spirit brought faith to our hearts, we know that God is still in control of His world even when it does not seem so. We know that God is present even when there are no easy answers to our questions.  We know that He clings to us even when it is difficult, if not impossible, for us to cling to Him.

Because we live in a sinful world, some things just don’t make sense. During this Lenten season, we are reminded of the price Jesus paid on our behalf. It was His death that redeemed us, and it is His Spirit that brings us the faith to believe that. We cannot achieve perfection on our own. We praise God that He covered our sin with His perfect love. 

SCHOOL NEWS

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Congratulations to the following students for making the honor rolls during the third grading period:

HIGH HONORS – Fred H., Reese B., Paige M., Jake P., Nell M., Malin B., Emily C., Cora L., Evan P.

HONORS - Lucas F., Luke H., Caleb J., Trey L.
Dara M., Luke S., Georgia A., Larry A., Alden A., Sarah B., Jaelah C., Ethan C., Nicole D., Sukhpreet G., Nathan S., Naomi W., Olivia A., Dakota B., Hana C., Eliana D., Katelyn H., Clayton H., Grace J., Olivia K., Penelope M., Elaine R., Gretchen B., Piper C., Bella L., Sydnee M., Rylee W.

WALK-A-THON

Our annual spring Walk-a-thon will take place on Wednesday, May 3rd. Information packets about our walk-a-thon, including sponsor procedures, will come home with the week of April 3rd. We hope you will all join us in this effort to raise funds for exciting programming and opportunities for our students.

 

APRIL SHOWERS BRING…

Jeans or shorts for $1! Every day in April students can wear jeans or school shorts for $1. Want to save money? Prepay $12 for the whole month. This fundraiser will benefit our Scrabble Team.

 

CHURCH NEWS

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 .

LENT BLOG POST

As we observe the church season of Lent, we may hear and see many different perspectives on what Lent is, what it should be, and how it is observed. Our church and school's director of communications, Phil Jaseph, shares his reflections on Lent in a recent blog post.