School News: May 16, 2017
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS WEEK
Paul writes about the characteristics of Christian discipleship in his first letter to the Thessalonians. His words motivate and encourage the readers in their faith so that they will grow as servants of their Lord. “You became imitators of us and of the Lord. Despite severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit, and so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord's message rang out. Your faith in God has become known everywhere.” (1:6-8). They turned from idols and served the living and true God. Others witnessed this transformation of their lives and some were led to believe as a result.
These “imitators” and “models” do not claim to be perfect. They only claim to serve a perfect God in an imperfect way. The example set by these disciples of Jesus Christ, however, has been a starting point for many in their walk with Christ. It should be our starting point as well. We are also called to be disciples. We are called to be models and examples for those around us.
Despite suffering, we welcome the message of Jesus Christ and joyfully share it with others at every opportunity. Regardless of our age or standing in this life, others are watching. Let’s pray that the Holy Spirit will use our example to touch the lives of those around us.
St. John Lutheran Church and School has extended a call to Mr. Josh Swartz, from Huntington, Alabama, to serve as principal at St. John Lutheran School. Please join us as we pray for Mr. Swartz and his family as they consider this call, and for St. John as we seek the Lord’s guidance in this matter.
THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 17TH, IS WEAR ORANGE FOR DAKOTA DAY!
This day marks the one year anniversary of Dakota being diagnosed with leukemia. We thank God for being with Dakota, his family, and all the medical people who have worked so hard this year.
Thank you to our donors who have sponsored students in the annual school walkathon. Our current total is $6,865.00, and we are still receiving donations. We appreciate the work that our students and parents put into finding sponsors for the walk. It’s never too late to donate.
Join us for a concert this Wednesday, May 17 featuring our Concert and Beginning bands, as well as students in the 3rd and 4th grade on their recorders. These musicians are all under the direction of Mr. Paul Johnson. The program is in the Dwelling Place and it begins at 7 PM.
CONGRATULATIONS BOWLING TEAM
Congratulations to the St. John Middle School Bowling team for advancing to the state finals as a team. Special recognition to Caleb B., who also advanced to the state finals in the individual division. Team members in addition to Caleb are Luke S., Bryson W., and Gage F. The team is coached by Chris Barger.
ART TEACHER POSITION
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.
MAY IS A BUSY MONTH
Your web site calendar shows the following activities at St. John in the month of May:
May 17 - St. John Band Concert 7 PM
May 19 - Awards for 8th Graders (2:15 PM Dwelling Place)
May 19 - 8th Grade Graduation 7 PM (Class Trip following week)
May 24 - ECE Boxcar Race (AM)
May 24 - ECE Closing Program at 7 PM
May 24 - Grades 1-7 Awards at 1 PM
May 25 - Chapel 8 AM, Closing Day Picnic (ALL STUDENTS BRING A SACK LUNCH) – Full Day
IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
All bills for the 2016-17 school year will be posted to Fast Direct by May 22nd. Any combined balances on these accounts or SMART tuition accounts of $50.00 or more will result in report cards being held for that family. We will also hold school records for 8th graders. Please check your Fast-Direct account by May 22nd and settle all accounts the last week of school. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lori Reno Howard at 317-352-9196 or email me: .