What brings you joy? I know there are many things in this world that can make us happy, but what really brings joy to your heart? You know the feeling. When happiness fades, joy remains.
God is holy, and in order for us to stand in His presence, we must be holy also. That causes inner conflict because somehow we know that this is impossible on our own. Sin separated us from that holiness. But God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to live a sinless life for us and then to die so our sin would be forgiven. The separation is gone. Because of His Son, God now sees us as holy. The inner conflict is over.
We can believe this because the Holy Spirit brought faith into our hearts. As that faith guides our lives, it is expressed as a fruit of the Spirit, one of which is joy. It is not something we have to search for. It is a gift of our loving God. May that joy fill our hearts this week, and may those around us catch a glimpse of that joy we have in this life. Have a joyous Thanksgiving.
GEOGRAPHY WEEK ACHIEVEMENT
St. John recognized National Geography Week last week with a number of activities. Congratulations to the following students, who won our annual Geography Team Bee and School competitions:
5th-8th Grade Geography Bee Team Winners:
FIRST PLACE – Lindsey B., Dylan B., Lucas F., Clayton H., Luke H., Trey L., and Adele S.
SECOND PLACE – Jimmie B., Hunter F., Loryn F., Fred H., Dara M., Micah M., and Josh W.
Our ST. JOHN SCHOOL CHAMPION is Dylan B., who will take the National Geographic Geography Bee Qualifying test in January. Fred H. is the Runner-Up.
PACK AWAY HUNGER
Thank you to all of the parents who helped our 6th-8th grade get to the Pack Away Hunger offices in Beech Grove last Friday. Our students were able to pack and send 9,072 meals for hungry people during their time there. Great work!
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP FOOD DRIVE
Here are some additional ways you can help from Nov 28 through December 2: Parents, why not pick up a few extra things at the store now and have your child bring something every day of that week? Thanks for helping your children with these projects.
USUAL ITEMS REQUESTED - In addition to non-perishable food items (such as canned and boxed goods), donations of household items (such as laundry soap and paper goods), and personal items (such as toothpaste and diapers) will be very much appreciated. We do ask that all items donated be new and in unopened packages.
SPECIAL ITEMS REQUESTED - While volume is important, and we understand that things such as green beans and corn are inexpensive, we hope to have plenty of other things such as peanut butter and jelly, canned meats, fruit and breakfast foods so that families can prepare balance meals for all times of the day.
NEW CLOTHING AND TOY DONATIONS
Help provide NEW coats, boots, shoes, hats, gloves, and other clothing items for children, as well as stocking stuffers and one or two new toys.
PASS IT DOWN COAT DRIVE
We are accepting donations of “gently used” children’s and adult sized coats. Coats should be in “like new” or “nearly new” condition, with fastenings that function, and no visible rips, tears or stains.
REMEMBER - Students may bring these items to school during the week of Nov 28 through Dec 2. In addition, we will also collect donations from adults at the Advent Service on Wednesday evening, Nov 30.
Each year, PTL offers our students a chance to do some Christmas shopping at our NOEL HOUSE. The store will be open on Monday, Dec 12th and Tuesday, Dec 13th. Volunteers will be available to help your child shop and will also help with wrapping. For your convenience, a NOEL HOUSE envelope sent home with the students next week that will help our volunteers know your child’s shopping list and funds. No online payments please, cash or check only.
STUDENTS LEAD ADVENT WORSHIP SERVICES
Please join us on Wednesday’s @ 7 PM during Advent for worship services led by our students. Advent services will take place in the Dwelling Place at St. John Lutheran Church and School.
Wed., Nov. 30 – led by Junior Choir and students in Gr. 6-8 – “Christmas Memories: Make Memories That Last Forever”
Wed., Dec. 7 – led by students in PS, PK and K – “A Night Like No Other”
Wed., Dec. 14 - led by students in Gr. 1-5.
ST. JOHN YOUTH LAUNDRY DETERGENT SALE
Our youth group is selling soap and laundry detergent to cover the cost of the 2017 summer youth national mission trip. The sale will end November 29, with orders delivered by December 11. Orders can be made online at this link. For any questions, please call or e-mail Heidi Mielke at (317) 538-3958;