School News: April 21, 2020

A WORD FROM MR. MARCH

This morning while drinking my coffee and reading my Bible, I sat in the warmth of the rays of the sunshine. It was such a glorious feeling. I felt like God was wrapping me in His arms of love. It was like God was talking directly to me, "I love you my child. You have nothing to fear. I know what you need today. Give me your cares and concerns. I am here for you; to guide and direct you."

The sunshine is a reminder of God's glory and majesty. He has control of the universe because He created it all. He is there for us - to hear our worries and concerns, knowing that He has a plan and purpose for everything. He will work all things out for our good. We may not see that now but God sees the big picture....the canvas He is painting of our lives.

So this morning as the sun reminds us, give your cares and concerns over to God. Speak from your heart and surrender to Him all aspects of your life knowing that your loving Heavenly Father is there listening and cares for you.

We are here as a school community to help you through this unprecedented time. Please reach out if you need help or assistance. We are here for you.

May you be reminded of God's unwavering love for you today.

Mr. John March, Principal


TEACHER UPDATES


Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

We give thanks to God our Father for the sacrifice of His only Son that we might receive forgiveness of our sins through the shedding of His blood. We give thanks for the glorious bodily resurrection of our Lord on that first Easter, a resurrection promised also to us. These are central truths we must hold to firmly always, especially in these uncertain times.

We have since heard from the synod’s Indiana District office,and we have new guidelines regarding calling teachers during this time of social distancing to maximize medical safety. Dr. Kevin Brockberg, Executive Counselor for Christian Education, has advised that we delay making calls until a later time in light of current restrictions and challenges. Further, he advises that we contract the four teachers selected by the two call committees. Then, when we are able to gather together again, we could hold a voters meeting at church to officially call the two synodically trained teachers for third grade and fourth grade.

The committee for calling the Pre-K teacher included Pastor Luke, Jennifer Tinkey, Lori Forgey, Judy Boschen, Sam Ahlersmeyer, Toni Vaught, and John March. The committee for calling teachers for Grades 2-4 included Pastor Troy, Emily Klick, Phil Belk, Lindsay Chapman, Derek Smith, Tiera Aubrey, and John March. These representatives pored over personal forms for each potential candidate and conducted interviews by phone to narrow the selection to four names for the four positions. Those names are Olivia Benter (Pre-K 4), Emily Rode (Grade 2), Sarah Bumbleburg (Grade 3), and Jamie McCormick (Grade 4). Biographical information on each candidate can be found here.

In His Resurrected Hands,

Rick Reed, Chairman of the Congregation

Click here to see a video with Rick Reed and John March, explaining the reasoning behind this decision.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Rick Reed,



FUN FAMILY FRIDAY ACTIVITY


We are supposed to have great weather this week and would like to encourage you to get outside and enjoy God's amazing creation. This Scavenger Hunt would be a great way to celebrate Earth Day and God's creation.

The list is also attached here.



END OF SCHOOL YEAR BILLING



Final bills are posted. Please make sure ALL school accounts including tuition balances are paid up and current. No records or report cards will be forwarded until all balances are paid. We understand this a difficult time for families, it is also a difficult time for the church and school. We are praying that you all stay healthy through this crisis. God’s blessings.



EAGLES ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT

Be on the lookout later this week for information regarding the new Eagles Encouragement Project. This will be in lieu of our Walk-a-Thon. We will have information about how we can support our school, as well as supporting others in our community, along with a link for family and friends to donate online. Be sure to check your Fast Direct on Wednesday for these details.



WAYS TO STAY CONNECTED


As a faculty and staff, we miss you. There are many ways to stay connected with teachers and students. As always, we will communicate through Fast Direct, and your teachers will be sending a lot of info this way. We would like to encourage you to join us in the mornings at 9 on Facebook Live, as we start our day with Morning Announcements (Mon, Tues, and Thurs.) and Chapel (Wednesday).
You can also join our Pastors for Live Bible Study on Wednesdays at 9:45.

We are still worshiping as a community, but through the blessing of technology. You can join us on Facebook Live for Sunday services at 8:30 am or 10:45 am.

You do not need to have a Facebook account to follow us. You can access our Facebook page via our website, stjohnindy.org or on our app.

All of these events, except for the Morning Announcements, can be found on our YouTube Channel afterwards as well.



OFFICE CLOSED


To honor the Stay at Home order, there is minimal coverage in the office. The staff has the ability to work from home and meet via Zoom as well. The voicemail and regular mail will be checked frequently but if you have any school related questions, you may email Lori Reno Howard at
• As a reminder, if needed, the pastoral emergency number is 317-451-6074