Math, homework, A.R. quizzes, P.E., science labs, after-school sports, Spelling, Art, Computer Lab: these are the things that fill our days at school and enrich our students’ lives in many ways, but it isn’t what guides us or drives us. Last Saturday our St. John’s family gathered together to remember and celebrate the life and ministry of Mrs. Warneke. We laughed and cried together, hugged, held hands. In life and even in her death Mrs. Warneke was and continues to be an inspiration to many of us here.
Her sense of humor, creativity, and devotion to her Savior were on display every day of her life among us. God’s blessings at our church and school are rich and deep. It is a privilege to come to school every day and be surrounded by our staff, parents, and students who also inspire me and encourage me. Our St. John’s family, while not perfect – like any family, is driven by the cross of Christ and His love. Christ’s love permeates our campus; it guides us and comforts us. It gets us through difficult times, like now, and takes us through times of joy and celebration, which are plentiful.
At Mrs. Warneke’s service we heard the words of Romans 8: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” And in Romans 12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Mrs. Warneke lived those verses each day – even to her last day. What guides us and drives us at St. Johns is God’s Word and His love, our mission to serve Him the best we can, keeping the cross of Christ before us so on Saturday we could sing boldly “Now no more can death appall, now no more the grave enthrall; You have opened paradise, and your saints in You shall rise. Alleluia!”
By: Mrs. Cathy Meier, 2nd grade