“He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.”

It has never been more important to take care of our own mental and physical health so we can be there for our children’s.

“He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

What a trying time we are all in right now. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. As parents our job is to protect and guide our children but in this temperamental and unpredictable world, it can seem quite challenging at times, especially in 2020. If we don’t know what the future holds, how can we guide our own children through it?  It has never been more important to take care of our own mental and physical health so we can be there for our children’s. All we can do is take care of today and leave the rest of our worries at the foot of the cross, HE has got you and your entire family in His hands. His love for you and your family is unconditional and more than we can ever imagine.  

When you are anxious or stressed, take a moment to think of one or two things that you are thankful for. I am so thankful for the students at St. John’s, I say this with sincerity. As the PE and health teacher for elementary-aged children, I see students in grades K-6 each week and every day they make me smile. Their smile and excitement brings me back to the basics in life. Thank you for trusting us at St. John’s with your sweet children!  As we pause and head into Thanksgiving break, share with your children things that you are thankful for. Ask your children what they are thankful for. Get outside and spend time in nature, being in nature can ease anxiety for people of all ages. Take this unprecedented time to spend time with your loved ones, be active together outside: go on a hike, a walk, go to the park, the beach, or the mountains. We are truly blessed to live in a place where it doesn’t get too cold in the winter, we can still enjoy the outdoors. 

Yes, this is a challenging time, we are all feeling it in various ways, but God is transforming us and our children. He has not left us, this is one of His many promises. We will come out stronger through this, God has each of us in the palm of His hand. Remember, diamonds were not formed overnight, they were formed over time under extreme pressure. Just like diamonds, God is making us beautiful. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving St. John’s families. Praying for each of you.

In Him,

Mrs. Christine Miller

For ideas for hikes in the area download the app called “All Trails”  😊

Honoring our Veterans

In Mrs. G’s First Grade we have been learning about our country and special fall holidays. We are learning about Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. We did a chapel about men and women who helped protect our country by being in the military. We thanked all the branches of the service for their dedication to God and our country.

We are thankful for the military service members give our country. We continue to pray and think about them and their sacrifices that keep the USA safe. In addition to the Veteran’s Day Holiday we are learning about Thanksgiving and how our country was started by brave men and women who came to our east coast to start a life that included worshipping God. We also made Native American hats to think about how they helped the Pilgrims through their first winters in America. Thanks you God for our Country and all the people who protect it and us. 

We read many books about the beginning of America. Happy Fall!

By: Mrs. Glaeser, 1st grade

A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

A Mighty Fortress is Our God!

This week in third grade we have been discussing how our God is a mighty fortress. Students enjoyed creating a 3-D fortress and background. This activity allowed students to be creative and artistic in designing and setting up their fortresses! 

By: Natalie Ramsay, 3rd Grade

Reformation 2020

Reformation 2020!

This is a special week for Lutheran churches and schools all around the world as we celebrate Martin Luther and the reformation of the Christian church over 500 years ago.  We want our students to know our rich Lutheran heritage founded on the ideals of “Grace Alone”, “Faith Alone”, “Christ Alone”, “Scripture Alone”, “To the Glory of God Alone”. 

Throughout the month of October, we sing Luther’s most well-known hymn in Chapel, “A Mighty Fortress”, based on Psalm 46.  Our 6th graders have their annual Martin Luther competition, culminating in the winner “nailing” Luther’s 95 Theses to a church door, as Luther did on Oct. 31, 1517.  Dr. Heide shares his travel photos from his many trips to Germany and the important sites from Luther’s life. 

It’s a month-long celebration for the blessings of having God’s Word to learn more about His amazing Grace and the man who started a revolution of teaching everyone how much they are loved by God the Father and freely forgiven through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.

By: Cathy Meier, 2nd Grade

A.S.P.I.R.E. to be Christ-like

Seventh and eighth grade students began the school year exploring and learning St. John’s Lutheran School’s behavior mindset traits of “accountability”, “safety”, “patience”, “integrity”, “respect”, and “empathy” in 7th grade Christian faith and life and 8th grade science.  They did this by examining God’s Word and participating in Nearpod lessons.  The culmination activity was to create an infographic of the six traits by including each trait, a Bible verse about each trait, ways they can show each trait in class and in life and an additional fact they learned.  The purpose of the activity was for students to start the year grounded in the foundation of God’s Word and know that it is through the Holy Spirit’s work in each of us that we can A.S.P.I.R.E. to show these Christ-like character traits all year long.

By Mrs. Kruse