“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

The Right People. The Right Place. The Right Time.

I have a small card under the glass on my desk at school that bears a simple, yet profound, message:  “Everything seems impossible until it is done.”  I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about that card lately.

It wasn’t too many days ago that none of us were too sure how the school year would begin.  New (and often contradictory) regulations and guidelines were hemorrhaging out of Sacramento, seemingly hourly. Newscasters made the most of the confusion, predicting a crisis in classrooms through California and the nation, as a whole.   Meanwhile, here in Orange,  St. John’s Lutheran church and school leadership quietly spent the last seven months intensely studying the guidelines, creating policy, and then deftly shifting it to follow the new guidelines that would ultimately determine how St. John’s Lutheran School would face a challenging (and, at times, a daunting) future.

Yet, here we are.

It’s the second week of school for all of us.  Preschool through the Sixth Grades are in their proper classrooms, being taught by hardworking, caring, and somewhat exhausted Christian teachers.  While the Seventh and Eighth Grade students are still learning online, the word going around is that, given the current trends, Seventh and Eighth Graders could be back in the Chapman Building in a couple of weeks.

Far from the potential train wreck predicted by some, the opening of St. John’s Lutheran School  has been, calm and orderly and, in a sense, predictable.  We’ve met the challenges and pressed forward.  Given the predictions of disaster, how has St. John’s Lutheran School  achieved such a feat?

It wasn’t us.

God’s Hand has clearly been at work.  In His eternal foresight, Our Lord has placed the right leaders in positions where their skills are in direct alignment with what needed to be done – and when.  The right people became “Covid-19” experts.  The right campus management team envisioned the right policies that allowed the right administrators to compose the right words for the waiver, which was submitted to the right people, at the right time, to effect the right outcome.  The right teachers prepared for both styles of learning – online and face-to-face – so that, whichever mode was needed could be implemented immediately.  Parents stood in solidarity with St. John’s Lutheran School, praying, petitioning, and holding their ground as SJLS supporters even when things looked a bit dicey.

Because of the power of the Almighty, working with and through the people mentioned in the paragraph above,  St. John’s Lutheran School opened, as it should have, on the date that was determined last January, before most Americans had ever heard of plague known as “Covid-19.”  While not, perhaps, in the same league as changing water into wine, I consider what happened here miraculous, given the challenges the church and school faced – and is facing today. 

God is good.  God is powerful.  God engages with His people.  We’ve just seen that here at St. John’s.

Like you, I’m awed.  And, of course, highly thankful.

Kevin G. Smith

Seventh Grade Language Arts & Christian Faith and Life