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January 2014

Dear St. John Families,

As we prepare to turn the calendar to February—already?!—I hope you are surrounded by the warmth of community and God’s abiding love.  We keep hoping that the temperatures go up and the wind dies down enough to have recess more consistently. 

Preparations are underway for the 2014-15 school year.  Our goal is to continue with two classes at grade level throughout all grades and maintain a maximum classroom size of 22 students.  Enrollment is a critical component of making sure we can meet that goal.  Therefore, we’ve reached out to area churches that do not have schools associated with them so we might be considered their Christian school of choice.  Between the Open House in November and the one we just hosted last week, we’ve had more than 25 new families explore our school with children ready to enter at all grade levels.  The St. Louis area offers many options as parents select the best educational environment for their children.  We are absolutely confident that we will continue to provide a superior academic foundation in a distinctive and nurturing Christian atmosphere.  We are grateful to those who have already re-enrolled.  We are blessed to have you as part of the St. John family.  Please be mindful of the following related to enrollment:

  • Monday, February 3 begins open enrollment for all
  • Friday, February 28 is the last day to take advantage of early bird enrollment fees.
  • Referral rebate is an opportunity for K-8 families to receive $1000 for each new K-8 family you recommend that enrolls and pays full tuition for one year.  Thanks for being invitational!

We’ve allowed ourselves to be a bit silly this week as we dressed out of uniform in joyful celebration of National Lutheran Schools Week.  We’ve focused on being a light, shining our light, and reflecting His light.  Also as part of this week we are excited to create the next chapter in our mission partnership with Pastor Rudy.  This is our fourth year collaborating with him.  In 2011, St. John students paid for a fresh water well in Uganda, allowing a village of young women access to both water and an education.  In 2012, we offset the costs of water filters and excavating a lake in Cambodia which is to this day called St. John Lake.  Last year, Pastor Rudy’s efforts took him back to Uganda where a dormitory was needed to provide safe shelter for school age children.  Again, St. John took up the call to assist our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Our grade level quarter wars this year are going to purchase sewing machines and training opportunities for women in the Philippines to repair clothing and make new clothing.  Hurray that through our partnership we can be the hands and heart of Jesus across the globe.  God is truly working wonders.

God continues to guide the forward progress of our school.  As we reflect on a successful first semester, we want to thank you for all you are doing to contribute to that success and forward movement.  A few of our accomplishments so far this year include:

  • replacing the bleachers and installing a wooden cross constructed from the old bleachers in our gymnasium
  •  introducing the much-needed SPIRE reading resource program to our learning center
  • implementing a new fall (pizza) fundraiser with PTL
  • executing a new approach to Annual Fund to encourage community-wide participation
  • enhancing  middle school students’ ownership of their learning process via goal setting, portfolio compilation and a greater voice in their conferences
  • increasing student inquiry and experiential learning in our middle school science courses
  • making scripture visible through painting God’s Word on the walls of our hallways
  • providing further leadership for older students who lead school-wide prayer in the morning
  • launching a Robotics team

As technology continues to advance, we routinely assess our integration of digital media to maximize student learning.  Teachers will soon attend professional development sessions at the Midwest Education Technology Conference.  Our Instructional Technology Coordinator, Rob Jacklin, has been researching the pros and cons of various Learning Management Systems and effective one-to-one computing programs, including the trend toward Bring-Your-Own-Device programs being implemented at other schools.  We recognize that digital devices are just tools, yet when used effectively can foster creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking, among other essential skills.  By having all our students, especially those in our middle school, use Google Apps for Education and engage in research, public presentations, and the collaborative sharing of work between classmates and teachers, we actively prepare them for high school and beyond.

While I know the teachers do a great job of getting grade-level specific reminders out to you in their weekly newsletters, I also want to lift up the following opportunities so you can save the dates:

  • Middle School Digital Devices Q&A sessions for parents in the Lower Level of the Next Generation Center:  Monday, February 17th from 8:30-9:30am, or Tuesday, February 18th from 7:00-8:00pm
  • Encore Night:  A Fine Arts Exhibition, March 6 from 7:00-8:00pm
  • Spring Fling Auction, April 4

I pray you have been blessed in many ways during these first few weeks of 2014.  Think warm thoughts. 

Living in His Light!

Heidi Hays

Principal, St. John School

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The Strange Life of Job from Uz

Ask any Christian, mature of faith or neophyte, to describe in a nutshell the life of the Old Testament person known as Job and they will say, “Job is a study in suffering.” It’s understandable. The book of Job chronicles his misfortune despite the fact Job was a Godly man.

“Why Bad Things Happen To Good People,” remains one of the most confusing issues of faith. Rabbi Kushner wrote a best-selling book on the subject. Unfortunately Kushner’s conclusion not only misses the point but also the purpose of Job’s story. (Wrestling with the premature death of his own son, Kushner concluded faith necessitated a rejection of either Gods benevolence or His omnipotence. He chose the latter.)

But the story of Job is not so much a study in suffering as it is a testament to the power of faith. Many (most) believe faith is contingent on the quality of a person’s life. If your life is good, your faith will be strong. But when life is characterized by struggle, faith will wane. In the opening chapter, Satan made that argument to God.

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

The devil argued Job’s faith was contingent on God’s favor. So long as faithfulness was rewarded, Job would be a model Christian, but the moment things went south, so would Job’s faith. God disagreed and gave Satan permission to test the sincerity of Job’s conviction. The rest of the book describes Satan’s assault on Job’s life; the loss of his wealth, family, and eventually his health. Job was shaken, confused, and even angry but he never turned away from God. In the depth of his despair he cried out, “Though He slay me, still I will place my hope in Him.”

Yes, God blessed Job for his faithfulness, but Job’s faithfulness was not dependent upon God’s blessing. After Satan’s failed attempt to destroy Job’s faith, God restored all Job had lost. The story concludes,

“The LORD blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. And he also had seven sons and three daughters… Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers.”

Does it pay to be faithful? Yes. There are many Scriptural references to that truth.

  • “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3
  • “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously… He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9

But true faithfulness (by definition) is never contingent upon the quality of a Christian’s life. True faithfulness flows from trust in God in good times or bad. Because God so loved us, He sent His Son Jesus to redeem us from our sin and provide the assurance of eternal life. In response to God’s grace, the faithful gladly serve Him to the best of their sinful ability. God then rewards Christian faithfulness in both practical and eternal ways too many numerous to mention.

The Bible DOES NOT PROMISE faithful Christians will always be shielded from hardship and loss. Satan still attempts to test the sincerity of Christian faith through devastation. At those moments, despite our confusion, our despair, and even our anger; the faithful still trust God as Job did. NEITHER DOES THE BIBLE SAY God causes all things. He doesn’t. The devil, other sinners, and our own sinful actions cause much hardship in life. But like Job, the faithful resolve, “Though He slay me, still I will put my hope in Him.” God is the solution to all things not the cause. The Bible says, “God can cause all things (yes all things), to work out to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

Does it pay to be faithful? Absolutely. No matter what our circumstance, we have recourse and every expectation of blessing because of God’s faithfulness in good times and bad. Suffering in the life of a Christian, no matter what the cause, is just another pathway to future blessing. We have the strange life of Job from Uz to thank for that perspective.

The Scripture

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4

  • How would you define, “pure joy?”
  • On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your “joy level,” at this moment?
  • What’s holding you back? How does a better understanding of the life of Job help?


In your opinion how would most people explain the source of adversity in life?

A. God's doing.
B. The Devil or Sin.
C. Karma.

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A Prayer

Lord, I know You know, but I must confess that I have sometimes blamed you for the hardships of my life. Like Job, in my pain and confusion, I have challenged Your wisdom and assumed you were being unfair to me. You confronted Job. You challenged his limited understanding of the “bigger picture,” and how great is Your love and concern for us. Forgive my arrogance Lord. By your Holy Spirit increase my faith and trust. Help me to place the blame where blame belongs on the Devil, the sinful nature of the world, and my own sinfulness. Encourage me with Your favor. Don’t allow me to be tempted or tested beyond my ability to withstand the challenge. Restore, renew, and strengthen me oh Lord. Amen.

Brief Notes

Ash Wednesday services | March 5 at 6pm and 8pm (First Communion service).

Stephen Hower, Pastor

Challenging the status quo to awaken an appreciation for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Phil. 3:13,14
(and to lower my golf score)


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