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Great Humility

The message last Sunday focused on the humility of Jesus as demonstrated near the end of his life when he washed the feet of His disciples. The Lord’s humility, as we examined it, is the key to our salvation. As one of the apostle’s wrote:

“Jesus, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!”

After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus explained his action by saying, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

It is ironic but true; there is power in humility. Pride, the opposite of humility, robs us of power and limits our influence. I also recalled a story about Norman Vincent Peale (minister and author) when he was feeling uncharacteristically nervous before a major speaking opportunity. His wife knelt to pray with him saying, “Dear God forgive my husband for being full of himself. Forgive him for thinking more about how good he will perform rather than the good you will perform through him! Forgive him his arrogance Lord. Purge him of selfish thoughts and equip him to be your spokesman to help others! Amen.”

Wives have a way of keeping husbands humble. Carol is by nature an encourager, but not especially impressed by my Bible knowledge, leadership ability or intelligence. She tells it like it is, believing the Psalmist was right when he wrote, “Faithful are the wounds of a friend but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.” In other words… your true friends will speak the truth to you when everyone else praises you in public but gossips behind your back.

This past weekend was a perfect example. For the first time in a while, I had a Saturday off; no wedding to conduct and a seminary student was preaching at the 5pm Traditions service. With no Saturday commitment I asked Carol if she wanted to go to the Fox on Friday night. I love the Fox. The architecture is stunning. Every year we try to find a couple of reasons to attend an event there just so we can enjoy the surroundings. Carol agreed, so I checked online and bought the best seats for what seemed a reasonable cost. I went to a site that actually let you chose your seat that has a camera picture of what the stage looked like from the various locations. Awesome! We’d be in front row in the second section of the balcony. Woot woot!

We got there in good time – which means “way too early for some.” (Just another indication to Carol that I’m getting old before my time.) It turned out arriving early was too our advantage. When the ticket-checker passed my online tickets under her bar-scanner an alarm sounded, indicating we were there on the wrong night. The great tickets I bought were for the following Friday –a minor error on my part. Carol was not surprised by the stupidity of my mistake.

I made no attempt to justify my error or even beg for mercy. I humbly accepted the blame and turned to leave, but the gracious ticket-taker said, “Let me see if I can help.” Before I knew it she took me to the box-office counter and signaled for the manager to take a look at our tickets. He disappeared behind the door and returned with reissued tickets for the correct night saying, “I was actually able to locate some better tickets for you.” Woot woot! I turned to my much-embarrassed wife and said… “See this is how God works. If you are humble and admit your mistakes, God turns your stupidity into blessing.” (She wasn’t buying it.)

Jesus finished the foot washing experience with an important statement saying, “If you know these things you will be blessed if you do them.” When I humbly acknowledge that my good standing before God has nothing to do with my achievement, my faithfulness or my good behavior, it gives me confidence in life. I look at the cross and immediately see the depth of God’s love. I look at the vastness of the world God made and am immediately reminded of His unlimited power. Who should I fear? What situation do I face that is beyond His reach? No one and nothing.

Some believe that humility is an open invitation to be abused. Godly humility is just the opposite, an invitation for God’s power to be unleashed in your life. It might even score you better seats at the Fox!

The Scripture

“You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:13-17

  • Would you rather be the host or a guest at an event? Explain your answer.
  • Why is it difficult for some to have other people wait on them?
  • What was the point Jesus was trying to make? How does it reflect on His ultimate mission?


How have you learned to become more humble?

A. Through the model of others
B. Trial and error
C. Through service

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A Prayer

Father, give us the humility which realizes its ignorance, admits its mistakes, recognizes its need, welcomes advice and accepts rebuke. Help us to always praise rather than to criticize, sympathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy and to think of people at their best rather than at their worst. Amen.

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Brief Notes

Click on the links below to learn more about what's going on at St. John!
  • Invest in others and yourself. Attend the Chick-fil-A Leadercast on May 10. Find out all the information here.
  • Friday Frenzie Move-up on May 17 for Current 3rd-4th Graders and Their Friends!
  • Volunteer Opportunities Available for Students finishing 5th grade through adults at Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School.
  • Do your children attend Children’s Ministry on Sundays at 9:15am or 11:00am? If so, we’re having a Sneak Peek on their classroom, leaders and programming for next year on Sunday, May 12. You’ll still drop off and pick up your child in this year’s classroom. We invite you to attend this day, too, so you’ll know more about your child’s Sunday morning experience.

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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Principal's Blog

Dear St. John School Families,

Winding down one school year is truly the catalyst for gearing up another. While we certainly intend to cherish the moments that remain with our soon-to-be-graduates (I’ve been breaking in my walking shoes for our adventure in the Grand Canyon), change is a constant and we keep looking forward.

As we look ahead, staffing is one important consideration. We want to have the right people in the roles that allow them to use their God-given talents and be fulfilled as educators. The following list outlines changes that are on the horizon:

  • Scott Osbourn will take on the full-time role of Assistant Principal for our school. He completed his Master’s in Education Administration this month and is eager to contribute more fully to the leadership of programs and people within this ministry. The school has needed to move in this direction for several years. It is time, and he will be a tremendous asset.
  • Erin Shidner will become the math teacher on the 5th and 6th grade team. Math is what she desired to teach when moving into the middle school last year; it is great to see her excitement about implementing the curriculum that Scott Osbourn has helped to develop.
  • We are quite hopeful about a teaching candidate that would bring several years of classroom experience, along with a passion for making science an integrated inquiry experience for middle school students. Several of our middle school staff had the opportunity to interview him subsequent to a first round interview with Scott and me as well as a second round interview with Pastors Hower and Peterson.
  • Steve Schroeder has decided to retire from his position as social studies teacher. As many of you are likely aware, Steve is the staff member with the greatest career longevity on the entire St. John ministry campus. He will definitely be missed. As the calendar turns to May, not only will we be looking for a social studies teacher, we will be celebrating Steve’s 28 years of service. More about that shortly.
  • Mary Dodge has had it on her heart to be a full-time mom and grandmom, so our loss is her family’s gain. She has been a blessing to many in the role of our Early Childhood program’s administrative assistant. We are fortunate indeed to have someone from within our educational family who is qualified and joyous about stepping into the vacancy. Peggy Kamrud has agreed to pick up where Mary leaves off.

Providing effective tools for strengthening students’ skills across age levels and subject areas is part of our commitment to educational excellence. That will not change. As I shared with you in my February letter, we will continue equipping our Learning Specialist, Brooke Otto, with resources so she can maintain consultation with our teachers on appropriate differentiation to maximize students’ potential. We have identified SPIRE as the reading fluency program we will add to our Resource Center’s toolkit. SPIRE comes highly recommended by Special School District, and several area schools are realizing success with this program.

What follows is information about a few important events that will occur in the month of May.

May 2—National Day of Prayer observance, St. John Sanctuary from 7:30-8:30am

You are invited to join St. John teachers and ministry staff at our “Open House” National Day of Prayer event from 7:30am-8:30am. You’ll have the opportunity to send encouraging notes to our community and government leaders at all levels, spend some quiet time in prayer in our sanctuary and grab a quick continental breakfast on your way to work. As childcare will not be available, we ask you to drop off your children at school and then join us after 8:00am. Let us pray without ceasing!

May 8—Celebration Chapel, St. John Sanctuary from 8:30-9:15am

You are invited to join us for a double send-off celebration. Pastor Ryan will lead Chapel and commission the 8th graders as they move on to the next phase of their faith lives and academic careers, serving Christ in a changing world. We will also commemorate Steve Schroeder’s many years of faithful service here at St. John. While the Middle School House groups celebrate their 8th grade leaders after Chapel, the adults are invited to a reception for Steve Schroeder in the sanctuary lobby.

May 9—Spring Musical, “Dear Edwina, Junior” 7:00pm in the St. John Sanctuary

More than 30 cast members have been rehearsing and singing with Mrs. Doyle and Mrs. Slavens in preparation for the Spring Musical, “Dear Edwina, Junior.”  Please join us for an evening of artful entertainment staged by our Middle School students.  We invite you to stay for cookies and lemonade following the performance.

I hope to see you there!

May 20—8th Grade Graduation Ceremony, St. John Sanctuary from 7:00-8:30pm

The 8th graders will go from hiking gear to cap and gown in a short span of time. School faculty and House group students will process into the sanctuary as the Chapel Band plays and family and friends are gathered to honor our graduates. Please take time as a family to pray for these young people who have shown such tremendous leadership and who join decades of St. John alums. Parents are hosting a brief reception in the sanctuary lobby following the ceremony.

May 3-24—Parent Survey

Every family is encouraged to complete the survey! We want the data we collect and analyze to give us the most accurate, broad-based results possible. We will use what you share with us to inform our goal setting and planning. If you have multiple children, and feel so moved, you may take the survey again to reflect the individual student experience at St. John. All survey responses will be submitted anonymously. In addition to scaled responses, you will have an opportunity to share thoughts using your own words. If you only filled out the scaled responses, the survey should take no more than 6 to 8 minutes of your time. We certainly hope you will take a few extra minutes to share any specific commendations or concerns as well. The email with the digital link will be arriving soon.

If you are interested in viewing the dates already established for the 2013-14 school year, you can find those on our school website. Clicking here will take you right to that calendar.

As we shift our focus from Colossians 3 verses about family to the final verses in that chapter about serving the Lord, may you find abundant joy in all you do in His holy name.

Serving together,
Heidi Hays
Principal, St. John School

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