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Curricular Connections

At St. Paul’s School we are working on building a cohesive plan around diversity by setting overarching goals, concepts, and vocabulary that build on one another in each grade level. Our teachers are doing an awesome job through books, stories, and social studies in providing opportunities for our students to recognize similarities and differences as […]

Stay in the Loop

2020-10-12 Update from Pr. Arthur

Dear Fellow Member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School, Grace and peace. Who knew 7 months ago, we would find ourselves in this position with the pandemic? This pandemic has been some of the most complicated and demanding days of my 25 years of ordained ministry. I am writing to you today to share […]

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Remote Learning at St. Paul’s 9-23-20

WAVERLY – Last Spring as Iowa schools shut down due to the pandemic, teachers across Iowa scrambled to bring educational opportunities to their students through the voluntary attendance model. This fall, as directed by the Department of Education, all Iowa schools are to give families an option to enroll their children in Remote Learning Services […]

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Church and School Working Together 9-01-20

WAVERLY – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School works hard to be one community. This partnership of church and school proved its worth this past week as high weather temperatures rose. “The first week of school at St. Paul’s Lutheran School here in Waverly was a hot but successful week,” said Tamela Johnson, principal of […]

Prayer for Essential Workers

Prayer for Essential Workers

During this time of pandemic, we recognize that there are members of our community who must continue working in high-risk environments, in order to provide for our communities’ essential needs. We think of medical professionals, public safety officials, grocery store employees and so many others. We want to include your name in “Prayers with Pr. Arthur” […]

Principally Speaking 3-22-20

Principally Speaking 3-22-20

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its […]

Coronavirus Shutdown Update

St. Paul’s Coronavirus Shutdown

Dear St. Paul’s Family, Grace and peace. A new normal now exists in America due to Coronavirus. Due to our consultation with the medical community, the closure of the Waverly-Shell Rock School District and the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control of a prohibition of gatherings larger than 50, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & […]

Principally Speaking 3-13-20

Principally Speaking 3-13-20

I will never forget when the Gulf War began. I was scheduled to speak for a women’s group in a church near Lake Mills, IA. I wondered how they could possibility concentrate on my message when there was so much national insecurity and fear. So, I scrapped my prepared topic and focused on what was […]

Principally Speaking 3-06-20

Principally Speaking 3-06-20

The preface page in White Hyacinths, one of my favorite books by Elbert Hubbard, cites a simple quote, “If I had but two loaves of bread I would sell one of them and buy White Hyacinths to feed my soul.” I am so intrigued by that quote. It entices me to ponder the question, how […]