Curricular & Spiritual Connections 11-12-21

Capstone-Class of 2021
This next Friday, Nov. 19, our 6th grade class of 2021 departs for their long awaited trip to Washington DC. This trip has been a tradition for our St. Paul’s 6th grade graduates since 2012. This year-long study is an essential piece of our 6th grade curriculum. The Capstone team has shown their commitment with ensuring the 6th grade classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022, all have the opportunity to travel to DC during this school year, ensuring that our curricular goals are met and our traditions stay alive. Please hold them in your hearts and prayers as they travel and extend their knowledge about our nation’s Capitol. Many thanks to all of you for your financial and spiritual support for our Capstone project.

Living our Baptism
This past Thursday, Pastor Mark led us through our baptismal remembrance. My heart melted as I watched all of those little faces look up at Pastor Mark as he blessed them and placed the sign of the cross on their foreheads. In the month of your baptism, you, as parents of our students, are also welcome to join us up front to receive the sign of the cross on your forehead. I recently visited the ELCA site and noticed an article called “Faith Practices-Living our Baptism.” The article outlines how now is the time to intentionally choose healthy patterns to offset the grief and lament related to the times as we shift to a new normal. Healthy choices include faith practices. Our Affirmation of Baptism provides five faith practices to integrate into our daily life. Receive each as a gift from God.
The article listed ways to continue in the covenant God made with you in holy baptism:
  • live among God’s faithful people;
  • hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s Supper;
  • proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed;
  • serve all people following the example of Jesus; and
  • strive for justice and peace in all the earth?”

Leadership-Role Models
This week I had a student come to me with the most confusing look on his face. His concerns came about after an upperclassman made a comment to him that wasn’t very respectful. In my conversation with the upperclassman and his teacher, the young lad commented that he was only teasing. This younger student said he was sad and confused. He asked me the question, “Aren’t our upperclassmen supposed to be leaders and good models for us?” Interesting perspective on both of these students’ parts. Leaders serve as role models by being examples of integrity, persistence, optimism and hope. Role models lead by example and exhibit characteristics and traits that others hope to emulate because they respect and admire them. I’m hoping that our conversation will cause this upperclassmen to think about the Fruits of the Spirit when interacting with others. This might be a great opportunity to talk to your sons and daughters about how they interact with others and how a “tease” can be perceived by others. At St Paul’s, we want all our students to feel a part of a family that respects and cares for one another, just as Christ cares for us all!

Interim Pastor
Pastor Mark Anderson will begin serving St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School as Interim Pastor on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021. He has been a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church & School for over 20 years and at one time served on the School Board. Be watching social media for an introduction to Pastor Mark. His e-mail address is Be sure to send him a welcome note. I so look forward to his service and partnership in the ministry of our school.