Yesterday, Today and Forever

Posted by Todd Pehlke, Principal on

Why do parents choose St. John Lutheran School for their child’s education?

I have heard all kinds of answers to this question. I have heard, “I attended St. John when I was a student”, “it is a safe environment”, “it is a family environment with parents, students, and staff alike”, “good education”, “Christian education”, “Jesus is talked about in all subjects”, “my child feels welcomed by students and staff”. There is no definitive answer to the question, nor would I expect one. Every parent looks at something different when it comes to a school.

I have been asked, “What distinguishes St. John Lutheran from other schools?” or “What makes St. John stand out from other schools?” There is never a simple answer. It can depend on the day, it can depend on why the parent asks this question, it can depend on a recent achievement. There is no simple answer. It is a combination of many things. Perhaps that is what makes St. John Lutheran distinguished or stand out.

National Lutheran Schools Week was celebrated last week at St. John Lutheran School along with Lutheran Schools across the country. National Lutheran Schools Week each year affords Lutheran Schools the public opportunity to give thanks and praise to the great God we serve. St. John faculty and staff are grateful for the challenge that we have been given to teach, train, and nurture God’s children.

This year at St. John Lutheran School, we are celebrating our 75th year of teaching children about Jesus. It seems coincidental that the theme for National Lutheran School Week is, “It’s Still All About Jesus,” based on Heb. 13:8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” The first Lutheran school in America was started in Missouri over 170 years ago, with the mission of, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20.  

“Jesus is the same yesterday and today, and forever.” Jesus does not change. The love and sacrifice He has provided will always be there. The world has changed, schools have changed, but the one who died and rose again for us is the same Jesus today. Every day we wake up as sinners. Every day we are unsure. Every day we face temptation. Every day we may face ridicule and persecution for our witness. Every day we have our family concerns and church and school frustrations. But today and every day, Jesus comes to us again in the assurance of our Baptism, in His Word of forgiveness, and His actions at the cross for us.

All of the staff at St. John have a wonderful and awesome responsibility. They get to see the academic and spiritual growth of each student and will do what is needed for each student to make sure this is achieved. The staff is supported by the St. John congregation who also understands the importance of teaching Jesus to students. No matter why they select St. John Lutheran School, parents are compassionate and encouraging. So what distinguishes St. John? The staff, the congregation, and the parents working together as one, is what makes St. John great. We all work together to train, nurture, and teach all children about Jesus who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

In His name,

Todd Pehlke, Principal



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