Pieces of the Rock
Living in the Son
Galatians 2:20
Dear Parents,
Advent – what a wonderful time - preparing our hearts for the Baby Jesus while preparing for the Christmas season. But amidst all the busyness comes today, December 7, the first day of the darkest period in American history. Being born near the end of WW II (the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on my first birthday), I have memories of some of my buddies’ older brothers who made it home. My best friend John’s brother threw his helmet over a German hand grenade, then fell on the helmet, saving the lives of fellow soldiers. He was grateful to be alive, thanks to the large metal plate in his chest. We can talk about how heroic this act was, but the fact is, it is just one of thousands of stories of sacrifice and valor in that war, including the stories of those who didn’t make it home.

Have you ever thought about what our country would be like if we had lost that war? Hitler supposedly had a plan to invade the U.S. What if that plan had worked? Would we be free? Would we even be alive?

Take some time to teach your children about the importance of this day. And with them say a special prayer of thanks. Thank Him for the freedom to spread the Good News and worship our Advent King. Thank Him for our school, our church, our homes and all our comforts.  And thank our veterans. Through their sacrifice we have the freedom to continue

Living in the Son!

Soli Deo Gloria!
Gene Friedrich
This week at St. Peter's
Principal Calling
If you read Pastor Ahlersmeyer’s letter in the December Keynotes, you know Mrs. Kidd has decided to return to preschool next year. A principal call committee has been formed and we are seeking names for consideration for principal. If you have a candidate to recommend, please contact the church or school office. We pray for the Lord’s guidance in bringing the right person to lead our school!
Paper Towel Call!
December’s Mission Activity requires a whole bunch of empty paper towel tubes. If you could send in a tube or 2 asap we would greatly appreciate it! Thank you in advance!
Special Counseling
Through a grant from The Lutheran Foundation, we are blessed to have counseling services for our students from Cross Connections, a Lutheran-based counseling service. Dr. Jim Doehrmann (Dr. D.) is a regular visitor, working with classes and individuals on a variety of topics. In addition, Dr. D. is conducting classes for all our students on child abuse and child sex abuse. These classes meet the State of Indiana’s new abuse education law (IC 2—19-3-11.) We are pleased we are able to partner with Cross Connections and we are thankful for Dr. D’s presence at St. Peter’s!
Car Line Reminder!
Please! Please! Please! When dropping off your kids in the morning, please wait for the other cars to pull out before you do. If your kids have left your vehicle while there are still cars in front of you, DO NOT pull into the right lane in front of school to pass them. This creates a very dangerous situation. Kids are kids – they don’t always look when hopping out of their cars. A little patience can save a life!
Christmas Program
You certainly won't want to miss our third Advent worship service. Our K through 4th graders will be leading us in "Once Upon a Night", our St. Peter's Christmas program. 7:00 P.M. Wednesday evening, December 19. Come worship the newborn King with us!
Dress Code Reminder!
O.K. I admit I’m old. I don’t know what these things are, I just know kids are not supposed to wear them. Parents, please check the Dress Code no-no list on page 16 in the St. Peter’s Handbook, and note Jeggings or Jegging type pants are not allowed. Solid color leggings and tights are to be worn only under shorts, pants, capris, or skirts in approved colors of black, blue, navy, gray, or white. Thanks for your help!
Concession Stand Help
The Boosters wanted to take a minute to remind everyone who has kids participating in sports or future sports players that we have spots to fill on concessions, spirit wear and clean up during home games. You can sign up on Sign Up Genius using this link below.

Boosters help pay for equipment, score tables, soccer field maintenance and other items to help our athletes throughout the year. One of the big things Boosters does is to help keep the cost of participating in sports down. All these things, and more, are accomplished by the money we make at concessions and spirit wear. If we don’t get your help and can’t have concessions opened during home games, we run the risk of having to raise the price for our kids to participate in sports.

We are especially in need of help during the 5th Grade Tournament we are hosting December 14th-16th. Please consider signing up for a shift or two!

We are excited about this year and the future for Wildcats athletics. Thank you for all your help.
FACTS Lunch Charge Update
We have listened to your suggestions and FACTS has responded. As of last evening FACTS has made an update to our lunch charging process. You will see that date that the lunch charge is for in the description of the charge and all items charged will be listed separately. There are still more enhancements to come in the future but this will address several suggestions we have made to them. If you have any questions, contact Rhonda Scott, Director of Finance at 749-5816 or rscott@stpetersfw.org .
Thank you, Dr. Dellinger
A big THANK YOU goes out to Dr. Aron Dellinger of Orthodontic Specialty Services who donated $125 to St. Peter’s Art Program. This month 19 wonderful pieces of our student’s artwork are on display at his office on Dupont Road for his staff and patients to enjoy. The following student’s art is included: Edward Huang, Hudson Yoder, Jackson Dale, Cora Nuthals, Joie Thiele, Ava Roebel, Ada Kramer, Mackenzie Coil, Jackson Weaver, Laney Avery, Carly Bradtmueller, Emma McDaniel, Mallory Weller, Constance Kramer, Brynn Campbell, Cailyn Bolinger, Alexa Jones, Colton Ehle and Carley Hoffman. We were able to buy a set of very nice paint brushes with Dr. Dellinger’s donation! 
The Good and the Bad
Remember how sad we all were on November 15, our first bad weather school cancellation? Well kids, here comes the good news. When you miss a day of school, you gotta make it up. Please note – our bad-weather make-up day will be Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21. Mark your calendars!
Thanks, Linda!
If you haven’t already, you will want to check out the November issue of Senior Life, the monthly Fort Wayne newspaper for old geezers like me. On page 3 you will find a beautiful article on Dan and Linda Doehrmann. We are forever grateful to Linda for graciously heading up our hot lunch program until we found Mrs. Roembke. This meant putting aside her work in helping husband Dan with Doehrmann Financial Partners, LLC. If you can find a copy of this article, you’ll know why the Doehrmann’s are shining examples of Living in the Son!
Shop with Scrip
Gifting that gives back! Great Lakes has made available a Holiday Gift Guide for 2018. If you are unable to access it online, please contact us for a copy. Also a huge benefit of scrip online is the many bonus opportunities for higher rebates. Please take a moment to register online. If you need any help, please contact the church office. What an easy, no cost way to support the school.
SGO Donations
Time is running out for making your 2018-2019 SGO donation and receiving a state tax credit for this tax year. We have received over $17,000 and have reached over 50% of our goal. Remember these scholarships assist low to middle income families with the ability to send their children to St. Peter’s school for a quality Christian education.
Faithfully Forward Capital Campaign News
During the weekend services of the December 8 & 9, we will be announcing the results of the Faithfully Forward Campaign pledges. If you haven’t done so already, feel free to drop a pledge in one of the churches either in the front or back of church. Look for a special envelope being mailed the middle of December for the “First Fruits” offering to kick off the giving period for the campaign on January 6.
Worship
Church Attendance
When signing the Ritual of Friendship pad, use one line for each family member and write legibly. That will ensure that your attendance is properly recorded.
Pastor's Sermon
Rev. Steve Ahlersmeyer is preaching this weekend. His sermon is titled “Laundry Time!” . Please take some time to prepare for worship by reading the Bible passages before attending church.
Old Testament - Malachi 3:1-7
Epistle - Philippians 1:2-11
Holy Gospel - Luke 3:1-20
Please join us for worship on Saturday evening at 5:00 or Sunday morning at 8:00 or 10:30.
Advent Service
This Wednesday is our Annual Advent Hymn Sing Service. Please take some time to prepare for worship by reading the Bible passage before attending church.
Scripture Readings:

Please join us for worship on Wednesday evening at 7:00.
Prayer List
Please include these requests in your personal and family prayers.
  • Morgan Moher as she continues treatment
  • Healing for Riley Zent's grandfather
  • Families of Our Savior Lutheran Church & Preschool in Paradise, California who lost their church & school in the wildfire.
PTL
Cookie Walk 2018
Calling all bakers!
Our Annual Cookie Walk will be held in the lower level of the church on Saturday, December 15 th  (9am-12pm). Please consider donating your family’s favorites! If you are able to bake 2+ dozen cookies for our sale, please contact Emily Campbell (260-849-0948). All cookies will need to be delivered to the kitchen by 6pm on Friday, December 14 th .
Thank you to all who participated in Sparkle Shop. It was a huge success and a lot of fun seeing all the students so excited while picking out the perfect gift for their someone special.
Second Chance Candy Grams
We won't be sending home second chance candy gram flyers for the last three holidays, but you are still able to turn in orders by Dec. 14th . The school office has extra forms and candy gram sheets. The Christmas candy gram delivery will be Dec. 20th !
Would you like a night out with your family and enjoy a basketball game, too? PTL has partnered with the Mad Ants for a family fun night. Flyers came home last week, the $22.00 ticket has a little more added fun, free food, vouchers, and a chance to meet the players! Please join us for a fun night with the Mad Ants! Money is due by January 11th to the school office.
Game Day: January 19th
One Sports Reporter
One Team. One God. One Goal. One Sports Reporter.
By: Brynn Campbell, Grade 6
This weeks, the junior varsity St. Peter’s Wildcats took on the Eagles of Emmanuel-St. Michael. The basketball games were stressful and upsetting for the spectators, coaches, and players. The JV girls had their first loss of the season on Monday evening (20-33). The JV 5 th grade boys team played ESM and that too ended in a loss (13-21). The final contest of the night included the 6 th grade boys. It also ended in a Wildcat loss (13-31).
The Varsity teams played on Thursday night against Suburban Bethlehem, but due to reporter deadlines the scores were unavailable. Be sure to check next week’s edition of One Sports Reporter.
Lunch Menu
Upcoming Reminders
School Delays & Closings
Severe weather related delays or closings will be announced as
Fort Wayne Lutheran Schools
Clubhouse is available at 8:00 am on delay days.
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