Pieces of the Rock
Living in the Son
Galatians 2:20
Dear Parents,

A few decades ago, I had the privilege of serving on the Indiana District, LCMS, Mission Board with a model of Christ, Barb Kentel, a Lutheran school teacher in southern Indiana, who was, outside of my bride, the most faith-filled woman I have ever known. At the end of one meeting, Barb gave us the bad news. She and husband Cliff had accepted calls to western Canada. The odds of ever seeing her again were pretty much nil.

As we parted, Barb said,

“I’ll see you in Heaven.”

I was floored. Barb in Heaven is a given, but what floored me was she took it for granted I would be there too. Then I thought, of course I’ll be there. People like me are the reason He took our punishment. His sacrifice allows us to be His children. A few years later, we received the bad news – after a long battle with cancer, Barb is now living in the Heaven she looked forward to.

We wrap up the school year in just a few days. Like any other year, it’s had its ups and downs. But at the end of the day, every one of us can rejoice in knowing despite whatever happened, we are forgiven children of Christ.

Next month Mrs. Kidd will go back to preschool and I will move blissfully back into retirement. So this is my last POR letter. I’ve ended each Pieces of the Rock letter with our theme, this year “Living in the Son.” But not this week. Whether or not our paths will cross in the future, because of Christ, I can say with confidence…

I’ll See You in Heaven!

Soli Deo Gloria!
Gene Friedrich

P.S. At the risk of getting my block knocked off, I would be remiss if I didn’t say a few kind words about Mrs. Kidd. For the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of watching first-hand an outstanding principal at work. Her list of accomplishments is impressive: Hiring three great teachers in her first week on the job, construction manager for our computer lab, restoring confidence in our teachers and connecting them with multiple in-service opportunities, loving our students through good and bad times and being their number one cheerleader, countless night meetings (many times four in the same night – yikes!) 15-hour days and unending administrative tasks, to name a few. Mrs. Kidd handled the innumerable facets of the principal’s job with tact, grace, her ever-present smile and a servant heart. Always motivated by her love for her Lord and our children, she brought our school through a rough time and set it on track for a great future. When you see her, thank her for a job well done. I know I will.
This week at St. Peter's
Our New Principal!
It is with joyful hearts we announce the Lord has led Mr. Chris Brune to accept our call to be principal at St. Peter’s. Chris is, in effect, coming “home” since he served as an elder here while wife Brittany taught our first graders. He will be beginning his administrative career in the same year his father will be ending his. (Dad Rich is retiring as principal at Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran School this year.) Summer will be a busy transition time as we look forward to an outstanding year with a new leader at the helm! Welcome, Chris, and blessings on many wonderful years at St. Peter’s!
The Last Day
When you’re having fun, why quit? That must be us, since we’re pretty sure we’re the last school in Allen County to dismiss for the summer. Our school year closes on Wednesday, June 5, at 11:15 A.M. Student awards will be given bright and early Wednesday at 9:00 in the Wildcat Gym followed by our Closing Service at 10:30. Parents and grandparents are cordially invited to attend this service. After the service, students will return to their classrooms for a brief moment, after which they are all yours! Blessings on your summer!
Graduation
Our Closing Service is not quite the last activity for our eighth graders as they will return to the sanctuary one more time Wednesday evening. They’ll receive their diplomas for a job well done at our Graduation Service, beginning at 7:00 P.M. A light reception will follow. You are cordially invited to attend!
Read! Read! Read!
You all know our muscles atrophy when we don’t use them, but did you know our brains do the same? After a full year of school, your kids’ brains are at the top of their game. You can keep them that way by keeping them active this summer. One great way to do that is to read. Whether on iPads, Kindles or books, there’s a gazillion books to keep your kids’ interest and expand their knowledge base. Encourage them to spend some reading every day!
Looking Forward
By next Thursday or Friday, many students will look longingly at the calendar for the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Kids, circle Wednesday, August 14 as the Big Day. Many summer dates have yet to be determined. Watch for mailings (report cards will be mailed) and your e-mail for dates and information. And, if you’re still curious, you can always call the school office.  
Speechless
St. Peter’s 7 th & 8 th Grade Strongman Competition was a huge hit with our students. Six students gave 3-minute speeches comparing two similar products. Before the competition, contest organizer Mrs. Rodenbeck told our competitors the winner will receive a gift card and asked them what type they would like. Well, they would have none of that – they wanted cold hard cash! So, receiving a crisp $20 for his/her winning effort was eighth grader Ben Brown, who did a forceful job of declaring Puffs Basic to be better than Kleenex. Congrats, Ben, and to runner-up Alexa Jones!
Last Mission Activity
Our Chapel families spent Thursday afternoon in a team building activity. Each family created a family crest based on attributes they felt best represented their family. It’s all part of preparing their family for next year’s theme - Quest for His Kingdom
School Survey
You have received through your email a survey about our school. Please take a minute to respond. Your feedback is very important to us in making St. Peter’s the BEST it can be.
Yearbooks for Sale
“Living in the Son”, St. Peter’s really cool 2018/2019 yearbook, has been delivered. Don’t have one but want one? You’re in luck – we still have a few extras! They’re $18 a pop and can be ordered by e-mailing our Executive Assistant to Principal, Maranda Ripke, at the link below or stopping in the school office.
Water War
Last Friday our eighth graders were peacefully enjoying an end-of-the-year activity on a slip ‘n slide when they were suddenly attacked by 28 kindergartners armed with a couple hundred water balloons. I think the kgers were supposed to have a battle among themselves, but the eighth graders proved to be too good a target. What a wet and wacky afternoon!
Easy Ways to Support the School
Please join the Kroger Plus program. It only takes a couple of minutes and helps support the school. We currently have 140 families that have linked their Kroger plus card to support Christian education here at St. Peters and we are now earning around $2,000 per year. Google “Kroger” on your computer or internet device and under the community tab, put our code #WG079 so that your rewards will support our school. 

Also, the Amazon foundation, Amazon Smile, will support our school, if you link your account to support St. Peter’s school. Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1007002 to link your account. Thank you to everyone that is supporting us in these ways.
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.
Congregational Scholarship
A letter was mailed Friday to each member family regarding your worship attendance totals and scholarship eligibility between 6/1/18-5/31/19. Please note, due to required reporting to the Department of Education you have until Thursday, June 6 th to report any errors to Jenny Reith via email  jreith@stpetersfw.org
Vacation Bible School
Are you interested in changing the lives of children and having a “roaring” good time? The VBS planning team has a few remaining openings and can always use extra hands to prepare for the week. This year’s VBS will be held Sunday, June 23 – Thursday, June 27 from 6-8 p.m. If you can help, please contact Michelle Leahy ( mleahy@stpetersfw.org or 610-1778).
STEPS Makeover
STEPS is undergoing an extreme makeover next fall. We are exploring a change from traditional Bible classes to kids’ enrichment clinics. To make this a great time for all, we need your help. Click the link below to take a quick survey helping us see what topics would most interest your child(ren). This is for children ages 3 through 8 th grade. Please complete one survey per child. For question, please contact Michelle Leahy ( mleahy@stpetersfw.org or 610-1778).
Pastor's Sermon
Pastor Steve Ahlersmeyer is preaching this weekend. His sermon is titled "The End That Is a Beginning”. Please take some time to prepare for worship by reading the Bible passages before attending church.
Old Testament - Acts 1:1-11
Holy Gospel - Luke 24:44-53
Please join us for worship on Saturday evening at 5:00, Sunday morning at 8:00 or 10:30, or Monday at 7:00
Prayer List
Please include these requests in your personal and family prayers.
  • Prayers of comfort for the family of Emalyn Aldrich, Grade 3, and Gracin Aldrich, Grade 1 at the passing of their grandmother
  • Prayers of comfort for Janaan Lemacher, sister of Karl Frick, former teacher
  • Amy Harris, mother of Chance, Grade 8, as she recovers from surgery
  • Greg Brown, father of Ben, Grade 8 & Ian, Grade 5, as he recovers from surgery
  • Morgan Moher as she continues treatment
One Sports Reporter
One Team. One God. One Goal. One Sports Reporter.
By: Brynn Campbell, Grade 6
Last week held the last Varsity Track meet. It was also the LSAA city meet, against all of the participating Lutheran schools in the area. It took place on Thursday and we had two people place first. 8th grader Karsten Enusten won in the 100 meter hurdles (setting a new school record!), and 5th grader Mallory Weller won in the 1600 meter and the 800 meter. The girls team won 7th place; boys won 5th place. What a great way to end the season and year!
Thank you for allowing me to be your first Wildcat Sports Reporter this year! I feel honored & blessed to have been given this small space in Pieces of the Rock. I hope that I’ve inspired my fellow students to consider writing an article or column, as well as encouraged them to read our weekly newsletter.
PTL
Box Tops ... Sneak Peek to Going Digital!
Big changes are coming to Box Tops. Over the next few months you'll begin to see a new way to earn cash for our school. They are working on building a NEW & improved, user-friendly Box Tops mobile app that will be ready in June. The new app will feature state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products, and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online.

In the meantime, continue sending any labels you find on packages and visit their website to learn more about how "Happy Clipping" will become "Happy Scanning"!!
Uniform Swap
Now through June 7th, drop off your gently used and washed uniform shirts and Friday theme/spirit shirts to the school office. The Uniform Swap will take place June 17th - July 12th on a first come, first serve basis during normal school office hours. Please call or email ahead to make sure the school office will be open when you plan to stop by. Watch facebook for special evening and/or weekend hours too!
Upcoming Reminders
School Delays & Closings
Severe weather related delays or closings will be announced as
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