Mrs. Doering catches Mrs. Donnelly...

Mrs. Doering, 4th grade teacher, happened to walk in on Mrs. Donnelly doing a lesson about chrome books with her 3rd graders.  She noticed how the class of six were ALL engaged and all actually doing some of the teaching.

”I just saw it as a teacher’s dream.  Being able to answer everyone’s questions as they came up and having everyone learn from each other. No child was left behind!” Mrs. Doering commented.

The average class size at Abiding Savior this year is 12 students in Senior Kindergarten - 8th grade. If you are looking for a Christian school we invite your student to come and spend a day with us or come to Kindergarten Info Night on November 6th. Shadow days are going on now for the 2019/2020 school year.

So what were they up to? The 3rd graders shared Google presentations they created. Mrs. Donnelly says, “I love our little group and the amazing learning that takes place. So many unique and amazing teaching and learning opportunities.”

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John Jones...Well Done Good and Faithful Servant

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Dear Abiding Savior Faith Family,

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14  But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

Greetings to you in the name of our risen savior, Jesus Christ!

I wanted to update on a few items regarding the death of John Jones, who served as our Sexton for 15 years and impacted our Abiding Savior community in many ways. 

ARRANGEMENTS:

John’s visitation will be Tuesday, October 2, from 4-7 at Reliable Funeral Home.  The address is 3958 Washington Blvd | St. Louis, MO 63108.

A Christian celebration of John’s life will be Wednesday, October 3 at 11 a.m. at Abiding Savior, with a visitation from 10-10:50.  Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery.

JOHN M. JONES MEMORIAL FUND:

A memorial fund has been setup with the purpose of helping John's daughter, Tonya, with the cost of the funeral and other expenses as she and her daughter, Peyton, settle into a new normal.  Checks should be made payable and sent to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, 4355 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63128.  Please mark "John Jones" in the memo section.  Aimee Kieffer, business manager, will ensure all monies are paid directly to Tonya and a list of donors is provided to her.  Your donation will be tax deductible, our tax ID is 43-1354067.  Your support is much appreciated.

SHARING MEMORIES:

If you or your child have a memory of John, I invite you to share it with me by e-mailing me at dmcburney@abidingsaviorlutheran.org.  Not only will it help me as I prepare for John’s funeral, but those memories will be compiled into a book to give to Tonya and Peyton.  If you want to share a memory of John, please do so by 4 p.m. on Monday, October 1. 

The above passage from 1 Thessalonians is one of my favorite passages.  It’s a reminder that not only do we have hope for eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ, but we still mourn those we love when they die.  As our faith family mourn John’s death, we do so in hope and praise God for John’s faith in Jesus.  Thank you for keeping the Jones family and all who mourn John's death in your prayers.

The past three days have been very difficult for our faith family.  Many of you have shared that “John was family,” which is a perfect way to describe him.  He wasn’t just our custodian, or a coach, or a friend.  He was an important part of our faith family.

In addition to many adults processing our grief, we are also trying to help our children as they mourn.  I want to share a few things that I’ve learned over the years as a pastor, parent and child of God.

AS YOU GRIEVE:

·       Pray.  Share your feelings and thoughts with God.

·       You may have heard of the various stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.)  It’s important to remember that the length of time we spend in each stage varies per person.  In addition, it’s normal to return to a stage days or weeks later.   

·       Everyone grieves differently.  Thus, don’t compare yourself to others or even to how you handled a previous death.

·       Sharing stories with others who knew that person, as well as with close friends, can be very helpful.

·       Sometimes a death can bring up memories of another death.    

·       Taking care of yourself is very important, so remember to eat well, get rest and exercise.

 

AS YOU HELP YOUR CHILD GRIEVE:

·       First, you know your child better than anyone.  God will give you the proper words.

·       Let them guide you.  They’ll ask questions when they’re ready. 

·       Answer their questions in an age appropriate fashion.  Usually, shorter answers are better. 

·       Encourage them to share stories about John if they knew him. 

·       For some children, it will take time to realize the deceased is not coming back.  My Dad died when my oldest son, Keenan, was almost 4.  He started behaving in ways that were unusual for him almost a year after “Pa’s” death.  We eventual figured out that it took him that long to realize Pa wasn’t coming back.

·       One way you can help your child grieve is to be honest about your grief.  If you’re sad, tell them.  Share what’s helped you in the past when you grieve.

·       John’s granddaughter, Peyton, is a first-grader at Abiding Savior.  Many times children don’t know what to say to loved ones after a death (Adults struggle with this too!).  Encourage your child to be Peyton’s friend.  Writing her a note or drawing her a picture would be a great way to support her.

·       Encourage your child to pray.  If you don’t often pray with your child, this is a great opportunity.  Don’t worry about your words.  You will be teaching your child the importance of turning to God during difficult times.

RESOURCES:

Here’s a link to helping your child as they mourn:

https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/your-childs-emotions/how-to-help-your-child-grieve/how-to-help-your-child-grieve

In addition, I have two books that helped us when my Dad died: “Someone I Love Died” by Christine Harder Tanguald and “What Happens When We Die” by Carolyn Nystrom.  I have copies of these books that I will place in my mailbox outside my office. 

Finally, if I can be of help to you or your child, I am more than willing to pray with you.

In Christ’s hope,

Pastor David

This Just In...

We celebrate when ASLS graduates succeed! On September 6th, Lutheran High School South recognized the 2017-2018 second semester academic gifts in a special ceremony.

ASLS was proudly represented with many of our recent graduates receiving awards.

13 alumni earned "Honors with Highest Distinction 4.0+" 

 7 alumni earned "Honors with High Distinction 3.800-3.999" 

Congratulations students. Keep up the great work. 

Kindness Club Serves ASLS

 The first year of the Kindness Club was a success! The students and faculty advisors, Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Beishir, enjoyed learning about serving, meeting Noah the Comfort Dog, and spending time creating gifts to give during testing week and teacher appreciation.

"I enjoyed the kindness club because we got to do fun stuff and we were kind to people," said Hannah, 1st grade.

"I liked to be a part of the Kindness Club because we picked up trash and put out signs," said Gavin, 3rd grade.

What to expect in Middle School v.1

Welcome to our new series "What to expect in Middle School". This is version 1 with many exciting Middle School insights to follow.

Recently, ASLS 6th grade Social Studies students were learning about Athens. The students created reports on different parts of the culture utilizing the online tool PowToon. The featured presentations share information on Athenian Gods and Food. Enjoy!

Skirts for Uganda

Mrs. Hageman, K-6 music and piano teacher, leads the Sewing elective for 5th and 6th graders. 

Hands of Love Orphanage in Uganda will benefit from the sewing skills the class is learning because the students will produce skirts to send to the children at the orphanage.

"I think it's good because we get to help people and their needs," said student Sarah Chrichton. 

Last year, ASLS Chapel offerings yielded $200 to support the project. The orphanage will be the 4th quarter chapel offering project for the 17/18 school year. 

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Summer Camp is Back!

June 4 - August 10

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church is again offering the LOVE TO KNOW SUMMER CAMP - a fun-filled learning experience for children ages 3-12. This camp, centered in a Christian environment, is sure to please children and parents alike. The amazing hours and the love of experienced, dedicated, and educated directors and counselors creates the perfect experience for the ones you love the most!  THEMED WEEKS such as Mad Science, Go Pro Sports, and American Ninja Warrior and GUEST SPEAKERS will allow all children to experience different activities each week. 

The camp is conducted in a peanut and tree-nut free environment. All directors are certified in first-aid, CPR, and EPI. 

Options include: 5-Day and 3-Day plans with hours for the working family: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. or Special Half-Day Camps from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Because we realize that most camps have short hours that cause an issue for working parents, we are offering amazing hours with flexible drop-off and pick-up times to best accommodate your needs. We do ask that all children arrive to camp no later than 9 a.m. every morning and would like them to stay with us until 4 p.m. if possible. This allows us to plan organized activities for everyone.               

5-Day Program: $165/week   |    3-Day Program: $115/week

Don't need full-time camp? These half-day camps (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.) are a great way to offer a fun play date with friends while participating in the same great, themed activities.      

Half-Day Camp 5-Days: $95/week   |    Half-Day Camp 3-Days: $65/week

See this flyer weekly themes and more information on registration.

Love to Know ASLC Summer Camp | 4355 Butler Hill Road, St. Louis, MO 63128  | for more information contact Stacey at 314-280-3809