I am delighted to share with you that the plans for our new school are progressing nicely.
- We are publicizing information about the school in a wide variety of ways. Online and flyer publicity has already begun, we had a booth at the Ribfest on the Rock event, we will be distributing flyers during Messiah's Trunk or Treat and the City of Beloit's Trick or Treating, and many other promotions are being planned.
- The architects have submitted the building renovation plans to the leadership of LUMIN Schools.
- LUMIN has received employment applications from qualified candidates for the position of community outreach director and founding staff member. The successful applicant will be joining us here at St. John's by the end of the year.
- We have community outreach events planned for December 15, January 12, and February 1.
- We will be setting up a classroom very soon to showcase what the St. John's Lutheran School learning environment will look like and many of the high-tech tools that will be employed in classroom learning. While traditional methods of instruction will also be utilized, many parents today expect that their young people will learn how to use cutting-edge technology.
- Shaun Luehring, the soon-to-be President of LUMIN Schools, and I meet via video conferencing each week to discuss our common work of preparing to launch our new school next August.
- Shaun Luehring and Rebecca Ehlers, the new Vice President for Marketing at LUMIN, spent some time with me this past Monday in order to tour Beloit and learn more about the opportunities which exist in our city.
- I have given our web page a complete overhaul in order to accommodate its service as the web home for both the church and school. If you have not visited our page recently, please take a look. Our address is www.stjohnsbeloit.com.
We are delighted to welcome Shaun Luehring to St. John's this morning. Following Divine Service, he will be offering a presentation on the new school and answer questions that you may have. While LUMIN will be operating the school, St. John's will be providing spiritual care for students and staff during the school week. We will also have the opportunity to minister to and serve them in a myriad of ways. To that end, we invite you to be engaged as much as possible in its launch.
The three most important things that you can do are: (1) tell your neighbors and friends about the new school, (2) distribute flyers (located on the table in the narthex), and most importantly, (3) pray for its successful launch. Apart from the Holy Spirit's work nothing good comes to us. I cherish your support of this new ministry initiative.
In Christ Jesus,