From the Principal,
January 29, 2015
You Have Beautiful Feet! Kids Against Hunger a Huge Success!
"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15
We have a dear family friend who served as a fireman/paramedic many years ago. As a result of his profession, he has the ability to tell some of the most fascinating stories. Some of his stories are pretty comical, and others have miraculous conclusions. However, there was one particular story that was extremely memorable.
The squad was responding to a car accident that occurred on Pontiac Trail. A combination of treacherous road conditions and numerous curves in the road caused the car to go off the road and flip upside down. When the emergency squad arrived on the scene, their first sight was the bottom of the vehicle, and they were not sure if the driver had even survived the crash. However, the driver who was trapped inside the over-turned car made a very profound statement once he was freed from the wreckage. He claimed that he felt extremely helpless being trapped and not knowing the extent of the damage that had occurred. He also claimed that he had no idea if anyone had witnessed the accident or if help was even on the way. Once he saw the boots of the paramedics and firefighters, he felt relief because he knew that help had arrived. Once he saw their feet, he knew that care would be provided. Upon hearing the victim profess his perspective and appreciation, my friend was reminded of the Scripture verse that states, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
As Christians, our feet and hands are tools the Holy Spirit uses to bring the good news of Jesus to others in a variety of ways. The theme for this year's National Lutheran Schools Week is "Standing in Christ, Serving Others". Our Lutheran Schools Week celebration began last Friday with God using the hands and feet of our school families during the Kids Against Hunger event that was held in our gym. Utilizing the efforts of every person in attendance, we were able to fill 10,000 packets of food!!! Approximately 3,000 of these packets went to St. Paul, Pontiac, a local congregation that is dear to our hearts and with whom we partner in ministry.
The remaining packets will be sent to third world countries as well as stored for any future national disasters.
Many thanks to Thrivent Financial, especially Mr. Greg Ulmer and Mrs. Carmen Haag, for their support in this endeavor. To host this event, we needed to cover the $2,800 cost of the food that was packaged. Thanks to the $828 raised by the 4th/5th bake sale and generous donations through Thrivent and others, we were able to cover all of our expenses. Thrivent also purchased pizza for all of the workers as well! It is so much fun watching the body of Christ work together and the Lord using big and little feet and hands to do His work!
So as we celebrate and honor God for our school, it is our prayer that the mission of all that we do at St. Matthew Lutheran School will be motivated by the love of Christ and His command to love and serve others.
Happy Lutheran Schools Week! We are so grateful that the Lord brought your children to our school!