(The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod)
Alma, Kansas
A family united by faith in Christ gathering around God's Word and Sacraments.
To reach out in Christ-like concern and Christ-borne love to each other and to those without Christ!
The Eagle Cry


SUMMER BREAK:What’s summer break mean to you?  If you ask students, parents, teachers, and principals this question, the answers will be very, very different.  Many students will say it’s their favorite part of school year, parents will be thinking it’s the hardest time as kids get board as the summer moves along – though Alma has a nice pool for fun and socializing – teachers say it’s essential for recharging their battery and researching new strategies and/or exploring new resources, and principal will jokingly respond what break?
There have been summers where I would have responded with all the above – before the 4th of July!  This year is different.  I cannot wait for the school year to start and learn everyone’s name and hear their life story, to get into the classroom and explore God’s world in science class and talk numbers in Math with our students, but most importantly I cannot wait to talk about God – our faith, what He has done for us, and what He will continue doing for us throughout our lives.  Now don’t be confused, I may want school to start tomorrow, but that does not mean I am in any way ready for school to start.  There are so many things I want to explore about St. John, about Alma, and about Kansas before the school year begins.  Lessons and units to plan, a room to decorate, individual growth plans to outline for every student, and short and long term growth plans to establish for myself, for staff and school board members, and for the school as a Christian community.  All these things take time and the input of the stake holders of our school – past and present students, parents, staff, congregation members, and community supporters.  The door to my office/classroom (and my home) is always open to visitors.  Please drop by, introduce yourself, and share your thought about St. John - past, present, and future.

THANK YOU:  It does not seem like we have been in Alma for three weeks already.  Julie and I are settling in and loving the small town charm of Alma and St. John.  Thank you to those who help unload the U-Haul, who donated pantry goods, who made us feel welcome these first weeks, and those who put in hours house hunting and lining up volunteers for us before we even arrived.  I can feel the love for St. John and the community.

Yours in education,
Mr. Harmon Butler

In This Month's
St. John Witness
The Eagle Cry