A time of transition

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, 'Your God reigns!'" (Isaiah 52:7)As the 2013-14 school year comes to a close, transitions are obvious. From graduations to moves to a new grade level, students will experience a variety of change from this year to the next.Another kind of change will be transitions for some of the familiar faces at our schools and churches as those folks will soon be experiencing their retirements. Pastors, teachers, and various staff people are the blessings that God uses at our schools to help children learn about their Lord and the world He created. Those talented people have dedicated their lives to service in our churches and schools, and we thank God for the impact they've made on children and families in our church and school communities.God does remarkable things through His people, no matter what their frailty may be. After all, the work that we do is not our ministry, but Christ’s ministry. He brings about the results that He himself designs. Through it all, we step back and praise Him because He performs His miracles every day.This letter is meant to cause thanks to our God for His many gifts. Today we thank Him for these gifts, people gifts, as they retire from their present service to the Church and look forward to how God will continue to use each of them.Tommy Franke, Principal, AscensionThe Rev. William Brege, Pastor, BethlehemDan Buchinger, Principal, BethlehemPat James, Teacher, CentralThe Rev. Denny Borchers, Teacher, CLHSJoan Nixon, Third-grade Teacher, ConcordiaBarb Johnson, Music Teacher, ConcordiaJudy May, Assistant Principal, Emmanuel-St. MichaelJudi Parrot, Secretary, St. Paul'sJan Hieber, Teacher, St. Peter’sThank you all for your dedicated service.