The following is a letter from St. James Lutheran School's Principal, Sarah Garcia.
Dear Brothers in Christ:
St. James Lutheran School has returned to its building, leaving Martin Luther High School on Friday afternoon: both a sad and a beautiful good bye. St. James Lutheran Church and School wish to thank you all for your support in prayers, gifts, and presence these past weeks.A special thank you to all at MLHS for caring for us. Many of you traveled to the St. James Lutheran Church and School benefit Saturday, and if I missed seeing you and thanking you in person, know that your presence was another gift that not only renews and strengthens us but that models for us the love of Christ. What a wonderful gift! The role model all of you have been to us with your outpouring will feed our mission hearts and efforts for years to come. There are too many gifts and givers to list in an email but to give all an idea of the blessings bestowed we have received numerous emails and letters from across the nation carrying prayers and gifts. School children have sent letters of comfort and chapel offerings. Touching notes have come from school classrooms who had earned financial rewards through an earlier project but who voted to gift these to us. Gifts cards at stores and HyVee and financial support for our lunch program came so we could renew our hot lunch program while at MLHS and continue this through the end of the year using the Northrop American Legion kitchen. Local congregations and community members have outpoured supplies that just happen to "appear" almost as soon as we think of it being missing. As written in Jeremiah, God has a plan to prosper us. You are His instruments to help us recognize this and confidently trust the future "filled with hope."
"I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you." Phil. 1:4-7 ESV
On behalf of all our brothers here at St. James Lutheran Church and School,
Sarah M. Garcia