Why St. James

Stephanie and Donnie Fahler, M.D.
Lutheran Parents of St. James Students

Growing up, I attended Woodburn Lutheran School in Woodburn, IN from Kindergarten to 8th grade.  Then, instead of attending the local public high school, my parents made the decision to send my siblings and I to Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne, IN.  I became the odd-ball-out in junior high because of this (2 out of our class of 18 went to CLHS), or at least that's the way I felt.  In turn, I became convicted in my Lutheran faith. I was prepared to defend my faith against the popular beliefs of the world.  I am thankful for the foundation laid by my parents and the 9 years of Lutheran grade school education for building that principle.   When my husband (Donnie) and I contemplated moving to Lafayette for Donnie's job, we had a 1 year old daughter, Evelyn.  Even at that point, we weren't thinking about what school district we would need to live in because we knew there was a Lutheran school in town. Without visiting the school, it was an unspoken between Donnie and myself that in a few years, Evelyn would go to school there. Now, some may say we were crazy for thinking this way.  In today's culture and expectations of the educational system, how could we choose a school without knowing much about it?  Would it provide the competitive edge our child "needs" versus other schools? What about the extracurricular activities?  How many stars or other accolades did it have? This simple answer is, it didn't matter to us.  We wanted our child to have a LUTHERAN education.  And there isn't another Lutheran grade school within an hour of Lafayette.   We were hopeful that St James would provide everything our child needed to be successful for the next phase of her life, including those things listed above.  But our priority was to "train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 This includes what we teach her at home and what is then reinforced at school. What have we come to know about St James now?  Just ask my socially active kindergartener!  She will tell you about all her friends from her own class through the 8th graders.  She will tell you about the Bible story her teacher taught in class that day or who led the Wednesday chapel.  She will sing for you (over and over again :) the songs she's learning in her music class and now our whole family knows!  She will underline nouns and circle verbs in a sentence.  She will explain in detail who did what in gym and will show you what she typed in computer class.  She will put her hand on her heart and recite the pledge of allegiance.  Whether in public or at home, she frequently offers to lead our family in mealtime prayer and can be heard from the back of the church when saying the Lord 's Prayer on Sunday morning. I have no doubt that St James Lutheran School will prepare my child for high school, both in the educational realm and by laying the foundation of faith. Who knows if she will end up playing an instrument, performing theater, singing in a choir, playing multiple sports, or achieving valedictorian of her class.  What I do know is that she will HAVE THE CHANCE to do any of those at St James and more importantly, she will know that BY GRACE, she is a baptized child of the Lord and won't be afraid to share or defend it!  "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2 

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