At St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Des Peres, the faculty took the excitement and anticipation of their new space and folded it into the school year. The 2018-19 school year theme is “God at Work,” from Hebrews 3:4, which states, “For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.”
On Sunday, September 23, the school broke ground on a new 32,500 square foot state-of-the-art, school building. This meant demolishing an older, 1980s wing of the building, for kindergarten through 8th grade.
Laura Susic, parent of a 5th grader, Brady, and a 3rd grader, Brooke, says, “My kids get so much love and attention at this school and they are encouraged to be leaders and to be kind to others and to be respectful to their teachers and the staff but most importantly at the heart of everything in their education is the Word of God.”
Academic Theme Reflects God’s Work
The theme, “God at Work,” refers to more than the construction. It is about the people inside the buildings—their accomplishments, relationships and dreams, which are rooted in the love of Christ. Carrie Beary, St. Paul’s Office Administrator, explains, “We cannot even imagine or comprehend the power of God at work in our church, school, community, and personal lives. This theme is about our relationship with our Lord and Savior that God has built.”
She continues, “We will see God at work through our congregation, our children’s ministries, boards and committees, and all who love and support the mission of our school. We will also see God at work as we erect a new school building, remember the past students, lessons, and physical classrooms, while preparing for a new future of telling the next generation of the love and work of Christ Jesus. God’s power is beyond us! God is at work!”
Celebrating throughout the Fall
The academic year started with a Family Faith Kick-Off. Faith families include students of all grade levels, with the 8th graders taking the lead, with the help of a faculty advisor.
Throughout the year, our Faith Families meet monthly for special worship services where they join together in God’s word, work on services projects, and spend time bonding with students from all grades. At our first Faith Family Chapel of the year, we were in the Word, sang, prayed, decorated hard hats, and joined in some team-building games. We can’t wait to see what all God has in store for us this year!