January 6, 2014
Views from church on December 22 with ice reflecting in the trees.
December 7, 2013
Excerpt from Latest Newsletter
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,
This month I wanted to take the opportunity to share one of the works of mission by our district, in East St. Louis, that of the Unity Lutheran School. The school has classrooms ranging from the grades K through eighth grade, with the enrollment of approximately 186 students in the current school year, a marked increase from the first day of opening in August 2013, with three students.
Classes are conducted in a building leased from the East St. Louis School District, which no longer holds classes in the building. While meals for the district are still prepared in the kitchen facility, by agreement they prepare meals for the Unity students as well. The staffing level stands at thirteen to include the principal, the Reverend Aaron Dickerson and the Development Director, Dr. Bruce McLaughlin. Many members of sister congregations in the Southern Illinois District (LCMS), have provided their time and talents in upkeep and maintenance of the building, library support and other areas of need.
Parents share in volunteering their time, allowing for the sparing of financial resources, thereby keeping tuition costs to a minimum. In recent years, a bus shuttles students who have graduated from Unity, to the Metro East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville. Parents and their students must also maintain a partnership with the school, which produces optimal outcome in scholastic achievement.
During a recent visit last month, members of our own congregation had the privilege of greeting students, helping serve breakfast, visiting classrooms, serving in the library and attending "Jesus Time," the Wednesday morning time of worship. There, we also had opportunity to hear students sing, as they prepared for their annual Christmas program.
This being just one more area of our district mission work in action! For further information, see the school's website at unityesl.org.
In His grace,