Church notes 7/25/13

Christ Lutheran offers Bible school

LAKE ELMO — Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo is again offering its original and popular vacation Bible school designed for children ages 3 years through the completion of fifth grade.
“Parablefest!” is Aug. 5-8 at the church, 11194 36th St. North. There is a 5 p.m. picnic dinner, followed by music, crafts, games, skits, a Bible lesson and more from 5:30 to 7:30.
All are welcome to learn the parable lessons that include; The Good Samaritan, The Talents, The Wise and Foolish Builders and The Laborers in the Vineyard. Youth are advised to dress in play clothes for crafts, each attendee goes home with a memorable item from the week.
Similar to previous years, this high energy event is fueled by Christ Lutheran member funding and volunteers. Free will donations will be accepted. Registration can be done during church office hours by calling 651-777-2881 or online at

Area Catholic school earns IB authorization

MAHTOMEDI — St. Jude of the Lake School officials announced that the Mahtomedi school is the first Catholic school in the Midwest and third nationally to receive International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP) School authorization.
“This is an historic and exciting accomplishment for St. Jude of the Lake School,” said Cressy Epperly, principal at St. Jude. “The authorization puts us into an elite group of schools in the country; it recognizes us for our tireless dedication to student growth and learning; and, it demonstrates that we at St. Jude of the Lake are defining the future of Catholic elementary education.”
IB is a world-renowned teaching method that emphasizes inquiry, encouraging children to ask questions, seek understanding, connect new learning to prior knowledge , and become lifelong learners. The IB PYP, specifically geared toward students in grades K-5 is a curricular framework that fosters academic excellence by tapping into children’s natural curiosity and that motivates students to seek understand and embrace a multi-cultured world. IB students are recognized for being curious, conscientious, resourceful, independent and globally-minded.

Compiled by Erik Sandin- [email protected]