News and Notes

Always feel free to contact the central ministry office to find out what’s going on at St Paul … check out our school and church calendars on both websites… or send us a message with the contact form on the Contact us page or the sidebar. Thanks for visiting St Paul Thorndale. Blessings on your day!

Reformation Run - 5K Run/Walk and Kids 1K

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  Hebrews 12:1-2  NKJV

St. Paul Lutheran (SPL) Church & School in Thorndale is hosting a Reformation Run with Kids 1 K and Adult 5K Run/Walk to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The 500th Anniversary is an opportunity for congregations and communities to proclaim Christ in their lives. The 500th Reformation Anniversary is a time to reflect and remember that, indeed, It’s Still All About Jesus.

These FUN RUN events are planned for Saturday October 28. The event is open to runners and walkers in Thorndale & surrounding communities. The SPL School PTF (Parent-Teacher-Friend organization) is organizing the event.  This is an outdoor event. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Online registration (including a free T-shirt) for Saturday, October 28th events: k

Paper registration (T-shirt reservation not guaranteed):  SPL 5K Reformation Run Sponsor Letter

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Holy Week Worship Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 9th – 8:00 and 10:15 am

Maundy Thursday, April 13 – 7:00 pm

Good Friday Tenebrae, April 14 – 7:00 pm


Sunrise Service with Holy Communion – 7:00 am

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast served by the LYF – 8:15 am

Easter Egg Hunt – 9:30 am

No Sunday School or Bible Class

Easter Celebration Service (No Communion) – 10:15 am

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Christmas Worship Schedule

Worship the newborn King!  St. Paul Lutheran Church in Thorndale invite you to join us as we celebrate the joy in the birth of our Savior.  On Saturday, December 24 at 6 pm we will be holding our traditional Christmas Eve worship.  The children of St. Paul Lutheran School will be presenting a pageant of our Savior's birth "I Choose You".  At 11 pm on Christmas Eve, December 24, we will be holding our Christmas Eve Candlelight service and on Christmas Day we will gather for one service at 9 am to celebrate the greatest gift of all, CHRIST the newborn KING!

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News and Notes 07/17/2016



Please take time to register your attendance with us this morning by filling out one of the blue attendance cards located in the pew card holder and placing it in the offering plate during the offering.


We send our thankyou’s to Rickey and Eric Melde for installing power and doing the prep work of pulling necessary cables so that Ford Audio could come in and move of our sound system to the new sound room.  What a hot job they had which included crawling in small attic spaces.  Please take time to share a thank you with them the next time you see themThank you guys!

 A thank you also to Mine Services for their assistance with cutting and mulching the selected trees on the two lots owned by the church on 4th street.  The utilization of their equipment made ease of a tough job.  Thank you for your generosity and assistance.

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Kindergarten Teacher opening at our school

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Thorndale, TX is currently seeking to fill our Kindergarten teaching position. For more information, please contact the office, 512-898-2711. Resumes should drop off at the office, 101 North 3rd Street, by Wednesday, July 20.

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News and Notes 5/22/16


Bible Class and Sunday School are offered every Sunday morning here at St. Paul from 9:15-10:00 am.

Most Classes take place next door in our school facilities—just follow the arrows on the map below. Please note that currently, our littlest ones meet in the room adjacent to the narthex (lobby) in the church building. If you have difficulty walking across the parking lot, please know that we have wheel-chair that you are welcome to use.




Truth Treasure Map

Best Use
As a Family Night activity with children ages three through eight.

Nutritional Value
Shows that the difficult path may be the best path

Advance Preparation
Have the following supplies ready for Family Night.

• Draw two “treasure maps” as follows…
o Map #1: Boring in appearance with lots of difficult steps before reaching the treasure
o Map #2: Exciting in appearance with a few simple steps before reaching the treasure

• A Bible

Serve It Up
Follow these steps to serve up a great experience.

1. Show the kids both maps and tell them you want them to follow the directions to find two different treasures. Be sure to let the children take turns reading the clues or going to the next location so the younger or slower children can enjoy the experience.

2. Make sure they follow the exciting, simple map first. It should lead to a box labeled “False Treasure” containing dirty socks, crumpled paper or some other useless item.

3. Let the children complain about the contents of the “False Treasure” and then explain that “You’ve been following a map that seemed exciting and easy, but it was actually a lie!”

4. Now pull out Map #2 – the one that looks boring and difficult. Make sure the steps involved include crawling backwards, climbing stairs and other fun yet challenging steps. This map should lead to a box labeled “Truth Treasure” containing candy, money, a coupon to get ice cream or something else that will excite your children.

5. After the kids celebrate finding the “Truth Treasure” ask them which map was easier to follow? (The “False Treasure” map had easy steps.) Which was better? (The “Truth Treasure” map had a worthwhile reward.)

Read Peter 1:6-7. Emphasize that God promises a great reward for us in heaven. But the path to heaven (the Christian life) isn’t always an easy path. However, the hardship and trials in this life help us to anticipate and enjoy the treasure of heaven. God also uses these hardships and trials to strengthen our faith in Jesus. We learn trough trials and trouble in life that we need a Savior. Such things can help us trust him more. The ways of the world often seem easier or better, but they lead to false treasure.


St. Paul VBS will be held on June 6 – 10 from 9:00 am – noon. Please look for a green registration form in the narthex.

6th Grade through Adult volunteers are needed to help in the Barnyard Round-Up! Look for the pink form in the narthex to volunteer.

VBS Registration and Volunteer Forms are also available at the CMO



Wise living in a world that’s gone pagan… That was the problem 2000 years ago for Christians living in the Roman city of Ephesus and it is increasingly becoming the problem for Christians today. Join St. Paul’s Adult Bible Study Class starting next week  (May 29th) for a study that will equip you for victory over temptation and strife,  over sin and Satan, so that you may serve our Lord and His purpose in all unity  and joy. Ephesians will help you understand God’s plan for your family, your pastor, and your congregation, as we serve together  according to God’s eternal purpose in Jesus Christ.


There will be a special called voters meeting during the Bible Class hour (9:15am). The meeting should be short, and Bible Class will resume following the meeting. Agenda items will include:
1. Form a call committee to hire a 3rd/4th Grade Teacher
2. Appoint a committee to select a new church secretary


The flowers adorning the altar today are in honor of St. Paul Graduation. Congratulations to ALL St. Paul graduates!


When we come to know Jesus as our Savior and Lord, our journey is only beginning. It can be easy to become wrapped up in our hectic lives and forget our first Love, and the subtle enemy who wants to keep us from Jesus. The Outreach Committee would like to invite YOU to enjoy the movie “WAR ROOM” with us on Sunday, June 12 @ 6:30 pm in the church sanctuary. In the movie “War Room”, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan are typical churchgoers who have become complacent. The devil is subtly wrecking their lives using their own pride, busyness, financial issues, and outside temptations. Please plan now to attend.

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4/17/16 Fourth Sunday after Easter


One of a Kind

Best Use
As a family cooking activity

Nutritional Value
An intentional time to talk about how God has made each one of us unique and special for His glory.

Advance Preparation
 Get one index card per person and write the name of a family member across the top of each.
 Purchase/gather ingredients listed below:
o Individual pizza crusts for each person in your family (you can make your own
o Tomato sauce
o Shredded mozzarella cheese
o Toppings: Pepperoni, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, sausage, etc. or use store bought)

Serve it up
SAY: “God made each one of us unique and special. We are going to have fun creating our very own pizzas.”

DO: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and then put the pizza crust on cookie sheets and lay out all of the ingredients in small bowls. (If making your own crust, create different shapes.)

SAY: “You can pick and choose what you would like on your pizza. Each pizza will be different. You can even make funny faces or use toppings to spell out your initials.”

DO: Once your pizzas have been decorated, place in the oven for about 10 minutes or follow the recommended cooking instructions if store bought crust.

DISCUSS: While your pizzas are baking use the time to talk about how different each pizza turned out. “In the same way, God has created each of us with different strengths and talents. We have different color hair and eyes. We have different talents and gifts. He made us each a one of a kind?”

DO: Take the index cards and go through each family member. Talk about what makes that person unique and why they are special. Be sure that these are all positive and encouraging. Write the items on the index card for them to keep. READ: Read Psalm 139:13-14 aloud together which talks about how God “knit us together” and how we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

CATECHISM CONNECTION: Read red letter question #102 in Luther’s Small Catechism.

DO: Take the pizzas out of the oven, let them cool and enjoy!

OPTIONAL: Announce contest categories for the pizzas and award each pizza for a different reason such as “Most Colorful” or “Funniest” or “Most Veggies”, etc. Take a picture of each family member with their winning pizza.

PRAY: Thank God for your meal and for His creativity in each member of your family. “We thank you, Lord, for creating each one of us special and unique. Help us use the gifts and talents you have given us to give you glory. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”



Week of April 17 - 23

Catechism Lesson: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism – Significance of Baptism

What does such baptizing with water indicate?

It indicates that the Old Adam in us should by daily contrition and repentance be drowned and die with all sins and evil desires, and that a new man should daily emerge and arise to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.

Where is this written?

St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: “We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:4)


Clothed then in the blood washed linen, How I’ll sing Thy wondrous grace!

Oh, that day when freed from sinning, I shall see Thy lovely face;

Come, my Lord, no longer tarry; Take my ransomed soul away;

Send Thine angels soon to carry me to realms of endless day.



Men and women, please join the Outreach Ministries Board for a day of fun.  We will eat lunch at Mimi's Cafe in Round Rock at approximately 12:00 and then attend the movie "Miracles from Heaven".  The movie begins at 2:20. Our plans are to carpool and leave the church parking lot at 11:15.  Please invite family and friends to join us.  If you have any questions, please call Pat Simank at H- 512-898-2792 or C- 512-966-1712.

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News and Notes 4/10/16


God’s Timing

Best Use
As a morning activity and dinner-time faith chat.

Nutritional Value
Learning about God’s perfect timing.

Advance Preparation

 You’ll need a slow cook crockpot

 Gather recipe ingredients for taco soup

1 pound ground beef

1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, with liquid

1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans with liquid

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, with liquid

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

2 cups water

2 (14.5 ounce) cans peeled and diced tomatoes

1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers (optional)

1 package ranch-dip mix (optional)


Serve it up

Start this activity in the morning, at least 8 hours before dinner.

SAY: “Tonight we are going to have a warm, yummy soup for dinner! But, I need help because it takes a long time for this soup to be just right.”

DO: In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain, and set aside. Place the ground beef, onion, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, and taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend, and cook on the LOW setting for 8 hours.

READ: Psalm 5:3 together: “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

SAY: “We have put all the ingredients together and now we must wait expectantly for our yummy meal. God’s Word says to bring our requests to Him and wait expectantly for Him to answer.”

ASK: “Does God always answer our prayers immediately?”

ANSWER: “Sometimes God’s answer is for us to wait. He knows best and has the best plans for

CATECHISM CONNECTION: Read red letter questions # 197 & 200 in Luther’s Small Catechism.

READ: Psalm 40:1 together: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He turned to me and heard my cry.”

DINNER PRAYER: Before you eat, pray together and thank God that He is in control and knows perfect timing: “We thank you, Lord, that you are in control. Help us to be patient as we wait for your perfect timing. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”

DISCUSS: During the meal, talk about how long it took to cook the dinner. What if you had rushed the meal and eaten it before it was ready? In the same way, we have to wait patiently for God’s timing. We don’t always get everything we want when we want it. We can trust that God knows best.



For the week of April 10-16

Catechism Lesson: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism – Power of Baptism

How can water do such great things?

Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people. (Titus 3:5-8)


Oh, to grace how great a debtor Daily I’m constrained to be;
Let that grace now like a fetter Bind my wondering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord I feel it: Prone to leave the God I love.
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.



The Ladies of St. Paul Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), Thorndale, would like to invite you to join us as our special guest tomorrow night for our 2016 Annual Spring Banquet.

Monday, April 11, 2016 7:00 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church – Family Activity Center

Contact Barb Machu with questions (512) 925-6563. We look forward to seeing you!



St. Paul’s quarterly Voters meeting will be held this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Agenda items include:

1. Establish a Final Review Committee for 2015

2. Resolution to remove inactive members from the church roll

3. Resolution to add 1.5 months of salary coverage for the non-called grade school teachers starting the current budget year.



Please join Outreach Ministries on Thursday, April 21 for a day of fun at the movies and lunch to follow. The movie and restaurant will be announced next week.  Please invite family and friends to attend with you.



Thank you to Jennifer and Larry Fisher for the special donation to “Build the Vision” in honor of Jennifer’s 50th Confirmation Anniversary – Class of 1966.



Confirmation is May 15, and plans are underway for this big event in your confirmands Christian life. Confirmation gowns are $25 each. Please send payment with your child as soon as possible. An email was sent to all confirmand parents last week. If you did not receive this email, please call the CMO with a current email address. Thank you.

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Second Sunday of Easter 4/3/16


Dinner and a Movie

Best Use

As a family activity with any age

Nutritional Value

Good conversation around the movie of your choice

Advance Preparation

  • Pack a picnic dinner or order in some of your family’s favorite food.
  • Rent a movie or choose a family favorite to watch together.
  • Make tickets for the movie or have the kids make their own tickets to sell. (Let them have fun deciding the cost, such as 3 hugs and 1 kiss)
  • Set up an area to eat and watch the movie together with pillows, drinks, food, popcorn, etc.

Serve it up

SAY:  “We are going to have a special night at the movies, only a little different.”

OPTIONAL:  You might want to load up in the car and drive around the block to return at your home and show them in to the fun dinner/movie theatre you have created.  You can do this as a surprise for the kids or have them help and do it as a surprise for dad or another member of the family.  Kids can also make drive-in cars out of large boxes.  Have fun, be creative and have a good time together.

DO:  Watch the movie while you eat dinner together.

TALK:  After the movie is over, spend some time talking through the following questions:

  • Who is the central character? (The “hero”)
  • Who or what does the main character want? (Conscious and subconsciously?)
  • Who or what are the obstacles that must be overcome?
  • What was the “ultimate conflict” of the drama?
  • What wrong choices were made?
  • What right choices were made?
  • Can we learn anything from the story?

PRAY:  Thank God for your meal and fun time together as a family.  Pray together: “We thank you, Lord, that you have blessed us with our family.  Thank you for our time together tonight.  Help us to grow closer to each other and to you.  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”



Week of April 3-9

Catechism Lesson: The Sacrament of Holy Baptism – Blessings of Baptism

What benefits does Baptism give?

It works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe this, as the words and promises of God declare.

Which are these words and promises of God?

Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16)


Here I raise my Ebenezer, Hither by Thy help I’ve come;

And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus taught me when a stranger, wandering from the fold of God;

He, to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.



Pam & Rodney Eulenfeld                      In memory of Michael Eulenfeld

The Edwards Family                             For the Brymer Family

Dusty & Heidi Ford                              In honor of Justin and Cameron, And in memory of their brother Lucas

Dorothy & Tommy Standard                       In memory of Gary, Evelyn, Earleen, Kalyn, and Wayne

Sharon & Jack Willis                             In honor of Family

Merrilyn Barton                                   In memory of Sterlin Barton

Barb & Marvin Machu                         In memory of Harold & Arline Muegge

Carolyn & Larry Roepke                       In memory of Hulda Roepke

Geraldine Biar                                       In memory of her parents; and for the blessings of Easter

Justin & Abby Jones                              In memory of Deanie and Cecil

Hollowell and Greg Palm; and in memory of Gilbert and Frances Melde

Keeley Boothe                                        In memory of Anna Lou Boothe

Sherry Boothe                                        In memory of Clarence & Annie Pinkerton; and in memory of Nita Jean Toomer

Pr Scott Schaller Family                       In memory of Marvin and Wanda Moerbe; and in Memory of Bob & Sue Huffman

Keith, Brenda & Dean Johnson           In memory of LaVerne Johnson; and Doris and Ted Westerman

Floyd Zuehlke Sr.                                   In memory of Joy Zuehlke

Sheila Lopez                                           In memory of Richard Turpen

Prayer Pal                                             For Dorothy Standard

Thank you to these and other members who purchased Easter lilies to adorn and beautify our sanctuary for the Easter Celebration.   If you have not paid for your lily(ies), please drop your payment in the offering plate (write on your payment that it is for your lily order) or bring your payment by the Central Ministry Office.  Lilies were $10 each. 



The Ladies of St. Paul Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), Thorndale, would like to invite you to join us as our special guest for our 2016 Annual Spring Banquet.

Monday, April 11, 2016

7:00 pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church – Family Activity Center

 Contact Barb Machu with questions (512) 925-6563.  We look forward to seeing you!

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Palm Sunday 3/20/16



Bible Class and Sunday School are offered every Sunday morning here at St. Paul from 9:15-10:00 am. 

Most Classes take place next door in our School Facilities—just follow the arrows on the map below.  Please note that currently, our littlest ones meet in the room adjacent to the narthex (lobby) in the church building.  If you have difficulty walking across the parking lot, please know that we have wheel-chair that you are welcome to use. 



Eggs-cuse Me?

Best Use

As a breakfast meal chat (or “breakfast for dinner”)

Nutritional Value

Illustrating the Gospel and discussing our true status without Christ

Advance Preparation

  • Have enough eggs to make omelets for everyone, including whatever ingredients you want to add (cheese, mushrooms, bacon, etc.).
  • Set apart one egg that will be your “rotten egg” (you can use a regular egg, discolor one yourself, or find an actual rotten egg.

Serve it up

SAY:  Share that you have something to confess about the omelets – “I discovered that one of the eggs was rotten but used it anyway to make sure we would have enough food for everyone.”

ASK:  “Who still wants to taste their omelet first?” (Wait for reactions and then reveal that you were just kidding and have everyone begin eating).

ASK:  During the meal, hold up your designated “rotten egg” and ask what they would have thought if your attitude had been, “I’ll just mix this rotten egg in with all the good ones and no one will know the difference.”

READ:  Read James 2:10 together:  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.”

CATECHISM CONNECTION:  Read red letter question # 75 in Luther’s Small Catechism.

SHARE:  Explain that every sin is like one rotten egg in an omelet, it ruins the whole person.   This is why we can’t be holy on our own, we need a Savior!

DISCUSS:  Ask if anyone knows the solution to our rottenness (i.e., Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross pays the penalty for our sin).

DIG DEEPER:  For further study together on how sin impacts human omelets see Romans 3:23-24.

PRAY:  Pray together:  “We thank you, Lord, that even though we are sinners, you have provided a cure for our rottenness. Thank you for your death on the cross and for providing the way to heaven.  And thank you for our time together.  In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.”



Catechism Lesson: Confession & Absolution (Part 2)

 Which are these [sins]?

Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

Bible Verse:

For all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.  Romans 3:23


Follow to the judgement hall, View the Lord of life arraigned;

Oh the wormwood and the gall! Oh, the pangs his soul sustained!

Shun not suffering, shame, or loss; Learn of Him to bear the cross.



The LYF will be available after church today to take your order for a fully cooked, bone-in Pork Boston Butt Roast (8-10#).  The cost of each roast is $40.00 (prepay).

Pick up date:  Saturday, March 26
Thorndale Fireman’s Hall BBQ pit area
9am – 11am

The LYF is raising money to attend the National Youth Gathering this summer.



Thank you to “Chicken Soup for the Soul” for preparing the delicious meal of Beans and Cornbread last Wednesday.  AND THANK YOU to ALL the organizations that stepped forward to host a Wednesday meal.  God has blessed this congregation with many willing servants (and good cooks!)



The LWML will be collecting items and/or cash donations for Lutheran World Relief through next Sunday, March 27.  A collection area is located in the narthex.    Look for the insert in this bulletin for a list of needed items and additional information.



The Thorndale Café located at 118 S. Main Street has pledged to donate 10% of your dining expense back to St. Paul.  Just remember to ask for a receipt and turn it in to the Central Ministry Office or to Carol Wuensche.



There has been some confusion about the “Building Fund” and “Build the Vision”.  The words “Build the Vision” were established to identify our “vision” for St. Paul School and Ministry – the proposed new school building.  When giving a special donation or memorial to the proposed new school building, please make a note on your check or envelope that you are designating it to Build the Vision”.  This will ensure that your donation goes to the proper location.  If your donation indicates “Building Fund”, it will not be designated at this time to the new school building.



Please check the sign-up sheet in the East Wing kitchen area to volunteer for refreshment duty.  Volunteers will need to show up for Bible Class a few minutes early (8:30am) to brew coffee and set out cookies and donuts.  Please check your calendar and see when it will work best for you.  If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Aaron.

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St. Paul Lutheran
101 North 3rd Street
Thorndale, TX 76577

Pastor Aaron Kalbas

Scott Schaller

Mr. Corey Moss

Mrs. Kelly Brymer
Preschool Director