This CD is a compilation of all the original songs written for St. John's Lutheran School in Napa, CA by Michael A. Schmid and Bob Hauch. All the proceeds from the sale of this CD, as well as the digital downloads, are going to the Bob Hauch Endowment Fund, which has been established to benefit St. John's Lutheran School for years to come. This project includes the participation of present and former students of St. John's, as well as members of the St. John's worship band, 24 people in all.
One of the goals of this project is to preserve the songs of the late Bob Hauch. Bob served for many years as the seventh grade teacher at St. John's, until his death in 2010 after a heroic struggle with cancer. Unfortunately, there are no recordings of Bob performing any of these songs. Through this CD, Bob Hauch's songs are not only preserved, but shared with the world.
Every year, St. John's Lutheran School has a Bible-based theme that serves as an encouragement for the school community in its life together. Beginning with the 1998-1999 school year, we have also had an original song composed each year to reinforce and teach the theme. These songs have been used in chapel services, in the classroom, and in Sunday Worship.
In addition to the theme songs Michael Schmid also wrote two songs for graduating classes, one of which has become our school song and the title of this compilation, "On the Wings of an Eagle." This song was written for the graduating class of 1998. The song "I'll be Your Friend" was written for the graduating class of 2001. Bob Hauch wrote "Xtreme Faith Xtreme God" for St. John's as well. Although it wasn't a theme song, it was used in chapel services and in his classroom. This song became the theme of his memorial service as well. Additionally, Bob wrote "From the Depths," a moving prayer that arose from his struggle with cancer. This song was also used in his memorial service.