Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends

Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.

Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making, and card games.  Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also took place.

Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.

New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.

New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.

To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.

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Teens for Christ to host “New Friends”

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Teens for Christ service group will host its first “New Friends” event on its Lake Mills campus on Sunday, October 22, from 1-3 p.m. in the school’s west gymnasium. The focus of the event is to meet and have fun with people interested in participating in a New Friends program through the teen group at Lakeside Lutheran.

NewFriendsLogoThe October 22 event will offer people with special needs a place to hang out and develop friendships with teens from the school. Young people with and without special needs will join together to participate in a variety of activities, including games, crafts, snacks and music.

New Friends is a ministry of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM), a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the communities they live in, and is administered by The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA). According to TLHA, “the purpose of New Friends is to build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities, while creating a fun-filled atmosphere where the entire family feels safe, relaxed and happy.”

“We are excited to share God’s word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, Lakeside Lutheran faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun sharing an afternoon with individuals with disabilities and even their families. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.”

Pastor Joel Gaertner, National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries, will speak at the school’s October 9 chapel assembly and share information about the New Friends program.

Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending the October 22 should contact Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org, or 920-648-2321. Ext 2210.

LLHS waits out semester by giving back

The month of December – – often called Advent, or “ coming”—brings more than one connotation at Lakeside Lutheran High School. As with the traditional Christian term that refers to a time of waiting for the Savior’s birth to come or arrive, the final month of a semester brings other sorts of anxious waiting for high school students, such as final grades and a welcome break from studies. Lakeside students filled the wait this year with several activities that held a spirit of gratefulness and giving back, including a bake sale, food drive, mission offerings and volunteering events.

bake-saleEvery last crumb was sold during a 2-day bake sale that raised $336.06 by the school’s Teens for Christ group December 6–7. Dozens of students brought in hundreds of pre-packaged home-baked goodies and sold them before school to other students and staff. Thrivent Financial added to that total through a $250 action team grant. Funds raised are supporting a VBS in Linares, Chile, in January, under the auspices of WELS Kingdom Workers; Lakeside teens bought school and other supplies and arranged for their transport to South America.

Dozens of sophomores in Pastor Clark Schultz’s religion classes have helped churches in the Madison area during December weekends. Teens volunteered at Good News Ev. Lutheran Church in Mt. Horeb and Resurrection Ev. Lutheran in Verona in their efforts to deliver goodies and invite the community to Christmas services. Other sophomores volunteered with “Christmas for Kids” weekends at Abiding Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in Cottage Grove, where the church provided activities for community families.

SONY DSCOn December 13, dozens of National Honor Society members and Teens for Christ helped Mrs. Sandi Corlett, the LLHS Family and Consumer Education teacher, wrap “shoebox gifts” for homeless and families in need in Madison. This was part of a larger family effort for the Corlett family. All year long, the Corletts, including four adult children and their families, gather personal care items, school supplies, toys and clothing. Sandi Corlett and others donated items, boxes, gift wrap, labels, tape—enough for 325 shoeboxes this year.

Teens for Christ also organized an all-school food drive for the Lake Mills Food Pantry that brought in more than 400 non-perishable food donations for the community. The drive ended this week and donations will be delivered in the coming days.

Student Council organized an end-of-semester mission offering in chapel on Fridays that asked students and staff to help supply an Ethiopian village whose students need school supplies and equipment. A Lakeside council member visited the village during a mission trip last summer and was able to educate the student body to the need. The effort raised over $1,000.00.

SONY DSCDecember also brought the excitement of announcing a new summer of “Operation Go” mission trip teams. Thirty-two juniors and seniors were assigned to one of six trips across the country to assist congregations with outreach efforts, including WELS churches in Alaska, Texas, Idaho, Louisiana and New Jersey. These students will spend coming months volunteering and spreading the word about the opportunity before them in order to help fund the soccer camps and vacation Bible schools they will help organize and run next June through August.

Finally, even after semester exams are finished, students in the Lakeside Lutheran National Honor Society chapter plan to Christmas carol at nursing homes in Lake Mills and Watertown on December 23. That’s a service project that always ends up being a win-win as the singers enjoy their time as much as those listening do.

The entire staff and student body at Lakeside Lutheran High School wish all those in our communities a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

School-wide Food Drive on ’til Thanksgiving

​In the spirit of Thanksgiving, LLHS Teens for Christ is sponsoring a school-wide food drive for a local food pantry. Each class is asked for certain food items, although any donations are encouraged. Check posters around school and in the cafeteria to see what food is requested or see poster below. Collection boxes are located in the cafeteria. Bring food anytime between now and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break.

Bring items to boxes LLHS cafeteria by Wednesday, November 25, 2015.
Bring items to boxes LLHS cafeteria by Wednesday, November 25, 2015.