Cichanofsky receives awards

Cichanofsky, Zachary(edited)Zach Cichanofsky, a May 2018 graduate from Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lake Mills, received a Technical Excellence Scholarship from the State of Wisconsin. This award is given to Wisconsin high school seniors who have the highest demonstrated level of proficiency in technical education subjects. The scholarship is to be used at a school within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is valued at up to $2,250 per year, to be applied towards tuition for six semesters. Cichanofsky will attend Waukesha County Technical College. He also received a Snap-On Tool award valued at $3,905.00 from the Wisconsin Automobile and Truck Dealers Association. While he is in school he will also work for J & L Tire, Truck, and Trailer Shop in Johnson Creek.

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TFC New Friends: Make new friends near

For the past 59 years, students at LLHS have focused on service. For some, it meant SHO Team and giving presentations about alcohol and drug abuse to grade schools. Others belonged to Teens for Life, and were passionate about speaking out of the lives of all people, especially those who cannot speak for themselves. Some joined Affinity, a group that began in 2001 to encourage students to use their “time and God-given abilities to serve our fellow students, school and its neighbors.”

Today, students join Teens for Christ—and serve God and others in a number of ways. This year, TfC started New Friends, where LL teens hang and develop friendships with people who have special needs. All can join in fun activities, such as human bowling, karaoke, face painting, basketball, crafts, music, and, of course, snack (they’re teens!).

Held three times in the 2017-18 school year, more than 50 Lakeside teens participated each time. “We are excited to share God’s Word with more individuals in our community,” says Ruth Hirschfeld, LLHS faculty adviser to Teens for Christ. “New Friends allows us to witness to the joy that faith in Jesus brings as we have fun. It has the potential to inspire and impact both the community participants and the teens who are looking to make some new friends.” Senior Sophie Collins agreed. “People with special needs can learn from us, but we can also learn from them,” she said. “Getting a strike in bowling can make someone so happy. It helps us remember the little things in life and to stay positive. I am always amazed by the happiness.”

She also saw the need to spread the word about the program. “The most important part for us is to not only have people come back, but have more people come and join us every time.” she said.” We’re learning how to let people know this is going on.”

Caretakers of anyone with special needs who may be interested in attending next year should contact Hirschfeld at rhirschf@llhs.org, or 920-648-2321 x2210.

(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)

OpGo: Make new friends far

In 2015, LLHS faculty Pastors Caleb Davisson and Clark Schultz worked with Kingdom Workers to find three unique locations and four different student trips that would enable Warrior teens who wanted to “GO” with the Gospel. That summer, 15 Warriors headed to Toronto, New Jersey, and Louisville to help with canvassing and camps and VBS.

In 2018, 35 students make up seven teams that are headed to six locations for soccer camp, art camps, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camp, as well as VBS and canvassing activities. From Alaska to Idaho…from New York to New Orleans…New Jersey to Antigua, these summer mission trips are known as “Operation GO.”

Students and the host congregations develop bonds that last beyond a week, with many participants keeping in touch with their host families throughout the school year. For the soccer camp and STEM camp held at Faith Lutheran Church and School, Anchorage, there’s an even more special connection. Pastor Chris Ewings ‘01 and Principal Tom Zarnstorff ‘74 are Lakeside alum.

Pastor Ewings married Cara, an Alaska native, and has five children. He appreciates how Lakeside and its “amazingly talented staff” prepared him for the ministry. “Herr Walta changed me from a boy to a man,” he says. “He equipped me with gifts to learn how to learn, to take responsibility, to do my best. I learned new levels of excellence. Plus, with sports I learned how to integrate with other kids my age, work hard and give my very best.”

Still, he is thankful for something even more important. “Pastor Stuebs’ religion class deepened my faith. There’s where my faith became more than academic. I knew Jesus as my Savior and my God,” he says.

Now, he is thankful to see his alma mater and his ministry working together. “This is such an amazing blessing—to see kids with faith on fire, who put faith into action. It’s a jolt of action for kids in our church to see, and they are encouraged to serve in ways they might not have before,” he says.

After all, this is a leap of faith for teens to come to a city where three out of four people don’t believe in God.

“It takes some nerve to share Jesus with kids they’ve never met. What a blessing for Faith, not only as we seek to do outreach, but also that our members—from oldest adult to youngest—say ‘Wow! They are living their faith!’” he says. “We are absolutely thrilled about this opportunity and hope we can keep this partnership going!”

And, he says, “for Lakeside Lakeside Lakeside, we will!”

 

(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)

Mr. Johnson retires

After 25 years at Lakeside, I am retiring from the teaching ministry. From 8 am to 5 pm almost every school day spent with students and teachers will shape any person profoundly, as it did me. However, Lakeside wasn’t my only teaching station and that has given me a unique perspective.

My first 16 years occurred in a public school which was full of many Christian students, parents, and teachers. Those families and teachers live through the very same issues with sin and Cross-bearing as we all do at Lakeside. So I can bear witness to the fact that the difference for Lakeside is not that we are Christian and they are not. The difference is that Jesus is openly and intentionally included here.

Teachers here open the Bible every morning together; everyone in the school devotes some time after second hour to a message from the Word of God. Every student, every day, attends a full class period to a study of the Word. Every day we teach and learn the usual high school subjects, all the while engulfed and breathing in an atmosphere of God’s great promises. I know that the Word changes people; it is daily changing your children, my colleagues and co-workers, and this kind of change is truly a beautiful thing.

I am grateful to God for guiding me thus far through Lakeside, and I am grateful to students, parents and teachers for accepting me and letting me share in something very special.

—Lance Johnson

(from Link, vol. 13, 2018 Issue 1)

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Principal’s Pen: Ascension matters

Jesus’ Ascension truly matters.

Other church festivals seem to overshadow Ascension. However, Jesus’ ascension is a major event in his life and work.

When Jesus ascended, he sat at his heavenly Father’s right hand, a place of honor, trust, and position. By this, God the Father verified that Christ had made the final payment for sin by the “one sacrifice [that] has made perfect forever those who are being made holy” [Hebrews 10:13-14].

18-05FedConWhen Jesus ascended, his intercessory work began. Through him, all believers have “an advocate with the Father” [1 John 2:1]. Daily, he pleads for us at his Father’s throne.

When Jesus ascended, his eternal reign began. In heaven, he reigns “with angels, authorities, and powers subject to him” (1 Peter 3:22). No one and nothing can equal him or challenge him.

Lastly, when Jesus ascended, the Church was energized and strengthened for its mission. “And God placed all things under [Jesus’] feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” [Ephesians 1:22- 23]. As the Church’s head, all things are done through Christ.

Years ago, Ascension was a highly regarded festival. For that matter, it still is.

Jesus’ Ascension truly matters!

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High. Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Principal’s Pen: Seeing Absolutely

vision_7600cIt’s said that beauty is in the “eye of the beholder.” Since one’s view is relative, what he considers beautiful, good, or right is often his opinion.

This is the world’s thinking. It believes that beauty or right are found in anything if it doesn’t undermine something else. There are no absolutes. After all, it’s in the “eye of the beholder.”

Christians know and follow the absolutes of God’s Word. They know relative truth is wrong. When they express God’s unchanging views, the world labels them and their words as judgmental, cliquey, or intolerant. The world tells them that right and wrong vary by location, time, and situation. After all, it’s in the “eye of the beholder.”

Before his crucifixion, Jesus prepared his disciples for his death. He said, “Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices” (John 16:20).

Indeed, the world would celebrate Jesus’ death. His teachings countered the prevailing thoughts of his day. His foes would not accept or tolerate what he identified as sinful. Therefore, they viewed his arrest, torture, and murder as the right thing. To them, “he had no beauty or majesty” (Isaiah 53:2). To them, he was wrong.

But, Jesus pointed his disciples past that dark time when their “grief [would] turn to joy” (John 16:20). His death produced life when he victoriously rose. Joy would come to all who behold him as their Savior by faith.

Are things really in the “eye of the beholder?” Certainly, views on earthly matters are sometimes relative since the beholder determines their value.

However, Christians view all things by faith through God’s Word. Right and wrong are absolutes. Through Christ, our eyes behold the truth. Through Christ, we see light, life, and salvation.

Mr. Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org

Principal’s Pen: Year-Round Light

Sight may well be the most important sense because so much hinges on it.

Scripture mentions sight, vision, and other related words over 850 times. Nearly everyone understands these concepts. They are also keywords in Epiphany.

Isaiah 9:2Epiphany—the season of light—marks the revelation of God’s light in his only Son, Jesus. In short, Christ is the light of the sin-darkened world. He is its hope and only Savior.

The festival of Epiphany—the 12th day of Christmas—is the “Gentile Christmas.” The Church has long celebrated the coming of the Gentile wise men to worship the Christ child on that day and all throughout the season.

Epiphany and Advent are like matching bookends. Not only do these seasons sandwich Christmas, but one complements the other. Advent passages like “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2) take on a deeper meaning when considered from an Epiphany viewpoint. Sinners live in spiritual darkness and blindness. Christ is their only hope. Isaiah’s inspired words and other passages like it point to the salvation that comes by faith in Jesus for all sinners. Christ alone dissipates the spiritual blindness that leads to despair and damnation. His light—much like that of the rising sun which disperses physical darkness—allows believers to see their God and Savior.

Christ is the light of the world during Epiphany and always.

In [Christ] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5).

Mr. Jim Grasby is Principal at Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 x2204 or jgrasby@llhs.org