Buy one, get one parables

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BOGO. Everyone likes a great deal. Although we may view Jesus’ parables as individual teachings, at least once in Scripture our Savior taught two adjacent parables with complementary messages.

Luke 13 records the parables of The Mustard Seed and The Yeast. Although separate in content, the two dovetail nicely to illustrate truths about the kingdom of God.
“Then Jesus asked, ‘What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches’” (Luke 13:18-19).

Jesus wanted his hearers to picture outward growth. A small mustard seed was planted and grew into a tree capable of supporting birds. It visibly grew over time. The same may be said of the Church. It, too, had humble beginnings. Yet, over time, the Lord blessed it through his Word to grow into the most enduring institution of human history.

“Again he asked, ‘What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough’” (v. 20-21).

One may almost picture Jesus transitioning to his next parable. Again, using a common item—yeast—he illustrates a different type of growth in the Church—inner growth. He notes that “it worked all through the dough.” Although yeast’s outward effect is observable, it works inwardly through the dough, causing it to rise.

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God’s Word causes outward growth in the Church as those who hear it believe and come to faith by the Spirit. At the same time, it creates inner growth as believers hear God’s Word, growing stronger in faith as individuals and congregations. Growth in the Church may not always be measurable. Yet, it happens because our Lord promises us that “my word … will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

“What is the kingdom of God like?” Although the Church may be compared to many things, it is the living body of believers that grows through “the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

Lord, help us to grow in and through your Word. Amen.

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran High. Reach him at 920.648.2321

FFA, Growing Leaders at Conferences

IMG_1169Attending the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October 2019 were AnaCristina Iglesias (Watertown), Cole Schuster (Juneau), Breanna Preskar (Juneau), American Degree recipient Jeremy Nehls (Juneau), Karleena Battist (Lake Mills), Connor Dobson (Johnson Creek), Emma Statz (Helenville), Matthew Gunst (Hartford), Jordyn Jaeger (Lake Mills), Ashley Valerio (Oconomowoc), Haylee Meske (Jefferson), Karissa Kilian (Lake Mills).

FFA is not all just about farming; a key goal is developing future leaders. One of the best opportunities to grow this skill is by attending the different leadership conferences available. Lakeside Lutheran sent members to the Section 10 Leadership Workshop (SLW), 212/360, State and National FFA Conventions.

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At these conferences, participants learn how to make an impact in the community,  increase chapter involvement, and see other opportunities to grow. It is great to take back ideas to the chapter and share newfound knowledge with them. Another useful part of leadership conferences is networking with peers and using those connections in the future. However, leadership conferences are not serious the whole time, as there are many activities, such as dances and parties, there as well. These conferences are a great way to build leadership skills, make new friends, and have a great time while doing so!

—Matthew Gunst


My experience at the Washington Leadership Conference

Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., the highest level of leadership conference in FFA. Due to the high interest and participation in this conference, the National FFA holds seven different weeks of this event. The first experience at conference is finding our roommates for the week. Rooming with strangers encourages attendees to meet new people and form new friendships quickly. The next few days are filled with learning about how we can make a difference in the world and how much of an impact a small gesture can make. 

While furthering our knowledge of how to grow as leaders, we were also able to explore everything that D.C. has to offer. One of the most remarkable places to visit is the Holocaust museum. We spent time exploring the incredibly moving museum and took in everything it had to offer. Towards the end of the week, all of the attendees experienced a “poverty dinner.” While entering the room, everyone received a card which told them where to sit for dinner that night, which ultimately represented various social classes. There were the high class, middle class, lower class, and those who were extremely poor. Those who represented the poor were seated on the floor and served a small plate of rice to be shared among a large group. Students representing the middle class were able to get in line for their meal while the lower class were only allowed to eat after they served the higher class people their meal. This moving demonstration went on to show how much of the world lived in poverty and displayed how few are high to middle class compared to those who are truly living in poverty all around the world.

Each week of the conference, the attendees also worked hard to package over 52,000 meals through a company called Meals for Hope. This organization uses the assembly line approach to make a large number of meals in a short amount of time with a small number of people. The Washington Leadership Conference works very hard to show to kids not only the needs in our country but also the vast needs around the world. Everyone in attendance was given the wonderful opportunity to grow as a leader, but we were also given a look into the need in the world and how we have a chance to make a large impact on the world.

—Breanna Preskar

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Developing a Passion   

SAE is an acronym for “supervised agricultural experience,” an activity done outside of class time in which students develop and apply their agricultural knowledge and skills to something that they may pursue as a career in the future. SAEs teach students more than just math or science. It teaches them real-world applications and allows them to get hands-on experience in the field of their choice. An SAE also provides a sense of responsibility and self-motivation to students. 


There are many different and individualized SAEs that students may choose from. With the Lakeside Lutheran FFA, members have a wide variety of SAEs available. For example, senior Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek, is pursuing two SAEs, one in beef placement, and the other in ag mechanics. In his beef placement SAE, he has worked on his grandparents’ Hereford farm, managing and showing registered Hereford cattle. Connor’s ag mechanics SAE involves his pursuit of a CNC machining and welding career. 

In another example, sophomore Mya Hemling of Beaver Dam works with her parents, Bill and Michelle, in a variety of pens as they raise pheasants, chukars and other game birds for sale.  They plan to create private hunting grounds in the future.


—Ashley Valerio

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The Lakeside Legacy

“…where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am among them.” (Matthew 18:20)

It’s a climate. That climate is a practice field or a court of play where coach and players have learned to trust and respect each other. In defeat and victory, character is built. God has placed Christian role models together with Christian athletes. In the intensity of sport, they together learn that Christ is what truly matters most.

It’s a climate. That climate is a hallway where sinful behavior collides with loving rebukes. It’s a hallway where tears of hurt are met by words of joy and love. It’s a hallway where greetings and fist bumps are genuine expressions that we are all glad to see each other. It’s a hallway where students and staff lift each other up. They are the face of Jesus to each other every day.

It’s a climate. That climate guards and guides our online activity to the best of our ability. We expect a disciplined use of every information highway. We strive to see that Christ permeates our constant communications and that his love covers a multitude of all our sins.

It’s a climate. That climate is a classroom where students and instructor learn to trust and respect each other. It’s a climate where moments of great learning, planned or unexpected, happen because God has placed his children into settings of excellence and love.

It’s a climate. Christ-centered education is not just offered at Lakeside. From chapel to parking lots, the words of Jesus saturate the plans of every lesson, the activities of every club and team, the voices of every hallway and, most importantly, the hearts and minds of everyone in the building. It is a promise of Jesus we take seriously: “…where two or three have gathered together in my name, there I am among them.”
Pastor Helwig joined the faculty in 2018. He teaches 12th grade Religion classes, including Christian Apologetics and Christian Relationships, and some 11th grade Church History. He also serves as our Operation Go mission trip program administrator.

This article was taken from our Legacy magazine, which was published in Dec. 2019.

The Lakeside Effect

Before I came to Lakeside, I really didn’t know much about it. I knew people who had attended, but I never asked many questions. When I accepted the call to teach here, I was blown away. The faculty is helpful, positive, and supportive—things much desired by a newer teacher in the field. The school environment as a whole is friendly and welcoming. The students impress me with their words and actions and overall attitudes.

One of the greatest things about Lakeside is the opportunity to hear God’s Word every single day, and I get to teach it! I love being able to read and discuss the Bible with my 104 sophomores. That exposure to Christ’s love shows itself in many ways, but I especially see it in my players as boys’ soccer coach. Many times, I’ve received comments from referees or coaches about the quality of the young men I have as they represent their school and Savior out on the field. The same could be said of many of our students that are involved in the countless activities available at this school whether athletic, academic, or arts.

Lakeside helps students grow in their faith and in their confidence to show that faith to the outside world. I feel very blessed to be a part of it.

Eric graduated from Illinois Lutheran High School in 2013. After studying business for two years at Wisconsin Lutheran College, he transferred to Martin Luther College to get his teaching degree. He graduated in 2018 and taught 3rd-grade at St. John’s Lutheran Primary School in Antigua. He is in the middle of a one-year call to teach sophomore religion and coach soccer.

This article was taken from our Legacy magazine, which was published in Dec. 2019.

Student teacher spotlight: Sarah Dewey

student-teacher-dewey.jpgThe Extended Learning Center is welcoming Sarah Dewey as a student teacher. She was born in Janesville, Wis., but grew up in the LaCrosse area, graduating from Luther High School, Onalaska.

She is double majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. “I have always wanted to become a teacher, but my first visit to MLC really solidified that,” she says.

Because she’s an Early Childhood major, “really anything above 5th grade makes me nervous,” she says. But it wasn’t the students she was worried about. “I think the biggest thing was really not knowing the content and not being able to help the students,” she shared. In just a few days, however, she realized that she is equipped and “can help with any class.” It didn’t hurt that “it seems to be a family here at Lakeside. Everyone has been so welcoming.”

Warrior Stories: Hannah Willems

Lakeside has given me the opportunity to express my love for Jesus by using the talents he has given me. Whether that be through song or athletics, Lakeside helped me learn many different things. I have been a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and soccer, as well as a member of the band and A Cappella choir. The atmosphere is lively with so many activities and clubs to participate in that help students stay connected with friends and the Lakeside community.

Relationships built with teachers also make a big impact. One teacher and coach in particular for me was Mrs. Krauklis, my volleyball coach for two years. She always brings out the best in me whether I am on the court or in the classroom, encouraging and supporting and trying to get me to fulfill my potential. I will certainly miss her a ton and definitely will keep in touch if I ever need advice. Another is Mr. Vanderhoof. Although here only a year so far, he already has a huge heart for his students, always checking in to make sure everything is going well and if it’s not, he was there to listen or even get me on the right path. I am so thankful to have come to know these two teachers.

Lakeside has blessed my four years with amazing friendships and awesome memories that I will never forget. I’m fully equipped to move on to my next chapter in life at Martin Luther College and share my love for Jesus through teaching. Thank you so much, Lakeside.

(Left) Hannah, daughter of Andrew and Heidi, is a member at Bethany, Fort Atkinson. In May, she joined the ranks of her Forever Warrior siblings, including Luke (‘17), Aaron (‘12) and Sara (‘11, MLC ‘16). Brother Noah is a Shoreland Lutheran grad (‘15).

(Top right) Coach Krauklis captured a selfie with Hannah and two other senior volleyball players.

(Bottom right) In her second year in A Cappella Choir, Hannah and the choir traveled to 20 area churches as well as to California over spring break to lead in song worship.

Warrior focus: Seth Hackbarth


Lakeside has had a big impact on me these last four years. I have been encouraged athletically and academically.

But, the best part of Lakeside is the Christian education we are offered. We get to have a devotion daily to strengthen our faith. We are reminded how blessed we are every day with the gifts God has given us—giving us a reason to work hard.

I like that Lakeside teachers expect a lot out of their students as well as their players. In the academic field they push us to our limits. The teachers help us with our future and they want us to succeed. They also push us in our athletic abilities. They know what we are capable of and teach us to work hard.

Seth, son of Todd and Donna, is a member of St. Paul in Lake Mills. He received his diploma May 26 along with 109 others in the LLHS Class of 2019. He was the last in his immediate family to join the ranks of his Forever Warrior siblings, including Hannah (‘11, MLC ‘15), Sarah (Hackbarth ‘13) Schroeder (MLC ‘17), Moriah (‘15) and Abigail (‘17). Seth plans to pursue pastoral studies at Martin Luther College this fall.

Seth, in addition to playing soccer in fall and track in spring, was a player on the 2019 conference champion basketball team. Being the youngest in his family, his basketball parents night (right) this past winter was—for his parents—the final one after 12 consecutive years!

Swenson receives certificate from U.S. Figure Skating

AcadAwds2019_Figure Skating.jpg At the Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School, Lisa Henning of U.S. Figure Skating presented senior Anna Swenson with the Platinum Level Certificate, honoring Swenson’s hard work and commitment during high school.

Swenson is a U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships competitor at the novice level.

She will attend Concordia University-Wisconsin for nursing and is the daughter of Duane and Katherine of Beaver Dam.

Ulrich receives Public Power Scholarship

AcadAwds2019_LMLightandWater.jpgGreg Hoffman, Energy Services Representative from Lake Mills Light & Water, presented the 2019 Public Power Scholarship to​ Jacob Ulrich at the recent Academic Awards Night at Lakeside Lutheran High School.

The $500 scholarship, part of Lake Mills Light & Water’s commitment to give something back to the community and contribute to educational efforts, is available to seniors whose parents are customers.

Ulrich is the son of Rick and Tina of Jefferson. He will attend UW-Stevens Point to study business management.