Warrior forensics medal in area events

The Lakeside Lutheran High School Forensics Team has had two successful showings at recent tournaments. At the 14-team Watertown Forensics Tournament, held on January 20, Emma Guld, Lake Mills, and Isaiah Coleman, Watertown, finished first overall in Playacting. Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed second overall in Solo Humorous, and Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie, placed 3rd in Solo Serious.

At the 28-team Milwaukee Marquette Tournamen, on Jan. 27, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie, and Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc finished first overall in Playacting. Maria Werre, Sun Prairie, finished first in Storytelling and Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson, placed first in Solo Humorous; Charlie Pingel, Sun Prairie, finished third in Solo Serious; and Devon Perkins, Madison, finished fourth in Moments in History.

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Lakeside Lutheran award-winning forensics members: (Back, from left) Devon Perkins, Charlie Pingel, Emma Guld, Samantha Anderson, Isaiah Coleman. (Front, from left) Maria Werre, Abbie DiGiovanni, Emily Raymond, Madelaine Triebold.
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Honor Roll announced for Q2, 2017-18

Lakeside Lutheran High School is pleased to announce its academic honor roll for Quarter 2 of the 2017-18 school year:

High Honors (3.75-4.0 GPA)

Grade 9

Ella Butzine, Oconomowoc; Lydia Buxa, Oconomowoc; Jack Egelseer, Lake Mills; Kylee Gnabasik, Jefferson; Megan Grambsch, Columbus; Jada Gresens, Sun Prairie; Ashley Grundman, Waterloo; Austin Haley, Watertown; Graham Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Caitlin Heinrich, Madison; Joshua Hodkiewicz, DeForest; Rachel Huebner, Madison; AnaCristina Iglesias, Watertown; Elizabeth Isham, Watertown; William Jorgensen, McFarland; Payton Kuepers, Madison; Sydney Langille, Lake Mills; Madison McGurk, Lake Mills; Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Emily Meiller, Madison; Haylee Meske, Jefferson; Hailey Miller, Sun Prairie; Mia Murray, Middleton; Julia Neuberger, Lake Mills; Kaylee Raymond, Sun Prairie; Carter Roekle, Middleton; Stephanie Schafer, Lake Mills; Evelyn Schauer, Watertown; Riley Schmidt, Janesville; Grace Seim, Beaver Dam; Emma Strohm, Watertown; Claudia Stuebs, Lake Mills; Jennifer Taylor Evert, Beaver Dam; Jada Teteak, Middleton; Joy Thompson-Wurz, Lake Mills; Seth Veers, Cross Plains; Kendra Wilson, Cottage Grove; Laura Zank, Juneau

Grade 10
Emma Berg, Madison; Annika Bilitz, Cottage Grove; Anna Bilitz, Madison; Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Oliver Butler, Ixonia; Isabella Collins, Lake Mills; Samantha Detert, Watertown; Kyle Doering, Lake Mills; Jadyn Duddeck, Whitewater; Daniel Faupl, Watertown; Trevor Geerdts, Windsor; Emily Godwin, Madison; Cody Gumz, Marshall; Gilbert Haw, Marshall; Janae Jensen, Juneau; Kristin Karas, Milton; Kendra Kasper, Helenville; Elijah Knapp, Ixonia; Hannah Koenig, Cambridge; Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; Taylor Laures, Jefferson; Seth LozaNo, Waterloo; Brynn McDermott, Poynette; Elise Meier, Watertown; Alessandra Murray, Sun Prairie; Logan Pampel, Johnson Creek; Bronte Perkins, Madison; Madelyn Plitzuweit, OcoNomowoc; Megan Reinke, Watertown; Alex Ryan, Lake Mills; Owen Schoenherr, Cottage Grove; Espen Storlie, Jefferson; Nathaniel Stout, Janesville; Molly Sturgill, Waterloo; Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Kirsten Thundercloud, Jefferson; Amber Wardall, Waterloo; Grace Westrate, Sun Prairie; Christopher Yunck, Lake Mill

Grade 11
Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie; Olivia Andress, Oconomowoc; Abigail Buxa, Oconomowoc; Margaret Cody, Juneau; Will DeNoyer, Sun Prairie; Alyssa Fehrman, Juneau; Olivia Fregien, Madison; Katherine Guld, Lake Mills; Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; Jennica Jensen, Juneau; Grace Krieser, Stoughton; Rebecca Lang, Lake Mills; Cole Lauersdorf, Oconomowoc; Kayla Laures, Jefferson; Chad Nolte, Janesville; Lucas Schneider, Waterloo; Christopher Schwantes, Madison; Kaitlyn Shadoski, Janesville; Anna Swenson, Beaver Dam; Kira Tweit, Madison; Taylor Wolfram, Fort Atkinson; Peter Zambo, Lake Mills

Grade 12
Kalies Birkholz, Watertown; Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Zachary Cichanofsky, Watertown; Sophia Collins, Lake Mills; Jenna Gaal, Oconomowoc; Kaitlyn Gehler, Waterloo; Kelly Koch, Watertown; Samantha Kohls, Waterloo; Melissa Murack, Sullivan; James Neuberger, Lake Mills; Ian Olson, Sun Prairie; Katharina Schleef, Watertown; Emelyn Schoeller, Helenville; Evert Taylor, Beaver Dam; Morgan Thiele, Poynette; Ellie Westrate, Sun Prairie; Matthias Winters, Watertown

Honors (3.25 – 3.749 GPA)

Grade 9
Isaiah Andress, Oconomowoc; Kendra Blake, Watertown; Elizabeth Brudos, Janesville; Cooper Clark, Lake Mills; Micah Cody, Juneau; Isabella Cook, Hartland; Kinsey Gade, Lake Mills; Julia Hallman, Fort Atkinson; Emmilee Hillier, Sun Prairie; Samuel Ibeling, Cambridge; Jordyn Jaeger, Lake Mills; Olivia Krieser, Stoughton; Elizabeth LoppNow, LebaNon; Remy Matthews, Sun Prairie; Isaiah Minning, Watertown; Isabella Mueller, Sun Prairie; Micah Nasett, Marshall; Benjamin Neumann, Oconomowoc; John O’Donnell, Madison; Olivia Odrich, Verona; Kennedy Pugh, Watertown; Alyssa Ratzow, Watertown; Payton Roth, Watertown; Lillian Runke, Sun Prairie; Jack Schultz, Columbus; Caroline Schulz, DeForest; Darren Schuster, Juneau; Morgan Slonaker, De Forest; Devin Splinter, Ixonia; Anika Stone, Fitchburg; Lily Storlie, Jefferson; Evelyn Terry, Ixonia; Sarah Ulsberger, Fort Atkinson; Gabriel Uttech, Fall River; Tersony Vater, Watertown; Amber Vertein, Watertown; Elijah Wohling, Beaver Dam; Nicholas Yaroch, Fall River

Grade 10
Madeline Abel, Fort Atkinson; Jocelyn Asmus, Lake Mills; Ashley Behnke, Watertown; Maximus Bennett, Fort Atkinson; Monica Bischoff, Juneau; Kaitlin Burk, Johnson Creek; Kaitlyn Buss, Watertown; Alicia Childs, Rio; Matthew Davis, Lake Mills; Abbie DiGiovanni, Jefferson; Connor Dobson, Johnson Creek; Elli Duddeck, Ixonia; Haakon Ellestad, Sun Prairie; Calvin Grant, Sun Prairie; August Gresens, Sun Prairie; Matthew Gunst, Hartford; Jacob Holmes, Fort Atkinson; Karissa Kilian, Lake Mills; Serena Leis, Wilton; Michael Martin, Watertown; Rachel Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Katelyn McGurk, Lake Mills; Wesley McLain, Juneau; Carter Melcher, Watertown; Micah Missall, Rio; Kobe Paske, Arlington; Breanna Preskar, Juneau; Maria Saavedra, Watertown; Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Collin Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Cole Schuster, Juneau; Emma Statz, Jefferson; Katie Stuebs, Lake Mills; Dinesh Tadepalli, Sun Prairie; Grace Thomas, Watertown; Ashley Valerio, Watertown

Grade 11
Janelle Arndt, Watertown; Megan Borth, Watertown; Benjamin Grambsch, Columbus; Joshua Groninger, Janesville; Seth Hackbarth, Lake Mills; Gracie Hillier, Sun Prairie; Tyler Holzhueter, Waterloo; Paul Johnson, Janesville; Olivia Kassulke, Watertown; Carter Kexel, Lake Mills; Madelynn Klug, Ixonia; Caleb Kuepers, Madison; Kyle Leis, Wilton; Grace Loescher, Watertown; Luke Marti, Oconomowoc; Jack Monis, Oconomowoc; Mariah Mortensen, Beaver Dam; Ethan Neumann, Oconomowoc; Timothy Nommensen, Deerfield; Hayden Oestreich, Watertown; Mira Parker, Deforest; Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Riley Schulz, Fort Atkinson; Jackson Stake, Stoughton; Luke Stauffacher, Madison; Maxwell Thiele, Oconomowoc; Max Thomas, Watertown; Madelaine Triebold, Oconomowoc; Hannah Tucek, Lake Mills; Olivia Turke, Oconomowoc

Grade 12
Sofia Asmus, Lake Mills; Kelsey Birschbach, Deforest; Alyssa Condon, Watertown; Samantha DeNoyer, Fort Atkinson; Kaitlyn Drewicz, Watertown; Amber Fortney, Columbus; Ashley Fritz, Middleton; Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek; Timothy Grant, Sun Prairie; Kayla Grundman, Waterloo; Gabrielle Grunewald, Bettendorf, IA; Emma Guld, Lake Mills; Emma Hans, Jefferson; Isaac Heckmann, Middleton; Benjamin Hodel, Lake Mills; Shannon Jones, Johnson Creek; Samantha Kluever, Marshall; Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc; Kaitlin Main, Juneau; Hannah Mayer, Fort Atkinson; Ashley McLain, Juneau; Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; Devon Perkins, Madison; Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Charles Pingel, Sun Prairie; Emily Raymond, Sun Prairie; Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; Mary Schallert, Cambridge; Kailey Schoenherr, Sun Prairie; Alyson Steffan, Johnson Creek; Katrina Stratman, Beaver Dam; Griffin Torgerson, Watertown; Philip Treptow, Avalon; Elizabeth Valerio, Watertown; Emily Weber, Helenville; Gerald Weber, Sun Prairie; Maria Werre, Sun Prairie

Commendables (3.0 – 3.249 GPA) 

Grade 9
Nathan Chesterman, Sun Prairie; Adriana Genthe, Lake Mills; Stephanie Georgi, Sun Prairie; Bryan Guzman, Madison; Kristel Hafenstein, Beaver Dam; Colin Johnson, Sun Prairie; Megan Jones, Johnson Creek; Joel Kluz, Juneau; Anna Kreutz, Madison; Hannah Meyer, Lake Mills; Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Ryan Punzel, Watertown; Logan Reich, Jefferson; Ryan Reyes, Watertown; Olyvia Uecker, Watertown

Grade 10
Karleena Battist, Waterloo; Andrew Buelter, Juneau; Bryce Eckhardt, Watertown; Jeremy Hathaway, Watertown; Jacob Horta, Helenville; Abel Krauklis, Lake Mills; Daisy Penaloza, Watertown; Tyler Surges, Nashotah; Isaiah Terry, Ixonia; Keira Thurnbauer, Lake Mills

Grade 11
Tyler Affeld, Watertown; Caleb Bilitz, Lake Mills; Seth Bolin, Lake Mills; Carson Brumm, Lake Mills; William Bushie, Watertown; Caitlin Condon, Watertown; Tyler Degner, Watertown; Maddison Fenner, Fort Atkinson; Noelle Gates, Middleton; Kaleigh Hatcher, Oconomowoc; Joshua Lindert, Watertown; Molly Lindloff, Lake Mills; Taylor Luetzow, Watertown; Emily Meske, Jefferson; Rachel Poyner, Madison; Ryan Preskar, Juneau; Logan Scheiber, Watertown; Dominic Schmidt, Watertown; Amanda Seelman, Watertown; Savannah Steffen, Watertown; Isac Veers, Cross Plains; Hannah Willems, Johnson Creek

Grade 12
Ashley Blanke, Watertown; J Doyle, Deforest; Joseph Grambsch, Columbus; Alexander Hoenecke, Waunakee; Maria Murray, Middleton; Cade Olszewski, Johnson Creek; Brett Schwantes, Madison; Alyssa Zank, Juneau

 

Top LLHS News of 2017

top10school_15954bcAs we at Lakeside Lutheran High School look forward to the blessings a new year brings, there’s value — not to mention, enjoyment — in reviewing the year past. The LLHS good news team took a look at the 38 news stories and 719 social media posts released in calendar year 2017 and narrowed them to 10 newsbits that garnered the most attention or signified a new thing or major change for your Lakeside Lutheran High School and its community. Enjoy the year in review!

10. Lakeside Lutheran High School begins 60th school year
The 2017-18 school year began with a 4% increase in enrollment at 415 students, as well as one additional math teacher, making the number of full- and part-time faculty members number 33 this year. [Read more here]

9. Wonderful evening of historic Lutheran Reformation celebration
Our A Cappella choir and many Forever Warriors joined with several thousand other Western Wisconsin Lutherans at the Coliseum in Madison to mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, a milestone of the Lutheran Reformation. | 2,700 views | 196 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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8. Warrior FFA wins photo contest
Members of LLHS FFA helped their chapter score $500 as it placed first overall in a six-state high school and college student image contest to document instances from among 14 types of corn disease and damage. The contest was sponsored by San Francisco-based Climate Corporation to further its efforts toward development of a disease database usable by growers in the field. Winners were awarded from each of the six states participating, and the LLHS FFA chapter was tops among all groups that entered. [Read more here]

7. Lakeside Lutheran receives mkCellular donation
As the recipient of a generous donation from mkCellular in Lake Mills of smartphones and virtual reality viewers, your LLHS is moving ahead in classroom technology use as virtual reality becomes a part of curricula as diverse as computer science to biology to history to religion and more. [Read more here] [See photos of the devices in use with elementary school visitors here]

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Our Redeemer, Madison 4th graders explored the world of virtual reality at LLHS through a donation of Google Cardboard viewers and smartphones from mkCellular. (Oct 2017)

6. Grand Event VII sets fundraising record
Our 2017 Grand Event celebrated an amazing new record in funds raised with a $108,000 net for student assistance, the building fund and special projects including buses, FACS kitchen supplies and much more! | 3,400 views | 186 Reactions, Comments & Shares [See post here] [See photos here]

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5. History-making student teacher on campus
We were privileged last spring to have Miss Annalies Brander on campus as the first special education student teacher sent out by Martin Luther College. Mrs. Ruth Hirschfeld, Director of the Extended Learning Center at LLHS, served as her mentor. [Read more here]

4. Great heritage, indeed.
Our Warrior Swing Choir joined more than 400 other teen vocalists and instrumentalists at the 50th WELS National Choral Fest, held at the site of the first Festival, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. We posted a video of the combined choir and audience anniversary rendition of “God’s Word is Our Great Heritage” sung during the Sunday Sacred Concert, a low-resolution recording that nevertheless went a bit viral within WELS viewership as it accumulated 30,000 video views and 3,345 Reactions and Comments, including 423 shares on Facebook. We followed up the post with a story about Lakeside and 50 years of Choral Fest in November’s LL Link magazine. [Read more here – p. 4] [See video here]

3. Day 1 of our first-ever STEM Camp has 75+ campers
On the heels of the new Warrior STEM Club formed in late 2016 and preceding the new LLHS STEM Academy curriculum slated to begin in fall 2018, the LL Tech Ed department hosted the first-ever elementary student STEM Camp in July. The week-long day camp exposed grade 5-8 students to engineering concepts, expanded their God-given abilities and provided all of the above in a fun, Christian environment. Interest was so high the camp doubled its teaching staff to accommodate twice the campers originally expected. [See post here] [See photos here]

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2. Lakeside Lutheran students make New Friends
Members of Teens for Christ service group have begun a program designed by Jesus Cares Ministries that connects teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and builds relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On a Sunday in October, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the gym for activities that 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 ensued. The day was such fun, two more days are planned for second semester.  [Read more here] [See photos here]

 1. Your Lakeside Lutheran Warriors are D2 state volleyball champions!
It’s hard to narrow down such an array of posts, photos and linked sports articles that accompany such a momentous event as a state sports championship; so, when in doubt, go with the first announcement, and then just enjoy all the reactions and comments. However, our news release about the fall sports season includes details about the numerous honors and records broken by members of the team and coaching staff as well, and we couldn’t help but include a gallery from one of our gifted student photographers that helped capture so many of the action and emotion throughout the big match. 4,500 views | 567 reactions, comments & shares [See post here] [Read more here] [See photos here]

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Principal’s Pen: Never, never, never alone

The New Year often brings a mixed bag of emotions and memories.

For some, 2017 was their best year ever. They look forward to an even greater 2018.

Others experienced one struggle after another last year. For them, 2018 brings hope that things will improve.

Whether you have just had the greatest year of your life or you are incredibly glad to see 2017 pass, the truth remains: you are not alone — ever! Our God is “with us” and he is “for us.”

alphaomega_1772cChristmas is the season of God with us. Our Savior — Immanuel — is literally “God with us.” Though this world continually changes, God does not. He comforts us in his Word by proclaiming, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (NIV 11, Revelation 22:12). He has always been with us, is always with us, and will always be with us.

Not only is our God with us at all times, but he is for us. Christ is our brother who redeemed us from sin’s curse. His holy life, innocent suffering and death, and glorious resurrection confirm Paul’s assertion, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (NIV 11, Romans 8:31).

Begin 2018 trusting that God knows what is best. After all, he is with you and he is for you. “[Christ] said to me, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ He also said, ‘Write, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” (EHV, Revelation 21:5).

God bless your New Year!

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

Principal’s Pen: A model for thanksgiving

He is mentioned in only one chapter of the Bible. Even then, he is overshadowed by the Christchild.

Luke reports, “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah” [Luke 2:25-26].

Simeon is described as “righteous and devout.” As such, he knew Scripture. He knew God’s anointed would be David’s descendent [2 Samuel 7], yet even greater than David [Psalm 110]. He knew the Chosen One would born of a virgin [Isaiah 7:14] in Bethlehem [Micah 5:2]. He knew a forerunner would precede God’s Promised One [Isaiah 40] and that the Savior himself would be a prophet like Moses [Deuteronomy 18]. He knew the Messiah would be forsaken and pierced [Psalm 22] and then rise from death [Psalm 16].

Simeon knew all this about his Savior.

nunc-dimittusImagine Simeon’s joy as he held Jesus and exclaimed, “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation” [Luke 2:29-30]. His joy was complete. He offered thanks to God that the
age-old promise of a Savior was fulfilled.

Simeon’s thanksgiving to God can also be our model for thanksgiving. He waited his entire life for the fulfillment of the promise of a Savior from sin. We share that same faith—only we don’t wait and wonder when it will happen. It has! God sent his Son to be our Savior so that all believers may have joy and thanksgiving.

At Thanksgiving, we tend to focus on God’s physical blessings. That’s good because God richly blesses us. Yet, we should also include his spiritual blessings in our Thanksgiving because they will last forever.

Like Simeon, may God “dismiss [us] in peace” knowing that his greatest blessing—a Savior—is ours every day by faith.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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

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.

Principal’s Pen: A Christian’s greatest treasure

What is your greatest treasure? Perhaps it’s an heirloom? Maybe, it’s something you purchased, hoping its value would appreciate. Possibly, it’s a drawing or card from your child or grandchild. Everyone has a personal treasure. They treat it specially because it is important to them.

You and I have such a treasure—God’s Word. Our Savior, Jesus, uses a parable to explain its value to all believers.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Jesus does not discuss the ethics of whose treasure this was. Rather, he uses the man’s reaction to discovering the treasure to illustrate a truth: the gospel is a Christian’s greatest treasure. Unlike the parable where the man sold everything to buy the field, the gospel costs nothing. It is the simple proclamation of sins forgiven through Jesus. It can be shared by anyone. In fact, the least worthy vessels—sinful humans—share it daily.

God’s Word is a treasure. After all, it is God’s Word. The Holy Spirit—through Peter—emphasizes its value by saying, “There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It contains Jesus’ words and works, and it points to him as the only source of salvation.

God’s Word is important because it makes us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). The law exposes our sin and reveals our hopelessness. Then, the gospel comforts us with the good news (literally, the meaning of gospel) that Jesus is our Savior. He lived, died, and rose so that all believers may live forever in heaven with him.

luther-sealThis month, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. We thank God for Luther and others who uncovered the precious Word of God. God bless our celebration. May he lead us to always value his Word as our greatest treasure!

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

P.S. Remember that we have a special occasion to worship our Savior God with thousands of like-minded Lutherans at the 500th anniversary Area Reformation service at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI at 4 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017.