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

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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.

2017-18 LLHS Student Council officers announced

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 freshmen class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected freshman class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Kennedy Pugh, Watertown; Representative Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Representative Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Vice-President Micah Cody, Juneau; President Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek.

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 sophomore class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected sophomore class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Vice-President Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Representative Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Representative Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; President Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Representative Micah Missal, Rio.  (SC2017soph-reps.jpg)

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 junior class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected junior class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Katie Guld, Lake Mills; Representative Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; President Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Representative Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Vice-President, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie. (SC2017jr-reps.jpg)

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 senior class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected senior class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Isaiah Coleman, Watertown; Representative Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; President Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Representative Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Vice-President Matthias Winters, Watertown. (SC2017senior-reps.jpg)

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 student body officers

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected student body officers from the senior class for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Vice-President Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; President Joe Grambsch, Columbus; Secretary Kayla Grundman, Lake Mills; Treasurer Emma Hans, Jefferson.

“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV1, and JV2 volleyball teams hosted “Volley for Hope” on October 3 and raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.

 

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their October 3 conference match against Columbus High School. They called the event “Volley for Hope” and raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts, hair scrunchies made by LLHS sewing classes, and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills.

 Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

 In writing to Volley for Hope volunteers, Barbara Endl, Executive Director for Tomorrow’s Hope commented that these “efforts to help others through our healthcare providers are like pebbles being dropped into the water. You see the immediate impact when the pebble enters the water. What you won’t see is all the ‘shores’ your efforts will touch. Just think of the individuals, families, and communities that will benefit from the support you are giving healthcare systems that benefit our families and friends.”

What causes suffering?

Some carry heavy burdens in life. Illness, death, and family situations are among the problems that they face daily.

Why do some carry such heavy loads, yet others go through life seemingly carefree? Even the people of Jesus’ day wondered this.

As [Jesus] went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:1-3). Jesus’ disciples incorrectly assumed that one’s problems result from a singular sin.

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However, “no one knows the thoughts of God” (1 Corinthians 2:11). While we cannot definitively say that one’s burdens are due to a single sin, we know that these troubles are the effects of sin. Because all are sinners, all will face life’s problems until they die.

Knowing that we, too, face life’s burdens at times, how do we approach them? Our Savior comforts us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus encourages us to turn to him through the Means of Grace and prayer, trusting that he strengthens us to endure everything we face.

At times, God may even permit problems to enter our lives for a singular reason: to strengthen our faith. “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” When life’s burdens become heavy, we learn to lean on God for strength. He alone has the power to guide us through our troubles, and he even strengthens us through these burdens.

In this way, “the works of God [are] displayed” and he is glorified!

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

LLHS celebrates Homecoming week with royalty and activities

Lakeside Lutheran High School announces its Homecoming activities and events for 2017, beginning with all-school activities on Monday, September 18 and ending with a dance on campus the evening of Saturday, September 23.

 

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran 2017 Homecoming Court include (couples from L-R): freshmen Ian Olszewksi, Johnson Creek, and Payton Kuepers, Madison; sophomores Kobe Paske, Arlington, and Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; junior reps Cameron Paske, Arlington, and Katie Guld, Lake Mills; King and Queen Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek, and Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest; and senior representatives Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc, and Emma Guld, Lake Mills.

 

The 2017 Homecoming Court includes two representatives from each of the freshman, sophomore and junior classes, and four representatives from the senior class. Members of the court include freshmen representatives freshmen Ian Olszewksi, Johnson Creek, and Payton Kuepers, Madison; sophomores Kobe Paske, Arlington, and Olivia Ryan, Lake Mills; junior reps Cameron Paske, Arlington, and Katie Guld, Lake Mills; senior representatives Isaiah Lenz, Oconomowoc, and Emma Guld, Lake Mills; King Noah Gartner, Johnson Creek, and Queen Kelsey Birschbach, DeForest.

Lakeside will celebrate homecoming with student activities throughout the week of September 18-22, both during the school day and after school.  The theme for this year is “Game Shows.” Each class has been assigned to decorate halls, doors and windows and create class floats and videos according to different popular movie series, including “Family Feud” for the freshmen, “Wheel of Fortune” for sophomores, “Survivor” for juniors and “Wipe Out” for seniors. Students will decorate the school throughout the week as well as participate in class competitions.

After a 5:00 p.m. parade Friday through downtown Lake Mills, the varsity football team plays Lodi High School at 7 p.m. The Warrior Marching Band and the Dance Team perform halftime routines. A semi-formal dance is planned for Saturday evening on the Lakeside campus beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The activity schedule is as follows:

Monday, 9/18: Senior Friend Day | PJ Day | Dodgeball | JV Football game v. Lodi 5 pm

Tuesday, 9/19: Beach Out/Hawaiian Day | Musical Chairs | Home Soccer & Volleyball matches

Wednesday, 9/20: Class Workday to complete decoration of school in the morning with banners, hallway murals, window and door banners | Powder Puff Football | Boys Volleyball | Talent Show 1:50-3 pm

Thursday, 9/21: Crayon Day (students dress in assigned colors top to bottom) | Class Relays | Soccer at Cambridge, JV2 Football at Poynette

Friday, 9/22: Dress Warrior Wear | Pep Rally | Downtown parade 5 PM | Alum Zone event on football field 5:30-7 PM  | Football game v. Lodi 7 PM | Dance team, Marching Band Field show at halftime

Saturday, 9/23: Semi-formal dance at Lakeside 7:30-10:30 PM.