Did you know that there are over 1,950 Lutheran Schools across the United States? Those 1,950 schools are filled with over 200,000 students and over 20,000 teachers. These students and teachers are all joining together to praise and thank our gracious Lord for the training and preparation received in Lutheran Schools. Now that is something to celebrate!
JOY- FULLY LUTHERAN was the theme this past week as we celebrated National Lutheran Schools Week. It is based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
The week started off on Sunday morning with a celebration of staff and teachers who have achieved milestones in ministry. Congratulations to Mr.Maxwell for 35 years of service, Mrs. Gomes and Mrs. Renken with 20 years apiece, and Mrs. Ross with 10 years.
Monday morning, bright and early, the students and staff dressed in the Colors of Creation. Mr. Maxwell read the National Lutheran Schools Week proclamation from our synod president over the loudspeaker, and we all joined in the Lord’s Prayer to start the day. The middle school students made their annual trek down to the preschool to have some fun and fellowship with their preschool buddies.
Tuesday was a wild day as we all dressed in western wear for our “Wild West” pep rally. The pep rally took place in between games of the staff and varsity girls’ volleyball game. The band got the crowd pumping with their energetic performance. The staff dominated again this year, but a fun game was enjoyed by all.
Wednesday saw the entire school dressed in their favorite sports gear. History was made this day as the boys’ varsity beat the staff in the final seconds of a very competitive game for the first time in school history.The halftime performance by the Panther Pom Squad rivaled any Super Bowl halftime show and the band riled up the crowd into a frenzy.
Talented Thursday was the day for St. Paul’s annual talent show. The students at St. Paul’s showed off their amazing talents, and wowed the crowd with some pretty amazing stuff. The highlight, as usual, was the staff performance. It was a mix of 80’s songs that got the crowd on their feet and wanting more.
Friday was a special day as we welcomed our Special Friends for a fun day on campus. Students and friends worshipped together with a special animal themed message by Bo Brink. There was plenty to do from taking photos to art projects to visiting the Book Fair. A great day was had by all. It was a fantastic way to end our JOY filled week!