Sunday, January 11, 2015

National Lutheran Schools Week

NLSW. National Lutheran Schools Week. Growing up, this was a week of great excitement. We dressed up in special outfits, had a special chapel, and had special events at school. Since I teach in an area where Lutheran schools are sparse, National Lutheran Schools Week was of great importance. My students were able to connect with students like themselves, and I was able to share the great benefits of Lutheran schools.

This year, the theme of National Lutheran Schools Week is service. I am learning about the wonderful ways that this staff is serving The Lord. They care for their students daily. They provide them with a great education. We meet monthly to sing along with others at Lyrical Lambs, a time where students sing praise songs and make cards for others. Our students serve the community through various service projects. We serve The Lord by preparing worship for others.

During National Lutheran Schools Week, we have the opportunity to learn about how missionaries serve others. For the last few weeks, we have been discussing this in our classroom as we prepare for the Lutheran Hour Ministries Online Mission Trips to Latvia. This week, a student left my class. As she was leaving, she said, "Miss Engelhard, may I have that bank and backpack tag?" She was referring to the materials we would receive after watching the mission trip in a few weeks. Lutheran schools are a place where kids are learning about Jesus, and that was her takeaway from the six months in my classroom.

National Lutheran Schools Week is more than the dress up days and the events. It is an opportunity for Lutheran schools to come together and celebrate our strengths. We can collaborate with Lutheran schools around the world. Most importantly, we can be strengthened by The Lord for the students we serve!

As you celebrate Lutheran schools in the coming weeks, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! God's Blessings to you this week!