There's spiritual motivation and benefit:
"For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again." 2 Corinthians 5:14-15
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25:40
There are academic benefits as well:
- It adds community service experience to your college applications.
- Service to community and others is also important for many scholarships.
- Research has shown that helping others is very helpful in developing positive self-concept and self-worth.
It's our hope that students consider serving more than mandated minimums during a school year. As Christians, we serve others, not just to "get hours," but out of love for Christ and love for others. With this motivation, many students serve above and beyond the number of required hours.
Basic guidelines are…
- Minimum number hours by a specified due date are determined by religion teachers and vary by class. Ask your religion teacher.
- You must receive no pay for it. Also, it must not be done to satisfy another requirement for another class or organization (NHS, Teens for Christ, A Capella).
- A called worker or other official must verify your service by signing for it. The proper form must be filled out.
- A number of opportunities exist in your school and church. Also, opportunities to carry out the “Great Commission” and to let our lights shine in our communities also exist. Please verify your service location with your religion teacher before performing the service time. The person in charge of where you are serving needs to fill out the appropriate paper work. Keep in mind the time requirement from above.
- Each religion teacher exercises their right to accept or not accept what you consider service time.
- Teachers will submit your service time and hours to the guidance office to be put on file for applying for scholarships or colleges.
Possibilities for places to volunteer include…
1) LLHS. Students have opportunity to give of their time in many and varied roles at school, such as helping with the Grand Event, Assembling Mailings, Ticket Sales, May Banquet planning, Landscaping and Courtyard upkeep, Concessions, Recruitment efforts.
2) At your local church or grade school
Advent / Lenten Suppers Ushering Maintenance Sunday School
Easter Breakfast Choir Cleaning Instrumentalist
Maintenance Coaching Refereeing (volunteer)
3) Other WELS/ELS organizations: Lighthouse
, Alpha Life Resource Center
, Twice is Nice Resale Shop.
4) Community organizations such as food pantries or Honor Flight. Be sure to check with your instructor.
Serving out of love doesn't always include official service hours.
During the school year, you can put their money where your heart is, as groups like Teens for Christ
and National Honor Society
organize supply drives and bake sales to benefit non-profits and missions. Student Council
also organizes chapel mission offerings to support ministries and mission projects. They also organize a blood drive each year. FFA
hosts a number of service projects. And, don't forget sports teams love having managers!