“You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Shortly before he ascended into heaven, Jesus promised his disciples that they would receive power from the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. But what should they do with that power? Jesus answered that question by telling them, “You will be my witnesses.” Jesus’ words to those disciples still ring true for us’ modern-day disciples. Today Jesus gives us his Holy Spirit through the sacrament of Baptism, and he continues to give us his Holy Spirit through his Word and the Lord’s Supper. What should we do with this blessing? “You will be my witnesses,” Jesus says. As we wonder, “Who am I?” during our high school years, the answer is simple—each one of us is a witness of Jesus Christ in everything we do. And what is our message? The Apostle Paul tells us to declare that Jesus is Lord, and to believe that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10). We want that message of Christ crucified and risen to permeate everything we do at Lakeside. As we interact with those inside and outside of this school, we want all people to know through our witness just how much Jesus can bless them: “Tell how much God has done for you,” (Luke 8). Whether we are at school or at home, on the athletic field or at a part-time job, whether we are just entering high school or getting ready to leave, we are always Christ’s witnesses, always prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us for the reason for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15). May God bless us as we seek to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ now and for the rest of our lives.
Quarter 1: Identity—We identify as Christ’s witnesses:
“You will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8 NIV)
Quarter 2: Message—Our message is Jesus Christ:
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
Quarter 3: For You—Our witness describes Jesus’ blessings for us and for others:
“‘Return home and tell how much God has done for you.’ So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39)
Quarter 4: Always—We are always witnesses:
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15)
In early 2013. your Lakeside Lutheran received a 5-year accreditation through AdvancED, the K-12 division of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI).
In spring 2018, your LLHS successfully underwent the process of re-accreditation. As part of this process, the committee asked a number of random students and adults on campus for one word that describes Lakeside. The results became the graphic you see here.
(The more often a particular word was given as a response, the larger it appears.)