Rev. Kurt Ebert, senior pastor at Calvary Lutheran Church, was guest speaker at the October 13 chapel service. Senior Sammy Brandt writes:
"We were pleased to have Pastor Kurt Ebert as our guest speaker for this week’s chapel. He spoke on God’s plan for us and how we go with his plan.
"First he asked asked us to discuss with each other what we wanted to be when we were young. Many said they wanted to be a fireman, president, or professional athlete. Pastor Ebert told us he wanted to be a trash man, then a professional basketball player. He used this exercise to show us that even though we may have our own plans, God’s plans will always play through. God has a purpose for us all; He is not done with any of us.
"We all have a purpose in life, and God uses us all for His will."
The next guest speaker for chapel at 9:30 am on October 27 will be representatives from Camp Lakeview.
The chapel speaker on September 29 was Jeffrey Huntington (LHS 1992) and principal at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Senior Kristen Sprowl wrote:
“Today’s chapel was done by Mr. Huntington. He talked about how we are always changing. He showed pictures of his son two minutes after he was born. He said, ‘my son has sinned for two minutes already.’
“We all need Jesus Christ in our heart, mind, body, and soul. Jesus is the only way that we are forgiven and can go up to Heaven. We are all doomed to death someday. It just happens. Mr. Huntington said that we can be saved from the evil ways of the devil if we confess our sins and claim Jesus as our one and true God. Even though we are always changing, we will always believe and trust in God. He is with us through anything we do, or anything that may happen to us. Jeremiah 29:11 says, ‘For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, not to harm you. But plans to give you a future and a hope.’
“God will never leave us. He is there even when we do not know it. God loves us as His children and will never forsake us. Even through death, God gives us hope of eternal life in Heaven.”
Mr. Matt Riley, principal of Trinity Lutheran School and 2004 alumnus of Lutheran High School, was guest speaker at the September 8 chapel. Senior Fletcher Mielke writes:
"Matt came and talked to us about home. He explained how he had many homes on this earth but nothing was ever truly home. He happens to be talking about his one true home. That home is Heaven. It is the place that we all have a home at in Jesus."
Special Heritage Chapel series speaker on September 22 was Mr. Luke Finchum (LHS 2001), teacher and Athletic Director at Zion Lutheran School. Senior Zach Sanders wrote:
"This chapel was about Christians being certain about going to heaven.
There was a poll taken that said that out of the Christians that took the poll, 75% said that they believed in heaven and about 82% said that they believed that they were going to heaven.
Mr. Finchum said that to be sure that you are going to heaven that you must truly believe that Jesus died for our sins.
He mentioned a verse that had a lot of meaning with this sermon. Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This verse means that if you die and don’t believe in God then you truly die. It says that if you die and believe then you don't truly die because you have eternal life in heaven."
Mrs. Kathy Anderson (LHS 1993), LHS volleyball head coach, was guest speaker at the September 13 Heritage Chapel. Senior Abbi Ratliff writes:
"For the chapel service on September 13, Kathy Anderson emphasized how we are all like shells.
Even though shells can have cracks, ridges, and imperfections, if you bring all the shells together they make a beautiful combination just like God’s children of the world.
It doesn’t matter what we do or what imperfections we have, God will always forgive us and let us into His kingdom. Even though we may be imperfect, God sent His Son so that we could live and reign with Him forever."
Rev. Raymond Smith (LHS 1986) , pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church was guest preacher for the Heritage Chapel on September 1. Senior Walker Dotson writes:
"Pastor Smith talked about keeping our focus on Christ. He referenced Peter when he walked on water with Jesus. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus, he started sinking.
"Pastor told us that we should pray, read the Bible, anything to stay close to Christ. If we don't, we just get farther and farther away from Him."
During September, our chapel speakers are all LHS alumni. This Thursday, September 8, 9:30 am, Mr. Matt Riley (2004), principal of Trinity Lutheran School, will present our chapel message.
Next Tuesday, September 13, 9:30 am guest speaker will be Mrs. Kathy Anderson (1993), former LHS teacher.
Guest preacher Rev. Dr. Victor J. Belton is pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Decatur GA. He spoke to the LHS student body, faculty, staff, and guests about this year's theme verse from Romans 12 -
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Dr. Belton stressed that we need to recognize that things always change in this world, so we also need to be transformed. But, we must do this by conforming to God and His will, not to the world. He exhorted Lutheran High School to continue in this transformation as it has for the past 40 years.
Head of School Michael Brandt then recognized former Board of Director members, former LHS teachers, alumni, and parents of current and former students.
Mr. Carl Schulenburg, one of LHS' original teachers who retired only two years ago, noted the many changes over the past forty years. He graphically illustrated the growth of LHS by calling up 13 current students to the stage (above). This is the number of freshmen and sophomores comprising the original student body; current enrollment is 251!
Rev. Jeff Alexander, pastor of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and member of the LHS Board of Directors, dedicated several new leaders, faculty, and staff - Bev McIntosh, administrative assistant; Taylor West, art teacher; and Lisa Hartzburg, president of the Board.View more photos from the chapel and reception here.
Rev. Seth Mierow, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church spoke at Chapel on August 25. Senior Kristen Sprowl wrote:
“Pastor’s sermon was about following the law of God. John the Baptist pointed his finger and preached the word of God. He preached so well and so often that even King Herod was convinced of his sins. He thought that Jesus was John reincarnated.
“God wants us to share His word so that many repent of their sins and believe so they will be welcomed into God’s home. We sang many songs about asking for forgiveness and about Heaven. John the Baptist was beheaded while he was in prison. But, we know that he was saved by the word of God and is in Heaven.”
Our next chapel service will be the special chapel celebrating the 40th anniversary of our first opening service on Monday, August 29, 2:00 pm. Rev. Dr. Victor J. Belton, pastor of Peace Lutheran Church, Decatur GA, will be guest preacher.
During September, our chapel speakers are all LHS alumni. Next Thursday, September 1, 9:30 am, Rev. Raymond Smith (LHS 1986), pastor of Emmaus Lutheran Church, will present our chapel message.
Rev. Jeff Alexander, pastor of Mount Olive Lutheran Church was guest speaker at Chapel on August 18. Senior Kristen Sprowl writes:
“Pastor Alexander had a sermon based on running the race of faith. You should never quit what you want to do. Always, count on God and you can do anything with Him in your life.
“Pastor Alexander used the Olympics as an example of those who never quit. He used a swimmer and a diver to show that when you try your hardest you can go far – as far as to the Olympics. Hebrews 12:1–3 was the verse that he used to show us how to never give up because with God we can always go far.”
Chapel is held on Thursdays, 9:30–10:15 am. The August 25 chapel will be led by Rev. Seth Mierow, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.