A new academic year has begun at Christ Lutheran School (CLS). Every year, the first day of school brings a smile to my face as I see some students and families that I haven’t seen for a while. Kids with their growth spurts, always surprise me with how much they have grown over the past two months. Some students return a few inches taller than they were when they left back in June; some adults in the building return maybe a little grayer. Reflecting on all of this, I am reminded that things are always changing. Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes, and yet there is one that does not change, our Heavenly Father.
A lot of things have changed at CLS in preparation for this year. The many volunteers of the board of properties have done much to improve what this ministry can provide for the community. Under the guidance of Chris Alles and Ron Vandermeer, many have worked to bring the building into compliance with the state of Michigan for our After School Care Program. If you walk around the building, you will notice new speakers as they have worked tirelessly to improve the safety of the building with a new public announcement system. This is just to name a few things in addition to the work that the teachers have done over the summer to change and improve what they do in their classrooms.
Some things have changed, but one aspect of CLS remains the same, it is strong in the Lord. The theme for the 2016-2017 school year comes from Ephesians 6:10 which says, “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”. In opening chapel, Pastor Measel shared with us how the strength expressed in this passage is not the same as the world would define it. Our strength is not in muscles, money, or earthly power. Our strength is found in a man that suffered the shame of the cross on our behalf and won a prize more valuable than anything on earth.