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Blue Angels Take State

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The 2012 Nebraska State Cheer & Dance Championships were held in Grand Island on Saturday, February 18. The Blue Angels won the competition with first place performances in both the pom and high kick categories! In the pom division they performed Fashion, a routine choreographed by Cayla Berry. The kick routine, Don't Stop Me Now, was choreographed by former Blue Angels members Jenna Karlin and Jami Watts.

Each team is allowed to enter two divisions, and the Blue Angels made school history this year with a double state dance championship. The Nebraska Coaches Association began hosting the State Cheer & Dance Championships in 2008. Since that time the Blue Angels have experienced much success. Past results include: 

  • 2008 - 2nd place in Jazz, 3rd place in Pom
  • 2009 - 2nd place in Pom
  • 2010 - 1st place in High Kick, 3rd place in Pom, Spirit Award
  • 2011 - 1st place in Pom, 2nd place in High Kick
  • 2012 - 1st place in Pom, 1st place in High Kick

2011-2012 team members include Taylor Brockhaus, Emelia Deeter, Anne Heibel, Marissa Hein, Sidnee Lebsock, Cassie Lewis, Abbie Milligan, Kassidy Nuttelman, Mickalea Oneth, Jessi Schulte, Brittany Sincebaugh, Darcy Steffens, Lexie Volk, and Rachel Wheeler. Coaches are Lisa Burger and Rachel Deeter. 

 


Stained Glass

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Sharon Chatwell, mother of senior Anna Chatwell, wrote this article about the class of 2012's class gift. The article originally appeared in Side by Side, a ministry of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

Our lives may be crushed and broken, but God is the Master Artisan of Creation…

Our youngest daughter, Anna, was recently commissioned, by the members of her high school graduating class, to create a set of stained glass windows as a school gift from the Class of 2012. The stained glass will augment the windows over the east entrance at Lincoln Lutheran and the project is to be completed by this coming May. Of course, all of this has caused a lot of excitement at our house!

Anna has been taking courses in stained glass and has become quite proficient at it. She is both creative and meticulous, and her artistic bent has led her into a decision to study Design in college. However, it’s still amazing to me that her peers actually believe she can do this… especially since she’s never worked on a project of this scope. I suppose they have faith in her because, over the years (since Kindergarten for many of them) they have gotten to know Anna, and by now they believe she can do just about anything she puts her mind to!

What fun! And we get to watch… up close, it seems… as much of the work is scheduled to take place in our basement!

I don’t know how much you know about creating stained glass, but I can tell you what I have learned. First you start with what seems like a perfectly good pane of glass… and then you break it! That’s right… the glass has to be cut or broken into pieces before the artisan fashions them into intricate and beautiful designs.

Anna’s stained glass windows will depict a Cedar of Lebanon. These great trees were used in biblical times to create structures such as The Temple in Jerusalem and King Solomon’s Palace. Throughout the Bible they are used as references of great strength and stability. As the theme for her windows, Anna has chosen the verses in Psalms 92:12-15:

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

These words will remind all those, who go in and out the doors of the school, of God’s promises.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about stained glass. And it occurs to me that our lives are similar to it. All of us have things that crush and break us, just like the glass is broken. Our sins can do this, but also the circumstances which occur in our lives, and in the lives of those around us, can add to the broken and jagged jumble. As a result, our lives seem to lie in pieces. We are hopeless and helpless to fix them, or even to restore them to a semblance of order. What to do?

The answer is to give all of the pieces to God. As Christians, we must routinely look around us, see the broken pieces of our lives, and determine in our hearts to let Jesus take them and use them. If we are not yet Christians, we have yet to learn that as soon as we give our lives to Jesus, and surrender to Him as our Lord and Savior, something wonderful begins to happen. God, the Master Artisan of Creation, begins to pick up the broken pieces of our lives, even the most fragile and deadly ones, and starts to create something new and wonderful with them.

A beautiful new design begins to take shape under His skillful hands. He takes a bit of glass from here and another piece from there, and by His grace, begins to bring them all together to form a remarkable picture of redemption and restoration in our lives. It is amazing to me that He can use things that previously broke and crushed me to become an intricate part of my new life in Him. And to my delight, these things end up glorifying Him as a beautiful new picture comes into view.

God has shown me that some of the things I learned the hard way can be shared with others to try and warn them from doing the same. Previous disasters, which had awful consequences in my life, now stand as firm reminders to myself and others that God’s laws are both righteous and good, and that we should always honor them. Pain, which I bore in silence in the past, can finally be released as the light of God’s glory illuminates it. Miraculously, it too has become an integral part of the beautiful mosaic He is creating in my life.

These cannot be new ideas. I am sure that others have had these thoughts before. Perhaps this is part of the reason that stained glass windows are so well loved in our churches. Maybe they remind us of the broken pieces of our lives which are bound up by God Himself, who never wastes anything, and who will use even the crushing events of our past to help fashion a beautiful new future for us.

It may seem difficult for us to believe that God can accomplish something this big, especially if we have not yet seen Him do something of this magnitude. But the more we get to know God, the easier it will be for us to have faith that He can accomplish anything, even something of this scope And the great part is that we get to watch… up close, in fact… as the work is done on our very lives!

All honor, glory, and praise to the LORD God, Creator of the universe, and to His One and Only Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. May He continue to use all the broken pieces of our lives to create something beautiful which glorifies His name. Amen.


Homecoming Week 2011

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Each year Lincoln Lutheran students have the privilege of celebrating Homecoming Week with a variety of activities. This year there is also a special emphasis on celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the school’s ministry. Please take some time to review the list of activities below. We hope you can join us for one or all of them.

50th Anniversary Celebration Service – Sunday, Sept. 25 @ 2:00 p.m.
The Reverend Dr. Luke Biggs will be our guest speaker at a worship service in the school’s main gym to which all friends and family of Lincoln Lutheran – past, present and future are invited to attend. The service will include participation by pastors from our Lincoln churches as well as music selections from an Alumni Choir and the Lincoln Lutheran High School Choir. All those who support Lincoln Lutheran and its 50 year legacy of Christian education are encouraged to attend. There will be a reception following the service. Tours of the buildings will also be given.

Class Decorating and Powder Puff Games – Sunday, Sept. 25 @ 4:00 p.m.

High school classes will be decorating hallways based on a selected decade, representing a walk through time and look back through 50 years. Following the decorating contest sponsored by the Student Council, Junior and Seniors will compete in a football game for the girls and a volleyball game for the boys. FCA will sponsor a meal at the end of the night for the students. Come out to the practice fields at 5:45 to cheer the girls on to a football victory! The volleyball game will follow in the main gym.

Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting – Monday, Sept. 26 @ 7:45 a.m.
Parents, students, staff and friends of Lincoln Lutheran are invited to gather at the west entrance of the school on Monday morning for a short presentation by representatives of the Chamber of Commerce in celebration of the school’s 50th year. There will be a coffee reception and tours available after the ribbon cutting ceremony. Please join us in celebrating this milestone with the community of Lincoln.

Westfield Mall Pep Rally – Tuesday, Sept. 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday night Westfield Gateway Mall will be the gathering place to show your school pride. Parents and students of the Warrior family are encouraged to gather with staff and coaches to  celebrate our school community. The pep band will play some selections, the cheerleaders will lead some cheers and students will have a chance to compete in some “Minute-to-win-it” style of contests. Guest are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 for some free pizza. Our goal is to exceed the attendance of both Raymond Central and Lincoln Christian at similar events with over 700 faithful Warriors coming out to support their school!!!

School Pep Rally and Homecoming Coronation – Friday, Sept. 30 @ 2:45
Join the Warrior student body in the main gym for a presentation of the Homecoming Court and the crowning of the 2011 King and Queen.

Homecoming Tailgate and Football Game – Friday, Sept. 30 @ 5:00 p.m.
Nebraska Wesleyan University has graciously allowed us to host a special 50th Anniversary Celebration Tail Gate at the Taylor Commons (see map area 16) on Friday, September 30. Starting at 5:00, the Lincoln Lutheran Booster Club will serve hamburgers, hotdogs and brats. A free-will donation will be taken to help off set the cost of the meal. All friends of Lincoln Lutheran are encouraged to attend before heading over for the 7:00 kickoff of the Homecoming Football Game against Gibbon.

Coming Home Reception at Misty’s – Friday after the Football Game
Alumni and Friends of Lincoln Lutheran will gather at Misty’s (63rd and Havelock) after the football game. This event requires an RSVP. The $10 ticket will gain you admission to the football game and the social time at Misty’s. Please call Kristi Pedersen in the school office to reserve your ticket. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided; drinks are on your own.


Keeping it Clean

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Last week I had the joy and privilege of getting my hands dirty.

A drain pipe clogged in our house and as usual I tried to make a run at getting the pipe freed up myself. It didn’t take long to realize this was a challenge I hadn’t seen before in our home.

Over the nearly eight years we’ve lived in the house, I have had to use my primitive resources on a number of occasions to flush out a drain not running as fast as it should. Like most of us, I don’t like to call in a plumber. This is generally because I like to do things myself. I also would rather not spend the money to bring in the “expert.”

While I was nearly elbow-deep in black water, I began thinking about a person’s spiritual health. If you compare our faith to those drain pipes, we can get pretty clogged up with the junk in our lives. The joy God intends for us just doesn’t flow freely like it should. We go through periods where we work diligently on our own to clean out the pipes so we can feel healthier. In reality, when we try to do it ourselves, we are just putting off the inevitable.

The only way to really be cleansed, to be washed clean, is through the redeeming sacrifice of Christ. I can set all the goals I want. I can work really hard at it. But in the end, my spiritual pipes will only run clean through the work of Christ.

So I called the plumber. Nearly $500 later, including a new cleanout on one of my pipes, our drain lines are flowing freely. Even though it cost me in the bank account and the ego, I am so glad to have some peace of mind.

May God surround us with His Spirit as we begin a new school year! Christ alone can wash away our filth, if but only we ask. Submit to Him. Let Christ be your strength as you walk each day with Him!

Scott Ernstmeyer Ed.S
Executive Director LLSA & LEF


Football Servant Event & Retreat

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The Warrior high school football team traveled to Camp Luther near Schuyler, Nebraska for its annual servant event & team retreat.  The team arrived Saturday afternoon and from 1:30-4:30 the young men and coaches completed servant work for the camp.  The day was quite warm (no, it was downright HOT) and the work was very physically demanding: 

  • digging out and removing junk from an overgrown-bumble-bee-infested ravine (ie.  old refrigerator, water heater, doors, concrete slabs, etc)
  • throwing 1000’s of pounds of biting-ant-riddled shingles into a giant dumpster
  • removing and transporting water crafts from the camp pond
  • moving and stacking large sheets of tin roofing
  • transporting bed cushions from one cabin to another

Following the servant work, the boys managed to find enough energy to enjoy some recreational fun with each other -- ie.  swimming, canoeing, basketball, horseshoes.  Later Saturday evening, lots of food was consumed at the team cookout -- food prepared by Coaches Leech, Pracheil, and Wieting.  The evening culminated with the traditional team bonfire activity.

Sunday morning the young men were led on an invigorating “wake-up” jog directed by this year’s seniors.  Everyone was fed in both body and spirit as the Camp Luther staff prepared a nice pancake breakfast and then Coach Wieting shared a meaningful Scriptural message.  Fatigued but fulfilled, the team arrived back in Lincoln early Sunday afternoon.

This was the 12th consecutive year that the Warrior H.S. football players have made this trip to Camp Luther.  The people at Camp Luther absolutely love and appreciate our young men; they eagerly look forward to our coming each year.  Camp Director Hank Rausch said:

The work those boys did in 3 hours would have taken us several weeks to complete… we are extremely grateful that your team comes here every fall.

Camp Memories…

  • Coach Leech wearing his full “cowboy ensemble” of cowboy hat, blue jeans, boots (no spurs, though).  After working for a couple of hours in the ravine, not a dry stitch of cloth could be seen anywhere on his body!
  • Connor DeBusk’s “bumblebee encounter” -- he managed to get stung in a discrete body location…let’s just say he was uncomfortable sitting for a while.
  • Capsized and water-laden canoes
  • Peter Staab eating something like 6 hotdogs at the cookout.
  • Riley Smith’s “ravine treasures” which he wanted to bring back to Lincoln as souvenirs.
  • Player “overcome stories” and “bucket list” sharing.
  • “Senior sentiments” shared during the Saturday evening bonfire.

 


Senior Rees Klintworth in D.C.

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In late June and early July, senior Rees Klintworth attended a two-week college course in Washington D.C. called the Congressional Academy.  The Congressional Academy included class sessions that looked into America's history through primary documents.  These class sessions analyzed and discussed documents ranging from John Locke's Second Treatise on Government to Malcolm X's Ballot or the Bullet Speech.  Rees also spent time sightseeing at important landmarks, such as the Capitol, the National Archives, and even places in Philadelphia. 

Rees stated that he felt "blessed" to have the opportunity to attend this event.  He said, "Although this course was based purely on history and social sciences, with no religious affiliation, there were many class sessions where I was able to use the knowledge I have gained during my time at Lincoln Lutheran to tie important historical facts and ideals into Biblical teachings.  This was a wonderful medium to witness to the other 111 students, who ranged in faith from Atheism to Mormonism and nearly everything in between."

 

 


Fore For Youth

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The day may have been dreary, but spirits were high for the 16th Annual “Fore For Youth” golf tournament. Over 80 golfers participated in this yearly fundraiser for Lincoln Lutheran. In addition to the traditional 18 hole tournament, this year we added a 9 hole tournament at Wilderness Ridge Golf Course.

Golfers were greeted by over 20 volunteers and treated to a BBQ lunch sponsored by Ideal Grocery. With over 30 businesses supporting this event, almost every golfer was able to walk away from the tournament with a flag prize or item from the drawing.

This year’s event raised over $15,000 to help bridge the gap between income and expense at Lincoln Lutheran. Every dollar raised helps keep the cost of tuition down and allows our ministry of educating young adults to be faithful servant of Christ.

This years winners are:

  • First Flight, shooting a 58: Tom Schulte, Chris Gahan, Tom Hertzel, and Monte Wooster
  • Second Flight shooting a 66: Micah Chaffee, Jason Lorenzen, Matt Chaffee, and Ethan Walz
  • Winners of the Executive Course:John Radway, Joe Bolubasz, Mike Lamberty, and Mike Linberg

Mark your calendar for next year’s tournament at Wilderness Ridge on June 11th, 2012.
Hope to see you there.


Summer computer class

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Each summer, Lincoln Lutheran offers an intensive two-week Computer Applications course, and each year the course is nearly full. The course is a non-graded, competency based class, where students can advance at their own pace. The class meets from 8:00 am until noon, but because the course is self paced and mostly centered around online activities, some students can work longer either at school or at home if they want extra practice or just want to get ahead of the game.

Why would students want to spend two more weeks at school, even if it's just for a half day? For some students it's the self paced nature of the course, for others, taking the course in the summer frees up time in their 4-year high school plan to take more advanced computer courses or other electives they could not fit in otherwise.

Holly Atterbury, a Junior at Lincoln Lutheran said she was taking the class, "So I can get the computer credit out of the way so that I can do other things; like arts and crafts classes." Holly also recommends anyone thinking of taking the class have good typing skills and know their way around a computer.

Monday, June 13th is the final day of the class, but several students have been putting in extra hours so they can add an extra weekend back into their summer vacation. If you are interested in enrolling your child in next summer's course, look for details in the second half of next school year.


State Track Meet Qualifiers

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Since 1994 the Lincoln Lutheran Track Team has sent athletes to State each year! Quite a feat!  Sohomore Kory Kohlhof helped keep that streak alive as he and the girls 4 x 400 m relay qualified for the State Track Meet. Kory qualified in the 200 m dash after an outstanding performance at Districts last week.  

The girls 4 x 400 m relay also qualified, earning a wildcard berth to State.  Just to prove how competitive District B-3 was, 3 of the 4 wildcards came from our District! The girls on the relay are:  Tarynn Rozanek, Claire Dull, Ashley Brozek, and Kassidy Nuttleman.  Senior Adrienne Langewisch ran a great race for Kassidy after her injury at Districts, and will be an alternate again if needed.  Also, freshman Mickaela Oneth will practice with the group and serve as an alternate if necessary. 

Kory runs his prelim race on Friday evening, and hopefully advances to finals on Saturday.  The girls run their relay Saturday afternoon. The State Track Meet is held at Omaha Burke High School - located just sout of Dodge on 120th Street. Hope some of you can make it there to see their performances!

Other District medalists were:  Alex Melius in the shot put with a mark of 51'4", setting another school record, taking 5th place in our District, but just missing automatic qualifiying by 2"! The boys team also had Paul Rasmussen take 6th place in the long jump. At the Conference Meet, Paul broke the school record with a jump of 21'3/4". The boys 4 x 100 m relay team also took 5th place medals at Districts. On the girls side the other District medalists were: Claire Dull took 6th place in the 100 m dash, Kassidy Nuttleman 6th in the 300 m hurdles. The girls 4 x 800 m relay team also brought home 5th place medals and came very close to earning a wildcard bid as well. Relay members were Paige Orth, Karstin Ptascek, Ashley Brozek and Lexi Volk.

Overall, congrats to the track team as a whole for their season, as the girls had 1 Championship trophy and 3 Runner-ups. Also the boys won the NWU Indoor meet to start out their season. The Warriors had 29 personal best perfomances in District competition! Great job tracksters!


Graduation 2011

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Please join us at Lincoln Lutheran in celebrating the class of 2011!  The Commencement Service of Lincoln Lutheran High School will take place on Sunday, May 22 at 2:00pm in the main gym.  There are 43 graduates in the class of 2011.  The class has chosen Proverbs 16:9 as their theme verse:  "In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps."