ST. LOUIS – The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s (LCMS) annual National Lutheran Schools Week
celebration, is wrapping up on Saturday.
This week provides the church’s 2,300 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public
opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among students, families, faculty and staff.
The week’s festivities may include special schoolwide activities, philanthropic events and an open house
for the community.
The theme for the 2014 observance is "Witness Always – Raising up faithful disciples," based on
1 John 5:7-8: "For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these
three agree" (ESV).
The theme songs for the week are "Sharing the Caring Christ" by Lana Gibbons and "Rise,
Shine, You People" (Lutheran Service Book 825).
LCMS School Ministry – which serves to support and uphold educators, administrators and church leaders so
that through them, children at LCMS schools may be equipped as disciples of Jesus Christ – offers a free
resource kit filled with ideas and materials for helping LCMS schools celebrate National Lutheran
"We thank God for the opportunity to provide excellent academic preparation for the children we
serve," said Terry Schmidt, director of LCMS School Ministry. "We are most grateful for the
opportunity to share Jesus’ amazing love with children and their families. National Lutheran Schools
Week gives us an opportunity to proclaim these great blessings within the communities we serve."
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Learn more about the week’s activities at the Missouri Synod’s website: www.lcms.org.