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Finishing out the year strong

Hello Concordia,

At this time of the school year we look back at the academic, physical, and spiritual growth each student has experienced — while encouraging each student to finish the school year with strength and resolve. May God’s peace and assurance be with everyone of our students as they prepare and write final exams, and complete class projects for this semester.

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Concordia’s Class of 2019 has selected this as their class verse. In last week’s chapel service, four of our seniors shared their thoughts of what being in a Christ-centered community has meant to them. It was an honor to hear Hayley Grisez, Jake Byrd, Andy Klage, and Noah Snyder speak of friends, events, classes, teachers committed in faith, encouragement from coaches, the importance of being active in other people, and most importantly, how God is with them always!

As a graduating gift from Concordia, each of our seniors will receive a book written by Austin Gentry, 10 Things Every Christian Should Know For College (Amazon). Graduates, I encourage you to scan through the book now, but pack in your suitcase for the dorm. Sometime in fall semester, dig the book out and take it to heart as Austin has a terrific list of helpful hints and encouragement for you. His list includes practical advice of the mind and of the heart of a Christian college student, including:

  • Don’t Fear Doubt (but deal with doubt’s considerations)
  • The Resurrection of Christ is Your Confidence (and foundation of Christian support)
  • Don’t. Go. Home. (in the first couple of months)
  • Plug Into a Christian Community (to charge and recharge)

We are also in the season of celebration at Concordia with awards and end-of-year events for academics, JROTC, sports, and fine arts ongoing nearly every day. It is exciting to pause, give thanks and recognition to the great and exciting work and ministry God has blessed at Concordia. On Sunday, June 2, we celebrate the Class of 2019 with our Commencement and Baccalaureate service at The Embassy Theater. Concordia thanks God for each graduate, and implore His continued blessing on each of them as they proceed forward in life. I pray that God’s extraordinary love, the promise of forgiveness, and hope of everlasting peace be their guide every day. Congratulations Graduates! 

Below is the short list of student events during the 4th Quarter. Senior class events are in bold.

May 6-17 - AP Exams (AP schedule)

May 8 - Strings concert @ Concordia (7:00 PM)

May 17 - Cap & Gown Pick-up / Band concert @ PFW (7:00PM)

May 18 - Prom (8-11:00 PM)

May 19 - Athletic Banquet @ Goeglein’s (6:00 PM)

May 20 - Band Banquet @ CLHS Cafeteria (6:30 PM)

May 22 - Choir concert @ PFW (7:30 PM)

May 24 - Senior trip to Cedar Point

May 25 - A Cappella Banquet @ Concordia Theological Seminary (6:00 PM)

May 27 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School. Memorial Day Parade (JROTC)

May 30 - Drama Awards Night @ CLHS Auditorium (6:30 PM)

May 28-30 - Semester 2 Exams

May 31 - Graduation Rehearsal and BBQ (12:00 PM)

June 2 - Graduation at The Embassy Theater. Seniors arrive by 12:00 PM for the 1:00 PM ceremony.

Finally, May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. A listing of Concordia’s counseling services and partnerships is found in our April newsletter.

Go Concordia!

Patrick Frerking,