December  2018 – February 2019    |    I S S U E  9



Why Send Your Child to Lutheran School

This year’s celebration of National Lutheran Schools Week takes place January 27 - February 2, 2019.  Here, at CCLS, we look forward to this special week.  Its timely arrival imparts a new and much needed energy during the long winter.  Donning eccentric garb, collecting impressive amounts of cereal for our community food shelf, and cheering on our preschooler St. Jude tricyclists offers new vitality and enthusiasm for our school family.  There’s a lot that goes on during this week each year, but most of all we observe and commemorate Lutheran schools.  Lutheran schools are, indeed, extraordinary.

What empowers me to proclaim such a formidable statement?  Where else could your child be daily encouraged that they are a unique child of God by teachers who have been called into their profession by the Holy Spirit?  Lutheran school educators are committed to the Gospel mission and to seeing it bring hope and healing to their students and families.  Students become knowledgeable of the Gospel of Christ, bringing the love, mercy, and grace of our Lord into their homes.  This is a great blessing for our community! 

Young ones have questions about God and the Bible, and within these walls they will not be hushed.  They can request prayer for their sick grandparent or stressed parent and receive it.  Spiritual growth is nurtured and the staff aspire to emulate Jesus.  Children are prepared about defending their Christian faith, prayer is public, and the need for forgiveness and forgiving is taught.  While Lutheran schools meet or exceed state and national academic standards at all grade levels, spiritual nourishment has the power to plant fertile seed that has the ability to sprout into a mature and powerful faith.  Isn’t that our ultimate goal, as parents?  Beyond wealth, health, or anything else, I can affirm that I want to meet each of my children in eternity, within the light of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Where else could your child be daily encouraged that they are a unique child of God by teachers who have been called into their profession by the Holy Spirit?

Where else could your child be daily encouraged that they are a unique child of God by teachers who have been called into their profession by the Holy Spirit?

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GRACE has a new Facebook page!  The purpose of our Facebook page is to provide an online community for parents and families at CCLS.  Our goal is to share information and tips, and update the community on events and programs.

To find us simply type @cclsgrace in the search bar at the top.  Like us and receive notifications about

G.R.A.C.E. Grace stands for God's Resources Active in Christian Education. The purpose of GRACE is to develop fellowship opportunities with the families of CCLS and to raise extra funds to help support the ministry of this school. It helps families get more connected to the school, meet other parents and lend a hand where needed. Come get involved!

All are welcome to attend our meetings the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm here at CCLS.

Thursday, December 6 at 6:30 pm

  • Thursday, January 3 at 6:30 pm

  • Thursday, February 7 at 6:30 pm

  • Thursday, March 7 at 6:30 pm

  • Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 pm

  • Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 pm

Any changes will be posted in Fast Direct.

Chapel Offering


Camp Omega

Camp Omega is a place of God’s ministry and changing lives for more than 50 years! It’s a blessing to see the Lord use this place to build long-lasting relationships, enrich the Christian faith of many individuals, and partnering with the congregations of Minnesota.  No matter the season, there’s something for everyone young and old. Outdoor recreational activities are a sure way to provide a memorable experience for your retreat participants.

LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry

Launched in August 2008, the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog Ministry is a national human-care ministry embracing the unique, calming nature and skills of purebred Golden Retrievers. The LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs are a bridge for compassionate ministry, opening doors for conversation about faith and creating opportunities to share the mercy, compassion, presence and proclamation of Jesus Christ.

Lutherans in Africa (LIA)

There is a severe shortage of trained pastors in Africa.  In America, the Lutheran Church has 1 pastor for every 376 members.  In Tanzania, for instance, there is 1 pastor for every 3,500 members.  By training Africans to be teachers of the faith, Lutherans In Africa (LIA) is able to help fill the need for pastors and further spread the Gospel, allowing God to work through His external Word.

Saying Good-Bye and Hello

In November we said good-bye to our beloved and talented, and faithful school cook, Laurie Anderson.  Each day she prepared nutritious and healthy lunches for our kindergarten through eighth-graders and snacks for our preschoolers. She has worked with a variety of volunteers over the years, provided delicious meals for our teachers during their long conference days, and donated her cherished and popular cupcakes for our annual Spring Event.  She made cupcakes for the kids who helped serve each day.  We will all miss her, but thank our Lord for blessing us with her and wish her all of God’s abundant blessings for her future!

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Neva’s Favorite Bible Verse:

 1 Corinthians 13:7

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”


The Lord answered our need for a new cook by blessing us with Neva Mackedanz, who also happens to be grandma to Shelby, Mari, and Jacoby Buhr.  She’s excited to be able to work here, where three of her 13 grandkids attend.

As a young child, Neva grew up on a dairy farm in Waconia and attended Trinity Lutheran School.  In third grade her family sold the farm and they moved to Chaska, where she attended St. John’s Lutheran School.  She graduated a Mayer Lutheran High School alumna, always appreciating the small schools she attended, where she was able to know her classmates.  She sent her three children to St. James Lutheran School in Howard Lake, then MLHS.

Neva has spent some time travelling while working several years as a travel agent, as well as enjoying some time travelling with her husband for his work.  She and her husband have also owned a resort in Garrison and a café in Dassel.  Today they have settled together in Howard Lake and attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia.

Be sure to stop and say hello to Neva and welcome her to our school!  We’re happy to have her here, and she’s happy to be here.

A Gift of Hope

Amazing things are happening in the classrooms and hallways at CCLS. God is using our little school to share the love of Christ with children and families every day. To make that happen requires a great deal of hope, faith, and missional support.


The CCLS Foundation is excited to share that a faithful sponsor of our school is offering a 1:1 match on donations up to $15,000. With the match, our ministry could realize a total gift of $30,000 that will go towards student aid, helping families to continue to attend Christ Community this year and next.

We are asking our supporters to prayerfully consider a Gift of Hope donation during this time of thanks and celebration of the birth of our Savior at Christmas. No gift is too small or too large. For donations to qualify, they must be received no later than December 31st 2018. Please write “Gift of Hope” in the memo of your check. Thank you!

A Noel Celebration

Come watch our students perform their annual Christmas Service.  They’re working hard on their songs and hand bells!


December 19

1:30 pm


7:00 pm


It’s a topic that no parent wants to discuss.  However each of us has a child in school, hence we must mobilize for potential invasion.  Every few years these diminutive infiltrators indulge their ambitions of harassing young scalps and granting sleepless nights to busy moms.  Once such an onslaught has taken hold it is the responsibility of both the school and the parents to engage in an ambitious crusade against these uninvited squatters.  It is important to note that lice do not discriminate between socio-economic status or personal hygiene practices.  What they most desire is not clean or dirty hair, but blood.  Basically, if you’re a live human with a bit of hair, you’re bait.  Lice latch onto a hair shaft with its grasping claws close to the warm scalp in order to consume blood and glue its egg for incubation. Following is a helpful arsenal to help your family prevent an infestation, or annihilate interlopers already vested. 

It’s important to establish that it is no longer advised to send students home once they have been found to have lice.  According to both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) the “no-nit” policy should be discontinued.  Because lice have not been shown to spread disease, the burden of absenteeism to students and their families far outweighs the associated risks.  Students who have had an infestation may return to class once treatment has begun.


Check your family on a weekly basis.

Once you hear about an outbreak, check your family’s hair weekly.  Check everyone in your household. 

Treat an infested family member immediately. 

Notify the school and parents of close friends.  Anyone who has come into close contact should be checked.  Treat those who share a bed at the same time.  Be aware that some treatments kill lice while others kill the eggs.  Thorough and frequent combing is the best elimination technique.

Prevent the spread.

Make sure that children with long hair attend school with hair tied back.  Lice cannot fly or jump, they can only crawl.  Nits (lice eggs) are immobile.  Lice are mostly transmitted through sharing brushes, combs, hats, helmets, etc.  Refrain from piling coats on top of others, and sharing headgear and clothing (such as costumes).  If it sharing cannot be avoided, use a hand vacuum between users.

The most important prevention technique is daily combing with a nit comb.  Tea tree essential oil is a proven louse repellant to add to your shampoo, conditioner, detangler, and sprays.  Lice leave behind a scent that attracts more of their kind, hence your need for continuous combing with a nit comb during outbreak season.  Talk to your children about not sharing hats and combs, etc. 

Combing technique.

If your child has long hair, be certain that you’re dividing their hair into small sections and combing from different directions.  Nits and lice are very easy to miss.  This will take several minutes and it is best to do in bright sunlight. 

Washing hair.

Do not wash or condition hair before using lice medication.  Do not rewash hair for 1 – 2 days after treatment.  If you should find lice 8-12 hours after treatment, do not retreat.  The medicine is still working.  Keep combing.  Continue to check for 2–3 weeks to be sure all lice and nits are gone.  If you do not find any dead lice your medicine may not be working.  You may wish to see your health care provider. 

Cleaning household items.

Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that the infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Items that cannot be laundered may be dry cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks.  Hats, towels, combs, brushes, grooming aids of any kind should not be shared.  Soak combs and brushes in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.  Vacuuming furniture and floors should remove hairs onto which nits would be attached.  Head lice do not survive long if they fall off a person and cannot feed.  The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a rug, carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice can only survive a couple of days once they fall off a person as they cannot feed.  There’s no need to spend a lot of time or money on housecleaning activities.

Nits:  These are the eggs and they attach to a single strand of hair, near the warm scalp.  They’re about the size of a poppy seed or knotted thread.  They’re oval-shaped and they’re color ranges from white to yellow, tan, or brown.  Often mistaken for sand or dirt, or even dry skin, they are glued to the hair shaft and not easily removed.

Lice: Once hatched they are nymphs that grow to about the size of a sesame seed-sized adult, but vary in color from tan to yellow, to brown or reddish.


End the stigma

Stigma: stig·ma:  stiɡmə:  noun:  mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person.

Prejudice:  prej·u·dice:  ˈprejədəs: noun: preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.


Veteran’s Day: From Many, One

By Pastor LeRoy J. LaPlant, St. Mark Lutheran Church

Christians recognize that service flows from what Jesus has done for us. Jesus came, not to be served, but to serve. Jesus came to suffer and die, that those who believe may have hope and life in Him. This example of service is lived out as we seek to serve our neighbor.  The veterans of our armed forces exemplify this virtue of service as they continue to serve in the vocations and places in which they live.

 Have you ever noticed the Latin words printed on the official seal of the US; “E Pluribus Unum”?  Take a look at a one dollar bill and you will find, printed on the back, the great seal of the United States.  This phrase is grasped in the beak of the American Bald Eagle. It means “From many, one.” 


 From many, one. This motto was chosen by the founders of our great nation, not as some sort of communist manifesto to express the idea that all citizens are the subjects of an all-encompassing government, many people made one under the authority of government. Rather, when this phrase was included on the official seal of our nation in 1782 it reflected one of the founding principles of our nation. The American people already, at the very beginning of our nation, came from a large diversity of backgrounds. Because of this, unity as a nation would not come from human affiliations, by family, by tribe, or creed, or by the color of our skin, or our place of origin, or the language we spoke. This was the European way. American unity would not reside in group affiliation, or identity, but in the love of liberty. The idea that all men, that is all people, are equal under the law. Yes, our nation bears the sin of racial slavery and other inequalities in her history. Reality always falls short of the ideal, even so, the remarkable thing about founding a nation on principles of liberty and justice for all is that these virtues have a way of bringing about the needed corrections, as this country did many times, as for example in ending slavery at the time of our Civil War.

 I come from a family that is no stranger to service in our nation’s military. My great grandpa LaPlant, at the age of 16, too young to enlist legally, hitchhiked from Grand Rapids, MN to New York City so he could enlist in the Army. He served in Europe during WWI.

 My grandpa Eischens was drafted into the Navy and stationed at Pearl Harbor shortly after the attack of December 7th, 1941. My Dad served in the US Navy on the USS St. Paul.  He was involved in the US support of the removal of French troops from Vietnam. His enlistment ended just before the US escalated the conflict there. My brother served in the Army in Iraq, 2003, at the same time as I was sent to Afghanistan. My mom told me that shortly after learning both LaPlant sons would be sent to fight in the war on terror, Dad fell to his knees in the driveway after coming home from work, weeping with worry that both his sons would be called upon to give their lives in the cause of freedom. The Lord preserved both of us, and we both did make it home alive.

If you spend much time watching cable news, or reading news on social media it would appear that our nation is no longer united. That we are no longer E Pluribus Unum. In some ways this is true, however, in all the most important ways it is not. Sure, we see how many are divided over how best to run our government, but when you enter our neighborhoods and schools you find a far different picture then the one of division being peddled to us by the elites of the media. You find neighbor serving neighbor. You find families going about the business of living their lives and enjoying the liberty guaranteed to them by the constitution.  You find, dare I say, democrats and republicans and independents working, and even praying together. A diverse people united as a community. Often times united by service.

In 2001 the US Army, in an effort to boost enlistments, began offering a nice bonus to entice a poor college graduate, myself, who was trying to help his wife finish her college education to enlist. As I already mentioned, I come from a family familiar with service in the armed forces, so it seemed like a good way to earn some extra money to pay off my college debt and serve my country at the same time. I enlisted, and at the beginning of September, 2001 I found myself at Ft. Sill, OK reporting for Army basic training.

Then September 11th, 2001 came. That morning we were scheduled to see a weapons demonstration. As we were getting ready to board buses to the firing range, I remember vividly the drill sergeant pacing back and forth in front of us, angry and talking about how someone blew up the world trade center.  How we, as a nation, were attacked by those who despise liberty and justice for all. Later that day, once we had finished eating our supper, we were led into the assembly hall and were shown the news feed video of a passenger airplane flying into buildings of glass and steel and concrete, collapsing into a cloud of dust and smoke. We saw firefighters bravely working to save lives. We saw E Pluribus Unum in action. An attack on your nation really focuses you, mind, body and soul when you are training to fight for your country.  

I completed my training at Ft. Lee, Virginia, at the US Army quartermaster school and went home here to Minnesota to serve in the Army reserves with the 407 CA battalion. I settled into the routine of work and monthly drill with my Army reserve unit until about one year later, when my unit got called up for deployment to Afghanistan.

In late June of 2003 I found myself on a C17 Globemaster III, along with 60 of my closest friends (those of you who have served know what I mean). With one layover in Germany I was on my way, along with the 407 CA BN to Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

Imagine for a moment how you would have felt if you had just left behind a young wife, a home, and extended family to go to a place that was affectionately called the “armpit of the world.” What would be going through your mind? How would you be feeling? 

Courage is not the lack of fear – but the conviction to face fear, and do your duty – do what needs to be done to complete the mission. I was afraid, but fear was not the strongest emotion I felt. Deep down, I felt lonely.

When we landed at Bagram in Afghanistan it was about 1:00 am. In a war zone there are no lights shining at airports. No runway lights, no lights on the plane, no lights shining from the terminal, nothing that would give away the position of the aircraft to the enemy. We landed in pitch darkness. We de-planed in pitch darkness, and in a single file line we were led into the dark, not knowing where we were going, or how long the walk would be, from the plane to the terminal.  We couldn’t see anything.             

I was sandwiched between two other soldiers, people that I knew very well, trained with, lived with, ate with, prayed with, just spent close to 20 hours on a military cargo jet with, yet I never felt more lonely. I found myself half a world away from those who I most deeply cared about, my wife and family, not just on the opposite side of the globe.  I was in a war zone. In my loneliness I felt as though God had abandoned me.

It was at this moment that I looked up. Have you ever had the chance to look up at the stars on a dark summer night while out in the wilderness far from the invasion of artificial light? The sky was brilliantly lit. Each star, each shining light became for me at that moment a reminder of God’s promises. Remember Abraham? Each star a shining proclamation of what God had promised him, of why Abraham had left his home behind. When I looked up and considered the heavens above and who put each star in its place, a profound sense of peace entered my soul. God had not abandoned me. The heavens declared to me in that moment His glory.                     


People are profoundly lonely these days. From the hospital rooms, to the nursing homes that I visit right into the halls of Mayer Lutheran High School. People are longing for community. Our nation is crying out for a return to the founding principle of E Pluribus Unum. That no matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like you are an American. Blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  

In light of the divisions we see all around us today, what a golden opportunity we have. That we, who by the blood of Jesus, are called into fellowship with the creator of the stars of night, are called to confess this hope we have in Jesus. The church, the body of Christ is the community that is needed. It is the true E Pluribus Unum, for by faith in Jesus we are all knit together into the one body of Jesus.                    

At a time of great need in my life God, by His very creation, sent comfort down from heaven. So too, as you look to the heavens, are you reminded of the promise of God to never leave you nor forsake you.                     

I served for 10 months at a logistics station in Uzbekistan, at the K2 airbase. This base was originally built by the Soviets as a MiG jet fighter base, complete with huge concrete bunkers to protect the plans form American bombs.  Our job was to send supplies to two Forward Operating Bases (FOB) in Afghanistan.  The first in Konduz in Northern Afghanistan, the second in Heart, on the border with Iran. My job was to fly down to visit these FOB’s and check on their supply needs. On one trip to Konduz, I was asked to participate in a presence patrol of the local marketplace. We would occasionally dress in full gear and walk out into the city, to show the people that the Americans were still in the city, much like when a police officer drives through your neighborhood on patrol to show that they are there to protect and to serve.  We stopped at a bakery, and two soldiers went in to make a purchase, while the rest of us stood outside the store.                     

One thing you need to know about Afghanistan is that the people here have been at war in one form or another since the Russian invasion. One of the effects of this constant war is that the men and boys wore Russian made firearms like jewelry. Most of the time the weapons didn’t work, and few people actually had ammunition for them.

While standing outside the bakery I noticed, about 150 yards away a young man with a Klashinkov Russian sub machine gun purposely waking toward our group. I nudged the soldier standing next to me and kept a close eye on him. When he got to within 75 yards I put my hand on my weapon and was ready to draw it when a local police officer intercepted him and turned him away from us. This shows how intense it was to serve in Afghanistan.

After 10 months I came home, welcomed back into the warm embrace of family. Actually, I left Afghanistan in February, with 80 – 90 degree days to come to Minnesota with -20°F temps. I needed the warm embrace of my family!            

God has given each of us a purpose, a vocation in life that is focused not on yourself, but on others. As we remember and celebrate the service of our nation’s veterans this day, let us be renewed, first by the Word of God in faith to Jesus our Savior, and second renewed in service. That as Jesus loves us and forgives us, so may we serve our neighbor.

December – February Calendar

  • December 6-9 Zion Mayer Preseason Girls Tourney

  • December 11 Field Trip PreK-4 Old Log Theater

  • December 11 3:30 pm Home Game v. Zion Mayer

  • December 13 Game @ NYA 3:30

  • December 19 Children’s Christmas Service

  • December 21 Movie Popcorn Day/Early Dismissal

  • December 24-January 1 Christmas Break

  • January 3 6:30 pm GRACE

  • January 8 3:30 pm Boys Home v. Howard Lake

  • January 10-12 Chaska Midseason Tourney

  • January 15 3:30 pm Boys Home v. Wayzata

  • January 17 3:30 pm Boys Home v. Hamburg

  • January 18 No School

  • January 22 3:30 Game @ Waconia

  • January 24 4:00 Game @ Chaska

  • January 27 CCLS Kids Sing @ St. Paul’s

  • January 29 4:00 Home v. Cologne Academy

  • January 27-February 3 National Lutheran Schools Week

  • February 1 Trike-a-Thon

  • February 7 GRACE

  • February 15-16 MLAA Tourney MLHS

  • February 18 No School President’s Day

  • February 22-24 State Tourney Concordia St. Paul

  • February 27 Report Cards

  • February 28 Conferences 3:00-7:00 pm


Learning about Type I Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that changes the way a person’s body uses glucose.  Glucose is the name of our body’s sugar, which is our main source of energy.  Every one of us needs glucose in order for our body to work correctly.  When we eat food, our body changes that food into glucose.  The glucose is able to get into our blood (absorbed through our stomach and small intestines) so that we have energy to do things like play and learn.

Near our stomach is our pancreas.  The pancreas makes something called insulin, which is a hormone.  Insulin is very important because it acts like the key that opens the doors to our body’s cells so that the insulin can get in. 

A person who has Type I Diabetes cannot make insulin.  It like their body is missing the key that lets the glucose into their cells so that their body can get the energy it needs.  With glucose in their blood and not going into their cells, their blood sugar is too high, and that makes people sick.  Regular shots or an insulin pump is needed to keep them healthy.

Nobody knows what causes Type I diabetes and it cannot be prevented.  You cannot catch it like you can catch a cold or the flu.  There are signs to look for, like going to the bathroom a lot, and drinking or eating a lot.  Losing weight and feeling tired are common symptoms, too.  It’s important to see a doctor if you think you might have Type I Diabetes. 

There are a few special things that people with Type I Diabetes need to do.  They need to pay attention to what they eat, counting carbohydrate points.  They need to check their blood sugar levels, take insulin, and see their doctor on a regular basis.  There may be times when they must eat a snack, or wake in the night to take insulin or eat something.  People with Type I Diabetes can still do lots of things they enjoy, like play sports, go on trips, and play with friends.  If you have a friend with Type I Diabetes, let him or her know that you support them and have learned something about it.  Be an encourager! 

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Diabetes:  a disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone insulin is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

Glucose:  a simple sugar that is an important energy source in living organisms and is a component of many carbohydrates.

Pancreas:  a large gland behind the stomach that secretes digestive enzymes into the duodenum. Embedded in the pancreas are the islets of Langerhans, which secrete into the blood the hormones insulin and glucagon.

Insulin:  a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. The lack of insulin causes a form of diabetes.

Blood Sugar:  the concentration of glucose in the blood.

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