During the first week of school in August, 2021, parents were invited to campus to join students for chapel. Students gathered by class on the LCS soccer field, and parents surrounded them as Head of School, Wendy Hofman, and members of the Board of Trustees prayed over the students and the school. It is a long-standing tradition at Lansing Christian School to start each academic year with an all school chapel that includes parents, staff, and students to dedicate the school year to God and to pray that our students would come to know that each and every one of them is uniquely made and deeply loved by God. In fact, this has been the prayer of LCS parents for 70 years. Displayed in the school’s commons is a photograph from the early 1950s of a group of men praying over a stack of lumber. Those men had gathered together, working long hours at night and on the weekends, to help construct Lansing Christian School’s first building. Their prayer as they gathered together was that LCS would be a place where students would flourish academically and spiritually. A prayer that is based on our school verse, Psalm 78:5-7:
“We will tell the next generation the
praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
His power, and the wonderous deeds
He has done.
That they might set their hope in God.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Lansing Christian School. Since that time our school has grown from the passion of a
few dedicated families to a fully accredited PreK-12th grade school that has provided an excellent Christ-centered education to
thousands of students in the Greater Lansing area. Reflecting on that 70-year history, it is inspiring to hear how parents and members of our community have sacrificed their time, talents, and resources to build the school and create a legacy of Christian education that has spanned multiple generations. It is remarkable to see that same culture of generosity and faithfulness continue to define LCS today. This past year, our school community faced unexpected challenges as we navigated educating
students during a global pandemic. The parents who helped to establish LCS 70 years ago could never have imagined a school year that involved circumstances like remote learning and social distancing. But it is safe to assume that those parents knew that there would be times of challenge and struggle at LCS. Their legacy is a school that, regardless of the circumstances, continues to put its faith and hope in God and to help each and every student learn that God has a purpose for their lives. As we start a new school year, we look forward to building on the last 70 years by providing a transformational education that is preparing students to play their unique role in God’s Story and engage and transform the world for Jesus Christ.