Giving thanks is benchmark of the Christian life, and as our students are learning one of the best ways to express their gratitude is through service to others. “Blessed to be a blessing” is a phrase that’s often heard in the halls at Lutheran East and our Service Club is putting that saying into practice!
The Service club was started last school year by a group of 7 students who were inspired by our annual Service Day to make a difference by helping others. In its second year, the Service Club has seen tremendous growth with more than 25 students regularly participating in activities and service outings. Mrs. Nagy, the faculty adviser to the club, says that “it is such a blessing to have a great group of students who want to serve our Lord!”
This season can often be challenging, but for a few area families who are in need things were a little brighter this Thanksgiving because of the Lutheran East Service Club. The Club was able to provide several families full Thanksgiving meals because of their work on the ground and fundraising efforts. As we approach the Christmas season the Service Club continues to work on plans to help the hungry, to write Christmas cards to area veterans, assist with the Cleveland APL, and more! “Blessed to be a blessing” means faith in action for Lutheran East and our Service Club.
Throughout the first semester the Service Club has been active both here at Lutheran East and in the community. A few highlights include their trip to the Holden Arboretum to help set up for their annual “Goblins in the Garden” event which draws over 3,000 people each year, raking leaves to help an area church, and organizing a Blue Barrel Project to gather gifts and goods that were sent to people in Jamaica that are in need. Here at Lutheran East the Service Club organized our efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month through which 74 students to created “remembrance ribbons” and awareness was raised throughout the building by students and faculty alike that wore pink ribbons provided by the Service Club.