Never Waste a Hurricane - LEAH Schools - Spring/Summer 2018 - Lutheran South Academy

Never Waste a Hurricane - LEAH Schools - Spring/Summer 2018 - Lutheran South Academy
Never Waste a Hurricane
           LEAH Schools — Spring/Summer 2018
Never Waste a Hurricane - LEAH Schools - Spring/Summer 2018 - Lutheran South Academy
Our Mission
                                            LEAH operates and champions exemplary Lutheran
                                          schools in the Houston area to expand Christ’s kingdom.
                                                                                                                                                Dear Friends of LEAH Schools,

                                            Lutheran Education Association of Houston                                                           When Hurricane Harvey hit our area, our LEAH Schools team, with many people from the Houston
                                                                                                                                                region, waited several days for the rain to stop so we could assess the damage at our three campuses.
                                                  Board of Directors 2018-2019                                                                  During the waiting period, a good friend called to wish us encouragement, and he shared with me two
                                                                                                                                                important pieces of advice.
                                                          Mr. Kurt Rosenhagen, Chairman
                                                        Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Nassau Bay                                                  The first thing he told me was, “Embrace the Chaos”. He shared that over the next few days, weeks, and
                                                                                                                                                months we would be faced with things that we will have to learn how to handle on the fly. It will feel very
                                                        Mr. Mike Hergenrader, Vice Chairman                                                     chaotic, because it is chaotic. Don’t let the chaos beat you or your team. Embrace the chaos. Embrace the
Never Waste                                                 Memorial Lutheran Church, Katy                                                      challenge. He reminded me that we have a God that is bigger than anything we are ever going to face.

a Hurricane
                                                                                                                                                Nothing is impossible for Him.
                                                   Dr. Thomas Leimkuehler, Secretary/Treasurer
                                                        Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Nassau Bay                     The second piece of advice was this. Gregg, “Never waste a hurricane.” We face many challenges in our lives that we don’t sign up for
      LEAH Schools — Spring/Summer 2018
                                                                                                                   or don’t willingly choose. Hurricane Harvey was one of those events. But in those calamities, there is learning to be had, so don’t waste
                                                              The Rev. Jeffrey Muchow                              the opportunity to learn, to get better, to grow, to improve.
Never Waste a Hurricane                                  Epiphany Lutheran Church, Copperfield
          2                                                                                                        Thus the title of this second all LEAH Schools Report. Never Waste a Hurricane. The LEAH Schools team has had to come together
                                                                  Mr. Jonte’ Greer                                 like never before to meet a challenge that could have been devastating. The leadership from all three schools stepped up to support
Lutheran South Academy                                    Epiphany Lutheran Church, Pearland                       one another and rally their communities to turn what could have been interpreted as a tragedy into an opportunity to celebrate the
           8                                                  Mr. Albert D. Hoppe (Al)
                                                                                                                   provision of our God. God used so many people from across the region, the country, and the world to come alongside the LEAH
                                                                                                                   Schools in our efforts to continue to carry out our mission to expand the kingdom of Christ in the Houston region through the
                                                        Chapelwood United Methodist, Memorial                      ministry of these schools.
  Lutheran High North
          12                                                     Mrs. Jeannette Holt                               In the pages that follow, you’ll read about some things Harvey, but more importantly about how, in life, we all face hurricanes and
                                                              Epiphany Lutheran, Pearland                          storms. They look differently, but in each storm or crisis, there is an opportunity to learn, to get better, to grow, to improve. When
 Westlake Preparatory                                                                                              faced with these challenges going forward, may we never waste a hurricane.
                                                               Mrs. Elizabeth Killinger
  Lutheran Academy                                       Epiphany Lutheran Church, Copperfield                     be God’s,
                                                                Mr. Jae K. Moore
Welcome Tim Wainright                                      Memorial Lutheran Church, Katy
                                                               Mr. Gregg Pinick, CEO                               Gregg A. Pinick, CEO
        Giving                                            Epiphany Lutheran Church, Pearland                       Lutheran Education Association of Houston – LEAH Schools

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                                          Mrs. Sheila Psencik       Mr. Dana Gerard     Mr. Tim Wainright
                                              Head of School		      Head of School             Head of School
                                          Lutheran South Academy Lutheran High North        Westlake Preparatory
                                          						                                             Lutheran Academy
Never Waste a Hurricane - LEAH Schools - Spring/Summer 2018 - Lutheran South Academy
On Saturday, August 28th it seemed as though
                                                                                                        the worst of the rains from Harvey had passed.
                                                                                                        The roads were clear throughout the day and

                                                         Our Flood Story
                                                                                                        in the evening, we decided to go to the house
                                                                                                        of some friends. By the time we drove home
                                                                                                        that night, the rain was so severe that my wife,
                                                                                                        Sherry, pulled out her phone and recorded the
                                                         By Garret Riveness – LSA High School Teacher   drive. It was obvious that what was happening
                                                                                                        was extraordinary.
                                                                                                        We continued to watch the streets as the water
                                                                                                        continued to climb up the yards and driveways.
                                                                                                        At about 1:00am, while my attention was directed
                                                                                                        to the front of the house and the street, I was un-
                                                                                                        aware momentarily that water had begun pouring
                                                                                                        into the house from the back. Within an hour, the
                                                                                                        water was three feet deep throughout the house.
                                                                                                        Our home is one story but we have a portion of
                                                                                                        the attic that is finished and we moved upstairs
                                                                                                        into that room with our dog and cat and hoped
                                                                                                        the water would recede. Throughout the night,
                                                                                                        the water continued to climb and we anxiously
                                                                                                        watched the water line move up the stairs.
                                                                                                        By about 11:00am the next morning we made
                                                                                                        the decision to try and find a way to leave the
                                                                                                        house. While the water was a little over four
                                                                                                        feet deep in the house by that time, it was much
                                                                                                        deeper out at the street. We could hear boats out
                                                                                                        and about but none came down our street. My

   His Love, Their Response
                                                                                                        son, Stefan, swam out of our house to flag down
                                                                                                        a boat (see photo). He was successful and the
                                                                                                        boat pulled up to our front door and took us and
                                                                                                        our pets to dry ground where a National Guard
                                                                                                        truck took us to a nearby church.
   By Gregg Pinick – CEO, LEAH Schools                                                                  Several friends had tried to get to us at the
                                                                                                        church but the streets were impassable. We got
   As the rains of Harvey poured down on                                                                word that Louis Hall and his son (an LSA family)
   the Houston region, the flood waters from                                                            had heard about us and were able to get within
   Turkey Creek engulfed the Lutheran South                                                             about a half mile of the church. We packed up
   Academy (LSA) campus and the surrounding                                                             our dog and cat and set out to wade to them.
   neighborhood. LSA has one of its Tech Support                                                        Despite the dramatic and heartbreaking events
   workers (Jon) and his wife (Brittney) who is                                                         that had taken place, the most amazing thing
   a teacher assistant live in the house closest to                                                     was the efforts of LSA families (some we didn’t
   campus. They did not escape the rising water                                                         even know) to help get us to safety. The Hall
   either. How they responded to their neighbors                                                        family took us in as though we were old friends
   even in their own time of need was remarkable.                                                       and made us feel so welcome and comfortable.
   Instead of leaving the area for their own safety,                                                    Elizabeth Palmer (a high school science teacher
   they noticed that other people from their                                                            at Lutheran South) offered her parent’s house
   neighborhood were in need. As a staff person,                                                        in Pearland which was being unused for a few
   Jon had keys to the closest building on campus                                                       months. Other families offered clothes, food and
   to the neighborhood, Building D which is our                                                         even the use of their vehicles.
   Middle School. He and Brittney waded to the                                                          The outpouring of love and support has been
   entrance of the building and welcomed people                                                         overwhelming. I have always said that LSA is
   from the neighborhood to stay on the 2nd story                                                       like a big family. I teach in the high school at
   where it was dry and safe.                                                                           Lutheran South, my wife (Sherry Marriott Rive-
   Jon contacted school officials and shared what he                                                    ness – LHN ‘88) works in the LEAH office, and
   was doing. He opened the concession stand on                                                         both of our children (Stefan, 16 and Anna 13)
   the first floor to provide water and snacks for his                                                  attend LSA. What our entire family experienced
   “guests”. Nearly 100 people arrived that Sunday                                                      was and continues to be indescribable. People
   afternoon. Jon and Brittney hosted them until it                                                     have reached out in so many ways and at such
   was time to be rescued by local boat operators.                                                      unexpected times it is impossible for us to prop-
   When it came time for Jon and Brittney to leave,                                                     erly show our gratitude. While we are so grateful
   they couldn’t, because they felt more people                                                         for the prayers and support that have poured in
   would need help from the neighborhood.                                                               from schools and congregations from around
   Fortunately for those 40 additional people who                                                       the country, the way God has shown his grace
   left their homes later, they too had a safe warm                                                     and love to our family through the LSA family is
   place to stay due to the love and compassion of                                                      something that will impact us forever in ways we
   Jon and Brittney.                                                                                    can’t even describe.

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After the Storm
                                                                                                                                                               By Dana Gerard – LHN Head of School
                                                                                                                                                               The day after Harvey struck Houston, my first   to work with neighbors, friends, and family,       supplies, and more to help those who suffered
                                                                                                                                                               trip away from the house was to Lutheran        to tear out flooring and drywall damaged           great losses.
                                                                                                                                                               High North and an attempted trip to my          due to flooding. It was during this period         As we look back now, it is hard to believe
                                                                                                                                                               brother’s house. In the thirty-one years I      of time that Kendra Benson, our Director           that event was only one year ago. To see our
                                                                                                                                                               have worked at LHN, I have made a trip to       of Admissions and Marketing, felt that as a        sister school, Lutheran South, go through
                                                                                                                                                               school after a catastrophic event like Harvey   school community, one of the best ways we          so much loss and to have the media cover a
                                                                                                                                                               three times. I stopped in to check on some      could be of service was to run a donation          community that rallied to make a difference,
                                                                                                                                                               of the businesses in the area to see how they   drive for those who lost so much in the storm.     was a testimony to our Houston community
                                                                                                                                                               fared through the storm and then stopped        Knowing many had troubles navigating               and its strength and courage. Out of great loss,
                                                                                                                                                               by the school. It is always an eerie feeling,   around the city, it was hard to know how many      God brings blessings if you take the time to
                                                                                                                                                               driving around our community after a storm,     would be able to come on campus to help, as        look around and see them. I have never seen
           Ellie Menz                                                                                                                                          especially one of Harvey’s magnitude.           well as who in the community would be able         our city rally so hard to come back from such
           Director IOWAY                                                                                                                                      Lutheran High North sustained very little       to donate. Facebook ads were posted, and a         loss. We continue to pray for those who are
                                                                                                                                                               damage. We were able to work for a couple       newsletter went out. Students showed up in         still recovering from their losses, and we give
                                                                                                                                                               of half days and had our building ready in      shifts and in the end, we were able to donate 7    thanks for an awesome God who uses tragedy
                                                                                                                                                               a week. From there, many in the area began      full truckloads of food, cleaning supplies, baby   to bring together so many.

   Connecting with IOWAY
   By Gregg Pinick – CEO, LEAH Schools
   My first connection with Ellie Menz came on         she went on to talk about how she could help         container held things like a crock pot, coffee
   August 31, 2017. Ellie is the Director of IOWAY     the young children in our school as well. It was     pot, pots and pans, kitchen supplies, can
   (Individual Outreach with Adults and Youth)         overwhelming. Then just like the first time, Ellie   opener, etc., things that were so needed in the
   from the Iowa District West of the Lutheran         stated, “I’ll get right on it!”                      rebuilding process for our workers.
   Church – Missouri Synod. She had heard that         Less than three weeks later, our first shipment      When I had first heard that water was rushing
   one of the LEAH Schools campuses, Lutheran          arrived at the LSA campus. It was semi-load          in our buildings due to the heavy rains and
   South Academy (LSA) had been significantly          of 702 pieces of sheetrock. The driver, Troy,        a swollen creek near the LSA campus on
   flooded from the effects of Hurricane Harvey.       was so honored to be a part of this plan of          August 27, I asked God to guide and direct
   She was calling to see if there was anything she    reconstruction.                                      our community in the process of what to do
   could help us with as we recovered from the                                                              next. His response has been beyond anything I
   devastation. I’ll never forget her telling me,                                                           could have imagined. A true Ephesians 3:20-21
   “We have a semi-truck ready to come to you                                                               experience. “Now to him who is able to do
   in Houston. What do you need?” I asked our                                                               far more abundantly than all that we ask or
   response team, and we all agreed, “As much                                                               think, according to the power at work within
   sheetrock as you can send us.” Harvey had just                                                           us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ
   left the area. We had a major mess requiring                                                             Jesus throughout all generations, forever and
   whole panels of sheet rock removed from every                                                            ever. Amen.” Our God is faithful and nothing
   wall of every one of our four buildings, and we                                                          is too hard for Him. He used the people of Iowa
   weren’t sure we could get any since everyone                                                             District West to bless a whole lot of people in
   in the region was going to require sheetrock to                                                          Houston. He used people throughout the world
   rebuild. She responded, “No problem. I’ll get       Two weeks later, Troy returned with another          to offer their love and prayers and support in
   right on it.”                                       semi-truck full of all the sheetrock supplies, 10    helping LSA rebuild. By God’s grace and mercy,
   About a week later, she called saying she and her   totes full of dolls and monkeys for our younger      the LSA students and faculty were back in their
   team could get another semi-truck and what else     children, supplies requested by some of our          nearly completed buildings holding school
   did we need. I told her we needed all the sheet     teachers who experienced the worst losses, new       again on Monday, October 16.
   rock supplies: mud, tape, etc. She stated that it   appliances for the school’s uninsured rental         Thank you to the men and women of Iowa
   was a big truck and could they bring anything       house, and thirteen (13) large containers full of    District West, and especially our newest friend,
   for our workers who had lost much in the flood      startup supplies for each of our worker families     Ellie Menz! May God continue to use you to shine
   waters. We thought that was a terrific idea, and    had who lost many of their possessions. The          His love on those who are hurting in His world.

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Concordia–                                                                                                                                                                                                             Caitlin and Emily Copeland pose for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          photo after Caitlin’s April 28 graduation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from Concordia University Texas, Austin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Uncertain Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               The other recent Concordia–Texas graduate,

   Texas Grads
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Caitlyn Covington, believes her most enthusiastic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Attending colleges in different cities was “a big    fan as she walked across the commencement stage
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          transition” for the twins. Caitlin said testing      April 28 was a certain little girl: her 4-year-old

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          her independence was likely made easier              daughter, Elise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          because of Concordia’s supportive and caring         Caitlyn gave birth in January 2014, and graduated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          atmosphere. (Matthew Brooks)                         early from her Austin-area high school that

   Their first names are pronounced the same,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               December, unsure of what the future would hold
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               for her as a young, single mother.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               That’s when a family friend from a local
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               congregation, ACTS Church Lakeway, stepped in.
   although they have different spellings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Church member Sue Norcia knew Caitlyn
   But both Caitlin Copeland and Caitlyn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       wanted to go to college — “and that the future
   Covington graduated April 28 from Concordia                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 she wanted so much would be in jeopardy if she
   University Texas, Austin, after overcoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  didn’t have enough support.”
   unusual circumstances in their lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       So, in consultation with the young woman’s
   Caitlin Copeland was born a conjoined twin.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 mother and with other volunteers on board, a
   She and her sister, Emily, experienced their first                                                                                                                                                                                                                          plan was made to provide babysitting for Elise
   separation, surgically, at 10 months of age, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                            during Caitlyn’s classes over the next several years.
   thrived while growing up in Houston.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Other support systems also helped:
   As seniors, the twins addressed Lutheran North                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Concordia–Texas’ Adult Degree Program,
   High School graduates as co-valedictorians.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 which offers evening classes tailored to busy
   They faced their second big separation when                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 adults, and a “student success team” designed to
   they decided to pursue different academic paths:                                                                                                                                                                                                                            help keep students on track toward graduation.
   Caitlin, in Austin, at Concordia–Texas, and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • Texas’ Tuition Equalization Grant program,
   Emily, in Houston, at the University of Houston.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            which provides grants to first-time students with
   “It was a big transition, especially because we                                                                                                                                                                                                                             financial needs to enable them to attend private,
   had grown up thinking we would probably                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     nonprofit schools in the state as long as they
   live together at college,” explained Caitlin. “So,                                                                                                                                                                                                                          maintain a high GPA and at least three-quarter-
   we made plans to call each other often and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  time status.
   ‘FaceTime’ as much as possible the first year.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                             And, Caitlyn started contributing to her own
   Caitlin added that testing her own independence                                                                                                                                                                                                                             educational costs in 2015 by taking on clients
   was especially important to her, and was                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    at her mother’s bookkeeping and office-
   probably made easier due to the supportive and                                                                                                                                                                                                                              management company. She graduated this spring
   caring atmosphere at Concordia, where she                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with a degree in business administration.
   served as an admissions tour guide and a student                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Among the highlights of her college years was
   activities leader.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          forming “some really lasting and impactful
   “Helping to plan and run campus events and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  relationships” among her classmates.
   getting to brag about my Concordia experience                                                                                                                                                                                                                               And babysitters in what was dubbed “Elise’s Love
   to visitors really helped me come out of my                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Club” “became like extra aunts and uncles for my
   shell,” she said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           daughter, so we called them that,” Caitlyn said.
   “I would tell prospective students that they should                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The volunteer sitters, she added, “even shuttled
   make themselves uncomfortable just one time                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 baby toys and equipment between their houses
   and they would soon see how they could grow so                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when she was really small, and messaged each
   much from the college experience. I guess that’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                            other about which snacks she liked and what
   just what I did in going away to college. I believe                                                                                                                                                                                                                         activities she enjoyed.”
   that God chose this place for me to let go of the                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Concordia’s own provost knows something about
   control so He could guide me.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              how it feels to accomplish a goal like Caitlyn’s, and
   Appreciative of her own lifelong, small-school                                                                                                                                                                                                                              she’s hopeful the university can help create more
   experience, Caitlin chose a career in private,                                                                                                                                                                                                                              success stories for such students.
   secondary education, while sister Emily pursued                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Once a teenage mother herself, Dr. Kristi Kirk
   restaurant and hotel management, with a brief                                                                                                                                                                                                                               faced that hurdle at age 18, a single mother with
   stint as a teaching assistant one semester.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a toddler in tow when she started at Concordia–
   “We thought that it was really funny that we                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Texas. Since then, she has earned two advanced
   were pursuing two different fields academically,                                                                                                                                                                                                                            degrees while working full time and parenting.
   but noticed that Emily took on a teaching role                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Concordia embraced me and my son, and
   at one point, and that I got into event planning                                                                                                                                                                                                                            helped me balance parenting, school and work,”
   on campus,” said Caitlin. “I guess we’re still a lot                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kirk said.
   alike in many ways!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Today, she volunteers with the Jeremiah
   Now graduated, Caitlin has accepted a teaching                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Program, an Austin nonprofit focused on
   position at the middle school of Redeemer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   establishing a supportive community for single
   Lutheran Church, Austin, where she did                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mothers to help them earn their college degrees.
   student teaching.
   Emily graduates this month, and depending upon         The Copeland sisters, Caitlin, left, and Emily, as conjoined twins in early 1997. They were separated at   Caitlyn Covington celebrates her graduation from Concordia University Texas with daughter, Elise.         Reprinted, with permission, from The Lutheran
   where she finds employment, the sisters say they       10 months of age, and thrived while growing up in Houston. The two were co-valedictorians at their         A group of volunteers known as “Elise’s Love Club” provided free babysitting so the single mother could   Church—Missouri Synod’s Reporter newspaper
   may very well get that apartment together.             high-school graduation. (Courtesy of Copeland family)                                                      attend classes. (Matthew Brooks)                                                                          (
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LSA Highlights
                                                                                                                                                                                                             • LSA students, parents, and teachers part-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             nered with Comunidad de Gracia Lutheran          “Thank You!”
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Church to host the 5th annual Easter Cele-
                                                                                                                                                                                                             bration for the community surrounding the                  from LSA
    • LSA High School Concert Band was                                                                                                                                                                       mission church.
    crowned TAPPS State Champions for the third                                                                                                                                                                                                               On behalf of the faculty and staff at
    year in a row.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             • LSA’s National Honor Society collected 44      Lutheran South Academy, I want to
                                                                                                                                                                                                             boxes for Operation Christmas Child during       thank you for supporting us in prayer
    • Mark Giugliano (‘18) was selected for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the month of November, that were sent over-
    2017-18 Texas Private School All-State Band.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             seas to children for Christmas presents.         and through your resources as we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              continue to recover from the effects of
    • 9 students from the Middle School Band
                                                                                                                                                                                                             • Through Kid’s Against Hunger, our Lower        Hurricane Harvey. We literally would
    earned a spot on the ATSSB Region 10 Band.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             School packaged enough food kits to feed
    The students were: Amanda Bolinger (‘24),                                                                                                                                                                                                                 not be where we are today had it not
                                                                                                                                                                                                             30,456 people locally and globally.
    Katja de Peuter (‘22), Juslin Dinh (‘22), Erin                                                                                                                                                                                                            been for our community surrounding
    Donnelly (‘22), Matt Giugliano (‘22), John
    Marietta (‘23), Noah Merrill (‘22), Nico                                                                                                                                                                                                                  us with support and helping us out of a
    Patsatzis (‘22) and Michael Tweed (‘22).                                                                                                                                                                                                                  really bad situation.

    • Clarinetist Helen Plante (‘18) and Bass
    Clarinetist Benjamin Verswijver (‘19) were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That being said, I think this past
    selected to the 2018 Texas Private School                                                                                                                                                                                                                 school year has been one of our best
    Music Educator’s Association (TPSMEA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     school years EVER! Our students and
    All-State Band.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           staff were determined that Hurricane
    • Helen Plante (‘18) was selected to the                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Harvey was not going to define our
    Association of Texas Small School Band’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                  year. We rose above the trials and
    (ATSSB) All-State Band.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tribulations and embraced the chaos,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              construction, and camaraderie. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              were blessed to be able to earn 3 state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              championships with Soccer, Band
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Baseball. In fact, LSA ended
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              up ranking #6 overall amongst the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              38 schools in our TAPPS division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in the state of Texas based on our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              achievements in Academic, Athletic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              and Fine Arts competitions. This is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              pretty remarkable statistic considering
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              we were completely displaced from our
    • 31 LSA Seniors and 5 staff members attended    • LSA sent 4 students Bethany Andress (‘19),                                                                                                                                                             campus for 2 months.
    the Passion Conference that was held in          Alexander Baldwin (‘19), Nomar LeBron
    Atlanta, GA.                                     (‘19), Halle Lin (‘20) to the Space Settlement
                                                     Design Competition at NASA.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              What has taken place at LSA this
    • Haleigh Pham (‘25) and Luke Anderson (‘22)                                                        • The “Top Ten Academic” LSA High School          • Lower School students ran or walked for a        • LSA’s 7th & 8th grade Bible team took          year is nothing short of a miracle and
    were the named the Lower School and Middle       • Andrew Leimkuehler (‘18) was selected for        Seniors were recognized at a luncheon hosted      total of 800.25 miles through Miles for Missions   1st place at the Houston Bible Bowl tourna-      to God be the Glory for all of it! He
    School Champions respectively.                   the US Presidential Scholars Program, one of       by the South-Belt-Ellington Chamber of Com-       to raise $20,677 to give to three missions: Kids   ment. Team members were: Luke Anderson
                                                                                                                                                                                                             (‘22), Chase Ferguson (‘22), Jonathan Scheer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              cleared a path for us every step of the
                                                     the nation’s highest honors for high school stu-   merce. The students earning this recognition      Against Hunger, Jesus is Lord Kenya Mission,
    • LSA’s Middle School was named Top School       dents. Andrew is one of more than 4,500 high       were: Morgan Bates, Matthew Bui, Serena           and Dwelling 1:14 from International Day.          (‘23), Caroline Schepmann(‘23) and Elijah        way! We are so blessed!
    for the 7th year in a row at the 2018 Academic   school seniors in the United States to receive     Everett, Lily Fehst, Julia Gaidousek, Mark Gi-                                                       Ward (‘22).
    Quest.                                           this prestigious award annually.                   ugliano, JD Leaverton, Andrew Leimkuehler,        • Morgan Bates (‘18), Evan Buisson (‘19),                                                           In Christ,
                                                                                                        Hannah Sleeper, and Joseph Spencer (all ‘18).     Mark Giugliano (‘18) and Paul LeBlanc (‘20)        • Fourth Grade had visits from State Represen-
                                                     • 32 Eighth grade students and 11 chaperones       In addition, Serena Everett and Lily Fehst were   represented LSA at the Texas Citizen Bee. Mark     tatives Sarah Davis and Dr. Alma Allen after     Sheila Psencik
    • Andrew Leimkuehler (‘18) was named a
    National Merit Finalist by the National Merit    went to Washington D.C. over Spring Break to       named recipients of the Dr. Victor Van Phan       finished in second place and Morgan finished       learning about Texas Government and Texas        LSA Head of School
    Scholarship Corporation.                         tour our nation’s capital.                         Scholarship.                                      third out of all the students participating.       History.

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LSA Highlights Continued
    • Thirty students from Lower School and Middle
                                                           • LSA’s Fine Arts Department hosted the first
                                                           annual “Visual Fine Arts Night” that showcased
                                                                                                            • Our IncubatorEdu class presented their
                                                                                                            entrepreneurial products to a panel of business
                                                                                                                                                              • Senior Walk, as a PreK through 12th grade
                                                                                                                                                              school, we were blessed to be able to celebrate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2017-2018 LSA
    School competed in the state competition for
    Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA)
                                                           the work on our LSA student artists.             owners/investors and a large audience of inter-
                                                                                                            ested parents, faculty and community members
                                                                                                                                                              with our seniors as they took one final stroll
                                                                                                                                                              through the halls of LSA during the 2018             Athletics Summary
    at TCU in Fort Worth. LSA’s Middle School              • LSA ranked 6th out of 38 schools competing     during our first annual Shark Tank.               Senior Walk.
    finished 7th overall with 75 schools competing.        for the Henderson Cup in the State of Texas.
    Lower School finished 10th overall with 75 school
    competing. The following students received a
                                                           The Henderson Cup is awarded annually to the     • LSA’s Fine Arts Department presented the        • Julia Gaidousek and Mark Giugliano (both            65 Student Athletes Received
                                                           school in each TAPPS division that earns the     musical “Annie” to over 1200 plus attendees       ‘18) were named Co- Valedictorians of the 2018           All-District Recognition
    medal and placed in the top 6 in their event(s):       most overall points including Academic, Fine     over six performances at the San Jacinto South    graduating class.
    Luke Anderson (‘22) 1st place in Listening Skills,     Arts and Athletic competitions.                  Performing Arts Center.
    3rd place in Maps, Graphs, and Charts, 4th place
    in Science, 6th place in Spelling; Katharine
                                                                                                                                                              • LSA’s Soccer team was honored as the Men’s
                                                                                                                                                              Private School Soccer team of the year at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    19 Student Athletes Received
    Andrews (‘25) 2nd place in Poetry Interpretation;                                                                                                         dinner hosted by VYPE Sports Network. Kyle                 All-State Recognition
    Harrison Conway (‘24) 6th place in Science; Ben                                                                                                           Dagley (‘18) was honored as the Men’s Private
    Pfeiffer (‘25) 1st place in Dictionary Skills; Ha-                                                                                                        School Soccer Player of the Year and Coach
    leigh Pham (‘25) 1st place in Spelling, 2nd place
    in Listening Skills; Evan Rockett (‘24) 5th place in
                                                                                                                                                              Nate Hagge was honored as the Private School
                                                                                                                                                              Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    17 Student Athletes Received
    Maps, Graphs, and Charts; Jonathan Scheer (‘23)                                                                                                                                                                 Academic All-State Recognition
    3rd place in Ready Writing.

    • The following students won awards for their
    submissions in the Houston Rodeo Art School
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     4 District Championships —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Boys Soccer, Girls Golf,
    Program: Gold Medal Grace Anderson (‘20),
    Finalist – Claire Varanauski (‘24); 1st Place                                                                                                                                                                      Girls Softball, Boys Track
    Winners - Anna Bankson (‘29), Lily Cocek
    (‘22), Iris Ju (‘26), Audrey Rutledge (‘28),
    Camille Tullo (‘29); 2nd place Winners - Emily
    Bankson (‘27), Lauren Ferguson (‘25), Malo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 State Championships —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Boys Soccer, Boys Baseball
    rie McGee (‘23), Olivia Munoz (‘22), Haleigh
    Pham (‘25), Grayson Pitman (‘22), Cameron
    Schroeader (‘22), Gage Wright (‘28); 3rd Place
    Winners- Isabelle DeHoyos (‘22), Reina Li
    (‘23), Davis Newstead (‘26), Presley Ramirez
    (‘25), Olivia Thom (‘22).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Student Athletes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Playing at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Next Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kolby Johnson (‘18) – Baseball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Central Arkansas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Christian Doxakis (‘18) – Baseball
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Brookhaven College

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sean Kerr (‘18) – Football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Aurora University in Chicago
                                                                                                            • Noa Miller (‘19) won a State Championship       • Bryan Edwards & Annie Chuoke (both ‘18)
                                                                                                            in the TAPPS 5A 800 meter run.                    were crowned Mr. & Miss LSA at Prom. This award
                                                                                                                                                              is presented annually to the senior boy and girl     Ethan McDonald (‘18) – Baseball
                                                                                                            • Jayla Greer (‘23) was selected as the first     who have demonstrated leadership, Christian char-    St. Mary’s University- San Antonio
                                                                                                            place winner in the Lutheran Hour Ministries      acter, influenced student attitudes and most exem-
                                                                                                            Coloring Contest.                                 plify Christian life in school and the community.

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That’s a wrap. The 2017/18 school year has
                                                                                    ended, graduates are making plans for college
                                                                                    and Lutheran High North has begun its
                                                                                    march into the new school year. So many
                                                                                    great events took place on campus over
                                                                                    this past year from Friday Night Football
                                                                                    to the Spring Musical. Our students had
                                                                                    opportunities to be involved in many
                                                                                    successful programs throughout the year.
                                                                                    Through these programs they learned to
                                                                                    work with fellow students, and adults. They
                                                                                    learned how to be part of a team, and that it
                                                                                    is the parts that contribute to the whole. In
                                                                                    I Corinthians 12:21 Paul, through the Holy
                                                                                    Spirit, emphasizes the importance of being a
                                                                                    part of the whole in Christ’s church on earth.

                                                                                    What creates success in a program? When
                                                                                    students learn to work together for the
                                                                                    good of the team, cast or crew. From girls
                                                                                    basketball going to the playoffs again, to our
                                                                                    boys basketball team going for the first time
                                                                                    in several years, or the soccer team winning
                                                                                    district again, success came through the
                                                                                    dedication of working hard together. To watch
                                                                                    our Spring Musical “Honk” bring in so many
                                                                                    from our community, one knew growth was
                                                                                    taking place among those who participated
                                                                                    and then celebrated another successful
                                                                                    production. Even putting together a successful
                                                                                    “Praise Band” took dedication to a skill that
                                                                                    when combined with others, made beautiful
                                                                                    music. (And our Praise Band truly did!)

                                                                                    In the classrooms, our students spent time
                                                                                    in their studies, reading and doing research,
                                                                                    preparing for tests, and working individually
                                                                                    and collaboratively on projects, and
                                                                                    eventually the semester final. Our teachers
                               • Chapel Tech Crew — This crew works hard
                                                                                    worked hard to prepare lessons that were
                               during each chapel service using state-of-the-
                                                                                    designed to ensure growth of knowledge
                               art audio/visual equipment. It is a great learn-     and skills. Hours of study and preparation
                               ing oportunity as well as a service to our school.   to ensure an outcome that can be measured
                                                                                    and celebrated could be seen throughout
                               • Awards Banquet — After a year of hard              the building. Challenges were faced, and
                               work; and in many cases 4 years, we award            sometimes battles lost, but only to ensure
                               those who stood out.                                 growth of maturity and movement towards a
                                                                                    greater goal. So much took place in what we
                               • Academic Quest — LHN hosted 13 schools             now refer to as the 2017/18 school year.
                               with over 250 participants in this annual event
                               celebrating the brightest future Lions.              That’s a wrap! Is it? We know it is not. We will
                                                                                    see those who graduated in this past school
                               • Lady Lions — The Girls Basketball team             year as they drop by on their way to college.
                               takes to the court in their 4th playoff season       We see so many who have graduated over the
                               in a row.                                            years. They go on yet come back just to check
                                                                                    in. Why? Because we are a community and
                               • Honk! the Musical — Our Spring musical             a family. We teach not only in our academic
                                                                                    fields of study, but we teach Christ crucified.
                               “Honk!” was a big hit for old and young alike.
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We have this hope as an anchor for the
    soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6: 19
    As we look back on the 2017-2018 school year                                                                                                                                                                   This year the students supported a variety
    at Westlake Prep we realize the goodness of our                                                                                                                                                                of different organizations through service
    God as our school continues to move forward in
    education and extracurricular activities.                                                                                                                                                                      projects and Chapel offerings. Chapel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   offerings included Baskets of Hope, Lutheran
    Academics                                                                                                                                                                                                      Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog
    • The Lower School did quite well in the                                                                                                                                                                       Ministry and Katy Pregnancy Help Center.
    academic areas of learning. They enjoyed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Service projects included Westlake grounds
    lessons and experiments that took place.
    • The biggest changes took place in our Upper                                                                                                                                                                  beautification and food and clothing drive
    School. The Math program put into place for                                                                                                                                                                    following Hurricane Harvey.
    Upper School students proved to be a blessing all
    around. Each student progressed at a steady pace
    as they took on Pre-Algebra and Algebra with
    great success.
    • Upper School Science took our students from
    book learning, to labs, and beyond their grade
    level, both in and out of the classroom.
    • History this year included visits to various
    educational sites to support the topics of
    • The promotion of our second 8th grade class
    took place on Thursday, May 24.

                                                        Fine Arts
                                                        • In August 2017, the Band Program was split
                                                        into Beginners Band and Advanced Band.
                                                        • With the hiring of a new Art Teacher, our
                                                        students worked with a variety of different
                                                        mediums including 2D as well as 3D art across
                                                        the grade levels.
                                                        • The Christmas program was presented by
                                                        Kinder through grade 3. The Twases of Christ-
    Firsts                                              mas was delightful as it told the story of the
    • The first Westlake Prep National Junior Hon-      celebration of the birth of Jesus.
    or Society was inducted in September 2017.
    • The first Student Council was founded at
                                                        • The Easter musical, Because He Lives, was
                                                        presented by our PreK-3 and PreK-4 as they
                                                                                                          • The Wildcats Varsity Volleyball team took          • Our tough JV Wildcat Ladies will again
    Westlake Prep in August 2017.                       shared the resurrection of Jesus.
                                                                                                          third in the state competition this past year. The   demonstrate their strength and knowhow in the
    • In the Spring of 2018, the 8th graders took       • January through May was filled with excite-
                                                                                                          JV team proved to be a group of young ladies to      years ahead.
    their first trip to Washington D.C. through         ment as our Upper School students of grades
                                                                                                          contend with as well look forward to all that they   • Track and Field was exciting as our Lower
    WorldStrides Christian Discoveries.                 5–8 practiced and presented The Lion King, Jr.
                                                                                                          will show us in the year ahead.                      School participated in the Track and Field Day
    • The Lower School students worshiped in the        The talents of our students were demonstrated
                                                                                                          • Wildcat Varsity Girls Basketball team took         at Our Savior. Our Upper School was able to
    gymnasium while the Upper School students           in many ways as they helped to create their
                                                                                                          3rd in conference and competed for the first time    participate in several Track Meets as well as the
    worshiped in the Upper School Building. There       costumes, designed and painted the backdrop, as
                                                                                                          in the state tournament. Go CATS!                    Concordia, Tomball Day of Competition.
    were joint Chapels for special celebrations         well as designed the cover of the playbill.
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Every Donation Counts
   WPA Welcomes Mr. Tim Wainright
   The Lutheran Education Association of                         Mr. Wainright shared, “During my career,                                                                                                 Revenue                                           Expense                                                           Harvey
   Houston (LEAH Schools) is proud to                            I have developed collaborative frameworks
   announce Mr. Tim Wainright as the next                        inside of six very different school                                                                                                            Auxiliary Income
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6% Donations               Salary/Benefits
   Head of School at Westlake Preparatory                        communities. My educational philosophy is                                                                                                                   2%                        55%                           Instructional                       Expenses
   Lutheran Academy beginning July 1, 2018.                      deeply rooted in an unwavering belief that the                                                                                                                   Tuitions/Fees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $3.5M    Payable
   He replaces Mrs. Judy Gerber who retired at                   quality of any school is determined most by                                                                                                                           92%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Operations       $3M
   the end of June.                                              the quality of the teachers in the classrooms                                                                                                                                                                                      8%                   Expenses
                                                                 as well as the quality of the teacher / student                                                                                                                                                                                                 $2.5M

   Mr. Wainright has served at Second Baptist                    relationship. Additionally, I believe that                                                                                                                                                                                                       $2M
   School (SBS) in Houston since 2014, most                      independent Christian education represents
   recently as the Head of Secondary Education                   one of the most valuable opportunities to not                                                                                                                                                                                                   $1.5M
   (middle school and high school). Prior                        only provide students access to the salvation                                                                                                                                                                                                    $1M
   to SBS, Mr. Wainright served as a teacher                     of Jesus Christ, but I believe students who are                                                                                                                                                                                 Financial Aid
   and administrator in Houston area public                      educated in independent Christian schools                                                                                                                                                                                        & Discounts
   schools. He and his wife Angela have two                      represent the restorative leaders who will                                                                                                                                                                          Financing                     $0
   daughters.                                                    protect the future of the United States.”                                                                                                                                                                              7%

                                                                Dear Westlake Family,                                                                                                         Endowment Gifts and Scholarships
                                                                I want to take this time to thank you for opportunity of working with your children in both the teacher and Head of           Gifts to our endowment fund help secure our future. Monetary donations placed in the fund remain restricted and cannot
                                                                School role for the last 7 years.                                                                                             be used, thereby allowing only the use of the interest earned on current operating expenses. The interest earned on your
                                                                I thank God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for all of the years He has given me. I thank Him that at the age of 17, one of    donation will be used year after year, generation after generation. Named scholarships can also be developed with a
                                                                my favorite teachers, Mr. Tom Wreck, stopped me in the hall and said, “I believe you are making a big mistake by going        minimum donation of $5,000. Please contact Pamela Collins ( at the LEAH office for
                                                                to nursing school, because you will be an outstanding teacher and find years of joy through teaching children. They will
                                                                be blessed by you.” Thanks TR.                                                                                                more information.

                                                                Parents of Westlake, I thank you for your love and support as together we shape and educate our children to be
                                                                strong in body, mind, and Spirit. Your children walk the halls of Westlake everyday learning a tremendous amount              Planned Giving
                                                                of information in each subject area. However, most importantly they walk with people who love them and care about             Planned giving involves providing for a future gift through your financial and estate plans and are an effective means of
                                                                them as a whole person. Their Savior, Jesus, is present in the halls and classrooms every day as the love, forgiveness, and
                                                                promise of Eternal Life, (the free gifts from God) are shared. Thank you for allowing us, the Westlake faculty and staff,
                                                                                                                                                                                              Christian stewardship as they redirect assets to ministry that would otherwise be lost to income, capital gains, or estate
                                                                to be a key part of educating the whole child.                                                                                taxes. They are a wonderful way to support charities you care deeply about.
      Thank you PTL board and volunteers, you have been enjoyable to work with. Your great ideas, willingness to volunteer in whatever is needed, and your positive joy filled spirit
                                                                                                                                                                                              Opportunities include:
      has blessed me in many ways. You have served as an encouragement to all. Keep up the good work!                                                                                                 • Gifts through wills and trusts
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Gift annuities that provide a lifetime income
      The most influential people in any school are the teachers. They live life with the children. They help boost the joy in their classrooms and divide the hurt or sorrow that may come
      the children’s way. The faculty and staff this year have been outstanding in every way. I could not have asked for a better team of people to do this last year with. Well done! God            • Gifts of real estate or stocks
      bless you with a restful and rejuvenating summer. You will remain in my heart always.                                                                                                           • Beneficiaries in retirement plans and life insurance
      The office staff, which holds all of the loose ends together, is great. Westlake could not run as smoothly without them. Ladies you are over the top in all that you do. Thank you!             • Charitable trusts which provide lifetime income and tax advantages

      I thank my husband Glenn for all of the love and support he has given me over the years. He is the encourager in my life to do, be, and try whatever I have been “called” to.
      Thank you, Gerber.                                                                                                                                                                      Estate Planning
                                                                                                                                                                                              Financial planning professionals are available to you if you would like to include LEAH Schools or any one of our
      Through 40 years of education the most precious, important, and fun piece of life has been the thousand plus students I have had the honor of working with. They bring life to
      empty rooms and halls. Their questions and answers encourage all of us to constantly seek the knowledge and wisdom that God has planted in our world. Their joys and sadness
                                                                                                                                                                                              campuses in your estate planning. Contact Gregg Pinick ( for more information.
      keep us connected to our Savior, Jesus as we watch and listen to their prayers and thoughts. The intended and unintended humor children bring to the table each day is like a
      favorite treat for the day, sometimes salty like salsa and chips and other times the sweetest candy in the world. The love and friendship they offer makes each day worth getting
      up and getting going. I love you like a rock (diamond: native crystalline carbon that is the hardest known mineral, that is usually nearly colorless, that when transparent and
                                                                                                                                                                                              Amazon Smile
      free from flaws is highly valued as a precious stone). You are my diamonds! I love each and every one of you.                                                                           Use Amazon Smile and designate Lutheran Education Association of Houston as your charitable organization. Amazon
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      I pray that your summer has been filled with rest, fun, and lots of family togetherness. Till we meet again, God bless and keep you always,
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      Affectionately,                                                                                                                                                                         shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to
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2018 LEAH Schools Galas

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Thank you   for your generous support of our schools.

                          Donations reported are from July 2017 through June 2018 and include those made to Hurricane Harvey Relief.
    Foundations,                                  Brush And Blush Bar                              George W. Bush Foundation                Ladies of the Lamb-Scrip
    Scholarship Funds,                            Buck Horn Ranch                                  Gilliam Insurance Agency, Inc.           Lakewood Yacht Club
    Matching Organizations &                      C2C Technical Services, LLC                      Girl Scout Brownie Troop 143038          Lana Rawlinson Photography
    Corporate Donors                              Camp Lone Star                                   Golden Thread                            Laurenzo’s El Tiempo Corporate Office
    1st Step Pro Wellness                         Capital Group Co Charitable Foundation           Gordy & Sons Outfitters                  Lavish Salon & Spa
    4 B’s Boutique                                Carrabba’s Italian Grill                         Grand 1894 Opera House                   LD — Little Designs
    A Contact Electric Rentals                    Cast Iron Nuts                                   Gringo’s Mexican Restaurant — La Porte   League City Fit Body Boot Camp
    A.D. Players                                  Central Texas Bar-B-Q                            Gymkoi                                   Legacy Deo
    Adelaide’s Boutique                           Central Texas Style Barbecue, Pearland           Hallmark Office Products                 Legacybox
    Advent Lutheran Church                        Ceramic Store of Houston                         Hand and Stone Massage & Facial Spa      Lewis Jewelers
    AdvoCare Independent                          Charlaine Harris Inc.                            Heavenly Films Commercial                Living Soul Pottery
    Aerodrome Ice Skating Complex                 Chef of the House                                Hidden Treasure Farms Inc                Lone Star Flight Museum
    AIXIZ Service & International, LLC.           Chevron Matching Employees Funds —               Hillsong United                          Lost Draw Cellars
    Al Vetro Coffee                                 Your Cause                                     Hired Hands                              Ludi Casas DDS PC
    Alamo Drafthouse Cinema                       Children’s Museum of Houston                     Hirsch Family Trust                      Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
    Albemarle Foundation                          Christ Lutheran P.T.L.                           Houston Astros                           Lyondell
    Albertsons Safeway                            Claygate Estate Vineyard                         Houston Museum Of Natural Science        Maggiano’s Little Italy
    ALDI                                          Clover Christian School                          Houston Swim Club - Pearland             Maid Right
    Allied Hydromulch, LLC                        Club Pilates Clear Lake                          Houston Symphony                         Main Street Theater
    Altered Images                                College Hunks Hauling Junk                       Houston Zoo                              Marco’s Pizza
    AmazonSmile Foundation                        Craft 96 Draught House + Kitchen                 Indorama Ventures                        Material Services
    American Gift Fund                            Cypress Valley Canopy Tours                      inFaith Community Foundation             Metcalf Fine Art Portraits
    Amy’s Ice Cream                               Dassani Dentistry                                Inside Outdoor                           Michalyn Ordeneaux Realty LTD.
    Anixter Power Solutions                       Dekker’s Mesquite Grill                          Iowa District West                       Mommie Chic And Me
    Argila Inc.                                   Disneyland Community Relations                   IPic Theaters                            Monique Nickels, Inc.
    Art & Kustom Kreations                        DLS Event Services, Inc.                         James Avery Artisan Jewelry              Moody Gardens, Inc.
    Art Elements Gallery                          Downtown Aquarium                                John O. Harris Holdings L.C.             Morales Family Lutheran Education
    B L Marston Revocable Trust                   Dreamland Fro Yo Inc.                            Joke Joint Comedy Showcase                 Fund Endowment
    B. M. Woltman Foundation                      Dynamo Charities                                 Jon D. Williams Cotillions               Nasa Pet Hospital
    Bakfish Craft Beer Brewing Co.                El Dorado Insurance Agency                       Jostens                                  National Christian Foundation Houston
    BASH Houston                                  Elite Beauty Company                             JSC Federal Credit Union                 One Feather
    Bay Area Racquet Club                         Ellis Moon Orthodontics PLLC                     Kemah Boardwalk                          One Glance
    Bay Glen Animal Hospital                      EMK Designs                                      Kemah Capital LLC                        Orion Medical — Karan Bhalla
    Bay Oaks Orthopaedics                         English District of the LCMS                     Kendra Scott LLC                         Pacific Southwest District
    Bayside Chic Galveston                        Express Children’s Theatre                       Kevin James McRea Photography            Panera Bread
    Be Unique                                     Fayez Sarofin & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court        Kid Creations Art & Craft Studio         Pappas Restaurants
    Bergamos Spa Retreat                            Championship River                             Kingdom Wheels                           PE Square Engineering Consultants LLC
    Bethany Madrid Custom Art                     Fidelity                                         Knife and Fork II LLC                    Pearland Chamber of Commerce
    Boardroom Salon for Men                       Fire Professional Service                        Kroger Food Stores - Shenandoah          Pearland Coffee Roasters
    Body and Brain Yoga Tai Chi                   Flynn O’Hara Uniforms                            Kroger Stores                            Pearland Yard Cards
    Bounce’N 4 Fun                                Frayed Flower                                    KZ Catering                              Pearle Vision Galleria
    Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp.          Galveston Limo                                   L. O. B. Limited Partnership             Penland Photography

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Perfection Plus                            The Allison Inn & Spa                     Atonement Lutheran Church & School            Grace Lutheran Church – Fargo, ND              Lutheran Fraternities of America Society       Presbyterian School – Houston, TX
    Petsmart #0203                             The Cheese Bar                              – Metairie, LA                              Grace Lutheran Church – DeWitt, IA              No. 57 – Eastpoint, MI                        Prince of Peace Christian School
    Pharmcare, LLC                             The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated       Avilla Christian Academy – Alexander, AR      Grace Lutheran School                          Lutheran High Northeast – Norfolk, NE            – Carrollton, TX
    Pleasure Pier                              The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion      Baylor University – Waco, TX                    – Menomonee Falls, WI                        Lutheran High School – Indianapolis, IN        Racine Lutheran High School – Racine, WI
    Pohatcong TWP PTA                          The Mabel N. Gumtow Trust                 Bethany Lutheran School – Parma, OH           Hampton Lutheran School – Hampton, NE          Lutheran High School Association               Redeemer Lutheran Church – Corning, IA
    Poison 91 Fleurs                           The Noltes Drink Machine                  Bethel Lutheran Church – Layton, IA           Heartland Lutheran High School                  – Sheboygan, WI                               Redeemer Lutheran Church & School
    Pookie Toodles Custom Cakes                The Perfect Workout                       Bethlehem Lutheran Church                       – Grand Island, NE                           Lutheran High School North – Macomb, MI          – Pensacola, FL
    Pro-Surv                                   The Pet Palace                              – Greendale, IN                             Hephatha Lutheran School – Anaheim, CA         Lutheran Women’s Missionary – Fulda, MN        Redeemer Lutheran School – Redwood, CA
    Queen Bling                                The Rustic Brush                          Christ Lutheran School - Peoria, IL           Holy Cross Lutheran Church                     Lutheran High School Northwest                 Redlands Christian School – Redlands, CA
    R D Crumley & Company                      Thisaetum Winery                          Christ Lutheran School - Lincoln, NE            – Indianapolis, IN                            – Rochester Hills, MI                         Rochester Central Lutheran School
    Raising Cane’s                             Thrivent Financial Choice Dollars         Christ Lutheran School - Overland Park, KS    Holy Trinity Lutheran Church – Edmond, OK      Lutheran High School of St. Charles              Association – Rochester, MN
    Randalls                                   Tia Maria Mexican Restaurant              Christ the King Lutheran Church               Hope Lutheran High School                       County – St. Peters, MO                       Sagemont Church - Houston, TX
    Randall’s Store Reward Program             TIFF Charitable Foundation                  – Memphis, TN                                 – Port Coquitlam, BC                         Lutheran High School Westland                  Saint Albert Catholic Schools
    RBC Trust Company (Delaware)               Tiffany Koza Hurricane Benefit            Clover Christian School - Buhl, ID            Hope Lutheran Church and School                 – Westland, MI                                  – Council Bluffs, IA
    RD Mobile Homes, LLC                       Times Square Entertainment                Concordia Christian Academy                     – Seattle, WA                                Lutheran High School-Orange County             Salem Lutheran Church & School
    Rep. Greg Bonner District 24               Tina’s Restaurant                           – Jonesboro, AR                             Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran                   – Orange County, CA                             – Jacksonville, IL
    Revive Med Spa & Wellness                  TobyMac True Artist Management            Concordia Lutheran Church – Houston, TX         Congregation – East Dundee, IL               Lutheran Secondary Association of Dallas       Salem Lutheran School – Affton, MO
    Rich Girls Boutique                        Tolleson Wealth Management                Concordia Lutheran Elementary School          Immanuel Lutheran Church – Sterling, NE         – Dallas, TX                                  Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
    Rio Plex Safety Council LLC                Tookie’s Seafood , T-Bone Tom’s             – Omaha, NE                                 Immanuel Lutheran Church and School            Mayer Lutheran High School – Mayer, MN           – San Antonio, TX
    River Road Bunkhouse                       Total Wine & More                         Concordia Lutheran School – Conover, NC         – Batavia, IL                                Mountain View Lutheran Church                  Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church
    Rocket Fizz                                Tuesday Night Ladies Association          Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha, Inc.     Immanuel Lutheran Church and School             – Las Vegas, NV                                 and School – Brighton, MI
    Roco Winery                                Urban Air Adventue Park                     – Omaha, NE                                   – Brookfield, WI                             Mt. Olive Lutheran Church – Des Moines, IA     St. James Lutheran School - Quincy, IL
    Ronald & Dian Krumme Rev LIV TR            Vera Bradley — Memorial City Mall         Concordia University – Seward, NE             Immanuel Lutheran Christian Academy            Northland Lutheran School Association          St. John Lutheran – Libby, MT
    Rouxpour Restaurant                        Volume Salon                              Cornerstone Christian Academy                   – Broken Arrow, OK                            – Kansas City, MO                             St. John Lutheran Church - LCMS
    Saloon Door Brewing                        Welling Insurance Agency                    – Willoughby Hills, OH                      Immanuel Lutheran Church – Sterling, NE        Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL   St. John Lutheran Church & School
    Sam Houston Race Park                      Wells Fargo Foundation Educational        Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church               Immanuel Lutheran Preschools                   Our Redeemer Lutheran Church                     – Indianapolis, MN
    Sasol Gives —Your Cause LLC                 Matching Gift Program                      and School – Hartland, WI                     – Cedar Falls, IA                             with School – Delaran, WI                     St. John Lutheran School – Suring, WI
    Schlitterbahn — Galveston                  Weston Lakes Country Club                 Elm Grove Lutheran School – Elm Grove, WI     Immanuel Lutheran School – Plainview, MN       Our Savior Lutheran Church and School          St. John Lutheran School – Ocala, FL
    Schwab Charitable Fund                     Wheel of Fortune                          Emanuel Lutheran Church – Seymour, WI         Immanuel Lutheran School – Seymour, IN          – Louisville, KY                              St. John Lutheran School – Defiance, OH
    Shell Oil Company                          Wichita Christian School                  Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church            Immanuel Lutheran School – Sheboygan, WI       Our Savior Lutheran Church of Grand Rapids     St. John’s Lutheran Church and School
    Shelter Roofing                            Williamette Valley Vineyards                – Alhambra, CA                              LCMS – English District – Farmington, MI       Our Savior Lutheran School – Fenton, MO          – Red Bud, IL
    Shipley Donuts                             Willlow Fork Country Club                 Faith Community Lutheran Church               LCMS Iowa District West – Fort Dodge, IA       Our Savior’s Lutheran School – Albany, NY      St. John’s Lutheran Church - Chicago, IL
    Silver Creek Dental                        X10 Archery                                 – Las Vegas, NV                             LCMS Pacific Southwest District – Irvine, CA   Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and               St. John’s Lutheran Parochial School
    Skylark Investments, LLC                   YMCA                                      Faith Lutheran Middle School &                LCMS – Texas District – Austin, TX              School – Birmingham, MI                         - Mattoon, IL
    Soter Vineyards & North Valley Vineyards                                               High School – Las Vegas, NV                 LCMS Foundation – St. Louis, MO                Our Shepherd Lutheran School – Avon, IN        St. John’s Lutheran School – Buckley, IL
    Space Center Houston                                                                 Faith Lutheran School – Lacey, WA             Lincoln Lutheran School Association Inc        Pella Christian High School – Pella, IA        St. John’s Lutheran School – Midland, M
    Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods        Schools & Churches                        First Baptist Academy – Houston, TX             – Lincoln, NE                                Philadelphia-Montgomery Christian              St. John’s Lutheran School - West Bend, WI
    Stampin’ Up                                Abiding Savior Lutheran Church & School   First Immanuel Lutheran Church —              Linfield Christian School – Temecula, CA        Academy – Erdenheim, PA                       St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran School
    Star Cinema Grill                           – St. Louis, MO                            Student Council – Cedarburg, WI             Living Savior Lutheran Church                  Pilgrim Lutheran Church and School               – Steeleville, IL
    Sugar Land Skeeters                        Abiding Word Lutheran School              Gloria Dei Lutheran Church – Nassau Bay, TX     – Montgomery, TX                              – Beaverton, OR                               St. Matthew Lutheran Church – Holt, MI
    Taste Of Texas                              – Houston, TX                            Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and School         Lutheran Church of the Redeemer                Plaucheville Elementary School –               St. Paul EV. Lutheran Church, Inc.
    Texas Library Association                  Advent Lutheran Church – York, PA           – Davie, FL                                   – Birmingham, MI                              Plauchevillie, LA                               – Bonduel, WI
    Texas Motor Speedway                       Association of Lutheran Secondary         Good Shepherd Lutheran Church                 Lutheran Education Association                 Pohatcong Township Schools                     St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of
    TexJoy Coffee Company                       Schools – Saratoga Springs, NY             – Midwest City, OK                            – Brownstown, IN                              – Phillipsburg, NJ                              Boca Raton FL – Boca Raton, FL

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St. Paul Lutheran Church – Skokie, IL        West Portal Lutheran Church                The Hoppe Family Foundation                 Mr. and Mrs. Gary & Kelly Himmler         Mr. Justin Bell                            Mr. and Mrs. Hsing Ju
    St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church         – San Francisco, CA                       Mr. and Mrs. Kevin & Lauren Hughes          Mr. and Mrs. Jim & Kari Hollway           Mr. Bruce Blake                            William Kammeyer, M.D.
      – Munster, IN                              Westminster Schools of Augusta             Mr. and Mrs. E Kemnitz                      Ms. Gail Holzer                           Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie & Rhonda Bloskas       Mr. and Mrs. Brett & Elaine Kellerman
    St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Aurora, IL       – Augusta, GA                             Mr. and Mrs. Robert & Elizabeth Killinger   Mr. and Mrs. Louis & Donna Howard         Mr. and Mrs. Bryan & Shari Bogle           Mr. and Mrs. Aaron & Beth Klein
    St. Pauls Lutheran Church & School           Wolf River Lutheran High School            Mr. and Mrs. Jeff & Tiffany Koza            Mr. David Kautz & Mrs. Dana Michaels      Mr. and Mrs. Donald & Miriam Bohning       Ms. Melissa Kness
      – Enid, OK                                  – Shawano, WI                             Mr. and Mrs. Gerald & Mary Koza             Mr. and Mrs. Douglas & Catherine Kimpel   Mr. and Mrs. Richard & Karen Boyer         Mr. Howard Lacey
    St. Peter Lutheran Church                    Wichita Christian School                   Mr. and Mrs. Jon & Sammy Loring             Ms. Vikki Koss                            Mr. and Mrs. Lon & Reagen Brenner          Mr. Curtiss Larson
      – Arlington Heights, IL                     – Wichita Falls, TX                       Mr. Mack McDonald                           Mr. and Mrs. Gerald & Kim Koza            Mr. Gerald Brunworth                       Mr. David Leblanc
    St. Stephens Lutheran Church Missouri        Woodward-Granger Community School          Mr. and Mrs. Doug & Erika McReaken          Mr. and Mrs. Larson                       Mr. Daniel Burk                            Mr. and Mrs. Frank & Jill Lin
      Synod – Hichory, NC                         District – Granger, IA                    Dr. and Mrs. James & Lynn Moers             Mr. and Dr. Andrew & Joy Leblanc          Mr. and Mrs. Larry & Betsy Bush            Ms. Stacy Lyon
    Suburban Bethlehem Lutheran Church           Zion Lutheran Church – Georgetown, TX      Mr. and Mrs. Eric & Leslie Redman           Mr. Jung Lee                              Mr. and Mrs. Myron & Elnora Carnes         Mr. and Mrs. Mark & Priscilla Magnuson
      & School – Fort Wayne, IN                  Zion Lutheran Church and School            Mr. and Mrs. Eric & Rebecca Striesfeld      Mr. Jonathan McDaniel                     Mr. and Dr. Abel & Ludi Casas              Dr. and Mrs. Thomas & Lynette Marshall
    Texas High School – Texarkana, TX             – Litchfield, IL                          Mr. and Mrs. Kevin & Erin Teichman          Mr. and Mrs. Brandon & Greer McDonald     Mr. and Mrs. Kurt & Christa Claussner      Mr. and Mrs. Trey & Maria Maxwell
    The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer          Zion Lutheran Church and School            Mr. and Mrs. Lyle & Brenda Tempel           Mr. and Mrs. Daniel & Rebecca Noack       Ms. Darla Dean                             Ms. Tracy McClung
      – Sheboygan, WI                             – Rapid City, SD                          Mr. and Mrs. Walt & Tone Teter              Mr. and Mrs. Alex & Katie Nolte           Mr. Michael Diaz                           Mr. and Mrs. James & Cassie McGarvey
    Timothy Lutheran Church – Blue Springs, MO   Zion Lutheran School – St. Charles, MO                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Travis & Sara Pinick         Mr. and Mrs. James & Debra Dick            Mr. and Mrs. David & Paula McLemore
    Trinity Lutheran Child Development           Zion-Concord Lutheran School               $2,000 - $4,999                             Mr. and Mrs. Rob & Sheila Psencik         Ms. Cassie Dienst                          Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Desiree Miller
      Center – Baton Rouge, LA                    – Bensenville, IL                         Ms. Ann Alario                              Mr. and Mrs. James & Robin Quinton        Ms. Anna Dietert                           Mr. and Mrs. Roger & Melissa Morse
    Trinity Lutheran Church – Auburn, AL                                                    Mr. and Mrs. Michael & Casey Alvarez        Mr. and Mrs. David & Courtney Renaud      Mr. and Mrs. Chris & Liz Dooley            Mr. and Mrs. Thomas & Marta Neely
    Trinity Lutheran Church – Baton Rouge, LA    $25,000 - $49,999                          Mrs. Phyllis Baacke                         Mr. and Mrs. Matthew & Andrea Rockett     Ms. Patricia Driskill                      Mr. and Mrs. Craig & Tara Newkirk
    Trinity Lutheran Church – Grangeville, ID    Dr. and Mrs. Orlando & Toi Beckum          Mr. and Mrs. Gary & Kathrine Benson         Ms. Cambrey Rogers                        Ms. Tracy Ehlinger                         Mr. and Mrs. Larry & Marian Noack
    Trinity Lutheran Church – Rochester, MN      Mr. and Mrs. Chris & Laura Goldstraw       Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred & Julie Bertrand       Mr. and Mrs. Nick & Teresa Scotto         Mr. and Mrs. William & Lynn Eickemeyer     Mr. and Mrs. Ron & Daphne Orlando
    Trinity Lutheran Church/School – Bend, OR    Mr. and Mrs. Barry & Dena Wren             Mr. and Mrs. Max & Daniel’e Bolen           Mr. Peter Spano                           Ms. Lisa Episcopo                          Mr. and Mrs. Gregg & Melanie Pinick
    Trinity Lutheran Church/School                                                          Mr. and Mrs. Edward & Reene Bradshaw        Mr. and Mrs. Scott & Michelle Stone       Mr. and Mrs. David & Jax Farmer            Ms. Jana Rebmann
      – Monroe, MI                               $5,000 - $24,999                           Mr. and Mrs. Bryant & Jane Brown            Mr. and Mrs. Tommy & Wendy Tullo          Mr. and Mrs. Mark & Clysse Favret          Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan & Lezlie Reeves
    Trinity Lutheran High School – Seymour, IN   Mr. and Mrs. Jason & Jill Alexander        Dr. and Mrs. Dien & Kim Bui                 Mr. and Mrs. Joseph & Shannon Underwood   Mr. Kevin Feagins                          Mr. and Mrs. Evert & Janine Riekert
    Trinity Lutheran School – Centralia, IL      Mr. and Mrs. Tom & Rosslyn Alexander       Ms. Charlotte Cheatham                      Mr. and Mrs. Darrel & Lorena Uselton      Mr. and Mrs. Sergio Fernandez              Dr. and Dr. Brooke & Louie Roberts
    Trinity Lutheran School – Davenport, IA      Mr. and Mrs. Mark & Debbie Baacke          Mr. and Mrs. Joe & Ellen Chuoke             Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Vaught                Mr. Joshua French                          Mr. Matthew Rogers
    Trinity Lutheran School – Edwardsville, IL   Mr. and Mrs. Jeff & Dana Barnett           Mr. and Mrs. Robert & Susanne Clark         Mr. Jay Vaught                            Mr. and Mrs. Steven & Rachel Garrabrant    Mr. and Mrs. Kurt & Alice Rosenhagen
    Trinity Lutheran School – Hobart, IN         Mr. Jay Christopher                        Mr. Devin Clennon                           Mr. and Mrs. Robert & Lisa Wells          Mr. and Mrs. Mark & Jennifer Gilliam       Mr. and Mrs. Bruce & Rita Schaller
    Trinity Lutheran School – Indianapolis, IN   Mr. and Mrs. Brad & Raeanne Crain          Mr. and Mrs. I. & Debra Cook                Ms. Charlotte Wendt                       Mr. and Mrs. Bill & Debbie Hanna           Mr. George W. Schmidt
    Trinity Lutheran School – Stewardson, IL     Mr. and Mrs. Fernando & Nelly De La Pena   Mr. and Mrs. Robert & Melissa Cooney        Mr. Fouad Zeidan                          Mr. and Mrs. Jim & Susan Hart              Mr. and Mrs. John & Judith Schneller
    Trinity-St. John Lutheran School             Mr. and Mrs. Larry & Patricia Denson       Mr. and Mrs. Steve & Cathy Dienst           Mr. and Mrs. James & Joanna Zimmermann    Mr. and Mrs. Terrell & Lara Haydock        Mr. and Mrs. Tom & Judy Scholz
      – Nashville, IL                            Mr. and Mrs. William & Brenda Donnelly     Mr. and Mrs John & Cristy Edwards                                                     Mr. and Mrs. Mark & Marcilee Hergenrader   Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt & Lynne Schultz
    Unity Christian School – Fulton, IL          Mr. and Mrs. Gary & Kathy Germeroth        Mr. and Mrs. Bill & Mary Jo Forner          $1,000 - $1,999                           Mr. Tom Herren                             Mr. and Mrs. Robert & Alisa Shellberg
    United in Christ Lutheran School             Mr. and Mrs. Jeff & Kim Girouard           Mr. and Mrs. Glenn & Judy Gerber            Dr. Sezen Altug                           Ms. Marianne Higdon                        Mr. and Mrs. Jeff & Darcy Skweres
      – Frohna, MO                               Mr. and Mrs. Bob & Diana Gulledge          Mr. and Mrs. Mark & Pam Giugliano           Mr. Justin Bangert                        Ms. Linda Highfield                        Mr. and Mrs. Anthony & Tina Smazenka
    Valley Lutheran High School                  Mr. Henry G. Hemminghaus                   Mr. and Mrs. Billy & Natalie Henrichs       Mr. Dennis Barber                         Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth & Bevin Horne         Mr. and Mrs. Darryl & Marie Smith
      – Saginaw, MI                              Mr. and Mrs. Mike & Tina Hergenrader       Mr. and Mrs. Joseph & Mitzie Hill           Mr. Bruce Beakley                         Mr. and Mrs. Wayman & Kristi Jeu           Mr. and Mrs. Lance & Alicia Smith
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