Lancaster Mennonite School Turns 75!
Lancaster Mennonite School will celebrate its 75th birthday from October 2016 through October, 2017. Four major events will take place throughout the year. Each is partly a celebration; each is also a review and examination of the school’s character and contribution through the 75 years.
Everyone with connections to and interest in the school, including the general public, is invited to attend the programs on the school’s main campus at 2160 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster.
“We approach this Anniversary with hearts full of thankfulness,” says School Superintendent Richard Thomas. “At the same time, we want on this occasion to consider the effect the school has had on many lives, and its place in the world of education. What has its contribution been? What could it have done better? What is its appropriate place in the future?”
The four events are these:
“75 Years of God’s Grace—A Service of Thanksgiving,” will be held Friday evening, October 7, 2016 (Homecoming Weekend) at 7:00 p.m.
Alumni, faculty, and staff will present five Narrations of historic events from the life of the school.
An Alumni Choir and Alumni Orchestra will sing and perform. There will be spirited congregational singing, as well as vocal and instrumental solos. To register to join either music group, CLICK HERE.
Scripture will be presented in languages spoken by current students and teachers. Blessings will be offered by leaders from sister Mennonite schools.
“An Afternoon of Interviews with 9 Alumni: Vocations and Avocations” will take place on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 2 p.m.Nine graduates from a spread of years will reflect on whether LMS taught moral tools and vocabulary, along with employable skills and the humanities. The conversations will cover how life balance was communicated, and what of that training continues with them today.
“This is not a program for boasting,” say Phyllis Pellman Good and Merle Good, co-chairs of the Anniversary Program Committee. “We want these nine interviews to be open about low spots as well as high moments.”
Alumni musicians will offer music between the interviews.
“A Conference: Education from an Anabaptist/Christian Perspective” will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
More than thirty workshops, led by alumni, educators, business people, professionals, and pastors will look at why LMS has produced so many entrepreneurs, as well as leaders of nonprofits; the environmental history and stewardship of the main LMS campus; the role of standardized testing in education; discipline practices through the years; the place of athletics in the school’s life; how international students have changed the flavor and fiber of LMS, plus many more intriguing subjects.
Plenary addresses will be given by John D. Roth, professor of history at Goshen (IN) College, and by Susan Schultz Huxman, president-elect of Eastern Mennonite University.
“An Evening of Story and Song” is scheduled for Friday evening, October 6, 2017 (Homecoming Weekend), at 7 p.m.
Twelve alumni and faculty will tell stories from their lives around these themes: “In the world but not of it”; “Learning to set appropriate goals”; “Good times, hard times”; and “Making a difference.”
Music will be presented by alumni musicians between the stories, along with alumni-led congregational singing.
“We’re committed to telling the truth about the school’s history and what it’s become,” says Thomas. “This Anniversary is also a wonderful opportunity to give thanks to God, to rejoice about our more than 10,000 alumni, and to thank our faithful patrons and churches for their goodwill and support. We humbly receive God’s gift and grace.”