Nurturing Faith is a pillar of Valley Lutheran High School. It may happen formally in theology classes and chapel. Or it may happen informally in conversations among students and faculty. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, students are better prepared to face life’s challenges and look forward with hope for eternity. They leave the walls of Valley rooted in the knowledge that no matter what, they are HIS. This is the most important thing we do!
Students and faculty gather around God’s word each day during chapel. Like the “Word” itself, there are many facets to chapel at Valley Lutheran. Most days we gather in the gym where we are led by faculty members, local pastors and teachers, our students, and even students from our Lutheran grade schools. Sometimes we meet as “family groups” to share our thoughts and feelings about God’s word in more personal settings. Regardless the setting, chapel is always a special time to reflect on God amidst the activity of a school day.
Valley Lutheran High School students have the opportunity to share their love for Jesus through extended mission trips. In recent years, those trips have included international travel to Mexico, Puerto Rico, France and Costa Rica, as well as domestic trips to Texas and New Orleans.
Students are encouraged to participate in mission trips through their congregations and other organizations. A special fund has been established to help students with a portion of those costs. Call the school at (989) 790-1676 for more information.
Service opportunities give students the chance to grow in faith by helping, as Matthew writes, “the least of these.” It also gives them the chance to test their leadership skills as they organize projects that impact our community. And it helps them better understand the world in which we live.
Semi Annual school-wide Service Days are the cornerstone of community service at Valley Lutheran High School. Students plan and conduct fall and spring community service projects each year with their ‘family group’. Projects address a variety of community needs ranging from cleaning along the highway, to painting at the Red Cross, to preparing food for distribution with the Eastern Michigan Food Bank, to playing games and visiting with senior citizens, to working with preschool children and many others. If you or your organization would like to be considered as a Service Day project, please contact Heidi Behnke at (989) 790-1676.
Valley Lutheran maintains a chapter of Key Club, a branch of the Kiwanis International family specifically focused toward high school students. Living their motto, “Caring – Our Way of Life” the Valley Lutheran Key Club participates in numerous service projects throughout the year. Contact faculty advisors Bess Winter or Caleb Abraham with project suggestions or requests.
National Honor Society
NHS members serve the school and community in a number of ways, including two blood drives held in the fall and spring in conjunction with the Michigan Community Blood Center. Contact faculty advisors Jeanette Weilnau or Patrick Winningham with additional service suggestions or requests.
“It's been almost 25 years, and I vividly remember the lessons I learned there in faith, life, and academics. It's worth the investment for your children.”Former Valley Lutheran student