October 19, 2017

This past Saturday a group of us worked on painting the exterior of Mt. Calvary. It had been several years since it had been done and the church was in definite need of a fresh coat of paint. There was a group of about 10 adults volunteering their time. In addition to the adults there were some students in need of service hours as well as a couple of students who had a few hours of detention to serve.

As I watched the students who were serving their detention hours I initially thought to myself, here is something we don't do very well. The students were getting work done along with laughing and joking and generally having a good time. Isn't detention supposed to be miserable and hard work? 

As I thought about it some more I realized I was wrong. What better way for students to serve a detention on a Saturday than to work side by side with volunteers at a church? The students were able to see first-hand, and also experience for themselves, the joy that comes in serving together. Psalm 100:2 tells us, "Worship the LORD with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy." Right before the students left they made a word collage on the wall in paint. They wanted to include the name of every teacher at the school. The names surrounded a heart with VLHS written in the middle of it. As it turned out, we ran out of daylight before we got to that wall so the collage is still there and will be all week. As I walked by and saw it Monday it brought a smile to my face. Worship the Lord with gladness, even when serving a detention.

Mr. Robert Koehne
Executive Principal