It’s National Lutheran Schools Week! For those of you who may not be familiar, National Lutheran Schools Week provides the network of nearly 2,300 LCMS preschools, elementary schools, and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among those of us who are working in, or attending, Lutheran schools.
Mount Olive Lutheran Preschool thanks God for the opportunity to not only provide excellent early education for the children we serve, but also the freedom to share Jesus’ amazing love with these children and their families.
This year, in honor of National Lutheran Schools Week, the children have been told the story of “The Widow’s Mite”. (Haven’t heard it? See below!) The basic message we wanted the children to take home with them is this: No matter how much or how little you have to give, God knows what’s in your heart! We then sent “mite boxes” home with the children for them to collect coins in and then bring back to school. Each classroom has been combining their “mites” in a classroom jar so that the children can see that their small contributions really add up!
Next week we will be taking these classroom jars to Chapel with us to combine them all into one REALLY BIG container so that Pastor Bill can bless the children and their offering. Stay tuned to find out just how “mite-y” your children’s efforts were!
(Monies collected will be donated to the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) in support of their many local and world-wide mission projects.)
The Christian lesson of the widow’s mites, as relayed in Luke (21:1-4) and Mark (12:41-44), is an enduring testament to the value of faith. A destitute widow has only a few mites to her name, and those she gave selflessly as her donation to the Temple. (Mites were ancient pennies, fairly worthless at the time). Jesus comments that her modest gift was worth more than the ostentatious contributions of the wealthy, for her mites represented all that she had. This virtuous woman had demonstrated true Christian faith in God — she could not know from where her next meal would come, but she believed that He would provide for her.