National Lutheran Schools Week 2013 will be celebrated January 27 - February 2, 2013.
The theme for NLSW 2013 is "Baptized for this Moment" based on Acts 2:38-39. This was chosen to build on the theme selected for the 2013 Regular Convention of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is an effort to get schools involved with the theme for the Convention early in the year.
Our sins are forgiven in the death and resurrection of Jesus. We have received the gift of the Holy Spirit. We can say, with Luther, "I am baptized" and know that "all is well" and God will never forsake us (AE 6:365). In strength given by the Spirit we bear witness of Christ's victory over death. God's promises are sure. With compassion that comes from the mercy we have received in Christ, we bind up wounds and bring living hope in Jesus. Baptized into His body, we live together in love, reflecting Christ's love for us.
The logo captures this movement out from our Baptism. By water and the Word, the Spirit of God unites us with Christ and moves us to confess His name, so that His Good News continues to ripple outward into all the world. Until Christ returns, we live by His promises and go forward as His body in the happy confidence we are "Baptized for this Moment."
National Lutheran Schools Week schedule:
January 26-February 1, 2014
January 25-31, 2015
Why the date change for NLSW?
When National Lutheran Schools Week was established, the first week of March was chosen to coincide with re-enrollment time. NLSW provides a wonderful opportunity to share the unique story of Lutheran education through open houses and other events held within our communities and congregations. The trend in recent years has been to begin the re-enrollment process earlier in the school year. The celebration of NLSW during March may also conflict with the penitential, somber season of Lent.
Therefore, the members of the LCMS School Cabinet made the decision to begin National Lutheran Schools Week on the fourth Sunday in January. As has been true in the past, schools may make the decision to celebrate this week when it best meet their needs.