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Graduation at Immanuel, Mankato —


In his remarks in connection with the graduation service on Sunday, June 8, High School Principal Kevin Hulke referred to the fact that just completed was the 131st (!) year of Christian Education at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Mankato. Truly, what great things God has done and is doing for this congregation, with its committed resolve to provide the very best education it can for each succeeding generation.

The congregation graduated 20 from its eighth grade, and 12 seniors from its high school department. Liturgist for the graduation service was Pastor Paul D. Nolting, with Teacher Douglas Libby preaching the sermon.

Teacher Libby’s remarks revolved around the encouraging words of the apostle in Philippians 4:4-8. Expanding on the theme “Go In God’s Peace,” the speaker referred to the many evidences of “imbalance” — consequences of sin — the graduates can expect to find as they venture out into the fallen world. And where can they go to reclaim the “balance” God intends for His children? Go to God’s Gospel of the Savior, finding there the peace which passes all understanding — a peace and joy such as ruled in the pre-Fall world and such as believers can look forward to in heaven. Truly, this peace of God “will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Who would dispute the fact that formal Christian education plays an integral part in helping the young keep their “balance” in a sin-sick society?

–Pastor Paul Fleischer