GPLHS Monthly Update

March 2023

Prayer for Great Plains Lutheran High School

Heavenly Father, as we enjoy special opportunities this Lenten season to sit at your feet and contemplate your Son’s passion, we thank you for all schools, such as Great Plains Lutheran High School, where students daily have the opportunity to hear your word and grow in your grace. Bless all those who faithfully serve in our Lutheran schools. May the knowledge that you have overcome sin and death through Christ Jesus uplift us, empower us, and move us to live courageously as your disciples as we look forward to the gracious reward of heaven. Amen.

Call News

Mr. Mark Theisfeldt returned our call to serve as principal. The GPL board met on February 20 and extended a call to Kyle Bender to serve as our principal. Mr. Bender currently serves as principal at Immanuel Lutheran School in Greenville, WI. Mr. Mike Haugly returned his call to serve as a 7th-8th grade teacher and Athletic Director at Zion Lutheran School in South Milwaukee, WI. Mr. Sam Kleinke returned his call to teach upper grades at Grace Lutheran School in St. Joseph, MI. Please keep Kyle in your prayers as he deliberate on his two calls.

Thrivent Choice

Are you a member of Thrivent? If so, you may have Choice Dollars to donate.

Eligible benefit members will be designated a minimum of 25 choice.........READ MORE

GPL Grade School Basketball Tournament

We are looking forward to our Grade School Basketball Tournament coming up on March 3-4. This year we will have separate competitive divisions for girls and boys and a co-ed recreational division. This event gives our GPL Honor Society members the opportunity to serve in various capacities and prospective students a chance to experience a weekend at GPL.

New Student Enrollment

It is now time to enroll for the 2023-2024 school year! For new students, the application process starts at There you will find information, an opportunity to schedule a tour, and a link to our online application form. If you have an eighth grader, check it out. If you don’t have an eighth-grade student, please pass this information on to those who are or might be interested.

GPLYBL Coming this Spring

In an effort to give young children a positive, developmentally-appropriate experience learning the game of basketball AND create community awareness and connection for Great Plains Lutheran High School, we are piloting GPL Youth Basketball League (GPLYBL) this spring. There are currently 45 children registered that will be divided into four girls teams and four boys teams. We will make use of our new south gym which has.................READ MORE

GSI Thrift Annual Meeting

GSI Thrift will hold its annual meeting at GPLHS on Sunday, March 12 at 1:15pm. The meeting will include the approval of disbursement recommendations, the election of board members and reports from the GSI board president and store manager. Over the years GPLHS and its students have been greatly blessed through the efforts of GSI, its staff, donors and volunteers. As of this year, GSI has donated over 1.5 million dollars to GPLHS. Individuals interested in this work are invited and encourage to attend.

Spring Concert and Winter Awards Ceremony

Join us Sunday, March 12 at 2:30pm for music from our piano students and 3:00pm for the GPL Spring Concert. GPL music students, both instrumental and vocal, will perform in the GPLHS Chapel/Auditorium. If you are not able to join us in person, you can watch online.

The awards ceremony for our winter activities students and families will be held on Sunday, March 12 immediately following the Spring Concert. Participants in girls and boys basketball, cheerleading and the One Act play will be recognized. There will not be a meal served that evening.

Booster Meeting

The Panther Booster club will meet on Thursday, March 9 at 7:00pm. All families are welcome to come to the meeting as we take a look at the blessings from this year’s concession seasons and consider how these gifts can be best put to use at GPLHS for our students and programs.

Annual ECC Band Concert

The ECC Band Festival will be taking place at Florence High School on Monday, March 20. Participants will be performing a band concert at 5:30pm in the gym at Florence High School to which everyone is invited.

WELS Band Festival 

March 17th-19th seven GPL students will be participating in the WELS National Band Festival at Luther High School in Onalaska, WI. The concert will be live-streamed. More information can be found at

Panther Camp

Panther Camp is a one-week camp for young people who will be in grades 7-9 during the 2023-2024 school year. It is a time to relax and have fun, get acquainted or reacquainted with other young Christians, get to know the GPLHS family, and develop the talents and abilities God has given each of us.

Panther Camp is held on..... READ MORE

Camp Luther

Camp Luther will again be held at Sibley State Park, north of Wilmar, MN. However, the camp will have a different look this year (and maybe a different name) since it will be a joint effort with the camp leadership team from southwest Minnesota. The dates for Camp Luther are June 18-23. Watch for more details and registration information in the near future.

Mission Advancement Thoughts

Sometimes we overlook or do not realize some of the opportunities we have available to us. I recently found this to be true, when we were working with our alumni to get more of them involved in regular monthly support of Great Plains Lutheran by using automatic withdrawal. A number of them responded, “This is great; we just didn’t realize we could do it.” Or they said, “We had not thought about gifting to the ministry of GPL in this way.”

This made me think: Is this the case for many of us? We presently have around 40 individuals who share their gifts with us automatically each month. This is a real blessing because it helps stabilize our income, especially in the slow months. Many of these gifts are not a huge monthly amount, but they add up...........READ MORE

Wish List Item

The 5-person full-duplex wireless intercom with 5 UltraLite single ear headsets has been purchased. Thank you!! Our next project is to purchase a music stand cart to assist in moving the music stands from the music room to the stage for concerts or down to the gym for various activities. $650 will purchase this cart. Designate your gift to "Wish List – Music Stand Cart" or call Angie at 605-886-0672.

Dates to Note

  • March 1 - Honor Society Blood Drive
  • March 3-4 - Panther Basketball Tournament
  • March 9 - Panther Booster Meeting 7:00pm
  • March 11 - BOD Meeting
  • March 12 - GSI Annual Meeting 1:15pm
  • March 12 - Spring concert 3:00pm; Piano Music starting at 2:30pm
  • March 12 - Winter Awards Ceremony 4:30pm
  • March 15-17 - Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
  • March 17-19 - WELS National Band Festival
  • March 20 - ECC Band Festival at Florence High School; Concert at 5:30pm
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