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THE MIGHTY MESSENGER April 2013

Volume 53, No. 4

“I tell you a mystery…”

EASTER

(I Corinthians 15:51)

2013

Finding Christ’s True Identity


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“I tell you a mystery…”

EASTER

(I Corinthians 15:51)

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As the Bible records the risen Christ appearing to people, some fail to recognize Him. Early on Easter morning Mary Magdalene thinks He’s just a gardener, and later that evening the two on the road to Emmaus think He is just someone passing through. Later the disciples think He’s a ghost, and Peter mistakes Him for just an armchair fisherman. But who is this One who is risen from the dead? The Gospel readings for each of the seven Sundays of Easter (from John’s Gospel) will help us find Christ’s true identity, and in Him also find our own.

Finding Christ’s True Identity March 28 (Maundy Thursday) 7:00 pm Communion Service March 29 (Good Friday) 7:00 pm Tenebrae Service March 30 (Easter Egg Hunt at 3:30 pm & Easter Vigil FUSE at 5:00 pm) March 31 (Easter Sunday) He is Risen (John 20:1-18) Easter Sunrise Service (with Holy Communion) at 7:30 am Easter Breakfast (Free Will Offering for Youth) at 9:00 am Easter Morning Song (with Holy Communion) at 11:00 am (The dates below are for our FUSE services on Saturday evenings at 5:00 pm and for our Sunday morning worship services at 8:30 am and 11:00 am)

April 6-7 (Easter 2) April 13-14 (Easter 3 April 20-21 (Easter 4) April 27-28 (Easter 5) May 4-5 (Easter 6) May 11-12 (Easter 7)

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He is God (John 20:19-31) He Is the Lord (John 21:1-14) He is God’s Son (John 10:22-30) He is the Truth (John 16:12-22) He is from God (John 16:23-33) He is in Us (John 17:20-26)


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Summer Childcare Fun!

Summer is on the way! It will be here before you know it. That fact has us all thinking of summer plans and fun things to do that will help us enjoy the beautiful weather that is to come. At Christ for Kids we offer summer childcare for children ages 2.5 to 12 years old. We are open Monday through Friday from 6:30am-6:00pm. Little Lambs will have the 2.5 to 4 years old with the lead teacher being Mrs. Julian. She is excited to begin the summer and has already been planning fun crafts and activities to do with the children. Noah’s Ark will have the 4 to 5 year olds with the lead teachers being Mrs. Gill and Ms. Knox. They have also been working on exciting projects to do outside for the summer. The Disciples class will be for children who have completed kindergarten and school-aged children. I am in the process of finding fun field trips we could go on or fun programs to bring here to the school for the children to enjoy. Our theme for this summer is Pirates for Jesus-The Cross marks the spot. The focus will be that our treasure is in heaven. We have some fun things lined up to do every day. We will have a time set aside each day for Bible time and learning time, as well as play time to get our wiggles out! This is a sample of things we will be doing here at Christ for Kids for each day of the week: Monday: We will be traveling to Oakland Drive Park with the Disciples group. While we are there we will have a picnic as well as play on the playground. Tuesday: This will be our Chapel Day. We will have Chapel in the morning for every age group with a bible message as well as songs to sing together. Wednesday: We will be making our own lunch here at school in the kitchen. The Disciples will be helping to make the lunch for the whole Center. We will make things like homemade pizzas, sandwiches, meatball subs, breakfast for lunch etc. Fun things that the students can help us create and take pride in making. Thursday: This will be our Water Day! The students really enjoy this and of course it is coming back for this summer! Friday: This is going to be our special event day! Some things that may happen are:  Binder Park Zoo visit here at Christ for Kids or a trip to the Zoo to see the animals  A special craft project  A magic show here at Christ for Kids  A bounce house brought in  A special water activity different from Water Day  A treasure hunt  Touch-a-truck  Library visit or bring a librarian here to read to us and tell us about the library These are just a few things; we have many more ideas that we would love to do. So, if you are in need of childcare this summer for the whole week, a couple days, one day a week, whatever needs you have, Christ for Kids is here to help. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like more information! Emily Newkirk Christ for Kids Director 269-327-4889 enewkirk@mightymessengers.org


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ST. MICHAEL LUTHERAN CHURCH & SCHOOL CORDIALLY INVITES YOU FOR DINNER AND AN EVENING OF FELLOWSHIP AT THE

8TH ANNUAL SCHOOL TUITION ASSISTANCE DINNER

MAY 11, 2013 6:00 P.M. SOCIAL HOUR 7:00 P.M. 3-COURSE DINNER THE WINE LOFT 161 E. MICHIGAN AVENUE KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN HTTP://WWW.MILLENNIUMRESTAURANTS.COM/LOFT/

RSVP BY APRIL 27 TICKETS AVAILABLE IN THE CHURCH OR SCHOOL OFFICE OR FOLLOWING EACH SERVICE IN THE MONTH OF APRIL


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Indicate your choices for the following on your ticket:

Donation Degrees Scholar -Graduate -Bachelor -Associate --

$100/person $75/person $60/person (ist time attendees) Donation only (under $60)

EntrĂŠe Choices Cedar Planked Salmon roasted garlic mashed potatoes, port reduction, porcini butter, vegetable of the day

Jumbo Veal Tortellini grilled chicken breast, haricot verts, baby carrots, red peppers, raviote sauce, shaved parmesan

Butternut Squash Ravioli sage brown butter cream sauce, mixed greens with cranberry, toasted walnuts, shaved parmesan

Childcare provided by Christ for Kids 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. open gym, games, snacks free will offering appreciated.

Carpool Meet at the church at 5:00 p.m. You will be contacted with further information.

Silent Auction Engage in friendly bidding on your favorite donated pieces. Sports memorabilia, art work, hand crafted items, etc.


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Hear ye! Hear ye! It's knight and maiden time! Time to lower the drawbridge, open the gate, and charge into a world brimming with kings and kingdoms, majestic castles, firebreathing dragons, and epic battles. Our Royal Majesty's kingdom is under attack, and we must prepare for battle!

Vacation Bible School at St. Michael Lutheran Church will be held this year from Monday, June 24 through Friday, June 28, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration for both students and volunteers is now open. You are welcome to register online (for students and volunteers) at mightymessengers.org and go to the “read more” part by the Kingdom Chronicles banner or fill out one or both of the registration forms found in the church office, school office, or south narthex. As we serve approximately 350 students, we need many volunteers to help make this fun-filled week possible. If you can help prior to VBS, one day during VBS, or throughout the entire week, we welcome your time and talents. Positions from leaders to assistants to working from home will equally help children and adults alike to hear the Gospel through

“Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth.” Thank you for considering helping us this year. You have been a joy to serve throughout the years, reunite with smiles and helpful hands, and grow together in our relationships with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Lorraine Dudash St. Michael Lutheran Church VBS Director


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St. Michael Lutheran Church Voters’ Meeting Happy Easter! He has risen! As we look toward a wonderful spring, it is an opportunity to look forward to the next chapter for our church. The next regular Voters’ Meeting will take place Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM in the gym. At this meeting, we will be electing a slate of new officers, considering our future plans, and hopefully optimizing our fiscal year cycle. The meeting will be preceded by a luncheon beginning at 12:30 PM. The main dish and drinks will be provided, please bring a side dish or a dessert to pass. Childcare will be provided by the Youth (freewill donation). The agenda and the proposed slate of nominees are presented below. Hope to see everyone there! Jesse Hogue, President Agenda Opening Prayer & Devotion Approval of the August 2012 Voters’ Meeting Minutes (Copies available in the South Narthex) Staff Reports Membership Gains/Losses Financial Reports Long Range Planning Committee Update Election of Officers Vote on Proposed By-Law Change Adjournment & Closing Prayer Candidates for Election (*Incumbents eligible for re-election) Position President Treasurer

Nominee Rich Conklin Sandi Champion*

Board Directors: Lay Ministry Volunteer still needed Parish Education Volunteer still needed Early Childhood/School Ministries Rob Sullivan and Chris Stolsky (co-directors) Evangelism & Missions Volunteer still needed Parish Fellowship Volunteer still needed Church Properties Howard McNees* CELLS Group Ministry Lindsey Luma Stewardship Mark Chilcott* Youth & Young Adult Ministry Theresa Krieger (has been serving by appointment) Lay Ministers:

John Buchtrup* Ryan Bigelow* Jason Koerth* Brian Metcalf* Matt Freeman* 3 volunteers still needed

Trust Fund Officers:

Ferd Macholz* (confirmed) Todd Uekert* (confirmed) Mike Goetz* (confirmed)

[Nominating Committee: Jesse Hogue (chair); Pastor Naumann (advisor); Alice Foster, Arlan Wenzel, Jan Jett, Ernie VanOrman, Dana Naumann, Karen Taylor]


Evangelism Notes MAKING MIGHTY MESSENGERS FOR CHRIST

New Sunday School Sessions

LAMP

A new Bible Study is being held during the Adult Learning Hour on Sunday Morning at The new 2013 LAMP Traveling 9:45am, running through May 19th. This Team is set! Dana Naumann, study is using the book "Why Won't They Mary Kruger, Jan Jett, Jofen Listen" by Ken Ham. This book is described Han, & Carolyn Hornev will all as the Power of Creation Evangelism, and is be traveling to Lac Brochet this summarized by the following article. summer for the 3rd SMLC mission trip. A lot of money and time is spent by Christians The traveling team is also receiving support this year from the Curriculum Team of Dana Naumann, Phyllis Kurlowicz, Kathie Seufert, & Julie Prentice.

who have a passion to spread the gospel. Across the globe, this effort is paying off as seekers find Christ, the source of truth and peace. In many cultures, though, appeals made on behalf of the Christian faith are met with blank stares, indifference, even mocking hostility. Ken Ham, one of Christendom's most

astute observers of evangelism, is convinced that compromise with evolutionary world views has virtually crippled preaching and teaching efforts, especially in Western societies. In this truly bold new book, Ham presents an ambitious plan to fulfill the Great Commission. A compelling writer and speaker, Ham deftly exposes the great flaws of Darwinism, and shows how compromise with this philosophy of death is killing the Church. By urging Christians to stand on the veracity of the Bible, Ham clears the jungle of tangled views of reality, and helps committed Christians see the path to effective evangelism. Come and join in the discussion, this is sure to be informative.

New Member Welcome Event

Watch for more fundraising opportunities to come, and support the upcoming mission trip.

Upcoming Events Apr 1–5 Spring Break Apr 20 - Mission U Apr 21 - New Member Reception in Allan Hall

The next new member welcome event will be held between services at 9:45am on April 21. This will be a cake and punch reception in Allan Hall. Everyone from the congregation is invited to come and welcome the new members who will also be received on that day. Our hope is

that the new time slot will allow many to come and welcome the new members, and meet some new friends. If you are interested in volunteering to help with the event, contact Dana Naumann at dana.naumann@gmail.com

The final class in the Mission U series of classes is upon us, and will be the April session, MU-301, Christ Alone in a Coexist World.

Mission U

The team has already had their first successful fund raising event for the year in conjunction with SMLS. The school children collected $530.58 during the month of January for LAMP. Emily Manack’s 5th/6th grade class raised the most money of any class and hung 20 airplanes in their room.

In this session we will examine the culture that defines present-day America. They will identify prevalent religious views present in the U.S. and become educated about them. Students will learn points of connection and apply unique conversation paths towards sharing the Gospel with relevance to people of today's culture. We hope this series has been a help to those that have attended, and that you are more equipped to go and spread the good new of the Gospel.


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My Name is Pride “My name is Pride. I am a cheater. I cheat you of your God-given destiny…because you demand your own way. I cheat you of contentment… because you “deserve better than this.” I cheat you of knowledge… because you already know it all. I cheat you of healing…because you’re too full of me to forgive. I cheat you of holiness… because you refuse to admit when you’re wrong. I cheat you of vision… because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window. I cheat you of genuine friendship… because nobody’s going to know the real you. I cheat you of love… because real romance demands sacrifice. I cheat you of greatness in heaven… because your refuse to wash another’s feet on earth. I cheat you of God’s glory… because I convince you to seek your own. My name is Pride. I am a cheater. You like me because you think I’m always looking out for you. But that’s not true. I’m looking to make a fool of you. God has so much for you, I admit, but don’t worry…. If you stick with me you’ll never know.” This passage came from a book by Beth Moore in a chapter entitled “Overcoming Pride”. This really means something because I know pride can keep me from getting help. That means help with my health (I can take care of this, I don’t need a doctor telling me what’s wrong), that means in love (he is wrong, I am not going to apologize) and it means caring for others (I’m not touching that bum, beggar or stranger). I’ve even heard of a person on their deathbed with their family gathered around praying for salvation for this person and her response was “I may not have anything else, but I do have my pride”. I can’t tell you how many times God has humbled me to teach me that pride gets me nowhere. It is always better to ask for help rather that to think you can do anything on your own. I needed to humble myself and accept that I can do nothing without God. Scripture tells all believers, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand” (1Peter 5:6) also in Daniel 4:37 we read “Those who walk in pride he is able to humble.” Beth goes on to say “I believe these verses to say… we can humble ourselves or God can humble us. God won’t put up with pride in His own children very long without dealing with it.” There is one thing I have learned from personal experience: humbling ourselves is far less painful than inviting God to humble us. Been there: done that. If you are carrying a burden that is weighing you down and preventing you from enjoying your life as you should be “let go and let God”. A Stephen Minister is waiting for you. One on one, talk to them, they are the best listeners you will ever find. They will minister to you in a most Christian, caring way and walk with you as long as you need them. Yours in Christ, Virginia Hetrick virhtr@gmail.com


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WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY Be of Service to Our Neighbor 5 il 1 r p A ll ay, an Ha d n Mo in All 7pm

Guest Speaker, our own Mary Wietkze, will discuss her work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Ft. Custer, Battle Creek. We are collecting personal care items for the VA patients. Check the poster in south narthex for items list. We will also be working on a craft project & have Bible Study. Refreshments served.

Henderson Castle Tour & Tea Sunday, May 5 at 3pm

Here's your opportunity to peek inside that mysterious castle on the hill. You will enjoy scrumptious desserts and tea surrounded by old fashioned elegance and charm. Invite your girlfriends, sisters, daughters and granddaughters to share this exciting event. Make your reservations now ( see poster in south narthex). Tickets are $16.99 and will be on sale beginning April 7th. The main floor is handicap accessible. See Arla Mayhew, Connie Chadderdon or June Kucks for information. We will carpool from St. Michael at 2:15pm. If you would like to be picked up, please indicate on the reservations sheet. Thank You.

March Meeting Minutes . . .

The March meeting included a surprise birthday celebration for Dana Naumann with a gorgeous birthday cake created by Sue Keltsch and an amaryllis arrangement by Maxine June. Thank you to Dana for her book review "The Bait of Satan" and to Pastor Naumann for sharing his "day off " with us leading Bible study. Connie Chadderdon furnished the cherry cheesecake and Easter decorations. Thanks to all who came early and helped set up. Arla Mayhew reported that the Remembrance Ministry sent out 24 "Thinking of You" cards to ladies in the congregation this month. We shared very personal stories about our faith and what we have found to be our source of strength and courage. We are now in the glow of the Easter Season. Your generous contributions to the Blessing Baskets made this Easter very blessed for two St. Michael families, whose lives have been enriched by your love. Hallelujah, He is Risen Indeed! June Kucks


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Lutheran Women Missionary League Spring Rally Zion Lutheran Church, Marshall April 13, 2013, 9:00-11:30 AM

HEARING GOD'S WORD IN OUR OWN LANGUAGE The Gola and Dan people of Liberia urgently need God's Word in their own language. Come and hear how this is being made possible by Lutheran Bible Translator, Becky Grossmann at the LWML Spring rally on April 13th at Zion Lutheran Church, 135 W. Green St., Marshall. Our mites are being used to help African people hear God's Word in their own heart language. The program begins with a light breakfast at 9:00am and ends at 11:30am after packing kits for the needy and making witness necklaces for MOST Ministries. Questions? Call Myra at 269 964-9022 or at 269 832 8047. Myra Gorentz President LWML, Battle Creek Zone If you would like to carpool, contact June Kucks at archival39@aol.com or (269) 649-4529. Meet in St. Michael parking lot at 8:00am.

Mite Box Sunday April 7th Bring your LWML Mite Box offering with you to service this Sunday. o Look for the basket that Christ For Kids Children decorated and filled with pennies to donate to LWML mission grants to help take the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world. O

Mites

Time for Spring Cleaning Saturday, May 4 has been scheduled by the Board of Properties for washing windows and giving God’s house and the school a good cleaning. We’ll be here starting at 9:00am and hope that many of you will come and help us out. We promise it’ll be fun!


What’s Happening with St. Michael Junior & Senior Youth

There was a big crowd and lots of music during WinterJam at VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids. Twenty Jr and High School Youth attended a great show bringing glory to Christ.

TOOL TIME The Jr Youth enjoyed a late night and the message of being created for a purpose at Tool Time at Concordia University Ann Arbor.

The Silver Ring Thing Came to Kalamazoo First Assembly and taught our youth about God’s plan for their purity. The leaders spoke of the cost and value of waiting for marriage.

High School Youth Skating and Hamburgers Night

Overseas Mission Trip Meeting The Board of Youth is hosting an informational meeting regarding an overseas youth mission trip in the summer of 2014. The meeting is in Allan Hall on April 7 starting at 6 pm. We will discuss potential locations, dates and costs.


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SECOND QUARTER SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE (preschool through 8th grade)

Perfect Attendance

Faithful Attendance Addy Freeman, Molly Freeman, Nicholas Freeman, Sydney Freeman, Rachel Semrau, Olivia Semrau, Luke Singer, Brayden Sullivan, Nathan Sullivan, Sam Sullivan, Timothy Van Orman, Hannah Childs, Aiden Olson, Ivan Kwigizile, Alex Bryer and Liah Heintz.

Mariah Chilcott, Jared Johnson, Nathan Johnson, Mark Rudowske, Will Rudowske, Jessie Smith, Keelan Smith, Layna Smith, Wyatt Smith, Sarah Havenhill, Leah Dudash, Isaac Dudash, Sarah Dudash, Rosalee Singer, Abigail Dudash, Maya Childs, Emily Havenhill and Kylee Smith.

APRIL MISSION St. Michael Lutheran School and Christ for Kids Childcare is proud to support Alternatives of Kalamazoo by holding an annual Diaper Shower. We will be collecting diapers in support of Alternatives who reaches our community with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by offering hope and meeting physical, emotional, and spiritual needs that safeguard the rights, dignity, and health of unborn children and their parents.

LETTERS TO EDNA Ms. Fry, Thank you very much for the care packages. The pop tarts are the correct team. Go Blue! They come in very handy for breakfast when I don’t want to walk down to the chow hall. The hand warmers will come in handy soon as it is slowly turning into winter. Right now the weather is still warm. Sometimes it’s mid 70’s during the day but at night and morning it is rather chilly. Thank you for the extra Christmas cards. It was rather nice to see that they all said Merry Christmas and not happy holidays. It was hard to find cards with manger scenes and churches on them. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Nathan Wendzel

Thank you for all the warmers. I put them in the TOC so that the soldiers can take them as needed to the Towers at night. The nights are cold here. They do use the warmers. Huge thank you and hugs. Sgt. John Adams Dear Ms. Fry, Thank you for the card and care package. I sent the items in the care package to my Seabees in Timor Leste. They are far from American snack food and soap. I know they have appreciated the support, thoughts and prayers from you. Thank you! Chaplain Sutton


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HOSTING CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY SYMPHONIC BAND STUDENTS This is what 's right about our youth today, specifically about our Lutheran college youth! More specifically about our Concordia College students and what they are putting out on our Concordia campuses these days! Alice, Todd, and John Foster, and Carolyn and Bill Burns (that's us!) experienced "Angels Unawares" as Alice tells it! We had offered overnight housing to Concordia University Symphonic Band students from Seward, Nebraska when the notice went out a few weeks previous. After their impressive concert at Zion Sunday eve, March 17th we stood holding our assigned names peering at all the young faces and wondering whom we would get. Like magic our guests appeared eager to meet us. Still wearing their concert tuxedos our Jonathon and Daniel and Alice’s Zach and Andrew impressed us with their politeness and manners. But it was their conversation trends, telling us of their backgrounds, and sharing their aspirations and Christian faith that impressed us most. Next our Jon and Dan pulled out their Bible to share a little "Thanks" and devotion with us before they retired. At Alice's house they watched "The Bible" on TV with them and offered sage insight.

To Concordia Seward we say: You're building them great there! God Bless!! To whomever reads this, don't miss this opportunity if it ever comes our way again. Host a migrant Concordia student. You will be richly rewarded with this encounter-- It's contact with a generation of which there are far too few left nowadays. It's a neat way to adopt extra “grandchildren” for a weekend. Oh yes! The concert was stellar! I have left some extra programs on the south narthex devotional table and their CD’s also for listening. Carolyn Burns


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Dear Friends in Christ,

I would like to express my incredible gratitude for everything you do for Seminarians. I’m convinced that life here at the Seminary would not be possible if it wasn’t for your tremendous generosity. My family and I praise God because of you! I’d like to share with you a little bit about my family and me. I’m currently a fourth year seminarian, which means I’m eagerly counting down the days until Call Night! The past four years have been a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t change it for the entire world. I suppose I qualify as a “second career” student. Before coming to the Seminary I was a quality assurance auditor for a banking software company in Fargo, ND. That’s right! We’re from Fargo, ND! And for the life of me I would never have imagined leaving Fargo. I’m a PK (pastor’s kid), so I moved around quite a bit when I was growing up. However, Fargo is where I graduated high school, college, got married, started a family, and bought my first home. So Fargo is definitely where I call “home.” Prior to moving to Fort Wayne, my wife Erin lived in the Fargo area for her entire life (which you might be able to gather from her accent). She’s a graphic designer by trade, and quite talented I might add. For the past four years she has stayed home with the boys, which by itself is a full time job. But, she has also been watching children for fellow seminary families. I’m so thankful for her support in this decision to pack up everything, including a job she loved, to come to the Seminary. She is the best thing that has happened to me, without a doubt! God has blessed us with two fantastic little boys, Caleb (7) and Ethan (4), who love to keep Mom and Dad busy! Caleb is a first grader at Ascension Lutheran School here in Fort Wayne. He loves school, which makes us very happy! He likes reading and sports, especially baseball. Ethan is in pre-school at Ascension. He also loves school, and just about anything else that big brother does. While writing this letter I’ve realized just how much both of our boys have grown up on the past four years. Time certainly flies when your kids are young! It was certainly a stressful time when we decided to come to the Seminary four years ago. Selling our house and car allowed us to just break even financially. In other words, we came to the Seminary with just about nothing. It was definitely a test of our faith, but we continued to trust that God would provide. We knew that our prayers were answered when we sat down to meet with the Co-op Director, Karen. I remember that day like it was yesterday. As she explained all that the food and clothing co-op provided I could feel the weight being lifted off my chest. My wife and I looked at each other and we both realized at that moment that we were going to be just fine. This is what your abundant generosity provides! Your gifts not only help feed and clothe our families, they give us peace and assurance that everything is going to be just fine. It allows me to focus on my studies without having to worry if my family will be provided for. And for that I thank you! As I said before, the Seminary experience would not be possible if it wasn’t for your generosity. My family and I praise God for all your wonderful gifts! I pray for God’s continued blessings upon you as He continues to work through you to provide for future pastors in His church. In Christ’s Service, Kevin C. Zellers, Jr. 4th Year Seminarian Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN


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April 7, 2013 – John 20:24-31 “Overcoming Unbelief” by Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer, Holy Cross Lutheran Church~Fort Wayne, IN

Doubt is the distance between what I expect and what God seemingly delivers. Belief is born and nurtured when we see the signs and hear the words of Jesus. It is then that we possess a life like no other, a life that lasts forever. The Holy Spirit "transforms our stubborn clay" (LSB #835, stanza 3) -- using the Word of God to show us the signs and words of Jesus -- strengthening us for lives of Overcoming Unbelief.

April 14, 2013 – John 21:1-14 “Breakfast with Jesus” by Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary~Fort Wayne, IN

We see, from the story of the disciples’ breakfast with Jesus, I) that Jesus comes to us, and is with us, wherever we are; II) that Christ knows our needs; and III) that Christ will provide for all our needs.

April 21, 2013 – John 10:27-30 “The Greatest Shepherd” by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege, St. Paul Lutheran Church~Decatur, IN

Jesus is the Greatest Shepherd. His sheep hear his wondrous voice of blessing. He knows each of His sheep personally. His sheep are drawn to follow him. He gives His sheep eternal life. His sheep will never perish. No one will snatch the sheep out of His hand. No one can snatch the sheep from the Father's hand. This Shepherd and the Father are one… united in essence, One God.

April 28, 2013 – John 13:34-35 “The Pattern of Love” by Rev. James L. Elsner, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church~Stroh, IN

Are you looking for love? Most of us are. There’s only one pattern for love that is fulfilling. See it in Jesus!

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30-Minute Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod worship service Produced by Lutherans for the homebound, hospitalized… Includes the Gospel, Epistle, and Sermon by LCMS pastors Music by choirs, soloists, and small groups

Sun. at 4:00 pm; Mon. at 2:00 pm; Tues. at 3:00 pm; Wed. at 5:00 pm

Burnie Trimner Ethel Kocman Bud Leonard Lorene Fiebig


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WE THANK OUR VOLUNTEERS The Board of Stewardship would like to extend a big thank you to all our volunteers for your service to Jesus and His Church. Whatever cause you may have lent your helping hand to, it is greatly appreciated and valued by us all. Jesus said in John 15:8 “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” All those that volunteer are indeed showing themselves to be Jesus’ disciples. Every volunteer activity for the church praises God and builds up His Kingdom.

Thank you for all of your prayers, phone calls, and cards following my emergency surgery in Florida. It meant a great deal to Bill and me. Bill & Deb Clark

We would like to thank everyone for your support these past few months as we moved and replaced some of our belongings after the fire in January. The helpers who showed up at the new home to unload the truck were such a welcomed blessing. The prayers, gifts of laundry supplies, meals and other household items and money were a huge blessing to our family. Thanks so much for making a difficult moment easier for us to endure. Continue to pray for our rescue personnel in our community. Breathing in the smoke fumes for the packing and moving was certainly a challenge yet our firemen and policemen endure such challenges routinely. In Christ’s Love, Mike, Mary, Martin and Matthew Wright

WE LOVINGLY SERVE! THANK YOU to our SOUND AND LIGHT COORDINATORS! These volunteers make sure the lighting and sound systems of the sanctuary are in operation for the worship services and other occasions as needed. They become well acquainted with the lighting and sound systems and work with the Board of Properties in the maintenance and care of them. If you would like to share your gifts with the church in this way, contact Jon Forster at 327-7832 or email him at jforster@mightymessengers.org.

St. Michael Needs: Ushers for all services Greeters for all services Someone to clean the ovens in the school kitchen  Prayer Ministry Coordinator  Lesson Readers for the Sunday services   

Contact Jan Jett at the church office at 327-7832.


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February Financials 8/1/12-2/28/13 Church Revenue $413,145 School Revenue $404,311 Total Revenue $ 817,456 Total Expenses $ 746,002 Net Surplus (deficit) $ 71,454 Budget $ 785,785 Under/(Over) Budget $ 39,782 Avg. 2013 Attendance. . . . . . . . . . . 336 Special Offerings Since August 1, 2012: Trust Fund $ 14,224 Church Worker Scholarship $ 385 LWR $ 990 Good Samaritan $ 6,556 Memorials $ 1,445 Covenant Sr. Program Mortgage Reduction Mission Forward School Music Tuition Assistance School Improvements Quilting Sunday School L.A.M.P. Mission Trip

$ 930 $ 27,501 $ 33,755 $ 245 $ 14,166 $ 42,656 $ 235 $ 235 $ 1,330

Mission Forward Update Total Committed: $668,614 Accumulative Receipts as of 3/24/13 Offerings: $627,244 Matching Funds: $40,206 Percent of Commitment Reached: 94% Mortgage Balance: $379,041

St. Michael School has collected many labels and box tops this year thanks to you. Thank you for your continued support. If you haven’t helped yet or you have more labels and box tops to give, drop them off in the South Narthex, the childcare center, or at the school office. We have collected 14,100 labels. With your help we are able to purchase items for our school. Just a reminder, if you are turning in labels for education, I need the bar code to be whole or complete so that I can read it, and please cut the label as small as you can near the bar code. This makes packaging them so much easier. Also if you are turning in box tops, I must have ones that are NOT expired, the expiration date has to be visible, and any coupon box top certificates MUST be ORIGINALS not copies or expired. Thanks again to everyone who is earning us money and points! Carol Eaton

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Saint Michael Lutheran Church and School 7211 Oakland Drive ✝ Portage, MI 49024-4151 (269) 327-7832 ✝ Fax: (269) 327-3148 website: www.mightymessengers.org E-mail: stmike@mightymessengers.org Staff Members, Board Directors, and Other Leaders *Paid Positions

Senior Pastor * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rev. Dr. Paul R. Naumann Office Hours: Tues-Fri. 9 am -12 noon E-mail Address: naumann@mightymessengers.org Director of Christian Education * . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jon Forster Office Hours: Mon.-Thurs 9 am - 12 noon E-mail: jforster@mightymessengers.org Assistant Pastor *. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rev. Jason Toman Office Hours: Wed. Noon – 4:30 pm Church Secretary * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kim Beaubien, Marianne Wiersma Director of Ministry Operations * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jan Jett Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:00 am-3:00 pm School Principal/Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Johnson Saint Michael Lutheran School - Kindergarten Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Brenda Heintz Saint Michael Lutheran School - First Grade Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Barbara Schubert Saint Michael Lutheran School - Second Grade Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Annie Buchanan Saint Michael Lutheran School - Third Grade Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Julie Prentice Saint Michael Lutheran School - Fourth Grade Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Lam Saint Michael Lutheran School - Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher *. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Emily Manack Saint Michael Lutheran School - Seventh/Eighth Grade Teacher * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Lonc Saint Michael Lutheran School - Secretary * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sharon Robinson Christ for Kids Childcare Director * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Emily Newkirk Technology Coordinator * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Sextons* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brian Chapman, Bud Hetrick Stephen Ministry Leaders. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Carol Conklin, Pastor & Dana Naumann, Arlan Wendzel and Virginia Hetrick Stephen Ministers . . . Zoe Miller, Jenny Wedel, Lynne Wendzel, Nonie Knight, Heather Bigelow, Ailene Buchtrup, Christine Boone, Bud Hetrick, Carolyn Freeman, Barbara Williams, Kelley Crawford, Mara Kudelski President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jesse Hogue Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Heintz Board of Lay Ministry Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rich Conklin Sound & Lighting Technician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Prayer Ministry Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Recording Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sandi Champion Financial Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad Hunter Newsletter/Bulletin Publications * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marianne Wiersma Board of Parish Education Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Adult Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shannon Hogue Vacation Bible School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lorraine Dudash Board of Early Childhood & School Ministries Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Karen Taylor Board of Evangelism and Missions Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dana Naumann Cradle Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cindy Hunter Board of Parish Fellowship Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vacant Women’s Fellowship Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June Kucks Board of Church Properties Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Howard McNees Board of CELL Group Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vacant Covenant Senior Day Program Board Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Kurlowicz Covenant Senior Day Program Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lauren Fitzmaurice Board of Stewardship Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mark Chilcott Volunteer Ministry Committee Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Board of Youth & Young Adult Ministry Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Theresa Krieger Senior High Youth Group Leaders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Burnett, Jerry Kuss, Emily Manack, Jon Forster Junior High Youth Group Leaders . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Burnett, Jerry Kuss, Jon Forster


St Michael Lutheran Church

NON-PROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID

7211 Oakland Drive Portage, MI 49024

KALAMAZOO, MI PERMIT NO. 5

Church Phone: 269-3277832 School Phone: 269-327-0512 Fax: 327-3148 stmike@mightymessengers.org

DATED MATERIAL

RETURN SERVICE REQUESTED

Our Mission at St. Michael Lutheran Church is to make disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ by building up one another in the faith and reaching out to others with the Gospel. We call this “Making Mighty Messengers for Christ.”

APRIL 2013

APRIL 14 — VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION SUNDAY VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY, 1 PM APRIL 20 — MISSION U, 10AM—3PM “CHRIST ALONE IN A COEXIST WORLD” APRIL 21 — NEW MEMBER RECEPTION, 9:45 AM APRIL 28 — CONCORDIA SUNDAY REV. DR. FRANK GRAVES

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