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THE MIGHTY MESSENGER April 2012 Volume 52, No. 4


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If you like to make “to do” lists, you know how gratifying it can be to cross off an item on the list when it’s done. Whereas a student would surely fear an “incomplete,” to have instead completed a term paper, or a class, and ultimately a degree is certainly a source of great joy and celebration. After three years of life-changing ministry, powerful preaching, and miraculous healing, our Lord Jesus Christ was executed in our place for the forgiveness of our sins. From the cross, with the loudest voice He could muster, He declared the immeasurably comforting word, “It is finished!” Now, as we celebrate His triumphant resurrection from the dead, we continue to rejoice over the fact that it is finished and that our salvation has been accomplished. In Christ, all that needed to be done to save us has been done. It is complete! As a result, we now have what the apostle St. John calls in his first epistle, complete joy. All throughout the Easter season we will explore the good news contained in this ancient letter, and discover anew what we are celebrating as ones raised with Christ and complete in Him. Saturday Easter Vigil - April 7 Easter Sunday - April 8 - Completion of the “RE:LENT” theme with “Re-joice” Easter 2 - April 15 - “Complete Joy” (I John 1:1-4) Easter 3 - April 22 - Volunteer Appreciation - “Complete Hope” (I John 3:1-3) Easter 4 - April 29 - Concordia Sunday - “Complete Obedience” (I John 3:16-24) Easter 5 - May 6 - “Complete Love” (I John 4:7- 19) Easter 6 - May 13 - Mother’s Day - Stephen Ministry - “Complete Victory” (I John 5:4-8) Easter 7 - May 20 - Confirmation at 11:00 am - “Complete Confidence” (I John 5:9-15)

Please join us at the empty tomb of our risen Lord Jesus Christ either at FUSE on Saturday nights at 5:00 pm or on Sunday mornings at either 8:30 or 11:00 (reminder: our Easter Sunrise Service on 4/8 is at 7:30 instead of 8:30 and breakfast is at 9:00, followed by 11:00 service as usual). Our Easter joy will be even more complete when we worship together.


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St. Michael Lutheran School

Spring Happenings at SMLS The school and childcare are just coming off of an exciting Lutheran Schools’ Week celebration and now everyone is anticipating the up-coming Spring break which begins on Monday, April 2nd! The Friday Friends and Family event which was the culmination of our week long LSW celebration included more than 250 attending worship at chapel that Friday and nearly 200 lunches were served for the special persons and grandparent’s lunch. It was a great event and we were pleased to host a number of SMLC members as well as relatives and friends from the greater community. We are in the midst of the enrollment period for the 2012-2013 school year. Last year on March 1st we had 37 students registered for our various programs and this year on March 1st we had 71 registered. I am not sure this is going to be a continuing trend but I am encouraged that our registration period has had such a strong start. Please keep this topic in your prayers as we continue to receive students into one of our programs. Two of our classes won the Michigan District’s I Love Lutheran Schools video contest and each earned $50 toward a class pizza party. Miss Buchanan’s 2nd graders and Mrs. Sidwell’s 7th & 8th grader computer class were the classroom winners. This contest was open to more than 80 Lutheran schools in the Michigan District. You can view these winning videos by visiting the school website at www.stmikeschool.org and then clicking on the link to the videos. You are in for a treat. St. Michael Lutheran School has a group of middle school students that participate in an afterschool program called Science Olympiad. This program is designed to bring learned scientific skills to bear for group problem-solving in a competitive format. Emily Manack our 5th & 6th grade teacher has coached SMLS students in this program for 2 years. This year they competed in regional competition against more than 15 other schools at Western Michigan University on Saturday, March 17th. Eighth grade graduation for the 2011-2012 school year will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 pm in the church sanctuary. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this, the third graduation ceremony of our school. Greg Johnson, Principal Please support our school ministry by shopping our Scholastic Book Fair from April 20-24. Please see following schedule: Friday, April 20 7:458:30AM and 6:00-7:30PM; Saturday, April 21 after Fuse; Sunday, April 22 between services and after late service; Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 3-8PM. Or shop online at www.scholastic.com/ schoolbookfairs and search for St. Michael Lutheran School or go to http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/ homepage/smlutheran. Contact Kristi Rudowske with any questions at kspitz2001@yahoo.com or 269-324-5792.


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New Member / Volunteer Reception April 22, 2012 Following Late Service in the School Gym The Boards of CELL, Fellowship, and Stewardship wish to extend an invitation to all members who volunteered at St. Michael LCMS last year, to attend an informal reception. Our church and community value your many and varied contributions. The Reception will present an opportunity for fellowship and finger food, while we meet fellow volunteers! Thank you: We hope to see all our volunteers on April 22!

NEW ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES STARTING In addition to the currently running class, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment facilitated by Jonathan Barkow and Jason Toman, beginning Sunday April 15 there will be three new Adult Sunday School classes. They are: FAITH LESSONS: PROMISED LAND - Facilitator: David Groll (AH) In the Faith Lessons series by Ray Vander Laan, he illuminates the historical, geographical, and cultural context of the sacred scriptures. In The Promised Land, discover how God guided His people to a specific place – The Promised Land - to impact the world both in ancient times and today. DISCOVERING YOUR SERVANT PROFILE – Facilitator: Jan Jett (rm 212) God calls all believers to serve. That means serving for the believer is not an option. Most of us know we should serve, and really want to serve. But many of us are just not sure how we can serve the Lord in a way that makes us fruitful and fulfilled. This course is designed to help participants meet this goal. THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST - On the second Sunday of Easter (April 15) Vicar Jason Toman will teach a single session Bible study that he wrote for one of his seminary classes on our Lord’s resurrection. It will be based somewhat on Mueller’s theological textbook, Called to Believe, Teach, and Confess, and will incorporate interactive learning principles. Beginning Sunday, April 22 TRUTH UNLOCKED: KEYS TO REACHING YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOR – Facilitator: Pastor Naumann (AH) Through this video series you will get an introduction to Islam, Islam in North America, their beliefs, and how to share your Christian faith with them.


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Michigan Adult Day Services Association (MADSA), founded in 1978, is comprised of over 50 organizations state-wide that provide a wide array of services to the elderly in need. Their mission is to promote and support the growth and development of high-quality adult day programs. Adult Day Centers are an invaluable resource for individuals and families dealing with dementia and other chronic health care concerns by offering health care services along with therapeutic recreational and social events on a daily basis. Adults of all ages in need of functional support attend Adult Day Centers to spend their days in a safe place while remaining at home in the evenings. They also provide needed comfort for participants and respite for family members and caregivers. According to a national study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “The current number of Adult Day Centers—3,407—falls seriously short of the estimated 8,520 adult day centers needed nationwide, according to researchers.” Lauren Fitzmaurice has a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Western Michigan University, and has credentials as a Certified Fund-Raising Manager from Indiana University. She is also a Nationally Certified Dementia Trainer who has travelled the country educating other organizations in dementia management. “In this time of rapid growth of our aging population, we are finding a need to provide a vision for the standard of care for our state’s service providers to the elderly,” said Fitzmaurice. “I’m excited to lead this organization with the intent to help our members reach out more broadly, and bring in diverse partners to expand our role in support of our frail elders and their caregivers.” The primary diagnosis of those utilizing Adult Day Service Centers is dementia, depression and chronic health diseases. “Adult Day Centers in Michigan provide exceptional care at an exceptional value to seniors and their caregivers” Fitzmaurice said, “through the provision of community based services, the quality of life for elders is greatly enhanced while preventing premature institutionalization.” Covenant Senior Day provides transportation services; daily activities; hot nutritious meals; exercise; medical services; crafts; cooking; music; gardening; art; personal care and caregiver support services. The goal is to help seniors stay in their home comfortably for as long as possible with a high quality of life. MADSA will be hosting their Annual Conference in Lansing, MI from July 18-20, 2012. Those interested in attending or obtaining more information about the organization can contact them at 1-877-362-2322, or by visiting the organization’s web site at www.mimadsa.org. Lauren Fitzmaurice can be reached at the Covenant Senior Day office located at 7211 Oakland Dr. Portage, MI 49024 by calling (269) 324-3250, or by visiting www.covenantsdp.org.


Evangelism Notes MAKING MIGHTY MESSENGERS FOR CHRIST

Courageous We would like to send out a huge thank you to all of those who helped with the Courageous Movie. This was a special event, and we hope that everyone who attended was blessed by the message.

LAMP 2012 The 2012 St. Michael LAMP traveling team is set and this years team includes; Dana Naumann, Angel Calnin, Jofen Han, & Marian Hawkins. Your prayers are needed for preparation for the team and their families.

On Thursday night (4/26) @ 7:00pm the entire congregation is invited to hear about his LAMP ministry and about the part that St. Michael's plays in this out reach ministry.

On Friday morning Pastor Ney will be the In April we will begin the preparation preacher for our school's morning chapel. team's (the team that stays) work as they If you miss Pastor Ney on Thursday, visistart assembling the materials and shipping tors are always welcome to attend chapel on Friday mornings. Chapel is held each Friday in the sanctuary at 9:00am. We are especially privileged to have Pastor Ney here with us. You won’t want to miss this event, and keep praying for ministry, the team, and how you can help.

Whether you helped by distributing publicity, inviting people, helping with set-up and take down, etc. we are so grateful for your service.

them off to Lac Brochet. There is still a need for more volunteers to We also encourage you to pray be part of the preparation team. If for those who came to the you are interested contact Dana movie and that they continue to Naumann. grow in their faith walk. Also pray about signing up for a We will be welcoming a special small group that continues the guest this month to SMLC, Courageous theme. LAMP Pastor Pilot Bill Ney will be at St. Michael April 26 - 27.

Apr 1 - Palm Sunday Apr 5 - Maundy Thurs 7pm Apr 6 - Good Friday 7pm Apr 7 - FUSE Easter Vigil 5pm Apr 8 - Easter Sunrise 7:30am Easter Bkfst 9:00am Morning Song 11:00am Apr 22 - Concordia Sunday Apr 22 - New Member Reception & Volunteer Recognition

Holy Week

Upcoming Events

IMMEDIATE NEED!We are in need of a contact person from SMLC for this years “Jesus Loves Kazoo” Event. Contact Dana Naumann

Again the Board of Evangelism is providing special flier invitations for you to pass onto anyone you would like to share the SMLC Holy Week schedule with. Especially if you know of someone who is not currently attending a church this is a wonderful time to extend to them an invitation. Holy Week is what our faith is based on and there is no better time to share what we believe with others. So help us spread the word about the Good News!!


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YOU TOOK MY PLACE One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out as another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, “I always park there. You took my place!” The visitor went inside for Sunday school. He found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, “That’s my seat! You took my place!” The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing. After Sunday school, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, “That’s where I always sit. You took my place!” The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing. Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, “What happened to you?” The visitor replied, “I took your place.” Believe it or not, I’ve heard these words recently as Bud and I were visiting a church. We sat in the back and as this couple came the man said, “Oh look, someone took our place.” Too often, these words do not have a positive impact on anyone within ear shot. But perhaps we can use them to remind us of 2 Corinthians 5:21 which says, “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Are you carrying a heavy burden on your own and need someone who will just listen and keep your conversation confidential and will pray with you? During these holy days as we prepare ourselves to celebrate Jesus Christ raised from the dead, I just want to assure you that a Stephen Minister is waiting for you to call. If you need a Christian to talk to or pray, someone who is caring and confidential, contact Pastor, Dana or Carol Conklin and ask for a Stephen Minister. - Virginia Hetrick

SPRING YARD CLEAN UP SCHEDULED The Board of Properties has scheduled SATURDAY APRIL 14 as our yard clean up day starting at 9:00am. We plan on picking up the trash and sticks, raking, shoveling mulch, and washing windows. We would be thrilled to have so many people come to help that we get it all done in an hour!  Please mark your calendars and help us out. Howard McNees, Properties Director


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The dates are set for this year’s Leadership Summit. On August 9 and 10 a contingency of St. Michael members and friends will be attending the Global Leadership Summit held at Centerpoint Church in Kalamazoo and would love to have you join us! It is a 2-day event that will fire up your life for God! Some of this year’s speakers include: Condoleezza Rice, Former US Secretary of State Jim Collins, Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker and Auther Marc Kielburger, Co-Founder, Free the Children, and Co-Founder. Me to We Sheryl Wudunn, Best-Selling Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Business Executive Craig Groeschel, Founder and Senior Pastor, LifeChurch.tv John Ortberg, Senior Pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church and Author Mario Vega, Senior Pastor, Mision Cristiana Elim, El Salvador Patrick Lencioni, Founder and President, The Table Group; Best-Selling Author Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO Harlem Children’s Zone Pranitha Timothy, Director of Aftercare, International Justice Mission, Chennai, India William L. Ury, Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation Those of us who attended last year came away from the event full of inspiration on how to be a stronger Christian leader both at church and at home. We all commented on how we wished more members had shared the experience with us and hoped that this year that will happen. It’s not just for leaders; it’s for all Christians who want to be an influence on others! If you want to sign up to go or just ask more questions about the event, call Jan Jett at the church office. The cost is $149 for both days if you sign up by May 22.

Lutheran Braille Workers--Lutheran Women's Missionary League Spring Rally "Living by Faith and Not by Sight"

The women of St. Michael are invited to join us as we celebrate and learn about the mission of the Lutheran Braille Workers at Zion Lutheran Church, 2122 Bronson Blvd., Kalamazoo on April 21 from 9:00-11:30. The program begins with a continental breakfast for all honoring the men and women who volunteer as LBW workers. All LBW workers are invited-men and women! LBW mission associate, Barbara Hoffmeier will then present us with the challenges the blind face and how LBW is helping overcome those challenges. Following this the LBW volunteers will give us a tour of their workroom and a demonstration of their work. In-gathering will be Gifts of Love items for the District LWML convention. Questions? Call Myra at 269.964.9022.


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WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP MINISTRY CABIN FEVER HOOTENANNY K'zoo Folklife Organization' s Annual Acoustic Jam at St. Michael Saturday, April 14th, Noon — 4 pm Allan Social Hall

Grab your guitar, fiddle, mandolin or banjo, harmonica, bucket bass, or other acoustic instrument and join us for an afternoon of old time music. All skill levels welcome. Don't play an acoustic instrument? Come and enjoy the great music and fellowship. No admission charge. Refreshments provided. Looking forward to seeing you at the Hootenanny!

Spring Craft Night Monday, April 16th 7 pm, Allan Hall

FLORAL FANTASY GARDEN TEA Sunday, May 6, 2012 3 pm in Allan Hall

Plan now to invite your friends and neighbors to this very special event that celebrates spring with a music program and delicious desserts. NO CHARGE FOR THIS EVENT. Table hosts are still needed. You may elect to have a co-host assist you.

Requirements for hosting a table: 

Make-it-and-take it event is always so much fun. This event is for all skill levels.

We will also be working on table decorations for the Floral Fantasy Tea.

Join for Bible Study and refreshments.

Table service to include 8 plates, water glasses, coffee cups & saucers, napkins, and silverware, tablecloth, dessert to serve 8 people, and a table decoration of choice.  Set up time is from noon to 3:00 pm.  The décor may be as elegant or as simple as you want to make it. 

Women’s Fellowship will furnish 8’ table, eight chairs, ice water, tea and coffee with servers, and name tags. Contact June Kucks, Arla Mayhew or Diane Goetz to reserve a table or for more information.

- June Kucks


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

Junior High Tool Time at Concordia We had a great weekend at Tool Time with the band, speakers, CELL group time and putting together over 11,000 premade meals with youth from around the State.

The Bowl-A-Thon was Great! Thank you for supporting the youth at their second annual bowling event. We have thirty bowlers join us for an afternoon of indoor fun.

The Winter Jam concert featuring Skillet is Sunday night April 1. Jr. Youth and High School Youth are invited to meet at church at 3 pm and we will head up to the concert. It only costs $10 at the door for an entire night of music with 8 Christian artists!

Last spring the Jr. and Sr. Youth groups traveled to Indianapolis to clean up neighborhoods and plant community gardens. This spring we are headed to Chicago to help their neighborhoods and be part of an anticipated 1 million youth that are serving communities this year through the Big Day of Serving. Our service date is Saturday, May 5. Registrations are due by April 18, and we invite all Jr. and Sr. Youth to participate in spreading the good news of Christ through our hard work and love of others.


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Lutheran Ministries Media, Inc. 5 Martin Luther Drive Fort Wayne, IN 46825-4996 “Worship for Shut-Ins” Summary Sheet

April 1, 2012 - John 12:12-19 "Hosanna!"

by Rev. Paul E. Shoemaker, Emanuel Lutheran Church~New Haven, IN

Jesus came to Jerusalem and was adored by the crowds. They shouted "Hosanna" which means "Save us now!" Jesus came to save us for all eternity.

April 8, 2012 - Ephesians 2:1-7 "Dead? or Alive?"

by Rev. James L. Elsner, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church~Hudson, IN

Jesus Christ has risen from the dead! Through faith in Him, God makes us, too, alive in Christ for eternity.

April 15, 2012 - John 20:19-31 "Better Than Being There"

by Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer, Holy Cross Lutheran Church~Fort Wayne, IN

As blessed as those people were who had first-hand experience with Jesus during His earthly ministry, we also are blessed by their testimony to the crucified and risen Lord and Savior. His protective presence and our salvation are as sure and certain as the Word of our God!

April 22, 2012 - Luke 24:36-49 "Faith Wrestles Doubt"

by Rev. James L. Elsner, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church~Hudson, IN

Faith in the living, risen Lord Jesus wrestles doubts about the love of God in our lives.

April 29, 2012 - Psalm 23 "I Shall Not Want" by Rev. Dr. Daniel J. Brege, St. Paul Lutheran Church~Decatur, IN

Trusting in his Good Shepherd, the Psalmist begins by confessing, "I shall not want." The remainder of Psalm 23 explains how our Good Shepherd provides for our needs and wants. He ultimately provides the eternal mansions, in which we will dwell forever.

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Portage Charter Cable Channel 20 Mon. at 10:30 am; Wed. at 2:00 pm; Thurs. & Fri. at 8:30 am Kalamazoo Charter Cable Channel 19 Sun. at 4:00 pm; Mon. at 2:00 pm; Tues. at 3:00 pm; Wed. at 5:00 pm

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KALAMAZOO RIGHT TO LIFE ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER May 8, 2012, 7:30-9:30 pm Guest Speaker: Former Abortionist, Dr. Beverly McMillan New Location: St. Catherine’s Stanley Center (behind the church parking lot) New Price: $35 per person New Meal: Buffet style (all you can eat) As always, the program is not about the location or the meal, or even to hear the guest speaker, as excellent and informative as she will be. Our purpose is two-fold: to educate our members and fellow pro-lifers about abortion and its tragic ramifications on the nation, and to help Right to Life of Michigan Education Fund raise needed funds to continue their important work creating and producing TV commercials and other media spots. Right to Life of Michigan’s first class commercials are the envy of the pro-life movement. Maybe you’ve seen them, perhaps during a sporting event or other high viewing program. This is a great opportunity to show your support by attending the dinner and helping RLM-Education Fund. To reserve a table or seat call KRTL’s Office Manager, Amanda Rice, at 269 372-8123 or the Burns at 329-2470. To Our St. Michael Church Family: Thank you for all your prayers, condolence cards and kind words of comfort to us in the passing of my father, Gene March.

Sam & Sabrina Smallcombe

His long suffering is over and he is joyfully with Our Lord and my mother.

Caitlin Elise

In Christ’s Love, Jack and Marlene Sondergard

WE LOVINGLY SERVE! THANK YOU to our LECTORS! Every week these servants of God put their reading skills to use during worship services. They pick up the scripture reading to be read prior to the upcoming Sunday and practice reading it out loud in order to clearly share with us the Word of God. If you would like to serve in this way, contact Marilyn Jacobs at 269-327-7385.

Congratulations

Birth date: March 26, 2012 7 lbs. 9 oz., 20 3/4”

St. Michael Needs:      

Prayer Warriors Meals on Wheels helpers Parish Fellowship Board Members Adult Education Coordinator CELL Group Hosts Greeters

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


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March Financials 8/1/11-2/29/12 Church Revenue School Revenue Total Revenue Total Expenses Net Surplus (deficit) Budget

$393,212 $418,770 $811,982 $730,399 $ 81,583 $721,768

Under/(Over) Budget ($ 8,631) Avg. 2012 Attendance. . . . . . . . . . . 359 Special Offerings Since August 1, 2011: Trust Fund $ 1,025 Church Worker Scholarship $ 125 LWR $ 450 Good Samaritan $ 3,421 Memorials $ 1,115 Covenant Sr. Program $ 780 Mortgage Reduction $ 6,415 Mission Forward $70,112 School Music $ 450 Tuition Assistance $ 11,465 School Improvements $ 5,223 Quilting $ 180 Sunday School $ 480 CUAA $ 0 L.A.M.P. Mission Trip $ 231 Valporaiso University $ 0 A/V Fund $ 0

Mission Forward Update Total Committed: $668,614 Accumulative Receipts as of 3/25/12 Offerings: $576,952 Matching Funds: $35,474 Percent of Commitment Reached: 92% Mortgage Balance: $470,110

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. As far as box tops go, we have collected $1,471.50. This is almost to our goal of $1,766, so keep up the good work. We are doing great with labels for education too! We have collected 15,165 points, which is 165 points past our goal. With your points so far this year, you have help purchase walkie talkies for the school as well as other gym and art supplies. 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! Dana Greenacre

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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 of 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 Worship Minister *. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vicar Jason Toman Office Hours: Wed. 7 a.m.– 11:00 am, Thurs 8 am-4:00 pm Church Secretary * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Virgene Price, Marianne Wiersma Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5:00 pm 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 Teachers * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .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 * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. Kimberly Lockwood 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 Daycare Director * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ann Marie Miller Technology Coordinator and Teacher* . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christie Sidwell 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, Mike Conway, Marilyn Smith, Ailene Buchtrup President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jesse Hogue Vice President/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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Laura Van Orman Sunday School . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Wright Adult Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Vacation Bible School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lorraine Dudash Board of Early Childhood & School Ministries Director . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Karen Taylor Board of Evangelism and Missions Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dana Naumann Cradle Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deb Gillespie Board of Parish Fellowship Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Angel Calnin Women’s Fellowship Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June Kucks Board of Church Properties Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Howard McNees Board of CELL Group Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Doug Boone 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: 269-327-7832 Fax: 269-327-3148 E-mail: stmike@mightymessengers.org School Phone: 269-327-0512

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 1— Palm Sunday

8:30am & 11:00am services

April 5 — Maundy Thursday 7:00pm service

April 6 — Good Friday 7:00pm service

April 7 — Saturday Easter Vigil 5:00pm (FUSE)

April 8 — Easter Sunday

7:30am Sunrise Service 9:00am Easter Breakfast 11:00am Morning Song April 15 — SMLS Open House, 2-4pm April 22 — Volunteer Appreciation Sunday

12:00pm Volunteer / New Member Reception

April 26 — LAMP Presentation, 7:00pm Guest Speaker, Pastor Pilot Bill Ney

April 29 — Concordia Sunday

The Mighty Messenger  

The April 2012 edition of the monthly newsletter of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Portage, Michigan

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