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THE MIGHTY MESSENGER November 2013

Volume 53, No. 11


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“Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks” Halloween can be innocent enough– put on a costume, visit the neighbors, get free candy. In fact, when you think about it, Halloween (the eve of All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve) is an especially Lutheran holiday for after all it was on October 31, 1517 that Luther nailed his 95 points of debate against the sale of indulgences on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany and launched the Reformation. But unfortunately Halloween has become for many people in America a chance to wallow in witchcraft, dabble in the demonic, and gross people out with all that’s ghoulish and gory. Not my idea of a good time, and probably not God’s either. In all this I can’t help but think of Luther’s explanation to the second commandment (“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God”) in his Small Catechism when, among other things, Luther writes, “we should fear and love God so that we do not. . . use satanic arts.” But then at the end of his explanation, he gives to us the positive direction of what we should be doing as God’s people, called by His name. Luther tells us that we should “call upon (God’s name) in every trouble, pray, praise, and give thanks.” It occurs to me that those latter three things are a pretty good outline of what this month of November is all about.

Pray There’s always a lot to pray about every month and everyday. But November begins with a rather monumental undertaking that could use your prayers. This year we will put on for our community our Fall Harvest Festival on November 2. We could really use your prayers that we would be ready and able to bless hundreds of children and their families on that Saturday evening, from 4:30 to 7:30. It all kicks off in the gym with a special FUSE service of praise and worship in which kids will come in their costumes (that are, as they say at the Binder Park Zoo, “merry, not scary”) and will enjoy games, crafts, pizza, music, dancing, and of course lots of sweets. Pray that people from outside our church would come and be introduced to some believers at St. Michael and especially to the One in whom we believe for our eternal salvation, our Lord Jesus Christ. We also have an election day coming up on November 5 to pray about. While it’s an off-year election in which we’re not voting for president or many members of congress, there are still a number of significant decisions to make. There are special elections for filling congressional vacancies and gubernatorial elections in New Jersey and Virginia. There’s also a whole bunch of mayoral elections, and a number of local elections for city commissioners and the like. We know that God desires that we pray for those to be elected, and for those who are elected, as Paul says in I Timothy 2, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior” (vv. 1-3). We pray that they would seek God’s will and yield to His Word as they carry out the duties of their office. Not only that Tuesday, but every Tuesday morning from 8:30 to 9:30 there is a little prayer meeting in the sanctuary that you are very welcome to attend. We circle up and sing a little bit, and then open up as the Spirit moves to pray about anything and everything that’s on our hearts and minds for our church and school, our nation, our family and friends, and for ourselves. There’s also a similar prayer opportunity on Wednesday nights in the Cry Room during Confirmation Class (from 6:00 to 7:00). Our Prayer Chain always welcomes new members as well, as does the downtown Kalamazoo Prayer Clinic. For these and other prayer opportunities feel free to contact our new Prayer Coordinator, Wendy Johnson (269-649-2015).


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Praise Lots of praise and thanks has gone up to God this fall as we have been enjoying the “season of praise and thanksgiving” that we declared here at St. Michael for all God’s superabundant provision. What a joy it has been to have surplus funds that we could sow into the Kingdom work that the Lord has given us. We rejoiced to move almost $116,000 of “Faith Budget” funds into various ministry projects that were not previously founding in last year’s budget, including much needed funds for the Senior Youth Mission trip to Belize, a new computer server, renovation of the south narthex into a communications center, teacher salary adjustments, Covenant Senior Day Program, the LAMP mission trip, and the Good Samaritan Fund. What a blessing! We even stepped out in faith and set money aside to bring our staff up to our salary scale for the next two years. All this reminds me of what the Israelites enjoyed under King Hezekiah as we read about it in 2 Chronicles 31, where we read that “He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give the portion due the priests and Levites so they could devote themselves to the Law of the LORD. As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything. The people of Israel and Judah who lived in the towns of Judah also brought a tithe of their herds and flocks and a tithe of the holy things dedicated to the LORD their God, and they piled them in heaps. They began doing this in the third month and finished in the seventh month. When Hezekiah and his officials came and saw the heaps, they praised the LORD and blessed His people Israel. Hezekiah asked the priests and Levites about the heaps; and Azariah the chief priest, from the family of Zadok, answered, ‘Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the LORD has blessed His people, and this great amount is left over.’" (vv. 4-10)

Give Thanks Truly we have much to be grateful for. When we count our blessings, as Luther does in his explanation to the first article of the Creed, we join in concluding that “for all it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him.” Thanking God should be the national past time, but thankfully it is at least a national holiday as “we gather together to ask the Lord’s blessings” once again on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday night, November 27 at 7:00 pm. We will show our gratitude to God as we pray, praise, and give thanks, and we will also do so in a tangible way as we contribute non-perishable food items to the “heap” that will appear in front of the Lord’s altar that night. Our school children and their families will get it started, and then we will finish it off on Wednesday night with a view to donating it all to the Portage Community Outreach Center so that needy families in our own neighborhoods might have access to some of the abundance with which the Lord has blessed us. May the Lord grant us all grateful hearts,


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Sharing Christ with the World

One of the many organizations that St. Michael Lutheran School partners with to share the Gospel with children beyond our immediate community is Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse founded by Franklin Graham in 1993. This ministry has brought joy and shared the Gospel message with children all over the world through the distribution of over 100 million shoeboxes. St. Michael Lutheran School has been a regional drop off site for Operation Christmas Child since 2007 and will again be collecting shoeboxes this year from November 18 – 23. Our school has collected 3597 shoeboxes over the past six years! Along with millions of others across the country, SMLS will be collecting shoeboxes containing small toys, hygiene items, school supplies, and letters of love. Samaritans Purse collects these boxes and adds one more important piece – a Gospel booklet. These shoeboxes are then distributed to children across the globe in over 90 countries. Through these shoeboxes and follow up Bible study programs, the Holy Spirit brings many children to a saving faith in Jesus Christ with the simple gift of a shoebox full of love. This is a great opportunity for you and your family, for CELLS groups, Sunday School classes, or any number of other groups to pack shoeboxes and not only give a gift to children who have never had one before but also to share the Gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world. There are helpful brochures from Samaritan’s Purse located in the school office as well as on the Welcome Center in the north narthex of the church. These brochures give specific instructions on what and how to pack an OCC shoebox along with a tag to identify it as a gift for a Boy or a Girl. Samaritan’s Purse asks for a $7 donation per shoebox to help with the cost of distribution. The last important step in the process of preparing a shoebox is to pray for the child who will receive the box(es) that you pack. Pray that the Holy Spirit would work mightily in their lives and that through the message of the Gospel give the gift of faith in Jesus to that child. Not only will you be giving a gift to a child for the first time, but you will also be a partner with Samaritan’s Purse in sharing the message of Jesus in fulfillment of the Great Commission and truly being a Mighty Messenger for Christ. Greg Johnson Principal

The Board of Early Childhood and School Ministries generally meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 pm in the library. The first portion of all meetings are open for all to attend. If subject matter is of confidential nature then the meeting will move to a closed session.


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November 20—26 St. Michael Lutheran School Gym Wed & Thu 11:15—11:45 and 3:15-4p Fri 7:45-8:15am & 11:15-11:45am Sat 6:15a-7pm Sun 12-1pm Mon & Tue 3:30-8pm

LIBRARY NEWS Much work has been going on in the church/school library over the past several months. If you haven't stopped in lately, please come in and check it out--literally! There are oodles and oodles of Christian novels--if you're looking for something light and fun. Or, if you are looking for something else, you can find books on personal growth, spiritual growth, parenting, prayer, world view--you name it, we've got it. We also have a wide range of different types of Bibles, Bible helps and studies. If you aren't necessarily into books but enjoy a good magazine, we have some of the most current Christian periodicals as well. If you are headed out to the bookstore, stop here first and see what we've got. There's sure to be something here for you! Books for adults are on the peripheral walls of the library, and children's books are on the freestanding bookshelves in the middle of the library. Happy reading!! - Wendy Johnson


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Christ for Kids Family Fun Night Friday, November 8, 2013 6:00pm Bring your friends and family and join the staff of CFK for a fun evening of fellowship. We will be watching Monsters University together! Wear your PJ’s and bring a pillow and a blanket. Concessions will also be sold!*

*Pizza, soda, popcorn and candy will be sold as a fundraiser for CFK Programs.

Please mark the date on your calendar

St. Michael Lutheran School is participating in the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade Saturday November 9th @ 11:00 Please consider how you might be part of this opportunity to showcase our school, preschool, and childcare in a public setting.  

to assemble the float walkers in the parade to represent our school

Sign-up sheets are posted on the PTL bulletin board across from the school office and in the church office. Questions? Contact Carla Bradley at 217-0799


Evangelism Notes MAKING MIGHTY MESSENGERS FOR CHRIST LAMP Update LAMP is excited to announce that its fall banquet will be held in Michigan this year! Please join the staff and board as they celebrate 43 years of God’s grace. There are many things to share concerning God’s provision not only for the work of LAMP, but also for the 500+ short-term missionaries and the First Nations people in northern Canada. The celebration will occur on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Kreft Center Black Box, Concordia University Ann Arbor. A reception will begin at 4 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. Our Keynote Speaker is Rev. Roosevelt Gray, Jr., Assistant to the President for Missions/Evangelism in the LCMS Michigan District. Our own Rev. Bill Ney, one of LAMP’s Missionary/Pilots will also be speaking that night. Reservations are required. Please phone LAMP toll-free at 800-5389648 by October 15, 2013 to save your spot.

Check out the Tract Rack in the North Narthex Our mission is to help you share the love of Jesus in your school, neighborhood, or workplace. We have resources that will equip you to share your faith. Moreover, we have other general gospel tracts on a variety of topics. Check out our featured tract: “WHERE TO LOOK IN THE BIBLE”

The Bible is full of wonderful assurances and promises for all who believe in Jesus Christ. This tract provides a reference to Bible passages which will quickly provide help and encouragement. This is a great tool for sharing God’s Word with those who are in need.

Upcoming Events    

November 2, 2013 - Fall Harvest Festival November 2, 2013 - LAMP Annual Dinner Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI November 9, 2013 - Kalamazoo Holiday Parade. To help with SMLS float, call 327-0512 November 24, 2014 - Deadline for collecting food items for Thanksgiving Baskets for families in need.

Looking Ahead! The "Theological Conference on Church, State, and CULTURE" will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Jenison MI on March 1, 2014. The conference is based on Matthew 5:13-16: “You are the salt of the earth … You are the light of the world ... let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (NIV). In these verses, Jesus gives two illustrations: salt and light – elements that penetrate. As Christians, we are to influence, and make a difference in, our society, government, and culture. For more information, visit www.michigandistrict.org/tc14.


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Women’s Fellowship Ministry In Community Service “FEED MY SHEEP” Women’s Fellowship Ministry is partnering with K’zoo Forklife Organization to host . . .

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Exciting bluegrass, contemporary and traditional folk music artists: Sentimental Journey, New Town Criers, Bell Book and Canto, Crescendo Fiddlers, Franklin Meade and Webster, Cathy & Chuck Rysenga, plus the KFO First Sunday Jammers. Holiday potluck at 5:30pm on the lower level. Table service, beverage and entrée furnished. Please bring a dish to share. Free Will Donation—non perishable food items (canned meats, tuna fish, fruit, cash) A poster is located in the south narthex for more details.

Thanksgiving Blessing Baskets For Two St. Michael Families

SHARE THE BLESSING FOR THE SEASON! Food and monetary donations accepted. Donation deadline is Saturday, November 24th Details posted in the south narthex

Ornament Exchange and Party Sunday, December 15 at 3pm Please bring a wrapped ornament ($5. limit) to join the fun.


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Women’s Fellowship Ministry Annual Cookie Sale December 7 & 8    

Please consider baking a batch of cookies for the sale Come help with the cookie assembly Saturday, December 7 at 2:30pm Donate to get a delicious assortment for holiday treats and gifts Cookies on sale Saturday, December 7 after FUSE and Sunday, December 8 between Sunday services

Lutheran Women’s Missionary League

Battle Creek Zone Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Breakfast/ Bible Study – Swim & Fellowship at Holiday Inn Battle Creek coming Nov – April.

Bring your family or hubby for breakfast at 9:00. Men & children go to the pool at 10:00 while women have Bible Study. Then join your loved ones at 11:00 in the pool until noon. The fun and fellowship begins the 2nd Saturday every month Nov. – April. For the price of breakfast, enjoy the barrier free pool with lift chair through the winter months. Great Fun! Get to know your LWML Battle Creek Zone Neighbors. Discover the New Face of LWML – YOU! Questions? e-mail: renita62@yahoo.com or (269) 731-2165.


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Lutheran World Relief Gathering a Success! Our annual Lutheran World Relief collection resulted in a total of 403 boxes from the various churches in Southwest Michigan. This is 50 more than last year! The totals by category were: Quilts: 214 boxes School Kits: 52 boxes Sewing Kits: 2 boxes Health Kits: 72 boxes Soap: 11 boxes Layettes: 52 boxes Fifty-three of these boxes were from the efforts of St. Michael members. I want to extend sincere thanks to the ladies led by Michele Ryan and the Quilters for their year-long endeavor to collect and make items for the truck. Thank you also to all the people who helped on Saturday and to the youth who helped on Sunday. Also, many thanks to Premier Trailers for the trailer.

Jan Jett, Dir of Ministry Operations

Lutheran World Relief Donations Hit Record High! The year the St. Michael Family donated 94 layette kits, 80 health kits, 60 school bags, 19 quilts and 117 bars of soap to Lutheran World Relief. In addition to the grant we receive from Thrivent Financial, a number of groups at St. Michael got involved in the project. The moms who participate in the Mom-To-Mom sales held by the school twice a year donated many of the layette kit items, Sunday School collected soap, Vacation Bible School students and the congregation donated many of the items for the school bags and health kits, and a number of our members and their extended family members volunteered to garage sale, sew, crochet or knit items for the kits. In addition, quite a number of groups participated in the assembly and packaging of the supplies. Junior High Sunday school students packaged the health kits, 1st and 2nd grade day school students packaged the school bags and a group of 20+ women packaged the layette kits. We even got help from a half dozen students to load all the supplies to the correct locations and from three of our young adults to handle packaging the shipping boxes. Thanks to all the volunteers who put many hours into this project! To get involved for next year, contact Michele Ryan at 649-1387.


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“Voting is not just a right; it is your God-given privilege to live in a great country which allows each of us the freedom to address these issues. You and I play a vital role in shaping the future of this country, most importantly, in the cause for life. If we don’t do our part, the next generation may not even be born.” Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute – A “Life Quote” from Lutherans For Life · www.lutheransforlife.org

LIVING GRACE-FULLY OCTOBER 31—- NOVEMBER 2, 2013 LIVING GRACE-FULLY is to live in the assurance and confidence that our life is in Jesus Christ. We face many challenges at work, times of joy and sorrow with family, and new anxieties with the modern, technological world. Whether we are struggling or succeeding in our daily endeavors, living Grace-Fully is living with the knowledge, hope and security that Christ does not leave us or forsake us. Scheduled to present are President Lawrence Rast, Dr. David Scaer, Prof. Jeffrey Pulse and Prof. John Pless. The conference also includes sitting in on classes, visiting with students, small group activities and dinner with the President. Retreat Fee: $150/person (includes all meals) Lodging: There is limited on-campus housing available at a cost of $25/night. Please call 260-452-2105 to check on availability. Additional information and online registration is available soon at www.ctsfw.edu/Lutherhostel or you may email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or phone 260-452-2204. Also, the Burn’s will be attending and will share travel plans and housing.

Church Extension Fund Your parents, their parents, and maybe even theirs have invested in the financial products of Church Extension Fund, helping to build Lutheran churches, schools, facilities, and ministries across the state. Now it’s your turn, and the future of the Church has never been more important. Your investments through CEF can benefit you and your church. The torch has been passed. Carry it high and light a bright future for your faith. Call 800-242-3944 or visit us at www.mi-cef.org.

Paul R. Wilis, Vice President—Marketing Church Extension Fund of the Michigan District LCMS


What’s Happening with St. Michael Confirmation and High School Youth A Night In the Dark The Confirmation Youth went to the night corn maze at Gull Meadow farms. It was a little muddy, but we had a great time and even got out without too much help from the staff in the maze.

Confirmation Camp Camp for the Confirmation Class is November 15-17 at Grace Adventures in Mears, Michigan. The youth will learn how Christ made us Pure through His sacrifice on the cross. They will also enjoy the beautiful sand dunes at Silver Lake, and lots of other indoor and outdoor activities. Registrations went out, please turn them in to Jon Forster by November 6.


High School Mission Trip The High School Youth Group is finishing their registrations for next summers Belize Mission trip. Thank you to the congregation for all the support and prayers as we prepare to serve others for Christ.

High School Winter Camp Camp at Spring Hill is scheduled for January 3-5, 2014. Mark your calendars, registrations will go out this month.

The High School Youth helped load the Lutheran World Relief trailer. Emily Ritchie and her new husband had the youth over for a cookout to celebrate her marriage and new house. The youth also had fun goofing around with pantyhose and billiard balls.

We Will Take Your Junk! The High School Youth Group is having a scrap metal fundraiser through Schupan Recycling. We will take any steel, copper, brass and aluminum items. If you have some metal you want to get rid of including stuff like; musical instruments, steel shelving, copper-containing products like motors or wiring, backyard swingsets, fencing, storm doors, gutters, car batteries, pipes, sinks, bed springs, broken christmas lights (copper wire), old toasters (steel body and copper wire cord) or old car parts, we will take it. We have a box by the youth room if you want to drop off your metal. If you have something big like an old appliance or would like the youth group to pick up your donation, contact Jon Forster and we will come get it. The funds will help us go to Winter Camp in January and fund our summer trips.


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Evan semrau’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor Sunday, November 10th, 2-4 pm You are invited to join us on this special day to recognize Evan’s accomplishment and all those who have helped him get there. the ceremony will be held outside at the site of the Eagle project/Outdoor Worship Center at st. Michael Lutheran church. If weather does not permit, the ceremony and reception will be held inside. Please bring lawn chairs.

WE LOVINGLY SERVE! THANK YOU to our LECTORS! Every week these servants of God put their reading skills to use during worship services. They receive 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 participate by serving in this way, contact Marilyn Jacobs at 269-327-7385.

St. Michael Needs:     

Pew Checkers – only takes 2 months/yr Choir Members Ushers Alter Guild Members Lectors

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


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Stewardship and Thanksgiving In this season of thanksgiving, a sincere 'thank you' is in order to everyone who supports our congregation throughout the year with their attendance, service and regular financial contributions. For those of you who are interested, the church offers electronic giving options for making donations on a scheduled, automated basis. It's convenient for you and provides much-needed financial consistency for the church. Pick up an authorization form.

YARD CLEAN UP DAY SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 AT 9:00 AM Are you ready for a break from cleaning up the leaves in your yard? Well, come on over to the church and help us clean up ours!

Bring your rakes and leaf blowers.

- Board of Properties


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

November 3, 2013 – Revelation 7:9-17 “You’re a Saint!” by Rev. Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer, Holy Cross Lutheran Church~Fort Wayne, IN

Saints are a communion of the cleansed and cared for. Since heaven is populated by saints and the world so misunderstands the Word, sin deals with heaven's "sainthood requirement" by eliminating it, redefining it, or ignoring it in despair or feigned unconcern. God makes us saints by His grace received by faith in our crucified and risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Heaven is an eternal fellowship with the God and believers that we both await in the future and experience now.

November 10, 2013- 2 Thessalonians 2:14 “Called to Glory” by Rev. Sean Esterline, Messiah Lutheran Church~Evansville, IN

God has called us to heavenly glory by the power of His Word. God has also empowered us to proclaim His heavenly glory and salvation through that same powerful Word.

November 17, 2013 – Luke 21:29-36 “The Consuming Cancer” by Rev. James L. Elsner, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church~Stroh, IN

Cancer can consume a body – a life. Even more destructive is the spiritual “cancer” in every person. In Jesus, there is hope.

November 24, 2013 – Psalm 46 “Our Mighty Fortress” by Rev. Dr. Walter A. Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary~Fort Wayne, IN

I) We need God as our mighty Fortress because of sin and the many troubles we face in this life. II) Because of Christ, God is our mighty Fortress; He is our Refuge and Strength. III) Thus, we are totally safe and secure.

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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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Edna, Thank you for your kind words. It’s so great to get encouragement from home. I can’t wait to go back. When I get home, I’m moving to Texas for schooling through the military. I will miss Michigan so much! So Afghanistan is definitely not like Michigan. It’s dirty and smells, and just odd. But . . . they have a hospital here that the Russians built when they invaded and the Afghans have taken over. They planted roses EVERYWHERE around the hospital. It’s absolutely beautiful. I’ll take a picture the next time I’m up there for you. I’m a combat medic here which means I help my fellow soldiers and our NATO counterparts. But I also help the Afghans with medical care, too. It’s a great way to get them on our side and to show them that we are here to help them. There’s not a whole lot here to do, so you have to try and stay busy. I go to church and we have a really great Bible Study here. I play poker. I’m learning how to play the guitar, AND I go to school!! I’m almost done with my associates. I plan on doing something in the medical field. I’m just not entirely sure the path God is laying out for me. Hopefully He will show me.

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LETTERS TO EDNA I am the commander of Charlie Company, 210th Brigade Support Battalion. We are in the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, NY and we are now deployed in Afghanistan. Our mission is to provide routine and emergency medical care to soldiers across many different bases in the area. We live and work in buildings with electricity and we have running water and showers. The conditions are crowded, but they are adequate for now; and I have been in far worse. Hot meals are served for lunch and dinner every day. We eat a cold ration for breakfast, although most soldiers find something else to eat like oatmeal or breakfast bars, if they are available. The company drinks a LOT of coffee. Some drink with cream and sugar, but most of us drink black, unflavored, “Army coffee.” One day the aid station ran out of coffee and . . . it was not a pretty sight. We occasionally have a barbeque and cook up some locally-acquired food, but otherwise our ability to cook is limited to boiling water.

I hope to hear from you soon! Thank you again for your package.

Some of my soldiers do not have friends or loved ones back home to contact, some are recovering from recently-failed relationships, and many are just wondering why they are here. The simplest human interaction from “back home” comfor t, encouragement, reassurance—is really the most important thing for most.

Tracy

Thank you for your support! - CPT Carney


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September Financials 14 months 8/1/12-9/30/13 Church Revenue School Revenue Total Revenue Total Expenses Net Surplus (deficit) Budget Under/(Over) Budget

$826,177 $757,863 $1,584,040 $1,454,168 $ 129,872 $1,561,653 $ 107,485

Working Cash Balance Mortgage Balance

$ 122,478 $ 316,769

Avg. 2013 Attendance. . . . . . . . . . . 365

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

Special Offerings Received Since August 1, 2012: Trust Fund Church Worker Scholarship LWR Good Samaritan Memorials Covenant Sr. Program Building Contingency Mortgage Reduction Mission Forward School Music Tuition Assistance School Improvements Quilting Sunday School L.A.M.P. Mission Trip

$ 18,014 $ 575 $ 1,975 $ 10,624 $ 3,579 $ 1,250 $ 12,000 $ 41,337 $ 44,606 $ 245 $ 32,428 $ 51,918 $ 495 $ 399 $ 12,426

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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 * . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ryan Williams 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 McNees, Mara Kudelski President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rich Conklin Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matt Heintz Board of Lay Ministry Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Kuhlman Sound & Lighting Technician . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vacant Prayer Ministry Coordinator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wendy Johnson 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rob Sullivan / Chris Stolsky Board of Evangelism and Missions Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mike Edick Cradle Roll . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Peggy Makowski Board of Parish Fellowship Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vacant Women’s Fellowship Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .June Kucks Board of Church Properties Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Howard McNees Board of CELL Group Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lindsey Luma 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

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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.”

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