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Outdoors-inspired devotional

Local AHS teacher publishes first book By DIANE SPEER

News Lifestyles Editor

An avid outdoorsman, Dave Myers has instilled in his family a love for God’s creation, along with an appreciation for hunting, fishing and camping. A typical vacation for him, his wife, Jenny, and their four children is backpacking along the rugged coastline of Lake Superior.

he started writing down his reflections on many of his family’s outdoor experiences with the intent of preserving those memories for his kids. But then providence intervened. Myers, who has led men’s ministries at Word of Life Baptist Church for the last 10 years, began to feel bur-

Book signing

“Swim Upstream: An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Spiritual Adventure” By Dave Myers Saturday, Sept. 18 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Olivet Book and Gift Price: $13 “That’s just what we do,” said Myers, a local teacher, coach and men’s ministry leader. “We started with camping trips, exploring the U.P. We were amazed by some of the spots. From there we morphed into Canada. Backpacking is a relatively new adventure for us.” As an English teacher at Alpena High School, Myers also appreciates the written word. About eight years ago

dened over what he saw as the broken state of today’s families. An unexpected door also opened – he started writing for an online sportsmen’s devotional website. Encouraged by friends and family, Myers began to realize that the journaling of his family’s adventures could serve a bigger purpose. By sharing his stories with others, along with some related scriptures and brief

devotional lessons, Myers saw the potential for encouraging other outdoor enthusiasts to explore God deeper through creation and to find a renewed appreciation for family. His intentions have come to fruition with the publication earlier this month of his first book, “Swim Upstream: An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Spiritual Adventure.” Formatted as an easy to follow month-long devotional, the 169page book has a release date of Sept. 27, after which it will be available online at In the meantime, Myers has received copies of his book and will be doing his first official book signing this Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Olivet Book and Gift in downtown Alpena, where the books also will be available for sale. The price per book is $13. “My mission is to do whatever I can to help men and fathers to strengthen their relationship with their wives and their kids,” said Myers, noting that since the 1960s, the divorce rate has skyrocketed, and that “fatherlessness” has become

one of the greatest modernday social issues. Though he’s had ample opportunities through serving at his church to share with others how he believes all of nature points to God and deeper spiritual truths, he hopes his new book will provide even more avenues. “I’ve been doing men’s ministry for 10 years at Word of Life, and I’ve been sensing through the book that there’s more that I can do,” Myers said. “It’s given me a platform to talk about men and fathers. It’s a simple mission. Families are broken. How do we get back to healthy, well-balanced relationships with our wives and kids and families?” Myers said his book won’t hit guys over the head with a message of faith, but that he believes the stories about hunting, fishing, backCourtesy Photo/Robert Sullivan packing and camping will Newly published author Dave Myers will sign copies of strike a chord with many. his book this Saturday at Olivet Book and Gift. “Swim Upstream” has launched. Some of his other been published through Tate at work. “I sent it to Tate and devotional writings can be Publishing & Enterprises, a Christian publishing com- thought ‘let’s see what God seen at www.sportsmendepany. He chose that com- does.’ A week later, they Myers holds a master’s pany – the only one he sent me a contract,” Myers submitted his manuscript to said. “Unbelievable. It was degree in teaching from Central Michigan Univer– based on a recommenda- flat out a God thing.” Myers has two or three fu- sity. He and Jenny reside in tion from a friend. That Tate Publishing accepted his ture book ideas in mind, but Alpena, and are parents to work is further evidence to for now wants to concentrate Logan, 14; Caleb, 13; Tara, Myers that a higher power is on getting his first one 10 and Karli, 8.


American Legion to meet

The American Legion and Auxiliary will meet Friday at 7 p.m. at the post home, located at 1316 M-32-W. Meetings are held on the third Friday of every month. Members are encouraged to attend and give their input.

AHS class needs address

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Alpena High School Class of 1956 is having a reunion. Those planning the reunion are currently looking an address for classmate Connie Flint. Anyone who knows her address is asked to contact Jim Mott at 354-2768.

Divorce Care series offered

Cara Steinke of Catholic Human Services recently gave a presentation to the Kiwanis Club of Alpena. She spoke about the Making a Difference Through Wraparound program that serves Alcona, Presque Isle, Montmorency A 13-week DVD series and Alpena counties. That program targets children of abuse or neglect as well as seriously emotionally disturbed called Divorce Care is being offered at Good children and their families.

Alpena Lions Club learns about River Rats program

The Alpena Lions Club met recently at the Alpena Golf Club where Lion Burt Wright won the attendance award for his attending last week’s meeting as well as this week’s. Lion Florence Stibitz told those present about her Mackinaw Bridge Walk experience. Lion Susan Nielsen introduced Alice Holcomb as the speaker for the afternoon. Holcomb gave an enthusiastic Power Point presentation on the River Rats program that took place during this past summer for children ages 5 to 10. Parents or caregivers stayed with the kids because it was not a drop-off program. The parents and caregivers seemed to enjoy the activities as much as the kids, she said. Holcomb is a member of the Alpena Wildlife Sanctuary Board. She and co-chair Melissa Doubek, along with volunteers from Alpena High School’s advanced biology class, AmeriCorps, Sytek Park and various other organizations produced a series of five science programs that were attended by an average of 46 students. These programs were designed as an example of the kind of programs that would

Publishing your group activities

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be available at the future River Center to be located at Duck Park. In order to obtain grant funds for the building of the River Center, various programs must be set in place to prove the need for those grant funds and explain how and where those funds will be used. The sessions began with the reading of a short book on whichever subject was going to be studied that Wednesday. The students sat on the bank of the Thunder Bay River while one of the volunteers read the story. Then they walked over the bridge to the island where they discovered trees, birds, animals, Petoskey stones, geodes and various fossil remains. Sometimes the children enjoyed games that taught

them about various fish, bugs, insects, animals and birds. Sometimes the children built model ants from pretzels and marshmallows or “bug boxes” from pieces of wood and wire mesh for their newly found insect treasures. This presentation gave the Lions audience a taste of the exciting new teaching methods that they missed when they were young. The River Rats program is a tiny part of what the River Center could bring to Northeast Michigan. The more the public is aware and participating in River Center projects, the more community-based it will become. Hopefully these partnerships will help the Wildlife Sanctuary Board with future grants

Shepherd Lutheran Church, 12365 US-23-S, Ossineke. The series is held on Mondays at 7 p.m. Divorce Care is an ongoing ministry for separated and divorced people. It takes a Biblical approach to divorce, separation and related issues such as reconciliation, remarriage, forgiveness and families. Divorce Care emphasizes that real healing from the intense pain of divorce must begin with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The same principles can apply to the loss of a spouse through death. For more information, call 471-5428 or 3542730.

Red Toppers enjoy picnic

The Sunnyside Red Toppers held their annual summer potluck Aug. 10 at the cottage of member Bonnie Plowman. Co-hostess along with Plowman was Carol Grabow. The menu included grilled hot dogs, salads, homemade beans, desserts and other potluck dishes. Following dinner, Queen Diane Laseck reported on a meeting of area Red Hat queens who have formed a new council that will coordinate Red Hat activities in Northeast Michigan. Fourteen Red Hat chapters were represented. For the October gathering, members decided to accept an invitation from the Rogers City Red Hatters to a luau Oct. 15 at 1

p.m. at the Rogers City Senior Center. A $10 fee will be charged. Grabow conducted games with prizes going to Lois Centala, Patti Tucker and Marge Valentine. The evening concluded with root beer floats served by the hostesses. August birthdays recognized were for Carol Grabow and Pat Lancaster. Future gatherings include: September – Lancaster camp with Pat Lancaster and Joanne Dubey as co-hostesses; October – Rogers City luau; November – Thanksgiving turkey and potluck dinner at Grace Lutheran Church with Karen Neu and Patti Tucker as cohostesses.

Hillman VFW conducts session

Eleven members of Hillman VFW Post 2356 attended the recent meeting the post and discussed a successful V-J Day. It was announced a new refrigerator was purchased for the kitchen. Members also learned the Village of Hillman has agreed to cut holes in the new sidewalk so that the VFW or business people can put up American flags. Anyone in need of hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers or crutches is asked to call 742-3670. The next meeting will be held Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the VFW Hall.

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