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Operation Turkey Sandwich

By Sue Sprang While most of us enjoy not working on holidays (especially Thanksgiving and Christmas), more and more workers are finding themselves at their jobs as stores, restaurants, cinemas, and other non-essential businesses open their doors on those special days. Kristen Wilson (Peace Lutheran Church, South Haven) was a member at St. James, Jackson, […]

Young boxers find self-worth

By Sue Sprang SAGINAW – Many churches across our synod have after-school or summer programs for children and youth, ranging from music, tutoring, recreation, and child care to art, learning, hands-on activities, crafts – and more. But one congregation is probably unique in offering boxing. Zion Lutheran Church, Saginaw, plays host to The Saginaw Boxing […]

The value of a penny

By Sue Sprang JACKSON – Water. For most Americans it’s a take-for-granted commodity. We drink it, cook with it, brew coffee and tea in it. We use it for bathing, recreation, brushing our teeth, irrigation, laundry, washing our dishes and our cars, running through sprinklers on hot summer days, dousing fires, ice cubes to cool […]

A Gift of Pie

By Sue Sprang SOUTH HAVEN – According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one definition of “gift” is “the act, right, or power of giving”. It’s no surprise the “giving” is defined as an act. It may be a bit surprising that it’s referred to as a right. And it’s probably safe to venture that many of […]

A twist on Lutheran DOGma – Part 2

By Sue Sprang PORTAGE – This continues a look at Pastor Joan Herbon of Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Portage, her work with fostering assistance dogs, and how this relationship has shaped her ministry. To read part 1, go to An uplifting calm. That’s what happens when Pastor Joan Herbon and her dogs walk […]