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A new direction

By Sue Sprang SYNOD – At this year’s synod assembly, The North/West Lower Michigan Synod bids a fond farewell to long-time synod office support staff member Margie Bauer. Bauer served under Bishops Emeriti Gary Hansen and John Schleicher and current Bishop Craig Satterlee. After moving to the Lansing area in May 1997, Bauer and her […]

One of Our Own

By Sue Sprang SYNOD – The following letter was recently received from Pastor Chris Laughlin – also known as Chaplain or Major Christopher Laughlin. A member of the U.S. Army Reserves, Laughlin is currently serving at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and will complete his one-year tour of duty this spring.  He previously served Grace Lutheran […]

Queen on a mission

By Sue Sprang   MOUNT PLEASANT – Amy Henderson was raised in Shepherd, MI, and was the community’s 2012 Maple Syrup Festival queen. But for those who think small town royalty are sappy, this young woman undoes the beauty queen stereotype. Okay, yes, she is beautiful. She is also smart, aware, community-minded, and non-self-absorbed. Henderson […]

Bringing it on home

By Sue Sprang RHODES – He’s been a school bus driver, police and seafarers’ chaplain, parole officer, and bartender – for starters. He is a biker, a musician who has played Dixieland and conducted Bach’s “St. Matthew’s Passion”, has experience in radio and television, and a gatherer of intriguing artifacts. He’s shared the stage with, […]

Heeding the tug

By Sue Sprang AU GRES – First call pastor Rheanna Goodrich considers herself “a denominational mutt”. Born in Havre, Montana, Goodrich was baptized in her mother’s faith tradition, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The family moved to Washington [state], then to New Hampshire, where the family attended a Baptist church, then eventually fell away from the […]