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Light Up a Student’s Life

During the holiday season, the Michigan Lutheran Seminary Foundation sponsors a special giving program to benefit MLS and its students.
Contributions will support the Foundation’s ongoing financial assistance to the students who attend MLS now and in the future.
Donors to the “Light Up A Student’s Life” have an opportunity to make a gift in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special person. Such gifts will be recognized by the lighting of a large Christmas tree that will be located in the commons.

  • Are you, or a family member, an alum of MLS?
  •  Do you have a child or relative who attends or will attend MLS in the future? 
  • Is there someone special who encouraged you to make the decision to attend MLS and kept you in their prayers during your time at school? 
  • Do you want to show your encouragement to current or future students to continue to prepare for work in the Lord’s service?

For a $10.00 contribution, a white light will be illuminated on the Christmas tree in the name of the individual being remembered or honored.
A special Christmas card will be sent to the family or honoree recognizing your caring gift to MLS and its students.
Please consider this funding opportunity to light up a student’s life through Christ-centered education.
Your generosity is the heart and spirit of the MLS Foundation . Your gifts will allow us to assist another generation of students to follow our Savior’s directive to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Light Up A Student’s Life Form

or Donate Online or by SmartPhone


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Light Up a Student’s Life

During the holiday season, the Michigan Lutheran Seminary Foundation sponsors a special giving program to benefit MLS and its students.
Contributions will support the Foundation’s ongoing financial assistance to the students who attend MLS now and in the future.
Donors to the “Light Up A Student’s Life” have an opportunity to make a gift in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special person. Such gifts will be recognized by the lighting of a large Christmas tree that will be located in the commons.

  • Are you, or a family member, an alum of MLS?
  •  Do you have a child or relative who attends or will attend MLS in the future? 
  • Is there someone special who encouraged you to make the decision to attend MLS and kept you in their prayers during your time at school? 
  • Do you want to show your encouragement to current or future students to continue to prepare for work in the Lord’s service?

For a $10.00 contribution, a white light will be illuminated on the Christmas tree in the name of the individual being remembered or honored.
A special Christmas card will be sent to the family or honoree recognizing your caring gift to MLS and its students.
Please consider this funding opportunity to light up a student’s life through Christ-centered education.
Your generosity is the heart and spirit of the MLS Foundation . Your gifts will allow us to assist another generation of students to follow our Savior’s directive to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”

Light Up A Student’s Life Form

or Donate Online or by SmartPhone


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What are you working on now?

We were reminded recently that not everyone understands what we do in the office everyday. I was approached by a questioner who wanted to know what we were working on. The questioner certainly understood the general purpose of the Foundation, but was unsure what could keep three people busy all the time.

Great question, and an eye-opener for me. Most of our activities are cyclical in nature and so become routine to us. However we forget that for many each yearly event is brand new.

Such an event is happening this month. I’m going to attempt to help you capture some of the excitement generated by that activity. Each May at graduation, which falls during the Memorial Day weekend, the MLS Foundation gives special recognition to the class which graduated 50 years ago. These certainly are very important members of the Seminary family. Planning begins a year or more in advance but becomes really intense in March. Working in conjunction with a committee from the class I send a letter inviting the honorees to their special weekend. As the replies begin to arrive the excitement builds.

Many have not returned to MLS since their graduation and are curious about changes which have taken place. One of my first tasks is to create a website which they can view and begin to reconnect with each other and the school. The Foundation covers the cost of the website for one year, and several classes have continued it beyond that year. This is the site for this year’s group: MLS Class of 1962

Classmates send in questionnaires so that I can compile a commemorative booklet for them. It’s great fun to see the then and now pictures. It also amazes me year after year to see the wealth of talents God has given to each class and the way He has made use of those talents.

We call this event “Lifelong Friendship.” This is so evident when the classmates begin to arrive. The friendships formed at MLS live on. On Friday afternoon they park in a reserved area at MLS and come to the MLS Commons for an hors d’oeuvre reception hosted by the Foundation. Smiles, hugs, and reminiscences! Truth is, the class is usually too busy visiting to eat the snacks. Then they receive an extra special treat, a ride on a school bus. Who wouldn’t want that? The bus ride whisks them away to an elegant dinner and more time to visit. A professional photographer takes a class picture and each receives a print to take home as a memory. After dinner the class gets back on the bus and rides back to MLS for the MLS Commencement Concert. After enjoying the talents of the current students they stay at their seats and greet well-wishers. If you would like to say hello to them, the concert takes place Friday, May 25 beginning at 7:00pm.

Saturday morning the class comes together again to tour the school. We learn so much as members say, “When we were here this was the…” or “This wasn’t even here in 1962.” Back from the tour, the class sits in specially designated seats for the graduation service. During that service their “names ring once more in these hallowed halls” as each is introduced individually.

The class meets on its own Saturday evening for dinner, usually right on campus. There we have one more treat for them, a then and now slideshow created from historic and current photos of MLS and their yearbook and current pictures. They get together one more time for brunch after church on Sunday.

I can’t express the joy it gives me to give this weekend to our treasured alumni. You can help to ensure that the Foundation has the information it needs to keep this recognition running smoothly. We maintain an alumni directory, and appreciate all the updates we receive. You can logon here: Alumni Directory.

Joyce Schultz
MLS Foundation Records Specialist

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Homecoming Tailgate Party

The MLS Foundation would like to invite you to celebrate the tradition of football, food and fun at MLS!

Please join us!

Friday, October 14th – 5:00pm
(on the practice field along Hardin Street)

Menu:
Pig Roast
Sides include:  Potatoes, Mac & Cheese, Vegetables, and an assortment of pasta salads and fruit

Tickets are absolutely necessary. This fabulous partly becomes more popular every year, and you don’t want to miss the fun.

Tickets are available now! Purchase your tickets through the MLS Foundation office or Cardinal Corner, by email events@mls-foundation.org or call 989-793-7511. Also available online

High School & Adults – $12
Grade School (K-8) – $6
PreK and under – Free

(ticket prices do not include admission to the 7:00pm football game vs. Valley Lutheran)

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The Last Voice

The 1996 Mt. Everest Tragedy
On May 10, 1996, after six weeks of climbing, Lou Kasischke was 400 vertical feet from the top of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. But things started to go wrong. Lou and other climbers, facing conflicting goals and pressures, made a critical decision. Eight climbers died. Lou survived – even after being trapped near the top snowblind and frostbitten for two days. This was the worst disaster in Mt. Everest history.
The dead are forever entombed in Everest ice and snow. But Lou is here to tell the story, which is not just about death and survival in climbing Mt. Everest. The story has much in common with everyday life. It’s about people who set high goals and face the daily struggles and decision s- ambition and values, mistakes and judgment, teamwork and individuality. It’s about the power of will. The story is both sad and triumphant.
Lou will share the incredible events of his Mt. Everest expedition and what facing death near the top of the world has meant to his life – critical insights for business and person success.
The Mountain Climber and Business Leader
Lou Kasischke has climbed most of the classic mountain in the world, including the highest on six continents – Africa, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, South America and North America.
Lou has reached many summits in his professional career as well. He is a corporate lawyer and a senior member of Dykema Gossett law firm. He is also the author of a leading book on Michigan corporation law. Lou is also active in business. He is the former president and CEO of Pella Window and Door Company.
We are very pleased that Lou has arranged to share his story at Michigan Lutheran Seminary on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm. There is no cost for the event, but tickets are necessary. Call the MLS Foundation at 989-793-7511 to reserve. You can also reserve by email foundation@mlsem.org.