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Our Blog Has Moved!

Our blog has moved to our new, redesigned website.

Please visit to view our new posts!images


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Coming Soon: New Website!

We are working on a complete redesign of the MLS Foundation website. It is our hope that you will find the new site easy to navigate and find the information you need. Here’s a sneak peek: Picture1

Once the changeover is completed, our blog will be switching from this site to a blog right within our home page.

Watch for further announcements coming soon!

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Light Up a Student’s Life

Each year in November & December the Michigan Lutheran Seminary Foundation sponsors a special giving program to benefit MLS and its students. Contributions support the MLS Student Need Fund, which provides ongoing financial assistance to the students who attend MLS now and in the future. The MLS Foundation has committed to providing MLS with $100,000 annually in student financial assistance, and your gifts to Light Up a Student’s Life will help us accomplish this goal.

Donors who 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 alumnus/alumna 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 each $10 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 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.”

Funds raised for Student Need:
2012     $1,295     130 lights
2013     $   980      98 lights
2014     $   845      85 lights
2015     $1,175     118 lights
2016     $1,970     197 lights

This year, make the light shine even brighter! Call 989-793-7511, view a flyer, or visit for more details.

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Scrip Anniversary Bonus

The Scrip program is celebrating its 23rd anniversary in October with an 11-day promotion, featuring special bonus donations on some of your favorite retailers! Watch this bonus page for updates on the featured retailers each day from October 21 – 31.

If you haven’t already signed up for ShopWithScrip and PrestoPay, check out the information below and contact the foundation for our enrollment code.


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Annual Report

annualreport17The annual report for the foundation’s fiscal year ending on June 30, 2017, is now available for viewing at this link. The annual report includes a list of gifts given to the MLS Foundation during the fiscal year.

We would like to thank you for your support of the MLS Foundation as it works to advance the mission of Michigan Lutheran Seminary. 

“I thank my God every time I remember you.”
Philippians 1:3


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Changes at the MLS Foundation

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

The time has come for some exciting changes at the MLS Foundation!

New Donor Portal Available

We are implementing a new software program at the foundation. As a result of this change, you will now be able to create your own portal account to make gifts, view gift history, purchase event tickets, and more.

To sign up for your portal account, please visit and use the email address we have on file for you. Signing up with this email address will ensure that your gift history and event tickets will import correctly to your portal account. After you set up your portal account you will be able to change your email address if you wish. Click here to view a tutorial that will walk you through the process of setting up your portal account. If you aren’t sure what email we have on file for you, please contact the office.

It is important to note that if you set up a one-time or recurring gift, it will process immediately. If you have been making monthly gifts on our old system and your gift has already processed for this month, you can set up your portal right away, but you may want to wait until next month to set up your gift schedule to avoid a duplicate donation.

Big Backyard Project

By now you have probably heard about the next big project the MLS Foundation is supporting at Michigan Lutheran Seminary – the Big Backyard project. We nicknamed it the Big Backyard project because while it includes updates to the athletic field area, it will impact student life in a broader sense. The first phase – office consolidation – is already underway, as you can see from the photo below! Click here to view more information about the project.


As part of the office consolidation portion of the project, our office will be moving upstairs – where the MLS Business Office is currently.

Joyce is Retiring

Joyce Schultz will be retiring at the end of August, after 11 1/2 years of faithful service to the foundation. There were many changes throughout those years but Joyce’s dedication remained constant. We celebrated her service at our recent board meeting.


God’s blessings on your retirement, Joyce!


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2014 Cardinal Classic Results

MLS Alumni enjoying time at the Cardinal Classic

MLS Alumni enjoying time at the Cardinal Classic

To all:

Thank you to those who attended the 2014 MLS Foundation Cardinal Classic Golf Outing and those thinking of us that day.  It was a beautiful day filled with fun and fellowship! Your support and participation helped to make this event a big success.

There were 116 golfers, 18 volunteers, and many generous sponsors. The golf outing raised $16,000.00.  This support is crucial in helping the foundation fulfill its mission of supporting Michigan Lutheran Seminary.

If you were at the golf outing, volunteers included, your name was in the hat for two tickets to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals on September 8. Craig Rau won the tickets, which were donated by Donnie Krzysiak of Krzysiak’s House Restaurant in Bay City. Have fun at the ballpark, Craig!

Here is a breakdown of the day’s winners:

First Flight Champions – 2nd year in a row – with a score of 58 (-14):

George Hausmann, Ned Kleinke, Mark Ostermann, and Raine Vrabel

Second Flight Champions with a score of 68 (-4):

Kyle Hilborn, Lee Williamson, Rick Richter, and Josh Richter

Closest to Pin, Men (hole #17):………………… Joe Schwartz

Closest to Pin, Women (hole #4):……………… Kathy Packard

Longest Drive, Men (hole #3):………………….. Hal Seibert, winning four years in a row!

Longest Drive, Women (hole #14):……………. Becky Trommer

Closest in Two, Men (hole #15):……………….. Paul Davila

Closest in Two, Women (hole #5):…………….. Arlene Mossner

Putting Contest Champion:……………………… Josh Wakefield

“Don’t Lose the Yellow Ball” Winners:

Mike Baeckl, Ryan Abel, David Lecker, and Jeremy Schultz

Please mark your calendars for next year’s event, which will be held at Beech Hollow Golf Course on Saturday, July 18, 2015. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start 9:30 a.m. Check out our Facebook page ( and the MLS Foundation website ( for details. While you’re on our website, be sure to sign up for our Cardinal Classic e-mail updates.


Your 2014 Golf Committee:

Bruce Finkbeiner    Diana Finkbeiner

Thom Cereske       Mike Baeckl

Chris Kestner         David Lecker

Ned Kleinke          Terianne Carey

Joyce Schultz        Erin Smith     Josh Wakefield