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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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Dormitory Slide Presentation

To all:

I have been getting many questions about the dorm project while attending graduation parties. Some of you maybe getting asked questions as well, so I wanted to share this presentation with you.
  • If there are people you know who want to help with this project please let me know.
  • If there are opportunities to present this information at your congregation or church group please let me know.
  • If you are moved to donate to this project you can do so through this link. Donate Now
Have a great summer!

Josh Wakefield
MLS Foundation
Donor Relations Director
www.mls-foundation.org
989-793-7511


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MLS Foundation Dormitory Project

Dear Friend of MLS,

I have some exciting news to share with you about a project that has been over thirty years in the making!

In 1976, Michigan Lutheran Seminary completed construction of new dormitory facilities that would accommodate all of its boarding students. This much-needed improvement was met with great enthusiasm by both parents and students. The lack of on campus dormitory space had necessitated students being placed in off campus dormitories and in the homes of Saginaw families around the MLS campus. Today, those same dormitories continue to keep our students on our own campus.

Unfortunately, after those same thirty-seven years the dormitory furnishings have more than reached the end of their life on campus! Thousands of students have used the beds, dressers, desks and chairs that were purchased through donations in 1976.

To complete the enormous project of refurbishing the dormitories, the Michigan Lutheran Seminary Foundation has offered to assist MLS by making this our priority project. With the help of the MLS administration we have undertaken an inventory of needs and have completed a great deal of research on the project. The dormitory is the students’ “home away from home,” and we want it to be a place that will function well for current students and a space that future students will look forward to living in while at MLS.

The scope of this project includes new furniture for all of the 118 rooms along with paint, window treatments and flooring. The furniture company has set up a “typical” two-person room in the dormitory for students, parents and donors to view and it has met with very favorable reviews. You can imagine the students’ excitement when they see the remodeled room. Some of their comments included, “This would be awesome!” “I wish we could stay to enjoy the remodel!”

Following is a breakdown of the project.

●    Total project cost: $650,000* (Per student cost: approximately $2,200)

By Materials
●    Dorm furniture for 118 rooms-$465,000 (this includes delivery and installation)
●    Flooring for 118 rooms-$110,000
●    Paint for 118 rooms-$75,000

As was done in 1976, we have broken down the project into room sizes and further down into furniture pieces to make the costs more understandable.

By Rooms
●    2 person dorm room-$4,400
●    3 person dorm room-$6,600
●    4 person dorm room-$8,800

By FurnitureImage
●    293-Beds @ $322
●    293-Mattresses @ $122
●    293-Desks @ $344
●    293-Dressers @ $327
●    293-Organizers @ $157
●    293-Chairs @ $160
●    1172-Dresser Drawers @ $25
(Yes, the dressers have drawers, but this is our way of saying that any size gift will help build toward a furniture purchase!)

This is the largest project that the MLS Foundation has undertaken to date and yet we remain encouraged about reaching our goal as we have already received more than $58,000 towards the refurbishing. This has allowed us to begin a dorm room countdown! 118,117,116,115,114,113,112,111,110,109,108,107,106… See more here Dorm Progress

To help us continue the countdown, please consider “purchasing” a bed, a mattress or even a dresser “drawer” to help us reach the goal of refurbishing the MLS dormitories. Another way to help? Bring the details of the project to your congregational leadership and see if your congregation as a whole can help with pieces of furniture or even an entire room. You and/or your congregation’s gift can help make this project become a reality for the students.

Please visit http://www.mls-foundation.org to tour the “typical” dorm room or make a donation to the project.

Thanks for your continued prayers and support of the MLS Foundation as it works to assist MLS with its mission of training students for the public ministry.

Josh Wakefield
MLS Foundation
989-793-7511

*all quotes subject to change after June 1, 2013 (increases of  5-8% per year)
The furniture manufacturer has told us that furniture can be purchased and stored for up to 18 months. That’s our incentive to work towards the goal as quickly as we can!

QRcodeForPaymentP.S. Just after I finished my letter (which you should receive in the mail this week) and was getting it ready to send to you, a donor came forward and offered to the MLS Foundation up to $100,000.00 in matching funds for the dormitory project!
Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity by making a gift toward the dorm project. This gift when matched could furnish 46 additional rooms!


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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

PS As always, feel free to share this with those who would find it helpful


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Josh’s Thoughts April 17

One of the frequent questions I receive from our supporters is, “How much of my donation is spent on expenses, and how much is a true donation?” Recently the Foundation office received an email from our credit card processing service which will make a difference in how much of a credit card donation or payment we will be able to use as a donation.

On May 1, 2012 Visa will be assessing a new fee based on the total dollar amount of Visa transactions processed during the month. Based on previous months’ activities the amount the Foundation will pay in fees is likely to be $7.00 to $9.00 over and above the regular fees we are charged by Visa. The MLS Foundation is aware that you want us to act in the most fiscally responsible manner possible, so we feel it is necessary to make you aware of this upcoming cost increase. I understand this doesn’t seem like a significant amount of money but over time it does add up.

You can help in one of two ways.

  1. Use a different method of payment. Discover and MasterCard do not assess this additional fee. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) from your checking account is the most cost effective.
  2. If you choose to use a credit card, you will have the option to add 2.65% to your charge to help offset the fees the Foundation pays.

Thank you for keeping Michigan Lutheran Seminary and the MLS Foundation in your prayers.

Josh Wakefield
Donor Relations Director
MLS Class of 1996