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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

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Where there is a Will there is a way!

Do you have your standard Will in place? If you are like most Americans the answer is probably no.  Depending on what survey you look at, roughly 60-70% of people do not have a Will in place. A Will is the basic legal document that outlines your wishes for your earthly belongings and assets.  I know one thing for sure, if you don’t decide what to do with your assets, the State you live in has a process to decide for you.

Getting a Will done is just one of those things that people put off doing. They know it is important and it probably is on their to do list, but the excuses and procrastination always seem to win out.  For those of you who have an estate plan in place, it always good to review it every couple of years. A lot can change in that amount of time such as laws, beneficiaries, and financial status.

I often talk to donors who are in the process of completing or updating their estate plan documents and want to leave something to Michigan Lutheran Seminary or the MLS Foundation.  For those who have informed the MLS Foundation that they will be leaving a gift to us, they will become members of the Eberhardt Society.  Please contact the MLS Foundation office for more information about becoming a member of the Eberhardt Society.

I have included some links and other information that pertains to this topic.  As always please contact your professional adviser before making any estate planning decisions.

Wills and Bequests Booklet

Estate planning checklist– Simple easy checklist.

WELS Ministry of Christian Giving – This is a great place to start if you are unsure of what to do or who to talk to.  A giving counselor can walk you through the process and provide information that may help you with your situation.

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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)

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 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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