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Abounding Faith, part 1

By Sue Sprang WYOMING, MI – I recently spent part of a day with our synod’s Sudanese mission congregation at Christ Lutheran Church, Wyoming. It was a rich, deeply moving experience that left me spiritually uplifted, humbled, and reminded of those things I take for granted. Worship, stories and conversation, a warm welcome – and […]

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, […]