Lutheranism 101


Camp Arcadia

Men's Retreat

Sept 29 - Oct 1

The Psalms of David: Words from a Sinner After God’s Own Heart

Scripture describes David as a man after God’s own heart, but he is also a self-described sinner. How do these things work together? How does such a man pray, worship, repent and point us to Jesus? We will find out together.

Daniel Emery Price is the Director of Operations for 1517. He is also an author, church and conference speaker, and co-host of the podcasts 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament. Daniel lives in Northwest Arkansas, with his wife and daughter.

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The mission of Men's Ministry is to engage men and bring them closer to Jesus, to help develop Biblical character, and to equip them to influence their world for Christ.  We are a band of Christian brothers striving to build up, encourage, strengthen, and sharpen ourselves. Our goal is to draw men into authentic Christian community and a personal relationship with Jesus.  

We do this by uniting around various projects, events, conferences, and bible study – uniting men in prayer, fellowship, ministry and accountability.  Men’s Ministry is a magnet for service and a resource for many other church teams and activities.  We offer many opportunities for men who attend on Sunday mornings to get “plugged in” to the St. Michael Church community.


  • Connor Boyer

    Connor is the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at St. Michael. He has been working in youth ministry for 9 years. Connor enjoys watching sports. He is long suffering fan of the Detroit Lions. He also enjoys spending time around a bonfire and being outdoors. The best advice he received is from Mark 10:45; "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”  His favorite show is The Office and he is a passionate Star Wars fan. His favorite thing about Youth Ministry is getting to see students come to the light bulb moment where their faith in Christ comes alive. 

  • Diana Collins

    Diana has been involved in the confirmation program for 4 years and previously taught Sunday School. She enjoys reading and chaperoning youth events. One of the best pieces of advice she ever received was “Don’t be in a hurry to grow up – adulting is hard!!” She loves watching Friends and Law and Order: SVU. She also loves movies like Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction, Marvel and Disney movies. Her favorite part of youth ministry is building relationships with the kids, seeing them grow in their faith and love for Jesus, and learning from them. 

  • Dave Collins

    Dave Collins has been involved in youth ministry for the past year and previously taught Sunday school. He enjoys building projects, playing guitar and spending time with his family. The best piece of advice he ever received was, “remember as you grow older to keep softening your heart and thickening your skin.” He enjoys watching the Lord of the Rings films and is a fan of the TV show, The Green Arrow. What he loves most about youth ministry is the chance to hang out and interact with the next generation of Kingdom men and women – and to hear their perspectives on God, current issues, and themselves! 

  • Jim O'Hagan

    30 years ago, Jim was asked if he wanted to teach the 7th grade confirmation class. After much prayer, he said yes which was one of the best decisions he ever made. He took to it like a duck to water, and he has been helping with the confirmation program ever since. After some not-so-subtle hints from God, Jim left his job as an engineer to become a high school science teacher in 2000. Jim and his wife Beth have four children: one confirmed, two in confirmation and one waiting in the wings. They live in a house built in 1941, so his favorite hobby is fixing it. What he really loves about working with youth is learning so much from them. For example, if someone asks you to smell something, DON’T. 

  • Lori Dunn

  • Roger Gassman

    Roger Gassman has been involved with the Confirmation program for four years.  He has also enjoyed working within the youth ministry for several years and has taught Sunday School Large Group and been a substitute teacher.  The best piece of advice he learned while serving in the Marine Corps, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way”.  What he loves the most about working with the youth ministry is watching the children grow.  Both physically and most importantly, spiritually.  He wants to pass his love of the Lord onto them and help them to be proud of their faith and love of the Lord.


Your kids are pretty special kids. That is why we don’t want this time away from things like Sunday School and Children’s Church to deprive them of all we can give them for their spiritual journey. So, we have provided you lessons for you to use with them each week. These lessons are specifically designed to be used with varied ages within Sunday School. Just take what's helpful and leave the rest!

Lessons coordinate directly with the weekly sermon topics so you might consider watching the worship service on the weekend and then doing this lesson together. These are also the basis for our in-person class during 9:00am and 11:00am worship.

Simply click on the image or the lesson plan to download. You'll find great resources to share the weekend message with your children and engaging activities including games, crafts and prayers. There will even be a few hard copies available of the most recent lessons and activities on the lobby coffee bar during the week.   

Women’s Bible Study

When you Pray

Do you have trouble thinking of words to say to God when you pray? Mark your calendar and save the date – Karen McIntee will lead a Bible study for women called When You Pray on Tuesdays beginning October 3rd at 10am or 7pm. This 7-week study will look at prayer as a gift -- an invitation to talk to God. A challenge.

You’ll study prayers from the Bible and hear from six beloved Bible teachers who will help you study prayers that can inspire you and strengthen your faith. Each week is a separate study so please join when you’re able. No book is required, just an open heart.

Come and learn that God welcomes your praise and lament, your thanksgiving, and intercession. You’ll see examples of how to pray when you’re alone and when you’re gathered with others. Above all, you’ll notice there’s no one right way to pray. As you draw near to God through prayer, you’ll find your faith strengthened and your heart united to Christ.

For more information contact Karen McIntee 734-502-4177 or Dawn Kersten 734-363-2003. Sign up is on the Women’s Ministry board at the church.

Camp Arcadia

Womens Retreats

Sept 15-17  &  Sept 22-24

Retreat 1 (Sept 15-17)


Do you ever struggle interacting with people who are different than you? Whether it’s race, class, culture, or even morality, it can be difficult to know what to say or how to say it. During her talk Peacemakers, Ashley Paavola will help you discover the skills you need to develop healthy relationships in a complicated world as a follower of Jesus. You will walk away with a newfound enthusiasm to experience Jesus’ promise – blessed are the peacemakers.

Ashley Paavola is the Youth and Family Ministry Director at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Battle Creek, MI. She is passionate about helping people see Jesus through racial reconciliation, trauma informed care, and ministry with people of all abilities. She has served in every area of ministry to families, from infancy to college to parent support, and in a variety of ministry styles from established suburban ministry to urban church planting. Ashley and her husband Chris have a multicultural family of seven built through adoption and foster care.

Retreat 2 (Sept 22-24)

Life in Relationship

Relationships are complicated – whether we have many or few. Our relationships often add layers of compassion, love, and kindness to our lives, but also add challenges, hurt, and frustrations. Love, boundaries, and grace in relationships have been human concerns since the dawn of time. During this retreat we’ll turn to the book of Ephesians to gain insight from the experience of the Ephesian Christians in their relationships and talk through the various relationships of our own lives to ground them more deeply in grace, safety, and well-being.

Heidi Goehmann is a licensed clinical social worker and mental health provider and also a deaconess. She loves walking with people to find the ways God has built restoration into our bodies and souls. She provides therapy, writes, and creates resources about mental health, genuine relationships, hope, and restoration at She loves her giant dog, Star Wars, hockey, adventures, and new ideas. She lives in Ludington, Michigan with her husband, four amazing kids, and 1.5 dogs.

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