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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Buchanan Church Service for May 23

Buchanan Seventh-day Adventist Church
3115 Niles Buchanan Rd
Buchanan, Michigan

Speaker: Pastor Bryan Choi

Title: This Same Jesus

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.

Church Service: 10:50 a.m.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

One Voice Testimonies Wanted

Young people, ages 14-30, are invited to submit stories from personal experience for publication in the Lake Union Herald in the One Voice column. These stories should include statements of faith and/or challenge to their peers and/or church. All authors should take into consideration the magazine's mission statement as they write: "To tell the stories of God at work in His people in order to encourage, inspire, educate, advance and unify the church in the Lake Union Conference.” The stories should be 450-500 words in length. The editors will notify authors by e-mail if their story is selected. Authors whose stories are selected for publication will receive a $100 scholarship. Send stories and direct questions to the managing editor at

May 23 Village Church Service

Speaker: Pastor Bruce Hayward

Title: "The Butterfly Effect and the Christian Life"

Wilderness Survival Skills Campout

The Hartford Skill Co-op (a ministry of the Hartford SDA Church) presents: "God Will Provide! Building Skills and Faith Together" - a wilderness survival skills campout with Jay Peterson at Our Daily Bread Campground in Marcellus, Michigan. 

May 29-31, 2015. 

See attached flyer for details. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Niles Westside for May 23

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

May 23: Pathfinder Sabbath (both services) 


Monday, May 18, 2015

Village Adventist Elementary School Spring Concert

Concert on May 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Howard Performing Arts Center.

The students of the Village School present their spring concert under the direction of Juan Carlos.


Thursday, May 14, 2015

God's Hands 4 Kids

A big thank you to each of you who contributed or supported in any way the end of the school year collection drive benefiting foster kids. The dorm students gave generously. There was the girl who shared from her precious store bag collection and the guys who donated suits that will be used for job interviews and other such occasions by aged out of foster care guys. There was the snow pants with the tags still on and the super warm coats, the boots and dress shoes and so much more. Thank you to the deans of all of the dorms and their staff who were great support and very helpful in so many ways. A special thank you to Transportation for the use of the trailers and to Jamie Wright for giving of himself and working tirelessly hauling the trailers and unloading them as well. May God richly bless each of you as you care for the least of these by giving of yourselves. God's Hands 4 Kids    

Gissiwas Creek Memorial Day Pow Wow

Please come and join in the Native American Celebration on May 24, 2015, at 13819 N 5th Avenue, Marion, Michigan, corner of N 5th Avenue, South of 14 Mile Road off 115. Come and participate in the Dancing, Native Food, arts and crafts to purchase, as well as arts and crafts for the children to do free of charge. There are dances for the public to watch and to join in as well. We will be raffling off many items and a silent auction you may wish to join in. Come and join us and let the beat of the drums move your feet to the rhythm, ask questions, and learn about their regalia (the outfits they wear). If you ask the dancers first, they will usually allow pictures as well. Great for those History Classes. Gates open at 10 am – Grand Entry at Noon on Sunday. Pow Wow ends at 4 pm on Sunday. The crafts you will find are handmade and many are one of a kind. Admission is $1 per adult, but with this newsletter, your admission is FREE. Admission is also free for Senior Citizens and Handicapped spectators.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Village Church Service for May 16

May 16 Church service information
1st service 8:30 am
Pastor Joe Reeves
Sermon Title:  Feeling Lost at Church

2nd service 11:20
Pastor Joe Reeves
Sermon Title:  Feeling Lost at Church

Blood Drive May 26, 3:00-7:00 pm at the Village SDA Church.

Location—Village SDA Church
635 St Joseph Ave
Berrien Springs MI 49103
Contact person—Linda Stuart

Book/Movie Discussion

Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Program will begin at 7:30 pm at SMC Lyon’s Theater
(Not at the Church Hall!!!)

Dogwood Arts Festival Storyteller, Tim Lowry

Come enjoy Tim Lowry tell stories of the People, by the People, and for the People.  He mixes stories of American History and Folklore with tales of growing up Baptist, teaching English to Russian immigrants, exciting road trips to Disney World, baseball, hotdogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet!  Tim has been a featured performer at the National Storytelling Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, South Carolina Storyfest, the North Carolina Storytelling Festival, Patchwork Storytelling Festival, and the Connecticut Storytelling Festival.  He has logged over 5,000 school performances.  As a communications consultant Tim’s growing client list includes Daramic LLC of Charlotte, NC and the International Tourism Management Institute of San Francisco, CA.

For tickets or more information about this or other Dogwood Festival events call (269) 782-1115, (866) 490-2847 or visit Tickets are $6 per person online, via phone, or at the door.

Coming Book/Movie Discussions
Books are available online or at Forever Books, St. Joseph, MI
June 10, 2015 – Born Yesterday: The True Story of a Girl Born in the 20th Century, but Raised in the 19th by Rachel Williams-Smith, Andrews University
July 8, 2015 – The Worthy Virgins: Mary Purnell and Her City of David by Julieanna Frost, a biographical look on the co-founder of the City of David.
August 12, 2015 - “A 1,000 Mile Walk on the Beach” and other books by Loreen Niewenhuis – An informal discussion by a lady who has walked around most of the great lakes and shares her experiences via her books.

Sponsored by the Adult Social Committee, Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic ChurchFor more information contact Charlotte Poole, or Terri Moore, 269-782-6925 or

Monday, May 11, 2015

Help prevent suicide

The Berrien County Council for Suicide Prevention Coalition is gathering vital information to help prevent suicide in Berrien County. Data gathered in the completion of the survey will be used by the organization in programming intended to fill the gaps in suicide prevention in Berrien County, as well as to aid in their grant writing process. The information you share could help save a life of someone you know.  Please take the brief survey to assist their research and planning.  Click this link to their website and then click the big [Take the Survey] button on the main page to complete the confidential survey.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Lakeland Offers Breastfeeding Class in St. Joseph

A breastfeeding class for mothers and fathers will be presented on Monday, May 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, 1234 Napier Avenue.
Lakeland Health’s certified lactation consultant will discuss breastfeeding from delivery room to postpartum, the use of breast pumps, weaning, returning to work, and other topics.
In addition to enhancing the bond between mother and child, studies have shown that breastfeeding offers many health benefits. For a new mother, breastfeeding leads to less postpartum blood loss, helps with postpartum weight loss, and lowers the risk of ovarian and breast cancer. For the baby, breast milk enhances cognitive development, helps to fight illnesses, and is more easily absorbed by the digestive system than formula.
The cost for the breastfeeding class is $30, due at the time of registration. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.
Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

2015 Michigan Annual Art Competition Opening Reception

The Michiana Annual Art Competition (MAAC), sponsored by the Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph, MI announces the three top winners of the competition: Best of Show  – Kali’s Wheel, by Douglas La Ferle, 1st Place  – Before The Moon Went Down, by Janet Lucking, 2nd Place  – Yesterday’s News by Ron Doyle.

Awards will be presented on Friday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. to the winning artists at a reception to be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 15. In addition there will be nine $200 Merit Awards presented by local businesses and individual sponsors and the Al Farmer Young Artist Award. The event which is free and open to the public is being underwritten by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. The exhibits in all three Box Factory galleries will continue through June 27th.

The judges for this year’s MAAC competition are: Doug McCauley, Lem Montero and Michael Northrop. The Show’s Curator – Cara Garnett is an arts administrator and artist.  Her passion is to invent new, more powerful and efficient ways to connect people with Art.  Cara has her BFA in Sculpture and MA in Arts Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

This is an opportunity for new collectors to see fine art from the large selection of regional artists who annually compete in this juried art show. The MAAC show is underwritten by the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council. For more information, view the Box Factory's website at; and click on the MAAC tab.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Seven Amazing Days


THIS Friday, May 8, at 6:30pm, Jaime Jorge, internationally acclaimed violinist, and Rich Aguilera, "The Mud Guy" from Guide Magazine and 3ABN will be presenting this unique event at the Howard Performing Arts Center on the campus of Andrews University. The event is a musical/special FX celebration of the most amazing seven day period in the history of the planet, Creation Week, They will be using the combined talents of Jaime's passionate violin playing and Rich's creative presentation style and amazing visuals using a 30 foot wide screen. Jaime and Rich both travel around the world working and promoting the non-profit ministries they each run. At this benefit event you will get to learn a little more about what they do and you will get a chance to support their work. Resources will be available in the foyer after the event. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Police Department Open House

Thursday, May 21, 2015
5–8 p.m.

Come and meet the new Berrien Springs Oronoko Township Police Chief Paul Toliver.

You are invited to join us for some refreshments and the opportunity to meet members of your police department and Chief Toliver.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Seven Amazing Days

Coming soon! Next Friday, May 8. Free and open to all!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Join Caitlans for Graduation Brunch

Sunday, May 3, 2015
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Hosted at the Andrews Airpark

RSVP by May 1. Walk-in upon availability. View attachment for menu details.

Doblmeier to Autograph Film Series at ABC

Martin Doblmeier, founder and president of Journey Films will be at the Adventist Book Center on Sunday, May 3. He will be autographing his series of three films on Seventh-day Adventists: The ADVENTISTS 1, The ADVENTISTS 2, and The BLUEPRINT: The Story of Adventist Education. These three films are now a series called The Adventists Trilogy and have been seen on public television and in more than 20 countries around the world..

You are invited to stop by the ABC between 2 and 4 p.m. this Sunday, May 3, to meet Mr. Doblmeier and have him personalize your copy of The Adventists Trilogy of films.

Eau Claire Church Service for May 2

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Pastor Ted Toms
Sermon Title: The Purpose Driven Gift

Church Service 10:50 a.m.
Sabbath School  9:15 a.m.

Eat at Pizza Hut, Support Girls on the Run

On Monday, May 4, Pizza Hut will be having a fundraising night to benefit Girls on the Run! It is taking place in all Pizza Hut stores in Berrien County from 4 to 8 p.m. So grab the family or some friends and head to your favorite location. 10% of the proceeds from dine-in and carry-out orders will go to the Girls on the Run program run by United Way of Southwest Michigan.

If you would like more information or volunteer opportunities with the Girls on the Run program feel free to contact Kelsey Cheyne at United Way of Southwest Michigan at

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Graduation Open House - Tim Arena

Please join us for an Open House gathering to celebrate Tim Arena's graduation from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Date/time: Sunday, May 3, 2015, from 2-5 p.m. Address: 6211 Pokagon Rd, Apt. 2, Berrien Springs, MI. Parking is limited; may have to park along a busy road. Plan to enjoy light refreshments and fellowship. No gifts, please. Please call Heather Arena (after 5 p.m.) with questions: 269.363.0037. We hope you can come.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Free Preview Piano Class

You and your child are invited to attend a free preview class at Berrien Academy of Music! Free preview class for ages 6-10:

Tuesday, May 12 at 6:30 P.M.

These classes are a wonderful alternative to traditional piano lessons for beginners, introducing the keyboard and music in a fun and energetic way.

For more information contact Joanna Moody at (269)471-5237 or

Friday, April 24, 2015

Youth Ministry Opportunity - Summer 2015 - Indiana

HELP WANTED: Are you available Sabbath, June 13th? Are you comfortable working with youth? Enjoy singing & talking about God with youth?

Interested in FREE LUNCH and an OFF-CAMPUS Opportunity? Well, this is a great ministry opportunity for you.

CONTACT: The Affirm Faith Team in Campus Ministies, NO LATER THAN June 5th, with your interest in the Indiana Camp Meeting. (Located in  Cicero, IN. Transportation and food provided. 8 to 10 AU students needed, so contact us asap to hold a spot.)

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Seven Amazing Days

Featuring Jaime Jorge & Rich Aguilera

Friday, May 8, 2015
6:30 p.m.
Howard Performing Arts Center

Please join us for this free benefit event celebrating Creation week. Enjoy the music of internationally acclaimed violinist Jaime Jorge, and Rich Aguilera, the "Mud Guy" from Guide Magazine and 3ABN. Together with music and special effects, you will be wowed and amazed at this unique and creative look at the most amazing seven days in the history of our planet. This event is great for the whole family!

Resources will also be available in the lobby after the event.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Love Stuff

Join us for “The Love Stuff” on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Neighbor To Neighbor. We will be stuffing "Bags of Love" for a foster care agency. We start at 5 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. It will be lots of fun.

Also, we are soliciting some items for our Bags of Love. We need 100 of each of the following items:

  • bath towels
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body lotion
  • bar soap or body wash
  • deodorant.

New books and toys for children from ages 2–14 are also appreciated.

Berrien Springs Camera Club

FROM:            Berrien Springs Camera Club

CONTACT:    Madeline Johnston

            The monthly meeting of the Berrien Springs Camera Club will be on Wednesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Berrien Springs Public Library at Cass (Old 31) and Union. May is the month for the final competition of the year, when prints and digital submissions that were judged acceptable or honored in competitions during the current season will be reviewed again by three judges, who will select the top five projected images and prints, in the categories of Nature and Open (everything else).

            The club’s season runs from September to June, with four competitions each year. Besides two special topics for each competition, three other categories are always acceptable: Nature, Portraits, and Open. The special topics for this season were as follows: for October: Marinas, and Rocks; for December: Neighborhoods, and Trees; for February: Abandoned Buildings, and Chocolate: and for April: Macro, and National Parks.

            Anyone is welcome to come and enjoy viewing the images, seeing how the club operates, and learning from the judging process. Refreshments will be served. One can also read more about the club and its activities at

PMC Offers Soup for Students

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Impact San Antonio During General Conference Session 2015

IMPACT SAN ANTONIO 2015. Imagine...A global Seventh-day Adventist young adult community together in 1 city for 10 days. During the 2015 General Conference Session in San Antonio, Texas, young adults, ages 18-35, from all around the world will join together for Impact San Antonio, July 2-11 at the Marriott RiverCenter.  IMPACT is not a program, service, conference, summit or convention. It is a ten-day global experience for Seventh-day Adventist young adults for the purpose of investing in yourself, each other and the community. Worship, discipleship, fellowship and service to the community. Don't miss it!

Financial Security Seminar

Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 4 p.m.
All Nations SDA Church Hall, 4259 East Snow Road, Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Are you or your family financially secure? Yes or No? Come and hear a new and better way to manage your money and help your family be financially secure with Glynn S. W. Scott, BS (ACC & BUS-AD) and J. Richard Terrel, CPA of the Lake Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Admission is free! Come early and get your questions answered.

***Glynn S. W. Scott, BS (ACC & BUS-AD) will also be speaking on the same day @ 11 a.m. at the same location.

For more information call 269-473-4400 or email

Monday, April 20, 2015

Free Health Seminar on April 25

Change Your Body and Brain One Bite at a Time
A Health Seminar on the Power of Nutrition on your Body and your Brain

Presenter: Evelyn Kissinger, MS, RD
When: Saturday April 25, 2015
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Where: Niles Philadelphia SDA Church, 1327 Broadway St., Niles, Michigan

Learn practical ways to change your body and brain one bite at a time. Sound principles & easy to follow strategies will help increase your energy, control your appetite, and move you to better health. You will learn how to read labels and make better choices to change your body and brain one bite at a time.

The seminar will include tips on
• How to eat more…..for your body and brain
• How to cut the cravings for sugar
• How to help stabilize blood sugar levels
• How to get more energy
• How to get on the path to reach and maintain your healthful weight

If you are trying to lose weight or challenged with hypertension, diabetes or other cardiovascular or health concerns, or if you just want to embrace a healthier lifestyle, you cannot miss this presentation.

Evelyn Kissinger is a registered dietitian and nutrition director of Lifestyle Matters with Michigan Conference. She speaks and teaches worldwide, and has been developing and implementing wellness programs, books, and teaching materials for over 30 years. She is co-author of "Simple Solutions," "Foods for Thought" and "Living Free: Finding Freedom from Habits that Hurt" and the author of "Change Your Body One Bite at a Time." She helps move people to their next level of health in an informative, enthusiastic and practical way.

This free health seminar is sponsored by Niles Philadelphia SDA Church Health Ministries.

Eau Claire Church Service for April 25

Sabbath Speaker: Jiri Moskala
Sermon Title: The God of Jacob: Wrestling with God
Church Service 10:50 a.m.
Sabbath School  9:15 a.m.

Stroke Awareness Class

Stroke Awareness Class Scheduled for Niles, Coloma, and Benton Harbor

(ST. JOSEPH) – In honor of American Stroke Month, Lakeland Health is offering free “Stroke 101” classes this May. Participants will learn all about strokes, including risk factors, ways to decrease your risk, and the warning signs of stroke. The presentation will also discuss the importance of early treatment by calling 9-1-1.
                According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death and the leading preventable cause of disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and about 795,000 people have a stroke each year.  The good news is that stroke is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable.


Friday, May 1
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Salvation Army, Niles 
424 N. 15th Street

Tuesday, May 5
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
North Berrien Senior Center, Coloma
6648 Ryno Road

Tuesday, May 12
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Benton Harbor Public Library
213 E. Wall Street

Preregistration is required. To learn more or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Eau Claire for April 18

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Pastor Ted Toms
Sermon Title:  Something to Talk About

Church Service 10:50 am
Sabbath School  9:15 am

PMC Family Vespers: Media on the Brain

Saturday, April 18
7:30 p.m.
PMC Youth Chapel
Guest speaker: Scott Ritsema

We see it all around us. Hollywood, popular music, TV, video gaming, spectator sports, e-relationships, and pornography are saturating the lives of God's proefssed people. But what does the latest science say about the mind-altering efects of 21st century media? And what is the spiritual agenda in the entertainment and advertising industries?

Cuba Study Tour Report

Hear touching stories and see amazing pictures of the spring break 2015 Cuba mission trip at the Stevensville SDA Church on Sabbath April 25, at 11 a.m. See firsthand how God used our missionaries and their evangelistic efforts to reach the people of communist Cuba as well as how the bikes and tablets changed the lives of hundreds of people.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Michigan Maritime Museum March lecture

100 Years Brings New Thoughts on the Eastland Disaster

The Michigan Maritime Museum is proud to present the fourth lecture of their 2015 Lecture Series with speaker Michael McCarthy. McCarthy will be giving a lecture on the 1915 Eastland disaster titled after his book, "Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck that Shook America," on Saturday, April 25, at 2 p.m.

This year marks the centennial of one of the nation's worst disasters, the 1915 sinking of the steamship Eastland in the Chicago River, with more passenger deaths than the Titanic. An astonishing 844 poor people perished on the Eastland—a ship still tied to its dock when it capsized.

For a century, the cause of the nearly forgotten tragedy had remained a mystery. McCarthy’s work offers a fresh, sinister explanation for the tragedy: that management neglected needed repairs to the stabilizing machinery of the ship.

Michael McCarthy, who learned to sail on Lake Michigan, is the author of "The Sun Farmer" and worked as a reporter and editor for the Wall Street Journal for 22 years. He lives in South Haven, Michigan.

McCarthy will be speaking on the Michigan Maritime Museum Campus. The lecture series will finish on the last Saturday of May. He will also be signing copies of his book at the event.

Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors. There is no admission fee for Museum members. Light refreshments will be provided. Become a member and attend each additional lecture at no cost. It is the perfect time to become a member!

The Michigan Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Michigan Great Lakes waterways, maritime history, and culture. Located at the drawbridge in South Haven, the museum is a 501 (C3) organization and donations are tax deductible. For more information call 1-800-747-3810 or visit

Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Amazing Grace Race

This Saturday afternoon, April 11, you are invited to enjoy a fun musical play performed by the children's choir organized out of the monthly Cactusville Children's Worship ministry. They will be presenting the musical play, "The Amazing Grace Race."

Forty children have been learning songs and memoraizing lines since January. These are children that are working to use their talents for the glory of God, come out and support them and cheer them on!

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Andrews Academy Chapel.


Village Church Service for April 11

First Service: 8:30 a.m.
Title: "What Might Have Been"
Speaker: Pastor Ron Kelly

2nd Service: 11:20 a.m.
Education Sabbath—Service will be given by Village Adventist Elementary School students
Title: "Sea of Galilee"

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Youth Ministry Opportunity

HELP WANTED: Are you available Sabbath, April 11th? Are you comfortable working with youth grades 9-12? Enjoy singing & talking about God with youth? Interested in FREE BREAKFAST? Well, this is a great ministry opportunity for you. CONTACT: Kreshona Brown at, NO LATER THAN APRIL 9, with your interest in the Andrews Academy Youth Rally at HPAC, April 11th. Free t-shirt for participation.

21st Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide Against the Tutsi in Rwanda

This event will take place on Saturday, April 11, from 3–6 p.m. in Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall. This is a memorial commemoration of the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994, 21 years ago. It is in the "Never Again" spirit of the United Nations policies.

The keynote speaker will be the Rwandan Ambassador to the United Nations in New York and there will be a testimony from Consolee Nishimwe according to her experience she called "Tested to the Limit" in her book.

Come one, come all.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Running for Change

Every donation helps, big or small! Please help us raise $3,885 to reach our goal of $5,000 by donating here: 

Nominate a Volunteer to be Recognized

United Way of Southwest Michigan wants to say “thank you” to the wonderful volunteers in our community who are making an impact at local nonprofit organizations, schools, and churches! Your help is needed to bring their accomplishments to light. Nominate a volunteer to be recognized at the annual Volunteer Celebration and Recognition Event.

The Awards:

Powerful Giving AwardsGoes to volunteers from Berrien or Cass County who are making a difference within United Way’s goals in the areas of dducation, income, health or basic needs. The winner in each category will have the opportunity to direct $200 to the non-profit organization of his or her choice.

LIVE UNITED Youth Award Scholarships—Honors outstanding youth volunteers, one from Cass County and one from Berrien County. Along with the recognition at the event the winners receive a $500 scholarship. Applicants should show a commitment to volunteerism through innovation, time and dedication, and advocacy for community improvement.

Margaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership AwardHonors a Berrien County resident with a lifetime record of volunteer service. Nominations should demonstrate a candidate's lifetime of exemplary service to the community through a range of diverse projects or services. The winner will receive $3,000 to direct to the non-profit organization of his or her choice.

Nominations are due by May 1st, 2015. Full descriptions and nomination forms can be found online at If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kelsey Cheyne, senior campaign relationship coordinator at United Way at 269-982-1700.

Free Seminar on Addiction

Is It an Addiction, Habit, or Obsession?

Southwestern Medical Clinic, a Lakeland Health Affiliate, will offer a free seminar for community members, titled “Is It an Addiction, Habit, or Obsession?” The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 21, from 6–7 p.m. in the Frederick S. Upton Education Center at Lakeland Medical Center, 1234 Napier Avenue, St. Joseph, Michigan.

Bradford Wilson, MS, MA, TLLP, and Richard Watson, MA, LPC, LLP, from Southwestern Medical Clinic’s Christian Counseling and Psychological Services will discuss the many forms that addiction can take, including food, gambling, substances, shopping, and even dependence on technology such as mobile devices and social media. The event will include a presentation on the psychological and emotional implications of addictive behavior.

“As technology has evolved, we are able to access virtually anything we want or need through the Internet,” said Rich Watson. “Indirectly or directly, our vulnerability to addiction has never been higher.”

For more information or to register, call 269-429-7727. Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Niles Westside Church Service for April 11

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave), Niles, Michigan

Speaker: Pastor Darrel le Roux

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Our Living Jesus series continues on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and on Fridays at 7 p.m. through April 25. See our Facebook page for more information.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Heaven Bound

Come for a weekend of food fun and fellowship at the Buchanan SDA Church and YMCA on April 10-11th. (Buchanan SDA Church Address: 3115 Niles Buchanan Rd, Buchanan, Michigan 49107)

April 10, Friday 7:00 PM @ Buchanan SDA Church
Speaker: Bryan Choi
Refreshments provided

April 11, Saturday, 10:50 AM @ Buchanan SDA Church
Speaker: Sikhu Hlatshwayo
Lunch provided following the service

April 11, Saturday 9:00-11:00 PM @
Benton Harbor St Joseph YMCA
3665 Hollywood Rd, St. Joseph
Activities include basketball, swimming, raquetball, volleyball, kids activities, wollyball, table games, food sale!

Health Fair

Girls on the Run 5K

Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based program for girls in 3rd-8th grade sponsored by United Way of Southwest Michigan. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. For more information about Girls on the Run of Berrien County, our 5k event, donating or volunteering: - 269-982-1700 -

Entry Fees
Early Registration (by April 27)           $20
Late & Race Day Registration*          $25

Family 4 Pack- immediate family members
(must live at same address)               $40
Join over 800 girls as they complete the 5K in celebration of our Girls on the Run 2015 season!

When: May 21, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds
Register at

May 21 Race Day Schedule
3:30-6 p.m.     Registration table open
3:30-8 p.m.     Merchandise table is open
6 p.m.              Welcome and presentation
6:10 p.m.         Group warm-up
6:15 p.m.         Group cheer
6:30 p.m.         5K run begins

The event will begin and end at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds.

Early Packet Pick Up:
May 18 & 19
7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
United Way Office
2015 Lakeview Ave.
St. Joseph, MI  49085

Race Day Packet Pick Up:
May 21
3:30–6 p.m.
Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds
9122 Old U.S. 31
Berrien Springs, MI 49103

Call 269-982-1700, ext. 22

Volunteers Needed - Girls on the Run 5K

This year marks the 6th annual United Way of Southwest Michigan Girls on the Run 5K 825+ girls (grades 3rd - 8th) will be celebrating their accomplishments by crossing a 5K finish line and they will be counting on the help and support of volunteers like you to make this a safe and inspiring event.  There are a variety of volunteer roles and times available.  Please click here to sign up!

When:  May 21st, 2015
Time:  Varies from 3:00-8:30 pm
Where:  Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds
What:  Volunteers can select from several volunteer opportunities such as registration, security, hair station, and more!

Show your support for GOTR of Berrien - JOIN US as a RUNNER!
Community runners can sign up to run in the 5K event at Please remember this event is not set up for runners looking to get their best times. It is a non-competitive race.

When:  Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Time:  Check-in is from 4-6:00 pm, Race begins at 6:30 pm
Where:  Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs
Fee:  Registration by April 24th is only $20, Late registration $25, Family Four-Pack Discounts available

Questions? Email

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Benefit Piano Concert

Sabbath, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
First SDA Church of South Bend, 1936 E. Altgeld St, South Bend, IN 46614

Mary Grace, who was born with the absence of her right forearm and her right leg 8" shorter than her left, has inspired audiences with her awesome music and testimony. Please come prepared to donate to her two ministries: Adopt A Minister Int'l and Help the Needy, Inc. CDs will also be available.

If you have questions call: 574 234-3044.

Michiana Adventist Forum

Saturday, April 11, 2015
3:30 p.m., Garber Auditorium, Chan Shun Hall
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan

Michiana Adventist Forum presents "Conflict as Catalyst—Is a Lawsuit the Best Option?" presented by Deborah Bennett Berecz, collaborative lawyer and mediator.

About the Speaker
Deborah Bennett Berecz is a collaborative lawyer and mediator who practices family law in Berrien and Kent Counties. She is a graduate of Andrews University and of the Notre Dame Law School, where she earned her JD degree.

She has been involved in alternative dispute resolution since 1995, and has served as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and as president of the Collaborative Practice
Institute of Michigan, the Berrien Association of Mediators, and the Collaborative Divorce Professionals of W. Michigan.

As an adjunct professor at Andrews University she has taught Family Law and Public Policy to master’s level and doctoral students.

About the Topic
Christians are called to love others. But conflict is inevitable as long as people interact with one another. When we’ve been wronged, there are many options for redress. Some have the potential to heal and achieve meaningful resolution. Others ensure that the battle and resentment rage on for years. Lawyer Deborah Bennett Berecz will share insights regarding creative alternatives when experiencing conflict.

Adventist Forum is open to the public. All are welcome. For information, contact Art Robertson at or call 269-471-7150.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Collegiate Fellowship SS Class

A relevant, exciting and spiritual Sabbath School class for individuals between 18 and 35 years of age!

Classes are held every Sabbath at 9:30 a.m.

Location: All Nations SDA Church
                4259 East Snow Rd
                Berrien Springs MI 49103

For more information, please email

International Festival

Saturday, April 4, 8 p.m.
Discipleship Center
8450 Kephart Lane, Berrien Springs.

Please join us for an evening of cultural music, dancing and food. Support several worthy causes including: Living Word Fellowship: Mexico mission trip 2015 (building a church, vbs, community outreach) Michiana Fil-Am Church: local missions Girls of Mercy: Benton Harbor Community Outreach India mission for Jesus: to distribute Steps to Christ for Christian churches and to provide a scholarship fund for an Adventist boarding high school.

Eight countries will be represented: Philippines, Mexico, Malawi, Korea, India, Panama, Bolivia and Guyana

Raffle tickets for prizes available with $2 suggested donation at entrance.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sweet Citi's Poetry Expo

Seven Amazing Days


You are invited to enjoy a very special, one-time event on May 8 featuring JAIME JORGE, internationally acclaimed violinist, and RICH AGUILERA, the "Mud Guy" from Guide Magazine and 3ABN.  Together they will deliver a musical/special FX presentation celebrating Creation Week unlike you've ever seen before.

Free and open to all.

Friday evening, May 8, 6:30pm, Howard Performing Arts Center


Friday, March 27, 2015

Kingsway College Alumni Meeting

Calling ALL Kingsway College Alumni--Save the date: March 28


See flyer for more details

Thursday, March 26, 2015

What Is Going On Here?

What Is Going On Here?
Answers for our world today

In this exciting seminar you will discover that Bible prophecy provides messages of hope for all people! You will find assurance and strength knowing that God is in control during these uncertain times. More importantly, you will discover that the Bible provides the answers to life's most challenging questions. Discover how you can find true hope and lasting stability in your own life. We'll see you there!

This seminar is presented in three sessions (see dates below).

Tim Arena
Lynn Bryson

April 7, 10, & 11; 7 p.m. 

Stevensville Adventist Community Center
6657 Stevensville-Baroda Road
Stevensville, MI 49127



For more information: 

Click the link below for additional information about speakers and the titles of the three sessions.

Ready to Quit Smoking?

Lakeland Health is offering a free six-week smoking cessation program in Niles, St. Joseph, and Watervliet to help community members kick their tobacco habit for good. Led by tobacco treatment specialist Margaret Clayborn, classes are one hour each, and smokers are invited to attend one session, or all six. Each session is different and will cover the following topics:

  • Preparing to quit
  • Coping with the urge to use
  • Long-term benefits of not using tobacco
  • Medications and usages
  • Living tobacco-free
  • Overcoming relapse

Mondays, April 13 to May 18
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Hospital, Niles
Health Resource Library
31 N. St. Joseph Avenue

Tuesdays, April 14 to May 19
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph
Community Room
1234 Napier Avenue

Thursdays, April 16 to May 21
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet
Classroom A
400 Medical Park Drive

To learn more, call (269) 927-5403 or email Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Upcoming Lakeland Wellness Events

Free Class for Women in Chemotherapy

Lakeland Offers Free Stress Management Class

Free Program on Heart-Healthy Foods at Lakeland

Catching Jesus Passion

Catching Jesus Passion - Join us each night from Sunday, March 28 through April 5 for a reflective journey through the last days of Jesus life.  Join us for a free bread and soup supper each night at 6:00 p.m. or just come for the main course of 1 hour of worship and message at 7 pm.  Presented by Pastor Ted Toms, Dr. Tom Shepherd, Dr. JoAnn Davidson and Rahel Schafer.  Each night we will meet at the Eau Claire SDA Church located at 6562 Naomi Road, Eau Claire, MI 49111.

Eau Claire Church Service for April 11

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Pathfinder Sabbath: Sermonettes given by Pathfinders 

Church Service 10:50 a.m.
Sabbath School  9:15 a.m.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Niles-Westside Church Service for March 28

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

March 28: Pastor Darrel le Roux, Speaker

Monday, March 23, 2015

Heart-Healthy Cooking Class

Free Class on Heart-Healthy Cooking

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health will offer “Cooking for Your Heart,” a free cooking class for community members. The presentation will include a cooking demonstration by a Lakeland registered dietitian, with taste-testing of the demonstrated recipe and tips on heart-healthy cooking techniques. Attendees will also learn about easy ingredient switches designed to help raise “good” cholesterol (HDL) and lower “bad” cholesterol.
“A healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons to fight cardiovascular disease,” said Heather Rudnik, Registered Dietitian, Lakeland Health. “By making some simple changes part of your life, you can have a positive impact on your health and your heart.”
Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.
Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Monday, April 6
                6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
                Lakeland Hospital, Niles
                Meeting Room
31 N. St. Joseph Avenue

Tuesday, April 14
                6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
                Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph
                Frederick S. Upton Education Center, Room 3
1234 Napier Avenue

Friday, April 24              
                6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
                Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph
                Pharmacy Conference Room
3900 Hollywood Road

Tuesday, April 28
                6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
                Lakeland Hospital, Watervliet
                400 Medical Park Drive

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Lakeland Classes

Free Congestive Heart Failure Class Offered

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health will offer “Living Well with Heart Failure,” a free class for community members about congestive heart failure (CHF). This chronic condition is characterized by the heart’s inability to meet the blood flow needs of the body. Participants will learn to identify common causes and symptoms of heart failure, as well as new daily routines that can dramatically improve one’s quality of life. Preregistration for the class is required; please call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544.

Tuesday, April 7                               
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph
Pharmacy Conference Room
3900 Hollywood Road       

Free Pre-Diabetes Class Offered

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health is offering a free program designed to help anyone with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels who are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This program does not require a physician referral and helps area residents change their lifestyles to delay – or avoid – the onset of diabetes. Pre-registration for this free class is required. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2868.

Thursday, April 9
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Center for Outpatient Services, St. Joseph
Pharmacy Conference Room
3900 Hollywood Road

                According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes is the biggest public health crisis of the twenty-first century.Nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes, including 7 million people who have not yet been diagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2010, about 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in adults age 20 or older. In addition, another 79 million adults are estimated to have pre-diabetes, a condition that increases the risk for diabetes. Early diagnosis of the disease is critical to successful treatment in order to delay or prevent complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.
Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Village Church for March 21

March 21 Church service at 8:30 and 11:20 will be "Moving Molehills & Mountains in Marriage" by Pastor Ron Kelly

March 28 is youth day with the theme "When Jesus Goes Absent" by Pastor Joe Reeves. I've attached an ad for our youth day if you are interested in running it for us. Let me know if you have any other questions.

150 Years of Benton Harbor

BENTON HARBOR 150: March 15, 2015 - March 15, 2016
150 activities for Benton Harbor 150th anniversary. Celebrate Benton Harbor in your own way. Together, let's find 150 ways.

Acknowledge the 150th in your school, church, business, office, barber shop, hair and nail saloon; in poems, songs, stories, prayer, photos, video, art; on yard signs, flag poles, flyers, posters, banners, radio, t-shirts; at parties, ball games, poetry slams, concerts, bake sales, Blossomtime, City Hall, home; by tutoring, mentoring, volunteering, helping a neighbor, supporting our businesses, providing jobs for our youth, providing scholarships, a welcoming smile, posting your greetings online, joining Benton Harbor Celebrates.

150 ways to say you care. 150 ways to celebrate Benton Harbor. 150 ways to say, 'I love Benton Harbor.'

Tell us what your way(s) will be at:

or by regular mail at:

PO Box 465, Benton Harbor, MI 49023

Join our Facebook group at:

And your activity/event will also be acknowledged and published in the Benton Spirit Community Newspaper.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Weight Loss Seminar in Niles

Free Weight Loss Seminar Offered in Niles

(NILES) –  The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Centeris offering a free seminar, “Lose Weight…Find Health.” The seminar will be presented from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, at the Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center at Lakeland Medical Suites, 42 N. St. Joseph St., Niles.
Dr. Michael Schuhknecht, one of Michigan’s most experienced bariatric surgeons and Medical Director of the Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center, will discuss programs available for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight for years to come. The Lakeland Comprehensive Weight Loss Center specializes in working with each person to create a customized lifestyle plan, including medical weight loss management through diet or bariatric surgery, nutrition counseling, individualized exercise programs, and monthly support groups.
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, about 190 million adults in the United States are overweight and obese. Individuals more than 40% overweight are twice as likely to die prematurely as someone of average weight. However, the good news is that losing as little as 5-15% of your initial body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes and other illnesses, and can even eliminate your need for some medications.
For more information or to register for the seminar, call (269) 687-4673 or (877) 467-3858. Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Hope Grows Fundraiser

On Thursday, May 7, the Lakeland Health Foundation, Niles, and the Niles-Buchanan YMCA will partner for the second-annual Hope Grows fundraiser, which raises funds to support cancer screenings, treatment, follow-up care, and the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA. Please see the release (attached below) for details, and let me know if you’re interested in talking with anyone involved with this great event.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Register for Renaissance Kids Summer Architecture Camp!

Renaissance Kids aspires to provide a fun array of creative hands-on projects through which children learn together about the architecture of cities, buildings and places.  To vared degrees, all activities and projects center on gaining understanding of people, history, culture, sustainability, design concepts, the architect’s tools, construction, materials and more!  

Age Groups are as follows:  5-7yrs    7-10yrs     10-12yrs     12-15yrs   


See our website: 

Like and Share our Facebook page:

International Students Sabbath

We are so delighted to inform you that the annual International Students Sabbath will be held this Sabbath, March 21, 2015 at Pioneer Memorial Church. Internatonal Students will be participating in both the Church services. There will be special music and other special presentations during that worship. We would like to encourage you to come and join us for this special worship. Our guest speaker is going to be Dr. Clifford Jones. If you have or own a traditional costume or attire, please wear it to this sabbath otherwise just come dressed as you would for Church.

We are excitedly waiting to worship with you this Sabbath. Have a pleasant rest of the week.

Niles Westside for March 21

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

March 21: Pastor Darrel le Roux, Speaker

Monday, March 16, 2015

Eau Clair for March 21

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Pastor Ted Toms
Sermon Title:  Morning Bones for Evening Wolves

Church Service 10:50 am
Sabbath School  9:15 am

Host an International Exchange Student

The AFS Intercultural Program is looking for a volunteer Adventist family who would like to host an Adventist international student from Brazil for the upcoming school year 2015-2016.  

AFS students (as well as other exchange organizations) are hosted on a J-1 visa.  That means that Host Families are Volunteers.  They cannot be paid or compensated in any way for hosting a student (Federal law).  They do get a $50 a month deduction on their income tax form.  They also get support in the form of a Liaison, who meets with the family on a monthly basis and will help them through the exchange process.

If you are interested in hosting this student or would like to receive more information, please contact:

Francesca Lippi

One World Area Team-Sending Coordinator



Thursday, March 12, 2015

Open House for Van's Medical Equipment of Lakeland

Community members are invited to an open house on Tuesday, March 31, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Van’s Health & Appearance Center, located within the Marie Yeager Cancer Center 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph.
Part of Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland, the Van’s Health & Appearance Center is dedicated exclusively to products and services for cancer patients and survivors, including postsurgical bra and prosthetic breast form fittings. Open house attendees will get the first look at the latest in bras, breast forms, and swimwear. Colleen Ruby, Anita Care Education Manager and Care Consultant, will be on hand to share her expertise, answer questions, and review products with customers.
Van’s customer service representatives will help answer any questions about insurance coverage of products. Refreshments and door prizes will be available.

About Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland
Van’s Medical Equipment of Lakeland is a third-generation home medical equipment company that has served southwest Michigan for 100 years. The company merged with Lakeland Health in 2008. Van’s offers a broad line of products, including include oxygen and sleep therapy equipment, electric hospital beds, wheelchairs, walkers, canes, braces and supports, and bathroom safety equipment. Van’s operates four retail stores throughout southwest Michigan: a main office and store on Glenlord Road in St. Joseph, a store in the Welcome Center at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, a health and appearance center at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center in St. Joseph, and at the Lakeland Medical Suites in Niles. For more information, visit or call (269) 927-8635 or at (800) 780-0499.

Say Happy Birthday to Benton Harbor!

Say Happy Birthday to Benton Harbor. On March 14, 2015 Benton Harbor celebrates 150 years.

You can send your greeting to us in any of the three ways:

1. Upload your greeting to the Benton Harbor Celebrates Facebook page


2. Email it to


3. Mail it using the attached form to PO Box 465, Benton Harbor, MI 49023

Birthday greetings received by March 15 may be published in the March 19 edition of Benton Spirit News.  

Please see the attachments for more information.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Empty Bowls 20th Anniversary Soup Supper


For questions about the Empty Bowls project
and its 20th Anniversary, please contact:
Marie Remington at 269-683-2794
or Karla Hurlbutt at Buchanan Middle School 269-695-8406


The 20th Buchanan Empty Bowls Soup Supper will be hosted at Buchanan High School on Friday, April 17, 4:30 - 7 pm.  The community is invited to attend and purchase hand-made ceramic bowls along with a simple soup supper and help end hunger. All potters, students, teachers, administrators, parents, donors and other volunteers who have worked over the years to make Empty Bowls so successful in Buchanan are invited to join in the celebration. There will be a memorabilia table and an open potter’s wheel for past potters to "throw" one for old time’s sake.  All profits from the supper and presales will be donated to Redbud Area Ministries (RAM) food pantry in Buchanan.

This philanthropic project is made possible by a partnership of Buchanan Art Center, Buchanan Community Schools, Redbud Area Ministries, and local potters, as well as the continuing generosity of local merchants, area foundations, and our caring community. Adult potters' bowls may be pre-purchased at the BAC February 25 through April 11. There will also be a commemorative t-shirt available for pre-order at the BAC in March; further information will be sent out by the schools and on BAC's website and Facebook.

The Buchanan Art Center is located at 117 West Front Street in Buchanan, Michigan. The Center features three galleries with rotating exhibits of regional artists’ works, a program of educational art classes for all ages, and a gift shop offering works of local artists. Current hours are Monday – Thursday 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Saturday 10:00 am–4:00 pm. Closed Sundays. More information, including a schedule of classes, can be obtained at the Center by calling 269-697-4005, or by visiting their website at:

Michigan Maritime Museum March lecture

Please find attached the press release for the Michigan Maritime Museum’s March lecture.

2015 Basic Sail Training Program

Lakeland Offering Two Free Programs

Lakeland Offers Class on Nutrition in Cancer Treatment

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health will offer a free nutrition class to cancer patients undergoing treatment and their families. “Nutrition Matters in Cancer Treatment” will be held on Wednesday, March 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Houseworth Conference Room at the Marie Yeager Cancer Center, 3900 Hollywood Road, St. Joseph.
Led by a Lakeland Health registered dietitian, the class will include information about healthy eating habits, ways to enhance overall well-being and quality of life during and after cancer treatment, and managing side effects while maintaining adequate nutrition.
                For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. A complimentary bag lunch will be provided to all participants.
Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Free Program on Heart-Healthy Foods at Lakeland

(ST. JOSEPH) –  Lakeland Health will present “Eating Right for a Healthy Heart” on Thursday, March 26, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in Community Room at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, 1234 Napier Avenue.
At this free program, a registered dietitian will discuss how better food habits can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, and give participants tips on following the American Heart Association’s eating plan.
A 24-hour advance registration for this class is requested. For more information or to register, call (269) 556-2808 or (866) 260-7544. Visit or find Lakeland Health on Facebook or Twitter for more classes and events.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Niles-Westside Church Service for March 14

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

March 14: Alex Prouty, Speaker

There will be a Fellowship Lunch following second service.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Village Church for March 14

First Worship - 8:30 a.m.
Second Worship 11:20 am
Speaker - Pastor Ron Kelly
Sermon - "Family S.O.S.: Polluted Sanctuaries"

Eau Clair Church Service for March 14

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Max Gordiienko
Sermon Title:  Saviors are coming!

Church Service 10:50 am
Sabbath School  9:15 am

Sunday, March 8, 2015



CrossRoads - March 14

Come enjoy a great youth and young adult program where we deal with topics and issues relevant to all of us. Every second Saturday of each month we come together with hopes of making a decision for Christ in every aspect of our lives. Enjoy music, arts, discussion, and a challenge to live with power, love, and a sound mind!

Join us this Sabbath, March 14th...6:00pm...Niles Philadelphia SDA Church. All are welcome!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Pauline Maxwell Birthday Celebration

The Fairplain Seventh-day Adventist Church will be celebrating the 90th birthday of Pauline Maxwell, a long-time Berrien Springs resident and wife of the late Mervyn Maxwell, on Sabbath evening, March 7, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Come join us as we honor her life. A light supper will be served.

The church is located at 140 Seneca in Benton Harbor.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Niles-Westside Church Service for March 7

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

March 7: Pastor Darrel le Roux, Speaker

Monday, March 2, 2015

Eau Clair Church Service for March 7

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Pastor Ted Toms
Sermon Title:  "The Secret of Mentorship Means"

Church Service 10:50 am
Sabbath School  9:15 am

Memorial Service for Dr. Thesba N. Johnston

Memorial Service for Dr. Thesba N. Johnston
Date: March 7th, 2015
Location: All Nations SDA Church
Time: 4:30PM

Dr. Johnston was an emeritus Professor at Andrews University and a pioneer of the All Nations SDA Church and we would love to recognize her life of service.

For more information, please email

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

RESCHEDULED Valentine Concert & Dinner

Rescheduled Winter Classical Concert and Free Valentines Dinner - Come
an enjoy the works of great composers as the Eau Claire SDA Church will
hold its annual Winter Classical Concert on February 28 at 5:00 pm.  The
concert will be held at the Eau Claire SDA church which is located at
6562 Naomi Road in Eau Claire.  Immediately following the Winter
Classical Concert will be a FREE Valentine's Dinner provided by the Eau
Claire Critters Pathfinder Club (dinner donations are always accepted
but not expected).

Order Fresh Strawberries NOW!

Village Adventist Elementary School is trying to pull together a quick strawberry order for March. We must place the order by next Tuesday, March 3.

The price is $20 per flat, with 12 pints per flat, so $2.50 per box. you must order by the flat so if you can not use that many-check with friends or family and share!! The berries will arrive the week of March 9; we will update you with exact date when we have it.

Please don't delay call the VAES office to place your order by 3 p.m. on Monday, March 2. 269-473-5121 ext 10.

Village Church Service for Feb. 28

First Worship - 8:30 a.m.
Second Worship 11:20 am
Speaker - Pastor Ron Kelly
Sermon - "Family S.O.S.: She Won't Back Up and She Won't Back Down."

Place - Village SDA Church
635 St Joseph Ave. Berrien Springs, MI
Contact person - Elizabeth Tan
Phone - 471-7795

Niles-Westside Church Service for Feb. 28

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

February 28: Dave Gotshall, Guest Speaker

Monday, February 23, 2015

Eau Clair for February 28

Eau Claire SDA Church
6562 Naomi Road
Eau Claire, MI 49111

Sabbath Speaker: Susan Payne
Sermon Title:  Why Love an Angry God?

Church Service 10:50 am
Sabbath School  9:15 am

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Prepare EnrichTraining Seminar

MARCH 2 Deadline:  PREPARE-ENRICH TRAINING SEMINAR:  Learn how to administer, interpret and counsel with the most widely-used and researched premarital and marital inventories.  Sunday, March 8, 9:00 am -4:30 pm, Andrews Seminary, room S120.  Pre-registration is necessary by contacting Sue Murray at 470-6877,, or submitting a registration form available at .  Professionals $190, full time enrolled Andrews graduate students $145, Attending spouses $35 (with arrangements). Registration & payment (cash or check) deadline is Monday, March 1st.  Late registrations accepted with additional $10 fee for mailing materials. Future date: Sunday, April 12th.

Contact Susan Murray for more information at or by calling 269-470-6877.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dowagiac Church Service for Feb. 21

Dowagiac SDA Church

410 Hill St.,

Dowagiac, MI 49047


Speaker: Ranko Stefanovic

Sermon Title: "Twofold Work of the Holy Spirit"


Church Service: 10:50 am

Sabbath School: 9:30 am

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MASDAC Presents: NIAD Sabbath

Niles Westside Church Service for Feb. 21

Niles Westside Adventist Church
1105 Grant St (at Fairview Ave)
Niles, MI

Sabbath School: 9:30 a.m.
Church Services: 8:30 & 11 a.m.

February 21: Adventurer Sabbath with Craig Harris, Speaker - "Ambassadors"

Mission in Islam

Special Weekend Feb. 20 & 21

Next weekend will be a special weekend at the St Joseph Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Our guest speaker for the weekend will be Elder Petras Bahadur, General Conference Director of Adventist Muslim Relations.  Friday night there will be a presentation “Mission in Islam” from 7:00-8:30.  Sabbath morning there will be presentations during Adult Sabbath school (9:15) & the Divine Worship service (10:40).  Following potluck there will be two hours on training for Muslim outreach, including the testimony of two young women who converted from Islam to Adventism and role play on how to study with Muslims.  The St Joseph SDA Church is located at 1201 Maiden Lane, St Joseph MI. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Michiana Adventist Forum

Michiana Adventist Forum

The Millennial Generation and the Adventist Church

Presented by

Meredith Jones-Gray
Professor of English
Andrews University


A Multidisciplinary Panel From
The Andrews University Community

Sabbath Afternoon at 3:30 pm
February 21, 2015

Chan Shun Hall
Andrews University
Berrien Springs, MI

About the Program:

The program is planned as a conversation from a variety of perspectives about the millennial generation—its definition, its characteristics and its relationship to the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

About the Participants:

Meredith Jones-Gray is chair and professor of English at Andrews University where she has taught since 1982. She holds a Ph.D in English from the University of Michigan.

Other participants are:

Karl Bailey, Coordinator, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, and Associate Professor of Psychology, Andrews University.

Nancy Carbonell, Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, and Associate Professor in Graduate Psychology and Counseling, Andrews University.

Jan Age Sigvartsen, Adjunct Professor of Old Testament, SDA Theological Seminary, and Co-Author of Beyond Beliefs I.

Leanne Sigvartsen, Researcher, Project Manager and Co-Author of Beyond Beliefs I, and author of Religious Verbal Fluidity: What Nice Christian Folk REALLY Think...

Alisa Williams, Annual Giving Coordinator, Office of Development, Andrews University, and Spectrum’s Spirituality Editor.

Store Opening Celebration Invite

Bread 4 Life a 100% Organic & Gluten

Free Bakery will be celebrating its

Relocation/Grand Opening on

Monday, February 16th, 2015 from 9 am-6 pm at:

2454 Miracle Lane, Mishawaka IN

(in the Town & Country Shopping Centre).

All of Bread 4 Life Products are baked from scratch, with freshly milled flour, all natural, organic products and lots of love. At this Grand Opening There will be great tasting Healthy Breads, Cookies and Muffins etc with No Preservatives.
So you don't want to miss this exciting event.

DivorceCare for Kids, Divorce Care for Adults

DivorceCare for Kids and DivorceCare for Adults are now being offered free at the Village SDA Church every Tuesday, 6:30 pm. beginning this coming Tuesday, February 10. in the Fireside Room of Village. For 13 meetings the participants will learn how to cope with the pain of divorce. Parents and children will have separate classes. 



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