The Light



"Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" -John 8:12

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This month, my family has been given the call and opportunity to serve God and explore a new part of this world He created.

In the three weeks that we’ve been in Kenya, we’ve had the opportunity to meet and talk with many different people from all walks of life.

We’ve come alongside multiple ministries while we’ve been here. Our work has taken us to a baby center caring for abandoned children, to a soccer ministry in the slums of Nairobi, and playing with kids at an orphanage in Kitengela. One thing we noticed was that each ministry has Christian leaders who have identified a problem, and felt God’s call to be his hands and feet, using his redemptive power to address it.

Each and every one of the Christian leaders that we have met were brought to faith themselves through Christian schools or youth outreach at their local churches. This experience has made my belief in what we are doing at Harbor Light Christian School more resolute than ever. We are a ministry that has an exponential effect. By training Christian leaders, we are helping equip future missionaries, youth pastors, and pastors to bring the gospel not only to Emmet County, but to Kenya, Korea, and all over the world!

One of the ministries that we spent time with is Remnant Vision Christian School. The founders have been missionaries for over thirty years, and they themselves came to faith because of Christian missionaries from the US whom they met in their youth. They’ve since planted over 30 churches with local pastors and started a Christian school with over 280 students. One of these churches is located in Likoni, Kenya, and our Harbor Light family recently raised the funds necessary to build them a full-time church building, bringing the gospel to a largely Muslim community. It is this ripple effect that our students can have on the world around them for the sake of the gospel.

Thank you to each of you- parents, alumni, and supporters- for coming alongside the staff at HLCS to equip our students for the call God has on their lives. I am excited to see how God will use the students who currently fill the classrooms at Harbor Light to shine His light into the world, and to watch how God multiplies their harvest.

Blessings on you and your family this month!

-Kelly Dutcher

“Jesus came and told his disciples, 'I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.'” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭28:18-20‬

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HLCS Vision for 2022

Updated Masking Guidelines from the Health Department

"Due to improving conditions surrounding the pandemic, the Health Department of Northwest Michigan is announcing that the First Amended Order which requires masks to be worn in school settings, will be lifted in one week, with rescission effective at 11:59 p.m., Thursday, February 17, 2022."

Young Min You (Class of 2012)

Young Min is a 2012 alumnus, and his wife Chantelle was a beloved music teacher here at HLCS in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. We are excited to announce that the new music room in the Solid Rock Center will be named in their honor after they made a generous donation in December!

Young Min graduated from Wheaton College (IL) in 2016 with a degree in music composition. He met his wife, Chantelle, at the conservatory, and she also graduated in 2016 with a degree in Vocal Performance. After college, the two got married and moved back to Petoskey, MI, where they started their music business. Together they maintain a YouTube channel with 90,000 subscribers, produced an album called "Walk On Water," which charted Top 10 on Billboard, and built an online piano course teaching students all around the globe how to play piano confidently. Just last year they moved to Atlanta, GA, where they continue to expand their business and are now coaching other musicians, teaching them how to make a living online.

They recently welcomed a pug puppy, Wang Ja (Korean for "Prince"), into their family!

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Chantelle & YoungMin You, with Wang Ja the pug



Where do you work? James manages the Petoskey North McDonald's and Jess manages the Charlevoix McDonald's.

Children & Grade Levels: Jenna (5th), Emily (7th), Abbey (20 years old), Alyssa (24 years old)

Where are you from? James is originally from Oxford, MI, and Jess grew up in Cheboygan

What brought your family to HLCS? We came to the church first, fell in love with the people and the inviting atmosphere, and decided that if God opened the door, we'd transfer our 2 younger daughters from Northern Michigan Christian Academy to HLCS. He was faithful and here we are!

How do you volunteer at HLCS? We greet students at the door during drop-off!

In our spare time, we like to… hike in our favorite place: The Smoky Mountains! We also love the U.P. and trails around here. We love to enjoy sports as a family.

What is your favorite thing about being part of HLCS? The community, hands down!

Please share something God has been teaching you! That He loves and accepts us for who He made us and who we are. To see our girls blossom and develop here without having to change what they love and what they want to be is priceless.

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James & Jessica Good
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Left to Right- Emily Good, Abbey (Good) Sharits (back), Jenna Good (front), Alyssa Good


On Wednesday, the 9th, our K-4 spent some hours on the sledding hill at the Youth Chapel, while the 5th-12th graders enjoyed a day of skiing at Boyne Highlands! Our staff is always finding creative ways to get our school family through these long, cold, winter days! Before we know it, Spring will be here!


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Check your mailboxes for invitations to our much-anticipated fundraising event, "Bloom & Grow!" We have not been able to host this event since 2019, so we expect this evening to be a gathering full of excitement and encouraging interactions. Follow our Facebook page for previews of the auction items (hint- some of them are WARM and SUNNY)!

If you did not receive an invite, consider yourself invited! This event will sell out, so get your tickets SOON in person, or by calling the office at 347-7859.

Admission Prices:

$30/person on or before March 4th

$40/person after March 4th


$200 per table of 8

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Beacon Fund and Swordsmen Scholarship Fund.


Has HLCS had a positive or life-changing impact on your life or that of someone you love? Please share these stories with us so we can keep letting others know what a wonderful difference we can make! Send your experience to


The most effective marketing strategy is sharing your heart with an associate or friend.

Please pray and tell others about the wonderful educational opportunity we provide at HLCS!

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We are grateful to partner with Oleson's and D&W this school year. Receipts collected from these grocers may be dropped off in the office at any time.

BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION- There's an App for That!

The new mobile app cuts out the majority of the work — you can simply scan a receipt and earn ten cents per participating product purchased. Download the Box Tops app below, enter our zip code 49740, and choose HLCS! The money is sent directly to HLCS. The app automatically identifies all participating Box Tops products and bonus offers. Parents have two weeks to scan their receipts.