The Light

November 2022

Preparing Next-Generation Leaders for Christ

"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


Dear Harbor Light Christian School Family,

In October, HLCS paused instruction for two days in 7-12th grade to focus on serving our local community. Mission work and serving others is a core value we aim to impart at Harbor Light. In the Gospel of Mark, we are reminded in verse 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.” As a staff, we desire to model a joyful Christ-like servitude for our students. In addition to serving in the community and in our churches, our staff members consider their role missionary positions. We have the desire to also provide opportunities to reach out to the community in the name of Jesus.

On a personal note, prior to joining the staff at HLCS, I honestly hadn’t spent a whole lot of time thinking about missions or service. Sure, I thought it would be fun to go on a mission trip “one day” with my family. I also joyfully served in the community, but it wasn’t necessarily with a mission mindset. I hadn’t been taught or trained to serve. In my time here at HLCS, my heart for missions has grown. I see that growth in our students, too, as I watch them serve, connect to the community, and bless others. I am glad we have the opportunity to intentionally train and model serving for students.

A few weeks ago when I was teaching Senior Seminar, I showed a Right Now Media video on living life on purpose. One of the speakers shared a John Piper quote that caught my attention. He said, “You have three choices in world missions: be a joyful, sacrificial goer, be a joyful, sacrificial sender, or be disobedient.” Classroom time and learning days are so important to educators. I am thankful, however, that we sacrifice some of our classroom seat time for reaching out in the name of Jesus. The great commission calls us to, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20 This great encouragement grounds us in the purpose of what we are doing. As much as we are preparing students for their future occupation, we are also helping shape disciples.

In conclusion, let me share a summary that our HLCS local missions coordinator, Heather Standish, put together describing how God used the students of HLCS:

  • We went to 40+ different locations in East Jordan, Pellston, Alanson, Petoskey, Charlevoix, Boyne City, Conway, Indian River, & Harbor Springs.

  • We helped widows, homeless, overwhelmed, elderly, disabled, sick & lonely.

  • A total of over 550 hours devoted to making bags for the homeless, picking up garbage so God's beauty could be seen, organizing so an elderly woman could find important documents, raking, mucking, wood hauling & stacking.

  • Over 30 dinners & desserts cooked

  • Missionaries Brian and Venera Peters, who served in Russia for 10 years, led a devotion for the students each day.

  • For the first time, elementary students joined the older students in serving around the school!

  • God received the glory for our efforts!

As we approach Thanksgiving, let me share a heartfelt “thank you” for the continued opportunity to serve as the administrator of this incredible school. It is a blessing to watch the way God knits the community together at Harbor Light to prepare the next generation to lead and love for Christ. We have pretty amazing students! I cannot wait to see where God sends them!

Many blessings,

Mrs. Dutcher

Mark your Calendar!


17- Fall Sports Banquet-- postponed due to weather

21- HLCS Board Meeting (6 pm)

22- Thanksgiving Luncheon (Students and staff)

22- Drama Variety Show 6:30pm

23-27- Thanksgiving Break

25- Alumni Games (see flyer below)


1- Rescheduled Fall Sports Banquet 6pm

8- Blood Drive 9-2pm

9- Christmas Concert (6 pm)

17- Wild Game Cookoff/Baseball Fundraiser-- postponed until after the new year

19- HLCS Board Meeting (6 pm)

22- Christmas Break begins

Please click HERE for the school calendar, which is updated as needed.

Our HLCS Calendar is updated continually and can be viewed at

HLCS Sports

Sports Schedule
  • Please confirm events prior to attending
  • "vs." indicates the game will be played at home.
  • "@" indicates the game will be played at the opposing team's school.


18- Junior High Basketball @ Alanson

25- Alumni Games


2- Girls Basketball vs. Brimley (5:30 pm)

5- Boys Basketball vs. TC Christian (5:30 pm)

6- JV/V Basketball @ Gaylord St. Mary's (5:30 pm)

6- Girls Basketball vs. Alba (5:30 pm)

8- Boys Basketball vs. Ellsworth (5:30 pm)

9- Girls Basketball @ Ellsworth time TBD

12- Boys Basketball @ Wolverine (5:30 pm)

20- Varsity Girls Basketball @ Pellston (6 pm)

22- Varsity Basketball vs. Atlanta (Girls @ 5:30 pm, Boys @ 7 pm)

Please click HERE for the school calendar which is updated as needed.

Congrats to our Volleyball Team!

The Lady Swordsmen Volleyball Team wrapped up their season on 11/2/22, celebrating 4 seniors who played their final game at HLCS: Laney Jakeway, Kallie Cope, Jade Evoy, and Ambria Kruger. We also celebrated Head Coach Donna Powers, who has been a fixture of the Volleyball program for much of the past decade. Her successes on the court, including coaching her youngest daughter to a conference title in 2018, can't even begin to measure the impact she has had during her tenure at HLCS. She will be missed as she heads into her next adventure, but will always be a member of the HLCS Volleyball family. She now steps into a most important role as Grandma! Join us in wishing her all the best!

Congratulations on a hard-fought season, ladies!

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Our Month in Pictures

Missions Week

The whole school participated in some way in Missions Week this fall. The Preschoolers cleaned furniture outside their classroom, while other elementary classes washed lockers, dusted railings in the Solid Rock Center, and weeded the flower garden out front. The 7th-12th Graders left campus for various locations where they helped with cleaning, organizing, splitting/stacking wood, mucking stalls, raking, and moving furniture. We love these opportunities to get out into the community and serve others. Having a servant's heart is just one of the ways an HLCS student is set apart!
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Before day 2 of Missions, Brian Peters, father of 1st Grader Sofia, came and spoke to the students and received prayer from the Seniors. Mr. Peters and his family recently moved back to the US after living in Russia for 10 years running a hockey ministry and pastoring a church in the community of Perm through Youth With a Mission (YWAM). He talked to the students about how God guided him into a life of ministry from his first trip with YWAM. When the war in Ukraine began, the Peters' knew it was time to come home.

Parents Review It!

We are starting a new segment here in our monthly newsletter where we ask a parent to review a helpful parenting book or podcast, the goal being to equip our families with as many useful resources as possible to build you up as moms and dads.

This month, we feature Christin Goldsmith's review of Growing up Social. Christin is the mother of Pippa, Lincoln, and Crew.

"One morning, I was scouting the internet for yet another parenting book, and the book 'Growing Up Social' by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane popped up. I knew that Gary Chapman was a reputable author having wrote “The 5 Love Languages” and many other books. The reason for my search was probably for the same challenges that parents my age are facing : Why won’t my kids just listen? Why do they not respect me? Why can’t they focus? Why is our house filled with yelling- when we are loving, present parents? Why is our discipline not working?

I was not prepared for raising children in a digital age! Once I started reading the first chapter, tears were streaming down my face. It was as if the Holy Spirit was gently correcting me as a parent and downloading a plan for our family and what changes needed to be made. I had to grab sticky notes from my glove box just to keep up with all of the tools, tips, and information He was sharing with me! I started implementing the changes right away and we have seen a shift in our house. Was it sunshine and rainbows day one, No! But is God up to something huge for us, Yes!

If you have asked yourself any of those questions or feel ill-prepared for raising children in this digital world, please pick up this book. I have been sharing with every parent that I can what a difference this has made for our family!"

Family Spotlight- The Dawleys

James and Jessie Dawley have been residents of Harbor Springs for nine years. James was born and raised in Petoskey and graduated from Concord Academy in 2001. He is the Director of Construction with Habitat for Humanity where he manages the new home builds, along with many other responsibilities. While Jessie is originally from down state, she has lived in this area for the past 13 years. She is a hairstylist and runs a salon out of her home. (Unfortunately she is not taking new clients.)

James and Jessie have been married for ten years and have four children with their fifth on the way, due in June! Emerson (7) is in 1st grade, Toby (5) and Declan (3) are in pre-school here at Harbor Light Christian School, and Hazel (almost 2) goes to daycare at Black Bird Child Care Center.

They just recently got a camper and have been enjoying the camping life. They love going on hikes with the kids and their two dogs, Murphy and Ruger, riding their bikes, swimming in the lake or pool and enjoying s’mores around the campfire. The kids are excited to welcome another sibling into the family this summer, so they can continue to camp and build lots of memories!

If you see the Dawleys and their kids, stop to congratulate them and say hello!

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Solid Rock Update

We are a few short months from being able to open the Solid Rock Center to the public, and we are in the midst of a game-changing campaign.

A generous donor has stepped forward and is offering a matching grant of $100,000, so, during the month of November only, your gift of any size will have double the impact.

Call the school at 231-347-7859 to donate by phone, or contact Jennie Cope at to talk about other ways to make a gift!

Check out the gauge to the right to see our progress so far, and enjoy the following video featuring our very own Clark Hewitt!
God has truly been "faithful through every season!"
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Congratulations Mrs. Kruger!

Mrs. Kruger attended the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools conference along with Ms. Spencer and Mrs. Dutcher in Lansing. She was presented with her award for Faith-Based Educator of the Year!

Bergman and Damoose Visit the SRC

This month, we were honored to receive current Representative John Damoose and Congressman Jack Bergman to the school. They came to congratulate Josh Ernst on his award for Science Teacher of the Year from the Herzog Foundation, and Jenny Kruger for her award for Faith-Based Educator of the Year from the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools. While at the school, they toured the Solid Rock Center and spoke with students and staff along the way!

Spirit Week!

Student Council coordinated Spirit Week for the whole school at the beginning of 2nd Quarter to coincide with our Girls Volleyball Districts game. There were some great costumes!

Alumni Games 11/25/22

In continuance of a treasured tradition, we invite the alumni to play volleyball and basketball with our current athletes and work off that turkey! This will be the last year this event is held in the current gym- next year we can have it in the Solid Rock Center!
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Call for Box Seats at Sporting Events

Do you have a season pass for box seats at Red Wings, Tigers, Lions, or Pistons games? We are thinking ahead to our annual Spaghetti Dinner (now renamed the HLCS Jubilee), and something popular that has been auctioned in the past is a "VIP Night" at a sporting event.

Have any leads? Contact Jennie Cope at

Christmas Card Orders!

We are so happy to be featuring some of our students' artwork once again this Christmastime, as a fundraiser for the art department. If you would like to see this year's designs and place an order, please click the button below!
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SAVE THE DATE: HLCS All-Alumni Reunion 2023

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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

Considering a Gift to HLCS?

As we near the end of the calendar year, many people are looking for ways to give back. This is mutually beneficial for the giver and for HLCS. We are a 501(c)3 organization, which means any gift that you give is tax deductible. But, in addition to that, your gift is for Kingdom purposes.

At Harbor Light Christian School, we have 3 major areas that giving can support:

  1. The Beacon Fund - handles the general needs of the school, not addressed by tuition
  2. The Scholarship Fund - provides financial assistance to students who desperately want to be at HLCS, but may not have all of the funds necessary to do so
  3. The Solid Rock Fund - to bring our expansion project to completion, and this month any gifts have double the impact

If you would like to give a gift in one of these areas to spur us on into the next season of growth, please contact Jennie Cope.

Ways to give:

1. Mail a check to:


8333 Clayton Rd

Harbor Springs MI 49740

2. Give a gift of stock

3. Set up a recurring donation through PushPay

4. Give through your IRA

5. Text HLCSGIVE to 833-245-7331


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! This is such an easy way to help the school raise money!