FROM OUR ADMINISTRATOR
As another school year at Harbor Light Christian School comes to a close, I want to take a moment to reflect upon the many blessings and milestones we have achieved in our mission to prepare the next generation of leaders for Christ. Throughout the year, our dedicated staff and students embraced various activities and events that nurtured their faith, encouraged community service, and fostered academic growth. Let us remember and give thanks for the impactful moments that defined our school year.
First and foremost, we warmly welcomed a group of new teachers and staff members who joined our Harbor Light family. Janae Ernst, Liz Moore, Amy Paulus, Cal Prins, Sam Baker, Jamie Schutt, Seth Fettig, and Steve Mindel each brought their unique gifts and passion for kids, enriching our students' lives in profound ways. Their commitment to our mission was evident in their daily interactions with students, always pointing them toward Christ. We were also graced by the leadership and love of Katherine Johnson joining the administrative team as elementary principal.
In line with our commitment to serving the community, we organized mission days where our students engaged in various acts of kindness and service. Inspired by Matthew 5:16, we sought to let our light shine before others through these selfless acts. From cleaning up local parks to visiting nursing homes and supporting local charities, our students embodied the love and compassion of Christ. We were able to send an eclectic group to North Carolina and a younger group to Rose City to share our gifts and love beyond the reach of Northern Michigan.
We continued with some cherished traditions like reading buddies, to foster a love for reading and mentorship. Grandfriends Day and our school-wide Thanksgiving dinner which was a time of fellowship and gratitude, where we gathered to give thanks for the abundant blessings bestowed upon us. Inspired by Philippians 4:6, we rejoiced in the reminder to "not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."
After years of planning, fundraising, and watching God provide one miracle after another, we opened the Solid Rock Center. This marked a significant milestone in our school's history. The new facility provides a nurturing and inspiring environment for our students to grow academically, spiritually, and physically. The celebration of God’s provision and goodness will be a memory that lasts a lifetime! Psalm 18:2, says "The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer."
With a fun reading week, we helped encourage our students to dive into the world of literature and embrace the power of storytelling. We welcomed Alumni Jeff Jakeway and Megan Johnson to read their recently published book, The Journey, as well as had other fun days to remind us of the joy and gift of reading.
Harbor Light Christian School proudly and miraculously hosted the Girls' District Basketball Games, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and sportsmanship. We honored the verse from 1 Corinthians 9:25, "Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable."
The High School Musical production of Cinderella showcased our students' talents and dedication, reminding us of the importance of using our gifts for God's glory. As stated in 1 Peter 4:10, "As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace." The Elementary Science Fair provided a platform for students to explore God's creation through scientific inquiry. It reinforced the message of Psalm 111:2, "Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them."
Senior Chapel, 6th grade Chapel, and Kindergarten Graduation celebrated the accomplishments of our students as they transitioned into the next phase of their education. Inspired by Proverbs 3:5-6, we encouraged them to trust in the Lord with all their hearts, knowing that He will direct their paths. Finally, our school year culminated with the joyous occasion of Graduation, where we celebrated the achievements and faith journeys of our 10 graduating seniors.
As I look back on the school year at Harbor Light Christian School, I am filled with gratitude for the blessings, growth, and memories that God has bestowed upon us. Through the dedication of this staff, the support of our families, and the grace of God, we have prepared the next generation of leaders for Christ. I eagerly anticipate what God has in store for Harbor Light and each of our students in the future. I can’t wait to see the impact these students will have as they continue to shine the light of Christ in the world.
In His service,
The Walking Track at the Solid Rock Center - Now open to the Community!
The new track, a welcome addition to our campus, aims to promote physical fitness and well-being among our students, staff, and the wider community.
Designed with the vision of encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle, the walking track provides a safe and inside space for individuals of all ages to engage in regular exercise. The track's construction was made possible through generous contributions from local community organizations, parents, and dedicated fundraising efforts.
We welcome all members of the community to join us and experience the benefits of this remarkable addition to our school. Located on the upper level of the new gym, the walking track is accessible via staircase or elevator. It is now open to the community during the following times:
Sunday: 7 pm - 9 pm
Tuesdays: 8 am - 10 am
Wednesdays: 8 pm - 10 pm
Thursdays: 8 am - 10 am
Saturdays: 8 am - 10 am
A donation of $2 is suggested for each visit.
Our Month in Pictures
HLCS is featured by The Colson Center
Then, in September, HLCS hosted a Professional Development Day for the staff with Stefan Wilson, who authored the content for most of the Colson Educators worldview videos we learned from in the summer. He was able to answer our questions on a deeper level.
HLCS is committed to preparing our teachers to face cultural issues head-on so that, in turn, our students at HLCS can do the same. The goal is building confidence in our Christian stance while developing awareness of the most common points of contention within our culture today, so that we can respond in love from the foundation of the truth of God's word.
Please click the video below to hear from our administrator, Kelly Dutcher. She was recently interviewed by the Colson Center about why Christ-centered education is so important.
Giving to HLCS - Current Funding Needs
- Updated Science Curriculum: to elevate and align our instruction to equip our students to be true worshippers of Christ in their lives beyond HLCS. $6,000
- Creation and Renovation of Current Spaces: replacing the remaining old lockers, creating a kindergarten bathroom inside their classroom, and making other interior updates. $14,000
- School Safety and Security Upgrades: $8,000
- iPads - 5 new iPads to aid in the education of students. $2,500
- Phonics/Vocabulary/Comprehension Curriculum: additional materials for our reading specialist. $1,200
Would you prayerfully consider sending a gift to HLCS to help cover all or a portion of one of these needs?
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Mail a Check to:
Harbor Light Christian School
8333 Clayton Rd.
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Attn.: Jennie Cope
IRA Charitable Rollover: Donors age 72 or older may transfer up to $100,000 annually from their IRA directly to a qualified charity, such as Harbor Light Christian School, without incurring federal income taxes today or estate and Income taxes in the future (gift is not tax-deductible but does offer other tax advantages.)
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Our 10 Seniors made it! On Sunday, June 4th, they received blessings from staff and family as we celebrated their achievements as Swordsmen and ushered them into the next phase of their lives!
Our 2023 Graduates:
Yongbo (Raymond) Guan
Proceeds from this raffle go right back into educating students at HLCS and helping to make quality Christian education more affordable to families in northern Michigan! We are so grateful to those of you who have already gotten your ticket, THANK YOU!
If you haven't yet, there is still time! The drawing is a little over a month away, so don't delay - get your ticket today! Tickets are $100 and there will only be 1,000 tickets sold... those are good odds!
Click the link below to support HLCS with your ticket purchase ($5 online processing fee):
OR visit one of these businesses to purchase a ticket and save on the $5 processing fee:
- County-Wide Power Sports (Petoskey)
- North Star Gardens (Indian River)
- The Harber Barber (Harbor Springs)
- Harbor Light Christian School (Harbor Springs)
- Dave Kring Chevrolet - Jason Roussin (Petoskey)
- Audi at Fletch's of Petoskey - Christy Johnson (Petoskey)
Northern Lakes Conference Names All-Conference Softball/Baseball Athletes
Alumni Spotlight- Garrett and Danielle Urman
The Urmans were married for 6 years before they had kids, and during that time they were involved in their home church, Harbor Light Community Chapel, where they love serving in the youth ministry. When their son, Anders, was approaching preschool age, they always assumed he would go to HL because of the positive experiences they had as students. Still, they wanted to do what was best for their son and since the school was under new leadership and had changed a lot in the past 15 years, they wanted to confirm that it was the right place for him. "We sat down with Kelly," Danielle recalls, "and point blank asked her to prove to us why Harbor Light was above the rest. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and professionally. We left knowing that HLCS was the best choice for our son. He has had an incredible preschool experience here and he will be in kindergarten next year!" Their daughter, Greta, will start preschool next year.
If you see them around, say hello to the Urmans!
Meet our New Teachers!
Joe Tath - Physical Education and Assistant Athletic Director
My name is Joe Tath and I am super excited to be joining HLCS! I was born in Texas, but moved around a lot and finally landed in Northern Michigan. I graduated from Alanson Public School on June 02, 2001, and left for the Army on June 15, 2001.
I spent 7 years in the Army as a Forward Observer. I was stationed in Germany for most of my career, but did deploy to Kosovo, as well as two deployments to Iraq.
After the service, I moved back to Alanson where I started a career at the Emmet County Sheriff's Office. I worked 4 years in the Emmet County Jail until I obtained a Bachelor's Degree from Lake Superior State University in Criminal Justice and became a Road Patrol Officer. I have worked for both Emmet and Otsego County.
God has placed working for HLCS on my heart, so after 22 years of being in a uniform, I have retired and am ready to provide a great education to a new generation.
I have a real passion for kids, Christ, and working out! I have boxed, been a jujitsu practitioner, taught hand to hand combat to two different agencies for over 10 years, was certified to teach CrossFit, and just have a love for sports (specifically basketball!). I hope to have a positive influence on the HLCS family, and I look forward to September!
Ryan Atsma - MS/HS Social Studies
I was born and raised in West Michigan. I attended Grand Rapids Christian High School, and earned my Bachelor's degree in education from Calvin University. From there, I moved out west and spent four years teaching in California. I then moved to Rehoboth, New Mexico, where my grandmother was raised.
I taught at Rehoboth Christian School for four years before moving back to Grand Rapids, where I worked at a small health food store as a grocery manager and the store director. I met my wife, Naomi, shortly after moving back to West Michigan. We now have two fantastic children, Hudson and Eden.
During covid, I felt God calling me back into education. We decided to move our family up to Petoskey, and I served as a substitute teacher last year at Petoskey Middle School while I searched for a full-time teaching position.
Our family feels that Christian education and a strong Christian community are so important, and we are excited for the opportunities God continues to present to us at Harbor Light.
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While we know our worth and value comes only from the Lord, this is a great way to get the school's name out there and show our communities how much Northern Michigan values Christian education!
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All School Alumni Reunion! Sign up today!
We are so excited for next month's 1st annual all-alumni reunion at Harbor Light Christian School! We invited alumni we knew on Facebook, but we didn't get everyone! So we need your help spreading the word! Please invite your classmates and previous teachers/staff to join us!
Come gather at the campground on Harbor Light's West Campus for a fun, family-friendly event to reminisce and celebrate HLCS.
Hamburgers, buns, and beverages will be provided. Please bring a dish to pass.
RSVP using the form below or directly to email@example.com
DO YOU HAVE A TESTIMONY?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
TURN YOUR GROCERY RECEIPTS INTO MONEY FOR THE SCHOOL!
We are grateful to partner with Oleson's this school year. Receipts collected from Oleson's may be dropped off in the office at any time! This is such an easy way to help the school raise money!
We no longer take D&W receipts, as that program has been discontinued.