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How good and pleasant it is when God’s people
live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
 

A Statement of Faith
 
We believe that all people are, by nature, sinful and thus separated from God. We believe that God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and die in our place, and we believe that we are saved by grace through faith in Him alone. God creates and strengthens this faith in us through His means of grace, namely the Word, Holy Baptism, and Holy Communion. 
 
Membership
As an active member of our church and a disciple of the Lord Jesus, God has called you for the purpose of Connecting People To Jesus

 
History

St. Michael Evangelical Lutheran Church was established in September of 1953. Fifty-four families, members of Redeemer Lutheran Church, wanted a place of worship closer to their homes in the Time Corners area. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s English District Mission Board purchased 26.5 acres of land on Getz Road and a former barracks building to launch the new congregation. The first worship service was held in the building on February 7, 1954, led by Reverend Herbert Lindemann. By June 1954, the congregation called Reverend Bernard Hemmeter as pastor, where he served until his retirement 14 years later.
 
By fall 1954, St. Michael Lutheran School began kindergarten classes. On September 22, 1957 (St. Michael Day), the cornerstone for a new church building was laid, and the first worship was held in the new sanctuary (the “A-frame”) on May 15, 1958. Steady growth in the congregation and school led to a joint venture with Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 1961, which was the beginning of Emmanuel-St. Michael School (ESM) located at Union Street.
 
With more than 500 baptized souls and 350 communicant members in 1968, the congregation called Reverend Donald Meyers as pastor. In 1974, a fire destroyed the original building, by then in use as an educational outreach center. That same year, pre-school classes for three- to five-year-old children were offered.
 
In 1978, Reverend Robert Bruckner accepted a call to serve at St. Michael. Continued congregational growth led to the calling of an associate pastor, Reverend Wayne Berkesch, in 1986. The addition of an education wing in 1989 allowed the first ESM class to be located at the Getz Road campus. A vacancy in the associate pastor position led to Reverend David Moore accepting a call to St. Michael in 1995. By 2001, another addition to the education building was completed, and K-2 were now housed at the Getz Road campus.
 
St. Michael experienced major changes in 2007. After nearly 30 years of service, Reverend Bruckner retired in November 2007, served as Pastor Emeritus until 2011, and then retired again. Reverend Matt Switzer came to serve as pastor from February 2008 to January 2012. He accepted a call to Trinity, Walnut Creek, CA in January 2012.  Reverend Ben Bruns served as a vicar in 2008, assistant pastor in 2009, and accepted a call as our Associate Pastor in 2010.  Reverend Ben Bruns accepted a call to St. Stephen, Waterford, MI in May 2013.  We relied upon Revered Robert Hedtke and Reverend Jerrold Nichols and members to lead us until Reverend R. Reed Lessing accepted our call in August 2013.  He was installed September 8, 2013.
 
We continue to thank and praise the Lord for all His blessings on this church, school and our community!
 
When to Call the Pastor
Many people think the only time to call the pastor is when there is an illness or a death in the family. These are important times to notify the pastor, but not the only times. In an increasingly complex world, when we are pressured from every side in daily living, here are some suggested times when it would be appropriate to call upon your pastor’s services, friendship, and support:
 
When facing a serious family problem;
When someone you know is interested in the church;
When there is illness or hospitalization;
When there is a death;
When there is an upcoming wedding;
When you must make an important decision;
When you are unhappy with the church;
When you need someone to talk with in confidence;
When you celebrate the birth of a child; or
When you are facing a spiritual struggle.