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April 2017

Shake-Up: Who We Work With

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Shake-Up Kalamazoo is a youth group service program committed to teaching Jr. High and High School students the value of living a Christ-like life.  Students who attend Shake-Up Kalamazoo will have the opportunity to serve and share their faith in Kalamazoo, MI.  You and your church youth group will spend time during the day serving and volunteering in Kalamazoo. Here is a glimpse of one of the places students will serving at this year.

Kalamazoo Gospel Mission
The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission (KGM) is a site that we have partnered with every year since we started our Shake-Up program 6 years ago.  They have the largest facilities of any organization that we partner with and are most equipped to handle large quantities of volunteers.  You could volunteer all four days here and the kids could potentially do something different each day because of the variety of work options that they have.  They rely upon hundreds of volunteers hours every week in order to run everything that they do.
KGM is a shelter for homeless people.  They have both an overnight program with shelters that house hundreds of people each night and a long-term rehab program in which people stay in more dorm style housing and regularly attend classes.  The classes they use include practical work skills & education, financial awareness & responsibility classes, and Bible classes.  Part of their long-term program also includes them volunteering a certain number of hours per week in the same spaces that our groups volunteer.  In addition to their shelters, they also run a kitchen which serves meals during every meal time, have a store that runs just like a Goodwill, and have an auto repair/sales place in which they receive donated cars to sell for cheap and train some of their long-term members on skills working with car maintenance.
KGM offers several different types of work that can be rotated through each day.  The main areas that people would be divided into are the store, the kitchen, cleaning in the shelters, and maintenance.  The store involves anything from organizing incoming donations in the warehouse, to moving items from the warehouse to the store and setting them up on shelves, to mopping the floors and cleaning the shelves that the items are stored on. The kitchen can include organizing incoming donations (they arrive daily in truckloads because of the amount of food they serve at every meal), sorting through stored food to throw out anything that has expired, helping clean the dining area, and helping serve lunch to people (this depends on how many other volunteers are working in the kitchen area).  

For more information on what Shake-Up is or how you can get involved, head to!



Summer Camp is Almost Here!!!

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Summer Camp will be here in less than 2 months! We are already planning and preparing for this summer and spots are starting to fill up fast! Here are the dates and ages for our Summer Camps for this year!

June 11-17: Middle School 1
June 18-24: Junior High 1
June 25 – July 1: Senior High 1
July 5-8: Grade School 1
July 9-15: Junior High 2
July 16-22: Senior High 2
July 23-29: Northwoods
July 30 – August 5: Grade School 2
July 30 – August 2: Grade School 3
August 6-12: Middle School 2

Grade School // 2nd – 4th Grade
Middle School // 5th – 7th Grade
Junior High // 6th – 8th Grade
Senior High // 9th – 12th Grade

For more information on our Summer Camps, go to!

Update on the Evergreen Project!

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We are getting closer and closer to our $300,000 matching goal! So far, we have raised over $231,000 since early December! We want to thank you all so much for your generosity and support. As you can see, we have already begun dropping trees around the Evergreen building as we prepare for the renovation. We are so excited to see everything coming together! However, we still need your help in raising $69,000 more this year. Any gift, whether big or small, goes a long way in helping us serve others and continue to preach Jesus to thousands every year!

If you would like to give a financial gift, you can visit

We again thank you all so much for your financial and prayerful support!

What We Have Planned for Women’s Retreat Workshops!

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Each year, we have hundreds of women attend Women’s Retreat. We love being able to come together and learn more about how to serve and honor God with each other. Here are some of the leaders and topics for the workshops we have planned for this year!

Women’s Retreat 1
Challis Bower – Peace and Quiet for Our Souls in a Trouble-Filled World
Cathie Quillet – When Life Doesn’t Turn Out Like You Planned
Bonnie Hudspeath – Lord, Whatever it Takes, Make Me More Like You!
Tina Hazelett – Worship Through Dance
Jenn King – How to Be a Proverbs 31 Woman in a World Full of Jezebels
Jill Clay – From Why Me? To Why Not Me? To Wow! What a Mighty God We Serve!

Women’s Retreat 2
Wendy Wildenberg – Being Real
Jana Vastbinder – Strength in Weakness
Jaime Farrell – Title TBD
Jill Clay – From Why Me? To Why Not Me? To Wow! What a Mighty God We Serve!

To check out more about Women’s Retreat, the speakers, prices, and dates, visit!