LCS ALUMNI – What’s new?
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LCS ALUMNI NEWS
Distinguished Alumni Award – 2018
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given each year to an alumnus who exemplifies integrity and Christian character whether on the job, at home, or in the community. They have also remained loyal to LCS through their partnership with the school in a variety of ways.
This year’s recipients of the Tenth Annual Distinguished Alumni Award are Lars and Amy Kirkland Carlson.
Lars started at Lansing Christian in the 4th grade and Amy in the 9th. Both were involved in chorale, musicals and plays as well as athletics. If you haven’t guessed, they were also High School Sweethearts.
Their college years were spent at LCC, Western Michigan, Liberty University, and MSU where Lars earned his Master’s in Business Administration. Lars had high hopes of being an airline pilot but God had something different in mind. After being here and there, they made their home at Youth Haven Ranch in Rives Junction where Lars grew up. His parents and grandparents founded this ministry and Lars and Amy joined it more than 21 years ago. Lars now serves as President and CEO while Amy serves as Director of Marketing & Communication. This ministry provides year round Christ-centered experiences for disadvantaged children in the Lansing area. Having a place where kids can get away from their struggles and know what it is to be loved and accepted is in the heart of Lars and Amy. Lansing Christian has partnered with Youth Haven for the past few years as we send students to help prepare the grounds in the spring during our Service Week.
When time is free for them Lars enjoys playing the drums, flying an airplane, and a few techy things. Amy works on her writing, digital scrapbooking, baking, and singing. And they have been raising 2 boys age 16 and 18.
The 2018 recipient was Melanie Jabara Seal (class of ’88). The 2017 recipients were Jason and Kristin (Clark) Peters (class of ’82), 2016 recipient was Randy Hebden, the 2015 recipients were Jeremy Van Antwerp (Class of ’90) and Bob Isenga (Class of ’63), the 2014 recipient was Rock Campbell (Class of ’69), the 2013 recipients were Heidi DeVries and Buck Hagy (Class of ’84), the 2012 recipient was Chad Mcree (Class of ’80) and the 2011 recipient was Cathy (Bowden) Bytwerk (Class of ’69). Contact Cathy (Bowden) Bytwerk email@example.com with any questions.
The Classes of 1976-1980 Reunion
The class of 1978 gathered together to celebrate their 40th reunion! Joining them were the classes of 1979-1980. Among those who came are a group of “Lifers” who attended LCS since Kindergarten. Thanks to Penny Bellon Imeson for orchestrating this group of Pilgrims and sending in the pictures.
Check out the Alumni group on Facebook to see more.
Alumni Sports Success
Adair Cutler, class of 2017, is shining bright on the Volleyball team at Hope College! Click this to read about her sports success.
Class of ’15
Recently Tanaya Graziano, class of 2015, spent 6 months with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) travelling in Europe sharing Jesus Christ. After attending Discipleship Training School in Perth, Australia, she was placed in a group of 8 girls that went to Slovakia, Germany, Romania, and Bulgaria.
Everywhere they went they had the opportunity to bring light to the lives of the elderly, children living on the street, girls caught up in trafficking, and much, much more. As she has reflected about her time of ministry she has learned that truly following Jesus is an adventure and His timing supersedes hers by a longshot!
Her hope for the future is to become involved in social work whether in the states or abroad. Counseling to women who have come out of prostitution and trafficking is something that is tugging at her heart as well as helping to raise the awareness of this injustice in our world. She has set her hope in God and with His guidance she is helping to transform the world for Jesus Christ.
I’m looking forward to serving you so be sure to email or call with any updates or stories of your life. You can connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-882-5779 x302
Cathy Bowden Bytwerk ’69
Memoriam of LCS family that have recently passed away:
The LCS alumni family extends its sympathy to the Parmer family whose son, Blake (class of ’14), passed away suddenly December 29,2019. His mom, Vickie, has given the following message to those who knew Blake:
As some of you may know, Blake went home to meet his Heavenly Father yesterday unexpectedly in his sleep. Our hearts are deeply broken with the loss of a dear brother, son, and friend. Words can not describe what we feel, but we know that God has a plan for everything. We are celebrating his life on Saturday, January 4th at New Hope Church in East Lansing (2170 E. Saginaw Highway, East Lansing, MI 48823). Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and be followed by a service at 2:00 pm. All are welcome to come and celebrate the wonderful impact Blake had on those around him.
Diane went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2019
Diane was a wonderful supporter of LCS as a parent, employee, and volunteer. She was very much involved in the lives of her children and their sports activities of basketball and soccer: twins Courtney and Kimberly, son Ryan, and daughter Kayleigh. Diane was blessed to have had a supportive daughter in-law, Kayla Bytwerk married to Ryan, a loving son in-law, Tyler Baker married to Kayleigh, and 3 VERY active grandsons. Her extended family of many sisters, brothers, in-laws, and cousins on both the Mouw and Bytwerk side were also involved in caring and praying for her. We will miss her very much.
Click here to see her obituary.
On June 16 the LCS family said farewell to an alumni parent, Marjorie Potter. She was a supportive mom to the school with her involvement in Mothers Club as well as her encouraging words to many students. Her sons George (’69) and Tom (’72) graduated from LCS. Her oldest son Russ was also part of the teaching staff from 1970-1988. Our prayers of comfort are with the Potter family.
Click here to see her obituary.
On May 25, 2019 Diana Kay Terry passed away after battling breast cancer for several years. Diana was a mom to graduates Chandler (class of ’07), Mikayla (class of ’14) and Jordan (class of ’14). She was also the wife of former Athletic Director Justin Terry.
Click here to see her obituary.
Marker Years of Graduation
- 1969 = 50 years
- 1979 = 40 years
- 1989 = 30 years
- 1999 = 20 years
- 2009 = 10 years.
If any of you are celebrating before the year ends be sure to send pictures and updated contact information. Contact Cathy Bytwerk email@example.com, Alumni Coordinator.
Click here for Christmas Concert or All-Alumni Reunion photos.
Click here to see photos and descriptions of past reunions.
Click here to view a copy of the Pilgrim Journey.