St. Johns Concert in the Park, 2018 Summer Series

July18: Martha Reeves: A Birthday Bash with the Great One
July 25: Mid-Michigan Festival Orchestra; Pops
August 1: The Flying Latini Brothers; Blues/Soul/R&B
August 8: Capitol City Chordsmen; Barbershop Chorus
August 15: Saline Fiddlers
August 22: Toppermost; Beatles Tribute Band
August 29: Matt King; Award-winning Elvis Tribute

No admission for the Concert in the Park series, presented by the Clinton County Arts Council and City of St. Johns. All concerts begin at 7 p.m., rain or shine at the William E. Tennant Performance Shell, St. Johns City Park. Food booth courtesy of the St. Johns Lions Club.

Most Holy Trinity Parish Festival, Fowler -July 26 – 29 “Board Games”

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Classic Car Show, downtown Fowler

9:30 am – 5:30 pm Fowler Downtown Sidewalk Sales
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Social Tent Happy Hour (1/2 off drinks)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Euchre Tournament (in the Social Tent)
7:00 pm – 11:30 pm Adult Social Tent (drinks, pulled pork, pizza)
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Las Vegas Tent (Blackjack, Let it Ride, Money Wheel)

7:30 am 5k race – sign up at
8:00 am Volleyball Tournament. Register at
4:30 pm Mass
7:00 – 8:30 pm Touch-A-Truck (on Kent St. in front of church), up to 100 free bicycle helmets will be fitted and given away for free – provided by Sparrow Hospital
Dusk Family Movie Night at Fink Field (if rain, movie will be canceled)Sunday:
8:00 am Boys and Girls 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament. Register at
10:00 am Mass
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Purchase home-baked delicacies at the Country Store
11:00 am – 7:00 pm Inflatables
11:00 am Food Court opens (hamburgers, pulled pork, pizza and BBQ chicken)
11:30 am “Board Games” Parade
12:00 pm Children’s Games & Dunk Tank
1:00 pm Bean Bag Toss
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Bingo in Msgr. Koenigsknecht Hall
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church
5:00 pm Mass
6:30 pm Raffle Drawings for cash prizes totaling $6,000 and quilts and afghans.
A complete schedule of events, contact information, and registration for Volleyball and Three-on-Three Basketball can be found at the parish website:

Further questions: please contact the Parish Office at 989-593-2162.

Magin-Kerr engagement announced

Rhiannon K. Magin and Richard C. Kerr III plan to be wed on September 8, 2018 in Leland, MI.

Rhiannon K. Maginis the daughter of Ron and Reggie Magin of Richland, MI and the granddaughter of Darvin V. Beaufore and the late Hila (Doty) Beaufore, both formerly of St. Johns, MI. She is a 2007 Gull Lake High School, 2010 Wayne State University graduate. Bachelor and Master degree in Accounting and she is a C.P.A. Rhiannon is employed as a Financial Analyst with Mid-Mark in Traverse City.

The groom is the son of the late Richard C. Kerr, Jr and Janet Stowe of Suttons Bay, MI. He is a 2003 Suttons Bay Graduate and he is employed as a custom Tile and Floor Contractor for Tile Tech in Traverse City, MI.

Following a delayed trip to the Hawaiian Islands, the couple plans to reside in Cedar, MI.

LAFCU opens applications for $3,000 scholarship essay contest

LAFCU is accepting applications for the 2018 Women Helping Educate Every Lady (W.H.E.E.L.) scholarship essay contest. It is for women who are pursuing education needed to enter or re-enter the workforce or to advance in their careers.

Each of three winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship to attend Lansing Community College (LCC) 2018 fall semester.

The entry deadline is Saturday, July 21. Applications are available online at

“Women often put their education and careers on hold due to family obligations,” said Kelli Ellsworth Etchison, LAFCU chief marketing officer. “Their success in the workplace is important to achieving their personal goals, and vital for a diverse workforce and a healthy economy.”

She says that a W.H.E.E.L. scholarship is ideal for the woman who needs a few classes to complete a degree or to become licensed or certified for a new occupation.

Winners will be determined by their one-page essay about their new career choice or advancement goal, inspiration for pursuing this new goal, and why they want to pursue it now.

Applicants do not need to be LAFCU members, but they must live, work or attend church or school in Michigan, which is LAFCU’s geographical service area.

Entries may be uploaded via or mailed to LAFCU, 106 N. Marketplace Blvd., Lansing 48917, Attn: Marketing. For more information, visit, or call 517.622.6600 or 800.748.0228.

Soup kitchen makes stops in area next week

His Cup Runneth Over, a mobile soup kitchen, will be making a stop at

– First Congregational Church, 100 Maple Ave, St. Johns 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, July 17 and

– First Baptist Church/Beacon of Hope (northwest parking lot), 512 S. US 27, St. Johns from 12-1:30 pm, Thursday, July 19 and at

– The Meadows of St. Johns, 2265 W. Parks Rd., St. Johns, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 19.

Soup, bread, fruit and dessert will be served to all who come free of charge. For more information call 989-533-9535 or 989-544-5764.

Elzinga completes degree at Wichita State University

David C Elzinga of Saint Johns was one of more than 1,900 students who completed degrees at Wichita State University in spring 2018.

Elzinga graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.

Area Students graduate from Grand Valley State University

More than 3,000 Grand Valley State University students participated in commencement ceremonies on April 27 and April 28 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Included were:

Saint Johns: Collin Brocker, BS; Tori Henning, BS; Macey Ladisky, MPH; Nichole Leasher, BS; Rebecca Sabin, BS; Rebecca Spangler, MED; Erin Stehlik, BA; Claire Whitford, BBA

DeWitt: Madison Cook, BS; Spencer Draves, BBA; Joshua Getter, BS; Hailey Grim, BS; Audra Kimble, BS; Brooke Kramer, BS; Madison Schmidtmann, BS; Danielle Szeman, BA; Rachael Zaborowski, MED

Ovid: Becca Stevens, MSW

Pewamo: Evan Fedewa, BS

Westphalia: Hannah Bengel, BS; Chase Platte, BS; Lauren Spitzley, BS; Shelby Thelen, BS.