55 Alive is here to serve and bring together Lutherans of the age of 55 and older. We will have an interesting program each month, February through December. Members of St. Luke, University Lutheran Chapel, Living Waters and other LCMS congregations are invited to join us. Most meetings are at St Luke, in the West Wing and they start at 11:30 and end at 1:30.

Our goal is to gather for fellowship, prayer and good times. We will laugh, learn and support one another. It is a blessing to be able to be together and share in His abundance. Please attend as many events as you can, tell others about 55 Alive and bring a friend.

February 19, The Underground Railroad, John Rinn
A fascinating study of struggle and survival for the people who came through Michigan on the Underground Railroad to reach Canada and escape slavery.

With Pot-luck lunch.
March 19, The Armenian Genocide ~ Elizabeth Aprahamian

Based on the eye witness description of her mother and father, Ms Aprahamain will recount the retreat of Christians out of Armenia during WW 1 and the genocide of 1.5 million people. It is a story of chaos, hunger, thirst, fear, and abandonment of the old and young. The story ends in the settlement of this surviving family in Detroit……with Pot-luck lunch.

April  16, Folk Hymn Sing at University Lutheran Chapel
Come and sing. A group of music students from Concordia will lead us in song. We will have a great pot-luck lunch, sing praises to God, enjoy good fellowship and laugh a bit……….with Pot-luck lunch.

May 21, Trip to Ford Paquette Plant & Lunch at Mexican Town
Walk in Henry Ford’s footsteps and experience where automotive history was made. This is the first factory built by Henry Ford. After the tour we will have some great Mexican food at Mi Pueblo Restaraunt in Mexican Town. Leave St Luke at 9:00. Arrive 10:00 for the tour, admission cost is $8.00 per person.

June 18, Americanism and God; Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wolfram, Chaplain, Capt. US Navy (Retired), Assistant to the President, Michigan District, LCMS.
Rev. Dr. Richard J. Wolfram serves as Assistant to the President for Congregation Ministries North Zone/Stewardship Ministries for the Michigan District, LCMS. Before joining the District staff 18 years ago he served congregations in Michigan, Florida, Washington, and Minnesota. Additionally, Pastor Wolfram has over 30 years of military service retiring in 2007 from the United States Navy Chaplain Corps. ………..with Pot-luck lunch.

July 16, Picnic at Lillie Park North
Again we have our summer picnic at a great location. Bring a dish to pass, bring a friend, and have a great time. The Gazebo is ideal for our gathering.

August 20, Marlena Reigh;  How to Use Your Voice to Create More Happiness and Vitality Now! + Pot-luck lunch
Becoming the “Master of your voice” can help you maintain a positive attitude, connect with others more successfully, improve your overall health, overcome adversity and find joy every day. Marlena Reigh is an internationally recognized voice expert providing innovative and effective methods that greatly impact the image and effectiveness of the leader, employee, entrepreneur, and organization.

September 18, Tuesday Trip to Toledo Museum of Art & Lunch at Spaghetti  Warehouse.
The Toledo Museum of Art is very impressive. Admission is free. A two hour visit will seem too short because of the beautiful and fascinating art. Lunch after at the Spaghetti Warehouse; lots of fun is anticipated.

October 15, Reformation & Pastor Appreciation at ULC
Rev. Dr. David P. E. Maier, Pres, Mich District LCMS
Our tradition of honoring the Reformation and Pastor Appreciation will be enhanced by President Maier’s message. We begin with a German-themed pot-luck lunch at 11:30 and at 12:30 move into the Sanctuary for a special program led by Pastor Gabe Kasper.

November 13, Tuesday Veteran’s Recognition at Aubrey’s Pizza, Whittaker Rd, Ypsi
Submarines In the Arctic; Philip Klintworth, Capt. US Navy (Retired)
This will be another exciting meeting. Our theme is Veteran’s Recognition. Captain Klintworth will speak to us about commanding a Navy submarine under the polar ice cap. We will enjoy a buffet lunch and wonderful fellowship. Note: Day change from Monday to Tuesday because Concordia University is having its Veteran’s Day Celebration on Monday. Also at Concordia will be a Veteran’s Day Concert on Sunday (details TBA)

December 10, Christmas Party
Our 55 Alive year ends with a wonderful Christmas Party. We’ll pray, sing, laugh and eat among good friends.