St. Michael Small Groups are caring communities in which God forms us through His Word. As we explore the Bible together, the Spirit deepens our faith and our bonds of Christian love. Small Groups are places of study, prayer, service, and care.

Small Groups meet on a variety of days and times. Some groups are focused on specific demographics or issues, while others are open to all. Groups are listed below according to category. For more information or to see about starting your own group, contact the church office at 269-327-7832.

Why We Like Small Groups

  • The Word of God is a Christian’s source of spiritual nourishment. As Small Groups meet and encounter the grace and truth of God in the Bible, God develops their grasp of the Gospel and ability to apply it. (John 6:68)
  • The experience of community in these groups reminds us and others that Christians are fellow members of the Body of Christ, connected through Him (1 Corinthians 12:27)
  • Learning how to apply God’s commands and His promises (Law & Gospel) helps us to bring appropriate words of comfort and correction to our friends and family in daily life. (Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 4:12)
  • Because of God’s love for us, we are also encouraged to be a blessing to others. We are motivated to share His love for the lost in various ways. (Hebrews 10:23-25, Acts 2:46-47)

Men's Small Groups

Leader: Jesse Hogue (, 744-1187)
Kind of Group: Men (Breakfast)
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 am
Where: Michelle’s Restaurant on Sprinkle Road


Leader: Lowell Loomans (327-9436)
Kind of Group: Mature Men
When: Tuesdays, 1:15 pm 
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church, Naumann Room #230


Leader: Ernie Van Orman (382-0345)
Kind of Group:  Men (Breakfast)
Curriculum: Bible Study
When: Thursdays, 7 am
Where: Bob Evans, Portage


Leader: Jerry Lentz (329-3299) / Dave Johnson (599-2195)
Kind of Group: Men
Curriculum: Gospel of Matthew
When: Bi-monthly Saturdays, 8-10 am
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church

Women's Small Groups

Leader: Barbara Schubert /Janet Puvogel (679-4493)
Kind of Group: Women
When: Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church


Leader: Jan Chilcott (324-9539)
Kind of Group: Women
When: Thursdays, 9:30 am
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church, Naumann Room #230

Mixed Small Groups

Leader: Angie Heimlich (616-403-7342)
Kind of Group: Parents and anyone caring for youth
When: Wednesday evenings 6-7:00 pm


Leader: Pastor Paul & Dana Naumann (491-7832)
Kind of Group: Couples
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 7:00 pm
Where:  Rotate between homes


Leader: Mel Schroeder (734-646-9652)
Kind of Group: Couples and Singles
When: Thursdays, 6:30 pm
Where:  Rotate between homes


Leader: Todd & Alice Foster (353-8955)
Kind of Group: Mixed (including children)
When: Saturdays, 7 pm, following Lamplight at 5pm and fellowship at 6:15 (babysitting available)
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church



Note: The following groups are not included above because they do not currently have room for new members:

  • David and Arlene Groll – Mixed
  • Carolyn Hornev and Diane Oppenhuisen – Women Alone (Widowed, Divorced, etc.)
  • Tom and Janet Puvogel – Mixed
  • Arlan and Lynne Wendzel – Mixed

Mid-Week Fellowship and Learning Time

St. Michael is busy on Wednesday evenings during the traditional school year, with our Confirmation and other groups giving you a place for fellowship and development. All events listed below are in the church building.


Confirmation Prep (6th, 7th & 8th Grade)
Leader: Pastor Maske, Pastor Toman & Pastor Naumann
(327-7832 or 989 891-7638)
When: Wednesdays, 5:45 pm
Focus: Learning the catechism and faith basics to prepare for Confirmation
Visit the Confirmation Page


Wednesday Prayer Meeting
Leader: Virginia Hetrick & Barbara Schubert (744-0944)
When: Wednesdays, during confirmation at 5:45 PM
Focus: Praying for the Confirmation ministry and other needs
Visit the Prayer Ministry Page


Small Group: Helping our Kids Know & Defend the Faith
Leader: Angie Heimlich (616-403-7342)
When: Wednesdays, during confirmation at 5:45 PM
Focus: Learning and discussion based on recent study resources.

Other Groups for Learning, Support & Prayer

While the groups listed below don’t perfectly fit the Small Group Bible Study mold, they are wonderful places to learn, grow, and enjoy Christian fellowship. Drop-in on one, or contact the Leader for more information.


Tuesday Prayer Meeting
Leader: Jerry & Sandy Lentz  (269-329-3299)
When: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM
Focus: Praying for various needs of the church and others
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church
Visit the Prayer Ministry Page


The Learning Hour
Leaders: Pastors and Various Teachers
When: Sundays, 9:45 am (between services)
Curriculum: Rotating topics
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church
Visit the Bible Study & Discipleship Page