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.


  • 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)



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 (except 10/15, 11/5. 11/26; Last session of 2019 is 12/10)
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church, Cry Room

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

Leader: John Buchtrup (352-5966)
Kind of Group: Men
Curriculum: Gospel of Matthew
When: Bi-monthly Saturdays, 8-10 am
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church



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

Leader: Beccah Kesterton /Andi Lynch (989-891-7638)
Kind of Group: Women
When: 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7-9 pm
Where: Andi’s home

Leader:  Connie Chadderdon (327-7220)
Kind of Group: Women
When: Thursdays, 9:30-11am (off for summer, starting 9/19)
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church, Naumann Room
Curriculum: 1&2 Kings

Leader: Jan Chilcott (324-9539)
Kind of Group: Women
When: Thursdays, 9:30 am
Where: Chilcott home (6909 Crest Point Circle, Portage)



Leader: Angie Heimlich (616-403-7342)
Kind of Group: Parents and anyone caring for youth
(See Mid-Week options below for more information)

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



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 Naumann & Pastor Toman
(327-7832 or 989 891-7638)
When: Wednesdays, 5:45 pm (see church website)
Focus: Learning the catechism and faith basics to prepare for Confirmation
Confirmation Website:

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
Prayer Ministry Website:

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 So the Next Generation Will Know by McDowell/Wallace




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: Virginia Hetrick & Barbara Schubert  (744-0944)
When: Tuesdays, 9:00 AM
Focus: Praying for various needs of the church and others
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church
Prayer Ministry Website:

The Learning Hour
Leaders: Pastors and Various Teachers
When: Sundays, 9:45 am (between services)
Curriculum: See schedule in Communication Center*
Where: St. Michael Lutheran Church
Website for The Learning Hour and other Adult Education opportunities: