Finlandia University’s campus pastor, Rev. Sarah Semmler Smith, is the featured writer for the Northern Great Lakes Area Synod “Prayerfully” devotions the week of December 13-19. The entire week of Pastor Sarah’s devotions are available in video format below. They will also be shared on the @FinnU_FaithLife campus ministry Instagram account.Sunday, December 13, 2020 Matthew 1:1-17 “Generations” Monday, December 14, 2020 Luke 1:26-29 “Perplexed” Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Mark 1:2-8 “Bug!” Wednesday, December 16, 2020 Luke 1:35-37 “Blue Christmas” Thursday, December 17, 2020 Luke 1:39-40 “Hearts Leaping” Friday, December 18, 2020 Luke 1:38, [...]
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Each one of us carries things, even during the most ‘normal’ of seasons. Then we add a pandemic, an election, and the end of the semester workload. If you need someone to talk to, process or pray with — Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith is available for drop-in conversation from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on this day. Her office is located in the lower level of the Chapel of Saint Matthew. Or call her at (906) 487 -7239.
As a community we disagree on matters of public interest. Stating our opinions and listening to the opinions of others are essential practices in a healthy community. We all know, right now there unhealthy conflicts in communities across the country. The Copper Country has wonderful examples of our community working together for the benefit of all. In the coming weeks, how will we keep our disagreements civil? Let’s start by talking with one another. Join us in this webinar and [...]
On Thursday, November 5, Finlandia University will be hosting a Mobile Food Pantry in the parking lot between Old Main and the Chapel of St. Mattew. Organized through Feeding American West Michigan, mobile food pantries help fill the gap in hunger needs in a community, by supplementing the ongoing work of local pantries with much needed fresh produce, meat, and dairy. The [...]
Many things have changed since we were last together for an academic semester. The challenges of the pandemic are both personal and political, medical and economic, and are taking their toll on our bodies, minds and spirits alike. In the midst of so much loss and uncertainty: we are grieving.
Specifically, at Finlandia, we grieve the loss of not only resources and plans for development put on hold, but the loss of students who won’t return or show [...]
Finlandia Students in Hancock this summer: Need some help with basics? The Table will be open Mondays from Noon – 7 p.m., beginning June 1st. Here you will find freezer goods and pantry staples, along with personal care items. Stop on by! Please note: following CDC guidelines, masks will be required upon your visit. Donations of the following items are welcome if you are able! Drop off to the chapel during operating hours OR to the Hoover Center Tuesday – [...]
Finlandia Students in Hancock this summer: Need some help with basics? The Table will be open Mondays from Noon – 7 p.m. beginning June 1st. Here you will find freezer goods and pantry staples, along with personal care items. Stop on by! Please note: following CDC guidelines, masks will be required upon your visit. Donations of the following items are welcome if you are able! Drop off to the chapel during operating hours OR to the Hoover Center Tuesday – [...]
On this week’s Finlandia Fridays host Anastazia Hartman speaks with Campus Pastor, Sarah Semmler Smith to discuss this year’s virtual baccalaureate service, student care packages, and words of encouragement during times of social distancing.
The virtual baccalaureate service offers graduates and families the opportunity to gather for a time of worship centered on prayers, blessings, and homily. From the Chapel of St. Matthew, Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith will preside over this special virtual edition.
“Typically baccalaureate would be the [...]
Finlandia University is honoring its graduating class with a religious farewell service. This year’s Baccalaureate will be much different than in previous years. Due to social distancing guidelines, this year’s Baccalaureate will be held virtually from the Chapel of Saint Matthew on Sunday, May 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Finlandia University’s Virtual Graduation Celebration will begin with the Baccalaureate [...]
Finlandia’s Campus Ministry is asking for donations to send current students a Finals Week Care Package during their final exams at the end of the month. Campus Ministry has provided Finals Week Care Packages for students in the past, but, in an email to alumni and friends, Pastor Sarah Semmler-Smith highlights how meaningful they are this year in particular:
On Thursday March 12th, Finlandia University did something unprecedented in its history: we sent all our students home. The [...]