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Volume 1 October 19, 2011 Issue 1

Fast Friends
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News, Announcements & Updates for Friendship House MSU Students

Greetings! Hi Friends! The purpose of this communication Ȯ called Fast Friends Ȯ is to update
International students, Visiting Scholars and their families about classes, events, announcements and
other news taking place at Friendship House. It will be emailed to you every few weeks. I hope you
find it useful. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome to make this communication more
meaningful to you.

MSU Connection Something I share in common with you is a strong connection to Michigan
State University. Most of you are either MSU doctoral, graduate or undergraduate students, or Visiting
Scholars, or family members of MSU students and staff. MSU runs deep in my family too. Back when
women seldom attended university in the U.S., my Grandmother graduated from MSU with an English
degree in 1910. Her brother, my great-uncle, received his Ph.D from MSU in 1908 and spent the next 35
years as a Professor of Animal Husbandry here. My Father was a junior at MSU when the U.S. entered
World War II in 1941. He left his studies to enlist in the army and, after the war was over, returned to
MSU to finish his degree in Business & English in 1946. I spent a couple of years at MSU doing
gradualeȱvorkȱinȱlheȱIaleȱŗşŞŖȂsȱ(Labor & Industrial Relations) while I was working at the State
Capitol. Finally, my daughter is a now senior at MSU majoring in criminal justice.

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register for classes. So, please: (1) go to our website which is at http://friendshiphousemsu.org/; and;
(2) look at this short screencast showing you how to subscribe: http://screencast.com/t/NABVU1lccf.
Thank you!

Class Registration for 2012 Semester Starts November 21 Registration for our 2012
Winter/Spring semester will start Monday, November 21 and close Friday, December 9. If you have a
suggestion for a new kind of English conversation or Bible class, please let me know.

Upcoming Events Friendship House MSU is pleased to announce many new events directly
connected with our classes or sponsored by our partners. We have sign-up sheets at Friendship House
or you can contact me (see the bottom of the next page):


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Fast Friends: an English conversation expression meaning close or permanent friends.
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Friday, October 21 at 5:30 pm
Martin Luther Chapel is hosting a Homecoming Gathering and MSU Parade this Friday. Enjoy food,
fun and fellowship with other MSU students, grad students, International students, Visiting Scholars and family are welcome!
Hot dogs, chili, snacks, apple cider and coffee are served promptly at 5:30 pm. The MSU parade starts at 6:00 pm and passes
right by the Chapel (444 S. Abbot, East Lansing, MI 48823). Interested in going? Contact Rich at Friendship House.

Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 am
Our Savior Lutheran Church has reserved a theater at Celebration Cinema for a private
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buy tickets at the Celebration Cinema for $5.00 each. Celebration Cinema is located at 200 East Edgewood Boulevard,
Lansing, MI (517) 393-7469. For more information about this wonderful and affordable movie, contact Rich at Friendship
House. Link for movie info: http://www.courageousthemovie.com/themovie

Friday, November 4 at 6:30 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (7000 West Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917) is hosting its annual
Harvest Dinner for the International Students, Visiting Scholars and their families of Friendship House on
Friday, November 4 at 6:30 pm. There is a sign-up sheet at Friendship House for this great event. This terrific dinner is
arranged exclusively for Internationals students, Visiting Scholars and their families from Friendship House. Transportation
leaves from Friendship House at 6:00 pm and returns by 8:15 pm.

Sunday, November 6 at 9:45 am
St. Luke Lutheran Church in Haslett (5589 Van Atta Road Haslett, MI 48840) is holding a ministry fair
on Sunday, November 6 at 9:45 am until 10:45 am. Many Christian ministries, including Friendship House, will be on
hand to inform and enlist members of this large-and-still-growing congregation to consider volunteering their time. Three of
our International students signed up to join Rich in helping tell the Friendship House story to people that morning. If other
Internationals would also like to attend, please contact Rich.

Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 PM
E!aincȱEndah!ȂsȱMusicȱǭȱEng!ishȱCnnversation Class is leading a trip, open to all Friendship House
International students, to the celebrated Boars head Festival Concert at Concordia University/Ann Arbor on
Sunday December 4 at 4:00 pm. This annual event has been running since 1978 and is presented at Concordia University
in Ann Arbor. Students, faculty and staff come together to enact medieval Christmas traditions and the story of Christ's birth
in this moving musical spectacle. Students and their guests will be charged $5 per ticket. Transportation to and from Ann
Arbor from Friendship House will be arranged, leaving East Lansing at 2:00 pm and returning at 8:00 pm. Ticket availability
will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis in order to be fair. Sign-up is at Friendship House.

Sunday, December 4 at 4:15 PM
For students who will remain in East Lansing on December 4, there is an outstanding alternative: the
Christmas Festival Concert at Martin Luther Chapel on Sunday December 4 at 4:15 pm. This event will be a free
festival of music celebrating the upcoming Christmas season. Holiday music selections will be performed by the seasonal
choir accompanied by an orchestra comprised of musicians involved in the ministry at Martin Luther Chapel. Also
performing will be the Wednesday ON FIRE praise band (very talented MSU students). See the sign-up sheet at Friendship
House and transportation will be arranged.

Have a question or concern? I am never too busy to talk with you. I am usually in the office
and my door is always open. You are welcome to contact me using any of the following ways:

Email: friendshiphousemsu@gmail.com
Office phone: (517) 332-8050
Leave a comment on our website http://friendshiphousemsu.org/ or Facebook (Friendship House MSU)

Rich