Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Cantata

Hi all,

Just wanted to let you know about our Easter Cantata, "The Power of the Cross" coming up this weekend at our church

It will be held Good Friday at 7:30 PM, and Easter Sunday at 10:15 AM.
The oldest 7 children will be participating in the orchestra,
and Anna will be playing a harp solo as well!
There will also be a special Easter dinner before the Friday performance starting at 6:00 - call 248.689.4555 for more information.

Hope to see you there!

The Mieczkowski Family

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Petition to grant asylum to homeschool family

Hello everyone, 

You may already be aware of this family's situation, but I thought you might be interested in the petition effort through Home School Legal Defense Association. 

"Since 2008, HSLDA has been representing Uwe and Hannelore Romeike, who were persecuted for homeschooling in Germany. They fled to the United States after facing exorbitant fines, forcible removal of their children, and possible imprisonment. Our legal team won political asylum for the Romeikes in 2010 but the U.S. government overturned that decision in 2012. We are now appealing their case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Oral arguments are scheduled for April 23, 2013. HSLDA has also initiated a petition asking the Obama Administration to grant the Romeikes permanent legal status."

Please sign the White House petition at 

Please uphold this family in prayer during this time of difficulty. 

God bless, 

Thursday, March 14, 2013

The six teenagers, second installment!

You may have been around long enough to remember this post.....

"Mom wanted to take this picture of her 6 teenagers.
This will only happen one other time in our family's existence!"

Well, that "one other time" has arrived! Behold the 
second installment of six Mieczkowski teenagers!

We welcome Lydia to the ranks of teenagers just as I get ready to 
depart those ranks tomorrow!

(from L to R)

Lydia - 13
Caleb - 14
Anna - 15
Joseph - 17
Melody - 18
Grace - 19

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lansing Musings...

About a week ago, Joseph and Anna were able to join me (Jon) in Lansing for a day -
they came to work on some Ambassador League assignments.

Here we are in Lansing with Josh Nunez, the very first SSI member to
receive the John Quincy Adams Award.  Josh went on to work in the
Michigan Legislature and served as a staffer in the administration of
former Gov. John Engler.

Another great lunch put on by our good friend, Kendall Wingrove

An article ran recently in the Flint Journal about my winning the 
2012 Fitzgerald Public Service Award! You can read the article here

Here I am with Nate Knapper, another CBC member who won 
the Fitzgerald Award back in 2007.  
Nate now works in the Consumer Protection Division 
at the Michigan Attorney General's office.

Kendall took a few of us guys over to Grand Rapids to volunteer at the 
which featured guest speakers Robert Gibbs, and Karen Hughes.

While we were there, Kendall came up with the below picture and description:

"Someone made an 'off the cuff' remark about taking a photo like this... we did! I've got to 'hand it' to Matt & Jon & Frankie & Chris
for all agreeing to my 'initial' idea of bringing monogrammed shirts
to the breakfast event."

Work is going well, and I am enjoying it very much!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Joe's Letter to the Editor

As one of his Ambassador League assignments, Joseph wrote 
a letter to the editor which ended up getting published in our local paper!

You can check it out below: 

Mental illness is not the cause of crimes

I would like to discuss the so-called mental illnesses that the people who commit major crimes supposedly have. I do not believe that it is mental illness that causes these crimes. I believe that they have sinful hearts and sinful minds. That is what the problem is. However, studies show that people who are violent usually are not mentally ill.

In 1994, The American Psychiatric Association stated that “the vast majority of people who are violent do not suffer from mental illness.” Thanks to the news media today, the public is often misinformed about violence and mental illness.

In 2000, research at the University of Indiana showed that “the vast majority of Americans believe that persons with mental illnesses pose a threat for violence towards others and themselves.”

But as I mentioned earlier, there is a bigger side to this problem. The Bible says in Jeremiah 17:9 — “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.”

That is the problem with these individuals who commit violent crimes. Their hearts are not right with God. That causes them to act on their feelings of anger, rage and violence. If these people, as sinners, would turn and repent of their sins, God would forgive them and they would have true joy. This would help us greatly in this country. I believe that mental illness does not cause these tragedies. I do believe that there are mental illnesses out there but mental illness does not necessarily make people violent. It is their sinful hearts. — Joseph Mieczkowski, Atlas Township

Friday, March 1, 2013

CollegePlus! Scholorship Contest 2013 UPDATE

UPDATE: March 1st:

Thanks to everyone for watching and voting for Carrie's video!
We are very excited to let you know that she won two awards
in the CollegePlus! essay contest!

Thanks to you, the voters, her video had the most votes with 1,174
She also received a runners-up to the grand prize, which is one free year of CollegePlus! tuition!

Congratulations Carrie!
And thanks to all you Musings readers who watched and voted for her video!

Sincerely, the Musings Management team (a.k.a. JON ;-)


Hi everyone-

You may remember a while back, I made a video for
the 2011 CollegePlus! Scholorship Contest (click here to watch.) 

Well, a friend of ours made a video for this year's contest, 
and we are helping promote her video!

If you could, please help her out by watching and voting for her entry at this link
before Friday, February 15th. Thanks!