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Day at the Dome Info is HERE! MICHN Moment-Sept'23
2 Timothy 2.1-4, commands I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.   Day at the Dome is a MiCHN critical event. We must pray for our government leaders in obedience to God's command and demonstrate our commitment to their welfare while entreating them and the Almighty for continual blessing on our freedom to disciple our children at home.   Freedom to disciple our children at home through home education was only codified into our law in December 1995, not even thirty years ago. Hard work, pain, and many prayers led to God's movement of Michigan Supreme Court Justices and State Legislators to open the door for Christian parents to disciple their children at home full-time without government hassle or interference.   We must continue to pray. We must continue to work. Failure means some will suffer again for defying the law of men to obey God's command to train up our children in His way that they should go. I invite you to keep praying, join us for prayer, and show our legislators our commitment to freedom, home discipleship, and their welfare on October 4th.   Mike Winter President, MiCHN     Join Us for a Day of Learning, Faith, Family Fun, and Freedom: Homeschooling 'Day At The Dome' Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable day of learning, faith, family fun, and the celebration of homeschooling in Michigan. Register HERE The Day At The Dome Experience: Let's delve into the exciting lineup of activities that await you and your family: 1. Field Trips Around Lansing: Explore the vibrant city of Lansing as we embark on field trips to fascinating destinations. From historical landmarks to hidden gems, you'll get a taste of the rich tapestry of our state's capital. You can easily download this app from Choose Lansing and get a digital passport to special stops around the capitol of Michigan. Simply click HERE and scroll down to the bottom where you'll find your Greater Lansing Experience Pass. Within the app you'll find discounts and more to some pretty fun places! Please note these field trips will be self-guided and are not pre-planned. Attend as many and as few as you'd like! 2. Guided Capitol Building Tours: Step inside the majestic Capitol building and uncover its secrets. Our guided tours will take you through the halls of democracy, where you'll learn about Michigan's history and the legislative process.  3. Legislative Visits: Engage in meaningful discussions with lawmakers and gain insight into the legislative workings of our state. Your voice matters, and this is your chance to be an active participant in the democratic process. 4. Self -Guided Prayer Walk: Join us in a heartfelt prayer walk around the Capitol grounds. It's a moment of reflection, unity, and gratitude as we seek God for HIS guidance for our homeschooling journey, the future of our children and our state. Find Prayer Walk HERE. 5. Rally at the Steps: We will start our time gathering with fellow homeschooling families on the steps of the Capitol for a Homeschool rally. Feel the energy and camaraderie as we celebrate Homeschooling and the freedoms we hold dear. See full schedule HERE.   A FREE Michigan Unit Study Plan: But the excitement doesn't stop with the event itself. As a special gift to you, we're offering a free 5-day Michigan Unit study plan. This comprehensive plan covers four key areas: History: Delve into the captivating history of Michigan, from Native American cultures to the industrial revolution and beyond. Geography: Explore Michigan's diverse landscapes, from the Great Lakes to rolling hills and bustling cities. Science: Discover the wonders of Michigan's natural world, from its abundant wildlife to geological marvels. Civics: Understand the principles of democracy, citizenship, and civic responsibility that are at the core of our state and nation. By the end of this 5-day journey, not only will your kids have a deeper understanding of Michigan, but they'll also be filled with awe and pride for our state, as well as thankfulness to God for the freedoms we enjoy. Click HERE to get yours:)    See our great lineup of speakers for Day at the Dome (DATD)!  Let's take a moment to reflect on the precious freedom we enjoy as homeschooling families in Michigan. Our right to educate our children at home is a treasure, one that previous generations have fought to secure. As we gather for "Day At The Dome," let's remember that freedom is not free, and it's our responsibility to cherish and protect it for the generations to come. Keynote Speaker: Amy J. Hawkins:  Visit Amy J. Hawkins' Website Amy J. Hawkins is a visionary in her field, and her words have the power to ignite change and innovation. But that's not all! Our event is packed with influential voices that are shaping the future of our nation: Representative Jaime Greene   Explore Representative Jaime Greene's Insights Representative Luke Meerman   Discover More About Representative Luke Meerman Senator Lana Theis   Meet Senator Lana Theis Senator Ruth Johnson   Get to Know Senator Ruth Johnson     These are quite uncertain times. Right now, MICHN would advise you to make sure your account is up to date and accurate with Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Be sure to visit their website, and if you have not done so already, BECOME A MEMBER today. What's happening at MICHN      
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Back to Homeschool MICHN Moment-August 2023
Isaiah 38.19 records, The living person, the living person, he gives you thanks, as I do today. A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness. Why do we homeschool? While a plethora of reasons exists, for my house, it has become to be the primary influencer in our children's lives so that they want to follow Jesus in obedience to all of His commands for all their lives. Influencing our children rather than having them become influenced by a secular world is why many choose to homeschool over public school. Time determines relationship, and relationship determines influence. Whoever has the most time with our children will have the relationship that influences our children the most. In our household, we want the most time with our children to have the greatest relationship, creating the most influence upon our children. Hezekiah came to this same conclusion almost too late. He had received a death sentence, but his brokenhearted plea for mercy to Almighty God resulted in a fifteen-year extension of his life. In our verse today, Hezekiah admits that his most important work is to educate his children about God. Those of us who have chosen to homeschool have already reached Hezekiah's conclusion. Our most important work is to get our children into the kingdom of heaven. Homeschooling provides us with the best vehicle for facilitating that journey. God's blessings on your upcoming homeschool year. Mike Winter MiCHN President     Check out this amazing article about the conversion of a former associate of Richard Dawkins! Homeschooling and a Cowboy Church Lead a Former Associate of Richard Dawkins to Christ!     Back to Homeschool! Are you ready? Let's get your 'back to school' started on the right foot.  Get Connected: Find an experienced homeschooling mom (or dad!) near you. Ask all the questions!  Check out our list of groups in Michigan HERE (You can also add your group to this list.)  Other ways to get connected, 5 Simple Tips for Making Homeschool Friends.  Pray:  Pray and ask the Lord for wisdom. There are SOO many good options out there, but we need the Lord's direction in selecting activities, books, co-ops, sports, and the list goes on. Pray about your "Why". As Mike told us above, know your WHY! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Know the Laws:  Learn HERE the simple requirements in Michigan, so you can homeschool with confidence.  Curriculum:  ***We have a great Homeschooling Planner all set for your 2023-2024 year.*** Check out our HUGE list of all things for your homeschool curriculum. More Tips for a New Homeschool Year.  AND take this wonderful opportunity to read/learn the Bible together and pray together.  Cultivating Critical Thinking for Homeschoolers Using the Bible Scripture Memory Work Get Excited: Celebrate that you get to do this together!  First Day of Homeschool Ideas! 25 Fun & Exciting Ideas for Back To Homeschool Fun ways to Celebrate Back to Homeschool    SEA LIFE MICHIGAN: HOMESCHOOL WEEK September 25-29, 2023 Sea Life Michigan has their Homeschool Week coming up in September! Be sure to mark your calendars and enjoy a day (or two) with your family at a discounted rate!  MICHN exists to continue the fight for homeschool freedom in Michigan. It is our goal to connect homeshool groups across the state with one another, to be the portal where you get the lastest updates, ideas, and attend events. Be sure to visit our website and become a member today. FAITH. FAMILY. FREEDOM.     Michael Farris - We Are Americans     These are quite uncertain times. Right now, MICHN would advise you to make sure your account is up to date and accurate with Homeschool Legal Defense Association. Be sure to visit their website, and if you have not done so already, BECOME A MEMBER today. What's happening at MICHN       Our mailing address is: 4407 W St. Joseph Hwy Lansing, MI 48917  
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INCH 2023 Was a GREAT Success!😁
INCH Conference 2023 is in the books!     What a wonderful and blessed time we all had at the 2023 INCH Conference. This year, we marked 40 years of Michigan homeschoolers coming together and worshiping God. It is our prayer that you left Lansing feeling encouraged, inspired, and remembering why you decided to homeschool. If you were unable to join us, we are sorry you missed such a blessed weekend. Congratulations once again to Vicki Girard, 2023 recipient of the Marcia Holmes Memorial Award. Vicki has overcome many obstacles and challenges, yet has persevered in the face of tragedy and continues to pour into the homeschool community around her. THANK YOU, Vicki. May God continue to give you strength and courage as you walk this path with Him.  Our Young Entrepreneur Fair was a HUGE hit! We had so many amazing items kids made and built so they could sell them. They learned many things through this opportunity. Thank you to all the parents who helped make this possible for our very young business men and women. The College and Career Fair was bustling with activity this year. We had over 30 colleges and career opportunities ready and available for students to talk with. It was a great time of exploring all the options students across the state of Michigan have as they prepare for future endeavors. What a wonderful line up of speakers we had this year! Everyone who attended the conference had some very hard decisions to make as they chose which breakout sessions they'd like to attend. The exhibitor halls were packed with activity and the new setup this year gave many people a chance to peruse on a more consistent basis as they went from one breakout session to the next.  What a joy our Family Night was on Friday as well. We had a great keynote address from Todd Wilson followed up by a fantastic and hilarious performance by Bob Cates from Comedy in Motion. It was such a joy to sit back and laugh with all those who were able to be there. Mark your calendar for the 3rd weekend of May in 2024 and plan to be with us next year!! **For those who attended the INCH Conference this year, be on the lookout for our conference survey. The link for that survey will be sent out in a separate email. We'd love for you to take a few moments and give us your feedback as we begin planning for INCH 2024!**   Conference Recordings Available. If you were unable to join with us in person, you have the opportunity to purchase all the sessions here. MiCHN 2023 COMPLETE Convention Set: $79.00 Individual Sessions: $4.00   A huge THANK YOU to all of this year's conference sponsors! Without you, this annual event would not be possible. Thank you for all your contributions and support. The homeschoolers of Michigan appreciate you!
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Time is Running Out......grab your INCH tickets fast!🕗
WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU AT INCH! WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: It is officially CONFERENCE WEEK! You can click HERE and download this year's program ahead of time! Within those pages and below you are going to find all you need to know to navigate INCH 2023 confidently. Most importantly, if you have not yet purchased your INCH Conference tickets, you want to do so before the prices go up. You have until 11:59 TONIGHT (MONDAY, 5/15) to purchase your conference tickets at reduced prices.  Full 3 Day All-Access Conference Pass- $60.00  Thursday Only Pass- $25.00 TLC Teen Program- $65.00 (LAST CHANCE to sign up your teens!) Children's Non-program Pass- $15.00 Beginning Tuesday morning, the ticket prices will be as follows through the remainder of the conference: Full 3 Day All-Access Conference Pass- $70.00  Thursday Only Pass- $30.00 Friday Only Pass- $45.00 Saturday Only Pass- $25.00 Children's Program (Giant Cow/Giant Calf) tickets are no longer available online but will be sold at the door as long as space allows- Thurs-Sat-$70/Child Fri-Sat-$60/Child Children's Non-program Pass-$15.00 FRIDAY FAMILY FUN NIGHT ONLY PASS-$10/person or $20.00/Family             **Please note: Friday Family Fun Night tickets can be purchased online ahead of time but at the door, cash and/or Venmo payment are preferred.**     Used Curriculum Sale! Thursday, May 18, 2023 2pm - 6pm Mount Hope Church, Creyts Rd, Lansing, MI in the Event Center Sellers!  You still have time to list your used curriculum until 8am Thursday morning, May 18th! All the information and instructions are here: Shoppers:  Please join us on Thursday from 2pm - 6pm to shop the largest used curriculum sale in the state!!  Come find what you need for next year at majorly discounted prices-- everything conveniently sorted by subject matter and grade-level for your ease and shopping pleasure! :)  We'll have over 14,000+ square feet filled with gently used curriculum for you to browse through.      Four ways to enter the sale:     1.  Purchase a conference all-access pass.      2.  Purchase a family pass for Thursday events only.     3.  List curriculum to sell.  All sellers receive 1 free pass to the sale. (Other Thursday events not included with this pass)     4.  Volunteer to help at the sale.  All volunteers enter the sale at 1pm for free (other Thursday events not included with this pass)   We are blessed to have The Growing Roots leading us in praise and worship for the entirety of the INCH Conference.    Thursday 5/18/23 We are kicking things off quickly on Thursday with an extremely full day. We'll have our Leadership Summit for any and all potential, current, or future leaders in the homeschool community-- or anyone interested in hearing an update from MiCHN leadership, elected officials, and INCH speakers on legal and legislative issues at both the state and national levels! Thursday will also feature quite a bit for your children. Be sure to bring your kids to participate in the Hands-on Fair from 9am-12noon, and also take a stroll through our Young Entrepreneur Expo in the afternoon from 2:00-5:00pm. Teens have a lot going on Thursday! We have 35 colleges, ministries, & post-high school opportunities ready to greet your student at the College and Career Fair from 12:00-3:00pm. During the morning, we also have a free opportunity for any student in 10th grade or older to take the ASVAB Career Exploration Assessment! Please be sure to click here and fill out the form to register separately for your student to take the ASVAB. Teens also have the opportunity to participate in our Teen Leadership Corps through Unbound where your teen will learn leadership skills, the joy of serving, and build relationships to last -- BUT MUST BE REGISTERED BY MONDAY, 5/15, AT MIDNIGHT. Thursday afternoon is the big Used Curriculum Sale!! (see details above) We'll be finishing off Thursday evening with a wonderful opening keynote session that will include most of our speakers for the weekend! Come meet them all, hear their hearts, and catch a glimpse of what the rest of the weekend will hold as they each give us a TED-Talk style introduction.    Friday 5/19/23 Friday is definitely going to be a day full of activities. We will begin with worship and devotional time in the sanctuary, led by Israel Wayne from Family Renewal at 8:30 am.  The exhibit hall officially opens up Friday morning at 9:15 am!  We'll have 4 breakout sessions, a keynote session from Wil and Meeke Addison from Airing the Addisons. Plus, there will be even more opportunities for our Teen Leadership Corps.  Friday evening will conclude with our scheduled Family Fun Night which will be featuring Todd Wilson from Familyman Ministries and the award-winning Christian comedian Bob Cates from Comedy in Motion.   Saturday 5/20/23 Saturday will round out the INCH Conference with even more treats! The Exhibit Hall will once again be open for everyone to shop. We'll have two special sessions Saturday morning. One will be for moms with our Moms and Muffins, which will be featuring Phylicia Masonheimer from Every Woman a Theologian. Dads will also have a special session Saturday morning for Dads and Donuts. This session will be featuring MiCHN President Mike Winter, author of "Man Up!"  We'll also be having our final breakout session Saturday morning. Right after the breakout session, we will have our Regional Meet-ups so you can be sure to not leave the conference without having met someone from around your home area. This part of the conference is so important as we need to make sure to kindle the relationships with those immediately around us. So look for the Regional Meetup signs in the sanctuary of the church as we head into our final keynote address with Todd Wilson.  It will also be during this time that we hold our "Buy it Here!" drawing.        Register