GIRLS OF GRACE

About Girls of Grace

Who are we?

The Girls of Grace Christian Dance Ministry seeks to, “Offer our bodies as living sacrifices, Holy and pleasing to God! This is our spiritual worship!” ROMANS 12:1


As we dance, we offer our hearts to God in worship, and we humbly pray that we help others around us enter into worship too. We dance, not for ourselves, but only to give God glory, our audience of one!


That is why our hands, our eyes and our movements are lifted up to God! We want to help others experience God’s Presence by drawing their attention up to Him!


And as we dance, the Holy Spirit fills us up, and grows us closer to Jesus!



What do we do?

Worship Services: Girls of Grace participates regularly as part of the St. Lorenz Worship Services as well as Chapel Services at St. Lorenz School. Please view the Calendar for scheduled appearances.


Annual Concert: Girls of Grace conducts an annual concert each spring. 


Beyond our Community: Girls of Grace also performs at a variety of events throughout the State of Michigan.


Rehearsal: The Girls of Grace dancers rehearse regularly and as needed to support special performance and project requirements.


Workshops: Girls of Grace conducts dance workshops as requested and are developing the next generation of Girls of Grace with the “Future Girls of Grace” workshops.


Service Projects: Girls of Grace are involved in a variety of service projects within the community. Including volunteering at the Saginaw Rescue Mission.




Special Event

A SPECIAL TIME WITH KATIE STAM AND THE GIRLS OF GRACE!


WHEN: Sunday, November 8, 2:00-3:15pm


WHERE: St. Lorenz Worship and Event Center


COST:  NONE!  This event is free for our dancers, and 1-3 guests per each dancer! (Due to Covid restrictions on seating)


WHAT: Mrs. Katie Stam Irk, Former Miss America 2009 is coming to Frankenmuth to share a special message with our GOG dancers and families! She will give us highlights of her Miss America Experience, and tell us how she was able to share her faith, and be a godly example in her journey as Miss America, and what it means to be a young woman standing up for God in today's world!


HIGHLIGHTS:  GOG dancers in Grades 5-12 will be sharing 3 dances at this event.  Gr. 11/12 will be dancing WITH Katie, as she sings "Via Dolorosa" live on our stage!  Our brand new 4th grade dancers will be introduced, and be our special guests!


MAKE YOUR RESERVATION TODAY!!!  



Annual Concert

Due to COVID-19: This concert has been canceled and postponed to next year on April 17-18, 2021


FAITHFUL IN ALL SEASONS

Just like the four beautiful seasons of the year, God orchestrates many changes, challenges and blessings in our lives. What season do you find yourself in? These are the thoughts behind the message of our 15th annual Girls of Grace Worship Concert! Through the artistry of interpretive dance, drama, media presentations, vocalists, personal testimony and live art, “FAITHFUL IN ALL SEASONS” will come alive on the stage at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw, Michigan. Close to 3000 attend each year, but in our hearts, we are always dancing for an audience of ONE. Won’t you join us? A beautifully narrated message will weave together these themes: Seasons of Life, Holy Seasons-He is the Reason, and finally, What season do you find yourself in right now? Is God doing something…For You?, In You? or Through You?


Life is always changing, but one thing remains constant: God is FAITHFUL through it all. Come, be inspired by close to 200 participants as we offer “Faithful in All Seasons.” You will walk away renewed, refreshed and filled with the presence of God….no matter what the season!


Tickets are available at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw. ($15 Premiere , $12 Regular Seating). Call 877-754-SHOW or visit the Temple Theatre



Calendar

Over the course of the year, Girls of Grace participates in many worship services. We dance, not for ourselves, but only to give GOD glory!


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DVD Order Form

DVD's: Individual DVDs of the past eleven concerts are available for purchase. Each DVD includes approximately 15 different dances, narration, vocal, and media presentations from each individual performance. Please contact 989-652-6141 to place an order. 

 

All proceeds go directly to Girls of Grace. Girls of Grace thanks you for your support!


Director and Staff

Director: Linda Nuechterlein 

Linda is the originator and Director of GoG.  She is married to Al Nuechterlein and they have three sons and a daughter-in-law.  In the past, she was a teacher at St. Lorenz, a Cheerleading Coach and High School Bible Study Leader. She has a background in dance and drama, and still enjoys leading Women’s and Home Bible Studies. GoG allows Linda to combine her love for kids, dance and teaching others about Jesus into one wonderful opportunity to serve God.

Mindy (Frahm) Bierlein

Mindy is beginning her 15th year as an Instructor with GoG. She has a diverse background in performing arts, including dance and vocal talents.  She sings in the St. Lorenz Praise Ensemble, and has served on various Community Organizations.  Mindy is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Managing Partner at Renue Physical Therapy in Bridgeport.  She is married to Matthew Bierlein, and they are parents to Matthew, Madison and Maddox.

Maria (Krafft) Tambling

Maria is beginning her 14th year as an Instructor with GoG.  Maria also served as an assistant when she was a student at Frankenmuth High School.  Maria has a background in dance, has played Handbells at St. Lorenz, and is a trained facilitator for Christcare Bible Studies. Maria is a Registered Nurse, and is married to Todd Tambling.  They have one son, Lukas.

Emily Kamin

Emily is beginning her 8th year with GoG.  Emily has enjoyed teaching dance and being involved with different dance ministry groups for many years, as well as church puppets, choirs, mime/drama groups and mission trips. Emily is a Dance Teacher at Dance Performance Academy in Frankenmuth.  She is married to Jonathan Kamin, and they have one son, Noah.

Rachel (Gehm) Siemen

Rachel began dancing with GoG as a 4th grader, and is now beginning her 7th year as a GoG Leader.  Rachel is the Director of Operations of Franklin Avenue Mission in Flint.  Rachel has many years of experience in dance, drama, and vocal performances.  She has led Bible Studies, mission trips a dance ministry at Trinity in Utica, and different dance workshops.  Rachel is married to Jared Siemen, and they live in Flint.

Haley Johnston

Haley also began dancing with GoG in Grade 4, and is beginning her 7th year as a GoG Leader. She is currently studying nursing at Baker College, and is employed by Subway here in Frankenmuth.  Each year, Haley takes on more responsibility with organization and behind the scenes details as well as choreography and instruction.  Haley states that GoG has been rewarding in countless ways, and especially the wonderful friendships she has made.  GoG is a true family. 

Jenna Bergman

Jenna has also danced with GoG from grade 4-12, and in the past 2 years, she has re-joined us a a GoG Leader.  Jenna is a RN on the Neuro Progressive Floor at Ascension St. Mary’s.  Jenna studied dance at a studio as well as with GoG, and she loves being back with us working with kids and sharing her love for Jesus and dance.  She loves getting closer to the girls each year.  GoG is a second family to her.

Faith Maurer

Bio to come

Meg (Mose) Gugel

Meg’s expertise is Digital Media Design, and she also danced with us for 8 years and has served as a GoG leader.  Meg is a Publishing Assistant at Cobb Communications in Grand Rapids.  She is still very valuable to us, even at a distance, as she maintains our website, facebook pages, and  produces our promotional concert video.  Meg will run our video and audio at our concerts this year. Meg is married to Gregg Gugel.  They reside in Jenison, Michigan.

Other Leaders and Assistants

Rachel Smith, Emily Evans, Courtney Roeglin, Sammy Hasso and Kensi DeSimpelare

All of these young women have danced at studios or with Girls of Grace for many years, and now serve as Leaders and Assistant Leaders   These ladies bring a vast experience in worship dance.  They are very dedicated and help with planning, choreography, instruction, and many behind the scenes tasks.   All work in the area, or attend college (or both!)  Even though Sammy and Kensi are unable to help teach on Mondays, they continue to provide choreography for us! 


High School Assistants

This year we have several high school dancers who have volunteered to help Grades 4-8.  Isabel Schmitt, Kate Piesko, Ruthie Chinery, Vanessa Hetzner and Amelia Schmitt have committed to coming to Monday practices from 3-5:30, in addition to attending their scheduled practice from 6-8. Myla Soulliere, Isabel and Kate have also helped with choreography this summer.


Worship Wear Coordinators

Ruthann Evans/Leah Knoll/Beth VanWormer (Gr. 9-12) and Heather Robertson/Jennifer Hetzner/Nancy Micinski/Jamie Specht (Gr. 4-8)

We have two teams of moms that  serve as Worshipwear Coordinators.   These ladies make sure that our dancers are prepared for all our different performances.


Gracemakers

We have several ladies who create worship wear, make props or do any mending that might be needed.  These ladies mainly sew at home.


Outreach/Publicity

Amy Paten leads this very important committee, with Jamie Specht as an assistant.   They work to get the message of our concert out and to reach out to those in need to provide free ticket vouchers.


Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee shares in the vision and passion of our Ministry. These ladies meet to make important decisions, carry out leadership positions at the concert, and also have on a primary responsibility in addition to the many ways they serve.