Who Are We?
Begun in 2009, Holiday Breads is the primary event to raise money for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies-Muskegon (CHGS). Muskegon County Cooperating Churches is the fiduciary for CHGS. The primary bakers are Chris Anderson, a retired Lutheran pastor; Matthew Scott, a baker for an area company; De Scott, Matt’s spouse and office worker at First Baptist Church.
Our breads are made and baked in the certified and licensed kitchen at First Baptist Church in Muskegon Michigan. Our breads are sold and orders picked up at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church on the three Saturdays before Christmas (usually the first three Saturdays of December).
All funds raised go to the CHGS-Muskegon to cover the costs of three annual programs.
What We Offer
Our breads come from European and Jewish cultural and ethnic traditions. They include breads from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Republic of Slovakia, Eastern Europe. They are breads made around festivals and holidays.
There are four ways you can order bread:
- Print a copy of the order form which you can download on from our site and send it to:CHGS-Holiday Breads
PO Box 452
Muskegon Michigan 49440
- Enclose a check made payable to: CHGS-MCCC
- Down load a copy of the form to your computer, fill it out and send it as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org and pay when you pick up your bread.
Have a copy of the order available and call your order into Holiday Breads to 231-722-2702. Leave your name and phone number and your order. You will receive a return call to verify your order.
- You may also come to Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church (located at the corner of Norton Avenue and Roosevelt Roads between 9:30 and Noon) on the pick up Saturdays and purchase bread. We will have a selection of the most popular breads and some specials for the week.
Order and pick up dates
Order by Wednesday November 30 for pick up on Saturday December 3
Order by Wednesday December 7 for pick up on Saturday December 10
Order by Wednesday December 14 for pick up on Saturday December 17
Last Chance Holiday Bread Day
We all forget. And Holiday Breads understands. We will have one last day on which you can come in and buy bread at Saint Luke’s. No pre-orders for the day. Just come on in. There may be some new breads.
December 21st from 3:00 pm – 6:00pm
Center for Holocaust and Gender Studies – Muskegon
PO Box 452
Muskegon MI 49440
Pastor Christopher Anderson
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Mr. David Klemm
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Ms. Sarah Woycehoski
Rabbi Alan Alpert
Congregation B’nai Israel
Ms. Trynette Lottie-Harps
Muskegon Community College
Ms. Anna Alpert
Congregation B’nai Israel
In 1995 a Service of Commemoration was held at Samuel Lutheran Church in the city of Muskegon. Pastor Chris Anderson and Rabbi Alan Alpert gathered in the small Worship Center with 12 people in attendance. The service commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the liberation of the only remaining death camp, Auschwitz, and the many concentration camps spread throughout northern Europe and the murder of six million Jews and five million others because they were Slavs, Roma and Sinti, or their religious or political beliefs or their sexual orientation. The service also commemorated Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was murdered by the Nazis at Flossenburg prison on April 9, 1945 for his participation the attempt to assassinate Hitler.
It has been a remarkable 20 years bringing primary witnesses to the Holocaust, individuals who lived in Europe and were part of the Hitler Youth, scholars in Holocaust studies. Various organizations have shared their gifts of music: the Cammerata Singers under the direction of Floyd Farmer; the Muskegon Chamber Choir under the direction of David Wikman; area high school and middle school choirs and instrumental groups from Reeths-Puffer, North Muskegon, Mona Shores, Muskegon High School and a diverse group of individuals.
In an effort to provide for this organization’s work into the future, a partnership was forged with Muskegon Community College and the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District. We moved from being the Shoah Remembrance Committee of Muskegon to the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies–Muskegon, whose mission is: cultivating values to diffuse hate and encourage diversity.
The Center will provide opportunities to the Muskegon Community which result in:
- Education: The Muskegon Community learns, thinks critically and applies lessons learned from the Holocaust and genocide
- Commemoration: The Muskegon Community remembers and reflects upon the victims of the Holocaust and genocide
- Perpetuation: The Muskegon Community recognizes the ongoing importance of educating and commemorating beyond the immediacy of the victims of the Holocaust and genocide.
On June 11, 2015 the committee finalized the By-Laws and established its first board.