This piece of land off of Airport Road will soon be home to a new, licensed day care facility.

By Kurt J. Kolka

GRAYLING — Mount Hope Lutheran Church is entering into a partnership with Crawford-AuSable Day Care (CADC) to provide greater day care services to people in the area.

Mount Hope will be building a second structure on their property on Old 27 North, near Grayling High School. The new structure will be about 60 feet wide by 100 feet long. There would be an entrance to the day care center from Airport Road.

CADC will lease the new structure from the local church. The new building is expected to be double the size of their current facility on Old Lake Road.

“We want people to understand,” says the Rev. Joe Polzin, pastor of Mount Hope, “CADC will remain their own entity. They are not becoming a religious organization. They are simply leasing this building from us.”

The partnership came about as the result of discussions at Mount Hope back in 2016. The congregation wanted to find ways to better serve the Grayling community. One of the areas lacking was in day care services for the area. 

At first, the congregants considered creating their own day care center. However, they soon discovered this required more than the church had to offer. So, instead, they considered the option of partnering with an established, licensed day care.

So, the church contacted the only licensed day care facility in Grayling. They asked how their church might be able to help the CADC with needs they might have. From that came the idea of a larger structure for the day care to use.

Groundbreaking is expected to held in August, with the project finishing up in late 2019 or early 2020.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at


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