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Archive | October, 2009

Middle-schooler gets buck

OUT-Deer-SchendenJarrod Schenden, 12, of Algoma Township, shot a nice 8-point buck earlier this month, in Leroy, Michigan, in Osceola County. Jarrod is a seventh-grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, and the son of Jerry Schenden and Bonnie Trainer. Congratulations, Jarrod!

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From the Pulpit

The “Little-Man” Ministry

Esther 2:5-7 says, “Now there was a Jew, in Susa the capital, whose name was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish, a Benjamite, who had been taken into exile from Jerusalem with the captives who had been exiled with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had exiled. And he was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.”
One of the meanings of Mordecai’s name is “little man.” He was the cousin and adoptive father of queen Esther, and a deliverer under Divine providence of the children of Israel from the destruction plotted by Haman, the chief minister of King Ahasuerus.
Mordecai was a “little-man,” a seemingly insignificant person in the ruling elite’s eyes. He was despised for his lack of fear toward them. Eventually, God raised him, with Queen Esther, into a place of ruling authority. He became second only to King Ahasuerus of Persia and great among his own people, the Jews.
Publicly refusing to bow down to the wicked, arrogant Haman, the King’s right-hand man, would bring about a confrontation that at first looked bad for him as well as the entire Jewish nation. Haman sent out a decree to “destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day.” God would use this situation to deliver His people, revealing to them, as well as us, that their fate was not in the hands of their enemies, but of Almighty God. Mordecai instituted Purim, the celebration by the Jewish nation commemorating this great deliverance by God.
Esther, his cousin, was placed under his care. She listened to him even after she became Queen. He was very instrumental in her maturing process, helping her to prepare for the throne. Mordecai also sustained and protected her through a time of great danger. His life and ministry are a “type” of end-time ministry, describing those who will be used to prepare and protect the Bride of Christ.
Under Divine providence, Mordecai was used to deliver God’s people from destruction that had been plotted against them by their enemies. Esther 9:1 says, “on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary (the opposite occurred) so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.”
“To gain the mastery” means “to dominate, to govern, have dominion or power over.” Through the decree of Queen Esther and Mordecai who had been raised to a place of ruling authority by God for that time in history, the decree of judgment upon God’s people was turned about so that the exact opposite occurred. This is an Old Testament type of what will soon take place. At the end of this age, when it looks like Satan will have total world dominion, God’s government will be established, taking back dominion of this world through the authoritative decree of God’s “Mordecais.” He sought the good of his people and spoke up for the welfare of his whole nation. So will the end-time Mordecais.

Pastor Tim Bauer
Capstone Ministries

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Amelia M. Willette

Amelia Mary Willette, age 88 of Sand Lake, went peacefully to Heaven on Saturday, October 24, 2009, after a brief illness. She went to Jesus with her family and friends at her side, listening to the same hymns that soothed her to sleep every night. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Vernon Francis Willette (1989), her brothers Henry and Elmer Ross, her nephews Gary, Gerald and Mike Klooster, and all of her “fabulous friends.” She is survived by her sister Rosa (Henry) Klooster of Eastport. Also surviving are her daughters, Sandy Mazur (David) of Pagosa Springs, CO, Wanda Greenhoe (Jim Porter) of Sand Lake, grandchildren (Great-grandchildren) Dawn (Garrent and  Alex), Dan (Brandon and Taylor) , Angela (Jack, Adeline and Ella), Steven (Brennan, Brooke and Madison), Kevin (Oliver) and Erin. Others she loved are her nieces, Gayle Sabdo, Shelly Dorland, Linda Ingalls; friends Laureen Gillis, Jackie Many and Crystal Pike. Amelia was a member of the United Methodist Church in Sand Lake for 55 years and taught Sunday School there for 22 years. She was president of the United Methodist Women for 10 years and was honored as the church’s Woman of the Year in 2001. Amelia belonged to the Sand Lake Chapter of TOPS. She was a kind, caring woman who gave unconditional love to all who called her Mom, Grandma, Amelia and Mrs. Willette. She was a devoted fan of the Detroit Tigers (who painfully disappointed her yet again this year). She enjoyed playing cards whether she won or lost, watching the trees display their “new dresses” in the spring, and seeing the lights of Christmas. She taught every child she knew to sing, “Jesus Loves Me”. Her family and friends were absolutely the joys of her life. Memorial services were held Monday, October 26, arranged by Hurst Funeral Home. It was her wish to be remembered by donations to the Sand Lake Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. Messages of condolence may be sent via hurstfuneralhome.com.

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Manuel Valverde

C-Obit-ValverdeManuel Valverde age 97 passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Manuel was born November 15, 1911 in Texas. He was a very hard working person who was very friendly and would do anything for others. He was very healthy for all of his life and as he became older and his choices were limited, he lost the will to live. He had been a Cedar Springs resident for over 30 years. Surviving are his children, Minnie Castillos, Santos Balberde, Manuel Valverde; 13 grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and two sisters. At this time no services will be held.
Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs,  www.blisswitterspike.com

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Clair Middleton

In loving memory of
Clair Middleton
who passed away 10 years ago
October 27, 1999

As time goes by, we miss you more, your smile your laughter and your jokes. We think of you so often and then the tear drops start. But with all the wonderful memories you left behind it helps us make it through the days.

Sadly missed by,
His wife, children and grand children

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Dixie (Zylman) Gudmunson

C-Mem-GudmunsonMay 28, 1939 – October 31, 2004

We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday, and days before that too.
We think of you in silence, we often speak your name.
All we have are memories, and your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake, with which we will never part.
God has you in His keeping, we have you in our hearts.
A million times we`ve wanted you.  A million times we cried.
If love could only have saved you,  you never would have died.
It broke our hearts to lose you. But you didn`t go alone.
For a part of us went with you… the day God called you Home.

Your loving family

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The colors of autumn

By Judy Reed

Cost for traveling Michigan’s back roads? $20 in gas. Seeing nineteen million acres of woods across Michigan awash in color? Priceless.

N-Fall-colors6According to the West Michigan Tourist Association, Kent County is near or at peak, with about 75 percent of the trees showing color. The dominant colors in this area are pale yellows and light greens, with a few smatterings of oranges and reds. There is no better time to see the color. (All photos were taken in Algoma, Nelson, and Sparta Townships.)

N-Fall-colors1You may notice some of the colors this year are not as vibrant as usual. According to WOOD-TV 8’s Chief Meteorologist Bill Steffen, the cool weather has been a factor in how the leaves look. “Good color comes from sunny, mild days and cool nights with average rainfall,” Steffen explained. He said that from September 28 through October 18, every single day was cooler than average (21 days in a row). The first 18 days averaged 6.7 degrees cooler than average. We had measurable rain on 8 of the first 9 days of October, and only 29 percent of possible sunshine for the first 18 days.

N-Fall-colors3“The prime color change early this fall has been to a slightly more muted than average yellow,” noted Steffen. “However, there are certainly some outstanding individual trees and pockets of good color. Remember, Michigan has more different kinds of trees than any other state, so even if the colors are slightly less than spectacular, it’s still a natural show worth enjoying.”

N-Fall-colors5And he’s right. There’s no better way to experience nature’s autumn display than autumn color tours, whether it be driving on a picturesque backroad, walking through a pristine garden or paddling down scenic river. Visit www.wmta.org to find some great scenic tours.

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Lawmakers cut school funding

By Judy Reed

N-Cutting-moneyGovernor Jennifer Granholm signed an education budget bill Tuesday that cut per-pupil funding by $165 a student. And there is the possibility that more cuts may come mid-year.

“As presented, Enrolled House Bill 4447 is fiscally flawed,” said Governor Jennifer Granholm, in her letter to lawmakers about the signing of the bill. “In simple terms, if this School Aid bill were a check written on a bank, it would be returned for insufficient funds.” She said that by some estimates there could be as much as a $264 million gap between the expenditures called for in this bill and the School Aid Fund revenues needed to pay for them. “Failure to address this revenue shortfall quickly will only make future education funding cuts deeper and more destructive to our schools.”

The cuts have school districts across the state scrambling to find ways to make ends meet. Fortunately, Cedar Springs Public Schools was prepared.

“We were expecting something as far as cuts, but not that much,” said Superintendent Ron McDermed. “Fortunately, we had 46 more students this year than we thought we would have, which now helped us to almost exactly break even,” he explained. The cuts leave Cedar Springs $50,000 in the black. But if another $165 cut comes through mid-year, it will set them back over $565,000.

“We’ve cut just about as much as we can,” noted McDermed. “We are already lean in most areas. It would be devastating to get those cuts mid-year.”

He said they are looking at everything they can to possibly prepare, including one-time cuts, and how to do things cheaper.

“Something has to give. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. We’re not like an auto manufacturer where you can shut down a line of cars and be ok. We still have 3,500 kids to teach and serve,” remarked McDermed.

Granholm vetoed several line items in the bill, including Section 20j, a provision that would authorize special supplemental foundation allowance payments totaling $51.5 million for certain districts with the highest foundation allowances. Those 39 districts have received as much as $4,000 more per student each year than the base foundation grant of $7,316 per student. They received the extra funds based on a formula that dates back to 1994, when property taxes funded individual districts. Those 39 districts had the highest property taxes. The issue has been a thorn in the side of many districts, like Cedar Springs, who have fought to equalize funding across the board.
“At least she’s looking at ways to divide the money more equally,” said McDermed.

He also noted that he heard that they might hold back some of the stimulus funding that was to go to the schools. “I hope the state won’t do that to us,” he said.

Right click  and select “save link as” to download the letter from Granholm

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Halloween Spook-tacular!

N-Halloween1The City of Cedar Springs will be hosting their 3rd annual Halloween Spook-tacular, on Saturday, October 31, beginning at 6 p.m. Kids under 18 have the chance to get some tasty treats, as well as some great prizes donated by local businesses. First stop is City Hall to register and get your game board. The Cedar Springs Police, Kent County Traffic Squad, and Cedar Springs Fire Department will be at the Fire Department on Maple Street handing out reflective trick or treat bags, candy, cider and donuts, and many businesses will be handing out candy. Kids who visit every participating business get their names entered into a drawing for some fantastic prizes. Be sure to be at the Kent Theatre at 7:10 p.m. for the drawing. Kids must be present to win

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C-Eng-TeerJaNae Altepeter from Crookston, Minnesota and Kelby Teer from Cedar Springs would like to announce their wedding engagement. Bride attended Crookston High School, History degree from College of St Benedict and a Master from University of Phoenix. Groom attended Cedar Springs HS, teaching degree from Aquinas Collge and finishing his master at Northern Arizona University. Bride’s parents are Cindy and Mark Altepeter of Euclid, MN, and the groom’s parents are Connie and Freeman Teer of Cedar Springs, MI. The wedding ceremony is scheduled for December 5th 2009 at St. Thomas Aquinas in Avondale, Arizona with a reception held at Pebble Creek Golf Course. The couple plans to reside in Avondale, AZ.

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