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Archive | July, 2011

Family fun day

Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffery, would like to invite the community to our annual Fun Day on August 6, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Activities for the day include: cake walk, face painting, sand storm, sucker tree, ring toss, bucket bonanza, duck pond, bounce house and an obstacle course.  Entertainment will be the Firestorm Professional Demo Team at noon and the Gitchell’s at 1:00 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold from 11-2. Drawing will begin at 2:15.  There will also be plenty of food for all to enjoy! This is a great opportunity for the family to have fun and also visit with our residents. Hope to see you August 6.

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Give blood, get ice cream at upcoming Kent City blood drive

Where can you save lives and eat ice cream?  Try to donate blood at Mamrelund Lutheran Church, 4085 Lutheran Church Road, on Wednesday, Aug. 3 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and you’ll be treated to an ice cream social.

“The summer months are the most difficult time for us to connect with donors,” said Nick Wasmiller, manager of public relations at Michigan Blood. “Yet, the need for blood is greatest during those times.  We hope that special incentives like the one at Mamrelund Lutheran Church will encourage donors to take a little time out of their day to give blood.”

Donors are encouraged to make an appointment by calling 1-866-MIBLOOD or visiting miblood.org. Walk-ins are welcome.  Any healthy person who is at least 17 years of age and weighs at least 110 pounds may be eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Individuals who are 16 years old can donate with parental permission. Donors should remember to bring photo ID or two pieces of non-photo ID.

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Hometown Happenings

TOPS weight loss support group

Tuesdays: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weight loss goals! Exercise 8-8:30am (optional), weigh-ins from 8:30am – 9am and the meeting starts at 9:15am. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #tfn

Rocket Football sign ups
Now: Rocket Football sign ups being accepted now for ages 8-14 as well as middle school football. $50 registration fee per child includes game pants and jersey. Check out our website cedarspringsyouthfootball.com for registration forms and sign up dates and times. Practices start Aug. 22. #30,31,32b

Seniors – come Beat the Heat at Metron
Now-July 29: Metron of Cedar Springs located at 400 Jeffery would like to invite all Seniors in the community to “Beat the Heat” with us now-July 29 from 2-3pm each day. During this time you will receive ice cream courtesy of Metron. There will also be plenty of air conditioning to go around! #30

The Cedar Springs Museum annual summer car show
July 30: Bring the family and join the fun this Saturday, July 30 at Morley Park in Cedar Springs. The special guest this year is Mike Schragg from Marshall, Michigan with a restored 1931 mail truck from their postal museum. A food wagon will be on site. The show is from 8am to 2pm with trophies awarded around 1pm. #30

VBS at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist
Aug. 1-5: Please join us for Vacation Bible School at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. This year’s theme will be Jesus’ Healing Touch. Program runs from 6:30pm to 8:30pm nightly and is geared toward children 4 years old through 6th grade. Pre-registration is not required. Call for more info at 616-866-4298. #30

Dinners at the Legion
Aug. 1 & 15: The American Legion, 80 Main St., Cedar Springs, is serving Swiss steak dinner on Monday, August 1 from 5-7pm and baked chicken dinner on August 15 from 5-7pm. Swiss steak dinner includes Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, baked beans, veggies, rolls, dessert and drink. Baked chicken dinner includes baked chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing, veggies, rolls, dessert and drink. All dinners are $8.00 adults and $4.00 children. Take out available. #30

Register now for free hunter education
Aug. 2: To register for Hunter Safety Classes (firearm and bow) at the Red Flannel Rod & Gun Club, call Jim Pope at 231-834-5545. Classes at the Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs, will begin Aug. 2 & 4 from 6-9pm, Aug. 6 from 8am-4:30pm, and Aug. 9 from 6-9pm. #29,30p

North Kent Toastmaster Club
Aug. 2 & 16: The North Kent Toastmaster Club will meet at 7pm Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE near 11 Mile Rd., Rockford. For more information please call Ray at 616-901-7719 or on line at our club website www.nkctm.org.#30

Hunter Safety Classes at Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club
Aug. 4: Sign-Up on Aug. 4, 4-6pm, and Aug. 7, 10am-1pm. Classes are Aug. 8, 10, and 12, 7-9:30pm, and Aug. 13, 9am-1pm. Free classes are limited to the first 50 who sign up. Call Morrie at 616-678-4523. #30

Cedar Springs Youth Football Camp
Aug. 6: Cost is $35 per child and includes T-shirt and snack. Camp is from 8am – 12pm and is open to all boys and girls ages 8-14. Camp will be run by Cedar Springs high school players and coaches. You can register at any rocket sign up locations as well as the day of the camp. Check out our website for more information or to contact one of our board members, cedarspringsyouthfootball.com. #30,31,32b

Calling all Vietnam Veterans!
Aug. 6: If you are a Vietnam Vet, we are having a meeting on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1pm at the Cedar Springs American Legion club house to discuss a monument for the Veteran’s Park. For more information call Dan 616-292-8767. #29,30p

VBS at Cedar Springs UMC
Aug. 8-11: Come to Shake It Up Café – Where Kids Carry Out God’s Recipe – at CS United Methodist Church on Aug. 8-11, 2011 from 6p.m.-8p.m.! Learn about the ingredients for being a follower of God. For children 4 years old through 6th grade. Pre-registration is encouraged by calling the church office at 696-1140. We’re located at 140 S. Main in Cedar Springs (corner of Church St. and Main St.). #30,31b

VBS at Pilgrim Bible Church
Aug. 8-12: Howdy, partner! Grab your bandana, dust off your boots, and get ready to mine for true gold as we head to the Old West in Answers in Genesis’ Gold Rush: Discovering the Rock of Ages Vacation Bible School at Pilgrim Bible Church, Monday-Friday, August 8-12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For ages 4 through 12. Pre-registration is encouraged by going to www.pilgrimbiblechurchmi.org and clicking on VBS Registration. Church is located at 361 Pine Street, Cedar Springs, near the water tower. #30

Cedar Springs Class of 1976 Reunion
Aug. 13: The Cedar Springs Class of 1976 Reunion is Saturday, Aug. 13 5-10pm at Long Lake Park. Looking for classmates – check out Facebook CSHS Class of 1976 for a list of names that need addresses. Call Carollee 231-984-6213 or Allyn 616-748-7543. #30

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The High Ground

First Baptist Church

Pastor Jim Howard
First Baptist Church
233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

The high ground has always been an important practical and tactical advantage. During a flood, livestock and people will seek to escape the rising waters by moving to higher ground.  In a tactical sense, many military operations require the taking and holding of the high ground.

During WWII, US Marines stormed ashore on Iwo Jima (February 19, 1945). Holding this particular island was imperative in order to have a forward air base for our B-29’s to reach Japan. It took three bitterly fought days to gain the high ground, and nearly a month to take the whole island. Immortalized in pictures, statues and stamps is the image of the Marines raising the Stars & Stripes on top of Mt. Suribachi on February 22, 1945.

Two thousand years ago, the high ground was again the focus of attention as an assembly gathered to watch the raising of another symbol of freedom. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ brought to a close the condemnation of the Law and the revelation of God’s grace. Among Jesus last words were those which remind us that a conclusion has been reached, “…it is finished.” In a short period of time, we move from a picture of hopelessness to unbounded joy and hope in the resurrected Jesus!

John reminds us, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:14-15). No other words, nor historical events have ever brought so much hope to the hopeless. While I can appreciate all who have given their last full measure to ensure my freedom as an American, only Christ can ensure my eternal freedom (Romans 10:9).

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Lincoln Eugene Trolla

Katie (Wolfe) and Joe Trolla announce the arrival of their son Lincoln Eugene Trolla born on July 2, 2011 at 3:51 pm in Troy, Michigan. He weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 19.5 inches tall. Grandparents are Tim and Sue Wolfe and Butch and Sue Trolla. Great-grandparents are Shirley Hart and Roger Larsen, Ralph and Virginia Wolfe, and the late Glenn Waite.

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Liliana Rae Gunneson

Announcing  the arrival of Liliana Rae. Born July 8, 2011 in Grand Rapids. She weighed 9 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 21 inches long. She is welcomed by her proud mother, Jennifer Gunneson, her big brother Schorian, and a lot of adoring family and friends.

Congratulations, Liliana. We love you already!

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Elsie Terranova

Mrs. Elsie Charlene Terranova, age 75, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The daughter of Mike and Doris Rayce, she grew up in Cedar Springs, Michigan and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School Class of 1954 where she served on the Yearbook Committee, participated in Drama Club productions, and was in the Red Flannel Day Court. Charlene attended Grand Rapids Community College and earned her Associates Degree in 1956. She married Alexander Terranova, Jr. on August 22, 1958 and moved to Big Rapids, Michigan where their first child, Douglas, was born. In 1962 they moved to Spring Lake, Michigan where Denise and Steven were born, and she became a full time mother. Moving to Muscatine, Iowa in 1971, Charlene went back to college. After mastering Spanish, she taught English to migrant workers’ children during the summer. In 1977 they moved to Grafton, Wisconsin where she adopted both the Brewers and Packers. She worked for the State Dept. of Social Services, and in the late 70’s, wrote a paper on Child Care licensing that was eventually adopted by the State. After moving to Rockford in 1987, she became a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church where, along with Eileen Torrey, she started the Appalachian Service Project trips. She also served as counselor at Pentwater Methodist Church Camp. Charlene considered her greatest accomplishment being a Godly wife and mother, crediting her parents for setting a fine example. She was an avid sports fan who enjoyed attending Detroit Tigers and Grand Rapids Whitecaps baseball games, Detroit Lions football games, and all Rockford Rams sporting events. Summers found her on Bois Blanc Island, Michigan at the family cottage. Charlene is survived by her loving husband Alex; children, Doug and Will Ann Terranova of Kaufman, Texas, Denise and Lewis Siegel of Otsego, Michigan., and Steve and Laurie Terranova of Belmont, Michigan; 11 grandchildren; sister and brothers, Susan and Roger Miller of Cheboygan, Michigan, Bruce and Carey Rayce of Midland, Michigan, and Bob and Kirsten Rayce of Denmark. The Service for Mrs. Terranova was on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 11 am at the Rockford United Methodist Church with Pastor Dick Riley, Pastor Jan Rogacki, and Pastor Laurel TenHaven-Chapman officiating. Relatives and friends met the family at the Rockford United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 26, 2011. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Bernard Flachs

Bernard Edward Flachs, 81 of Sand Lake, died Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at home surrounded by his family. Bernie was born September 29, 1929 in Remus, MI the son of the late William and Rosa (Snider) Flachs. He grew up in Remus and attended St. Michael’s Catholic School during his elementary years and graduated from Remus Public High School in 1947. On January 15, 1949 he married Leatrice Joy Hoover from Blanchard, MI at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He worked for McInerny Spring and Wire in Grand Rapids for 40 years where he carried a dual license for millwright and boiler operator. Bernie enjoyed farming, was a trustee for Pierson Township for several years, and held a private pilot’s license and enjoyed entertaining family and friends with plane rides off the farm air strip. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing bass and hunting small and big game. He most enjoyed sharing this time with family. Surviving are his wife, Leatrice; children, Sandra Patin, Daniel (Kathleen) Flachs, Kristi (Carl) Haywood, Steven (Mary) Flachs, Gary (Debra) Flachs, Jane (Paul) Ringler, Kelly Slagel; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Foster. He was preceded in death by sons-in-law, Robert Patin and David Slagel; brothers, Maurice, Michael, Francis, and Jack Flachs; sisters, Rita Crowley and Anna Dean; several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 2:00 pm at Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Joseph W. Kenshol, celebrant. Private family interment at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Remus. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Jacob John Grover

In Memory of
Jacob John Grover

July 30, 2004 – seven years

Deeply missed by wife, family and friends.

Thanks for everything you’ve done.

Love Riley & Friends.

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Herold M. Stark

April 10, 1920 – July 28, 2010

Always Loved, Forever Remembered.

By his wife, children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

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