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Archive | April, 2012

Man arrested for break-in at auto dealership

A 21-year-old man has been arrested and arraigned in connection with a break in that occurred on November 1, 2011 at Randy Merren Auto Sales, 5535 S. Greenville Rd.

Roger Klock was developed as a suspect, by Montcalm County Sheriff’s Detectives, after an analysis of trace evidence that had been recovered at the scene. Klock had been living in the area at the time of the break in, but had since moved from the area. Detectives were able to learn of his whereabouts, and with the assistance of the Traverse City Police Department, Klock was arrested and returned to Montcalm County.

Randy Merren Auto Sales had sustained damage during the break in and it is believed Klock was intending to steal a vehicle, but was interrupted by employees arriving for the work day and no cars were taken.

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Why? Or why not?

Pastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta


You can be sure that at least once in everyone’s life, something so difficult and painful will happen that we will ask “God … why?” So many things in life seem unexplainable; why does a tornado destroy one house and leave another untouched? Why does one brother prosper while another struggles all of his life? Why did the tumor come back when the doctor said he thought he got it all? We all have these types of questions in this life; the list is endless.

Sometimes we encounter circumstances, events and situations that make it seem like the entire world is collapsing around us. Things make no sense at all. And, if there is a purpose behind it, we can’t see it. So, we will turn to the Bible for comfort and read scripture like “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, New International Version).

Before my wife and I accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, there were some painful and difficult events in our family, and we heard this verse quoted to us more than once from well-meaning friends, and we didn’t find any consolation in it. Now that Jesus is our Lord, we have an understanding that we couldn’t have before.

Do all things work together for good? My answer to this question is now an emphatic YES! But there still remains the inevitable question “are all things good?” that can only be answered emphatically NO! The difference is that we know now that the Lord can turn harrowing circumstances around and literally cause everything to work together for good. It’s tough for many of us to grab hold of the idea that God doesn’t let anything go to waste in our lives. He has a purpose and a reason for everything that happens in the lives of his followers and will even use the bad and difficult things to produce good on our behalf.

I do not have to tell you that Romans 8:28 is one of the most beloved verses in the Bible. But there are times when this verse is misused and is thrown at those suffering, as if it could answer every question in life. That is the opposite of what Paul the apostle intended. Some people think that after a tragedy, God will show up and make everything come out o.k. Then, when life’s wrinkles don’t get ironed out, they wonder “where was God when…?”

That is not the biblical view at all. In reality we know now that God is there at the beginning, and God is there at the end, and he is there at every point in between. Simply put, this scripture lets Christians know that God was there before it all happened and he is still there when it is over, and that his plan is to serve a higher purpose and bring about good results.

The Bible never asks us to pretend that tragedy isn’t tragedy, or to pretend that our pain isn’t real. The point is, we must see the active involvement of God in our circumstances. Paul taught, in Romans 5:3-4, that a believer’s faith and character must be refined, purified and tempered in order to grow and reach greater levels of maturity for God so he can make us into what he wants us to be, to do what he has called us to do.

The Lord allows assorted troubles, trials, and temptations to test our faith and spiritual character so that we can grow closer to our Lord. You will never face any trial that you and Jesus cannot overcome. This does not mean that we will evade such trouble; it means that with him, we will be able to bear them.

Scripture does not say that whatever happens is good, or that suffering and evil and tragedy are good, or that we will be able to understand why God allows what he allows in our lives. Instead, God puts a sign over us that reads: “Patience, God is at work.” As in any construction project, don’t judge the end by the beginning.













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Mildred Robertson

Happy 90th Birthday

Mildred Robertson


The family of Mildred (McIntyre) (Wesche) Robertson invites you to participate in a card shower to celebrate her 90th Birthday on May 8.  Please help us give her a birthday to remember by filling her mailbox with Birthday Wishes!  Send cards to reach her home at 67 S. Lincoln Street, Rockford, MI 49341.

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Chuck and Donna Scheidel

50th Anniversary

Chuck and Donna Scheidel


Chuck and Donna Scheidel of Cedar Springs, Michigan are celebrating their 50th  Wedding Anniversary on April 28, 2012. A weekend outing is planned. Children of Chuck and Donna are Alan and Annette Mongar, Paul and Shelly Bowerman, Mike Scheidel, and Chuck Scheidel. They have seven grandchildren.

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In Loving Memory of Benjamin Wall

Our dear Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Great Grandpa who joined the Lord eleven years ago April 30, 2001. Spring has come and so are all the memories of loving you. Our lives go on without you but nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartache when someone speaks your name. Sad are the hearts that love you, silent the tears that fall. Living our lives without you is the hardest part of all. You did so many things for us, your heart was kind and true, and when we needed someone we could always count on you. The special years will not return when we were all together, but with the love within our hearts a part of us went with you the day God took you home.

Greatly loved and missed by his wife Rosalynn, sons; Dennis (Cindy), Dean (Kristie), grandchildren; Cory (Mandy), Zachary (Angie), Molly (Matt), Emily (Marshall), Nate (Kalli), great grandchildren Megan, Cody, Ally, Abbie, Maddie, Ezzy, Tristin, Ashley, Aubrey, Easton, and Lilly Sue.

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Phyllis Marie Brantner

In Loving Memory of

Phyllis Marie Brantner (Wheeler)

October 1, 1930 – April 29, 2002


When someone you love becomes a memory,

The memory becomes a treasure


Forever missed my her children and family

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Tyler James Helton

Tyler James Helton, age 20, of Sand Lake, passed away very unexpectedly on Sunday, April 22, 2012, from injuries following a car accident. He was a 2010 graduate of Tri-County High School where he played basketball (point guard) and baseball (right field and first base). He really enjoyed his senior year. Tyler accepted Christ as his Savior at church camp at the age of 8. Three months ago he was baptized at Keystone Church in Grand Rapids. He liked dirt bikes and fast cars especially his ’99 Camaro T-top and then his Pontiac Grand Am GT. Tyler spent time with his nieces and nephews and liked to play with them and take them for rides. Tyler enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Just recently he joined the US Marines and was looking forward to reporting to Boot Camp in California. Tyler is survived by his parents, Marty and Marcia (Rosenberger) Helton; brothers and sisters, Stacie and Traviss Tompkins, Matthew Helton and Marcie Thompson, Katie and Jed Gitchel, Heidi Helton; nieces and nephews with one more anticipated; his grandparents, Betty Rosenberger, Marlene and Gene Ledford; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Leighton Rosenberger and Starlin Helton. The service for Tyler will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. at Solon Center Wesleyan Church (19 Mile and Algoma) with Rev. Tom Holloway and Rev. Wayne Cash officiating. Interment in Sand Lake Cemetery. Monetary gifts in honor of Tyler may be given to DeVos Children’s Hospital, 100 Michigan, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. In honor of Tyler’s personality his family encourages you to dress causally while attending visitation and the service. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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Monell F. Dahl

Mrs. Monell F. Dahl, age 86, of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Monell was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Dahl, Sr., her brother, Donald “Glee” Heinbaugh, her sister, Mildred Sorenson, and her son-in-law, Larry Lockard, Sr. She is survived by her children, Sandy Lockard, Laura and Bob Hoffman, Russ and Pam Dahl, Jr., Connie Pierce, and Brian and Vickie Dahl; 9 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The service for Monell will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor  Mary Ivanorv officiating. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Muskegon at 2:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Friends of Michigan Veterans Homes Inc., PO Box 150251, Grand Rapids, MI 49515-0251. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford www.pedersonfuneralhome.com


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Stanley A. Empie

Stanley A. Empie, 82 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at his home. Stanley was born October 21, 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Lloyd and Mary (Streeter) Empie. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He worked at the General Motors 36th Street Plant for 42 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the Newaygo Sportsman’s Club, the Sand Lake VFW and the Cedar Springs American Legion. He loved his family and grandchildren very much. Surviving are his wife, Joyce (Bremmer); daughter, Jomay (Robert) Brand of Sparta; grandchildren, Dana, Katherine (Trent) DePue, Justin and fiancée, Nikki Butler; great grandson, Gavin Valdiviezo; sisters, Vivian Ryan, Betty Bremmer, Bernice (Malcolm) Taylor. The family received friends Tuesday from 2-4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs and concluded with military honors at 4:00 pm by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. There will be no funeral service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation.  Arrangements by Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Sharon E. Thompson

Sharon E. Thompson, 61 of Sparta, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sharon was born May 12, 1950 in Cornwall, NY the daughter of Frances and Dorothy  McCullough. She enjoyed crocheting and was a loving mom and sister. Surviving are three children, Toshani, Leanne, and Steven Thompson; two grandchildren, Liberty and Aaron Thompson; mother, Dorothy Rader; sister, Patricia Frederichs; brother, Ronald McCullough. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. Pastor Mary Ivanov officiating. Memorial contributions would be appreciated to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.


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