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Archive | October, 2012

Brody Ray Fisher

Zach and Jenny Fisher welcomed their “little pumpkin” Brody Ray on September 25th. He weighed in at 9 pounds 10 ounces and was 23 inches long! The proud grandparents are Mike and Karen and Ed and Angie.

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Celebrating 5 Generations

Maurice Murray of Cedar Springs, Hope (Murray) Austin of Cedar Springs, Mindy (Austin) Abbott of Cedar Springs, Chelsea (Grice) Kulak of Rockford, and our newest member, Amelia Lee Kulak, was born Sept. 10, 2012

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William “Bill” Smith


SMITH (Cedar Springs) Mr. William “Bill” Smith, age 85, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012. He served his country in the US Navy during WWII on the USS Stembel. Bill was a gentleman who enjoyed fishing, especially for Walleye. He also enjoyed making custom cabinets. For 42 years he was employed with McInerney Spring & Wire. Bill was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris. Bill is survived by his children, Gregory Smith, Shawn and Margret Smith; grandchildren, Christie Jo and Rachel; great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Brooklyn, and Austin; brothers and sisters, Margaret (Robert) Jenkins, Alice (Howard) Perrins, Robert and Joyce Smith, Carl and Marty Smith; nieces and nephews. The service for Mr. Smith was held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Jim Howard officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs, 233 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


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Cedric (Ced) K. Weaver


Dec. 8, 1935 – Sept. 27, 2012


Cedric (Ced) K. Weaver, age 76, of Vestaburg, Michigan, passed away Sept. 27, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife Linda and a son, Carl. He is survived by his grandchildren, Leigh, Naomi, Brandi, Steven and Marshall; his sisters; Lily Fisher and Audrey Earhart, both of Cedar Springs; and a sister-in-law, Kristine Marsh of Rockford; also, many nieces and nephews. As per his wishes, no service will be held.


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Follower or fair-weather fan?

Pastor Mary Ivanov

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St. • Cedar Springs, MI  49319


I’m excited that the Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series this year. I have wonderful memories of watching Tigers games with my grandma. She was a huge fan! She kept score of each game and talked back to the players on the TV. I remember watching the 1984 World Series with her. Back then, I could’ve told you every player’s name and their position. Now I only know a few; I’m more of a fair-weather fan. But I’ll be watching as the Tigers play this year!

The anticipation of the Tigers playing in the World Series prompted me to think about our faith life. Maybe you’ve heard of the book by Kyle Idleman that challenges us to be “not a fan” of Jesus Christ. Instead, the challenge is to be fully devoted and committed followers of Jesus.

So we have to consider how we think about Jesus. Do we simply admire him, or do we believe in him? Do we simply want to be more like him, or do we want to follow him and be transformed by our relationship with him?

If relationships are important to us, then they change our lives and priorities. I take time to nurture relationships that are meaningful to me. I spend time with my spouse to nurture our marriage. I spend time with my children to know what’s going on with them, to teach them, and to nurture them in faith. We have dinner as a family. I stay in touch with my parents and sisters, extended family, friends, and colleagues in ministry. It has to be intentional on my part, and there are many times when I know I haven’t taken enough time.

So what about our relationship with Christ? We have to consider how we show our faith and commitment to Christ. Do we take time to read the Bible daily? To pray? To be in worship with others in community? To serve in the name of Jesus? To offering back to God what God has asked us to give (at least 10 percent)? To witness how God is working in our lives? All of these are marks of faith commitment that show our desire to be followers of Jesus, not just fans.

The challenge is before us every day. Take the time to seek God’s will and ask for God’s help to strengthen your commitment to Christ. Talk to your pastor or a trusted friend who can help you to get connected or reconnected to a church where you can find encouragement and support to grow in faith.

If you don’t have a church home or have been away for a while, consider getting back to church or trying it out for the first time. I invite you to worship with us this Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. We share the love and hope of Jesus Christ!







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You Never Know What Will Grow


Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer


Bishop Desmond Tutu celebrated his 81st birthday this past week. The accomplishments of his eight decades are well-known and many. Tony Campolo was on stage with Bishop Tutu many years ago, and he asked him how it happened that he became an Anglican priest, instead of a Baptist or a Methodist. So Tutu told Campolo this story:

“My family moved to Johannesburg when I was twelve years old. In Johannesburg, in the days of apartheid, when a black person met a white person on the sidewalk, the black person was expected to step off the pavement into the gutter to allow the white person to pass.

“One day, my mother and I were walking down the street when a tall white man, dressed in a black suit, came toward us. Before my mother and I could step off the sidewalk, as was expected of us, this man stepped off the sidewalk, and he tipped his hat in a gesture of respect to my mother!

“I was more than surprised at what had happened and I asked my mother, ‘Why did that white man do that?’ My mother explained, ‘He’s an Anglican priest. He is a man of God; that is why he did it.’”

That man’s name was Trevor Huddleston, a priest who worked in the worst slums of the city with the forgotten, marginalized, and suffering. When Tutu was later hospitalized with tuberculosis, it was Huddleston who came to visit the young boy; and it was Huddleston who would offer his own books and time to help Desmond catch up with his studies when he returned to school.

Years later, when Tutu became an adult, he transitioned his studies from education to theology. He turned to Trevor Huddleston’s Anglican Church, for he had experienced firsthand the love and service of this extraordinary man.

Trevor Huddleston’s name is almost forgotten in South Africa’s freedom story, but not forgotten by Desmond Tutu. When Tutu is asked why he doesn’t hate whites he answers, “I never learned to hate…because I was fortunate in the whites I met when I was young.”

Trevor Huddleston’s name is the first on the Bishop’s list, and a name never far away, for “Trevor” is the name of Desmond’s oldest child. So when you think the little things you do and say don’t matter, remember that sometimes there would be no Desmond Tutus without the Trevor Huddlestons.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.me

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Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship Donations

Oct. 25: Red Flannel Festival Queen Scholarship donations still being accepted! Please help us reach $10,000 goal for our 2012 Red Flannel Queen and Court! 100% of all donations are used for college scholarships for the young women of Cedar Springs! Please consider donating on-line, www.redflannelfestival.org or mailing any tax-deductible amount to: Queen Scholarship Fund, PO Box 43, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. #41-44p


Broadway Bootcamp and Youth Dance

Oct. 25: Cedar Springs Area Parks and Rec is offering three sessions of Broadway Bootcamp and Youth Dancing classes. Bootcamp sessions are after school in Cedar Springs Red Hawk Fitness Romm for grades 3 – 8 and costs $45. Youth Dance is for ages 3 – 8, meet in the evening at the Middle School and cost $45. For more information visit www.csaparksandrec.com. #43


Halloween Party

Oct. 27: The Rockford American Legion Post 102 is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday Oct. 27th. Doors open at 7 pm, music starts at 8 pm. Our decorating theme is “Music”. Featuring: The Kalamazoo Avenue Band. Door prizes and snacks included. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Door prizes this year includes 2 tickets to see Bob Dylan, overnight stays at casinos and more! #43


TOPS weight loss support group

Oct. 30: 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.  In case of inclemeent weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Sporings schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #28


Annual Fall Festival

Nov. 3: The Cedar Springs United Methodist Church Women’s Group is having their annual Fall Festival on Sat. Nov. 3rd from 9 am to 2 pm. Come start your Christmas shopping with us. We will have crafts, gently used jewelry, books, toys, knick knacks, Christmas decorations, along with baked goods. Proceeds are going to the CS United Methodist Women’s missions. #43,44p


Annual Fall Bazaar

Nov. 3: The Faith Lutheran Church in Sidney(2957 S. Grow Rd., corner of Grow and Sidney Rd.) is having their annual Fall Bazaar on Sat. Nov. 3 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm. Lunch and baked goods available as well as quilts and crafts. Bring your friends and have a good time with us!


Surviving the Holidays

Nov. 4: No matter how long it’s been since your loved one died, grief can make the holidays a painful time. But there’s hope. Join us for an encouraging seminar that will help you survive the holidays and discover new reasons to enjoy them again. Grief Share is Sunday Nov. 4th at 2 pm. Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St.  RSVP is childcare is needed to 616-696-1140. #43,44p

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Broadway, Our Way library fundraiser

Cedar Springs native Larry Young Jr. and his company, Creative Edge Productions, will bring their musical “Broadway, Our Way,” to the Cedar Springs High School auditorium on Friday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Enjoy many of your Broadway favorites and contribute toward a new Cedar Springs library at the same time!

Buy your tickets in advance at the library for a discount. Tickets are $10 for adults ($12 at the door), adults 65-plus and students $5 ($7 at the door), families are $25 ($30 at the door), and children under 5 are free. Proceeds will go toward the $50,000 matching grant that ends December 31.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Your ticket also includes light refreshments in the cafeteria after the show.

Prior to the show, there will be a candlelight family style Tuscan Harvest dinner sponsored by the Women’s Club 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Cedarfield Clubhouse, on 17 Mile, just west of Meijer. Seating is limited to 55 people, and tickets must be purchased at the library by November 1. The cost for the dinner is $15.

They will also be holding a Facebook online silent auction. Go to the search and type in Cedar Springs Public Library Silent Auction.

For more information, call 616-696-1910.

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Cedar Springs Chamber to hold mixer event

NOTICE: correction to day/date…

Are you interested in what the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is all about? Or maybe you just want to meet some new business contacts? The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their first mixer event on Monday, November 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Alpha Omega Coffee and Games, 32 South Main Street. A mixer is a chance for business owners to meet in a casual atmosphere. Chamber of Commerce members will be encouraged to introduce themselves and give a brief description of what their business is about. This is a great opportunity to network! Make sure to mark your calendars and bring lots of business cards.

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Halloween fun

Why don’t angry witches ride their brooms?

They’re afraid of flying off the handle


How do you mend a broken Jack-o-lantern?

With a pumpkin patch


What do skeletons say before they begin dining?

Bone appetit!


Where do baby ghosts go during the day?

Dayscare centers


Who did Frankenstein take to the prom?

His ghoul friend


What’s a monster’s favorite play?

Romeo and Ghouliet


What do witches put on their hair?

Scare spray


Where do spooks water ski?

On Lake Erie


What happened to the guy who didn’t pay his exorcist?

He was repossessed


What’s the ratio of a pumpkin’s circumference to its diameter?

Pumpkin Pi


Who did the ghost invite to his party?

Anyone he could dig up!


What is a mummy’s favorite type of music?



Why did the game warden arrest the ghost?

He didn’t have a haunting license.

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