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Archive | August, 2013

Church adds second service

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What does a church do when the number of attendees on an average Sunday exceeds their seating capacity? Build a larger facility? Turn people away? The most logical answer for the Solon Center Wesleyan Church is to add an additional worship service. And the addition couldn’t come at a better time.

Like most churches, SCWC experiences a summer slump in attendance, but the leadership at SCWC also knows that with the coming of fall many families return to church attendance after a very busy summer.

“Last spring our attendance average was pushing our maximum seating capacity,” says office administrator Kathy Mabie who keeps the attendance records. “Our children’s ministries were bursting at the seams. We need to do something and soon.”

“I think the reason that we’ve seen the growth in the church is first and foremost the presence of God through the power of the Holy Spirit,” says Pastor Tom Holloway. “We are a church that reaches people where they are. People know that they can come as they are, and be welcomed no matter who they are, how they dress, or what they have experienced. We are a church that seeks to answer the questions that people are asking. We strive to be culturally relevant, and Biblically sound.”

The first Sunday the church will offer two worship services is planned for Sunday, September 8th, at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The change coincides with Back to Church Sunday® the following week on September 15th. Back to church Sunday is a national movement inviting everyone in America back to church.

The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road in Cedar Springs. If you are considering returning to church attendance or are looking for a church home, SCWC welcomes you. For more information about the church, please see the website at www.soloncenterwesleyanchurch.org.

 

 

 

 

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Carroll M. Emmorey

C-OBIT-emmoreyCarroll M. “Cowboy Slim” Emmorey, 83 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at his home. Mr. Emmorey was born May 23, 1930 in Kent City, MI the son of Otis and Tillie (Dykstra) Emmorey. He was a veteran of the Korean War serving in the U.S. Marines. He sang and played country music and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife, Beverlie (Remmelts); children, Karen (Bill) Rowland, Mark (Becky) Emmorey, Jim (Lori) Emmorey, Jack (Sheila) Emmorey, Kenda (Roger) Gillette, David (Cindy) Emmorey; 19 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; sister, Joyce Anne (Richard) Castenholz; sister-in-law, Janet Emmorey. He was preceded in death by brothers, Donald, Wayne and Kenneth Emmorey; sister, Ardis Heiss. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Jim Alblas officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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ROBERT HIBBARD

C-MEM-RobertHibbardSeptember 1, 1936 to March 28, 2007

 

Today was the day

So many years ago,

You came into this world,

The greatest gift we have known.

 

Father, we know you’re watching,

We know you’re looking down,

Your birthday is today,

We know you are always around.

 

Your loving daughter Denise and granddaughter Melinda

 

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Where’s Your Hope – 1 Peter 1:13-16

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

 

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy”(NIV).

I have to admit something. I am not much of an optimist. I wouldn’t classify myself as a pessimist, but probably more of a realist. Whenever I hear a story on the news, I usually tend to think that it’s probably not going to turn out good. I don’t expect the best, or even plan for the best. When it comes to people, I usually expect the worst and therefore I am rarely disappointed. I guess you could say I have lost my hope in the human race. It seems like we just keep getting worse and worse and it seems like I just start to place less and less hope in humanity. If we place our hope in people or even in this world, we will find ourselves constantly disappointed and eventually we will end up extremely frustrated and we may even get disillusioned. That’s why this issue of where we place our hope is extremely crucial for the Christian.

The reason many of us get discouraged and disillusioned is because we have placed our hope in the wrong place, or the wrong person. We have hoped in someone or something that let us down. We believed that a situation would turn out for good and it didn’t, or that a person we loved would eventually figure things out and turn their life around for good, but they don’t! We want to have a positive outlook and hope that things will turn out for the best, but it becomes harder and harder the more we are let down by the people and things that we put our hope in.

That must be why Peter told the believers who were scattered throughout the world at that time not to place their hope in people, or the government, or even each other, but instead he told them to “set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” In other words, there is only one certainty in this life, there is only one guarantee, and that is that Jesus is coming back one day and that he is coming back to take us to be with Him forever (John 14:1-3).

This is something worthy of placing your hope in! Jesus is one person you can place your hope in that will never let you down! This is one event that will turn out for good! This is one story that does have a happy ending! So, the next time you find yourself down and discouraged because someone let you down, or something didn’t turn out the way you hoped it would, remember to set your hope on the one person that won’t ever let you down. His name is Jesus, and one day, He’s coming back and he’s bringing grace with him in the form of an eternal dwelling place for all of his people!

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Let your soul catch up

by Ronnie McBrayer

by Ronnie McBrayer

The first Labor Day celebration was observed in New York City in 1882. It was a movement to honor “the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Not many years later, it became evident that the American worker was such an exceptional and efficient creature, that work hours would soon be reduced to mere shadows of their former oppression.

For example, economist John Mayhard Keynes, in the teeth of the Great Depression, predicted that technological advancements would soon lead to a 15-hour work week. In the mid-1960s, congressional leaders boldly predicted a two-day work week by the year 2000. That prediction has apparently only rung true for congressional leaders, as the average time workers spend on the job has ballooned over the years to nearly 50 hours per week. The predictions of “less work more rest,” is a farce for today’s laborers.

In the book of Genesis, the ancient writer says that on that final day of the first week, God rested. The word for rest means “to enhance one’s soul,” or “to renew the spirit.” When we imitate God in this way, it is an act of worship.

Lettie Cowman, a devotional writer from a century ago, illustrates this with one of her stories from Africa. She wrote about an Englishman who was exploring the deepest jungles of the continent, traveling like British royalty. He had brought with him fine wines, his favorite foods, tons of books and parchments, furniture and clothing.

He had so much that he had to hire an army of strong men from the local villages to portage all this material through the jungle. On the first day of his grand safari he pushed the laborers at an exhausting, God-forsaken pace. But on the second morning, the hired Africans refused to move.

Finally, one of the young men explained that they were not especially tired. Rather, they had gone too far and too fast on the first day, and they had to “wait for their souls to catch up with their bodies.”

Ms. Cowman concluded her story (and I remind you, her words are a century old): “This whirling, rushing life which so many of us live does for us what that first march did for those poor tribesmen. But here is the difference: They knew what they needed to restore life’s balance; too often we do not.” Amen.

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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Fun, healthy lunchbox ideas

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

(Family Features) The daily routine of packing foods for lunchtime may seem boring, but the food inside those lunchboxes doesn’t have to be. Consider your students’ personality when planning school lunches.

Whether the cafeteria-bound container features Hello Kitty or Justin Bieber, the foods inside should be customized to fit age, activity level and personal style. So how do you get beyond the usual carrots and celery sticks? Noted nutrition expert, award winning food journalist and television personality, Carolyn O’Neil, MS RD LD, advises parents to think about the personality of each child when assembling lunch.

BACK-Lunchbox-ideas2-myplateFix finger foods for young eaters

Overwhelmed little students may do best with tiny bites of finger foods. So, if you have a shy first grader, send them with string cheese sticks, whole grain crackers, baby carrots and cut-up fruit.

Cucumber wheels, red or orange bell pepper strips, and sugar snap peas are also colorful and nutritious finger foods. Add low-fat ranch dressing or individual packs of fiber- and protein-rich hummus for dipping. The oil in these dips actually helps kids absorb more of the veggie’s fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A.

Up the nutrition for those not focused on lunch

What about the teens and tweens focused on anything but the lunch at lunchtime? Older kids focused on friends might prefer a sandwich and a bunch of grapes.

“That table of girls checking out the new guy don’t want to be seen wolfing down large portions,” O’Neil said. “A dainty sandwich cut into quarters or half of a whole-wheat pita sandwich might be a better fit. Choose lean proteins such as sliced turkey, roast beef or deli ham to maximize nutrition and minimize calories. For something sweet, they may prefer to dip grapes, strawberries or pineapple chunks in protein-packed Greek yogurt.”

Pack plenty of food for hungry athletes

Hungry athletes need larger servings of healthy foods for lunch, such as an extra slice of turkey on a sandwich and whole grain tortilla chips with an individual pack of salsa. These energy-burning kids may also need two cartons of cold milk for hydration and nutrition.

For after school, pack a snack to keep your sports star energized. They can refuel before sports practice with fresh fruit or the extra protein in a granola bar with peanuts or other nuts.

No matter what’s on the menu for your students, follow the USDA MyPlate nutrition icon. This visual for good nutrition indicates half of a healthy plate be filled with fruit and vegetables, with the two other quarters occupied by a lean protein and a whole grain starch. To complete the meal, add a cup of fat free or low fat milk. Look for food safety tips and after school snack ideas at www.BestFoodFacts.org.

 

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Building a relationship with your child’s teacher matters

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PHOTO SOURCE: (c) Media Bakery

(StatePoint) Children are mom and dad’s top priority, and parents want to give them every advantage in the world to succeed. But with all the time kids spend at school, parents cannot do it alone. That’s why it’s important for the most influential adults in a child’s life to team up on a common goal.

Parents should cultivate relationships with their child’s teacher early, so they can work together toward the child’s success.

There are several ways for parents to build a relationship with their kid’s teacher.

Introduce yourself

Don’t wait until there is a problem before meeting the teacher. Introduce yourself as soon as possible—ideally before the stresses of the school year are in full swing. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation—just one to let the teacher know who you are and that you are interested in your child’s education.

Show appreciation

All kids and their parents have a teacher they admire and want to thank. Taking a few minutes to share these sentiments is important and can be easy. For example, Cheerios has a new “Send Cheer to Teachers” program that makes it simple to thank favorite teachers. Parents can show gratitude, support and appreciation by simply cutting a special postcard for teachers from specially-marked boxes of Cheerios cereal, writing a personal message, and sharing a short note of thanks. A few kind words can go a long way.

Spend time

In today’s economy, many schools are stretched thin for resources. School systems are increasing class sizes and slashing budgets. Parents who have time can offer to help out. Whether it is chaperoning school trips, preparing items for a fundraiser or just donating old books to the classroom, this kindness will go a long way toward solidifying the parent-teacher relationship.

Help with supplies

Teachers spend on average $398 of their own money on supplies and resources, and 92 percent of teachers use their own money to provide supplies for their students, according to the National School Supply and Equipment Association.

Through a General Mills program called Box Tops for Education, parents can earn cash for their kid’s school by clipping Box Tops coupons from participating products. In addition, from August to October, you can enter the unique code from inside specially marked Cheer-card Cheerios boxes online to earn one bonus eBoxTops credit for your school.

And through a new Cheerios Send Cheer to Teachers sweepstakes, parents can enter for a chance to win a $20,000 prize package or one of four $5,000 prize packages made up of bonus Box Tops and supplies for their child’s school. Complete details and rules can be found at www.btfe.com/sendcheer.

Getting to know their teachers is the best way to take an interest in children’s education. Even when they aren’t around, parents can make a difference in the classroom.

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Fire up your tailgate with tips from a pro

BACK-Tailgating-ideas(Family Features) Grilled food is good anywhere for any occasion. Whether you’re tailgating in the stadium parking lot or watching the game in your own backyard with family and friends, get ready to take your grill skills to the gridiron. While you might not be in the running for MVP this season, everyone has a shot at being Tailgater of the Year.

Try these tips from world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly to tailgate like a pro this season:

Score an Early First Down: Marinate meat before guests arrive. Try KC Masterpiece marinades, such as Santa Fe Picante, which gives a real kick to meat, seafood and vegetables. It can add flavor to meat in as little as 30 minutes. Also, to be confident your grill will be ready to cook in about 10 minutes, try KingsfordMatch Light charcoal.

Avoid Turnovers: Frequent flipping of items on the grill can dry out the food. Instead, let food brown before turning to develop a flavorful crust, which is the signature of great grilling. When it’s time to flip, use tongs or a spatula in place of forks, which pierce food and release juices.

Don’t call in the second string: One of the best parts about tailgating at home is that you own the “concession stand.” You wouldn’t call the deliveryman from the stadium, so make sure you follow the same rule when watching the game at home. Fire up your grill to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the stadium right in your own backyard with Lilly’s Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Alabama White Sauce.

Need to step up your game with new tailgating recipes? Check out www.Grilling.com for tips, tricks and recipes to take your game day grilling to the next level.

Barbecue Chicken Pizza with Alabama White Sauce

Makes: 1 16-inch pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 21 minutes

Alabama White Sauce

2 tablespoons onion, diced

1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced

1/2 tablespoon butter

3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar

4 teaspoons sugar

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon coarse black pepper, ground

1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped

1/2 teaspoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

16 ounces pizza dough

1/2 cup grilled chicken, diced

1/2 cup hot and spicy sausage, cut in 1/4 inch slices

1 1/4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat grill to 500 degrees Fahrenheit using Kingsford charcoal.

Sauté onions and garlic in butter over medium heat for approximately 1 minute, or until onions turn slightly translucent. Remove from heat and add vinegar and sugar. Stir mixture until sugar dissolves and pour it into small mixing bowl. Add Parmesan cheese and mix well. Add remaining white sauce ingredients and blend together.

Roll pizza dough to 16-inch diameter circle on lightly greased pizza stone and spread pizza sauce over dough evenly. Top pizza with diced grilled chicken and slices of sausage. Spread mozzarella cheese evenly over pizza.

Place pizza stone on grill and close lid. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until crust is brown and crisp. Remove pizza from grill, cut and serve.

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Library celebrates reading program

ENT-Library-carnival1About 180 local readers gathered on the grounds of the Cedar Springs Library on Wednesday, August 21, to celebrate reading and the end of the 20 programs just completed in the 6 weeks of the Library’s annual Summer Reading Program.

Spartan Stores/Family Fare sponsors the celebration each year, donating dozens of prizes, ice cream sandwiches, water, a couple of bicycles, and bringing in the fun—a water slide, music, a petting zoo and bouncy houses and games, all local vendors.

ENT-Library-carnival2Adding to the fun was Independent Bank with the popcorn, ChoiceOne Bank with a bean bag toss, Pastor Craig Owens and Sue Wolfe with a basketball toss game, and the Cedar Springs Fire Chief, Marty Fraser, with his team of Fire Fighters and the beautiful, big red fire truck! Kids love fire trucks and firemen!

A big thanks to all who have taken part in the Library’s summer reading program. Please see the POST’s half-page ad the Library ran on August 1 to see the exhaustive list of local businesses, service organizations, churches, and individuals. This literacy outreach is supported by our entire community in a grand way. To see pictures of the Carnival, go to the Cedar Springs Public Library’s Facebook page.

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Hometown Happenings

Annual Chicken BBQ and Rummage Sale

Sept. 7: Chicken BBQ at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake, Rockford. Saturday, September 7 from 4 to 7 pm. $7.95 for a half chicken and fixin’s. Dine in or Carry Out. Bake and rummage sale on Friday, September 6 from 9 am to 4 pm and Saturday, September 7 from 9 am to 7 pm. #35,36p

 

“Let’s Make a Deal” Yard Sale at MCC

Sept. 7: Montcalm Community College hosts its “Let’s Make a Deal” yard sale on Saturday, September 7 from 8 am to 4 pm in the gymnasium, located on the college’s Sidney campus. A variety of surplus office items as well as gently used personal items donated by employees will be sold. All prices will be negotiated the day of the sale. Proceeds to benefit MCC Foundation scholarships and other college activities. #35

 

Mercy Run 2013

Sept. 14: Everyone is invited to participate in the Mercy Run 2013, a 5K and 10K run, at Klackle Orchards on Saturday, September 14th at 9 am. Have Mercy raise funds to support homeless families. For more information, to register for the run, or make donations please visit the website at www.mercyrun.org. #35

 

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