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The Calvarymen Quartet coming to Snow Bible Church in Kent City

The Calvarymen Quartet

The Calvarymen Quartet will be at Snow Bible Church, 1877 18 Mile Rd., Kent City, MI, Sunday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m. for a free concert. 

We invite you to experience the innovative sound of The Calvarymen as they sing classic southern gospel as well as cutting edge progressive gospel in their defining style.

Since their birth in 1956, the Calvarymen Quartet has been a driving force in southern gospel music. For 27 years, the Calvarymen represented Michigan on the main stage at the National Quartet Convention, which is home to the nation’s top names in southern gospel music. 

Present day members include; Barry Maust – lead, Chuck Robbins – baritone, Phil Parkin – tenor, and Jim Glasco – bass. These men continue to minister through music. 

Together these men bring a love for the Lord that spills out in their performances. If you love tight harmonies, accapella singing, and traditional southern gospel quartet music, then a Calvarymen concert is just for you. You will see that worshiping the Lord can be a fun experience, and that God is still in the business of working in hearts and changing lives. 

Everyone is welcome to come. Bring a dish to pass and stay for the meal following the concert. Any questions please contact John at 616-901-5275.

 

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What is Truth?

Pastor Robert P. Smith

First Baptist Church, 

233 Main St, Cedar Springs

 

This was the question asked by Pontius Pilate. Pilate was the Roman governor of Judea who presided at the trial of Jesus, God’s one and only Son. Now it’s a good thing when a politician asks about truth. It’s a good thing when they want to know the truth. It’s a really good thing when they rule by truth.  However, it’s even better when Truth rules them.

Last week a political commentator told a politician’s lawyer, “Truth is truth.” The lawyer responded, “Truth isn’t truth.” This led to an extremely entertaining exchange of truth versus truth. The lawyer reasoned resolutely there could be different versions of truth. You see it all depends on the one who is telling us what is true by what they believe to be true. In other words, each person has their own version of truth, and each believes their version is equally true. The consequence of this kind of thinking leads to an incoherent contradiction—truth isn’t truth. 

If truth is fluid, then truth isn’t fixed. Truth is settled. It doesn’t shift. It doesn’t turn and twist like a willow in the wind. Truth isn’t relative. Truth is reality. 

Pilate’s question was a rhetorical one. He was a cynic. He questioned Jesus about truth because of what he had said: “I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37 ESV). Unfortunately, because of the chaos outside the courtroom, Pilate capitulates to the crowd and condemns Jesus to be crucified on a Roman cross. Why? Although Pilate knew Jesus to be an innocent man, he acted against what was true.

Truth can be known. Pilate was so close to truth. You could say, “Truth was standing right in front of him,” for Jesus had said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6 ESV). Why didn’t Pilate accept the truth? The answer is found in what Jesus had already told Pilate: “Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate heard Jesus, but he didn’t listen to Jesus. Pilate listened to another’s voice. He was persuaded by another’s perception to become his reality.

Truth is the reality known by God because God’s knowledge is perfect. Today, many in our community ask, “What is truth?” Truth isn’t relative. Truth is reality. Jesus is Truth and he is revealed in God’s Word, the Bible. 

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LOUIS L. MILEWSKI

 

Louis L. Milewski, age 91, of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday, August 23, 2018 at his home. Louis was born December 29, 1926 Alpine Township, Michigan the son of Leon and Catherine (Voychinski) Milewski. He enjoyed archery and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years Marlene; daughter, Cindy Westveld; grandchildren, Christopher (Tracy) Klukowski and Aaron (Courtney) Westveld; 5 great-grandchildren, Molly, Erin, Corbin, Koral and Cameron; sister-in-law, Sandra (Michael) Mosier and brother-in-law, Gary Novakoski. He was preceded in death by his son, Randall Milewski; brothers, Edward and John Milewski; sister, Dorothy Berkey and special nephew, Joe Bolthuis. Per his request cremation has taken place. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date. 

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

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Thank You!

To the family and friends of the late Sally Boehm-Haynes, we wish to extend our sincere thanks for your many acts of kindness. Your condolences and support continue to be a great comfort to us in our time of sorrow. We also send our gratitude to Pastor Bruce Brooks and Bliss Witters & Pike Funeral Home. 

With love,

Chuck Haynes & Family

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Cedar Springs suffers loss to Swan Valley

Cedar Springs took a 21-12 loss at Saginaw Swan Valley in their non-conference opener last week. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team went on the road last Thursday, August 23, for their first ever game against the Saginaw Swan Valley Vikings, the 2017 state runner-ups in Division 5. 

Cedar Springs kicked off to Swan Valley to start the game, but the Vikings fumbled the ball and the Red Hawks recovered. They didn’t score, however, and Swan Valley took over on their own 39-yard line. On their second play, Deon Danders ran up the middle for a 61-yard touchdown, and the extra point was good, making the score 7-0, Swan Valley, with 9:29 left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Red Hawks scored with 2:33 left when quarterbank Kolby Swank ran right for three yards into the end zone. His pass to Kaden Liggett for extra points was no good. The score was now Swan Valley 7, Cedar Springs 6.

Swan Valley scored again in the third quarter with 3:38 left, when Alex Fries ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Their extra kick was good, making the score 14-6.

The Red Hawks rallied and came back and scored again before the quarter was over. With :33 left on the clock, Swank ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Ryan Ringler attempted a run into the end zone for a two-point conversion but it was no good. The score was now Swan Valley 14, Cedar Springs 12.

The Red Hawks would not score again, but Swan Valley put one more into the end zone to seal the victory. With 4:46 left on the clock, Fries passed to Ethan Champney for a 10-yard touchdown. The after kick was good, and Swan Valley took a 21-12 victory over Cedar Springs.

Cedar Springs rushed for 179 yards, on 54 attempts. Leading rushers were Ryan Ringler with 65 yards on 19 attempts, and Ethan West with 49 yards on 15 attempts. Kolby Swank contributed 23 yards on six attempts, and Sage Serbenta had 21 on 6 attempts. Ben Shaw added 16 yards on three attempts, and Zack Schmid added 5 yards on 5 attempts.

Swan Valley rushed for 208 yards, with Deon Danders leading the way with 102 yards on 9 attempts, and quarterback Alex Fries coming in second with 43 yards on 12 attempts.

Ringler led the Red Hawks in tackles with 7, followed closely by Sage Serbenta with 6 and Zach Schmid with 5. 

Mitchel Boehler led the Vikings in tackles with 16.

Cedar Springs Coach Gus Kapolka thought his team did some things well against a tough team.

“I thought we played well in the kicking game and defense against Swan Valley, but we were just not able to generate enough offense to win the game. I thought our kids played a very tough opponent on the road and acquitted themselves very well. We need to improve in many areas before our next game, but we especially need to improve our offensive line play. I have every confidence that will happen,” he said.

Kapolka was also pleased by an email they received from Swan Valley after the game. “We were forwarded an email from Swan Valley’s Athletic Director commenting on our player’s and fans sportsmanship at the game, and complimenting us on how we handled ourselves. It makes me as a coach very appreciative of our parents and fans, and proud of our players for handling themselves with poise under difficult circumstances. It is one of the core values of our program, and one of the things that makes Cedar Springs a great place.”

The Red Hawks play their first home game of the season tonight, Thursday, August 31, when they host Caledonia at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.

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Red Hawk Cross Country boys take first at Kent City

Top 1-2 finishers Jaydon Moleski (L) and Corey Bowers (R).

Top finisher for Red Hawk girls was Maggie Prins.

Girls place fifth at meet

The Cedar Springs Boys and Girls Cross Country teams started their 2018 season off well. They competed in the first meet of the season on Tuesday, August 21, at the Kent City Long Lake Invitational held at Long Lake Park. 

The boys’ team took first place out of eleven teams at the invite with a score of 48 followed by GR Kenowa Hills with a score of 71. Junior Jaydon Moleski dominated the boys’ race placing first overall with a time of 16:52 followed by sophomore Corey Bowers taking second with a time of 16:58. Junior Dilan Sargent also secured a medal placing 9th with a time of 17:46. Rounding out the top five for the boys were junior Gavin Braciak (16th) with a time of 18:29 and junior Daniel Vermulm (20th) with a time of 18:36. 

“I was very pleased with our boys’ team performance on Tuesday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “It was great to start out the season with a team win, and I was very encouraged by the performances of our top two runners, Jaydon Moleski and Corey Bowers. They took command of the race from the start and ran stride for stride the entire race for a 1-2 finish. That was great to see in our first meet. We have some work to do yet but am feeling very optimistic on our team’s outlook for this season.” The girls’ team placed fifth out of ten teams scoring 123 with only 2 points separating them from 4th place GR Kenowa Hills. The girls are headed up this year by new coach Melinda Palinkas. “It was a first great meet. We have a lot of young talent on the team and I can’t wait to see what the season holds. Some of the girls have never ran a 5k before so they did excellent,” said Coach Palinkas. 

Sophomore Maggie Prins had an impressive cross country debut coming in first for the Red Hawks with a time of 22:24 placing 13th overall for the girls followed by junior Jill Detweiler (23:33, 21st ), junior Tonya Tepin (23:49, 22nd), sophomore Marjorie Hosking (24:22, 34th), and senior Carolanne Merlington (24:58, 40th). 

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Red Hawk volleyball takes second at Loy Norrix invite

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball earned 2nd place at Loy Norrix Invite Saturday. Front Row (L to R): Kyla Andres, Grace Wilcox, Haillie Jones, Kaylie Andres, Maddie Outwin and Michelle Brennen.
Back Row (L to R):  Coach Lowing, Grace Pavelka, Arianna Rau and Kalli Green . Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team opened the 2018 season with three tournaments in 8 days, building on each date. At the WMVOA on 8/17 the Lady Red Hawks finished 0-3-1, followed on Tuesday at the NorthPointe Christian Invite where they went 1-4 on the day beating the #1 seed Western Michigan Christian in bracket play and Junior Middle Hitter Grace Pavelka was named a tournament MVP.

The Varsity Ladies completed the week at the Loy Norrix Invite on Saturday where they were undefeated in pool play beating host team Loy Norrix, Ottawa Hills and Galesburg-Augusta before losing to Niles in a crossover match. The #2 seeded Red Hawks then defeated Parchment 2-1 in the quarterfinals, and Galesburg-Augusta 2-1 in the semifinals, bringing them to the tournament championship match, where they suffered a 0-2 loss to first seed Niles.

Leading on the day was outside hitter Grace Wilcox, who dominated on the service line with 18 aces and 42 service points, while adding 19 kills, 8 blocks, and 33 digs. Grace Pavelka led the offensive barrage with 41 kills, and added 15 aces and 8 blocks. Libero Haillie Jones recorded 49 digs and 91 serve receives, while setter Maddie Outwin had 72 assists on the day.

“The girls are working hard to get better each time they step out on the court,” said Coach Ashley Lowing. “They made great improvements in their mental toughness, never counting themselves out of any game they were in. They pushed through adversity and either stayed on top of teams in sets they were winning, or came back in sets they were losing. This will be a great building block for us moving forward.” 

Varsity Volleyball returns to actions on Tuesday, September 11 at Lowell High School for the Conference opener.  

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Kent Theatre golf outing

Pictured is the winning team at the Kent Theatre golf outing fundraiser.
From L to R: Kyle Little, Cody Harper, Brian Little, Derek Burns.

The 18th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing Fundraiser was a success again this year with a first place finish by the team of Cody Harper, Derek Burns, Brian Little, and Kyle Little. Second place honors went to the team of Tom Winquist, Scott Winquist, Ron Nielson, and Steve Nielson. Prizes went to Tyler Covell for Longest Drive (Men) and to Katie Vanderweele  for Longest Drive (Women). Prize for Longest Putt went to Brian Little. Winners of the “Hit the Boat” contest went to Tyler Covell, Tom Winquist, and Len Allington. 

A great time was had by all and the event raised approximately $2,500 for the Kent theatre. Special thanks to the volunteers that made the event possible.  Volunteers include Sally Grayvold, Rose Powell, Bryn Powell, and Connor Knapp.

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Farewell from Brook Nichols

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Farewell from Brook Nichols

Fourteen years ago, I decided to run for the school board. There were two seats open and five candidates. I was fairly new to the area and didn’t know many people, but I was successfully voted in and ran for two additional terms after that. Being on the board was so much different than I thought it would be, but I learned a lot about myself, working with others and most importantly, I learned how much people in this community truly care about their students. Many things have changed over the 14 years I served on the school board and we have gone through some tough times and had to make difficult decisions, but I feel very optimistic about the future of Cedar Springs Public Schools and am excited to see what happens from here. Since our youngest graduated, we decided to move closer to our jobs and family, so I had to resign a few months prior to my term ending. I will miss being a part of this community on a daily basis, but will always be grateful for the years we lived here and raised our girls here. Thank you for the opportunity to serve on the school board for so long. See you on Red Flannel Day! 

Sincerely,

Brook Nichols

Former member of Cedar Springs Board of Education

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New program to elevate state’s best trail resources

The DNR now is accepting applications for the Pure Michigan Trail and Trail Town designation program, due Oct. 1, 2018.

The DNR and Travel Michigan announced Monday the official launch of the Pure Michigan Trail and Trail Town designation program. It’s an effort aimed at acknowledging Michigan’s position as the Trails State, showcasing an array of quality trails (including water trails) and trail-centered communities, and recognizing extensive collaboration of state and local governments, nonprofits, foundations and volunteers that develop and maintain the trails.

“The concept behind the Pure Michigan Trail and Trail Town designation is a welcome addition to the state’s trails program,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. “Having first worked on enabling legislation in 2014 and now seeing the Pure Michigan designation come to fruition, it is an exciting time for all those who believe in trails in our state.”

Local units of government, trail authorities or nonprofits primarily responsible for the proposed nonmotorized or motorized trail or trail town may apply for the designation. Applicants must demonstrate that the trail or trail town:

  • Offers a high-quality trail or trail town experience.
  • Provides clear information for users.
  • Enjoys broad community support.
  • Has a sustainable business, maintenance and marketing plan.
  • Pure Michigan Trail and Trail Town logo and graphic

“This Pure Michigan designation will help to shine a light on some of the best and most scenic trails across the state, as well as the communities enhanced by these trails,” said Paul Yauk, DNR state trails coordinator. “Recognizing these valuable outdoor assets as part of this program also will help us further anchor Michigan’s position as the nation’s Trails State.”

Michigan offers a network of more than 12,500 miles of state designated trails, with new connections in process every year. It’s an interconnected trails system that provides plentiful recreation opportunities for bicyclists, hikers, ORV riders, snowmobilers, equestrians, cross-country skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

“Highlighting the vast network of trails throughout our great state will continue to draw attention to one of Michigan’s greatest assets, our abundant natural resources,” said David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan. “Residents and visitors alike will have additional access to resources, maps and information to highlight both motorized and nonmotorized trails as well as natural resources around the state.”

Information on the Pure Michigan designation program—including an overview, the application process, designation criteria, frequently asked questions, a handbook and other related resources—can be found at michigan.gov/dnrtrails.

“We all know the benefit of being associated with the Pure Michigan brand and its direct tie to our nation’s leading trails system,” said Wilson. “It reinforces both the value of the trails and the value of the brand.”

All Pure Michigan Trail and Trail Town applications must be received by Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. During the following review and evaluation period, the DNR may ask applicants for supplemental information or documentation.

Questions and completed applications can be submitted via email to Mike Morrison at morrisonm4@michigan.gov or via traditional mail to: Pure Michigan Trails Designation c/o State Trails Coordinator, Parks and Recreation Division, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, P.O. Box 30257, Lansing, MI 48909.

Questions? Contact Paul Yauk at 517-284-6141 or Kriss Bennett at 248-431-1265.

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