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Calvary Assembly of God purchases new building

The old Senior Center building has been purchased by Calvary Assembly of God.

Craig T. Owens, Senior Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God (CAG), announced the church has purchased the building at 54 N. Park Street in Cedar Springs, MI.

This move completes a process that was begun nearly six years ago, when CAG sold its church building and property at 810 17 Mile Road to move its ministry outreach closer to the downtown Cedar Springs community.

Since selling that 17 Mile property, CAG has been renting space in Red Hawk Elementary School on the Cedar Springs Public School Campus.

“We really enjoyed our temporary home in Red Hawk,” Owens said, “as it brought us into close proximity to the needs of people in our community. Being near the center of town allowed us to quickly respond to the needs of our neighbors as they came to our attention.”

Owens looks forward to this new building providing a community center feel.

“We want to be a hub for community activity,” Owens said. “We look forward to providing the space and the hospitality for folks in our community.”

Owens noted that the location will be ideal because of the many community-based ministries in which they are already actively involved.

Owens said the building is currently undergoing some renovations and redecorating. Church services will began in this new location on Sunday, February 6, and a grand opening celebration will be announced after the renovations have been completed.

The building is the former home of the North Kent Seniors Association, whose board sold the building last fall to Robert Young for $25,000. Young then sold the building to Calvary Assembly of God for $209,000.

The group of seniors who used to meet there have been upset about losing their building. Pastor Craig Owens told the Post he’d like for the seniors to be able to meet there, and the Post passed that information and Owen’s phone number along to them. As of this writing, Owens said that he has not been contacted by them.

More next week on what happened to the senior center, and why the building was sold.

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Norma E. Mabie, age 80, of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at her home with her family in attendance. She was born March 18, 1939 in Whitehall, MI the daughter of Norman and Marguerite (Tysman) Westphal. She worked for Keeler Brass for 34 years and loved to knit and crochet. Surviving are her children, Roy Walter (Kathy) Mabie, Lisa (John) Blair, Linda Kilts, Jennifer (Gene) Hoover; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois Parks; brother, Howard Westphal. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Mabie; ex-husband, Roy Henry Mabie; brother-in-law, Duane Parks; sister-in-law, Celia Rose Westphal. The family will greet friends Saturday, September 7 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs. Pastor Craig T. Owens officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hand 2 Hand. 

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

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Calvary Assembly of God to sell building


This frees up finances for front-line ministries

Craig T. Owens, Senior Pastor of Calvary Assembly of God (CAG), announced this week that the church will sell its building and accompanying six acres, located at 810 17 Mile Road, in Solon Township, to 2nd Chance School. The school is a nonprofit for at-risk youth that will combine biblical lessons and traditional subjects, with the care and training of horses.

The church will rent space at Red Hawk Elementary, part of Cedar Springs Public Schools, for its Sunday and Wednesday services. Owens said that moving to Cedar Springs is a hand-in-glove fit for the focus of its extensive outreach.

“We are already so involved in activities in Cedar Springs, including Earth Day cleanups, the En Gedi Youth Center, Chamber of Commerce, and the list goes on,” Owens said. “It seemed like we could be an even bigger blessing to our city if we were closer.”

Owens said there are both practical and faith-based reasons the building was sold to 2nd Chance School.

“We have a hard time justifying paying for the full-time maintenance on a building in Solon Township that is only used a couple of days each week,” Owens said. “By only paying for the space we are using, it will free up finances to go to front-line ministries.”

Owens said these front-line ministries could include temporary housing for at-risk, transitional families, greater financial support of local charities, as well as support for international missions work.

“We would be interested in owning another building at some time, only if it could be something like an around-the-clock ministry center,” Owens said. “Until that opportunity presents itself, we will rent from CSPS.”

Owens said their first service at Red Hawk Elementary will be Sunday, August 30. They will meet in the media center. People can enter the building through door #10.

This Sunday, August 23, the church will participate with other area churches in the UNITED 2015 service, located in Morley Park at 11 a.m.

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Look for what’s right

Dear Editor:


It’s a simple fact: You find what you’re looking for. If you are looking for bad news, you will find something to criticize; if you are looking for good news, you will find something to compliment.

In this election cycle, I hear and read far too many candidates that are looking for the things that are wrong. Electing those candidates perpetuates bad news. Is everything perfect in Cedar Springs? In Michigan? In the United States? Of course not. But there is a lot that is right. I’m much more interested in focusing on those things.

The way to move our city, our state, and our country forward is to support those candidates that are focused on our strengths—on what’s right in our communities—and electing them into positions where they can help our strengths overcome our weaknesses.

Send a message this election cycle: Vote for the candidates that are looking for what’s good and right and strong.



Craig T. Owens, City of Cedar Springs



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Spring (time) cleaning

Pastor Craig T. Owens

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs





Now that it appears that—let’s cross our fingers—Spring has finally sprung, many people will be throwing open the windows, airing out the house, and cleaning up some things that have accumulated over the long, icy winter. Ah, yes, the annual rites of spring cleaning!

One place that lots of things accumulate is our schedule. Between sports schedules, church activities, music lessons, grocery store trips, making meals, parent-teacher conferences, birthday parties, and so many other things, our schedules are packed chockfull.

In our relationships love is typically spelled “t-i-m-e.” So if you don’t have enough t-i-m-e to express your love, perhaps some spring cleaning is needed.

A few things to remember:

(1) Time is finite. You cannot call a time-out, you cannot bank up some time for another day, you cannot slow down the clock. Once you commit to something, that time is gone forever.

(2) It’s okay to say “No.” A friend of mine recently shared this thought: Whenever you say “Yes” to anything, there is less of you and your time for something else. So make sure your “Yes” is worth the “less.” If the “less” is t-i-m-e with your loved ones, please say a guilt-free “No, thank you.”

(3) Make your “Yes” mean yes. If you do decide to commit to something, then honor your commitment. Jesus said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’” (Matthew 5:37). And wise King Solomon warned, “It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it” (Ecclesiastes 5:5).

(4) Time is your servant, not the other way around. Make your time work for you; don’t be a slave to the clock. A good indication that you’re the slave and not the master is that feeling like you are always running late for everything. Cut out some non-essentials like TV time or countless Facebook hours so you can make t-i-m-e for what’s really important.

Happy Spring (time) Cleaning!

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Joy! Joy! Joy!

Pastor Craig T. Owens

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs





Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room,

And heaven and nature sing.

Joy is not something that melts away, it is unaffected by circumstances, remaining rock-solid. Joy is what the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem brings us. 

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy.

On the day Jesus was born, the angels sang about peace on earth. Jesus Himself said that He didn’t come to condemn us, but to save us. Jesus came to be our Savior, which is another reason for great joy!

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found.

Jesus Christ’s Advent among us was the fulfillment of a promise given all the way back in the first book of the Bible. God the Father said Jesus would come to wipe out sin, and sorrow, and reverse the curse, turning it back into a blessing for all who would put their faith in Jesus. What joy to have all of the negatives turned into positives! 

I hope you will discover—or rediscover—the joy that the birth of Jesus brings. At Calvary Assembly of God, where I have the privilege of pastoring, we are talking about the joy and the light that came with Jesus Christ’s birth. If you don’t have a home church, I would love to have you join us over the next couple of Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Joy! Joy! Joy! Let it reign!

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Nice to see you!

Pastor Craig T. Owens

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs




Here’s my submission for the most obvious statement of the year: It’s a lot nicer being with people you get along with than it is being alone or with disagreeable people.

Probably not much to argue about that statement, right?

So if that’s true, why are so many people lonely? Why do the number of people calling themselves “alone” and “unhappy with life” continue to rise year after year?

Part of the problem is that we’ve gotten rid of so many places where we used to meet others, and we’ve replaced face-to-face time with screen time. We watch others’ victories on TV, we admire others’ vacations on Facebook, we laugh at others’ jokes on Twitter, and we live others’ lives at the movie theater.

C.S. Lewis said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one!’” But this requires us spending time with a potential friend.

Albert Camus observed that a friend is one who can sing your song to you when you’ve forgotten the words. But this means spending lots of time “singing your song” with your friend.

In the Bible we read, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (Psalm 133:1). That’s the theme for this year’s UNITED service. UNITED is a huge church service in Morley Park where all of our churches come together, face-to-face, and celebrate God and the friendships He has given us. It’s a place where you can sing side-by-side with other Cedar Springs friends.

Won’t you join us this Sunday, August 25, at 11a.m.? Perhaps you’ll meet a new friend, or deepen a relationship with a current friend. Someone is waiting for you to step into their life, and I’ll bet someone wants to step into your life too! Don’t rob yourself or your friend of a chance to banish loneliness!

You can get all the details about UNITED at http://unitedcedarsprings.com.

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Make every day special

Pastor Craig T. Owens

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs




I was looking at my calendar and saw a whole lot of special events taking up an hour here and there. Things like the Cedar Creek Cleanup, and Service Sunday (where area churches will be leaving their church services earlier than usual to do some community service projects), and plans for a special fundraising event for a local nonprofit.

And I thought to myself, “Why are these ‘special’ events?”

Of all of the things he could have said about His daily agenda, here’s how Peter—one of Jesus’ closest followers—described His activities: “He went around doing good” (Acts 10:38).

There weren’t special days or organized events for Jesus to do good, He just went around doing good wherever He went. And He asks us to do the same: “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16).

Please don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with organized events. But even better would be a daily agenda of doing good.

You don’t have to wait until Earth Day to pick up the trash you see, or help your neighbor with some yard work, or recycle your recyclables, or plant some flowers.

You don’t need to wait for Service Sunday to sing to the residents of a nursing home, or lend a hand to a friend in need, or ask City Hall about needs around Cedar Springs.

You don’t have to wait for the annual fundraiser to volunteer at a local charity, or make a surprise donation, or call to find out their most pressing needs.

It’s great when lots of people show up for these events, but it’s even better when, like Jesus, we walk around doing good every day.

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From the Pulpit

Today’s the day

I did a quick search in my Bible concordance and discovered some interesting stats. The word “today” appears 203 times; whereas the word “tomorrow” is only used 56 times. The word “now” shows up an amazing 1186 times; while the word “later” only appears 83 times.

Do you get the point? Today is special. The time is now.

The longer you wait, the more excuses you come up with not to start. The more times you put it off until later or tomorrow, the less likely it is that you are ever going to do it.

What are you waiting for? Today is special. The time is now.

Start that diet.
Begin your exercise routine.
Make that phone call.
Receive forgiveness.
Make things right with God.

The Apostle Paul wrote, For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. (2 Corinthians 6:2)

We have no guarantee that tomorrow or later will ever arrive. But you do have today. You do have now.

What are you waiting for? Today is special. The time is now.

Pastor Craig T. Owens
Calvary Assembly of God
810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

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How do you memorialize?

Pastor Craig T. Owens

Calvary Assembly of God

810 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs



Memorial Day is just as it sounds: a day for memorializing. It is important for us to remember the past, and honor our heroes, or else, as George Santayana said, “Those who don’t remember history are doomed to repeat it.”

So without discounting Memorial Day at all, I’ve been wondering about how to create memorials for the other 364 days of the year. A year ago I gave myself the challenge of writing down three unique things everyday for which I was thankful. I did this publicly on my blog so that everyone could see my list of 1095 things as the year progressed. That was helpful, but perhaps not the most practical.

Then I read this verse in the Bible about a memorial. The Israelites had just accomplished something great with God’s help, and their leader Samuel wanted to make sure that they never forgot how God had helped them. So the biblical account says, “Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, ‘Thus far has the Lord helped us’” (1 Samuel 7:12).

Samuel set up a stone, and he named it. (By the way, the word Ebenezer simply means “helper.”)

So this is what I’m doing to try to memorialize the blessings for which I am grateful. It might be a coffee mug that memorializes a special family trip, or perhaps a bookmark that a child made for you on Father’s Day. Or, maybe it’s a dried flower from the wildflower arrangement your daughter picked for you.

The point is not what the “stone” is, but the memory or blessing it signifies. Set it up and name it. And then express your gratitude for it every time you see it or use it. I have found that we can never count our blessings too often, nor can we ever be too grateful to the God who provides them.

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