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The Fire of Pentecost

CS-United-MethodistPastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

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

 

“1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.” (Acts 2:1-3 NIV)

This past Sunday, Churches in this community, and around the world celebrated Pentecost—the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the twelve Disciples and others who had gathered with them. Pentecost is considered by many to be the birthday of the church. The gift of this celebration, which is the Holy Spirit, is most often represented by a flame because the souls of those gathered were lit “afire” with its power.

I think the use of fire to symbolize the power of the Holy Spirit is very appropriate. Not because it brings light and heat, but instead, because of how it spreads. Let me explain. Picture in your mind a bottle of water and several cups. If I were to pour water from the bottle into each of the cups, each would receive a smaller portion of the whole. Each time that I pour out water, it is not replaced; as each cup receives water, there is less in the original bottle. Think of the water as humanity’s power and strength and resources. If we rely only upon ourselves, the water, like that in the bottle, will eventually run out.

But, that is not how it works with God. Now, instead of water, picture in your mind several candles. If I had just one candle lit, and passed the flame from wick to wick, the first flame is not diminished or reduced as the fire spreads to the next candle. This is how it is with the power and strength and resources of God. As the fire is spread among those who seek to be disciples of Jesus Christ, the original flame remains, and the fire becomes stronger.

Just as the Spirit spread among those who gathered almost 2,000 years ago, may it also spread through us today. Let the power of the Holy Spirit, burn like a fire within each of us, so that we know the love and the grace and the wisdom of God, which passes our understanding, and is infinite.

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CARL R. STRAUB

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Carl R. Straub, 72, of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at his home. Carl was born April 28, 1944 in Granada, Mississippi, the son of Herman and Marjorie (Egner) Straub. He graduated from Union High School in 1962. He then joined the Air Force serving from 1963-69. He settled in Cedar Springs in 1977 near the Egner Family Farm. Carl was a simple, stubborn man. He enjoyed his cars, guns, Gunsmoke reruns and spending time with his grandkids. He was one of a kind! Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Race) whom he married on Feb. 27, 1965; sons, Carl Straub & Brynadette Powell, Richard & Carolyn Straub; grandchildren, Adrianna, Brooklyn, Caroline and Blake; brothers, William & Lenora Nawara, John Nawara; sister, JoAnne & Brian Ellis; brothers-in-law, Gordon & Shirley Race, Kenneth & Yvonne Race; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday 11:00 am at St. John Paul II Catholic Church, Cedar Springs. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs.

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

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Jerry L. Elder

 

20C--Obit-ElderBWJerry L. Elder, 72, of Newaygo, died Monday, May 16, 2016 at Metro Health Hospital. Jerry was born May 7, 1944 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Cecil and Virginia (Hanna) Elder. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He owned and operated Elder Forest Products since 1981. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his work at the sawmill and most importantly the numerous family gatherings with his children and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Darlene (Wert); children, Chad (Melody) Elder, Tammy (Brian) Hills, Gerry Aley; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; mother, Virginia Fisher; sister, Judy (Dan) Sturgeon; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Maurice Dean; brothers, Jack and Ralph. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 2:00 pm. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment with military honors at Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Metro Health Hospital or the Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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IRVIN L. SMITH

 

20C--obit-SmithFCIrvin L. Smith, 67, of Sand Lake, died Friday, May 13, 2016 at his home with his family by his side. Irvin was born November 8, 1948 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Alvin and Ida (Spencer) Smith. He graduated from Kent City High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He received a Silver Star and Purple Heart. He enjoyed being a mechanic, restoring tractors, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. When he married Denise in 1998 he took in her children as his own. He had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody. Surviving are his wife, Denise (Pope); children, Kevin (Connie) Smith, Ann (Aaron) Kindel; stepchildren, Chad (Jeannie) Fisk, Ken (Courtney) Fisk, Sherri (Ron) Potes; grandchildren, Ashley (Jeremiah) Strawderman, Nicole Smith, AJ, Austin and Alivia Kindel, Chase and Archer Fisk; brother, Ike (Joyce) Smith; parents-in-law, Keith (Shirley) Pope; brothers-in-law, Keith (Dixie) Pope, Mark Pope, Bill (Angela) Pope; several nieces and nephews; his baby girl, Stormy. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol Lundquist; brother, David Smith. A private family memorial service will be held. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

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

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HAROLD E. NAFFZIGER

 

20C--obit-NaffzigerFCwebHarold E. Naffziger, age 87, died late Friday, May 13, 2016 at his son’s home in Greenville surrounded by his family. He was born August 9, 1928 in Grand Rapids, the son of Peter and Blanche (Jones) Naffziger. He was a proud veteran, having served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a Past Commander and life member of the Ray I. Booth American Legion Post 101, Greenville, as well as a life member of the Lester J. Sitts VFW Post 5065, Sheridan, and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Grand Rapids. He was also a member of the TPA, Post G in Greenville, the Forty and Eight, and an involved member and officer at the Greenville Senior Center. Harold was a faithful Christian and longtime member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, where he served in many capacities, including as elder and trustee. He is survived by his sons, Harold E. (Darlene) Naffziger, Jr. of Greenville, Jeff (Gayla) Naffziger of Greenville, Ken Naffziger of Sand Lake; daughter, Milly Dempsey of Gowen; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Frieda) Naffziger of Cedar Springs; and sisters, Lorraine Wiggins of Sparta and Patricia (Russell) Merlington of Cedar Springs. He was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandson, Hunter Naffziger; Harold, Jr., Jeff, Ken, and Milly’s mother, Judith Harmon; brothers, Leo Beard, Leland Beard, and Richard Naffziger; sisters, Irene Wright, Virginia McClendon, Geraldine Batchelder, and Virgilean Bradley; and special friend, Wanda Lippert. Funeral services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rev. Mark Pflug officiating. Visitation was Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Hurst Funeral Home. Interment will be in Blythefield Memory Gardens, Belmont. Memorial contributions may be given to Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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Happy 80th Birthday VIRGINIA CHRISTENSEN

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VIRGINIA CHRISTENSEN

Celebrate Virginia’s 80th Birthday with a Card Shower.  She was born on May 18, 1936. If you wish, send a card to Virginia Christensen, PO Box 121, Trufant, MI 49347.

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Happy 61st Anniversary ROGER & JOYCE FISK

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ROGER & JOYCE FISK

Celebrating 61 years of marriage are Roger and Joyce (Mosher) Fisk of Sand Lake. The two were married May 7, 1955 in the Free Methodist Church in Cedar Springs, L.D. Nickleson officiating. They have been blessed with one daughter and five sons; Denna (Randy) Moe, Gregory (Cheryl), David (deceased), Mark, Rick (Cindy), Bruce (Rebecca); 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Roger and Joyce reside on their 4th generation family farm west of Sand Lake.

The secret of their success: Working as partners in friendship and love.

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JOAN C. REED

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JOAN C. REED

August 7, 1931 – May 13, 2004

If roses grow in heaven

If roses grow in heaven, Lord

Please pick a bunch for me.

Place them in my Mother’s arms

and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her I love her and miss her,

and when she turns to smile,

place a kiss upon her check

and hold her for a while.

Because remembering her is easy,

I do it every day,

But here is an ache within my heart

That will never go away.

With love from your family

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AGNES ROUNDS

_19C-obit-RoundsAgnes Marie Rounds, 92, of Rockford, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 9, 2016 with her family by her side at Spectrum Health United Memorial Rehab and Nursing Center, Greenville. She was born January 1, 1924 in McBain, Michigan, the daughter of Merle and Christel (Burkett) Bell. On April 7, 1942 she married Ellsworth Rounds in Lansing, he preceded her in death in 1993. Agnes was a very active long time member of Huggard Bible Church, Sand Lake. Agnes and her husband Ellsworth hosted many pastors, missionaries, friends and family at their home on Lincoln Lake. She loved helping and serving people. Her favorite pastimes were sewing, knitting, crocheting, playing games and entertaining. The most important thing in her life was serving the Lord and loving her children and grandchildren. She was always interested in all of their lives. Agnes was very loved and will be extremely missed by her children, Richard (Barb) Rounds, Judy (Ed) Williams, and Debbie Wagner; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; niece, Ruth Ann (Herb) Rice; several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Dorothy (Arrow) Peters; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Rounds. The family will greet friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A celebration of her life will be held Friday 11:00 am at Huggard Bible Church, 8860 21 Mile Road, Sand Lake. Pastor Ron Workman officiating. Interment Spencer Mills Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Huggard Bible Church.

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

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From the Pulpit: Golf

C-East-Nelson-UnitedPastor Herb VanderBilt 

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. , Cedar Springs MI 49319

By Pastor Herb VanderBilt 

“As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. ‘Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will make you fishers of men.’ At once they left their nets and followed him. When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him” (Matthew 4: 18-22).

So, what does golf have to do with fishing? Well nothing, actually, except many of us do not know someone who is a commercial fisherman but most of us know someone who plays golf. One similarity between fishermen and golfers is that it is not typically a solitary activity; in other words, it is something that you do with other people, and in fact is even better when you do it with someone else. In fact, think of what would happen if you went fishing alone and caught a record size fish that got away just as it broke the surface, or what about if you were playing golf by yourself and you shoot a hole-in-one and there is no one to see it.

Being a follower of Jesus Christ is also not a solitary activity; in fact, Jesus gives us the model for that as we see him going from boat to boat calling people to follow him to a life of discipleship. What would happen in the church today if we asked people to join us in worship as easily as we ask people to go fishing or golfing? Good Luck and hit em’ straight.

 

 

 

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