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Lynn A. Green (Bird) age 76 of Cedar Springs went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Surviving are her husband Harold and children, Brent and Lee Green, Brian and Liz Green, Jan and Mike Gareau, Galen and Michelle Green; her sister, Donna and Jim Hurst; brother Steven and Laura Bird; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. In lieu of flowers, make donations to Courtland United Methodist Church Foundation fund or the charity of your choice.

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Vernon W. White age 72 of Ensley Township, Sand Lake, died Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Metro Health Hospital. Vern was born October 19, 1945 in Courtland Township, Michigan the son of Wayne and Stella (Roberts) White. He had worked for Dykema Excavating in construction and loved to farm. He was an avid hunter, used work horses for farming and enjoyed trail riding with the “Over the Hill Gang”. Surviving are his wife, Judy; children, Anna (Doug) Jourden, Kathy (Bob) Kruger, Brenda (Dave) Pyne; grandchildren, Josh (Kim), Tonya (John), Andy, and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Harper, Westlynn, Madison, Carter, and Skylar; mother, Stella White; sister, Verna (James) Smigiel; brothers, Harvey (Margaret) White, Dennis (Colleen) White, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Edward; and sister, Wanda Wagner. The family received friends Wednesday, March 21 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday, March 22 at11:00 a.m. Mr. Derald Rhineberger officiating. Interment Crandall Cemetery.

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

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Charles “Duane” Fisher age 83 of Grand Rapids, formerly of Cedar Springs passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at home with his daughter. He was born in Craig, Missouri on August 19, 1934 to Charles and Loreen (Wright) Fisher. Duane is survived by his daughter Kristin Fisher-Kraemer, and her mother Tricia Fisher; grandson Brett (Falicia) Fisher; great-grandson Joxon Fisher. He was preceded in death by his wife Onalee in 2013. The family will meet with friends Saturday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. until time of service at 2:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Inge Whittemore officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association 2944 Fuller Ave. NE Ste 101 Grand Rapids, MI 49505. 

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

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On Monday, March 12, 2018 Bennie Lee Cramer passed away suddenly at the age of 49. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for all who knew him. He loved people and to dance, cook and could always make you laugh. He will be remembered by his best friend of 30 years Russell Formen and by his sisters and brothers including Tina (Roger) Cary, Theresa (Bob) Gillies, Rick (Annette) Jones. Preceded in death by his mother, Renalda Gray. He will also be forever remembered by his numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and dear friends. He is loved and will be missed by us all. A Memorial will take place at a later date in his memory.

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A Timely Word

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford


At this moment we are facing a battle that is leaving our community more divided than possibly ever before. It’s not long into a conversation before the question comes up, “Have you heard about what’s going on with the school board and the superintendent?” It is not my calling as a Church leader to comment on either side of this issue, especially here in a neutral public forum, but I do feel very strongly that some perspective may be needed, especially for those on both sides of the issue who call themselves “sons and daughters of God.”  

Conflict in life is inevitable. It’s a reality that we deal with everyday. The issue for God’s children when it comes to conflict is, “how do we navigate through conflict in a manner that is worthy of the gospel?” (Phil. 1:27.)  This is a topic that cannot be exhaustively dealt with here in such a short space, but I offer one verse that should be considered before we respond to others.  “…Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39b).  

God is love and He calls His children to follow suit (1 John 4:7-21).  Loving others comes from a gospel mindset that declares every life has value because it has been created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27; Ps. 139). The call for followers of Jesus to love others is rooted in this foundational belief. Regardless of how people are acting, how they are treating me, or whether I believe them to be right or wrong, it is my duty and my privilege to respond in the way of love because when I do this I reveal the image of the Divine in a way that causes others to take notice. As Children of God, our greatest desire must be for others to see through our actions, a God who can change their life, a God who can give life and give life to the fullest (John 10:10). This is the mandate for all “believers,” as we are God’s ambassadors in a world that desperately needs Him. I urge all the believers to consider this as we engage in this conflict or any conflict for that matter. After all, without love, we are nothing! (1 Cor. 13:1-8.)  

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Easter Services

God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!


Calvary Assembly of God

meeting in Red Hawk Elementary on the CSPS campus

(enter through Door 10)

April 1: Easter Worship Service at 10:30am

more info on Facebook or cscalvary.org


Cedar Springs United Methodist

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

March 25: Palm Sunday 10:15 a.m. Worship with “Fish Tales” Children’s Musical

March 29: Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter “For Early Risers” Worship at 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at 9:00-9:30 a.m. Traditional Worship at 10:15 a.m.


Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

March 31: Easter Service 6 p.m. “Gospel Message!”

April 1: Easter Service 10 a.m. “Gospel Message!”


Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs, MI  49319

March 31: Easter EGGstravaganza, Registration begins @ 11 AM.  For kids 0-10 years.  4,000 candy filled eggs. Includes a special needs egg hunt! 

April 1: Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.


The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

March 30: Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

April 1: Easter Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services


St. John Paul II

3110 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs

March 29:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.

March 30:  Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 3:00 p.m.

March 31:  Easter Vigil at 8:30 p.m.

April 1:  Resurrection of the Lord-Easter Sunday Mass at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


First Baptist Church – Howard City

304 E Shaw St. Howard City 

April 1: Easter Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.



Bella Vista Church

5100 Belding Rd NE, Rockford

March 30: Community Good Friday service 7 p.m.


BridgeWay Community Church

7700 Childsdale Ave., Rockford, MI, 49341

March 24: Free Community Breakfast & Easter Egg Hunt, 8-11 a.m.

March 30: Good Friday Service – “I Thirst” at 6:30 p.m.

March 31: Easter Celebration Service – “Come Alive” at 6 p.m.

April 1: Easter Celebration Services –  “Come Alive” at 9 & 10:45 a.m.


Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford

March 29: Maundy Thursday breakfast 9:30 a.m.

March 31: Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

April 1: Easter Worship Service at 11:00 a.m.


Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont

March 25: Palm Sunday worship service at 10 a.m.

March 29: Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.

March 30: Stations of the Cross service at noon

April 1: Easter Breakfast at 8:30 am, Easter worship service at 10 am


Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church

4865 Eleven Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

March 25: Palm Sunday Mass 9:00 am, 11:00 am

March 30: Good Friday Divine Mercy Chaplet 12:00 pm

March 30: Good Friday Passion Play 12:30 pm

March 30: Good Friday Service 2:00 pm

March 31: Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 am

March 31: Easter vigil Mass 8:30 pm

April 1: Easter Sunday Mass 9:00 am, 11:00 am


Rockford Springs Community Church

5815 14 Mile Road, Rockford, MI 49341

March 29: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm

April 1: Easter Worship Service 9:30am


River Rock Church

6060 Belding Road NE Rockford, MI 49341

April 1: Easter Sunrise Service and Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. 

Easter Worship Services at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.


St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

310 E. Division Street, Rockford MI  49341

March 25:  Palm Sunday Service at 9:30 AM

March 29:  Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 PM

March 30:  Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM

April 1:  Easter Breakfast, 8:30 AM

April 1:  Easter Worship Service, 9:30 AM



Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

April 1: Easter Worship at 11:00 a.m.


Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W. Maple St, Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

March 30: Evening Prayer/Stations of the Cross 7:00 p.m.

April 1: Sunday Morning Mass 7:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. 


Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 3rd St (Northland Dr), Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

March 30: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

April 1: Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

April 1: Easter Worship at 9:30 a.m.  Balloon release after service.


Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W. Maple St., Sand Lake, MI 49343

March 30:  Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

April 1: Easter SONrise Service 8:00 a.m.

April 1: Easter Breakfast 8:30 a.m.


South Ensley United Methodist Church

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake, MI 49343

April 1: Easter Worship at 10:55 a.m.


Sand Lake Village Churches

March 30: Good Friday “Walk and Remember” Noon-1:30 p.m.

Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran with stops at the Church of the Full Gospel and Mary Queen of Apostles and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist Church Refreshment after the walk. Transportation provided for those not able to walk

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100th Birthday


Friends and family are invited to a 100th birthday party for Elna Johnson on Saturday, March 24th at Courtland Oakfield United Methodist Church from 1 pm to 4 pm. No gifts please.

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Mr. Richard Lee Dines of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 83, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018. He was born in Rockford, Michigan to Frank and Bernadine (Tenhoppen) Dines on May 20, 1934. Richard enjoyed hunting, fishing, bingo, and bowling. He also was a devoted Cubs fan. Richard worked for Steelcase for over thirty years. Richard is survived by his children, Rodney (Laurie) Dines, Ricky Dines, Margie Cole, and Russell (friend Tammy) Dines; eleven grandchildren; thirty great-grandchildren; brothers, Norman Dines, Jack Dines; sisters, Ruth (Bill) Hiler, Jill (Vern) Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Shirley in 2014 after sixty-one years of marriage; son, Richard Dines, Jr.; brothers, Carl Dines, Paul Dines, and Tom Dines. There will be a time of visitation with Richard’s family from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Richard will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Pederson Funeral Home. There will be also be a time of visitation one hour prior to the funeral. Memorial contributions in Richard’s name can be made to Metron of Cedar Springs, 400 Jeffrey St NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Shelby Laurence Reyburn was born on October 15, 1932, son of Shelby John Reyburn and Edith Burnap. He passed away quietly in his sleep Saturday, March 10, 2018. Larry graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1950 and worked as a cashier for Meijer. He attended Davenport College in Grand Rapids before being drafted into the US Army. After basic training at Camp Atterburg, Indiana, he served as infantry in Korea, attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class. He married Janice Evelyn Blaesi on June 17, 1955. In 1956 he entered the State Police Academy in Lansing, Michigan, and after graduation served at Ionia, St. Ignace, and Ithaca as a trooper. He was promoted to Detective in 1969 and assigned to State Police Intelligence in Lansing. After his promotion to Detective/Sgt in that unit he transferred in 1972 to the Fire Marshall Division in Lansing. He was promoted again to Detective/Lieutenant in 1980. In 1981 he transferred back to the Intelligence Division and organized the W.E.M.E.T Drug team for West Michigan. Larry retired from the State Police in 1982. Farming was always close to Larry’s heart. He bought the family farm from his parents in 1968, grew apples, and moved there in 1976. When he retired, he and Janice entered the flower business, growing, drying, and marketing dried flowers, which they did for 20 years, as well as 2 acres of pumpkins. He grew a beautiful garden for family and friends, using it as the opportunity to work with his four grandsons who lived next door, training them to work hard and teaching many life lessons. Since 1984, he and Janice spent their winters at their home in Nokomis, Florida, where they were members of Covenant Life Presbyterian Church in Sarasota, Florida. In Michigan, they attended Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, Michigan, but their true membership is in Heaven. Larry was excited and comforted to be moving to his new residence in Heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Larry is survived by his wife, Janice, son Dean (Martha) Reyburn and daughter Joanne (Joseph) Pann. His grandchildren Nathanael, Noah, Aaron, and Andrew Reyburn, Jessie, Jacob, and Jebedia Pann, and 11 great-grandchildren. His grandson Joseph Pann and older sisters Genevie Penrose and Florence Yurich preceded him in death. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Visitation at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford, Michigan at 10 a.m. prior to the 11a.m. Funeral on Friday, March 16, 2018. In lieu of flowers send donations to Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids or BHBC missionaries.

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

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Mr. Robert H. Fuller of Cedar Springs, Michigan, aged 83, passed into his Glory on March 9, 2018, after a three-year struggle with myasthenia gravis. Robert is survived by his wife of 61½ years, Mary Lou; children, Mark Fuller, MD of Ironwood, Michigan, Scott Fuller and Barbara (Greg) Vanderkooi of Cedar Springs; grandchildren, Gabriel (Dana) Morris, Joshua Morris, Kati Fuller, Alice and Livia Fuller, Jack (Sophia Rykert) Vanderkooi, and Cheryl Vanderkooi; great-grandchildren, Madilynn and Gabrielle Morris, Kira, Laney, Jackson, and Grayson Vanderkooi; brother-in-law William (Barb) Haroff; sisters-in-law Edith (Alvin) Rector, Shirley DuBridge, and Verna (Stephen) Johnson; two special people, Megan Lewis and Beverly Harris; many loved nieces and nephews who were able to be with him during his last struggle; and his faithful companion, BUD the Pug, affectionately known as “Bob’s Ugly Dog.” He was preceded in death by his son, Kris Fuller; parents, Rev. H. Howard and Beulah Fuller; sisters Patricia Moore, Carolyn Decker, Martha Haroff; and in-laws Grant and Edna Ranney. Robert was a man of many trades during his working years. He retired as a rural mail carrier from Cedar Springs— a job he loved. He was also a member of Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church for fifty years, where he had held many positions, and loved his church family dearly. Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The memorial service for Robert will be celebrated by Pastors Kim DeLong, Chuck Smith, and Thurlan Meredith at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018, at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake Avenue NE, Rockford, MI 49341. There will be a one-hour visitation prior to the service at church. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Memorial Fund; or to the Mary Free Bed Foundation, 235 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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