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Rev. Nurya Love Parish to join Belmont church as Priest-in-Charge

 

Rev. Nurya Love Parish

Rev. Nurya Love Parish

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Belmont is happy to announce that the Rev. Nurya Love Parish has joined the church as part-time Priest-in-Charge.

Mother Nurya’s other work is co-founding Plainsong Farm, a farm and ministry in Rockford that grows food for people and people for God. The farm completed its first growing season in 2016 and received a Mission Enterprise Zone grant from the Episcopal Church. Among its ministries is Grow Christians (www.growchristians.org) a website which encourages and inspires families in the practice of faith.

Holy Spirit’s congregation looks forward to the blessings that Mother Nurya will bring to the church as well as to the community. Everyone is invited to attend Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont, at the corner of Post and Pine Island drives.

Prior to her current ministry, Mother Nurya served St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, as their associate priest from 2011 to 2016. She has been in ministry since 1997, when she moved to Michigan as a church planter following graduation from Harvard Divinity School and ordination as a Christian pastor in the Unitarian Universalist Association. She later served Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A decade ago Mother Nurya left her prior denomination, joined the Episcopal Church, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011.

Mother Nurya lives in Ada with her husband and children.

The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations. The Anglican Communion is the gathering of Anglican and Episcopal churches from around the world. Today, the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries. The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.

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Lent

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Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

 

At East Nelson UMC, the last 24 hours of Jesus Christ is our series of messages for Lent. Lent is the 40 days prior to Jesus’ crucifixion (not counting the Sundays) and it’s a time of reflection. We are reflecting on how so much happened in that last 24 hours. From that last Thursday evening to Friday evening, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples; shared his last supper; prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane; was betrayed; arrested; deserted; tried; convicted; sentenced to death; tortured; crucified; died; and buried. The season of Lent allows us the space to reflect, to meditate, to ponder, to ruminate over each of these profound events.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, treasured and pondered all of the events that led up to the momentous evening when the shepherds barged into the stable to “see this thing that has happened.” I love that Luke (2:19) shares her introspection. I believe it’s a beautiful example of how to hold a story close to our heart.  We have much to ponder also. The story of Jesus’ life on earth begins when Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” There’s the birth in the lowly stable, parable stories Jesus told, people of all walks of life who were healed. We can meditate on the words of the Sermon on the Mount, or the meals for hundreds made from a few fish and loaves of bread. And now, in Lent ,we can reflect on all that occurred to bring Jesus to the cross for us.

May we each find the space in our daily living over the next few weeks to ponder these things in our hearts.

Psalm118: 5-6, 13-14, 17 (NIV): 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 

17 I shall not die, but I shall live and recount the deeds of the Lord.

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Look Who’s 40!

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Michael Sanderson Jr.

Happy 40th Birthday!

February 25th

Love,

Your wife Belinda and family

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KATHY REED DAVIS

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Happy 50th Birthday!

February 23rd

Looking Good!!

Love,

Davis Family

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REX MORRIS

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January 16, 1931 – February 22, 2010

It’s been seven years since you’ve left.

Sadly missed along life’s way.

Quietly remembered every day.

Your loving family

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MARY S. WELCH

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October 21, 1930 – January 30, 2009

In loving memory of our mother and grandmother who passed away eight years ago.

We will always remember the happiness you brought to our lives.

Mike, Sarah, and Terry, Jane and Nick, Jenna, Brian, Luke, Jake and Molly

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60th Anniversary

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 Bill and Pat  Campbell

Happy 60th wedding anniversary to Bill and Pat Campbell, of Big Rapids! Bill and Pat were married, on February 23, 1957 in Lepanto, Arkansas, and later moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where Pat’s family had relocated. The couple lived in various areas around northern Kent County, including Sparta, and later moved to Big Rapids. They are an inspiration and have shown their family what true love looks like! They have three children, Judy (Steve) Reed, Tracey (Jeff) Price, and Steve (Kathy) Campbell; several grandchildren, Rachel (Josh) Hunt; Jessica (Joe) Williams, Steven Reed, Crystal Hunter, Holly Hunter, Donald Hunter, Sabrina Campbell, Emma Campbell, and Justin Campbell; and great-grandchildren Atlas Hunt, Landon Prater, Christian Prestridge, Caleb Prestridge, Amelia Hunter, and another baby Hunt expected soon! We all love you, and have a wonderful 60th anniversary!

Your family

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ELIZABETH R. KEMP

Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp

Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp

Elizabeth R. “Betty” Kemp, 86 of Cedar Springs, formerly of Kent City passed away on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Wellspring Lutheran Services, Fairview. Betty was born August 19, 1930 in West Branch, Michigan the eldest of four children born to Harry and Enid (Merritt) Kenyon. Betty married Arthur “Dick” Kemp on October 21, 1950 who survives. Their marriage was blessed with six children, David (Martha) Kemp of Fenton, Tom (Denise) Kemp of Luzerne, Bob (Kristine) Kemp of Phoenix, Arizona, Jerry’s widow, Christine Kemp of Grant, Barbara Reed of Bristol, Wisconsin, Donna (Gary) Kagel of Greenville, South Carolina; 29 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; brothers, H. Richard (Geri) Kenyon, Charlie (Ann) Kenyon; sister, Sally (Tom) Horton. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Jerry; son-in-law, John Reed; grandson, Vaughn; and great-grandson, Derek. Cremation has taken place. The family will greet friends Saturday from 2:00 pm until time of memorial service at 3:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor David Kemp officiating. Interment in the spring at Idlewild Cemetery. Memorials to Victory World Missions International Ministries.  Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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LOIS KATHLEEN BLANDING

Lois Kathleen Blanding

Lois Kathleen Blanding

Lois Kathleen Blanding, age 97 of Cedar Springs, passed away on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Bishop Hills Elder Care Community, Rockford. Mrs. Blanding was born September 3, 1919 in Columbia City, Indiana the daughter of Neil and Blanche (Briggs) Estlick. She attended the International College of Business in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She unselfishly donated much of her time for the benefit of a great many individuals. She received the Certificate of Merit Award in 1989 from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club for her outstanding service to the community. She was a devout Christian and actively involved in the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, including, Vice President of Missions, Secretary for the United Methodist Women, and teaching Sunday School. Lois married Orval Riley Secor and he preceded her on December 3, 1953. She married Kenneth Blanding on December 16, 1960 and he passed away on July 3, 1996. She was also preceded in death by a son Dennis Secor in 2009, brother, Robert Estlick; sister, Dorothy Wiltrout. Surviving are her children, David (Jenny) Secor, Douglas (Lois) Secor, Keith (Terese) Blanding, Karl (Ruth) Blanding; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. The family received friends Tuesday, February 21st at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment in Palestine Cemetery, Palestine, Indiana. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Practice makes perfect

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Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

Three activities occupied me during the summer I turned 16: I took U.S. History in summer school to get it off the credits check-list; I took driver’s training for obvious reasons; and I fielded ground balls at every available opportunity.

I bought a smooth rubber ball, baseball-sized, just the right weight, and soft enough to bounce well on the grass in our backyard. I threw it at a target drawn in chalk on the back of our garage. Sometimes I tossed it gently and worked on charging slow rollers. Other times I threw hard to stretch my range. Sometimes I worked on technique; other times I worked on accuracy.

I worked on the short hop, the long hop, the pivot and quick release, the line drive, and if I could hit the garage siding just right, I could get pop ups. I loved fielding ground balls, and those hours behind our garage paid off the next spring when competing for the second base job. Even though I struggled to hit my weight at the plate, when I got to college it was fielding ability that kept me on the team.

Those hours behind the garage taught me something I’ve never forgotten: After thousands of repetitions, some things become second nature, automatic. Gracefulness and confidence come, maybe without even thinking.

Spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, service and meditation are like this. When his friends asked him about prayer, Jesus said the most important thing is to keep at it. When the time comes for us to seek or to thank God for direction, or comfort, or courage, or wisdom, thousands of repetitions pay off. The power in prayer comes from practice.

For Christians, the Season of Lent looms ahead. For other faiths, there are other seasons no less vital to growing spiritually. So, if your leanings have a Christian orientation, how’s your spiritual life as Lent arrives March 1? Do you have a “behind-the-garage” place for yourself for practicing spiritual discipline? We don’t have to be athletic to know it is never as easy as it looks. But whether faced with a screaming line drive or a spiritual crisis, gracefulness and confidence can prevail. Practice makes perfect.

If you haven’t already, why not consider thinking ahead to Lent as a chance to spend some time behind the garage, wherever or whatever that may mean to you?  Life is complicated, busy, stressful and at times out of balance, but when life hits one at you, would you want to be the one who responds with grace, or the one who wishes they’d practiced more?

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