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St. Patrick

Keith Caldwell CLM

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St. | Cedar Springs

 

In early summer a Renaissance Faire comes to Morley Park for the weekend and people love to dress up like Robin Hood, King Arthur, wizards, gypsies and fairies. Many stories and legends are told and at times they are stretched a little to make them bigger than life. But are they really bigger than life? If we looked at the true story would it be greater than we could possibly imagine? The story of one man has been stretched to great grandeur, however his true story is a fantastic one of great faith, courage and loyalty. He was born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, around the year 387. His early life was good, he was the son of Calphurnius, a prominent Roman military officer sent to rule Gaul (Briton), his mother was Conchessa, a woman of faith, and her father was part of the clergy.

His life changed abruptly when he was 16. It was then he was kidnapped by a raiding party and became a slave. As a slave he served as a shepherd for a pagan chief until he escaped six years later. During a time when many would lose faith his faith grew. He relates in his “Confessio” that during his captivity, while tending the flocks he prayed many times in the day. “The love of God and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain.” For six years he served as a slave, when he escaped and returned home he later saw a vision and was compelled to take Christ to those that had enslaved him. Can we imagine what the world would be like if we took Christ to everyone, even our enemies? Do we dare think what the world might be like if we prayed a hundred times each day and each night for Christ to bring peace and love to the world? Then he asked, “Let it begin with me.”

This man, St. Patrick received the summons to his reward on 17 March, 493 (Some sources say 460 or 461) As we celebrate his day can we do it by making it a day of Prayer, Love and Faith as he would have? As he wrote of his faith:

Christ with me, Christ before me,

Christ behind me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ at my right, Christ at my left,

Christ in the fort,

Christ in the chariot seat,

Christ in the poop [deck],

Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today

The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity, 

I believe the Trinity in the Unity

The Creator of the Universe.  (From St Patrick’s Confessio)

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DOUGLAS M. GORDON

 

C--obit-gordonDouglas M. Gordon, 67 of Cedar Springs, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home. Doug was born December 28, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of E. Raymond and Janet (Gunnell) Gordon. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1968 and Michigan Tech University with a bachelor degree in Forestry. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, morel hunting, golfing and playing cards. Surviving are his children, Mark Gordon, Sara (Will) Shepard, Matthew (Katie) Gordon, Molly Gordon; 10 grandchildren; sisters, Susie (Ken) Parker, Pam (Tim) Covell; brother, Joel Gordon; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Tom Gordon. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Jane Duffy officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Parks and Rec.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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GREGG SCHIEVINK

 

C--obit-SchievinkGregg Schievink, age 62 of Cedar Springs, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep at his home on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Gregg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to George and Arlene (Reynhout) Schievink on October 13, 1954. He graduated from East Kentwood High School and worked for several years in commercial construction throughout the United States. Gregg was employed by Triangle Associates for 27 years and for Wolverine Building for the last year. Gregg is a survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy (MacTavish) Schievink; his brothers, Kim Schievink, Brian (Jan) Schievink, Todd (Sue) Schievink, Ron (Julie) TerMolen, and Al (Toni) TerMolen; his sister-in-law, Sandy (Bill) Boeve, and Bob (Sherrie) MacTavish; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service to celebrate Gregg’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. A time of visitation with the family was held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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EVELYN VANDERZEE

Evelyn VanderZee age 99 of Holt passed away March 4, 2017 in Holt, Michigan. She was born January 16, 1918 in Diller Nebraska the daughter of Walter and Anna (Roseman) Eberhardt. She lived in Cedar Springs for many years. During her working years she worked at the Homestead Grocery Store where she assisted in the family business. She loved bowling, puzzles, the Kardashians, playing cards. She didn’t start driving until she was in her late 50’s. She also assisted her daughter at Peacock Pet Parlor as well. Surviving are her children, Andrew VanderZee of Florida, Robert (Betty) VanderZee of Cedar Springs, Dorothy Conner of Lansing, Judy (Mike) Peterson of Ravenna, Sharon (Derrick) Peacock of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Andrew VanderZee Sr., a first born child Edwin, two infant grandchildren, a great-grandson Matt, a daughter-in-law Betty, and a brother Elmer. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with pastor David Davis officiating with burial in the Aetna Cemetery in Morley.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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THE GREATNESS OF GRACE

Pilgrim-BibleRev. Michael Shiery

Pilgrim Bible Church

West Pine Street • Cedar Springs

 

“Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. So that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 5:20-21)(NKJV)

Of all the words contained in the dictionary, perhaps non is so beautiful as “grace.” Although it can heave several meanings, in a spiritual context it simply means “the free and unmerited favor of God.”

Grace is gift that Christians are privileged to enjoy and that is freely offered to everyone from the hand of a loving God. There is not a single individual who deserves this grace and yet there has not been nor will there ever be a single person to whom this grace is not offered.

You see, we are all born with a corrupt nature that naturally leads us to the paths of sin. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NKJV). Sin has tragic consequences. It causes hurt and pain for those who have been sinned against, and it has fateful and fatal spiritual results of the one who has committed the sin.

James 1:15 tells us “…Sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (NJKV). If we refuse to repent of our sin and continue to follow the path of wickedness, we will find at the end of life’s road memories of regret and eternity in Hell separated from Christ. This is what we had to look forward to, a lifetime of rebellion followed be an eternity of ruin.

Enter grace. Perhaps the Apostle Paul summed it up best when he wrote in Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (NJKV).

Please understand that sin conquered the human race, but because of Christ’s selfless sacrifice on the Cross the dynamics of the situation are forever changed. The chains of sin have been broken by the power of grace, and you do not have to live a life of shame and regrets. Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the dead to give us not just life, but abundant life, and all who desire a stainless conscience, a pure heart, and a clean slate can obtain them through His matchless and gracious gift!

Regardless of where you have been or what you have done, regardless of foolish choices and marred memories of regret, life can be different from this point onward, if you will simply accept the gift of God’s grace, repent of your sins, and ask Christ to forgive you. That’s what the good news of the Gospel is all about.

As one songwriter put it:

Grace will always be greater than sin,

Calvary’s proven it time and again.

Whatever you’ve done, wherever you’ve been,

God’s grace will always be greater than sin.

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BONNIE KAY GUTHRIE

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Bonnie Kay Guthrie, age 67 of Coral, passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville. She was born February 3, 1950 in Mount Pleasant. Many people knew Bonnie as a longtime Howard City hairdresser. After 30 years of styling and befriending clients at area salons, she retired from Renaissance Salon and Spa, where she especially loved working. Bonnie was full of life and full of love. She had a big personality- she loved music, she had a wonderful sense of humor, and was more than a little sassy. She was always beautifully put together, makeup immaculate and hair perfectly coiffed with a colorful outfit to match. She will be deeply missed, especially by her children, Jim (Becky) Guthrie of Pierson and Jodi (Cheryl Nemeth) Guthrie of Coral; grandchildren, Tiffany Guthrie, Trenton Satterlee, Meghan (Bob) Kessel, and Hunter Guthrie, great-grandchildren, Mayhem and Charlie; brother, Billy Ward; and countless other relatives, friends, and clients. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, March 13, 2017 at Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville, with visitation Sunday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in West Pine Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of one’s choice, and memories and messages of condolence may be shared at www.hurstfh.com.

Arrangements by Hurst Funeral Home, Greenville

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ANNA BELLE  PELLOW

 

Anna Belle (Annable) Pellow, 95 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, March 4, 2017 at her home. She was born July 18, 1921 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Cyril and Louisa (Spaulding) Remington. She worked at Lear Siegler for 33 years retiring in 1986. Surviving are her children, Gloria Rayman, Larry (Beth) Annable; daughter-in-law, Joy Annable; 9 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Opal Lewis, Harriet Beth Vogel, Virginia Staal; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husbands, William A. Annable and Robert Pellow; son, William R. Annable. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 18th from 1-4 p.m. at the Pierson Village Municipal Building, 190 Grand St., Pierson. Private interment Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Grand Rapids. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Santa Claus Girls with whom she worked with many years.

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

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EVELYN VANDERZEE

 

Evelyn VanderZee age 89 of Holt passed away March 3, 2017 in Holt, Michigan.  She was born January 16, 1918 in Diller Nebraska the daughter of Walter and Anna (Roseman) Eberhardt.  She lived in Cedar Springs for many years. During her working years she worked at the Homestead Grocery Store where she assisted in the family business.  She loved bowling, puzzles, the Kardashians, playing cards.  She didn’t start driving until she was in her late 50’s.  She also assisted her daughter at Peacock Pet Parlor as well.  Surviving are her children, Andrew VanderZee of Florida, Robert (Betty) VanderZee of Cedar Springs, Dorothy Conner of Lansing, Judy (Mike) Peterson of Ravenna, Sharon (Derrick) Peacock of Stanwood; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by Husband Andrew VanderZee Sr. a first born child Edwin, two infant grandchildren a great-grandson Matt, a daughter in law Betty and a brother Elmer.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral Home with pastor David Davis officiating with burial in the Aetna Cemetery in Morley.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

  

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MICHAEL RANDALL

 

Michael Randall, 62, of Kalamazoo Michigan lost his long battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Michael was born in 1954 to William and Norma Randall. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, Wyoming Michigan, and served in the Army. He is survived by his children, Michael Randall, Jr. and Amanda Randall of Kalamazoo; brothers, Kerry (Penny) Randall, Eugene (Darlene) Randall, Donald (Jane) Randall, Eric Randall, all of Howard City and Daniel (Mary) Randall of Sand Lake; sisters, Polly Merritt of Howard City, Patricia Randall (Dick Schutter) of Newaygo, Mary (Gary) Portvliet, and Susan (Timothy) Fieberg of Cedar Springs; many nieces and nephews.  Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Linda.  A memorial service will held at Fort Custer, 1559 Dickman Rd., Augusta, Michigan 39012 on Thursday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m. with internment at Fort Custer.

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RANDY L. MILEWSKI

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January 16, 1959 – March 12, 2011

“Forever in Our Hearts”

Memories are treasures no one can steal.

Death is a heartache nothing can heal.

The tears in our eyes we can wipe away.

But love in our hearts will always stay.

Your loving family,

Mom & Dad and sister, Cindy Westveld

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