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Linda Michaels

4C-Obit-michaelsLinda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, AZ.  She was a loved wife, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, expectant great-grandmother and friend.  She was born August 16, 1944 to the late Ralph and Alice Pratt and she lived her entire life in Kent County.  She was a middle child, placed right between two loving sisters, Ann Scott (Jim) and Carolyn Reed (Mike).  She married Gene Michaels on September 13, 1991 and they recently celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  She will be missed by many family members including her husband, two sisters, many nieces and nephews and her children, Christine Hofstra (John), Dan Rogers (Theresa), Ann VerWys (Jim) and Shannon Novak (Russ) in addition to her eight grandchildren, Zachary Rogers (Ashley), Lauren Linde (Chase), Ben Rogers (Maaret), Annalyse Haarer (Brandon), Austin Stevens, Nate Rogers, Lucy and Josie Novak. Linda was a loving, funny, spunky and caring woman.  She was a long-time employee at Hartwell Mortgage Company.  Some special memories include her incredible cooking ability and the meals she shared with friends and family alike. There was a fresh cookie for every occasion.  She enjoyed reading, studying, and was actively involved in a women’s Bible study.  We are thankful that she is in heaven with her Savior. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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

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A Gift too wonderful for words; handle with awe

_C-Cedar-Creek-Community-Church-LandscapePastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

If you are reading this brief message, you have survived through the year 2016, including the Christmas-Advent season, and now we all have begun the journey called calendar year 2017 with whatever it holds. In my mind, this is no small accomplishment, and as Christians, we look forward to what God has for us in this new year—new learning, new discoveries, new relationships and more.

The Advent season, the coming of Jesus Christ, God incarnate into the world we live in, is celebrated in many different kinds of ways; one being that we become concerned about choosing just the right gifts to give to some of the special people in our lives. The full meaning of this practice can sometimes get lost in the activities of the season.

We must continually remind ourselves to be thankful for the first gift-giver, as Paul points out to us, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2nd Corinthians 9:15, King James translation). Have you ever received a gift that was beyond description? Just what kind of gift would it have to be to be called indescribable? Would it be a gift you open and say, “this is beautiful, something I’ve wanted all my life, what is it?” Or how about a gift given to you by someone special, carrying a lot of feelings and emotions with it?

The apostle Peter helps us better understand the importance of yielding our lives here to follow the path taught by Jesus Christ, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1st Peter 1:8 KJV). We are all in this year of uncertain times together, and may we all personally find this “unspeakable joy in the Lord.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ is describable and yet he is beyond human description. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” In these eight words, scripture captures our attention, to a word that cannot be expressed in mere words. When we search the scripture diligently, we find thousands of words describing characteristics of Jesus Christ, but the truth is that the more we learn of and about Jesus, we discover that the full knowledge, depth, width and height of Jesus nature, character, eternal existence, etc., always leaves us with more to learn.

When we believe on Jesus as scripture directs us, we quickly learn that this indescribable gift God has given, is God himself; that Jesus is man, Jesus is Savior, Jesus is the good news, and that even if God somehow would give us life for hundreds of years on this planet, we will still have an eternity to continue learning just how unspeakable this gift is.

This Jesus will bring us to God through the sacrifice of himself, and secure for us forgiveness of all our sins; for all eternity. Christmas is past, but it is not too late to open the gift.

 

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Roger C. Allen

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June 20, 1928 – January 5, 2013

Remembering you Dad,

I’m a couple weeks late on your memorial this year, but it doesn’t mean I miss you less. Life gets busy and you know how bad I am at deadlines!

I still think of you every day. I want to say “thank you” for all you had done for me my whole life. I’ll never forget.

The Post is still here. And people still read it!

They also love texting and tweeting and everybody’s on FaceBook all the time.

The city is building a big, brand new library. Mom is doing well, and oh guess who’s president!

Love you forever,

Your daughter, Lois

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DONALD J. REED

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Donald J. Reed age 79 of Morley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health-Big Rapids Campus. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 24, 1937 to Clarence and Beatrice (Robinson) Reed. Don worked for General Motors on Alpine for 31 years. Don’s passion was being an evangelist who loved to tell you about Jesus. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Della Mae; children, Donald (Diane) Reed, Jr., Timothy Reed, Jack (Kathy) Briggs, Mike (Matilda) Briggs, Timothy (Rhonda) Briggs, James (Dianne) Reed Briggs, Ken (Kim) Addis, Kerry (Deb) Stout, Scott (Brenda) Osbun, and Robert (Sandie) Farmer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Matthew Reed; and his siblings. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road NE, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Richard Nichols and Steve Finn officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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JOHN “TOM” THOMAS VANWAGONER

 

Tom left this life to be with his wife Mary, brother Vernon, sister in law Barb, Mom and Dad on January 12, 2017.  Tom spent his life enjoying outdoor activities with his family and friends. Tom will be missed by his children Gail & Joe VandenBerg and Jim & Teresa VanWagoner. He will also be missed by his step children Lynette & Doug Smith, Karl Steinebach, Teri & Brent Jones, Kim & John Hooper and Tim Steinebach;  his grandchildren Matt, Gabrielle, Rena, DJ, Emme, Kalli, Evan, Zane, Deklyn, Adam, Cody, Brandon, Denver, Dale and Cory will especially miss his smiling face and unending love. Tom’s sisters and brothers-in-law Marie & Jim Jorgensen and Vera & Clinton Sanders will miss the enjoyable games of cards, meals together and regular chats. Over the years Tom’s nieces and nephews Sue, Don, Peggy, Vickie, Tim, Barb and Nick have been a great source of enjoyment.  Croquet and golf won’t be the same without their uncle. The family celebrated Tom’s life from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home   

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DEBRA BODEN

 

Debra Boden age 60 of Howard City passed away January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.  She was born August 4, 1956 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Clifford and Barbara (Wood) BeVier.  During her working years she owned and operated Pizza Time in Howard City for 12 years with her husband William.  She enjoyed quilting, gambling, and she loved her dog Dexter.  In 1991 she married William Boden who survives. Also surviving are her children David Boden, Robin Boden, Heather Boden all of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Talan Boden, Kole Kopka, Kaleb Kopka; four brothers, Larry Ellis of Cedar Springs, Dutch Ellis of Grattan, Dennis BeVier of Cedar Springs, Dave BeVier of Caledonia, two sisters, Cindy Wiggins of Howard City, Mildred BeVier of Caledonia and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert.  Funeral services took place on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral home with Pastor Teri Cummins officiating with burial in the Reynolds cemetery.  The family greeted friends on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. And 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Wednesday.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home

 

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SUE A. WILSON

 

Sue A. Wilson, 81 of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Samaritas Senior Living, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Wilson was born September 11, 1935 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Edward and Irma (Hale) Cummings. She drove bus for Cedar Springs Public Schools for 11 years. Surviving are two sons, Edward and Robert; three grandchildren, Daniel, Sara and Jennifer; a cousin, Paul Cummings. Visitation will be held Friday, January 20th  from 12 noon until time of committal service at 1:00 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Thank you

Alice Powell would like to thank all the friends and family that came to her 90th Birthday Party at the Gun Tavern on Friday the 13th. Thank you!

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Putting your “yes” on the table

Pastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

 

Do you remember the Meatloaf song from 1993, I Would Do Anything for Love? In his hit power ballad, Meatloaf passionately declared—over and over and over again—“I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” Nobody really knows what the “that” is, but that’s beside the point. Maybe, like Meatloaf, you would do anything for love; but I think a more important question is this: If you could do anything for God—and money or time wasn’t a limitation—what would you do? Or to ask it more succinctly, “Would you do anything for God?”

If you’re like many Christians, in your heart you say, “God, I love You, I’ll do anything You want me to.”  But in your mind you’re thinking, “But I won’t do that…”  Fill in the blank; what’s the that for you?

Go ahead and think back to the last 3 things God asked you to do. Did you do them? Maybe you can’t even think of the last 3; what about just that last one? Did you do it? If not, why not? What was holding you back?

So often when God nudges us and asks us to step out in faith we either ignore Him or just flat out say No.  “God, I’ll do anything for You, but I won’t do that.”  What if you were to approach this new year differently? What if you lived each day with your “Yes” on the table? Lived a life that is open and available to God at all times, so that whenever God calls, you are ready and willing and available to say, “Yes, Lord”?

Look at what happened to Abraham when he said “Yes” to God.  “By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8 MSG).

Abraham put his “Yes” on the table and packed up his whole family and set out for a new country not evening knowing where he was going. Imagine what that must have been like. The faith that took. If you ever did that your friends would try to talk you out of it. Your family would think you’ve lost your mind. I’m sure Abraham’s family did too, but if Abraham wouldn’t have said “Yes,” God’s whole redemptive plan through Jesus Christ would have been in jeopardy.

So let me ask you: What new place is God calling you to? Maybe saying “Yes” to God means taking a new job, or going back to school, or adopting a child. Maybe saying “Yes” to God means moving away. Or maybe saying “Yes” to God means staying right where you are. Like Abraham, you may not have all the details.  All the “what ifs” might not be answered yet. But can you step out in faith and trust God to lead you, knowing that where God guides God provides?

The truth is, life is relatively short compared to all of eternity, where you’re going to have trillions and trillions of years there. You only get about 60 or 80 or at the most 100 years on this planet. It’s not very long. Life is pretty brief. You need to make your life count. It starts by saying “Yes” to God.

Putting your “Yes” on the table each and every day will change your life, it will change your home, it will change your family, it will bless this community, it could very well change the world, it might even change the course of history, or change someone’s eternity.  The world is calling out for people who will say “Yes” to God. People who will say, “God, I’m scared to death, but I’m going to say ‘Yes’ to You.”

This year, put your “Yes” on the table.  Say to yourself and to God, “Whenever, wherever, whatever, no matter the cost—Yes, God I’ll do it; wherever You send me—I’ll go; whatever You ask of me—I ’ll give; whenever You need me—I’m available. I’m keeping all the options open. My ‘Yes’ is on the table.”

 

 

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GEORGE W. HANKINS

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In loving memory of George W. Hankins 

Who went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 9, 2015

We love and miss you

Lovingly remembered by his wife, Rosalie, and daughters, Deb & Scott Zuidema and Vickie & John Totten

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