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Times are a changin’

Keith Caldwell CLM

Cedar Springs United  Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

I remember my dad telling me how good the good old days were and now I tell my grandchildren things aren’t like they used to be. The fact is times do change; we live in a liminal state much of the time, neither in the past nor in the future. As Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt they kept looking back and saying, “If only we would have stayed in Egypt”! Some of the words from a song Ray Price sang are, “It’s not healthy they say to relive yesterday, but for me it’s a way to survive.” Bob Dylan tells us, “The line it is drawn, The curse it is cast, The slow one now, Will later be fast, As the present now, Will later be past, The order is rapidly fadin’, And the first one now will later be last, For the times they are a-changin’.”

Is everything changing? How do we cope with change? What is our way to survive? The fact is some things do not change. Fear of the unknown has been with humanity since the beginning of time. Anticipation can bring imaginations larger than reality could possibly be. Looking back is a normal way to cope with change and remembering the good things from days gone by is way to build great futures.

We want stability, but what can be stable? What can be constant and not changing? What can we count on? For many of us God is the stability that helps us face the future. He is a God of love that sent His Son to teach us and to die for us, this is the God that gives us a Holy Spirit to comfort and guide us, the great God of love and hope. In Matthew 10:28-32 (NRSV) it says, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven.” 

Yes the “Times are a Changin’,” but God’s love is forever.

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JOHN A. SICARD

John A. Sicard, age 76, of Chesaning, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at Brady Center Wesleyan Church in Oakley. Burial followed at Ridge Road Cemetery. The family received friends from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Nelson-House Funeral Homes Martin Chapel, and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. John was born on March 31, 1941 to Roy O. and Mamie L. (Fredenburg) Sicard in Hope Township, Michigan. He grew up on the family farm, and he graduated from Cedar Springs High School. He also attended Spring Arbor College. In his early years, John worked as a factory worker. He then worked as a mailman for the US Postal Service for 30 years. During his life, John loved being with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a member of Racy Free Methodist Church, where he served on the Church Board and as a Youth Director. He enjoyed fishing and watching sports. John is survived by his children, Michael Sicard, Kimberly (Dan) Crane, and Jamie (Michael) Sleeseman; his grandchildren, Malachi, Elisha, Joshua, and Saralyn; his sisters, Sarah (Harry) Joslin, Goldie (Elwyn) Joslin, and Sandra (Richard) Thrasher; his brother, Michael Sicard; and his brother-in-law, Roger Klinge. He is predeceased by his daughter, Tonia; and his siblings, Rachel Klinge, Betty Stults, Tom Sicard, and David Sicard. Memorial contributions are suggested to the wishes of the family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.nelson-house.com.

Arrangements by Nelson-House Funeral Homes, Cheasaning, Michigan

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SALLY JO LEWIS

 

Sally Jo Lewis, age 71, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Vestaburg, passed away on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at her home in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Sally was born in Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Donald F. and Marion Clara (Mulford) Price. She was raised in the Ionia area attending local public schools. Sally graduated from Cedar Springs in 1982. She married Jasper Lewis in Cedar Springs in 1982. Sally had many hobbies including Karaoke (she was known as the Karaoke Queen and Mustang Sally), fishing, picnics, visiting with family and friends, and she loved Elvis and country music. Sally was a member of Springs Church in Cedar Springs. Sally will be missed by her husband Jasper Lewis; three children Joseph A. (Stephanie) Price of Lansing, George J. (DeeAnna) Hinderline of Mt. Pleasant, and Mary (Robert Vansplinter) Woodard of Pierson; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister Vicki Sue (Doug) Wagner of Lansing; four step-siblings Jackie Topper of Stanton, Dianne Greenhoe of Stanton, Bill (Darlene) Esch of Mount Pleasant, and Jeff Esch of Florida; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and church family. Sally was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Marion Price; two sons Matthew and Michael Hinderline; two brothers Barry and Larry Price; former husband George W. Hinderline; niece Melissa Price; and nephew Donald F. Misner. Funeral services for Sally will be held Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior, at the Springs Church, 135 Grant St., Cedar Springs, Michigan, with Pastor Robert Jones officiating. The family will be accepting friends at visitation on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview, Michigan. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. A private burial will take place in Richland Township Cemetery the following day. Those wishing to contribute in Sally’s memory are asked to consider Community First Federal Credit Union Lakeview, Michigan, for Jasper Lewis.

Arrangements by Brigham Funeral Chapel, Lakeview

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GWENDOLYN CLAIRE PERRY

In Loving Memory of

GWENDOLYN CLAIRE PERRY

November 5, 1927 – June 28, 2016

Lyle Perry, Jr. and Family

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CORWIN – PRAHL

Charlie Prahl from Cedar Springs and Kathy Corwin from Cedar Springs fell in love and they are getting married. Yes, it will be a blended and blessed family. The blending will begin on June 30, 2017.

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50th Anniversary

DARYL & JO MAGOON

Daryl and Jo Magoon will celebrate their 50th anniversary on June 16th, 2017 with their four children, Melissa Mason, Kimberly (Scott) Saboo, Daryl (Cindy) Magoon Jr., Jason Magoon, eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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Congratulations

MEGHAN & RYAN LINDEMAN

Meghan Huntoon Lindeman, great-grandchild of long time Cedar Springs resident Betty Goller, and her husband Ryan Lindeman, recently graduated from the graduate school at Northern Illinois University. Meghan earned her doctorate in psychology and Ryan earned his master’s degree in public administration. Ryan also earned a promotion from staff sergeant to second lieutenant in the US Army by graduating from the Northern Illinois University ROTC program. Meghan’s grandfather, Max Huntoon, a veteran of the Vietnam war and Sand Lake resident, delivered Ryan’s first salute as a US Army officer.

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Russell A. Weis II

Russell A. Weis II, age 52, of Cedar Springs, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Grand Rapids. Russell was born November 17, 1964 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Russell and Donna (Sims) Weis. He was a hard working man. He enjoyed cars and was a mechanic, and later worked in HVAC. He was a great father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife, Jane; children, Rachel Schutt, Russell Weis III, and Leah Weis; four grandchildren; niece, Alix Millar, and nephew Nathan Cubitt. He was preceeded in death by his parents and a sister, Naomi Cubitt. A graveside service was held Wednesday, June 14 at 1:00pm at Ashton Cemetery, north of Reed City.

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

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MICHAEL A. SHELLITO

 

Michael A. Shellito, 19 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, June 12, 2017 at his home. Michael was born May 3, 1998 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a graduate of New Beginnings High School and was a natural at all sports and horseback riding. He was very much loved and will be missed by his family. Surviving are his father and stepmother, Andrew (Bonnie) Shellito; mother, Bonnie Phillips; brother, Andrew Shellito; sisters, Nicole Hinton and Madison Shellito. The family will receive 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 11:00 am. Pastor Larry Young officiating. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to help the family with expenses.

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

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Thank you

A special thanks to family and friends for sharing my 90th birthday with me. Thank you for the cards and gifts.

Thank you

Clark “Red” Robinson

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