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Tom C. Male

C-OBIT-maleTom C. Male 55 of Sand Lake, died Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tom was born September 27, 1960 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of James and Ione (Scholz) Male. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Eagles and the Eagle Riders. He grew his hair out and donated it to Locks of Love many times and was always looking out for others and putting on benefits for them. Surviving are his daughter, Sadie; grandchildren, Hannah, Mackenzie, and Maddox; sisters, Belinda and Bonnie (Chris); girlfriend, Cheryl; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ron; nephew, Fred. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, July 23 at his home. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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God will never forget

Hillcrest-Church-picPastor Kristi J. Rhodes  

Hillcrest Community Church of God

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

 

Greetings Cedar Springs!

God will never become distracted, preoccupied or neglectful toward one of His children. God said in Isaiah 49:15 that it would be more likely for a nursing mother to forget her infant child at her breast than for Him to forget one of His children! A mother’s senses are so in tune with her child, she knows when her child needs her even if they are in another room. A loving mother knows when it’s time to feed or care for her baby. God said surely it’s possible for her to forget yet I will not forget you.

It is so perfect that God chose this example to describe how He looks after His people, for He is more sensitive to the needs of His children than even the most loving mother. He anticipates every cry for help. Even before we can call out in need, God is already responding with His answer (Isaiah 65:24). This has to be one of the most comforting promises God has given to us, that He will never forget us!

Don’t let the difficult circumstances you are facing convince you that God has forgotten you. Don’t ever assume that God is more concerned with the needs of other, more significant, more spiritual people than He is with yours. Scripture teaches that God looks upon you with the same love, interest, and concern as a nursing mother would look upon her infant. It should reassure you to know that your Father loves you like that. Our motivation for all our actions must be that kind of love.

With that kind of love—unconditional love—not because of what we have done, but because of who He is, how can we not love Him completely? Jesus said, if you love me, you will obey my commands. After all, God’s plans are for our good. His commands are to make life better for us, not to harm us.

Recently I read in 2 Timothy 2:24, “And the servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient.” There should be no quarrelsome Christians. If you find yourself often quarreling with others you need to ask God to clearly reveal your motives and to forgive you for your disobedience to His clear command.

If your motivation for arguing comes from your desire to be right, or to be exonerated, or to gain the esteem of those listening to you, you are acting selfishly, and God will not honor you. God is not interested in how right you are. He is interested in how obedient you are. God’s command is not that you win arguments, but that you are kind and forgiving when others mistreat you. You bring God no honor by winning a dispute in His name, but you reflect a Christlike character when you demonstrate patience to those who mistreat you or misunderstand your motives. Arguing may never win people to your view, but loving them as Christ does will win you many friends over time and may even win some to the Kingdom of God.

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CURT & LAURA HOFFMAN

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Curt and Laura Hoffman are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. They were married on July 26, 1986 in Dorr, Michigan. The couple was blessed with two daughters, Jessica (Ricardo) Narvaez of Houston, Texas and Sarah (Igor) Kuzmenko of Lititz, Pennsylvania and four grandchildren: Anna, Nikolas, Oksana, and Jorge. A trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway is planned for this fall.

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MYRTLE LOUISE ELDRED

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Myrtle Louise Eldred, age 99, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 15, 2016 at her home. She was born on March 2, 1917 in Gillette, Wyoming to Guy and Elsie (Terrill) Moyes. When Myrtle was six months old, the family moved to Cedar Springs where she resided the rest of her life. She attended Cedar Springs Schools and was the valedictorian of the Class of 1935. On September 4, 1937 she married Max Eldred who preceded her in death in 2007. Together, they raised two sons, Russell (Mara) of Cedar Springs, and Jack (Mary) of Frederick, Maryland. From 1965 to 1973, Max and Myrtle owned and operated the Cedar Springs Elevator and later were co-owners with their son Russell, of the White Creek Country Estates. Myrtle served as the treasurer of both businesses and as the treasurer of the Cedar Springs Free Methodist Church (now The Springs) where she was a devout and faithful member. In later life, Myrtle and Max enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Alaska, Europe, and China. Surviving, along with her sons and daughters-in-law are a sister, Doris Stark; grandchildren, Anitra, Michael (Ann), Sean (Caryn) and Brandon (Wendy); seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Margaret Eldred; many nieces and nephews; special friend and caregiver, Marion Liley. The family will greet friends Thursday, July 21 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant St. Cedar Springs. Pastor Barry Briggs officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to The Springs Church.

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

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PHYLLIS MAHLICH

Mrs. Phyllis Mahlich of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 76, passed away Sunday, July 18, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Phyllis is survived by her beloved husband Gerald Mahlich;  children Karen (Curt) Tackmann and Tim Mahlich; grandchildren; Damian Mahlich; Jeffrey (Nicole), Rebecca (Phil), Alex, and Logan Tackmann; brothers; Gene and Jim (Pam) Butler; sister; Nancy Mumah; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Wenona Butler.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 22 with visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Rockford United Methodist Church, 59 Maple Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Heart Association or Cedar Springs Education Foundation.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford, 

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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Memorials

JOYCE “JO” LESPERANCE

June 2, 1946 – June 25, 2004

JACOB J. GROVER

February 21, 1942 – July 30, 2004

Deeply missed by spouses, relatives

 and friends

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MILDRED WESCHE ROBERTSON

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In the early morning hours of Monday, July 11, 2016, Mildred Wesche Robertson, age 94, died surrounded by those who loved her and cared for her during her long battle with dementia. She had played her last game of Solitaire and written her last letter to her grandchildren. Mildred prepared her children for life by her example. She loved her family unconditionally and supported them during the challenges in their lives and celebrated all of their accomplishments. Mildred was born to Raymond and Gladys McIntyre on Monday, May 8, 1922, in West Olive, Michigan. She graduated valedictorian from Cedar Springs High School in 1940, and just one year later, married Raymond Wesche. Together, they owned a farm on 18 Mile Road, just east of Algoma Avenue. It was there she raised her family, taught them the value of a good education, and to put in a day’s work for a day’s pay. Those values are now being honored by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every week they were in college, she would handwrite each of them a letter with encouragement and immeasurable love. Mildred worked for Rockford State Bank and for Wolverine Worldwide. She loved her community and was very active in it. When time allowed, she loved to read, crochet, and was an avid crafter and puzzler. Mildred was also an adventurous woman. She traveled often with her second husband, Earl Robertson, and even went whitewater rafting with her family at the young age of 81. Mildred is survived by her children, Ronald (Marcella) Wesche, Joyce (John) Hansen, Kenneth Wesche, and Nancy (Tim) Gerlich; daughter-in-law, Alice Wesche; grandchildren Brian Wesche, Krista (Jason) Noel, Andy (Tonya) Wesche, Aaron (Agnes) Wesche, Amy Marie Lovall, Alissa Wesche, Randy Wesche, Amy Michelle (Greg) Tribe, James Hansen, and Jeff (Sara) Hansen; great grandchildren, Jacob, Shane, Harleigh, Karissa, Alex, Logan, Ava, Kai, Zane, Pierce, Faith, Kimberly, Brittany, and Candice; one great-great granddaughter, Izabellah; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other beloved members of the Wesche family. In addition, she is survived by her special caregiver, Marlene Downes; and her faithful visitors, Michael Barwacz, and Keira and Kayla Painter, who will love and remember their “Pinkie” forever. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Raymond Wesche on January 30, 1967, and Earl Robertson on August 16, 1994; son Milford “Mick” Wesche; brothers and sister, Lawrence (Ardath) McIntyre, Bob (Marie) McIntyre, Don (Doris) McIntyre, Jim (Kletis) McIntyre, Edna (Harvey) Hyde; sister-in-law Ida (Ralph) Hineline; and brother-in-law Gus Wesche. There will be a time of visitation from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Mildred will be celebrated by Pastor Steve Lindeman at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home. There will be an additional time of visitation, one hour prior to the service. Mildred will be laid to rest in Solon Township Cemetery. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society, 129 Jefferson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; or to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 966, Grand Blanc, MI 48480.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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THOMAS D. HOVEY SR.

28C--obit-HoveyThomas D. Hovey Sr., age 86, of Sand Lake passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 at his home. Tom was born June 22, 1930 in Grand Rapids. Surviving are his wife, Linda (Kort) Hovey; children, Mary and Tom Vaugh, Tom Hovey Jr., Kim and Karen Hovey, Pam and Al Pike, John Rasmussen, Lisa and Bill Groot; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Marilyn Demerest; sisters-in-law, Jackie Kort, Judy Doxey and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Marcia Hovey; brother, Lee F. Hovey Jr.; his parents, Lee  and Petronella Hovey and in-laws, Pete and Phyllis Kort. Early on in life Tom’s interests revolved around racing. His first experience was at Bigelow Field in 1948 and a long career ensued in open wheeled racing. He was recognized as a fierce dirt track competitor at many Midwest tracks. He was an avid hunter with trips to Montana, Iowa, Canada and the Upper Peninsula. As a fisherman he loved the water. In the last ten years of his life he was happiest on their houseboat, “The Hardy Hilton” surrounded by friends and family telling funny stories which he did best. Tom worked many years as a truck driver and equipment operator, starting at Bishop Motor Freight with his dad and brother. Then he owned his own truck and worked for Reith Riley. He also owned Fun Spot Bowling Alley in Irons, Michigan and went to Central Alaska in 1980 where he gold mined and repaired heavy equipment. In 1992 Tom retired from Grand Valley Redi-Mix/Ottawa Aggregates. He then went back to work hauling dies for General Die until 1999. The family wishes to thank Spectrum Health Palliative and Hospice Care. A celebration of life will be held in the fall.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike, Cedar Springs, MI.

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Humility

Cedar-Christian-ChurchPastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

Throughout the history of mankind, pride and boastfulness has attached itself to the brashness of men. Most of us are likely guilty of this to some degree. Consequently, God tells us to turn away from this notion and seek to humble one’s self. Humility is what God desires as it acts as an opposite of pride. Humility does not mean thinking badly of yourself, or trying to hide your accomplishments. If you know a person who boasts and brags about his successes, or acts as if he were better than other people, you already have a view of what you should not do. No one wants to be around a person like this. In contrast, the person who is humble gives credit where it is due.

The Christian who practices humility begins by acknowledging God as the source of all that is good in their life.  If he gains a success, he knows he would not have accomplished it without God. When you experience something positive, be aware that God is the source of the wonderful blessing. Your awareness of God extends to knowing he would not even exist otherwise. A humble person will defer glory and credit to God, not boasting in his own self.

Humility extends to hard events in life, too. When you experience a loss or a difficulty, these are also times to acknowledge God. The strength and courage to continue during hard times come from knowing there is a reason for your faith. Knowing God will not let you down or leave you results in faith based on humility. When pressing on is something you know you cannot do alone, all you need to do is acknowledge God as the source of your strength.

To acknowledge God working all things for our good is one part of humility. Another part is to be thankful. Learning to be thankful is a good place to start in regard to humility. While it may seem easy to thank God for his gifts when you are going through a difficult time or experiencing something very positive, humility requires consistent gratitude. If you start by thanking God for your life and every new day, being humble will become natural for you. Pride will eventually give way to humility. It may not happen overnight. It may have to follow a painful process, because pride can be very, very stubborn. Like an embedded splinter deep in the flesh of your foot, it is hard to remove. You cannot remove it alone, and there is constant throbbing and pain until it is extracted. This is the plight of pride. Pain and suffering are its cohorts. Pride provides a false sense of security.

Humble yourself, and trust God to humble others. It is easy to recognize pride in others while it is still looming in your spirit. Run from spiritual pride. It is the worst kind. It is insidious. It is self-righteousness in nature, and it chokes the Holy Spirit. Humility grows in an environment of honesty, openness, prayer, and change. Be a change agent on behalf of the humble. Humble pride!

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George C. Allington

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Mr. George C. Allington, age 91, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 9, 2016. George was born in Cedar Springs in 1925, he lived in Solon Township most of his life. George grew up on Lime Lake and attended Christian Hill School, and Cedar Springs Jr. High and High School. George joined the Army on April 12, 1944, served in the European Theater, and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge on December 24, 1944. He received a Purple Heart, and the European Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars. He married Eldona “Donie” Louise Weller just before leaving for World War II, in August 1944. She preceded him in death in April of 2013. Upon return, they purchased a farm in Solon Township on Hanna Avenue and raised six children. George and Donie were married for 69 years. They operated a dairy farm for over 30 years. George also worked out at Rapistan, Sparta Foundry, Standard Oil, and Wolverine Brass in Grand Rapids until retirement. He was a charter member of the Pioneer Christian Reformed Church in Cedar Springs and served as a Deacon, Elder, and a Sunday School Teacher. After retirement, George and Donie served with Christian Reformed World Relief—now known as World Renew—and Appalachia Reach Out. On September 28, 2014 married Marilyn Baas and they had two happy years together. George is survived by his loving wife Marilyn, children, Dr. Richard (Dr. Ann McGill Franzen) Allington, Allen (HongXia) Allington, Len (Kimberly) Allington, David (Paula) Allington, Mary (Kim) Coonen, and Dale (Marcey) Allington. George was also blessed with 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild. There will be a time of visitation on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, at 11:00 AM at Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford with Rev. Jacob Heerema officiating. Interment will be at Solon Township Cemetery under the auspices of the Kent County Veteran’s Honor Guard and the United State Army. Memorials to: World Renew, 1700 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

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