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Why is this happening?

Hillcrest-Church-picPastor Kristi J. Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319


“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude is more important than facts. It’s more important than the past, education, money, circumstances, failures, successes, or what other people think or say or do. It’s more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It’ll make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we’ll embrace for that day. We cannot change our past or the fact that people will act in a certain way. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude I’m convinced that life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” 

~Charles R. Swindoll

Just a few months ago, our youngest son, Branden, 27, was diagnosed with a very aggressive, rare form of lymphoma requiring aggressive chemotherapy treatment. A mass the size of a softball invaded his chest pressing on vital organs. His wife was due to deliver their second child almost any day when they got the news. Treatment began immediately. The day before he was to be admitted at Butterworth for his first 5 day round of chemo, his wife was admitted at the same hospital resulting in emergency C-section, giving birth to their daughter. A few hours later, Branden went downstairs to begin treatment for cancer.

Since this journey began (early February), Branden has undergone three surgeries,  a collapsed lung, emergency bedside chest tube insertion, a viral infection, a very serious bacterial infection, as well as being separated from his family every three weeks for a week at a time.

I know there are people who are worse off. That’s not my point. Here’s my point. Long before the first diagnosis, Branden has and continues to praise God. He says this is just a miracle waiting to happen. If anyone has the right to ask, “Why is this happening?” he does. However that question has never crossed his mind. Instead, his question is, “How can I bring glory to God through what is happening?”

He knows God has the power to heal him instantaneously, but says, “If God will be glorified more by me going through this journey, then I’m willing to walk through whatever He needs me to for His Glory!” God’s goodness doesn’t change because our circumstances have.  As people visit him in the hospital, they continually share that they went to bless and minister to him, but instead, he blessed and ministered to them. As this journey continues, so does his peace and trust in God. Whatever the outcome, he wins!

One of his favorite verses for strength is Joshua 1:9 (NIV): Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Whatever you’re facing, remember:  Peace is found in the ability to see God’s presence, perceive God’s power, and focus on God’s plan in spite of the obstacles.

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90th Birthday Celebration

Virginia Wolfe

90th Birthday Celebration

Please join the Wolfe Family

in celebrating this very special lady’s life.

Date: Sunday, May 28, 1:00 ~ 3:00 pm

Place: East Nelson Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs

A light meal will be served. No gifts please.

We are preparing a Memory Book featuring notes and pictures from friends and relatives. Will you please write a note to Virginia reflecting your thoughts and memories of good times you have shared with her? Please include a picture or two of you, your family or perhaps one of you with Virginia. We will place these items in the Memory Book for her to keep. Return the letter and/or picture to:

Sue Wolfe, 15290 Tisdel Ave., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

or bring it with you to the party.

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60th wedding


Marilyn & Duane Anderson

May 21st at 2 pm 

Come celebrate Marilyn & Duane Anderson 60th wedding anniversary at their home 18202 22 Mile Rd., Sand Lake. Hosted by their children Dean & Julie Anderson, Teresa & Joe Hoffman, Bruce & Laurie Anderson and Randy Anderson. No gifts please, light refreshments & appetizers will be served.

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November 8, 1948 – May 13, 2016

In loving memory of a husband, dad, stepdad, grandpa, friend, veteran, hunter and jack-of-all-trades. Someone we love has gone away and life is not the same. The greatest gift that you can give is just to speak his name. We cannot make more memories since he’s no longer here, so when you speak of them to me, it’s music to my ear.

Forever in our hearts

Never forgotten

Love, Denise

Chad, Sherri, Ron

Ken, Courtney, Chase, Archer

& his little dog, Stormy

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Dorothy M. Olson


Dorothy M. Olson 91 of Cedar Springs, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at her home. Mrs. Olson was born May 23, 1925 in Sparta, MI the daughter of F.G. and Lena (Dargie) Reyburn. She graduated from Sparta High School and was a former member of First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Iris Society. Surviving are her children, Dave (Barb) Olson, Ron Olson, Judy (Al) Ferguson, Sandra Olson, Tom (Denise) Olson, Steve (Deb) Olson, Karen Olson, Joanne Olson, Phil Olson, Paul (Judy) Olson; 18 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 1988 and two brothers. The family would like to thank Spectrum Health Hospice for their help and care. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Friday 11:00 am. Pastor Chuck Smith officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery, Sparta. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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Joyce Elaine Owen


Joyce Elaine (Kellogg) Owen, 83, of Cedar Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, with her family by her side. Joyce was born August 27, 1933 in Columbiaville, MI, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Lynch) Kellogg. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Above all, she was a devoted wife to her husband, Ray of almost 56 years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, entertaining, reading, watching Tiger’s baseball games, and spending time at her cabin. Joyce enjoyed, even later in life, having company and hosting celebrations. Her house and cabin were always open for parties and entertaining. She loved people, and they loved her. She invested her time into her children and grandchildren’s lives and spent many evenings attending sporting events, plays, and recitals, and loved playing games with them as well. Joyce was a woman of faith, and her love for the Lord was evident in the way she treated others. She was active in her local church and had the gift of hospitality. Joyce will be remembered for being a kind and caring, but spunky lady and loved chatting with anyone over a cup of coffee. Surviving are her children, Cynthia Owen Schupp, Howard Owen, and Mick Owen; grandchildren, Stephen (Mollie), David, Luke, Isaac, and Jenna Schupp, Chandler and Beck Owen; great grandchildren, Keira and Tristan, sister, Marjorie Cappella; best friend, Nancy Hamilton; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Moses Ray Owen; son-in-law, Mark Schupp; siblings, Louise Burns and Duane Kellogg; friend Clarence Hamilton. The family received friends Sunday, May 7 at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Monday, May 8 at the First Baptist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastors Bert Boes and Robert Smith officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship (c/o Dave and Robin Olsen PO Box 710 Warrenton, MO 63383).

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Gertrude Edna Feikema (Vanderweide), age 93, passed way on May 1, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband Herman (1999), sons Ron (1975), and Ken (1983), and daughter Dawn Swift (2007). Gertrude is survived by her son Roger and Becky (Petroelje) Feikema; son-in-law Roger Swift; and grandchildren Josh and Jenna Feikema, Katie, Grace, Henry and Nathaniel Feikema, and Tyler and Travis Swift. A memorial service will be at Blythefield CRC, 6350 Kuttshill Dr. NE, Rockford, MI 49341 at 11a.m. Saturday, May 6th. Visitation at 10a.m.

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Harold L Stoner, age 78, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Born on February 7, 1939, he was the son of the late Max and Dorothy (Dines) Stoner of Cedar Springs, where he resided most of his life. He was a talented tool & die maker starting out at Keeler Brass where he met, and later married, Karen (Homrich) Stoner. He retired from General Motors to dedicate more time to the important things in life: family, mushroom hunting, fishing, golfing and gardening. He was a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 51 years, Karen; his children Traci (Stoner) & Chris Scherer, James Stoner and Robert Temple (and his grandpets Pinkie Lee & Goo). He was preceded in death by his brother & wife, Victor & Callie “Liz” Stoner. Celebration of Life services will be held at noon on May 5, 2017, at the Cedar Springs American Legion Hall, 91 South 1st St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319, with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to Spectrum Health Hospice https://give.spectrumhealth.org/donation then search Designation for “Spectrum Health Hospice” or to the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s, 3000 Monroe Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505.

Arrangements by Shoreline Memorial Services, Muskegon, Michigan (231)-722-5050. Leave a tribute for Harold at our website www.shorelinememorial.com

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Judith Kay Kuhn-Stiteler, 74, Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt passed away peacefully on April 22, 2017, in Donna, Texas with her husband and daughter Kelly by her side. She is survived by her sisters, Elouise Cook, Susan Frank (Mike); son Kevin (Linda); daughter Kelly (Paul); grandchildren Joshua, Kevin II (Aleacia), and Jaime (Ronald); great-grandchildren Allen, and Aireal; and many nieces and nephews.

Preceeding Judy in death, her husband William Kuhn (2005), her parents Albert and Myrtle Bruursema, and brother Dick Bruursema. A memorial to celebrate Judy’s life will be announced at a later date.

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May 24, 1945 – May 1, 2012

Five years ago you left us

things will never be the same

We reminisce about all the memories

and often speak your name

We know you are dancing with the angels

they are always by your side

And when the day comes we can meet you

Our arms will be opened wide

Loved and Missed

Marty, Dawn, Yvonne And Family

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