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Charles W. Mc Mullen

Charles W. Mc Mullen 84 of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Metron of Belding. Mr. Mc Mullen was born March 5, 1930 in Marne, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Army from 1947-1951 as a welder. He enjoyed woodworking and being involved in the North Kent Senior Center. Surviving are his wife, Ruth; sons, Chuck (Shirley) Mc Mullen, Joe Mc Mullen, Mike Mc Mullen; step children, Karen L. Bansen, David (Cherrie) Patterson, Steven (Teresa) Patterson, Ray Patterson; many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bertha. Visitation and service was held Tuesday, July 8 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Tom Logsdon officiating. Interment Oakwood Cemetery, Lowell. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

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


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Dorthy Jean Peters, 92, of Brunswick, Missouri died on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Brunswick Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at the Breshears Memorial Chapel, Brunswick, Missouri, Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. Pastors Jonathan Rice and Bill Gamber officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott Grove Cemetery, Brunswick, Missouri. Dorthy was born on June 30, 1922 at Riverside Township, Michigan, the daughter of Merle and Christel Burkett Bell. She was married to Arrow Peters on January 22, 1941 at Laingsburg, Michigan. Arrow survives her at the home. For a total of sixty years Dorthy had taught music in three states including Cedar Springs, Michigan where she taught music to sixty-five students per week in her home. She had supported missions for many years, been active in Childhood Evangelism and had taught Sunday School in several churches. She was a member of the Brunswick Baptist Church. She is also survived by one daughter, Ruth Rice and her husband Herbert of Brunswick, Missouri; one sister, Agnes Rounds of Rockford, Michigan; three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorials may be made to: The Gideons and may be left at or mailed to: Breshears Memorial Chapel, 207 W. Broadway, Brunswick, MO 65236.

Arrangements by Breshears Memorial Chapel


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Nathan E. Hatfield, 66 of Sand Lake, died Saturday, July 4, 2014. Nathan was born August 19, 1947 in Lansing, Michigan the son of Ira and Elda (Kniffen) Hatfield. He graduated from Tri-County High School in 1966 and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving during the Vietnam War. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren very much and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Surviving are his wife, Rosemary (Johnson); children, Kimberly (Mark) Cooper, Michelle (Bob Hardin) Feikema; grandchildren, Ashlie (Dave Riggs) Feikema, Amanda (Richard Oliver) Cooper, Matthew Cooper; great-granddaughter, Maddelyn Oliver. The family will greet friends Thursday from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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


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Evelyn Jean Grindle, 71 of Cedar Springs, passed away Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at her home after a 14 year struggle with COPD. She is now holding hands with her husband in heaven. She was born May 14, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Ronald and Betty (Young) Exton. Surviving are her children, Pamela (Mel) DeKraker, Dennis Grindle; many special grandchildren and very special great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; son, Curly and grandson, Josh. Her wish was to be cremated and there will be no services.

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


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“Dependence Day”

No, that is not a typo! As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day for the United States of America, I am reminded of how our country gained its independence from Britain. It was with dependence on God. As a matter of fact, the very first resolution brought before the First Continental Congress, and immediately passed was the declaration that they would open every meeting with a prayer. Our founding fathers were dependent on God. Our country was founded on Biblical principles.

Have you ever actually read our country’s founding documents? I have and was pleasantly surprised. I was not aware of how many times God and Our Creator are mentioned and honored in several of our official founding documents. As Americans, we depend on the Constitution and these documents to guide our lives. Knowing our history makes us all better Americans. Just as knowing, depending on and living by our Bible makes us better Christians. Many who claim to believe the Bible have never even read it.

We become stagnant, when we become dependent on wrong or destructive things.

“Stagnation is seen often in people who abuse substances such as drugs and alcohol. Their emotional development likely stopped at the age they began to escape life through substance abuse. One cannot grow when one no longer participates in life” (Dr. Henry Cloud).  

This rings true in our relationship with God, as well, when we become dependent on anything else over God. Just as when we stop participating in our Christian life, stagnation occurs. The one and only thing we must become dependent on is God, our Creator.

Peter Scazzero states in his book, “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality,” Christianity is not about our disciplined pursuit of God, but about God’s relentless pursuit of us—to the point of dying on a cross for us that we might become his friends. The inexhaustible God loves us so intensely that every time someone turns to Him after wandering from His love for us, all heaven breaks out in a thunderous celebration (see Luke 15:7).

Most of us believe this in our minds. This is the message of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Experiencing this infinite love in our hearts, however, is another matter. But only when we stop fighting God and submit to dependence on Him, will we ever be transformed and experience His infinite love in our hearts. Once God has won our hearts, we pursue Him with a hunger and thirst that can only be quenched by more of Him. Then spending time with Him and His love letter, aka, the Bible is not a duty but satisfying an inner craving to know Him more. Like me–if that is you, then you too will celebrate “Dependence Day”!

Pastor Kristi J. Rhodes  

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Happy 80th Birthday

C-BIRTHDAY-Avery-web80th Birthday Party Open House will be held for Leon Avery on Sunday, July 13th from 2 to 5 pm at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall. No gifts please, just your presence.

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C-ENG-Allen-Hill-webDoug and Char Allen, of Rockford, are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Allen, to Adam Hill, the son of Bruce and Debra Hill, of Sand Lake. Adam and Amber are graduates of Cedar Springs High School. An October 2014 wedding is planned.

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In loving memory of our dear father and grandfather, Peter Naffziger, who passed away 48 years ago on July 5, 1966.

We thought of you with love today,

But that is nothing new.

We thought about you yesterday,

And the days before that too.

God has you in His keeping,

We have you in our hearts.

We miss and love you.

Sadly missed by Children and Grandchildren

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Alton and Irene White

In loving memory of our dear father, Alton White who passed away 49 years ago June 14, 1965, and our dear mother, Irene White, who passed away 39 years ago, July 10, 1975.

Your filled our hears with happiness and gave us all your love.

For all the years we shared with you, we thank the Lord above.

Sadly missed by

Roger & Diane White

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Mrs. Marjorie “Peg” House, aged 83, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on June 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph. Peg is survived by her children, Sue House, Mike (Brenda) House, Mark (Sherry) House, and Ted (Carol) House; 10 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; brother, Charles Lewis of Elkins, WV; and many nieces and nephews. Peg was the spiritual influence to her family and was a faithful servant of our Lord and Savior. The Funeral Service was held at 11 am on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Heritage Life Story Funeral Home, 2120 Lake Michigan Dr. NW with her pastor, Rev. Thomas Koon officiating. Friends visited with her family from 6-8 pm on Tuesday and from 10 am until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Baldrick’s (Pediatric Cancer Research) or Ambassador Baptist Church, Elkins, WV. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to leave a memory or sign the guestbook online.

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