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Trudy Louise Magoon Drent of Cedar Springs, Michigan, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2017 at 63 years of age.  Trudy was very much loved and will be greatly missed by all of her family.  Trudy is preceded in death by her husband, Ben Drent; her mother and father, Macil and George Magoon; her brothers, Larry, Danny, Raymond (Carol), Bill (Ruth) Magoon, and Bernard Gritzmaker.  She is survived by her sisters Cheryl Magoon, Luwalla Magoon and Linda Teasdale; her brothers, Daryl (Jo), and Dennis (Connie) Magoon. Trudy (TT) was a beloved Aunt to many but was a second mother, best friend, and confidante to Michelle Kent, Kristen Kent and Madison (Aiyana) Walters.  Baby Aiyana brought so much joy and happiness to Trudy’s last days.  Trudy did everything for her nieces and nephews – and there are a lot of them!  Specially made birthday cakes, her special popcorn balls, and simply always love and hugs for all.  Trudy enjoyed cooking and baking and had a large family that enjoyed every creation she made. Trudy was laid to rest next to her beloved husband Ben in a small family ceremony.  The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, that funeral cost contributions be sent to Pederson’s Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe Street, Rockford, MI 49341 to Trudy’s account.

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Katie Anderson and Andrew Martin of Cedar Springs are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Adelynn Rose Martin. She was born on February 11, 2017 at 11:12 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. She weighed 5 pounds 15 ounces and was 19 inches long. Adelynn was welcomed home by her sisters, Riley Martin and Kayla Schoenborn. Proud grandparents are Mark Anderson and Linda Morse of Cedar Springs, Catherine & Jeff Knapp of Cedar Springs and Chuck Martin of Rockford; and maternal great-grandparents, Baa – Boo Anderson of Cedar Springs.

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David Laverne Park

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David Laverne Park, born May 14th 1954, passed peacefully in his home on Thursday, February 2, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents Ray Laverne Park and Mabel Maxine (McQuiston) Park and brothers Robert, Rodger, Raymond and Steven. He will be dearly remembered by his loving wife Kathy; children, Jennifer, James and Amanda; grandchildren, Krystal, Brynadine, Jacob, Jennah, Riley, Destiny and Bentley; great-grandchildren, Katilynne, Bai, Phee, and Khalisia; brother Terry, many special cousins, family and friends. Dan was a fun loving guy, always cracking jokes. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with those he loved. There will be a Celebration of his life Saturday February 18, 2 p.m. at 190 Grand St. Pierson MI 49339. All our welcome to join us in sharing a few good memories of a wonderful man.

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Carol A. Phelps age 80 of Cedar Springs, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at her home. Carol was born June 30, 1936 in Paw Paw Township, Michigan the daughter of Bernard and Maude (Sirrine) Schidt. She served as Nelson Township Clerk for many years. She loved the Lord and serving in church, most recently, North Kent Community Church. Surviving are her children, Debra Austin and Todd Phelps; grandchildren, Shawn (Katy) Austin, Troy (Kendra) Austin, Brandon Austin; six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Phelps. Services were held Wednesday, February 8th at North Kent Community Church, 1480 Indian Lakes Road NE, Sparta. Pastor Craig Carter officiating. Interment in the spring in East Nelson Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to pay it forward with an act of kindness.

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

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Linda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, Arizona. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow at the church.

Local arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Precious thoughts

Pastor Craig Carter

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. • Sparta, MI 49345 


“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you” (Psalms 139:17-18 NIV).

I am thinking about my sermon series for this month on “Love.” Specifically, God’s love for me! I could not help but contemplate on the verse in Psalms 139:17-18 that tells me what God thinks about me. Did you know that the thoughts God thinks about me are much better than what I think about myself? Let’s look at these verses and the three primary characteristics about God’s thoughts.

First, God’s thoughts are precious. When you reflect on your life and what you think about yourself, do find your personal thoughts precious? The Hebrew word here for “precious” means to be precious, valued and honored. It is also a verb that means God puts actions behind His thoughts. He is always working behind the scenes of our lives to show us our value and to bring us honor. Another root Hebrew word for “precious” means “to be pleased.” Do you know when God thinks about you, He is pleased? Why? Because you do everything, right? No! Most of us spend our whole lives trying to please others and God, too. However, according to His Word, the only thing that pleases Him is faith, and our trust in what Jesus already did. God so loved us that he sent his son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins (John 3:16). He put action behind His loving thoughts.

Secondly, His thoughts toward you are numerous; they are vast. He said if we could count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When was the last time you accurately counted the number of sand grains at Grand Haven beach? In your human ability, it is not possible. Yet, God says that’s how much he thinks about you! God thinks about you all the time. Psalm 139: 2-4 says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.”  The Hebrew word for “vast” not only means be to be numerous or great, but to be powerful, mighty and strong. God’s thoughts toward us are strong. They are not “strong” with negativity, but strong in love. They are designed to make us stronger. Understanding and receiving God’s loving thoughts towards you empowers you to be strong. Romans 8:35-37 says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”

Lastly, His thoughts are comforting and reassuring. Notice in verse 18, David says, “when I awake, I am still with you.”  It is as if he is surprised that God is still there. The word “awake” implies it’s a new day. When I wake up today, He is still there. He has not left me. Regardless of my previous day, good or bad, He is still there. Remember, God’s thoughts and actions are strong, filled with the power to convince you of His love towards you. There is no greater statement of love than consistency and faithfulness. All of us have experienced unfaithfulness in some way, shape or form—a lack of follow through, a broken promise, a failed commitment. Whatever the form, we know the insecurity it brings into our lives regarding love. However, God assures us again and again, that He will “never leave us or forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5).

Remember that when you wake up tomorrow, God is still there with you, and He is for you! His thoughts and actions towards you are precious and vast, designed to reveal to you that He loves you. You’re precious and so are God’s thoughts toward you.

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Scott S. Smith


OBIT-ScottScott S. Smith of Cedar Springs, MI, age 47, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017. He was born to Stephen Smith and Jill Smith-Tisdel on February 13, 1969 in Grand Rapids, MI. Scott was born the eldest of 3 children in Sand Lake, Michigan. He was a graduate of Englishville High School in 1988. He loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. Scott is survived by both of his loving parents, Stephen Smith and Jill Smith-Tisdel; by Heather Kieft, the mother of his children; Jasmyn Smith and Cheyenne Smith; his fiance of 10 years Jennifer Bedell; siblings Nancy Lee Smith and Cindy Lee Smith; son Jeremiah Augustus Smith; grandson Jaxon; and step-mom Helen Smith. Scott was preceded in death by his grandparents, George & Ruth Smith, and Roger & Elenor Gunneson; step-dad David Tisdel. Those wishing to make a memorial contributions to the care and raising of his son, Jeremiah, can do so by calling or texting Nancy Smith at 231-250-5701. A memorial service was held on Monday, January 30, 2017, at 7 pm at Camp Lake Baptist Church 12150 N Division Ave, Sparta, MI 49345.

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Judeth L. Hoskins


Mrs. Judeth L. Hoskins of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 72, passed away unexpectedly in the comfort of her home on the evening of Friday, January 20, 2017. Judeth is survived by her beloved husband of forty-eight years, Thomas Hoskins; loving children Shawn (Patti) Hoskins, Jerome (Jean) Hoskins, Connie (Hector) Padilla; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother Sam (Deann) Watson; sister-in-law Shelby Watson; and other beloved members of the Hoskins and Watson families. She was preceded in death by her parents, Erma and Joe Watson; and brother Tim Watson. For over twenty years, together, Judeth and Tom owned the Farm Country Cheese House in Lakeview. Judeth was an incredibly talented cheesemaker and in her free time she enjoyed going antiquing, quilting, making homemade soap, and tending to her goats. She also made doll clothes for the Forgotten Man Ministries. Judeth really loved the simple things in life, but the love she had for her family was without measure. Judeth was a loving and devoted wife, wonderful mother, proud grandmother, dear sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her family, friends, and all those who knew her. The funeral service for Judeth was celebrated by Rev. Ken Harger at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Forgotten Man Ministries, 3940 Fruit Ridge Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.

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Your mission in life

Hillcrest-Church-picPastor Kristi J. Rhodes  

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

Do you know your life mission? Have you given much thought to your mission in life? People sometimes spend their whole life searching for what gives them purpose, hope, value and fulfillment. If you’re looking in the wrong places, you only find disappointment, frustration, bitterness and envy.

Jesus had a mission. He knew what His mission was. He never lost sight of His mission, no matter what was going on around Him and to Him. He always kept the main thing, the main thing. He didn’t allow anything to distract Him from His mission. There are several places in the Bible where we find His mission clearly stated. Do you want to know what it was, and still is? Jesus quoted scripture from Isaiah chapter 61:1-3 among other places, regarding His mission in life. He said, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, to preach good news to the poor. He sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…to comfort those who mourn, provide for those who grieve, exchange beauty for ashes, gladness instead of mourning, praise instead of despair” (NIV). Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He was passionate about His mission. The impact of His three years of ministry will reign for all eternity.

Jesus said in John 14:12: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father” (NIV).

So then, what are you deeply passionate about? It’s that thing that when you get to talk about it, you begin to speak faster and your voice goes up an octave! You begin to get excited. Where is your greatest impact? What are you best at? The place where all these intersect, is your personal sweet spot. God created everyone for a unique purpose. He has created everyone with unique gifts and talents. No one on earth is exactly like you in every way. Even twins may look alike but are not exactly alike in every way.

When we serve in our sweet spot, our service never feels like work. When you operate in your sweet spot, it energizes you. What do you do that energizes you? What drains you? Knowing what you’re not created for is just as important.  Operating outside of your sweet spot for extended periods of time will suck the life right out of you. You will find peace and fulfillment in your life when you seek and agree with God’s plan and unique purpose for your life. After all, He is the only One who knows why He created you. Apart from Him, it is impossible to discover our purpose. Our mission in life is to fulfill our purpose. Our value is not found in the things of this world. In God’s eyes, we are worth more than anything this world has to offer.

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In loving memory of our beloved parents

Donald and Audrey White.

Dad passed away January 25, 2016.

Mother passed away February 2, 2013.

Deeply missed by children, grandchildren, 

great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

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