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LARRY O. WOODHULL

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Mr. Larry O. Woodhull, aged 71, a lifelong Cedar Springs area resident, passed away on Saturday, December 17, 2016. Larry was born February 13, 1945 in Grand Rapids, the son of Kenneth and Lila (Bowers) Woodhull. He was a 1963 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and attended Solon Center Wesleyan Church. He served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and worked for many years as a carpenter. Surviving are his brother Gary (Barbara) Woodhull; a niece Ann (Darryl) Stock and a nephew Patrick (Kristin) Woodhull, two grandnieces and two grandnephews. There will be a time of visitation on Thursday, December 22, 2016 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford followed immediately with Military Honors. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions to St. Jude Hospital or Solon Center Wesleyan Church would be appreciated.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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Thank you

Thank you Cedar Springs Lions Club and Tri-County Eagles for delivering gifts from Santa Claus Girls to 119 families  in the greater Cedar Springs area. We appreciate your dedication.

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Pay it forward this season

Solon-Center-Wesleyan-webRev. Chadrick Brown

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma, Cedar Springs 

(just north of 19 Mile)

 

 

A little while ago, I started watching a movie that I hadn’t seen in a long time. It came out back in 2000 and even back then it was a good movie that had the potential to really move people. What’s the movie? Pay It Forward. Have you seen it? Have you watched it again recently?

Even though the movie is not a Christmas movie, let alone a new release, it has some great things for us to remember this Christmas season. This movie is simply about the random acts of kindness started by a young boy who had a simple dream to make the world a kinder place. He wanted to start a new world order where random acts of kindness would be passed from one person to another until the whole world became one big happy family. What a great idea.

Isn’t this what Christmas is all about? Acts of kindness. Acts of love. Acts of gentleness. Acts that encourage other people. Can I tell you something? The very first Christmas was no random act of kindness. It was a deliberate act of love. God sent His son to this world to show you how much He loves you. Now that is something incredible to realize. But we can do more than just realize it; we can experience it, feel it and share it.

So, I want to encourage you. Go do some random acts of kindness. Be a part of making our community feel like a family. Help someone, say a kind word, smile more.  Look into people’s eyes when they are talking and be kind. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. I also want to encourage you in this way: the next time you do your random act of kindness, do it with God in mind. Because when we do something on behalf of God, we begin to imitate Him in a profound and wonderful way. We start to become what God desires each of us to become, people that look out and help other people. People that care for each other. People that encourage each other.

The teacher in the movie Pay It Forward gave this young boy a chance to do something great. God has given us the same chance to do some great things as well. This Christmas season, let’s be deliberate about our kindness and remember that it all started with God sending us His Son.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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FAWN SPIDEL RYAN

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Fawn Spidel Ryan, 55, of Danville, passed away Friday, December 2, 2016 at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center from complications of cancer. She was born on August 5, 1961 in Ashland, Ohio to the late Marvin Henry and Patsy Siferd Spidel. Fawn is survived by her husband of 32 years, Marty Ryan. Also surviving is a daughter, Mandy Ryan (Kyle Ayres) of Danville; two brothers, John Spidel (Phoebe) of Ohio and Ted Spidel (Cindy) of Alabama; two sisters, Marva Odren (Keith) of Michigan and Jill Chance (Dave) of Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews, beloved pets: Re-Re, Madeline, Petunia, Beauregard, and a grand-puppy, Penny. Fawn lived her life first for her Lord and secondly for her family and friends. She was known for her generosity and kindness. She had the heart of a lion and would always fight for those she loved. In her young adult life, she spent 4 years in missions. She raised a beautiful daughter. She helped establish a family business and went on to work as an accountant for other firms. Her life and vivacious spirit will be greatly missed. Visitation was Friday, December 9 from 5-8 p.m. at Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home, 331 South 4th St, Danville, Kentucky. Funeral services were Saturday, December 10 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with George Smith and Dave Chance officiating. Burial and graveside service was held Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. at the East Nelson Cemetery, 8601 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, Michigan. Pallbearers will be John Spidel, Ted Spidel, Dave Chance, Keith Odren, Kyle Ayres, and Troy Anderson. Donations in her honor can be made to YWAM Louisville or Heritage Hospice (please include “In memory of Fawn Ryan”). Cards may be sent to: The Ryan Home, 173 Candlewood Dr, Danville, KY 40422.

Arrangements by Preston Pruitt Spurlin Funeral Home

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JAY E. CRAMER

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July 30, 1931 – December 18, 2005

In loving memory of my dad who passed away 11 years ago this week. It’s never easy to say goodbye to anyone, but around the holidays, it’s even harder. My prayers are with anyone who has gone through this or is currently going through it.

I love you so much, Dad. You’ll always be my Papa Smurf.

Your loving daughter,

Robin

(We also lost Jay this year. My heart is broken.)

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Prepare

Pastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

“Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God …” Isaiah 40:3 (NLT)

We have entered into the season of Advent and the four weeks of preparation for the coming of the Christ child. During these days, we hear from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke—those books that express the events surrounding Jesus’ birth—of how God entered into the world. But the first baby that we encounter is not Jesus; it is John. The opening verses of Luke tell us the story of how Gabriel appeared to Zachariah in the Temple to announce that his wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to John the Baptizer—the man who would prepare the way for the coming of our Lord.

In a way, our season of preparation for Christmas mirrors the Gospel story. God was moving before the birth of Jesus to make preparations for his coming. But the preparations hadn’t begun there.

We often hear about the prophesies of the Old Testament telling us about the coming Messiah; the Holy Scripture found in Isaiah are often read during this time of the year. But there is also a time between the Old and the New Testament that we don’t often talk about when God was also moving to make preparations for the Messiah. They are often referred to as the Silent Years. The Word of God was not present with the people from the time of the words of the last prophet until the opening verses of the Gospels. The Silent Years span about 400 years. However, just because God was silent doesn’t mean that he wasn’t moving the pieces in place to achieve his plan to send his son, Jesus Christ into the world. Characters that are familiar to us from the life of Jesus, never mentioned in the Old Testament, are ushered onto the scene. The Pharisees and Sadducees and the leadership structures of the Temple are brought into form. The Roman Empire, a significant force in the life of Jesus, invades Israel. Even during a time when it seems that God is not present, he is moving the pieces on “the chessboard” as he prepares us for the birth of Jesus.

The four weeks of preparation throughout Advent is only a small piece of what God has designed for us. We need to know that even when God seems silent, he has been preparing us for the coming of the Christ child, long before we were ever aware of his actions. God has been working through all of history to prepare us for that moment in time—the time that Jesus would enter into the world and bring salvation for each and every one of us. So, during this season, let us prepare, let us truly prepare—prepare our hearts, prepare our minds and prepare him room—by praying, reading the Holy Scripture, participating in worship, loving God and loving one another. This is what this season is for.

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CAROL LEE KIDDER

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Carol Lee Kidder, 78 of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Kidder was born January 13, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Roy and Carol (Lankton) Dudley. She graduated from nursing school in 1958 as a Registered Nurse and worked at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was an avid Michigan State Fan and enjoyed golfing, traveling and trips with friends. Surviving are her children, Sharon (Todd) Freeland, Steven (Lisa) Kidder, Wilma Brown, Clare (Constance) Kidder, Carol (James) McInnis; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard and a sister, Judy Rosenberger. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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KEVIN C. QUIST

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Kevin C. Quist 56 of Cedar Springs, died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Kevin was born April 5, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Chester and Dorothy (Fryling) Quist. He had worked for Amway Corp. since 1994 as a fabricator and welder. He enjoyed being an artist welder as a hobby. Surviving are his wife, Kimberly, whom he married on August 7, 1982; children, Jason Kohn, Korey Kohn and her fiancé, Philip Borrelli, Kevin M. Quist; parents, Chet and Dorothy Quist; sister, Jackie Mourer; cousins, nieces and nephews. Kevin had many special friends at Amway who have been very good to him during his illness. He recently connected with some friends from high school, and Dave Nester who helped him meet Kim years ago. The family will greet friends and celebrate his life on Saturday, December 10th from 11 – 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Bible Church, 361 Pine St., Cedar Springs with a short memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Pastor Wayne Cash officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

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

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God’s Christmas List

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Pilgrim Bible Church

West Pine Street • Cedar Springs

 

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7) (NKJV)

The Advent and Christmas season is one of the most blessed times of the year. As we celebrate the arrival of Heaven’s Christmas Gift, we exchange gifts with those we love. If we are honest, most of us would admit that there is a list of things we would like to receive. We may not share that information with anyone, but the list does exist.

I believe that God too has a list of desires. If we were to ask Him what He wants for Christmas, I wonder what He would ask for?

Probably the first thing on God’s Christmas list would be the desire for room for His beloved Son. When Jesus came to earth some 2,000 years ago, there was no room for Him in the inn. It sometimes seems that little has changed over the centuries.

Multitudes still have no room for Jesus. He is not welcome in the classrooms of America. He is not welcome in the courtrooms of our land. He is banned from many city squares at Christmas time.

There is room for Santa Claus and his reindeer, room for Frosty the Snowman and Jack Frost, room for all kinds of traditions and legends, but in our increasingly humanistic society there s no room for the sacred Son of God. It seems to me that God would indeed wish that there was room for His Son in Christmas. After all it is His birthday that we are celebrating.

I’m not advocating that we get rid of the fun legends and traditions that accompany the Christmas season. Keep on enjoying them. But in the midst of all the fun things that we add to the celebration, keep the Reason for the celebration front and center.

God is looking for room for His Son in the heart of every human. It is time that we welcomed Christ to our world. At this festive season, open the doors of your mind and heart and let Christ come in and transform you and fill you with His joy. Then you will truly be able to sing the words Isaac Watts:

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King!

Let every heart prepare Him room, 

And Heaven and nature sing.

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Abigail “Abby” Sanderson

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September 2007 – November 27, 2016

Abby lost her life while venturing across the street on 16 Mile Road, between Northland Dr. and White Creek, Sunday morning, November 27, 2016. She was a golden labrador that enjoyed 9 years loving her family Mike, Belinda, and Autumn Sanderson of Cedar Springs, as well as anyone who would pet her. She was a unique soul, that loved to carry your shoes for you and bring you her bowl when she was hungry. She was more than a pet, she was a family member and friend.  Our Abby Girl will be missed every day.

A graveside memorial service was held in her honor.

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