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I would like to express my thanks and appreciation to Lyle Perry as well as to Marge Clark for the cards they sent to me which held messages of congratulations on our 30 year anniversary. They were very special to me. Both held wonderful and heartfelt messages. They touched my heart. And, it’s always nice to get a real card! 

Thank you so very much.

Lois Allen

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Pastor David Vander Meer

Rockford Springs Community Church 

5815 Fourteen Mile Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341


When the Lord Jesus Christ taught his disciples how to pray, in Matthew 6: 9-15, he guided them through what we have come to call the Lord’s Prayer. Every phrase is rich in meaning, every sentence is personal and relative to our lives, and every sentence is God centered and Christ exalting.  

Note the prayer again:

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (ESV)

But the sentence that shocks us like jumping through a frozen Michigan pond is the sentence: 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

Oh, we want forgiveness, and desperately need it… but we do not want our forgiveness compared to how we forgive others. And, as if that is not enough, the Lord immediately follows up the prayer with a comment directed specifically at this petition for forgiveness by adding this comment: 14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (ESV)

We are like a boxer reeling on the ropes after being hit by not just one punch, but by a volley of punches. We reel on the ropes, not just theologically, but also experientially.

Theologically we know that we are forgiven on the basis of the righteous life and death of Jesus Christ. His work is acceptable to God, and not mine. So clearly the action of forgiveness on our part towards others is proof of salvation, not the achievement of salvation. But that being said, how vital is this proof for without it we may indeed stand condemned, and not saved.

Forgiving each other is not an option.

The requirement of forgiveness towards each other is not removed due to any excuses I may draft up.

But we might as well as admit it. We cannot forgive without God’s help. Our hurts, too often, run too deep. Our tendency to carry a grudge is so strong. Our memory of what was said calls up the damaging event over and over through the night. Releasing the offender is not in our nature.

And so the Lord teaches us in this text to pray. We pray, and plead, and petition our God to help us. And when the joy of forgiveness comes through the resurrecting power of Christ, we worship him for the release it brings us of evil. To not forgive is evil. We know that. And Christ has the power to break the grip of evil in our lives. How wonderful it is to come to our Lord and ask of Him to do that which He has done for us. As Jesus said, pray then like this.

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Dwight C. “Ike” Jamison, age 90, of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods on Sunday, August 5, 2018. Ike was born February 15, 1928 in Big Rapids, Michigan the son of Hugh and Nina (Oldfield) Jamison. He attended what was then called Ferris State Institute. At eighteen, Ike enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the 161st Station Hospital in Japan for five years during the Korean War. Upon his return to the states, he was stationed in New York City where he met and married his bride of 66 years, Josephine “Jo” (Valdez) in 1952. After a year of living in Manhattan, they returned to West Michigan and settled in Cedar Springs where they have resided for 53 years. Ike worked in millwright and retired from General Motors Plant #2 in Grand Rapids where he made many life-long friends and was an active member of the UAW, Region 1D. Lovingly remembering his constant dedication to family and friends are his wife, Jo; brother, Hugh Jamison; children, Archie Jamison, Judson (Kim Vu) Jamison, Carla (Bjorn) Hansen; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews and countless friends. The family will greet friends Thursday, August 9 from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Sally A. Haynes, age 57, of Cedar Springs, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Sally was born September 12, 1960 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the daughter of Winston and Shirley (Smith) Boehm. She had managed the Family Dollar in Cedar Springs for 15 years. She loved her grandkids and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed camping, gardening and landscaping. Surviving are her husband, Chuck; children, Nathan (Lynette) Wolfe, Jessica (Johnny) Castellanos, April (Aaron) DeGraaf, Michael (Crystal) Haynes, Katie Haynes; grandchildren, Anthony, Jonathon, Ali, Carter, Brynn, Adalyn, Ezra; father, Winston Boehm; sisters, Debbie (Allan) Lehman, Tina (Tom) Tiethoff; brothers, Gene (Gayle) Boehm, Joe (Jill) Boehm, Gil (Denise) Boehm, Tim (Teresa) Boehm; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and a sister, Tammy. The family greeted friends Wednesday, August 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service will be held Thursday 2:00 p.m. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cedar Springs Schools Athletic Boosters or to help with expenses.

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

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Nancy A. Miller, age 79, of Cedar Springs, died Friday, August 3, 2018 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Nancy was born August 17, 1938 in Pontiac, Michigan the daughter of Norbert and Annie (Cristine) Beckwith. She had been a member of the Red Hat Society, Cedar Springs American Legion and the Tri-County Eagles. Surviving are her children, Deborah Wood, Ronnie Seabolt (Tammy), April Seabolt; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; sister, Norma Hansel. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome Miller; daughter, Lynn Doyle; sister, Sharon Beckwith; granddaughter, Mandy; great-grandson, Leighton. The family greeted friends Tuesday, August 7 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Wednesday, August 8. Interment Solon Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice.

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

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Jack C. Averill age, 86, of Cedar Springs, crossed over into Heaven Sunday, July 29, 2018 at his home. Jack was born November 20, 1931 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of John and Beatrice (Lewitt) Averill. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the Midway from 1950 – 1954. He worked for Kelvinator for 25 years and enjoyed woodworking, music and playing the piano and fishing. He was a very kind and friendly person who loved people and his family. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Mary; children, Jeff Averill, Colleen Connolly, Michelle (Nace) Emmorey; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Ray (Pat) Averill; sister, Patricia (Vince) Jeluso. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 grandchildren and 1 sister. Private family services will be held. Interment Coral Cemetery. Military honors by the U.S. Navy and the Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard. 

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

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Dale E. Markham, age 77, of Cedar Springs, died Thursday, August 2, 2018 at Mercy Health St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Mr. Markham was born June 25, 1941 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the son of Earl and Thelma (Sipple) Markham. He worked at the Sparta Foundry for 30 years and enjoyed building models and was a train buff. He was a loving and caring father and grandfather. Surviving are his children, Kevin Markham, Cynthia Markham, Jamie (Jing) Markham; 3 grandchildren, Amanda (Jeff) Crouch, Nicole Martin, Meeka Markham; brothers, Harry (Evelyn) Markham, Jerry (Judy) Markham; sisters, Vivian Toothman, Linda Mishler. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary in 2007; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Private family services will be held with interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. 

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

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Solon Center Wesleyan welcomes new pastor and family

The Solon Center Wesleyan Church is pleased to announce the arrival of a new senior pastor, Rev. William Dixon.

Pastor Bill and his wife Molly come to SCWC from Indiana, where they pastored Davis Wesleyan Church in Hamlet, Indiana for the last 6 years. In addition to leading the church there, Pastor Bill also served as a board member of the Bella Vita Pregnancy Resource Center in Knox, Indiana.
Ordained in the Wesleyan Church since 2012, Pastor Bill has a Bachelor of Science in Management with a Ministry Leadership Specialization from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, and an MA in Leadership from Denver Seminary in Colorado.  

Pastor Bill grew up in Sheridan, Michigan. His heart is for community pastoring and he is passionate about reaching the lost, teaching God’s word, making disciples, and developing leaders. He has also enjoyed being a part of many facets of ministry. He served as youth Pastor in New Carlisle, Indiana and served as the Discipleship/Pastoral Care pastor and assistant executive pastor at Central Montcalm Community (Wesleyan) Church in Sheridan. While living in Colorado from 2007-2010, he served for 3 years as a Leadership Team member on the Indian Action Team at Mission Hills Church, assisting missionaries and national leaders toward developing ministry initiatives to help marginalized and poverty-stricken communities in India. This endeavor included mission trips to India and he and his family also lived there for a time. He has served in Mexico on several short-term mission trips, as well. 

Pastor Bill and his wife, Molly, have been married for 14 years, and have four children—William, Eden, Nate and Indyah.

The church invites the community to join them in welcoming Pastor Bill and his family to the Cedar Springs area when Pastor Bill brings his first message to the church on Sunday, August 5, at 10 a.m. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, Cedar Springs.

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No fear

Pastor Bill Dixon

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave NE

Cedar Springs, MI 49319


Fear is something that we all experience and struggle with at times. For some it may be fear of the unknown. For others, it may be fear of not having enough. Fear of the future. Fear of change. Fear of failure. Fear of disease. Fear of death. Fear of rejection. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of not being strong enough. Fear of not being worthy enough. Fear of not being loved. Fear of being alone. The list could go on. The point is, fear is a powerful emotion that we all struggle with at times. Fear is so powerful that it has the power to immobilize us, to take control of our lives, to rob us of the joy and peace that is ours in Christ. But listen, here is good news. Fear doesn’t have to control our lives. Fear doesn’t have to have any power in our lives unless we allow it to. 

So, the question is, what do we do when fear comes knocking on the doors our hearts? The way I see it, we have two options. Option one is to do nothing and allow fear to wreak havoc in our lives. Option two is to do something about it. One of the last sermon series I preached in Indiana before moving back to Michigan was called, No Fear. In this series, I challenged everyone to make a stand against fear. One of the best ways to stand against fear is to stand on the Word of God. 

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 23. I forgot who said it, but I remember someone saying that this was a Psalm that “calmed the soul.” I would agree. Verses 4-5 say, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” 

Here it is, King David knew that no matter what challenge or difficulty came his way, his God was right there by his side. David knew that his God was not a God who left His children hanging. David knew that there was nothing too great or too difficult for his God to overcome. 

Here’s good news, we too serve the same God as David. We too have a God who is right by our side no matter what comes our way. We too have a God who will not leave us hanging. 

I encourage you today to not allow fear to gain one inch of ground in your life. Make a stand against fear by standing on the Word of God. Commit to memorizing Psalm 23 and other passages that deal with fear and every time fear pops its ugly head up in your life, squash it with the truth. 

My family and I are excited to be part of this community. We are honored to lead Solon Center Wesleyan Church. We are looking forward to partnering with other local churches in our community to help change one life at a time. Be encouraged today and fear not. 

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Pearce Allen “Rocky” Lane, 87, of Cedar Springs, formerly of Big Rapids, passed away Friday July 27, 2018, in Greenville. He was born October 9, 1930, on a farm in Big Rapids, the son of Leroy and Ferne (Rogers) Lane. Pearce graduated from Big Rapids High School, and attended MSU on a boxing scholarship. Rocky was the World Amateur Boxing Champion in 1954, was the All Army Worldwide Boxing Champion in 1955 and 1956, and boxed in the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. (He earned the nickname “Rocky” before the movie came out!) For 25 years, Rocky served his country in the U.S. Army, retiring as Lt. Colonel, and earned many honors. He served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and was shot down but escaped injury. Rocky was named an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1967, and was president of Georgia Olympians. He was honored to carry the torch in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Throughout his life, Rocky earned other honors and awards, and could tell you a story about all of them. He will be missed along with those stories and his sense of humor. Pearce was preceded in death by his first wife Dianne and son Bruce. He is survived by their children Nancy King and Richard Lane, also his second wife Betty and her children, Ronald Helms, Vicki Goss, Richard Helms, Michael Helms, and Karen Corey; his siblings Gordon Lane, Herman McConnell, and Diane Windquist; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by brothers Roger and Kenny Lane. Memorial services for Rocky were held 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018, at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Big Rapids American Legion Post #98 Honor Guard. Burial will be in Highland View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Kindred Hospice Care, 625 Kenmoor SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Share a memory or express condolences at www.mohnkefuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Mohnke Funeral Home, Big Rapids

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