web analytics

Archive | Church Connection

Richard D. Morris

12C obit MorrisRichard D. “Dick” Morris, age 82, of Belmont, went to be with his Lord on Friday, March 18, 2016. Dick was born to DJ and Meryl (Hanna) Morris on Feb 26, 1934, in Evans, Michigan. He graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1952, where he went on to be a teacher, counselor, and mentor to many for several years. Dick was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and great-grandpa and will be forever missed by his family. Dick was President of the West MI Counselor Association and served on the board that developed the Kent County Tech Center (KCTC). He was also very active in the expansion and renovation of the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, where he was a member. Dick was preceded in death by his daughter, Brenda Heffron; his brother, Rex Morris; and his sister, Bonnie Rowland. Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, JoAn (Deyo) Morris; his children, Kirk and Joy Morris, Kelli Morris, and Traci and Glenn Jonker; his grandchildren, Bryan and Katie Heffron, Kendra and Jeremy Steinhaus, Kerra Heffron and her fiancé Jake, Jordan Heffron, Aubrey and Kyle Marion, Gavin and Ashlee Morris, Kory Jonker, Ethan Jonker, Cieara Beardslee, Landon Beardslee; his great-grandchildren, Hailey, Tyler, Logan, Luke, and Brenson; his sisters, Sally Fortuna and Sandy (Mort) Reed; his sister-in-law, Bonnie (Rick) Nelson; his brother-in-law, James Dickerson; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral Services for Dick will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, 7979 Belding Rd NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Memorial contributions may be given in Dicks’s name to the Bostwick Lake Congregational Church or the Alano Club of Kent County, 1020 College Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home
www.pedersonfuneralhome.com

Posted in ObituaryComments Off on Richard D. Morris

Easter Services 2016

God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!

CEDAR SPRINGS

Passion of the Christ movie showing

March 20: The Knights of Columbus are presenting the movie “The Passion of the Christ” on Palm Sunday, March 20, at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon. Doors open at 1 p.m. Donation $2.00. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence.

Community Good Friday Service 

March 25: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at The Springs Church, where we will remember and mark the death and crucifixion of Jesus. Childcare is provided for birth through 5th grade by Pine Ridge Bible Camp. The church is located at 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

Calvary Assembly of God

Meeting in Red Hawk Elementary—Cedar Springs Public Schools campus.

March 27: Easter service at 10:30 a.m.

Cedar Springs United Methodist 

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 24: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 27: Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Brunch to follow worship.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 25:  Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

March 27:  Easter Sonrise Service at 9 a.m.

Easter Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter Sonrise service 9 a.m.

Easter breakfast following Sonrise service.

Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Bible

West Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter morning worship 10:45 a.m.

Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3592 17 Mile RD NE, (next to Meijer), Cedar Springs

March 27: Easter Sunday Service, 10 a.m.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs, MI

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, Egg hunt and more 1-2:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship Services, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic Church 

3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI

March 24: Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

March 25: Good Friday, noon, The Passion of the Lord.

March 26: 8 p.m., Holy Saturday Easter Vigil.

The Springs Church

35 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant)

www.thespringschurch.info

March 25: Community Good Friday Service 6:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter Celebration Services 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.

ROCKFORD

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (just north of 12 Mile)

March 24: Maundy Thursday Breakfast & Communion 9:30 a.m.

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more noon to 1:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341

www.gracerockford.com

March 26: Easter Carnival from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

March 27: Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont (at the corner of Post and Pine Island drives)

March 20:  Palm Sunday Worship and Eucharist 10 a.m.

March 24:  Maundy Thursday Worship and Eucharist 7 p.m.

March 25:  Stations of the Cross at noon.

March 27:  Easter Sunday Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Worship and Eucharist at 10 am.

Rockford Springs Community Church

March 24: Maundy Thursday 7:00pm

March 27: Easter Morning Worship 9:30am

SAND LAKE

Community Good Friday service

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran (180 S. 3rd Street) and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist (65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park).

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St, Sand Lake (Corner of E Lake and 1st St)

March 27: Easter Service at 11 a.m.

Huggard Bible Church

8860 21 Mile Rd, Sand Lake

March 27: Sun Rise Breakfast 7:45 a.m.

March 27: Extended Easter Service 9:30 a.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S. 3rd Street (Northland Dr.) Sand Lake, MI

March 20: Palm Sunday Service 9:30 a.m., Egg hunt for children to follow

March 25: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W. Maple  Sand Lake, MI

March 25:  Good Friday 6:30 Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross. (Especially for those who could not attend the Passion of the Lord Liturgy earlier in the day.)

March 27: Easter Sunday Morning masses at 7:30 a.m. and 9 :30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt after 9:30 Mass for children thru the 5th grade.

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park)

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember 12noon to 1:30p.m.

(Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist)

March 27: Easter Sonrise Service 8 a.m. with free breakfast to follow.

South Ensley United Methodist

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake (Corner of Cypress and 136th St)

March 24: Thursday Seder (Passover) Service 6 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunday Service 10:55 a.m.

SPARTA

North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta, MI

March 27: Easter service, 10 a.m.

Posted in Church Connection, Easter, FeaturedComments Off on Easter Services 2016

What will make America great again?

The-Springs-blurred-webPastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

With the 2016 presidential election cycle well underway, there are a lot of ideas circulating about what will make America great again. Some suggest we need to build a wall. Others that we need Medicare for all. Or boots on the ground. Or for Wall Street to pay its fair share. Or income equality. Or new pipes. Or… or… or…

But will these ideas cut it? What in fact will make America great again?

I believe the answer is in the Bible. It’s not a new idea. It’s actually about 3,000 years old. And its unlike anything I’ve heard from any of the presidential candidates.

In the Old Testament, in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV), God tells us what will make America great again. He says, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

God says if you want to make America great again, if you want Me to heal your land, there’s four things you need to do.

First, humble yourselves. Why is that important? Why does God start with humble yourself? Because the source of all of our problems is pride. The root of every single one of our problems is this: I think I know better than God does what will make me happy. That kind of pride disconnects us from God on a personal level, on a corporate level, and on a national level.

Second, we need to pray. Jesus taught us this. Luke 18:1 (CEV) it says, “Jesus told His disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up.”  Notice we’ve got two choices: keep on praying or give up. In life you’re always doing one or the other. You’re either keeping on praying or you’re always giving up. If you don’t keep on praying, then you’re going to give up. And if you give up, you’re not going to keep on praying. It’s your choice. I have to decide, “Am I going to keep on praying or am I going to always give up?” Those are the options.

Third, we need to seek God. The truth is very few of us are seeking God seriously. Most people want only enough of God to bless them but not enough to bug them. They want God to be just a little slice of their life. But seeking God is not something you do in your spare moments. It’s not a casual pastime. “Oh, you know, nothing is on television, so I guess I’ll go seek God.” No. Seeking God is a serious pursuit. It’s a primary focus.  Hebrews 11:6b (NIV) tells us that “…[God] rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

If we want God to make America great again we need to humble ourselves, pray, seek God, and then there’s one other thing He says to do—we need to turn from our wicked ways.

Acts 3:19 (NIV) encourages us to “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

We desperately need that. We desperately need times of refreshing that come from the Lord in our nation. We need that in our cities. We need them in our schools. We need times of refreshing that come from the Lord in our economy, in our businesses. We need them in our marriages. We need them in our churches.  We need times of refreshing in our personal lives.

So I suggest we humble ourselves, and we pray, and we seek God’s face, and we turn from our wicked ways. If we do, God promises to make America great again. And, unlike politicians, God always keeps His promises.

Posted in From the PulpitComments Off on What will make America great again?

EARL WALL

 

Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia, formerly of Cedar Springs, passed away on March 2nd, 2016. He is survived by his son, Pat (Peggy) Wall of North Carolina; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Kilts of Grant; several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced.

Posted in ObituaryComments Off on EARL WALL

WALTER L. BOHO

 

A memorial service will be held for Walter L. Boho, the husband of Ilene Paepke Boho, who passed away on November 11, 2015. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at the American Legion Hall, Cedar Springs, Michigan at 1:00 p.m. Lunch to follow.

Posted in Memorial, ObituaryComments Off on WALTER L. BOHO

EDITH E. TISDEL

C-obit-tisdel

Edith E. Tisdel, 99, of Cedar Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Porter Hills. Mrs. Tisdel was born May 7, 1916 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Lavern and Muriel (Lincoln) Hatch. She had been a member of the East Nelson United Methodist Church, the Spencer Mills Ladies Aid and a lifetime member of the Eastern Stars. She enjoyed making cakes for all family events, homemade bread and scubbies and going to the lake in the summer. Surviving are her daughters, Shirley (Jerry) Cadaret, Sharon (Don) Hopwood; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one niece and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. Wayne Tisdel in 1999; brother, Matthew Hatch and a great grandson. The family greeted friends Friday, March 18 from 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where the service was held Saturday at 2:00 pm. Pastors Herb VanderBilt and Chuck Smith officiating. Interment East Nelson Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to East Nelson United Methodist Church.

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

Posted in ObituaryComments Off on EDITH E. TISDEL

Better people

Courtland-OakfieldUMCPastor Robert Eckert

Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave NE, Rockford

 

“We do not want you to become lazy, but to be like those who believe and are patient, and so receive what God has promised.” – Hebrews 6:12, Good News Translation

I don’t know if this line from the movie As Good As It Gets is a classic now or merely a cliché, but it still works, as far as I’m concerned, and it still reminds me of what a good feeling it evokes when the cranky, bigoted Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, says to Helen Hunt’s Carol Connelly, “You make me want to be a better man.”

The moment represents the beginning of a significant life change for Melvin. Until this point, he has been self-absorbed and recalcitrant; the sort of person others dread seeing come their way.

Carol has a full plate of challenges. She is a single mother struggling to make ends meet on a waitress’s income with worries for her son’s poor health. Melvin and Carol navigate and negotiate the development of a relationship that begins with him as a customer at her table until, yada, yada, yada, he delivers his famous line.

I am grateful that there are people to whom I can say, “You make me want to be a better man.” It wasn’t anything like a romantic comedy, but Stuart Ray, the manager of the Burger King where I worked when I was in college, is one who comes to mind. Laurie Haller, a superintendent in the governance system of the United Methodist denomination of which I am a part, is another. And Claire Guisfredi, the current director of North Kent Community Services, on whose board I am privileged to have a seat, is my most recent experience of such motivating leadership.

The verse of the Bible that opens this article describes characteristics that all three of them share. They are clear about their expectations just as the author of Hebrews is. They communicate confidence and trust in the people with whom they’re working; in other words, they believe. And their spiritual and emotional maturity enables them patiently to overcome obstacles and disappointments with grace and creative problem-solving.

There is a temptation now to say, “Let’s all strive to be people who similarly inspire others.” But I don’t know how a person would will him or herself into being that kind of an encouraging role model. It’s not so much a choice as a spark of the divine, struck by God, that is glowing in them.

So I’ll simply say, “Let’s thank God for the people who make us want to be better men and women, and let’s act on that impulse.”

Posted in From the PulpitComments Off on Better people

MICHILE A. LEWIS

 

10C-obit-LewisAugust 9, 1960 – March 6, 2016

Michile A. Lewis, of Sand Lake, age 55, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth; son, Kenny; daughter, Sarah & Jermey Niece; grandchildren, Kyla, Skylar, Madison, Alec, Mac Kenzie “Ninny”; parents, Chester & Judith Dahlke; Brothers, Mike Dahlke, Tim & Donna Dahlke; sister, Darlene Klein; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of Michile’s life will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at Solon Township Hall on Friday, March 11, 2016. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to assist the family with expenses.

Arrangements by Hessel Cheslek Funeral Home www.hesselcheslek.com.

Posted in ObituaryComments Off on MICHILE A. LEWIS

ROGER WILLIS TOWNS

 

Roger Willis Towns, 71, of Grand Rapids, died March 1, 2016. Roger was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was an Army Vietnam Veteran. He enjoyed motorcycle riding and car races. Surviving are his sons, Brian Towns and Matthew Huizenga; siblings, Janet (Craig) Blossom, Mary (Don) Charron, Paul (Sarah) Towns, Patsy (Ed) Pierson and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Inez Towns; sister, Judy Robinson and brother, Tommy Towns. Cremation has taken place. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery at a later date.

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

Posted in ObituaryComments Off on ROGER WILLIS TOWNS

RANDY L. MILEWSKI

 

January 16, 1959 to March 12, 2011

Forever in our Hearts

A million times we needed you, a million times we cried.

If love alone would have saved you, you would have never died.

In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still.

In our hearts you hold a place, no one can ever fill.

Your loving family,

Mom & Dad and Sister, Cindy Westveld

Posted in MemorialComments Off on RANDY L. MILEWSKI