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COOLEY – POWELL

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Julie Ann Cooley and John Paul Powell are happy to announce their engagement. A June 17, 2017 wedding is planned.

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone that worked tirelessly with me throughout the campaign for Cedar Springs School Board. I was surrounded by the most dedicated, creative and collaborative people that are all for #kidsfirst. That support was key to the success of the campaign. My family and I have gained friends and faith throughout this endeavor. I am humbled by the kind words and confidence from the public.

Heidi Reed

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RONALD R. BURT

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December 9, 1955 – November 22, 2012

Your presence we miss

Your memory we treasure

Loving you always

Forgetting you never

In our hearts a memories forever

We love and miss you,

Sharon, Heather & Lindsay

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MYRON L. WALLER

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Myron L. Waller 60 of Cedar Springs died Friday, November 11, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. Myron was born March 29, 1956 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Donald and Opal (Middleton) Waller. Myron enjoyed all sports, especially baseball. After he became a parapalegic he enjoyed going out to the deck for some sun and giving his grandchildren and other children a ride on his wheelchair. Surviving are his daughter, Brittnie (Robert) Good; grandchildren, Brooklyn, Blake and Michael; mother, Opal Waller; brother, Mark (Julie) Barnhart; sisters, Judy Turner, Gail (Carl) Dunn, Janet (Lloyd) Ingersoll, LuAnn (Jeff) Piatt, Margie (Schmitty) Schmitz, Robin (Steve) Brott; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Kellie Fast. The family would like to thank all of the nurse aides who cared for Myron and became friends. A memorial service will be held at the Cedar Springs American Legion on Friday, November 18 at 11:00 am with a luncheon to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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

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LESLIE SMITH

 

Les, age 82, passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2016 at his home in Greenback, Tennessee. He was originally from Sand Lake and Grant Michigan. Les was preceded in death by his father and mother, Fred and Oleva Smith of Sand Lake and a son, Jerry from Spring Lake, Michigan. Les is survived by three sons, Larry, Terry and Gary from Spring Lake, Michigan; brother Ervin Smith from Owasso; sister Lorraine Pratt from Belton, South Carolina; brother Ken (Lois) Smith from Sand Lake and sister Lorna (Richard) Holbrook from Trufant, Michigan; grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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Sandra J. Raymond

c-obit-raymond002Sandra J. Raymond, 73 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sandra was born July 13, 1943 in Grand Rapids, MI. She loved working in her flower gardens and cooking big meals. She was faithful in reading her Bible, praying for others and sending birthday and get well cards. Surviving are her husband, Darcey Raymond, Sr.; sons, Bruce (Colette) Benton, Lanny Benton, John (Monica) Benton; stepdaughter, Darla (Ricki) Myers, Shannon (Billy) Beck; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Pam) Sharpe, Tommy (Shirley) Sharpe; mother-in-law, Wanda Raymond; cousin, Ida Prill; close friend, Joyce Tompkins. She was preceded in death by mother, Neva Sharpe; father-in-law, Farrand Raymond; stepson, Darcey Raymond, Jr. The family will greet friends Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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60th Wedding Anniversary

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LEON & JANET AVERY

Leon and Janet Avery will celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary on November 10th. Plans are to go to the Upper Peninsula in the spring. Happy Anniversary from their children.

Deb & Harold Yancey family

Nancy & Ed Johnson family

The secret to their success: “We really don’t argue.”

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Happy 75th Birthday in Heaven

c-mem-eldredBRUCE VERNON ELDRED

November 7, 1941 – August 28, 2014

Happy 75th Birthday in Heaven

Bruce, you left way too soon. It has been two years, and the pain of losing you has not been lifted. Your sense of humor, loyalty and vibrant, loving personality are so missed. You were truly a “Gentle Giant.”

Loved and remembered by your wife, children, grandchildren, family and many friends.

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Living in gratitude

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs

 

November reminds us of that the great civil holiday in the United States of America—Thanksgiving. If you attend Church on that Thursday morning with a Catholic community, chances are you will hear Luke 17:11-19:

As he continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten lepers met [him]. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!” And when he saw them, he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” As they were going they were cleansed. And one of them, realizing he had been healed, returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him. He was a Samaritan. Jesus said in reply, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” Then he said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” 

Let’s reflect upon the importance of the gift of healing for these ten lepers.

Leprosy is a terrible illness for those who lived before and during the time of Jesus:  According to Mosaic law, those who were inflicted with this illness were declared unclean by the priest, and they were prevented from encountering others so as not to make them unclean (Lev. 13:45, 46; Deut 5:2). Jesus, in the Gospel today, not only healed the ten lepers but also instructed them to “Go show yourselves to the priests” (Lk 17: 14). Jesus made this command so that the priests could declare them clean and thus not only would physical healing be complete, but their emotional well-being would also be restored.

Sadly, only one person returned to thank Jesus and that led the Lord to say, “Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?” (Lk 17: 17-18). Jesus called the Samaritan leper who returned to give him thanks “this foreigner” as a reminder for us of the mutual animosity between Jews and Samaritans. From the Jews’ point of view, the Samaritans were “the illegitimate” siblings and were unclean. Samaritans, considered to be unclean by Jews, constructed their own place of worship, a temple on Mt. Gerizim, erected in the fourth century B.C. Jesus highlights the thankfulness of the cleansed Samaritan leper as an example to His contemporaries and to all of us as well: the characteristic of being people of God is not whether we are born as a Jew or Samaritan, but it is in living a life of gratitude to God who heals all of our spiritual leprosy, namely sin which damages our relationship with God and with one another.

So, on Thanksgiving, don’t forget to gather in Churches or houses of prayer to show gratitude to the Lord for the many gifts, especially for healing of our spiritual leprosy by the Blood of Christ poured out on the Cross.

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Better Things

Pastor Craig Carter

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. • Sparta, MI 49345

 

Heb 12:24: “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that better things…” – KJV

In light of the current election and all the other stress we cannot help but feel going on in our country, I am reminded of a simple thing my mother used to share with me when I was a child and struggling with whatever life was bringing me at that moment. She would say, “Everything will be ok, son, and things will get better.” Things usually did get better and it was often a change in my perspective. I will share some Scripture that promises us “better” things. Things may or may not get better, but as Christians, we remain hopeful because a God who loves us always has our best or better interest in mind.

Better Things

We see according the Hebrews 12:24, that the blood of Jesus Christ speaks “better things” than the blood of Abel. You may remember this story about two brothers named Cain and Abel. Unfortunately, Cain allowed his heart to become hardened towards God and his brother, and thought the answer to his rejection was to kill his brother. Ever since, Abel’s blood has “spoken from the ground” it was spilled on. It has cried out for justice. The good news is that Jesus’ blood shed at Calvary speaks of better things. It says there is mercy, forgiveness, and hope. It says, although we deserved justice, He was willing to give us better. If that is not better, I do not know what is!

Better Hope

Hebrews 7:19 says, “For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.” The blood of Jesus Christ provided a better Hope. A Hope not simply founded in the wishes and dreams of our own life, or current circumstances, but on the life of Jesus Christ. It permits us to “draw close to God.” To have a relationship with the one who tells us that nothing we experience or face in life, will ever leave us hopeless. Hope always makes things better.

Better Promises

Heb 8:1-6  says, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”  The blood of Jesus provided the assurance of “better promises.” We have the blessing of the New Testament, full of wonderful promises to those who believe them. My favorite is found in Hebrews 12:5. This verse promises that God will “never leave you and never forsake you.”

Better and Enduring Substance

Heb 10:34 states,  “For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.” What a blessing to know that the blood of Jesus purchased eternal things.  We live a life so focused on temporal things. Things that never provide the love, joy, peace and assurance we are looking for. Yet, through Christ, we have a better and enduring substance; one full of eternal assurances. That is why we are encouraged as Christians to “store up things” in heaven where moth and rust can not corrupt.

Better Country

Heb 11:16 reads, “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.” This verse speaks of our eternal home called heaven. A place where Jesus said he went to prepare for us; a place where all those who have received salvation through the shed blood of Jesus will go when they die. A place where every tear will be wiped away and joy and peace will be ours for eternity. Now, this place is clearly better than the alternative—a place that we do not often talk about, but is real none-the-less—a place called Hell. A place of eternal separation from God, where no joy or peace will ever be found.  That’s why I desire the “better country.” How about you?  It’s simple to go there. Just thank Jesus for shedding His blood for your sins. Tell Him you are sorry for thinking other things are “better” and receive Him into your life.

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