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FREDERICK JOSEPH STICKLER

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Mr. Frederick Joseph Stickler of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 74, entered into eternal life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Fred was born to Floyd and Frances (Kelly) Stickler in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Tuesday, March 17, 1942. Fred had the greatest of dispositions, always loving life and his family without measure. One of Fred’s greatest joys was his care and love of horses— he was a true gentleman farmer. He also enjoyed leatherwork, as well as fixing bridles and saddles. Fred is survived by his beloved sister Loretta (Jonathan B.) Gamm; loving nieces and nephews, Jonathan M. (Kathleen) Gamm, David (Marilyn) Gamm, Brian (Jodie) Gamm, and Sarah (Eric) Matwiejczyk; adored great nieces and nephews, Erik, Emily, Anna, Joseph, Lee, Claire, Mary, Sophia, Elise, and Matthew; and other beloved members of the Stickler, Kelly, and Gamm families. A time of visitation was held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. A scripture service was offered immediately following visitation at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Terrence L. Stewart at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Holy Family Parish, 425 S. State Street, Sparta, MI 49345. A time of visitation was held at church, one hour prior to Mass. Fred will be laid to rest in Rosedale Memorial Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding, 3777 Rector Avenue NE, Rockford, MI 49341.

Arrangements by Pederson Fuenral Home, Rockford

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Thank You

We would like to extend our gratitude and thankfulness to all who participated in the fundraiser for my Leader Dog, Rowdy. The response was overwhelming and so heartwarming. Our small communities are such special places to live and worship. A very special thanks to the United Methodist Women of the Sand Lake United Methodist church as well. We are blessed and humbled by your love.

Thank You, Pastor Darryl Miller, Rowdy & Family.

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New year—new beginnings

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs

 

The start of a New Year gives us the feeling of a fresh start, a new beginning, and new opportunities. It is a time when people feel that they can begin anew with their lives. Common New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier; or to spend more time with family. Still others include managing money better and being more organized.

Although there is nothing in the Bible or notable in Christian tradition about New Year’s resolutions, many good stewards take advantage of this time of year to become closer to the Lord. They may re-commit themselves to pray more, to read the Bible, or to attend Church more regularly. If you are looking for some helps in your New Year’s resolutions, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Practice gratitude. Cultivating a grateful heart is the hallmark of a Christian steward. Every day, express thankfulness to the Lord and to others. Seeing the good in your life will allow you to keep your heart compassionate and loving.

Encounter the Lord each day. Find time to be with the Lord each day, whether it is for an hour or ten minutes. Have a conversation with the Lord. Give your joys and worries to Him as well. Allow God’s love to transform them. Our encounters will keep our eyes and ears open to the presence of Christ in our midst.

Nurture friendships. Our friends are those we choose to be with, those with whom we spend our evenings, with whom we vacation, to whom we go to for advice. Friends are gifts from God who give us a greater appreciation of God’s love for us. Friends need our time and love.

Make a difference in your Church community. Believe it or not, your Church community can use your talents.  Offering your talents to your faith community is one of the most effective ways to feel useful and connected to others.

Consider living more simply. We cannot find fulfillment in possessions. They add nothing to our self-worth. Jesus blessed the “poor in spirit” in his Sermon on the Mount.

Get healthy. Studies show that most people in North America are accelerating their own decline into premature old age, owing to poor diet and lack of physical activity. Be a good steward of your body. Plan a complete overhaul of your diet and exercise habits.

Don’t give up. People give up their New Year’s resolutions because of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations. Remember, take it slow, be kind to yourself and keep trying. Resist the urge to throw your hands up and quit. You succeed through small, manageable changes over time.

Turn to the Lord. Ask the Lord for guidance, strength and perseverance in achieving your resolutions. In his letter to the Philippians, Saint Paul writes: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13). If God is the center of our New Year’s resolutions, they have a better chance for success.

These are a few recommendations that may help get one started in the right direction at the beginning of this new year.

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Ever wonder what it means to pray and move mountains? 

 

Life is full of opportunities and here is a prime opportunity to learn about prayer and what the Bible has to say about moving mountains. Pastor Rex Webb will be teaching on prayer at Hillcrest Community Church, 5994 18 Mile Rd., on Friday, February 10, from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, February 11 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. A light lunch will be provided.

Founder/Minister at the Alma House of Prayer, Pastor Rex will be the guest speaker during a two day prayer summit at Hillcrest Community Church. Accepting Jesus Christ as his personal savior at the age of 10, Pastor Rex has worked in ministry most of his life. He has established churches in the Philippine Islands, India, Argentina and Haiti, and is called to encourage believers to become a House of Prayer.

When Pastor Rex was asked what he will be speaking on, he said, “moving mountains” (found in the Bible in Mark 11:22-24). Prayer is a strong theme in the life of Pastor Rex. He teaches that “Worship based prayer is a must for this final hour before our Lord returns.”

Hillcrest Community Church Senior Pastor Kristi J Rhodes said, “We are so excited to welcome Pastor Rex back for another power weekend. He is a servant of God.”

For additional information, visit the Hillcrest Community Church of God website at https://hillcrestcommunitychurch.blogspot.com

Hillcrest Community Church has been a part of the Cedar Springs community since 1951. In a time where churches are on the decline, Hillcrest has hopes of growing the church one family at a time and has declared 2017 PRIME—a year of excellence.

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Linda Michaels

4C-Obit-michaelsLinda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, AZ.  She was a loved wife, mother, aunt, sister, grandmother, expectant great-grandmother and friend.  She was born August 16, 1944 to the late Ralph and Alice Pratt and she lived her entire life in Kent County.  She was a middle child, placed right between two loving sisters, Ann Scott (Jim) and Carolyn Reed (Mike).  She married Gene Michaels on September 13, 1991 and they recently celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.  She will be missed by many family members including her husband, two sisters, many nieces and nephews and her children, Christine Hofstra (John), Dan Rogers (Theresa), Ann VerWys (Jim) and Shannon Novak (Russ) in addition to her eight grandchildren, Zachary Rogers (Ashley), Lauren Linde (Chase), Ben Rogers (Maaret), Annalyse Haarer (Brandon), Austin Stevens, Nate Rogers, Lucy and Josie Novak. Linda was a loving, funny, spunky and caring woman.  She was a long-time employee at Hartwell Mortgage Company.  Some special memories include her incredible cooking ability and the meals she shared with friends and family alike. There was a fresh cookie for every occasion.  She enjoyed reading, studying, and was actively involved in a women’s Bible study.  We are thankful that she is in heaven with her Savior. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

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

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A Gift too wonderful for words; handle with awe

_C-Cedar-Creek-Community-Church-LandscapePastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

If you are reading this brief message, you have survived through the year 2016, including the Christmas-Advent season, and now we all have begun the journey called calendar year 2017 with whatever it holds. In my mind, this is no small accomplishment, and as Christians, we look forward to what God has for us in this new year—new learning, new discoveries, new relationships and more.

The Advent season, the coming of Jesus Christ, God incarnate into the world we live in, is celebrated in many different kinds of ways; one being that we become concerned about choosing just the right gifts to give to some of the special people in our lives. The full meaning of this practice can sometimes get lost in the activities of the season.

We must continually remind ourselves to be thankful for the first gift-giver, as Paul points out to us, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (2nd Corinthians 9:15, King James translation). Have you ever received a gift that was beyond description? Just what kind of gift would it have to be to be called indescribable? Would it be a gift you open and say, “this is beautiful, something I’ve wanted all my life, what is it?” Or how about a gift given to you by someone special, carrying a lot of feelings and emotions with it?

The apostle Peter helps us better understand the importance of yielding our lives here to follow the path taught by Jesus Christ, “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1st Peter 1:8 KJV). We are all in this year of uncertain times together, and may we all personally find this “unspeakable joy in the Lord.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ is describable and yet he is beyond human description. “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” In these eight words, scripture captures our attention, to a word that cannot be expressed in mere words. When we search the scripture diligently, we find thousands of words describing characteristics of Jesus Christ, but the truth is that the more we learn of and about Jesus, we discover that the full knowledge, depth, width and height of Jesus nature, character, eternal existence, etc., always leaves us with more to learn.

When we believe on Jesus as scripture directs us, we quickly learn that this indescribable gift God has given, is God himself; that Jesus is man, Jesus is Savior, Jesus is the good news, and that even if God somehow would give us life for hundreds of years on this planet, we will still have an eternity to continue learning just how unspeakable this gift is.

This Jesus will bring us to God through the sacrifice of himself, and secure for us forgiveness of all our sins; for all eternity. Christmas is past, but it is not too late to open the gift.

 

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Roger C. Allen

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June 20, 1928 – January 5, 2013

Remembering you Dad,

I’m a couple weeks late on your memorial this year, but it doesn’t mean I miss you less. Life gets busy and you know how bad I am at deadlines!

I still think of you every day. I want to say “thank you” for all you had done for me my whole life. I’ll never forget.

The Post is still here. And people still read it!

They also love texting and tweeting and everybody’s on FaceBook all the time.

The city is building a big, brand new library. Mom is doing well, and oh guess who’s president!

Love you forever,

Your daughter, Lois

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DONALD J. REED

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Donald J. Reed age 79 of Morley went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health-Big Rapids Campus. He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 24, 1937 to Clarence and Beatrice (Robinson) Reed. Don worked for General Motors on Alpine for 31 years. Don’s passion was being an evangelist who loved to tell you about Jesus. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Della Mae; children, Donald (Diane) Reed, Jr., Timothy Reed, Jack (Kathy) Briggs, Mike (Matilda) Briggs, Timothy (Rhonda) Briggs, James (Dianne) Reed Briggs, Ken (Kim) Addis, Kerry (Deb) Stout, Scott (Brenda) Osbun, and Robert (Sandie) Farmer; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Matthew Reed; and his siblings. The family greeted friends Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Creek Community Church, 2969 14 Mile Road NE, Sparta with viewing beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pastors Richard Nichols and Steve Finn officiating. Interment Algoma Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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JOHN “TOM” THOMAS VANWAGONER

 

Tom left this life to be with his wife Mary, brother Vernon, sister in law Barb, Mom and Dad on January 12, 2017.  Tom spent his life enjoying outdoor activities with his family and friends. Tom will be missed by his children Gail & Joe VandenBerg and Jim & Teresa VanWagoner. He will also be missed by his step children Lynette & Doug Smith, Karl Steinebach, Teri & Brent Jones, Kim & John Hooper and Tim Steinebach;  his grandchildren Matt, Gabrielle, Rena, DJ, Emme, Kalli, Evan, Zane, Deklyn, Adam, Cody, Brandon, Denver, Dale and Cory will especially miss his smiling face and unending love. Tom’s sisters and brothers-in-law Marie & Jim Jorgensen and Vera & Clinton Sanders will miss the enjoyable games of cards, meals together and regular chats. Over the years Tom’s nieces and nephews Sue, Don, Peggy, Vickie, Tim, Barb and Nick have been a great source of enjoyment.  Croquet and golf won’t be the same without their uncle. The family celebrated Tom’s life from 6 p.m. To 8 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street in Rockford. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Pederson Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home   

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DEBRA BODEN

 

Debra Boden age 60 of Howard City passed away January 14, 2017 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus.  She was born August 4, 1956 in Grand Rapids the daughter of Clifford and Barbara (Wood) BeVier.  During her working years she owned and operated Pizza Time in Howard City for 12 years with her husband William.  She enjoyed quilting, gambling, and she loved her dog Dexter.  In 1991 she married William Boden who survives. Also surviving are her children David Boden, Robin Boden, Heather Boden all of Grand Rapids; three grandchildren, Talan Boden, Kole Kopka, Kaleb Kopka; four brothers, Larry Ellis of Cedar Springs, Dutch Ellis of Grattan, Dennis BeVier of Cedar Springs, Dave BeVier of Caledonia, two sisters, Cindy Wiggins of Howard City, Mildred BeVier of Caledonia and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Robert.  Funeral services took place on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the Heckman Funeral home with Pastor Teri Cummins officiating with burial in the Reynolds cemetery.  The family greeted friends on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. And 6-8 p.m. and prior to services on Wednesday.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home

 

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