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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

Pilgrim-Bible-webBy Rev. Mike Shiery

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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DAWN R. KELLY

In Loving Memory

DAWN R. KELLY

January 30, 1965 – December 4, 2012

As I sit in heaven

And watch over you everyday,

I try to let you know with signs,

I never went away.

I hear you when you’re laughing,

And watch you when you sleep.

I even place my arms around you,

To calm you as you weep.

I see you wish the days away,

Begging to have me home.

So I try to send you signs,

So you know you’re not alone.

Don’t feel guilty that you have

Life that was denied to me.

Heaven is truly beautiful,

Just you wait and see.

So live your life, be free,

And know with every breath you take,

You’ll be taking one for me.

Loving and missing you,

Your Family

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JOE A. FISHER

 

April 16, 1950 – December 5, 2013

Always on our minds,

Forever in our hearts.

Three days, three months,

Or three years.

We miss you the same

and still shed tears.

Our hearts ache to spend one more day with you.

To hug you, kiss you, and hold you close.

Always on our minds,

Always in our hearts.

In loving memory of the wonderful Husband, Father and Grandfather you were.

With love, Jeanne and Family

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Thank you

The family of Jerry Avery would like to thank everyone for your prayers, cards, visits and kind words. Thanks for the memories.

May God bless you,

Peggy

Mike & Denise & family

Tim & Kim & family

Janet & Leon & family

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Orrin Edward Robinson, Jr.

orrin-robinson-1480070217Orrin Edward Robinson Jr., went home to his Lord and Savior Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at the age of 82. Born December 15, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Orrin was the loving son of Mary and Orrin Robinson and the eldest brother of Robert Robinson and Sharon Frederick. On June 1, 1957, Orrin married Rose Cook and they had four children of their own, Cindy, Orrin Jr. “Bud”, Mary, and Cheryl. He started work at the Kent County Road Commission, 30-plus years in over the road trucking where he formally retired in 1991. During retirement he drove school bus for Cedar Springs and then to Algoma Christian. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cedar Springs. Orrin loved meeting at Big Boy Restaurant every Wednesday morning with his nephew Eddie Cook and longtime friend Allen Beach. He loved to watch old western and war movies and NASCAR. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He was preceded in death by his mother Mary (Sadowskas) and father Orrin Robinson. Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Rose Marie (Cook) Robinson; his children, Cindy and Ken Vander Jagt, Orrin Jr. “Bud” and Melissa Robinson, Mary and Bill Blanchard, and Cheryl and Ron Karger; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert (Judy) Robinson; his sister, Sharon (Rick) Frederick; and his nieces and nephews. There will be a time of visitation with the family from 6-8 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. Funeral services for Orrin will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the First Baptist Church, 233 S Main, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Rev. James Howard and Rev. Robert Smith will be officiating. Private Burial will take place afterward in Elmwood Cemetery in Cedar Springs. Memorial Contributions may be given to the American Heart Association.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home

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