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Michael Randall, 62, of Kalamazoo Michigan lost his long battle with cancer on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Michael was born in 1954 to William and Norma Randall. He was a graduate of Rogers High School, Wyoming Michigan, and served in the Army. He is survived by his children, Michael Randall, Jr. and Amanda Randall of Kalamazoo; brothers, Kerry (Penny) Randall, Eugene (Darlene) Randall, Donald (Jane) Randall, Eric Randall, all of Howard City and Daniel (Mary) Randall of Sand Lake; sisters, Polly Merritt of Howard City, Patricia Randall (Dick Schutter) of Newaygo, Mary (Gary) Portvliet, and Susan (Timothy) Fieberg of Cedar Springs; many nieces and nephews.  Michael was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Linda.  A memorial service will held at Fort Custer, 1559 Dickman Rd., Augusta, Michigan 39012 on Thursday, March 9th at 1:30 p.m. with internment at Fort Custer.

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January 16, 1959 – March 12, 2011

“Forever in Our Hearts”

Memories are treasures no one can steal.

Death is a heartache nothing can heal.

The tears in our eyes we can wipe away.

But love in our hearts will always stay.

Your loving family,

Mom & Dad and sister, Cindy Westveld

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August 21, 1962 – February 21, 2017

Tim Bowers, 54, of Kent City, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, February 21, 2017. He was the son of Jim & Sharon (Van Liew) Bowers of Cedar Springs where he graduated from High School in 1981. He was employed at Knape & Vogt for 17 years before earning his plumbers license at Van’s Plumbing & Heating Inc. Recently he was employed as a Kent City Community Schools’ bus driver and worked at The Rogue Golf Club. He attended Kent City Baptist Church and was involved in various activities including AWANA, softball, basketball, and golf league. Other hobbies included more sports, working outdoors, and deer hunting. Survivors include: wife Jill Evers-Bowers, his parents, brothers Jeff (Shawn) and Jay (Becky) Bowers, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Jack & Ardath Bowers and Stuart & Geraldine Van Liew. Services were held at Kent City Baptist Church Monday, February 27, 2017.

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In Memory of…Richard F. Slaight & Nora C. Slaight


Richard F. Slaight & Nora C. Slaight

Richard F. Slaight

  • WW II Veteran
  • Master Baker
  • Pilot
  • Set Designer
  • Amateur Filmmaker
  • Husband
  • Son
  • Brother
  • Uncle
  • Father
  • Grandfather
  • Friend to All

Nora C. Slaight

  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Actress
  • Playwright
  • City Councilperson
  • Wife
  • Daughter
  • Sister
  • Aunt
  • Mother
  • Grandmother
  • Friend to All

With love – Kathy Slaight-Brennan, Craig Slaight, and Brad Slaight

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Michael Cook

Who passed away 1 year ago on February 29, 2016.

Sadly missed by wife, family and friends.


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Dependence on God in Prayer

Pastor Kevin Reed

Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford


Psalm 86:5-7: “You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you.  Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me.”

What a blessing to know that we have a God who actually listens to our prayers.  That no matter where we are or what’s going on in our life, we can cry out to God in prayer and He will hear and answer us. But most Christians I know struggle with prayer, especially when it comes to truly depending on God in prayer. The typical sermon on prayer just tells us how to do it better and to do it more often like Jesus did, but that never seems to have much lasting impact in our lives, so we continue believing the lie that we will always struggle with prayer. That’s just the way it’s going to be.

What if being dependent on God in prayer had less to do with what we are praying about, how often we are praying, or even what we are saying in prayer, and more to do with the mindset behind why we approach Him? If we want to be people who are dependent on God in prayer, it begins with an honest evaluation of our condition apart from God (Ps. 86:1,13). We are poor and needy. We are lost, desperate, and in need of deliverance. We can’t remedy anything on our own; that is our condition apart from Him. Combine that with an accurate understanding of who God is and what He is capable of (Ps. 86:5-10) and that will lead us to complete trust in His ability to answer our prayers (Ps. 86:4,7, 11-17).

When we stop coming to God because we are supposed to, and we start coming to Him because we understand that He alone has the power and ability do something about the burdens and struggles on our hearts, everything changes! It is no longer a chore to pray, it becomes the first place we turn because we understand who we are, who God is, and that dependence on God in prayer is absolutely critical to the vibrancy of our spiritual life. Dependency on God then becomes a way of life, and not simply something that we are supposed to do. And when that happens, everything changes!

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Rev. Nurya Love Parish to join Belmont church as Priest-in-Charge


Rev. Nurya Love Parish

Rev. Nurya Love Parish

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Belmont is happy to announce that the Rev. Nurya Love Parish has joined the church as part-time Priest-in-Charge.

Mother Nurya’s other work is co-founding Plainsong Farm, a farm and ministry in Rockford that grows food for people and people for God. The farm completed its first growing season in 2016 and received a Mission Enterprise Zone grant from the Episcopal Church. Among its ministries is Grow Christians (www.growchristians.org) a website which encourages and inspires families in the practice of faith.

Holy Spirit’s congregation looks forward to the blessings that Mother Nurya will bring to the church as well as to the community. Everyone is invited to attend Sunday worship at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1200 Post Drive NE in Belmont, at the corner of Post and Pine Island drives.

Prior to her current ministry, Mother Nurya served St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, as their associate priest from 2011 to 2016. She has been in ministry since 1997, when she moved to Michigan as a church planter following graduation from Harvard Divinity School and ordination as a Christian pastor in the Unitarian Universalist Association. She later served Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids. A decade ago Mother Nurya left her prior denomination, joined the Episcopal Church, and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011.

Mother Nurya lives in Ada with her husband and children.

The Episcopal Church is part of the Anglican Communion, and is comprised of 109 dioceses in 16 nations. The Anglican Communion is the gathering of Anglican and Episcopal churches from around the world. Today, the Anglican Communion comprises more than 80 million members in 44 regional and national member churches in more than 160 countries. The vibrancy of the Anglican Communion reflects the lives of its congregants and their commitment to God’s mission in the world.

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Pastor Inge Whittemore

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs


At East Nelson UMC, the last 24 hours of Jesus Christ is our series of messages for Lent. Lent is the 40 days prior to Jesus’ crucifixion (not counting the Sundays) and it’s a time of reflection. We are reflecting on how so much happened in that last 24 hours. From that last Thursday evening to Friday evening, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples; shared his last supper; prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane; was betrayed; arrested; deserted; tried; convicted; sentenced to death; tortured; crucified; died; and buried. The season of Lent allows us the space to reflect, to meditate, to ponder, to ruminate over each of these profound events.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, treasured and pondered all of the events that led up to the momentous evening when the shepherds barged into the stable to “see this thing that has happened.” I love that Luke (2:19) shares her introspection. I believe it’s a beautiful example of how to hold a story close to our heart.  We have much to ponder also. The story of Jesus’ life on earth begins when Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.” There’s the birth in the lowly stable, parable stories Jesus told, people of all walks of life who were healed. We can meditate on the words of the Sermon on the Mount, or the meals for hundreds made from a few fish and loaves of bread. And now, in Lent ,we can reflect on all that occurred to bring Jesus to the cross for us.

May we each find the space in our daily living over the next few weeks to ponder these things in our hearts.

Psalm118: 5-6, 13-14, 17 (NIV): 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 With the Lord on my side I do not fear. What can mortals do to me?

13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. 

17 I shall not die, but I shall live and recount the deeds of the Lord.

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Look Who’s 40!


Michael Sanderson Jr.

Happy 40th Birthday!

February 25th


Your wife Belinda and family

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Happy 50th Birthday!

February 23rd

Looking Good!!


Davis Family

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