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WILLIAM R. WOUDWYK

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William R. Woudwyk, 62 of Cedar Springs was relieved of his suffering on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 12, 1954 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Tony and Alice (Gort) Woudwyk. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, game nights and most of all his family. Surviving are his wife, Kathy; children, Amy Lewis, Bill (Rachel) Woudwyk; grandchildren, Trey and Gavin Lewis, Aubrey, Aiden, Ethan, Nate, Gabe and Autumn Woudwyk; sister, Pat Zink and husband, Bill Vajda; brothers, Tom (Carolyn) Woudwyk, Steve (Char) Woudwyk; mother-in-law, Loretta Elliott; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Clifford Elliott. A special thanks to Spectrum Health Hospice for their care. The family will greet friends Saturday, November 12 at Courtland Township Hall, 7450 14 Mile Road, Rockford starting at 11:00 am. A memorial service will be held at 12 noon with a luncheon to follow. Pastor Jim Ikerd officiating. Memorial contributions to Pioneer CRC Building Fund or Spectrum Health Hospice.

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

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THANK YOU

After 38 wonderful years of child care I am retiring. Thank you to all the parents who let me love and care for their children.

Thank you,

Kids Korner/Darlene Cliff

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TIMMY BROWN

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October 7, 1982 – November 4, 2005

I thought of you today,

but that is nothing new.

I thought about you yesterday

and days before that too.

I think of you in silence,

I often speak your name.

All I have are memories

and your picture in a frame.

Your memory is a keepsake

from which I’ll never part.

God has you in His arms,

I have you in my heart.

Love, 

Mom & Dad

Stevie & Nathan

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BARB VAN HOUTEN

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In memory of my dear friend, Barb Van Houten, who passed away 7 years ago today on November 5, 2009. So many times I’ve needed her opinion, so many times I’ve wanted to cry on her shoulder, so many times I’ve wanted to celebrate something with her. So many times, I’ve wanted to shop with her, have breakfast with her, and see the fall colors with her. Her favorite season!

You’ll always be my sweet Barbarino!

Love, Robin

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SUE FROST

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August 27, 1967 – November 2, 2013

Those we love can never be

more than a thought apart,

as long as there is memory,

they’ll love on in the heart.

Loving you always and forever.

Your Mom

Sharon Cramer

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From the Pulpit: Pastor Ryan Black

Cast your cares on the Lord

Are many of your life activities worrisome? I believe the most obvious answer is yes! God recognizes and understands this hardship, which is why He tells us to “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22). Even many in the medical field would agree that “An anxious heart weighs a man down” (Proverbs 12:25).

If we look at the Bible, Christ speaks to us about letting our fears and uncertainties govern our lives. This is captured through a moment in the Gospel of Luke 10:38-42:

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” 

Don’t you think we can easily sympathize with Martha? At one time or another, we are like Martha overwhelmed by all the activities of our lives. We find ourselves trying to do what everyone else expects. We are going in many directions and then we become irritable, resentful and angry.

Christ’s gentle rebuke was for anxiety and distraction. We have no need to be anxious when we can go to the throne room of heaven and simply ask Him. Worrisome issues can lead to a separation from our spiritual life. God encourages us to balance our activities by adding prayer and Scripture with serving others. Surprisingly, when we add balance to our lives foolish anxiety vanishes. We don’t have to worry because we can simply let God know our needs. God does not want us wringing our hands with worry over things in this life.

Next time you find your day driving you crazy, give yourself a break. Take a deep breath and remember Our Lord’s rebuke and meditate on it.

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

304 Pine St. Cedar Springs, MI

 

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Fries with that?

Pastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

 

I would like to share a modern parable with you.

A man named James, wanting to do something special with Mark, his five-year-old son, asked if there was anything special the boy would like to do. He responded that he would like some McDonald’s french fries. As they drove to town, Mark told his dad he could almost taste the fries already. They parked and Mark excitedly headed for the door. When it was their turn in line, he told the person at the register, “I want a super-size order of fries.”

The anticipation in his son’s eyes was radiating as Dad took out his wallet and paid for the fries and a drink. Mark could hardly wait to sink his teeth into the fries as his dad said grace over the food, and eagerly started in on the fries at the word “amen.” James was overjoyed to see his little boy so happy over something so simple, and decided to join in the fun. He reached over to get a couple of fries for himself, and to his surprise, Mark quickly put his arms like a fort around the fries to protect them, saying, “No, these are mine.” Shocked, his dad pulled his hand back, not believing what had happened.

It was a disappointment that his son didn’t consider that he was the one who provided them. “I was the one who paid for them,” he thought. “I let him have twice as much as he would normally have gotten. Not only that, but I’m over 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds, I could just take all the fries if I wanted, or I could go back up and get so many fries he couldn’t possibly eat them all.”

As James thought about it, one or two fries really would not have made much of a difference for him that day. What he really wanted was for his son Mark to invite him into the wonderful little world he had made possible for his son. He  wanted his son to be willing to share the very blessing that he had provided.

In Luke’s gospel, we read that Jesus told a parable of a rich man whose land yielded a harvest so large that he could not store all the crops in his barns.  As a result, the man decided to tear down his current barns and build larger barns in their place. With the use of 11 personal pronouns (I, my, mine), he expressed one of the most selfish and self-centered passages in scripture.

Jesus concluded his parable with, “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:20-21- King James Translation).

There is nothing wrong with wealth, as long as God is thanked and glorified, and the wealth is shared. Being rich is not a sin, being selfish is. Everything we have has come from God, and is a blessing. If we consider everything as coming from our own efforts, our possessions will be a curse.

Neither poverty nor wealth renders one immune from selfishness. Some poor people share unselfishly with people in need, while others hoard a piece of bread. The problem is not wealth but selfishness, a character trait of a sinful heart.

But “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9, KJV).

Like that Dad James, God desires to sit down at the table with us for some fellowship. When God reaches over to use some of the blessings that He has given to us, let’s not say, “No God, these are mine. Go get your own.” Instead, let’s gladly share what He has provided.

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SCHUMACHER – LENARDSON

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SCHUMACHER – LENARDSON

Ricky Lenardson and Christine Ellis are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter Brittany Lenardson to Evan Lee Schumacher. Evan is the son of Michael Schumacher and Joann (Ignasiak) Uhl.

Brittany is a Cedar Springs 2011 graduate and 2016 Grand Valley State University graduate in Engineering and Evan is a 2008 graduate of Almont High School and a 2015 Grand Valley State University graduate in Engineering. They met while at GVSU in the engineering program. The wedding was held on September 24, 2016 in Imlay City, Michigan.

They are pictured with their “daughter,” Millie Schumacher.

Congratulations and may your lives together be blessed because you both are such blessings to everyone you know!

Love you both from Mom and Dad!

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DON TIBBE

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DON TIBBE

October 15, 2003

God knows how much I miss you,

Never shall your memory fade,

Loving thoughts shall ever wander,

To the spot where you are laid,

Though absent you are ever near,

Still missed and loved, always dear.

Sadly missed by wife, children, grandchildren,
and great-grandchildren

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JOYCE REYBURN

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Joyce Reyburn (Ziemann) age 86, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 8, 2016. Joyce graduated from Godwin High School and then graduated from the Beauty School in Kalamazoo. She then became a cosmetology instructor at the State College of Beauty in Grand Rapids. Joyce changed careers and drove bus for Kenowa Hills for 20 years, where she retired in 1984. Since retirement, Joyce spent many winters in Arizona. Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gordon Reyburn, children Greg (Toni) Reyburn of Arizona, and Pam (Glen) Jurick of Wyoming, Michigan. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, Nick and Deb Bettes, Zack and Julie Reyburn, Mitchell Bettes, Ryan Bettes, Kent and Sarah Reyburn, Shontelle Hyde and MCO Officer Danielle Collins, and seven great-grandchildren. As was Joyce’s wishes, cremation has taken place and interment will be at the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan. A private memorial service will be conducted at a later date for members of her family.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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