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Christmas Coloring Contest Winners

Age group 4-5 years Winner:
Megan Grimes, age 5, of Greenville

Age group 6-7 years Winner:
Greyson Mosher, age 7, of Comstock Park

Age group 8-10 years Winner: Emilee Carter, age 9, of Howard City


Thank you to all who entered our Christmas Coloring Contest. Choosing a winner from each age group is always a tough decision. Congratulations to all our winners. 

Winners may pick up their $50 Gift Cards on Friday, Dec. 22 or next week at our office located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs or call for other arrangements 616-696-3655.Our Office hours are Friday 10am-2pm, Monday (Closed for Christmas), Tuesday through Thursday 10am to 5pm.

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Christmas season church services


Celebrate the joy of Christmas at one of the churches in our community.

December 17, 23, 24: River Rock Church invites you to join us for our Christmas Series titled “Making Sense of Christmas” during the month of December. Sunday worship services are at 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. with childcare available at both services. Also, you are invited to one of our special Christmas Services on either Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 p.m. or Sunday, December 24 at 4:00 p.m. We are located at 6060 Belding Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. With questions, call 616-874-0400 or visit www.riverrockcommunity.com. 

December 17, 24: Resurrection Lutheran Church welcomes you December 17, at 9:30 a.m. to enjoy a Christmas play entitled, Casting Call. Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship will be December 24, at 7 p.m. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ. We are located at 180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake, MI. 49343. For questions please call 616-636-5502. 

December 17, 24, 31: Church of the Full Gospel, 180 E. Lake Street, Sand Lake, invites you to attend their “Living Cards and Christmas Story” service on Sunday, December 17, at 11 a.m., and Christmas worship service on December 24 at 11 a.m. On Sunday, December 31, they will hold “Watch Night” from 7 p.m. to midnight.

December 17, 24: South Ensley United Methodist, 13600 Cypress, Sand Lake,  invites you to attend an evening Christmas service on Sunday, December 17, at 7 p.m., and a Christmas worship service on December 24 at 10:55 a.m.

December 21, 24: Cedar Springs United Methodist Church welcomes you to our Longest Night (Blue Christmas) Service at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21. This service is a safe place to acknowledge that not everyone can celebrate a happy and warm Christmas. Many have experienced loss in a variety of forms and Christmas is a painful reminder of what isn’t. Yet in the middle of all of this, we have hope, for God is here. Then on Sunday, December 24, we will have our morning worship service at 10:15 a.m. and our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be 10:00 p.m. We are located at 140 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs. For questions please call 616-696-1140.

December 22, 23, 24: Come to a “Live Nativity” at Algoma Baptist Church. Experience the story of Christ’s birth with actors and animals. Performances are on the lawn outside our church followed by refreshments inside. Performances are at 6, 6:30, and 7 p.m. each evening. This event is free and for the whole family. Our address is 10515 Grange Ave. NE, Rockford. We are located between Cedar Springs, Rockford and Sparta. For info. call 616-866-1274 or look at our website: www.algomabaptist.com.

December 24: Calvary Assembly of God invites you to join us for a family-friendly candlelight Christmas Eve service at 10:30am. The whole family can join together in Christmas carols, a story for the kids, and a refreshing look at Christmas for all of us. Calvary meets in Red Hawk Elementary School on the CSPS campus. For more information check out our Facebook page or http://www.cscalvary.org/www.cscalvary.org. 

December 24:  Rockford Springs Community Church invites you to join us as we celebrate the birth of the Savior, Jesus Christ, at our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Sunday, December 24, at 9:00 p.m. RSCC is located at 5815 14 Mile Rd.  Rockford, MI 49341. Please contact the office at 616.696.3656 or office@rockfordsprings.org with any questions.

December 24: East Nelson United Methodist Church invites all children to participate in the NO-rehearsal Christmas Pageant at our 9:30 a.m. worship service. Costumes provided upon arrival at church at 9 a.m. We also welcome everyone to a Christmas Candlelight Service at 7 p.m. Join us as we sing and worship and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. The church is located at 9024 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs. 

December 24: Sand Lake United Methodist, 65 Maple Street, Sand Lake, invites you to a 9:25 a.m. Christmas worship service on Sunday, December 24.

December 24: You’re invited to celebrate the birth of the Savior with Solon Center Wesleyan Church at 10 a.m. and experience a special Christmas Eve morning service, allowing you to enjoy time with family and friends throughout the rest of the day. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Road. For questions please call 616-696-3229 or find us on the web at http://www.scwchurch.org/www.scwchurch.org. 

December 24: The Springs Church invites you to their morning worship service on Sunday, December 24 at 10:30 a.m. and later that night to their Christmas Eve candlelight service at 7 p.m. Kids are welcome to come in their pajamas! Please join us! We are located at 135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant). 

December 24, 25: St. John Paul II Catholic Church, 3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, will hold the following Christmas Services: December 24 at 7 p.m. Vigil, Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord; December 24 at 10 p.m. Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass at Night; December 25 at 10:00 a.m. Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass during the Day.

December 24, 25, 31, Jan. 1: Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, 1 W. Maple Street, Sand Lake, will hold the following Christmas Services: December 24 at 5 p.m. Vigil Mass Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord; December 25 at 8:00 a.m. Mass of the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord. Sunday, December 31, at 5:30 p.m. Mass of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; January 1 at 8 a.m. Mass of the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God.

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Tour of lights 2017


There’s nothing like the warm glow of Christmas lights this time of year to give you a good dose of Christmas cheer! So pack up the kids, go for a ride, and enjoy the decorations your friends and neighbors have put up this year. We’re sure you’ll find a few other treasures along the way!

1. 88 N. Grant Street (SE Corner of Maple and Grant).

2. SW corner of Maple and Grant.

3. 79 E. Beech St.

4. 65 E. Muskegon, corner of First and Muskegon Streets. The home of Larry and Audrey Young is a classic home decorated with style.

5. Downtown Cedar Springs is aglow with lights on the trees and decorations on the lampposts. 

6. 71 N. Main Street, the Ensley Team.

7. 19 N. Second, the corner of Cherry and Second, across from old library.

8. 427 Northland Drive, near the corner of South Street and Northland. See the 90-foot evergreen Christmas tree at the Reep family home.

9. 345 Tall Grass Drive, Cedar Springs. Lights and beautiful angel silhouettes. A lot of nice lights in Prairie Run neighborhood.

10. Waxwing Court, and others in the Pines development. Take Main Street, to Pine Street (by Wesco), to Needlewood, to Waxwing Court.

11. 15581 Cedar Springs Avenue. Take Main St north to Cedar Springs Ave. 

12. 12222 Edgerton Dr, Cedar Springs, the home of Eugene and Lori Finch.

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Did you mail your letter to Santa?

Josie (4) and Everlie (2) Bielecki visited the Post last week and mailed their letters to Santa! Have you mailed yours?

There is still time for your child to mail a letter to Santa. Just come to the Post, at 36 E. Maple Street, Cedar Springs, and drop it in the big red box out front that says “Santa mail.” Your child’s letter just might appear in next week’s paper! See below for this week’s Letters to Santa.


Dear Santa

Peese baby Cece.

Baby Cece bottle too.

Thank you Sani Clause

Love  Everlie Bielecki

age 2


Dear Santa,







JOSIE B. (Bielecki)

age 4

For Landon

Calling watch

birt bike

and presents

and more

Dear Santa

I am almost 4 years old my name is Zeke. I really love Santa and cookie’s. So mom and I are going to make extra cookies to share with Santa and the Reindeer!

This year I’m really into Paw Patrol and a baby doll for my new cousin “Baby Willow.” 

Merry Christmas 


Zeke Miles





LEgo gummY




age 6 years old

Cedar Springs MI

Dear Chris Kringle I would like a movie

gauaridians of the galixy vol 2. I would also like 

a trans formers master pice and for you

to wright back to me

from timothy



FroM: JoRDAn Enbody

The List





PS4: Games


gTA5 • KIDs gAMes

PJ Mask Neclaces

remote BoAt

TABLeT pHone

neW house for my fAmILy


To: Santa

From: Emma

Dear Santa

My name is Emma

I like horses, hot wheels

I would like for Christ-

mas is playdoh, 

Big toy horse, playdoh Equip- ment,



Dear Santa

I would like

a horse for




for Santa

from, Holly

Santa Clause I want for Christmas is 

word search

I want 3 Dollar bill in a enevlope

and under my pillow

Dear SantA.  I want a robot dog for

Christmas thats it.

from Elizabeth (Van Syckle)

Dear Santa, 

Hope your doing well and getting 

ready for Christmas.

I would like a transformer, pokemon 

cads and the monai movie. 

I would also like a candy cain for 


Dinosour Toy

Thank you, Stephen

 (Van Syckle)

Dear Santa 

I want A PS4 A gold iphone A 19 inch tV.

Thank you from

Schorian MeneFee

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Kindergarteners collect Toys for Tots

For the past few weeks, numerous Kindergarten classes at Cedar Trails did a “Games for Tots” drive and collected over 100 games, which were dropped off here at the Cedar Springs Post this week. The following classes participated: Mrs. Bellamy, Ms. Birdsong, Mrs. Burns, Mrs. Dault, Mrs. Debri, Mrs. Matthew, Mrs. Schipper, and Mrs. Wolfe. Way to go Cedar Trails Kindergartners!  

It’s not too late to drop off your toys! You can still drop them off here at the Post on Friday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are located at 36 E. Maple Street. Our boxes will be picked up sometime during the day on Monday, December 18. Please bag your toys if possible.


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Santa stops in Cedar Springs


Santa Claus arriving for the Christmas tree lighting in Cedar Springs last Saturday, December 2. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

We had great weather here in Cedar Springs last Saturday, December 2, to welcome Santa Claus to town. And a lot of people enjoyed the day-long events that took place before the big man made his entrance in the parade.

“A Cedar Springs Christmas weekend 1—Mingle with Kris Kringle—went over quite well,” said Perry Hopkins, president of the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. “The library had over 100 people attend their crafts to start the event off. Story time with Mrs. Claus and Cousin Shannon was a hit for the children as well. “

Hopkins said that the children loved the petting zoo and bake sale provided by Double K Farms and Animal Junction. The CS HS Choir performed while people were waiting for the parade to start.

More people marched or drove in the parade this year, which brought Santa from the fire station to the corner of Ash and Main, in a horse-drawn carriage.

Calvary Assembly of God presented their live nativity before the tree lighting. Post photo by J. Reed.

Calvary Assembly of God once again did a live nativity scene, and then Santa and Mayor Gerald Hall did a countdown to light the tree. Afterwards, children and their families were invited to follow Santa over to the American Legion where they could color a picture, write a letter to Santa, or have hot chocolate, while they waited to visit with Santa and get a photo taken. Baked goods were also available for sale.

The Christmas tree after it was lit at the corner of Ash and Main Street. Post photo by J. Reed.

Hopkins said that photos that were taken during the daylong event will be available on the Mingle with Kris Kringle event page on Facebook. 

The fun continues this weekend with the Kent Theatre Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9 from 3-5 p.m., and the Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza on Sunday, December 10, from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $3 for each show.

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Letters to Santa

Have you mailed your letter to Santa yet? Skyler Kleyn, age 5, mailed her letter to Santa here at the Post this week. Her letter is just one of many the Post has received. You can find her letter, along with many others, below. We will print them each week (as space allows) until Christmas.

To Santa,


Thank you for being in the parade. 

Love, Skyler Kleyn

To Santa,

I want play durt bike for Christmas.

From Desmin DeVore

Dear Santa,

I would like lots of cars and trucks. I just turned 2 yesterday. I’ve been a good boy.

From Lincoln Sellman

To: Santa

From: Emma

age: 5

I want for


is a remote

control car, 

Star War hot 

wheel, memory

game, play doh

To Santa,


Bearinstine Bears.


A Pichr of you.

From Cassidy, age 7

To Santa,

I been a good boy. I am go to leave milk and cookies.

Love, Jaydon, age 7

To: Santa

From: Lane Bouis

I whant Lego

Motor Cycle

<3 Lane

To: Santa

From: GRAcey

age: 6

I will leAve milk and cookies

My favorite 

reindeer is 


To Santa and Mrs. Claus,

Dear Santa,

Your very nice although I may be on your naughty list im sorry for being naughty but I deepley understand if I am on your naughty list. Santa your very nice your amazing making miracles that almost no one else in this world can make that’s very cool the north pole is very far and coming here is appreciated from me. 

The List: 

A lot of shopkins

new room decorations

new Jordans

A trip to the Mall with Friends 

new clothes

A new phone (IPhone 7) or (any IPhone about 5C) 

A elf on the shelf

Food to end world hunger

no child abuse 

a lot of wrestling equptment or gymnastic equmptmint.

From Marisa Ramos, age 12

To: Santa

From: Nehemiah

age: 10

2 decks of Pokemon cards

1 PS4

2 controlls

20 games

one big TV

Remote contrell toys

toy boxs



one house

To: SantA

From: JAXon

age: 7

I wot A 6x




To: Santa

From: Trevor

age: 7 yrs

I Want a Crome book, 

Legos, a cntaner to put Legos in.

Love, Trevor

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I want a Minecraft Lego set! Thank you for giving everyone presents on Cristmas!

From Joey, age 11

To Santa,

I would like remote control monster truck and a robot, the movie Cars 3, fishing gear, and Dr. Seuss books.

Love Ayden, age 5

Dear Santa:

From: Emma


PLAy roBoT

New TaBlet

New Coat

Play Joker

Batman Characters

Jordan Sellman

To Santa,

Gavin’s Christmas list

Super Mario oddesey

Poken tornement DX

Mario Kark 8 deluxe


Pokemo ulra sun or ultra moon

Pokemon big box (TLG) (Tradeing Card Game)

Figet cube





Hot wheels

VR headset

Rubix cube

From Gavin Hutton

To Santa,

I wot 


Hot Wheels



Yeti in my spaghetti

Royal Salon

Nail Designs

Real cooking vdeo 

Sale sew cool

World Vacation Jet

From Zoe 

To: Santa

From: Tanner

age: 15 months

Dear Santa this year I want lots of toys! I like balls and things that I can push around the house. I love things that light up. My mom is helping me write this since I’m kinda little so don’t forget about her. 




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Sand Lake to host live nativity


The indoor live nativity at Sand Lake United Methodist will take you through the town of Bethlehem on the day Jesus was born, with actors of all ages dressed as various characters. Courtesy photo

By Judy Reed

Shepherds from a past nativity. Courtesy photo.

If you’d like to experience a fun family activity to celebrate Christmas that’s a little different this year, head to Sand Lake and experience the entire town of Bethlehem on the day Jesus was born through their live nativity.

The event will be held at Sand Lake United Methodist Church this weekend on Friday, December 1, from 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, December 2, from 1-3 p.m. in the church’s fellowship hall.

As you walk through the nativity, actors will reenact the story. You will see shepherds watching their flocks; soldiers registering people for the census; people peddling wares; angels singing; wise men searching for the Christ child; Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. Real live animals will greet you, and a real baby will play the part of Jesus. Visitors can also enjoy hot chocolate and cookies in the courtyard area.

This is the 5th year for the event, which was originally created and put on by South Ensley and Sand Lake United Methodist Churches, and now includes cast members from many of the village churches and even some that aren’t members. 

“The program takes about 30 people and we love having visitors,” said Sandra McConnell, who decorates and does publicity for the nativity. She said over 100 people walked through the live nativity last year, and they are hoping for more this year.

McConnell said that they got the idea for the live nativity when they saw one in Coopersville several years ago. “We went through it, and decided we wanted to do something like that,” she explained. Little by little, people came forward to help to make it into the event it is today. “We’ve added a lot in the last four years,” she added.

If there is anyone else who would like to be part of the nativity, you can call Sandra at 616-570-8713. 


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Mingle with Kris Kringle this weekend

Looking for some holiday cheer? You don’t want to miss the “Mingle with Kris Kringle” event this Saturday, December 2, put on by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The day-long event starts with make and take crafts and ornaments at the Cedar Springs Community Library at 107 N. Main St from 9-noon. You can also enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus from 2-3 p.m. at Perry’s Place llc for herbs, teas, and more at 90 N. Main St. There will also be a meet and greet and photos with the Cedar Springs cheerleaders, a petting zoo, bake sale, and caroling from the Cedar Springs High School choir, all before the mini-parade that brings Santa to the corner of Main and Ash Street at about 4:30-4:45.

Following the parade will be a live nativity scene by Calvary Assembly of God and mingling with Kris Kringle at the American Legion Hall, where kids can get their photo taken, and do an activity while they wait. 

The fun then continues next weekend with the Kent Theatre Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 9 from 3-5 p.m., and the Kent Theatre Christmas Dance Extravaganza on Sunday, December 10, from 3-5 p.m. Admission is $3 for each show. For more info on both weekends of fun, see ad on page 10.

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