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A Trick or Treater from last Halloween in Cedar Springs.

A Trick or Treater from last Halloween in Cedar Springs.

Check out some of the fun, fall activities going on in our area for Halloween this weekend and next weekend!

Pumpkin/Carving Trail Walk

Oct. 21: Howard Christian Nature Center is hosting a Pumpkin /Carving Lit Trail Walk on October 21, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. $8 per person includes pumpkins and everything you need to carve them. Also includes donuts, cider and coffee. The event starts with pumpkin carving, and trail walks begin promptly at 7:45 and again at 8:15. Open to all ages, preregistration required to be guaranteed a pumpkin.

KDL Lab: Mad Scientist

Oct. 22: Pull on a lab coat and get ready to think like a mad scientist. Create a plush Franken-Beanie creature to take home, create slimy bugs in the Creepy Crawlers Oven and plan your next mad scientist creation with a Franken-creature collage! For ages 6 and older. Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to noon at Nelson Township/Sand Lake KDL Branch, 88 Eighth St.

Awesome Autumn Adventure!
at Spencer Township Library

Oct. 22: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts and games. Saturday, October 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Spencer Township Branch of Kent District Library, 14960 Meddler Ave. Gowen, MI 49319.

Halloween Open House
at Van Andel Arena

Oct. 23: Celebrate Van Andel Arena’s 20th anniversary with this free family event on Sunday, October 23, from noon to 4:00 p.m. The first 5,000 people through the doors will enjoy a free hot dog, popcorn, and Pepsi, and the first 2,000 people will be given a 20th birthday cupcake. Other activities to enjoy are costume contests, a live DJ, trick-or-treating and bag decoration stations, Halloween photo stations, self-guided tours of the building, ticket giveaways, and more, including a chance to take a slapshot on the ice, shoot hoops on the basketball floor, and have your picture taken with a Zamboni. The event will be a fun-filled, family-friendly day and guests are encouraged to show up in costume to get into the Halloween spirit.

Awesome Autumn Adventure!
at Nelson Twp/Sand Lake Library

Oct. 25: Celebrate the season with autumn crafts, games, and pumpkin decorating on Tuesday, October 25, at the Nelson Twp/Sand Lake KDL branch, 88 Eighth St, Sand Lake, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please bring your own pumpkin.

Fall Festival at Solon Center
Wesleyan Church

Oct. 26: The church presents its Fall Festival on Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-8 p.m. for families with kiddos 0 to 5th grade. Put on those costumes and come and enjoy games, prizes, snacks, candy, and lots of fun. Bring your friends along too! The church is located at 15671 Algoma Avenue, just north of 19 Mile Rd. All welcome!

Trunk or Treat at Courtland-Oakfield UMC

Oct. 29: Enjoy an early start to your Halloween celebrations Saturday, October 29, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church, 10295 Myers Lake NE, Rockford. Safe, friendly and fun. We’ll also be serving a free hot dog supper.

Trunk or Treat at East Nelson UMC

Oct. 29: East Nelson United Methodist Church, 9024 18 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, will have its annual Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 29 from 5-7 p.m. Come enjoy games, walking tacos, treats and fun.

Halloween Extreme at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum

Oct. 29: Don’t miss Halloween Extreme at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park on Saturday, October 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. This special evening is for teens and adults, a little to scary for the little ones but loads of fun for our older visitors.

Haunted School House

Oct. 31: On Halloween night be sure to visit the Haunted School House, at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park. This Spooktacular  event will be open from 5:00pm to 7:00 pm. Our volunteers Marie and Nolan Patin along with Phil Mann will transform the one room school next to the museum into a fun and spooky place to visit. This event is suitable for all ages.

Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 31:  The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, businesses and churches in Cedar Springs are sponsoring the annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular on Saturday, October 31. Some of the free events include trick or treating from 4:30-7 p.m. at area businesses and City Hall, with maps available at the Library; The Cedar Springs Historical Museum will be having their Haunted School House from 5- 7 p.m.; Apple Cider from the Kent County Traffic Squad and Candy by the Cedar Springs Fire Department at the Fire barn (Maple Street); The Springs Church Trunk or Treating from 6-8 p.m; warm up at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with hot chocolate and treats.

Trunk or Treat at The Springs

Oct. 31: Creative costumes—check. Oodles of goodies—check. Lots of giggles and loads of fun—doublecheck! You’ll experience it all at The Springs Church at Trunk or Treat on Halloween night from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of candy for the taking, carnival games, a giant slide, and refreshments. It will be fun for the whole family, and a safe, well-lit environment for kids. The church is located at 135 N. Grant St., in Cedar Springs.

Halloween Hospitality Center

Oct. 31: Warm up and rest station at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, on Monday, October 31st, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Serving hot chocolate and popcorn.

Solon Fire at White Creek Country Estates

Oct. 31: Solon Township Fire Department will hand out candy for kids at the office in White Creek Country Estates from 5-8 p.m. The park is located at 15851 White Creek Ave. Cedar Springs Mich. Bring the kids to meet the firefighters, see the fire trucks, and get some candy. Fun for all!

Algoma Township Halloween party 

Oct. 31: The Algoma Township Historical Society will host a Halloween Party for trick-or-treaters at the Chalmer’s building on the corner of Fonger St. and Pine Island Drive, on Monday, October 31, from 5 to 6 p.m. They will serve hot dogs, chips, punch and candy.

Trunk or Treat at Resurrection

Oct. 31: Parents and kids can both stay warm and dry by trick or treating at Resurrection Lutheran Church’s indoor trunk or treat, from 6-8 p.m. on Halloween. The church is located at 180 S. Third St. in Sand Lake.

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A Smokin’ Celebration


(Family Features) If the surge in barbecue and smoking competitions across the country is any indication, grilling has become an art form. This Father’s Day, grab dad and gather around the grill or try a new tech­nique that’s rising in popularity – smoking – to create a masterpiece meal – and plenty of memories – together.

From secret marinades to tricked out grills and smokers, competitive smokers know there is a near ritualistic approach to teasing the perfect flavor out of a pre­mium cut of meat. Follow in the foot­steps of those pit masters and smoke like a pro with these tips from Omaha Steaks Exec­utive Chef Karl Marsh.

Rinse brisket with vinegar, then water.

Rinse brisket with vinegar, then water.

Start with style

The first step is deciding how you’d like to prepare your meat. Consider stepping up your game by smoking your meat. Smoking is a popular choice because it infuses flavor through­out the meat, while extended cook times at low temperatures make it extra tender. Another advantage is the chance to create a wide range of unique flavors using wet and dry rubs, as well as seasoned wood chips and planks.

Dry meat and prepare rub.

Dry meat and prepare rub.

Choose your cut

Virtually any meat can be smoked, but the most popular cuts of meat to smoke are brisket, ribs, pork shoulder or turkey, all of which are typ­ically large in size. Guarantee a great experi­ence with Omaha Steaks Brisket for smoking or Whole Pork Butt, which were created with the competitive barbecue and smoking circuit in mind.

Coat meat generously with rub.

Coat meat generously with rub.

Ready your rub

Rubs are often used to add flavors and surface texture to a cut of meat. For best results, brush meat with cooking oil or another liquid ingre­dient (such as yellow mustard) before adding the rub. Spread the rub on a clean plate and place the meat on it. Coat both sides with the rub by gently pressing the meat on the plate.

Inject brisket with marinade.

Inject brisket with marinade.

Set up the smoker

Some pit masters consider their equipment as vital an ingredient as the meat or flavorings they choose. Preparation varies from one recipe to the next, but one constant is the importance of maintaining a steady temperature. As you prepare your charcoal, be conscious of where you’ll place any wood chips or other flavor enhancers for maximum impact.

Slow and steady

Sensational flavor takes time to build, so plan to dedicate several hours to your task. Often, smoked foods require foil wrapping for at least a por­tion of the cook to retain moisture. Plan to check in at regular intervals to restock wood chips, flip or rotate meat and apply a fresh coat of seasoning or spices.

Find more tips and recipes perfect for a smoking Father’s Day celebration at omahasteaks.com.

Ancho Chile Rubbed Smoked Beef Brisket

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 11-13 hours

Rest time: 1-2 hours

Total time: 13-16 hours

1 Whole Omaha Steaks Brisket for smoking

2 cups white vinegar

2/3 cup yellow mustard

3/4 cup Omaha Steaks Ancho Chile Rub

4 cups Ancho Chile Smoking Spritzer, divided (recipe below)

8 cups apple or cherry wood chips, soaked in water

Remove brisket from bag and rinse with white vinegar then rinse with water.

Dry completely using paper towels.

Slather brisket generously with yellow mustard.

Rub generously with ancho chile rub and inject with 1 cup Ancho Chile Smoking Spritzer.

Prepare smoker using 1 chimney of pure lump charcoal fully lit and one chimney of pure lump charcoal unlit. Make sure water pan is full and adjust vents until smoker maintains a temperature between 225 and 250 F.

Place brisket on smoker fat side up and brush smoking spritzer over top.

Every hour, check smoker temp, squirt with smoking spritzer and add handful of wood chips.

After 3 hours, flip brisket fat side down and squirt with spritzer.

After 6 hours, flip brisket fat side up. Wrap heavy duty foil around the last 3-4 inches of brisket tip to prevent it from drying out. Restock water pan and add lump charcoal as needed. Adjust vents until temperature is between 225 and 250 F.

Beginning at 8 hours, check internal temperature every hour and apply spritzer and wood chips as needed.

Between 11-13 hours, when internal temperature is between 195 and 200 F, if fork slides easily into brisket, it is done.

Let brisket rest for 1-2 hours before slicing and serving.

Ancho Chile Rubbed Smoked Pork Butt

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 8-10 hours

Rest time: 1 hour

Total time: 10-12 hours

1 Omaha Steaks Whole Pork Butt

2 cups white vinegar

1/2 cup yellow mustard

1/2 cup Omaha Steaks Ancho Chile Rub

4 cups Ancho Chile Smoking Spritzer, divided (recipe below)

8 cups apple or cherry wood chips, soaked in water

Score top fat so it will melt into pork while smoking and allow more rub to get into meat. Rub pork with white vinegar then rinse with water. Pat dry with clean paper towels.

Rub pork butt with yellow mustard. Rub pork butt with ancho chile rub. Inject pork with 10-12 ounces of Ancho Chile Smoking Spritzer.

Set up smoker with 1 chimney using unlit lump charcoal and 2 chimneys using lit lump charcoal.

Adjust vents in smoker until temperature settles between 225 and 250 F.

Place pork butt fat side up and add a lot of wood chips.

Every half hour, add more wood chips and spritz pork with smoking spritzer.

After 2 hours, insert remote thermometer probes. Be careful not to let thermometer touch bone to prevent false readings.

After 5 hours, place pork in foil pan and liberally coat with spritzer. Wrap pan tightly with foil.

Continue cooking without adding wood chips or opening smoker until thermometer hits 190 F (for sliced meat) or 200 F (for pulled meat), about 8-10 hours total.

Let rest 1 hour before serving.

Ancho Chile Smoking Spritzer

Makes: 4 cups

2 cups apple juice

1 cup cranberry juice

1 cup canola oil

2 tablespoons red hot pepper sauce

1/2 cup Omaha Steaks Ancho Chile Rub

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

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You Can Be One Reason Mom Feels Loved

Make the day special.

Make the day special.

(NAPS)—From the big milestones to the everyday moments, chances are, you knew Mom would be there for you. So on her special day, you want to find exactly the right way to let her know how much she continues to inspire and encourage you.

A Beautiful Breakfast

To help, you can now start Mother’s Day morning with a wonderful gift from Wolferman’s specialty foods brand. The Mother’s Day Tote is filled with their famous English muffins, decadent pastries and Earl Grey tea, along with clover honey sticks to complete the luxurious breakfast gift. Afterward, the tote can be reused and act as a brilliant reminder of your thoughtfulness. For additional information, visit www.Wolfermans.com.

MOTH-You-can-be-one-reason2Clever Cookies

You can also sweeten her day with decadent gifts from Cheryl’s. The gourmet cookie brand’s Long Stemmed Cookie Flowers is a delicious bouquet of 12 long- stemmed, buttercream-frosted cutout cookies and hand-decorated crunchy sugar cookies. Delivered in a real florist box, this unique and memorable gift can really show you care. Available at www.Cheryls.com.

MOTH-You-can-be-one-reason3A Blooming Good Idea

The Mom’s Tea Party arrangement from 1-800-Flowers.com serves up plenty as a two-in-one gift with a lovely selection of pastel roses, carnations and white daisies, beautifully hand designed inside a reusable floral teapot. For more details, visit www.1800flowers.com.

For this Mother’s Day, send her a breakfast to remember, something to satisfy her sweet tooth and a truly original arrangement that she’ll treasure. That can help her know she’s loved, not just on Mother’s Day but every day.

Learn More

For more gift ideas to celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day, visit www.1800Flowers.com and www.Wolfermans.com.

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Top tips for a perfect Mother’s Day

Make Mother's Day special

Make Mother’s Day special

(BPT) – She’s spent years taking care of you, whether it was mending your first broken heart, helping you pack and move for college, or moving in to help take care of your first child. Mom has always been around to help. For all the times she’s been there for you, now is the time to be there for her. This Mother’s Day, plan the perfect day to show mom just how thankful you are.

Plan a day together. Set aside all other plans and treat your mom to a day filled with her favorite people, places and things. Whether it’s a day spent indoors playing games or reminiscing, or grabbing the extended family and heading to her favorite park, lake or ocean for a picnic, simply sharing in these moments is sure to bring your mom joy and delight.

Host an afternoon tea. While breakfast in bed may have been your Mother’s Day tradition growing up, perhaps it’s time for something new. This year, treat mom to a relaxing and indulgent afternoon tea filled with delicious treats like these Lavender Buttermilk Scones.


8 ounces self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 ounces unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, plus extra for greasing

3 ounces lavender-flavored sugar, sifted if preferred (see Cook’s Tip below)

1 pint buttermilk, plus extra for brushing


Your choice of Bonne Maman Preserves


Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

Stir in the lavender sugar (sifted if preferred) and a pinch of salt and make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour in the buttermilk and mix to combine, making a soft dough.

Briefly knead the dough on a floured surface, then lightly roll out to about 3/4-inch thick. Cut scones with a 2-inch pastry cutter and place on a greased baking sheet.

Brush the top of each scone with a little extra buttermilk and bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly browned on the top. Cool on a wire rack, dust lightly with flour and serve with your favorite choice of Bonne Maman preserves.

Cook’s tips:

  • To make lavender-flavored sugar, push 2-3 small washed and dried sprigs of fresh lavender into a jar of caster sugar. Leave for at least 24 hours before using.
  • Brushing the scones with beaten egg before baking will give them a shiny golden top.

Give Mom a well deserved day off. Even after a perfect day spent with loved ones, sometimes all mom really wants is a day to herself doing whatever she pleases. While you may not be able to give her just that, Bonne Maman, maker of 100 percent natural preserves and jellies, is here to help through the Share The Love national sweepstakes. Mom can enter for a chance to win a $4,500 day off to spend doing whatever she’d like, plus she can download a $2 off coupon for her next Bonne Maman purchase. For more information and to enter, visit www.BonneMaman.us.

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Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Age Group  3-4 Years Old Winner:  Jaiden St. Amour, âge 3, of Sand Lake

Age Group
3-4 Years Old Winner:
Jaiden St. Amour, âge 3, of Sand Lake

Congratulations to 3-year-old Jaiden St. Amour, of Sand Lake,  7-year-old Autumn Passage, of Sand Lake, and 9-year-old Desirae Donley, of Rockford whose entries were chosen as finalists and ultimately the winning entries of our 2016 Easter Coloring Contest.

Three finalists were selected from each age group, 3-4 years, 5-7 years, and 8-10 years. Then our staff voted on which were they’re favorites from each group and that’s how we came up with our three winners.

Winners may pick up their Easter Baskets on Monday, March 28th at The Post, located at 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs, between 10 am and 5pm. Or call 616-696-3655 to make other arrangements.

Age Group  5-7 Years Old Winner:  Autumn Passage, age 7, of Sand Lake

Age Group
5-7 Years Old Winner:
Autumn Passage, age 7, of Sand Lake

Thank you to all that  entered our coloring contest.

Age Group  8-10 Years Old Winner:  Desirae Donley, age 9, of Rockford

Age Group
8-10 Years Old Winner:
Desirae Donley, age 9, of Rockford

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Easter Jokes for Kids


Q. How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself?

A. With a hare-dryer!

Q. Why did the Easter Bunny cross the road?

A. Because the chicken had his Easter eggs!

Q. What did the rabbit say to the carrot?

A. It’s been nice gnawing you!

Q. How did the Easter Bunny rate the Easter parade?

A. He said it was eggs-cellent!

Q. How does the Easter Bunny travel?

A. By hare-plane!

Q. How does the Easter Bunny stay fit?

A. Eggs-ercise and hare-robics!

Q. Why did the Easter egg hide?

A. He was a little chicken!

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Five unique ways to enjoy your favorite Easter candy

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Family Features 

The best parts of holiday celebrations are the special traditions that form lasting memories. Make Easter the most egg-cellent holiday by inspiring new traditions and creative activities, crafts and recipes for your family to enjoy for years to come.

1. Sweet Egg Decorating

Many people celebrate the Easter holiday with brightly decorated hard-boiled eggs, but why not decorate chocolate eggs, too, for a sweet twist on a traditional favorite holiday craft. You can use frosting and additional candy to decorate chocolate eggs, such as Cadbury Crème Egg Candy, in similar fashion to traditional eggs.

2. Candy Dish Treats

Think candy is only reserved for Easter baskets? Try filling a glass vase with your favorite colorful candies to create a colorful, delicious candy dish the whole family can enjoy. Place faux flowers in the candy-filled vase and tie a bow of festive ribbon around it to create a simple, sweet arrangement.

3. Share with the Easter Bunny

Santa isn’t the only one who likes sweets; this year, leave candies out for the Easter Bunny, too. Share this “hoppy” new tradition with family and friends using #HersheysEaster and make it part of your annual Easter Eve ritual.

4. Easter Egg Hunt Prep

Step up your Easter egg hunt game by setting up prep stations with everything your family will need. Equip them with decorative baskets to put their eggs in, leave clues of where the eggs are hidden on festive note cards and get them started with a sweet treat, such as their favorite candy, to kick it off.

5. Cooking with Candy

An Easter basket isn’t the only way you can enjoy sweets. Get creative in the kitchen and find new ways to enjoy your favorite candies, such as this recipe that combines ice cream, cookies and Cadbury Crème Egg Candy for a one-of-a-kind dessert.

For more Easter inspiration and delicious recipes, visit CelebrateWithHersheys.com.

EAS-Five-ways1-treatsCandy Egg Ice Cream Sandwiches

Serves: 4

2 cups vanilla ice cream

3 Cadbury Crème Egg Candy

8 large sugar cookies

1/4 cup Cadbury Mini Eggs Candy

Set ice cream on counter for 15-20 minutes, or until it begins to thaw and is easy to scoop.

Unwrap and chop egg candy into small pieces. Pour candy pieces (including gooey center off knife and cutting board) into medium mixing bowl.

Scoop ice cream into bowl with chopped candy. Using plastic spatula, stir candy and ice cream until well combined.

Pour ice cream mixture into rectangular or square 2-quart dish and spread into even layer, making sure candy is evenly distributed. Cover with plastic wrap and place dish in freezer for at least 30 minutes, or until ice cream has set again.

In food processor, pulse mini egg candies until finely chopped.

Remove ice cream from freezer.

Place chopped mini candies in shallow bowl wide enough to fit a cookie. Place 4 cookies bottom up on plate. Top each cookie with scoop of ice cream then top ice cream with another cookie (bottom facing ice cream). Press down on sandwich until ice cream reaches cookie edge.

Immediately roll ice cream edges of sandwich in chopped mini candies, turning sandwich until all edges are coated. Place sandwich on a dish and return to freezer. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Serve immediately or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to serve.

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Easter Services 2016

God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!


Passion of the Christ movie showing

March 20: The Knights of Columbus are presenting the movie “The Passion of the Christ” on Palm Sunday, March 20, at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon. Doors open at 1 p.m. Donation $2.00. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence.

Community Good Friday Service 

March 25: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at The Springs Church, where we will remember and mark the death and crucifixion of Jesus. Childcare is provided for birth through 5th grade by Pine Ridge Bible Camp. The church is located at 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

Calvary Assembly of God

Meeting in Red Hawk Elementary—Cedar Springs Public Schools campus.

March 27: Easter service at 10:30 a.m.

Cedar Springs United Methodist 

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 24: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 27: Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Brunch to follow worship.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 25:  Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

March 27:  Easter Sonrise Service at 9 a.m.

Easter Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter Sonrise service 9 a.m.

Easter breakfast following Sonrise service.

Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Bible

West Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter morning worship 10:45 a.m.

Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3592 17 Mile RD NE, (next to Meijer), Cedar Springs

March 27: Easter Sunday Service, 10 a.m.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs, MI

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, Egg hunt and more 1-2:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship Services, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic Church 

3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI

March 24: Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

March 25: Good Friday, noon, The Passion of the Lord.

March 26: 8 p.m., Holy Saturday Easter Vigil.

The Springs Church

35 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant)


March 25: Community Good Friday Service 6:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter Celebration Services 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.


Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (just north of 12 Mile)

March 24: Maundy Thursday Breakfast & Communion 9:30 a.m.

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more noon to 1:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341


March 26: Easter Carnival from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

March 27: Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont (at the corner of Post and Pine Island drives)

March 20:  Palm Sunday Worship and Eucharist 10 a.m.

March 24:  Maundy Thursday Worship and Eucharist 7 p.m.

March 25:  Stations of the Cross at noon.

March 27:  Easter Sunday Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Worship and Eucharist at 10 am.

Rockford Springs Community Church

March 24: Maundy Thursday 7:00pm

March 27: Easter Morning Worship 9:30am


Community Good Friday service

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran (180 S. 3rd Street) and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist (65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park).

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St, Sand Lake (Corner of E Lake and 1st St)

March 27: Easter Service at 11 a.m.

Huggard Bible Church

8860 21 Mile Rd, Sand Lake

March 27: Sun Rise Breakfast 7:45 a.m.

March 27: Extended Easter Service 9:30 a.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S. 3rd Street (Northland Dr.) Sand Lake, MI

March 20: Palm Sunday Service 9:30 a.m., Egg hunt for children to follow

March 25: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W. Maple  Sand Lake, MI

March 25:  Good Friday 6:30 Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross. (Especially for those who could not attend the Passion of the Lord Liturgy earlier in the day.)

March 27: Easter Sunday Morning masses at 7:30 a.m. and 9 :30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt after 9:30 Mass for children thru the 5th grade.

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park)

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember 12noon to 1:30p.m.

(Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist)

March 27: Easter Sonrise Service 8 a.m. with free breakfast to follow.

South Ensley United Methodist

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake (Corner of Cypress and 136th St)

March 24: Thursday Seder (Passover) Service 6 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunday Service 10:55 a.m.


North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta, MI

March 27: Easter service, 10 a.m.

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Group knits red hats for babies born in Greenville

The Stitchers & More group and some of the hats they’ve made.

The Stitchers & More group and some of the hats they’ve made.

February is American Heart Month and a fellowship group with the informal name of Stitchers & More is celebrating. They are raising awareness of heart disease by knitting red hats for all babies born in February at United Hospital in Greenville.

The Stitchers & More group began twenty years ago as a group of women who gather once a month for fellowship while crocheting, stitching, scrapbooking, and sewing. The group ranges in age from early twenties, up to their oldest member who is turning ninety this year. When asking the group what inspired them to participate in this project, the name Kaylee is spoken in unison.

This project is dedicated to a two year old from Woodlawn Christian Reformed Church who underwent successful open heart surgery,” explained member Mary Brasser.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans and congential heart defects are the most common type of birth defect in the country. Congenital heart disease is a problem with the heart’s structure and function that is present at birth. Some defects will heal on their own, over time, while others will need to be treated. Some are treated with medications and others with surgery.

We work closely with the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Pediatric Cardiology Program when we identify an infant in need. All of our infants are screened for congenital heart disease and we also carefully monitor the cardiac health of women with congenital heart defects who are pregnant or want to become pregnant,” said Dr. Jonathan Windeler, Chief of Pediatrics at Spectrum Health United Hospital.

We are so thankful to the Stitchers & More group for their kindness and generosity. It is our hope that this information will raise awareness of heart disease and will inspire others to participate in similar activies,” said Shelly Westbrook, Foundation Director at Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals.

For more information about the congenital heart disease, go to http://www.spectrumhealth.org/congenital-heart-disease

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Christmas wishes

A big thank you to The Springs Church Kids for their beautiful Christmas wishes!

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