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Community steps up for Lifewalk


N-lifewalk1-photo-webN-Lifewalk3-overhead-webA stream of lime green T-shirts wove its way down through the heart of Cedar Springs on Saturday, June 14. Alpha Family Center held its first 5K LifeRun early with 12 runners participating, and 14 children taking part in the FunRun around the Skinner Field track. Then 180 walkers came out at 10 a.m. to celebrate Alpha’s 18th Lifewalk!

Chris Anton, youth Pastor at The Springs Church, opened the fundraising event with a hearty welcome to everyone for taking time out to support life and to help this worthy cause. He gave the walk instructions, which included stopping at key places to pray for our area churches, schools, city hall, the police station and Alpha Family Center. He reminded everyone to return to Morley Park for a short time of fellowship and heart-felt prayer for the unborn.

The walkers returned to the park for a time of refreshment, door prizes, face painting, a clown, and a report that included the total amount raised this year, which was $11,300.

N-Lifewalk2-group-webLifewalk makes up a huge portion of Alpha’s operating expenses each year. Alpha helps over 100 families per month, and gives away 14,000 baby and maternity items per year. They also offer free pregnancy self-testing, parenting classes and support for abuse, miscarriage, post-abortion and sexual integrity classes.

Kim Ferguson shared her experience as a new peer counselor and the rewards she receives being a part of an organization making a difference in our community.

Jenn Anton, Alpha’s new Lifewalk Coordinator, shared the good news about abortions being down in the state of Michigan. Her closing prayer was for protection of unborn babies as colorful balloons filled the sky in memory of the 54,000 babies that have been aborted since abortion became legal in 1973.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate, you can contact Alpha Family Center at 616 696-2616, or donate at their website:  www.alphafamilycentercs.org.

 

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Beyond the walls


Members of The Springs and Solon Center Wesleyan worked together on many projects Sunday, including planting flowers and weeding around signs.

Members of The Springs and Solon Center Wesleyan worked together on many projects Sunday, including planting flowers and weeding around signs.

By Judy Reed

 

Three church congregations proved last Sunday that worship doesn’t have to take place between four walls—and that serving and worshipping go hand in hand.

The Springs Church, 35 N. Grant Street, and Solon Center Wesleyan, located near the corner of Algoma and 19 Mile, met for a time of joint worship at Skinner Field Sunday, before heading out to serve the community. They sang with a praise team made up of members from both congregations, and then Springs Pastor Barry Briggs and Solon Center Pastor Tom Holloway gave the crowd of 300-plus a pep talk to help them get excited about the service projects they were about to undertake. The crowd then broke into groups to perform various tasks in the community. Members of Hillcrest Community Church also joined some of the teams.

Kids of all ages worked side by side with adults Sunday. Here, Wyatt Fisk washes a window. Photos courtesy of Solon Center Wesleyan.

Kids of all ages worked side by side with adults Sunday. Here, Wyatt Fisk washes a window. Photos courtesy of Solon Center Wesleyan.

The teams visited patients at Metron; did roadside cleanup; planted flowers; washed windows for customers at the Wesco gas stations in Cedar Springs and Sand Lake; worked at Alpha Family Center; visited Hope Network homes; built a sandbox for a family; handed out freezer pops to people; delivered cookies to businesses; prayed for the city government, schools, businesses, families; and more.

Kerr said that the kids in the family who received the sand box were really excited. “The team who built it said the kids were all smiles.”

While both churches have done similar days like this in the past with their own church, it was the first time they organized it as a joint effort

“I thought it went really well,” said Local missions Pastor Cherri’ Kerr, who has organized this event for The Springs for the last six years. “People were excited to go out and serve, and I got good reports back. Coming together with Solon was really neat.”

Holloway agreed. “The businesses were really thankful, and the churches working together worked out well. It was good to see the camaraderie, to see us united for a common vision,” he remarked. He also noted that it was the largest turnout they’ve had from their congregation in the five years they’ve done it.

Kerr said that the goal next year is to get more churches involved in the project.

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Beyond the Walls to hit the streets


Members of a Beyond the Walls team worked on trimming shrubbery at the Post last year. Post photo by J. Reed.

Members of a Beyond the Walls team worked on trimming shrubbery at the Post last year. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

Three area churches will join together to take their service beyond the walls this Sunday and reach out into the community.

Both The Springs Church, 135 N. Grant, and Solon Center Wesleyan, located at 19 Mile and Algoma, have done separate events in the past, and decided this year to join forces. Hillcrest Community, located on 18 Mile in Nelson Township, is also joining the event. Not only will all three churches do projects on the same day but they will be on the same teams.

“We just thought it would be good for the churches to do one day together—meet   others, work together and make an impact on the community,” explained Cherri’ Kerr, local missions pastor at The Springs Church.

Projects the teams plan to work on include visiting patients at Metron; roadside cleanup; city sign maintenance; planting flowers; greeting customers at the Wesco gas stations in Cedar Springs and Sand Lake; working at Alpha Family Center; visiting three Hope Network homes; building a sandbox for a family; handing out freezer pops to people; and more.

Leaders will meet at The Springs Church at 9 a.m. Sunday to get to know each other and what is expected, and then will head to Morley Park at 10:30 a.m., where all three congregations will do a short worship time together and divide up into their teams. They will then go out into the community to complete their projects, and return afterward to the park for a free lunch.

Kerr said that anyone from the community who would like to help should come to Morley Park at 10:30 a.m. and they can join a team. “Everyone is welcome,” she said. Anyone coming may want to bring lawn chairs, or a blanket, and sunscreen.

“I’m so excited we’ve been able to pull this together,” remarked Kerr. “I’m looking forward to it.”

The event will be held rain or shine. If it is dangerous—if there is severe weather—it will be canceled. In the event of rain, the lunch will be held at The Springs Church. For more info email Kerr at office@thespringschurch.info.

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Walkers raise funds for pregnancy care center


Photo courtesy of Alpha Family Center

Photo courtesy of Alpha Family Center

Photo by C. Owen

Photo by C. Owen

Pledges poured in and walkers showed their support Saturday as 160 residents descended on Morley Park in Cedar Springs for the Alpha Family Center’s annual LifeWalk.

Walkers weaved their way through downtown Cedar Springs, and stopped and prayed at several venues, including City Hall, a church, a school, and Alpha Family Center. They prayed for the leadership and staff and all those places, for students, and the clients helped by Alpha.

“The walk went great,” said Executive Director Lorrie Shelton. “We raised over $12,000.” Those funds help Alpha with operation costs throughout the year. It’s their biggest fundraiser.

Alpha Family Center is a non-profit, faith-based pregnancy care center servicing hundreds in the West Michigan area. Last year, they were able to assist with 3,292 requests for help, giving out over 14,000 free maternity, baby and toddler items.

Their services include free and confidential pregnancy self-testing, peer counseling, community agency referrals, parenting classes and material assistance. They also provide accurate information on abortion, adoption, & sexually transmitted diseases, as well as offer support for those who have experienced sexual abuse, miscarriage and abortions.

For more information or to donate, call 696-2616 or visit their website at http://www.alphafamilycentercs.org. They are located at the corner of First and Cherry Street in Cedar Springs.

 

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LifeWalk 2012 – June 16


Cedar Springs- Alpha Family Center will host its annual LifeWalk on Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Morley Park in Cedar Street. LifeWalk is a chance for everyone to get on board to help young families and children in a very important and fun way.

To participate in LifeWalk 2012, call 696-2616 for a pledge form or download yours at our website:  www.alphafamilycentercs.org.

“For people who don’t have a lot of time, but are looking for a practical and fun way to put their pro-life beliefs into action, LifeWalk is the perfect opportunity,” says Lorrie Shelton, Executive Director of Alpha.

Alpha Family Center is a non-profit, faith-based pregnancy care center servicing hundreds in the West Michigan area. Last year, they were able to offer help and hope 4,182 times to families with over 18,000 free baby items given out. Their services include:  pregnancy testing, peer counseling, community agency referrals, maternity clothing and baby and toddler care necessities. They also provide accurate information on abortion, adoption, & sexually transmitted diseases, as well as parenting classes, sexual abuse, miscarriage and post abortion support.

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Concert fundraiser for Alpha Family Center


Missy Armstrong and Jeff Rose, of the nationally recognized bluegrass band, Detour Bluegrass, will be performing at Kent City Baptist Church on November 18 at 8pm. The concert will benefit the Alpha Family Center in Cedar Springs. A love offering will be taken and used to help those in our community. Please join us! You can contact the Alpha Family Center at 696-2616 for more information.

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Walk for life


The Springs Church was one of the places around the city that walkers stopped to pray during Alpha Family Center’s annual Lifewalk.

Morley Park was the site where Alpha Family Center’s annual Lifewalk fundraiser began and ended on Saturday, June 18. This important fundraiser provides 1/4 to 1/3 of the operating expenses necessary for Alpha to continue offering help and hope to those in need in our community.
“After months of preparation, planning, and publicity, Lifewalk 2011 proved not only to be a beautiful day that brought sunshine, instead of rain, but also $12,000 dollars was pledged!” said Executive Director Lorrie Shelton.
Several areas businesses donated to help underwrite the cost of Lifewalk, while most of the support came from generous donors. “This family friendly event gave over 185 believers the chance to show their pro-life stand, as well as provided a time of fellowship with other believers, regardless of denominational ties,” said Shelton.

Kids had fun at the annual Lifewalk.

Door prizes, cookies, balloons, face painting, candy and a clown kept the children amused, and parents took time throughout the walk to stop and pray for our city officials, police department, public schools, Alpha Family Center and area churches.  Balloons were released at the end of Lifewalk, in memory of the 50 million babies that have been aborted since abortion became legal in 1973.  Shelton said that according to Right to Life, there are 75 babies aborted per day in Michigan.
“Lifewalk is also a time to pray for Alpha that they may continue to help women choose life and to assist teenagers, pregnant mothers, and young families with needed items,” noted Shelton.
For more information on Alpha Family Center, give them a call at 696-2616.

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