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Two clubs are better than one


Jack Clark (left ) presents door prize to Art Probst (right)

Jack Clark (left ) presents door prize to Art Probst (right)

By Nancy Noreen

The Rotary and Lions Clubs of Cedar Springs met together for their annual picnic Wednesday evening, August 20.

During the get-together, Rotary President Carolyn Davis asked Jack Clark, the longest sustaining Rotary member, to present the traditional door prize to Art Probst, the longest sustaining Lions member. This custom began in 2006, when the Lions bestowed the Rotarians with an actual door as a “door prize.”  Since 2006 the door prize has passed back and forth between the groups.

N-Rotary-lions2-group-webThis year Dan and Carolyn Davis upgraded the door with photos of some of the good works the Clubs have done in the community as well as informational data about each group. Although the Rotary/Lions picnics are currently centered around eating and talking, that wasn’t always the case.

The joint picnics began shortly after the Lions Club was chartered in 1959. They were held in Morley Park and the highlight of the gathering was the tug-of- war between the Clubs. One year the rope snapped and Lion Ed Hoven ended up with a broken nose, after it was accidentally jabbed by a tumbling teammate. Whether or not a broken rope and busted nose were the cause, the joint picnic moved to Gordon Park with a game of volleyball replacing the tug-of-war.

Lions President Jerry VanderWal shared that Lions does not symbolize wild jungle animal. L-I-O-N-S stands for: “Liberty, Intelligence, Our Nation’s Safety,” great watchwords for every citizen.

The Lions and Rotary mottos “We Serve” and “Service Above Self,” aptly describe these two organizations. Cedar Springs is privileged to have active Rotary and Lions Clubs. Their labors benefit the whole community.

 

 

 

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New Community


C-East-Nelson-UnitedPastor Herb VanderBilt 

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. • Cedar Springs MI 49319

 

Acts 2:42-47: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Community is important. According to some sources, the housing market is beginning to come back from the collapse a few years ago.  Home ownership is part of what some perceive as the “American Dream.” Critical to the value of a house is its location, what kind of community does it belong to. People fixing up their homes, taking care of lawns and landscaping are also signs of a stable community. Another sign of a vital community is people care for their neighbors and those in the community who need help.

When Jesus ascended after his death and resurrection a new community was being built. Life in Jerusalem during the time of the Apostles was rather messed up. The Jews, a remnant of a once powerful and cohesive community, were now living in a broken down community of Roman law and oppressive laws being applied by the religious community, especially on the poor and disfigured. Jesus taught that God loved his people so much that he was willing to start a new covenant as the old one had fallen apart when the people began to fall away from God. This was Good News in a land that was desperate for some good news. As the message of God’s grace began to be heard by both Jews and Gentiles alike, a new community was being formed, a community based on the fact that both the Jews and the Gentiles alike were equal in this new way. In fact, one of the first names for the church before it became the church were “People of the way.” And what was this new way? Besides telling and retelling the story of Jesus Christ, they also came together and celebrated their new sense of unity and the things they had in common.

Today we read this scripture and say, “well that was a long time ago when everything was new and being a Christian was radical. Folks today just don’t get that excited anymore and many Christians can’t get along with each other.” Well that may be true in many places but there are signs that things may be changing in the Cedar Springs Community. Consider these as today’s signs and wonders:

The United Worship service at Morley park

Kid’s Hope mentoring program

EnGedi-an after school program

Plans for a school for troubled Teens (Second Chance)

North Kent Service Center and Cedar Springs Community Food panty

I am sure there are more so let’s thank God for our community.

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FFA is community


N-FFA-community-land-lab1-Dave-S-Plowing-VandVMembers of the Cedar Springs FFA were reminded this spring that their group is a part of the community. Members have attempted to pour into Cedar by helping with PALS, serving at the North Kent Community Service Center, helping with the historical society, farm day activities for all 2nd graders, and various other community based activities. The members saw this investment come back to them in a multiplied effect as they prepared to grow crops with their land laboratory committee.

With the loss of some of the land previously used by the group, many members of the community stepped forward to help them to adapt to changes at the school site.

A group of nine boosters, alumni, and members met to plan the future crops and methods of accomplishment. The FFA even enlisted the assistance of area businesses to reach their goals. After this, many community members worked along side FFA members to prepare the fields, secure new property to plant, actually plant the crops of corn and soybeans, and spray the fields. The members learned to plow and spray.

N-FFA-community-land-lab2-Braydin-Discing-v-and-vA big thanks to all those who helped!

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FFA invests in leadership and community


The Cedar Springs Future Farmers of America (FFA) was established in 1946, and has consistently invested in the leadership of its members as an integral part of the Agriscience program at the High School. As part of its mission statement the FFA seeks to develop premier leadership in its members.

Many activities also encourage members to become involved in the community.  This year the club has participated in leadership development through several conferences, fund raising activities, and participation in school and community events. One of the premier events this year saw the club hosting a farm day on the Land Laboratory, where all second grade children were escorted to a corn maze, and small animal exhibit on school property, and presented with several gifts. The event also included a hay ride around the school property. Another character building activity has a group of members acting as mentors to elementary students in need of assistance in school. The mentor-members meet weekly after school with their charges to help with their education and to provide and role model.

If you would like to learn more about the Cedar Springs Future Farms of America, please contact Larry Reyburn via email  Larry.Reyburn@csredhawks.org.

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Fathers vs. players baseball fundraiser


The community is invited to attend the first ever Fathers vs. Players fundraiser community picnic, for Cedar Springs Baseball, on May 22 at 1 p.m. This family fun day will be held at the Cedar Springs Varsity baseball field, and will promote community awareness, support and raise money for off-season training for all high school baseball players.
Everyone is asked to bring their own picnic lunch, and there will be an area for barbecue grills. Vendors will conduct games with prizes, and some of the games include the dunk tank, putting green, bean bag games, a radar gun to check how fast you can throw and speed timing.
The main event will be a game between the high school players and their dads.
All youth players with the Cedar Springs Junior Ball League are encouraged to attend, and they will be asked to take their position on the field when the high school players take their positions. Everyone will be asked to “run the bases” when the game is over.
Individual players will be asking for donations. If you are interested in organizing, donating or sharing, please call Roger Louck at (616) 706-8599.

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Community rummage sale to benefit senior all night party


Rent a space to help senior all night party for only $10

Would you like to help to provide a safe environment for our 2011 graduates to celebrate with one another without alcohol or drugs? One Cedar Springs graduating class suffered a tragedy on graduation night, and that was one too many.  Since then, parents of the seniors in the graduating class have worked hard to plan fun, safe activities for the kids on graduation night, and they depend on financial support from both businesses and the community through donations and fundraisers.

One way you can help this year’s class is to rent a space at the community garage sale set for Saturday, March 12. Rent a space for only $10 and keep 100 percent of the proceeds. You will be given a 10-feet by 10-feet area with one 8-foot table and chair. You may bring additional tables for your space. The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the American Legion in downtown Cedar Springs. The event will be open to the public and advertised in local papers, flyers posted throughout the area, and it will be listed on Craig’s list. Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 1. Space is limited. For more info call Michele at (616) 696-9024 or email praxsls@hotmail.com.

With your support we will continue to provide a great event for our graduating seniors!

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


Dec. 19: Solon Center Wesleyan Church will have a Christmas Celebration Service on Sunday, December 19, at 11 a.m. They also invite you to come “Celebrate the Light” at their Candlelight Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 6 p.m. The church is located at 15671 Algoma Ave., just north of 19 Mile Rd.

Dec. 19: Pilgrim Bible Church will have their annual Children’s Christmas Program at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday December 19, and will have a candlelight Christmas singspiration at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, December 26, to close out the Christmas season. The church is located on West Pine Street, in Cedar Springs.

Dec. 19: South Ensley United Methodist will hold a Christmas evening service of worship and special music on Sunday, December 19 at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 13600 S. Cypress, Sand Lake.

Dec. 19: North Kent Community Church will present “A Savior is born” on Sunday, December 19 at 10 a.m. The church is located at 1480 Indian Lakes Rd, Sparta.

Dec. 24: Calvary Assembly of God (810 17 Mile Road) is offering our annual Candlelight Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas carols, and a special Christmas story.

Dec. 24: Join us at The Springs Church for our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Friday, December 24, at 7 p.m. Feel free to come as you are. Kids are invited to wear pajamas. There will be glo-sticks for the kids. We are located on the corner of Oak & First Streets in Cedar Springs. For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970. We hope to see you at The Springs this Christmas!

Dec. 24: Come and celebrate the birth of Jesus with us at Cedar Springs UMC, 140 S. Main St. in downtown Cedar Springs! Christmas Eve Candlelight worship services at both 7 & 10 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Special Children’s Time and childcare provided; and at 10:00 p.m. Special brass ensemble will play. The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be celebrated at both services, and a special mission offering will be taken to support children in our area through the Beach Picnic Basket program and also around the world. God bless you as we give thanks for the greatest gift of all—Jesus!

Dec. 24: Pierson Bible Church will have a Christmas Eve service at 6:00 p.m .and also a New Year’s Eve service at 6:00 p.m. The church is located at 101 Grand St., Pierson.

Dec. 24: Resurrection Lutheran, 180 Northland Drive, in Sand Lake, will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7 p.m. on December 24. Everyone is welcome!

Dec. 24: The Courtland-Oakfield and White Pines United Methodist Churches will have their combined Christmas Eve Candlelight worship service at 7:00 p.m., at Courtland-Oakfield UMC. The church is located at 10295 Myers Lake Ave., just south of 13 Mile Rd. Everyone welcome!

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