web analytics

Tag Archive | "Easter"

He Is Risen Indeed!

C-Cedar-Creek-Community-Church-LandscapePastor Dick Nichols

Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

If you ask the average person on the street what Easter is about, you are more likely to hear about the beginning of spring and new life, about warm weather and plants starting to grow and days getting longer again, more than you are to hear about Jesus.

Easter isn’t about spring or the growing season, it’s about something more important than that. Easter is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  We read in John’s Gospel, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” (John 11:25 King James Version).

Easter is about the promises of Jesus as to our great hope for resurrection into a new life eternally. We read in John 14:2-3, “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (King James Version).

A lot of people doubt that Jesus rose again on the first Easter; it doesn’t make sense to human reason that a dead man should come alive again.  But it doesn’t depend on human reason, Jesus rising from the dead doesn’t depend on our belief or understanding.  It depends on God and his sovereign promises and authority, and God himself said Jesus would live again.  Though many people will say ‘no, Jesus didn’t rise,’ they don’t have the authority, we have God’s word.

Of course Jesus’ own disciples thought their walk with Jesus was ended when he died on the cross. But the Gospel truth, the Good news is, Jesus Christ is risen today!  When the disciples met Jesus after the cross, this truth changed their lives for ever.  What a joy it is to know that his promises have been kept, Jesus turns sadness into joy and that is reason to celebrate now.  Jesus lives today and that means that those who believe on him will live also.

Until Jesus Christ rose from the dead, death had been the enemy of mankind, no one knew what awaited beyond that point; until Easter morning.  That all changed and now we can dare to believe that the Lord will see us through the days and minutes of our lives, and that he will never leave or forsake us.

The great Easter truth is not limited to our new life after death, but we are to live here and now by the power of resurrection hope.  When we face the tragedies in this life, we can draw from God’s promised resurrection power to overcome the pain, sorrow and mourning that terminal diseases, sudden calamities and fatal accidents inflict on us.  Because He lives, I can face today and tomorrow. We should live like we believe!


Posted in From the PulpitComments Off on He Is Risen Indeed!

Post Easter egg hunt March 30



There are many signs that spring is just around the corner, and one of them is the annual Post Community Easter Egg Hunt! The hunt is only 1 WEEK away, so plan now to attend the event, to be held Saturday, March 30, at 1:00 p.m. at Red Hawk Elementary, on the Cedar Springs Public Schools campus. It will feature hunts for four different ages, candy, coins and great prizes. The Cedar Springs Fire Department, Keystone Kops, Post staff, and of course, the Easter Bunny, will all be on hand to help with the festivities! Hunt starts promptly at 1 p.m. so don’t be late!

Several readers caught our goof up last week—and  yes—the hunt is on Saturday the 30th, not the 31st.

Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off on Post Easter egg hunt March 30


Many people decorate for Christmas, but the colorful eggs in front of Mike and Yvonne Cook’s house, at 3240 17 Mile, are a hint of what’s coming this weekend—Easter! According to Mike, Yvonne has been decorating their yard with the eggs for the past 6 years.

“She loves doing it,” he said.


Posted in Featured, NewsComments Off on Eggstravaganza!

Easter and incomplete answers


Ronnie McBrayer

by Ronnie McBrayer


On Easter morning, a Sunday School teacher began to quiz her class of young children about the real meaning of the day. “What is Easter?” she asked, and the students were ready to respond. A little boy said, “Easter is that holiday when we get together with our families, eat turkey, and everyone is thankful.” The teacher answered, “No, not quite. Does anyone else know?” Another child answered, “Easter is the holiday when we grill burgers and hotdogs, shoot off fireworks, and celebrate our country’s birthday.”

Again, the teacher replied, “No, not quite.” She began to wonder if anyone in the room knew what Easter was really about. But then a little girl stood and began speaking, “Easter is a Christian holiday that follows the remembrance of Jesus’ death on Good Friday. Jesus was buried in tomb, and a large rock was rolled over the entrance.”

The teacher nearly squealed in delight. But then the girl continued, “And on Easter morning the stone is rolled away so Jesus can get out. Then, if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.” No, not quite.

While the children in this story gave incomplete answers, the question asked is still a good one: “What is Easter?” Despite a gazillion Easter sermons and Sunday School classes, our answers may still be a little lacking.

Many believers spend Easter morning proclaiming or listening to massive, exhaustive explanations of the resurrection miracle. The gospel accounts are analyzed and reconciled; scientific objections are considered and then dismantled; skeptics are scolded and unbelievers are disregarded. It is apologetic calisthenics, a vigorous workout in defending Jesus’ reputation, and not quite the answer.

Easter is reduced to defending the Christian dogma, but it is so much more than that. It is a revolution of transforming hope for the world. Easter is not just a doctrine; it is a powerful, redemptive way to live today. When God raised Jesus from the dead – and Christians believe Christ is indeed risen – he signaled the beginning of the redemption of all things, and provided the potency to bring this redemption to its fulfillment.

So we must do more than explain Easter. We must live it and “get in” on it today. We must use it to instigate heaven on earth. We must do more than say “He is Risen,” we must become the living proof of Christ’s resurrection power.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, speaker, and author of multiple books. You can read more and receive regular e-columns in your inbox at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

Posted in NewsComments Off on Easter and incomplete answers

Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Travis & Tyler Swift of Cedar Springs age 8

Rebeckah Ann Funk of Sand Lake age 6

Sierra Ada Fifield of Cedar Springs age 3 3/4

Congratulations to all our winners! And thank you to all who entered! It was a very tough decision. Winners can pick up their Easter Baskets full of goodies at The POST, 36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs, on or after Friday, April 6, 2012. 


Posted in NewsComments Off on Easter Coloring Contest Winners

Decorating Easter eggs

From Livingonadime.com


Traditional Method

Hard boil eggs. Fill several mugs with boiling water and add 1-2 tsp. vinegar. Place a few drops of desired food coloring in each mug. Place eggs in mugs for several minutes until eggs reach desired shades.

Remove with a spoon. Place on paper towel to dry. When dry, polish with a small amount of shortening on a paper towel. Buff until glossy.

You can draw or write on the eggs with a light colored or white crayon before dipping. The drawing will remain white after the egg is dipped.

To clean out mugs, put a little bleach water in the cups and soak for a few minutes.

Natural Easter egg dyes

If you would like to try decorating Easter eggs with natural dyes, try the following:

• Yellow–yellow onion skins, turmeric (1/2 tsp. per cup water) celery leaves

• Orange–any yellow dye plus beet juice

• Red–beets, paprika, red onion skins

• Pink–cranberry juice

• Blue–blackberries, grape juice concentrate, red cabbage

• Brown–black tea, white oak, juniper berry, coffee, barberry

• Light purple–blackberries, grapes, violets

• Green–alfalfa, spinach, kale, violet blossom plus 1/4 tsp. baking soda, tansy, nettle, chervil, sorrel, parsley, carrot tops, beet tops or dip yellow egg in blue dye

Hard boil eggs with 1 tsp. vinegar in the water. Place dying ingredients in non-aluminum pans, cover with water and boil 5 minutes to 1 hour until desired color is achieved. Use enough material to make at least 1-cup dye. Crush ingredients as they boil to extract as much dye as possible. Strain the dye. Most dyes should be used hot. Let each egg sit in the dye until it reaches the desired color. Some dyes will take longer than others to make the desired colored on the egg. Remove the egg and let dry.

Glitter Eggs Place 1 tablespoon each of glue and water in a cup. Stir the mixture and then paint the eggs with it. Sprinkle with glitter. This can also add sparkle to already dyed eggs!

Decoupaged Eggs Tear small pieces of wrapping paper, napkins, stickers, or clip art. Mix equal amounts of glue and water. Paint egg with glue mixture. Place paper on top and then cover with more glue mixture. Let dry.

Spotted Eggs Place 1 tsp. of cooking oil in dye. Dip the egg. The oil will cause the dye to make an irregular pattern on the egg.

Waxed Eggs Dip a portion of the eggs in melted paraffin or candle wax. Then dip them in the dye. Remove from dye. Dry and peel off the wax. The egg will be white on one half and colored on the other half. You can also dip in dye before waxing to get two colors.

Hollow Eggs Poke a hole in one end of an egg with a very small needle. Poke another slightly larger hole in the other end. Then blow on the small end and the egg will come out the other side. Decorate Easter eggs as desired.

For more tips on saving money, visit Livingonadime.com.

Posted in NewsComments Off on Decorating Easter eggs

Key to safe holiday is proper Easter egg handling

LANSING – Many Michigan families celebrate Easter by decorating eggs and hosting Easter egg hunts.  The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) recommends following these quick handling tips to ensure a safe Easter holiday and meal:

Purchase eggs from refrigerated cases.

Check egg cartons before buying; do not buy cracked eggs.

Separate eggs and foods from raw meat, seafood and poultry in grocery carts and in your refrigerator.

Wash hands for in warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after each step of preparation from cooking to hiding.

Keep hard-boiled eggs, peeled or in the shell, in the refrigerator below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for no more than one week and store eggs in the refrigerator, not in the door.

Cook two sets of eggs—one to eat and one for the Easter egg hunt (which should be discarded).

For more information about food safety and proper food handling, visit www.michigan.gov/foodsafety or contact your local Michigan State University Extension agent.


Posted in NewsComments Off on Key to safe holiday is proper Easter egg handling

Easter services 2012

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!


Community Good Friday Service

April 6: Come worship with your family and neighbors at a community Good Friday service titled “Done,” at 7 p.m. April 6, at the Springs Church, 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. Nursery is provided for children ages 3 and under, and kids church will be provided for ages 4 years through 4th grade. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.


The Springs

135 N. Grant St, Cedar Springs

April 6: Community Good Friday Service 7 p.m.

April 8: Easter Worship Celebration, 9:15 and 11 a.m.

Join us this Easter at The Springs Church and explore what we believe about the keys to the Christian faith like the Resurrection, the Bible, God, people, and eternity. Kids ages 1 yr.-6th grade are invited to pick up an Easter surprise after the service at the Kid’s Check-in Table! For more information visit our website www.thespringschurch.info or call 616.696.2970.


Solon Center Wesleyan

15671 Algoma Ave., Cedar Springs

April 7: Easter Egg-Stravaganza  (for kids up to 10 yrs.) 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

April 8: Easter Sunday Free Breakfast at 9:45 a.m.

Resurrection Celebration Service at 11 a.m.


Cedar Springs United Methodist Church 

140 South Main St., Cedar Springs

April 5: Holy Thursday worship at 6:00 p.m. We will celebrate Holy Communion and have an opportunity for foot washing or hand washing remembering Jesus’ call to serve.

April 6: Community Good Friday worship at 7 p.m. at the Springs Church.

April 7: Holy Saturday Prayer stations in our sanctuary from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

April 8: Jesus is risen! Sunrise worship service on lawn at 7:45 a.m. 8:30-9:45 a.m. Breakfast served in fellowship hall 8-8:45 a.m.

Worship service at 9:00 and 11:30 a.m.


Calvary Assembly of God 

810 17 Mile, Cedar Springs

April 24: Easter breakfast drama at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. called “Where’s God?” Breakfast will be served at both 9 and 11, no charge. All 696-8708 for more info.


East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024-18 Mile Rd

April 8: Easter Service at 9:30 a.m. followed by an Easter Brunch.


First Baptist Church

233 S. Main, Cedar Springs

April 6: Good Friday Service  6:30 p.m.

April 8: Easter Sonrise Service 8:30 a.m.

Easter breakfast at 9:15 a.m. (approximate—please come to service)

Easter Worship Service   10:45 a.m.


Grace Evangelical Free Church

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford

April 8: Sunrise service – 8:30 a.m.

Free Easter breakfast – 9:30

Resurrection Service – 10:30


Hillcrest Church of God

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs

April 8: Easter sunrise service at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast following.

Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Easter Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.


North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta

April 8: Easter Sunrise Breakfast at 8:30am

Easter Service 10 a.m.

Will have nursery for newborn-4 yrs old, and children’s church for grades 1-5. Questions? Call Pastor Craig Carter 616.550.6398.


Resurrection Lutheran

180 Northland Drive, Sand Lake

April 6: Good Friday service 7 p.m.

April 8: Easter breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Easter Sunday worship service 9:30 a.m.


Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3110 17 Mile, Cedar Springs (1 block west of US131)

April 8: Easter Breakfast at 9 a.m.

Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.


Cedar Creek Community Church

2969 14 Mile Road, Sparta

April 8: Easter service at 11 am


Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

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

April 5: Maundy Thursday 9:30 a.m. with light breakfast and open communion with meditation 7:00 p.m.

April 7: Saturday Egg hunt with lunch and Easter story – noon-2:00 p.m.

April 8: Easter morning worship at 10:00 a.m.

Posted in NewsComments Off on Easter services 2012

Easter basket cupcakes add a special touch

(Family Features)

Go beyond store-bought marshmallow chicks and chocolate rabbits this year. Perfect for some-bunny special – or as a dessert to brighten any holiday table – A Tisket, A Tasket, A Cupcake Easter Basket cupcakes prove that it can be a good idea to put all your eggs in one basket.

“These cupcakes look impressive,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton, “yet they require just a few easy steps. Simply bake cupcakes and use your favorite cake mix to help speed up prep time. Cool completely, place into Picket Fence Cupcake Wraps or Basket Cupcake Wraps and pipe with green-tinted icing to create grass. If piping isn’t possible, simply spatula ice the cupcakes; either way, they will impress.”

Wilton has a basketful of ideas for finishing these little cakes. Perch miniature nest decorations filled with jelly beans on the icing grass for a playful take on a robin’s springtime roost. Or, top cupcakes with pre-made icing flowers to echo the cheery hues of spring’s first blossoms. These treats will be the perfect end to any Easter hop-pening.

For more Easter or other holiday recipes and ideas, or to order decorating supplies, visit www.wilton.com.


A Tisket, A Tasket, A Cupcake Easter Basket

Yield: Each cupcake serves 1

White Standard Baking Cups

1 package (about 18 ounces) cake mix, any flavor

Water, vegetable oil and eggs to prepare cake mix

Picket Fence Cupcake Wraps or Basket Cupcake Wraps

1 can (16 ounces) White Decorator Icing

Leaf Green Icing Color

Royal Icing Nests with Jelly Beans, Pink and Purple Posies or Multi-Colored Flower Icing Decorations


Preheat oven to 350°F. Place baking cups in standard muffin pan.

Prepare cake mix following package instructions; place batter in prepared pan.

Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Insert cooled cupcakes into cupcake wraps. Tint icing green; pipe tip 233 “grass” over tops of cooled cupcakes. Arrange icing decorations on icing.

Posted in FeaturedComments Off on Easter basket cupcakes add a special touch

Greetings from Hillcrest Church

Pastor Kristi J. Rhodes

Hillcrest Community Church of God

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319


This spring we celebrated Easter on April 24, the resurrection of our Lord from the grave three days after He was crucified and buried. But did you also know that wasn’t the end? After Jesus arose from the grave He appeared several times in several different places and to several different people including more than 500 people all at the same time over a period of 40 days? And that’s not all! He not only appeared, He interacted with them. He talked with them; He ate with them and continued to instruct them. These people were eyewitnesses—people who saw with their own eyes the resurrected Lord! If you were an attorney in a court of law and were able to produce just one eye witness to an event, that would be enough to convince the court of the truth. But what if you traipsed more than 500 eye witnesses through the witness stand that swore to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth and testified that they saw Jesus alive after He was crucified and buried for 3 days? There should be absolutely no doubt to the validity of these events. There is even a record in writing directly from several of these eyewitnesses. Why is it that modern theories are credible, while actual eyewitness accounts are not? After 40 days from the Resurrection, while Jesus was speaking with the disciples on the Mount of Olives, Jesus was taken up to Heaven before their very eyes! (Eyewitnesses again.) But before He was taken up, He said in Matt. 28:18-20 NIV, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” Jesus gave the disciples this assignment, but not without preparing them and then empowering them to accomplish their task. He commanded them: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about…You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (your city), and in all Judea and Samaria (your country), and to the ends of the earth (all the world)!” Acts 1:4-8 NIV. We were created for a purpose. There is a divine plan for our lives that we cannot accomplish apart from God. When Jesus left, He sent His Spirit to remain here until He returns. As Christians, Jesus has promised that He will be with us always. That means always. Even in the darkest of places, even when we can’t feel Him, even when we have doubts, we can be sure that Jesus is here with us. Don’t ever lose hope!

Posted in From the PulpitComments Off on Greetings from Hillcrest Church