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Trick or treat in Cedar Springs


 

Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

Are you ready to trick or treat in Cedar Springs?

It’s only one week until Halloween—are you ready for a night full of fun? Does the thought greeting scores of trick or treaters make you break out in a cold sweat? Forget staying home! Pack up the kids and come out Halloween night for the Annual Cedar Springs Halloween Spooktacular in Cedar Springs! Sponsored by the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, area businesses and churches, the fun starts at 4:30 p.m. with spooky storytime at the library, at the corner of Cherry and Second. That is followed by trick or treating from 5 to 7 p.m. at Main Street businesses.

The Kent County Sheriff Traffic Squad will hand out hot chocolate and donuts at the Cedar Springs firebarn at W. Maple and Second St. again this year, and the Cedar Springs Historical Museum will host a haunted school house at the museum in Morley Park. Calvary Assembly of God will host a carnival at Main and Ash, and The Springs Church will host Trunk-or-Treat from 6pm-8pm, in their parking lot at the corner of Maple and First Street, along with a giant slide, and refreshments. For more info, see ad below.

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Museum happy with Red Flannel showing


Pictured left is the 2014 Cedar Springs Museum float.

Pictured left is the 2014 Cedar Springs Museum float.

 

Sharon Jett, of the The Cedar Springs Historical Society, is giving a big thumbs up for all the volunteers that helped on Red Flannel Day, and is excited about all the people that visited the Cedar Springs Museum in Morley Park.

“Many hours were spent to get it (the float) just right to match the Red Flannel Theme this year,” said Jett. “Over 800 flowers were made and attached to the float. All work and material was furnished by the museum volunteers. We are so proud to be a part of our home town of Cedar Springs.”

The museum was open all Red Flannel Day, and Jett said they had between two and three hundred visitors going through and showing much interest.

The museum welcomes visitors every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and for many special programs. Arrangements to open any other day, except Sunday, can be made by calling 616-835-0809.

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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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Concert in the park next Thursday


ENT-Concert-in-park-Roosevelt-DiggsRoosevelt Diggs June 19 at Morley Park

 

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department is bringing music back for the 8th summer in Morley Park. Some great bands are scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of June, July and August. The first band, Roosevelt Diggs, will appear next Thursday, June 19. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the park, right off Cedar Street. You can listen to some of their music at www.rooseveltdiggs.com.

The event is free to the public and will include a free raffle of door prizes during the band’s intermission. The door prizes are donated by local businesses. The concerts’ main sponsor, Independent Bank, is celebrating its 150th year, and will be giving away a $100 gift card at each concert to someone 18 or older.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket, pack up the kids, and head out for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors and hear some great music!

In the event of inclement weather, a decision will be made by 4 p.m. on whether to cancel the concert. They will broadcast their decision through text alerts and on their facebook page. You can sign up for text alerts by going to their website at www.csaparksandrec.com and clicking on text alerts in the right hand column, or visit their facebook page by searching for Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation.

The other bands scheduled for this summer include Cross Creek on July 17, and Don Middlebrook on August 21.

 

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Learning local history


Cedar Springs fourth graders visited the Cedar Springs Historical Museum last week and learned about their own local history.

On Wednesday, May 28, 90 children visited from Mr. White’s and Mrs. Smith’s classes at Cedar View Elementary  School. They enjoyed listening to D.M. White and Roger Swift as they toured the students around the museum exhibits. The kids were very interested and often amazed at the information being shared with them.

“We sincerely hope to see more of our Cedar Springs students visit the museum,” said Sharon Jett, co-director at the museum.

The museum is located in Morley Park at Northland Drive and Cedar Street, and is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. They have a classic car show coming up on Saturday, July 26, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 696-3335 for more information.

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Museum to showcase historic woodworking skills


 

Rex VanHorn, Jr. will be on hand at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum on Red Flannel Day, Saturday, October 5, to demonstrate his woodworking skills. He will be making buckets, barrels, kitchenware, brooms and other wood products using only vintage hand and foot-powered tools (nothing electric).  Please stop by to see him.

While you are there, take a look at the antique tractors and running farm equipment that will be on display again in Morley Park. Older farm trucks, miscellaneous farm equipment, implements and other items will be on display. The FFA will also have a food both set up there.

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Moments of Selah


Pastor Craig Carter

North Kent Community Church

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. N.E., Sparta, MI 49345

 

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” Psalms 46:10-11 (NIV.)

If you are like me, you have purposed this summer to slow down the busyness of life and enjoy your summer.  However, it is the first part of August already and it continues to go by so fast. There is a saying in music, the “beat goes on.” Life does go on also, and it often tends to find a “rhythm” like a good song. However, the great songs and songwriters always place “musical rests” or pauses in the song. They have learned that they enhance the music and often drive home the purpose of the song or the lyrics. That is exactly what this word Selah means.

The word Selah is used 71 time in the Book of Psalms and 3 times in the Book of Habakkuk. Most Bible scholars agree that this word has various meanings, but most agree on three that are most common. The first is to pause or rest; secondly, to measure or meditate; and thirdly, to lift up.

The first meaning is to rest. This rest is not like a Sabbath, known for a specific or extended time off, but is one that denotes a brief pause or a break. The writer of Psalms is asking the reader to stop reading at that moment and take break from reading. Why are they asking us to take a break?

This leads us to the second meaning, which is to measure or meditate. The purpose of Selah (rest) is to take a moment and meditate or reflect. Remember the “Selah,” rest or break was purposely placed in the psalm, by the writer, to stop you. God the author of our life purposely places moments of “Selah” in our lives to stop us. He wants us to slow down, stop for a moment and take time to reflect on what He is speaking or doing in our life. These moments by God often come in various ways, vacations, summer breaks, seasons of life and even difficult or tying times. But like a great song, we must place them and acknowledge their purpose in our life.

Thirdly, Selah means to lift up. When we take the time to incorporate and allow God to place these moments in our life, we live stronger more refreshed lives. They also cause us to “lift up” our hearts and lives to God. We are able to “Be still, and know that He is God,” We stop long enough to remember that God has everything under control. We once again are refreshed by this truth and fact in life as a believer. So although summer continues to go by fast and life itself does not stop, purpose to incorporate moments of “Selah” in your life! If not, God may just schedule them for you. Regardless of the season, circumstances, or situations you face, take a break and reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness. Be still and remember He is God.

Just a final note to remind our readers that on Sunday, August 25,at 11am, our annual UNITED SERVICE will take place at Morley Park.  It is our time collectively as churches when we take a scheduled “Selah” together. We pause from our own church schedules and together reflect on God’s goodness. We hope you can make it. We know you will leave refreshed.

 

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Concert tonight at Morley Park


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The summer concert series in Cedar Springs returns tonight, Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m., for its seventh season. The series will be held in Morley Park on the third Thursday of June, July and August. Tonight’s entertainment will be The JetBeats, a new 4-member rock and roll combo from Grand Rapids.
Their bio says “the group’s mission is to bring back the excitement from the high energy live shows of the early 60’s Beat Music era, as well as British Invasion classics and a healthy dose of American rockabilly and rhythm & blues.” See more at www.reverbnation.com/TheJetbeats.

Great Scott will be featured on July 18, and Decades on August 15.

These concerts, organized by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation, are sponsored by local groups and businesses and will be free to the public. Door prizes will be given away during the band breaks, and concessions will be available for purchase. So bring your chairs and enjoy some snacks and entertainment with your Cedar Springs area neighbors! All concerts 7-9 p.m. In the event of bad weather, they will be moved to Cedar Springs Middle School if it’s available.

 

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Museum to show off new addition


After years of planning, building and arranging, The Cedar Springs Historical Museum at Morley Park in Cedar Springs is ready to dedicate its new addition.
The celebration will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 17. Admission is free.
For the first time ever, the museum will have a large amount of their collection on display. One display, the Native American exhibit, is in transition and won’t yet be complete, but visitors will be able to observe it as it’s being completed. It is a hands-on project that kids will be able to sit in and listen to a Native American presentation discussing early American life. Display cases have been built that children will easily be able to see at their level. They plan to have arrowheads and Native American artifacts on display in the cases.
For those interested in genealogy, they have an extensive collection of reference materials, including a complete collection of obituaries of Cedar Springs.
Lunch will be provided outdoors by the Boy Scouts for $6.00, which includes a pork sandwich, coleslaw, baked beans and a drink.
The Cedar Springs Historical Society was formed in 1967. In 1971, the one-room Payne school was donated to the society by Marjorie and Cordy Wallace, and moved to Morley Park. In 1991 they were given permission to build a new museum, and held their first meeting in the new museum in 1997. In 2004, they began fundraising for the new addition.

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Concert in the park next week


The last event in the Parks and Rec concerts in the park series is coming up Thursday, August 18 at Morley Park, in Cedar Springs, at 7 p.m. and will feature the Sea Cruisers, playing 50’s and 60’s music.

There will be cotton candy, snow cones, caramel corn, candy and drinks for sale at the event.

Bring a lawn chair, family, and friends and have some fun!

In case of bad weather, it will be held at Cedar Springs Middle School, at the corner of Northland Drive and 16 Mile Rd.

Concerts in the Park are supported by Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation and local businesses.

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