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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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Museum car show a sweet ride


This Ford flatbed truck won best of show at the Cedar Springs Historical Museum car show last Saturday. Post photo by J. Reed.

The Cedar Springs Historical Museum held their annual car show at Morley Park in Cedar Springs last Saturday, July 30, and brought in some much-needed funds for programs and operations.

About 100 cars entered the show, and this year the show chose a top 20 instead of choosing winners by category. Best of show was Sam McComber, with his yellow flatbed truck.

This restored 1930 mail truck was a hit with people at the show. Post photo by J. Reed.

The restored 1930 mail truck was a big hit, and many people went inside the trailer to see a mini-museum of mail items, including a bike a mail person would’ve ridden. The mail truck and trailer was brought by Mike Schragg of Marshall, Michigan.

The Keystone Kops also made an appearance with their antique fire truck.

The Mark Wellman family manned a food wagon for the event, and Pat and Roseanne Patin were DJs.

According to Sharon Jett, the museum made almost $3,000 from the fundraiser. “This money helps support the museum and other programs we have so that we don’t always have to charge families,” Jett explained.

She said that aside from the entry fee, they were very grateful to member D. White, who got many people and businesses to help sponsor the car show. “We are very grateful for his efforts. Without his fantastic effort we would not have had such a good event,” explained Jett.

Coming up next—the museum has set a tentative date of Saturday, September 17, for the grand opening of the new addition. They are working on the details of fun-filled day. Watch the Post for more information as it becomes available.

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Reading program ends with a bang


Who knew reading could be so much fun?

The Cedar Springs Public Library ended its summer reading program Tuesday, July 26, with a carnival for all ages in Morley Park.  About 340 people enjoyed the petting zoo, inflatable water slide, bounce houses, games, face painting, music, popcorn, chips, ice cream sandwiches and drinks. The Cedar Springs Police paid a visit, and the Cedar Springs Fire Department was there to hose the kids down and keep them cool.

Karla Glerum, on staff for a year at the library, enjoyed her second summer reading program. “Our park party went very smoothly this year.  The water games were a lot of fun! I felt the carnival was a good ending to our reading program.”

Sharrel Bailey, on staff for seven months at the library, enjoyed her first summer reading program. “Seeing so many people in the park, celebrating our reading program, was very fun for me.  I saw the Police and Fire Department on hand and was especially impressed by the show of community support.”

Prizes were also given away. Ethan Eadie, grade 4 and Paige Marsman, grade 3, each won a bike.

The following kids each won a chance to win the big prizes offered Cooperative-wide: Thomas Metiva, 6th grade; Maddie Boomgaard, 3rd grade; Evie Nista, 1st grade; Hannah Reed, Kindergarten; Mumina Ciise, 7th grade. Prizes they could win include a trip to NYC for 4, including $500 in spending money and $500 for food; an overnight stay at Boyne Mountain Resort for 4, including passes to Avalanche Bay; an overnight stay for 4 at Double J Resort in Rothbury; a family 4 pack to the Cranbrooke Institute in Bloomfield Hills; a family membership to John Ball Zoo.

The library’s summer reading program had 1,297 participants this year, starting with opening day on June 13. They had 773 people sign up for the program, with 506 from ages 0 to 6th grade. Grades 7-12 and adults read a whopping 807 books, and there were over 100 prizes to give away. (Watch the August 18 Post for a special ad thanking volunteers and sponsors.)

“We could never have so many quality programs without the support of our local businesses, service organizations and individuals,” said Library Director Donna Clark. “This program is all about our community. We have tremendous support and an outpouring of cash, prizes, in-kind donations and volunteer time.  We are building our community together through our local library. It’s just heartwarming!”

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Sign ups for mud volleyball tournament


Do you like volleyball? Do you want to have some fun in the mud? This event is perfect for you! The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department is working to put on the 3rd annual co-ed mud volleyball tournament. The tournament is held in Morley Park and will be on Saturday, August 13. The tournament is divided by age groups and has staggered start times depending on age range. The cost is $100 per team and teams can consist of 4 to 8 players, with 6 playing at any time. The teams are co-ed in nature and are bracketed based on the oldest player on the team.

The tournament brings players from around the state and is growing in size each year. Awards are given to the top two teams in each division, and all players receive a commemorative shirt for playing in the tournament. The deadline for registration is August 5. Forms are available online at www.csaparksandrec.com and at the Cedar Springs Public Schools District Office (where the parks and rec office is located).  It is suggested that teams wear shoes during the event and even duct tape them on, it gets pretty muddy!

The Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation Department is comprised of Algoma, Courtland, Nelson, and Solon Townships, the City of Cedar Springs and the entire Cedar Springs School District. The six organizations work together to offer  recreational and enrichment activities. For more information on this program or others, please call 696-7320 Monday-Wednesday  or email director@csaparksandrec.com anytime.  There is also a Facebook page to stay aprised of programs and information, just search for “Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation.”

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Summer reading celebration carnival


Kids get cooled off by the fire department at last year’s carnival.

Summer has zipped by and it’s already time for the Cedar Springs Public Library’s summer reading celebration carnival! The carnival will take place on Tuesday, July 26 from 2-4 p.m. at Morley Park in Cedar Springs.

There will be games, two bike giveaways, announcements of prizes won by readers, free ice cream, the fire truck to hose us down, a giant water slide, petting zoo, dunk tank, free popcorn, Festida cinnamon chips, pop, water, and music by Deb Eadie, and all the fun you can have in 2 hours!
Call 696-1910 for more information.

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Concert in the park tonight


Music is back in Morley Park, in Cedar Springs, and there will be another concert tonight, Thursday, July 21 at 7 p.m. with the group “Brena.” It may be warm outside, but come try and relax to the sweet sounds of this awarding winning band, that even has their own CD.

In addition to the entertainment, there will be concessions and door prizes, along with cotton candy and frozen snacks. These frozen snacks and the cold beverages will help you counteract the heat. The event is free to the public and will include a free raffle of door prizes during the bands intermission. The door prizes are donated by local businesses.

This is the fifth year that the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department and local businesses have sponsored concerts in the park.  The events began in 2006 with one concert and grew in 2007 to holding three concerts.  The Cedar Springs businesses work with the department to offer these events at no charge to the community. “These concerts have grown in size and have become a mainstay summer event for the Cedar Springs area,” said CSAPR Director Amanda Gerhardt. “We enjoy watching the community come and relax for an evening. The hard economic times make it difficult for some families to do activities, so we are thrilled to provide them this opportunity to have some fun.”

An additional concert will be held on August 18 in Morley Park and will feature 50’s and 60’s music by “ The Sea Cruisers.”

Another event that the Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation department is sponsoring is the 3rd Annual  mud volleyball tournament on Saturday, August 13. Registration is open currently and continues through August 5. Forms are available online and at CS Public Schools District Office.

For more information on this program or others, please call 696-7320 Monday-Wednesday  or email director@csaparksandrec.com anytime.  There is also a Facebook page to stay aprised of programs and information, just search for “Cedar Springs Area Parks & Recreation.”

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