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Veteran’s Day ceremony at Metron


In honor of Veteran’s Day, the American Legion Glen Hill Post 287 will present a flag ceremony at Metron of Cedar Springs, located at 400 Jeffrey, on November 11, at 2 p.m. Opening prayer will be presented by Pastor Steve Lindeman, of Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, and music will be provided by the Cedar Springs High School Band. Everyone is welcome to stay immediately following the ceremony for refreshments and musical entertainment.

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Answers to prayer


cs-united-methodistPastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

We learn in Scripture that Christ often spent time in prayer. We don’t always know what he prayed for, but we are told that Jesus would go to quiet places—to escape the crowds that followed him and go to the Father in prayer. What would he do then? After his spirit was revived during these quiet times, he set out, once again, to minister to the people. Jesus taught, healed the sick, fed the hungry and cast out demons. And he did all of these things with the power and authority that he had as the Son of God and with the power of prayer. Today, I think that we, as Christians, can sometimes get caught in a trap. We read the Bible and find teachings on prayer, like the words found in Matthew 21:22, “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” When we read this verse outside of the context of rest of the Bible, we might think that prayer is a test of faith, and if we don’t receive what we pray for, our faith must be suspect. Not true. When we examine Scripture closely, we find that prayers are not always answered in the way that we might expect. Jesus didn’t always get what he prayed for. When he asked for the cup to be taken from him (Luke 22:42), we know that it was not. Paul prayed for the thorn to be removed from his side (2nd Corinthians 12:7-9), but it was not. God heard these prayers but did not answer them how we might have expected him to. He did, however, transform them into something even greater.

We can learn something from the unanswered prayers of Jesus and Paul. They didn’t pray and then just sit and wait for an answer.  They prayed–going to God in faith–and then they continued their work. Their prayer was followed up with action. And though, sometimes, their specific prayers were not answered in the way we might have expected, we know that God responded to their requests by continuing to work through them so that his plan for history might be worked out.

It is the same for us today; we might not always get specifically what we ask for in our times of prayer. We might not understand why the answers to our prayers are not what we expect. Our response needs to be to keep praying. We must also continue to do good work, and to reach out to others with the love of Christ. For when we are faithful, God will work through us as he did with Jesus and Paul, and transform our lives, into something new and into something even better than we expected.

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CLARA JO GUST


 

Clara Jo Gust, 94 of Cedar Springs, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Sanctuary at St. Mary’s. Mrs. Gust was born March 28, 1921 in Ovid, Michigan, the daughter of George and Nellie (Lockwood) Sillaway. She graduated from Cedar Springs High School, Class of 1939 as Salutatorian. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and had worked at Pollocks Department Store and the Red Flannel Factory. She was an avid golfer, bowler and bridge player. She enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida, was a wonderful mother and had a special love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are her children, Gary (Lolly) Gust, Joanne Gust; son-in-law, Tom Finch; grandchildren, Jeff (Barb) Gust, Michelle Tackmann, Elissa Hughes & Mike Mondy, Zachary (Connie) Hughes, Zeke (Mandy) Finch, Brianna (Garry) Genao; great grandchildren, Jason, Brooke and Jacob Gust, Isabelle Tackmann, Afton Glynn, Elizabeth and Annabelle Finch; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Beverly Finch; six brothers and sisters. The family will greet friends Tuesday, June 9, at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, 3949 Sparks Dr. SE, Suite 100, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Arrangements by  Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Into the light – John 3:1-19


cs-united-methodistPastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

In the movie Shrek, when Donkey thinks that Shrek has been mortally wounded, he says, “If you see a long tunnel, stay away from the light.” Of course, Shrek was fine, but why would he say that? Why would his friend say, “Don’t go towards the light?” Historically, light has been associated with the presence of God, and darkness with his absence. In many documented near-death experiences, people have described a bright, warm, comforting light. We see this theme of light and dark also played out in the Gospel of John. The Christ, the Word, is greeted in the opening verses of the Gospel, The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.

During this season of Lent, we often hear the story of Nicodemus—a story that is very similar to that of many Christians in our world today. It is a story of growth, and a story of hope. We first encounter Nicodemus just before we hear the classic words of John 3:16. We are told that he approaches Jesus at night. Just like many people today who are walking in darkness, Nicodemus comes to Jesus looking for guidance and direction.

The author of John tells us that Jesus responds to Nicodemus’ questions by teaching him that he must be born again—born of the Spirit. We aren’t told how Nicodemus responded, but I picture him scratching his head, not completely understanding, as he walks back into the night.

But there is hope. Nicodemus appears again later in the Gospel of John. This time he is with his fellow Pharisees as they mock the temple guard for failing to arrest Jesus. Nicodemus, in his own, still incomplete way, stood up for Jesus. He asked his colleagues to give Jesus a fair hearing and questioned the legality of their actions. I can see the signs of a growing faith here—of the Spirit within him. He is willing to speak up for Jesus, in the light of day.

Our final experience with Nicodemus is at the very end of the Gospel of John, right after the crucifixion of Jesus. Nicodemus was there, with Joseph of Arimathea, to collect and care for the body of our Savior.  This man who had first gone to Jesus in the dark, went to the cross to take the lifeless body, wrapped it with spices and linen and helped to lay him in the tomb. Those words that Jesus spoke to him must have been ringing in his ears: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” John 3:16.

Approaching the light of Christ can be a powerful theme during this season of Lent, as we journey with Jesus to the cross. How do we stand up for Jesus, even in very little ways? Do we take these actions in the light of day? The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. May we embrace the light of Christ as we prepare to celebrate his resurrection on Easter.

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Lora G. Castle


Lora G. Castle, 87 of Cedar Springs, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at Metro Health Hospital. Mrs. Castle was born October 2, 1927 in Lakeview, MI the daughter of Thomas and Carrie (Mumby) Culver. She retired from Wolverine World Wide and was a longtime attendee of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving are her children, Nancy (Dennis) Buck, Bill (Judi) Castle; son-in-law, John (Barbara) Hausman; grandchildren, Melissa (Dean) Cushman, Bill (Helene) Castle, Jr., Patrick (Jeanette) Castle, Scott (Erin) Buck; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Shaylee, Lindsey, Joshua, Justin and Conner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd in 1998 and a daughter, Beverly Hausman. The family will greet friends Saturday from 11:00 am until time of service at 1:00 pm at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City. The family suggests memorials to the United Methodist Church or Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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American Legion presents checks 


Pictured (from L to R) is Pastor Steve Lindeman, Commander Bill Gregones, food pantry volunteer Caroline Bartlett, and food pantry volunteer Sue Harrison. Post photo by J. Reed.

Pictured (from L to R) is Pastor Steve Lindeman, Commander Bill Gregones, food pantry volunteer Caroline Bartlett, and food pantry volunteer Sue Harrison. Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

The Cedar Springs American Legion Glen Hill Post #247 presented checks last week to both the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association and the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry.

American Legion Commander Bill Gregones presented Pastor Steve Lindeman, representing the Ministerial Association, with a check for $200, to help with the requests they receive at Christmas time.

Gregones presented Sue Harrison with a second check for $100 for the Community food pantry, which is located at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, on Main Street, where Lindeman is pastor.

The American Legion makes the presentations annually. “They do quite a bit to make sure the unfortunate have something on the table for the holidays,” noted Gregones.

The Community food pantry serves up to six families per day, up to 30 families per week. The pantry can always use donations. They have needs for personal care products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, etc. Foods they are currently in need of include dry milk, eggs, milk, butter, margarine and venison. “We received no venison this year,” said volunteer Sue Harrison. Any venison would need to be processed through a commercial processor in order for them to use it.

If you’d like to drop off food, the pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food can also be left near the church office. Anyone wishing to become a client at the center must be referred through North Kent Community Services.

 

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SUZANNE L. ANDERSON


51C-obit-Anderson-webSuzanne L. Anderson, 80 of Wyoming, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at Faith Hospice – Trillium Woods. She was born July 27, 1934 in Cedar Springs, Michigan the daughter of Edwin and Hazel (Sullivan) Wheeler. She was Red Flannel Queen in 1951 and a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Women’s Club and the Red Hatters. She had worked at the Clipper office and was Solon Township Clerk for over 30 years. Surviving are her children, Janell (Keith) Timmer, Kyle (Teresa) Anderson; grandchildren, Solane Jenks, Jacinda Nykamp, Sarah Perez, Kevin Timmer; four great grandchildren; brother, Edwin (Sherry) Wheeler II. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Andy in 2005; sister, Phyllis Brantner. The family will greet friends Friday from 4-7 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs where services will be held Saturday 11:00 am. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Hospice, 2100 Raybrook St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI or the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

 

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M. Jean Pratt Chulski


C-OBIT-chulskiM. Jean Pratt Chulski, 91 of Cedar Springs, passed into life eternal on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Clark Retirement Community. Jean was born April 28, 1923 in Courtland Township, MI the daughter of Eugene and Jennie (Robson) Benham. Her parents, brothers, Nan and Leon; sisters, Marion Ward, Marjorie Mulford, Marie Opperman Cain and Jane Rice, as well as nephew, Gilbert Rice preceded her in death. Jean attended Benham School and graduated from Cedar Springs High School Class of 1941. She married a south Courtland boy, Ross Pratt in July of 1946 and he preceded her in 1976. Ross and Jean had four children, Jan (Duane) Ellis, John (Patty) Pratt, Mary (Jack) Tinholt, Joan (Dennis) Karn; nine grandchildren and their spouses; five great grandchildren. After Ross’s death, she married Karl Chulski in 1982 and he preceded her in 2002. She is also survived by his children, Lois (Harrison) Brigham, Karl (Maria) Chulski, Mark (Val) Chulski; Karl’s grandchildren and great grandchildren; numerous cherished nieces, nephews and friends. Jean was a longtime member (66 years) of  the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Her funeral will be held Monday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Courtland Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, Clark Retirement Community or Emmanuel Hospice.

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