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American Legion donates to food pantry


N-Legion-Donation-YunkerThe American Legion Post #287 gave a check for $500.00 to the Cedar Springs Community Food Pantry in January as part of the Legion Service program. The Food Pantry offers groceries and personal care items for the needy members of our area. Pictured are Gordon Frost, Post Chaplain, Bill Yuncker, Post Commander, Steve Lindeman, former pastor of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, where the Pantry is located, and Paul Schrier, Post Finance Officer.

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The missing puzzle piece


CS-United-MethodistPastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

In my reading of the Bible, one of the saddest verses is found at the very beginning. Genesis 3:9, God calls out Adam and Eve, “Where are you?” God has been walking in the garden in the cool of the afternoon. This portion of Holy Scripture is short but teaches so much about the relationships that we have been created for. As I read the text, I envision that there was a time when God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden in community with one another; but humanity had rejected this relationship and we have been hiding from God ever since. Due to the power of sin, it seems we have become unable to live in direct relationship with God, as we had prior to the fall. It is the hope of God’s love that continues to pursue us, and this hope is made available to all of us through the sacrifices of Jesus Christ.

Not long ago, I was listening to an evangelist at a tent revival that my congregation hosted as a part of our church’s sesquicentennial celebration. She used a statement that I have tried to communicate both from the pulpit, as well as in more intimate conversations; we have been created with a God-sized hole in our hearts. There is nothing that can fill that place in our lives except God. My children played with a plastic blocks puzzle when they were young; each had its own unique shape and could only properly fit in the space that it had been designed for. They couldn’t force the wrong block into the wrong hole without either the block or that space being damaged. As people, we try to put all sorts of things into that space in our hearts that’s designed for God (drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships, love of power and riches). We get the same result as the block puzzle—we damage ourselves and our relationships with others. This God-sized hole is of our own construction. God did not decide to be separate from us; God has sought us throughout history and has pursued us so that we might be in right relationship with him again.

Here is the good news for our life puzzles: God has provided a fix for our hearts. The cross of Jesus Christ fits within that hole. We simply have to accept the gift of grace and allow Jesus in. So as you continue on the journey that is your life, remember that God is pursuing each of us—seeking a relationship with us—seeking to restore our hearts and to make us whole.

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EARL WALL


 

Earl Wall, 91, of Albany, Georgia died March 2, 2016 in Georgia. Earl was born August 18, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Michigan the son of Nathan and Rachel (Simmons) Wall. He joined the U. S. Marine Corps in 1942 and retired in 1963. He moved to Albany, Georgia in 1984 and was employed with the Marine Corps Logistics Base for 14 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jimmie Mae; three brothers, Lyle, Jack and Kenneth Wall; two sisters, Lillian Ryder and Dorothy Shaw. Surviving are a son, Patrick (Peggy) Wall; sister, Betty Jean Kilts (Vance Miller); granddaughters, Jennifer Wall, Tricia Wall and husband, Garth Grahame; many nieces and nephews and his extended family in Georgia. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church.

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

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Dorothy M. Blanchard


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Dorothy M. Blanchard (Streeter) 92 passed from this life into the next on Monday, June 22, 2015. She was born April 19, 1923 in Cedar Springs, MI the daughter of Ted and Bessie (Parker) Streeter. She was preceded in death by her parents, son, Robert Blanchard; and husband, John Blanchard; brother, Maurice Streeter. She leaves behind her children, Ron (Joy) Blanchard, Tonnie (Chuck) Smith, Jeff Blanchard, John Blanchard II, and Greg Blanchard; sister-in-law, Gay (Tom) Hudson; grandchildren, Blain (Angie) Blanchard, Tori (Chuck) Smith-VanBelle, Trevor Smith, Brandon (Kristie) Smith, Shelly (Phil) Scheer, Rene Blanchard, Haley (Joe) Saxinger, Jeffrey Blanchard, Samantha (Drew) Dutton, Erwin Blanchard, Tyler Blanchard; many great and great great grandchildren. Dorothy was a lifelong resident of Cedar Springs, her parent’s farm is now the site of the Cedar Springs High School, as well as the Streeter addition to the City of Cedar Springs, including Metron of Cedar Springs. The family will greet friends Wednesday from 6-8 pm and Thursday from 2-4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will be held Friday at 11:00 am. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind or American Heart Association.

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

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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 the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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

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JANET A. GORDON


50C-obit-gordon-webJanet A. Gordon, 87 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord and Savior, while surrounded by family members on Sunday, December 7, 2014. Janet was born December 28, 1926 in Rockford, Michigan the daughter of Versal and Lorena (Blanchard) Gunnell. After graduating from Cedar Springs High School, she married her high school sweetheart, E. Ray Gordon on December 29, 1945. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, painting, drawing and knitting. She was a member of the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church and Women’s Club. Surviving are her husband, Ellsworth Raymond Gordon; children, Susie (Ken) Parker, Doug Gordon, Pam (Tim) Covell, Joel (Janyth) Gordon; 16 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; brothers, Fred (Carollee) Gunnell, John (Mayda) Gunnell; sisters, Shirley (Charlie) Gumina, Nancy (Ed) Bremmer, Cam (John) Teusink; brothers-in-law, Murry (Eva) Gordon, Cliff Snyder; sister-in-law, Maxine Gordon; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Gordon; brother, Tom Gunnell; sister, Charlene at infancy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ken Gordon, Don Gordon, Fay and Loraine Gordon, and Lillian Snyder. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Friday 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

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

 

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Freedom from worry this Christmas season


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Pastor Steve Lindeman

Cedar Springs United Methodist Church

140 S. Main St.

Cedar Springs, MI  49319

 

 

 

I am currently reading the personal memoir of Thomas Oden, who is one of the leading Methodist theologians of our time. In the book, he makes a statement that can be helpful for us during this Christmas season.

“… Christian freedom centers on being freed from anxiety about the future through the act of trusting in God who transcends our gods.”

As we enter into this season of Advent, and as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, this is something that we would all do well to remember. We may feel weighed down by the worries of this world but we need to remember that we are freed from the power of worry and doubt and anxiety when we trust in God.

Jesus teaches us in Matthew 6:25-34 that we are not to worry about the things of this earth because we are called to “… strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” This puts Christmas into a different perspective, doesn’t it?

I could make a long list of all of the stressors that pile up on me during this joyful season. All of our lists might include such things as not having enough time to attend the church Christmas program, not having enough money to buy the toy that your child has asked for, spending the holidays with family members who are ill, or folks that you may not get along with … and the list goes on.

Instead of worrying about these things—the same things that are listed in the 6th Chapter of Matthew—focus on the manger instead, and what this infant means. As you work your way through this season of Advent, prepare your heart to make room for him. Focus on the things that are important as taught by Christ. If you need a daily reminder, and most of us do, read the 6th Chapter of Matthew every day as we approach December 25. It only takes a few minutes, and it will help keep things in perspective.

Be reminded, today, that Jesus Christ is Lord of our lives and Lord of the world. As our lives seem to spin out of control, remember that he holds our future in his hands, and that we don’t have anything to worry about. The power of God is greater than any other god that this world has to offer.

I wish you well and I wish you a season of peace.

 

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Janice Graves


 

Janice Graves age 65 of Morley passed away on October 30 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. She was born March 27, 1949 the daughter of Charles and Arlyle (Plumb) Phipps. During her working years she worked in customer service, a waitress and even day care. The last fourteen years she has worked for Rite Aid in Cedar Springs. She enjoyed bowling, camping, golfing and kayaking. Janice was a member of the Cedar Springs UMC. She loved spending time with family and friends. In 1988 she married Robert Graves who survives. Also surviving are her Mother Arlyle Phipps of Greenville; children Ronda Smith of Cedar Springs, Bill (Kim) Shepard of Cedar Springs, Bob (Cecelia) Graves of Kalamazoo, Dawn (John) Kennebeck of Whitehall, Ken (Cheryl) Graves of Howard City; Several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; Her loving pet dog Spanky; Three brothers Gale Phipps, Alex Phipps, and Craig Phipps; Five sisters Delberta Windiate, Ethel Palmer, Geneva Dean, Valerie Green, Cheryl Hellar; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother Jerry and sister-in-law Dixie. Funeral services will take place on Tuesday at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Visitation will take place on Sunday from 4-6 pm and on Monday from 6-8 pm and prior to services at the church on Tuesday.

 

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