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Blessing of the bicycles


At least 20 bikes were given away at the Blessing of the Bicycles at The Springs Church last Saturday. Photo by Duane Harriman.

By Judy Reed

The 3rd annual Blessing of the Bicycles was held at The Springs Church in Cedar Springs last Saturday, June 24.

The focus of the event is to make sure kids get connected with a bike if they don’t have one. Each year organizer Johna Alexander takes donations of used bicycles and has them refurbished, and they also give away some new ones at the event. Simple repairs and maintenance is offered to kids who already have a bike.

“At least 20 bikes were given away, with four of them being brand new,” said Alexander. “We had new helmets available for all that attended and several other prizes were given away in a drawing.”

The Kent County Sheriff Department and many other volunteers helped make the Blessing of the Bicycles a success. Photo by Duane Harriman.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was on hand, to talk about bicycle safety, and worship Pastor Greig Hess gave the blessing over the bicycles.

Alexander said that she was grateful for the bicycle donations and for all those that participated.

“Seeing all the smiling faces on the children in our community is a blessing for all that took the time to come and help,” she said.

If anyone has a bicycle they would like to donate for next year’s event, please call 616-799-2850 for a drop off or to be picked up.

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.


Alpha Family Center LifeWalk

June 17: Alpha Family Center will hold its 22nd Annual LifeWalk – Humanity 101 on Saturday, June 17th at 10 am Morley Park in Cedar Springs. There will also be a 5K LifeRun at 8:30 am, registration at 7:30 am and a Kids FunRun (ages 5-11) at 9:15 am, LifeWalk at 10 am, registration at 9 am. For more information and pledge forms visit AFC website: alphafamilycentercs.org. #22-24b

Dinner at the Legion

June 19: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, June 19th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes, baked beans, veggies, salad, roll, dessert and drink. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #24p

Cedar Springs Youth Football SIGN-UPS

June 20: Flag: 4-7years olds, Rocket: 3rd-6th grades, and  Middle: 7th-8th grades. Burger King: 6/20: 6pm-8pm. Skinner Field: Tues & Thurs 7/11-7/27 5:30pm-7:30pm. Contact: April Victorson (616)890-5869 csyflsecretary@gmail.com. #19-26b

Michigan Blood Drive

June 20: Michigan Blood Drive on June 20th at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church from 12:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Anyone attempting to donate will receive a Cedar Springs Brewing coupon. We would like to thank the local business for supporting our blood drives. The need for blood is high during the summer with people on vacation. Each donation has the potential to save 3 Michigan lives. The Blood Center thanks all the people that donate at the Cedar Springs blood drive. #24

Introduction to Papermaking

June 22: Transform junk mail into decorative sheets of paper in this hands-on program for adults. Thursday, June 22nd at 6 pm at Spencer Township KDL Branch, 14960 Meddler Ave., Gowen. #24

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 24: Event to be held on Saturday, June 24th from 1-3 pm at The Springs Church parking lot, corner of Oak and First St. Several used Bikes have been graciously donated this year and will be available for those that may not have a bike, while supplies last. We will also have minor bike repairs in site and many fun things for the kids to do. The Blessing will be given at 2:30 pm by Pastor Greig followed by a New Bike give away. Blessing is open to Riders of all ages. Hope to see you there! #24,25p

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Putting your “yes” on the table


Pastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

 

Do you remember the Meatloaf song from 1993, I Would Do Anything for Love? In his hit power ballad, Meatloaf passionately declared—over and over and over again—“I would do anything for love, but I won’t do that.” Nobody really knows what the “that” is, but that’s beside the point. Maybe, like Meatloaf, you would do anything for love; but I think a more important question is this: If you could do anything for God—and money or time wasn’t a limitation—what would you do? Or to ask it more succinctly, “Would you do anything for God?”

If you’re like many Christians, in your heart you say, “God, I love You, I’ll do anything You want me to.”  But in your mind you’re thinking, “But I won’t do that…”  Fill in the blank; what’s the that for you?

Go ahead and think back to the last 3 things God asked you to do. Did you do them? Maybe you can’t even think of the last 3; what about just that last one? Did you do it? If not, why not? What was holding you back?

So often when God nudges us and asks us to step out in faith we either ignore Him or just flat out say No.  “God, I’ll do anything for You, but I won’t do that.”  What if you were to approach this new year differently? What if you lived each day with your “Yes” on the table? Lived a life that is open and available to God at all times, so that whenever God calls, you are ready and willing and available to say, “Yes, Lord”?

Look at what happened to Abraham when he said “Yes” to God.  “By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going” (Hebrews 11:8 MSG).

Abraham put his “Yes” on the table and packed up his whole family and set out for a new country not evening knowing where he was going. Imagine what that must have been like. The faith that took. If you ever did that your friends would try to talk you out of it. Your family would think you’ve lost your mind. I’m sure Abraham’s family did too, but if Abraham wouldn’t have said “Yes,” God’s whole redemptive plan through Jesus Christ would have been in jeopardy.

So let me ask you: What new place is God calling you to? Maybe saying “Yes” to God means taking a new job, or going back to school, or adopting a child. Maybe saying “Yes” to God means moving away. Or maybe saying “Yes” to God means staying right where you are. Like Abraham, you may not have all the details.  All the “what ifs” might not be answered yet. But can you step out in faith and trust God to lead you, knowing that where God guides God provides?

The truth is, life is relatively short compared to all of eternity, where you’re going to have trillions and trillions of years there. You only get about 60 or 80 or at the most 100 years on this planet. It’s not very long. Life is pretty brief. You need to make your life count. It starts by saying “Yes” to God.

Putting your “Yes” on the table each and every day will change your life, it will change your home, it will change your family, it will bless this community, it could very well change the world, it might even change the course of history, or change someone’s eternity.  The world is calling out for people who will say “Yes” to God. People who will say, “God, I’m scared to death, but I’m going to say ‘Yes’ to You.”

This year, put your “Yes” on the table.  Say to yourself and to God, “Whenever, wherever, whatever, no matter the cost—Yes, God I’ll do it; wherever You send me—I’ll go; whatever You ask of me—I ’ll give; whenever You need me—I’m available. I’m keeping all the options open. My ‘Yes’ is on the table.”

 

 

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What makes us vulnerable to tempation?


The-Springs-blurred-webPastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matthew 6:13 NIV). Many times we wait until we get into tempting situations and then we pray, “Lord, lead me out of temptation.” But Jesus taught us to pray in a different way—“Lead me not into temptation.”

How can we avoid being lead into temptation in the first place? Here’s what works for me: I must identify what makes me vulnerable.

Notice I didn’t say identify what tempts you. You already know what tempts you. What you may have never thought through is what makes you vulnerable to that temptation? What makes you weak? What makes you susceptible?

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (NIV).

Notice you can’t just pray; you have to watch. So when Jesus says you are to pray, “Lead us not into temptation,” he’s saying that’s not even enough. Besides praying you also have to do some watching.

You have a pattern of vulnerability. You have certain people, places and things that make you more vulnerable to giving in to temptation, that make you more likely to be led into temptation. To “watch” means to identify what makes you vulnerable. You need to identify your pattern.

Let me give you five questions you need to ask yourself:

First ask yourself, “When am I most tempted?” You’re going to find you’re more tempted on certain days of the week than others. Maybe a certain time of the day. Maybe you’re tempted when everybody else is in bed. You need to figure out when are you most tempted.

Next ask, “Where am I most tempted?” It could be at work, at your neighbor’s house, in the kitchen. Do you get tempted at a convenience store? At a sports bar? At the beach? A lot of you get tempted in front of a computer. You need to know your area of vulnerability.

Three, “Who is with me when I’m most tempted?” Am I most tempted when I’m alone?  Or when I’m with friends who lead me in the wrong direction? Am I most tempted when I’m with my co-workers? Or when I’m with a crowd of strangers and I think nobody would know me? Am I tempted with my family? Identify who makes you vulnerable.

Four, “What temporary benefit do I get if I give in to the temptation?” Let’s just admit it—sin is fun. If it were miserable nobody would do it. The Bible even says there is pleasure in sin for a season. In other words, it doesn’t last. So what is the temporary benefit I get when I give in to temptation? Do I get comfort? Excitement? Joy? Pleasure? A false sense of confidence? You need to know what’s the benefit when I do this.

The fifth thing you need to ask is, “How do I feel right before I’m tempted?” You need to know what your emotional triggers are. Is it frustration? Stress? Is it when you’re bored? Lonely? When you can’t sleep at night? You need to know what feelings make you vulnerable.

Figure out what your pattern of vulnerability is. Ask yourself who, what, when and where you get tempted. Then watch out for those situations. Avoid those situations. Don’t allow yourself to be led into those situations and you will find freedom from the traps that so easily ensnare.

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The Springs Church set to perform at Praise in the Park


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On Sunday, August 14, 2016, The Springs Church will be performing at Praise in the Park at the Garden Club Park in Rockford, MI. Praise in the Park is a music only Christian event lasting approximately one hour. Located on the banks of the beautiful Rogue River, the Garden Club Park is the perfect setting to praise our Heavenly Father for all the blessings he has bestowed on us. The Springs Church will take the stage promptly at 6:00 p.m.

The Garden Club Park is located by the dam in downtown Rockford near the intersection of W. Bridge & Squires Streets. The park has served as the home for the weekly event for the past five years.

The Springs Church would like to invite all their members and residents of Cedar Springs out to enjoy the music of their Praise Team on Sunday, August 14. So bring a chair, blanket, family, friends, neighbors, and a picnic and enjoy the beautiful sounds of our Praise Team.

Coupons for discounted food and treats at downtown Rockford restaurants and additional information can be found at www.rpmoll.com/praise.

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Event connects kids with bikes


Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser helped fit kids with bicycle helmets at the Blessing of the Bicycles at The Springs Church last Saturday. Courtesy photo.

Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser helped fit kids with bicycle helmets at the Blessing of the Bicycles at The Springs Church last Saturday. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The second annual Blessing of the Bicycles, held last Saturday, June 25, at The Springs Church, was a big hit with kids and families in the community.

“I had a lot of people tell me they and their kids were having a great time,” said organizer Johna Alexander.

Kids who did not have a bike were able to choose from about 50 used ones, and another six new ones were given away through a drawing.

Dozens of kids and families turned out to pick out a good used bike and/or enjoy the festivities. Courtesy photo.

Dozens of kids and families turned out to pick out a good used bike and/or enjoy the festivities. Courtesy photo.

Dozens of kids and parents showed up to take advantage of the free bicycles, helmets, t-shirts, face painting, bubbles, and chalk art. The Kent County Sheriff Department and Cedar Springs Fire Department were there to interact with the kids, and minor bike repairs were also available. A clown and upbeat music rounded out the celebration.

Pastor Cherri’ Kerr also said a blessing over the bicycles.

“I really want to thank everyone that donated and everyone that helped make this year’s event a success,” said Alexander.

She added that in preparation for next year, she will be taking bicycle donations all year long. She said that they can be dropped off at The Springs Church, or you can call her at 616-799-2850 for pickup.

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Hometown Happenings


Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

CS Youth Football Sign-ups

June 16, 23: Cedar Springs Youth Football sign-ups will be held on Thursday, June 16 and Thursday, June 23 from 6-8 pm at Burger King, Cedar Springs. Flag: 4-7 year olds, Rocket: 3rd – 6th grade, Middle: 7th & 8th grade. Contact April Victorson, 616-890-5869, a_victorson@yahoo.com. #24,25p

VBS at Cedar Springs UMC

June 20-23 & 25: Catch the Wave of God’s Amazing Love at Surf Shack – 150 Vacation Bible School! June 20-23 from 6 – 8 pm. Grades K-6th are invited to Cedar Springs United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., to discover how to surf through life with God and others! New this year, as we celebrate our 150th year in this community – 150 Field Day on Saturday June 25th from 1 – 4 pm at Morley Park! Register online at www.cedarspringsumc.org. For more information, please call the church office at 616-696-1140. #23,24

Dinner at the Legion

June 20: American Legion, 80 S. Main St. Cedar Springs, is hosting a Swiss Steak dinner on Monday, June 20th, from 5 – 7 pm. Included will be mashed potatoes and gravy, baked beans, veggies, salad, roll, drink and dessert. The cost is $9 for adults, children (15 and younger) $4.00. Come and enjoy home cooking. Take out is available. 616-696-9160.  #24p

CASSA Tryouts

June 20-23: The Cedar Area Select Soccer Association (CASSA) will be holding free soccer try-outs at the Boomer Park Soccer Fields, 13440 Ritchie Ave NE, Cedar Springs MI 49319. June 20th U9-U12 Boys birth years 2005-2008, June 21st U9-U12 Girls birth years 2005-2008, June 22nd U13-U14 Boys & Girls birth years 2003-2004 and June 23rd Boys & Girls U15-U19 birth years 1998-2002. Registration from 5:30-6:30 pm with try-outs starting promptly at 6:30-8 pm. Visit our website @ www.cassasoccer.com for detailed try-out information and forms to fill out prior to try-outs. #24

Blood Drive at CS UMC

June 21: Michigan Blood Drive at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Tuesday, June 21st from 12:30 pm-7:00 pm. For this drive only, we will be using the bus in the north parking lot. With summer officially here, many people will be traveling and the need for blood is greater. Please help fill that need with an hour of your time. The Blood Center thanks all the people who donate at the Cedar Springs drives. #24

Take off pounds sensibly

June 21: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Barb at 696-8049 for more information. #24

Blessing of the Bicycles

June 25: The 2nd Blessing of the Bicycles Event to be held on June 25th starting at 11 am until 2 pm at The Springs Church, corner of Oak and First Street. Kids of all ages are welcome for face painting, games, and bike decorating. Free t-shirts, helmets, along with several used bikes (for those that may need one) will be available while supplies last. Helmet Safety Demonstration will be given by Rockford Ambulance at 12:30, followed by the Blessing at 1 pm given by Pastor Cherri’ and a drawing will be done with various items to be won after that. Blessing is open to all Bike Riders – Adults and Kids! Hope to see you there! #24,25

Cooking Matters for Families Workshop

July 7: Cooking Matters for Families Workshop encourages families to work together to make healthy meals that everyone will enjoy. Cooking Matters encourages participants to select nutritious foods, prepare and cook healthy foods side by side, and choose budget-friendly healthy ingredients that the whole family will enjoy. This is a FREE 6 week workshop for adults and youth (10yrs and up). Limited space available. Begins on July 7 from 9-11 am at Solon Center Wesleyan Church, 15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs. This workshop is offered by MSU Extension with the food pantry at Solon Center Wesleyan Church. Please contact Terry Gafurovic to register at 616.696.3229 or terrygaf79@gmail.com. #24-26

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Bicycle donations needed for kids’ event


Find your old bike a new home.

Find your old bike a new home.

Has your child outgrown his or her bicycle? Would you like to have another child enjoy it as much as yours did? How about donating it for an event that gives away bicycles to kids that need one?

Almost 50 kids that didn’t have a bike received one at last year’s Blessing of the Bicycles event at The Springs Church. About 40 used ones were given away, as well as eight brand new ones. This year, organizers of the event are looking for more bikes to give away to kids who need one.

Dozens of kids and parents showed up at last year’s event to take advantage of the free bicycles, helmets, face painting, and other goodies. On hand was the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Fire Department, and Rockford Ambulance. They will be all be on hand again at this year’s event on June 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Springs Church, with fun for kids and their families. But in order for the event to be a success, they need bicycles to be donated.

Bicycles can be dropped off any time at 5581 17 Mile Road (at Ritchie) at the Bike Exchange. Or, if you need someone to pick up the bike, please call 616-799-2850.

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The Post travels to Colombia


N-Post-travels-to-Colombia-Springs-ChurchThe Post recently traveled to Colombia with The Springs Church mission team. Members of the team included Matt Goehler, Pastor Barry Briggs, Cindy Mason, Cathy VanOss, Bill VanOss, former Springs Pastor Gary Cruce, Johna Alexander, Floretta Reighn and Shane Jewell.

The group traveled to Bogota, Colombia on Saturday, April 9, and then on to Medellin, Colombia on Thursday April 14. They did some painting at a church, and spent time with the girls at an orphanage called Findesin, which means “the end of without.” They also handed out the Gospel of John and tracts to people in both communities. “There were a couple of people that came to know Christ through this activity,” said Cindy Mason.

Cindy described the area around the orphanage. “There are homeless people that sleep in the median along the road of the orphanage, and people pulling around carts, picking through trash.”

She said they took the girls on a day outing. “We enjoyed the arcade and lunch with them, and then purchased each of them a new outfit. We gave them homemade new dresses, snacks from the U.S. and crocheted stuffed animals. We gave them donated backpacks and shoes. We gave the girls love. Although verbal communication was tough, we were still able to spend time with them and show them how much we all cared for them through playing, photo taking and lots of laughter. And in the end, we shared tears with them. We have no idea whether or not those same girls will be in the orphanage when we return or if they will be back with their parent(s). Therefore, the good-bye that we experienced could very well have been good-bye forever.”

Thanks so much to The Springs Church for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Take the Post with you and snap some photos. Then send them to us with some info to news@cedarspringspost.com or mail them to Post travels, PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. We will be looking for yours!

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What will make America great again?


The-Springs-blurred-webPastor Barry Briggs

The Springs Church

135 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs

With the 2016 presidential election cycle well underway, there are a lot of ideas circulating about what will make America great again. Some suggest we need to build a wall. Others that we need Medicare for all. Or boots on the ground. Or for Wall Street to pay its fair share. Or income equality. Or new pipes. Or… or… or…

But will these ideas cut it? What in fact will make America great again?

I believe the answer is in the Bible. It’s not a new idea. It’s actually about 3,000 years old. And its unlike anything I’ve heard from any of the presidential candidates.

In the Old Testament, in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV), God tells us what will make America great again. He says, “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

God says if you want to make America great again, if you want Me to heal your land, there’s four things you need to do.

First, humble yourselves. Why is that important? Why does God start with humble yourself? Because the source of all of our problems is pride. The root of every single one of our problems is this: I think I know better than God does what will make me happy. That kind of pride disconnects us from God on a personal level, on a corporate level, and on a national level.

Second, we need to pray. Jesus taught us this. Luke 18:1 (CEV) it says, “Jesus told His disciples a story about how they should keep on praying and never give up.”  Notice we’ve got two choices: keep on praying or give up. In life you’re always doing one or the other. You’re either keeping on praying or you’re always giving up. If you don’t keep on praying, then you’re going to give up. And if you give up, you’re not going to keep on praying. It’s your choice. I have to decide, “Am I going to keep on praying or am I going to always give up?” Those are the options.

Third, we need to seek God. The truth is very few of us are seeking God seriously. Most people want only enough of God to bless them but not enough to bug them. They want God to be just a little slice of their life. But seeking God is not something you do in your spare moments. It’s not a casual pastime. “Oh, you know, nothing is on television, so I guess I’ll go seek God.” No. Seeking God is a serious pursuit. It’s a primary focus.  Hebrews 11:6b (NIV) tells us that “…[God] rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”

If we want God to make America great again we need to humble ourselves, pray, seek God, and then there’s one other thing He says to do—we need to turn from our wicked ways.

Acts 3:19 (NIV) encourages us to “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”

We desperately need that. We desperately need times of refreshing that come from the Lord in our nation. We need that in our cities. We need them in our schools. We need times of refreshing that come from the Lord in our economy, in our businesses. We need them in our marriages. We need them in our churches.  We need times of refreshing in our personal lives.

So I suggest we humble ourselves, and we pray, and we seek God’s face, and we turn from our wicked ways. If we do, God promises to make America great again. And, unlike politicians, God always keeps His promises.

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