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Help stock the Cedar Springs food pantry


Edward Jones is collecting food Oct. 15-Nov. 19

Would you like to have a chance to really make a difference in the community?

Buy a few extra items when you buy groceries this week to donate to the local food pantry and drop them off at our local Edward Jones branch.

The Cedar Springs Community Food pantry, located at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church on Main Street, works in conjunction with North Kent Community Services. The pantry feeds hundreds of local families each year and depends on the community to help restock their shelves, especially during the busy fall and winter months. One local business spearheads a drive each year to do just that.

Edward Jones, 4027 17 Mile Road, Cedar Springs, achieved their goal last year of collecting 2,500 pounds of food, and so they’ve raised the goal this year. They hope to collect a whopping 2,750 pounds of food this year by November 19! In a year where grocery shopping is hard, this may be a challenge but if we pull together we can do it!

They started this annual food drive in 2010, and over the last 10 years, they’ve collected over 18,000 pounds to benefit our neighbors in need.

Non-perishable foods can be dropped off at the Edward Jones office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Suggestions for the pantry include boxed or canned meals such as soups, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, baking and pancake mix; and canned meats. Personal care items such as bar soap, laundry soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toilet paper will also be accepted, but not weighed. No cash donations accepted.

Call 696-9370 for more information.

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Is this the end times?


Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake / South Ensley United Methodist Churches

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Peter 3:11: You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming (NIV).

As the pandemic has progressed, I have been asked by a few if I think that this is a sign of the end times. As we look back through history, we will discover that this question has been asked many times before—such as during the plague, the World Wars, the Spanish flu pandemic and so on. These have all been called the beginning of the end. 

Many people have spent an enormous amount of time trying to discern the exact time of Christ’s second coming. But the question that I ask is, why? Our faith tells us to trust in God. So shouldn’t we do so? If God could put the universe in the exact place needed at creation so that the sign in the heavens at His Son’s birth was at the exact place at the exact time, shouldn’t we trust that He knows when the exact time for His Son to return is? Instead, shouldn’t we be concerned with what we are supposed to be doing in the meantime? 

In each of these instances, people were hurting, afraid and seeking answers. We, as God’s people, are given those answers and commanded to share them with others. We are to do this in love. We are not supposed to sit back and wait but instead we are to be busy with God’s work right up to the very end. Wouldn’t it be better for the master to return and find us busily doing His work than to have Him find us in the hammock staring at the sky? 

People who are hurting need God’s healing. People who are afraid need God’s peace. People who have lost loved ones need God’s comfort. We may need to find different ways of doing so, but it is our job as followers of Christ to bring these things to the world. The best part is, when we do this we are blessed ourselves beyond measure. 

We show Christ to the world in our actions and our reactions. Show Christ in all that you do so that when He does return, He will find you hard at work in the fields creating a truly full harvest for the kingdom.

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HELEN C. TIBBE


Helen C. Tibbe, age 89. of Cedar Springs, died Monday, September 3, 2018 at Sanctuary of St. Mary’s, Grand Rapids. Mrs. Tibbe was born February 21, 1929 in Grant Township, Michigan the daughter of Andrew and Mary (VanWylen) DeVries. She was a longtime member of Pioneer Christian Reformed Church and was presently a member of the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Surviving are her children, Nancy (Rick) Alberda, Randy (Sally) Tibbe, Gary (Teresa) Tibbe; daughter-in-law, Darla Tibbe; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Katherine Wolfsen. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; son, Mike. The family greeted friends Wednesday, September 5 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service was Thursday, September 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs with viewing at 10:00 a.m. Pastor Bill Johnson officiating. Interment Hillside Cemetery, Grant. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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ALBERT C. GEBHARDT


Albert C. Gebhardt, 90 of Cedar Springs died Monday, December 4, 2017 at Spectrum Health – Butterworth Campus. Al was born March 6, 1927 in Freedom Township, Michigan the son of Albert and Helen (Scherdt) Gebhardt. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He became a plastering contractor, then started selling insurance in 1958, eventually owning and operating Gebhardt Insurance Agency in Cedar Springs. Al was an active business leader in Cedar Springs and was a 30-year member of Rotary and had been Chamber of Commerce President. He was a well-known and excellent fisherman and also enjoyed hunting and flying. Surviving are his wife, Letha whom he married on March 27, 1948; children, Gerry (Gloria) Gebhardt, Cheryl (Kirk) Davidson, Mark (Kathy) Gebhardt; grandchildren, David (Katie) Gebhardt, Kristine (Jason) Tworek; great-grandchildren, Abigail and Jonathan Tworek, Lane and Grace Gebhardt; brothers, Raymond Gebhardt, Harold (Lyn) Green. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Alan Gebhardt; sister, Hilda (Melvin) Davis; brother, Robert (Emma) Gebhardt. The family will greet friends Tuesday, December 12th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, December 13th at 11:00 a.m. the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Karen Sorden officiating. Interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs or the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard.

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

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Rev. Kim DeLong appointed to Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church


 

Rev. Kim DeLong

The Rev. Kim DeLong and the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church have a common denominator in that they are both familiar with change. On July 1, the congregation welcomes yet another new pastor. Pastor Kim has moved about in West Michigan since she began in 1998. She has held appointments in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Belding, Turk Lake, Greenville, and three Big Rapids area congregations linked together by assignment of the Michigan Area Bishop: Third Avenue, Paris, and Rodney. Her new appointment includes Courtland-Oakfield UMC and Wyoming Park UMC, serving half time in each congregation.

Kim’s broad experience began as a Local Pastor, which led Kim to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological School, in order to be ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. After serving as Deacon she then felt a call to move her ordination status to that of Elder, which she earned in 2016. This sojourn through the categories of professional ministry exposed her to opportunities to serve the church in a variety of circumstances, enlarging her vision of ministry while benefiting the congregations as well. She is a seasoned, gifted and learned pastor.

Courtland-Oakfield Governance Board Chair Megan Harding says, “We are really thrilled that Pastor Kim has agreed to serve our church, and I have total confidence that she will continue to lead us as we move forward with our values as we learn to become people who love as God loves.”

Kim lives in Rockford with her husband, Cameron. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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LINDA MICHAELS


 

Linda Michaels, 72 of Rockford, unexpectedly went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Casa Grande, Arizona. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. A luncheon and time of sharing will follow at the church.

Local arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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CAROL LEE KIDDER


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Carol Lee Kidder, 78 of Cedar Springs, passed away Thursday, December 8, 2016 at her home. Mrs. Kidder was born January 13, 1938 in Lansing, Michigan the daughter of Roy and Carol (Lankton) Dudley. She graduated from nursing school in 1958 as a Registered Nurse and worked at Edward W. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She was an avid Michigan State Fan and enjoyed golfing, traveling and trips with friends. Surviving are her children, Sharon (Todd) Freeland, Steven (Lisa) Kidder, Wilma Brown, Clare (Constance) Kidder, Carol (James) McInnis; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard and a sister, Judy Rosenberger. The family will greet friends Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be held Monday 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Private interment Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Avenue, Ada, MI 49301.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home

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Sandra J. Raymond


c-obit-raymond002Sandra J. Raymond, 73 of Cedar Springs, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Sandra was born July 13, 1943 in Grand Rapids, MI. She loved working in her flower gardens and cooking big meals. She was faithful in reading her Bible, praying for others and sending birthday and get well cards. Surviving are her husband, Darcey Raymond, Sr.; sons, Bruce (Colette) Benton, Lanny Benton, John (Monica) Benton; stepdaughter, Darla (Ricki) Myers, Shannon (Billy) Beck; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Donald (Pam) Sharpe, Tommy (Shirley) Sharpe; mother-in-law, Wanda Raymond; cousin, Ida Prill; close friend, Joyce Tompkins. She was preceded in death by mother, Neva Sharpe; father-in-law, Farrand Raymond; stepson, Darcey Raymond, Jr. The family will greet friends Saturday, November 19 from 10:00 am until time of memorial service at 11:00 am at the United Methodist Church, 140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs. Pastor Steve Lindeman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses. Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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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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Pantry benefits from Girl Scout food drive


Area Girl Scouts held a food scavenger hunt and donated it all to the local Cedar Springs food pantry. Courtesy photo.

Area Girl Scouts held a food scavenger hunt and donated it all to the local Cedar Springs food pantry. Courtesy photo.

A local food pantry now has more on their shelves to help needy residents, thanks to area Girl Scouts.

On Saturday, April 23, 17 Cedar Springs Girls Scouts, including Daisy through Senior troops, held a neighborhood Food Scavenger Hunt. Items were assigned a point value, with items most needed by food banks being worth more points. The girls collected items throughout the morning and filled the pickup truck. Brownie Troop #4882 was the winner of the Scavenger Hunt Competition, but the real winner was the Cedar Springs Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church in Cedar Springs. All the non-perishable food items were donated to the pantry.

The Event was hosted by Senior Troop #3074.

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