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Archive | February, 2018

Missing identity

Pastor Ryan Black

Cedar Springs Christian Church

340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs


So many in the world today find themselves lost and desperate in trying to find themselves. Many search far and wide to determine who they are as a person and what their identity is. Who am I? What is my image? While we can look in many places through out the world, the truth of the matter is we will never find our true selves in what the world has to offer. Whatever we think we can find ourselves in is temporary or false hope. Because of this, people can become tired, depressed and frustrated. They often think they’ve found themselves, only to later be extremely disappointed when it falls apart or disappears. 

The world’s hopes are false hopes laid out by Satan to distract us from the truth (1 Timothy 6:17).  That truth being that our true identity is not of this world but of Christ himself. The bible tells us from our creation we were made in His image (Genesis 1:27). This is partly why growth in our faith and relationship with God is so important. Not only do we get to know God, but we also get to know ourselves as we begin to discover our true identity in Him.  

This by no way strips us of our unique personalities, traits and talents that God himself has blessed us with. That is the beauty of it all. We all commonly can share in an identity in Christ, yet at the same time keep our individual uniqueness. Thus, we can have our own individuality shown through our true identity and image in Christ.  

Never feel down and frustrated thinking you can’t find who you are or what your purpose in life is.  Simply look to God and he will help you find yourself in Him, the true image and identity he created you to be.    

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January 16, 1931 – February 22, 2010

Softly in the morning

You heard a gentle call.

You took the hand of God offered

And quietly left us all.

Remembered with Love

Your Family

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August 21, 1962 – February 21, 2017

We miss you more than words can say but we know that one day we will be together again.

Your Wife, Dad & Mom, Brothers Jeff & Jay & Families!

“On the Other Side of Death”

Death is a GATEWAY

we all must pass through

To reach that Fair Land

where the soul’s born anew,

For man’s born to die

and his sojourn on earth

Is a short span of years

beginning with birth…

And like pilgrims we wander

until death takes our hand

And we start on our journey

to God’s Promised Land,

A place where we’ll find

no suffering nor tears,

Where TIME is not counted

by days, months or years…

And in this Fair City

that God had prepared

Are unending joys

to  be happily shared

With all or our loved ones

who patiently wait

On Death’s Other Side

to open “THE GATES”!

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Six Red Hawk wrestlers headed to state finals

These six Red Hawk Varsity wrestlers are headed to the State Wrestling Championships at Ford Field March 2-3. Pictured L to R: Jacob Galinis, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler Anthony Brew, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith.

The Varsity Wrestling Program matched school history on Saturday by sending six individuals to the State Championships at Ford Field on March 2-3, 2018. Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), Jacob Galinis (140), Anthony Brew (145), Lucus Pienton (152) and Ryan Ringler (171) have earned the privilege of wrestling for the title of State Champion.

According to Varsity Coach Nick Emery, the only other time that the Red Hawks sent this many wrestlers to the state finals was in 1992.

Ringler is a two time Regional Champion and two-time returning all-stater. With a 51-1 record and #1 ranking on migrappler.com he will not be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.

Pienton enters the tournament at 45-7 on the year. A two time qualifier and a third place finish last season makes him a top contender that no one will overlook.

Jacob Galinis finally makes his first state tournament appearance and will finish his carreer as a Red Hawk with two Conference Championships and over 100 wins. Galinis is dangerous on his feet and could catch anyone at anytime. 

Aaron Smith struts into Ford Field with confidence after a late season collapse kept him out in 2017. Smith loves his mother and is primed to make her proud by bringing home some hardware in 2018.

Trevor Marsman became only the fifth freshman in school history to step into limelight. At 103 lbs Marsman brings a sweetshot and mental toughness that will be hard to knockout.

Anthony Brew made his way through in exciting fashion with a dramatic last second comeback victory over his Allendale opponent in the blood round. Brew looks to follow in family footsteps with a solid showing next weekend.

This will mark the first time Ford Field has host the MHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Action starts at noon on Friday March 2 with the semifials at 730 pm and concluding with the finals at 3 pm on Saturday. Good Luck Red Hawks!

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Girls bowling wins conference, boys take second

The Red Hawk girls bowling team won their first ever conference title. Pictured is Assistant coach Trevor Raurak, Katelyn Paige,Gabi Lamek, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Omani Morales, Rose Baty,Michayla Paige, Coach Tim Jackson.

There will be a new banner hanging in the Cedar Springs High School gymnasium after the Red Hawk girls bowling team won their conference last weekend. 

The Cedar Springs girls took first place, followed by Northview in second, and Forest Hills Northern in third. 

Red Hawk girls all conference bowlers: (L to R) Rose Baty, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige, Omani Morales, Sarah Galloway

The top girl bowlers of the day were junior Sarah Galloway (1); sophomore Omani Morales (2); junior Michayla Paige (3); and junior Rose Baty (9), who bowled her high school high game of 186.

Three Lady Red Hawks made it into the top 10 in conference: sophomore Omani Morales was #1; junior Sarah Galloway was #2; and junior Michayla Paige was #6. Honorable mentions went to Katelyn Paige, a sophomore; and junior Rose Baty.

Red Hawk boys all conference bowlers: (L to R) Josh Hamilton,Dane Conely, Jared Caniff,Kaleb Fisk, Josh Beebe

The Cedar Springs boys team placed second at conference, with Lowell winning first place. Northview boys took third. The top boy bowlers of the day were sophomore Kaleb Fisk (3); junior Josh Beebe (5); and junior Dane Conely (6).

Four Red Hawk boys made it into the top 10 in conference: senior Josh Hamilton was #3; sophomore Kaleb Fisk was #6; junior Dane Conely was #7; and senior Jared Caniff was #8. Honorable mention went to junior Josh Beebe.

Great job, Red  Hawks!

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Red Hawk Cheer wins conference, districts

The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team won both conference and districts this season.

Cedar Springs High School Varsity Cheer has finished first in Conference and Districts this year and they are preparing to take on regional competition this Saturday, Feb 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Thornapple-Kellogg High School. 

“I am very excited about post season play this year!” said Coach Anne Olszewski. “This is the most talented team I have coached at this level to date. They are passionate, skilled and hard working.” 

These Red Hawk Girls have continued to improve all season. This past Saturday at the District meet they earned their highest score yet—772.08—almost an 85-point improvement from their lowest score in the beginning of season.  

These girls have clear goals of what they need to accomplish to get to State Finals at the Delta Plex on March 3rd. When asked about regionals Coach Olszewski responded, “We have to finish in the top four at regionals against some tough teams. But, they are not tougher than we are! These  Red Hawks are focused and ready. I hope everyone can make it to TK and support these 18 young women on the mat! We are Red Hawks, We are from Cedar Springs and We are proud to represent!”

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Three Red Hawks sign to play college football

Paul Duran and Brandon Kramer right before signing. Courtesy photo.

Nick Campione signed to play for Hope College. Courtesy photo.

On National Signing Day, February 7, three Red Hawk senior football players signed to play football at the collegiate level. The signing took place at Celebration Cinema.

Tight end Brandon Kramer heads to the east side of the state to play at Lawrence Tech; offensive Lineman Paul Duran is Missouri bound to play at Culver Stockton; and quarterback and defensive back Nick Campione is going to Hope College.

Congratulations to you all!

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WMP at Meijer State games/“Southwest Greights”

Pictured is 67 lb Luke Egan, Champion at the Greights tournament. Photo by Melissa Egan.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and 16 placed in the top 4. Out of 62 matches, WMP claimed 45 victories. 

Several wrestlers and their families traveled to Sturgis for the Southwest Greights tournament: 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Ayden McClurken, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. Cassiday, Compau and Werkema all finished 2nd. Egan and McClurken went undefeated and claimed Championship Titles. 

The rest of the team travelled to Davenport University for the Meijer State Games. 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group finished 4th. 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished 3rd. 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. Champions of the day are 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group and 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group.

“As we get closer to Regionals, their confidence grows each week and we are starting to peak at the right time. These kids are learning to focus on their own in preparation of their matches,” said head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers at Sturgis, Fulton, Meijer State games

Kaiden Dreyer, first place champion from 2007-08 Novice 80lb Class, pinning his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

On Sunday, February 18, the Libera family travelled to Sturgis, Michigan, where Jon Libera competed in this season’s 6th Greights tournament. He won two out of three matches, scored 6 match points, and his fastest pin was :39. He brought home the 2nd place medal in the 09-10 Open 77lb class. This is his 6th medal in this series.

The Streeter family travelled to Fulton, Michigan for the weekly North Region tournament. Ben Streeter scored 15 total match points (TMP) (63rd), his fastest pin was 1:56 (75th overall) and he took the 1st place spot in the 2011-13 64/67lb class. Bryson Streeter scored 14 TMP (70th) in the 09-10 52lb class. Sierra Streeter scored 19 TMP (35th), her fastest pin was 2:35 (81st) and took 3rd in the 2011-13 43lb class.

Thirty-0ne families travelled to Davenport Sports Complex for the 2018 Meijer Winter Games. There were 716 competitors, the largest wrestler attendance for Meijer Winter Games. 

“We always enjoy this tournament,” said Coach Troupe. “It brings competitors from all over the state, allowing our kids to test their skills against wrestlers they wouldn’t normally see.”

The team had 30 pins in 45:50 (2nd overall), had 4 Techs in 11:43 (2nd), scored 437 Total Match Points (2nd) and finished the day 63-48.

In the 2011-13 Open age group Nolan Averill had 2 pins in 1:12 (61st), scored 33 TMP (33rd) and he placed 3rd in the 49lb class. Dillon VanDyke had the fastest pin for the team with :17 (20th overall), scored 17 TMP and placed 2nd in the 55lb class. Jaxon Fitzgerald scored 32 TMP (40th), had 2 pins 3:01 and after 4 matches placed 1st in the 61/64lb class.

In the 2009-10 Novice age group Alex Hanes had 2 pins in 2:10 (88th), scored 24.0 Team Points (8th) and placed 1st in the 72lb class. Zach Vu scored 9 TMP, his fastest pin was :33 and he placed 4th in the 97lb class.

In the 2007-08 Novice age group Austin Averill had 4 pins in 4:28 (4th), had the most Team Points (1st) with 28.0, scored 19 TMP and placed 1st in the 63lb class. Deegan Pike scored 19.0 Team Points (83rd), 21 TMP and placed 1st in the 67lb class. Kaiden Dreyer had 2 pins in 1:50 (79th), 2 Techs in 6:31 (1st), scored 38 TMP (14th) and placed 1st in the 80lb class. Olivia Lawson placed 3rd in the 85lb class. Thomas Prins scored 27 TMP (71st), his fastest pin was 2:25 and placed 3rd in the 110lb class. In the Open division Gavyn Byxbe placed 4th in the 85lb class. Hudson Crystal had a Tech in 3:12 (31st), scored 41 TMP (8th), his fastest pin was 1:00 and placed 2nd in the 90lb class.

In the 2003-04 division Ricco Artecki scored 10 TMP and placed 3rd in the 95lb class. Carter Falan scored 16 TMP, his fastest pin was 2:39 and he placed 2nd in the 122lb class. Logan Troupe scored 23 TMP, his fastest pin was 3:43 and placed 1st in the 122lb class. 

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Steps victims can take to minimize effect of data theft


Tax tip 2018-27

Every day, the theft of personal and financial information puts people at risk of identity theft. Generally, thieves try to use the stolen data as quickly as possible to:

  • Sell the information to other criminals.
  • Withdraw money from a bank account.
  • Make credit card purchases.
  • File a fraudulent tax return for a refund using victims’ names.

Victims of a data loss should follow these steps to minimize the effect of the theft:

  • Try to determine what information the thieves compromised. Compromised information may include emails and passwords, or more sensitive data, such as name and Social Security number.
  • Take advantage of credit monitoring services when offered by the affected organization.
  • Place a freeze on credit accounts to prevent access to credit records. It varies by state, but there may be a fee to place a freeze on an account. At a minimum, victims should place a fraud alert on their credit accounts by contacting one of the three major credit bureaus. A fraud alert isn’t as secure as a freeze, but it’s free.
  • Reset passwords on online accounts, especially those of financial sites and email and social media accounts. Use different passwords for each account. Some experts recommend at least 10-digit passwords, mixing letters, numbers and special characters. Victims may also wish to consider using a password manager or app.
  • Use multi-factor authentication, when available. Some financial institutions, email providers and social media sites allow users to set their accounts for multi-factor authentication, which requires a security code, usually sent as a text to their mobile phone, in addition to a username and password.

All taxpayers should keep a copy of their tax return. Taxpayers using a software product for the first time may need their Adjusted Gross Income amount from their prior-year tax return to verify their identity. Taxpayers can learn more about how to verify their identity and electronically sign tax returns at  Validating your electronically filed tax return at irs.gov.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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