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Alpha Family Center raises matching grant funds for ultra sound machine

Knights of Columbus to work with Alpha on rest of funding

by Judy Reed

Teresa Hathaway before
her hair cut.

If you’ve Teresa Hathaway, Executive Director of Alpha Family Center recently, you might notice that she’s sporting a new look. Teresa recently had several inches of her hair cut off as part of the incentive for people to donate during their 20/20 Vision for Life Ultra Sound campaign over the summer. 

Alpha decided earlier this year to begin the conversion process from a pregnancy care center to a pregnancy medical center and began raising the additional funds needed to do so during LifeWalk. 

Teresa Hathaway after her hair cut.

“By making the conversion to a medical center we will have the ability to provide free ultrasounds,” said Hathaway. “We understand the important role ultrasounds play in a woman’s decision when faced with an unexpected pregnancy. Ultrasounds have proven to change minds and save lives as women see and hear their babies.”

The deal was that if they raised $25,000 towards Lifewalk and $25,000 towards an ultrasound machine by Sept. 1, she would get her long, lovely locks shorn. It almost didn’t happen.

“As of Saturday, August 29, we had only raised $1,000 towards our goal of $25,000 for Alpha’s 20/20 Vision for Life Ultrasound Project. I had it in my mind to extend the deadline to raise the $25,000 to October 1st to give us more time,” explained Hathaway. “But apparently God had His own plans and it didn’t require more time, just hearts willing to be obedient to His leading.” 

On Sunday, August 30, she received an anonymous donation of $9,900 and then the very next day a couple provided Alpha with a check for $25,000.

“The funds that Alpha has raised are to be used towards the preparation needed in the conversion to a medical center so we can provide ultrasound services to our clients. This includes training, legal requirements, additional staff, insurance, renovations and media cost in promoting the new service to the communities,” she explained.

But what about the actual machine? “We can now publicly announce that the Knights of Columbus Council 15889 is working with the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus to purchase an ultrasound machine for Alpha Family Center of Cedar Springs,” said Hathaway. She received a copy of a letter from Father Lam, of St. John’s Parish, that explains the endeavor to supporters.

“We are working with the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus so that Alpha Family Center in Cedar Springs, Michigan can purchase an ultrasound machine. It helps women choose life by giving them the opportunity to view their unborn children on the ultrasound machines at a pro-life pregnancy center. This is how it works in term of funding for the machines: after the local council raises 50 percent of the cost, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council will provide the other 50 percent to complete funding for the purchase of an ultrasound machine.

“How can you help? People who respect life from the moment of conception to our natural death write checks to the Knights of Columbus Council 15889 and mail them to St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs Michigan 49319. We hope to reach 50 percent of the funding, which is approximately $25,000, on October 22. Please make sure that the check is made out to the council and not to the parish.

“My sincere hope is that with your assistance we will reach our goal on October 22. Why this date? It is the Feast of St. John Paul II, the patron Saint of council 15889 and the Catholic parish in Cedar Springs. During this year, we commemorate the 100th birthday of this saint who during his earthly life served the church and the world as Pope and wrote a beautiful encyclical letter, The Gospel of Life. This letter serves as a foundation for many movements and reflections on the sanctity of life. Let’s celebrate this Apostle for Life by helping our community in Cedar Springs obtain the ultrasound machine for the Alpha Center.”

Hathaway said they will also be looking for a Medical Director for the center. “We praise our Lord for providing these funds and we are trusting in Him to also provide us with a M.D./D.O to serve as our Medical Director,” she said. 

To donate, make checks out to: The Knights of Columbus Council 15889

Mail them to: St. John Paul II Parish, 3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs Michigan 49319.

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Easter Services 2016

God wants a relationship with you. Take time to worship at one of the following churches during Holy Week next week and let God prepare your heart to celebrate the joy of Easter!


Passion of the Christ movie showing

March 20: The Knights of Columbus are presenting the movie “The Passion of the Christ” on Palm Sunday, March 20, at the Cedar Springs High School auditorium, 204 E. Muskegon. Doors open at 1 p.m. Donation $2.00. Rated R for sequences of graphic violence.

Community Good Friday Service 

March 25: You are invited to join together in worship with the churches of Cedar Springs for our community Good Friday service at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 25, at The Springs Church, where we will remember and mark the death and crucifixion of Jesus. Childcare is provided for birth through 5th grade by Pine Ridge Bible Camp. The church is located at 135 N. Grant Street, Cedar Springs. This program is being sponsored by the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.

Calvary Assembly of God

Meeting in Red Hawk Elementary—Cedar Springs Public Schools campus.

March 27: Easter service at 10:30 a.m.

Cedar Springs United Methodist 

140 S. Main St., Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 24: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunrise Service 8:00 a.m.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m.

Easter Worship Service at 10:15 a.m.

East Nelson United Methodist Church

9024 18 Mile Rd. NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 27: Easter morning worship at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Brunch to follow worship.

First Baptist Church

233 S. Main Street, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

March 25:  Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

March 27:  Easter Sonrise Service at 9 a.m.

Easter Worship at 10:45 a.m.

Hillcrest Community Church

5994 18 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter Sonrise service 9 a.m.

Easter breakfast following Sonrise service.

Easter worship at 10:45 a.m.

Pilgrim Bible

West Pine Street, Cedar Springs, MI

March 27: Easter morning worship 10:45 a.m.

Pioneer Christian Reformed Church

3592 17 Mile RD NE, (next to Meijer), Cedar Springs

March 27: Easter Sunday Service, 10 a.m.

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma Ave, Cedar Springs, MI

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza, Egg hunt and more 1-2:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship Services, 9:30 & 11:15 a.m.

St. John Paul II Catholic Church 

3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs, MI

March 24: Thursday, 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

March 25: Good Friday, noon, The Passion of the Lord.

March 26: 8 p.m., Holy Saturday Easter Vigil.

The Springs Church

35 N. Grant St., Cedar Springs (Corner of Oak & Grant)


March 25: Community Good Friday Service 6:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter Celebration Services 9:45 and 11:15 a.m.


Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church

10295 Myers Lake Ave., Rockford (just north of 12 Mile)

March 24: Maundy Thursday Breakfast & Communion 9:30 a.m.

March 26: Saturday Easter Eggstravaganza egg hunt and more noon to 1:30 p.m.

March 27: Easter morning worship at 10 a.m.

Grace Evangelical Free

4714 13 Mile Rd, Rockford, MI 49341


March 26: Easter Carnival from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

March 27: Worship Services at 9 and 11 a.m.

Holy Spirit Episcopal Church

1200 Post Dr. NE, Belmont (at the corner of Post and Pine Island drives)

March 20:  Palm Sunday Worship and Eucharist 10 a.m.

March 24:  Maundy Thursday Worship and Eucharist 7 p.m.

March 25:  Stations of the Cross at noon.

March 27:  Easter Sunday Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Worship and Eucharist at 10 am.

Rockford Springs Community Church

March 24: Maundy Thursday 7:00pm

March 27: Easter Morning Worship 9:30am


Community Good Friday service

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran (180 S. 3rd Street) and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist (65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park).

Church of the Full Gospel

East Lake St, Sand Lake (Corner of E Lake and 1st St)

March 27: Easter Service at 11 a.m.

Huggard Bible Church

8860 21 Mile Rd, Sand Lake

March 27: Sun Rise Breakfast 7:45 a.m.

March 27: Extended Easter Service 9:30 a.m.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

180 S. 3rd Street (Northland Dr.) Sand Lake, MI

March 20: Palm Sunday Service 9:30 a.m., Egg hunt for children to follow

March 25: Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m.

March 27: Easter Breakfast 8:00 a.m.

Worship Service 9:30 a.m.

Mary Queen of Apostles Catholic Church

1 W. Maple  Sand Lake, MI

March 25:  Good Friday 6:30 Evening Prayer and Stations of the Cross. (Especially for those who could not attend the Passion of the Lord Liturgy earlier in the day.)

March 27: Easter Sunday Morning masses at 7:30 a.m. and 9 :30 a.m.

Easter Egg Hunt after 9:30 Mass for children thru the 5th grade.

Sand Lake United Methodist Church

65 W Maple St. Sand Lake (NW corner of the park)

March 25: Good Friday Walk and Remember 12noon to 1:30p.m.

(Walk begins at Resurrection Lutheran and ends at Sand Lake United Methodist)

March 27: Easter Sonrise Service 8 a.m. with free breakfast to follow.

South Ensley United Methodist

13600 Cypress, Sand Lake (Corner of Cypress and 136th St)

March 24: Thursday Seder (Passover) Service 6 p.m.

March 27: Easter Sunday Service 10:55 a.m.


North Kent Community

1480 Indian Lakes Rd. NE, Sparta, MI

March 27: Easter service, 10 a.m.

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Carroll Shelby Graves

C-OBIT-GravesCarroll Shelby Graves passed away at his home in Cedar Springs, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  Carroll was born on December 12, 1935, in Rockford, MI the son of Shelby Leigh and Floy Althea (Hammer) Graves.  He will be sadly missed by his children:  Debra Slates (Stanley) of New Era; Deanna Saut (Randy) of Claysville, PA; Pamela Benedict (Randall) of Cedar Springs; Douglas Graves (Ellen) of Grand Rapids; Patricia Miller (Roger) of Sparta; Denise Collins (Paul) of Sand Lake; Melissa Hekkema (Mike) of Norton Shores; and Denise Graves of Sand Lake.  He will also be sadly missed by his 25 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, his sister Shirley Grover, and his long-time companion, Patricia Thome.  Carroll was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Suzanne (Baribeau); and his sons Timothy Graves and Mark Graves. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. Carroll was a tool and die maker, and retired in 2000.  He spent many years serving his church, Mary Queen of Apostles in Sand Lake, and his community.  As a young man he was active with the Rockford Jaycees and was the Rockford Scout Master.  He was involved with the Rogue River Art Association.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 32 years, attaining the level of 4th Degree, serving for many terms as the Grand Knight, and also as the District Deputy.  Carroll very much enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, traveling, oil painting, and spending time with his large family. The family received friends Friday, April 4 at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Mass of Christian Burial is Saturday at Mary Queen of Apostles, Sand Lake. Rev. Fr. Lam Le celebrant. Interment Rockford Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Marines. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Huntington’s Disease Society of Western Michigan.

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

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