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En Gedi fundraiser a huge success

The recent 2019 En Gedi Anniversary Fundraiser Auction was deemed a huge success by the En Gedi Team earning the organization over $40,000 between event income and matching funds from CS Manufacturing. 

Pastor Tom Holloway and family.

This year’s event commemorated 10 years of En Gedi serving the community. En Gedi is a Christ-centered non-profit Cedar Springs 501(c)3 organization formed in 2009. The organization is dedicated to strengthening the community of Cedar Springs and surrounding areas through the building up of families. En Gedi provides a free after-school youth center for 6-8th graders, community/family events, scholarships to camps, conferences, and mission trips, along with supporting existing organizations such as the Hand2Hand Food Program, V2 High Schoolers, Ladies and Men of Honor and others. 

Pastor CJ Maurer and family.

Founding En Gedi board member and previous youth center director Pastor Tom Holloway flew home from South Carolina to help celebrate and honor the organization. Holloway explained how he and the other founding members, Pastor CJ Maurer, Marilyn Magnuson, and Julie Jancek felt called to give kids a safe place to hang out while at the same time providing encouragement and an opportunity to know Christ. The first community meeting had great attendance where he asked for support and money to help get things started. Those who came forward had their first few meetings at The Springs Church and things started moving forward. 

Pastors Holloway and Maurer knew they could best reach students if they could meet right after school and in a location closer to school. They met with school administrators and learned both organizations shared similar missions and visions. 

“Many people came together to help this thing, that nobody could pronounce—En Gedi—become a reality. Tim Mabie stepped in with his leadership skills and support to bring the organization stability and success, “ explained Holloway. 

“The Bible says that for the lack of vision the people perish. Please don’t forget that En Gedi has a purpose and the purpose is kids and families of the Cedar Springs community. Seeing this mission continue to serve 10 years later is a great blessing,” he added. 

Pastor Maurer also shared his memories of early days and wondering if this would all come together. “There were lots of challenges but always solutions as we believed and trusted in God,” Maurer said. 

Rite Aid officials Melinda Silliman, Store Manager, and Sharlene Kent, staff, were recognized for the support from the Rite Aid Kids Cents Program. Darci Frostick was instrumental in submitting an application three years ago for En Gedi to become a recognized organization. 

Randy Badge, En Gedi board member and director of the Men and Ladies of Honor Kent County Chapter, shared statistics supporting the need to have safe and supervised opportunities for middle school students during those hours between school being out and parents coming home from work. 

“Factual statistics show the staggering number of middle school students who often make bad choices during these unsupervised afterschool hours supporting the need for En Gedi’s youth center,” Badge stated. 

Badge also explained the two scholarship funds (Marilyn Magnuson and En Gedi) available to those attending a Christ-centered camp, conference, or mission trip. Sandy and George Waite shared stories from the Polestar group, 2018 recipients of scholarship funds, and how their adventure out west showed them God’s goodness through nature. 

Auction attendees enjoyed a delicious buffet of appetizers while browsing a wide selection of silent and live auction items. 

Jody Coxon, volunteer event coordinator, was pleased with this year’s 10th Anniversary Fundraiser Auction saying, “We are fortunate to have tremendously supportive businesses and community members coming together to continually making this event successful so that En Gedi can better serve our community.” 

More information about En Gedi can be found on the website of www.EnGediYouthCenter.com or by contacting any En Gedi Board Member Robert Frostick, Tim Hullinger, Randy Badge, Autumn Mattson, Brendan Fitzgerald, or Sue Wolfe as well as the Youth Center’s Director, Pastor Craig Owens. 

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The Post travels to South Carolina


Jerry and Marilyn Moyer, of Nelson Township, recently visited Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to visit former Solon Center Wesleyan Pastor Tom Holloway and his wife, Kim, and their children Taylor, Christian and Jackson. This picture was taken by his new church. “We truly enjoyed seeing them for a couple weeks helping them get settled in their new home,” said the Moyers.

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Peace on Earth

Solon-Center-Wesleyan-webPastor Tom Holloway

Solon Center Wesleyan Church

15671 Algoma, Cedar Springs 

(just north of 19 Mile)


The holidays are here and that means families get functions, work parties, Christmas programs, and most of all stress! The holidays can be the “most wonderful time of the year,” and also the most painful for many people. For some people it will be the first Christmas without a loved one, the first Christmas without a significant other, the first Christmas without a warm place to sleep. Yet it is for many the best time of the year.

I love celebrating Christmas with my family and my loved ones, and I love giving gifts. I love seeing my children’s eyes light up when they get that thing that they never thought they would get. Of course we can’t give all of the things we would like to give, and my wife and I have basically given up on giving each other anything significant, though I always spend more than I promise to spend on her. As a pastor of a local church, Christmas is the second busiest season of the year next to Easter. So it is one thing after another, and it is the most stressful time of the year for me personally. Yet I still manage to find some peace at Christmas. The question is why?

Why can some people feel stress and some people feel peace? Why is this time of year the best of times for some, and the worst of times for others? I think the answer is the real reason for the season. The birth of Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas, though some in the world would try to disagree. In fact, Jesus’ birth is the reason that we count the years on a calendar.  The term Anno Domini is medieval Latin, translated as In the year of the Lord, or AD on your calendar. He is the reason that we count time. When Jesus came to the earth He came to give us peace. In fact is says this in Isaiah 9:6: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

I don’t think that peace means a life of solitude and a life free from stress and worry. In fact Jesus came into the world in a time of great unrest for His people the Israelites. They were under Roman rule, and they had lost the great power they once had. It was anything but peaceful for Israel and for Jesus. He was persecuted, beaten, mocked, and eventually crucified on a cross for doing nothing wrong. Doesn’t seem very peaceful to me! But He defeated death by His resurrection, and by showing us how to have peace “despite” our circumstances. He allowed us to believe that this kind of peace is possible.

So when you are out shopping and that person snatches that last Furby, or when that crazy uncle comes to the family gathering and starts that political argument, or when you realize that this will be the first Christmas without that special someone, you can have peace.  Peace in knowing that someone loved you so much that they came from Heaven, from their rightful throne, and gave up all their rights so that they could come and serve you and show us how to love others. Christmas is all about giving to others because you have been given the greatest gift you could ever receive—the gift of Jesus, the gift of love, and the gift of eternal life!


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