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August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

This summer we had the joy of spending a few days camping with our children and grandchildren near the sand dunes by Silver Lake. I remember visiting there as a child walking the dunes, visiting the lighthouse and swimming in Lake Michigan. Then later as our children grew we returned to do some of the same things, running the dunes and watching the dune buggies master [...]

A Conspicuous Presence

August 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Rev. Laurie TenHave-Chapman I can’t see her face because the traffic sign with the word SLOW on it blocks it. What I can see is her torso and legs. This young woman has been hired for the mundane, interminable job of holding a traffic sign all day while construction workers labor around her. She has chosen to spice up the job by showing a little flesh. As she holds [...]

A Legacy of Faith – III

July 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Rev. Paula Vander Hoven Interim Pastor, North Kent Presbyterian Church My grandmother, Cornelia Feringa, was born in Grand Rapids of brand new immigrant parents in 1894. Very early on her family moved north to a small community south of Cadillac and her father cleared land for a farm. She received some basic education in the local schools, but her most treasured education [...]

Why we all can be Philanthropists

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Marcia Hufstader, Member of Third Church of Christ, Scientist Recently I heard a report on the origin of philanthropy. Spurred by this to learn more on the subject, I found that Webster’s 1828 Dictionary definition of philanthropy includes this: “The love of mankind; benevolence towards the whole human family; universal good will.” It struck me that this [...]

Love & Mercy

July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

by Robert Eckert, Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church Would it serve the world well if people were less concerned with being right and more concerned with being kind? I posted a comment recently on the Facebook page of something called WretchedTV to express my distaste for what I’d seen of their videos on YouTube. I inadvertently provoked a fan of WretchedTV who [...]
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