Rockford Register — March 11, 2010

Thursday, March 11

Rockford Lions Club Special Meeting—6 p.m. chili cook-off at the Rockford American Legion Hall. Open to all Lions, their spouses, and prospective Lions. Cost is $8 per person. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.

Blood Drive—1 to 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 East Division, Rockford.

Schwan’s Sale—11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Rockford High School. 20% of sales go to the high school band for their trip to Disney World. To pre-order, visit or call (888) 724-9267, option 4, by March 9. Rockford Band Parent campaign ID # is 27099 (for pre-ordering). For more information, call Chris VanZee at (616) 361-7242.

Relay for Life Meeting—6 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, auditorium. Find out about serving food at the event, acquiring a temporary food license, volunteering, changes in logistics and track surface issues, new entertainment events, and more.

Friday, March 12

Shamrock Cookie Bake—4 p.m. at Comstock Park High School, room A102, 150 Six Mile Rd., Comstock Park. Help White Pines United Methodist Church of Belmont make 500 fresh baked and decorated shamrock cookies to be donated to God’s Kitchen. All ages welcome. For details, call Pat O’Neill at (616) 866-5131 or visit

Fri.–Sat., March 12–13

“Contents Under Pressure” Comedy Improv Team—7 p.m. at Master Arts Theatre in Grand Rapids. Good, clean, family comedy. Tickets are $5. For more information, call (616) 455-1001 or visit

Saturday, March 13

Community Irish Stew Dinner—4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, across from Lakes Elementary School. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Tickets for sale at the door or in advance by calling (616) 874-7045.

Bridges Event & Dinner—5 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, 6555 Jupiter Ave., Belmont, co-hosted by Rockford Public Schools. Enjoy free open recreation, children’s craft, dinner and keynote speaker Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan. Bring a dish to pass that represents the racial-ethnic heritage(s) of your family. For more information, visit or call Diane at (616) 863-6556.

Great Lakes Women’s Conference—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Point, 3449 76th St., Caledonia. DeGraw Ministries invites women from every denomination and Christian walk to this free event to hear messages on fear, control, unworthiness, unforgiveness and hope through perseverance. For more information, call (616) 249-8071 or visit

Sunday, March 14

Breakfast—8 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post #102, 330 Rockford Park Drive, between 11 Mile and 12 Mile roads on Northland Dr.). Cost is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors over 70, and $3 for kids, which includes eggs, toast, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice.

Shoebox Celebration—2:30 to 3:30 at Crossroads Church to celebrate the many shoeboxes collected in November for Operation Christmas Child. Hear how simple shoebox gifts are changing lives around the world!

Monday, March 15

Blood Drive—3 to 8 p.m. at North Rockford Middle School, 397 East Division, Rockford.

Free Food for Needy Families—5 p.m. at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 6070 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford, with a Mobile Food Pantry providing free food for needy families in the North Kent community. For more information, call the church at (616) 866-1556.

Tuesday, March 16

North Kent Toastmasters Club Meeting—7 to 8:45 p.m. at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr., Rockford (at 11 Mile Rd.). Meetings held the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For more information, call Angela at (616) 560-4726 or visit

Country Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, corner of 10 Mile Road and Shaner Avenue in Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks.

A Message for You — March 11, 2010

Find real hope

North Kent Bible Church

I am learning more and more in life that words have great meaning and that the use of some words can change, bringing a significant change in their effectiveness. Love is one of those words. In one sentence I can say, “I love my wife.” The next, “I love ice cream.” In no way are my priorities, desires or affection the same for both my wife and ice cream. The word love, through use, sometimes loses its rightful meaning. I have realized recently that another word like that is hope.

The Bible tells me I can put my hope in God (Psalm 42:5 and 11, and I Timothy 6:17). When I compare that to other things that I hope for, I begin to question its certainty. I hope it doesn’t snow again this winter. I hope the Tigers win the World Series. I hope my children grow up to be responsible teenagers and adults. Where it is my hope it doesn’t snow again this winter, history would suggest it probably will. Where it is my hope the Tigers win the World Series, their achievements last year mixed with off-season roster changes do not stir in me much confidence. Where I hope my children will be responsible in the future, I recognize they will have the ability to make their own decisions and if they are like me, will make some irresponsible ones along the way. If this is the kind of hope the Bible talks about putting in God, it is uncertain, unsure, and in it we can have little confidence.

That is not, however, the kind of hope we have in God. Hope has become a word that is much more synonymous with desire than what it really means as we look at the Bible. In the Bible there is certainty and confidence in hope. When we put our hope in God, we are not simply desiring He will be with us, but we are relying on Him to be with us.

Part of Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Our hope in God is like an anchor that will hold through all of the storms of life. Therefore, put your hope in God, for in Him is found real hope.

Engagements — March 11, 2010


Mr. and Mrs. Randy Czubko of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Jeremy Czubko of Jacksonville, Fla., to Kerry Fitzsimmons, daughter of Leonard P. and Susan Fitzsimmons of Orange Park, Fla.

The bride-to-be is a 2008 graduate of Florida State University. She is employed by Martin Gottlieb & Associates as a computer programmer. The groom-elect is a 2007 graduate of Florida State University. He is currently employed

by Global Software Services as a computer programmer.

The couple is planning a wedding date of July 17, 2010, in Jacksonville, Fla., with a reception held on July 24, 2010, in Belmont, Mich. They will honeymoon in Northern Michigan.

Births — March 11, 2010

Nina Noel Chapman

Daran and Melissa Chapman of Rockford announce the birth of their daughter, Nina Noel Chapman. Nina was born on December 25, 2009, at 10:54 a.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.

Baby Nina was welcomed home by her three-year-old brother Ian Chapman.

Proud grandparents are Ray and Barb Johnson, and Sue Chapman of

The Villages, Fla., Dave and Marcia Chapman of Southgate, Mich., and great-grandma Betty Chapman of Naples, Fla.

Letters to the Editor — March 11, 2010

REF sends thanks

REF sends thanks

Dear Editor,

The Rockford Education Foundation (REF) had another very successful Phone A Thon Event.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to the staff and families of Rockford public and private schools for volunteering their time to make the phone calls and to the Rockford community for answering those calls and pledging so generously.

REF continues to be a success and able to grant money back into our area schools and learning programs because of your support. Thank you.

REF Board of Trustees

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