Move with your fire by PASTOR JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church In the early days of the Tennessee Valley Project, a dilapidated log homestead had to be abandoned to make room for a lake behind the dam. A new home on the hillside had already been built for the cabin’s family, but they refused to move. The day of the flooding arrived and as the bulldozers were brought in, the family brought out their shotguns. A social worker was called in as a last-ditch effort to talk with the family. After hearing them repeat their refusal to move, the social worker pleaded with them, “Help me to explain to the authorities why you won’t move in to your beautiful new home.” “See that fire over there?” the man asked, pointing to a blazing fire in the primitive hearth of the log cottage. “My grandpa built that fire over a hundred years ago,” the man explained. “He never let it go out, for he had no matches and it was a long way to a neighbor’s. Then my pa tended the fire, and since he died, I’ve tended it. None of us ever let it die, and I ain’t a-goin’ to move away now and let grandpa’s fire go out!” This gave the social worker an idea and she arranged for a large apple butter kettle to be delivered. She explained that the family could scoop up the live coals and carry them to the new home, pour them out, and add fresh kindling. With that possibility the family agreed to move. But they wouldn’t budge—until they could take with them the fire of their ancestors (by Leonard Sweet, “A Cup of Coffee at the SoulCafe”). We get attached to places. And when we further attach relationships and activities with those places, they become even more important and we feel even more threatened by potential moves. When change is proposed or chosen by someone else, we can’t imagine leaving our current location. How will we function in a new place? What a graceful, creative invitation to think that we can take what is most important with us! The ability to move our fire and add fresh kindling in a new location means we can respond […]
North Kent Community Toastmasters is pleased to announce that Rockford Mayor Janiece “Chi Chi” Rogers will be keynote speaker at the club’s open house on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will take place at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE (at 11 Mile Rd.), Rockford. The open house provides an opportunity for members of the community to learn about Toastmasters and how it can help those who are interested in learning effective communication skills to build self-confidence and interpersonal relationships. Guests have an opportunity to learn about the club and ask questions of the mayor. Rogers is a former Toastmaster. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP at (616) 560-4726, but walk-ins are welcome as well. North Kent Community Toastmasters chapter #3442 meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., at Prudential Preferred Realtors in Rockford. The chapter website is www.nkctm.org.
Thank you to my family for hosting the open house on September 18, 2010. Thank you to those who came to congratulate me and personally recall fond memories—and make new memories. Thank you to those who thought of me but could not attend. Thank you for the beautiful cards and notes which we shared together and I’ll cherish as future “heart warmers.” The plants will be reminders even next year—of you and the day! God is so good! Thanks is such a small word to express sooo much! from Lois Ives
Grand Haven beats Rockford for first time in 11 seasons by TIM COOPER In spite of Brett Egnatuk’s 16 tackles, the Ram defense was unable to stop the punishing ground game of the Grand Haven Buccaneers. Grand Haven totaled 252 yards on the ground en route to defeating the number-one ranked Rockford Rams 26-23. Rockford’s typically potent ground attack struggled to gain yards, while Grand Haven’s running game wore the Ram defense down. The Rockford offense was forced to stand and watch on the sidelines as the Buccaneers had several long drives that also served to tire out the Ram defense. When the Rockford offense was on the field, quarterback Mark LaPrairie found a favorite receiver in Neil VanderLaan. VanderLaan accounted for 11 of LaPrairie’s 15 completions, racking up 212 yards, including an 83-yard touchdown, which gave the Rams a 23-20 lead late in the third quarter. The touchdown was Rockford’s final score of the night. The Buccaneers got the ball back with 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Dalton Stenberg crashed into the end zone from the one-yard line, capping off a 15-play, 86-yard drive that used over half of the final quarter, giving the Buccaneers a 26-23 lead. On the Rams’ final possession, LaPrairie, who had played stellar football all night, missed on three consecutive attempts. LaPrairie finished the night at 15-21 and had 252 yards. Following Steve Mette’s 66-yard punt, Grand Haven ran the remaining 2:53 seconds off the clock, giving them their first victory over Rockford since 1999. This Friday, the Rams return to the lakeshore to face the undefeated Panthers of West Ottawa, who defeated Grand Haven 29-15 on September 10. The Panthers are currently 2-0 in the OK Red, and 4-0 overall.