by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church There is a song made popular in the late 1950s entitled “What a Difference a Day Makes.” I have heard this song used in movies and commercials to support the point of how quickly life can change. Certainly we have experienced this truth in our own lives as well. As we look forward to what is typically known as Holy Week next week, we certainly see the truth of this concept of change in a short period of time. On one day Jesus dies on the cross. Only a few days later he is raised to life again. Today I would like us to consider, however, Jesus’ triumphal entry and the mood of the crowd compared to their mood only a few days later. In Matthew 21:1-11 (as well as Mark 11, Luke 19, and John 12), we find the account of Jesus entering Jerusalem only a few days before he is arrested, tried, crucified and eventually raised from the dead. When Jesus enters Jerusalem on this day, there are large crowds spreading their cloaks and palm branches on the road in front of him. This spreading of the palm branches and waving them in the air was done in the presence of someone thought worthy of honor. Matthew 21:9 says, “The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ‘Hosanna in the highest!’” The crowds are proclaiming by their actions and words that this Jesus was very special. It seems by their words, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” that they even understood him as Messiah, the anointed one of God. Upon his arrival into the city it says “the whole city was stirred.” This triumphal entry into Jerusalem by Jesus was celebrated and he was honored by the crowds that accompanied him. It is hard to believe then, that just a few days later, the crowd in Jerusalem was shouting, “Crucify him!” What a difference a few days make. I would encourage you to be involved in worship this upcoming week. Throughout the week, many local churches will be remembering and celebrating the death and […]
April 1 2009
Sarah Birkmeier, Rockford Junior, set an all time State of Michigan record in the Pole Vault on Tuesday, March 24at GVSU. After tying her own Indoor State Record by jumping 12′ 6″, Sarah then cleared 12′ 8″ to set an all time record for Indoor or Outdoor performances. Sarah recently won the 2009 Indoor State Championship to go along with her outdoor 2008 MHSAA Divsion 1 State Championship last May. She also took ninth place at the Nike Indoor Nationals in Boston, MA in March.
by SUE POUBA What a difference a week makes! When the Rockford boys lacrosse team opened their season at Ann Arbor Pioneer on March 21, it left the Rams with an opening-season loss and a few things to work on in practice that next week. The hard work in practice paid off as the Rams went on to post a 15-14 victory on March 27 against UD Jesuit, who was ranked second in the state. In Ann Arbor, the Rams fell 6-13. Matt Duvel scored three times and Derek Korthuis, CJ Scholl and Cody Cantu each added one. Adam Kroll was credited with an assist and goalie Gabe Stulp faced 22 shots on goal. In Detroit, UD Jesuit scored early and led 5-2 at the end of the first. But Rockford didn’t give up. By halftime, they had narrowed the lead to two and trailed 6-8. Then partway through the third, the Rams took the lead for the first time. But by the end of the period, they found themselves down as UD led by one at the end of the third, 12-11. In the fourth, the defense stepped it up. Gabe Speirs, Cooper Sturr, Andy Shira and DJ Lubs seemed to be everywhere the ball was. Stulp held UD to two goals in the final period. On the offensive side of the ball, senior attack Jeremy Pouba had five goals, Scholl had three, Duvel, Korthuis and Ray Sabon each had two, and Josh Belanger had one. Duvel and Sabon each had two assists, with single assists going to Belanger, Shea Mills, Mitch Newton, Pouba, Speirs and Sturr. This victory for the Rams was a total team effort. Despite being called for 10 penalties in the game, they maintained their focus and showed that they can hang with the teams from the east side of the state. Next up for the Rams is East Lansing on March 31 and then Forest Hills Eastern on April 1. The boys’ complete schedule can be found on their website at www.rockfordlacrosse.org.
With much thanks to parents and Kailiegh Russo of Sparta, a junior at Central Michigan University, Rockford High School women now have the full contact sport RUGBY. On Saturday, March 28, at their home pitch of Roguewood Elementary School, the Lady Rams hosted Traverse City. Rockford played a hard-fought game, but Traverse City’s experience showed though and ended in a loss for Rockford. The Lady Rams’ roster includes seniors Corina Brown, Jessica Newman, Sam Shifman, Kylie Torres and Mallorie Webber; juniors Emily Engelbrecht, Tiffany Hill, Emily Kolenda, Tatiana Martinez, Erica McDonald, Ondrea Postma, Shannon Riley, Erika Schnelle, Amanda Selliman, Kacey Trewhella, and Connor VanSplunter; sophmores Crystal Blackport, and Sidnie Taylor; and freshmen Audrey Augustine-Savage, Kammy Babb, Taylor Hurd and Jill Nelson. If you’re interested or an eighth-grade girl, the club is still taking on new members. Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary fields. There will be no practice during spring break. This is the first year for the team, and not being a high school sport, the women’s team could use your support. You may sponsor the team (with any amount) through Rockford Community Services, 350 N. Main St., Rockford, MI 49341-please put “women’s rugby” in the memo section. The Lady Rams’ next game is April 17 against Freeland, and the next home game is May 2 against Redford at 1 p.m. Did you know that both the men’s and women’s rugby teams can compete for the state (May 16), Midwest (May 2/Elkhart, Ind.) and national (May 16/Pittsburgh) titles? Please go to Rockford’s rugby website for updated information on the men’s, women’s and youth teams at www.ramrugby.net.
by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER and IAN PURVIS If the Rockford girls varsity soccer team’s defense was a welcoming committee, the reception last week would have been as cold as the weather. The Rams’ stingy backfield allowed no goals to be scored against them in the second week of play. Goalie Kristin Darby-assisted by the four diamond defense of Kayla Knoll, Lyndsey Hutchings, Celine Stalmer and Sam Decker, with help from the midfield and even the forwards-kept non-league foes Cedar Spring and Forest Hills Eastern (FHE) out of the net. “We can play defense all over the field,” said Coach Amira Ponne about the 0-0 tie against FHE Friday night. “Our whole team played defense and that kept them from scoring goals. They are a great team, but we kept our composure and didn’t let them score. Kayla Knoll was amazing. If not for her, they would have had a couple of goals. Sydney Benda did a great job of marking number three.” Going into the game, Ponne knew the host Hawks would be a foe of concern. Having played against them last year at the junior varsity level when she coached Rockford’s JV, she said, “We were evenly matched, and I remembered they had a lot of small, quick girls. Defending that can be a difficulty. I knew it could be anybody’s game. In the first half, they definitely took our key players out of the game,” adding that the Hawks communicated and passed well, forcing the Rams to chase after them. Her talk at halftime sparked a better second half. “We made some adjustments and possessed the ball longer in the second half,” added Ponne. Darby, in her fourth year in the net for the Rams, had a big night against the host Hawks as well. She had 15 saves, including one head-to-head collision with FHE’ Morgan Behm, who chipped a tooth from the impact. The Rams’ offense didn’t put too much pressure on FHE’s goalie Michelle Marcus, however, making only seven shots on goal, none of them threatening. “We didn’t get very good shots off, and their sweeper [junior Ann Kennedy] was amazing,” Ponne said. Against the Red Hawks, the Rams got off to a slow start. However, Ponne said of the second half, […]