April 15 2010

Rockford Register—April 15, 2010

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Thursday–Sunday, April 15–18 Texas Hold ‘em Tournament Fundraiser—5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on April 15 and 16 and 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. on April 17 and 18 at Westwood at the Crossing on West River Drive. Hosted by Meadow Ridge Elementary as a fundraiser for the school and for families in need. Friday– Saturday, April 16–17 Blood Drive—8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rockford High School, 4100 Kroes NW, Rockford. Saturday, April 17 Up In The U.P.—2:00 p.m. at Algoma Baptist Church, 10515 Grange Avenue, Rockford, located between Pine Island Drive and Algoma Avenue, south of 13 Mile Road. A musical tribute to the Upper Peninsula by William Jamerson, filmmaker, songwriter and author. Sponsored jointly by the Historical Societies of Algoma, Sparta and Tyrone Township. Refreshment will be served following the program. There is no cost. You may visit Bill’s website at billjamerson.com. Saturday, April 17 Whitecaps Autism Awareness Night—6:35 p.m. at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Whitecaps will be hosting the Great Lakes Loons. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and pre-game activities begin at 5:30 p.m. During the pre-game, Autism Support of Kent County (ASK) families will be allowed on the field for autographs and to play catch in the outfield. The first 100 kids to stop by the ASK display table located in front of the Whitecaps Customer Service window will receive a coupon good for a free hotdog meal. Tickets start at only $5 each and $1 from each individual ticket sold will be donated to ASK. To purchase tickets, go to www.whitecapsbaseball.com and click on “tickets,” or, call (616) 784-4131 or (800) CAPS-WIN. Saturday, April 17 Cardio Dance Revolution (CDR) Fundraiser—11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rockford Reformed Church, 4809 Eleven Mile Road, Rockford. Hosted by the Rockford Reformed Church Relay for Life team. CDR is a mix of many dance genres including hip hop, Latin and belly dancing. The moves are easy to catch on to and it’s a fun way to exercise and raise money for the American Cancer Society. Cost is $8 person. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. For more information call Deb Coon at (616) 866-4829. Sunday, April 18 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults;, $3 for children. Monday, April 19 Free Food for Needy Families—5 […]

A Message For You—April 15, 2010

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Dying: disappointing not devastating Pastor Jon Huizenga, River Rock Church My dad was disappointed to die. He died at 70 from a disease discovered about 6 months earlier. His own father had died at age 95, so my dad had expected more time. He was disappointed, but he was not devastated. I remember a phone call to the hospital in which my dad regaled me with his experience of reading the Gospel of John’s account of Jesus. He said, “I love Jesus!” He meant that he loved everything about Jesus – his love for people, his words to people, his dying to save people from their sin, his promise to “prepare a place for you” to his disciples. There was a glimmer in his voice of enthusiasm to be with Jesus. That was the reason that he was disappointed, but not devastated. I thought about that as Easter came and went. We (you and I) have known such wonderful people to whom we’ve had to say goodby! This dying has been disappointing, to them and to us. It’s been enough to make us cry. Have you cried? Christians believe that something unique on planet earth happened when Jesus rose from the dead. He claimed to be the Son of God. That claim was attested by God’s sending angels and Magi at his birth, by many miracles showing his authority over man and matter, and by his willing suffering and death for our sin. He announced ahead of time that he would suffer, die, and rise on the third day. He said it often. Then he did! Exactly as he had said. That resurrection is God’s guarantee or down payment ensuring our resurrection. So the Bible says, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” My time will come. And, if I get the chance, I will be disappointed. But, I won’t be devastated. How about you? Want to talk about it? Email me – jonhuiz@iserv.net

Police offer new notification system

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The Rockford Police Department has launched NIXLE, a community notification system, to provide important information to residents instantly through e-mail and, cell phone text messages. The NIXLE system is currently being used in other cities across the country with great success. Chief Dave Jones feels that bringing NIXLE to Rockford is valuable because it allows the Police and other City Departments to provide real time information about events that occur in the City such as accidents or street closings. “We are able to notify residents immediately if a child is lost, or a crime is occurring within the City. This real time communication will benefit everyone,” Jones said. The Police Department encourages everyone to enroll in Nixle. The service is free of charge. Enrollment information is available at Nixle.com or the City of Rockford Website www. Rockford.mi.us.

Rockford Garden Rockford Garden Club invites the public to hear about hummingbirds

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On Tuesday, April 27, the Rockford Garden Club will hold their April meeting featuring Deb Lea from Birdwatchers Marketplace, 4981 Plainfield, Grand Rapids  She will present, Care & Feeding of Hummingbirds. She will also discuss new types of feeders made locally. The meeting will be held at the United Methodist Church, Community Room, 159 Maple, Rockford, at 7:00 p.m. It is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.rockfordgardenclub.htmlplanet.com/ondex_1html.

Letters to the Editor — April 15, 2010

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Dear Editor, I want to thank everyone involved in the Grill One Eleven gift certificate give-away. It was a fun winter pick-me-up to enter the contest and the food that my husband and I enjoyed was fantastic! Thanks again, Leta Holloway

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