Spring brings new beginnings, new life by DR. MICHAEL CONKLIN Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church Spring is a time of wonder for me, and every year I anticipate its coming with a real sense of the coming joy. It isn’t that everything begins to turn both green and the rich colors of spring flowers, though that is certainly a delightful thing. It isn’t that the soil, frozen and icy through the winter months, becomes soft and fertile, ready for the gardener’s touch. The truth is I am an appalling gardener who is so much better at killing plants than helping them to flourish. It isn’t even that we get to celebrate the great feast of Easter with its promise of resurrected life for all. Though that warms a pastor’s heart, and is a deep joy, there is something else in the spring that lifts my soul and gives my heart a sense of delight. Spring, April in particular, is the beginning of baseball season. I love baseball, even though throughout my youth I was not a very good player, did some of my growing up in a town without Little League, and was always the last one picked when we chose sides. I credit my love of the game of baseball to my grandmother, who was a first-class baseball fan. She had shaken hands with Ty Cobb and Hank Greenburg, and had attended at least some of every World Series the Tigers had been in prior to the 1968 Series. She taught my to love the game by taking me to local baseball games in Battle Creek, telling me where to sit for the best view, what to watch for as the game progressed, and how to keep score on a scorecard. She literally passed her love of the game on to me by teaching me to pay attention to what is important, and demonstrating what it looks like and feels like to truly love the game. It has occurred to me that this is exactly how my parents taught me to be a person of faith. They sat with me in church, taught me how to behave, what to look and listen for, even how to sing the hymns. I still remember the day that […]
April 30 2009
Fri.-Sat., May 1-2 Garage Sale-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Blythefield Christian Reformed Church, 6350 Kuttshill Drive, Rockford. Proceeds to go to Nicaragua Mission Trip. Monday, May 4 14th Annual Community Golf Outing-Registration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with shotgun start at 1 p.m. at Blythefield Country Club, presented by Rockford Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds support several community and chamber events. Register on or before April 27 with Rockford Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail to email@example.com. Tuesday, May 5 Mended Hearts Meeting-7 p.m. at Spectrum Health Fred & Lena Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, in Room 8815 on the eighth floor. Mended Hearts, a volunteer nonprofit support group offers hope, information and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers. For more information, contact Jim Oldfield at (616) 891-9395. Country Music-9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center. Rockford. Music Rockford Rotary Club Meeting-noon at the Community Cabin. Dave Bowman (PCC Sudan) will be this week’s speaker. Members enjoy lunch, socializing and speakers, while organizing local and international service projects. To find out more about the Rotary Club or to visit as a guest, contact any local Rotarian. Wednesday, May 6 Business Counseling-Starting a new business or have questions about your existing business? The Rockford Chamber of Commerce and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) would like to help. SCORE is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and is dedicated to helping the small-business community through no-fee mentoring, business counseling and low-cost workshops. A SCORE counselor will be at the Chamber starting at 9 a.m. Please call the Chamber at (616) 866-2000, Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to schedule an appointment. Bingo-1 p.m. at Rockford Ambulance Community Room, sponsored by Rockford Community Services. For more information, call Marcia at (616) 863-6322. 3-D Archery-every Wednesday through Sept. 23, 2009. Start off at 5 to 6:30 p.m. Enjoy 30 3-D stations set in spacious woods. Thursday, May 7 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting-7 p.m. at the Community Cabin. Hosts Kirsten Carlson Farmer and David Carlson will speak about the Hunter Carlson family history. Meeting is free […]
Koch-Gillen Jennifer Koch and Joseph Gillen, will be united in marriage on May 9, 2009 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Urbana, Illinois. The future bride is the daughter of Bob and Sue Koch of Rockford, Michigan. Jen is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois, and employed by Carle Clinic. The future groom is the son of Phil and Sue Gillen of Lincoln, Illinois. Joe is a 2008 graduate of the University of Illinois and is employed by Carle Hospital. The couple will honeymoon in Manzanillo, Mexico and will be residing in Urbana, Illinois.
The all new 2010 muscle car is the best Camaro yet. Kool Chevrolet, 3770 Plainfield Avenue, would like to invite everyone in to the dealership on Wednesday for the introduction of this exciting new car. The Camaro was born in 1967 and was last produced in 2002. You will see many takeoffs from the very popular 1969 Camaro but brought forward with modern day technology and styling upgrades to be America’s 21st century sports car. Kool will have the car on display at their new car showroom along with customers’ Camaros from the past 40 years. Kool would also like to invite any other Camaro owners to drive their own Camaro to Kool and enter to win a 1/24th scale 2010 Camaro. Showroom hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Kool is located at 3770 Plainfield N.E. across from Meijer and would like to invite everyone down for this fun filled event.
The Kent District Library invites children and teens to sign up for the Summer Reading Club and spend some time reading this summer. This year’s Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 8 to Saturday, August 15. Children in grades five and under, both readers and pre-readers, can set and accomplish their own reading goals to win prizes and enter a drawing for a brand new bicycle. Teens in grades six through twelve can participate for the chance to win great prizes, like a new iPod. Programs will include carnivals, pet shows, magic shows, Ham It Up Theatre, puppet shows, creative cooking, lawn games, book discussions and so much more. For more information, contact your local Kent District Library branch or visit us online at www.kdl.org.