“We are masters of our own deception.” Bryan Boersma, Rockford Reformed Church’s Associate Pastor, started his sermon last Sunday by attributing this quote to one of his favorite authors, Frederick Buechner. Bryan actually said he thought this was a quote from Mr. Buechner, but couldn’t put his finger on it. I have read some of Mr. Buechner’s writings and while I couldn’t find that exact quote either, it certainly seems Frederick Buechner’ish to me. Bryan’s sermon was on the topic of Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan. As one of the factors in gaining eternal life, we are told to love our neighbor. According to Bryan, how we define loving our neighbor is exactly where we are the masters of deceiving ourselves. In fact, we can be downright selective in defining who we want to love and how we want to love that person. In the parable, a priest and a Levite chose to not define the person lying on the side of the road as their neighbor and since he wasn’t their neighbor, they didn’t need to love or, in this case, help him. The Good Samaritan came to the opposite conclusion, helped the beaten person, and received praise from Jesus. Bryan’s sermon was certainly thought provoking. In how many situations have I been pretty good at deceiving myself? How many times should I have helped someone and didn’t? Of course, I’m going to say to my recollection, it has never happened. I don’t believe that I’m a master at deceiving myself, but perhaps I am so good at thinking I’m not deceiving myself that I really am a master at it. Let that sink in for a moment. Thank you, Bryan, for making me consider how I define my neighbor and, in turn, how I should love that neighbor. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an attempt by the federal government to require all people to participate in the health care system. The logic is that everyone is participating in the health care system to some extent now, but there are approximately 30 to 50 million people who don’t pay to participate because they don’t have insurance. The costs associated with the 30 to 50 million people is borne by […]
August 9 2012
August 11–17 11 Rachael Hone, Bill McDaniel, Claire Polasek, James Preston 12 Cohen Overholt 13 Simaya Jesswani, Art Kronemeyer, Polly VonEschen 14 Dennis Carey, Audrey Cavner, Frank Furman, Katie Mawby 15 Don Basel, Scotty Byrne, Kim Kinstle, Arlene Obetts, Evan Orr 16 Bobby Cain, Rylee Reed 17 Mike Palmer
by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society I hope readers had a chance to watch Dathan Ritzenhein compete in his third Olympic games on Saturday, August 4, 2012. Dathan, who set many distance records when competing for Rockford High School (RHS), placed 13th in the 10,000-meter run. I know that many saw him run track and cross country at RHS and his role in our high school athletic history is a positive one. To see him represent our country and our town in Olympic competition once again certainly was a proud experience. Congratulations to Dathan for all of his accomplishments. Several people have contacted me with an answer to last week’s “Nugget of Rockford History” question concerning what Rockford varsity football coach held the position the longest. So far, all of the answers have been incorrect. How about another week to give it a try? Contact me at (616) 866-0530. Work has started on renovating the courthouse building. All of the ceilings in the two main rooms and front hallway have been removed. Some of the insulation above the ceilings has become loose and will have to be replaced or fixed. Discussion on the type of new ceiling is now going on. Some electrical work will be part of the ceiling renovation. The Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) is learning about meeting “codes” and that has been somewhat of an education. A favorable bid on replacing the heating and cooling system has been accepted by RAHS and the city. Work should begin soon on getting that done. New windows will be added also and will help with the utility bills. RAHS and city are working closely on the project. As other things occur, I will inform readers of our progress. Fundraising is still a major priority, and our auction on September 29 will be very important. Auction chairman, Al Pratt, and his group have met several times and things are coming along. We are receiving donations but need everyone to consider what they might be able to do to help us. Call us if you have items or want to help in some way: (616) 485-4144 or (616) 866-0530. Also, if readers know of any business or individual that might make a donation or […]
Nancy Ulanski has joined the Rockford Area Arts Commission as its administrator, effective July 23, 2012. Ulanski will serve as a liaison between the Arts Commission and government, arts, business and community leaders. She will work to keep website and events calendars current and handle social media and publicity efforts. She will also manage grant and other funding opportunities as well as serve as the recording secretary for Arts Commission meetings. Ulanski has a great resume of experience that well suits her for this position. Most recently, she worked as a marketing media consultant for Stafford Media Solutions and the Rockford Independent newspaper. She and her family are Rockford-area residents.
Thursday, August 9 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam, every Thursday through August 16, 2012. Performers sign up at the stage at 5:30 p.m. Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. All About Birds—6 to 7:30 p.m. at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, for ages 7 and up. Head outdoors and look for Michigan birds. Binoculars are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Cost is $5 per member, $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecneter.org. Bowl-A-Rama—6 to 9 p.m. at Northfield Lanes, 2222 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, to help support the counseling and music therapy services at Franciscan Life Process Center. This is a great night of fun and prizes for both adults and kids. For more information, call Gerrie or Cathy at (616) 897-7842. Saturday, August 11 Euchre Club—6:30 p.m. at the Peppermill Grill, 8 S. Squires St., Rockford. New players welcome. Donations will be accepted for North Kent Community Services. For more information, call (616) 884-0757. Reading Rocks in Rockford—an all-day festival starting at 9 a.m. throughout downtown Rockford, in partnership with the Rockford Rotary Club and Rockford Public Schools. See related story on the front page of this week’s Squire. “America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Sunday, August 12 Praise in the Park—6 p.m. at Garden Park in Rockford. Open to the public. Christian music every Sunday through August 26, 2012. […]