December 1 2011


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Thursday, December 1 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. Rockford Area Historical Society Annual Christmas Potluck—6:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. Hostesses will be Pat Frye and Carla Blandford. Swiss Steak Dinner—noon to 2:00 p.m. at Rockford Masonic Lodge, 1430 Northland Dr., Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children under 10 years of age. Dinner includes Swiss steak, choice of vegetable, mashed potatoes with gravy, salad, dinner roll, piece of pie, and beverage. Open to the community. Saturday, December 3 Annual Cookie Walk—9 a.m. until cookies are gone, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division Ave. (Ten Mile Rd.), Rockford. Proceeds go to mission projects.  Fine Art & Craft Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lowell High School, 11700 Vergennes, Lowell, presented by Rogue River Artisans. More than 120 juried artists and craftsmen will be selling their creations, featuring sculpture, pottery, jewelry, photography, glass, metal, wood, soaps, wearables, naturals, holiday and floral, specialty foods, furniture, wildlife art, painting, candles and more. Holiday lunch will be available. Admission is $1; proceeds to go to Red Arrow special activities. For more information, visit 30th Annual Crafty Christmas Bazaar—9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church, Greenville. There will be a raffle, homemade baked goods and crafts from many vendors. Christmas Parade of Homes—12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the homes of Deb Dingman, Michael and Derrin Miller, Jim and Cathy Loder, and Glen and Veronica Smith, sponsored by Kindel & Company. Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Timothy C. Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library or Kindel & Company. Tickets are also available the day of the event for $12. Admission includes refreshments at the library and a Christmas ornament worth up to $6.99, and a chance to win a Willow Tree Nativity valued at $199.99. There will also be prize drawings. Sunday, December 4 RAAC Christmas Show—3 p.m. at […]

A Message for You

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What Gift to Give?  by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church Here we are again, sneaking up on Christmas. Maybe you have already started your Christmas shopping or maybe you won’t do so for another three weeks. Either way, take a moment to consider what gifts you give to others and what gifts they give you. In Isaiah 58, God speaks through the prophet Isaiah concerning what He desires in fasting. Fasting had turned into a practice that was more about other people seeing our fake righteousness, than the desire that God had for it from the beginning. In this chapter, God talks about wanting people that are involved in loosening the chains of injustice, setting the oppressed free, feeding the hungry, providing shelter for the homeless, and meeting the needs of those in need. In Isaiah 58:10 it says, “…and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Now what does this have to do with Christmas gifts? Are there people in your life for whom it is difficult to find just the right gift? Are there people in your life who just love whatever you give them? Have you ever considered replacing some of those gifts with gifts that could help others in need? What if, rather than buying a $30 sweater for a sibling, you donated that $30 in their name instead. It is amazing what $30 can do to bless those in need. North Kent Community Services can turn $30 into an astonishing amount of food to give to our neighbors who may need some assistance. In fact, through some organizations a donation of $20 can buy enough food to feed 100 orphans in Malawi, Africa for an entire week. I think now is a good time to begin talking to others with whom we exchange gifts for Christmas. Consider encouraging them to give to others in need in your name. Consider giving to them a donation to others in need in their name. “…and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise […]

Theater group stages production created by Rockford resident

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Rogue River Theater takes ‘The Light of Heaven’s Dove’ on the road Local actors group, the Rogue River Community Theater, took their talent on tour as they offered “The Light of Heaven’s Dove” to a variety of venues. Playing at the restored and historic Kent Theater in Cedar Springs, the group presented a musical drama about the life of Christ. The story depicts the changes that Christ’s life has had historically and currently, impacting the lives of people. Jesus of Nazareth is played by John Hogan, with Mary portrayed by Teresa Lautenbach. Patricia Rose Boersak of Rockford wrote, staged, choreographed and directed the show. The final performance will be December 6 at the Basilica of St. Adalberts Cathedral, 701 Fourth Street, downtown Grand Rapids, at 7:30 p.m.

Stage play brings area families together

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Christmas is certainly a time when most people gather with family and friends for fun and frivolity. It’s just a given nowadays. Families look for creative ways to enjoy the tidings of the season. Some volunteer their time at a soup kitchen, some might wander their neighborhood streets singing Christmas carols, and some might hop in the car one evening and drive miles just to look at thousands of Christmas lights. But, for a small group of people in northern Kent County, they’ve chosen to celebrate their Christmas holidays by taking to the stage. The cast and crew of “The Christmas Carol,” which numbers well over 40, is comprised largely of people who just happen to be related to each other. The production director boasts that it’s truly a family affair. “It’s wonderful to see so many families involved in such a fashion,” said Terri Riggle, production stage director. “They’re having fun and spending a lot of time together in a worthwhile project.” Ebenezer Scrooge is played by Rockford’s Virgil Hubbard. Hubbard’s wife, Kathleen, who’s making her acting debut on the Kent Theatre stage, is playing the wife of the character Fred, Scrooge’s nephew. Cedar Springs resident Russ Cole, who is Bob Cratchit, is also given singing direction under the guidance of his wife, Carolee, who is the production’s music director. Laura Johnson, who plays Christmas Present, also enjoys being on stage with her son, Tom, who plays Young Scrooge. And the list continues. There are two mother-and-daughter combinations, Judy and BreAnna Schulz of Howard City and Eva Walters and her daughter, Mystic, also from Howard City. Then there’s the Price family, all from Cedar Springs, who have four out of their five members involved in the play. Jon, the father, is playing dual roles of Mr. Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Future. His wife, Tammy, is Mrs. Fezziwig. Their son, Jordan, is Dick Wilkins and daughter, Grace, is Martha Cratchit. Then there’s the sister-and-brother combination of Leah and Andrew Woltansus from Kent City, who are playing the Ghost of Christmas Past and Peter Cratchit, respectively. Howard City resident Jennifer Nind is the production stage assistant and is mother to Michael, who is playing the Young Errand Boy. Cedar Springs resident Scott Phillips plays […]

Using the sun’s energy an easy way to warm, brighten home

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by DAN VOS Vos Energy Concepts I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the three ways of using solar energy in our homes. The first way is using it to heat the air in our homes, which heats everything else in there as well. Passive solar is one of my favorite ways to use the heat of the sun. It just means that you use south-facing windows that are not shaded in the winter when the sun is low and are shaded in the summer when the sun is high. Passive means that you don’t need any fans or pumps for it to work. It works best when there is some mass to absorb the heat in the day and release it at night. This system is easiest to implement when building an addition or a new house. Sunspaces (facing south) make a wonderful addition to a home. Even when the sun isn’t blasting, it’s still brighter. It makes us feel better in the dead of winter. It’s healthier that way, and I believe in building healthy houses. We cannot forget the first rule in using renewable energy and that is conservation. The less energy you need, the higher percentage of conventional fuels will be replaced by renewables, and they become more cost effective.

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