Hope Community Church in Rockford will be celebrating a “Blue Christmas” worship on Thursday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. The “Blue Christmas” service is specially designed for those who are coping with loss or pain. It may be the first Christmas without a loved family member who has recently died, it may be filled with stress related to loss of employment or a broken relationship. The constant refrains on radio and television, in shopping malls and churches, about the happiness of the season and about getting together with family and friends reminds many people of what they have lost or what they are missing. The anguish of the death of a loved one can make us feel alone in the midst of everyone else celebrating. We need the space and time to acknowledge our sadness or emptiness; we need to know that we are not alone. We need encouragement to live the days ahead of us. When our hearts are heavy, hearing Christmas songs that describe “the most wonderful time of the year” rings a bit hollow. Instead we might feel we are living the lyrics of the 1957 hit “Blue Christmas” when Elvis Presley sings, “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you, I’ll be so blue just thinking about you.” Yet, even in the midst of this pain, there is the desire to somehow connect with God. We often feel afraid, angry, ashamed. That’s OK. God is there with us in our pain. Putting words to this season can often be difficult. But we do this together in our address to God. The “Blue Christmas” service is a bit quieter, with a couple of softer Advent and Christmas hymns, Scripture readings, special prayers and a time for all to light candles. The service is shorter than normal worship and, at Hope, does not include a sermon. If your heart is heavy or you wish to give the gift of encouraging presence to those that are, come join us for our special “Blue Christmas” worship service. For more information contact Hope Community Church, 7000 Myers Lake Ave. NE, Rockford, 1/4 mile north of Belding Road, or call (616) 874-4673, or visit www.hoperockford.org.
December 9 2010
Streeter Mrs. Pauline V. Streeter, age 84, of Rockford passed away on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. She was born in Grand Rapids in an area where her parents lived which was called the Interurban, a turn-around for the street cars coming out of Grand Rapids. Pauline eloped with her sweetheart, Harold, before he was sent overseas, and later their marriage was sealed by the Mormon Church. During the war she worked in the factories, and in between children she was an Independent Demonstrator and for 25 years was a crown member of Stanley Home Products. At the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she taught Sunday school, was Primary President of children, helped with the teenagers and the women of the Stake Relief Society in the West Michigan area, and did all kinds of charity work. In Chicago she was a temple worker for the Temple. She was a 1945 graduate of Rockford High School and member of the Golden “R” Club. Pauline is survived by her children, Pamela Ruth and David Wadsworth of Grand Rapids, Mark Richard Allen and Barbara Streeter of Sugarland, Texas, Valerie Lynn and Timothy Mack of Vaughn, Mont., and Tamara Leigh and Michael Myckowiak of Grand Rapids; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Randy (Jane) Streeter of Rockford; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews and their families; her aunts, Mrs. Lillian Atwood of Rockford and Mrs. Byrdie Sarkees of Grand Rapids. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Harold; her son, Randy; her sister, Mrs. Mary Lou Jontz; her brother, Richard Armstrong; her sister-in-law, Ruth Streeter; and her parents, Paul and Violet (Atwood) Williams. The service for Mrs. Streeter was at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, at the Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Grand Rapids, with Bishop Michael Robinaugh officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Ruth Streeter Scholarship Fund at Rockford Public Schools, 350 N. Main Street, Rockford, MI 49341. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.
Time is running out. Effective January 27, 2010, ALL VETERANS will need to report income when applying for V.A. benefits. If you were in a combat theater, you are currently not required to disclose your income when applying for V.A. benefits as long as you apply BEFORE January 27, 2011. Every veteran is strongly encouraged to apply before this date. This cut-off date includes those who are serving now and all who have been discharged. You may pick up the form at the Rockford American Legion Post 102 during business hours. For additional information, call (616) 866-2001. Please hurry and apply—ALL of you! You deserve it.
Santa Parade The parade, as usual, was a big success. Cars filled every parking space for blocks around. Traffic was at a standstill. Grownups and kids were everywhere. I have to confess that I didn’t see it personally. I’m reporting this from hearsay because the weather was too cold for people of my maturity. Start of Summer is the parade for us. Promises, promises A long, furious and expensive political campaign is behind us and Congress has quit for the year. I don’t expect the new guys to meet all their promises. They’ll have lots of excuses for why important things can’t be done and why it’s somebody else’s fault. Order in the Court Next to politics, it seems like some of the best absurdist humor comes out of courtrooms. I didn’t want you to miss any of these samples: ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, “Where am I, Cathy?” ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan. ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis disease, does it affect your memory at all? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory? WITNESS: I forget… ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot? ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he? WITNESS: He’s 20, much like your IQ. ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken? WITNESS: Are you kidding me? ATTORNEY: She had three children, right? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated? WITNESS: By death. ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated? WITNESS: Take a guess. ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual? WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard. ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female? WITNESS: Unless the circus was in town, I’m going with male. ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant […]