February 3 2011

Sen. Jansen sworn in as senator for 28th District

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State Sen. Mark C. Jansen participated in a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the state capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young Jr. administering the oath of office. Jansen was joined on the senate floor by his wife LeAnne and several family members. Michigan senators were sworn in on the first session day of the 96th Legislature. “It was a joy to have my family with me today as we kick off the new senate session,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville greeted the new group of legislators. The Senate of the 96th Michigan Legislature is comprised of 26 Republicans and 12 Democrats. State senators are elected to serve a four-year term. “I am honored to welcome such a distinguished new set of dedicated public servants to the Michigan senate,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “Our state continues to face many challenges. I look forward to working together to turn Michigan around for the good of all our residents.”


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Brooklyn Marie Chesney Jason and Kim Chesney of Troy, Mich., announce the birth of their daughter, Brooklyn Marie Chesney, on December 9, 2010, at 9:55 p.m. at William Beaumont Hospital in Troy. She weighed seven pounds, seven ounces, and was 21 inches long. Proud grandparents are Tom and Carol Nemic of Rockford and Dave and Sue Chesney of Belmont.

ROCKFORD REGISTER — February 3, 2011

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Thursday, February 3 Rockford Area Historical Society Meeting—1:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford, hosted by Norrine Elkins, Helen Hessler and Diane Skiver. John Stamp will present “Arms of Our Ancestors.” For more information, call (616) 866-2235.  Friday, February 4 Rockford Youth Night—8 to 11 p.m. at MVP Sports in Rockford, also hosted by Rockford Police and Kent County Sherrif’s departments. This is a drug-free, alcohol-free and tobacco-free event for middle school kids in grades six through eight, who are invited to play basketball, Dodgeball and volleyball with local police officers. Sign up for Parisis Speed School and pool games for prizes and awards. Pizza will be served until 10 p.m. Cost is $6 (includes free t-shirt when pre-registering). Registration deadline is January 25. For further information or to register, call the Rockford Police Department at (616) 866-9557.  Saturday, February 5 Black and Blue Ball—7 p.m. at the Sparta/Grand Rapids Moose Lodge #50, 11510 N. Division Ave., Sparta, presented by Moose On Bikes, to benefit Rockford Center for Therapeutic Riding. Live music by OTC, food, dance and raffles. Open to the public; lodge membership not required. A $10 donation will be requested at the door.  Scrapbooking/Quilting/Crafting—10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Rockford, to benefit the senior high youth summer mission trip. For a 6-foot table and lunch, cost is $10. Come with your supplies and friends for a full day of enjoying your craft. RSVP to (616) 866-1818.  Monday, February 7 Babytime—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Delight and stimulate your baby with songs, a story and playtime. Get to know other families and help your baby develop listening and language skills. For babies from birth to 18 months with a caregiver. For more information, call the library at (616) 784-2007.  Tuesday, February 8 Blood Drive—noon to 6 p.m. at Rockford American Legion Post 102, 330 Rockford Park Dr. NW, Rockford.  Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. For families who can’t come to the library during the day, this offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional! For children aged 6 and under with a caregiver. For […]

A MESSAGE FOR YOU — February 3, 2011

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Asking God’s presence in everything by PASTOR MARK LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words,” Romans 8:26. In the prayers we pray, we ask for many things. We pray for a sick brother, for a dying mother, a struggling newborn, for help with our troubles, for inspiration, strength, and for many other things. Most often we pray for ourselves and our immediate needs. St. Francis of Assisi reminds us that in all the things we are praying for, we are praying above all else for God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. St. Francis wrote: “The heart of prayer is not asking God for something, but asking for the presence of God in everything.” When we ask for “daily bread” in the Lord’s Prayer, we are asking for more than those things which provide for our earthly welfare. We are asking for Him, for Almighty God’s presence as we receive and partake of these gifts thankfully. Many people are so often disappointed when their prayers go unanswered or the answers are other than they wanted. Yet God tells us that His presence is enough. In Psalm 46, God tells David, “Be still, and know that I am God.” This simple instruction is so often misunderstood. David was dealing with many concerns, fears and needs. In his fear and worry, David was addressing all these to the Lord in his prayers. David had prayed and prayed and it seemed as if the Lord was not answering David according to His needs. God’s response, God’s answer to David’s needs, his worries and his fears is for him to “be still, and know that I am God.” How does David hear God’s answer? What does it mean for David in the face of all his needs, all his fears, and all his wants and prayers? What is it that David heard and we should hear in these simple words of God? God is telling David and us, “It is enough that I am your God with you. In all the things that you want and need, worry about and […]

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