God holds the future by REV. LAURIE TENHAVE-CHAPMAN First Congregational Church, Rockford As I walked my dog around the lake in temperatures nearing 50 degrees, I thought back to the headliner forecasts in November. “Harsh Winter Ahead” the meteorologists warned from the newspaper, broadcast studio and Internet news. I remember thinking, “How do they know?” If the 10-day prediction is a guess and the next-day forecast is seldom right, then how can they offer a broad brushstroke prediction for a whole season? “What do they know indeed?” I snorted as I walked on soft soil in early January. (But I knocked on the wood of a nearby tree to make sure!) People like to make predictions and are heralded as true seers when they get it right. Particularly as a new year looms before us, prophets of all stripes are apt to cast their verdict for how reality will shape up the next 12 months. Most of us do not hasten to read the predictions of Jean Dixon or those who have taken over for her in recent years. We’ve learned that envisioning the future is of limited value. What we hopefully have learned is that God alone holds the future. Our best investment of time and energy is in a spiritual life that helps us to know and trust more and more deeply the God who created this Earth in which the snow falls, the storms squall and the sun shines. What we know for sure is that we will have moments of great joy in 2012, surprising beginnings and unexpected endings. There will be losses both great and small, some emotional, some financial, others relational. Through all this we have to know what remains constant. Trust in anyone or anything other than the God who knows and loves us would be misplaced. The Bible describes God as an anchor, a rock, a redeemer, a refuge, a fortress that protects us from enemies. The Bible also says that God is love. So take that walk around the lake as long as you can. Snap on your cross-country skis when snow blankets the ground. When the storms force you to hibernate and your kids get their long-awaited snow day, reflect on the One who provides […]
January 12 2012
by TERRY KONKLE President, Rockford Area Historical Society Someone told me a few months ago that the key ingredient to having a successful project was to get people to believe in your cause. When the project is to move our museum to a much better location, the first believers have to be those promoting the move because they have the job of convincing others to help. To me there was one major point that made it easy to believe that the opportunity to improve the museum situation had to be battled for now. It was simple: “The move would make Rockford and our area a better place.” Fortunately, others felt the same way and the fight was on. Because funding was needed, it was important that the Rockford Area Historical Society (RAHS) step up to the plate and start the donation process. About a year ago in January, RAHS voted to give $40,000 to get things started. A contribution of that size shows a resounding commitment and belief in the new museum project. When the City of Rockford approved the idea of the move last July and gave RAHS a year to work on it, the question was, “Can they do it?” Our job was to make believers out of enough people and organizations to raise the funds to renovate the courthouse, design and make displays, and to move our historical archives. We also had to show how our new museum would be available and staffed. A fundraising committee, led by a tireless worker Paul Krupp, has been working now for a bit over three months. Many businesses and individuals have been contacted and the results are encouraging. Donations have come to us in three ways: pledges, money and in-kind services. Most of the donors have agreed to let us publicize their names and a list of them follows (donors as of January 7, 2012): Walter and Marianne Andersen Judy and Tom Baer Harold and Donna Bailey Richard and Sue Bakita James and Shirley Balk Foundation Eric and Anita Bennett Donald and Patricia Bixby Neil and Mary Blakeslee Blakeslee Plumbing and Heating Blakeslee Rop, PLC Carla Blandford Jim and Susan Bodenner Andrew and Kelly Bolt Jack and Madelyn Bolt Katherine Bolt Polly Bolt James and […]
The Rockford men’s swim and dive team came away victories from Jenison’s home pool on Thursday, Jan. 5, when they defeated the Wildcats 185-124, in their first OK Red match-up of the season. Despite some fast swims by the Jenison squad, the combination of the depth and the speed of the Rams proved that they will be a tough contender in the conference this year. The Rockford boys swam to a first-place finish in every event but two, and displayed great depth by placing three Rockford swimmers in the top four spots of every individual event. Rockford’s Trenton Babcock and Craig Wasberg picked up two more individual state cuts at the meet, making it seven for the Rams so far this season. Babcock claimed his first state cut of the year with his first-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:01.18). Wasberg earned his second state-qualifying time with his win in the 200-yard free (1:47.74). Other individual first-place finishes for the Rams included Eric Chisholm in the 50-yard and 100-yard free (21.49, 48.63), and Bryan Wasberg in the 100-yard breast (1:04.13). Senior Josh Travis also touched the wall in first in the 100-yard fly (55.42 seconds), barely missing the state cut. The score couldn’t have been any closer on the diving board at the Jenison pool when Rockford’s Devin Rittenhouse seized first place with 179.95 points, closely followed by teammate Shane Phillips, who grabbed second place with 179.75 points. Sophomore Mitch Rodema of Rockford took fifth place with 145.30 points. The Rams’ next OK Red contest will occur at Rockford’s home pool on Thursday, Jan. 12, against Grand Haven.
The Rams varsity hockey team played their final games of 2011 in the annual Big Rapids Holiday Invitational on December 28 and 30, and kicked off the New Year with the annual Walker Classic on January 6 and 7. Rockford’s icers drew Jackson Lumen Christi (JLC) for the first game of the Big Rapids tournament. First period saw the Titans of JLC strike first only 1:26 into the period. Rams junior Austin Cantu answered less than three minutes later to tie the score at one. Assisting on the goal went to junior Stephen Shira and sophomore Trevor Mills. Second period action started much like the first. Just 1:47 into the period, the Titans found the scoreboard. Five minutes later, a JLC penalty gave the Rams a man advantage. Unfortunately, the Titans scored two short-handed goals in a 15-second time span to give them a 4-1 lead. During the same penalty, 27 seconds later, Rockford junior Jacob Smyth answered with a goal to put the Rams within two goals. Junior Nate Hill was credited with the assist. The Titans continued to roll with a late-period goal to go up 5-2. The lone third-period goal was scored by the Titans in similar fashion to the first and second periods. At 1:29 into the period, the sixth and final goal of the game gave JLC the lead they needed for the win. The Rams outshot the Titans 27-25 for the game. In the consolation game, Rockford outlasted tournament host Big Rapids Cardinals to a 5-4 win for their final game of 2011. Enter 2012 and the annual Walker Classic at Walker Ice and Fitness Center. Rockford faced Grandville for the second league game of the season. The Bulldogs had redemption in mind to avenge the previous loss to the Rams. At 6:44 into the first period, Rockford began their quest to deny Grandville any redemption. Hill was the first to find the netting with a feed from junior defenseman Cam Bathum. Junior goaltender Todd Millar turned away all Bulldog shots for the period. Grandville started the scoring in the second frame nine minutes into the period to tie the game at one. With 31 seconds to play in the period, junior Jacob Smyth received a perfect pass that […]
The Rams Hockey ADM/Mite team’s season is well underway with tons of learning and fun being had by all players. The Rams recently participated in both an ADM/Mites exchange and a cross-ice jamboree. These events give young players the chance to play both three-on-three and four-on-four hockey in a cross-ice setting and put to the test some of their practice skills. The Rams are having a great time this season focused on the “fun”damentals of hockey. Rams Hockey follows the American Development Model (ADM) at this age of player, which is considered to be the “gold standard” program developed by USA Hockey developmental experts. The ADM philosophy focuses on using small-area games during practice to develop skills, keeping skaters active at all times by separating into small practice groups, and having as much fun as possible! All this while teaching the game of hockey in an enjoyable and positive social setting. Later this month the Rams will be heading to Ferris State University (FSU) to participate in an ADM/Mites exchange during the day, where the rink will be a flurry of activity with cross-ice games all afternoon. Even more fun for the Rams will come later on when the Rams attend an FSU hockey game and get to skate with the Bulldog hockey players immediately following. Please visit www.rockfordhockey.org for more information on Rams Hockey, the Rockford Hockey Association, your local Red Wings Premiere youth hockey organization.