January 14 2010

Rockford Register — January 14, 2010

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Thursday, January 14 Relay for Life Kickoff Meeting—6:30 p.m. at Wolverine World Wide, Courtland Dr., Rockford. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/rockfordmi. Saturday, January 16 All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti & Meatballs—4:30 to 7 p.m. at Bostwick Lake Congregational Church, corner of Belding Road and Young Avenue. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children under 12. Tickets available at the door, or call the church at (616) 874-7045. Free Concert—6 to 8 p.m. at Grand Rapids First Church, 2100 44th Street SW, Grand Rapids; doors open at 5 p.m. for an evening with Tammy Trent & Band and special guests Anthony Evans & Band. Love offering proceeds will benefit the “Trent Lenderink Endowment Fund,” which provides financial assistance for Christian families and Tri Unity Christian Schools. For concert information, call (616) 532-8827. Limited seating. Free Bluegrass Music Jam Session—7 p.m. at Fricano’s Pizza, 5808 Alpine Ave. NW (near 7 Mile Rd.), Comstock Park, presented by West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. House band Blue County Line will kick off the evening with the jam session to follow. Public is welcome. Bring your instrument and jam, or just come to listen! Food and beverages will be available to purchase. For more information, visit www.wmbma.org. Sunday, January 17 Roast Beef Dinner—11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 3946, located at 4195 Thirteen Mile Road, Rockford. Cost is $8 for adults; $3 for children. Monday, January 18 Financial Aid Nite—7 to 9 p.m. at Rockford High School Auditorium, with speaker Jo Ann Litton, a Rockford parent and senior advisor of pre-professional programs and former associate director of financial aid for a local college, sponsored by the Rockford High School guidance office. Topics will include how the financial aid process works, important dates to remember, and specific instructions and tips on filling out the FAFSA. Presentation is general in nature and not college-specific. For more information, call the guidance office at (616) 863-6033. Babytime at the Library—11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford. Join us for a special one-on-one bonding time with baby while you enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and play time; for caregivers and babies 0-18 months. Babytime will also be held Monday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at the library. For more information, call the library […]

A Message for You — January 14, 2010

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Take an interest in one another by PASTOR JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church Jim Collins, author of “Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer,” includes this reflection in his author’s notes: During my first year on the Stanford faculty in 1988, I sought out professor John Gardner for guidance on how I might become a better teacher. Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, founder of Common Cause, and author of the classic text “Self-Renewal,” stung me with a comment that changed my life. “It occurs to me, Jim, that you spend too much time trying to be interesting,” he said. “Why don’t you invest more time being interested.” The ability to take an interest in each other and especially strangers is a great spiritual gift. With God’s heart, Jesus responded to the people he met with compassion, understanding, interest, and God’s perspective of love and justice. He demonstrated the relational, saving power of God’s love for people in his life, death and resurrection. It is foundational for Christians to be interested in the well-being of others. The new church start pastor known as the apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 6:2, “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Elaine H. Pagels, author and theologian, observed that two sources of success for early Christianity were their theological understanding that people are created in the image of God, not just the emperors, and the concrete care they offered each other. As one pastor serving two churches and actively volunteering at the Wolverine World Wide Family YMCA, I learned first hand this week about divorce, job loss, likely foreclosure on a home, death and the family tensions it reveals, a wedding request, life-threatening consequences of surgery, what a family wants to give and receive from a church, the renewal of church leadership, the search for a common statement on ministry directions, the openness to integrating prayer in swimming lessons, and the joyful possibilities of ecumenical worship. How many times are we too concerned with what we have to give, what we want to say, and how interesting we think our message is instead of being interested in the people we come […]

Obituaries — January 14, 2010

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Cook Mr. (Richard) Jack Cook age 83, of Rockford, born May 10, 1926, passed away peacefully Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2009, surrounded by his loving family, who take great comfort in knowing he celebrated Christmas with Jesus. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy, WWII, 1943-1946, and was a member of the American Legion Post #102 in Rockford for 43 years. He retired from MichCon (DTE) in 1981 after 32 years, where he was their western district serviceman in the Rockford area, priding himself on the superb personal rapport he had built and enjoyed with area customers. “Cookie,” as he was referred to, was given the Blue Heart award for being one of the most well-liked, competent employees of the western district. Family will affectionately remember Dad for always having a “pair and a spare.” He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline J. Cook, whom he married in 1981, and is survived by his children, Richard L. Cook (Debra) of Cedar Springs, Jack (Carol Sue) Cook of Rockford, Leslie (Jim) Vaglica of Wyoming, Connie Hulst of Dorr, Todd (Valentina) of Kentwood; Jeanne (Mutlaq) Al-Ajmi of Kuwait, and Lisa (Rick) Rothwell of Rockford; his grandchildren, Ricky Cook, TJ (Thomas Jack) Cook, Tina (Joel) Ross, Brandon (Kristen) Cook, Emily (Chad) Tejchma, Joe (Desirae) Fairbrother, Sgt. Stacey (Antonio) Crowder stationed in Iraq, Steven Aguilar, R.A. Hulst, Salem, Noura, Sarah, Wadha and Muhammad Al-Ajmi, Jessica and Zachary Rothwell; eight great-grandchildren; aunt, Shirley King of Rockford; sister-in-law, Mary Bliss of Grand Rapids; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford and Ruth (Lee) Cook, and a granddaughter, Vicky Cook. Visitation was Tuesday, Dec. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rockford United Methodist Church, with a memorial service on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 10:00 a.m. at the church with Reverend Dick Riley officiating. Military honors were under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with inurnment in Cannon Township Cemetery. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Rockford United Methodist Church or Faith Hospice. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

Community service group to host United We Knit event

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Over 700 hand-knit items to be donated to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans In the aftermath of the Civil War, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans was constructed to meet the needs of Michigan veterans. Today, the home continues to serve as a symbol of Michigan’s promise to her veterans, providing compassionate, quality, interdisciplinary care for its 700+ residents so that they may achieve their highest potential of independence, self-worth, wellness and dignity. Throughout the home’s 124-year history, countless individuals and organizations have stepped up to help those who selflessly served our nation. Many veteran residents have limited support from family, and as Frank Snarski, director of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, succinctly noted, “Community support is critical in meeting the physical and emotional needs of our veterans.” Fortunately, two organizations are combining forces to help kick off the decade and ensure that the residents of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans remain warm throughout the winter. Cast Off the Cold, a community service initiative based in Rockford, is hosting United We Knit on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the David D. Hunting YMCA Community Room, located at 475 Lake Michigan Dr., downtown Grand Rapids. The goal of the event is to knit and collect scarves, hats and mittens, which will be given to the veterans as Valentine’s gifts. Free parking for the YMCA is available in Dash Lots 7 and 9, north and west of the YMCA main entrance. The event is free and open to the public. Cast Off the Cold was founded in 2007 by Ashley Gremel, when she was a 15-year-old Rockford High School sophomore. To date, Cast Off has donated more than 1,500 scarves and hand-knit items to homeless shelters in West Michigan and Lansing. Gremel invites knitters of all ages and levels of experience to join her and other Cast Off contributors at the United We Knit event. “This is a great opportunity to show our thanks for our veterans, and also have some fun with fellow knitters,” said Gremel. “We will have volunteers to help beginners, plus complimentary refreshments. For decades, groups have been hosting ‘knit ins’ as a way to serve our country… from knitting socks, hats, mittens and scarves during the […]

All health department locations offering H1N1 vaccination

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So, you think you don’t need the H1N1 vaccination? Isn’t the “swine flu” over? Not so, according to Cathy Raevsky, administrative health officer for the Kent County Health Department (KCHD). “While the worst of the flu season could be over,” said Raevsky, “we don’t know what we’ll see this winter or spring. Another wave of illness is feasible and a flu shot is the best way to protect people from the flu. I encourage anyone who wants a vaccination to make an appointment with their doctor, a pharmacy, or the Kent County Health Department.” KCHD is now offering novel H1N1 flu shots by appointment at all six of its clinic locations. Clinics are in Wyoming, Kentwood, Rockford, and multiple Grand Rapids locations. Appointment times for each location vary, but appointments can be made by calling 2-1-1 (or 459-2255 if not using a land line) or by visiting www.stickittotheflu.com. There is no up-front cost for vaccination, but those with insurance cards should bring them to the appointment and KCHD can bill your insurance if the vaccination is covered. To those who are not covered, the vaccination is being offered free of charge.

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