Keep Standing… Still Standing by PASTOR JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church So, how’s it going with your New Year’s Resolutions? Do you still stand by them? With the help of some wise advisers to consider a life of movement or training, rather than simple exercise, I am trying to work out three times a week at the YMCA. I achieved that goal the first two weeks and worked out two days last week. The odds are not good that we will keep our resolutions, whether they are tied to the new year or some other reference point. However, two positive factors involved in keeping resolutions are: 1) having small, measurable goals, and 2) going public with them to seek the support of friends. Pursuing general goals in isolation—get in shape, lose weight, improve finances—does not help us stand up to the pressure of daily demands on our time and attention. Standing is a sign and act of perseverance. Years ago I attended the funeral for the child of a former member. The pastor led us in an encouraging two-part act of faith that still resounds within me. Early in the service as we entered the fullness of grief for the loss of this child, he asked us to turn to the person next to us and say, “Keep standing.” Later in the service as we entered into the comfort of Scripture, song and prayer, he asked us to turn again and say to one another, “Still standing.” The blend of encouraging one another and affirming our ability to stand was remarkable. It was a modern day reference to Saint Paul’s affirmation, “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God,” Romans 5:1-2. May you be resolved to stand in grace together with others in 2011. God bless you.
January 27 2011
Winterfest is coming up Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Izaak Walton League’s Conservation Center, located at 5641 Myers Lake Ave., just a half mile north of Cannonsburg Ski Area. Kids’ ice-fishing, candle-making, outdoor archery, snow castles, games, sledding, some cross-country skis, snowshoes, and skates are there to try. It’s all free, including lunch! Bring the kids and explore what winter has to offer at the Dwight Lydell Chapter of the IWLA. The nonprofit group is involved with many conservation activities throughout the year, pertaining to fishing, alternative energy, water quality, invasive species, and nature. Don’t miss this day of old-fashioned fun! Watch for parking signs. If you need more information or if you’d like to volunteer your help at this fun and friendly event, call Georgia Donovan at (616) 773-2850.
DollarVille is the featured Squire advertiser, a family-owned business now in its 12th year. The Cedar-Rock store is located at 4330 14 Mile Road, Rockford, and is owned by Jack and Judy Gistinger. Other members of the staff include manager Andrea, along with Margie, Mary, Sue, Mary J. and Shandra. “This is a wonderful community,” said Judy. “We have friendly customers and enjoy the interaction with them. The variety of our merchandise makes it fun!” Readers are invited to visit DollarVille and experience their wonderful customer service, selection and great pricing. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) is pleased to announce the first installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series for 2011. The luncheon is scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7 at the American Legion Post 102, located at 330 Rockford Park Drive (on the northwest corner of Northland Drive). The event will feature the culinary delights of new chamber member, Twisted Vine. The luncheon will be highlighted by Senator Mark Jansen of Michigan’s 28th District. Senator Jansen has devoted his career to politics, including two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives prior to being elected senator. Before his tenure in the Michigan House, Senator Jansen was elected as the Gaines Township clerk from 1992 to 1996. During his presentation, Senator Jansen will explore Michigan’s economic future. Please register by Thursday, Feb. 3 by contacting the RCC at (616) 866-2000 or e-mail Jeannie at email@example.com with your reservation. The luncheons are open to everyone, so RCC members please invite a friend. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. If you are unable to attend the luncheon and have registered, please contact the RCC prior to the luncheon to avoid being charged. Be sure to attend this timely luncheon and learn what the Michigan Senate plans to do to help with an economic turn for our state.
by PETER MACGREGOR State Representative, 73rd District It’s morning in Michigan! I’d like to begin my term by saying, “Thank you for electing me to serve as your state representative in the Michigan legislature. I am humbled by your faith in me and I approach this role as that of a true ‘public servant’.” This is the first installment of what will be a monthly article to keep you updated on what is happening in the legislature and open any and all lines of communication between myself and the constituents of the 73rd district. Our district includes: the cities of Cedar Springs and Rockford, the townships of Algoma, Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Plainfield, Oakfield, Solon, Sparta, Spencer and Tyrone, and the villages of Kent City, Sand Lake and Sparta. Our state’s reinvention can’t come soon enough and I am very eager to be part of that process. As of yesterday, I was appointed to our state’s Appropriations Committee. This committee is charged with allocating your tax dollars that come into our state. Specifically, I will be chairing the Military and Veterans Affairs budget subcommittee, chairing the State Police budget subcommittee, vice-chairing the Department of Community Health budget subcommittee, and serving on the Department of Labor and Economic Growth budget subcommittee. I will also be voting on the Appropriations committee as a whole. These committees will allow me to have greater input on “right-sizing” our state’s budget. I have no illusions that this role will be easy, and my colleagues and I will be making some very difficult and painful decisions in the weeks and months to come in order to restore the economic prosperity that our great state once enjoyed. My approach to this challenge is to apply conservative, common sense, guiding principles to every decision I make on your behalf. For too long, our elected officials have overreached and deviated from the intent of both our national and state constitutions. I will be making decisions based on what is first constitutional and, second, on what is right for our district. I am excited to work with you on our mission of a smaller more efficient government, reformation and reinvention. Please contact my office if you have any questions, concerns, great news or ideas you would […]