July 12 2012

NKCS schedules Business After Hours event

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The staff and director of North Kent Community Services (NKCS) are preparing for the Rockford Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. This fun networking event is scheduled for Monday, July 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is meant to showcase the host business and educate others on the various services the organization provides. After Hours will be the perfect setting for the movers and shakers in the business community to network and enjoy delicious food and beverages. The event is open to the public and is very relaxed with no set schedule, so visitors are encouraged to come any time during the two-hour event. The role NKCS fulfills in the area is a big one. For over 37 years, NKCS has provided care for families in northern Kent County when times turn tough and has built a strong heritage within the community. NKCS has become a refuge in our community and has a history of providing life- transforming programs for families. “Since our inception we have provided essential services to those who find themselves in need of help due to a change in circumstances,” said Sandy Waite, executive director of NKCS. “Our organization provides our clients with emergency food, clothing, household and personal items. We also assist in helping our clients find shelter, pay utilities, find medical help and supply transportation to appointments for area families who cannot afford these necessities.” Waite is excited to have the opportunity to open the organization’s doors on July 16 and show visitors how they help their clients. The outreach is even going to be greater with this event. Each visitor is asked to please bring a back-to-school item for the center’s backpack program. It is a great way to help your neighbors. After Hours is free, however, reservations are required. Please call the Chamber office at (616) 866-2000 to register.


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Mathers-Velting The parents of Katherine Sara Mathers of Morton, Illinois and Paul Owen Velting of Rockford are pleased to announce the engagement of their children. Katherine is the daughter of Dr. L.E. Mathers III and Mr. and Mrs. Douglas A. Schaffnit of Morton. The bride-to-be graduated from Taylor University and is currently teaching in the Bloomington Public Schools. Paul Is the son of Randy and Nancy Velting and is a graduate of Taylor University. The future groom is currently in the process of completing a doctorate of optometry at Indiana University. Katie and Paul are planning a July wedding.


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Thursday, July 12 Free Meal for Northern Kent County Families—6 to 7 p.m. at the Our Lady of Consolation Family Center, 4865 Eleven Mile Rd., Rockford, every Thursday. No charge; no registration required. Provided by a partnership between Our Lady of Consolation Parish and God’s Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan. Open Mic—6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, downtown Rockford near the dam, every Thursday through August 16, 2012. Performers sign up at the stage at 5:30 p.m. Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month.  Rockford Rotary Club Meetings—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch at 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Super Sub Sampler—2 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library, 140 E. Bridge St., Rockford, for teens in grades 6–12. Come to the library and sample submarine sandwiches from local restaurants and vote for your favorite! For more information, call the library at (616) 647-3940 or visit www.kdl.org. Backyard Composting—6 to 7:30 p.m.at Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Learn the basics about backyard composting and how to turn your kitchen waste into that black gold that gardeners love so much. For ages 12 and up. Cost is $5 per member, or $6 per non-member. For more information, call (616) 735-6240 or visit blandfordnaturecenter.org. Saturday, July 14 “America’s Favorite Farm Market”—8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October 27 in the S. Squires Street parking lot, off Main St., downtown Rockford, featuring “Pure Michigan”-grown produce, fresh baked goods, flowers, plants and much more. Annual Garden Art Sale & Show—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the home of Shirley Dean, 9620 Summit, Rockford. The Rogue River Artists Association members will feature watercolors, acrylics, oils, mixed media, fabric art, jewelry and woodcarving. Light refreshments will be served. Secret Garden Tour—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Howard City. For information and to purchase tickets, call the Timothy C Hauenstein Reynolds Township Library at (231) 937-5575 or Kindel & Company at (231) 937-9090. Tickets are $10 in advance or $1 the day of the tour. […]

A Message for You

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Our Freedom by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, it causes me to pause and give thanks for the freedom that is available to us. I am thankful for the many who have served and sacrificed in the past to allow that freedom. I am thankful for those who serve and sacrifice today to continue that freedom and to attempt to provide it for others. I am thankful to those who have led within our governmental offices in all levels to first lay the groundwork of this freedom and then to uphold it. I am thankful that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. I am thankful also for the freedom available to us in Jesus Christ, the son of God. Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” In Jesus we have freedom from the result of sin, which is death, through the promise of the resurrection. We also have freedom from the bondage of sin, the yoke of slavery mentioned in Galatians 5:1. Sin in our lives can become a bondage that we feel we can’t get away from. We can struggle and struggle against it but feel like we are not breaking free from it. The reason for this is that by ourselves we can’t save ourselves from sin, we need to turn to Jesus to break free from that which holds us. In Hebrews 12:1-2 we find these words, “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” We see here the truth that sin easily entangles us and the importance of turning our focus to Jesus. I hope you have both thankfulness for the freedom we have in this country and freedom that is available in Jesus.


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Keep responsible Cannon government Dear Editor, Hi, my name is Karen Fiebig and I am writing because I do not like what I believe to be half-truths. Recently, a number of Cannon Township residents received a mailing from the opponents to the reelection of the majority of our Cannon Township Board. This mailing claimed that the majority of our Board voted down a motion to decrease our millage. Of course they did! It was the responsible thing to do. I know this because I was a trustee on the Cannon Township Board in the 1990s. I also know that the only millage that the Cannon Township Board has yearly discretionary control over is less than 1 mill (.83 mills). Even though this is a small amount per individual household, added together it makes a difference in our township budget. Responsible boards do not pass motions without empirical data and/or impact statements to show the effect on the budget. Check out the March 26, 2012 minutes on the Cannon website and while you are at it, please read more to prove how responsible our Board has been in contracting with the North Kent Sewer Authority (NKSA). Whole truths speak for themselves. Please vote for the majority of the standing Cannon Township Board in the Primary Election on Aug. 7, 2012. They deserve to be reelected for the many accomplishments they have made in our behalf and for responsibly and ethically representing us all. Thank you. Karen Fiebig Rockford resident Reader questions EPA article Dear Editor, I would like to comment on some inaccuracies in the July 5’s front page article, “EPA turns tannery site back to Wolverine, MDEQ.” Initially, it was reported that EPA was approached by only three concerned citizens. In fact, the Preliminary Assessment Petition that was sent to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was signed by 25 individuals, many of whom are leaders in our community, not just three. These signatories belonged to an organization of concerned citizens that currently consists of over 150 interested individuals. Additionally, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Kent Conservation District, and Clean Water Action share our concerns regarding documented impacts to groundwater, to soil and to the Rogue River Watershed, as related to the recent tannery […]

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