July 26 2012


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Tuesday, July 24 Huntington Rogue River Blues Series—7 to 9 p.m. at Garden Park Stage, along the White Pine Trail near the dam, downtown Rockford. This week’s performer is Greg Nagy Band. “After the Blues” series is July 31 through August 14. Rockford Rotary Club Meeting—noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe St., Rockford. Visitors welcome. Free Zumba Class—7 p.m. at Dr. Nylaan’s office, 5011 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, to raise funds for local charities. Open to the public; led by Kate Rehmus of Live Dance Move. Classes held every Tuesday through September 4, 2012. Country & Gospel Music—9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Rockford Ambulance Community Center, 8540 Shaner Ave., Rockford. Music by the Rogue River Band. Enjoy free coffee, tea and snacks. For more information, call Keith at (616) 866-2459. Free Zumba Class—5 to 5:45 p.m. at 72 W. Maple St., Cedar Springs. Open to the public; led by Monica Sanders, licensed Zumba Fitness instructor. Classes held every Tuesday. Thursday, July 26 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 Meeting—7 to 8 a.m. during the summer at Herman’s Boy Coffee Ranch, 220 Northland Drive, Rockford. For more information, call Mark Bivins at (616) 866-1470. Saturday, July 28 “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. Sunday, July 29 Praise in the Park—6 p.m. at Garden Park in Rockford. Open to the public. Christian music every Sunday through August 26, 2012. Monday, July […]

A Message for You

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Shouldn’t God expect our best? by PASTOR MARK W. LOVE St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Some children were playing with an old replica of Noah’s ark from VBS and all the animals in miniature. In their conversation about Noah, they remembered that Noah sacrificed some of the animals on the altar as a thank offering for God’s special love that called them, protected them, and delivered them from the great flood. So they decided that they would do same and, without mom or dad’s notice, they built a small fire and sacrificed their defective or broken toys: a camel that had no legs, a giraffe that had lost its head and neck, a boat with a broken hull. Now you may be smiling as I was when I heard this story. Smiling and thinking that it sounds just like kids. When a professor of mine finished telling this story to a church full of people, he smiled and said, “Cute kids, eh?” But then his smile faded and with a pondering face he asked, “Do you think God looks at our often defective and broken sacrifices—and smiles? Does the Lord God who says ‘Your lamb shall be without blemish [Exs 12:5],’ smile at our second rate, and often bottom-of-the-barrel offerings and says: ‘CUTE KIDS!’” Let’s look at it from a different perspective. How cute is it when a husband or a wife thinks, expects and lives for themselves in deference to and the neglect of the spouse they’re supposed to love? How cute it is when a parent spends the vast majority of their income and time on themselves to the neglect of the child they’re supposed to love and care for? How cute is it when a person will only talk with you when they need you to do something for them? So then the questions must be laid upon us: How cute is it when a believer thinks, expects and lives for themselves in deference to and the neglect of the Lord and Savior they’re suppose to love? How cute it is when a believer spends the vast majority of their income and time on themselves to the neglect of the church they’re supposed to love and care for? How cute is it when […]


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Sharpes celebrate 50 years Joe and Betty Sharpe will celebrate 50 years of marriage on July 28, 2012. They share in this celebration with their children, Tom (Cindy) Sharpe and Christy Sharpe. They also have two beautiful granddaughters, Maggie Marie and Emma Jo Sharpe. Graduating from Greenville High School in 1961, the couple moved to Rockford after marriage and still reside there today. They enjoy motorcycle trips, golfing, camping and sharing laughs with their good friends and family.    

Fegel graduates from EMU

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Tim Fegel II, a 2007 Rockford High School graduate, has graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) with a 3.92 grade-point average. While attending EMU, Fegel was a lab instructor for the geology department and a manager/climbing instructor at Planet Rock Climbing Gym in Ann Arbor. He has received a bachelor of science degree as a professional geologist. Fegel was awarded the 2011-2012 Outstanding Undergraduate for his department at EMU. While attending field camp in Jackson Hole, Wyo. last summer, a geology graduation requirement, through the University of Michigan (U of M), he attained a 4.0 for the class and was nominated to represent U of M with an internship through the United States Geological Survey (USGS). After a process of applications, essays and interviews, Fegel was selected for a paid internship with the USGS that began this past May in Fort Collins, Colo. After completing a five-month contract with the USGS, he will continue this research position with Colorado State University (CSU) and has received a full-ride scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at CSU. Fegel is the son of Tim Sr. and Merribeth Fegel, and grandson of Bill and Barbara Brillinger and Bill and Paula Fegel, all Rockford residents.

OBITUARIES — James Coleman

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Coleman            Mr. James Francis “Cy” Coleman, passed away Monday, July 16, 2012, eight days after his 77th birthday. A charming, gregarious young man, he excelled in basketball, baseball and golf. Jim lit up the small town of Belvedere , Ill., where he pulled pranks and entertained the locals. Before high school, he moved to Wisconsin and developed a deep love of the Wisconsin Badgers. After he served in the Korean War, he met and courted a young lady, named Kay Ziegler and married her. During their 52 years of marriage, they raised five wonderful children; Kelly (Barb), Mike (Tammy), Gary (Jen), Diane (Tom), and Christopher (Lindsay). Carrying on his memories are eight grandchildren, Maddison, Andrew, Mitchell, Margot, Graeme, Alexandra, Jennifer (Kurt), and Joe (Emilie); and five great-grandchildren, Max, Avery, Levi, Noah, and Simon Cole; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathryn “Kay” Coleman on February 15, 2011; and his sister, Marion Sellers. “Cy” will be remembered for his tall tales, quick wit, his love of taking it easy, and his love and loyalty to the Green Bay Packers. The mass of Christian burial for Mr. Coleman was offered on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Louis L. Anderson presiding. Military honors were under the auspices of the U.S. Army with interment in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Salvation Army, 1215 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.

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