In the Beginning by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER North Kent Bible Church “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Hopefully these words are familiar to you. They are the first two sentences of the Declaration of Independence. These words begin the document that marked the establishment of our great nation. What great boldness and truth we find here. Notice in both sentences God is clearly spoken of as “nature’s God” and “Creator.” God is portrayed as the one who entitles one people to assume their separate and equal station among the powers of the earth. He is also the one who has endowed all men with certain unalienable rights. Our nation’s founders saw God as the one who has given us the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This is in line with what the Bible says as well. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Also, the first part of Acts 17:28 says, “For in him we live and move and have our being.” God is our Creator and we have our existence and unalienable rights because of Him. We are blessed to live in a nation in which our founding fathers recognized God as Creator and giver of our rights. We are blessed to be able to follow their example in this and live by that same set of beliefs that they did.
July 28 2011
Terranova Mrs. Elsie Charlene Terranova, age 75, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The daughter of Mike and Doris Rayce, she grew up in Cedar Springs and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School class of 1954, where she served on the Yearbook Committee, participated in Drama Club productions, and was in the Red Flannel Day Court. Charlene attended Grand Rapids Community College and earned her associates degree in 1956. She married Alexander Terranova Jr. on August 22, 1958, and moved to Big Rapids, where their first child, Douglas, was born. In 1962 they moved to Spring Lake, where Denise and Steven were born, and she became a full-time mother. Moving to Muscatine, Iowa in 1971, Charlene went back to college. After mastering Spanish, she taught English to migrant workers’ children during the summer. In 1977 they moved to Grafton, Wis., where she adopted both the Brewers and Packers. She worked for the State Department of Social Services, and in the late ‘70s wrote a paper on child care licensing that was eventually adopted by the state. After moving to Rockford in 1987, she became a member of the Rockford United Methodist Church, where, along with Eileen Torrey, she started the Appalachian Service Project trips. She also served as counselor at Pentwater Methodist Church Camp. Charlene considered her greatest accomplishment being a Godly wife and mother, crediting her parents for setting a fine example. She was an avid sports fan who enjoyed attending Detroit Tigers and Grand Rapids Whitecaps baseball games, Detroit Lions football games, and all Rockford Rams sporting events. Summers found her on Bois Blanc Island, Mich. at the family cottage. Charlene is survived by her loving husband, Alex; children, Doug and Will Ann Terranova of Kaufman, Texas, Denise and Lewis Siegel of Otsego, Mich., and Steve and Laurie Terranova of Belmont; 11 grandchildren; sister and brothers, Susan and Roger Miller of Cheboygan, Mich., Bruce and Carey Rayce of Midland, Mich., and Bob and Kirsten Rayce of Denmark. The service for Mrs. Terranova was on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Rockford United Methodist Church with Pastor Dick Riley, Pastor Jan Rogacki and Pastor Laurel TenHaven-Chapman officiating. Those planning an […]
Hales Matthew Kevin Hales, age 27, of Greenville, N.C. and formerly of Rockford, returned to Heaven as an angel on July 20, 2011. He was born on July 31, 1983 to Mark and Tracy (Root) Hales. Matt was taken from family and friends in a tragic car accident in Greenville, N.C. He had already survived a near-fatal car accident on June 3, 2000, therefore, he had an appreciation for life that few others had. Matt was a 2002 graduate of Rockford High School, attended Aquinas College and received his B.S. degree from Grand Valley State University in 2006. He was a specialty sales representative for Shionogi Pharma Inc. Matt wanted to change lives and make the world a better place, and he did in the way he lived, worked and loved. He was very proud of his political blog, Bookworm Patriots, to which he invested much time and passion. His sense of humor was infectious. Matt gave of himself often to those in need and the homeless. A bigger heart one would not find. Stephanie was not only his wife, but also his best friend. Matt adored his children, and they were his world; his everything. Matt’s multitude of friends and family loved him because of the kind, selfless, inspirational person he was, and because he in turn loved them all so dearly. Matt’s passing will leave an ache in the hearts of his family and friends. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Greenville, N.C. and a former member of Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Rockford. Matt is survived by his wife, Stephanie (Cole) Hales; his son, Noah Matthew; his daughter, Chloe Marcella; parents, Mark and Tracy (Root) Hales; his brother, Tom Hales; his sister, Kristen Hales; his grandparents, Glenn and Marlene Hales, and Jerry and Sandy Root; his mother-in-law, Sue Livingston; his father-in-law, Pat Cole; his brother-in-law, Jeff Cole; aunts, uncles and cousins; and many other friends and family Matt held close to his heart. The mass of Christian burial for Matt was offered at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church with the Rev. Tom Page presiding. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. The Rosary was prayed at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the […]
Benham Happy Birthday, Charlie D. Benham, July 30, 1969 to April 20, 2008, On your 40th birthday. In loving memory of you. Hope your birthday with God is great. We wish you a Happy Birthday. From mom and dad, Taylor, Trevor, your brothers and sisters, and all your friends. We miss your smile on your face. Our hearts ache!