September 23 2010

Weddings — September 23, 2010

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Eilers-Bond The wedding of Stephanie Arlene Bond and Matthew Eilers took place on June 19, 2010 at St. Anthony of Padula Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Stephanie, the daughter of Tammy and Robert Bond Junior of Rockford, is a 2005 graduate of Rockford High School and a 2010 graduate of University of Detroit Mercy. She is employed by Grand Rapids Allergy. Matthew, the son of David and Debbie Eilers of Waverly, Tenn. and Jane and Richard Kritzman of Whitehall, is a 2001 graduate of Whitehall High School and a 2007 graduate of Ferris State University. He is employed by USA Financial. Maid of honor was Brittnie Bond. Bridesmaids were Alyson Coe, Rhiannon Bierenga and Kristene Vander Zouwen. Junior bridesmaid was Emily Bond. Best man was Steve Eilers. Groomsmen were Robert Bond III, Brian Bierenga, Mike Hathaway and Eric Garlinger. Ushers were Cameron Weston and Joe Alvesteffer. The couple honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico and currently reside in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Obituaries — September 23, 2010

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Hall Mrs. Pamela K. Hall, age 50, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 14, 2010. She was born in Germany while her father, Allen Sharum, was stationed there. Pam grew up with her mother and brother in Flushing, Mich. She was a graduate of Flushing Christian High School where she sang in the school choir and worked part-time at Meijer in order to help her family. Pam met Bruce when attending the college-age Sunday School Class at North Park Baptist Church. After a loving courtship that included a visit to Cornerstone College, they were married on October 4, 1980 in Flushing. Pam loved to be with people and had that social butterfly personality. Her children have many special memories of being part of the events at West Cannon Baptist Church. As a family, they were part of the “fabric” of the church. Pam sang in the choir, was part of the ladies trio, and occasionally sang a duet with Bruce. Even though the children had many directions to go, every Wednesday night and Sunday were reserved for church. Pam was a member of the Home Builders Sunday School class and was honored to have the privilege of leading her family and others to the Lord. Several years ago, Pam rededicated her life to Christ, was baptized, and gave her personal testimony with her husband and children beaming with pride. “Mema” was the most wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother. Pam is survived by her loving husband and companion, Bruce; children, Rachel Leigh and Patrick McCulloch of Comstock Park, Bruce Adam Hall of Rockford, Ashley Elizabeth and Zach Neymeiyer of Wyoming, and Private Ryan Michael Hall serving with the Michigan National Guard; grandchildren, Madison Rae McCulloch, Bryson Alan McCulloch; and mother-in-law, Mrs. Nancy Kramer. She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Gloria Sharum, and her brother, Timothy Sharum. The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ for Pam was Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at West Cannon Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Crawford officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider West Cannon Baptist Church Choir. Arrangements were made by Pederson […]

Rockford Register — September 23, 2010

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Tues., through Nov. 2 Pajama Storytime—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library. For families who can’t come to the library during the day. Pajama Storytime offers an evening of stories and fun. Bring your teddy bear or other snuggly friend; pajamas optional. For children ages 3 to 6.  Wed., through Nov. 3 Toddler Time—10 to 11 a.m. at Krause Memorial Library. Nurture your toddler’s love of books through music, movement and storieswhile helping to develop his or her language, motor and social skills. For children ages 3 and under with a caregiver  Thur., September 23 Rockford Lions Club Meeting—6 p.m. social, 6:30 dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Cabin. Meetings held every second and fourth Thursday of each month. For more information please contact Lion Dianna Robach at (616) 866-1760. Meet The Author: Tom Rademacher—6:30 p.m. at Krause Memorial Library. Tom Rademacher, a local Rockford author, will talk about his book, “Splitting Wood,” a compilation of his columns in the Grand Rapids Press. Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going back to the library. The author will sign books and answer questions. Registration is required and participation is limited. Fri.–Sat., Sept. 24–25 2nd Annual Harvest on the Ridge—hosted by Sparta Chamber of Commerce, celebrating hardworking farming families representing the most fertile apple country in the nation. More information may be found online at Fri.–Sun., Sept. 24–26 Annual Rockford Rotary Chicken BBQ Dinner— Friday from noon-8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford. Enjoy chicken, baked beans, potato salad and a beverage for $9. Curbside service is available as well as dining at the Pavilion. Proceeds go toward improvements to the Pavilion such as doors, heat, paint, and new roofing. Please visit for more information. Sat., September 25 Low-Cost Microchip Clinic for Pets—noon to 3 p.m. at the Kent County Animal Shelter, 740 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids. Shelter staff will implant the microchip for $20 per pet. No appointment necessary; based on first-come, first-served. Dogs must be on a leash; cats in a carrier. Dogs must be licensed, or licenses may be purchased at time of microchip implantation—owner ID, proof of […]

A Message for You — September 23, 2010

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Move with your fire by PASTOR JEFF WILLIAMS Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church In the early days of the Tennessee Valley Project, a dilapidated log homestead had to be abandoned to make room for a lake behind the dam. A new home on the hillside had already been built for the cabin’s family, but they refused to move. The day of the flooding arrived and as the bulldozers were brought in, the family brought out their shotguns. A social worker was called in as a last-ditch effort to talk with the family. After hearing them repeat their refusal to move, the social worker pleaded with them, “Help me to explain to the authorities why you won’t move in to your beautiful new home.” “See that fire over there?” the man asked, pointing to a blazing fire in the primitive hearth of the log cottage. “My grandpa built that fire over a hundred years ago,” the man explained. “He never let it go out, for he had no matches and it was a long way to a neighbor’s. Then my pa tended the fire, and since he died, I’ve tended it. None of us ever let it die, and I ain’t a-goin’ to move away now and let grandpa’s fire go out!” This gave the social worker an idea and she arranged for a large apple butter kettle to be delivered. She explained that the family could scoop up the live coals and carry them to the new home, pour them out, and add fresh kindling. With that possibility the family agreed to move. But they wouldn’t budge—until they could take with them the fire of their ancestors (by Leonard Sweet, “A Cup of Coffee at the SoulCafe”). We get attached to places. And when we further attach relationships and activities with those places, they become even more important and we feel even more threatened by potential moves. When change is proposed or chosen by someone else, we can’t imagine leaving our current location. How will we function in a new place? What a graceful, creative invitation to think that we can take what is most important with us! The ability to move our fire and add fresh kindling in a new location means we can respond […]

Mayor ‘Chi Chi’ Rogers to speak at North Kent Toastmasters open house

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North Kent Community Toastmasters is pleased to announce that Rockford Mayor Janiece “Chi Chi” Rogers will be keynote speaker at the club’s open house on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free event, which will take place at Prudential Preferred Realtors, 502 Northland Dr. NE (at 11 Mile Rd.), Rockford. The open house provides an opportunity for members of the community to learn about Toastmasters and how it can help those who are interested in learning effective communication skills to build self-confidence and interpersonal relationships. Guests have an opportunity to learn about the club and ask questions of the mayor. Rogers is a former Toastmaster. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP at (616) 560-4726, but walk-ins are welcome as well. North Kent Community Toastmasters chapter #3442 meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 7 to 8:45 p.m., at Prudential Preferred Realtors in Rockford. The chapter website is

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