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rockford   Year three of the “Praise in the Park” summer series began Sunday evening June 1 at the Garden Park in downtown Rockford.
     The worship team from Grace Fellowship Church in Comstock Park took the stage leading praise songs such as “Jesus, Messiah,” and “Your Great Name.”
   They even passed around lyric sheets for those who wanted to sing along.
     It was a beautiful beginning for the weekly series, which features music from more than a dozen northern Kent County churches and several other Christian artists.
     “We’ve had more interest from churches this year who have asked to be a part of it and we expanded it to 16 weeks,” noted organizer Richard Moll of the Sunday schedule.

Prayer for Grand Rapids

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instepThroughout American history, many revivals have been started by groups of people praying together as they walked through the streets of their city. As they walked, they would ask God to intervene and work in the lives of the people living in the homes, or working in the businessesthey passed.

Recently on a beautiful spring evening, a group of twelve men and women from a local Northeast Side church met in Ah-Nab-Awen Park in Grand Rapids to take a walk together. They took a walk to pray for the City of Grand Rapids.

Film Offers A Revisit to “The Hiding Place”

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hidingplaceIt is not a sequel to the original 1975 feature film. Rather, “Return To The Hiding Place” is a re-telling of the true story of Corrie ten Boom with an expanded look at the Dutch resistance movement of World War II.

Many interested in the story have seen “The Hiding Place,” the decades-old film which featured the tale of ten Boom, known for hiding Jews in her family’s watchmaker shop in Haarlem, Netherlands during the Nazi occupation.

Christians in Business: Business Owners Celebrate 40 Years of God’s Faithful Provisions

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jelThis year, Tom and Micky Jelsema, of Jelsema Concrete, celebrate two major milestones: their fortieth wedding anniversary and forty years of being in business for themselves.

In high school, Tom Jelsema laid concrete with a neighbor, not realizing how God was already opening doors for his future. After a time of service in the military, he returned home and began a concrete apprenticeship. He and a fellow apprentice soon found a steady stream of work and formed a partnership doing flatwork concrete such as replacing driveways, porches and garage floors.

Dean Vander Mey talks about Luke Cyrus Banquet

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Edwin Carpenter (WMCN) recently spoke with Dean Vander Mey of Set Free Ministries regarding an upcoming fund-raiser for SFM.

1.     What is your background Dean?

“I am the executive Director of Set Free Ministries and have been since 2002. I was a business owner for 23 years before that, owning Action Packaging.  I have a wife Share, 7 daughters, 4 son-in-laws & 6 grandchildren.”


2.     What can you tell us about the upcoming event with Luke Cyrus?

Terry's Picks: May 2014

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225-Terrys-Picks-EVENTSWest Michigan Christian web writer Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for area arts and entertainment events of special interest to the West Michigan faith community. Here are three highlights for May.

Christians in Business: Brothers Build Business and Employees

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Vander Ploeg2Brothers Mark and Dave Vander Ploeg, of B&L Bolt, searched over a decade for a business to purchase. Both men had the drive and enthusiasm to build a business and create an environment to nurture employees and help them grow. After looking at nearly sixty companies and having multiple doors close, the brothers set aside the dream of business ownership.

Mark Vander Ploeg took a job with a Fortune 100 company in Pennsylvania. Dave Vander Ploeg continued his work as a civil engineer in West Michigan. The brothers followed these paths, until God began to reignite their dream.

Keith & Kristyn Getty Coming to West Michigan

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 Getty Kris 3    Singer-composer Keith Getty has several suggestions to improve church congregational singing.
     One of them is, “Choose great songs,” said Getty, 39, from his home in Nashville, Tenn.
     “Great songs sing well - just like in a restaurant, it’s better to have a small menu of great meals than a large menu of mediocre ones.”

90 Minutes in Heaven Author Don Piper Speaks at Baker Book House

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Don PiperNew York Times bestselling author Don Piper will be speaking and signing copies of his memoir 90 Minutes in Heaven at Baker Book House on Monday, April 21. Of the myriad of been-to-heaven memoirs published in recent years, Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven is among the most well-loved. Millions of people across the world have read the incredible true story of Piper’s experience with death and life—and in reading it found their own lives changed.

National Day of Prayer 2014

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ndpThe National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. On this day, people of all faiths are encouraged to set time aside to pray for our nation. This year, the National Day of Prayer falls on Thursday, May 1.

The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice, United in Prayer” The verse that was chosen is Romans 15:6, So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The Resistance

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 Eman Diet    Diet Eman, who as a young adult was part of the Dutch Resistance against the Nazis in World War II, had an idea what kind of character should portray her on stage.
     “A spitfire who would fight against injustice,” suggested the Grand Rapids woman, now in her 90s, of the dramatic story.
   And so it will be, as actress Kelsey Merrill has the role of a young Diet in the upcoming production “The Resistance,” opening April 17 at Blythefield Hills Baptist Church in Rockford.

The Faith and Musical Genius of Franz Joseph Haydn

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calFranz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) has been called the father of the symphony and the string quartet. A friend of Mozart and a teacher of Beethoven, Haydn composed in an amazing variety of musical genres—symphonies, string quartets, concerti, operas, keyboard works, and chamber music for churches. His music is as popular today as it was during his lifetime. Calvin Stapert, professor emeritus of music at Calvin College, combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to explore Haydn’s life and music in his new book Playing before the Lord: the Life and Work of Joseph Haydn.

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