The New Chapter Edition

e Edition April 28

Ordination Marks New Chapter in John Smith's Ministerial Life

By Paul R. Kopenkoskey

smith1When he walked into Living Word Christian Center in Southeast Grand Rapids on a recent Sunday afternoon, Dr. John W. Smith's black clergy shirt was unbuttoned at the top. Later, he left the building wearing a clerical collar.

Wearing the collar signals a new chapter not only in Smith's life but also with the presbytery that ordained him and the ministry he now serves under Bishop John Williams.

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Charity Recycling Fair for Good Causes



By Ed Carpenter

A charity event seeking recycling materials is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. at the Corinth Reformed Church, 129 100th St. S.E. in Byron Center. The event requires a $5 entry ticket with the chance to win one of several prizes including a new grill or giant water slide.

The funds raised will go to Zoe Waters, a World Mission project to supply clean drinking water to many people. The funds will benefit the Buist Food Pantry as well.

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Terry's Picks for May


EVENTS2WMCN Terry DeBoer surveys the landscape for the area's faith-based arts, entertainment and conference events over the coming month.

*"Secret Keeper Girl: The Crazy Hair Tour"

*"Things We Couldn't Say" – The stage portrayal of the true-life story of Grand Rapids resident Diet Eman,

*The Heralders Quartet

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The Biggest Problem With Marriages Today


george225By Pastor George Davis

Pastor George Davis of From The Heart Church shares his thoughts on the biggest problem with marriages today

Finance: Dave Says....


Dear Dave,

My wife and I are on Baby Step 3 of your plan. We're also saving up to buy a car with cash. We're about $3,000 away from our goal, but now my wife wants to go ahead and finance the rest. She has started wondering what the difference is in borrowing to buy a car and borrowing to buy a house.


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Etcetera: Do You Have a Story That is to Good Not to be Told?

We have begun a new project entitled Relevant Docs, a new documentary web series that chronicles ordinary people with simple, but extraordinary stories of how they have seen God move in their life. We are looking for everyday personalities who through a simple "coincidence", "random" meeting, saw God's hand move in their life. We believe that through these stories, we see the hand of God in our life and that these stories help others to recognize when God is moving in their lives.

Got a story? Contact us for details!

Final Words:


"God did not create you to fit in. He intends for you to stand out."

Steven Furtick

"To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ."

Colossians 1:27-28





The Gospel in Four Minutes

Catching Up:

In case you missed it last week:

Christian concerts on the way to West Michigan

The biggest mistake Christians make today

A call to prayer


Motorcyclists descend on Holland for Lakeshore Blessing of the Bikes

Faith based ballet company ready for spring gala

Guiding Light Mission aims for lasting recovery with Iron House community

A church divided: Fight continues between supporters and foes of embezzling pastor

Why popular Holland mayor is leaving for the Chicago area

Holland Christian Schools pick new principal after resignations

Pastor to seek Grand Rapids commission seat

6 sound bites from Robert Dean's mayoral kickoff featuring Paul Collins, Rina Baker



Farther Away:

Can a robot write sacred Jewish scriptures?

'A.D: The Bible Continues' has failed to generate the ratings of its predecessor 'The Bible'

Baptist pastors won't hear Ben Carson after young pastors object

Actor found himself doing things that violated his Christian faith. Then, he made a promise to God that changed everything.




Loving parents of all ages - Dan Seaborn

Playing king of the mountian with God - Clare De Graaf

Shalom in the marketplace - Metaxas

Scientists turn to intelligent design - Stonestreet


Upcoming Events:

April 27, Faith-based comedian Jeff Allen

April 28, Pro Symphony Geranium Sale

May 4, An Evening in China

May 8, Pine Rest Seminar Offered on Perinatal Substance Use & the Journey to Wellness

May 14, Things we couldn't say opens

May 16, Laura Story ("Blessings")


May 16, Hope 2015 Conference

May 16, Foreshore Adventure Race

May 18, Pine Rest Foundation Golf Outing To Be Held At Exclusive Wuskowhan Players Club

May 30, "Things We Couldn't Say"

June 5, Southern Gospel Music Concert

June 7, Praise in the Park

June 7 -12, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 20, West Michigan MudVenture 5K

June 21 - 26, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

June 25, Yatec #15

June 25-27, Big Ticket Festival

June 28, Worship On the Waterfront: Mark Shultz

July 5,Worship On the Waterfront: Jaci Velasquez & Nic Gonzales

July 12, Mikeschair

July 12 - 17, Student Statesmanship Institute Summer Program

July 19,Worship On the Waterfront: JJ Heller

July 26,  Josh Wilson - Worship On the Waterfront

August 2, Plumb

August 5 - 8, Unity Christian Music Festival

August 9,Worship on the Waterfront: Down Home Horns

August 16, Jason Gray

August 23,Worship on the Waterfront: Peder Eide

August 30,Worship on the Waterfront: Finding Favour


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