One of the many advantages of living in this slice of bipeninsular paradise is the close proximity and access to the North Country Trail that meanders its way through our area providing miles of enticing walkways.
As hiking continues to grow in popularity, so does the need for resources to maintain the natural beauty of the trails.
Here’s a message from our friends at NCTA:
The NCTA Western Michigan Chapter invites you to get involved!
The annual My NCT Membership Drive runs for the entire month of September. During My NCT, all new and renewed Chapter memberships are being matched dollar for dollar up to $25,000, thanks to the generosity of four North Country Trail Association members. Those who choose to join or renew at the following levels can receive one-of-a-kind NCTA hiking essentials:
Membership provides valuable volunteer and planning resources to build, maintain, protect, and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail. Every mile of the Trail is cared for by local volunteer Chapters and Affiliate organizations.
The North Country Trail Association launched the My NCT Membership Drive in 2020 to bring art and nature together. My NCT incorporates the promotion of the North Country National Scenic Trail and the Association through an artist’s visual interpretation of it.
Learn more at northcountrytrail.org/mynct.
Join or renew at northcountrytrail.org/join-renew.
“It Renewed My Hope”
GriefShare program begins September 6th
By Pam Breuker
N3: This article was written by Ms. Breuker a few years ago and has been updated with current information
Back in 2011, a program called GriefShare started at First Christian Reformed Church in Fremont. At that time we felt that there was a void in the church and community for those who are grieving. Grief can leave many unresolved issues in a death.
Thus, we discovered there was a need to provide a grief recovery ministry from a biblical perspective. Together, with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we started a GriefShare ministry for the community. GriefShare, centered on a 13-week video series titled “Your Journey from Mourning to Joy”, provides that Christ-centered perspective on grieving.
We have run the video series nearly 20 times since then and have been so encouraged by comments from participants. We share a couple of those here.
One participant said: “Thank you for being the host church for the GriefShare program. This program has helped me so much. It has been 5 months since my husband’s death and with these classes and great facilitators, I feel God is leading me on a path of understanding and maybe even a little joy.”
Another one said: “After my husband passed in August, I did not have a hopeful future. I did not know how to move forward without him. Then I participated in your GriefShare class. It renewed my hope and deepened my faith in Christ. My life focus has shifted. I will forever be grateful for the help I got through GriefShare!”
We have been so blessed to have our church be a support to this program. God has shown His hand through each session. We never know how many we will have, but we leave that entirely in God’s hands and He has never disappointed us yet.
We are preparing to start our next series on September 6, 2022. If you know of anyone who is searching because of a death, please share this information and have them give us a call. We are happy to explain things further.
Please pray for God to lead the hurting people to GriefShare as we begin this journey again in September.
With a short riff on relationships
"All your insecurities, all the dirty laundry never made me blink one time."- Katy Perry, Unconditionally
We all got baggage.
I mean, seriously, whether you are getting married in your early 20’s for the first time or maybe giving it another go in your 40’s, 50’s or beyond, you bring along a suitcase or three filled with your life experiences, prior relationships, family upbringing, and personal idiosyncrasies just to name a few items.
Who we are and why we are who we are remain major parts of the package. For both people involved. We bring it all in as a kind of dowry of sorts so when we buy into a relationship it’s an ‘as is’ proposition not a fixer-upper.
Not to say marriage doesn’t change us. Hopefully we want to be the best person we can for our loved one and that may involve altering or modifying some of our old ways a tad. But changes, even small ones, can be pretty challenging to say the least.
These folks below who signed on at the clerk’s office to put the stamp of commitment on their relationship likely know each other as few if any others do.
And it looks like that despite all they know, or maybe because of it, they apparently haven't blinked.
Alex Bullock, Grand Rapids & Paisley Martin, White Cloud
Travis Allen White, White Cloud & Mackenzie Leigh Rountree, Cedar Springs
Jeffrey Hoad, Hesperia & Madelynne Sargent, White Cloud
Tammy Lynn Meeuwenberg, Fremont & Dale Austin Myers, Fremont
Zachary Cantu, White Cloud & Sara Trudgeon, White Cloud
Danielle Acton, Ensley Center & Keith Soules, Ensley Center
Come to me as you are
Don’t need apologies
I'll take your bad days with your good
Walk through the storm, I would
I do it all because I love you”- Katy Perry, Unconditional
New Digs For MSUX
MSU Extension Newaygo office relocated
Fremont, Mich. -- The Michigan State University Extension Serving Newaygo county has relocated to the Educational Service Center building owned by Newaygo County Regional Educational Service Agency (NC RESA), in Fremont. Due to the sale of the Regional Center for AgriScience and Career Advancement (RCASCA), formerly known as the Providence High School campus, Extension Services was forced to move, and has now secured space that will allow them to continue to effectively serve the needs of Newaygo County.
The new location will allow MSU Extension to continue a history of over 100 years serving the communities within Newaygo County through a broad selection of programs and services ranging from 4-H youth programming, to supporting various agricultural sectors, providing environmental education, community health and nutrition education, and much more.
“We are excited to continue our relationship with NC RESA and appreciate that the relocation will allow us to be easily accessible to the public, and to be settled in a professional environment. From selling soil test kits, to answering calls about spongy moths, it is essential that the public can easily connect with MSU Extension services and staff”, MSU Extension District Director James Kelly shared. The office phone numbers and email address remain the same, but any visitors or correspondence should now be directed to 4747 W. 48th St. Fremont, MI 49412.
MSU Extension provides essential educational programs that address critical needs for county residents, industries and communities in the areas of 4-H youth development, community and economic development, agriculture and natural resources, and numerous programs to support children, youth, families and communities.
The new Newaygo County office will be open to walk-in traffic from 8am-4:00pm Wednesday – Friday, and by appointment only on Monday and Tuesday. The telephone number is 231-924-0500. Additional information may be found on the MSU Extension Web site at www.msue.msu.edu.