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Habitat recipient "pays it forward"

Habitat recipient "pays it forward"

by Chelsea LaForge

It started when a speck of shingle stone landed in Michael Bradley's eye. Bradley was volunteering as one of Union High School's Habitat builders. While Bill Moerdyk, a Kent County's Habitat for Humanity staff, flushed out Bradley's eye, he made conversation with a few questions for the student. When Bradley talked about where he lives, Moerdyk recognized the street name. Before long it became clear that Michael Bradley was living in a Habitat house. "Yeah, you built my house," he revealed. Moerdyk remembers the mixed emotions well. "Here the poor guy has his head in his hands because of the stone in his eye, and I’m rejoicing."

The Bradley House

Love Collins: Raising Dollars, Pushing the Envelope

Love Collins: Raising Dollars, Pushing the Envelope

By Rachel Melville

Meet Love Collins, III. Appointed as the VP of Development in June of this year at the Van Andel Institute, he has a lot resting on his shoulders. But be assured that his more than 20 years of experience in the areas of capital campaigns, planned giving, annual fund management and donor cultivation for companies and organizations including BellSouth Corporation and the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta have prepared him for the job.

“It was all preparation for what I am doing now,” says Collins when asked about his impressive resume.

G-Sync: At the Intersection of Meijer & Me

G-Sync: At the Intersection of Meijer & Me

By Tommy Allen, Lifestyle Editor

It is odd how they say that death travels in threes and even stranger how true it seems to be. I have a theory that only when faced with a death do we begin to think about death. In Grand Rapids last week, we witnessed three individuals passing that gave all of us pause.

One of the three was Cindy Van Andel, 57, wife of 33 years to Amway Chairman Steve Van Andel. She passed quickly after a battle with illness.  

Another was Martha VanderEyk, 69, who is survived by her partner of 37 years, Leslie Kohn. Martha was one of the founding members of the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus.

And while I have met both Martha and Cindy while living in Grand Rapids, it was the passing of Fred Meijer that really caused me to reflect on the impact this man, whether directly or indirectly, had on my life.

Aquinas College: The First 125 Years

Aquinas College: The First 125 Years

Dominican Center at Marywood is hosting a free lecture and book signing tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m., featuring local professor and author Gary Eberle. The topic is his newest publication, Aquinas College: The First 125 Years, which explores the bold spirit and history of a Michigan educational institution that has shaped and inspired young minds for generations. Eberle illuminates the faces and stories of those whose lives have shaped Aquinas College.

Join Eberle for a presentation of the highlights of his book, set to vintage photographs and media. Mr. Eberle's book will be available for purchase at Dominican Center at Marywood - 2025 East Fulton Street in the lower level of the main Marywood building. Free parking is available off Lakeside Drive, NE, north of Fulton Street.

Sheriff Stelma to Serve as Past President Michigan Sheriffs’ Asociation 2012 Board of Directors

Sheriff Stelma to Serve as Past President Michigan Sheriffs’ Asociation 2012 Board of Directors

Lansing – The Michigan Sheriffs’ Association announces that current President, Sheriff Lawrence A. Stelma of Kent County, will serve as the Past President of its Board of Directors for the 2012 term, which begins January 1.  Stelma will serve as counsel to the incoming President, Leelanau County Sheriff Michael F. Oltersdorf.

“The Board of Directors represents the core values of this organization,” said Michigan Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Terrence L. Jungel. “Their leadership comes at an important time in the Association’s and state’s history, when all of our budgets have been stretched to the breaking point.  Their contributions will continue to have an impact for years to come.”

Moral Objections to the Old Testament

Moral Objections to the Old Testament

Today's atheists are claiming that the Old Testament is immoral: isn't the command that people should kill in God's name similar to Islamic jihad? Isn't the destruction of the Canaanites like the genocide in Rwanda? Doesn't the Old Testament allow people to be bought and sold as slaves--something we know to be wrong? So how can this be a holy book?

This session will aim to tackle head-on the very toughest objections to the Old Testament today and will equip Christians to become more confident in defending their faith.

When: Tuesday evening, Oct. 4, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Where: NorthPointe Christian High School 3101 Leonard St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (616)942-0363

Who: The public is welcome to attend.

Cost: FREE

RSVP your name and how many will be attending to events@npchristian.org.