Manor & Villages Blog

Sep 19,2019 | Betty Epperly


When St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Monroe, Michigan was built in1812, leaders placed significant items in its hollowed-out cornerstone, including a hand-written sermon, a hymn book, a list of church members, and church leaders’ writings about congregational life. At the church’s 200thanniversary in 2012,this time capsule was opened. Among those present were former members…

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Sep 16,2019 | Betty Epperly

Precious Freedom

Dirk and Elisabeth Gootjes and their family lived in Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands during World War II. Every night they drew the blackout curtains; then they waited. If they heard a certain pattern of taps on a window, they opened the door for Dutch Resistance workers. They listened to updates about the war from England on…

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Sep 05,2019 | Betty Epperly

A Cord of Three Strands

As Marv and Joy (Carrick) Poelman can attest, sometimes God places special people in our lives just when we need them. Although their upbringings were different, they noticed qualities in one another that drew them together, and their steadfast love has spanned almost seven decades. Joy’s mother died of cancer the day before Christmas in…

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May 07,2019 | Betty Epperly

Family Reunion

Martin and Beana Faber had six children in seven years. The first five were born a year apart, all in April. Two of them even share the same birthday. Today, the five oldest Faber siblings are together again under the same roof of Sunset. The Fabers grew up in McBain, Michigan, a rural area about…

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Feb 20,2019 | Betty Epperly

God’s Tools

As a Calvinist Cadet counselor for 20 years, Arie Verkaik sang the Cadet theme song, “Living For Jesus,” often, and it is still his favorite song: Living for Jesus, a life that is true, Striving to please Him in all that I do; Yielding allegiance, glad-hearted and free, This is the pathway of blessing for…

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Feb 18,2019 | Sheila Carney

Praying for each other

When Vice President and COO Chris Matzke’s husband was diagnosed with a devastating disease, volunteers, residents, staff, and families came together to pray for them. “They had in their lobby, for the whole fourteen hours he was in surgery, a prayer center set up. And so, each time somebody came up, they would say a…

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Aug 14,2018 | Betty Epperly

God’s Faithfulness Through Generations

Years before Hazel Coy moved to Sunset Village, her granddaughter Taylor Nysse was a faithful Sunset volunteer. After Taylor graduated from Jenison High School in 1999, she participated in Community-Based Instruction (CBI) and received job training at various locations including a greenhouse, a preschool, and Sunset Manor & Villages. Taylor knew right away that Sunset…

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Jun 22,2018 | Betty Epperly

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

Maury Lehmann had an early start in the Christian music industry. Born on March 23, 1924 in Chicago, his father and brother were choir directors and his sister was an accomplished pianist. During the Great Depression, his father had a steady job with Lorenz Publishing Company, which specialized in music materials. Maury helped his father…

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May 17,2018 | Betty Epperly

A Full Heart

“God has been so good,” Lee Bakker reflected on his life of blessing and trial.  Lee married Lois, his high school sweetheart, while on 30-day furlough from the hospital during WWII.  He and Lois lived in Wellsburg, Iowa where they raised four boys.  We were and are so proud of our boys. Lee found himself…

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May 06,2018 | Dr. Dan Gowdy

The Secret is Love

Agnes (Roelofs) Fish, Sunset’s cook for almost 29 years, finds her job deeply meaningful. “Sharing food is fellowship,” she says. “It’s a gathering of the people.” As a child, Agnes lived with her parents and four siblings on a dairy farm in Lowell, Michigan. She says, “We worked long hours, but there was a goodness…

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