11-07-2019 Murrays celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary; Salem Lutheran concludes 100 year celebration


THESE KUTE KIDS ARE… Madison, 15-year-old sophomore and a cheerleader at WHS, Allyse, 7-year-old 1st grader at South School, and Amya, 13-year-old 8th grader at Watervliet Middle School. They are the daughters of Crystal Cartwright and granddaughters of Mary Beth and Lyle Gurd of Watervliet and the late Gordie Cartwright. They are also the granddaughters of George and Mary Harvell of Benton Harbor.


Murrays celebrate 50th Wedding Anniversary

George and Cherylene Murray will celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Nov. 22, 2019. George Murray and the former Cherylene Duncan were married at St. John’s Catholic Church in Riverside, California in 1969. They were blessed with three children – Traci, Joy (deceased) and Jeff.

Salem Lutheran concludes 100 year celebration Sunday with special service and dinner

Salem Lutheran Church at 275 Marvin St. in Coloma comes to the end of their 100-year celebration. This Sunday, November 10, will start with a guest organist James Hoyt Gladstone. Gladstone is a native of Marshall, Michigan and is a graduate of Concordia University, Chicago. At Concordia University he sang in the Kapelle Choir on an Around-the-World tour singing benefit concerts for various Lutheran missionaries. He spent a summer studying the Great Pipe Organs of Europe. Gladstone has served as canter at a number of Lutheran churches as well as Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Joseph. He taught Pipe Organ at Lake Michigan College, where Mary Spaulding was one of his students, and sang in the Lakeland Choral Society. In retirement, he assists as organist and accompanist at the Church of St. Lorenz in Frankenmuth, Michigan. Rev. Galan Walther will be speaking at Salem Lutheran’s Celebration Service on Sunday. He graduated from Concordia in St. Louis and continued his education at Concordia in River Forest, Illinois. He first served at Trinity Lutheran in St. Joseph. Rev. Walther is Assistant to the President Congregation Mission and Ministries Southwest and Thumb Zones, Family Ministries. The congregation is looking forward to hearing his message. The 100-year celebration will end with a dinner Sunday evening with many members and former members having reserved attendances. A number of area pastors have been invited to share in this celebration dinner and to say a few words. The church is pleased with their acceptance. This has been a very special year for Salem and the many members wish to thank our community for their best wishes.