Pastor Ken Schroth of the Tonto Village Chapel regretfully announced that he would be leaving our small chapel. Pastor Ken's last sermon will be Sunday, May 29. Pastor Ken has felt the call to evangelism to spread the good Word and he will be traveling around the state.
The congregation is very sad to see Pastor Ken leave our community. He will be sorely missed, particularly by the youth of the church.
We all wish him nothing but the best.
A farewell barbecue luncheon is being tentatively planned for after church services on Sunday, May 29. The time and other details will be announced in this column next week.
Church services will still be conducted after Pastor Ken has started on his new journey for Christ. There will be interim pastors until a permanent pastor is selected.
The chapel's youth group will also continue throughout the summer on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m. with games, refreshments, movies and Bible lessons. The youth group is for all ages. Call Rita Spalink at (928) 478-0442 for more information.
Vacation Bible School will be getting under way the early part of June. The theme this year is called the "Serengeti Trek where kids are wild about God." Rita is the coordinator again this year, so call her if you would like to participate or volunteer some of your time for this fun event.
The date in June has not yet been set, it will appear in this column next week.
I received an e-mail from Bob and Ruth Winchester this week announcing a Memorial Day Flag Ceremony to honor all veterans and patriotic Americans at this annual event. It will be held at 8 a.m., Sunday, May 29 in Meads Ranch at the Winchester cabin, lot 51.
A complimentary continental breakfast will also be offered after the ceremony. Since this month is Armed Forces Month, this is a great way to show your appreciation to all of our servicemen and women who put their own lives in harm's way for us.
Please come and show your appreciation for what all the branches of the armed services do for us.
Tonto Village Fire District
Do not forget the fire board meeting this Saturday, May 21, starting at 10 a.m. at the fire station. The meeting is open to the public and your comments are appreciated.
The Tonto Village Fire Sirens Auxiliary will be holding a bake sale Saturday, May 28 in conjunction with the pancake breakfast sponsored by the Fire Belles Auxiliary of the Christopher Creek Fire Department. Pancakes start cooking at 8 a.m. and continue until about 10 a.m. Fire Chief Larson will be flipping the pancakes. Our auxiliary needs your support by donating to the bake sale. One of the auxiliary members will pick up your donation. Call Diane Ham at (928) 478-4044, Phyllis Mullen at (928) 478-4842 or Janet Snyder at (928) 478-4575. Any type of baked goods will be gladly accepted. The proceeds will go to supplement the fire department emergency vehicle's disposable supplies.
Bo Douglas was the top winner of the Sunday pool games. Kara Shaw and Phyllis Mullen shot for second and third place. In addition to the regular money winnings for the three winners, Ethel Cain is adding another $10 to the pot of winnings. Chalk up those cue sticks and try your luck. Play gets under way about 3 p.m. at the Double D.
Grant Coley of Tonto Village II celebrates his big day on May 25. I don't know how many candles he will need on his cake this year, but I do know that he qualifies for Social Security. Grant has retired from his own insurance business and is now making an appearance at Foxworth checking invoices part time.
Mike Preston of Tonto Village III will also have his big day on May 25. Mike is very active in helping to clear the perimeter of Tonto Village of dead trees and brush. We really appreciate all of your hard work for our benefit, Mike.
Be Fire Wise
This month kicks off the summer season for most of us and for our part-time residents in the village and the surrounding areas. Please take extra precautions when cleaning up your properties. Wild fires can start in a heartbeat, so it may be a good idea to call the fire station and make sure that if you intend to burn brush, that it would be safe to do so. Also take extra care in driving on the roads around the village. There are many young people who are riding bikes and are not paying too much attention to traffic. Take it extra slowly when traveling though the village.