This past Saturday, 32 women attended the Ladies Annual Retreat at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church. They were very fortunate to have Deidre Bobgan speak to the ladies three times during the day. She spoke first on "Struggles of the Christian Life," second on "We are in the world, but not of the world" and third on "Ministering to each other through trials."
The ladies were led in prayer by Susan Hepworth, Eileen Kittock and Judy Snively.
There was a delicious salad luncheon for everyone to enjoy and then they were ready for a walk through Christopher Creek, led by Lois Jones.
Betty Starr led them in making a wonderful craft. They learned how to design flip-flops by using some fluffy yarn or fabric.
They sang some beautiful hymns that were led by Rita Quay and Ella Slaughter.
Every year for the retreat, Bianca Malmin brings along her distinct talent for decorating and table setting and makes the chapel beautiful. This year, she had some help from Eillen Kittock, Betty Starr, Laura Bierwirth and Pat Guevara.
All the ladies were so blessed to have Rita Quay play on the piano a beautiful rendition of "Jesus, Name above all Names" and "Oh How I Love Jesus."
Once again, the Ladies Retreat was able to inspire 32 women and give them some wonderful testimonies, and lessons to carry through until next year.
Which, by the way, can't come soon enough for the ladies.
Chile dog lunch
The Firebelles will have a chile dog lunch and bake sale this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will also be serving ice cream.
The Firebelles would appreciate any donation ofaked goods from the community for the bake sale and you can drop them off before 11 a.m. Saturday.
All proceeds benefit the Firebelles' education fund, which finances continuing education for the fire department.
This weekend is the annual melodrama at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Apple Lane. If you don't have a ticket, you need to call (928) 478-4008 now, because even though the tickets are free, they are going fast, and you need a ticket to get in. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sam Rottman performance
Come out Sunday, July 1, to the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church and enjoy hearing Sam Rottman in concert at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday services start at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck. Please bring along your favorite dish to share and enjoy some delicious food and a great piano concert.
It is extremely dry outside. Do not forget the fire restrictions. Outside, open fires are prohibited, as is charcoal. No smoking outside. Did you know that more than 50 percent of fires are human caused?
So, be extremely careful when you are outside for our forest is bone dry.
The Fourth of July is almost upon us. Fireworks are illegal, but for some reason that doesn't stop some people from being
foolish. It would not take much to start a forest fire. Use extreme caution when outside. If you want some excitement over the weekend, go to the Fourth of July celebration in Payson.
Every year, I take my daughter in to watch the fireworks. Take along a blanket or folding chair, sit back and watch the magnificent display of fireworks over Green Valley Lake. You will not be disappointed. They put on a wonderful show.
There are also fun activities going on throughout the day for the children. Keep it legal and safe.
Christopher Creek residents celebrating a birthday in July include: July 5 -- Diane Ruman, July 8 -- Don Rhodes, July 9 --Patty Boeschling, July 14 -- Amy Ronn, July 24 -- Margie Larsen, and John Heacock, July 25 -- Bianca Malmin and Debbie Aschbrenner, July 29 -- Rebecca Jones, and Dewey Malmin, and July 30 -- Steve Sundra. Wishing all of you a Happy Birthday.