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Retirement celebration scheduled for Central Christian pastor

Robert Baird, pastor of Central Christian Church of Payson (formerly Payson Christian Church), has retired from the preaching ministry after 62 years. This is the fourth time Baird has retired and he said he "hopes that this time it sticks."

A celebration to commemorate Baird's service will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Masonic Lodge dining room, 200 East Rancho Road. All friends, family and associates are invited to stop by and convey their good wishes and congratulations for his many years of service. Refreshments of cake and hot/cold drinks will be served.

Baird graduated from San Jose Bible College, in San Jose, Calif. in 1948, however he actually started his ministerial career at a small congregation while still a sophomore in college.

After graduating, he served as pastor of a church in Grants Pass, Ore., where he married Margaret Taylor, his wife of 55 years. His loving wife passed away shortly after their anniversary in 2003. He is blessed with five children and eight grandchildren.

Baird has had a distinguished career in the ministry, having served 10 different churches in five different states, including the last 10 years in Payson. He plans to keep busy "serving God and my wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ," in any way he can. He will continue to drive to Globe each Thursday to conduct Bible study classes.

Inspirational seminar

Hear profoundly powerful guides and inspirations that will change your life at a seminar entitled "Inspiring Guides to a New Life." Come be delighted by Vernon Howard's insights from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 18 at the New Life Foundation, Healing Pines Lane, 5067 N. Highway 87 in Strawberry.

Admission is a $3 donation to this event sponsored by the nonprofit New Life Foundation. For more information, call (928) 476-3224, e-mail info@anewlife.org or online visit www.anewlife.org.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving service at Methodist Church

For several years, and throughout the year, the following faith communities gather for an Ecumenical worship service (Thanksgiving, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, etc.) The offering is always designated to a community outreach program. The churches include: Payson United Methodist, St. Paul's Episcopal, Mt. Cross Lutheran, and Community Presbyterian.

The 2007 Ecumenical Thanksgiving service is at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 at Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. The offering will benefit Payson Helping Payson. For more information, call Rev. David Rennick at (982) 474-0485.

Artisans wanted

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness is seeking artists to donate and/or sell their art at a benefit for the Center. The art show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1. Contact Maryann Gardener at (928) 474-9513 for details.

St. Philip the Apostle classes

Classes are being formed for those interested in studying the tenets of the Catholic faith either to become part of the Catholic community, or to return to their Catholic roots after a long absence.

Please call Judith Carroll at (928) 474-3202, the Religious Education Office, or (928) 474-2392, the rectory office to leave a message; or e-mail jcarroll@stphilippayson.org.

A weekly class schedule will be set at the most convenient time for all students.

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