Thirty-seven women attended the Ninth Annual Ladies Retreat last Wednesday at Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship. This year's event was coordinated by Pat Guevara and led by Jane Johnston and this year's theme was Spiritual Discipline. Pat Guevara shared her intimacy with God to the ladies, as she has recently recovered from an illness.
Pat said she is extremely grateful for her loving sisters in Christ, for their prayers, support and encouragement, and she was thankful to God that she was even able to attend this year.
Susan Hepworth led all the ladies in prayer.
Teresa Purtee taught this year on "Woman Made for Happiness." Anne Kilbourne, Kathy Mason, Donna Adams and Grace McGill shared from their journals given to the ladies last year and making it special was Jane Johnston, who gave her testimony.
The ladies had a fun time meeting their Special Friend for the year, led by Kathy Mason. Every year the ladies are paired up with each other where they get acquainted with another person throughout the year and keep them in their prayers.
The decorations this year were beautiful Christmas-in-October decorations made by Bianca Malmin, with the help of Betty Star, Laura Bierwirth, PJ Hidde and Eilleen Kittock. Ten of the beautiful centerpieces made by these ladies were given away in drawings.
The salad luncheon was a big success, for all the food was delicious, as usual. Donations were very much appreciated from Oasis Christian Books & Gifts and beautiful hemstitched crosses made by Laura Bierwirth were given to each lady and Jo Heard donated Merle Norman hand lotion. Thanks, ladies.
Out of the 37 ladies, 12 continued their fellowship with dinner at the chapel, which was organized and prepared by Bianca Malmin, Laura Bierwirth and Betty Starr. Ten of the ladies enjoyed further fellowship and a lot of fun, as they slept overnight at the chapel and ate breakfast together.
This year was special, because the ladies received many blessings, especially as the individual speakers touched all their hearts with their own personal testimonies.
This has become such a special retreat and has grown so much that the ladies are trying to figure how to make next year even better.
Creek turns orange
I am seeing a little more orange going up in Christopher Creek.
Margo and Steve Fish have some really cute orange lights on their place on Columbine Road and Rose Ann Self has her place all decorated for the little ones. Ralph and Dottie Christofferson of Hunter Creek have some lights and displays going on there place and we made another trip up Friendly Elk Road to see Caren and Sam Seay's place and believe it or not, they are still decorating. It's wonderful!
I love all the displays, the ghosts, witches, all the lit pumpkins and the large spiders, and that is the biggest, black blowup cat I've ever seen. I don't know how they keep it all on, but I wanted to just sit down in their back yard and take it all in. Thanks to all who are making it special for the little ghosts and goblins.
Halloween Festivities for Christopher Creek
Saturday, Oct. 27 is the Annual Halloween Hayride Trick-or-Treat for the kids in Christopher Creek. All the fun starts at 4 p.m. at the fire hall were they will feed the kids and load up for a night of trick-or-treat. This is for the residents of Christopher Creek and their kids and grandkids only. For more info call Karen Thornton at (928) 478-4133 or Judy Toole at (928) 478-0508.
Enjoy an old-fashioned Halloween Party at Creekside Steakhouse on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Come out and enjoy drinks and chili around the caldron on the patio and relax with your favorite undead, ghost or goblin. Judging of the costumes will be at 9 p.m. with prizes for the best costume and the scariest costume. Bud Light John will be on hand for your entertainment and special cocktail prices for those in costume.
Halloween Festivities for Hunter Creek
Hunter Creek is having their Second Annual Trick-or-Treat Hayride on Saturday, Oct. 27. All the fun starts at 5 p.m. Everyone is to meet at my place, Lot 165 in their favorite costume, where they will judge the costumes, feed everyone and load up on the trailer for a night of fun and trick-or-treat. This is only for residents of Hunter Creek and their kids and grandkids. Please call me at (928) 478-4519 if you have little ones going or you are going to pass out candy, for we will only go to the houses that call us, and we need to know how many kids, so we can cook enough hot dogs.
Although Sally Tharp has moved away, we know she will be celebrating on Oct. 22 and Bob Shillings, who recently moved to Payson, will be adding another candle to his cake on Oct. 25. Diane Lloyd of Hunter Creek will also be celebrating on Oct. 25. Happy Birthday to all of you, and may all your wishes come true.