Last week was Vacation Bible School at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church.
This was Teresa and Tracy Purtee's 16th year teaching the Bible school. They had 44 children who attended this year to learn about God. This year's theme was "Digging for God's Truth" Dino Detectives, and the chapel was decorated with dinosaurs.
They had rock formations everywhere and the teenage helpers wore detective hats. This year they had nine teenage helpers who they really appreciated because out of those 44 children, 21 of them were from 3 to 6 years of age.
Helpers included Tucker Kilbourne and Frankie Jo Marazza, who were counselors for the young children. Crista Kilbourne and Travis Kilbourne were counselors for the older children. Kiarra Klonvalin, Robert Jones, Becca Jones, Christopher Vang and Karessa Armstrong were teenage helpers. Thanks to all of them for their help with the little ones.
Teresa Purtee was the teacher and Tracy Purtee led the older children in games. Anne Kilbourne was in charge of the younger kids for games. Holly Purtee Brunner led everyone in music, Susan Hepworth was in charge of registration, Rita Quay coordinated refreshments with a lot of ladies baking cookies.
Lois Jones was in charge of crafts. Pat Guevara listened and helped the children daily with their Bible verses and helped with registration.
Other adult helpers were Eileen Kittock, Linda Adkins, Joy Nutter, Bianca Malmin and Michael Olsson. Thanks to Dewey Malmin and Bob Quay who helped set up the chapel. Everyone had a great time and it was so much fun watching these little ones learn and grow with God.
These 44 little ones learned about creation, who made the world, why they were here, what happened to the dinosaurs, how God keeps his promises, and how God loves each and everyone of them. These little ones memorized their Bile verses every day and received stickers to turn in on the last day for prizes. They all had fun and learned something wonderful, now they can't wait until next year.
Get ready to laugh
I went down to the LDS Church this last week to get a sneak peek at the upcoming Christopher Creek melodrama.
This year's spectacular is called "The Old Cookie Shop or Nellie Was a Baker 'Cause She Kneaded the Dough." You have to get your free tickets for this one.
Once again they have managed to keep you laughing. If you know Karl Mann of Hunter Creek you need to come and see the other side to him. He has a drawn out southern accent that will keep you in stitches. Others in the play are Lorna Aschbrenner who is back again by popular demand, Kristie Clement and Grant Coley who plays a great villain,
A sweetheart of a lady, Wanda Palmer who it would not be a melodrama without. Shirley Armstrong and Joanie Garig, this is their seventh annual production headed up by the fabulous director Pamela Steven and talented producer, Grant Coley.
Tickets are going fast. Will the cookie shop be saved and true love triumph over evil? Be sure and see this one-hour production complete with olios (music and jokes). Tickets are available from Marsh Ward at (928) 478-5086 and Effie Roehr at (928) 474-8108. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, June 26, Friday, June 27, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 28. See you there.
Jack Kalmar has a birthday coming up on June 23; Nancy Olson will be adding another candle to her cake on June 24 as will Don McDaniel. Wishing all of you a happy birthday.
Fire News from Sam Seay, information officer for CKFD
The fire department wants to thank Margarite Clarke for the fire wise meeting in Hunter Creek on June 7. Congratulations are also in order to Hunter Creek for their clean-up project. It is looking good.
The Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department gratefully thanks the Christopher Creek Homeowners Association for the $2,000 donation for new radios and also the CKFD Firebelles for their generous $2,000.
We are still in need of funds for additional radios and batteries and would challenge not only the other homeowners associations for matching funds, but also any individual or organization wishing to donate.
Our current radios are more than 12 years old and are failing quickly. You can send your donations to Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department, HC2 Box 153-N, Payson, AZ 85541.
Nate Mercer has been hired as a firefighter 1 & 2, EMT, wildland firefighter. Nate has been working with Lifestar Ambulance Service and Hellsgate Fire Department. Welcome to Christopher/Kohl's Fire Department, Nate.
Don't forget, "Be careful with fire." We do have fire restrictions in effect.