A Rim Country Christmas

Holiday help still needed

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Students in all the classes at Pine Strawberry School decorated Christmas trees for the school’s annual holiday fund raising auction. With the addition of a quilt and some specially decorated desks, the school earned more than $1,600 from the event.

It’s Dec. 15 — Christmas is only 10 days away. Already the Rim Country has had a wonderful array of celebrations and in this edition of the Review, we are sharing a collage of photographs from recent events.

There is more to come though —

• “Angel” trees all around the community still need to be trimmed of their tags, which represent children and seniors who could use a little outside help for a merry Christmas.

• Bell ringers are needed by the Salvation Army to keep the jingle in the season through the week lead- ing to Christmas.

• Boxes still need to be filled with food and toys to make the holiday a little brighter for our neighbors in the little communities served by the Christopher- Kohl’s Fire Department.

• Music, pageantry and fun events can still be enjoyed.

• Churches are planning special services.

SENIORS TO BENEFIT FROM ANGEL STOPS

Local residents and businesses may help the less fortunate seniors in the community by stopping by anyEdwardJones branchofficeduringregularbusi- ness hours to select a “Senior Angel” through Dec. 17. Shop for the senior of your choice and drop off all gifts, which Edward Jones staff will deliver to seniors in need.

Branch addresses are: 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B, Payson; 113 W. Main St., Payson; and 4010 N. Highway 87, Pine.

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The annual Celebration of Life, presented by Hospice Compassus and others, give survivors a chance to remember those they have lost in a special ceremony, photos above.

SALVATION ARMY TREE STILL HAS TAGS

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree is up and deco- rated with tags listing the names and Christmas wishes for area children in need at National Bank of Arizona, 804 S. Beeline Highway south of the cham- ber office.

BELL RINGERS NEEDED

The Salvation Army’s Payson chapter has been very successful this year in filling up the bell ringing slots, except for the week of Christmas, according to Jenny Scott.

Volunteers are needed to fill shifts at Walmart, Walgreens, Bashas’ and Safeway between Monday, Dec. 21 and Friday, Dec. 24. Volunteers will work two- hour shifts and anyone can participate, even people with court-ordered community service hours to fill. To sign up, call Ray Kinsman at (928) 474-6577.

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The Spirit of Christmas was filled with music, skits and special effects.

CHRISTOPHER KOHL’S FIRE CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN

Christopher Kohl’s Fire is collecting non-perish- able food, and toys to help families and kids in need for Christmas. For those that prefer to make a cash donation, stop by or contact Christopher Kohl’s Fire at (928) 478-4011 during business hours. There are donation boxes at Walmart, Safeway, Bashas’, Home Depot, Life Star crew quarters, Chase Bank, Kelly’s Saloon, Kohl’s Ranch, Tall Pines and the fire station in Christopher Creek.

A FAMILY CHRISTMAS

A powerful Christmas production titled, A Family Christmas comes to Payson at 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16 at the Payson High School auditorium.

The annual Celebration of Life, presented by Hospice

Compassus and others, give survivors a chance to remember those they have lost in a special ceremony, photos above.

With an original script and music along with con- temporary dance, this production will touch the hearts of every member of your family in every stage of life.

A Family Christmas is a story of Mr. Johnson and his family. It is about one night, one play, and one decision that changed his life. Be prepared to laugh cry, and be uplifted as you witness Mr. Johnson’s memory of this special Family Christmas.

This is a free community event sponsored by Payson Community Christian Academy.

GINGERBREAD DECORATING PARTY

The Crossroads Foursquare Church will have its Fifth Annual Gingerbread Decorating Party from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16.

Tickets are just $10 per house and space is limit- ed. Call (928) 474-2602 for reservations.

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Bill Camp brought the sound of western music to the annual Electric Light Parade on historic Main Street.

VIVALDI CONCERT

Mount Cross Lutheran Church invites Rim Country residents and visitors to attend its Dec. 19 8:30 a.m. service for a special presentation of Vivaldi’s Gloria by the musicians and Chancel Choir of Mount Cross conducted by Dr. Victoria Harris.

The second service, at 10:30 a.m., is a Celebration of God’s Gifts, with music and prayer conducted by Wes Hathaway and the Praise Team and Praise Band. The public is welcome in this cel- ebration of Christmas.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church is located at 601 E. Highway 260, east of Safeway.

For further information, call Harris at (928) 474- 9490 or the church office at (928) 474-2522.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Calvary Chapel’s Christmas service is at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. The church will have only one service Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Expedition Church will have a special Christmas Eve celebration, “Love Never Fails” at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 24 in the Julia Randall Elementary gym.

For more information, call (928) 978-9158

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