Clubs And Organizations



Photo courtesy MHA

Linda Larson-Booth said that she was “tickled pink” to win the yo-yo quilt that was handmade by members of the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary. The quilt raised $1,000 for the Auxiliary’s scholarship program. The MHA health scholarship application deadline is April 1, 2011.

TOPS #527

TOPS AZ #527 meets from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary Activity Center, 308 E. Aero Drive, Payson.

For information, contact Janet Longbotham at (928) 474-9898.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers meets at 5 p.m. every Wednesday at the Masonic Lodge, 200 E. Rancho Road (next to the fire station).

For further information, call 1-800-651-6000.

Bible study

The First Southern Baptist Church is holding a six-week Bible study based on Rick Warren’s best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life.” The study is already underway, but the public is welcome to join the remaining sessions, which take place at 6 p.m., Wednesday.

The study explores the most basic question everyone faces in life: Why am I here? What is my purpose?

We were planned for God’s pleasure, so your first purpose is to offer real worship.

We were formed for God’s family, so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.

We were created to become like Christ, so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.

We were shaped for serving God, so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.

We were made for a mission, so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.

The class is a video study and materials are provided free of charge, it takes place in the church’s fellowship hall. The church is at the corner of Bonita and Colcord Roads, behind Denny’s Restaurant. For more information, call (928) 474-3374.

Lenten services

Mount Cross

Mount Cross Lutheran Church invites all residents of Payson and surrounding areas to attend its weekly Lenten Services at 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

The Holden Evening Prayer will be sung each Wednesday and a short sermon will be given. Prior to the service, a light supper of sandwiches or soup and bread, plus cookies for dessert is served with an open offering for the dinner starting at 5 p.m. in the log building.

Mount Cross is located at 601 E. Highway 260.

Rock of Ages

Rock of Ages Evangelical Lutheran Church will hold Lenten services at 7 p.m., each Wednesday leading up to Easter.

Wednesday, March 30 Pastor Spiegelberg, guest pastor, will be speaking on “Peter, the Born Leader.” This comes from Luke 22:31, 32, 61, 62; John 21:17.

Rock of Ages is located at the corner of McLane and Airport Roads. All are welcome to attend the free soup supper at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall and the inspiring Lenten service.

For more information, call Pastor David Sweet, (928) 474-2098.

Shepherd of the Pines

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate mid-week Lenten services Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. through April 13.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto (928) 474-5440.

TOPS #373

TOPS Chapter 373 meets at Shilow Christian Fellowship Hall, 502 E. Rancho Road every Thursday. Weigh-in starts at 7:20 a.m., with the meeting at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact Ilona Swenson at (928) 472-3331.

Daily Word Readers

Anyone interested in studying Unity teachings is invited to join the newly forming ministry in the process of affiliation with Unity Worldwide Ministries.

Activities include: Prayer and Meditation Group,Thursdays 9:45 a.m., for location information, call (928) 468-2117; Study Group reading and discussing Emilie Cady’s Lessons in Truth, Fridays 6 to 8 p.m, for location information, call (928) 478-6906; Course of Miracles Study Group, donation, Tuesdays 10 to 11:30 a.m. at My Sister’s Bakery & Deli, 1101 S. Beeline Highway, for information, call (928) 970-2490.

Payson Tea Party

The Payson Tea Party meets every Thursday night (except holidays) at Tiny’s Family Restaurant, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. There are great speakers and/or great interaction each week on local, state and federal issues. All are welcome.

Call (928) 468-1131 for more information.

Scripture study

A non-denominational, in-depth expository scripture study is held at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

The group is currently studying through the Gospel of John.

For more information, call Chris at (928) 474-3618.

CASA open house

The CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program is having an open house Coffee with CASA from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 1 at the CASA Office, 714 S. Beeline Highway, Suite 201, Payson. 

Free coffee and treats will be provided. The public is invited to come and learn about volunteering as a child advocate. For more information, contact (928) 474-7145.  To learn more about CASA visit:

Computer group to meet

The Payson Area Computer Association will hold it’s regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m., Friday April 1 in the meeting room of the Payson Public Library. 

The speaker will be Todd Longfellow, with an introduction to Linux.

Guests are always welcome. The first meeting is always free. Membership is only $10 per year, per family.

The Gospel Kids Club

Girls and boys, 7 and older, are invited to join The Gospel Kids Club from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first Friday of each month at Uptown Espresso, 612 N. Beeline Highway, Payson.

Participants will learn from Bible stories, games and fun activities, plus be provided with snacks. Parental permission is required and parents are welcome to attend.

For more information, call (928) 474-4844 or (602) 499-7447.

Ponderosa Men’s Breakfast

Another fabulous “Breakfast for a Buck” will be served at Ponderosa Baptist Church, 1800 N. Beeline, at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 2.

The featured speaker will be Michael Ottero, who will share about his Christian faith and some insights about the Islamic faith. Come, with friends, to enjoy great fellowship, good music, a super message and a special breakfast that still costs only $1. For more information, call (928) 472-8178.

American Legion Riders

The American Legion Riders April meeting is at Tiny’s Restaurant on Saturday, April 2.

Breakfast is at 9:15 a.m. with a business meeting to follow at 10 a.m.

Major topics include discussion of the progress enlisting the Payson business community in the Annual Fun Run to benefit Payson Supply Line. Interested parties are invited to attend.

Membership is open to any American Legion Member or immediate family.

For more information, call Post 69 at (928) 474-6969.

Payson Raconteurs open to new members

The organization Payson Raconteurs, a gathering of area writers, meets weekly at 6 p.m. on Mondays in a private dining room at Tiny’s Restaurant. The organization is open to new members. All serious writers are invited.

Members read their works in progress for critique. Too, assignments are given each week, for those who wish to participate.

For further information, contact Janie Allen, facilitator, (928) 472-3219.

Payson Area Singles

This club has no dues, elections or couples.

It will be celebrating our first anniversary with a trip to Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde Monday, April 11. All Aboard America will pick up participants in a luxury tour bus at 9 a.m., Monday, April 11. 

To reserve a seat, get $5 to Nadine by Tuesday, April 5. Cliff Castle will be giving each rider $10. There will be games on the bus and a $7 buffet lunch at the Casino.

The Tuesday Breakfast Bunch meets every week at Tiny’s Restaurant. For more information, call Nadine at (928) 476-4659. 

High Country Garden Club

The April 7 meeting of High Country Garden Club will be held at 7 p.m. at the First Southern Baptist Church, Colcord and Bonita Streets.

Gary Karlowski will present the program. He will demonstrate the steps of putting together and planting a hanging basket.

This is a hands-on program, so bring a trowel, garden gloves and a basket or container, if available.  The club will provide some baskets and plants, but those wishing to personalize a basket should bring your own materials.

Get ready for spring and the club’s Annual Plant Sale coming May 7.

For further information, call Dan at (928) 472-7396.

Rim Area Gardeners

On April 11, David Oberpriller, volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum, will be speaking to Rim Area Gardeners Club at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ on Tyler Parkway. His topic is Plants of the Bible. You can find out more about him at the arboretum’s Web site,

Visitors are always welcome at RAG meetings.

Rock club meeting

The Payson Rimstone Rock Club will meet at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 in the Payson Library, 328 N. McLane Road, Payson.

There will be a presentation on Carlsbad Caverns.

Payson Lioness Club

The Payson Lioness Club is recruiting members and volunteers to join in helping the Payson community with bake sales, raffles, fashion shows and more. All proceeds go back to the public.

You are never too young or young at heart to be a Lioness. Those interested in the group are invited to attend the next meeting at 9 a.m., Saturday, April 16 at Tiny’s Family Restaurant or call Gina at (928) 978-4219.

Bridge results

Winners in Wednesday Duplicate Bridge for March 23 were: Kay Hutchinson and Kent Teaford, first; Teri Jimerson and Susan Schulman and Sherry Proctor and Myrtle Warter tied for second; Diane Bricker and Flo Moeur, third.

For information and reservations, call Kay Hutchinson at (928) 474-0287.


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