Community Almanac, March 11


Lenten Suppers and Services

Mount Cross Lutheran Church

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson (across from Tiny’s Restaurant) has scheduled the following mid-week Lenten Suppers and Services: March 12, 19, 26, April 2 & 9, a supper is provided (free will offering accepted) at 5 p.m. in the log building on the Mount Cross campus; the mid-week service is held at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The services are held to provide an avenue for those attending to readjust the focus during Lent. The focus of the services: God providing salvation for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God in the flesh.

A Taste of Lent

The Payson United Methodist Church Soup & Study suppers during Lent start at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12.  

There will be one vegetarian soup, one mildly seasoned soup and one chef’s choice soup each week.  A Lenten study will follow.  It will be served for five Wednesdays right up until Holy Week.

Lenten Service and Soup Supper

The members of the Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Rd., Payson, invite Rim residents to join them at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 for a free homemade soup and dessert supper in the Fellowship Hall, followed at 7 p.m. by the Lenten Service in the sanctuary. For more information, call Pastor Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane will hold Lenten Services at 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, 19, 26, April 2 and 9. There will be a potluck soup supper at 5 p.m.

The theme for the services is “Our Father, who Art in Heaven.”

The community is invited to join the congregation. For more information, contact Pastor De Santo (928) 474-5440 or go online to

Free Tax help and Free E-File

Volunteers for AARP-Tax-Aide are preparing tax returns for low- to moderate-income taxpayers. The service will be available through April 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday at the Payson Elks Lodge, Airport Road and Highway 87, Payson.

$6 jewelry sale

A $6 jewelry sale is planned from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday, March 12 at the Payson Regional Medical Center West Lobby (Labor & Delivery entrance). Proceeds will benefit the Mogollon Health Alliance programs and scholarships. For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

St. Patrick’s Day sale

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store is having a sale this week. All winter coats and sweaters are half price. The sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 13 and Friday, March 14 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 15. Proceeds benefit the area food bank. The thrift store is located at 1006 S. Beeline Hwy., Payson.

The thrift store is in need of volunteers. If you are interested, please call (928) 474-4476 Thursday through Saturday. Hours are very flexible.

Candidate for Attorney General to speak

Candidate for State Attorney General Mark Brnovich will present his credentials and answer questions at the Payson Tea Party meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 13 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260. 

Brnovich, who is running against current Attorney General Tom Horne, has been an attorney with the Gaming Commission until he resigned to run for Attorney General.  Also on the agenda is Laddie Shane, candidate for school board in his community.  Please join members of the Payson Tea Party to hear these informative speakers.  Call (928) 951-6774 for more information, or go to 

Community breakfast at Shepherd of the Pines

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church is hosting a community breakfast from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Friday, March 14 at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, hash browns, coffee and juice.

Rim country residents and visitors are invited to join the congregation for food and fellowship. A free will offering will be accepted. The church will host a breakfast on the second Friday of every month from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. For more information, go online to www.shepherdofthepineslutheran .com or call (928) 474-5440.

Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary election

The Hellsgate Fireflies Auxiliary meets at 6 p.m., Friday, March 14 at Tonto Village Fire Station 22. The purpose of the meeting will be the election of the officers for 2014.

This year will be an exciting year for the Fireflies, since a new fire station is being built and the Fireflies will have an important part in helping the Hellsgate Fire Department furnish the inside, especially the kitchen for fund-raising events.

Call Dara at (928) 478-0052 or Janet at (928) 478-9935 for more information.

Arpaio hosted by Republicans March 15

The Gila County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Luncheon is Saturday, March 15 at Tiny’s Restaurant, 600 E. Hwy. 260.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the keynote speaker with many candidates in attendance. 

Guests gather at 11 a.m. and the program starts with lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Choose a chicken, beef or fish meal for $30 per person or $55.00 for a couple. 

Call Gary (Pine-Strawberry), (602) 803-7366; Madra (Tonto Basin), (928) 970-1955; Shirley (Payson), (928) 951-6774; or Judy (Globe), (928) 701-2125 for tickets. 

This is the Republican Party’s biggest fundraiser of the year to support its state and county conservative candidates.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration takes place Saturday

The Rim Country Celts in conjunction with Historic Journigan House will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

Traditional Irish songs will be provided by Cinnamon Twist at 1 p.m.; at 2:30 p.m. a special presentation on the life of St. Patrick will begin; at 3 p.m. Captain Bob will take the stage with some favorite Irish songs accompanying himself on guitar with Anne James on mandolin. Storyteller Alice Natale will share some traditional Irish Folk Tales. Cinnamon Twist will conclude the program with Irish tunes. There will also be a silent auction and 50/50 auction.

A traditional Irish Corned Beef Dinner and salad bar will be available for $14.95 provided by Journigan House.

The public is invited to attend and there is no cover charge for the afternoon’s activities. Feel free to wear your favorite Celtic or Irish apparel. For more information please contact Anne James at (928) 951-4420, or

Reserve your seat now for Lunch and Laugh program

The second annual Lunch and Laugh program is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Saturday, March 22 at Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson.

All women in the area are invited to this free event. This year’s satirical program, Creative Suffering II: Sharing the Misery will focus on the contagious nature of stress and anxiety. The speaker, Dr. Susan C. Bobek, will discuss how we use other people to make ourselves miserable and how we can assist others to be as miserable as we are. Dr. Bobek is a retired psychiatric nurse and college professor who believes that laughter really is the best medicine and that laughing about how we interact with other people can improve our interpersonal relationships and reduce stress. The lunch will feature the best salad bar and dessert table in town.

The event will be held at the LOMONA Conference Center (Log Building) on the campus of Mount Cross. To reserve seats please phone Lenore in the church office at (928) 474-2552 by Monday, March 17.

Storyteller is guest

The Library Friends of Payson are pleased to have Alice Natale share some Irish tales with the community on Monday, March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day. This promises to be an entertaining meeting.

Natale is a graduate of AZ Storytellers Institute and a member of the East Valley Tellers of Tales. She volunteers for several community organizations and tells stories to children in area local schools. Before moving to Payson, she was a member of the South Coast Storytellers Guild in Orange County, Calif.

The Library Friends of Payson meeting, held in the library meeting room, will start with a short business meeting at 10 a.m., and the program will begin at 10:30 a.m.

The public is invited to both the business meeting and the free program. Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call the library at (928) 474-9260. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Friends of the Library.

St. Patrick’s Day sale at The Nook

Between now and St. Patrick’s Day everything green will be on sale at The Nook for half off (new items excluded). Shop in the clothing room and find something green to wear on St. Patrick’s Day. There are also lots of green items among house wares, books, linens, shoes, St. Patrick’s Day decorations and miscellaneous items are. 

Also all books on the bookrack are on sale for $1 a bag and the shop just received six more boxes of books, which were added to the rack. If you can fill your bag with all green books from the bookrack, you can have it for just 50 cents.

The Nook, 408 W. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Proceeds benefit the New Beginnings Pregnancy and Parent Education Center, a non-profit serving the Rim Country.


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