Looking back, here are a few recent events that our members have attended... fellowship and fun for everyone!
Valentines For Jesus
On Saturday, February 15th, a gathering took place in the Mayberry room to present a Valentine for Jesus. Those present expressed their intent to love God with all of their hearts, souls, minds and strengths, and they re-committed their lives to serve Jesus and His church.
There was a game where everyone at each table tried to put a puzzle together, but not all the pieces were there… so, unless they worked with other nearby tables, they were unable to finish their puzzle. This showed how we need others in our life who have things to offer that are different than what we have to offer.
A very nice ceremony by Glen was done in the beginning, then afterward there was lots of food and refreshments. Finally, a certificate was handed out to attendees with a space on it to write down what they thought they could do this year to rededicate themselves to Christ.
Helping Our Brothers and Sisters in Leupp, Arizona
Where in the world is Leupp, Arizona, and why would we go there? Leupp (pronounced "loop") is not the sort of community you would likely discover in your daily travels... this community of 1,000 is on the Navajo reservation, off the beaten path, and not the easiest place to find. And that is precisely the point!
Leupp, known as Tsiizizli in the Navajo language, was established in 1902 when the Bureau of Indian Affairs established a school there. In 1907, Leupp became the headquarters of the Leupp Indian Land... one of 5 that existed before 1936. In 1942, Philip Johnston, who grew up near Leupp, proposed using the Navajo language to code messages during world war II. This led to the formation of the Navajo Code Talkers, whose legendary effort helped win the war!
A few years ago, CBF (Co-operative Baptist Fellowship) West decided that doing hands-on ministry would be much more beneficial to a local church and community than sitting in a room looking at each other. So, this year, our focus was the Navajo Nation. Being the presence of Christ involves being present with people, meeting needs, and demonstrating practical love. With that purpose in mind, CBF West met August 2-4, in Leupp, AZ to conduct a block party for the Navajo community. Sixty-three persons from AZ, CA, MT, WY, ID, TX, OK, KT, GA and FL set up booths, played games and interacted with those who attended.
CONVERGENCE, as the event was called, gave away 214 backpacks filled with school supplies to local children, and 140 bales of hay were distributed to local ranchers. Games were played, prizes were won, faces were painted, impromptu sermons were preached, and songs were sung.
This effort was spearheaded by Greg and Sheila Long, residents of Flagstaff, who grew up on the Navajo reservation. Both have a deep love for Navajo people and seek out creative ways to minister. Greg Long is no stranger to our church, as he has occasionally preached here. Greg is also known for his effort to translate the Holy Bible into the Navajo language.
Volunteers who traveled long distances to participate in our Navajo missions event were encouraged by the cooperation and friendliness of each other. Bringing joy to the lives of local residents brought joy to our lives. Several voiced a similar comment, “It was a great experience.” Sunday morning, following the Saturday event, twenty-two CBF persons worshiped with fellow believers at the Black Falls Bible Church, where we experienced tremendous hospitality.
CBF West was joined by representatives from Fellowship Southwest, CBF of Texas, CBF Oklahoma, Global Missions, Familia, Meadow Oaks Baptist Church in Temple, Texas and Calvary Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky.
As country singer Vince Gill recently said about his hall of fame career: “It’s amazing what can be accomplished when we don’t care who gets the credit.”
Participants from Pantano Baptist Church included: Glen Foster, Kim Brewer, Joe Smith…Carlos, Liliana, Alan and Liam Campos…Fernando, Abby, Joaquín and Freda Campos…Chuck and Cindy Fugate. Also associated with our church: David and Carmen Theel…Matt, Amber, Simon, Phoebe, Sophia, Jude and Chloe Crosby. Many others donated money or prizes.
You can see video highlights below.......
TO VIEW A VIDEO PRESENTATION OF THE LEUPP WEEKEND, CLICK ON THE ARROW TO THE RIGHT. MAKE SURE YOUR SOUND IS TURNED ON.
A Fun-Filled Evening at The Gaslight Theater!
June 24 proved to be a fun-filled night out for the group from our church that attended the evening Space Trek performance at the Gaslight Theater. Located at the corner of Broadway and Kolb, the Gaslight Theater is a quaint, intimate theater that features many types of live events, and this one was a melodramatic spoof on Star Wars, where the audience could interact with the performers on-stage.
The FREE POPCORN was especially awesome - all you could eat! But those who wanted something more substantial were able to order food and drinks from the menu and fill their tummies and be refreshed while enjoying the performance. At the end of the evening, the consensus was that it was lots of fun!
Events like this are scheduled periodically, so watch for the next one and don't miss it!
St. Patrick's Day Musical Event... They Loved It!
There was something for everybody at the recent St. Patrick's Day musical event known as 1 Block Off Broadway. The crowd in attendance was in unanimous agreement that this event was enjoyable, entertaining, and well worth attending... well-worth the price of admission (free)!
This event is held annually, and local performers from inside and outside of our church display their musical talents in a variety of ways. Open to the public, many people look forward to this event each year.
Next year, the show will be even bigger and better - so, keep your eye on this website in the future for details of the next one!