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Videos of Candlelight Memorial for Dave Wicks Wednesday, December 28, 2016

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More than 150 people came out for a candlelight memorial for Dave Wicks on Wednesday evening at Burney High School. My wife Linda was able to video some of the opening of the memorial and the candle lighting as well as many of the testimonies. The videos are listed in the order that they were taken.

Dave was a much loved member of the Intermountain community and this ceremony of remembrance was a testimony to that love. To those whose words we were unable to record, your testimony is also treasured. God bless all who came.

In closing I would like to share a comment by James Herrington

“Dave’s spirit is present with us, his nature lit up everybody he met. Not only Burney but other areas as well. He was like a warm light that lit up a dark night. His soul, heart, and mind will always be remembered. God has him in his arms now and for that I am grateful. My condolences to his friends and family, he will be missed.”

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Hundreds come out for candlelight memorial for Dave Wicks

More than 150 people came out for a candlelight memorial for Dave Wicks on Wednesday evening at Burney High School.

Dave Wicks Candlelight Memorial

Dave Wicks Candlelight Memorial

Kyle Cantrell helped to organize and oversee the event. Burney Volunteer Fire Department and Shasta County Sherriff’s Department personnel attended and businesses in town left their lights on for the evening to show their love and support for Dave and his family

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Mr. Cantrell brought 300 candles for people to light. People lit all of the candles and placed them in a cleared area. Some people placed candles spelling out Dave’s name with a heart.

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After all of the candles were lit, Cantrell opened up the microphone for anyone to share. The first to do so was a lifetime friend of Dave’s who had known him as a lad in Reno, had played music with him in the band Razormade, and had been present when Dave first met his wife Sonja. He said that he had never seen Dave happier than while he was living in this area with Sonja. He and Sonja shared the same joyful giving spirit.

Longtime friend John Kirk who plated with Dave in Razormade shares aa testimony about Dave

Longtime friend John Kirk who played with Dave in Razormade shares a testimony

Afterwards, many came forward to share how Dave’s goodness had touched their lives. Several shared how he had befriended them through his friendly warm-heartedness while working at the Shell Station.

A heartfelt testimony to Dave's kindness

A heartfelt testimony to Dave’s kindness

Others talked of how they had been uplifted by his music. One of his coworkers at the gas station spoke of Dave’s faith. Dave loved God and he loved people. He was kind to everyone.

A coworker talks about how wonderful it was working with Dave

A coworker talks about how wonderful it was working with Dave

Most of those who spoke shed tears as they testified to his acts of kindness. Dave was much-loved and will be dearly missed. At the end of the memorial everyone sang Dave’s name together.

There will be a memorial service for Dave at Burney High School on January 21.

To view videos of the memorial see: Videos of Candlelight Memorial for Dave Wicks Wednesday, December 28, 2016

 

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WOLA New Year’s Eve 2016 Bash for Teens

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December 29, 2016 · 12:02 am

PG&E to Increase Flows Below Lake Britton Dam along Pit River

PG&E press release Dec. 27, 2016

REDDING, Calif.—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will increase water flows on the Pit River below the Lake Britton Dam from early January through mid-April of 2017.

Recreationalists in or near the river are encouraged to use extra caution during the higher flows.

The higher flows are necessary so PG&E can dewater the tunnel which delivers water from Lake Britton to the Pit 3 Powerhouse. PG&E will then inspect the tunnel and perform minor maintenance.

With no water being diverted through the tunnel starting January 2, Lake Britton Dam will spill. Flows in the Pit 3 Reach will increase from about 300 cubic feet per second (cfs) to about 2,900 cfs.

Flows should return to normal seasonal flows on or before April 16 when water flows resume through the tunnel.

The Pit 3 Reach is the 4.5-mile portion of the Pit River in the Lassen National Forest between PG&E’s Lake Britton Dam and the Pit 3 Powerhouse.

PG&E is posting signage about the higher flows along the Pit River Road.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

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White Christmas in Burney 2016

The night before the night before Christmas, it snowed. Linda and I took a drive.

When I woke up this morning

When I woke up this morning

Burney through the trees covered in snow

Burney through the trees covered in snow

Mt Burney from the vista site

Mt Burney from the vista site

Not too much snow at Hat Creek

Not too much snow at Hat Creek

Blue-eyed snowhopper

Blue-eyed snowhopper

Bug in the winter woods

Bug in the winter woods

Linda by the rocks as giant dachshund approaches

Linda by the rocks as giant dachshund approaches

Looks like the Star of Bethlehem over the metal dinosaur

Looks like the Star of Bethlehem over the metal dinosaur

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Met some skiiers

Met some skiers

Snowy giraffe in the woods

Snowy giraffe in the woods

No picnic today

No picnic today

Reflections on Baum Lake

Reflections on Baum Lake

Cassel forebay

Cassel forebay

Cassel bridge

Cassel bridge

Our friend the horse

Our friend the horse

I love this horse

I love this horse

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Thank you for the very nice profile shot

This cow was watching us very closely

This cow was watching us very closely

Back to Burney

Back to Burney

 

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O Holy Day! Praise for a giving and forgiving God!

Today is Christmas and it is also my wife Linda’s birthday.

I woke up relatively early, about 7 a.m. Linda was already up. I went into the kitchen to wish her a happy birthday. She screamed in surprise. She had forgotten that it was here birthday. She forgets that it’s her birthday every year because she is just thinking about Christmas.

I went into my office to study for awhile before church. Linda went to take a shower. A few minutes later I heard a crash and another scream. The sliding shower door had jumped its track and fallen into the shower.

I got the shower door back on but in the process my mind went into a time warp. I went back into my office to resume my study of the Roman–Parthian Wars that overlapped the period of Jesus’ life and the growth of early Christianity. I thought I had over an hour and a half before church when I really only had fifteen minutes. I was surprised and still not dressed when Linda came in to tell me that it was time to go.

Circle of snow, trees, and light

Circle of snow, trees, and light

So we were late, but we did get there for the last song of the worship service at New Hope Evangelical Presbyterian Church. One of the main reasons that I wanted to go was because Rick Dougherty had told me he was giving the sermon. He is one of the elders but normally doesn’t preach so I was eager to hear what his message would be.

I wasn’t disappointed. Rick spoke about giving. Giving is a part of Christmas. Rick brought out that the idea of giving permeates the scriptures. In the beginning, God filled the heaven and the earth, he filled the earth with life and gave it all to Adam and Eve. Rick cited from sources that there are 14 different Hebrew terms for giving. The first used in Genesis is נתן, which in English is Nathan and means “given.” Nathan is the name of Rick’s son.

That got me to thinking about my own first name, John. I realized that John is a form of Johnathan which comes from the Hebrew יְהוֹנָתָן (Yonatan) meaning “God has given.”

That fit right into Rick’s sermon. God gave us creation, God gave us life, God gave us the power to choose, because by choosing we become co-creators of our reality and share in God’s creative nature. We have abused our power to choose and separated from God, but then God gave his son to redeem us. And the Holy Spirit bestows upon us the gifts (χαρίσματα του Αγίου Πνεύματος) necessary to do Our Father’s work.

Rick concluded by referring to Jesus prayer for his disciples in John 17 saying that Jesus spoke of  those who believed in Him as God’s gifts.

He ended by saying, “Think about that the next time you go Christmas shopping.”

Obviously a synopsis in three paragraphs can’t do justice to a sermon laced with powerful ideas, but I truly felt that the Holy Spirit has inspired Rick to help lead us into the truth.

Afterwards, Rick, Alex Munroe and I shared insights and ideas inspired by the sermon. There’s  never enough time to explore all the salient points. I was so enriched by the spiritual food, I didn’t even get over to eat any of the cookies, which is rare.

We left at noon, just in time to go over to Grace Bible Community Church for their annual Christmas meal.

Christmas meal at Grace Bible Church

Christmas meal at Grace Community Bible Church

We were welcomed by Mrs. Penny Winkelman, the wife of Pastor Henry Winkelman. The dinner is an act of love performed by the entire Winkelman family. One of their adult sons Jeremy, had the idea four years ago to host a dinner for people in the community that had no place to go for Christmas. For the past four years they have been performing this service.

The Winkelmans have nine children. I’m not sure how many grandchildren, but the kitchen and the serving tables were full of Winkelmans cooking, serving, and delivering a delicious Christmas feast of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, stuffing, yams with marshmellow, green beans, and two kinds of cranberry sauce. For dessert there was a choice of pumpkin or apple pie.

Altogether, the Winkelmans served approximately 50 dinners to people in the church dining hall and delivered several dozen more meals to shut-ins in the community. They also gave a Christmas present to every person who came.

I had just heard a sermon on giving and now I saw giving in action. We met many friends at the two gatherings, joyfully sharing spiritual and physical nourishment. Many friends wished Linda a happy birthday as we participated in remembrance of the birth of Christ.

Merry Christmas everybody and a Happy New Year. May the Peace of God that passeth all understanding be with you. May God guide our individual hearts and our leaders and may God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.

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In Memorium – Two videos of Dave Wicks playing at the Blackberry Patch in 2012

Dave Wicks passed away on the night of December 21, 2016. During his life he had brought much joy to his family, his community of faith, and the community.

In February of 2012, Dave came with some of his friends to an open mic to the Blackberry diner and sang two songs.

Dave was one of the most talented musicians in the Intermountain area, but what he valued most was his faith and his family.

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