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Burney Presbyterian Church celebrates Grand Opening of new internet library

Numerous educational, civic, and religious leaders from the Burney and Intermountain community gathered at the Meeting Place at Burney Presbyterian Church to celebrate the Grand Opening of a new Internet Library.

Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough cuts the ribbon as Rev. Watkins, Rev. Scarbrough, and Superintendent Hawkins look on

The Internet Library will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM, with priority given to local students doing homework and research for school projects. Job seekers will also be encouraged to utilize the library’s services for creating resumes and researching employment opportunities.

Rev. Penni explaining the purpose of the internet library to Cindy Dodds and Laurie Jacobs

The program began at 3 p.m. with a reception and refreshments. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 4 p.m.

The Grand Opening was hosted by Rev. Penni Elaine Scarbrough, pastor of the Burney Presbyterian Church and her husband Rev. Tim Scarbrough who serves as Administrative Director. Rev. Rob Watkins, Presbyter of the Presbytery of Sacramento came to speak. Rev. Leon Thompson, retired Presbyterian minister from Weed, also attended with his wife Betty.

Community leaders listening to speakers

Amongst educational leaders who came for the opening were Greg Hawkins, Superintendent for the Fall River Joint Unified School District, Burney Junior-Senior High Principal Ray Guerrero, Burney Elementary Principal Marcy Schmidt, elementary teacher Shelly Myers and her husband Rev. Bill Myers from Glen Burn Church. Rev. Myers also serves as a volunteer in the Fall River and Burney elementary schools. Former Superintendent of Schools Larry Snelling and his wife Peggy also attended.

Other civic leaders who came included Cindy Dodds and Laurie Jacobs from the Tri Counties Community Center; Burney Chamber of Commerce President Sandra McCullar; former President of the Burney-Fall River Rotary Club Bill Campbell, and Michael Kerns. Several community volunteers including Lou Hawk also attended.

Rev. Tim Scarbrough welcomed the people and began the ribbon cutting ceremony with a prayer.

Rev. Penni Scarbrough gave a brief talk in which she said the mission of the new internet library is “to enable, enlighten, and encourage people to grow through learning.”

She emphasized that the library is not just for the congregation of the Burney Presbyterian Church but is open for all students and job seekers in the community.

Superintendent Hawkins spoke of the changes that had taken place in education since he began teaching in the 1980’s. He emphasized the increasing importance of technology and told the audience that all junior and senior high school students now have Google Chrome notebooks as also do elementary school students from the second grade up.

He also said that many of the students do not have internet access in their homes and therefore stressed the value of a facility such as this where they can not only use the available computers, but also access the Internet with their notebooks using the library’s Wi-Fi.

The final speaker was Rev. Watkins. He gave a touching talk stressing two points. The first was that the Meeting Place was there to serve the whole community. The Burney Presbyterian Church is the most northern church in the Sacramento Presbytery which consists of 7,000 members throughout Northern California. Those churches that are most effective are those that are engaged in serving their communities. The Presbytery is happy that the church in Burney is striving to serve as a Meeting Place and supports that effort.

In the second point, he said that Jesus may never have talked about the Internet, but he did talk a lot of about the importance of children. Quoting from the Book of Proverbs he stressed the importance of children seeking wisdom and understanding. He spoke of these in terms of understanding oneself and the world. Rev. Watkins told how his son has now worked on five continents and hopes to work in all seven. He said that the Internet Library would be a “safe place” where children can use the Internet to “awaken to the wonders of the world” in a healthy educational environment.

Reverend Watkins affirmed his conviction that “every person is an unique act of God’s creative will.”

God is good and gracious and every child is precious. Every child, indeed every person, deserves the opportunity to develop their talents and abilities in a healthy loving environment in order to improve themselves and make a better world, perhaps even to help create the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.

The Meeting Place is located at 20435 Marquette St. in Burney, CA. For more information about the Internet Library call (530) 335-2271.

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Sacramento Youth Group Comes to Burney to Serve

Burney was blessed by the visit of a group of enthusiastic young people from Sacramento who came to work on the grounds of the Burney Presbyterian Church at the corner of Hwy 299 and Marquette Avenue.

Northminster Presbyterian Church of Sacramento Youth Group

The group was invited and hosted by Pastor Penni Elaine Scarbrough and her husband Tim.

The visiting Northminster Presbyterian Church Youth Group consisted of nine youths ranging from 12 to 19 years of age. Their group leader was Jacob Smith. Pastor Caroline Lindley from Lansing, Michigan, served as chaperone.

Pastor Lindley’s granddaughter, Ella, is a member of the youth group, Lindley came to Sacramento to visit and was invited to supervise the youth service mission. ‘

“Burney is a warm welcoming town,” said Lindley. “The people of Burney Presbyterian Church are the greatest!”

The group arrived on Sunday, March 25 in time for an afternoon service and dinner with parishioners. Mike Kerns provided lodging for the group at his home in Cassel during their stay.

Pastor Lindsay said, “He is fantastic and was so loving to all. A big hug and thank you to Mike.”

On Monday morning after a nice breakfast at the church, they did a lot of raking, mowing and clearing the vines. In the afternoon, they had a chance to go fishing.

On Tuesday, they had breakfast at Anna’s Country Kitchen and then did a lot of weeding. In the afternoon, they went bowling.

Pulling out dead grass and seeding for flowers

On Wednesday, they pulled grass and seeded the flower beds. Thursday they will visit Burney Falls and then head back to Sacramento.

Each year the youth group goes on a service mission during their Spring school break. On one of their missions they went to San Diego. One year the helped to clear an area in the Redwoods. Youth leader McNary said that he hopes they may be able to come back to Burney to do more work.

The oldest teen, Lily Masias, has been participating in youth group activities since she was 13. She is now 19. Masias graduated from high school in 2016 and then went through Navy boot camp and ROTC training. She plans to continue her education to become a dental assistant and then complete her active service in the Navy.

“We’ve experienced Burney’s beauty and have enjoyed the warm welcome from Tim and Penni,” Masias said.

Not only did they experience the beauty of Burney, they also made Burney more beautiful through their hard work.

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Men’s Fight Club at WOLA to begin Tuesday, February 20

A new eight-week Tuesday night series of men’s Fight Club meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. February 20 at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA).

This is not an occasion for men to engage in physical combat. It is an opportunity for men to participate in Christian worship, discussion and prayer in order to develop bonds of friendship and brotherly love that will enable them to become better men, husbands, fathers and upright members of the community.

Fight Club will take place each Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30  for eight weeks. The evening program will begin with worship music led by one of the members followed by a brief testimony or homily also from one of the men in the club. During the second half of the evening, men will break into small groups for an hour of discussion and prayer.

Fight Club is open to all men in the community not only members of Word of Life Church. For more information call 335-4419.

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“The Basket of Flowers” shares a story of faith, love, and forgiveness

Grace Community Bible Church presented performances of “The Basket of Flowers” at the Liz Polley Center for the Performing Arts in Burney on February 9 and 10.

The play is a Lamplighter Theatre adaptation of a children’s story written by the 19th Century Bavarian cleric, teacher, and author,  Christoph Von Schmid. The Burney production was performed by a full cast of sixteen actors under the direction of Deborah Hathaway.

Director Deborah Hathaway presented with a bouquet of flowers

The tale tells the story of a fifteen year old girl named Mary, the daughter of the castle gardener. Her father is a humble pious man who uses the flowers to teach lessons of faith to his daughter. She is befriended by the daughter of the countess. After a visit to the castle, a diamond ring disappears and Mary is accused of stealing it and thrown into prison awaiting trial.

Mary learns she has been accused of stealing the queens ring

When Mary refuses to confess, her father is also arrested. A jealous maid testifies that she saw Mary leaving the castle with the ring and the judge finds her guilty. The penalty for stealing from royalty is death.

Mary’s trial

Thanks to the intercession of the Countess and her daughter, the lives of Mary and her father are spared. However, they are banished for life from the land. For over two years they wander homeless through the woods. When her father takes ill during a storm and lies unconscious under a bridge during a torrential storm, Mary finds a kind couple who takes them in and nurses her father to recovery.

Mary and her father taken in by a kind couple

Eventually, Mary’s aging father dies as Mary reads him verses from the Bible. The couple with whom they stay are no longer able to maintain their farm and turn it over to their son and his wife. The daughter-in-law is a selfish domineering woman who puts Mary out on a cold dark night.

Pastor Winkelman give a short invitation to recevie God’s grace and forgiveness

In the meantime, however, the countess and her daughter have discovered the true cause of the disappearance of the ring. They set off to find Mary and in the end justice and mercy prevail. The faith of Mary’s father is vindicated.

Before the final scene, Pastor Henry Winkelman, who played the judge, gave a short talk about forgiveness with an invitation to receive God’s love and mercy through faith in Jesus.

The tale is told in beautiful language. Through the subplots, human nature, both good and bad is explored. The character development portrayed by the actors was marvelous causing the audience to break into applause after numerous scenes.

The lead character Mary was played by two actors. Young Mary was played by Savannah Niemeir. Older Mary was played by Trisha Niemeir. Her father James was played by Seth Landers. Other cast member were Brian Winkelman, Arden Hathaway, Millie Hathaway, Cierra Niemeir, Breanna Landers, Timothy Landers, Henry Winkelman, Stephen McDermeit, Kendra Hathaway, Zachary Paramo, Luke Niemeir, Brenda Hathaway, and Lydia Winkelman.

The cast

The entire drama was accompanied by a lovely musical score.  Hillary Fahey provided free access to the wardrobe closet at Shasta Community College to provide the actors with their marvelous costumes. More than three dozen people contributed their time and talent working in various production teams to make the performance possible.

 

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The Winkelman family serves a Christmas feast for the community

The Winkelman family and in-laws spent their Christmas day preparing and serving a wonderful Christmas meal for scores of people in the community at Grace Bible Church on Tamarack Avenue. Dozens came to enjoy tender roast turkey and ham, mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon, stuffing, and yams topped with marsh mellow. For dessert there was apple or pumpkin pie.

Folks enjoying a fine Christmas meal

In addition to those who enjoyed the fellowship and food at the church, many came to take their meals home. In addition, the Winkelman’s delivered several dozens meals to people who were housebound.

Members of the Winkelman clan serving a fine Christmas meal

The dinner is an act of love performed by the entire Winkelman family. Reverend Henry Winkelman has been the pastor of Grace Bible Community Church for three decades. He and his wife Penny have nine children. One of their adult sons Jeremy, had the idea five years ago to host a dinner for people in the community that had no place to go for Christmas. The family and their in-laws have been performing this service since then.

The cheerful service of the family members created an atmosphere of joy and love. During the meal, Ron played Christmas music on the piano. After eating, each guest was able to select a Christmas present provided by the family.

A girt for everyone who came

The annual Christmas dinner is one of the many ways that the Winkelman’s serve the community. They also sing at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. This past summer. for his services as a pastor and chaplain, Rev. Winkelman was named as the Grand Marshall of the Burney Basin Days Parade.

Asked about his motivation, Rev. Winkelman said,  “I would not be where I am today without the Lord Jesus Christ, who changed my life when I was 14 years old here in Burney, and the faithful support of my wife of over 40 years. Thank you for the privilege of serving the community here in Burney. “

Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of Christ. Thanks to God for using the Winkelman family to show His love on this holy day. Thanks to all who share their love by caring for others throughout the year.

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Starry Nights shares the joy of the Christmas season

More than 150 people came to the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA) on Sunday evening December 17 to attend their Starry Nights program. This year’s program combined the annual chili cook-off with a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols.

Janyce Hamlin hit all the high notes on O Holy Night

Rev. Ken Frazier and Rev. Corey Yake welcomed people the full house to the church and emceed the evening’s program.

Rev. Corey Yake and Rev. Ken Frazier welcome guests to Starry Nights

Every table was full with more people sitting in chairs lining the room. Three wonderful singers, Tammy Allison, Janice Hamlin, and Carolyn Garrigus, led the entire group for one hour singing favorite traditional carols and a selection of popular Christmas songs such as Jingle Bells and White Christmas.

Tammy Allison, Janice Hamlin, and Carolyn Garrigus leading the Sing-along

Between some of the songs, audience members were asked if they would like to share a story. People responded with personal testimonies and heart-warming accounts of love shared in Christmas past.

After the singing, Rev. Frazier explained the process of the chili cook-off. There were 17 entrees this year. People went table by table through the line and received a small plastic bowl of each chili with a number on it.

Seventeen kinds of Chili to choose from

To compliment the chili, there was a full table of toppings and corn bread.

Lots of toppings

For dessert, there were cookies and baked goods.

Cookies and cupcakes anyone

After sampling all of the chilies, the diners wrote the number of their favorite on a card. WOLA had Olympic like medals for those who received the most votes. The first, second, and third place winners also won a can of almond rocha candy as a prize.

Pastor Frazier announced the results of the tally. Third place winner was Rick Yochum. Ron Edwards won second place. Then last year’s winner Krissi Foutch came forward to present the gold medal for most popular chili to Jennifer Penn.

Rev. Ken Frazier, Krissi Foutch, Rick Yochium, Jennifer Penn, Ron Edwards, and Rev. Corey Yake

Starry Nights is one of the programs that WOLA holds for the public throughout the year to show their love for community as part of their commitment to “Love God and love people.”

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Christmas Cantata a Heavenly Experience

The Fall River Valley Community Choir treated the people of Burney to a taste of the Kingdom of Heaven as they performed the Christmas cantata The First Noel at Burney Presbyterian Church on Saturday afternoon December 16.

Fall River Valley Community Choir performing at Burney Presbyterian Church

The 40 minute cantata, written by Russell Mauldin, contains and arrangement of classic carols, hymns and favorite Christmas songs of the season. The songs and narration celebrate the birth of Jesus as messiah and king.

Reverend Penni Elaine Scarbrough, the pastor the hosting church, welcomed everyone and began the program with a prayer.

Opening with a prayer

The performance was directed by Reverend Alison Maki and Ruth Strauch with musical accompaniment by flautist Theron Canrall, pianist Linda Gulbransen, guitarist Jean Rodgers, and  Goldie Christofferson  and Nate Strauch on chimes. Nate Strauch read the narration.

Rev. Maki introduced the choir and gave a brief introduction. The cantata began with “The Birthday of a King Medley” containing arrangements of “For unto us a Child is Born,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and “The Birthday of a King.”

Angelic Voices

Then followed six selections: “Glory, Glory in the Highest;” “The First Noel;” “Jesus Born on This Day;” “Light of the Stable,” with “Angels We Have Heard on High;” “In the First Light;” and “Jesus at the Center.”

Reverend Bill Myers sang a solo for Glory, Glory in the Highest.”

Reverend Bill Myers singing Glory, Glory in the Highest

Maggie Torres sang solo in “Jesus Born on This Day.”

Maggie Torres singing Jesus Born On This Day

Following “Jesus at the Center,” narrator Nate Strauch said a prayer celebrating the birth of Jesus, and then the cantata concluded with a grand “Birthday of the King Finale.”

After the conclusion of the finale, Rev. Maki led the entire congregation as they sang “Silent Night.”

Alison Maki leads the congregation singing Silent Night

Rev. Maki thanked everyone for coming and announced that there would be a second public performance of the cantata at Intermountain Evangelical Free Church in McArthur the following day at 4 p.m. That concert would also include a performance of six songs by the Fall River Valley Community Children’s Choir.

The concert was performed in remembrance of Melanie Kerns. Mrs. Kerns was a beautiful singer and wonderful pianist. She was also a pillar of the Intermountain Community who was active in both the Fall River Methodist Church and the Burney Presbyterian Church.

After the concert, the audience and choir mixed and mingled as they shared fellowship and enjoyed refreshments.

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