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Hunter Whitaker wins AWANA Grand Prix

Hunter Whitaker won the Awana Grand Prix Race on Thursday evening at Intermountain Baptist Church. The average time for Hunter’s car was 2.871 seconds.

Hunter Whitaker wins the Awana Grand Prix

Shadrach Hennessey won best car design for the Spark age group competition, and Matthew Hennessey won best car design for the Truth and Training (T&T) age group.

Shadrach Hennessey and Matthew Hennessey won best design

More than 100 people came to watch as 35 cars built by children in the Awana youth program competed in the race. Each child built and designed his car from a kit including a block of wood wheels and axles.

The race was conducted by Awana leaders Peter and Joshua Hennessey.

Awana Leaders Peter and Joshua Hennessey with cars ready to race

Before the race Gerry Mead, who oversees the Awana program at Intermountain Baptist, gave a short talk in which he told the children that life is like a racing event. The goal is to reach the finish line. The finish line is to make it to heaven. To make it to heaven one needs to believe in Jesus.

Jerry Mead gave introductory remarks

Then, the race was on.

The race is on

The cars race in four lanes. Every car ran four heats so that they all had a chance to compete in each lane. Times were determined by an electronic device at the finish line and the average times for all four heats were determined by computer. Hunter’s car not only won the  race but his car beat last year’s winning time in all four races.

The competition was swift and close

About sixty children from the Burney area participate in the Awana program that is held each Thursday evening from Fall through Spring.

Awana is a world-wide nonprofit ministry focused on providing Christian youth education for children ages 2-18. It was founded in 1950 in Illinois and has expanded throughout the United States and the world. Currently, Awana works through 58,000 churches throughout the world to serve 4 million children in 120 counties.

The name Awana is derived from the first letters of “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed” derived from 2 Timothy 2:15. The program includes two age groups, Sparks for younger children and T&T for older youth.

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January 22, 2019 · 5:27 pm

A wonderful Christmas meal at Grace Community Bible Church

The Winkelman family and their relatives and friends served a wonderful Christmas meal to more than 50 members of the Burney community at the Grace Community Bible Church from noon to 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

More than 50 meals served at the church

Another two dozen meals were delivered to house-bound residents or provided for take-out. The meal consisted of roast turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes and greens. For dessert, guests had a choice of apple, pecan, or pumpkin pie. Each guest also received a Christmas present.

A scrumptious buffet

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 six 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.

Working hard in the kitchen

Diners were grateful for the opportunity to share a joyful Christmas meal in company with others.

One guest told Mrs. Winkelman, “I am so grateful. If you didn’t do this, we would be home alone.”

Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven..”

Amen! Praise God!

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Christmas meal at Grace Community Bible Church

A Christmas meal prepared by the Winkelman family will be served for the community on Christmas Day from noon to 2 p.m. at the Grace Community Bible Church. The church is located at 20218 Tamarack Avenue in Burney. Anyone in the public is welcome to come. There is no charge for the meal.

Pastor Winkelman said that they are willing to provide transportation or home delivery for people living within a five mile radius. People who need transportation or delivery should call 335-2502 or 335-2367.

See also:
The Winkelman family serves a Christmas feast for the community (Dec 2017)

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Starry Nights + Chili Cook-off = A Wonderful Holiday Feast!

By 6 p.m. people were streaming into the Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) for the combined chili cook-off and Starry Nights Christmas music program. WOLA’s motto is “Loving God and Loving People.” This annual Christmas program, open to everyone in the public, is one of the ways in which they share their love and gratitude with the community.

Before long the beautifully decorated worship hall was filled with more than 150 guests.

Ready to eat

Meanwhile in the foyer, WOLA volunteers were prepared to serve samples of seventeen chilis that had been entered for the cook-off.

Ready to serve

Pastor Ken Frazier welcomed everyone and explained directions for the cook-off. People would line up to receive seventeen samples of chili in numbered cups. After sampling them they could vote for their favorite and also go back to enjoy a full bowl of their favorite.

“This is one occasion when you are allowed to judge,” he said.

Pastor Ken welcoming guests and explaining the chili cook-off

People filed through the foyer filling their plates.

Seventeen chilis to sample and judge

In addition to chili, there were corn bread, condiments, clam chowder, and lots of goodies.

Goodies

People enjoyed the food and fellowship. Singers and musicians came forward to lead the audience in a joyful heartfelt mixture of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs.

Traditional and contemporary Christmas music

As the food filled the bellies of the diners and the music filled the air,  the Holy Spirit filled the hearts of the people with God’s love and inspiration.

Pastor Ken came forward and announced a short intermission in the music.

He was ready to announce the winners for the chili cook-off. Third place went to Shasta Bellagante. Matt Swanson won the prize for second place. And the winner of the Best Chili for 2018 was Kimbra Biles!

Chili Cook-Off Winners

Then Pastor Ken asked Alex and Linda Colvin to please come to the front of the room.  Like  faithful sheep, they followed the pastor’s voice and came forward. Ken announced that people in the church had decided to provide a special surprise Christmas blessing to this couple – two large baskets filled with gifts.

A very grateful blessed couple

Totally surprised and overwhelmed with gratitude, Mr. Colvin took the microphone and said, “This is the greatest church in the entire cosmos. God is here. And in the coming new year we will work to accomplish many things to help bring God’s Kingdom in the Intermountain Area!”

After the presentation, the Christmas music resumed. The program ended with Janice Hamlin and the worship team singing the wonderful Christmas carol “O Holy Night.”

Loving God and loving one another. Sharing food, fellowship, and sacred song at a feast celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Son of God and Holy Messiah. Is this not a taste of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth?

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Fall River Valley Community Choir performs Christmas Cantata

Fall River Valley Community Choir did four performances of a Christmas cantata. On Friday they sang at the Long Term Care facility at Mayer’s Memorial Hospital. On Saturday December 8 at 2 p.m., they sang for residents at the Burney Annex. Later that day at 4 p.m. they sang at Burney Presbyterian Church. Finally, on Sunday at 4 p.m. they gave a concert at the Intermountain Free Church of McArthur. At Burney Presbyterian Church and The Intermountain Free Church the Choir was joined by Fall River Valley Community Children’s Choir.

Fall River Valley Community Choir at Burney Presbyterian Church

The Children’s Choir sang a selection of six carols accompanied by pianist Linda Gulbransen and guitarist Jean Rodgers.

The Children’s Choir

After the Children’s Choir concluded the full choir came forward to sing  “The Glory of Christmas: Celebrating Christ’s Birth.” The cantata, with music by Lloyd Larson, was performed by 26 singers directed by Alison Maki. They sang eight selections. Each selection was introduced by narration from Michael Kerns and Penni Elaine Scarbrough.

The narration was poetic. The musical arrangement wove together alto, soprano, tenor and bass vocals into a tapestry of sacred music in which favorite Christmas carols such as O Come All Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing were included. Through word and song, the Choir guided the audience toward the Perfect Light.

After the cantata was concluded, Director Alison Maki led the choir and audience in singing Silent Night.

Director Alison Maki leading the congregation singing Silent Night

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“Christmas in November” benefits Happy Valley Women & Children’s Center

Mother and child testimony

Approximately 45 people attended a “Christmas in November” program at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA)in Burney on Saturday, November 10 to support Happy Valley Women & Children’s Center in Anderson.

Happy Valley Women & Children’s Center is a part of Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge, a branch of Adult & Teen Challenge, a worldwide network of Christian faith-based corporations intended to help teenagers, adults, and families with problems such as substance abuse or self-destructive behavior.

Christmas in November

Eight churches from the Assemblies of God Mt. Shasta Section of the Northern California Nevada District participated in Saturday’s gathering at WOLA . $50 gift certificates were given for 23 women and gifts were given to 6 children. Each child received a present purchased specially for them.

The event included fellowship, testimonies from women participating in the Happy Valley program, and lunch. Anna’s Country Kitchen donated beef enchiladas to provide a delicious main course.

WOLA Church Secretary Kathy Newton said, “It was such a joyful experience to see the delight on the kids faces and to share a meal and get to know some of the women from Teen Challenge whose lives are really being changed!”

Teen Challenge traces its roots to the work of David Wilkerson with New York City teens in the late 1950’s. Wilkerson founded Teen Challenge in 1960. In 1962, he published his influential book, The Cross and the Switchblade.

Over the years the program expanded nationally and then internationally. It also expanded its work to include families and adults. In 2017, the organization officially changed its name to Adult & Teen Challenge to acknowledge that the organization works with both teenagers and adults in its addiction treatment centers.

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