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“Operation Warm Winter” warming up

For the past ten years, Operation Warm Winter, a community service ministry of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA), has been providing quality new winter coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school children. In addition, at an annual GIVEAWAY, people in need can come for gently worn hats, gloves, jackets, and blankets. This year’s Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY will be Thursday, December 6 at the WOLA gym located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

The program was initiated in 2007 by Stephanie Pruitt when she found out that some children in the Burney schools could not go outside for recess because they did not have warm winter coats or boots.

Last year, 76 children received new coats and boots. In addition, 86 people came for the annual GIVEAWAY for winter clothing.

This year, Burney High School student Kira Hernandez is working to organize the program for her Senior Project. Ms. Hernandez is working together with WOLA Secretary Kathy Newton.

Burney Elementary School helps to identify children and notify parents to sign up in advance so that Operation Warm Winter can purchase jackets and boots to suit individual needs.

The purchase of the jackets and boots is made possible by donations from church members and the community. A major fundraiser for the program the past few years has been the Ohio Northern University Choir concert held in the late Spring.

The winter clothing for the GIVEAWAY is also donated by members of the community. Ms. Hernandez is setting up collection boxes around town for people to donate clean gently used items.

Kathy Newton said, “I love being part of a church that centers on loving God and loving people. This is a really great way to demonstrate that!”

People in the community who would like to participate by donating clothing or funds or who would like more information about the program, please call 530-335-4419.

In the Gospel of Matthew 25:40, Jesus says “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

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Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children
Operation Warm Winter gives out warm clothing


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WOLA organizes community clean-up for Washburn Park

Photos courtesy of Kathy Newton and WOLA

Pastor Ken Frazier and Jim Hamlin from Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) organized a group of community volunteers on Saturday September 8 to help trim and clean-up Washburn Park.

Fixing up the field

The park is owned by the Burney Water District (BWD). Hamlin, a BWD Board Member, who is also the community service leader for WOLA helped to recruit and organize volunteers. Church members were joined by public-minded neighbors and representatives from the Chamber of Commerce and Burney Lions Club. The new Office Manager for the Chamber, Jessica Sharp lent a hand.

Raking up debree

Lisa Barry cares about parks

Lisa Barry, community organizer for Shasta County Health and Human Services also came out to help. Ms. Barry has been helping to facilitate discussions amongst BWD, the Burney Lions, Tri County Community Network, The Fall River Joint Unified School District (FRJUSD), the Burney Chamber of Commerce, Little League and other interested parties to address ongoing concerns about maintenance of the three parks in Burney and to explore ways to expand activities and increase public use. Lisa’s husband Dave Barry, manager of the local Les Schwab, also came on Saturday morning to assist the clean-up.

BWD owns Washburn Park and the Lions (Civic) Park on Hwy 299. FRJUSD owns the Bailey Park property. Tri County Network operates Bailey Park. The Burney Lions maintain Lions Park. Little League also uses the parks.

The clean-up began at 9 a.m. and lasted until 12:30 p.m. As the work was ending Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady came to ensure that all the work was done safely and there was no fire hazard.

Many hands make light work. When a community unites, good things happen.

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Reflections and Inspirations of Pastor Penny Scarbrough

The churches and their ministers play an important role in the life of Burney and the Intermountain area. In this video, Pastor Penni Scarbrough reflects on her experience and shares her vision and hope for her church and the community.

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Reflections and Inspirations of Pastor Ken Frazier

The churches and their ministers play an important role in the life of Burney and the Intermountain area. In this video, Pastor Ken Frazier of The Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) reflects on his experience and shares his vision and hope for the community.

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Reflections and Inspirations of Pastor Sheaden Crabtree

I was inspired to invite ministers in the Intermountain Area (beginning with Burney) to share their reflections, concerns, and vision. The churches and their ministers play an important role in the life of the community and are a part of Pit River Country history.

In this video, Pastor Sheaden Crabtree of Solid Rock Foursquare Church shares his thoughts, his hopes, and his heart.

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Ad Hoc Meeting held at the Meeting Place to discuss recovery relief for Carr Fire

An Ad-Hoc meeting was held on Monday July 31 at Meeting Place at Burney Presbyterian Church to discuss what further things the intermountain area can do to aid the victims of the Carr Fire.

Ad Hoc Meeting at the Meeting Place at BPC

According to Cal Fire Incident Information on the Carr Fire as of Tuesday, July 31, the fire has burned 110,154 acres.  In addition, 884 residences, 4 commercial structures, and 348 outbuildings have been destroyed  and 169 residences, 5 commercial structures and 51 outbuildings have been damaged. As of Tuesday morning the fire was 27% contained.

Thirty-eight thousand people have been displaced. There are several evacuation Centers including Shasta College, Simpson University, Cross Point Community Church in Redding, Trinity High School in Weaverville, and Foothill High School in Palo Cedro.

(For latest information on the Carr Fire and other California Fires see CAL FIRE California Statewide Map).

In cooperation with Fred Gideon of the American Red Cross, The Meeting Place at Burney Presbyterian Church  has been helping to collect emergency supplies for evacuees. A collection center for donations was set up at the church.

Donations at BPC – photo courtesy of The Meeting Place at BPC

Many people volunteered at the donation center and enough donations were given by the community to deliver 3 truckloads to the Cottonwood Community Center Distribution on July 30,2018. The Cottonwood Community Center receives donations and then sorts them by evacuation center needs and sends them where they are needed.

Ready to deliver a truck load of supplies – photo courtesy of The Meeting Place at BPC

Pastors Penni and Tim Scarbrough helped to oversee organization of activities. Elizabeth Tyler took charge of factual updates and media outreach.  Tanya Taylor, Amber Mayhew, Michelle Kelley, Kim Filley, Charla Connelley, Kimberly Michelle, Karin Erickson, Carrie Wade, River Marcks, Jennifer Frolich, and Ann Johnson volunteered to staff the collection center. Matt Adkins, Candi Ticker, Alissa Tereba volunteered to drive the trucks to the distribution center.

Donations are still being collected. According to the Salvation Army what is most needed are new pillows, new blankets, shoes, sunscreen, paper products, towels, bottled water, diapers, baby food, new children’s clothing, new adult size shirts, socks, underwear, and baby wipes.

Monetary donations can be made to the American Red Cross 1-800-733-2767 (, and Shasta Regional Foundation Disaster Relief Fund 530-244-2207 ( Donations to house small animals can be made to Haven Humane 530-241-1653 (

The meeting on Tuesday was attended by Burney Fire Chief Monte Keady, Natalie Forrest and Russell Elek from the Pit River Tribe, Judy Jacoby, Manager of Pit River Health Clinic, Keith Topaum, acting liason for Carr Fire incident for Pit River Health Clinic, Elizabeth Tyler from Burney Disposal, Lisa Barry from Shasta County Health and Human Services, Rev. Tim Scarbrough,  Sandra Jensen, Jill Barnett, and Michael Kerns. Pastor Penni Scarbrough facilitated the meeting.

Representatives from Pit River Tribe and the Pit River Health Center said that many tribal members living in Redding have been displaced and have come to stay with families in the Intermountain area. A temporary shelter has been set up at the health center to provide referral, temporary emergency shelter, food, and medical services.

Elizabeth Tyler, speaking on behalf of Rev. Ken Frazier said that WOLA can provide showers and shelter in the gym for people displaced by the fire.

Chief Keady recommended that the group continue to meet in order to continue to assist long-term recovery.

In addition to discussing efforts to help Carr Fire victims the group also discussed developing a plan for the Intermountain area to provide for emergency relief and assistance in case there were a major fire in the Intermountain area.

Rev. Scarbrough said that Fred Gideon from the Red Cross asked the group (1) to develop a resource manual for the area, (2) to develop a volunteer data base, and (3) to compile a list of home owners in the area that would be willing to provide temporary refuge for displaced fire victims. Those in attendance said that they would Email Penni relevant information on the above items so that Tim and Penni can put all of the information into a binder and develop a manual.

For more information on how you can help call Penni Scarbrough at 530-524-2944.

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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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