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Weaver and Avocado on the PCT

When my daughter Hana Lyn, who is visiting from Maryland, found out that there is a lady in Burney who sells Mary Kay, she was so happy. She had run out of foundation. So Linda messaged Bobbi Frazier and we arranged to meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Word of Live Assembly of God (WOLA) for resupply.

When we arrived, the WOLA coffee shop and lobby were buzzing with activity. Bobbi was there and so also were two members of a 4K for Cancer Team running from San Francisco to New York. So while Hana Lyn transacted with Bobbik and got a latte, I spoke briefly with one of the team leaders for the 4K Run, Cheyenne Greenside. Kathy Newton who was organizing hospitality for the runners during their rest stop in Burney, told me that they would be having a barbecue at WOLA that evening and invited me to come take pictures for an article. (See 4K Runners Grateful for Burney Hospitality).

Bon preparing a drink for Weaver at the coffee shop

In the meantime, I noticed several PCT hikers in the coffee shop. Five more hikers were enjoying the hospitality of WOLA. Two of them were heading back to the trail that day and three of them were planning to rest, resupply, and stay for the night.

I managed to chat with the two who were planning to trek on that day.

Rebekah Archer is a charming, thoughtful young lady from Melbourne Australia who is flip-flopping (skip-hiking) the trail. Her trail name is Weaver. She began solo hiking in Campo on April 9. As she hiked through the Southern California desert she made several friends with whom she hiked. Rebekah said she saw a lot of rattlesnakes in the south.

When they reached Lone Pine (Mile 788.8), she chose to skip the Sierras and hike north from Chester. Hiking from Chester to Burney she has seen a lot of deer but no bear yet. I told her she may well see one in this area.

After she passes through the Northern Cascades to Canada she plans to return and hike south through the high Sierras after the snow has melted.

In the midst of her journey north, Rebekah will take two weeks off from the trail to spend time with friends from Australia who are coming for a two week visit in San Francisco. Then she will rejoin the hikers she met earlier in the desert and hike to Canada with them. Rebekah has planned her hike so she can enjoy, the “best of all worlds.”

Avocado from Frankfurt Germany

The second PCT hiker I talked with in the coffee shop was a young thru-hiker from Frankfurt Germany. His trail name is Avocado. He started from Campo on March 28. This is the first time that he has done such a long hike. He has hiked the mountains of Europe but never longer than two weeks.

Avocado said that what impresses him about the PCT is the “diversity of beauty full of extreme contrast” that he has experienced on his journey through the desert, the High Sierras, the Southern Cascades, Hat Creek Ridge, and then descending into the forests of Burney Basin. He is looking forward to seeing Burney Falls, and then passing through Mt. Shasta, into the forests of Oregon and the Northern Cascades in Washington.

Just before leaving Germany for his adventure, Avocado completed his undergraduate degree in sociology from Frankfurt University. As he is walking north through the wilderness, he is pondering whether he should continue his studies or begin his career.

From the point of view of a sociologist, Avocado said that the PCT culture is a “tiny special society.” It is international. There are people of all ages and backgrounds making the journey for varied reasons. There are day hikers, section hikers, through hikers, and hip hoppers. Trail angels support and encourage the hikers and businesses in small rural towns cater to their needs. Rugged outdoor adventure interfaces with hi-tech social media and special PCT apps to facilitate the journey. There is a fluid blending of individualism and group formation that enriches the PCT family. Avacado said that he may write a short paper on it in the future.

He said that he met only one person hiking through the snow in the Sierras without a cell phone. Avocado considers his phone to be not just a means of communication but a safety device insuring location and rescue in case of mishap in a treacherous area.

Weaver relaxes at Burney Falls Park

After talking with Avocado, Hana Lyn, my wife Linda, and I headed to Burney Falls to hike the Loop. While there, we ran into Weaver again, sitting at a picnic table writing in her journal. She was planning to have an ice cream before visiting the falls and heading north.

Hana Lyn, with her new Mary Kay foundation, had several opportunities to snap selfies by the falls and on the bridge over Burney Creek.

 

Hana Lyn by the lynn at Burney Falls

Selfie on the bridge over Burney Creek

Ah! The best of all worlds!

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4K Runners Grateful for Burney Hospitality

The 4K for Cancer Team NY 2018 ran into Burney on Tuesday June 19. They came for a two-day rest stop hosted by the Word of Life Assembly of God Church (WOLA). Twenty-two young adults ranging in age from 18-25 are running from San Francisco to New York City to increase awareness and raise funds in the battle against cancer.

4K Runners and WOLA volunteers

Team NY is one of three teams doing a 4000 mile run across the country beginning in San Francisco on June 17 and ending in Baltimore, Boston, and New York on Aug 4th. The run is sponsored by the Ulman Foundation. The focus is helping young people with cancer. They are building a nationwide network of support involving a wide range of charitable programs.

Kathy Newton from WOLA supervised the overall hospitality for the group during their stay, including two nights rest in the WOLA gym, a Tuesday night barbecue organized by Kaylynn Harper and prepared by the Encounter small group ministry, a visit to Burney Falls, breakfast with food provided by Anna’s Country Kitchen, and pizza dinner at Gepetto’s courtesy of owner Robert Moore.

Cooking up burgers by the gym

The runners came from more than a dozen states including New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, Montana, and California.

Becca Eddy, Cheyenne Greenside, Kaylynn Harper, and Courntey Schatz

The program coordinator is Rebecca Eddy. Ms. Eddy, was raised in Eureka, Oregon and graduated from college in North Carolina, She currently lives in Baltimore where the Ulman Foundation has its headquarters.

Ms. Eddy said, “4K for Cancer hopes to unite communities in the battle against cancer making sure no one goes through this difficult time alone. Every participant has a ‘why for running.’ I wanted to run for my grandparents, uncle, great-aunt, and other family members and friends who have battled this terrible disease. I couldn’t control my family being impacted by cancer, but I could do something to make a difference and be there for others.”

Cheyenne Greenside and Courtney Schatz are team leaders. Courtney Schatz was raised in Roundup, Montana and now lives with her husband in Billings. She first learned about 4K when a team stayed at her church in Roundup.

She said, “I was inspired by the 4K bike teams that came through my hometown. I wanted to help. My parents have always taught me to help others in any way that I can so this experience is absolutely incredible.”

Montana Strummers sing “Running in the Mainstream of Love”

Mrs. Schatz is also a talented ukulele player. At the barbecue, she played and sang “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana with one of the children present. Then she teamed up with a local guitar player to form the Montana Strummers who performed “Running in the Mainstream of Love” featuring a wonderful ukulele solo.

Courtney’s younger sister, Carrie Cota, a talented landscape painter who just finished her second year at Rocky Mountain College in Billings is also participating in this year’s 4K run,

Ms. Greenside lives in Seattle and is engaged to a young man serving in the army in Georgia. She recently graduated from college in Alaska. She explained that on June 17 the team ran from San Francisco to Yuba City. On the 18th they ran from Yuba City to Red Bluff, where they spent the night before continuing to Burney. After their stay in Burney, they will be running to Vale, Oregon and then on across the country.

Several of the runners expressed their appreciation of the beauty of the Intermountain area and their gratitude to the people of Burney for their friendliness. They said they hoped to return in the future.

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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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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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Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY provides new coats and boots to 58 school children

Operation Warm Winter provided 58 elementary school children with a bag containing a nice new winter coat and winter boots at their annual GIVEAWAY at the Word of Life Assembly of God Church Gym on December 1. Pastor Ken Frazier said that the 58 children represent about 15% of the local elementary school population.

WOLA Pastor Ken Frazier, Alexus Bellino with her mom Melissa Bellino, and Kathy Newton together with five grateful children

In addition to these children, another 15 children who had not signed up in time for the giveaway are now on a waiting list and will receive coats and boots in the near future.

Alexus Bellino, a junior at Burney High School,  organized this year’s Operation Warm Winter for her Senior Project. Her mother, Melissa Bellino, came to help with the distribution.

Alexus Bellino and her mom Melissa

Ms. Bellino said, “What moved me to do this project was to give back to the community. Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces after they received their gifts was definitely the best part of the project. I hope to do it next year as well.”

Melissa Bellino chatting with a child

Bellino worked in coordination with Kathy Newton and other volunteers from WOLA.

As the children were signed up, they were supplied with paper and crayons that they used to express their gratitude in creative drawings.

Kids expressing their gratitude in colorful drawings

In addition to providing coats and boots for children, Operation Warm Winter also collected donations of gently used clothing. These clothes were neatly organized on tables and made available to people in the community who needed them. Ms. Bellino said that any leftover clothing will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Gently used warm winter clothing for people in need

Adults and children who came to the charitable affair were also treated to hot chocolate and cookies by WOLA volunteers.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate

WOLA began Operation Warm Winter in 2007 under the coordination of Stephanie Pruitt. 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 concert by the Ohio Northern University Choir held in the late Spring.

See also:

Operation Warm Winter at WOLA Nov 11

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Operation Warm Winter GIVEAWAY December 1

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Operation Warm Winter will be holding their annual winter GIVEAWAY on December 1 from 3-5 p.m.

Operation Warm Winter is a project of Word of Life Assembly of God (WOLA) located at 37341 Main Street in Burney.

Operation Warm Winter supplies new coats and boots to disadvantaged elementary school students.

In addition, at their annual GIVEAWAY, they provide gently used winter clothing to people in need. Clothing donations are being accepted at the church.

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

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4K for Cancer Cyclists stop in Burney on their way to San Francisco

Twenty young adults riding bicycles cross country to show support for young adults and their families impacted by cancer arrived in Burney on Saturday afternoon. This was Day 63 of their 70 day ride from Baltimore to San Francisco.

4K for Cancer riders at Gepetto’s with Kathy Newton and Sarah Clarke

The riders enjoyed a wonderful pizza dinner at Gepetto’s compliments of Bob Moore with salads made by Burney community gardeners.

After dinner the group went to visit Burney Falls and then spent the night at the Word of Life Assembly of God gym. They left Baltimore on June 4 and plan to finish their ride at Chrissy Field in San Francisco around noon on August 12.

Sara Brown from Fredericksburg, VA and Meldrick Umahon from Livingston, New Jersey are the group leaders for the ride.

Nate Fanzione, Jen Wedekind, Meldrick Umahon, and Sara Brown

Umahon said that two spectacular highlights of the journey were their rides at Crater Lake and through Rocky Mountain National Park. He said that the warm welcome they received  in Arapahoe, New Mexico was also very special. They were there on July 4 and were invited to ride in the Independence Day Parade.

The 4K for Cancer is a program of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults, and their loved ones, impacted by cancer. The headquarters of the organization is located in Baltimore.

One of the riders from Columbia, Maryland, Nate Fanzone said, “The 4K for Cancer is my way of showing support for all young adults impacted by cancer. We ride in solidarity with their fight and UCF stands side by side with the cancer community every stop of the way.”

Group leader Umahon said, “I’ve been inspired by the human passion to fight and keep going in life. The 4K for cancer explores the heart, mind, and spirit of motivated individuals to make change. I could not be more honored to serve humanity and letting others continue to laugh and love.

Kathy Newton from WOLA and Sarah Clarke helped to host the cyclists during their stay in Burney.

Articles on past 4K for Cancer events:

4K for Cancer Runners enjoy pizza at Gepetto’s

WOLA provides rest stop for 4K for Cancer Runners

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