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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.’”

See also:

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


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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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Journeys and gatherings

Life is an intricate tapestry of interwoven threads. The threads consist of our journeys, not only physical journeys, but spiritual. mental, and emotional as well. Sometimes we travel alone, sometimes with others. Sometimes we gather to share our stories.

This is a story about journeys that converged on Friday July 27 in Mt Shasta. It involves a cross country adventure by automobile, PCT hikers, fire, vortices, flying saucers, sasquatch, friendship, marriage, church, nature, and the unfolding discovery of life’s purposes and possibilities.

One of the journeys began in late 2002 when I met a talented young songwriter named Shannon Fratanduono at a coffee shop named the Year of the Rabbit in Bowie Maryland and we became friends.

Over the years our friendship grew and developed even thought we have made many separate journeys along the way. Shannon went to Flaggler College in St. Augustine Florida to study art and then returned to Maryland. I moved from Maryland to California.

Yet through the years, we have kept in touch. My wife Linda and I made a journey to Florida and visited her while she was at college. We had reunions when I was back in Maryland. Shannon helped me to get started painting. We had many conversations on the phone sharing our insights, ideas, and experiences.

After Linda and I sold our house in Maryland and moved permanently to California, Shannon made a journey west, first by plane to visit another friend Rosa in Los Angeles. Rosa was a best friend of Shannon’s in Maryland who also used to come to the Year of the Rabbit. Shannon then came north by train to visit Linda and I, and then by bus to visit another friend in Portland.

Several years later, Shannon came West again to do organic gardening at Trillium Farm near Jacksonville in southern Oregon. One day she came down to Mt Shasta with her roommates from the farm and I hiked on Mount Shasta with them. I also visited Trillium Farm and together we explored some of the area around the Applegate River.

Shannon at Trillium Farm

This year, Shannon decided to drive cross-country by car. She traveled though Tennessee into Arkansas where stopped to pick up quartz crystals in Ouachita Mountain. Then she drove through Texas to Taos, New Mexico where she stayed in an “earthship” dwelling fashioned by Michael Reynolds out of recycled materials (ie. a home made out of garbage).

Next she went to Sedona Arizona to experience the beauty of the red rocks and the energy of the vortices.

Then on to California. First she visited relatives in San Diego. Then she visited her friend Rosa who is preparing for the release of Alita: Star Warrior, in which Rosa plays the starring role.

Then she travelled north on Hwy 1 though Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay, San Francisco, and Mendicino before cutting over to Hwy 101 where she spent a night in Benbow.

Shannon planned to drive over the Coastal Mountain on 299 and then north to Mt. Shasta. Hwy 299 was closed west of Redding because of the Carr Fire  so she took route 36 instead. Hwy 36 also had a temporary closure, so during her delay, she went back down to Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park to cool off in the Redwoods.

After reaching Interstate 5 and heading north, she was shocked to see the black cloud of smoke with an ominous underlying orange glow ahead. She pulled off at a Redding exit to get gas. Eerily, all of the gas stations, shops, and restaurants were closed and abandoned due to evacuation. It was intense, strange and overwhelming, and Shannon burst into tears.

Back on I-5 heading north, she was horrified to see the wall of flame to the west of the highway. She had never imagined the hellish intensity of an  out-of-control wildfire.

Nonetheless, Shannon continued north and arrived in Mt. Shasta about 10 p.m. where she checked into the KOA for a nights rest.

The next morning, Linda and I woke up in Burney. The air was filled with smoke. As we traveled to Mt Shasta to rendezvous with Shannon, the air was filled with smoke. When we arrived in Mt Shasta, the air was filled with smoke and you couldn’t see the mountain. Most of the smoke in Mt Shasta was from fires that had been raging on the California-Oregon border.

Driving into the downtown area, we saw Shannon walking on the sidewalk. We found a place to park in front of the vacant store where Village Books used to be and headed in the direction we had seen her.

On the way, we met two people on a different sort of journey. They were PCT hikers. We briefly introduced ourselves, then Linda spotted Shannon across the street just as she also spotted us. So we rushed to the corner and when the light signaled “walk” we met and embraced in the middle of the intersection.

Shannon had to take something back to her car so I returned to talk with the hikers until Shannon joined us.

Slip n Slide from Redding CA, Shannon, and One Step from the UK

One of the hikers bore the trail name One Step, I suppose because he was taking the trail one step at a time. He was from the United Kingdom. He began his hike in Campo on April 27.

The other was Slip and Slide who had been hiking north since April 7. His motto is “The last one to Canada wins.”

It is actually a profound motto, because not everyone who sets out makes it to Canada. Some stop for physical reasons; some stop for emotional reasons, some stop because they run out of time; some stop because they are delayed, injured or distracted. Finally some stop because the snows of the northern Cascades close the trail.

The first one who makes it to Canada holds a special place. The last one to make it to Canada occupies a special place. Yet there no shame for any. In my view anyone who hikes the PCT for a long distance deserves some kind of a medal.

In any case, Slip and Slide’s is from Redding California. His real name is Zach Winchell. His mother had evacuated her home in Redding the night before. So our conversation turned to the fires. He was in touch with his mom. She was okay, but they were not sure about the house. Zach was faithful and optimistic that all would be well. He was containing north hoping that the fires would be contained and the smoke would clear.

After talking a bit we spent time in one of the shops talking with Sandy, a woman very knowledgeable about crystals and native history. She was Native American. Though she was not Navaho, her family had lived on the Navaho reservation for generations. She was on a spiritual journey.

Shannon wanted to get to Ashland by evening and to Grants Pass by bedtime, so our time was limited. She asked if we wanted to go up the mountain and hike, a suggestion to which Linda and I readily assented in spite our not too spy physical condition.

As we ascended, we rose above the smoke. At Bunny Flats the sky was blue and we had a clear view of the mountain. We continued on to the parking lot at the old ski area.

Shannon and Linda at the old Mt Shasta ski area parking lot

For the sake of time we decided not to take the upper trail to Panther meadows but to go back down to the campground where there was a trail to the lower meadows and several other trails.

When we arrived we were greeted by a cheery young man named Jesse who had recently come from a farm near Trout Lake, Washington. Trout Lake is a small community near Mt Adams. Jesse told us that there was a lot of UFO activity in the area and that he had had several dreams of Sasquatch. According to Jesse, Sasquatch are interdimensional beings.

“That’s why you will never catch a Sasquatch,” he said. They can appear and disappear at will.

That’s as good a theory of Sasquatch as any that I have heard.

The last time I was in Shasta when our daughter Hana Lyn was visiting I met and prayed with a lady named Paravati who was working on achieving a Shamanic journey into the center of Mt. Shasta so she could meet Adamas the High Priest of the Lemurians.

The point is that many people one meets in the energy vortex of Mount Shasta have interesting experiences and ideas.

We continued down the trail into the campground and veered left toward a clearing thinking it might lead into the meadows. Our path took us to a campsite where a tent was set up.

“If there’s anybody there,” I said, “I just want you to know that we are just passing though.”

“Okay,” the tent said.

We walked to the edge of the clearing and the trail stopped.

“We’re looking for Panther meadows,” I said.

“Go south,” the tent said.

So we retraced our steps, went past the bathrooms and took another trail that lead to the southern reaches of the meadow. Shannon wanted to go deeper into the woods, so we took another trail that lead to a pool by a small stream.

A pool by the stream

Linda stayed to rest by the pool while Shannon and I went back to descend a steep downward trail to the “drinking springs.”

The drinking springs

I told Shannon that I had gone far enough. The trail was steep; I was concerned about time; and I didn’t want to leave Linda for too long.

Shannon rested for a few minutes on a tree and then said she would like to explore just a little bit further down the trail.

Taking a thoughtful break by the trail

I sat on the log as Shannon descended around a bend into the forest.

After about 25 minutes, I began to worry. Shannon hadn’t returned and Linda was probably wondering where we were.

Then I remembered the verse, “Do not be anxious about anything. Take your prayers and supplications to God with thanksgiving and He will give you the peace that passes understanding.”

I closed my eyes and began to pray. As peace descended upon me I heard rustling. I opened my eyes and saw Jesse and two friends appear from behind a tree. They approached me with friendly smiles on their faces and Jesse introduced me to his two friends, Silken and her husband.

As it turned out, Jesse and Silken’s husband had been friends for years since they had been youths in the Phoenix area. They said that their paths often crossed, just as they had today in this synchronistic meeting on Mt. Shasta.

Silken’s husband was one of those PCT hikers who had never made it to Canada. He had been hiking the PCT several years ago when he ran into some delays in Ashland. He liked the area around Shasta and Ashland so he just stayed and became a part of the community.

Silken also had an interesting tale. She and a boyfriend had been driving up I 5 several years ago when their car broke down. The got it going and it broke down again heading into town. Then it broke down again once they got into town. She stayed.

I learned that Silken and her husband had known each other as high school students at Glendale High School in Arizona. Silken’s parents are Canadian and she had returned to Canada with them, so she had her own journey but she eventually returned to the US.

She met her friend from high school again. He decided that she was the girl that he wanted to marry and they had just recently celebrated their wedding. They spend part of the year in Phoenix and summer is Ashland.

Shannon returned and joined the conversation. We started back up the steep ascent to the trail where Linda was. My knees were hurting so I told them to go on ahead at their faster pace so Shannon could check on Linda.

As I traipsed upward a heard a man who appeared to be an aspiring shaman yelling at an elderly couple, “You are the sickest people in the world I have ever met. Be healed.” I’m not going into that story.

Finally Linda, Shannon, and I were united and we sat to talk while I gained my breath.

Conversing by the mountain

As Linda and I made our way back to the car, Silken came up to us once again. She shared more of her story and Linda and I shared some of ours. We said a prayer together for her marriage and for world peace.

Then, Linda and I drove Shannon back to Bunny Flats where she had left her car. We had a fond farewell and Shannon took off to travel through Oregon on her way to Orca Island where she hoped that she could spend some time with the whales before driving back to a family gathering on the Atlantic seashore.

As Linda and I drove back down the mountain, Linda said, “We have to stop at the Gathering to see if anyone is there.”

The Gathering is the sister church of Word of Life Assembly of God in Burney. Recently, Cory Yake, the assistant pastor at WOLA, had moved to Mt. Shasta to grow the church. Linda had seen the church as we drove by on our way up the mountain.

Pastors Ken Frazier and Cory Yake, Linda and Alex Colvin at the gathering

Sure enough when we got there, we met Cory’s wife. As we were talking Cory drove up in a pick-up truck together with Pastor Ken Frazier from WOLA in Burney. They gave us tour of the church and showed us their community garden from which we plucked several cherry tomatoes and radishes.

Then we closed with a prayer that the Gathering might be a focal point for people to come together to experience God’s love in a spirit of reconciliation. As we left, Pastor Ken came running up to the window with two bottles of water for our journey home.

Praise God! It was an amazing day of journeys and gatherings.

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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 (http://www.redcross.org), and Shasta Regional Foundation Disaster Relief Fund 530-244-2207 (http://www.shastarcf.org/funds/cdrf). Donations to house small animals can be made to Haven Humane 530-241-1653 (http://www.havenhumane.org).

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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