One of the most extraordinary experiences of my life was serving as a singles pastor at two different churches in the Phoenix area. From 1980 to 1982, I pastored at Grace Community Church in Tempe. We served 500-plus single people in our Sunday school classes.
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Thursday, May 06, 2021
Army veteran Steve Martin lost his legs as a result of injuries he sustained from a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. The Valley resident was a contractor at the time and didn’t qualify for VA benefits.
Tuesday, May 04, 2021
Monday, May 03, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
When nurse Gina Day showed up at Golden Heritage Assisted Living in Scottsdale to care for Joan Cullen, she noticed right away that her sweet patient’s hair had been set and styled for a special occasion: her 91st birthday party. Her immediate response was to tell Cullen how pretty she looked.
Here is a true story of a composer and a potential forgiveness issue. Every Christmas, composer Giacomo Puccini would have a cake baked for each of his friends.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Mike Bates, a former star baseball player at Apollo High School and Phoenix College, didn’t want his love for sports to wane. He joined an adult softball team and, naturally, after each game they headed to sports bars to reminisce.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
A professor stood before his class with items on the table in front of him. When the class began, he picked up a large and empty mayonnaise jar and filled it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
James Harding of Riverton Piano Co. loves what he does for a living. He can play extravagant pianos all day and occasionally rub shoulders with the likes of Jim Brickman.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Peoria Unified released the first episode of its new podcast, Trending Peoria, where the district will break down the latest trends in education — from details on how the pandemic has impacted student learning to the way arts education helps shape students.
Midwestern University will again earmark 100% of an estimated $2.8 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) apportioned to the university by recently passed federal legislation to support the nearly 7,000 health care professions students enrolled at its campuses in Downers …
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Consider this statement by Pastor Bill Johnson: When we live out of discipline, we are admired. When we live out of passion, we are contagious. Passion and discipline are good, but today let’s explore passion. Passion creates commitment, and commitment is the ignitor of momentum. Momentum tu…
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Aaron Allen has an infectious laugh, a larger-than-life personality, a harmonious voice and glowing brown eyes that, when looked upon, one would never know were donated to him.
Monday, April 12, 2021
Thursday, April 08, 2021
Before the weather heats up in the West Valley, residents will have the opportunity to spend their mornings learning about wildflowers and the surrounding environment. The city of Peoria is offering classes where residents can learn to grow their own wildflowers and pollinator gardens.
Here’s a great illustration I found on the internet of two different perspectives — one coming from Venus (a feminine perspective) and the other from Mars (a masculine perspective). One is called The Wife’s Diary. The other is called The Husband’s Diary.
Wednesday, April 07, 2021
BASIS Peoria students Adell Ateshim and Shreya Satheesh are planning to celebrate after receiving $250 for an honorable mention in C-SPAN’s national 2021 StudentCam competition.
Tuesday, April 06, 2021
Maoto, a rare male white rhino, arrived at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park from San Diego Zoo Safari Park to kick off one of the conservation’s breeding programs.
Saturday, April 03, 2021
Sometimes we struggle to embrace what should be obvious. Here are some original, amusing headlines in respected newspapers and magazines that illustrate this point.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Friday, March 26, 2021
Peoria will host a free annual Easter event from 8 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, April 3, at the Peoria Sports Complex. This year, to accommodate COVID-19 safety protocols, participants must sign up for a time to venture through the Dolly Sanchez Cottontail Lane Grab and Go Event.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Peoria Girl Scout Charlie Unsworth has been awarded the prestigious Gold Award for educating younger generations in her community about gardening, cultivating produce and STEM.
Peoria Unified School District highlighted the accomplishments of its students and staff in an announcement on March 12, celebrating the district’s National Merit finalists, Peoria Education Foundation Scholarship recipients, Arizona DECA Chapter Adviser of the Year as well as the winner of …
The message of the Jewish holiday of Passover — which begins this year on Saturday, March 27 — is closely tied to the ideals that most Americans hold dear.
The Phoenix Holocaust Association will hold its annual communitywide Yom HaShoah Commemoration to honor the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust and recognize those who survived.
The following thoughts and musings by an unknown author have been in my files for some time. I think this week is perfect for sharing them with you. These musings have circulated on the internet and have blessed and encouraged countless people. The piece is called “I Believe.” Read on.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Katrina Wetherell of Peoria has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2020 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee. Wetherell is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in corporate communication.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The DVUSD Governing Board recently began recognizing the 2019-20 Teachers and Rookies of the Year and will honor additional teachers during future board meetings.
Tuesday, March 09, 2021
The BHHS Legacy Foundation has provided a $15,000 grant to Midwestern University to help foster health care career experiences for Valley high school students in 2021.
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Wednesday, March 03, 2021
It’s hard to believe, but the time has arrived to register for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. Luckily for local families, Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) offers a free full-day kindergarten program at all of its K-6 and K-8 schools.
Tuesday, March 02, 2021
It’s been a century since Ira and George Gershwin dominated the musical theater scene with their catchy music and beloved songs. But in 2021, their work still makes people sing and dance, which is why the Arizona Broadway Theatre is presenting an original musical, “Crazy for Gershwin,” from …
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Many know there is a direct connection between what we put into our mouths and our heart health. But did you know that the health of your mouth is directly connected to heart health?
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
The Peoria Unified School District held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 29, when top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Monday, February 22, 2021
There are only a few more weeks to help local West Valley Girl Scouts meet their Girl Scout Cookie Season goals. Need a reason to splurge on a few extra boxes this year? Try pairing them with Arizona beers and wines.