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Christmas is right around the corner and Lamb of God Lutheran Church in Ahwatukee will put together its annual live nativity scene to further the holiday spirit for the entire Ahwatukee Foothills community.
Grief support for children is lacking in Ahwatukee Foothills, but it’s a serious cause that some Ahwatukee groups are hoping to find a solution for.
Ahwatukee resident Janet Collins has always shown a passion and desire when it came to Spanish, and eight years ago she was able to share her passion with the Ahwatukee community by beginning Los Niños Spanish School.
Mountain View Lutheran Church will be hosting its inaugural Fabulous Fall Festival tomorrow for the entire community.
Organizations in Ahwatukee Foothills have resources available to help anyone going through abuse, but representatives from each group feel it will take community involvement to get the resources to the right people.
Tom Hanks didn’t know where the cameras were.
Learning a second language can be a beneficial trait for any individual who’s interested in finding appreciation from different cultures.
In 1997, then Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The Rev. H. George Anderson wrote a book called, “A Good Time to be the Church.” His successor, The Rev. Mark Hanson, who will complete 12 years as ELCA Presiding Bishop in November, quipped that he was thinking of writing a book called, “It’s Not All That Great a Time to Be the Church.”
The chance to put her professional training toward a good cause was too tempting to pass up for Dr. Jazmin Torres, a chiropractor at Mountainside Wellness Center in Ahwatukee Foothills.
When did everything become so complicated?
I’ve known Jerry for more than 40 years. We met through a mutual friend in high school, albeit an unlikely match: Jerry was a star athlete in three sports and I was a nerd who wrote for the school paper and belonged to the Ecology Club. The most obvious difference between us, however, is that Jerry is an African-American.
The Valley of the Sun United Way is expecting at least 500 homeless guests to find aid and assistance at its Project Connect event this Thursday, July 18, and is hoping its own volunteers will find a home as well: in the hearts of the guests they aid.
I feel deep empathy for our elected leaders in Congress as they navigate the contentious issue of immigration, and I respect the courage Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have demonstrated as they have attempted to find solutions on this difficult issue.
Ramona Ekpe and Nicholas Smith, both of Ahwatukee, were named to the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester at Loyola Marymount University. Students named to the dean’s list have completed 15 semester hours and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a student must have completed all of his or her courses and never received an F in any course.
“Ordinary Grace,” by William Kent Krueger, is a touching coming-of-age novel set in the fictional town of New Bremen, “somewhere in the broad valley of the Minnesota River.” It is the summer of 1961, a time of innocence and hope for the country with a new young president. It’s the first year the Twins played in Minnesota, ice-cold root beers were enjoyed at Halderson’s drugstore soda fountain, and Hot Stuff comic books fill the magazine racks. For 13-year old Frank Drum it is a summer that becomes much more than a winning baseball season as his innocence is shattered due to a series of tragic events and deaths, including accidents, suicide and murder.
Local churches in Ahwatukee Foothills are keeping their heads above the sea of technology with the use of iPhone, Android and tablet apps for their members. Along with the surge in use of Bible apps, online podcasts of sermons and social media, non-denominational Christian churches as a whole are remembering that relevancy is key. Pastor Jeff Zubeck of Living Word Bible Church said “keeping up with the times” is key, though the larger scope of the church shouldn’t change the main message, just the method of delivery. Whether in church services or at home, members and attendees of Mountain Park Community Church can literally have their church in their pocket.
While more than 62 percent of households in the U.S. have a pet, and many of the people living with those animals attend church services regularly, only a small percentage of churches serve animals and their caretakers. It was a startling thought for Ahwatukee Foothills residents Kris and Craig Haley.
Ahwatukee Foothills kids and parents can rejoice as a variety of summer camps and activities continue to be offered this year by area churches.
Loyola Marymount University has announced the students named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester. Among them are two students from Ahwatukee Foothills: Ramona Ekpe and Nickolas Smith.
About five years ago when Children of Hope Preschool needed funds to install sprinklers, staff and volunteers were able to raise about half needed to pay for the expensive price tag through the help of the community.
Six years ago, Janine Skinner was a mother of three who was reentering the workforce. Some of the return was financial: the aforementioned kids were just a few years away from college. While serving as a youth event chaperone, she was introduced to Minnesota-based Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). That was the beginning of a six-year whirlwind.
The is the season to connect with friends and family. Sometimes when visiting an aging loved one, we may be confronted with a slow decline in health and one of life’s most difficult decisions for a family to make is are they OK to continue to live alone? The aging person usually insists that they are fine to live alone. If you have not had to address this issue most likely you will or know someone who does. As we age and live longer, financial, legal, health care and long-term care issues affect families not just individuals.
Recently, Pope Benedict XVI officially opened up his own Twitter account (@pontifex), joining millions of people all around the world sharing their thoughts on the social media site, 140 characters or less at a time. Days later he has already eclipsed over 540,000 followers — without a single tweet.
Let your light shine.
Through Dec. 24