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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Karen King starting new church 2012.08.15

Written by David Green.

kkBy DAVID GREEN

Ever since the Fayette Bible Church closed about five years ago, it bothered Karen King to see the building unused.

Every time she rode past on her bicycle along Maple Street, she would say a little prayer: “Lord, bring someone along to make it a nice church.”

In April, her prayer was answered, but the result came as a surprise. The person who would make it a nice church was the same person who passed by on the bicycle.

She said that she once saw in her mind Jesus blowing breath into the church—an exciting vision suggesting action on the horizon—but then she later saw Jesus handing the church to her.

No, no, that wasn’t what she had in mind.

“So here I am,” she said, sitting in the back of her new church building. “It’s a total step of faith, but I’m enjoying it.”

History

A United Brethren Church was built on the property in the 1800s, but that original structure burned. A new church was constructed in the 1920s.

In the 1960s, after the U.B. church closed, the Bird Lake Wesleyan Missionary Church bought the property, and Karen’s first involvement soon followed. Her mother was a charter member of the church, and Karen and her husband both served as pastors at the church in the early 1970s.

In the early 1980s, Karen’s father and her brother, Kary Snider, put their carpentry skills to use in helping to construct the existing sanctuary to the south of the original building. That included a church office and basement classrooms. The old church was used for youth activities.

After the church closed in 2007, the Bird Lake church tried to sell the Fayette property, with the hopes of it remaining a church.

Karen fulfilled that wish, but after she made the down payment, she asked herself, “How do I start a church?”

An internet search led her to a web site known as StartCHURCH, a company that has led her through the entire process, including many facets of the process that she never would have thought about.

Her New Beginnings Ministries is now incorporated with the state and has bylaws, a constitution and a board of directors in place. Many weeks have been devoted to cleaning and repairs after five years of no use, but Karen has finally been able to turn her focus on the ministry.

She will use her degrees in Christian counseling and in the ministry to lead a new congregation.

“Anyone who doesn’t have a church is welcome,” she said.

She and others have met at the church for informal Sunday meetings, and she’s now taking that a step further by scheduling 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday morning.

“They are not going to be formally organized at this time,” she said, “but will be a time of worship, prayer, sharing and scripture.”

Karen no longer passes by the church and wishes for some life inside. More often than not, her bicycle stops outside the door.

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