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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

Fayette home tour #2: New Beginnings 2012.11.21

Written by David Green.

tour.church.2012It's not only one of Fayette's long-standing churches that will be on display for the Dec. 2 home tour. There's an entire village inside.

Karen King, pastor of New Beginnings Ministries on Maple Street, invites guests to tour her church—the former Fayette Bible Church—and also take a look at the enormous Christmas Village that's set up in the sanctuary of the old part of the church, on the north end of the structure.

The village—complete with lighted buildings and an ice skating rink—belonged to the mother of someone attending the church. Karen has watched boxes and boxes of components being moved inside for assembly and she’s impressed with the scope of the display.

The old sanctuary of her church stands on the site of Fayette's original United Brethren Church built in the 1800s. A new church was constructed in 1920 after a devastating fire and it still stands, but it's no longer the worship area. The old church was converted to a youth center after a new addition was built in the 1980s, including basement classrooms.

Karen's involvement with the church spans several decades. Her mother was a charter member of the church after the United Brethren services stopped and the Bird Lake Wesleyan Missionary Church bought the property. Karen served as a pastor at the church in the early 1970s.

Karen and her father, along with her brother Kary Snider, took part in the construction project to build the addition. Pastor Sam Wickard led the congregation for many years when the church was known as the Fayette Bible Church, but the structure remained vacant for five years until Rev. King bought it earlier this year. She now leads Sunday services at 10:30 a.m, plus Wednesday evening prayer and fellowship from 6 to 7 p.m.

• For the tour, use the parking lot on the south end of the church, near the double doors.

In addition to the Christmas Village, Rev. King has one more surprise awaiting guests. Look for a large angel carved from ice mounted outside the church Dec. 2.

Well-known ice artist Chad Hartson of Napoleon, Ohio, will create the piece as a favor to another church member and have it delivered to the site.

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