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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.

Morenci Baptists starting "40 Days of Purpose" 9.24

Written by David Green.

Why am I here?

As organizers of the “40 Days of Purpose” campaign see it, that is life’s most important question.

When Morenci First Baptist Church launches its 40 Days effort at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, it will join a worldwide network of thousands of other churches that have examined the basic question through this spiritual growth campaign.

First Baptist pastor Ned Newlin said an estimated 30,000 churches around the world have investigated the “why am I here?” question inspired by California pastor Rick Warren in his book, “The Purpose Driven Life.”

Pastor Newlin proposed the idea for the campaign to his congregation and he was encouraged by the positive response. He’s hoping to draw the interest of area residents beyond his own church members.

“This campaign is not just for the members of Morenci First Baptist Church,” he said. “We see it as an opportunity to impact those of the whole community who desire to know more about ‘what on Earth am I here for?’ and discover real meaning for their lives and a higher purpose than personal peace and happiness.”

Planning continues for home group activities and weekly services throughout the campaign that will end Nov. 9.

The program focuses on five aspects of purpose: worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry and evangelism.

Following the kickoff service Saturday, the program involves a weekly message by the pastor, personal or family daily devotional reading, a weekly scripture verse for memorization and weekly small group events.

“People will hear about God’s purpose for their lives in many different formats,” Pastor Newlin said. “This will allow for the truths to sink deeper into hearts, which is essential for any permanent change.”

For additional information about the campaign, call Pastor Newlin at 517/458-2271.

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