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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.

"Celebrate Recovery" offered in Morenci 09.22.2010

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Complications from an unfriendly divorce.

Unwanted extra pounds, and a hunger for more sweets.

An appetite for gambling or alcohol or pornography.

A feeling of depression or unhappiness with life.

The challenges facing people are many and varied, but there’s a program that’s helped many people through a variety of “life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups.”

Morenci’s Church of the Nazarene began offering the Celebrate Recovery program this week, with open meetings continuing every Monday 6:30 p.m.

It’s a 12-step recovery program, said leader Jane Ream, but unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, it covers a variety of challenges and it’s based on scripture from the Bible.

Ream joined Morenci’s Nazarene church about a year ago as the administrative pastor. She Jodi Owens, wife of the church pastor, Dennis Owens, were both trained in leading Celebrate Recovery sessions. The program originated at California’s Saddleback Church in the 1990s.

“I have a few friends who lead the program in other locations and I felt very strongly that it was something Morenci needed,” Ream said.

She sees the current economic conditions as an especially good time for the program to begin here.

“We’re dealing with difficult economic times and people are struggling, not only with their jobs and their homes,” she said, “but when they feel helpless and defeated, they often turn to alcohol or drugs.”

Addictions and compulsive behaviors tend to increase and she believes Celebrate Recovery can help.

After the first three weeks of the open meetings, those who have formed a bond will begin meeting together on another night, then a new group will form.

“My goal is to have groups that deal with specific addictions and compulsions,” Ream said.

Three lay leaders have been trained to work with men’s groups and two are in training for women. Eventually, Ream expects them to take over leadership. She would also like to see the development of teen recovery groups in the future.

Saddleback pastor Rick Warren describes the program as based on the words of Jesus rather than on psychological theory.

Rather than wallowing in the past, he said, the program leads participants to start making wise choices for the future, to take personal responsibility, and to make a spiritual commitment.

Ream wants people to view the program as giving people a place to work on behaviors that are troubling them.

“We just want to reach out to people in Morenci and provide them with a safe have,” she said.

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