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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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    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.

New pastor hired at Morenci Congregational 2013.05.30

Written by David Green.

 

p.greg morrisonGreg Morrison has stood in the pulpit of Morenci's First Congregational Church several times during the past four years, but he and his wife, Jodi, will soon become much more than occasional visitors.

Starting June 23, Rev. Morrison will serve as the church's pastor after Jack Cahill wraps up seven years of service to the church. Rev. Cahill will preach his final sermon here June 16 before retiring and moving to California.

The Morrisons intend to drive down from Charlotte each week to spend long weekends in the Morenci parsonage.

"We're excited about coming down and meeting people in the community," Rev. Morrison said. "Jodi and I both have an affection for Morenci."

Rev. Morrison has engaged in "pulpit supply" during the past four years and he spent more time here than in any other church.

"The congregation has always been warm and welcoming," he said. "I'm a small-town guy and Morenci is a good fit."

Rev. Morrison retired after a 31-year career with General Motors in Lansing. He's been involved in lay ministry for a decade and licensed ministry for the past four years.

"This will be my first church," he said. "This is a second career for me. It's a time I didn't anticipate. Now my life is headed in a new direction and I'm excited."

Greg and Jodi both grew up in Holt. They've been married 38 years and have a son who lives in Muskegon and a daughter who lives in Diamondale. They're anticipating the arrival of their first grandchild.

The Morrisons will begin their first three-day weekend in Morenci June 21.

"That will give us a chance to integrate into the community and I'm really looking forward to that," Rev. Morrison said.

 

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