We are a family rooted in Christ, called to glorify and enjoy God through worship, discipleship, compassion, and service to one another and to our community.
We strive to be a safe place, a sanctuary where people are accepted, included, and cared for as they are. We have been called to be agents of God’s transforming power, aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit as we pray, worship, learn, gather for fellowship and serve together.
“I will give thanks to the Lord because of His righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.” Psalm 7:17
As the season of Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, I find myself thinking back to Thanksgivings past. The Norman Rockwell painting of a Thanksgiving dinner often comes to our minds when we remember our feasts, but I have to be honest – I recall great meals with family, yet not quite like the one portrayed in the picture.
As a kid, we didn’t have a formal dinning room so we would set up a large folding table in the living room. Then the key was always ‘timing’ to try and get all the dishes to be ready at the same time – it usually didn’t happen. Then there was also the problem of getting everything on the table, say the blessing and serve everyone before the food got cold – it usually didn’t happen.
When Debbie and I married we always wanted to spend Thanksgiving with her mom and dad and brother – mom and dad had a formal dinning room! When our children came along it was a ‘given’ that Thanksgiving was at Nanny and Pop’s (mom and dad) house.
But one year it was different. Nanny and Pops decided to be in Florida at Debbie’s brother’s condo for Thanksgiving. This was going to be a disaster. It appeared the four of us were going to have to celebrate Thanksgiving without Nanny and Pops! Our kids were distraught – Debbie was depressed and I was nervous.
But something miraculous happened…. I was just finishing up my work out in the gym at Peterson Air Force Base on the Monday before Thanksgiving. (Now let me stop here and make a comment. I will be telling this story as I remember the details and they may be off a bit, but they are pretty close.) Anyway, on the radio in the gym I heard an advertisement from United Airlines, that during the holiday, United was offering ‘Thanksgiving Fares’. You could fly round trip anywhere United flew for $50.00 per person. There were limitations – it had to be a non-stop flight out of Denver and you had to fly on Thanksgiving Day and return before Sunday.
United flew non-stop from Denver to Tampa where Nanny and Pops and John were staying! I immediately called Debbie to tell her and she got on the line to United and got us four tickets. We would leave Denver at noon on Thanksgiving and return the next day. We didn’t tell the children what we were doing.
So Thanksgiving morning we all piled into the car along with two pies and overnight clothes (we did tell the kids we were going somewhere for Thanksgiving, but not where.) We started driving and the children had to guess where we were going. They guessed Wyoming, they guessed Northern Colorado – but when we turned toward the airport entrance, they got it! And I must say the car almost exploded with excitement. We arrived in Tampa late that afternoon and had our Thanksgiving dinner at 8:00 pm, but we were all together! We were on the ground in Florida for 18 hours and it was so worth the effort!
Good memories of a Thanksgiving past. Debbie and I hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with good remembrances and much gratitude.
Grace and peace, Bob
Thanks everyone for your generous giving to the food box project! We will be packing up boxes on Wednesday November 20th at 9:30 am. Please join us.
Mark your calendar and join us November 24th after worship for our annual Thanksgiving meal. The church officers will provide turkeys and hams. Please bring a dish to share.
It is time to prepare for the annual Bear Tree Mission that benefits the children in foster care in the White Mountains. We work in conjunction with Child Protective Services to provide gift bags for those in need. When we receive the information need from Tammy Skelly-Morales, the CPC director, the bears will be labeled with the information for each child and placed on the east wall of the church. This will be done by Sunday, November 17, 2019 in time for our Thanksgiving Dinner. One of us will be in the fellowship hall to register your bear (or Bears) so that we can keep track of which bears are gone and to whom. This is very important! The bears need to be back by the first wek in December. Please don’t wrap the gifts as they have to be checked by CPS Staff. Just put them in a nice Christmas bag and attach the bear to the handle. If you have any questions you may contact any of the following people: Arlene Kerr (602) 361-0910 Mary Freeman – (928) 205-8597
Monday Morning Coffee! This informal group is meeting at 9:00 on Mondays during the summer. Come and join us ~ have a cup of ‘Joe’ and some fun to start the week!
Mondays 9:00 am - Monday Morning Coffee at Eddie's Country Store
Tuesdays 10-11:30 am - Presbyterian Women's Group (May - September only)
Wednesdays 8:00 am - Sonrisers (Men's Group)
Sundays 9:30 am - Choir Rehearsal
Sundays 10:30 am - Worship Service
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Welcome to the Community Presbyterian Church of Pinetop. I am very glad you took the time to find our website. Currently I am serving as the Interim Pastor while the congregation engages in a search process to secure a new Installed Pastor. As you view our website and learn more about our ministry, I hope the fact that we are in a transition time doesn't cause you to stay away. As interim, I am very impressed with the vitality of this congregation and know you will receive a warm welcome. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or would like to stop by for some coffee and conversation! God's blessings upon you, Bob
“Sonrisers” is a men’s group that studies Christian books and includes a time of fellowship. It meets every Wednesday at 8:00 am. It gives men a special time to be together.
Presbyterian Women's Group meets from May through September each year on Tuesday mornings in the church fellowship hall from 10-11:30 am. We dedicate some of the meeting times to a Bible Study, to crafting, and the second Tuesday of each month we have our business meeting followed by a potluck. We have three fund raisers each summer which allow us to raise funds for a number of missions that we support, most of which are here in the White Mountains. We are a group of ladies who are dedicated to caring for others and offer support for one another. We also have a "PW and Friends' Day Out" on the fourth Thursday of the month, where we visit interesting historical museums or such. We would love and encourage anyone to join us during those summer months. For more information contact Georgia Merrick, PW Moderator at (928) 358-1020.
Worship through Song. Enjoy our wonderful choir. Or better yet . . . join in! For more information, please call Judi Bee at (928) 242-0526.
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ALL ARE WELCOME
We invite all people to participation and membership, regardless of social, economic, ethnic, political, sexual or other categories that are used elsewhere as a basis for discrimination.
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Communion is shared the 1st Sunday of each month.
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Packing food boxes for our friends in need
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
To request prayer, a care visit, or inform us of a current or upcoming hospitalization, please use the confidential form and link below. An email will be sent to our pastor and committed pray-ers. You can always call the office at (928) 367-4923 to alert us about prayer needs or upcoming medical procedures as well.