Friday, April 22

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Anne Marie Boyd & our friend
  
Stephen (申中女) from Taiwan
> ANNE MARIE BOYD, one of everyone's favorite people at Cornerstone Covenant Church in Turlock, died Saturday at the age of 95. She was well into her '80's when she jumped on board to help start Cornerstone -- swapping a padded pew for a hard blue folding chair in a junior high school cafeteria. Anne Marie not only helped us in the church office but she had a great ministry with international students at California State University, Stanislaus. I admired her faith and mission-driven sense of adventure. She did not have an ounce of pretense. People really felt like she cared about them. And she did.

COVENANT WORLD RELIEF humanitarian relief funds are now at work in Libya, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Japan. ~ link

THE CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY OUTREACH homeless shelter, run by our friends at JPUSA, is a finalist in a contest to receive a $15,000 playground makeover from kaboom.org. Success depends on their ability to get votes. Register and vote once every 24 hours. The playground at Cornerstone is on a rooftop. It is the only outdoor space for the 100 children who live in the shelter. ~ Help them out

THE RIZNICA CHAMBER CHOIR is doing an encore performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil (the whole thing) for the Easter season. It starts at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 30th. Admission by donation at St Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley. ~ link

THE ARIZONA RARE FRUIT GROWERS is holding its Annual Plant Sale, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 23rd, at the Maricopa County Agricultural Extension Office, Palo Verde Room, 4341 East Broadway Road in Phoenix. This is my favorite sale of the year -- citrus, bananas, guavas, jujubes, mangoes, papayas and so much more. I'm sorry that I will be missing it because of my responsibilities at the Laveen Community Easter Egg Hunt. ~ link

>  THE 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL people on earth in 2011, according to TIME magazine. Nope, they skipped over me again. ~ link

>  IN SPITE OF all the testimony, documentation, and newspaper announcements from 1961 -- "Poll: One in four Americans think Obama was not born in US." Americans are so guilable -- always suckers for a conspiracy story we are. ~ CBS
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