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Kay Davis The singing duo The JaJa’s are coming to


Sun Lakes Unity Church to sing for our Sunday morning celebration on October 27. For those who do not know who The JaJa’s are, they are Barb Horton and Jeanne Maclaughlin, a singer/songwriter duo who have released their third inspirational CD in 2012. Their latest single, “I Am a Ray of Hope,” inspired by Ray Madaghiele’s Ray of Hope campaign has boosted The JaJa’s up to No. 1 in the ReverbNation Singer/Songwriter charts. Their eclectic style is a mix of folk, blues, jazz and rock. They have a strong belief in the power of positive music and a passion for making a difference in the world. We are so blessed to have these talented ladies perform inspirational music for us. Remember: Join us on October 27, at 9:30


a.m. in the Arts and Crafts Room at Sun Lakes Country Club for a most memorable Sunday morning ever. Events, Classes and Services are as follows:


Sunday Celebration: Our church services


are held in the Arts and Crafts room of the Sun Lakes Country Club at 9:30 a.m. Reverend Debbi Brown is our Minister. Shirley Moyer is our Music Director. Coffee and fellowship follows the service. Unity Explores: October 9 - we will tour


and assist at Matthews Crossing Food Bank. Details at church. Unity Explores: October 23 – An inside


peek into the works of two nationally recognized artists living in the valley. Joel Coplin and JoAnn Lowney will be our guide through their impressive array of fi ne art. Details at church. Reiki Circle: This group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.


Cottonwood Country Club. For information call Lois Valleau at 480-883-6699. Unity Website:


website. We now have Archives of Toni Corrigan’s past lessons on Unityofsunlakes. org. 


St. Steven’s Ladies Guild


Dorothy Bobek-Vacin The St. Steven’s Ladies Guild will host


a meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. on October 14, at the church Social Hall. All ladies from St. Steven’s are invited to attend. The event offers a good way to get acquainted and foster Christian fellowship. Father Eric will be guest speaker. Future events include a special


Veterans Program in the St. Steven’s Social Hall on November 11, and a Christmas


Party on December 9, at the Palo Verde Country Club. All St. Steven’s ladies are encouraged to attend. The Guild began its 2013-14 season


on September 22, with a free Parish Ice Cream Social in honor of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of St. Steven’s Parish. Additional information on the guild is available from Guild President Lois Williams at 895-0547. 


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editorial@robson.com | SUN LAKES SPLASH | October 2013 Love so amazing…


Dr. Marc Drake, Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church of Sun Lakes Many churches sing Isaac Watt’s great


hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. The hymn is a powerful reminder of God’s love in sending His Son for us. Such love truly demands a whole-hearted response from those who know the Savior. When Victoria was crowned Queen she also became Empress


of England,


of India. The Indian province of Punjab then became part of her empire. At


the time, in Room A-2 of


a youthful prince ruled in Punjab and his love for Queen Victoria prompted him to send her a very special gift: the Kohinoor diamond. This was one of the largest, rarest and most valuable diamond in the world. Because of its value, the


Queen had the cherished gift placed in the Tower of London with the other crown jewels. Those who saw it marveled. Years later, the prince, as an adult, went to England and called on the Queen. After the appropriate greetings, he asked if he could see the Kohinoor diamond. The request caused a bit of uneasiness as some speculated that he might want it returned to him. However, Victoria immediately ordered her guards to retrieve the diamond. Armed, they brought it to Buckingham Palace and presented it to


the Queen. Everyone watched to see what would


happen next. With great care Queen Victoria presented it to the Prince of Punjab. Then, with a respectful bow, he accepted it. Next, he slowly walked to the window and admiringly looked at the treasured diamond in the natural light. With great emotion the Prince spoke: “When I was a child I gave you this diamond. I was too young to know much of what


I was


doing.” As he paused, those present thought he was about to ask that


it be returned. strength gratitude.”


He continued, “Now that I am a man, and knowing fully what I am doing, I want to give it to you again in the fullness of my and with


all


my heart, affection, and Many people can think back to


when they experienced the life-changing power of the gospel – perhaps decades ago. Now, in more mature years, perhaps it would be quite meaningful and wise to renew our love and commitment for the Savior, presenting ourselves to Him afresh with all our hearts. Isaac Watts had it right: Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were a present far too small; Love so amazing, so divine, Demands my soul, my life, my all! 


Sun Lakes


United Methodist Church 9248 E. Riggs Road 480-895-8766


The Rev. Jim O’Neal Senior Pastor


The Rev. Noni Porter Associate Pastor


Pastor Tracy Perry Associate Pastor


A Stephen Ministry Church “Columbarium on the Property”


Worship Services


November thru the end of April Sunday – 8:15 & 10:00 am Saturday – 5:00 pm


Summer Hours


May thru the end of October Sunday – 9:00 am Saturday – 5:00 pm


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