Arizona, church family, Ministry

APACHE KIDS TOYS DRIVE

 

Prescott First Assembly of God is partnering with White River Assembly of God church in collecting toys for their annual Apache Kids Toy Drive. The event takes place on the White Mountain Apache indian Reservation which is currently suffering through a 92% unemployment rate. This toy drive is vital to showing the children of that area that there is a wonderful season called Christmas.

Through us all pulling together, we can make a huge difference in many lives and many families again this year.

The toys collected for the children and teens will be distributed on December 18th, 2011 during the churches annual toy give away program.

Our church will be driving a truck load of toys up the week of December 7 th. – If you would like to donate to the effort you can bring your donations of toys by the church on Sundays between now and then. – Please have the gifts wrapped and mark by age and gender.

You can also mail you gifts to:

White River Assembly of God Church

701 N Chief Ave. or P.O. box 597

White River Arizona 85941

We are really looking forward to partnering with pastor Jeminez and his congregation in blessing and ministering to the people of White River Arizona this Christmas.

If you have any questions post them to this blog.

 

Thank you for joining us this year.

Pastor Steve Lummer

Prescott First  Assembly

 

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Arizona, Life experiences, outdoors

20 BLUE WATER CROSSINGS

I just wanted to post up a few pics of our latest adventure to Havasupai Canyon.

Last week, my friend Jesse Quiroz brought 18 energetic adventurers to Arizona to hike down into the Grand Canyon.

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Havasupai Canyon is an amazing hike that  begins at Hualapai Hilltop, making a 10 mile descent through Hualapai and Havasu Canyon, past the native Supai Village and to our basecamp. From there we cast off to explore the turquoise waterfalls such as Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls. A few brave souls hiked all the way to the Colorado River.

The total milage to the Colorado river is stated to be 17 miles – but from my calculations it had to be at least 19 one way.

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Here are just a few pics to attempt to describe and show our three days in the canyon.

The trail down Havasupai is about a 2000′ drop. The first mile is reasonably steep, while the rest of the trail follows a very slight down grade. The hike is not overly difficult, and is a good one for first-time backpackers, but you do have to deal with a great deal of sun and heat. It will take about 4-6 hours to hike the ten miles each way, but don’t try to go all the way down and all the way back in one day, you won’t have too much fun.

There is a village about eight miles into the hike, but besides stopping to register your group, there is not much else to do there. It’s another two miles to the campgrounds.

Navajo Falls

Supai Creek runs through the entire length of the campgrounds – It is beautiful and has a ton of trees to help shade campers from the sun.

After setting up our camp Wednesday night we started the next full day exploring and hiking to the Colorado river. We left @ 7:30 AM for the “7 mile” hike. – I concluded it was more like a 9 mile hike from our campsite.

Here are a few pics of our journey down to the Colorado River.

Havasupai Falls pictured above is just above the campground.

Mooney falls is just below the campground.

Mooney Falls  is the tallest of all the falls at Supai  – It is beautiful.

The hike down the side of the cliff can be dangerous and caution is the word for the “chain climb” down to the floor.

The first few steps are through a tunnel that lead you to a series of chains that help you navigate your decent down to the base of the falls – The chains are wet and the climb is steep.

The climb down is worth the view – Wow!, what an amazing sight and feel to be at the bottom of Mooney falls with all that power of water spraying on your face.

(Mooney Falls behind me.)

After Mooney Falls, you make your way down stream to the next set of water falls called Beaver Falls.

This is where you need to be prepared for a attempting to keep your feet dry after you cross the water.

You might not think about it, but wet feet and shoes after putting in a few miles will result in blisters…. that will result in pain… that will result in a very uncomfortable hike.

Our process was to change shoes after every water crossing. – ALL 10 of them to the Colorado River and 10 of them on the way back.

Seven of us attempted to make it all the way to the Colorado river on this trip.

It is not a simple venture givin the water crossings and trying to make it back to the chains at Mooney before dark.

Beaver Falls are a series of water falls the cascade down the canyon – take some time to swim in this blueish “Gatorade” looking river.

Once you get past Beaver Falls, there is a rope climb that takes you up and over to a sign that tells you you are leaving Supai Nation and entering the Grand Canyon National Park.

After the sign, we headed to the Colorado river at a good pace.

We made it to the river at 2:06 pm. – here is a pic of the end of the Supai River as it flows into the Colorado.

Looking back up the canyon from the Colorado River.

Heading back to the campground was another set of water crossings – make sure you plan your hike and give yourself plenty of daylight – It would not be too much fun climbing the chains at dark.

We made it back to camp at 7:00 pm – 11 1/2 hours on the trail meant the next day we were a bit sore.

What an awesome trip. I really enjoyed the company of my daughter Natascha as well as some amazing friends from Journey Church.

Looking forward to going back to Hava Supai next Summer with Summit Leadership and Mark Batterson.

The Havsuw’ Baaja (Blue Water People), or more commonly the Havasupai.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Havasupai_people

When you see the Havasupai Indians, say "gah'muuh" - it is a a greeting meaning how are you?

Take a hike.

Steve

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Arizona, Ministry, outdoors, Prescott

THE CHURCH AT 7,200 FEET

Tomorrow is Sunday and I will have two services @ two locations for anyone who wants to attend either.

The first service is rather conventional, traditional and has seats –  it starts @ 10:00 am and is held @ 1455 Willow Creek road here in Prescott Az.

The Second site is @ 7,200 feet at the top of Granite basin and will not be typical, traditional or conventional….It has no seats but a really good view.

Here is a pic of our location of our Sunday afternoon worship service. (no fried chicken allowed).

Pretty nice temple  right?

Desire – We are going to meditate on the word  “Selah”  when we reach the top of the peak.

Destination –  The scenic, tranquil, Prescott National Forest. –  We will unplug from the fast-paced life in an effort to slow down, relax, connect with each other and listen for the voice of God.

The “service” won’t be lengthy and we won’t even take an offering…..but we will reflect on some amazingness of God’s handiwork and artwork.

Details – We leave Granite Basin/Iron Springs parking lot at 3:00 and  commute to the trail head area to save on parking fees.

The eight mile hike round trip will require you to be self contained with plenty of water and snacks. (remember it will be hot in the afternoon.)

The hike is approx two hours up and two hours back.

Here is a link to help you with info. regarding the climb and decent.

http://www.eatstayplay.com/html/az/a317p011c2079.html

Plan on arriving back to your vehicles around 8:00ish.

Pastor Steve

710-0750

Selah

Here is part two of this blog post of some pics while up on the summit of Granite Basin.

The hike was pretty much two hours up and two hours down….good work out for the Yosemite trip coming up next week.

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The face of GB

On the way up looking toward Skyline drive.

GB trail

Close to the meadow on the top of gb.

The back side of granite Basin looking toward willimson valley/Sedona/ Flagstaff…One of my favorite sections of this amazing trail.

The entire afternoon I saw four other humans.

Summed up I say: Scenic time for solitude and Selah.

Steve

Prescott Az.

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Arizona, Mountain biking, outdoors

LIGHTNING STRIKES OUR FAMILY

I just wanted to post some information regarding our recent experience with a lightning strike to our son-in-law Adam.

Adam was out in his neighborhood ride with his lab Jake last Monday night around 6:00 pm when he was struck by a flash of lightning.

I was in Prescott  doing my own hamster wheel ride through the Pines when a storm blew in quickly. I decidied to bust it home and get out of the elements but got totally drenched.

When I got home there was a note on the kitchen counter from Brenda that said two words. “Call me.” – Whenever I get a message like that from Brenda I know something is wrong.

I called her asap and she told me our son-in-law had been struck by lightning while riding his mountain bike.

Upon arriving @ YRMC in Prescott Valley I could tell by Adam’s speech and constant body movement that he was traumatized by the event.

Lightning strikes are rare but do happen and now we has a family know this personally.

I wanted to send this blog out to anyone who wants the information and especially to my bike friends who love the outdoors.

Here is an excellent info. article by .I.M.B.A. ( International Mountain Biking Association) regarding mountain bikers and lightning strikes.

Lightning Injuries in Mountain Bikers

Scenario:

You are on patrolling in the high country when a late afternoon thunder storm rolls in. Thunder and lightning is everywhere and it begins to rain. You hear a loud boom and see a flash of light ahead of you. You take cover in a safe area until the storm passes. When you continue down the singletrack you see a dazed but conscious cyclist who appears to have been hit by lightning. The trees around him appear to be scorched. What do you do next?

Demographics of lightning injuries:

Overall, lightning injuries are an unusual form of trauma but are one of the leading causes of death related to the natural environment. In the United States, lightning accounts for 150-300 deaths per year. An additional 1000-1500 will be seriously injured. Those struck by lightning have a 20-30% chance of death. The most common cause of death is related to heart and respiratory issues (usually the heart and breathing stops).

Injury mechanism:

Lightning may injure a cyclist in a variety of ways. The exact way in which a lightning causes an injury will determine if that cyclist lives or dies. Lighting can injure a rider as follows:

    1. Direct strike: The lightning bolt comes into direct contact with the person and may pass directly through that person. For example, this may occur when the cyclist is struck in an open flat area or when alone on the top of a hill or exposed ridge. This usually causes the worst injury and death can result when the heart or breathing stops. However, it is possible to survive a direct strike.
    1. Side flash (splash): Lightning may hit a nearby object but the energy and current splashes over to the cyclist who may be in close proximity to the direct impact.
  1. Ground current: The lightning current travels through the ground and travels up the leg of a nearby individual.

Signs and Symptoms:

Lightning victims may display some or all of these injuries:

  1. Burns: These are generally 1st or 2nd degree burns. Burns are usually superficial and are rarely cause severe damage.
  2. Blunt trauma: The cyclist may be thrown by the shock wave landing several feet from the original site of lightning impact.
  3. Spine trauma: Always suspect spinal injury in a lightning victim.
  4. Cardiovascular (heart): The heart can actually stop or the rhythm can slow down.
  5. Respiratory: Breathing can arrest.

Treatment:

Prevention! Make sure your patrollers are trained to recognize safer places to be during lightning storms. Avoid exposed ridges, summits, and areas directly underneath potential rockfall. Also avoid low-lying areas or standing bodies of water. Educate other trail users about lightning safety. The best way to avoid lightning injury is to be prepared and avoid riding during times when lightning storms are common.

But if you do happen upon a lightning victim in the field, always ensure your own safety before providing aid. Once you are certain the scene is safe, do not delay. Immediate evacuation to the hospital is essential. Evaluate the patient for breathing by looking for chest expansion or the movement of air from the mouth and nose. Evaluate the heart by checking pulses. If there is no breathing and no pulse start CPR and rescue breathing if trained. This is a horrible situation and unless help is readily available the outcome could be poor. In the remote backcountry or when help is far away, studies have not shown recovery after prolonged CPR and rescue breathing. If the cyclist does not have a pulse after 20-30 minutes, the chances of recovery may be slim.

Many vicims of splash or ground strikes, however, may retain consciousnes. These individuals will be breathing on their own and have a pulse. They may be disoriented, irritable, or confused. After confirming an adequate airway, breathing, and circulation, assess for shock and hypothermia. Do not move the patient, even if he/she feels ok to walk. Hypothermia is common threat since the cyclist may have been caught in the associated rainstorm. If the cyclist was thrown from the lighting strike, assess for blunt trauma and maintain spinal precautions. Keep the patient still, warm, and arrange for immediate evacuation.

Remember, lightning strikes are horrible injuries but death from the injury is not inevitable. Immediate advanced care is essential. As the first contact in the field, you can dramatically increase a victim’s chances for survival with proper care and attention.

Because of the recent awareness to the dangers of lighting I will certainly be more cautious when those Arizona monsoons roll in over my favorite trail.

I would like to thank some people who helped us during and through this event that could have ended a lot more tragic than it actually did.

The quick responsive ER staff @ YRMC Prescott Valley …you guys and gals are pros.

Pastor Wade Mansfield of the Ridge Christian fellowship for being the first on the scene to help.

Our friend Todd for watching Adam and Natascha’s three labs during the hospital stay.

High Gear Bike Shop for the gift of a LIVESTRONG mountain bike helmet  and their amazing wit they wrote on the box…. also for the repairs to Adams bike.

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All of our amazing friends across the country, facebook and twitter who responded so quickly in prayer, phone calls and words of comfort.

Thank you all –

Thank you guardian angels for protection over our son-in law Adam….He has so much more to accomplish in this life.

Adam is recovering at his home in PV and will live to talk about it.

Pastor dad/Pastor Steve

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Arizona, outdoors

MOREL MUSHROOMS IN ARIZONA

One of my favorite seasons of the year as a kid growing up in the mid west was-MUSHROOM HUNTING SEASON.

Morel mushrooms grow in the wild and that is the best place to find them – IN THE WILD!

On one of my “walking the pups” adventures here in northern Az. I took a quick glance to my left into a near by creek and could not believe my eyes. Four yellow morels? (sponge mushrooms).

Everything was on hold until I could climb down in the creek and grab a few pics of the beauties.

At first I left them exactly as I found them because I wanted to ask a few friends about morels in Arizona before I harvested them.  After speaking with a friend of mine I was free to get out the next morning and bring home my treasure.

Yes, we breaded them and had em for dinner that night.

These shrooms sell for $20-$40 a pound in the grocery stores…but now that I know they are out there in the woods you can bet I will get out there again next April with my brown bag and be on the hunt.

What a great find.

I will never forget the day I found those morels by a creek in Arizona.

Steve

Forever on the hunt.

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Arizona, Environmental Stewardship, outdoors, Prescott

MITIGATION WITH CONSIDERATION :)

I just wanted to post a few pics of the latest hazardous fuels work done by the Prescott national Forest Service.

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Over the past few weeks the PNF has been working to “brush” the Spence Springs or what many know as the  (Emmanuel Pines) area.

After the “decimation” of much of the Granite Basin area there was alot of concern that the PNF would continue on and possibly make the “pines” area look like what happened in the Granite Basin area..Thankfully that didn’t happen.

The PNF was more than willing to meet with and listen to local trail users and curbed some of the intensity of the brushing to leave a distinction between the existing trails and the brushing .

Mitigation is very much needed in this area to prevent an un-contained fire problem.  All agree confidently on that point and fire retardant needs to be able to hit the ground from the air if needed.

Our concern was “overbrushing”  and making the trails in the pines not usable and a mess for a long period of time.

Long story short. THUMBS UP TO THE PNF for giving an ear to some of the locals and preserving  much of the Spence Springs area while at the same time doing the needed hazardous fuels work on the 598  acres section of forest.

Below are some of the “after brushing” pics of the area of concern.

The brushing crew in our estimation, toned down the negative impact on the trail use areas and left a margin of distinction between the trail and the brushing area.

The mosaic the forest service desired to see was accomplish and at the same time the forest seems have its beauty preserved thanks to all involved.

I have spoken with approximately 75 people over the last two weeks who use this area and the comments made have all been positive regarding the brushing in the Spence Springs area.

Just a little communication and consideration made the difference.

Thank you PNF, local trail users and others who made a 598 acre difference in our community.

Steve

PNF trail user

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Arizona, Environmental Stewardship, leadership, Ministry, outdoors

Restoring Eden

Had a great discussion and conversation  with founder Peter Illyn from http://restoringeden.org/ today in Sedona.

Restoring Eden emphasizes three major ways to engage in stewardship of God’s creation:
*Enjoying God’s creation
*Hands-on service and restoration projects
*Civic engagement and public advocacy
Mission:
Restoring Eden’s mission is to make hearts bigger, hands dirtier, and voices stronger by rediscovering the biblical call to love, serve, and protect God’s creation.
Description:
Restoring Eden is a movement of like-minded people who see a strong connection between our Christian spirituality and our role as caretakers of creation.
Company Overview:
Christians for Environmental Stewardship
I think this ship will be going place in the coming season aheadd….really looking forward to partnering with tis visionary.
Steve
psalm 104:24
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Arizona, Ministry, outdoors

New Horizons/Teen Challenge @ Lake Powell

I just wanted to post a few pics from an amazing weekend with some amazing students and leaders I had at Lake Powell last weekend.

I was invited to speak at their annual Honors Retreat by pastor Daniel Williamson who is the Lead pastor of  Lamb Of God Church in Flagstaff.

http://www.azteenchallenge.org/cms/index.cfm?&PrimaryKeyList=,783&itemID=204069

All I can say is, this guy is a true authentic pastor. I watched him pour his life into these students and leaders.

The weekend was filled with outdoor activities as well as four sessions I themed as “SURVIVOR”.

I gave four sessions to help the teens survive in the real world after they graduated from New Horizons.

*Surviving Sons – Taken from the 33 Chilean miners trapped for 60 plus days in Chile.

*Between A Rock And A Hard Place – Taken from the Aron Rolston  Story.

*The “Z Man” – The Story of Zacchaeus who was a small man who was up a tree.

*The Apple Of God’s EyeTaken from Deuteronomy 32:10

Here are a few pics of an amazing crew in what we called Cathedral Cove.

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One of the coolest parts of the retreat for me was having my son Caleb with us the entire weekend.

One of the leaders of the retreat took us on a tour up Navajo Canyon.

The accommodations Captain Z provided for the leaders was really tough…man we suffered in this 54 footer.

75 pancakes – Pastor Daniel

What a team of leaders. These guys truly are servants.

I have had a lot of letters and notes handed to me over 30 years of ministry but this note on a napkin from a student named Zach is one of my favorites.

Just had to scan it and make it digital for histories sake.

Thank you Pastor Daniel and Teen Challenge for a great weekend in an amazing place.

Pastor Steve


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Arizona, Ministry

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE

Really looking forward to speaking at this weekend’s Honor’s retreat at Lake Powell  for pastor Daniel Williamson and the young people of New Horizon Christian Academy.

http://www.azteenchallenge.org/cms/index.cfm?&PrimaryKeyList=,783&itemID=204069

One of my messages will be the taken from the amazing real life story of survival of Aron Ralston.

His book “Between A Rock And A Hard Place” is an amazing story of how he survived being stuck in Blue John Canyon in Utah.

Here is a brief look at my teaching called Between A Rock And A Hard Place I will be sharing this weekend.

The Story: – April 26, 2003, started as a routine Saturday of climbing for Aron Ralston
Ralston was 150-yards above the final rappel in Bluejohn Canyon. He was maneuvering in a 3-foot wide slot trying to get over the top of a large boulder wedged between the narrow canyon walls. He climbed up the boulder face and it seemed very stable as he stood on top. As he began to climb down the opposite side the perfectly balanced 800-pound rock shifted several feet, pinning his right arm – he was trapped.
Within the first hour after becoming trapped Ralston had calculated his options and came up with four possible solutions.
Someone would happen along and rescue him.
He would be able to chip away at the rock and free his hand.
He would be able to rig up something with the ropes and equipment he had to move the rock.
If all else failed, he would need to sever the arm.
Death was a 5th possibility that Ralston didn’t want to consider.

2 Cor 4:7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  (kjv)
vs. 8 We are hedged in (pressed) on every side [troubled and oppressed in every way], but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair; (amplified)

The Power Of An Idea Makes All The Difference For Survival.
“WISDOM MAKES ONE WISE MAN MORE POWERFUL THAN TEN RULERS.” ECCLESIASTES 7:19 NIV
The power of an idea
In his book, Thinking for A Change, John Maxwell says, “The right thought, plus the right people, in the right environment, at the right time, for the right reason, always produces the right result.” Let’s examine those words:

(1) The right thought.

Thinking produces ideas and ideas have power. But every idea begins as a “seed thought” – you have to nurture it!

(2) The right people.

Every time you expose the right idea to the right people, incredible things happen. In their company it blossoms and becomes infused with possibility.

(3) The right environment.

In the right environment thinking is valued, ideas flow freely, fresh eyes are welcome, change is expected, questions are encouraged, egos are checked, ideas stimulate better ideas, and thinking generates teamwork.

(4) The right time.

The Emperor Hadrian said, “To be right too soon, is to be wrong.” While still in the stretching stage of an idea, present it without expectations, time frames or rigidly defined goals. Why? Because if you try to implement your ideas too early they may not survive.

(5) The right reason.

J.P. Morgan said, “A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.” Motives matter. Selfish motives disqualify us; God only gets behind ideas that fulfill His purposes and demonstrate that we care for others.
Sometimes an idea becomes great when it partners with another one; other times it excels just as it is. One thing’s for sure: as you stretch your thinking, you’ll discover that your thinking is stretching you.

 

 

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Arizona, Prescott

# 5

Prescott Az comes in at # 5 for the top places to retire in the U.S.

http://www.walletpop.com/retirement/best-places-to-retire/?icid=main|main|dl3|sec1_lnk3|169412

No. 5: Prescott, Ariz.

Population: 42,265
% over 50: 49%
Median home price: $230,500
Where to take classes: Yavapai College

Prescott, a popular retiree destination 100 miles north of Phoenix, is dotted with Victorian homes, 19th-century Whisky Row saloons, and a leafy Courthouse Plaza. With the world’s oldest rodeo and more than 70 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the town’s cowboy heritage is hard to miss. Yavapai College’s 17-year-old lifelong learning program offers roughly 200 classes a year.

The area has plenty to offer outside of academia, including 650 miles of trails in the adjacent 1.25-million-acre Prescott National Forest, half a dozen golf courses, and a revolving door of art shows, film festivals, craft fairs, and outdoor concerts. The weather is hard to beat: plentiful sunny days, but also four distinct seasons, thanks to the town’s elevation at 5,400 feet. Until recently, high home prices were a drawback. But with the market down 35% since 2007, Prescott has become a decidedly more affordable retirement haven.

Here is the list of the top 25 place to retire in the U.S.

http://www.greatplacestoretire.com/prescott.php

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