Organizations: May 1, 2014

Belles of St. Mary: Important bulletin for this weekend - we will host a Cinco de Mayo mini-fair from 2-8 p.m. Saturday. There will be games, craft booths, food (great Mexican food), raffles, entertainment and music (to be respectfully turned down during the celebration of Mass), and, of course, there will be dancing! This wonderful day of fun and merry-making is brought to us by Jovenes para Cristo, our local youth group. Do not fail to attend and bring all your friends - God will be pleased. We gather once more for the First Saturday devotions at 3:15 p.m., led by Betty Sliva, our tireless cheerleader in our reverence to God's holy mother. A full Saturday - see you there. Here it is, the news you have all been waiting to hear: A recently retired young lady who gave 28.5 years of her life to Mohave County and traveled our entire county in her position with the Assessor's Office: We present Marietta Green as our president! Charlene Duffy has graciously accepted the responsibility of our treasury (she's the raven-haired one). Rose Gaia will hold the "fun job" of our "sunshine" correspondence (she's the one no bigger than a feather!). We have new blood to herald: Pat Mescher will be seated as our new vice president and brings new ideas and energy from her past church involvement in California. And now we proudly proclaim the jewel in our crown: Gorgeous young Tera Vander Linden will assume the role of secretary for our Ladies Society! This youngster (circa 16) is also extremely involved in the works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She is proof that our America is in good hands. We thank God for all these ladies.

Beta Sigma Phi: All chapters of Beta Sigma Phi participated in their annual Founder's Day Banquet. This is the 83rd anniversary since BSP was founded. BSP is the largest women's sorority, servicing more than 60 chapters worldwide. This year's theme was "Light Up Your Life."

Cerbat Garden Club: The ninth meeting of the season will be at 10 a.m. May 14 at St. John's Methodist Church, 1730 Kino Ave. Anyone interested in gardening, floral design, civic beautification, and conservation of our natural resources is invited to attend. No gardening experience required. After our regular business meeting and refreshments, our program will be "Making a Succulent Wreath at Home." Our presenter for this program will be club member Marci Jackson. Marci and her husband moved to Kingman in July 2012 from "the Carolinas" and she quickly became an active Cerbat Garden Club member. She was a Master Gardener in her home state and will be sharing her knowledge with us. She will show us how to create a succulent wreath using many plants found in our gardens and in the greater Kingman area. A portion of each wreath will be created prior to the meeting, with the remainder being completed by members with guidance by Marci. The techniques can be used to create a living wreath for your own home and/or for a unique Arizona gift. For more information, call Diana at (928) 713-5438.

Friends of the Kingman Library: Here we are again! The Friends of the Kingman Library is sponsoring the biggest and best book sale in Kingman to benefit the Kingman Library. It will be held at the library at 3269 Burbank St. from 6-8 p.m. May 15, which is our preview sale for members only. (However, you can join the Friends on the spot.) The outside sale and The Book Nook inside the library are open to the public from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 16 and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. May 17. We have a huge selection of new and used hardbacks and paperback books, which includes fiction, nonfiction reference, children's books, young adult, adult large print and audios and videos.

Kingman Aglow: This year, the National Day of Prayer takes place today. We invite you to join with us as we pray for America. This day of prayer is a vital part of our American heritage. The first call to prayer was made in 1775. The Continental Congress asked all the colonies to pray and ask God for wisdom in the formation of a nation. This recognition of the importance of prayer has continued throughout America's history. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln called for a day of "humiliation, fasting, and prayer." A joint resolution passed by Congress in 1952 and signed by President Harry Truman declared that day an annual, national day of prayer. Then, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan set the National Day of Prayer to be observed on the first Thursday of May every year. The chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Mrs. Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, has selected the theme for this year to be: "One Voice, United in Prayer" in agreement with Romans 15:6 - "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." God has chosen prayer as the method that He responds to and works through to bring His will to this earth. It is vital that we pray for God's will to be done on Earth and in our lives. His will is revealed in His Word. Jesus prayed to the Father in Heaven, "Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." Now, if Jesus needed to pray for the Father's will to be done, how much more do we need to! Join with your church and/or friends in prayer today for the righteous to rule our nation and for the leaders of our country to know God in a personal intimate way. Pray for them to seek His face, His will and desires for our nation. I think we can all agree that this is a critical time for our nation. Let's continually pray for our leaders and our nation.

Kingman Pinochle Club: Winners for the games on April 26 were: first place, Warren Knudson; second place, Charlene Graves; and third place, Flo Ragsdale. For more information, call (928) 718-1253.

Xi Beta Phi: We are ending this year with our Founder's Day Banquet. Our sisters all dressed in red wearing "bling" for our theme, "Light Up Your Life." President Pat Mullen-Lamb gave this year's highlights in poetic form. Joyce Onnen was selected as the Woman of the Year. For our third to last meeting, Joyce and Collene hosted Bobbie Kennedy, who provided an informative meeting with her miniature kangaroo.