Lighting Up Smiles

Cherry Creeks Hosts Annual Winter Weekend

The Cherry Creek/Leon United Methodist Church held their annual Craft Bazaar/ Cookie Walk last Saturday. Heading up the cookie distribution and the chili/soup luncheon were former Pastor Bruce Fish, Liz Dedloff, present Pastor John Dedloff, Sally Aldrich, Brenda Hendricks and Sharon Johnson. Photos by Sue Ann Fish

CHERRY CREEK — If the smiles on the faces of shoppers, craft artisans and vendors were any indication, the Craft Bazaar and Cookie Walk held at the Cherry Creek United Methodist Church on Saturday morning was a great success.

With everything from essential oils, homemade dips and spreads and chocolate candy sleighs, shoppers sampled and got a handle on Christmas gifts for their friends and family, while children and grownups alike lined up to buy the delectable cookies that awaited them in the kitchen.

Served by Sharon Johnson, Sally Aldrich and Brenda Hendricks, dozens of cookies and bowls of homemade soups and chili satisfied the hunger of shoppers and Crafters, many of whom sat down at the kitchen table and enjoyed each other’s company while they enjoyed lunch.

“This event requires a lot of work and organization, but our church family is definitely up to the task,” commented Pastor John Dedloff. “It’s a wonderful way to greet the folks in the community, and get to know them better.”

Late Sunday afternoon many residents gathered in the Memorial Park on Main Street to remember and honor loved ones by hanging bows on the two evergreen trees that twinkled gaily as dusk fell around the gazebo area. Bows representing those lost in battles with cancer, those lost recently or long gone but not forgotten and those of our nation’s military, labeled with the names of those being remembered now grace the branches of the trees.

Attending the Memorial Tree Ceremony since it’s inception are Ed Sarno and Sharon Howe Sweeting. Sweeting has sponsored an evergreen tree in the Memorial Park in honor of her parents, Ernie and Helen Sweeting.

For some longtime residents, the Memorial Tree Ceremony has become a valued part of the weekend activities. Ed Sarno has attended each year, since the ceremony began. Such is the case with Sharon Howe Sweeting also, who is now sponsoring one of the two evergreen trees in the park to honor her parents, Ernie and Helen Howe, fondly remembered by many.

“Mommy worked as a medical secretary for Dr. Servoss for years. She also was the secretary of the Methodist Church, and taught art classes on how to paint on china. Daddy had a garage here in town. They were very well known about town,” Sweeting remembered.

After prayer, lighting candles of remembrance, and the singing of “Silent Night,” those present for the ceremony adjourned to Cherry Creek VFW Post 2522, where Deb Bernard of the Trillium Lodge had prepared a delicious buffet dinner.

Brenda Hendricks led the group singing of some favorite Christmas Carols, and the winter weekend came to a close with promises to see each other again next year when the Winter Weekend comes round again.