The Good Book can change your life!!

By Marielle D. Marne | February 17, 2010

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dave marshallRead the Bible in 90 days
CAVE CREEK – If you've been near School House Road on Wednesday lately, you've no doubt seen the man with the van touting reading the Bible in 90 Days. It's no gimmick! Dave Marshall is the man who invites all people of any age and any religious belief to join him in learning God's story. And yes, you can do it in 90 days.

It's not a speed reading class; no, how it works is those interested attend a session on Saturday at the Desert Foothills Library. (While the initial meeting is Feb. 20, Marshall says you can join in at any time, you'd just have to catch up so you're on the proverbial same page with participants the following Saturday.) The class is free as is the NIV Bible specially made for the course. One benefit is the print is a little bigger! Then, you read at your own pace, striving for 12 pages daily, or 96 pages a week. "You probably dedicate 10 minutes a day to reading," Marshall explained. Each Saturday thereafter for 13 weeks, the group meets to watch a quick DVD and discuss what they've read. Marshall also says it's like a mental holding of hands so that participants can prop each other up as it may seem like a daunting task to tackle over 1000 pages in three months! But, it is not without its rewards. Marshall said many people have had their lives change following the readings.

The program is nondenominational. People in their teens on up to their eighties have signed up. Many feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment after reading the Bible in 90 days. It lays a solid foundation for those who wish to go on to join Bible study groups. Marshall is not a minister, preacher or rabbi – he's "a layman just like you." He's someone who wants to share his experience of reading the Bible in 90 Days. He's very impassioned about the program and his enthusiasm is contagious!

To learn more, go to his Web site at or call 480-595-5295.

Foothills Caring Corps 10th Annual Cash and Caring Raffle and Taste of the Foothills Event, March 11 at el Pedregal

February 17, 2010

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CAVE CREEK – The Foothills Caring Corps (FCC) announces their 10th annual Taste of the Foothills Celebration and Cash and Caring Raffle will take place on Thursday, March 11 from 4-8 p.m. at el Pedregal in Scottsdale.

You are invited to join in the fun that features beverages and delicious culinary delights from the finest area restaurants, live music and for a raffle benefit drawing with three chances to win $5,000 in cash.

Tickets for the raffle drawing are $100 each, three tickets for $275 or 8 tickets for $500. Tickets and information are available now by calling the Foothills Caring Corps at 480-488-1105. RSVP is recommended. Only six hundred tickets will be sold so time is running out. Remaining raffle tickets will also be available at the event.

Participating restaurants include Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, Tonto Bar & Grill, Carefree Station, LaTilla at the Boulders Resort, El Encanto, Café Bink, and Harold’s Cave Creek Corral.

The FCC is primarily a volunteer driven non-profit local agency which relies heavily on their yearly Cash and Caring Raffle and Taste of the Foothills fete’ to provide assistance for the homebound.

Services include in-home visits, hot meal delivery, medical and van transportation, grocery shopping, handyman services, intake and referrals, as well as caregiver relief. The nonprofit organization provides a multitude of much needed services that promote physical, mental and emotional well-being to the homebound in our community.

“The Foothills Caring Corps has taken away my worry,” said one recipient. “Their services ensure I will have a hot meal each day, and they even take me grocery shopping which is difficult for me to do because my physical disability doesn’t allow me to drive.”

Debbra Determan, Executive Director of FCC encourages the community to support these services so critical to so many. “Come on out and enjoy the festivities at el Pedregal.
There’s no better way to help support your homebound neighbors who wish to remain living independently their homes, in this community they love.”