Tuesday, January 25, 2011


If you are unemployed you can get an additional 20% off over 1,500 regular-priced grocery and drugstore items for up to six months Eligibility:Kmart customers who present state-issued identification (driver’s license or identification card) and a state-issued unemployment benefits enrollment confirmation are eligible to participate in the program (“Eligible Participants”). At checkout, cardholders will be required to show their valid discount card, their state-issued identification card for signature verification and their state-issued unemployment benefits enrollment verification. Valid signature verification is required to use the card.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Document Shredding Event

   Document shredding event logo
Hosted by the City of Mesa and
Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Picture of document shredding truck
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Center Street Facility
2412 N. Center St.
8 a.m. - Noon
Materials not accepted after 12:00 noon
Event Information:
  • Mesa residents only
  • Material will not be accepted from commercial businesses
  • 5 box limit per household please (approx. box size: 12" x 12" x 18")
  • Boxes should be clearly marked and accessible so event staff can quickly unload your material for shredding
  • For your safety, please remain in your vehicle at all times
  • All accepted material will be shredded and recycled

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Uplifted in Missouri

We attended church this morning in Farmington Missouri and this story was included in the program.

After a few of the usual Sunday evening hymns, the church's pastor slowly stood up, walked over to the pulpit and, before he gave his sermon for the evening, briefly introduced a guest minister who was in the service that evening.

In the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest minister was one of his dearest childhood friends and that he wanted him to have a few moments to greet the church and share whatever he felt would be appropriate for the service. With that, an elderly man stepped up to the pulpit and began to speak. "A father, his son, and a friend of his son were sailing off the pacific coast," he began, "when a fast approaching storm blocked any attempt to get back to the shore. The waves were so high, that even though the father was an experienced sailor, he could not keep the boat upright and the three were swept into the ocean as the boat capsized."

The old man hesitated for a moment, making eye contact with two teenagers who were, for the first time since the service began, looking somewhat interested in his story. The aged minister continued with his story, "grabbing a rescue line, the father had to make the most excruciating decision of his life: to which boy he would throw the other end of the lifeline.  He only had seconds to make the decision. The father knew that his son was a Christian and he also knew that his son's friend was not.

The agony of his decision could not be matched by the torrent of waves. "As the father yelled out, 'I love you, son!' he threw out the life line to his son's friend. By the time the father had pulled the friend back to the capsized boat, his son had disappeared beneath the raging swells into the black of night. His body was never recovered."

By this time, the two teenagers were sitting up straight in the pew, anxiously waiting for the next words to come out of the old minister's mouth. "The father," he continued, "knew his son would step into eternity with Jesus and he could not bear the thought of his son's friend stepping into an eternity without Jesus. Therefore, he sacrificed his son to save the son's friend. How great is the love of God that he should do the same for us?
Our heavenly father sacrificed his only begotten son that we could be saved. "I urge you to accept his offer to rescue you and take a hold of the life line he is throwing out to you in this service." With that, the old man turned and sat back down in his chair as silence filled the room.

The pastor again walked slowly to the pulpit and delivered a brief sermon with an invitation at the end. However, no one responded to the appeal. Within minutes after the service ended, the two teenagers were at the old man's side.

"That was a nice story," politely stated one of the boys, "but I don't think it was very realistic for a father to give up his only son's life in hopes that the other boy would become a Christian."

"Well, you've got a point there," the old man replied, glancing down at his worn bible. A big smile broadened his narrow face, he once again looked up at the boys and said, "It sure isn't very realistic, is it? But I'm standing here today to tell you that story gives me a glimpse of what it must have been like for God to give up his son for me. You see ---

I was that father and your pastor is my son's friend."

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

City of Mesa Job Openings

New or revised this week:
  • Aquatics Coach - Seasonal Staff Position  $11.35 - $13.16 Hourly
  • Assistant Pool Manager - Seasonal Management Position  $12.50 - $14.57 Hourly
  • Head Lifeguard - Seasonal Management Position  $11.35 - $13.16 Hourly
  • Lifeguard - Seasonal Staff Position  $9.75 - $11.35 Hourly
  • Lifeguard/Swim Lesson Instructor - Seasonal Staff Position  $10.78 - $12.50 Hourly
  • Pool Manager - Seasonal Management Position  $14.57 - $16.89 Hourly
  • Swim Lesson Instructor - Seasonal Staff Position  $10.78 - $12.50 Hourly
  • Utility Credit Counselor  $37,024 - $49,837
To apply for open positions, please visit: www.mesaaz.gov/jobs

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Motorcycles on Main

This family friendly event happens every first Friday of the month. With the roads closed to car traffic, cruise down Main Street, enjoy a fabulous show of motorcycles, or park and show your bike. The fun includes live music, beer gardens, food, vendors, and more!

Don’t miss all the fun from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, January 7, 2011 along Main Street, between Center and Robson Streets in downtown Mesa.

For more information, contact 480-890-2613 or go to www.downtownmesa.com.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fox 10 Job Shop

Fox 10 News provides a resource for job searchers. Check it out on their website:


City of Mesa Job Openings

New or revised this week:

Capital Projects Analyst  $57,928 - $78,250
Real Estate Services Administrator  $67,371 - $90,979
Transmission and Distribution Supervisor  $90,979 - $100,381
Utility Account Analyst  $37,024 - $49,837

To apply for open positions, please visit: www.mesaaz.gov/jobs