Everything is in place for a fun Miracle on Main Street/Winterfest celebration, Saturday in Yuma.

Some downtown businesses will be open and offering specials during the Miracle on Main Street event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a ping pong drop from the balcony of Jim Powell Photography at 1 p.m., offering deals at local businesses. Christmas carols also will be sung from the balcony. A scavenger hunt also is planned.

Farm House Market will host an open house from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Red Willow on Main will do the same from 2 to 5 p.m. Among businesses offering specials downtown will be Jay Flaming Jewelers and Lu•Ella.

The inaugural Parade of Lights will take place at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin at City Hall, proceed north on S. Main St. to Second Ave., where it will turn east and go to the Yuma Community Center, where an evening of fun activities are planned. The City of Yuma will be closing S. Main St. from Highway 34 to Second Ave. during the parade.

Santa Claus will be at the front of the parade riding on the VFW float. He then will be available for visits with youth at the community center.

The city has a 55-foot Christmas tree set up near the community center. There will be a tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.

The kids from Momentum DanceWorks will perform outside under the canopy at the community center at 6:15.

Santa Land will open in the community center immediately following the tree lighting. There will be Santa Craft tables. Santa Land sponsors include the City of Yuma, Early Childhood Council of Yuma, Washington and Kit Carson counties, Yuma schools, Momentum DanceWorks, Yuma Police Department, Yuma Ambulance and Yuma Library.

There will be an auction of the Festival of Trees entries, and the Old Threshers train will be available for rides.

The Yuma Ministerial Association will serve a fund-raising chili/soup supper beginning at 6:30. The Yuma High School FCCLA will be selling desserts, and the YHS Jazz Band and Guitar Group will perform at 7.

The Yuma Police Department will serve hot chocolate, and the Yuma Public Library will have books.

The Yuma Museum will be hosting an open house at the Blach School House beginning at 6.

YMA fund-raiser goes toward good causes

The Yuma Ministerial Association will be hosting a soup supper fund-raiser, Saturday night during the Winterfest celebration at the Yuma Community Center.

So what exactly does the YMA do that it needs to raise funds?

Well, glad you asked, as the coalition of local churches does a lot to help those in need, mostly behind the scenes.

The Yuma Ministerial Association receives two to three calls per week, on average, from people needing some kind of assistance. On average, the YMA helps five to six families per month with various needs, spending $3,000 to $4,000 per year helping people and families in the community. Assistance includes transportation, homeless situations, utility payments, rent, gas, sometimes food, and sometimes make referrals for counseling.

The YMA noted that everything it does helps bring living, breathing ministries of hope and compassion to the community.

In addition to Saturday’s Winterfest soup supper, the YMA also gathers donations and love offerings from the concert it sponsors on Sunday night at the Yuma County Fair, from its Lenten Luncheons, its Christmas program and its Easter Sunrise service, helping people in the community, as well as those passing through.

The YMA often partners with other agencies, such as Rural Communities Resource Center (RCRC), the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office, and the Yuma Police Department, to help people.

There are a variety of ways in which one can access help from the YMA. Often a person will go to one of the member churches, and that pastor reached out to the rest to see if anyone else is in the process of helping that person. Sometimes the RCRC calls requesting assistance, and sometimes it is local law enforcement.

Pastor Don Smith is the YMA president, and also is well known in the community, so there are times he is contacted directly by people seeking assistance. The best way to seek assistance is contacting the RCRC or a pastor of one of the member churches.

YMA members are Yuma Christian Church, St. John Lutheran Church, First Southern Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church of Yuma, Yuma United Methodist Church, Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, Yuma First Church of the Nazarene, Yuma Seventh Day Adventist Church, Community of Christ Church, and the Yuma chapter of Aglow International Northern Colorado.

The YMA is open to all churches who want to help the organization serve the community. A church wanting to join the YMA should call Pastor Smith.

So just remember when you are enjoying that great soup supper Saturday night, that the money you paid for it is going to a great cause that benefits those in our community who need the help most.