First Presbyterian Church

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Choir singing

Come see them as they fill the air with beautiful music.

Crop walk for hunger

Helping to raise funds and awareness for world hunger

The Dreaded Annual Stewardship Campaign

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To the wider culture the most significant date in November is Thanksgiving Day. But to the church the most significant date is Stewardship Sunday! Churches live and die by their financial wherewithal. So pastors and Administrative Boards fixate on Stewardship Sunday with the question, “Will we have enough income to operate the church for the next twelve months?” I don’t know of any pastor or church member who truly enjoys stewardship season. It’s like a trip to the dentist–it must be done, it must be done regularly, but it’s rarely enjoyable.

On November 19 we will ask all of you to bring in your pledge for 2018. We did well last year with an increase of $9300 in pledging And our finances have been healthy most of this year. As of this writing we have a $7000 positive variance of income over expenses.

Barbara and I are tithers. At the end of every year we tally up our income and take ten percent of that and give it away. We do so because tithing is a Biblical mandate. We do so because we believe it helps. We do so because we believe God has put us on this earth to make a difference.

I suggest to you all that if you haven’t already, you begin the grand adventure of becoming a tither. Figure out your annual income and multiply that by ten percent. If you can’t give ten per cent away next year, pick out some amount that you are able to contribute–say 3, 4 or 5%. And then the following year increase that percentage by 1%. Over time you will inch upward toward a tithe. As you inch upward you will learn at least two things. There is real joy in giving. And, you can’t out give God.

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Preschool News

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November News:
We can hardly believe, we are 4 months into the school year! We have had a great start this school year, so much going on in the classrooms. We have some exciting things coming up. We are going to have a Dessert Social on November 21, @ 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. We ask all Preschool Families and Church families to come and enjoy some Desserts/Refreshments and some good old Fellowship. We know this is the start of a busy time of year but let’s take some time to be Thankful and enjoy all the many blessing the Lord has blessed us with. With that being said, we are going to be talking with the kids about being Thankful and all of God’s blessings.

  • Picture Day! November 15th starting at 9:00am we will be having picture day. So come dressed in your best and don’t forget your smile!!
  • No School: No school November 23rd-24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday

We have a lot of fun things planned for the upcoming months, so please keep a look out for information..

Last but not least a BIG thank you to all the families and church member who are supporting the Preschool. This is a mission of the church and we are so grateful to be a part of this mission. Every donation is a blessing and is very much Appreciated! I personally think, without a doubt, this has been a great year for the preschool. So keep those prayers coming because God hears them all!

Best regards
Sunshine Tinker, Director

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Crop Walk 2017

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On Sunday, November 5th there were about 100 people at the Crop Walk for World Hunger in downtown Phoenix. First Presbyterian Church of Peoria was represented by 20 people from our church, which included 2 children and one baby. We were glad we could help out with World Hunger by collecting and donating to Church World Services.

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New home for HART Pantry

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NEW HOME FOR HART PANTRY As of September 16th HART PANTRY will have moved the pantry and its operations to the LIONS FOUNDATION CAMPUS at 9451 north 99th Avenue in Sun City. The property will afford us multiple rooms with outside access and close-by vehicle loading. We will be able to house the actual pantry separate from the large area for loading the bags.

We have had a very positive response from our volunteers who for a long time have made do with very close work space. Eve’s Place has been a great partner and provided for us for 5 years but we have grown beyond their capability to house our operation. Of course we will continue our partnership with Eve’s and their advocates. HART PANTRY has had growth in both the number of schools we are now serving and our donor base. We have been successful in being awarded several grants and continue a close relationship with our community, churches, corporate sponsors and local governments.

Our “back-to-school” event was a major success; we presented our schools with 140 filled backpacks as well as 100 individual empty new backpacks to 2 elementary schools. Our next project will be our Christmas gift drive. Looking forward to helping as many at-risk and homeless teens as we can in the coming months and hoping GOD will continue to bless our efforts.

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HART Panrty news

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Attention all of you creative craft people and super cooks and Bakers!!!!

PEORIA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH has again this year been invited to participate in the HERITAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HOLIDAY FUND RAISER FOR THE AT-RISK TEENS SERVED BY HART PANTRY. As in past years Heritage provides the space, advertising, silent auction, and other activities. We at Peoria are invited to send our baked goodies and craft items to be sold at the event.

The Place: HERITAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 5830 w. Greenbriar Drive, Glendale, AZ November 5, 2017 10:30AM I will have more info going forward.

Ruth

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Session News

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Perhaps the most joyful news from the September 11th, Session meeting, the church is to the good as of August 31st. THANK YOU DONNA DAVIS, OUR CHURCH TREASURER, FOR HER ALWAYS DETAILED REPORT.

The Clerk reported the Session minute book and the member roll book were recently examined by the Presbytery Review of Records Committee and approved with no exceptions. This is done about once a year. Elder O’Kelly was named the chairman of the 2017 church nominating committee. The committee will get busy shortly to seek nominations for Elders to serve on Session, for Deacons, and two from the congregation to serve on the 018 church nominating committee. THANK YOU SETH FOR SAYING YES TO A JOB THAT SOME OF US “RUN” FROM. Serving with Seth are two members fro the congregation and one Deacon.

Session approved of the youth (Christian Ed. Committee) to sell coupon books again this year as a fund raiser. The Christmas Joy Offering is to be observed this year in December. The offering goes to help retired paid Presbyterian workers whose retirement funds do not keep up with today’s inflation.

Future events-youth Christmas pageant December 3rd; December 10th, the Bell Choir will bring us special music; and December 17th is the Chancel Choir’s cantata. Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year. THERE WILL ONLY BE ONE Christmas Eve SERVICE with communion at 7:00 PM. It is hard to focus on December activities with temperatures in the triple digits at the time of this writing. In a few months one might hear, “Its is freezing this morning, I will be glad when it warms up.”

Kenneth P. Johnson Clerk of Session

Next Session meeting is October 9th at 5:30PM

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Trunk or treat

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Trunk or Treat – Get ready for our 2nd annual PPC Trunk or Treat event on Saturday October 28th at 4:30. Decorate your trunk or just come as you are to hand out treats and enjoy fellowship with our youth to create a safe Halloween experience for all. Games for all ages afterward and prices for the best dressed trunk!

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