Peoria Presbyterian Church Mission Committee is joining with the Sun City Mid-Week Lions Club to collect used eye glasses, hearing aids and cell phones.
The LIONS RECYCLE FOR SIGHT program has been around for many years and has afforded sight to countless individuals who otherwise would remain sight impaired.
Your Mission Committee has placed a collection box in the NARTHEX for your convenience. Please check those drawers, desks and other hiding places and donate your eye glasses, old hearing aids and cell phones to this very good cause.
We are reaching out to help others in our community and through the LIONS internationally.
What am I referring to?The only bell that most of you know of, is the one in the steeple and most of you have never seen it.You’ve only heard it.I DO NOT want to go up in the steeple again, because it is too scary getting up through the ceiling.
Many of our church family in earlier years were farmers and had cows to milk, calves and chickens to feed, and finally the farmer go to eat.He maybe had time for only a five second “shower” with a can of talcum powder.
Sunday School started at 9:45 with close to a hundred in attendance.Many of the stores were closed.There weren’t any little league ball games, boat or car races and no Race for the Cure.So, about the only thing to do or go to, was Sunday School.Now, I know that some stayed home to read the “funnies”, but the majority showed up for Sunday School and Worship.
Before I was born in 1934, our church had a ball team and in order to play on the team, you had to go to Sunday School.
It might be worth trying it again, if there are other churches with teams.
We did not have the Christian Ed. Building until about 1964 and Sunday School classes were crowded into the back of the sanctuary, which is now the choir room.About 1947 or 48, we purchased a World War II barracks building that took some of the crowd from the brick building.Someone (usually a youth wanting to get out of class) was assigned at 10:45 to take the silver colored bell about the size of a coffee cup (you see them now on store or shop counters) and go to each class and with the palm of the hand, strike the top button a couple of times.With worship at 11:00, this gave time for a potty break (T.M.I.) and be seated in the pew at 11, when the steeple bell rang.
Some of our equipment is gone now.Someone cleaned house and disposed of things the “we did not need” any longer, but the little ding a ling bell sits on a cabinet in the choir room, if you want to go and slap the button.
I had written articles about the Christy family in the September and October CHATTER.I wrote about their part in keeping our rooms clean and looking nice.
I saw Barbara about the middle of September and one of our Deacons was also there, at her bed side.This was not a good day for Barbara.She was not talking.This is when I went home and wrote the article on how the eight Christy’s (six children), always kept our rooms so clean.I wanted Barbara to read it while she was still with us, because after death, it is too late.The next day, I went back to see Barbara.Her two daughters, son- in-law, and another Deacon, was at her bedside.A little late, another Deacon and Pastor Terry took communion to her.This was a good day for Barbara because she was smiling and talking.After I left, her daughters read my article (the one in the October CHATTER) and she enjoyed it.A long story short, that is why I am not going into detail about Barbara in this article.
Barbara passed away in the early hours of September 29th.
A QUIET PERSON NEVER CAUSING ANY WAVES,
BUT EVER SO FAITHFUL AS A
PEORIA PRESBYTERIAN MEMBER.
SHE IS GONE FROM P.P.C., BUT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN.THANK YOU BARBARA, FOR FAITHFULLY SHARING OVER FIFTY ONE YEARS OF YOUR LIFE WITH US AT P.P.C.
John and Karen Postma would show up to P.P.C about the first Sunday of December, from their summer home in Sequim, Washington.
Karianne and I, along with our children would include them into our family holiday feasts, including an early Christmas breakfast and later that day for Christmas dinner. These dinner invitations always extended to Easter , Birthday Parties or just a foursome meal.Karen would ask, ‘What can I bring?”We told her nothing, just come.But, she did not listen to us.Karen was a good cook and especially a good baker.As I mentioned, she always brought something which was okay with me, because I hoped there would be some leftover, for me.There usually was, but not for long.She or they would also bring a floral arrangement for the table.
Shortly before they left for Sequim, last Spring, Karen was diagnosed with cancer.They were anxious to get home for a cancer treatment center or doctor in Sequim.Over the past few months, she told us she was trying to do yard work while sitting on a chair and the game that she loved so much, golf, was put on hold.
John called us with the news that we did not want to hear.Karen passed away on October 21st.No other information is available at this time.In November, John and a friend are planning to come to Arizona to clear out their NICE mobile home.
When Karianne and I would travel to Whidbey Island, it was a custom to cross Puget Sound on the ferry and spend the day with John and Karen.They were such good hosts.They came to see us in Oak Harbor, on our last trip to Whidbey.
You can tell by my thoughts of how much the whole Johnson family and all of the P.P.C. family loved John and Karen.They were (John still is) affiliate members here at P.P.C.An affiliate receives the same love and welcome as a member except has no vote in ameeting.
Their address in Sequim is in the directory.John, we love you for being such a good caregiver for Karen.It will be hard this winter to see the second pew without John and Karen’s smiling faces.THANK YOU FOR YOUR YEARS WITH US AT P.P.C.
Karen’s pain and suffering is over and she is at peace with our Lord.Gone from this earth, but Not Forgotten!
Any of you who have grandchildren will recognize the words above, taken from Dr. Seuss’s remarkable children’s book (although I confess I like it for myself.)
We will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of our church next April. With apologies to Dr. Seuss I could say, “Oh the places we have been.” But our best years are ahead, so the places we will go are thrilling.
In our stewardship campaign this November we will emphasize our faith in the future of this church. Every dollar we give to FPC Peoria is a vote for our future.
I trust you will give more generously than you’ve ever given before. A strong stewardship campaign is a compelling sign for those who might be considering a call to be your permanent pastor.
As you might have learned already, this church is in the best financial condition it’s been in for a few years. We might even end the year in the black, which makes our Session very happy. Let me just thank all of you who have stepped up to the plate in this interim period and given your time, talent and treasure. Parting words from Dr. Seuss:
“Congratulations! Today is your day,
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way.”
As we start November, it is the beginning of all the exciting holiday’s.We have made some changes to our November calendar.We have decided not to do the Thanksgiving Family Feast, because the staff, have asked for more family time over Thanksgiving.We made the decision to close on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.All of our parents were on board with this and I have a happy staff.
We are excited to add to our classroom three new children and families.We welcome Andrea Pompa, Sofia Hadden and Olivia Alvarez.
We have professional picture day on the 17th.All children will have their pictures taken in front of our classroom Christmas tree.This will be a fund raiser for us to help with some scholarship money for some of our families.
Of course, we are looking forward to Christmas in December and our Christmas musical.
The HART PANTRY has increased the number of schools they are aiding to a total of 9 (this includes 3 served by the counselors of our partner, EVE’S PLACE). To accomplish this we are filling approximately 85 weekend food bags and 55 snack/supper bags each Thursday. The need in our area is ever increasing as our state’s economy is continuing to decline. We are seeing teens out of the family, perhaps staying in 4 locations in one week, as parents are struggling in shelters etc. The school personnel are seeing a constant increase in teens with little or no food or supervision.
We have been heartened by the increase in our donor list. We now are working with 5 churches, a LIONS club, Peoria Police Explorers and high school AVID clubs. The AVID clubs are teens helping teens which is just so great.
We have a major Fund Raiser coming up in November. HERITAGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH is holding their Chili Cook-off on November 13th at their campus on GreenbriarLane in Glendale. There are many crafters and bakers in Peoria Presbyterian Church who have stepped up to provide craft items, holiday trims and bake goods for this event. The 2 churches working together are able to offer a wide variety of items for sale and HART PANTRY is the beneficiary.
During the month of November we will also be running our Antique Quilt Raffle. The tickets are $ 5.00 for a chance to win this lovely well preserved circa 1870 cotton quilt. We will have the quilt displayed at Peoria Presbyterian Church on November 20th in the Social Hall. Tickets will be on sale all month; Drawing to be held on December 1, 2016. (A preview flier is included in this newsletter) Tickets can be purchased by contacting Ruth Langford.
I wish to thank ALL of the 17 Peoria Presbyterian Church volunteers for their dedicated service to the PANTRY every Thursday and also during the week as they shop and deliver supplies to the pantry. Darleen Champion comes to the PANTRY every week with cartons of loaves of bread provided to her by the Olive Branch Senior Center. Carol Spiegelhoff haunts the sales at FRYS and purchases for the PANTRY. We order and pick up from United Food Bank in Mesa; Dollar Tree on-line shipping to a local store for pick-up; we use Smart and Final; Sam’s Club and Costco. Never in our dreams did we think HART PANTRY would become what we are now and growing. Marge Vowles makes up hundreds of jelly packets and silverware /napkin kits for the bags. This just names a few of the volunteers that keep us going. We could not function without everyone’s help. Thank you to folks in the congregation who fill the HART PANTRY donation bin each week or provide financial donations to help our teens.
Our WISH LIST for November is:canned soup, Austin Cracker/cookie packs, Capri Sun and small travel size toiletries.