On the 50th Anniversary, April 10, 1942, the Rev. William C. Isett held services in observance.The Isett’s recorded church history in a book, “TheFirst Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Arizona and the Fifty Years.”I do not know if any copies still exist.I’m sure this is where most of the first fifty years of history comes from.
In June of 1947 the church acquired a war surplus barracks building from a Japanese Internment Camp near Coolidge.You might remember Ken Johnson speaking about this.If not ask him, he will be glad to share many a stories from this time.The building cost $800.00 and was used after cleaning for Vacation Bible School.In the fall of 1947 the leadership along with the congregation voted to become self supporting.Until this time the church had been supported by the National Mission Board.
A 60th anniversary celebration was held on Sunday, April 6, 1952.Ministers continued to come and go with several serving for six years.In March of 1958 the congregation voted to buy property at 11921 North 83 Ave for $12,000. ,to serve as the manse.A Board of Deacons was created in 1958.In 1959 the church bought its first organ.
Mrs. Jennie Mann was called home to her eternal rest on November 30, 1921; you will remember she was one of the founding forces of our church.The Rev. C. A. Dugger was a minister here for eight (8) years and preached his final sermon on June 5, 1925.During the next 17 years ministers were called, however most only remained for a short time.In 1931 the Montlure Conference Grounds were secured for Presbyterian Youth Conferences.The 1930’s saw a lot of hardship due to the Great Depression.Many migrant families came thru Peoria with the church dispensing food and clothing.The 1931 Church Treasurers report showed a balance of $3.18 after paying the bills.
Organizations of the church 1917-1942:
Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society
Ladies Aid Society
Westminster Friendship Circle
Christian Endeavor for Presbyterian Youth
During WWI twelve young men from the church served and returned safely.
At the special meeting of the congregation on November 20th, new officers were elected to serve us.All of them have been ordained, so all that is needed is to install them when Pastor Terry can find a Sunday for the installation.For Elders, Mickey Gilsdorf was elected for a two year term.Having served for one year, this gets her on a schedule of a total of three years which works for the best, if possible.Linda Maxwell having been off of session for one year, after serving six consecutive years is eligible for reelection for a three year term, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
For Deacons, all were eligible for reelection for a three year term.Serving us are Ruth Langford, Katrina Guy, and Cathy Langston.
For the 2017 church nominating committee, elected from the congregation are Sheila Kyer and Shannon Langston.Session will elect the chairperson and Deacons will select one or two Deacons.Unless, we have a resignation of Session or Deacons, the nominating committee usually does not get busy until fall, September.
Congratulations to all and THANK YOU FOR GIVING OF YOUR TIME AND TALENT.It is all appreciated!
I was cutting up a watermelon for coffee hour and put some into two, one quart containers which were originally for cottage cheese.I was doing this for two ladies who wanted a ride for Al Rodriguez’s celebration of his life service.I get in trouble from one of my twins for saving used containers.“Dad, go buy some Tupperware.”Our children don’t understand how poor their parents are.I was even born without shoes.So, it is against my judgment to go buy three containers at the 99 cent store and throw away the cottage cheese containers.
The ladies were waiting for me as I arrived near the fellowship hall.I had the large green container of watermelon and the two, one quart cottage cheese containers, ready to go into the refrigerator until we returned from the service.I thought I had told the ladies that the containers were full of watermelon for them.
We went onto the service.As we were leaving, I asked the ladies to remind me to get their watermelon from the fridge at the fellowship hall when we got back.They questioned me, “What watermelon?We helped carry in cottage cheese from the 99 cent store.” I explained that was only the label on the container.We got a good laugh from the misunderstanding.They got their watermelon and