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Preschool News

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This is always a very special time of year for the preschool, the kids and the staff.  We had picture day in front of the Christmas tree that is in the classroom.  We will be doing the Christmas Musical on December 21st at 6:30.  We are going over our Christmas songs and the Christmas story, during chapel.  We will be having our Christmas party on December 20th

It is very hard to believe we will be starting our second half of the school year.  Our PK kids will be working on getting ready for kindergarten and our 3 year olds will be getting ready for the PK classroom.

We are so proud of all our children and thank all our parents and the church for their continued support for this first half and are excited for January.

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Church History 1940 – 1960

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main_img_5On the 50th Anniversary, April 10, 1942, the Rev. William C. Isett held services in observance.  The Isett’s recorded church history in a book, “The  First 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.

Larry Cary, Elder

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Church History 1920-1940

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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
  • Sunday School
  • Christian Endeavor for Presbyterian Youth
  • During WWI twelve young men from the church served and returned safely.

Larry Cary, Elder

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New Church Officers

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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!

Ken Johnson

Clerk of Session

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Christmas is

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Christmas Is

Christmas is not about gifts and toys

It’s the time when people rejoice

Christmas is not about food and drinks

It’s not about this world as everybody thinks.

Christmas is about everlasting love

It’s thanking the Lord for what we all have

Christmas is about sharing and family

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Do not let your eyes deceive you

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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


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Session News

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Unfortunately, I missed the first part of the meeting because of some assistance with irrigation my neighbor was in need of, due to his nearly blind eyesight condition.  Most of the action took place before I had arrived and I thank Larry Cary for taking the meeting minutes up until I had gotten there.

As usual, we have our special meeting of the congregation in November to elect Elders, Deacons, and two members of the congregation to serve on the 2017 nominating committee.  This is the only business for the meeting as stated in the call.  The date is November 20, 2017 following worship.  Any other business or concerns can be brought up at the regular meeting which is usually the last of January giving time to get the treasurer’s books closed out and ready for a report.  Any concern may be brought up.  We hope they are positive, but if negative, WE WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT.  Annual reports are due by December 31, except the treasurer’s and the auditor’s.  Some reports can be turned in before the 31st, as business is already completed.  So, lets make it easy on our faithful secretary and not wait until the last minute.

On November 13, 2016 at 3:00 PM, the Singers of the Southwest Choral group will give a concert of traditional sacred music in our church, as described in detail on page 5, of this newsletter. 

We have two new members, Steve and Sabrina Burt.  Look for more information about them in this newsletter.

The Pastor’s Deacons’ and all committee reports were received.

The next Session Meeting is November 14th at 5:00 PM.

Ken Johnson, Clerk of Session

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Remembering Al Rodriguez, III

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Some of us may not have known, young Al.  He did not come to church every Sunday, but he called P.P.C., HIS CHURCH.  His daughters came with their grandparents, Al and Irma.  They were the two who always wore, “Easter Hats”.

Young Al was good help when his dad and I put up the iron fence from the sanctuary to the fellowship hall.  On the now, vacant dirt lot to the west of the fellowship hall, there was a palm tree stump sticking up out of the ground about a foot high.  I took two of my John Deere’s to the stump, thinking it would be out and on top of the ground.  WRONG, too many feeder roots.  I asked Al if he could help dig down about a foot.  He, (we) did this so I could get a chain on it.  Today, you no longer see that stump.

Al was hospitalized for a serious infection he had contracted, which quickly resulted in his death.  He passed away on October 5th.  His services were on October 22, at a church in west Phoenix, where the Pastor is Al’s sister-in-law’s, mother.     

As I had written in a previous newsletter, live each day to the fullest and do not go to bed angry, because we do not know what the new day may bring.


ADIOS AMIGO (Good-bye Friend)

Señor, Ken Johnson

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Fellowship Time

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I have noticed at the after worship coffee, cookie, cake, popcorn or watermelon hour in the fellowship hall, sometimes a table has one or two people seated there and talking, just “watching” the crowd.  Sometimes, it is “more fun” to sit with someone that we have known for years, but the only way we are going to know one another is to occupy the empty chair at their table and “break the ice”.

Recently, I did just that.  I asked, “What did you do when you were working?”  The person(s) told me about it.  We had a good visit exchanging information on our vocations and other news and views.  I started to leave the table and go sit with my and I was told, “Sit down.”  I did and we talked some more.  When I DID GET UP, the goodies were put away and I was going to load up later, but that was okay, because I have had my share in the past.  Just ask Keith Spiegelhoff, because “eagle eyes Keith” watches every time I get up out of my chair and head for the serving counter.  But the visit was worth going without.

  At worship so often se say, “Hi, how are you?” and “Glad to see ya.”  To get /keep members, we need to make our new people know and feel welcomed and needed, in which they are. 

  End of Sermon, Ken                  

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Mission Committee

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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.

Thank You,

The Mission Committee

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