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Church Directory Update

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As you are aware, we are in the process of updating our current directory.  Please take a few minutes to verify your name and personal information is in it.  Note any changes that should be made.  If your information is in the directory and you want it or any part removed, please make a note of this.  If your information is not in the directory and you would like it to be, please make a note of this as well.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Katrina Guy.


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The early days

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Peoria Presbyterian Church The early days

In December 1882 three men organized the Arizona Canal Company.  The canal was extended in 1885 bringing water to the Peoria area.  A group of settlers from Peoria, Illinois arrived between 1886 and 1889 among these was the Mann family.  Mrs. Jennie Mann had lived an active Christian life before coming to Peoria, found a lack of any religious services.  She searched her small community to gather its children into her home, and thus formed the nucleus for the First Presbyterian Church Sunday School.  As interest grew, young people and adults were soon attending the classes ably taught by Mrs. Jennie Mann and Mrs. Kate Creath.  As settlers continued to settle on nearby and surrounding land the predominate faith seemed to be Presbyterian.  In 1891 Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Lively, Mrs. Jennie Mann and Mrs. Binney sent a petition to the Presbytery requesting the organization of a Presbyterian Church in Peoria.  On April 10, 1892 the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria came into being.

Mr. W. J. Lively became the ruling Elder and Mr. H.G. Mann and Mr. James Allison were installed as Trustees.  As nearly as can be ascertained the following were Charter members;  Mrs. Jennie Mann, Mrs. Allison, Mr. Jasper Lively, Mrs. James McMillan, Mrs. Binney, Mrs. Emily Lively, Mr. John Creath, Sr., Miss Mary McMillan and Miss. Agnes McMillan.  Visiting ministers were common place until September 1893 when Henry A. Thompson was installed as the first pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Peoria.  Mr. Thompson not only preached at Peoria but also Casa Grande, Arizola, Gila Bend, Wickenburg, and Congress Junction.  It was common place for this parson to have a six-shooter strapped to his hip as he rode or drove from one parish to another as this was still the “wild” west at that time.

On January 4, 1899, DeLoss and Frances Brown deeded Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 in Block 33 to the Peoria Presbyterian Church for the consideration of one dollar.  After meeting in the public school building for seven years the church members were overjoyed with property to build a church home on.  In the spring of 1899 construction began.  The church walls were fifteen feet high of red brick supporting a steep, gabled roof, with a bell tower.  Mr. Howard Bartlett secured the twelve beautiful pointed, stained glass windows.  The sanctuary was 24’ X 36’ and lighted by kerosene lamps hung from brackets attached to the window casings.  Near the close of 1899 the church was completed.  On January 4, 1900, the Rev. J.W. Quay became pastor of seventeen members.  At a public service on Sunday, February 4, 1900 members met to formally dedicate the church.

More to come in later issues.  Larry Cary, Elder

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The Hardwood Floor

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Some of us are aware of a beautiful hardwood floor under the carpet in the sanctuary.  What happened?  Why is it covered up?

Back maybe thirty or forty years ago, our custodians were the Christy family.  I say the family, because Roy and Barbara had six children.  All eight of them made a large cleaning crew.  Their six children were Cynthia, Curtis, Craig, Cathy, Carol, and Carter.  All of the children each had three names and all began with the letter “C”.  So, their initials were C.C.C.  Barbara is still with us in our church family, but at the present, she is in a care facility.  Roy and Cynthia are no longer living.  Cathy attended worship with her mother, Barbara, but I heard she has moved to Alaska.  I saw Carter when I visited Barbara in Freedom Plaza Care Facility this spring.  I do not have any information for the other three children.    

Back to the hardwood floor.  Maybe once a year, the Christy’s would strip the finish, add a new finish and then buff it (shine it).  All the pews had to be moved.  I do not know if they were carried outside or just “stacked up” in one area then moved back and that portion of the floor was done. 

Now, the punch line.  To the best of my knowledge, our custodians have worked solo, since the Christy family custodians.  It is hard for one person to move the pews, strip and finish the floor in time for Sunday worship.  Vacuuming the carpet is much easier for one person to do each week.

I hope Barbara and her children are able to read this.  The few of us here today that were here during the Christy Family Custodian period, thank you for your hard work and dedication to keeping our church buildings beautiful.  You were/are appreciated. 

For and From the P.P.C. Church Family,

We Love You!

Ken Johnson

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Preschool News

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We are so happy to be back in the preschool classrooms again.  We had a great summer program, but love the structure of the school year.  We had a great August and have a lot of new students in our classrooms.  The children really missed all the songs and Bible stories.

This is our month to talk about how beautifully and wonderfully made each of them are.  God created each of us to be exactly who we are and that He knows exactly how many hairs we have on our heads.   

We have a number of families that want very much to have their children in our program but are struggling with the tuition.  If you can see it in your heart to contribute to the scholarship fund it would mean very much to these families.

God bless to everyone who has contributed money and supplies to the preschool.                                                     

Lynn Hawkins

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In Memory of

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On July 19th, we received word of the death of one of our members; Peg Miller.  She passed away at her home the week prior.  Unfortunately, there was not much information provided regarding the circumstances surrounding her death, only that it was unexpected. 

As a member of the P.P.C. family, Peg Miller will be missed.    

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Sewing Circle

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The Sewing Circle will resume on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:30 AM.  This group meets the third and fourth Wednesday of each month at 9:30.  We currently have several projects…

  1. Bags for Jean Charlton’s mission to make mats for the homeless 
  2. Prayer quilts for women and men
  3. Prayer quilts for anyone needing some homemade love.

Please come and join us for fellowship and a very good mission.

Marti Schlagel

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Calling all crafters…

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Heritage Presbyterian Church is holding a fund raiser for HART PANTRY in NOVEMBER at their church. PPC members are invited to donate their items to enhance the size of the FUND RAISER. Hand-crafted and new items are needed for the SILENT AUCTION and CRAFT TABLES. THINK CHRISTMAS!!!! New and gently used items for the “MAKE – ME- AN-OFFER TABLES! Thank you for thinking ahead this summer to support HART as you clean your clutter or spend hot days inside crafting. The BAKED GOODS TABLE is always a hit and last year the folks at PPC offered a wide array of goodies.

Donations from PPC will be picked up at our church by HART PANTRY members and transported to the sale. More information on that later. Of course we hope you will not only donate but participate on the day of the sale. Warm welcome is always made by the folks at Heritage as we keep this very important partnership of these two churches alive to support HART.

Information: Ruth Langford; Carol Spiegelhoff; Brenda Hedt

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Are You a Family Caregiver?

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Are You a Family Caregiver?

Family members often don’t consider themselves to be “caregivers” when they have responsibilities for aging loved ones, and thus don’t seek help.  Yet – receiving guidance and support can help them better care for their loved ones AND themselves.  Are you a caregiver, or do you know someone who is?

If so, Duet cordially invites you to attend their Caregiver Symposium: How to Find Hope While Coping with Stress and Grief, on October 6.  Renowned researcher, author, and psychologist Dr. Pauline Boss will share proven techniques for coping with the losses of care giving and reclaiming hope amidst grief.  A session for family caregivers will take place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Includes lunch) and a session for professionals and students takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Duet, 555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix.  Each session is only $20.  To register, visit or call (602) 274-5022.

Meaningful Moments

Do you have an occasional hour or two to spare?  Become a Duet volunteer and make the most of your moments!  Choose from providing rides to medical appointments, to being a visitor, grocery shopper, computer trainer, handyperson, or paperwork helper for an isolated elder.  You could even provide a breather for a family caregiver who needs a break.  To begin, sign up for a volunteer orientation at or 602-574-5022.  Thank you!

Thursday, October 6, 2016


Church of the Beatitudes

555 W Glendale Ave.

Phoenix, AZ  85021

Cost:  $20 per session, RSVP by September 29th

Register online at or call (602) 274-5022

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Preschool News

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It has been a wonderful summer. Nine weeks of water play, movie days, science and art. I thank all of my teachers for providing a loving and fun environment for all our children. We said good-bye to some of our children that are going off to kindergarten and have new families that will be starting with us in the fall.

We start another new year on August 1st. We are very excited to have Sunshine return as our PK teacher and pleased to introduce Sally Marinelli as our 3 / 4’s teacher and our aid Naomi Vargas. We are all charged up and ready for another year of fun and learning with our returning and new students.

On a personal note I have officially retired and am working part-time and whenever needed. I will always be here a few hours each day at the school and will continue to be the director to this fine program.

Thanks to all who have helped with our annual clean the preschool days. This is always a huge help to getting us off on the right foot.

Blessings to all and prayers for a successful year.

Lynn Hawkins, Director

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More on Interim Ministry

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In last month’s newsletter I explained in some detail what interim ministers do. If you haven’t read it, I hope you’ll look at now. It’s on our website.

An interim obviously is an in-between time. In between the time when a former pastor leaves and a new pastor is called. Interim time can be much more important than just marking time. It can be one of the most valuable periods in a church’s history.

There are three questions a church must deal with in its interim time. “Where have we been?” “Where are we going?” “What skills and gifts should we seek in our next pastor so that we can get where we want to go?”

There’s an old saying you may have heard, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.” That’s why we should be deliberate and thoughtful in laying out FPC’s road map for the future.

We have already begun the process of “Where have we been?” and “Where are we going?” Over the past few months I have met with many of you in home desserts. We’ve had over 50 people attend. When the summer is over we will try to hold a few more desserts to offer those who were away this summer a chance to weigh in on these two questions.

So far here’s what I’ve learned. Most of all you value the sense of community you find at FPC. I’ve learned that if someone in the church has the flu, the word spreads in a few hours. You care for one another in palpable ways.

You value our traditional worship style. You don’t want screens or a rock band up front. You like the informality of the service, yet value the dignity of Reformed liturgy. (And you are really good listeners to my sermons. Thank you!)

You really love the beauty of our historic sanctuary, one of the 12 oldest structures in all of Phoenix. So many of you (and our guests) say, “It reminds me of the little church I attended back in the mid-west. And let me just say that we have not yet leveraged the historicity of our sanctuary to become more widely known in our area. More on this down the road.

You worry about our church getting older. When I asked one member if she had a magic wand and could change the church, what would she do? She said, “I would make us all a lot younger.” This is the number one concern I heard in the desserts. We have to find a way to grow, to attract new members.

You worry about finances. The church has been under financial stress for some years now. Last year the Session had to dip into the manse fund ($17,000) to balance the budget. I am 2/3 time with 2/3 salary of the former pastor. Perhaps the biggest question we have to deal with is this: “Can we afford a full-time permanent pastor? Generally you get what you pay for in this world. Can we find a way, with the resources available to us to call a full-time pastor, full of spit and vinegar! A pastor who can lead the congregation to a day of growth and renewal. I have some ideas on this, too! More to follow.

That’s enough for now. I’ll follow some of these thoughts up in future columns.

Let me close by saying a great big thanks for the warm and wonderful welcome you have extended to me. I love being here. I love my ministry with and among you.

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