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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. 





With Loving Memories from your P.P.C. family,

Ken Johnson

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Remembering Karen Postma

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wood-man-people-men-largeJohn 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 a  meeting.

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!

With all of our love from the P.P.C. family,

Ken Johnson

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Oh, The Places You Will Go

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coins-currency-investment-insuranceAny 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.”

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Preschool News

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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. 

Thank you for all the church and family support.

God bless,


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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 Greenbriar  Lane 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.

Thank You for all that you do,

Ruth Langford, HART PANTRY

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Sounds of the Southwest Chorale Concert

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You won’t want to miss this! On Sunday, November 13, at 3PM the Sounds of the Southwest Chorale will be performing in concert in the PPC sanctuary. The concert is free and open to the public. Director Matt Deller, accompanist Eric Fish and 20 singers will perform music from classic composers Mozart, Haydn, and Zingarelli. Several other traditional pieces are on the program, as well as music from contemporary composer Mark Hayes with selections from his Requiem.

There will be a free will offering with the proceeds split between the Sounds of the Southwest Chorale and First Presbyterian Church of Peoria. All donations are tax deductible and benefit the programs of each group.

The Sounds of the Southwest Chorale was formed in 2015 and is under the umbrella of their larger sister choir, the Sounds of the Southwest Singers. This smaller group performs a more classical traditional repertoire leaving the more present-day contemporary style for the Singers’ performances.

Several PPC members are involved with both groups and look forward to sharing this performance with their home congregation. Join the Chorale for an afternoon of pure musical delight!

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Session News

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After not meeting in August, Session did not have a long list of business at the September meeting, but please do not flood us with an extra load to keep us busy, but give us what is needed.

The Girls Scouts want to use the Fellowship Hall on December 16th and 17th, for a night of Babysitting from 6:30 PM  to 9:30 PM, as a fundraiser.  Shannon said for the “potty trained” only, because she is done changing diapers.  The girls will be well chaperoned.  Rental fee will be waived.

Approval was given for the HART Pantry to advertise for fundraisers in the church bulletin and church chatter newsletter.

The Church Thanksgiving dinner was discussed.  Some people who work are unable to come on Friday.  The Deacons are to rethink and possibly consider having it on a Saturday at noon.  It will be announced.

Our Preschool  Director is cutting her hours at the school and doing more from home.  The preschool is planning to have pictures taken of Church Families for a Christmas Card fundraiser.  Do not eat any ice cream until May, because the preschool wants to have an ice cream social in May as a fundraiser, as well.  More later on this and approval was given for both projects. 

Some of the Preschool Parents are having hard times, financially.  It is difficult to pay for their student tuition.  Session approved of one half of the Birthday Fund to go to help those in need.

Approval was given for the children’s Christmas Pageant on December 4th, the Chancel Choir Cantana on December 18th, and Christmas Eve Services on December 24th, at 5:00 and 7:00 PM.

The pastor’s and all committee’s reports were received.  Next Session Meeting is October 10th, at 5:00 PM.

Ken Johnson, Clerk of Session

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Crop Walk

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Get out your walking shoes!  We will be joining the Phoenix Crop Walk for World Hunger this year.  It will begin at 2:00 in the afternoon at First Congregational Church in downtown Phoenix.  We will meet at our church and carpool down.  Hopefully, many of you will join us OR sponsor those of us who will be walking.  More details to come, next month.

Pam Osgood and Jean Salch

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Preschool News

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We cannot believe that it is October already and we have been in school for two months.  We are so happy that the weather has cooled off and we can be outside more.

We are adding Spanish to our curriculum on Wednesday’s.  Just before chapel we have about 10 minutes of preschool Spanish and the kids are enjoying that.

We will be doing our Harvest Festival On October 28th.  We will be having craft activities, face painting, and bean bag toss.  We will have lunch with hot dogs, chips and desert.  We will do our costume parade and Trunk or Treat in the parking lot.  This is always a fun morning for the kids and teachers and are looking forward to a day of fun.  If anyone would like to help us with this day, please contact the preschool.  We would love to have you.

We are also looking forward to The Family Feast in November, and the Christmas Musical in December.  Keep an eye out for more information on all our upcoming activities.

God bless,

Lynn, Sunshine and Sally

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Marvin Peters:

Some of you may not have known Marvin and Marian Peters, as they had moved to Lake Havasu City, AZ a couple of years ago.  They wanted to be close to their daughter in their golden years.  In younger years, we took care of our children, but now, as we get older, the kids take care of us.

  Word was received that Marvin, 91 passed away on August 13th.  His wife, Marian of 65 years, passed away March, 2015.  The Peters joined PP.C. in 1992 by letter of transfer from another church.  Marian served on the Board of Deacons here at P.P.C.  Marvin was good to show up for a work “party” in the younger years.  For the “party”, we would have maybe 15 men and women show for a breakfast of NOT donuts, but eggs, bacon, biscuits and fruit.  We would have a devotion, then the “party” would begin.  This was a time when we had more younger folks in the church family.

A side note; when my first wife was living (before 2001), the Johnsons had a New Years party at our home and Marvin and Marian came.  No SPIRITS or beer was allowed and we had a good crowd and a good time.  Everyone was sober for the drive home.  Someone was the time keeper, so when it was 11:59 PM, we all got our coffee mugs or punch glasses and gathered together for a toast at midnight.  The hour arrived, we had the toast and “wished each other, A HAPPY NEW YEAR!”  After we kissed all of the ladies, I thought the group would be asking for their coats to go home…WRONG.  About 1:00 o’clock, I was ready to go to bed.  But, we still had a house full of guests.  I could have asked the last person to leave please turn out the lights and lock the door behind them. 

About that time, someone mentioned my hobby of several antique farm tractors.  Several of the men wanted to see them in my garage, so we went outside and Marvin was the most interested.  “DO THEY ALL RUN?”, I was asked.  In other words, let’s hear the 1935 John Deere and all the others pop.  So we did.  By this time, it was after 2 AM and I was thinking, hey guys, go home.  Finally, they left at about 2:30 AM.

Never under estimate the power of positive thinking, because it worked, 2 or 3 hours too late, as far as I was concerned at the time.

Later, reliving the party in my own mind, this was a time when we could visit and get to know each other a little better than on Sunday morning in church with, “Hi, How are ya?  It is nice to see ya.”  I got caught up on my sleep the next few nights, because we did not have anyone over for the “evening”. 


From the P.P.C. Family,  Ken Johnson

Evelyn Grashel:

 Word was received of the death of one of our dear members, Evelyn Grashel on September 7th,.  It seems that the summer months takes it’s toll on our senior

citizens and 2016 has not been an exception. 

The information I have on Evelyn is limited, as I do not have any contact with any of Evelyn’s family members and she and I, did not drink coffee together.

Evelyn came to P.P.C. on April 2, 1990, by reaffirmation of faith.  I do not know where she lived prior to living in the west Peoria area or where she grew up.  Evelyn was an active Deacon here at P.P.C. in the years of 1991, 1992 and 1993.  According to the roll book page on our Deacons, she was ordained as a Deacon in 1954, elsewhere.  Evelyn was faithful in holding a pew down on the north side of the sanctuary every Sunday, until the time came that she was unable to attend worship.  The last time I visited with Evelyn, I took her a takeout plate from a Thanksgiving church dinner.  At that time, she had a caregiver.  Sometime after that, she moved to Kingman, Arizona and this is where she passed away.

Her services were at Sunland Memorial Park Mortuary and burial was at the National Cemetery on Cave Creek Road.

Thank you Evelyn, for your years of service at Peoria Presbyterian Church.

From your church family,

Ken Johnson

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