The first happy face couple is Lex & Cheryl Sheets. They have been in the church family for about a year. They really have happy faces when together or looking at each other as they have been married for only four years. Cheryl is an (Okie, her words not mine) born in Tulsa. Later lived in Colorado and New Mexico and now Arizona, Amen. Cheryl has been a charter school teacher. She has four children and loves going to church with Lex. They found P.P.C. through our choir director, Matt Deller as probably the same with the other couples as they are all in the Sounds of The Southwest Concert Choir where Matt is the director. Lex was raised in Glendale gradating from Glendale High, the Cardinals. He Went to NAU and is still employed in Technology Operations. Lex as the rest, love a small church where one is a friend and a member ad not just a number.
The second happy face couple to write about is Tom & Nancy Butler. They have been in the P.P.C. family maybe a couple of years. They are in the Chancel Choir as well as some of the others. Nancy was born in Lapland as well as her brothers and sisters and also her father all in the same hospital but at different times. By the way Laland is where Kansas laps over into Oklahoma but on the Kansas side. Nancy is a former Methodist but after church shopping she and Tom settles for P.P.C., Amen. Nancy graduated from Mesa (Az) High School whose mascot is the Jackrabbits. She is a retired school principal. Before that, Nancy was the FIRST married lady to be hired by Western Airlines as a flight stewardess. Probably after the word got out that she was on board the ticket sales soared. Tom was an Air Force “brat” growing up spending most of his life in Arizona graduating from Chandler High School (Az), the Wolves. Tom taught at Seton High in Chandler and was selected as the young educator of the year for Arizona. (Nancy spilled the beans to me on that issue.) Tom does NOT toot his own horn. Tom retired from Maricopa County College system. Sometime Tom taught at Dysart High, teaching Drama, English, and Public Speaking. They have three sons, all school teachers. One in Phoenix Union, one in Dysart, and on at Peoria Centennial. So when around the Butler family, you had better watch your Ps and Qs or else you might end up on a high stool in the corner with a dunce cap on your head. Nancy shared for Christmas, if any are interested, they are collectors of any Coca Cola signs, bottles, pins, etc. Nothing bashful; with Nancy. They drive 45 minutes each way for choir practice and church each week.
The third happy face couple is Jim and Renee Petrauschs. Renee’s father was in the Navy and she was born in Bremerton, Washington. I have not been in Bremerton but I hear it is a seaport on Puget Sound. So it is only fitting that Renee’s maiden name was Shipp. Renee has worked for a law firm,. If you were in worship a few weeks ago, our piano player and organist, Eric, was absent, so on a moments notice
Renee filled in practicing the hymns and choir number just before the service started. One would have thought she had practiced all week. Renee and Jim love a small church and the children. The couple first knew each other when she was six and Jim was ten. They reconnected thirty five years later and have been married for 17 years. Jim had a career in the Navy having been in all of the 50 states. Jim grew up in Wyoming in a county where the antelope roam and a county of 3000 population. Now they live in Sun City at least 20x the amount of people then in his home county. Jim is working for his fourth power company, APS until December 28, when he throws in the towel for retirement.
I have barely touched the surface of these six lives. It is our Christian duty to get acquainted with them. Maybe you will find out that Renee’s law firm was present if and when we went to court before the judge.
All six of you, a HUGE WELCOME FROM THE CONGREGATION and now you are an official member of Peoria Presbyterian Church. We’re glad you are here.