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New Members

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My first thought was to identify one of the new members by their happy face. Thinking about it, they all have happy faces so how are we going to single out the happy face if they are all the same?

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.

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Directory photos

for those who would like to be included in the new photo directory you can schedule online or call Lana in the front office or see one of the committee members after church.

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HART Pantry News

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The volunteers, staff and Board of Directors of HART PANTRY have a busy December ahead of us. First of all, our Christmas program is well underway. We will be providing a Christmas gift bag to 102, number so far, at-risk and homeless teens in the Peoria, Dysart and Glendale school districts. Where ever we live HART PANTRY is likely helping kiddos in the area. We are hoping that the donors who have always been so loyal will again provide the hooded sweatshirt jackets, socks, knit hats, throws, toiletries and gift cards that put smiles on kids’ faces who likely will get nothing more. We are asking the merchants to provide free fast food gift cards for their restaurants; we hope to have donations enough to provide each teen with a $25.00 gift card to WALMART or TARGET to get a new pair of shoes. Gift items and cards can be directly provided to HART or checks for your purpose can be provided and volunteers will do the shopping. Everything has to be in by December 9th so we can wrap and deliver on time.

The new location of HART PANTRY at the Lions Foundation campus is proving to be just wonderful. We have storage for our food, clothing and bikes. There is ample room to pack our 240-250 food bags every week. Come visit us any Thursday morning; we love to show off our quarters.

2017 has been a year of change and growth for HART PANTRY. We have added new Board of Director members; new grant writer/advisor; new Facebook Editor, new volunteers, new warehouse/packing facility and new financial advisor. Growth has been phenomenal with the addition of more schools and a whole new district. WE are constantly looking for new donors as we thank our present donors. Grants, corporate donations, support from the community and of course the support from our churches have been outstanding. We could not begin to meet the needs of the teens in need without all of them.

Thank You and Merry Christmas, Ruth Langford for HART PANTRY

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Ken Suggests

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Ken Suggests
At the recent Thanksgiving meal a couple was sitting at a table by themselves. There were not our newest members but newer members. I was already seated with Karianne when the couple sat down. Several people walked by them for another table. This couple keeps telling how they love our church. My opinion is, if we want to keep hearing this, we need to visit with our new people and get to know them. The same applies to the coffee hour if we see someone sitting by themselves, lets sit with them. I finally left my sweetie and joined them. I found out information that I did not know. Barbara Swicegood joined us. Thank you Barbara. End of the Saturday night sermon, Ken Johnson

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