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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