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Circle of Peace in Peoria is celebrating a new worship center

Posted 11/29/23

Circle of Peace church is getting ready to establish a new worship center on its grounds in Peoria.

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Circle of Peace in Peoria is celebrating a new worship center

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Circle of Peace church is getting ready to establish a new worship center on its grounds in Peoria.

The church will have a groundbreaking with a night of bounce houses, crafts, prayer and other activities, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 1, 8430 W. Deer Valley Road.

Tacos Calafia will provide food.

The church is building on its capacity to serve others and the influence it has had on the development of key human and social services organizations.

Circle of Peace, formerly the Glendale Church of the Brethren, has been worshipping in Arizona since 1892, when a group of farmers from the Midwest ventured to the Arizona territory.  Motivated by their Christian faith, their spirit of service has continued for over 100 years. 

- When Japanese farmers in Glendale were sent to internment camps in WWII, “Uncle Frank” from the church had the Japanese farmers deed their farms to him. He kept the taxes current and returned their land when the war ended.

- Melvin Sine drove his station wagon to the Arrowhead migrant camp each school day and picked up kids for school. Some of the farm bosses weren't happy to lose the child labor, but prioritizing child education over child labor was the right thing to do.

- Paul Swartz worked with other churches and community leaders to start the Westside Food Bank (now St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance) the first food bank in the country.

- When COVID-19 hit in 2020, Circle began worshipping outside.  Members took up a collection of food and supplies for the Navajo Nation and used their facility as a depot for donations. People from across the country heard about this and signed their stimulus checks over to Circle.  100% of those gifts were turned into donations that were safely and verifiably delivered deep into the reservation.

-Circle continues to serve and care for people impacted by war.  Individuals connected to Circle have personally delivered supplies to people in Ukraine.  The church has a thriving refugee ministry, reaching out to people who have been displaced by violence globally but who are now our neighbors locally in the West Valley.

-Circle of Peace is preparing to expand its reach with a new worship center.   The lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic are directly applied to the design of the new facility.  The new construction will result in ample indoor/outdoor space, like a Spanish courtyard and a covered outdoor patio.  Everything is flexible and durable and multipurpose, so the "worship center" can be converted into a "service center" anytime.

The work of Christian service continues to this day, and the community is invited to this event. 

Editor's note: Circle of Peace church submitted this article.