FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ
From Our Pastor FORWARD BY FAITH
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. . . and I will bless you. . . and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him.

November 2012

Genesis 12:1-4 An unlikely story, if there ever was one. . . A 75 year-old man is told to leave behind everything he has and everybody he has known and to start on a journey to a distant but unspecified land. What makes it even more unlikely is that, despite the questions and fears he must surely have had -- just like that -- he goes! Forward by faith, indeed. Abram might have stayed in downtown Ur. Lots of excuses come quickly to mind: • “Good God, God! Surely you can find somebody younger for this kind of work!” • Or, “Ya know, Lord, the camel futures market is down. This isn’t a great time to take off for wherever-it-is you have in mind. And by the way, just where are they supposed to forward my Social Security check?” • Or (and this is the biggie!), “Say, uh. . . Divine One, how am I supposed to explain this to my wife?” But Abram’s spirit was bigger than his excuses. So off he goes, faithfully stewarding God’s blessing. And thereby securing blessing for all of us who have called on the name of the Lord ever since. Author Lynn Miller might have been thinking about Abram’s story when he wrote, “Stewardship is the act of organizing your life so God can spend you.” But then again, he might have been thinking about your story, or mine. . . That means it’s important that you and I keep what Miller says in mind as we enter into our annual pledge drive at FHPC. You see, stewardship is about more than budgets: it’s about worldview. It’s about more than a pledge: it’s about a relationship.

It’s about emptying our hands of blessings we’ve already received to prepare them to accept still more. Stewardship is simply making good on what we sing every Sunday morning: “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow.” Stewardship is praise in every-day clothes. I think we get this. As a church, we have felt God calling us to share our blessings by expanding our embrace. And we have responded faithfully by broadening our ministries to provide a welcoming spiritual home for folks who still have a bit more spring in their step (and even some who haven’t yet learned to walk!). Our present congregation has been praying for (and paying for) a congregation who is only now beginning to arrive in our midst. In Lynn Miller’s terms, we have been organizing our common life so God could spend us. Like Abram’s, ours is an unlikely story. This is not run-ofthe-mill church stuff: it’s visionary work. We have been called and we have been blessed. And we have been called to bless. That’s why we have retained the theme Forward by Faith for our pledge drive this year. You see, we’ve only just begun our journey together. Our leadership is boldly but prayerfully saying “amen” to plans to continue to expand our outreach, grow our formational ministries to both youth and adults, and even increase our worship in the coming year. In other words, they’re calling us to saddle up again and head further into parts unknown in order to secure blessing for a people yet unseen. So, grab a camel and hang onto your hats. As it turns out, FHPC isn’t a church. It’s an adventure. Forward by Faith,

Bill Good

Consecration Sunday
November 11, 2012 All are invited to a special Brunch after worship.

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OUR CHURCH STAFF Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

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Focus on Finance
Sept. Income Sept. Expense $ 30,276 $ 26,187 Budget Budget $ 28,260 $ 37,045

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 294,740

Budget Budget

$ 298,820 $ 309,441

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 304,772

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER John Skewes CHURCH SESSION Class of 2012 John Brockelman Susan Phillips Terri Schmidt John Wyman Class of 2013 Bob Lull Susan Owens Jim Roy Donna Yordy Class of 2014 Gail Botsford Jerry Cain Carol Hencz Jerry Maples Letha Neely Trey Uphoff BOARD OF DEACONS Moderator: Ruby Pearson Class of 2012 Ben Fast Ruby Pearson Bev Watters Chris Young Class of 2013 Yvonne Ellingson Sandy Heunisch John Schopbach Donna Sims Class of 2014 Irene Cain Phyliss Kern Linda Maples Helen Roesch ******
Rev. Glenn Atchinson Pastor Emeritus

September 2012 was a very good month for the Church. Aided by having 5 Sundays, and heeding our cries in the wilderness for assistance, the congregation stepped up with almost $27,000 in Pledges (we are now only $4,000 behind our YTD Income Budget) and donated an astounding $6,695 to help defray our air conditioning repair bill. THANK YOU! There are still some timing differences in our YTD Expenses, so overall we are about on track here – there is not as large a favorable variance as indicated in the above. While we must remain vigilant as we head into the final quarter of 2012, we would not be on such solid ground without the generosity of all of you. It is very much appreciated. God bless you. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

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November 2012

Music Ministry
As we continue on course, I must give great appreciation to those I am so blessed to work with, who maintain the most flexible of attitudes, willing to follow my hands, my interpretive desires of the music we present, and who experience the purity of emotion through music. The intentions are very well matched, between soprano, alto, tenor and bass, and between those who ring the highest of bells to the lowest. We are there to encourage each other, be engaged with each other and spend our time in an honest effort to bring the experience of God into the best sound we can bring forth, and, at our best we try leading the voice of the congregation in our most respectful tone. This experience happens for approximately 40 consecutive weeks. The break of the summer quickly gives way to an almost immediate full speed ahead once we begin rehearsals in September. Always new and different music, new and old mistakes being rubbed away and quickly forgotten so that we might manage phrasing and technique as best as we can so that the words of the week’s introit and anthem might be clearly understood. We attempt to represent as best we can the message of the composer, who was no doubt inspired by some form of God's beauty and will. We try to capture the emotion of each piece that we may translate that emotion into the open, and sometimes closed heart of one who may attend our service. It's not always an easy task, and quite often we have a laugh within our constant attempt, and what it takes to achieve. I love these people who come, mid-week, missing the ballgames, the debates, the precious moments at home with loved ones just to, for some reason, sing, or ring, or play their chosen instrument. You are wonderful people to work with! Our wonderful choir has been asked, for the second year in a row, to sing for the annual "Community Thanksgiving Service," which will be held on November 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Christ's Church. The service is always a heartwarming experience. We'll hear the voice of many of the Minister's from the Ministerial Association. If you've never been to this service, it's well worth it to be in and amongst our community of believers at such a special service. The youth choir have begun rehearsing their presentation for the December 16th musical, an adaption of "The Wonder of Christmas." It's a wonderful experience to be working with them in preparation for this. I've had to adapt this to the amount of girls we have in the group. We'll have assistance from some of the teens, and we'll hear music presented by the Celebration Singers as well. The season moves in very quickly, and we do have our work cut out for us.
O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into His presence with Thanksgiving; let us make a joyful song to Him With songs of praise!

Psalm 95: 1-2

A simple act
Traditional thank-you notes are rare in this age of texting and social networking. But California lawyer John Kralik set out to change that. On January 1, 2008, at a low point in his life, Kralik vowed to send one note of appreciation to a different person every day for one year. Although it took him a bit longer to reach the 365-note mark, Kralik’s intentional focus on gratitude changed his life. “I saw how much I had been blessed by so many people in different ways,” he says, “and acknowledging their blessings seemed to make them multiply.” After Kralik documented his experiences in A Simple Act of Gratitude (Hyperion), people wrote to share how the effects of gratitude rippled out. By the beginning of 2012, having written his 860th thank-you note, Kralik said he’d learned that “gratitude is a path to the peace we all seek.” The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Mission Ministry
*School Supplies:
Thank you to those who continue to donate school supplies to our town's elementary-age children! I have another delivery to make as soon as Fall Break is over. McDowell Mountain Elementary School is very grateful! sign-up sheets for people able to carpool to Mesa and actively pack the bags for the children. It is the 4th Thursday of the month, meeting at Church of the Ascension at 8:15 am in the parking lot.

*Changing Lives Center (women/children part of Phoenix Rescue Mission):
We are going on our 2nd year now of working with Mark Tullis and those at Changing Lives Center to make a difference to their lives. Last year, at Mark's request, we were able to provide music for the women and children in the purchase of more than a dozen CD players and approximately 30 CDs. The music was geared towards Christian-based, lullaby, children's tunes, classical and soft contemporary. They were thrilled! Again, at Easter, as CLC grew, we were able to go back again and supplement their music as new people have begun to fill this wonderful place. In emails with Mark over the summer, there are again new needs as they have grown to the point of opening another building to house even more people that need them! We will be working with them this fall again according to their needs and wishes. We have taken tours of this bright facility in the past, and can again schedule another tour if anyone would like to go and see God's work in process!

*Pockets Full of Hope:
Please continue to give your spare change on Sundays! This money is collected for the Extended Hands Food Bank to help further defray their operating costs.

*Youth in Mission:
We are looking to work with the youth at FHPC on a mission project that helps to promote leadership in our young people! Please keep your eyes and ears open as we think through some great ideas for the near future! (Another great reason behind having ministry representatives a part of Mission--see below--bigger ideas, greater communication and tie-ins!!)

*Mission Committee Expansion:
The Mission Committee is growing! We have figured out a way to increase communication and help support each others' mission projects through this plan. We will now have on our committee a representative from the different ministries within our church that have mission as a part of their organization. Specifically, but not meaning to exclude any group, are: Deacons---------------------Donna Sims Presbyterian Women-----Mary Alice Bivens Christian Formation-------Debbi DiBernardi Men's Fellowship----------Jerry Maples As always, we need YOU to help us even more! Still looking for members of the congregation to be a part of our new Mission group! Meetings are still once a month, now on Mondays. Stay tuned for future plans!

*Welcome Terri Schmidt!
Terri Schmidt has joined me as an Elder on the Mission Committee. We hope to provide some new energy and direction as we go forward looking for ways to increase our mission within FHPC. Carol Hencz has joined the Christian Formation Ministry to help over there. These changes were suggested to help strengthen and support both ministries and alleviate any wasted energy!

*Weekender Bags Project:
This has been a joint project thus far between Presbyterian Women and Mission. They have been hands-on helping to pack bags for weekend food for Fountain Hills children. Our committee, meanwhile, has supported this project monetarily, completely funding the project the entire month of December with $1000 for food, and since then, quarterly, once in April and again, in October, with $500 to help with costs. Mary Alice Bivens (through PW) has the

Terri Schmidt and Susan Owens, Elders

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Mission Ministry
Extended Hands Food Bank Contributions
The Extended Hands Food Bank is very appreciative of the food donations made by members of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. They have indicated that recently, since food costs have gone up, they are seeing a great increase in requests for food. Any non-perishable food items are accepted. At this time they have specified that they are in need of canned goods (especially tuna) and packaged pasta. Remember to bring your donations to church on Sunday or donations can be brought to the church office at any time. Thank you for your generous donations.

IT’S NOVEMBER – ALMOST TIME TO SEND OUT THE HOLIDAY BOXES FOR THE TROOPS There is still a short amount of time to sign some Christmas Cards for our deployed Troops – deadline is November 18. If you have not picked up a package of cards yet, there are still some available in the Narthex on the table. Please write a little note and sign your name, along with the name of our Church. You may leave your signed cards either in the Church Office, place them in the Troops Basket in the Narthex, or give them direct to me. “Sorting and Counting Day” was held Friday, October 19th and I extend special thanks to Sandy Heunisch and Violet Wieder for helping sort and count. “Bagging and Boxing Day” will take place just prior to Thanksgiving. Special thanks to those who were willing to step forward and help out towards our biggest need – sweatshirts. If anyone would still care to donate a sweatshirt, Sizes L, XL, XXL, in dark colors, it would be more than appreciated. Again, more special thanks to all who have made donations throughout this past year for this important Mission Project, And on behalf of our Church Family, I would like to say ‘WELCOME HOME” to Cpl. Michael Dallman (see picture at top right) and congratulations to 1Lt. John Burca on his recent engagement to Tiffany Hall (see picture bottom right). And last and most important, please remember to keep all of our Troops in your thoughts and prayers. Donna Sims, Deacon

Cpl. Michael Dallman & Lode (dog) Special guests at the All Ministry Fair

1Lt. John Burca with Tiffany

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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2012-2013 Moderator: Ilene Berg Mission Coordinator: Mary Alice Bivens Vice-Moderator (Program): Susan Lickman Historian/Librarian: Barbara Oakeson Secretary: Linda Warren Membership/Yearbook Coordinator: Maria Berry Treasurer: Maria Berry Bible Study Coordinator: Evelyn Hrunek Publicity: Terry Martin Search Committee: Linda Capron

Important Dates to Keep In Mind:
Fall Bible Study Help with Rev. Stan Jones Meet the fourth Thursday of the month except for holidays: ____ Aug Date 23 Sep 27 Oct 25 Nov 15 Dec 27 Jan 24 Feb 28

‘RIVER OF HOPE’ Fall Gathering
Fall Gathering, Monday, October 22, 5:30 pm, Carry-In Salad Supper- No Slow Boat! The morning circle did an extraordinary job of registration, nametags, and room set-up . The table decorations were beautiful and delicate. It was quite inventive how the small boats floated down lovely designed rivers of hope on each table! We were graced with extra tables for a special mission project for Bev Roselieb and Barbara Oakeson for the library. The Program Director Susan Lickman was very instrumental ( no pun intended) in making sure the sound system was in top performance. Ilene prepared an agenda to be distributed to all attendees. Elsie Hoffarber gave a most original and thought provoking prayer followed by wonderful salads and dessert! Mary Alice Bivens discussed PW mission projects, including the Weekender Bag Program - Barbara Oakeson offered scrapbooks and library books for checkout at the Gathering. New leaders were installed by Donna Yordy and pictures were taken by our own Gary Oakeson. See the photo at the bottom of page 7 A report by guest speakers, Donna Yordy, who happened to be there as a First time ‘Floating Delegate. She gave new eyes to the events she embraced at the FL. Gathering. Evelyn Hrunek, was particularly taken by one of the workshops, ‘ Praying the Souls’. Pat Tuttle, gave a heartwarming report about the impressive young Associate Pastor, at the Sunday Service. A young clergy woman, Katherine Threadgill shared her energy with a mediation of ‘Walk With me into the Water’ and then shared a personal story of courage from her life as an adopted child – one of twelve very loved and cared for children! Marilyn Chaddock brought back a DVD of Anita Gutcheck’s ‘Women of the Bible’ drama series and shared with the group ‘Lot’s Wife.’ Bev Roselieb reported on the PW Churchwide Gathering offered a most soul soothing reading and Susan Lickman introduced the speakers with ease and graciousness. What a night ! Actually we may have been on a three hour cruise on the’
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10:30 Am – Adult Center Elder Care Seminar – January 12, 2013 PWP Winter Gathering – January 28, 2013 – 5:30 PM PWP Spring Gathering – March 16, 2013 – 9:00 AM at FHPC Coordinating Team meets the first Friday of every month. The meeting is at 9:00 am and is held in the Adult Center. Morning Circle will meet at 9:00 am in the Adult Center on Thursday, November 8 (second Thursday). Bible Study Program is Lesson 3 “A Spiritual House and Household Matters.” 1 Peter 2:1-10: 3 John 1-8. Study Leader: Gerry Hull Evening Circle will meet Tuesday, November 27th at 7 PM in the Adult Center .Co Hostess - Maria Berry, ( fourth Tuesday) Bible Study Program – Horizon Bible Study— 2012-2013, The General Epistles. Bible Study Leader: Stan Jones

Left to right: Pat Tuttle, Donna Yordy, Marilyn Chaddock and Mary Alice Bivens (standing), Bev Roselieb & Evelyn Hrunek

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PW continued… continued from page 6 The benefits of gratitude River of Hope. ‘ How blessed can we get? It just keeps getting better each and everyday! Thank You Lord. Thanks to one and ALL! Great JOB PW.
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November 2012

Out’n About—Out to Lunch
Our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, November 14 at Desert Canyon Golf Club on Indian Wells Drive at 12 noon. As usual we will order from the menu and receive separate checks that include tip and tax. Note – this is one week earlier than usual due to Thanksgiving. Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 for reservations.

Christians realize that gratitude has spiritual benefits, but now scientists are confirming its physical and emotional benefits, as well. Professor Robert Emmons found that people who counted their blessings instead of their burdens were healthier and more optimistic, exercised more and made more progress toward achieving goals. Evidence shows that gratitude can even ease chronic health conditions. Emmons, author of Thanks! How Practicing Gratitude Can Make You Happier (Mariner Books), acknowledges that gratitude seems harder to practice during tough times. But, he notes, “In the face of demoralization, gratitude has the power to energize. In the face of brokenness, gratitude has the power to bring hope.”

A family prayer Lord, behold our family here assembled. We thank you for this place in which we dwell for the love that unites us, for the peace according us this day, for the hope with which we expect the morrow, For the work, the health, the food, and bright skies that make our lives delightful for our friends in all parts of the earth. Amen -Robert Louis Stevenson
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HOOKED ON BOOKS
Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday, November 14th, at 10 o’clock sharp, at the home of Barbara Wyman, 16905 Jacklin Drive. Readers will summarize and we will discuss the books on the 2012 PW reading list. Barbara Oakeson, church library chairman, will lead the discussion. All women who enjoy reading are invited to attend and hear about books they might find interesting or thought provoking.

Evelyn Hrunek, Maria Berry, Linda Warren, Ilene Berg, Mary Alice Bivens, Susan Lickman, Barbara Oakeson, Terry Martin, Linda Capron, Jan Hoff and Carol Fuls. Donna Yordy (foreground)

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Membership
If you’re not yet a member of our Fountain Hills Presbyterian church family, but have been attending for a while, we want you to know that we value each and every one of you and we are very happy to have you with us. Maybe you are interested in membership but are unsure how this works, this article will show you how. I will list several scenarios for you and maybe one of them will pertain to your situation: *If you are attending our church and don’t have membership in another church, you can join our church by profession of faith and receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or, if you’ve already been baptized, you can join by reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ. *If you belong to another church, but would like to transfer your membership to our church, we can arrange for a letter of transfer from your current membership-church to ours. *If you are a winter visitor and are an active member of another church “back home”, you can become an affiliate member at our church here and maintain your full active membership there. An affiliate member is entitled to all of the rights and privileges of active members with the exception of the right to vote and hold office. We periodically have inquiry meetings 10:30 am in the Fellowship Center. The meeting lasts about one hour and if you choose to become a member, we would present you to Session and the congregation on an upcoming Sunday. Please feel free to contact us, Susan Phillips, at 480-837-1225 or Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

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Not Yet A Member?
If you are interested in joining our church family, please see or call Susan Phillips at 480-837-1225 or Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Elders, Susan Phillips and Gail Botsford

Discover the iron Cookbooks are available in the church office. A corrections page has been printed. Pick up your correction page on Sunday morning or in the church office during the week. Please pick up as many correction pages as cookbooks you have purchased.
If one should give me a dish of sand and tell me there were particles of iron in it, I might look for them with my eyes and search for them with my clumsy fingers and be unable to detect them. But let me take a magnet and sweep through it, the magnet would draw to itself the almost invisible particles by the mere power of attraction. The unthankful heart, like my fingers in the sand, discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings, … The iron in God’s sand is gold!

-Henry Ward Beecher The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page. When you are there also click on the like it icon.

When you do that you will get news feeds directly from our site whenever anything new is added. It is just another way to stay connected.

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November 2012

Thank You
FROM A TONGUE-TIED PASTOR!
In his letter to his friends in Philippi the apostle Paul can barely control his impulse to joy. He says to them, “Rejoice! Again I will say, Rejoice!” With a bit less eloquence, my own spirit echoes his: “Wow! Again I will say, Wow!” No pastor in his right mind could possibly have anticipated your response to our Finance Committee’s plea for help with unexpected summer repair costs. At this writing, our faithful family has voluntarily sent in $6,695. This covers something in the measure of 60% of the total expense! Wow! Again I will say, Wow! Although, I suppose I could add “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!”as well.

Listen Up!
Since 2008, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed the National Day of Listening. The nonprofit group StoryCorps encourages people to spend an hour recording an interview with a loved one, rather than battle mall crowds. Dave Isay began StoryCorps in 2003 as an oralhistory project, based on the simple idea that everyone has an authentic story worth hearing. “This is about nothing but the generosity of listening,” Isay says. “When you’re listening to [the stories] of everyday people- with their acts of kindness and courage that we don’t take the time to honor – you’re walking on holy ground.” As you gather with family and friends this Thanksgiving, remember to keep your ears open!

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MISSION/PW - ANGEL TREE PROJECT
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Dear Angel, A number of families within our Fountain Hills School community need assistance at Christmas. Your kindness will ease the burdens for these families and their children by providing them with Christmas gifts, clothing, and items of personal care. Knowing that people care enough to help them gives them hope that they are not alone or forgotten. Last year we provided over 80 families with much needed items. We will provide each Contributing Angel - family with a child’s name, age and a code number in a letter, October 28, 2012 in the Narthex. Then in an e-mail or on the following Sunday, November 4, 2012 you will receive a note with items that have been requested/desired by your special child in need. The list will also be available in 24-48 hours after you choose a child on our church website @ www.fhpresbyterian.info We are asking that you bring in your angel tree gift, by Monday, December 10th. This will enable us to get the gifts to the families in need during the last week of school before the Christmas holidays. For every family that participates, an anonymous angel will be hung on our Christmas tree in the Narthex in honor of your generosity. We are asking that all gifts be new. You will determine the monetary

amount you wish to spend. Thank you in advance for giving our families in need a better Christmas and making a difference in their lives! This year we have bracelets for all who participate to wear to help with awareness of the Angel Tree Project. The Green band displays a “WDJD?” He fulfilled. That is what you are doing as his hand and feet for these needy children. God Bless and Keep you! Contact: Tom or Terry Martin 480-322-1955 Pat Tuttle – 480-837-3025 Linda Maples – 480-836-0668 or call the office and we will call you asap.

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Fountain Hills Oktoberfest...enjoyed by many from FHPC

Pat & Bill Greg & Debbie

Marta

Violet

Ruby

Ruby

Bud, Marta & Carol

Martin from Germany Playing the Alphorn

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November 2012

All Ministry Carnival ***Encouragement Day

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Christian Formation
As November begins, I want to welcome back our winter residents. We have missed you and are anxiously waiting to see your smiling faces in Church as well as around campus in our many activities. This looks to be an exciting year as we have many things planned. Stop and join in on any of our many functions, we welcome all who wish to participate. Now here is what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church:

The Way
(formerly Wednesday evening Family Night) We are finishing up our 10week series with Carl Johnson. His series is called “The Bible from Scratch”. This has been such an interesting series as he has uncovered trivia of the Bible as well as helped break it down so we can understand each of the books of the Bible; the Old and New Testaments. The elementary students are busy with their programming called “The Tru Story”. The Junior High and Senior High are busy with their programming as well. We all meet in the Fellowship Center at 6:00 pm for an evening meal and fellowship time before splitting up at 6:30 pm for our classes. You are more than welcome to come join us for the meal or just come for our classes. If you come for dinner we ask for a small fee of $5.00 per adult, all children eat free. Come and join us for a real family gathering of food and knowledge.

looking for something, they will welcome you with smiles.

Pastor Bill’s Bible Study
We continue to study the book of John. This study is so interesting because of the way John has of telling us what has occurred while Jesus walked on earth. We meet most Sunday mornings in the Adult Center at 10:30 am after Fellowship. So we invite you to bring your coffee or punch and some cookies and come down and join us in the Adult Center as we learn from the book of John. As we have several different Bibles, we sometimes hear it told in different words, it is most interesting.

Now as I close this month’s newsletter, I have good news as well as sad news. This will be my final column as Christian Formation Elder. I have taken on a new and exciting adventure; I have agreed to join Susan Owens on the Mission Committee. Your new Christian Formation Elder will be Carol Hencz. I will work with her until she feels comfortable in taking over, but with the help of Christian Formation Committee and Debby DeBernardi, she will be fine. I want to take this time to personally thank all of you who supported me and gave me such encouragement as I struggled to find my feet in this project when I first started. I am so sad to leave this committee because I Love working with the youth as well as this committee. I hope to continue working with the youth as I get more involved with missions, I can see us doing projects together, as well as other groups here at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. So, as I test the waters of a new role, I ask for your patience and guidance again. You are all such blessings, and I so treasure each of you and what you bring to me as well as the church.

Sunday Mornings for Kids
Sunday mornings at 10:35 any child who wishes to enjoy ministry for children, can meet in the Educational rooms. Carol Hencz and Leah Carrillo are two of the main leaders, as well as Debby DeBernardi. They have programming called “RIO”. The children who have been attending have been enjoying themselves while they are learning. So if you would like to attend Pastor’s Bible study, you now have a place for your children or grandchildren to attend also while you’re studying the book of John with us.

Terri Schmidt Elder ~Laugh Loudly~Laugh Long~Laugh Wholly

Men’s Bible Study
John Bivens leads this group of men in a Bible Study at 7:00 am on Thursday mornings. He is very conscientious about having the coffee ready and even has some snacks for anyone who is interested. If you are a male and have your Thursday mornings free and are

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From the Director of Christian Formation
Imagining More:
More than joining a ministry team, we are seeking to be a community of faith. Join others seeking God’s call on our lives as we continue to listen to the Spirit to guide the ministries of Christian Formation at FHC. We appreciate working this past year with Terri Schmidt, our elder and look forward to working with Carol Hencz this year. As we seek the Lord together, we invite others to join us in ministry and mission. “So, if seeking God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength is the journey you are looking for…if you are willing to allow yourself to be transformed by what takes place there…if you are interested in forging a connection between your own journey of transformation and your leadership…then let us get on the path together and see where God leads.” (R.H Barton, Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, p. 19) Join others to provide rotations of serving. a rhythm of rest and preparation is essential to keep active ministry with children fresh and moving forward. If you have not sought how you can use your gifts, call Debby or Carol Hencz! More for Elementary KidCommunity: Each month we focus on creating an environment in church and home for the opportunity to encounter and be changed by God. The Environment for October is Out of the Comfort Zone: God transforms me when I step out in faith. The kids invite all of you to read the October HomeFront magazine located on our website under Christian Formation or on the free mobile phone app HomeFront.. Are you willing to join the kids to imagine more than just learning about God, but to step out in faith to encounter Him in life? (Do one of the Stepping Out suggestions in the magazine and send Debby your story of your experience! ) OUT OF THE COMFORT ZONE As children are challenged to step out of their comfort zone from an early age, they learn to experience a dependence on the Holy Spirit to equip and strengthen them beyond their natural abilities and desires. We believe this environment will cultivate a generation that, instead of seeking comfort, seeks a radical life of faith in Christ. “God transforms me when I step out in faith.”

More for Youth: More than learning about God; encountering Him. Parents, be sure your teen is registered for Winter Camp at Lost Canyon. Rhett Smith, author of The Anxious Christian is the camp speaker. The allinclusive cost is $195.00 if deposit of $25 is in first of November. Balance due December 1st. Camp brochures in church office. More than helping others; being on mission with God. Teens and adults have the opportunity to sign up to offer a live nativity December 1st at the Avenue of the Fountains again this year. Be a part of the true meaning of Christmas for our community. New costumes available and the petting stable is secured. Contact the church office for information.

Debby DeBernardi, Director

Face painting at All Ministry Fair… Emily Welch (center) was our artist extraordinaire. Happy customers: Summer Jones and Charlotte Hissler

Gary DeBernardi, always helping wherever it is needed!

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WORDS COUNT
The six most important words in the English language are: “I admit I made a mistake.”

IMPORTANT DATES Live Nativity Lord of the Kings Lock-In Winter Camp 30 Hour Famine Suns Faith & Family Night VBS Youth Triennium

December 1 December 31 January 4-6 February 22-23 March 22 June 17-21 July 16-20

The five most important words in the English language are: “You did a good job.” The four most important words in the English language are: “What is your opinion.” The three most important words in the English language are: “If you Please.” The two most important words in the English language are: “Thank you.” The one most important word in the English language is: “We.” The least important word in the English language is: “I.”

Happy Thanksgiving

The two least important words in the English language are: “I can’t.” The three least important words in the English language are: “You messed up!”
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HONOR OUR VETERANS
Veterans Day, which is November 11 each year, is a holiday to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for our nation’s common good. Christians follow the Prince of Peace, so war is a dilemma that often challenges people of faith. Some Christians are pacifists, while others believe in a “just war.” Many believe that the goals of freedom, justice, equality and democracy are worth the cost required. Whatever individual Christians decide about any given conflict, most Christians believe that men and women who strive to make this world free of tyrants are to be respected. As Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Thank you to all the men and women who served or are now serving our country. The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

Entertainment Concert Series 2013
The Entertainment Concert series at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church on December 2nd. will start single ticket purchases for all shows in 2013. Ticket sales kick off at 8:30 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall and after church until 10:15 a.m. Tickets can also be purchased in the church office 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. No credit cards. You can also still purchase season tickets.

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Greetings. This blog is an answer to a question. The more that we learn – the more we should want to share. This blog is for the sharing of information to help with our journey / adventure towards a deeper understanding of our faith. You may also go online thru our website www.fhpresbyterian.info and click on the BLOG button and add your comments, as well as see what others are thinking. Check it out.

Daily Bread
Living today. Secure in tomorrow.
Matthew 6:11

As the stock markets crashed in the fall of 2008, many of us panicked as savings evaporated before our eyes. Almost half of everything we had counted on for the future was gone. We all talked about these things often. We called each other every day and scared ourselves even further!! Many of us had survived a similar crash in the 80’s and some in the 30’s…we worried none the less. In the days just before this catastrophic financial collapse began, I studied the scripture that we now refer to as The Lord’s And, we want to Prayer. Of the six sections of the know that we have prayer –the first three to the honor of God and the second three for the our “retirement needs of man – the fourth part is bread” and lots of it! “Give us day by day the bread we need.” It dawned on me that, despite the promises Jesus has made about God taking care of our needs, we do not trust Him for those needs on a day-by-day basis. Not only do we want bread today, we want to know that we have tomorrow’s bread, today. And, we want to know that we have our “retirement bread” and lots of it! Jesus tells us that worrying about tomorrow takes us away from today. He wants us to live

now, in the present, in this moment; because it is the only place He can meet us to meet our needs. He cannot meet us in tomorrow, because tomorrow does not exist...and may not. Life can, and will, be peaceful today when we surrender ourselves to His promise and stop worrying about tomorrow’s bread.

Michael Belk, artist

Living into faith Tom Campolo tells of two young men who wanted to participate in Urban Promise, his inner-city ministry. Yet they had a concern: “We don’t believe in God. Can we still serve?” After pausing, Campolo answered : “Yes, you can serve with us, but you’ll have to pretend you believe. You’ll have to pray and worship with the group, go to Bible study, teach the kids about Jesus, go through the motions all summer long. If you’ll do that, you may help.” By summer’s end , these young men were no longer pretending; they’d come t o truly believe in Jesus. Furthermore, both went on to become priests in the Church of England. We often speak of “living out” our faith, but what about “living into “ it? Sometimes belief leads to profound experiences; other times, what we experience leads to profound belief.
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Library Footnotes
Book Review Prayers For Sale by Sandra Dallas It’s 1936 in Middle Swan, CO, a gold mining town high in the Rockies. Hennie Comfort is 86 years old and the best story teller in town. On her fence is a sign which reads “Prayers For Sale.” It was put there by her husband because she was always praying for all. One winter afternoon in 1936 a young girl, Nit Spindle, stops in front of the house and asks if Hennie will say a prayer for the baby she lost in childbirth. Hennie told her she doesn’t charge for prayers and will give her one for free. Hennie and Nit become good friends and Hennie helps Nit on how to survive in Middle Swan. Sprinkled throughout this book are Hennie’s stories of her past which brings a “warm glow” to their friendship. It’s a wonderful tale of a strong friendship between two women—one 86 years old and the other just 17 years old. -Carol Fuls

Library display at the All Ministry Carnival

Heavenly Daze
SAVE THE DATE January 20, 2013
HEAVENLY DAZE COMING IN JANUARY. Are you ready to participate in a jug band with lots of hot air? Are you a thespian or dancer, play an instrument, or want to tell stories? Call Barbara Wyman with your talents and participate in our all church variety show which will happen on January 20th. GET IN THE ACT! - Barb Wyman

Congregational Life and Fellowship

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Notes on Men’s Fellowship
Next meeting of Men’s Fellowship is Saturday, November 10 at 9:00 AM in the Fellowship Center.

Join us please! All are invited to help decorate the church campus for Advent and Christmas. Please come to the Fellowship Center at 9:00 AM on Saturday, December 1. Plan to stay for the Chili Dump immediately afterwards. Any questions, call the church office at 837-1763.

Men’s Fellowship at McDowell Mountain Park on October 13. A great time was had by all.

EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY AND NOBODY This is a little story about four people: Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody. There was an important job to be done, and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.
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Important information about addresses!
We are now mailing out the monthly newsletter to all members, affiliate members, friends and prospective members. It is very important that we have a correct address for you. It is especially important for those of us who have two addresses. Our computer program can maintain two addresses and if we know your months of residency here, the program knows which address to use for mailings. We mail out the newsletter in bulk mail. But if we have the wrong address, it gets returned to us and we are responsible for full postage for it and you miss out on the newsletter. Can you please help us and insure that we have the correct dates for your alternate address? Please call or email the church office with your information. 480-837-1763 or fhpc.marta@gmail.com. Thank you for your time and caring.

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Spotlight …. Did you know?
John Wyman, Elder on Finance
and Foundation Board, was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in New Albuquerque, New Mexico. John has lived in Fountain Hills for 33 years and has been a member here at FHPC for just as long. He met Barbara, his wife of 61 years at the Annapolis Naval Academy when she came to visit his roommate, her cousin. Four years later the cousin became their “best man.” John started his career as a U.S. Marine Corp officer. His true love (besides Barbara) was electronics manufacturing where his engineering degree sure came in handy. His graduate studies were in business at the University of California and Hofstra University. For relaxing, John likes to listen to classical music (Barbara now comes in handy); for personal singing, John prefers country western and folk (accompanied by his guitar). Amazingly, John admitted to packing a gallon of vodka for a 60 mile ‘high Sierra trek’ with 6 other church pals. You have to keep warm somehow. He also admitted to playing FDR in the musical “Annie” for the Fountain Hills Community Theater. John had two siblings, one has passed and one is a retired Presbyterian minister. When asked about his favorite meals, John listed: enchiladas, knockwurst & sauerkraut, meatloaf, and pinto beans with ham hocks. I sure hope that Barbara in a generous and loving moment did not prepare all of these in one week. His most impressive accomplishment was chairing the bond drive to purchase McDowell Mountain Peaks in order to preserve the view. 63% of the voters of Fountain Hills supported him and his committee! John spent 3 and a half years living in Europe as Managing Director of European Operations of a Fortune 500 company. He is a Korean War Veteran (Captain U.S.M.C.). John spent 4 years on the Fountain Hills Town Council and a total of nine years on the FHPC Session. John and Barbara owned their own management consulting corporation for 9 years. Besides sitting on Session, John has been a Treasurer, an Auditor, the Stewardship Chair and a 20 year member of the Celebration Singers. One can safely say that John was never bored. He also found the time to be a private pilot. Some of his favorite books are Age of Discontinuity, The Third Wave, The Battle of Britain, Middle March and the Hornblower series. He and Barbara have four children, seven grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren. The best advise he was ever given was, “live within your means!”

PATERSON FAMILY
This photo was in the Spring-Summer issue of Spectrum Magazine of Lake Forest College. The roots of Lake Forest College can be found in the mid-1800’s when a group of Presbyterian ministers and leaders boarded a northbound train in Chicago. Their goal was to identify a suitable location to construct a new community. Lake Forest University, later renamed Lake Forest College, was founded in 1857. More than 150 years later, Lake Forest College has endured as a leading liberal arts college with deep connections to the city of Chicago. It is home to nearly 1,400 students from all over the country and the world. This photo taken the Christmas before Bob's 90th birthday. Bob graduated from Lake Forest Class '42 , granddaughter Lauren on left, Class ‘06 , Annie on the right will graduate in 2014 . Both granddaughters received heritage scholarships along with other scholarships to Lake Forest. Lauren graduated from Law School this past spring.

Bob Patterson with granddaughters Lauren and Anne

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My church family has been a wonderful source of comfort and love during the past few months and I hope that my thanks are received as much as your love was given. Ruth Martin

With deepest sympathy we list those members who have passed away in 2012. Don Gallentine Don Tepfer Marjorie Rennie Esther D. Wilson Peggy Johnson Bob Brown Dorothy Delahanty Chandler Roesch Eldon Schwieman Roy Wulfmeier Bill Martin

Thank you for all your prayers and sympathy for me at the passing of my mother. Your thoughtfulness and caring mean a lot to me. It is an honor to be a part of this church

“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
Matthew 25:21

family. With heartfelt appreciation, Ruby Pearson

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS!
11/01 11/02 11/02 11/03 11/03 11/10 11/12 Debernardi, Gary Jones, Louise Morris Jr., Jack Foster, Jean Pape, Marilyn Skewes, John Berg, Bob 11/12 11/13 11/13 11/13 11/14 11/15 11/15 Fast, Melissa Neal, Bill Thompson, Sandi Uphoff, Trey Hull, Geraldine Kautz, Tom McCanless, Carolyn 11/19 11/20 11/21 11/24 11/28 11/29 11/30 Rudack, Dorothy Peluso, Kris Larson, J. Russel Buck, Monika Roy, Mary Jo Harris, Connie Zenhausern, Nicole

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