FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

March

2016

FHPC VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Our Vision:

Our Mission :

Living God’s love.

calls us to . . .

Reach out to all with faith and love.

From Pastor Bill Good
LIVING INTO EASTER

PC(USA) UPDATE
Luke tells of two Emmaus-bound disciples who were shattered –
too heartbroken to even recognize the Lord they mourned so passionately:
And he said to them, “What are you discussing with each other
while you walk along?” They stood still, looking sad. Then one of
them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only
stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have
taken place there in these days?” (Lk. 24:17-18)
Ultimately, when he breaks bread with them they recognize the
Risen Christ and race exultantly back to Jerusalem to share the news -- “The Lord has
risen indeed!” (24:34)
The point is this: it’s the depth of their anguish which gives amplitude to their joy. Only
by living intentionally though the darkness of Lent can we live fully into the brightness
of Easter. Poet Wendell Berry captures this for us in “The Way of Pain.”
I read of Christ crucified,
the only begotten Son
sacrificed to flesh and time
and all our woe. He died
and rose, but who does not tremble
for his pain, his loneliness,
and the darkness of the sixth hour?
Unless we grieve like Mary
at his grave, giving Him up
as lost, no Easter morning comes.
Our pastoral, program and music staff have worked together to provide a variety of opportunities to help you live into Easter. We hope you’ll find them soul-filling and lifegiving.
Sundays throughout Lent, 9 & 11:15am: We gather in worship to sing our songs, search
the Scriptures and share our hope.
Wednesdays on the WAY, March 2, 9, 16, we continue to explore “Soul Keeping”
You have a choice of lunch at 12 noon or dinner at 5:30 pm (all meals by our Chef Arlene
are $5 per person) fellowship followed immediately by the study.
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By the time you are reading
this your Pastor and Session
will have had the first meeting
with the Administrative Commission of the Presbytery (AC).
I will tell you more about that.
After that meeting they will
schedule small group meetings
for you. We encourage you to
take the opportunity to participate and be heard.
We have had numerous opportunities over the past year to
hear and discuss the change
your Session is suggesting we
make in our denominational
affiliation. If you are unclear
about this or have missed part
of the discussion it is all on our
web site (go to the Family Insights page and check out the
Power Point and the audio recording). If you have questions, ask a Pastor or an Elder.
Be a part of this process and be
a part of the decision we make
together about the future of our
church.
We pray that we will be guided
by God, by his written word
and his answer to our prayers.
May God bless us all.

-John Brockelman

In Touch

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Focus on Finance

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

Jan. Income

$ 35,397

Budget

$ 36,808

Associate Pastor

Jan. Expenses

$ 32,503

Budget

$ 35,561

Marta Ludwig

Yr to date Income

$ 35,397

YTD Budget

$ 36,808

Yr to date Expense $ 32,503

YTD Budget

$ 35,561

Pastor Ken Brown

Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER
Linda Lull
CHURCH SESSION
John Brockelman, Clerk
Class of 2016
Sally Atchinson
Bob Lull
John Skewes
Arlene Stewart
Class of 2017
Mary Alice Bivens
Bonnie Hollabaugh
Aleyne Larsen-Craig
Helen Roesch
Ron Waldo
Class of 2018
Norm Collins
Yvonne Ellingson
Jerry Miles
Helen Quigley
Jack Reynolds
BOARD OF DEACONS
Moderator: Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2016
Suzie McCready
Dorothy Rudack
Donna Sims
Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2017
Michele Hasley
Mary Lee Lehrich
Cynthia Linton
Linda Warren
Class of 2018
Sandy Larson
Elvira Ruiz
Ray Schmidt
Bob Titus
******

Total income was short of budget by $1,411, but
mainly due to receiving the cell tower income in
February as opposed to January. Expenses were
below budget for January, which helped our
shortfall. It is early in the year, but we are hopeful that we will be able to continue to keep on
track with income and controlling expenses where
we can.
Respectfully,
Linda Lull, Treasurer

Saturday, March 5
8am to 2pm
On the Inside:
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Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. . ..
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FHPC Foundation 3rd Annual Meeting

March 2016
February 21, 2016

Jeff Dayton Salutes
Glen Campbell
Sunday, March 6, 2016
7:00 PM
$20 General Admission

Tickets on sale
Sundays and in
the church office
during the week.
Trustees: Jean Ipema, Barbara Oakeson, Susan Phillips and Ben Fast

Continued from page 1… From Pastor Bill Good

Palm Sunday, March 20th, 9 & 11:15am: We follow our children joyfully waving palm branches as we take our places
amongst the throngs cheering the Messiah’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem – on the back of a donkey!
Maundy Thursday, March 24th, 7pm: As a dramatic reenactment unfolds
before us, we participate in that final Passover meal, transformed by the
love of Christ into the Lord’s Supper. The fateful events of the evening
leave us departing a shadowed sanctuary and a chancel draped in black.
Good Friday, March 25th, Noon-1:00pm: We join in worship with our
Presbyterian family at Mountain View Church in Scottsdale. During the
service, we will hear the seven last words from the cross, spend time in
prayer and view a special media presentation. Pastors from both churches
will participate. Mt. View PC is located at 8050 E. Mt. View Rd. in Scottsdale – NW corner of Hayden & Mt. View.
The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, March 26th, 7pm: The world changes before our eyes! A worship journey begun in
Good Friday darkness and despair is transformed -- beginning with but a single candle -- into Resurrection light and hope.
Our first Easter celebration has begun! Again, we will share in worship with our friends from Mt. View PC. This time, we
will gather in our sanctuary.
Easter - The Day of Resurrection, March 27th, 9 & 11:15am: Christ the Lord is risen today!! We sing our alleluias as we
share our joy in worship.
May the Lord, be with us as—together as a family—we live into Easter!
Grace and Peace,

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
Food for Kidz Outreach –
A community
wide
meal
packaging
event to help
alleviate
worldwide
hunger
is
scheduled to
be held at the
Community
Jack Reynolds, Elder
Center
on
Thursday evening, March 10th at 5:30. The Mission
Committee has embraced this project and is
requesting volunteers to join us in a FHPC
packing party social. We are striving for
14 members to attend so that we can all
work together at one table. Other churches
and organizations are also actively involved. The packing is not strenuous and
rather enjoyable. The event is scheduled
for 2 ½ hours but usually finishes early. Please contact Jack
Reynolds, Mission Elder, in the church office to enroll or for
questions.
Blankets Plus Mission Project -- This year our annual
Blankets Plus Sunday will be observed on March 6. This special offering provides a chance to support a mission program
which provides thousands
of blankets, as well as
various building and agricultural tools to those areas beset by disasters
around the world. For
more than 60 years, congregations across the U.S,
in partnership with Church
World Service, have been
responding to Jesus’ call to be a neighbor to those in need. Our
congregation is helping impoverished communities here in the
U.S. as well as around the world with the basic tools they need
to sustain themselves and their families.

When disaster strikes, people often need blankets – and
much more. They need food, shelter, safe water. And as
the recovery process unfolds, they
need tools, training, and other resources to help them rebuild their
lives. In the past year there have been
earthquakes, flooding, tornados, and
wildfires either here in the U.S. or in
other parts of the world. Contributions to Blankets Plus mean that
Church World Service is there for the
long haul as families recover from
disasters such as these. And they help
families struggling against grinding
poverty as they seek to develop viable, sustainable communities and
livelihoods. Please be generous in
your support for the Blankets Plus
offering.
Souper Bowl Challenge –
FHPC again predicted the winner
even though it
was an upset.
148 items were given in the Denver basket as compared to 40 for
Carolina and 25 Don’t Care. Extended Hands Food Bank is very
appreciative of our efforts. Thank you to all participants.
Mission Committee Invitation – Our committee
holds an open meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month
at 4:00 in the church conference room. If any member
has a special mission cause and would like to share it
with us, please feel free to attend or contact Jack Reynolds, elder, in the church office.
Heading Home? – Attention “winter birds!” In preparing
your FH home to return north for the summer, please
consider donating any remaining goods – packaged or
frozen to Extended Hands Food Bank. FHPC member,
Art Spalding has volunteered to come to your home, pick
up food and deliver to the EHFB. If this is of interest,
please contact Art @480-837-1781.

Easter possibilities
The message of Easter is not only that Christ is risen, not only that suffering is not the last word,
not only that God gives new life, but this: Nothing is impossible with God.
—The Rev. James Martin, S.J.
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Mission Ministry
SUPPORT

OUR

TROOPS/VETERANS

Easter arrives early this year and I am preparing Easter cards
to be sent out to all of our “Church-Connected Military” as shown
weekly in the bulletins. In order to do this,
I must have current addresses, so I am asking each family of those on our Military
List to make sure that I have the current
address of where your loved one is stationed. I need these address updates as soon as possible because the cards will be mailed just past the middle of March.
Also, I am planning hopefully to make a delivery to the
Veterans Hospital/Home in Phoenix of all donated magazines,
books, videos, CD’s, DVD’s and puzzle books collected as
soon as a full load is ready to be delivered. Right now, I think we are
at over half of a load. Please know that there are two boxes for you to
place your donations located at Church. One is in the Narthex on the
table and/or floor and the other one is in the Fellowship Center located on the left side as you enter or you may also drop off any items
at the Church office and they will call me. Thank you very much.
Donna Sims,
Deacon

MENS’ BIBLE STUDY

Walking the faith
As spring buds and
temperatures rise, it’s fun to get
outside and walk. Walking is
great for both body and mind.
“To solve a problem, walk
around,” advised St. Jerome.
Naturalist Henry David Thoreau agreed, saying, “The moment my legs begin to move,
my thoughts begin to flow.”
Indeed, walking has been
linked to improved creativity
and reduced anxiety.
Some Bible versions
translate Ephesians 5:8 “Live as
children of light,” while others
use “walk”: “You were once
darkness, but now you are light
in the Lord. Walk as children
of light” (NKJV). What a great
rendering! Living is something
we often do passively and without much thought, while walking is an intentional, active
pursuit; we must choose when,
where and how we do it.
Now that we’re children of light — newly alive
springtime people, Easter people — Jesus urges us to not just
live the faith but to walk it.
When our faith becomes active,
new thoughts flow, anxiety
decreases and we make strides
in our relationship with Jesus.
—Heidi Mann

MEN – What are you missing?
Do you ever wonder just what you may be missing in your church life? Do you notice
that God gives all of us a beautiful Arizona sunrise each and every day? Would you
like to see it together with other men from the hilltop of FHPC? Some days the sunrise
is more beautiful than others, but every day it is awesome. Do you miss the fellowship
with friends who are committed to exploring the “Words of God” that may not be so
obvious as you simply read the Bible? And what about the opportunity to ask those
questions that you have been hiding and been too timid or embarrassed to ask? You
may find that all of us have many of the same questions.
Every Thursday morning at a little before 7:00 a.m. (as the sun is rising) a dozen or so
men gather in the Adult Center for a cup of coffee, a donut and chit-chat about what is
going on in our lives. The men enjoy being together and sharing opinions, doubts, and
inspiring discussion. Most are regular attendees which enables us to bond. We then
settle down for an hour of Bible Study. We are open to have new men join us. Why
don’t you come and find out just what you have been missing? Give us a try!
John Bivens

-The Newsletter Newsletter
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In Touch

Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2015-2016
Moderator, Maurene Gerson
Librarian, Barbara Oakeson
Vice-Moderator (Program), Sandi Thompson
Historian, Office Angels
Secretary, Bonnie Matty
Search Committee, (open)
Treasurer, Maria Berry
Membership Directory, Arlene Stewart
Publicity, Ilene Berg
Bible Study Coordinator, Maria Berry
Mission Coordinator, Sandy Larson
New Member Contact, Carol Fuls
Circle Leaders
Morning Circle, Suzie McCready, Joy Fick
Afternoon Circle, Martha Baxter
Evening Circle, Judy Irvin
Hooked on Books, Leader, Jan Hoff
Out ‘N About Leader, Nancy Wulfmeier
MARCH EVENTS
March 11
March 1/15
March TBA
March 10
March 21
March 16
March 6, 13, 20, 27

MARCH BIBLE STUDY
Streams of Mercy - Forgiveness
Isaiah 35:1-2, 5-7; Psalms 51:1-12;
Matthew 6:12
Bible Study Help - Pastor Bill will
meet with Circle Bible study leaders to help them prepare the lesson
on Thursday, March 3 at 10:00
AM in the church library.
PW Circles provided refreshments
for fellowship between worship
services in February and will be
providing greeters/ushers/curb
angels during the month of March.
Thank you to everyone who participates in this hospitality ministry.

9 a.m.
1 p.m.
1 p.m.
9 a.m.
7 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
Noon

Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Afternoon Circle, Fountain View Village
Afternoon Circle, Fountain View Spa
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, Fireside Room
Hooked on Books, Donna Yordy’s home
Out ‘N About, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Scottsdale
Ushers/Greeters Provided by PW

EASTER BASKETS FOR DEVEREAUX
The Presbyterian Women of FHPC are asking for your assistance in providing 48 Easter baskets for the children at
Devereux Arizona. This residential treatment
center in Scottsdale is a place for children
ages 7 – 17 who are experiencing emotional,
behavioral, and/or substance abuse challenges. Many have never received an Easter
basket. On March 6 & 13 pick up a name tag
and deliver the basket by Monday March 21.
There will be more information available with the tags. Recommended
cost not to exceed $15.00. Contact Sandy Larson 602 885 1860 for more
information. Thank You!

CLOTHES SILO
Gently used clothing remaining at the close of the
Rummage Sale will be donated to Clothes Silo.
There will be no collection of clothing in the parking
lot as has been done in previous years.

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March 2016

The origin of “Easter”

SPRING GATHERING
PW is making plans for its Spring Gathering to be held on
April 2, 2016 in the Fellowship Center. A carry-in brunch will
begin at 10 a.m. followed by a short
business meeting.
The 2016 Birthday Offering celebrating the blessings in the lives of Presbyterian women will be received. After
reviewing numerous proposals, the
Creative Ministries Offering Committee chose four projects to receive
grants from the 2016 Birthday Offering. Your gift will help atrisk youth in Kansas and Florida, girls in South Sudan, and
individuals living in California in manufactured homes that are
in dire need of updates. The grant amounts for these worthwhile programs will depend on gifts received in 2016.
The program for the Spring Gathering will be presented by the
newly created “Act Out!” Outreach
Program sponsored by the Fountain
Hills Theater and underwritten by
Boeing Crystal Vision. The performers are ages 7 to 21. The 30-minute
performance will tackle tough social
issues impacting middle and high
school students.

It’s not certain where the word Easter, which
never appears in Scripture, originates. In some places,
the day is called Pasch, which comes from “Passover,”
the festival during which Jesus was crucified. Others
call it Resurrection Sunday.
Some scholars think the church absorbed the
work Easter from pagan roots, because the goddess of
spring, Eostre, was celebrated about the same time as
Passover.
Others suggest the word derives from an old
Latin phrase referring to the white robes traditionally
worn by people being baptized on the Sunday that celebrates Jesus’ resurrection.

Easter joy
Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy
is a net of love by which you can catch souls. God loves
a cheerful give. One gives most who gives with joy.
The best way to show our gratitude to God and people is
to accept everything with joy.
A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart
burning with love. Never let anything so fill you with
sorrow as to make you forget the joy of the Christ risen.
— Mother Teresa

-The Newsletter Newsletter
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Ilene Berg

HOOKED ON BOOKS

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

The March meeting of Hooked on
Books will be at Donna Yordy's
home at 9:30 AM on Wednesday,
March 16th. Author, Sylvia Burke,
will review her book: "Putting
Humpty Dumpty Together Again" Christian help for Depression, Spirit,
Mind and Body.

The next gathering of the lunch group will be going
to Romano's Macaroni Grill at noon on Wed.,
March 16th.
The restaurant is located at 7245 E. Gold Dust
Ave., Scottsdale. ( 1 block So. of Shea on Scottsdale Rd.)
Please contact Nancy
Wulfmeier
at 837-3021
for information and
reservations.

Books you no longer want may be brought for
the Book Exchange. All women interested in reading
and discussing books are invited to attend. For further
information, contact Jan Hoff (480) 836-7551.

In Touch
How can you help?

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Lockboxes for Seniors

Fry's Community Rewards Program
The more our church family shops at Fry's, the more monetary support our church will have. Won't you consider registering to allow Fry's to donate a portion of your grocery
expenditures to our church programs?

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How to Re-Enroll for the
Fry’s Community Rewards Program
* Go to www.FrysCommunityRewards.com
* Click on ‘Sign-In’.
Enter your email and password, click on ‘sign in’.
Click on your name (top right hand corner),
under ‘Account Summary’ scroll down to
“Community Rewards”.
Click on ‘Edit’ under Community Rewards.
Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO
number or name of organization then select
‘search’. (You can get the NPO number from
your organization.) It is #84123
Under ‘Select Your Organization’, click on the
circle next to your organization.
Click on ‘Enroll’

** FREE **
JUST CALL
THE CHURCH
OFFICE
837-1763

If you have re-enrolled correctly, you should see a
green box with ‘Your enrollment in the Community
Rewards Program has been updated. Thank you for
participating!’ You will also see the information listed
under ‘Community Rewards’ on your Account Summary page.

Leaps of faith
My coming to faith did not start with a leap but rather a series of staggers from what seemed like one safe place to another. Like lily pads,
round and green, these places summoned and then held me up while I grew Each prepared me for the next leaf on which I would land, and
in this way I moved across the swamp of doubt and fear to the verdant pad of faith on which I somehow stay afloat today.
—Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies
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Not Yet A Member?
*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.
For additional information, please contact Aleyne Larsen-Craig at 602-625-6201, Sally
Atchinson at 480-837-1054 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Sally Atchinson

& Aleyne Larsen-Craig

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March 2016

Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series... 2016
Tickets for Concert Series... 2016
There will be a ticket sales at 8:30 am outside the church and after services until 10:15 am. You can also purchase tickets
at the church office during the week, 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. NO CREDIT CARDS!
Church telephone number is 480-837-1763.
Concert Series features:
Mark Preston ( Formerly of THE LETTERMEN)
Rootberry (A Unique Comedy Variety Show)

Mar. 8th
Mar. 22nd

Sign up for the 2017 season now. Tickets will be available by mid March.

U.S. Military Medallions
for our Veterans
for our Columbarium niches are now
available. Please call or stop by the church
office for more information.

Feb. 14, 2016
Laying on of Hands
for the new Officers
of the Church:
Norm Collins
Yvonne Ellingson
Jerry Miles
Helen Quigley
Jack Reynolds
Sandy Larson
Elvira Ruiz
Ray Schmidt
Bob Titus

In
InTouch
Touch

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Men's Sweetheart Brunch

Organizers: Jim Bates, Butch Utter, Ron Christie, Bob Berg,
Art Spalding, and seated Harry Grider.

Fisherman Ole & Sven a.k.a. Roy Nickel and Bob Lull

Mike Pizzuto on piano, Jim Bates ( red headed angel), Bob Titus (MC) ,
John Schopbach (one of the Three Blind Mice)

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March 2016

Men's Sweetheart Brunch

In Touch

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Christian Formation
Christian Formation Opportunities:
Sundays
10:15 AM Pastors Bible Fellowship
10:15 AM Elementary Life with God
11:15 AM Blessed Beginnings Nursery
11:15 AM Preschool Life with God

Wednesdays
• The Way on Wednesdays
(Sept-May)
12:00 PM Lunch & Bible Study
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story”
5:30 PM Dinner & Bible Study

Committed Youth Rehearsal
3:45 PM on Wednesdays

Women’s Bible Study Circles
(Sept thru May)
9:00 AM 2nd Thursday
1:00 PM 1st & 3rd Tuesday
7:00 PM 3rd Monday

Men’s Bible Study on
Thursdays
7:00 AM in the Adult Center

Spiritual Life Group
6:00 PM 2nd& 4th Monday

HELP WANTED!
Need volunteers for:


Cooking
Clean up after event
Running computer

Call church office 8371763. No experience necessary. We will train.
Don’t send resume, we
trust you. Many benefits.

VBS FOR 2016

Calling all spelunkers!! Our summer VBS will be using a "Cave Quest"
theme..."Following Jesus, the Light of the World!" This program will teach
Bible points each day, such as "Jesus gives us hope" and "Jesus gives us
courage" Each day will also include a mission point, science experiment
and games. Please stay tuned for more information! Details will soon follow.

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March 2016

Canaan in the Desert
Our Wednesday evening elementary KidzCommunity group spent Ash Wednesday visiting Canaan in the Desert, which is located on
40th Street in Phoenix. This area was founded by the American branch of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary. The highlight of
Canaan in the Desert is the extensive Prayer Garden. Throughout the journey, many sculptured reliefs depict Jesus' Passion and Resurrection. Ten kids and a handful of adults attended. In speaking with some of the kids afterward, they all said that they felt closer
to God while they were there and that they look forward to visiting again.
-Bonnie Hollabaugh, Elder

Don’t fall out!
When a mother asked her child how he’d fallen out of bed, he replied, “I guess I stayed too close to where I got in.”
When we Christians fail to grow in prayer and discernment, knowledge and understanding of Scripture, generosity and other fruits of the Spirit,
it’s as if we’re balancing precariously at the edge of the bed. It’s quite easy to fall out — out of faith, out of church, out of active relationship
with God.
A good practice, for sleeping and for our Christian faith, is to be careful not to stay too close to where we got in!
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Trendsetters
Your collective gifts to honor the memory of Rev. Stan Jones were received by our non-profit; each young Trendsetter will
receive a personal portfolio purchased with your gifts. Stan was President of our Board and a cheerleader for all youth! Thank you.
Each portfolio will have a Dedication Page about Stan. Our Trendsetters curriculum offers engaging narratives and activities for personal growth and academic success.
You are invited to a special event honoring Trendsetters and Stan; the portfolios will be presented there:

How to be Kind
April 8, 2016 3:30 –6:00 PM
Saguaro Auditorium, Banner Desert Hospital
1400 So. Dobson Road, Mesa
Refreshments will be served
P.S. Rule change...Re: Arizona Extracurricular Tax Credits
April 15 is now the deadline (not December 31) to dedicate a portion of your Arizona Tax bill to an extracurricular activity
at a local school. Just send your pledge and check. May we suggest to Trendsetters Clubs at:
Fountain Hills Charter School
PO Box 18419
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

or

Mendoza Elementary School
5831 E McLellan Road
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Why should you support the FHPC Foundation?
One of the great opportunities in life is to be part of something that makes a difference in our world.
Support of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church (FHPC) Foundation with a charitable gift leaves a
legacy that helps to insure the continued ministries of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church long after we
are gone. With additional funding, our ministry opportunities can be broadened. Let your gift serve as a
lasting witness to your Christian beliefs and convictions.
Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!
Foundation Board of Trustees
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March 2016

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER ...MAY 5, 2016
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER COMMITTEE
FOUNTAIN HILLS
The fifth annual Fountain Hills National Day of Prayer gathering will be Thursday, May 5, at Fountain Park amphitheater.
The NDOP theme for 2016 is “Wake Up America.” The scripture is Isaiah 58:1a, “'Shout it aloud, do not hold back, raise your
voice like a trumpet.” The group reports to the Fountain Hills Christian Ministerial Association.
Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary hot dogs, beverages, and desserts from 5:00 to 5:45 pm at the park before the program.
The local NDOP committee continues to encourage individuals to join together in a monthly common prayer focus. The focus for
March is the Family.
The committee issued this statement, “In a world of turmoil and uncertainty, it is important that our churches defend the value of
the family and model the priority of the family. “Family is the first learning place of an individual. Parents are the most important
teachers a child will have. Starting from childhood until old age, the family is the source of guidance, care, and encouragement.
“'Ask God to give parents strength and patient wisdom as they bring up their children. Help teach families to love and respect
each other. Show them how to support and encourage each other. “Thank you for the work you do to give young persons strength
to hold their faith in God as they meet life's challenges. “Pray for those who live alone that they will find fulfillment in loving
God and their neighbors.
“The elderly are the guardians of our traditions and memories. They are the link to different generations. Let us care for, spend
time with, and learn from them”.

Prayer for the Family for March
Heavenly Father, please shine your light upon our families.
We ask you to strengthen the relationship between parents and children and return us to
the biblical and family values that are pleasing to you.
Give both parents and children the strength, wisdom and guidance needed to overcome
the difficulties that we deal with daily.
Protect us and guide us with all problems that we may encounter in the future.
Grant our family forgiveness for any sins we have committed.
May the love that binds us only grow stronger as we fulfill the destiny you have laid out for us.
We love you and ask your blessings upon our family and upon all the families in our
nation and in the world.
In the name of Jesus Christ we pray.

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Library Footnotes
The Spy Mistress by Jennifer Chiaverini
The “Spy Mistress” is an absorbing and totally
fascinating account of Elizabeth Van Lew (1818-1900), a
member of a prominent slave-owning family living in
Richmond, Virginia. They became wealthy in the hardware business.
Our story begins in April, 1861. The Van Lew
household was comprised of a widowed mother, a brother
John and his wife and two daughters, a 43 year old unmarried woman, Elizabeth, (referred to throughout
the book as “Lizzie” and a number of servants.
Another daughter resided in Philadelphia.
The Van Lew family was unusual in
many ways. They believed in a good education
for women rather than the very restricted education the daughters of even the wealthiest families
usually received. Lizzie was educated by Northern Quaker’s and needless to say, it gave her a
broader perspective.
Her mother, brother and sister were all opposed
to slavery and wished to free all of their slaves. However,
the husband and father was opposed to that and had added
a codicil to his will allowing Lizzie’s mother the use of the
slaves, but forbidding her to free or to sell them during her
lifetime. Upon his death, the family did the next best
thing. They gave all of the slaves passed and told them
they could live wherever they wished ad they paid them
wages for their work. The Van Lews were very proud to
be Virginians, but also were devoted to the Union and to
President Lincoln. They were not alone in their sentiments. Many people, especially the educated and enlightened, shared their views. When talk of secession became
more and more strident they found it hard to believe that
their State of Virginia , the home state of Washington and
Jefferson, two of the founders of the country, would
choose to leave the Union. Even Governor Letcher was
against it. However, the most shrill, fevered and fanatic
voices prevailed and the delegates voted overwhelmingly
for secession.
It was the grimmest of days for the Unionists, but
they were forced to suppress their dismay. They foresaw
clearly the total, utter devastation that was to come. The
Union had at least twice the number of people and a lot of
industry. They Confederacy had great fervor and delusional thinking. They were certain they would have those
Yankees beaten in record time. It never occurred to many
of them that the solders of the Union might have equal
fervor for their cause and eventually vanquish them.
It was not long before the horrors of war forced
people to become more realistic. Casualties mounted, at a
terrifying rate, on both sides. The number of Union Prisoners held in Richmond became overwhelming and they

were subjected to horrific conditions. Their plight was
what moved Lizzie to get involved. Against all odds and
with much resentment and anger towards them, she and
her mother received permission to do what they could to
ease the pain and suffering of the imprisoned. Lizzie
stressed the fact that not only was this the Christian thing
to do (what Christ would have them do) but also that the
Confederate prisoners in the north might receive better
treatment if they were aware of the good example set.
This, of course, went only so far.
As the terrible carnage, suffering and
devastation increased, it became very clear to
the Unionist that the more quickly the defeat
of the Confederacy came, the better by far it
would be for all.
Much of the book is about the great
courage and very ingenious ways that Lizzie
and here network of Unionists went about
their spying activities though life in Richmond
became ever more harsh and repressive. Each
day brought greater risks. The war continued to drag on.
Vivid descriptions of the great suffering of the military
and civilians in Richmond and all over the south are
heartbreaking to read and the final day (s) of the fall of
the city are wrenching.
This book has a lot of well-fleshed out characters and the most interesting observations. Lizzie was
bout to be married at the age of 23 to the love of her life.
Just before they were to wed, the young man died of fever. She vowed never to marry, realizing that spinsterhood for a wealthy woman could also be a good life as
one is respected and independent. Not so for spinsters in
poverty. Another very interesting character was Mary
Ann, 25, who in here younger years had been sent north
by Lizzie to be educated by Quakers. She was an exceptionally bright colored girl and was expected to remain in
the north since Virginia forbade any person of color who
had been educated in the north to ever return to that state.
However, she had missed her friends and family and returned anyway. She became a very useful spy for the
Unionists while working the home of Jefferson Davis.
Another bit of interesting information -early on, the western counties of Virginia seceded from the state, formed
their own state of West Virginia and
part of the Union.
I highly recommend this book. I
learned so much. An interesting discussion would be—”Who are the real
patriots?”
Elsie Hoffarber

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March 2016

Music Ministry
I love the experience of trust. It is so stable. It allows such a freedom when in the midst of it
that you then find pure joy, and love, and levels of compassion and shared understanding that can
touch us with such a firm comfort. Christ tells us of this kind of life. I experience it pretty much everyday, because usually every day of the week I am running into one of you! That is what I am always
experiencing, and I love hearing more about how that can possibly be.

Debbie Fisher, Director of Music

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.
Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Christ, the blessed One, gives to all wonderful words of life.
Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life.
All so freely given, wooing us to heaven,
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life.
Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life.
Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.
"Wonderful Words of Life" text and music Phillip P. Bliss

The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life. John 6:63
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the
shelter of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress;"
Psalm 91:1-2
Happy Easter!
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

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Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live to
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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Sally Atchinson
I was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois, the
middle child of Ethel and Frank Waindl.
My older sister was Joan and my younger
brother was Dick. We were very active in
Montclair Baptist Church. I sang in the
choir and taught Sunday School when I was in my teens. Our
summers were spent playing with cousins and picking cherries in Sister Bay, Wisconsin where my mother was born (one
of 13). The original farm is still owned by family. We have a
reunion in the summer….this year will be the 49th. Last year
there were still 60 plus of us.
After graduating from Proviso High School in Maywood,
Illinois I worked as a secretary for a year to save money to
attend Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota the following
year. As a sophomore I became part of a home missionary
project called God’s Invasion Army. We were a group of college age students with two adult chaperones. We travelled
through California holding children’s programs, musical/
evangelistic meetings and prayer meetings. We were paired
with local church people for housing. I only served part of the
year because I developed mononucleosis so intense I was
flown home and spent the next four months bedridden.
When I was able to returned to work, I met my first
husband, Jack Ballee’ and we were married the following fall.
Jack had served in the Navy and wanted to move to Arizona
to warm weather and a cowboy lifestyle. He played the steel
guitar. We moved when our two children, Sheryl and Steven,
were 5 and 2 yrs. old coming from Chicago by train. We
bought a small home on the slopes of the Superstition Mountains snuggled up next to the wilderness fence line. Our marriage did not last and during the last years I realized I needed
to complete my degree. I transferred from a medical secretary
job to being Dean’s Secretary, College of Education, at ASU
for the benefit of free tuition making it possible for me to
work full time and carry a full time class load. I graduated
summa cum laude in June, 1970 with a bachelor degree in
Education and taught the next two years in Apache Junction.
In my senior year I was president of the ASU chapter of the
international education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi, and I
continued on the national board for two years afterwards
while teaching.
Many of you know my story since then because of the published version in Rising Above The Rest , a book about Fountain Hills. Wanting a new start 44 years ago, I purchased the
first completed model home in Fountain Hills and moved in
on February 12, 1972. My children were then 14 and 10
which is their ages on the move in picture in the book and in
the museum.
During January, 1972 Tony (Neil) Atchinson and I
met on a blind date and by summer knew that we wanted to
marry. His younger brother Glenn (yes, pastor Glenn Atchinson) flew out to Arizona to marry us and he fell in love with
Fountain Hills. On returning to Michigan he completed re-

sponsibilities he had there and moved to Arizona.
Our church was chartered in 1974 when enough people gathered to begin a congregation. For the first eleven years we
kept the house here in Fountain Hills but also had a home in
Caro, Michigan until Tony could retire from the State of
Michigan at 55. I was Executive Director of the Human Development Commission which administered federal and state
programs for the thumb of Michigan area. This was a community action agency serving low income families. We administered Head Start, Substance Abuse Programs, Manpower Services, Weatherization, Senior Feeding Sites and
any other programs developed to assist the community in
caring for its population. I also was partner in an artists’ studio in Frankenmuth, Michigan and taught porcelain art privately and social work classes in the evening at Saginaw Valley State College.
When Tony retired in 1984 we returned full time to
Fountain Hills. We have climbed all the mountain tops visible around this area including Red Rock (McDowell Mountain) which used to be accessible for hiking and climbing. We
have hiked into the Grand Canyon and rafted through it for 8
days. We travelled to French Polynesia, New Zealand, Fiji,
Australia, Costa Rica, Falkland Islands, around South America, to Alaska, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.
We flew with the FH Presbyterian Pilot group (Jim Bates,
Bill Covault, and Rory Hansen) to Idaho, Oshkosh, Bahamas
and Minnesota, jazz festivals, and Fun in the Sun in Florida.
I was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1999 and for the next
seven years made regular trips to the University of Arizona
Cancer Center in Tucson for treatment. Happily my last
chemo was in 2006 so now I am ten years cancer free. Our
daughter Sheryl was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 and
survived the treatment but her DNA was damaged by the
chemo and she died of leukemia three years later. It was awful to lose her. It pushed me to examine my faith and built my
confidence in immortality and trusting God’s timing.
Tony and I were able to have 41 years active and happy together. Although he successfully fought prostate cancer for
30 years, he died of lung cancer in 2013. That began a new
phase of life for me as a widow. My son, Steve, has moved to
our log house in Hunter Creek, Arizona and I spend summers
there with him. We enjoy marbling silk scarves together
where we have the time and space to be creative, foraging for
edible wild plants and reading/discussing books and life
choices. It’s a gift to have this time together. I am grateful for
my wonderful Savior and the comfort and peace He provides.
My church family means a lot to me and I am glad to be helpful in this wonderful church that Glenn started 42 years ago.
I’m a current elder and treasurer of the FHPC Foundation
which is working to secure our church’s survival into the
future.

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March 2016
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2016.
Patricia Culley

If you are sick, hospitalized or home recovering from illness, we want you to call the church and let us know! In a congregation like ours where people leave in droves for extended
summer months, it is easy for the staff, elders and deacons to
assume, when we don’t see someone, that they are simply
“vacationing away”. The truth is that some of you are sick and
we are not aware of it.
You can help us by simply letting one of the staff know of your
situation. We have an excellent support system in place due to
the diligent efforts of our deacons. Help us serve you by communicating your situation.

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HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAYS!
03/02
03/03
03/03
03/05
03/05
03/06
03/07
03/09

Bob Wickes
Cynthia Linton
Pam O’Hara
George Burke
Charles Humes
Jan Hoff
De Amend
Mary Lou Dresser

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03/12
03/13
03/13
03/13
03/20
03/22

Jay Moyer
Kate Cox
Dan Foster
Jim Roy
Sandra Coultrap
Judy Irvin
Len Modder

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03/30
03/31
03/31
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William Good
Donna Lyons
Terri Schmidt
Kurt Ahrens
Dallas Amend
Matt Jefferson
Cliff Johnson
Aly Wilson

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 N. Fountain Hills Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

In Touch is published monthly; deadline for each issue is the 15th of the month before publication.
News and information should be submitted to the church office in hard copy, or email to
fhpc.marta@gmail.com Editor, Marta Ludwig; Proof Readers: Helen Roesch & Jean Ipema; Staff Photographers: Gary Oakeson & Michele Hasley; Production and Circulation: Mary Wernecke, Bobbie
Dangremond, Ruby Pearson, Marilyn Humes, Mary Martinson and Vivian Virden.

Palm Sunday – March 20— 9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Services
Maundy Thursday — March 24 — 7 p.m. Last Supper Re-enactment
Good Friday, March 25 – Noon – 1:00 p.m.
At Mountain View Presbyterian Church

Easter Saturday, March 26 – 7 p.m.
The Great Vigil of Easter
Easter – March 27 – 6:00 am Sunrise Service in the Park
9 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Services

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729
Office E-Mail Address: fhpc.marta@gmail.com
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
www.fhpresbyterian.info
Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good
email: fhpc.billg@gmail.com cell phone: 480-329-8090