FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

May 2016

FHPC VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS
Our Vision:

Living God’s love.

Our Mission :
calls us to . . .

Reach out to all with faith and love.

From Bonnie Hollabaugh, Elder
“Life is like a journey
taken on a train,
With a pair of faces
at each windowpane.
I might sit beside you
all the journey through,
Or I might sit elsewhere
never knowing you.
But if Fate should mark me to sit by your side,
let’s be pleasant travelers, it’s so short a ride.”
--Anonymous
Ninth grade. New Oxford High School, New Oxford, PA. Dr.
Ford’s English class. I don’t really remember much about ninth
grade, but I remember English class vividly. Dr. Ford was by
far, the hardest teacher I had during my thirteen years in that
school district. He could be very loud when he was upset with
us (which was often), and he always had a scowl on his face. Dr.
Ford was a very intimidating man.
When we weren’t diagramming sentences, or something exciting
like that, he made us memorize and recite the poem written
above, and our recitation counted as a test grade. He told us that
sometime in the future, we would understand the actual meaning
of the words. We went line by line, each week learning a new
line and adding it to the ones before, until we were able to recite
the whole poem. It was an arduous task for a group of fourteen
year olds, simply because we weren’t really interested in it.
Now, as I am rolling up on forty, the words make a lot more
sense to me than they did 25 years ago, and I can still easily recite the poem by memory. We don’t really have any control
over the people who show up in our own specific world, but we
should still cherish them, and we should be “pleasant travelers”
during whatever time that we are together. Sometimes, people
are in our life for a very brief moment, and then they are gone.
Generally, these people will show up for a very specific reason;

to teach us a lesson, to show us a
solution, or to help us through a
situation – then they are gone, for
a variety of reasons. Sometimes,
people become part of our lives
for a longer period of time, and in
a very few instances, people walk
beside us for the majority of our
lives, or even our entire lifetime.
Each of the last two groups of
people shows us that relationships
are built over time – these relationships take work to maintain and they are based on a mutual give-and-take. The
folks that are in our lives for a lifetime generally include a
couple of specific groups of people – family, close
friends…and God. Genesis 28:15 says “I am with you and
will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you
back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done
what I promised you.” Additionally, Deuteronomy 31:6
states, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in
dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with
you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Sometimes, people can be difficult to trust. I’m sure we
have all had situations throughout life in which we were
treated badly by the people that we are closest to – the people that we trust. These situations can be very difficult to
get through, and can leave emotional scars for a long time.
We never have to worry about those negative situations
with God. When our relationship with God changes, it is
because we have changed in some fashion, not because God
is suddenly different. God does not change. His love is the
same, now and always. He will not let us down, and He
will be there when the people that are on the train of life
disappoint us in some way.

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Focus on Finance

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

Pastor Ken Brown

Mar. Income

$ 36,026

Budget

$ 32,658

Associate Pastor

Mar. Expenses

$ 31,162

Budget

$ 34,026

Marta Ludwig

Yr to date Income

$ 113,132

YTD Budget

$ 102,775

Yr to date Expense $ 93,895

YTD Budget

$ 101,647

Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER
Linda Lull
CHURCH SESSION
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
******

We continue to have a good month and 1st quarter
with actual income exceeding actual expenses. We
hope to keep this pace moving in this direction in
order to make it through the slow summer months.
We appreciate your keeping up with your pledges,
and hope you will continue to do so through the summer months. We will continue to keep an eye on the
expenses.
Respectfully,
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
Bonnie Hollabaugh, Elder .. .. . … .. .. … . … .. .. ..
Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. …
Conversations with the Presbytery . .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. .
Note from Pastor Bill .. .. .. .. .. .. . .. . . .. . . . . .. . .
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. .
How Can You Help? … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . .
Lockboxes for Seniors. .. .. .. … … … .. .. .. .. .. .. .
Not Yet a Member? .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . .
FHPC Foundation . .. .. .. … … .. . . … . … … .. . ..
Columbarium U.S. Military Medallions . . . . . .. .. .
Easter Holy Week … .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. …
Burning Questions for a Hot Summer. .. .. .. . . .. .. .
Christian Formation .. . .. . .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. .
Pastors’ Bible Fellowship .. .. .. .. . .. .. . . . . .. . . . .
New Members … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .
Facebook. .. .. … .. .. .. .. . .. … .. .. . .. … … . .. .. ..
Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . .
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . .
Thank You Note .. … .. .. . . .. . . . .. .. … .. … .. . ..
Necrology for 2016… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . .
Thank YOU Note! .. .. .. .. .. . . … .. . . . . . .. .. . .. ..
May Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .
Easter Photos .. .. . . .. .. . . … . . .. . . . . . . . .. … ..

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Presbytery of Grand Canyon
UPDATE ON MEETINGS WITH THE PRESBYTERY
We have had twelve meetings including about half of our congregation. These meetings were intended for us (the Congregation) to
tell the Administrative Commission (AC) our thoughts and feelings about our relationship with the PC (USA). A number of members were disappointed because they didn’t get straight answers about what the financial arrangements would be. Based on the
Presbytery “Gracious Dismissal Policy” (available on our web site) the finances will be determined after it is agreed that the congregation has the will to be dismissed from the PC(USA) and the property has been appraised.
The questionnaires turned in at these meetings and by some people who couldn’t attend a meeting were about two-thirds in favor of
requesting dismissal. The other one-third was split between wanting to stay with the PC(USA) or undecided.
If you have not turned in a questionnaire, take the time to do it, this is your church, tell us what you believe God’s will is for our
future. Take it to the church office this week.
Your Session will be meeting with the AC in the next few weeks and will keep you informed.
John Brockelman
Clerk of Session

Note from Pastor Bill
MOVING AHEAD WITH THE RUMMAGE SALES
I have mentioned in several places that our leadership had been contemplating changes in the way the
church has handled our rummage sales and their proceeds with the goal of more clearly involving the
efforts of the entire church family. If my comments have been misleading I apologize. I am writing now
to let you know what changes have been made.
But before I get to that, I want to begin by lifting up for praise and thanks the dedicated folks of Hilltop Hospitality who have
shepherded the work and stewarded the proceeds of the 2012, 2014, and 2016 sales. Their small group has carried out this massive effort with steadfastness, diligence, integrity and great good will. We all owe ALL of them a great vote of appreciation;
with special mention to the unique commitments of Donna Yordy, Chris Young, Linda Warren, and Jane Realdsen.
Through Hilltop Hospitality’s organizational efforts the sales have gone off seamlessly; and through their faithful administration of the requests they have received from various ministries throughout the church the proceeds have been expended well
and wisely. Following is just a partial list of some of the things that the rummage sales have helped made possible:
-Youth Winter Camp
-Sr. High Mission trip to Navajo Nation
-Unbudgeted repair/replacement of Air Conditioners, water heaters and bathroom faucets.
-Underwriting the start-up costs of our Casual Worship Service
-Two Thanksgiving Dinners
-Our float for the FH Thanksgiving Day Parade
-Installation of our new Coffee Brewing system
-Numerous decorative banners celebrating the seasons of the Church year.
Altogether, the good folks of Hilltop Hospitality have carefully but compassionately overseen almost $12,000 in expenditures –
every one designed to enrich our church life or put our faith to work in the world around us.
From where I sit as Pastor of FHPC though, the benefits of the rummage sales are not found on a financial ledger. The real
“profits” are more truly calculated in the fellowship that develops as people from across the spectrum of our church family
unite to share the work of such an enormous undertaking. I believe that the greatest success of these sales has been in providing
a singular opportunity for folks who are not involved in our other ministries to more easily find a place in our church family.
The true fruit is the unexpected friendships, the laughter, and the sense of community that grows with each succeeding sale.
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Mission Ministry
One Great Hour
of Sharing-- Funds raised
from this annual collection totaled $1631. We thank all those
who donated. Through this longstanding ecumenical effort,
we share God’s
love by supporting ministries
that provide relief to those affected by natural
Jack Reynolds, Elder
disasters, food for the hungry, and
support the self-development of
poor and oppressed communities.

Fish Fry for EHFB -- The next Extended Hands Fish Fry
when FHPC will be serving is on Friday, May
6. Volunteers are always needed for this rewarding outreach experience. Please contact
Terri Schmidt if you are able to participate tschmidt5@cox.net.
Water For MANA House – MANA (Marine, Army,
Navy, Air Force) House is a shelter in PHX for homeless veterans. We continue to collect cases of water to be donated to

their “community.” As we march closer and closer towards 100 degrees, it becomes an even more important
mission project. Please drop off the cases at the church
office. Thank you.

Mission Committee Invitation – Our committee
holds an open meeting on the 2nd Monday of every month
at 4:00 pm 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
or Jack Reynolds in the church office.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
FOUNTAIN HILLS
“WAKE UP AMERICA”
The country and Fountain Hills will observe a National Day of Prayer (NDOP) May 5.
The town will celebrate at the Fountain Park amphitheater. The NDOP theme for 2016 is
“Wake Up America,” emphasizing the need for people, together and individually, to
place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men. The scripture is Isaiah 58:1a, “Shout it aloud, do not hold back, raise your voice like a trumpet.'
The Fountain Hills Christian Ministerial Association is sponsoring the event. Representatives from churches in the community
are working together to plan and work at the event. Guests are invited to enjoy complimentary food from 5:00 pm to 5:45 p.m.
Hot dogs, beverages, and desserts will be served. The Fountain Hills Noon Kiwanis will prepare and serve the food. The program will begin at 6 p.m. Boy Scout troop #343 will serve as Color Guards to present the colors and to lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Pastor Don Lawrence, Christ's Church, is the keynote speaker. Community representatives will present prayers to focus on
seven areas: government, military, media, business, education, church, and family. Mrs. Bovinette's 2nd grade students from
McDowell Mountain Elementary School will recite the Preamble to the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address. Combined
Ministerial Association Church Choirs will sing “Let There Be Peace On Earth.' Musical entertainment will be provided by
Christ's Church Praise Team. Everyone is encouraged to bring a chair or a blanket and be united in prayer.
This year is the 65th annual NDOP nationwide. People from all states will be participating around the country. For more information about the National Day of Prayer, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.

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Mission Ministry
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS/VETERANS
Summer is just around the
corner and because last year’s
Summer Project was such a
success, I would like to repeat
it again this summer. “Shortsleeved T-Shirt’s and Socks
for our Veteran’s” happen to
be two very important needed
items for veterans at MANA
House and other Veteran facilities. Warm hot summer
months make living conditions
hard for many veterans who
are not fortunate enough to be
living in a facility but living
on the streets. A new t-shirt
and a pair of socks can make
all the difference to them.
Please consider this project
when you are out and about at
our local stores. They all have
t-shirts and socks. Please

place your donations in one of
the two collection boxes, one
located in the Narthex on the
table and/or the 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. Delivery is planned for July. Thank
you again very much for remembering our Veterans.
Donna Sims,
Deacon

TINY STORIES
WITH "GREAT MEANINGS"
{1} Once all villagers decided to pray for
rain, on the day of prayer all the people
gathered, but only one boy came with an
umbrella.
That's FAITH

{2} When you throw a baby in the air, she
laughs because she knows you will catch
her.
That's TRUST

{3} Every night we go to bed, without
any assurance of being alive the next
morning but still we set the alarms to
wake up.
That's HOPE

{4} We plan big things for tomorrow in
spite of zero knowledge of the future.
That's CONFIDENCE

{5} We see the world suffering, but still
we get married and have children.
That's LOVE

{6} On an old man's shirt was written
a sentence 'I am not 90 years old.... I am
sweet 16 with 74 years experience'.

Expanded lives

That's ATTITUDE

In a fascinating, kid-friendly science experiment, a bar of Ivory soap heated in a microwave writhes and expands into a unique, billowy shape. The change is due to
Charles’ Law, which describes how a gas, such as that contained in pockets inside a
bar of Ivory soap heated in a microwave writhes and expands into a unique, billowy
shape. The change is due to Charles’ Law, which describes how a gas, such as that
contained in pockets inside a bar of Ivory, expands as its temperature increases, The
soap can still be used as normal, though it’s now fragile and flaky.
When the Holy Spirit enters us, we expand as well Our Spirit-enlarged lives may seem
misshapen to some, no longer conforming to the world’s expectations. But our uniqueness reflects the creativity of our Triune God, who reveals himself to people in many
different ways. Our hearts expand and soften too, opening to other people’s needs and
concerns, while our God-created purpose remains: to be a force of love and care -of
cleansing and renewal-in the world.
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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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

MAY EVENTS
May 6
May 3 & 17
May 12
May 16
May 18
Oct. 28-30

9 a.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
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, Barbara Oakeson’s home
Hooked on Books, Carol Fuls’ home
Out ‘N About, DC Bar & Grill, Desert Canyon Golf Club
Synod Triennial Gathering, Franciscan Renewal Center

MAY BIBLE STUDY
River of Life - Hope Revelation 21-22
Bible Study Help Pastor Bill will meet with Circle Bible study leaders at 10 a.m. on May 5 in the Library to help them prepare the lesson.

CHRIS YOUNG RECEIVES AWARD!
The Honorary Life Membership in Presbyterian Women has been awarded to
Chris Young for her extraordinary service to our church. All women in the
church have an opportunity to nominate
a potential recipient and present it to the
selection committee. Elsie Hoffarber,
who served on the 2016 selection committee said, “It was a very difficult task
to select the recipient because there are
so many women in our church that would qualify. It became
obvious to the committee that Chris was so deserving she could
not be overlooked.”
Chris’s qualifications include her becoming an unseated Elder
this past February, her past service as a deacon, chair of the

Elsie Hoffarber, Carol Fuls, Chris Young, Suzie McCready, Judy Irvin

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2014 Church Rummage sale, member of several committees, including the 2015 search committee to select elders
and deacons, church cookbook committee and 40th Anniversary Committee; serves on Hilltop Hospitality and helps
with the receptions following Pat Covault Entertainment
Series concerts. She is frequently an usher/greeter/liturgist
during the 9 a.m. worship service.
Chris is a member/leader for Evening Circle where she coordinates their Compassion International mission project.
She also assists a homeless family from Ft. McDowell.
The award is always announced as a surprise and Chris
humbly stated that it meant more to her than we could realize.
The funds derived from Honorary Life Memberships support Presbyterian Women’s Leadership Development
grants.

SPRING GATHERING A SUCCESS!!!
Ladies who attended the
4/2/16 Spring Gathering
enjoyed a delicious carryin brunch and wonderful
camaraderie. The young
members of Fountain
Hills Theater’s ACT
OUT! charmed us with
their poise and talent
singing show tunes both
in unison and solo.
Project Manager Randy
Beard explained that
ACT OUT! has long been
a vision of Fountain Hills
Theater. Their mission is
to take live entertainment
to libraries, schools, nursing homes and civic groups across

the Valley presenting fun and uplifting performances along with
issue-related shows which address
challenges youth face on a daily
basis. They welcome your support
and all donations are tax deductible.
Ilene Berg

HOOKED ON BOOKS

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday, May 18th at
9:30 AM in the home of Carol Fuls.
At this meeting each
attendee will give a 5 minute
overview of a book they would
suggest for Summer reading.
All women interested in reading and discussing books are
welcome to attend. The next
meeting will be on September 21st.
For further information contact Jan Hoff at (480)
836-7551.

Out n' About will be having lunch at DC Bar & Grill on
Wednesday, May 18th at noon. The restaurant is located at 10440 Indian Wells, at the Desert Canyon Golf
Club. Please call Nancy Wulfmeier for reservations or
questions at 480-837-3021.

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.

Procrastinators
A pastor waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked
quickly, but many cars were ahead of the pastor at the service station. Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a
vacant pump. “Sorry about the delay,” said the young man. “Everyone seems to wait until the last minute to get
ready for a long trip” The pastor chuckled, “I know what you mean. It’s the same in my business.”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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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FHPC FOUNDATION
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow”
Here to serve you!
The Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation is ready to serve you. The Foundation will help you understand how your gifts can benefit both you and the Church.
We can provide suggestions of how your life insurance, retirement accounts, real estate, wills and trusts can be
structured to achieve your wishes to establish a legacy that will serve the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church far
into the future. The Foundation is committed to follow any designations you provide and to carefully manage your
gifts.
Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!

Foundation Board of Trustees
Gary Oakeson
Matt Jefferson
Roy Nickel
John Skewes

480-837-5563
480-837-6001
480-688-8392
480-292-9021

Jean Ipema
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast

480-837-1770
480-837-2607
480-837-1119

A taste of God’s love
In Lost in Wonder, Love and Praise (Abingdon Press), John Killinger describes a mother’s love—and how it offers a tiny foretaste of God’s love:
“It is stronger than steel, softer than down and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments and enable the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity. I believe that this love, even at its
best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and the next.”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

COLUMBARIUM
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.

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EASTER

March 2016

Maundy Thursday

Burning Questions for a Hot Summer
Please jot them down, drop them in the offering
plate, bring them by the office, or email them to
one of us.
Pastor Bill & Pastor Ken want to know. . .
What questions do you have that just won’t get answered, but that just won’t go away?
about the Bible. . .
God’s will. . .
God’s ways. . .
or other key matters of faith. . .

We will tackle as many of these as we can
in a tag team sermon series during August entitled:

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EASTER

March 2016

How well do you know your
church family?
Can you name them all?

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Christian Formation

Christian Formation Opportunities:
Sundays
10:15 AM Sabbath Day Bible Study
10:15 AM Elementary Life with God
11:15 AM Blessed Beginnings Nursery
11:15 AM Preschool Life with God

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

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

VBS FOR 2016

Committed Youth Rehearsal
3:45 PM on Wednesdays

Spiritual Life Group
6:00 PM 1st & 3rd Monday

July 25-29, 2016

ITEMS NEEDED FOR VBS
Gift Cards
Safeway
Target
Wal-Mart
Home Depot
Ace Hardware
Cash Donations
Empty soda-bottles (any size) plastic
Flashlights (normal size)
Paper grocery bags
Sandwich sized zip-lock plastic bags

VOLUNTEERS
NEEDED
Decorators & set builders
Kitchen helpers
Security
Assistant Crew Leaders
Crew Leaders
Material handlers
Pre-school leaders
Pre-school helpers
Registrars (one hour: first
two days)

Daily Bible Points:
Day 1 – Jesus gives us hope.
Day 2 – Jesus gives us courage.
Day 3 – Jesus gives us direction.
Day 4 – Jesus gives us love.
Day 5 – Jesus gives us his power.

And you don’t want to miss
Pastor Bill as “Clark Cavern,”
the happy-go-lucky caveexplorer.

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.

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Christian Formation
Beginning in May . . .
Pastor’s Bible Class – Sunday Morning at 10:15am

Playing to an Audience of One
What does God think about you or me?
What would God like to see displayed in our character and attitude?
What kind of person would God congratulate or applaud?
What vital life lessons does the Master expect you to master?
Those are the kinds of questions that the Beatitudes answer. They are like the Preamble to the Constitution. They are the doorway to the greatest sermon ever preached. But they also are the pathway to a healthy and vital relationship with God. When
you understand what Jesus said, you’ll better comprehend what God wants to develop in you.
I invite you to join us in the Fireside Room on an adventure of discovering what Jesus meant by the quizzical things He said.
Pastor Ken

Note from Pastor Bill

continued from page 3

With this in mind, we feel it is time now to relieve Hilltop Hospitality of this ministry and move the responsibility to our
entire congregation. A new subcommittee of Session has been created to seek volunteer leadership from within our entire
church community for future sales (maybe YOU?) and to administer the distribution of the proceeds. This subcommittee is
composed of current elders representing various “stakeholder” ministries within our church family – Mission, Outreach,
Technology, Christian Formation and Buildings and Grounds. Additionally, this core group will be augmented by the
Chairperson of the immediately previous rummage sale. Their goal will be:
• to solicit worthy ideas for expenditure from within our congregation,
• to diligently administer the response and expenditure,
• to see that all financial proceeds are dispensed as promptly as possible, and
• to keep our church family regularly informed as to how the fruits of their labors are being put to work
for Christ’s kingdom.
In closing let me do several things quickly:
First, let me again express boundless gratitude to Hilltop Hospitality for a long obedience and a job well done.
Second, let me suggest to each of you that if you have worthy outlets in mind for the funds remaining from the recent
sale you seek out Aleyne Larsen-Craig who chairs the new Session committee and have her guide you in the application process.
And finally – after all this -- let me offer my heartfelt thanks to all of you who have helped strengthen the fabric of our
community by participating so tirelessly in our rummage sales.
Your Pastor and your Session hope you will find this new solution honoring to your efforts. Through all our discussions,
that was ever our fullest intention.
Grace and Peace,

Pastor Bill

In Touch

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New Members
Jay and Linda Moyer have lived in Fountain Hills for 28 years
Joyce Babaian’s primary home is in Salem, N.H. where she grew
and are seeking to join by letter of transfer from Mountain
up. Joyce was very active in her church, Ararat Armenian ConView Presbyterian Church where they became friends with our
gregational Church. She served as deacon, Sunday School SuperPastor Bill Good.
intendent, Choir director, Organist and Christian Education
Linda and Jay have been married 44 years. They enjoy house
Leader. Her grandfather was one of the church founders.
boating on Lake Powell and kayaking. Linda also makes frilly
Joyce is married to Archie and they have 2 children and a
scarves and other crafting projects and likes golf.
grandchild. Joyce has been
Jay has always lived in
a medical secretary and
Arizona and worked as a
more recently
pilot. He retired in 2003
managed a family busifrom Delta. In 1971 he
ness….a mobile home reand a fellow flight intirement park. She
structor flew a homealso enjoys golf, reading
made hang glider. He
and gardening.
says “As far as I know,
We’re so glad you're joinwe were the first to do
ing us as Associate Memso in Arizona.”
bers for the winter months.
Linda was a flight attenArchie Babaian grew up in
dant for 25 years and
Massachusetts but has lived
says retirement is much
in Salem since 1968. He
busier than working!
worked at Raytheon (MA)
She counted money at
for 35 years, primarily in
Mountain View Presbymissile systems. He and
terian Church and would
Joyce have two children,
be happy to have that
presently living in Massaresponsibility again. She
chusetts and New Hampsays Pastor Bill gave her
From left to right: Wally & Norma Boysen; Harold & Jeanne Hutchinson; Archie &
shire. He enjoys golf, read- Joyce Babaian: Joyce Leo; Jay & Linda Moyer
mother a beautiful meing and coaching high
morial service 5 years
school football with his son
ago and thinks when they join there might be some wall rattling
AND he likes the NY GIANTS.
as a thunderbolt from Mom strikes saying “It's about time”.
Joyce A. Leo moved to Fountain Hills last July from Aiken, SC.
She is joining our church by letter of transfer from South Aiken
Presbyterian Church. She is pleased she lives close to the church
and is very pleased with our pastors.
Joyce has two daughters and 3 grandchildren; the oldest daughter
and her youngest granddaughter live in Kansas. Her youngest
daughter lives in Tempe. Her eldest granddaughter with her husband and grandson live in Scottsdale. She loves family gatherings
and eating out. The family enjoys hiking and biking. Joyce likes
working out at the gym, swimming, and horses. Joyce was born
and raised in Lawrence, Kansas and is an avid KU basketball fan.
She is a retired RN and lived and worked in Topeka, Kansas until
the last eight years when she moved to Aiken, SC near her sister
and brother-in-law.
Wally & Norma Boysen moved to Fountain View Village 10
months ago. They are joining by letter of transfer from Faithful
Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Wally and
Norma have three children, Douglas, Christi and Carrie who live
in Scottsdale, Chicago and Omaha. They have 4 grandchildren
and 1 great granddaughter 10 months old. Wally describes himself as a corporate gypsy, having moved 11 times during his career and 3 times in retirement. He grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa.
He enjoys golf, spectator sports, and worked with Habitat for
Humanity while in S.C. Norma loves to read, play golf and is a
quilter. They are very happy with Fountain View Village and love
Fountain Hills and the friendliness of the church and our pastors.

Harold and Jeanne Hutchinson have lived in Fountain Hills 6
months of the year for 11 years. The rest of the time they live in
Princeton, Illinois. Joining as AFFILIATE MEMBERS their
home church is First Presbyterian Church of Princeton, Illinois.
Harold and Jeanne met at Evanston Review Newspaper working
at summer jobs to continue their schooling. Harold was a dental
student and Jean a history major at Northwestern University.
After graduation they were married in a small Presbyterian
Church in Beverly Shores, Indiana, Jeanne’s hometown.
Life as a married couple began in Ypsilanti, Michigan where
Hutch was a dental officer in the U.S. Air Force, serving his two
year military obligation. Their daughter, Jan, was born in September 1957. Jan followed in the family dental tradition, becoming a dental hygienist. In addition to her father being a dentist, her grandfather, two great-grandfathers, and a great uncle
were all dentists. Her grandmother Hutchinson was also a dental
hygienist. In 1958, Jeanne and Hutch returned to Evanston, Illinois. A private dental practice was started on the north side of
Chicago and in 1963 John, their son, was adopted from The
Cradle in Evanston. With the racial unrest in 1964, Jeanne and
Hutch wanted to relocate to a rural location with a more peaceful
environment. So in 1965 they occupied their newly finished
home and dental office in Princeton, Illinois and live there today
51 years later. Life is much simpler today, having retired from
dentistry in 1994 and having raised their kids.
Upon the recommendation of friends, they discovered Fountain
Hills 12 years ago and liking what they saw, bought a condo
with a good view of the fountain the following year.

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May 2016

New Members
Barbara Hoverland is retired from a position with a specialty in computers. She is married to John and they moved
to Fountain Hills eight years ago. It is important to note that
her husband writes music and plays the organ. We look
forward to meeting him as well.
Barbara’s interests are
many and quite varied.
She has enjoyed travel
through Europe while
blending that interest
with her appreciation of
ancient Rome, Israel and
former empires. She
likes quilting, circle
groups, Hilltop Hospitality and activities of
Spanish clubs. She also
enjoys faith-based novels.

Sandra appreciates education and she has mentored for 21
years. Other interests of this proud mother of three sons and
one daughter include golf, bocce ball, boating, history and
walking.
We welcome both Sandra and Keith as they come as Affiliate
Members of their home
church in Post Falls,
Idaho. Their church is
named His Church.
Sandra and Keith will
return to the cooler
weather and greenery
of Coeur d’Alene in the
summer.
Keith Coultrap made
his entry into the world
in Akron, Ohio. He is
the eldest of seven children. He grew up in a
Catholic environment
in Pittsburg.

Barbara has been a
member of a Lutheran
church in Chicago. She
An early achievement
has also paid our conwas
his
graduation from
gregation outstanding
Elder Aleyne Larsen-Craig; Barbara Hoverland; Sandra & Keith Coultrap with
Penn State in 1971. In July
Sally Atchinson, Elder
compliments. She said “I
of the same year he moved
attended a memorial serto Phoenix and upon seeing 104 degrees on the large street
vice at the church, liked what I saw, and decided to give the
clock he knew he surely had made the wrong turn! Courasecond service a try. This church is biblical and meets my
geously he remained for 12 years and then moved on to Coeur
needs.
d’Alene, Idaho.
Sandra Coultrap has many interests such as serving as the
Keith and Sandra married in 1973. Keith has been a successIdaho Senior State President for Children of the American
ful business man and contractor. He also became the owner of
Revolution. This position blends well with her studies in
a Spokane, Washington paint and coating company.
genealogy which trace her family’s roots leaving and following Luther and the eventual landing in Pennsylvania. So
Keith is pleased that one son, Lance, lives in Fountain Hills
history is her story. She was born in California. Sandra has
along with his wife and two teenage children.
Presbyterian roots.

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In Touch

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Library Footnotes
Question for Library Readers: What causes you to
choose a certain book from the library?
Recommendation by a friend?
Information on the book cover?
Perhaps all of the above. Two books will be introduced to
you today by a combination of information sources.
Hope Rising by Kim Meeder
(recommended by Marta Ludwig)
Kim Meeder, along with her husband, Tony, owns and
operates Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Central Oregon.
This book gives us story after story of how broken lives of
children have been healed in miraculous ways. One reviewer puts it this way:
Kim Meeder has seen horses go where no one
else can tread-stepping through the minefield
of a broken child’s soul in a dance of trust
that only God can understand. From a
mistreated horse to an emotionally starved
child and back again, a torrent of love
washes away their barren places. Kim’s
ranch is a place where this miracle happens
over and over again. It is a place where
the impossible flourishes, where
dreams survive the inferno of reality- a place where hope rises.
Currently, Crystal Peaks receives between four to five
thousand visitors a year. What
makes this program unique is
that most of the 25-30 horses
that live on the ranch have
been rescued from violent
abuse or life threatening neglect. Although the primary
focus of the ranch is to serve
disadvantaged children, the
program is available for any
child. The only true prerequisite for kids visiting the ranch
is they WANT to participate.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
(recommended by Vivian Virden)
In 1961, the book Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin was a powerful book that made a huge impact on me.
At the time, race relations in America were particularly
strained, and Griffin wanted to understand the difficulties
black people faced in certain
areas. Under a doctor’s care,
Griffin artificially darkened
his skin to pass as a black
man; Black Like Me is the
story of his six-week experience traveling on buses
throughout the racially segregated states of the South.
When I heard Ta-Nehisi
Coates talk about his recently
published book Between the
World and Me, I was awakened to the fact skin color is
still a heavy burden for many
of our black Americans.
Q u e s t i o n s
c o m e
t o
m i n d .
What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to
live within it? And how can we honestly consider our
country’s history of race relations and free ourselves
from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt
to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.
Coates shares the story of his awakening to the truth
about his place in the world through a series of comparative experiences; from Howard University to Civil War
battlefield, from South Side of Chicago to Paris, and
from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers
whose children were taken away by force. This book
clearly illuminates the past, confronts our present, and
offers a transcendent vision for a way forward (from the
book cover).
Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has received national recognition for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

Find rest
I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and
very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them:
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
— St Augustine
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Vivian Virden

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May 2016

Music Ministry
Here we are in the
month of May! Having
said our goodbyes to a
few, and still a few more to
tell with sincerity to be
safe, and may God Bless
You! We will see you
when you return! Thank
you for being a part of the
love of Christ that we
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
all share.
Our Celebration Singers will sing through May,
singing lovely familiar tunes that will continue to
touch our hearts each Sunday. Our Celebration
Ringers will continue to add their skilled touch in
our worship, and the Celebration Youth will continue to meet on Wednesday afternoon to nurture
their young hearts with song and dance as they
learn to interact with each other. They are so fun
to work with! They will help to lead the youth in
song and dance during our VBS week coming in
July. We will continue through the summer, so, if
you know children that could benefit from an
hour of fun in the truth, send them to the Fellowship Center at 4:00 on Wednesday afternoons!

I am looking forward to our Summer Music, which
offers an opportunity for you to hear soloists, and
small group musicians providing heartfelt pieces
to our worship. There are so many lovely styles
from which we hear from those in our church who
can sing or play.
God's people are called to praise because God is
God and God is good. If you want to share a
song or have a special request of a song, let me
know! You can reach me at my cell, 480-6880828 and we can make arrangements.
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord,
all the earth. Worship the Lord with
gladness; come into His presence with
singing. Know that the Lord is God.
It is He that made us, and we are His;
we are His people, and the sheep of
His pasture."
Psalm 100: 1-3
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Choir Fest 2016 ...here at FHPC

Celebration Singers
Andrey & Bob Lull sang “Thank You for the Music”

In Touch

page 18

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Mike & Melinda Stanton
Melinda:
Born in 1957 – Fairview Park, Ohio –
raised in Parma Ohio, I’ve been in
Fountain Hills since August of 1973!
That’s 43 years.
I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Mike
and I have been married 35 years. We
met here in Arizona.
My first job was here in Fountain Hills
at a bar called the Silver Stein…I was
the bartender there for 6 years…that’s
where I met Glenn Atchinson! He introduced me to the church and the rest
is history!
My favorite job is what I am still doing
today. I am a Realtor and have been
since 1980. Its been a great career for
me because it has allowed me to meet
new and different people everyday and
help them to reach their goal of homeownership…or move on to their next
adventure!
We’ve been members of the Fountain
Hills Presbyterian Church for 40 years!
Hard to believe!
As for life changing events, I would
have to say for me it was raising our
children and now having grandchildren
to enjoy and spoil!!
The best advice I was ever given my
Dad gave me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything”. I
try to live that way and treat people the
way I want to be treated!

My business coach Mike Ferry had the
biggest impact on my life not only in
my business but my personal life as

well. I have had a coach for 25 years
now and it truly helped make me who I
am today.
I try to have a positive impact on everyone in my life, my husband, kids,
friends and clients!
My advice to anyone would be to believe in yourself and your dreams and
go for what you want in life, but treat
everyone with respect along the way…
that alone will get you there!
I feel very much at home in our
church…we raised our kids here!

I would AGAIN like to thank all those that
have helped me through this ordeal. Without them, I would have had to go to IL to
have the operation. All the friends that
brought me books, plants, cards, food, Teddy Bears, and
drove me to the hospital and doctor appointments, came to
see me in the hospital and rehab, are Angels - pure and sim-

Mike:
Born in 1954 in Evergreen Park, Illinois – raised in Palos Hills, IL.
I have lived in Fountain Hills for 38
years.
I have 1 brother and 1 sister
The craziest thing I’ve ever done was
dress up like the Pointer sisters in
front of 120 people!!
My first job was in a food processing
plant in Illinois. My favorite job is
what I’m still doing…I’ve been in the
trucking business many years and own
my own company.
The most interesting accomplishment
was moving to Fountain Hills! Meeting and marrying Melinda was definitely a life changing event!
The best advice I was given is not to
rush into decisions or judgments.
My wife has had the biggest impact on
my life.
The best advice I would give someone
is to have patience and to walk a mile
in someone else’s shoes before you
judge them.
The people in our church are so
friendly…The services always make
me feel better and bring balance to my
life. Bill’s sermons are thought provoking and help me relate to life.

Of greatest worth
Not what I get, but what I give,
this be the gauge by which I live.
Nor merely joys that come my way,
but the help I give to those astray.
Not the rewards of money and fame,
But the loads I lift to mankind’s name.
This be the pay at the end of the day,
Not what I keep, but what I give away.
-Author unknown

ple!

-Helen Roesch

-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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May 2016
Hospitalized? Call the church!

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

Members and Friends of FHPC

Matthew 25:21

Thank God for your presence in our lives!
As I go through all the beautiful cards
with words of comfort, caring and reassurance I am reminded of the wonderful
friends we have and the loving Church
Community we belong to here in Fountain
Hills.
You made this difficult time bearable.
Many Thanks and God Bless You all!
Maria Berry and Family

HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAYS!
05/01
05/01
05/02
05/03
05/05
05/08
05/09
05/10
05/13
05/14

Phyliss Kern
Charles Matty
Mike Owens
Claire Cartmell
Lois Medley
Eloise Robinson
Michele Sivets
Bob Lull
Kurt Augustine
Bonnie Hollabaugh

05/16
05/16
05/17
05/17
05/18
05/19
05/20
05/22
05/22
05/22

Anna Martinson
James Stewart
Matt Botsford
Beverly Watters
Bobbie Dangremond
Michael Stanton
June Shaffer
Gail Botsford
Anthony Carillo
Mary Carillo

05/22
05/22
05/23
05/25
05/27
05/27
05/27
05/28
05/30
05/31

Michael Carillo
Summer Jones
Mary Alice Bivens
Peggy Kurkjian
Leah Carillo
Linda Covault
Anabelle Good
Patricia Knoy
Christine Young
Stephanie McWethy

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.
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EASTER 2016

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