FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ
From Our Pastor NEW THINGS!
Behold! I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 As I write this on the day after Christmas, I find myself basking in the reflected joy of our two Christmas Eve services and quietly celebrating all the signs and wonders of Christ alive in our church over the fleeing year. But even as these memories come flooding in, I am struck by an awareness of continuing expectancy as the calendar shifts to mark another passage. You and I are part of a family of faith which is moving purposefully into a new year defined by expanding possibilities. With open Bibles and open hearts we prepare to greet Christ’s future for FHPC. From the new faces we see in worship, to the sound of youthful laughter echoing again in our hallways, to the warm smiles we share in fellowship, new things spring forth. Signs of hope abound. One of those signs is evident on the upper corner of this very page in the new logo emblazoned there. This is a logo designed to carry us forward on the wings of our new Vision and Mission Statements, which are also featured at the bottom of this page. The carillon recalls our past; while the sweeping path draws us into the future. The typeface has been thoughtfully selected to bridge the gap between the traditional and the transcendent – just like us as a church! And here’s another sign. . . Beginning on Sunday, Jan. 13th we will celebrate the Lord in a second service of worship at 11:15am. In Matthew’s gospel we hear of the wise men turning their backs on Herod and all he represents and leaving “for their own country by another way” (2:12). It is with our feet planted firmly in this experience that we have named of our new worship experience, home by another way. As in all worship, we will be headed “home.” However, we will travel an alternate route -- “another way,” if you will -- from our traditional service. In an effort to reach further into our Fountain Hills community by appealing to young people and families, we will take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere available in our Fellowship Center. Additionally, we will feature various non-traditional forms of music along with a message which, while remaining firmly biblical in orientation, will be delivered in a more casual style. Children will be welcomed in worship. Child care will be provided for the little ones. If you have family, friend or neighbors who might be seeking a fresh, new way to worship God, home by another way might be just the right route. The signs are all around us. Christ continues to do exciting things among us here at FHPC, leading us into a shared future marked with promise and bright with hope. Behold! says our God, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Grace and Peace,

January 2013

Our Vision:
We hear our LORD’s commandments -- calling us to be a city on a hill; reflecting light into Fountain Hills and all the world beyond, giving glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

calls us to . . . Our Mission :
We respond in faith, hope, and love –stretching upward to the One God and reaching outward to all people through worship, education, fellowship and service.

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

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Focus on Finance
Nov. Income Nov. Expense $ 31,340 $ 34,251 Budget Budget $ 32,560 $ 32,819

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 347,049

Budget Budget

$ 360,590 $ 376,330

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 373,122

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER John Skewes CHURCH SESSION Class of 2013 Bob Lull Susan Owens Jim Roy Donna Yordy Class of 2014 Gail Botsford Jerry Cain Carol Hencz Jerry Maples Letha Neely Class of 2015 Brooks Benjamin John Brockelman Jake Eberspacher Helen Quigley Terri Schmidt Chris Young BOARD OF DEACONS Moderator: Ruby Pearson Class of 2013 Yvonne Ellingson Sandy Heunisch John Schopbach Donna Sims Class of 2014 Irene Cain Phyliss Kern Linda Maples Helen Roesch Class of 2015 Ben Fast Jack Morris Ruby Pearson Bev Watters ******
Rev. Glenn Atchinson Pastor Emeritus

In comparison to recent highs and lows in our monthly operational results (September and October, respectively), November was relatively calm overall. That said, monthly Pledges continue to lag behind expectations and are now Year-toDate ($12,263) off Budget. This is clearly the most significant area of concern as Pledges provide the catalyst for us to implement our Vision and Mission Statements. Please review your Pledge to ensure it is up to date. We could use some assistance here. Expenses are tracking Budget, and are expected to finish the year on target. While there is a slight favorable Expense variance Year-to-Date through November, that will be eliminated once December payments are posted. In summary, we are in need of a strong December to close out the 2012 calendar year. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Oh.. more importantly – Merry Christmas!! Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

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December 2012

Memorial Funds & Gifts
MEMORIAL FUND AND GIFTS
In the three years I’ve been on Session I have had the privilege of working with many members to identify appropriate projects for memorial funds and other members making generous donations for specific projects. Some of these gifts include the hand rail in the chancel, sun screens in the Fellowship Center, a new pulpit and communion table, a portable stage extension for the chancel, a flag pole, benches and plantings in the biblical garden, upgrades and improvements to our audio visual equipment throughout the campus including the projection system in the sanctuary. The most recent gift being the new monument sign in front of our campus. Memorial funds are providing part of the startup cost of the multi-generational worship service. As our campus ages we face the need to repair or replace equipment more regularly. The A/C units this past summer, almost all that expense was covered by very generous donations. A/C units will continue to be a concern as we have 13 units. If you enjoy listening to our carillon you may have missed it a few weeks ago. The CD player is old and needs to be replaced. I think we can keep it running though the holidays but it may not last long after. The replacement unit is $2500. We have some memorial funds that may help but not enough. Memorial funds and special gifts are and always have been an important part of the church. Gifts in one form or another built this campus. If you would like to make a donation toward the carillon send a check to the church and write carillon in remarks. If you would like to contribute to another project, call me and we can talk about what you are interested in doing or I can tell you about projects and improvements we would like to fund. Thank you and God be with you. John Brockelman 602-359-2388

2012Annual Giving Statements will be mailed before the end of January. 2013 Offering Envelopes
2013 Offering envelopes are now available for you to pick up in the narthex. All boxes are labeled and are in alphabetical order. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 837-1763. If you did not pledge but would like to have giving envelopes or if you would like to pledge now, please place your name on the sign-up list on the clipboard. Your boxes will be ready for you to pick up the following Sunday.

Entertainment Concert Series
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013

“Bob Anderson” w/piano accompanist (Singing Impressionist)
Voted by People Magazine as “The best singing impressionist in show business”. Also inducted into the “Las Vegas Legends Hall of Fame” in 2000. Who says you can’t please all the people all the time??? Bob is brilliant at his craft and it shows on stage. There’s something for all ages with Bob Anderson’s show, as it not only covers the unforgettable voices of “The Rat Pack” but branches into the contemporary and timeless sounds of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and many more. He’s also the only “singing impressionist” who will take requests from his audience and without hesitation re-create that performer to a tee!

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Mission Ministry
had 30 children from here in town and 35 Indian Children from the Laguna reservation. You are truly a giving congregation, Thank You! Weekender Bag Projects Thank you to all who help with this project. Mary Alice Bivens has said this is a most rewarding service. This project is a smooth and very well organized program. If there is anyone who would like to help with this rewarding project, you can call Mary Alice Bivens at 837-4857. Christmas Dinner Drawings Debby Debernardi, Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt all met with the High School nurse and discussed ways to help the HS kids who need food at home or on weekends, the Weekender Bag Project is only for grade and middle school children. We are in the process of getting a program worked out, hopefully with several other churches from Fountain Hills. While there we discovered they had a snack bag program in progress for breakfast, lunch or a snack for those who are hungry. We felt this was a worthwhile project and have agreed to help purchase some of the food for these snack bags. During our discussion it was brought up about a special drawing for Thanksgiving dinner for a boy’s and a girl’s family. We thought this was such a good idea that we said we would like to do this for Christmas. So we here at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church were able to purchase food and turkeys for 8 families. These are drawn from a list of children that need the extra help for food. Non-perishable items were purchased as well as a turkey and fresh rolls. A gift card was also included in the basket of food for other items they may want to purchase, such as dessert or milk. Heifer Project This exciting project will be getting underway this year. We will be asking the congregation to help with contributions that will make it possible to purchase everything from plants to trees or livestock. These things are purchased for needy people in 3rd world countries. They will not only be used to feed their family, but then they can sell the eggs, wool, milk or excess crops to make money for other needs. We will make an announcement in Church asking for your contributions.

Terri Schmidt and Susan Owens, Elders We are excited to let you know what a wonderful ministry this is. Here is what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church in our Mission Ministry. Extended Hands Food Bank Extended Hands Food Bank is serving a delicious fish dinner on Friday nights from 6:00-8:00pm. The money raised from the dinners goes to help pay rent and utilities. We are volunteering our services to help serve and clean tables for them. If you feel this is something you can do, contact Terri and we will let you know which Friday we will be volunteering. Thank you to all who bring in the non-perishable food every Sunday, Pastor David Iverson has told me how much it means to them. With over 300 people on the registry, it takes lots of food to keep them going. Changing Lives Center Susan Owens, Susan Titus and Vivian Virden spent a Wednesday in November and went down to the Changing Lives Center in Phoenix. They took 12 radio/ clock/CD players and some CDs that were needed since there is no TV or internet service there. They also took some Christmas decorations that were donated by a neighbor of Stan Jones. They helped the ladies there decorate and get in the mood for Christmas. While there they also were fortunate enough to visit with some of the residents who told them that there had been 14 baptisms that morning. How wonderful and what great work this Center is doing for these women and children. It is a joy to be able to help these people. Angel Tree and Fort McDowell Christmas Project Thank you to all who helped make Christmas special for all of these kids. The Angel Tree was pretty much wiped out the first Sunday. Then our Indian Angels project was also a huge success. We

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THANK YOU!

Blankets Plus We will be helping with this project again this year. Barbara and Gary Oakeson are in charge of this mission, as they have been in the past. We will have a Minute for Mission for this great project in February. We will , at that time, go into more detail for you. Save The Family We will gladly collect any gently used clothing or working appliances from you. We donate these items to Save The Family to be used to help less fortunate people. The items they cannot use in their apartments, are sold in the used merchandise store for money to be used in other ways for this worthwhile organization. Just drop the items off in the office and someone will deliver them or we can call for a pick up. Are we living our lives the way Jesus wants us to? Are we showing our love by helping where we can? Can people tell we are Christians by our Love and Giving? James 2:14-17 says: Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all—it is dead and useless. (From the Paraphrased Bible) We here in Mission Ministry are trying to help others in need, and we have several projects going on. If you are interested in helping in any of these projects, please let Susan Owens or Terri Schmidt know and we will be glad to let you know what you can do to help. If you would like to join or sit in on a meeting, we

Susan Owens, Vivian Virden and Susan Titus filling up their car to take gifts to the Changing Lives Center.

Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt delivering gifts for the Ft. McDowell Christmas Project.

Susan Owens delivering the makings for Christmas dinners to struggling families in Fountain Hills.

Support Our Troops
100 pairs of Shoe project! Thank you for your support.

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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2011-201 Moderator: Ilene Berg Mission Coordinator: Mary Alice Bivens Vice-Moderator (Program): Susan Lickman Historian/Librarian: Barbara Oakeson Secretary: Linda Warren Membership/Yearbook Coordinator: Maria Berry Treasurer: Maria Berry Bible Study Coordinator: Evelyn Hrunek Publicity: Terry Martin Search Committee: Linda Capron Morning Circle Leader: Carol Fuls Evening Circle Leaders: Maria Berry & Jeanene Schopbach

Important Dates to Keep In Mind:
Fall Bible Study Help with Rev. Stan Jones Meet the fourth Thursday of the month except for holidays: 10:30 Am – Adult Center...January 24, 2013. Elder Care Seminar – January 12, 2013 in Fellowship Center POP Winter Gathering – January 28, 2013 – 5:30 PM Winter Gathering– Monday, January 28, 2013 5:30 PM PWP Spring Gathering – March 16, 2013 – 10 AM at FHPC Spring Gathering – April 6, 2013 – 10 AM Gifts of Women Sunday – April 14, 2013

MEETINGS Coordinating Team - On the First Friday of every month. Meeting is at 9 AM and held in the Adult Center. Will meet on January 4, 2013. Morning Circle will meet on at 9:00 am in the Adult Center on Jan. 10th ( second Thursday) Carol Fuls - Circle Leader Bible Study Program lesson will be led by Jan Hoff. Lesson #5 The Ties that Bind 1Peter 3. Lesson # 4 ‘The Help’ Evening Circle meets on Jan. 29th at 7 PM. Hostess is Barbara Oakeson, 16072 E Ponderosa (837-5563) Co-Hostess: Linda Capron Lesson #5 Bible Study leader will be Maria Berry

Dale will include tips on how to prevent falls as well as providing simple exercises for strength and balance and some nutritional guidelines. After dinner the Pearwood Recorders, led by Barbara Wyman, will provide a short but mellifluous musical program. If you would like to assist in Donna Yordy’s Appalachian Mission Trip you will be able to make a donation during the evening. The committee will present the Honorary Life Membership at the Winter Gathering, you need to be there.

Embracing Aging
Embracing Aging is the topic of a seminar to be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Center of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. See page 9 for more information.

Winter Gathering
“Aging Gracefully with Proper Exercise”,
Winter Gathering - Monday, January 28, “Aging Gracefully with Proper Exercise”, speaker Dale Yavitt, Community Health Educator. The presentation will include tips on how to prevent falls while going about your everyday routine, both inside and outside the home.

Weekender Backpack
We continue to need volunteers to help with this vital and needed Program. Call Mary Alice Bivens 8374857

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December 2012

Did You Know
Did you know that every week – during the school year – 50+ elementary and middle school students in Fountain Hills receive a bag of non-perishable foods to take home for the weekend? Did you know that these same students get most of their daily nourishment from their school’s free breakfast and lunch programs? Did you know that each of the weekender backpack lunch bags is valued at $5.00? Did you know that 1300+ bags are packed each Thursday morning at the Arizona Brain Food Center in Mesa by volunteers from various churches? Did you know that many hands make light work? Did you know that the Church of the Ascension organized this program in Fountain Hills? Did you know that each 4th Thursday Fountain Hills Presbyterian Women (and some men) are volunteering to support this effort? Did you know that it only takes 2 hours to pack all the bags needed? Did you know that Basha’s Grocery Company is a major donor with $1500 given to support this program? Did you know that if FHPC raised $500.00 each month that this would cover ½ of the cost of the bags that go to Fountain Hills students? Did you know that YOUR hands would be welcomed? Did you know that God may be calling you to volunteer too? Thank you, Mary Alice Bivens!

HOOKED ON BOOKS
Hooked on Books will meet at the home of Elsie Hoffarber, 16821 Malta Dr. on Wednesday January 16th at 9:30 am (NEW TIME). Melba Versaw will review the book and all women who enjoy reading are invited to attend. Bring books to share if desired.

Out’n About—Out to Lunch
Our next outing will be Wednesday, January 16th at 12:00 noon at Busters on the Lake at 8320 N Hayden Rd. in Scottsdale. As usual we will order from the menu and receive separate checks that include tip and tax. Call Arlene Olsen at 8374271 for reservations.

HEAVENLY DAZE COMING!
Save the date—Sunday, January 20th and bring your family or yourself or special other to our big all church variety show, “Heavenly Daze” starting at 7 pm in Fellowship Hall... You’ll be dazed by the wonderful desserts and really, really dazzling entertainment. There will be skits and songs from all age groups plus a chance to view art and literary works done by our own church artists and authors. Fabled raconteur Jerry Maples will be on hand to lead the program along as MC and members of CLAF will be providing the special desserts and drinks. Barbara Wyman, producer of the show urges everyone to mark their calendars for Sunday evening January 20, ready to hiss the villain (aka Jackie Miles) in the melodrama, or cheer the Presbyterian men’s Swim Team as they show off their synchronized swimming skills. There is still room for more players in the Jug Band! If you would like to be part of this amazing musical group and have a good supply of hot air, please come to the first rehearsal at 8 pm Thursday, January 3rd in the sanctuary after choir practice, or contact Barb Wyman. If you wish table space to display your books or art work or special collection that would be available for sale, please contact Donna Yordy at 837-6169 very soon.

Heavenly Daze

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

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

Gail Botsford, Elder

CORRECTION: Support Our Troops article in December 2012 My most sincerest thanks is extended to the hard working Carneval Kick-Off Committee who selected the “Support Our Troops” Project as the recipient of the funds collected from raffle ticket sales at our All Ministry Fair Sunday Brunch following services on October 21st.

Cookbooks are available in the church office. A corrections page has been printed. Pick up your correction page on Sunday morning or in the church office during the week. Please pick up as many correction pages as cookbooks you have purchased.

Get Moving Faith is the word that describes the direction our feet start moving when we find that we are loved. Faith is stepping out into the unknown with nothing to guide us but a hand just beyond our grasp. -Frederick Buechner
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FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page. When you are there also click on the like it icon.

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

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December 2012

Special Seminar
Embracing Aging
“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, and reverent – that is to triumph over old age.” - Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Aging can be a confusing and sometimes a formidable experience; and, not a topic we readily talk about. What if we could find help to navigate the journey of aging? What if we could see our life as something that continued to be full of possibilities, opportunities, and adventure? What if we could find that sense of meaning in life that goes beyond ourselves and gives us an inner refuge and peace of mind? “Growing old gracefully” is an expression we often hear but seldom embrace. We may find ourselves wondering who will care for me when I no longer am able to care for myself. How will I deal with giving up my independence when everyone thinks I should no longer drive my car? What happens when my children – or someone else – start to make decisions for me about my health or welfare? Will my money meet my needs? Who cares for me if it doesn’t? Does my earthly body become a spiritual body? Do I need to make known my wishes for what happens to me when I die? Embracing Aging is the topic of a seminar to be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Center of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. Stephanie Bivens, an experienced elder law attorney, will discuss the legal aspects and ramifications of aging. The Rev. Bill Good, Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Pastor, will discuss the spiritual aspects, doubts and needs. There will be time for questions to be answered and concerns shared. This timely and challenging seminar is free and open to all who are looking for the courage to embrace aging without fear and trepidation. Your R.S.V.P. is appreciated in order to accommodate all who wish to attend. Refreshments will be available and a free will offering to cover expenses will be welcomed.

The Ultimate Resolution
Resolutions are easy to make but oh so hard to keep. In fact, many people refuse to make them for that very reason. After all, by February, most people have broken them, and by March they don’t even remember what they were. It’s just too hard to change, so why try? Yet Scripture exhorts us to be more like Christ, to forgive our enemies, to tithe and to be thankful in all situations. Shouldn’t we resolve to put some of these into practice, even if ever so imperfectly? Peter admonishes us to be holy as God is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). That’s the ultimate New Year’s resolution – all but certain to be broken repeatedly before the sun sets on the first day. Yet though we fail, are we not better for trying? The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

New Bible Study for Women
Who? What? Fountain Hills Women A Beth Moore video study Living Beyond Yourself-A Journey through the Fruit of the Spirit Monday nights beginning Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church--lower level Food, Fun, Fellowship and Faith Builder!

When? Where?

Begin the New Year filling up your spiritual gas tank! Come and bring a friend or neighbor. To register call Marta at the FHPC office 480-837-1763 or contact sdburke2025@yahoo.com. Study books are $ 14.95 with shipping/ handling and tax the final cost is $18.50 per book. The books are available at the church office or at the first session. Study leader: Sylvia Burke

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The Wonder of Christmas

Ipema family as Candle lighters

Emerson Uphoff (Mary) & Cannon Lipps (Joseph)

Leading the procession with the choir, Neal & Jean Ipema’s grandson Zackary

Rachel Walters with Summer Jones & Aly Wilson as angels. Angel Anabelle Good is peaking at you at the bottom of the photo.

On December 16, the congregation enjoyed the presentation of “The Wonder of Christmas” by the Elementary Choir and Kid Communities with Jackie Miles on violin and the Celebration Singers under the direction of Debbie Fisher.

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December 2012

Christmas Activities

Ilene Berg (left) with Cynthia Linton

On December 14, Presbyterian Women sponsored a Christmas Tea as a Get-Acquainted Gathering for women new to the church. A wonderful time was had by all who attended.

The end-of-the-year Holiday Boxes for Deployed Troops Project is now complete and I would like to thank all who volunteered to help – whether it was with sorting, bagging, stuffing Christmas stockings with snacks, boxing, filling out custom forms, making labels, or helping to put together the Lap Blanket Bundles. Now that all is said and done, the next few steps is putting everything back where it belongs, reorganizing and resorting items back in the proper boxes, etc. Saying it this way sort of makes it easier to visualize that the Troops Project is indeed an “all-year-long” project, with several sorting and reorganizing days occurring throughout the year. A total of 50 Holiday Boxes were shipped to remote outpost areas of Afghanistan, one box to southwest Africa, several to deployed Naval ships, and several to deployed Coast Guardsmen. In addition, 40 smaller packages of signed Christmas cards were sent to a Marine Unit recently deployed to Afghanistan and 30 Lap Blanket Bundles for hospitalized Vets were delivered to Phoenix in addition to over 25 boxes and bags of clothing to MANA House in the downtown area of Phoenix. MANA House (Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force) is a transitional facility for homeless veterans. I extend my personal appreciation and many thanks to all who have placed items in the Troops Basket, not only at this time of year, but all year long. Without your continued support and generosity, this project could never be accomplished. To get to the point to where we are now would not be possible at all without the continued help of the Church, its members and friends. - Donna Sims, Deacon

Helen Quigley filling out Customs Forms and LeAnn Reynolds stuffing Christmas stockings with snacks

Donna,
I just wanted to thank you and all the supporters that sent me a care package. Semper Fi, Sergeant Daniel Hays Combat Logistics Regiment 15 S-3 Plans Chief

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Christian Formation
A new year has emerged -2013. Again welcome to the winter visitors who left to spend Christmas with their families and Carol Hencz, Elder have returned and to those who have and are arriving to spend the rest of winter with us. So good to see you all. Do stop and join in any of our many functions, which include a few new ones. We welcome all who wish to participate. Here is what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church: service to be very successful and to help us carry out our mission of “… stretching upward to the One God and reaching outward to all people through worship, education, fellowship and service.” Pastor Bill will be conducting this second worship service and will not have sufficient time for the Bible Study as well. The study has been well attended which merits its continuation. Bill has asked John Bivens to assist by leading the Sabbath Day Bible Study starting in the New Year. It will be very difficult for John to follow Bill in this Bible Study. Bill has agreed to serve as a resource, and they plan to meet each week in advance to prepare for the study. This is another opportunity for Spiritual growth. We hope you will take advantage and participate. session, (topic) which will take us to Ash Wednesday. Mark your calendar and plan to attend. The elementary kids will continue with The Big God Story in a large/small group format. Meeting from 5-6 pm. They will begin the New Year with the lesson theme: God Calls us to a Greater Purpose as the kids enter into the story of David and Jonathan. The Junior High and Senior High will continue with their programming. We all meet in the Fellowship Center at 6:00 pm for an evening meal and fellowship time before splitting up at 6:30 pm for our classes. If you come for dinner we ask for a small donation of $5.00 per adults. (All children eat free). Come and join us for a real family gathering of food and knowledge.

Men’s Bible Study
Men – Now Hear This! Would you like to draw closer to God and closer to each other? One way to do that is to join other men in our church who spend an hour each Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the Adult Center in Bible Study. We have a cup of coffee or two and some “goodies,” chat with each other, and examine the Scriptures together. It is a fun and enjoyable experience while we learn more about what God gives us and how we can apply the lessons we see in the life of Christ to our everyday lives. Come and join us. We always have room for one more. If you want to know more about this opportunity for spiritual growth, contact John Bivens at 480-837-4857 or jabivens@aol.com.

Sabbath Day Bible Study
(formerly Pastor’s Bible Study) continues

There are several opportunities for spiritual growth each week through Bible Study at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. One of these opportunities is on Sunday mornings after the 9:00 a.m. Worship Service and the following Fellowship. The New Year gets off to a grand start with the Sabbath Day Bible Study on January 6, 2013 at 10:30am in the Adult Center. Please come and join us as we continue to explore John’s Gosp e l a n d t h e relevance it has to our individual lives in the world of today. Pastor Bill has been leading this Sunday Bible Study and providing interesting and thought-provoking commentaries for our discussions. A new MultiGenerational Worship Service, “home by another way” will be initiated January 13th. We all want this new worship

Blessed Beginnings Ministry
(formerly offered on Sunday Morning at 9:00 am) The former class study for this group will be replaced with our new Intergenerational Service which will be held from 11:15 12:15. We will begin by offering Blessed Beginnings Ministry for ages infants - kindergarten if families choose not to keep younger ones with them or if a child needs extra attention. We will always offer more to provide a Christian ministry with children - even the babies.

The Way (formerly Wednesday evening F a m i l y Night)
We will be starting up January 16th for a 4 week

In closing, I want to wish you all a wonderful and blessed New Year…. - Carol Hencz, Elder

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December 2012

From the Director of Christian Formation
This Christmas was a wonderful adventure! So many children and families to thank for the live nativity in the community with a “real baby” for Jesus, the Advent readers and candle lighters, the special children’s play that I like to call a “show and tell Christmas sermon”, the Happy Birthday Jesus Party for the elementary, the Random Acts of Kindness with the teens, the petting stable with the Family Christmas Eve service and the Lord of the Kings New Year’s Eve Overnighter for Junior High – Senior High just to mention a few happenings! Lots of children, families, and faith family members served together for these wonderful ministry times. We are so blessed! I love the children experiencing the true meaning of Christmas in life. formation in children at church and home is one way we offer support to families. Creating this spiritual space for God to move can be done in a variety of ways. This month we will focus on Story-telling for elementary children and families. Powerful Biblical messages, redeeming stories, telling the next generation of God’s wonders begins January 16th Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at KidCommunity! Download or pick up the January HomeFront magazine, our spiritual parenting and grand parenting resource today! HomeFront is available in the narthex, on our website at www.fhpreabyterian.com/christanformaiton, the APP Store and Google Play. You may follow o Twitter@HFfmaily for encouragements. Join the conversation on FHPC’s FB and /or Facebookcom/HomeFrontSP. Whatever your preferred mode of communication… we want to get the message out!

Upcoming events to plan for:
2013 Youth Triennium Fund Raising Dinner/Auction
Begin to gather items for the March 2nd dinner and auction to help send teens and leaders to the 2013 Presbyterian Triennium with over 5000 + youth held this year on Purdue University Campus July 16-20. This is only held once every three years. Our teens need to know they are a part of something much bigger and greater than our community. The theme this year is “I AM” We pray we all come back with: A better understanding of the one true God and how He works in our lives A better understanding of ourselves A calling to make a difference in our world A feeling of empowerment and support by the Church A commitment of being an active participant in God’s mission Please be a part by joining the cooking, set-up, clean-up, auction or planning team. Contact Tyson Robinson or Debby DeBernardi to find your part in sending youth in this maturing, life-changing experience! VBS 2013 is Kingdom Rock: June 17-21! Where God’s victorious power isn’t a fairytale- it changes kids forever! Join us to help kids stand strong in God. We all need this message in today’s unstable world! January is the month we would like our key leaders identified and committed to begin team plans for an exciting VBS with even more surprises. Contact Paula Eberspacher for team opportunities. For collecting and decorating props contact Shawn

Hissler Family (from the left) David with llama, Christian, Johanna, Charlotte, Katja with Baby Samuel and Debby DeBernardi with goat

God has a big story and kids can (and are) a part of it!
The power of God’s story impacts our lives by giving us an awe-inspiring perspective into how God is moving throughout history. The story of redemption, salvation, restoration and hope tells us how each of us has been grafted into His story by grace. Story-telling helps us to see how God is using every aspect of our life… yes, a child’s and teen’s life… to create a unique story that deserves to be told for God’s glory. We must create space for this to happen. Creating an environment where the Holy Spirit, God’s chosen teacher, can move freely to promote growth and

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Music Ministry
On behalf of the Music Ministry staff, we wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! with plenty of time to spend with friends and family that you love and appreciate, and doing that which helps you fill your heart with joy. That joy can come in so many forms as well as the comfort of others experienced in ways in which we don't always anticipate. The expressions of gratitude made by so many upon hearing the music of the Advent season, wrapped in the wonderful message we received, all the way through to the Christmas message of “Peace on Earth, Good Will to Men,” were appreciated by those in the music ministry. It is an honor to present music which emphasizes the gift God gave us: His infant Son, Jesus. Each year there is a fresh new viewpoint of purity in this flawless baby, and a chance to once again refresh our hearts, singing old songs in new ways, playing music that touches our souls with God and “Tidings of Comfort and Joy.” That's a gift that keeps on giving! We can always look forward to a continued freshness of music in our service, as well as the traditional music which remains a comfort in our faith journey. With the addition of another service to accommodate our worshippers during our winter months, there will be an opportunity to expand our experience even further. There will be music that continues to nurture our love of the One Who sustains us. We will build this service with lots of prayer, and learn to provide music that may attract others who may not be as familiar with the standard tradition that many may be comfortable with, but, by a way that will still strive to bring an everlasting form of praise to God, His Son, and the Spirit by which we are all connected. I look forward to "Men's Sunday" on January 20th. They always sound wonderful. Roy Nickel will lead this group of gentlemen, rehearsing on Thursday evening, January 17, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary. There will also be the "Talent Show" on January 20th, pulling talent from within our church to entertain us all. We know you're out there, so speak to Barb Wyman who is in the process of organizing it. It's good to be involved with friends and family, all of whom become more richly blessed because of the involvement within our church, which in turn helps to bless those outside of our church walls. Please remember that anyone interested in sharing or developing their musical talents in our church can contact me, and you will be welcomed into a group of wonderful people who will quickly become your friends. The schedule of rehearsals are always posted in the bulletin. Check it out! Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries ''To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified."
Isaiah 61:2-3

Only is Enough God is not looking for the best qualifications, best ability, best charisma, best prospects type of people – not that he would turn down these sorts automatically, because it’s also true that some of the most gifted people in our society have also been some of God’s best servants. But that is a coincidence and not a requirement. I think that is because God knows that the vast majority of men and women fall into the “I am only” category. But only is enough with God’s help, and it would amaze you what God can make of them. -Alastair Symington
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December 2012
Greetings. This blog is an answer to a question. The more that we learn – the more we should want to share. This blog is for the sharing of information to help with our journey / adventure towards a deeper understanding of our faith. You may also go online thru our website www.fhpresbyterian.info and click on the BLOG button and add your comments, as well as see what others are thinking. Check it out.

Holy Abundance
God’s provision gone awry.
The World Health Organization reports that two-thirds of the world’s population is under-fed or starving. Every day, 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That is one child every five seconds or about nine children in the time it will take you to read this message. When I hear statistics like this, I immediately think of far away places like India and Africa. And then I learn that, in the United States, one out of every eight children under age 12 goes to bed hungry every night. There is a story about a man who stands on a hill overlooking a refugee camp. Seeing the starvation and death, he turns his face skyward and screams, “God, how could you let this happen?” God responds with, “How could you?” We have the means to fix this. The world’s poorest could have their health and nutritional needs met for less than 25% of what Americans spend on clothing each year. The issue is not a lack of abundance. It is simply a lack of distribution. How many children will die today while I sit on my savings account? It is a painful question to ponder. - Matthew 6:19-21 A New Year Poem
Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best! I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!
-William Arthur Ward

Michael Belk, artist

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Library Footnotes
The Road to Grace By Richard Paul Evans (third in the Walk series) Not quite halfway through his journey to walk from Seattle to Key West, Alan Christoffersen departs Custer, South Dakota, searching for the “hope that life might still be worth living and for the grace to accept” what he must live without. The beginning of the leg of his journey from South Dakota to St. Louis does not start off well. A desperate woman doggedly follows him for more than 100 miles. She trails behind and shows up at every stop along the way, pleading to talk with him. But Alan does not want to listen to anything she has to say. The lady refuses to give up, even if it means she will die from dehydration or exhaustion. Through his encounter with her, Alan gains insight into how resentment can burden the soul. As Alan continues his journey from Mount Rushmore, to Sturgis, to the Badlands and beyond, bouts of debilitating dizziness delay his progress. An elderly Jewish Polish man comes to his aid and teaches him an unforgettable lesson about freedom and the power of forgiveness. Passing through Nebraska and Iowa, Alan reflects on the timelessness of that region’s contributions to the “American cultural pot.” In St. Joseph, Missouri, he takes a break to soak up the atmosphere of what was the starting point of the Pony Express and the end of the line for Jesse James. Continuing through Missouri along U.S. Route 36, Alan confirms his theory that small towns are incubators for some of the world’s greatest people and ideas. He is impressed by the list of famous Americans who changed the world and whose roots began along that small stretch of American highway. Traveling from Hannibal to St. Louis, Alan’s trip takes a turn for the worse. Once again he woke up in a hospital, not knowing where he was, how he got there, or what was wrong with him. The fourth in the series will be released in May and it will be in our library soon after. -Vivian Virden

For the New Year

H old fast to your faith (Hebrews 4:14) A ssemble with the saints (Hebrews 10:25) P ray earnestly every day (1Thessalonians 5:17-18) P ray for great blessings (Malachi 3:10) Y ield not to temptation (1 Thessalonians 5:22) N eglect not your talents and opportunities (Galations 6:10) E xamine yourself daily (2 Corinthians 13:5) W ork diligently for the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58) Y ield your members to righteousness (Romans 6:11, 16) E xercise yourself in godliness (1 Timothy 4:7) A im for a perfect, mature faith (Hebrews 6:1) R edeem the time (Ephesians 5:15-16)
-Gus Nichols
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A Voice
Despite a brain tumor that took her voice for two years, Pranitha Timothy has led more than 50 rescue operations to save slaves in India. As director of aftercare for International Justice Mission, she works to give “a voice to the voiceless.” Timothy credits God for protecting her during the dangerous missions, which have included run-ins with slave owners. “God goes before us into the places of darkness and makes the paths straight for us to bring rescue,” she says. Although Timothy’s voice returned feebly, she says it’s powerful in God’s hands. Most importantly, she says, God has transformed her heart and filled her with compassion.
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December 2012

The Way on Wednesdays
The Way: SURPRISED BY HOPE
Christmas has come! So, what’s next? The baby is here! But, what does that mean for our lives? As we continue on The Way, we begin to look toward Lent and ask ourselves what Christ’s presence in our world really means for our world. Christians normally think of their future in terms of some ephemeral “other place” called “heaven.” But the promised reality is truly far greater: the biblical vision extends to a new heaven and a new earth, a whole new creation. Noted biblical scholar N.T. Wright explored this realm in his bestselling book Surprised by Hope. And now he calls us to join him in this journey in a new 6-part DVD series which asks important questions for people of faith: • What does the Bible really promise about what heaven is like? • Is our main duty as Christians simply to help nonChristians get into heaven? • What hope does the gospel hold for this present life? • In what ways does God intend for us to experience that hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us? Join Pastor Bill on The Way beginning Jan. 16th and continuing for 6 consecutive Wed. evenings. Come share a fellowship and a good meal from 6-6:30pm and prepare to be Surprised by Hope from 6:30-7:30. For those who wish to get a head start on the journey, we will have a limited supply of Wright’s book available for purchase at the church office. Check with Bill or Marta at 480-837-1763.

During the month of December and the Advent season, the Celebration Singers were led in procession into the sanctuary by angels, prophets, shepherds, Magi, Mary & Joseph.

4:00 Pm Christmas Eve Family Worship Service

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Spotlight …. Did you know?
Terri Schmidt, Elder on Mission. Terri was born in Denver, Colorado and lived there until she was eight years old. Her family then moved to Buffalo, New York where she graduated from high school. Enamored of very cold weather, Terri then lived in Casper, Wyoming for 22 years. After finally getting tired of the cold, she and her family moved to sunny Arizona. They have been members of FHPC for over 21 years. Terri’s first job was as a buss girl; efficient as always she quickly moved on to waitressing. She enjoys any job where she is working with people. When asked what her favorite music was, she replied that country music was her favorite. But she qualified that with the statement that she loves most music that is sung from the heart. Her favorite movie of all time is White Christmas. Terri is not afraid to do crazy or silly things. Who remembers her as the ‘bearded lady’ at our Fall Carnival All Ministry Kick-Off or as the ‘punk rocker’ at Rocktoberfest. If you weren’t there, I’ll bet you now wish you had been! Terri is the proud owner of one brother and one sister. She is the ‘ween’. Her favorite books are the Bible, Little Women, Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries. Actually Terri loves most mysteries. So, if you have any laying around you have read already and they are just taking up space, you now know where to get rid of them. And if you want to cook for Terri, her favorite meal is anything Italian or fresh fish. She gives and gives so much to the church. She has been responsible for most of the meals during The Way on Wednesdays. It would be nice to do something nice for her. Terri has admitted that her most interesting accomplishment has been serving as an elder for the very first time. She served in the position of Christian Formation elder with ‘no experience” (her words). I think we can all agree that she served that position admirably and with distinction. After all, no one quit during her tenure. The best advice Terri has been given is, “Pray about it. If it isn’t big enough to pray about, it isn’t big enough to worry about.” Terri loves working with her church family and doing God’s work. We can tell!

Thank you to the men of the church who so graciously put up all the beautiful lights and trees and decorations for our Advent Season: Roy Nickel, John Brockelman, Jim Bates, Jim Stewart, Carl Hayungs, Milt Hoff (in the tree), John Bivens, John Wyman and Ron Christie. Their combined age is close to 700! That is experience. Look what you can accomplish when you work together. Now we need help to take everything down on Saturday, January 5 at 9:00 AM.

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 14, 2013

Life Line Screening
Protect your health by finding out your risk of having a stroke by participating in the Life Line Screening that will be at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church on Monday, January 14, 2013. Through ultrasound, the carotid arteries can be evaluated for the buildup of fatty plaque, which is the leading cause of stroke. Register today for the Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm package by either calling the special Helping Hands registration number or by signing up thru the provided registration sheet (available on the flyers). By signing up for this health event, not only will you be able to receive $10 off any package of $139 or more, but Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church will also receive a $10 donation for every member who signs up and attends this Life Line Screening event. The Stroke, Vascular & Heart Rhythm Package includes four screenings: carotid artery, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and atrial fibrillation. To schedule your appointment and to receive this special offer, please sign up on by calling the designated Helping Hands number at: 1-800-324-9458. You may also sign up online by visiting www.helpinghandsforhealth.com. Join in the fight against vascular disease!

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December 2012 Hospitalized? Call the church! 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.

With deepest sympathy we list those members who have passed away in 2012. Don Gallentine Don Tepfer Marjorie Rennie Esther D. Wilson Peggy Johnson Bob Brown Dorothy Delahanty Chandler Roesch Eldon Schwieman Roy Wulfmeier Bill Martin Lil Bowman Roberta Cross Dick Westphal
“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
Matthew 25:21

Community news:
on Fridays!

noontime Munch

and Music

Programs in the Community Center lobby begin Friday, January 18 with Eddie Madden and his trombone. Ed is director of our community Band and is well known for his entertainment skills on piano and trombone. Friday, January 25th will bring back the ever popular banjo band to be followed in February by the OK Chorale, Hi School Jazz Band and Al Roselieb and the Fountain Hills Brass. Programs begin at 12:15pm and seating is limited so be sure not to miss your spot at these annual concerts.

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!
1/01 1/01 1/02 1/03 1/03 1/03 Bob Hoffarber Gene Warren Herbert Robinson Carol Fuls Tori Turner Donna Yordy 1/04 1/06 1/06 1/07 1/09 1/15 1/16 Carol Mertes Gerry Prokupek Virginia Siegle Joan Barker Linda Lull Blanche Brisbane Milt Hoff 1/16 1/21 1/22 1/24 1/25 1/27 Jen Young Tom Martin Linda Craven Anthony Harris Wilberta Robinson Fred Hansen

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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 fhpresbyterian.office@gmail.com Editor, Marta Ludwig; Proof Reader, Helen Roesch; Staff Photographer: Gary Oakeson; Production and Circulation: Mary Wernecke, Bobbie Dangremond, Ruby Pearson, Marilyn Humes, Barb Hegwood, and Vivian Virden. Travel to Bulk Mail Post Office: Mary Martinson.

Christmas Eve 7:00 PM Worship Service Live Nativity in atrium Angel, Leah Carillo Joseph, Ben Loreto Mary, Tori Loreto

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

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