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Fountain Hills, AZ
From Our Pastor WAITING THROUGH LENT I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6) Lent is an uneasy time, a time of yearning and waiting -- yearning to walk in the dawn of the “lengthening days” from which the season takes its name; and waiting to be hope-struck once more at the sight of that discarded grave cloth. The Christians of the Iona Community in Ireland capture the essence of the season in their prayer: O God, so much of faith is waiting – like a pregnant woman waiting in hope, like a people under siege, holding out till relief comes, like the soul lost in the darkness; unable to see even a glimmer of light yet stumbling through the night because somewhere out ahead, day will surely break. Lord, be with us in our waiting. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen. As the prayer implies, our waiting is preparation. These days are (literally) pregnant with possibility. At FHPC we’re fashioning experiences to lend shape and substance to this holy time. Come, and wait with us! Sundays throughout Lent, 9 & 11:15am: We gather in worship to recall the ancient Exodus passage of God’s people as we search the texts for guidance for our contemporary Lenten journey. Wednesday Evening Vespers, March 6th, 13th & 20 , 6:30pm: Candlelight, prayer and sacred song prepare us as we gather for a meal at Christ’s table. Pastor Bill will bring a brief message each evening



focused on different aspects of John 3:16. Dinner and fellowship precedes the service from 6-6:30 in our Fellowship Center. Palm Sunday, March 24th, 9 & 11:15am: We follow our children joyfully waving palm branches as we take our places amongst the throngs cheering the Messiah’s triumphal entrance into Jerusalem – on the back of a donkey! Maundy Thursday, March 28th, 7pm: As a dramatic reenactment unfolds before us, we participate in that final Passover meal, transformed by the love of Christ into the Lord’s Supper. The fateful events of the evening leave us departing a shadowed sanctuary and a chancel draped in black. Good Friday, March 29th, Noon-2:30pm: Ancient music and dim lights draw us into a time of private reflection in our sanctuary. Self-guided bulletins help us find our place in the crowds gathering at the foot of the Cross. The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, March 30th, 7pm: The world changes before our eyes! A worship journey begun in Good Friday darkness and despair is transformed -- beginning with but a single candle -- into Resurrection light and hope. Our first Easter celebration has begun! Easter - The Day of Resurrection, March st 31 , 9 & 11:15am: Christ the Lord is risen today!! We sing our alleluias as we share our joy in worship. Join us for our traditional Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Center between services. May the Lord, be with us in our waiting and give us certitude in the breaking day. Grace and Peace,

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Focus on Finance
Jan. Income Jan. Expense $ 42,666 $ 36,250 Budget Budget $ 42,500 $ 35,060

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 42,666

Budget Budget

$ 42,500 $ 35,060

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 36,250

Dorothy Parris

Caryl Bates

Lynn Medley

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: Yvonne Ellingson 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

January Income is on target, on a cumulative basis, but we have come out of the starting blocks for 2013 behind on Pledges by ($1,934). Fortunately, favorable results for Contributions and other miscellaneous Income items made up the difference. Expenses are also on Budget, with a few expenses paid earlier than expected. Overall, a solid start to 2013. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

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Congregational Life and Fellowship
Come join us at the Queen Creek Olive Mill & Marketplace on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 We will meet at 9:30AM in the lower back parking lot of the church and carpool. Included: 30-minute Mill Tour at 10:30AM and a Pre-Ordered Box lunch (Gourmet Sandwich, Chips, Drink, Cup cake) immediately following tour. Wine is extra! Cost is $22.00 including tip! Shopping in the Marketplace can be enjoyed following lunch. Please Sign-Up early with Connie Harris ( or 480-8373566) or with Marta in the Church Office. Connie will be taking lunch orders and prepayment during April. Sponsored by CLAF!

On Easter Sunday, March 31st, the congregation is invited to attend the annual Easter Brunch that will be held in the Fellowship Hall between the two church services. C.L.A.F. will again be providing brunch for the congregation. We hope you will plan to stay and enjoy the food and fellowship with us on Easter. C.L.A.F.

***** “A Reminder” *****

Tuesday April 9, 2013

A Night At The Arizona Opry

Tickets may still be available
(Call Norm Collins: 480-860-1273)

The Super Show ******* Highlights of 20122012-2013 Season

Barleen’s Arizona Opry Showroom in Apache Junction ———--— Dinner and Entertainment ————— Car Pools to and from Fountain Hills are recommended

Reserved Tables ******* Chicken Breast Dinner with Dessert

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Mission Ministry
United States as well as other countries, and helps to drill for water or send medical supplies to disaster areas. Your gift goes to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and from there is distributed as needed. This is one of our major missions with the Presbyterian Church. They were there to help when the East Coast was ravaged by the Super storm “Sandy”, helping alleviate hunger and giving dignity and hope back to those people who have been through such traumatic situations. So when you receive this envelope please be sure and give.

Older Wiser Loving Souls (owls)
Terri Schmidt and Susan Owens, Elders This is a program that is headed up by Terry and Tom Martin and Stan Jones. They go to Fountain View Village the first Sunday of every month and give communion as well as have a service with music and a sermon. There are two services, one in the Independent Living Chapel and one in the Assisted Living Chapel. This is a very rewarding outreach to our community. They are always willing to have you join them with whatever way you can help. They are always looking for people to play the piano or special music. If you are, or have ever been an Elder, and could help serve communion, this is a very worthy and rewarding thing to do. If this is something that interests you, you can contact Terry Martin or Stan Jones.

“Do not neglect to do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Things are jumping here in our Mission Ministry. We have some new things to report as well as updates on what we have been doing. If our projects sound interesting or fun and you would like to help, please contact Susan Owens or Terri Schmidt. Our committee meets the second Tuesday of every month at 4:00pm in the conference room. Please join us if you want to know more about what we are doing.

Extended Hands Food Bank
Thanks to all of you who continue to donate your loose change in those colorful little buckets outside the Narthex doors on Sundays for Extended Hands. Every Sunday we also continue to collect food for the Food Bank. This food is in great need and is distributed right here in Fountain Hills. We will also collect any clothing items you wish to donate. This is a new program that they have recently started. They put the clothes in a big bin in the front of the building and anyone who is in need can rummage through and find items of the clothing. Vivian Virden, Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt gave up a Friday evening to help serve at the Friday night Fish Fry recently. This is another way we can donate our services to help the Food Bank. The ladies were there from 4:00 to 7:00pm and felt that it was well worth the time and effort. The food bank has this Fish Fry to raise money to help run the organization. If this is something you think you would like to do, please contact Susan or Terri.

Heifer Project
We are still working out the details of how we will bring this worthwhile project into our Church. We do know that we will be implementing this program into our Vacation Bible School this summer. But as soon as we get the details worked out we will let you know about this project. This can be an on-going project and can do so much good for the poor and needy.

Weekender Bag Projects/Snack Bags
The Presbyterian Women are heading this project and continue to help pack backpacks once a month. The backpacks are given to children from Kindergarten through Junior High. The backpacks contain food for the children over the weekends. We are still working on a way to help the High School children as well as the rest of the families. We know that the Extended Hands Food Bank helps these people also, but sometimes due to different circumstances they cannot always go to the Food Bank. If you are interested in helping to pack these backpacks, you can contact Mary Alice Bivens.

One Great Hour of Sharing
On Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday we will be collecting an offering for “One Great Hour of Sharing.” These donations help people around the world. It sends help during catastrophic storms and wildfires here in the

Changing Lives Center
This center is for Women and Children who are down on their luck for whatever reason; this is the counterpart for the Phoenix Rescue Center, which is for men. We
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john·ny·cake - John 6: 12
A cake or bread made of corn meal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.
Actually it’s a ministry that feeds the homeless with donated cakes from several Star Bucks Stores! Three times a week boxes of cakes are picked up at different stores in the area and transported to The Justa Center (day center for homeless Veterans) , The Phoenix Rescue Mission,, Well over 200 – 300 cakes are distributed each week and welcomed by those who have fallen on hard times. PW is supporting this ministry again in 2013 and we are looking for volunteers. Now the real reason it is called Johnny Cakes Ministry: The vision statement the volunteers decided on ‘When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." John 6:12 (NIV) The Food Donation Connection provides an alternative to discarding surplus wholesome food by linking food service donors with surplus food to local hunger relief agencies. FDC does this by creating and maintaining an efficient communication and reporting network that links available sources of food to those in need through these existing organizations. FHPC is one of the few churches in the area that provide the link for this distribution. Now into our sixth month of cake sharing – we can use your help! A few hours a week? Call Tom Martin or Bob Berg if YOU can drive into Phoenix at least once a month, wrap cakes at the FHPC Kitchen Monday Wednesday or Friday for about an hour, WANT TO FEED HIS SHEEP? We are only delivering cakes - right now – but the next time someone asks ‘ What is Johnny Cakes’ grab a cup of Joe and tell them all about it…. Or better yet, get involved and deliver some cakes. ‘Hunger Happens Everyday’

will be going down to the Changing Lives Center in March to take used CD’s to the families to listen to. We will also be taking some fun things for the kids for Easter. We will be contacting the project manager to find out what other things we can do to help this organization.

Clothing Donations
We are continuing to collect clothes for those in need. We donate these clothes items to Extended Hands Food Bank or to Save the Family. So if you have used clothes that are still in good condition that you want to get out of your closet, you can bring them to the office or call Terri or Susan.

Stan Jones reported to us that our congregation gave a total of $8,700.00 to this mission. He was proud to tell us that our church was able to fund 4 out of the 7 organizations that exist. Thank you to all who were able to give to this project. These are just some of our projects that we have going on here at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. If any of these sound like something you would like to get involved with, we would love to have you join us. Thank you for all your gifts of love, money and time. We have such a blessed congregation and we certainly appreciate you. May God continue to bless each of you.

EASTER BOXES FOR OUR TROOPS On Friday, February 15, Violet Wieder and Sandy Heunisch came over to help sort and separate all items that had come in since December. There is now enough items on hand to where our Easter Boxes will be filled tightly to the top. Thanks ladies for helping again. And I would like to extend a very special thank-you to those who have stepped up and responded to the request for needed snacks. This is one item that cannot be stored up for months and months – must be fresh and tasty. And to those of you who really did something that was really needed; you came forward and made a donation to help with the shipping costs, which of course had gone up in January. FHPC is such a giving Church and I know from the “Thank-You’s” received, that our deployed Troops think so too; they do indeed know that we are a caring and giving Church. The last thing needed for the Easter boxes are some handwritten notes. I will have some cards on hand to pass around but if you feel the urge to sit down and write out a special Easter greeting, that would really be something I know would make our guys and gals feel appreciated and supported. Deadline for cards, notes, and other donated items for the Easter Boxes will be Sunday, March 10th. - Donna Sims, Deacon

Sandy Heunisch and Violet Wieder

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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2012-2013 Moderator: Ilene Berg Mission Coordinator: Mary Alice Bivens Vice-Moderator (Program): Susan Lickman Historian/Librarian: Barbara Oakeson Secretary: Linda Warren Membership/Yearbook Coordinator: Maria Berry Treasurer: Maria Berry Bible Study Coordinator: Evelyn Hrunek Publicity: Terry Martin Search Committee: Linda Capron Morning Circle Leader: Carol Fuls Evening Circle Leaders: Maria Berry & Jeanene Afternoon Circle Leader: Martha Baxter Schopbach Hooked on Books Leader: Barb Wyman Out n’ About Leader: Arlene Olsen

Important Dates to Keep In Mind:
Bible Study Help with Rev. Stan Jones Meet the 4th Thursday of the month except for holidays: 10:30 Am – Adult Center...March 28, 2013. PWP Spring Gathering – March 16, 2013 – 9 AM at FHPC Speaker: Dr. Randy Christensen, MD, “He touched me” Dramatization: Terry Martin, Ph.D., “Healed by Jesus” Installation: Donna Yordy 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 March 1, 2013. Morning Circle will meet at 9:00 am in the Adult Center on March 14th ( second Thursday) Carol Fuls - Circle Leader Bible Study Program lesson will be led by Marilyn Pape. Lesson #7 The Children 1 John 2:1-15,29; 3:10; 5:1-21 Afternoon Circle will meet at 1:00 pm on the first Tuesday of the month in Room 124 at the Assisted Living Building at Fountain View Village on March 5th. Evening Circle meets on March 26th at 7 PM. Hostess is Laurie Porter, 15435 E Palomino Blvd. (836-2424) Co-Hostess: Ginny Siegle Lesson #7 Bible Study leader will be Donna Yordy dress, the color of burlap, somewhat like a long potato sack, cinched with a twisted cord of rope. It reaches down to a few inches above her sandaled feet. She is wearing a headpiece of the same color. It falls in folds halfway down her back. On her right shoulder she is balancing a water jug, rather large in my eyes. Surely it's heavy when it's full. There she goes ... the Woman of Samaria ...walking to the well. She travels down the well-worn path from town as it twists and turns, intimately acquainted, in her solitariness, with every curve, every boulder and every lonely blade of grass. Could this be the woman who is to introduce our guest speaker tonight? Tunelessly she hums into the stillness - scuffing her feet as we can almost see that she raises little wisps of dust. The perspiration beads on her upper lip and runs in rivulets down her back and between her breasts. The room grew darker and then she – The Woman of Samaria will tell us the story of HOPE and how Jesus changed her life…..How healing can be seen in many ways, not just physical, not just emotional but spiritual as well - The FHPC Drama Team will introduce our guest speaker they will encouraged us to ‘Run into town and share the Good News’ that we, no matter the burden, no longer need the water jug - we have HIM. Wear running shoes ladies so we can get the message out to EVERYONE
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Hope from the Woman of Samaria brought to us at the Gathering….
The lights dimmed, the projectors were humming, we were not sure what we were seeing but, oh yes…there she goes ... the Woman of Samaria. We can see her in our mind's eye or was she there moving between the tables? Will she be amongst us – at our gathering? No, it is a video – a dramatization, but it feels like someone is here – yes, right here. I bet we find her near the dessert table…wearing a loose

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March 2013

What does - A Big Blue Bus, A Phoenix M.D. and The PW have in Common?

Excerpted from Ask Me Why I Hurt: The Kids Nobody Wants and the Doctor Who Heals Them
Copyright @ 2011 by Dr. Randy Christensen. Reprinted by Permission of Broadway Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., NY

More than one million children in the U.S. today are homeless. As a result, many of them lack regular CRISIS - When I first saw him, I could tell he was sick. His health care. Ten years ago, a pediaface was pale. The look in his eyes was vacant and confused. He trician in Phoenix, Arizona became held the side of the van wall, looking as if he were on the verge the first to run his hospital’s mobile of collapse. His short brown hair was sweat stained. His wide medical clinic – a doctor’s office on wheels. His goal was mouth was rimmed in white, and his broad forehead was beaded to help homeless children get the medical attention they with sweat. He was wearing khaki trousers and a blue shirt that need. Their problems –from sexually transmitted diseases had the name of a tool company on the front. His arms were to infections from living outdoors – are often very differtanned; his face was broad with sun-bleached eyebrows and blue ent than those of other children. The converted Winnebago eyes. If I’d walked past him on the street, I would never have known as “Big Blue” has now served almost 7,000 chilknown he was homeless. He looked like your typical teendren. Dr. Randy Christensen staff physician at Phoenix age boy, with an athletic build and a friendly smile, the Children's Hospital and medical director of Crews'n kind of boy who could have been an all-star athlete Health mobile, a mobile medical clinic that proor a gifted student or the editor of the school newsvides health care to homeless children is our guest paper, if only he hadn’t been sick and speaker for the March 16th Gathering of PWP ! homeless. But he was homeless. And the PWP Spring Gathering As always the food, the atmosphere and day he came to the van, one late afternoon on a Sat. Mar.16, 2013 most noticeably the Fellowship Center will be 9 to 3PM day blistering with heat, he was ready to die. packed. No empty seats and you could hear a “Randy.” It was my nurse-practitioner, Jan PutReservations pin drop. We wanted to know, we wanted nam. I had been in one of the van exam rooms, Needed by Mar. 8 to learn, we needed to understand what stocking supplies, and at the alarm in her voice I made this ‘Hero’ do what he does. stuck my head out. I could tell immediately he was There is no way to put it in words in half an very ill. I took three long steps to grab him. He fell limply hour or several hours. The compassion, against my shirt. My heart lurched, and I felt galvanized into drive, the visible empathy ! It seems that the best action. “Jan, let’s get him in the back room. We need vitals right way to share with you this month what will be hapaway. ” But she was already pulling out the equipment. She pening at the Gathering ,is an excerpt from his could always anticipate my thoughts. The van was a mobile book . Yes, we are selling books. Yes, we are raising medical unit, as close to a real hospital as possible, if a hospital money. So much more is needed and if you want to give can be crammed into a Winnebago. The exam room was only more after this excerpt, go to or our library has a copy. I assure you sleepless nights of wanting to feet a way, down a tiny hallway. Everything was sparkling finish reading this Hero’s story. clean. I laid him down. He moaned, the paper cover on the exam
table crackling under him. The white lights above were bright. He looked defenseless in his blue shirt, baggy tan pants, and tennis shoes. It seemed like a lot of clothes to be wearing in an Arizona heat wave that was topping 108 degrees. “Tell me how you are feeling,” I said, pulling on gloves. “Sick, dude.” He opened his bleary blue eyes at me. “Man, I’m tired. I’ve been sleeping now for . . . days.” His voice trailed off. His skin was flushed, and I could feel the heat coming off him. It was probably from the sun. There was an underlying sweet smell of sickness on him. Sweat rolled down his cheeks, the tops of which were stained bright by fever. “Sleeping where?” Jan asked, bustling around the exam room. “Uh, under some bushes. Not far.” He closed his eyes as if dizzy. “I can’t even remember how I got here. Guess I walked.” He made a small choking cough. “Dizzy.” YOU KNOW YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE BOOK….
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HOOKED ON BOOKS will meet on Wednesday,
March 20th, at 9:30 am at the home of Lorene Hoover, 16105 Venetian Lane, FH. The group will discuss the book “Same Kind of Different as Me” by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. The book is in the church library and also public library. If you are unable to obtain or read the book, you are welcome to attend anyway.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
The next Out ‘n About luncheon will be on Wednesday, March 20th. at 12:00 noon. It will be at Vito’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant on 10999 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale. As usual, we will receive separate checks that include tip and tax. Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 for reservations.

In Touch
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. We periodically have Inquiry meetings for those interested in becoming members. *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. For additional information, please contact Gail Botsford at 412-6133312 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 Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Gail Botsford, Elder


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Older Wiser Loving Souls What is going on with the OWLS? WHOO - HoooooT?
O.W.L.S – A grassroots movement ( Yes, here at FHPC- since 2011) this one driven by the compassion of our church community. The term implies that the creation of the movement and the group supporting it are natural and spontaneous, in nature, the PW is certainly spontaneous and supportive! Grassroots movements are often at the local level, as many volunteers in the community give their time to support the local effort. Well, we have written to you about the O.W.L.S at Fountain View Village over the last fifteen months. It was small and began to grow quietly, gently and musically as The Martin’s, The Fuls,

The Jones, Leanne Reynolds, Marty Baxter, Donna Yordy, Barb Wyman, Letha Neely, Evelyn Hrunek , Ruby Pearson, Terri Schmidt, Marsha Brizzie, Marta Ludwig, all worked creating Communion Sunday for the residents in Assisted & Independent Living . Much support from the Presbyterian Women’s Group & FHPC Worship & Music Committee as they generously provide the communion elements – The volunteers who serve and the grand spirit of evangelism ! Maybe the Everly After Brothers with Leanne on the ivory can be enjoyed from the terrace? The 2:30 and 3:30 pm Sunday Services can be heard singing hymns and listening to CD’s during the services. Thanks for all the support and come join the journey – Whoooo knows what we learn IN and FROM the Autumn Age? If you are interested in assisting at either service once a month and feel called to join this group of dedicated individuals – Call the church office and we will get right back to you…
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FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
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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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March 2013

PW Winter Gathering
As a variety of enticing fare was enjoyed at the PW Winter Gathering held on January 28, the Pearwood Recorders delighted the diners with their distinctive music. Linda Warren was presented with an Honorary Life Membership award for her faithful service in church and community work.

Pearwood Recorders

Linda Warren, center

Ilene Berg, Moderator

Keep on believing
Through major life challenges, Christian singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp has learned to walk by faith and cling to his hope in Christ. While he was growing up, Camp’s family (which includes a brother with Down syndrome) struggled with poverty. When Camp was just 23, his wife of several months died of cancer. The first song Camp wrote after her death was the chart topper “I Still Believe.” In the chorus he sings: I still believe in Your faithfulness I still believe in Your truth I still believe in Your holy word Even when I don’t see, I still believe. Camp says trusting in God during life’s valleys takes lots of courage “You can say, “All right, Lord, I don’t get it, but I’m going to trust you,’ and go to the only One (who) offer life and hope and peace and joy.”
-C. Neil Straight

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Heavenly Daze Variety & Art Show

So much talent in one church!
We would like to thank all the members of our congregation who participated in "Heavenly Daze". There was a great crowd present and everyone enjoyed themselves. A special thanks to Barbara Wyman for chairing the event and to Connie Harris and C.L.A.F. for providing and serving the refreshments. -Donna Yordy, Elder

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March 2013

Heavenly Daze Variety & Art Show

No words to describe it! You had to be there! Terrific show!

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Christian Formation
From Carol Hencz... We have begun and are well into the changes and additions that we told you would be coming to our church life in Carol Hencz, Elder 2013. Do stop, check out and join in any of our many functions. We welcome all who wish to participate. Sabbath Day Bible Study (formerly Pastor’s Bible study) Between Between our two worship services each Sunday is the Sabbath Bible Study. This study period was formerly known as the “Pastor’s Bible Study” led by Pastor Bill. In January a second worship service, “home by another way,” was started and our pastor was unable to continue with the Pastor’s Bible Study. But spiritual growth through Bible study is too important to discontinue. Pastor Bill asked John Bivens to lead the study continuation as the Sabbath Bible Study. Bill and John meet each week in preparation and study. Sabbath Bible Study meets in the Adult Center for an hour each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. after the hospitality period. People who want to attend “home by another way” are encouraged to join in the Bible Study even if they need to leave at 11:15. The study at this time is the Gospel of John. The Lenten Season corresponds with the chapters of John being studied, thereby increasing the depth of our understanding of this very important time in our Christian church calendar. Everyone is welcomed to attend and participate. It is an open and friendly opportunity to grow together spiritually as we seek to know God’s will for our lives. Please join us. - John Bivens Blessed Beginnings Ministry (formerly offered on Sunday Morning at 9:00 am) Due to our Intergenerational Service at 11:15 am., we are offering Blessed Beginnings Ministry during that time 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 Family Night) On Wednesday evenings, after dinner, Pastor Bill leads the adults in a one hour Bible study from 6:30 – 7:30p.m. Meeting from 5 – 6pm, the Elementary kids are still moving through The Big God Story in the Old Testament. The ministry has worship, music, traditions, storytelling, response and small group conversation and activity time. We enjoyed David and Johanna and Marilyn Pape as part of the Storytelling in February. Dinner and Auction fundraiser for the Presbyterian Youth Triennium will have been March 3rd. Each month we are blessed to have a small group who are assigned one week a month for either a social or service time. 30 Hour Famine is both social and service since we will be going to Changing Lives Center to serve breakfast to women and children. March 22nd is Faith and Family Night for teens, kids and parents who desire to attend. Tickets are on sale in March. See Debby DeBernardi. 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 Inquiring Minds Want to Know How many of us can say we really understand the Bible? It is full of interesting stories. Stories that take place in distant lands and remote times that have little to do with the 21st century. Really? The ancient customs are strange – their language foreign. And yet how much has human nature changed from the centuries past? If you are interested in mysteries, the Bible has them. How about intrigue? Yes, it can be found there. You can also find the dark side of life – murder, lust, sex, robbery, slavery, famine, battles and wars. The Bible also includes the lighter side of life with hope, love, faith, and service to others. Stories may be found on all of these subjects, and you may find that some stories mirror today and perhaps even your life. Millions of people of many different religious persuasions throughout the world rely upon the Bible as -the source of spiritual direction. Are you one of those? Inquiring minds want to know about the person of Jesus Christ, ways to strengthen your personal relationship with him, the context, old and new, and the importance of a moral compass for your life. The Bible provides information for assistance in your spiritual journey. You have the opportunity to join a growing number of men in our church who have inquiring minds and want to know more about what God is calling us to do. We meet at 7:00 a.m. each Thursday morning in the Adult Center for coffee, donuts, open discussion, study and fellowship. The hour is early but gives you a great start for the new day. Won’t you come and explore the Bible with us. - John Bivens

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From the Director of Christian Formation
My favorite holy season is here! I love Christmas when we reflect upon how God came to live with us, but Easter assures me that we will live and rule with Him forever! During our second service the symbols of Lent and Easter will be our “show and tell” time for kids as we follow Jesus on the journey to the cross and then give thanks for his loving sacrifice and resurrection life he offers us! And, as the teens will be learning, there is a day coming when God Himself will restore both the nature of his original relationship with his children and the original state of creation! Just like the tomb opened on Easter Sunday opening the way to everlasting life, I pray every person opens his or her heart, mind, soul, and strength to receive this wonderful gift. As a way to open hearts anew to welcome the risen savior each family with children will receive an “Open Up To Lent” packet with a bible reading and prayer each day from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday. Perfect for kids and the whole family. Easter will again have the Easter egg hunt. Easter Sunday Worship begins at 9:00am March 31st as we share the joy of new hope in our “Resurrection Morning” service. Directly after worship we will have an Easter Egg Hunt for all children. There will be a complimentary Easter Brunch for all who wish to stay followed by our second service ‘home by another way’ at 11:15 am in the Sanctuary. Hundreds of eggs will be hidden around campus with a couple of “Golden Eggs” for special prize eggs to be redeemed in the Fellowship Center during Easter Brunch. Craft and activity areas will be hosted in the Fellowship Center to continue the message and celebration of the Good News for children of all ages. KidCommunity on Wednesday evening is moving through the Big God Story. We have had special guest storytellers who have been awesome! Thank you David and Johanna Hissler and Marilyn Pape! Marilyn has put her heart and soul into this interactive telling of the biblical story to connect to life and to respond to our loving God. She will be a part of the Big God Story time through March. The teens may also get a bit of her time with Wednesday Night Live regarding relationships with her wonderful Family Therapy background. We are so blessed with such gifting at our church home. If you missed the dinner and auction to raise prayer and financial support for some of our youth to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium in Indiana in July… you missed a great time! Thank you to all who gave time, items and donations. The youth of FHPC are truly loved, valued, supported and empowered in many ways by this loving congregation! Special thank you for all our coordinators Helen Quigley, Terri Schmidt, Tyson Robinson, Jake Eberspacher, and, of course, Music Serving the Word for sending a trio to support the youth in this faith growing experience! If you desire to show support in helping to send a teen or leader to this life-changing event that happens only once every three years, contact Debby! Faith and Family Night March 22 is Faith and Family Night at the Suns! Suns Vs Timberwolves is at 7 PM. We have 24 seats at $20.00 each! Tickets available in the church office. Seats close to the Gorilla Play Den. Fun for kids of all ages! Bring your kids, grandkids or a special friend! VBS Kingdom Rock is June 17 -21. A great theme, a great cause, a way to invite the community of families to come together to learn to Stand Strong for God! The more kid crew leaders we have the more children we can introduce to God and how to stand strong in Him! Plan on doing your part in this all-church event! Contact Paula Eberspacher today!

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.

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Music Ministry
The Music Ministry is active, and full of wonderful people doing what has been, for the most part of our lives, what God has called us to do. Somehow, some way, praise His work through music. We are called to do this, to willingly give time and effort, hours of rehearsal, interpreting what will give the best sound, the best silence, and to give our attention to what may bring our hearts around to rejoice and to acknowledge the deep, deep love of God, and His only Son. There are people who come up to me after each worship service, letting me know how they appreciate certain anthems, or preparations for worship provided by the Celebration Singers, and how comfortable the music makes them when they come in to worship. I hear them complimenting the Preludes, Offertories and Postludes provided by Dorothy Parris, Caryl Bates, and the Celebration Ringers. I hear them complimenting the unique music of the Pearwood Recorders, and the compliments given when children sing in our service. The congregation, and your love of God, and His inspiration through all of us is truly what keeps our music flowing. The Lenten season brings music which focus on Christ's life and death, yet, we celebrate that all year through, as powerful as it is. His love never gives up. The 11:15 am service, "home by another way" is going very well. I love to hear Bill preach, so, hearing him preach twice in one day is a treat. The music we play is working well for those who attend. There are new and familiar tunes providing styles and blends of instrumentation that can be truly unique to this additional service. I am seeing folks that attend both services, able to appreciate the extra hour of worship. That only benefits those who may be new to our church, to be mixing with those who have long been a part of our church congregation. These are folks who help welcome, comfort, and attend to these people who are considering being a part of our denomination. We've been given this unique opportunity to keep our church strong, and truly offer an extension in time, and broaden the style of worship to be a church inclusive. Soon, the flowers of Easter will fill the church, the scent of new life, and new hope, accompanied by music which fills the sanctuary, and the words, "Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed," bringing us together in Spirit will be upon us. I look forward to those moments, as I do each and every Sunday. "Blessed is the one whom You choose, and cause to approach You, that he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, of Your holy temple." Psalm 65:4 Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries

Embracing Aging

Embracing Aging Seminar was very well received. Stephanie Bivens, an elder law attorney and Pastor Bill Good spoke about various aspects that need to be addressed. If there is interest, a future seminar will be planned.

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

Without A Doubt - Acts 4: 1-22 Evidence of the Resurrection
The account of Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead three days later, as promised, is not a cleverly devised fable. There is, in fact, more documented evidence attesting to this truth than to any ancient history. What happened later to His disciples is, for me, the most compelling testament to Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.After Jesus was nailed to a cross, His disciples, who believed that He was the Messiah, must have looked at each other and said, “Hey, we called this one wrong, let’s get out of here.” They knew the authorities would be after them next, and they ran in fear for their lives. Yet, history shows that, of all the disciples, only one died a natural death. The others were martyred by crucifixion, boiling in oil, being thrown from a cliff, beaten to death and flayed. No one returns to face certain death to participate in a hoax. No. There is only one plausible reason the disciples returned to almost certain execution. They had seen Jesus alive after seeing Him die on the cross. When Peter and John were told by the authorities not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, they responded by saying, “We can’t keep quiet about what we have seen and heard.” We, too, have reason to believe. Michael Belk, artist

A modern-day parable
My friend had a large hydrangea bush in her yard. Each year for a decade, she found only one or two blooms. “Cut it down!” she told her husband in frustration. But he, a very patient man, urged “Let’s give it one more year. “I’ll water it and fertilize it with coffee grounds. If it still doesn’t bloom, I’ll chop it down.” The next year, as the couple anticipated carrying out the death sentence, the bush not only bloomed but bloomed in abundance — and in multiple colors that amazed my friend, an avid gardener. “It’s the barren fig tree all over again!” she exclaimed. Indeed, sometimes God replicates his miracles, perhaps because we need a refresher course in patiently waiting for his glorious blessings. The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Library Footnotes
Lauren F. Winner author of the memoir, GIRL MEETS GOD is the daughter of a Jewish father and a lapsed Baptist mother. She describes how religion was always a vital part of her life even as a young child. Thinking of herself as Jewish, she read Jewish history, the Talmud and enjoyed the various Jewish family rituals. “I was stumbling my way toward God”, she said. Being an avid reader, she discovers the novel, AT HOME IN MITFORD by Jan Karon and was enthralled with the story of a fifty-something bachelor, Father Tim, who is the rector of a small Episcopal church. As she read all of the Mitford series books she was struck by how much the Episcopal ritual reminded her of Judaism. Lauren was baptized while attending Cambridge in England and as she put it “I, a pointy-headed academic, was courted by a very determined carpenter from Nazareth”. GIRL MEETS GOD: A MEMOIR is on the years’ PW Reading List. It is an unusual book in many ways. Besides her deep knowledge and comparison of Judaism and Christianity, she introduces you to her family, her college friends, both men and women and her personal problems. Check out this book from the library to read a charming, humorous and insightful story of one individual’s spiritual pilgrimage. Lauren F. Winner is a professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School. She has written several books including the just published STILL: NOTES ON A MID-FAITH CRISES. - Rebah Hubbard

Easter Joy Now let the heavens be joyful! Let earth her song begin! Let the round world keep triumph, And all that is therein; Invisible and visible, Their notes let all things blend, For Christ the Lord has risen, Our joy that hath no end.
— St. John of Damascus The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

Walking with God
Enoch, Noah’s great-grandfather, lived to be 365. But he didn’t die; instead, God “took him away” to heaven (Genesis 5:24). The reason, according to the Bible, is that Enoch “walked with God.” Such intimate communion with God, said Edward Griffin (17701837) is very fitly represented by two close friends walking together, engrossed with each other, unmindful of all the world besides.” Griffin added: “When two friends thus walk together they keep the same course, and thus are advancing toward the same object. So the (person) who walks with God is conformed to him in moral character. Benevolence reigns.” The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

Important information about addresses!
We are now mailing out the monthly newsletter to all members, affiliate members, friends and prospective members. It is very important that we have a correct address for you. It is especially important for those of us who have two addresses. Our computer program can maintain two addresses and if we know your months of residency here, the program knows which address to use for mailings. We mail out the newsletter in bulk mail. But if we have the wrong address, it gets returned to us and we are responsible for full postage for it and you miss out on the newsletter. Can you please help us and insure that we have the correct dates for your alternate address? Please call or email the church office with your information. 480-837-1763 or Thank you for your time and caring.

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Entertainment Concert Series
Tuesday, March 5, 2013


“Face To Face (The Ultimate Tribute to Billy Joel & Elton John)
Billy Joel and Elton John tribute artists Michael John and Joey Riedel have joined forces to create The Ultimate Tribute Show based on the Face to Face Show performed by Billy Joel and Elton John. The two capture both the original artists in their new, high energy, interactive Rock N Roll show. Just like the original tour, each artist performs a solo set and then culminate the show with a Face to Face set which features both of them playing together on two pianos trading off lyrics on each song they perform. Joey, visually and through his performance, captures Elton John in the 70’s to current day. He is known for his captivating entertainment prowess and his unbelievable recreation of Elton’s outrageous costumes. The Billy Joel – Elton John Ultimate Tribute show is a night of hit songs, energetic performances, outrageous costumes and true Rock N Roll at its finest!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

“Michael Finney” (Comedy & Magic)
Won the prestigious award titled “Academy of Magical Arts Award” in 2004. This award is the equivalent to the Academy Awards for movie stars. These entertainers are nominated and voted upon by members and peers of the craft. Michael Finney was also a finalist on the famous TV show, “STAR SEARCH” with Ed McMahon in 1986 and has made numerous appearances on such shows as “Fox’s Comic Strip Live”, “HBO’s Comics on the Road”, “Sunday Comics with Lenny Clark”, “Bud Friedman’s An Evening At The Improv”, and two NBC specials hosted by John Ritter, titled “World’s Greatest Magic” & “World’s Wildest Magic”. In 1987 he received the “Silver Lions Head Award” from “Siegfried & Roy”. A “must see” show of clean and appropriate comedy & magic for all to enjoy. He’s similar to Nick Lewin from our March of 2011 NPA Series, with his own flare and delivery. There are many performers out there that do stand-up comedy & magic shows. . . .it’s not unique to the entertainment world, it’s Michael Finney’s presentation that makes him stand out above the rest. He has a true gift to meld with an audience immediately and pulls them into his “web of laughter”. A true side splitting show to enjoy!!!

PW Afternoon Circle

continued from page 8... Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a time of contemplation before Easter. The next meeting of the Afternoon Circle will be at 1pm on March 5, 2013, in Room 124 at the Assisted Living Building at Fountain View Village. Please call 480-837-3275 if you are interested in joining the Afternoon Circle. All women of the church are welcome to attend. In fact, all women are welcome to attend. -Marty Baxter, Leader

The Afternoon Circle met on Tuesday, February 5, in Room C124, in the Assisted Living Building in Fountain View Village. Six ladies attended the meeting. Introductions were made and the ladies told about themselves. The theme of the meeting was “Let’s Get Acquainted”. Mary Lou Dresser presented a program about Ash Wednesday, a timely topic. Mary Lou said that the source of the ashes is from the burning of the palm branches from the previous Palm Sunday. Also, she mentioned that Ash

Walking with God
Enoch, Noah’s great-grandfather, lived to be 365. But he didn’t die; instead, God “took him away” to heaven (Genesis 5:24). The reason, according to the Bible, is that Enoch “walked with God.” Such intimate communion with God, said Edward Griffin (1770-1837) is very fitly represented by two close friends walking together, engrossed with each other, unmindful of all the world besides.” Griffin added: “When two friends thus walk together they keep the same course, and thus are advancing toward the same object. So the (person) who walks with God is conformed to him in moral character. Benevolence reigns.”
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Spotlight …. Did you know?
Letha Neely Letha Neely, an Elder, serving as chair-person in the Worship & Music Committee, was born in Iowa into a family of 3 brothers and 1 sister, who, for the past 20 years have gathered every February to reminisce, share stories and sing. Music has been a major part within her family, where one would hear piano, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and voices raising in song. Her brother, Loran, has been singing professionally here in the valley since 1981….singing many of the songs he has written. Letha was a member of the Cedar Rapids Sweet Adelines for 28 years, singing bass in this 4-part harmony barbershop chorus. She has many treasured memories during those years. One of her favorite was when this chorus competed in London, England in the Royal Albert Hall, as well as singing with 5,000 other Sweet Adelines in Hyde Park. Another was performing in Carnegie Hall. Letha’s employment has been in Sales Analysis within the Advertising Dept. of Better Homes & Garden, as well as secretary to the Home Furnishing Editor of Successful Farming, both in the parent company of Meredish Publishing in Des Moines. After moving to Fountain Hills in 1998, she began working as Administrative Assistant in the Allen-West, Inc. Home Builder. Her favorite book is “Gone With the Wind”, which is also her favorite movie. And for a reason that she cannot explain, loves ‘slap-stick’ humor. Perhaps because she feels laughter is good for ones soul. Loves to cook…..favorite foods are: beef roast stew, pizza, lobster, shrimp, casseroles. . . Just to name a few. Misses cooking for her 2 sons, Matthew and Dutch (Meredith), who live in Iowa City, Iowa. She moved to Fountain Hills in January 1998; joined the choir, and became a member in November of that year. She joined the Community Chorus the same year. As a member of this Presbyterian Church, she has served on the PNC Committee, plus 3 years as secretary on the Worship & Music Committee. In many ways this church has become her home, away from home. She states there has been many rewarding experiences by being a member within this church family Best advice…..”never take yourself too seriously.”

Annual Sweetheart Brunch

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March 2013 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 2013. Herbert Robinson Goldie Demeter Jean Bricker
“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
Matthew 25:21

Annual Sweetheart Brunch

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Men’s Sunday, January 20, 2013

John Skewes gave the sermon which can be heard again on our website:

Men’s Choir was led by Roy Nickel.

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