Fountain Hills, AZ
From Our Pastor



“God be with you. . .”
When our days there were ended, we left and proceeded on our journey; and all of them, with wives and children, escorted us outside the city. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home. Acts 21:5-6 Luke paints a touching picture of community in the text above. He describes his parting with the beloved family of faith in Tyre as he and the group of journeying disciples of which he is a part move on in their return to Jerusalem. As they prepare to depart, their friends see them to the door, so to speak, and then they pray together and share their farewells with one another. It is a poignant moment. It is an experience we recognize. We, too, have recently faced a number of partings. The weeks since Easter have marked the great summer exodus from FHPC. Many from our family of faith, having found

their days here ended for this season, have made way for other places. Together, we have experienced a winter rich with shared experience of growing faith and deepening community. God has continued to bless and restore our church. And so we pray that those who depart have been shaped in meaningful ways by our fellowship and that what they have found here in their time amongst us goes with them – even as we here treasure up all they have left with us. As we each – those who go and those who remain – carry our farewells in our hearts through these coming months, let us continue to pray for one another. Let us continue to pray that we will reflect what we have experienced of Christ in the time we were together into the community that surrounds us – wherever that may be. God be with you till we meet again,

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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Pastor/Head of Staff

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Focus on Finance
Mar. Income Mar. Expense $ 49,683 $ 36,246 Budget Budget $ 39,000 $ 35,983

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 135,129

Budget Budget

$ 121,050 $ 103,318

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 107,177

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

March 2013 was an excellent Income month, with both Pledges and Contributions surpassing Budget estimates. THANK YOU! The month was also aided by the calendar, with 5 Sundays in the month including Easter. Expenses for March were on target. With the First Quarter of 2013 “in the books” the Church is trending favorably on Income and slightly over on Expenses. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

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Make Your Money Go Further

IRA Gifts to Charity Owners of Traditional Retirement Accounts (IRAs) must begin taking Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) at the age of 70 & ½. Considering the large number of FHPC congregational members in that age group, Federal guidelines represent an opportunity to benefit both Church and donor via a tax break allowing participants to make tax-free transfers of any amount up to $100,000 from an IRA to a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Called a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), the distribution occurs by being directly conveyed to the charity from the IRA trustee (e.g.; Fidelity). Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA are not included in a taxpayer’s taxable income, and the taxpayer does not take a deduction for the charitable donation. Further, qualified distributions satisfy all or a portion of required minimum distribution obligations. Another benefit: because transferred funds are excluded from adjusted gross income, one is able to decrease the taxable portion of Social Security benefits. Interested parties are invited to contact fellow Church member John Wyman on how he and Barbara have used this feature in fulfilling their annual pledge obligation.

A mother’s example
When I think of my mom, especially on Mother’s Day, I recall a scene I witnessed many times during my childhood. Late at night, just before bedtime, my mother would sit in a rocking chair in the darkness with her head bowed in prayer. When it was nippy, the glow from the space heater revealed a lovely scene that fascinated me. My bed wasn’t far away, and just before I fell asleep I often saw my mother praying. Her face was beautiful and aglow. She radiated holiness and serenity, and I was deeply affected. I never once talked to my mom about her prayer life. I was only 17 when she died. As traumatic as it was for me, I wonder if it weren’t a rather easy transition for her. After all, she seemed to live with one foot in heaven. — Charles Ferrell The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

Mother with a mission
Catherine Booth, wife of Salvation Army founder William Booth, was said to have read the Bible through eight times before age 12. In 1855, she married William, a Methodist minister, keeping the wedding simple so more money could go toward ministry. Breaking with tradition, Catherine became active in the church, speaking in meetings and giving public testimony. While raising eight children, she raised funds for her work, which included helping alcoholics get their lives on track. Upon her death, this “Mother of the Salvation Army” received high praise from her husband. “To me she has been made of God, neverfailing sympathy, reliable wisdom and unvarnished truth,” said William Booth. “In short, all that is noble and good; and consequently a tower of strength, a mine of wealth, and an ever flowing fountain of comfort and joy.” The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Mission Ministry
Extended Hand Food Bank
We continue to collect for this local project. In the month of March, we collected loose change totaling $117.50 for Pocketful of Hope. This money was given to the Food Bank along with the canned goods that is collected each week. This continues to be our biggest project to date. Along with the items we are donating, several of us have given our time to help them serve their Friday Night Fish Fry. On Friday April 5th; Nancy Wulfmeier, Susan Titus and her neighbor Joyce, as well as Terri Schmidt helped Extended Hands Food Bank. If this is something you feel you would like to help with, you can contact Susan or Terri. We help at the Fish Fry the first Friday of the month.

Terri Schmidt and Susan Owens, Elders “Not all of us can do great things. But we all can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa As I think of this quote, I remind myself that even the smallest thing we do with love for our fellow human beings can be a monumental act in someone else’s world. I have found a great feeling of love and self worth working on this Mission Ministry committee, all through the acts we have done and are doing for others. If you would like to join us on this committee, we meet every month on the second Monday in the Conference room at 4:00pm or contact Susan Owens or Terri Schmidt.

Vacation Bible School
We are excited to be involved with the Vacation Bible School this year. We will continue to ask the kids to bring in canned food each day for Extended Hands Food Bank. But our big Mission Project will be the Heifer Project. We will have the kids bring in loose change and we will chart their progress each day. This way they will be able to see what they can purchase as the money grows. They will learn each day what people in other countries need and how one small chicken or one sheep can affect their lives. This should be a fun way for the children to learn how to important mission work can be.

Changing Lives Center
In April, Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt took several things down to the Changing Lives Center in Phoenix, to help celebrate Easter. This is a place for Women and Children and is the counterpart of the Phoenix Rescue Center for Men. This is a program that helps young women get their lives back on track. It provides a clean and safe home for the women and children, as well as provides education for GEDs. They provide confidence for these young women and give them instruction on how to interview for jobs. They also provide spiritual guidance as well. If anyone would like to tour this facility or donate to this facility, you can contact Susan or Terri. This project is truly a worthy thing for us to contribute to whether it is money or gifts.

Other Projects
We are still coming up with other projects we will be introducing to you. We are eagerly looking forward to working with other local churches with some of these projects. We realize much can be accomplished with everyone’s help. As these projects come about, we will notify you. We here in the Mission Ministry want to take a moment and thank all who have been so generous with your money and time in our projects. We also want to thank all who continue to help Donna Sims with her Support Our Troops. This is such a huge project and a very important one to show support for our soldiers. Remember we also will collect used clothes for several worthy groups. If you have clothes to donate, you can bring them to the office and Marta will let us know, so we can disperse them.
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One Great Hour of Sharing
This was the offering that was collected on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. We collected a total of $2,294.00 this year. This money has been turned over to the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, to be used in disasters around the United States as well as foreign countries. Thank you to all who so generously contributed to this worthwhile cause.

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Mission Ministry
Thank You Notes from our Servicemen
“Wish there were more people like you in the world. There’d be more smiles like mine. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness. – Sgt.1C Johnson

“I wanted to let you know that we received your care package here at Task Force Paladin in lovely Afghanistan. I want to thank you for all the time and effort you and your group put into sending us a piece of home. Please pass on our sincere “Thank You” from us to everyone involved in taking part of your project. It truly means a lot when a package from home arrives on our doorstep. Special thanks to the person who supplied the Gold Bond Foot Powder. All of the notes on the Easter cards were wonderful and we thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement and prayers.” Very respectfully, Lt. Cmdr. Craig Smith Bagram Airfield Afghanistan

Thanks so much for all your support. – MSgt. Jim Centers

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness! God Bless. - Maj. Kelsey

Thank you so much for the care package. – SPC Loretta Hubertz

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow” Do you know the difference between Memorials and the Foundation? Memorials (Short term: 2 years or less)
The Memorial Fund is a means of giving money to the Church in memory or honor of others and is used in accordance with the specified wishes of the giver(s). Also, it may provide the means for individuals to give to a special activity or program. It is intended as a short term (two years) program.

Foundation (Long term)
The Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation provides members and friends a perfect charitable way to leave their mark and final testimony of their faith and values in our Church. Your gift will help insure the future needs and ministries of the church in years to come. Gifts to the Foundation can be restricted or designated for special purpose(s) at the donor’s discretion. It is a wonderful way to put a donors’ faith into action and realize their visions for the future of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.

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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 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. MEETINGS Coordinating Team - On the First Friday of every month. Meeting is at 9 AM and held in the Adult Center. Will meet on May 3, 2013. Morning Circle will meet at 9:00 am in the Adult Center on May 9 ( second Thursday) Carol Fuls - Circle Leader Bible Study Program lesson will be led by Ilene Berg. Lesson # 9—Brothers and Sisters in Harmony 1 John 2-4; Jude 17-25 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 May 7, 2013. Circle leader is Marty Baxter. Please call 837-3275 (Marty) if you need a ride. Evening Circle meets on May 21 at 7 PM. Every 4th Tuesday. Hostess is Linda Capron 12232 N Falcon Dr (480-699-2946) Co-Hostess: Linda Warren Lesson # 9 Bible Study leader will be Linda Warren.

PWP Spring Gathering

Spring Gathering PWP
The Gathering was well received by 126 visitors from across the Valley. Dr. Christiansen gave an informative presentation and a large number of personal items were donated to the Crewsn’Healthmobile. Many FHPC women and men donated food and/or volunteered to help make the Gathering very successful. We give thanks that this event was supported so lovingly.

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May 2013

Women’s Choir on Gifts of Women Sunday

Rev. Martha Sadongie

Gifts of Women Sunday on April 14th was the perfect way to wish everyone a beautiful summer. The special music was soul soothing. The animated musical Benediction was just a hint of the creative, sensitive and loving gifts our women share with our community. Rev. Martha Sadongei, pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Phoenix was historically informative and uplifting. As we move into summer it was truly a “Gift.” Thanks to everyone!

Mission: Mary Alice Bivens
Volunteers are needed for the last trip to pack bags for the Weekender Backpack Program on May 23. Thanks to everyone who volunteered this past year and have a great summer! We hope you will re-volunteer in Sept.

A Hoot from the OWLS.
We have been invited to return to Fountain View Village in the fall. Our first Communion Sunday will be October 6th one service at 2:30 in the Independent Living Chapel with Stan Jones and at 3:30 in the Assisted Living Chapel with Tom Martin. Our most faithful and loving volunteers, Bud & Carol Fuls, Letha Neely, Evelyn Hruneck, Ruby Pearson, Terri Schmidt, Irene Cain, Barb Wyman, Donna Yordy, Marty Baxter, Leanne Reynolds…Have a great summer and we will see you in October.

HOOKED ON BOOKS will meet on Wednesday,
May 15th, at 9:30 am at the home of Carol Fuls. Evelyn Hrunek will be co-hostess. We will discuss the PW women’s reading list for next year and also ask for suggestions for summer reading from all present. Each attendee should come with a name (with author) of a book she recommends to the others. Bring books to share if desired. All women who enjoy reading are invited to attend. We will adjourn in time for those who desire to attend the “Out and About” luncheon.

Johnny Cakes: This ministry will continue through
the summer. Bob Berg and Tom Martin have been making regular runs from the StarBucks in Fountain Hills and Scottsdale to the Phoenix Rescue Mission, Andre House and Justa Center – we are proud to now include Donna Sims or should I say she is inviting us… on the regular runs and we will be dropping off food to MANNA in Phoenix. This is a homeless shelter that Donna supports and it stands for Marines, Army, Navy, National Guard, Air force. Keep up the great work! Volunteers and donations are welcome, call us. Tom Martin – 322 1955 “ Hunger Happens Every day”

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
The last “Out ‘N About” for this season will be on May 15 at 12:00 pm at Euro Pizza Café by the fountain in Fountain Hills. If the weather is nice we may be able to sit outside. As usual we’ll order off the menu and receive separate checks. Call Arlene Olsen at 8374271 for reservations. We will resume our luncheons again in the Fall.

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Choir Fest 2013

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Trinity Lutheran Church

Fountain Hills Community Chorus

The finale was Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus! Church of the Ascension Choral Mistaken identity
Two cars waited at a stoplight. When the light turned green, the first driver didn’t notice. The woman behind him pounded her steering wheel and yelled. When the light turned yellow, she honked, made an obscene gesture and cursed. Hearing the commotion, the man looked up and accelerated through the intersection just as the light turned red. The woman ranted at missing her chance to get through. Suddenly, she heard a tap on her window and looked up to see a policeman. He told her to get out and place her hands on her car. The bewildered woman was hustled into the patrol car, booked at the station and placed in a cell. Eventually, the original officer returned and apologized for the mistake. “I noticed your behavior,” he said. “Then I saw the ‘Follow Me to Sunday School’ bumper sticker and the Christian fish emblem. Naturally, I assumed the car was stolen.” The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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PW Spring Gathering

Book Shower with Irene Cain, Vivian Virden and Barbara Oakeson

Tasting some of Sally Atchinson's homemade treats made from ingredients that grow in our desert

Sally Atchinson with her display of Heritage cookbooks

Moderator: Ilene Berg

Birthday Offering is part of the Spring Gathering

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Holy Week
Dramatization of the Last Supper with Celebration Singers and Celebration Ringers with special music by Jackie Miles, Violin; Paula Eberspacher and Debbie Fisher, Duet.

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Holy Week
The Great Vigil of Easter

Resurrection Sunday

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Christian Formation
Blessed Beginnings Ministry
Spring is here! Our activities keep us busy doing God's work, even if we will be winding down somewhat with summer nearly here. Do stop, check Carol Hencz, Elder out and join in any of our many functions. We welcome all who wish to participate. Here is what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. (formerly offered on Sunday Morning at 9:00 am) The former class study for this group has been replaced with our new Intergenerational Service which is being held from 11:15 - 12:15. We are 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. So far, we have been having between 2-4 little ones each Sunday. We will always offer more to provide a Christian ministry with children - even the babies. 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. The Way, will have it's last day on May 22 and resume again on August 21.

Beth Moore Bible Study
Sylvia Burke wrapped up a 10-week bible study for Women on Monday, April 1, 2013. This study was called “Living Beyond Yourself.” This has been the second Beth Moore bible study Sylvia has led us through. If we have another Beth Moore Bible study, it is well worth your time to attend. Sylvia does a great job leading these studies.

Sabbath Day Bible Study
(formerly Pastor’s Bible study) Each week our church Calendar of Events includes what once was called the Pastor Bible Study. It is now called Sabbath Day Bible Study and has a change in leadership to permit Pastor Bill to conduct the Intergenerational Worship – “Home by Another Way.” John Bivens has assumed the leadership role for this important church event. He meets with Pastor Bill each week as part of the preparation for this Bible Study, which meets in the Adult Center each Sunday from 10:30 until 11:30. Anyone interested in studying the Bible is encouraged to join others as we seek to learn more about the word of God. There is a special treat for Sabbath Day Bible Study participants during the month of May. John Bivens is taking a break and one of our new members has agreed to lead the study during the time John is away. Murray Jones will be leading the study of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Letters of John. It promises to be an enlightening and wonderful learning experience for all who come. After greeting your friends and visitors to our church, please come downstairs to the Adult Center at 10:30 and join in the Sabbath Day Bible Study. We look forward to having you with us!

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. Beginning in April and going through May 22. Pastor Bill has been leading a study of the PSALMS, uncovering the remarkable relevance of the Psalms to our contemporary lives. Meeting from 5 – 6pm, the Elementary kids (KidCommunity), this ministry has worship, music, traditions, storytelling, response and small group conversation and activity time. Their last Wednesday will be May 22 and will amp up again in August. Our teens will be meeting to prepare for serving VBS in June and for the Triennium in July. VBS is our largest all church event coming up. We are encouraging participation to make preparations light and fun. The more crew leaders of 3-5 kids of mixed ages we can train in June the more kids we can receive to hear how God helps us stand strong. Of course, we still have the 30 hour Famine to schedule with the mission and a social in the making! We all meet in the Fellowship Center at 6:00 pm for an evening meal and fellowship time

Men’s Bible Study Summer Opportunities
Men of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church and the community – you have some summer opportunities! Recently the men who have been attending the Thursday morning Bible Study have discussed the dilemma we always face this time of year. What do we do about church activities and specifically the Men’s Bible Study? A few of us take the entire summer off and travel somewhere else where the heat is less intense. Others take a shorter break for a vacation of a week or two. Some plan to spend the summer in Fountain Hills. So what do we do? But we enjoy the time together. We have decided to continue our Men’s Bible Study each Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. in the Adult Center. We may be few in number, but strong in will and the desire to openly discuss and learn from each other passages of the Bible and how Christ’s life and guidance can influence our own lives today. We are currently studying Acts. Men, why not take advantage of these summer opportunities and join in the fellowship and experience with a cup of coffee and a donut? You will be welcomed and glad you did. John Bivens

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From the Director of Christian Formation
An Epic Adventure Awaits! June 17-21 from 9am – Noon
VBS Training June 5 from 6-8:00 pm Get a taste of what VBS will be by seeing it in action! Pre-Registration is June 9th 10:15 – 11:15 am between worship services. Those who register on-line or at pre-registration • Elementary kids will move through interactive learning stations in small intergenerational groups call Kingdom Crews. Don’t worry, they still can make friend requests! Some of the stations are: Sing and Play Rock, Epic Bible Adventures, Imagination Station, Chadder’s Royal Theater, Missions, The King’s Kitchen, Tournament Games, and Fanfare Finale. God-Sightings: Kids and adults will watch every day for clues of how God is present, passionate and powerful. Kids will learn how to acknowledge that God has done something! Watch for the GodSightings Wall as it builds! kids! Better yet, be a Kingdom Crew Leader and experience it!

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Hear Ye Hear Ye! You all are invited to pray and seek what way you will serve in this all-church yearly event. Many hands and hearts make VBS serving light and a delight for all! Everyone has something God intends to use for the sake of families in our community. If you have not volunteered… please contact Paula / Debby or go to our VBS Custom Website for information & volunteer or participant registration: gpgs/register.aspx OR go to Upcoming Events and click on the VBS logo. We are so excited for this year’s VBS where kids will learn how to Stand Strong for God.

Bible Memory Buddies: Kids will want to share the Bible memory verse and truth of the day with these metal tags! Yep… there is even an app to make them come alive in 3-D and talk!

Preschoolers will have their own ageappropriate time at Pip’s Preschool Palace. They will join the others for opening, snack and closing. In fact, even the preschoolers will have a turn at preparing and serving the snack to the other children! Big Fun with Little People! Spotlight VBS: Every child at VBS this year will be a star in one of the daily “Spotlight VBS Videos” during the Fanfare Finale. Parents, grandparents and care givers will want to come early to sit in the Royal Courtyard- (seats especially reserved for our royal guests)- to watch the daily show of what happened at VBS starring the

Ready to join us? Some of our key leaders need helpers and we need many kid leaders for relational impact! • Kid leaders and assistants • Imagination Station leader and helpers • Game leaders and helpers • Station helpers • Props and stage assistants • Registration helpers • Greeters in the beginning and ending of each day • Snack helpers • Staff refreshment and beverage team • Singer and choreography leaders (all ages) • Media helpers • Preschool leaders and helpers • Nursery Coordinator and caregivers • Nurse • Prayer persons

Help Feed and Build our Kingdom! The following donations are much appreciated and needed!
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Help Build & Feed our Kingdom!

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We’re gathering snack supplies to feed all the hungry kids who come to Kingdom Rock VBS! We also want kids to enter into an experience of Standing Strong with God and will be building and decorating inviting environments to experience God’s truth! Next time you are in the grocery store or hardware store or even your garage… drop a few of the listed items below into a bag and bring to the church office during the month of May. The sooner the better for our decorating team! Perishable food items the week of June 9th. Food Items 8 pkgs. sliced white bread loafs 4 18 oz. jars strawberry jelly 3 32 oz. ½ in cubed cheddar cheese 4 ½# in cubes ham or turkey 5 bags of large square croutons 6 12 oz. boxes of raisins 4 16 oz. bags if mini marshmallows 4 16 oz. bags of sm. Pretzel sticks or mini pretzels 6 pkgs of whole plain bagels 4 16 oz or larger bags of plain M&M’s 9 8 oz. pkgs of plain or blueberry cream cheese 3 Pounds fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries 6 boxes yellow cake mix 6 dozen flat-bottomed ice-cream cones 2 16 oz. tubs of nondairy whipped topping 2 2 ¼ jars of yellow sprinkles 2 bottles of yellow food coloring 1 1/2 dozen eggs 1 24 oz. vegetable oil Other Supplies 6 heart-shaped cookie cutters dozen paper bowls 12 boxes small Zip Lock baggies 12 oz. plastic cups large brown paper grocery sacks LOTS of silver and black duct tape 4-8 large yellow sponges ball of string or twine bag of cotton balls 55 empty 12 oz water bottles 24 paint sticks newspaper colored markers 4 handheld black lights 4 flashlights Glue dots Aluminum foil 4 brown or dark King size flat sheets-used OK 3 boxes thumb tacks 2 gal. grey paint-flat not glossy 1 quart flat black paint 1 Natural large sponge Gift cards to Ace Hardware

Monetary donations for kids NLT Bibles, foamboard and other decorating items. 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 412-613-3312 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Not Yet A Member?
If you are interested in joining our church family, please see or call Gail Botsford at 412-6133312 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Gail Botsford, Elder

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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.

The Winning Hand
There are times when our lives unfold like a game of cards. We all want the winning hand, but the odds say we will not always get it. For some, this is frustrating. And, like in the game of poker, we try to make other players believe we have something we don’t. That is when “gambling” begins. Even with discipline and an understanding of risk versus reward, we can only win for a while before the odds beat us. God wants us to understand that, although we do not control how the cards are dealt, we can choose to enjoy the game. He wants us to take each hand we are dealt…the good ones and the bad ones…and rely on Him to show us how to play them. Life is not about winning, but about the journey. Without Him, we might as well fold. - Jeremiah 29:11

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All or Nothing
You will not stroll into Christlikeness with your hands in your pockets, shoving the door open with a careless shoulder. This is no hobby for one’s leisure moments, taken up at intervals when we have nothing much to do, and put down and forgotten when our life grows full and interesting. … It takes all one’s strength, and all one’s heart, and all one’s mind, and all one’s soul, given freely and recklessly and without restraint. - A.J. Gossip The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Library Footnotes
The recent Book Shower at the Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering gave our church Library a big boost as we received some good books along with $300 to buy new books. These funds will be used to acquire books on the Presbyterian Women 2013-14 Reading List that we don’t already have plus purchase other books that help provide balance to our total collection. The Library Committee thanks our donors not from just this event, but all the generous church members who have been contributing books and other media throughout the year. Barbara Oakeson ***************** One of the books on the 2013-14 Reading List is The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels by Janet Soskice. In 1892 Presbyterian Agnes Lewis and Margaret Gibson, identical twin sisters from Scotland, who had been left a large fortune by their deceased father, decided to travel to the Greek Orthodox monastery of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai. Their adventure is an account of two ladies without university degrees, but with a passion for learning, who took a nine day camel ride to the monastery where they discovered the earliest known Syriad version of the four canonical Gospels. They translated them thus bringing a great Biblical treasure to world attention. This many faceted biography is not only about the physical story of their journey from Europe to the Middle East, it is also about a journey of the mind. They used their astonishing gift of languages, both modern and classic, to provide a great contribution to Biblical knowledge during an era when religious faith was under attack. The Sisters of Sinai was given the Award of Merit in 2010 by Christianity Today magazine. Rebah Hubbard

Saints and sinners The joy of service
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. - Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc As a boy, French poet Anatole France was fascinated by the story of Simeon Stylites, a Christian ascetic saint who tried to achieve holiness by living atop a pillar for 37 years. Young Anatole decided to try something similar by placing a chair atop the kitchen table. His mother, however, wasn’t a fan of his methods. She made him climb down from his perch before dinnertime, which led the boy to proclaim, “I perceive it is a very difficult thing to be a saint while living with your family.” 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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May 2013

Music Ministry
Have you ever noticed that the more blessed you realize you are, the more humble you become? I am surrounded by people of such fine character, strength, experience, wisdom and talent, that I just thank God, day after day for landing me in this church some 20 plus years ago. These folks in the music ministry portion of the church have proven time and time again to be the kind of person that God can touch. The endurance and stamina displayed by those involved with bringing music to the many services it takes when nurturing God's message to the soul is quite significant and so very appreciated. I am thankful you are people willing to be strengthened by God in order to be able to help Him build this church. "Home By Another Way" musicians are an amazing group to work with. We are able to play familiar, old, new, reverent and prayerful, bouncy, and encouraging pieces, usually all in one service. The style of worship allows families to bring their children, people who like to sing, people who need a bit more time to get to their car to drive to church. There are screens to see the same visuals we see in the 9:00 o'clock, and the sermon is always good! There is an opportunity to interweave music with scripture and reflection a few times over which can bring a connectivity to God's truth in such a unique style. There is freedom to chat with each other, learn about who each other is, and how each other is doing. It's a wonderful experience to look forward to each week. The Choir Fest, wow! Great job, Choir! You sang so well! The strength of each section when called upon to sing was right on! I felt so honored to lead you. Then there was this beautiful reception following made possible by the organization and team work of our Worship and Music Elders, Letha Neely and Helen Quigley, the good treats made by the choir along with the wonderful CLAF Team of Helen Roesch, Linda Warren, Chris Young, Jen Young, Marsha Brizzie, and Phyllis Burkett, whose faces we see Sunday after Sunday and many services in-between while serving others. I was so pleasantly surprised when I finally made my way in to see the spread, along with the beautiful daffodils provided by Marsha Brizzie properly placed on each table! There were over 400 people at this beautiful event, and every one of them left full, or, could have! What a feeling of support in what was a very important event to be privileged to host for our community. You ladies really did an amazing job! The afternoon's experience showed a remarkable display of both God's church in people, and the structure and acoustics of the Sanctuary itself. When all 250 voices came together at the end to sing Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" to the

glory of God alone, it was an experience that filled every heart and soul in the building with vibrations of love and glory that told God how truly omnipotent we feel He is in our lives. Hence, the humbleness. On the same Sunday as the Choir Fest, we experienced the "Gifts of Women." I loved the gentleness that flowed from the beginning to the end, from the special music of our good friend Linda Covault to the sermon by Rev. Martha Sadongei, which brought attention to the gifts we all have, and respect of each other. God certainly needs us to recognize our gifts from Him that we might make better use of ourselves.
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In Touch

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Spotlight …. Did you know?
Barb & Bob Hegwood Bob and I were both born in small towns in Western Nebraska. I lived on the same farm until I went to college. Bob lived in several places in Western Nebraska. His mother’s father and his dad’s grandfather both homesteaded in the late 1800’s in Western Nebraska. We have lived in Fountain Hills as snowbirds since 1994. We are not members or associate members of this church, but you have welcomed us. We have six children, 7 grandchildren and 4 greatgrandsons. We have been married 62 years. We met in high school and went to the same Methodist Church. You asked what was the craziest thing we had ever done – Bob says he has never done anything crazy!! I’m not sure whether mine was crazy or just plain stupid. When I was a senior in high school, a group of friends skipped school one afternoon. We probably would have been OK but it was report card day, so we went back to school to get them – and got expelled. You must remember there were 150 students in grades 9-12. It wasn’t easy to get away with horse play. My first job was gathering the eggs and slopping the pigs on the farm. Bob’s was delivering the newspaper. I don’t think I had a favorite job. (Maybe I didn’t like to work.) Bob’s was working at Hirschfield’s Clothing in North Platte. He learned a lot and really liked his employer. Continued from page 17…. The ladies choir was a confident display of voices singing a simple request, "Simple Gifts." I do thank you, ladies, for your blend of vocal and instrumental harmony. Well, now we just have regular church to look forward to. There will be a choir in the loft through May, then, our "Summer Music" begins in worship when you will hear music of soloists, duets, trio's, etc., filling the Sanctuary with the uniqueness of voice and heart. If you are interested in sharing, please contact me, or ask me about the list that goes around. To those of you who are leaving Fountain Hills, returning to your other homes and families, please know we will miss you, and we look forward to your return. Have those good times with the other people who love you, and, be safe and grateful. Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries
Your testimonies are wonderful; Therefore my soul keeps them. The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:129-130

My most interesting accomplishment was helping Bob start a printing business and to help make it successful. Bob’s most interesting experience was selling the business after 26 years. He felt it was an ordeal. Working out all the factions and worrying about what would happen to our 300 employees, some had become like family members. We started with 2 employees on 1 shift and ended with 300 encompassing 3 shifts. Bob’s life changing experience was selling our Printing Co. Mine was having 6 children. The best advice Bob ever received was start early and stay late. The advice I received was don’t ask someone to do anything you wouldn’t do. My parents had a big impact on my life. Bob had 2 employees that gave him lots of positive guidance. Hopefully we have been positive influences on our children and grandchildren. If I were to give advice today, it would be to be positive and forgiving. Bob says if asked to do something, you should put your heart into it and show great interest. We came to Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church by accident, but loved the music program and the members were loving and accepting. We just kept coming. We have enjoyed music under the direction of Barb Wyman, Al Roselieb and Debbie Fisher and the guidance from Pastors Glenn Atchinson, Gary Kush, Ewen Holmes, Paul Soderquist and, of course, Pastor Bill. We are blessed to be living in beautiful Fountain Hills and to have F.H. Presbyterian Church as our church home.

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

A new adventure In Fearless, Max Lucado writes about the last wishes of Charles Lindbergh. The famous aviator wrote these words to be read at his burial service: “We commit the body of Charles A. Lindbergh to its final resting place; but his spirit we commit to Almighty God, knowing that death is but a new adventure in existence.” A man with a life full of adventures viewed death merely as another one. Lucado writes about death: “No need to dread it or ignore it. Because of Christ, you can face it.”
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