Fountain Hills, AZ
From the Pastor

September 2013

We must always give thanks to God for you, brothers and sisters, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of everyone of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast of you among the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith during all your persecutions and the afflictions that you are enduring. I am so proud of us! Let me draw you a picture: When I first arrived here in November of 2010 it seemed we were suffering from a paralysis of uncertainty. Nobody was sure what they could or should do; and so they turned to their new pastor for direction. The phone rang incessantly and a seemingly-endless parade of folks passed through my office seeking guidance or permission for a multitude of decisions, both large and small. For months I attended virtually every meeting that went on around here because it seemed my presence was a necessity of communal comfort. In those days, not much happened without my involvement. Now let me draw you another picture: Fast forward to July of 2013, just 2-1/2 years later. I spend the entirety of the month in way-off Wyoming. Far from coming to a halt, life at FHPC continues unabated. Here – in no particular order – is just a sampling of what transpired in my absence: •
(2 Thessalonians 1:3-4)

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Two weekly worship services were filled with meaningful preaching, inspiring visual elements, and uplifting music – and, yes, there was food and fellowship afterwards; Debby D and Tyson Robinson led five of our youth in joining 5,000 other Presbyterians from around the world in a Triennium held on the grounds of Purdue University; Our Treasurer John Skewes and Finance Chair Jerry Cain completed favorable negotiations for renewal of our mortgage loan; Children’s Choir as well as our increasingly powerful praise band, Hilltop, continued to gather weekly under Debbie Fisher’s direction; Marta and the ever-present Office Angels maintained a high standard of hospitality, problem-solving, information processing and business administration in our church office; Mission Elders Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt, were instrumental in the implementation of SWATT (Servants With a Task & Testimony), a new initiative seeking to bring representatives from multiple Christian churches in Fountain Hills together to fight hunger amongst our High School students; Construction of our new Cell Tower commenced under the watchful eyes of Elders John Brockelman and Bob Lull; We continued to serve our greater Fountain Hills community by welcoming multiple AA meetings; Yvonne Ellingson, Ruby Pearson and our Deacons carried out their ongoing ministry of home and hospital care; Our Men’s Fellowship, Men’s Bible Study and PW Afternoon Circle all carried on with their regular gatherings as well as impromptu and casual Music Ministry Gatherings.

Two very different pictures, wouldn’t you agree? Know what the difference is?
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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
July Income July Expense $ 25,039 $ 34,569 Budget Budget $ 29,900 $ 32,167

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 265,620

Budget Budget

$ 248,400 $ 241,231

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 247,332

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

When reviewing July’s shortfall in Income, please recall that June’s favorable results were largely attributable to a fifth Sunday in June (June 30th), wherein several individuals dropped their July Pledges into the offering plate a little early. (This is never discouraged, by the way.) Consequently, we expected a self-correcting drop-off in Income for July – and that is what occurred. For Year-to-Date Income, we are still tracking favorably, but continue to expect some gains to erode as we progress through the end of the summer and into early fall. Expenses for July and Yearto-Date are running slightly above Plan, but nothing alarming as yet. All considered, the Church remains in a good position as we head into the last five months of the calendar year. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

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September 2013

Music Ministry
What a wonderful summer it has been at FHPC! There have been so many opportunities to get to know some of those who are involved in our music ministry in small rehearsal groups, and, for those in town who were able, meeting in a more casual setting of a local restaurant every two to three weeks. We listened to each other as we Debbie Fisher, Director of Music would share thoughts, ideas and dreams. We'd meet after Mary Lee Lehrich, our Topic and Entertainment Coordinator for the Music Ministry Gatherings had given us a topic to discuss. She c o o r d i n a t e s with Helen Quigley, our Music Ministry Secretary, also Worship and Music Ministry Elder, and there would be the place and time set for our gatherings. We were g i v e n t h e name Tweets, somehow, (I must've been in a conversation or Celebration Youth! the bathroom when it occurred to me) and hopefully it doesn't stick! There were people who've been involved for years in our music ministry sitting by those who have come along in recent years. What a fabulous and healthy experience. It was a valuable fellowship and appreciated by so many. We have such a time restraint during rehearsals once they begin, and it felt good to get to know a person who shares the same faith and has the personality of one who wants to share their faith through music. We plan on keeping the gatherings going, though more infrequent through the season of rehearsals. It seems to go along with the fact that shared music helps to form social bonds, according to Norwegian researchers. They reported that singing in particular can trigger the release of endorphins, along with laughter, boosting your feelings of happiness and pleasure. Further exploratory research has found singing to have the same positive effects as Yoga for regulating breathing patterns and reducing the variability of your heartbeat. Add that to what researchers have discovered about how music lowers cortisol, the stress chemical, and releases serotonin and oxytocin, which when measured by researchers, found a decrease in anxiety and stress among the singers who were studied. The research is fascinating. God, thought of everything! I am excited to begin rehearsals for the season. Though some involved in our music ministry won't return until after Christmas, we hope to have a wonderful turnout. If you are interested in being involved, please don't hesitate. Bring a friend. There is a lot to do, and we need the support of all who love music to be involved. There is room for you whether singing, r i n g i n g , or playing an instrument of a n o t h e r kind. You can speak to me, or anyone you may know that is involved, and we will be glad to g e t y o u started. You may contact me through the church office, 837-1763, or call my cell phone, 480-688-0828. I'd be happy to speak with you. As I once read: A regular time and place. An open Bible. An open heart. Let God have you, and let God love you, and don't be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you've never heard before and your feet learn to dance as never before.
Max Lucado

I will sing of mercy and justice; To You , O Lord, I will sing praises.
Psalm 101: 1

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Mission Ministry
that you so generously gave each week. So all that bothersome loose change in your pockets and coin purses adds up to do good things. The Food Bank is continuing their Friday Night Fish Fry. We have told the Food Bank we will be happy to help them the first Friday of the month. Thank you to Susan Owens, Nancy Saine, and Nancy Wulfmeier for helping with the first Friday back after the Food Bank’s month off. The cost of this Fish Fry is $11.99 for all you can eat. This also includes a beverage and desserts.

Terri Schmidt and Susan Owens, Elders

Water for the Homeless
We are continuing to collect cases of water for the homeless and less fortunate in downtown Phoenix. Thank you to all who have brought in cases in the past. This is such a small way to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Water is the most important thing that we can give those in need. People can live longer without food than water; and this is why this mission is so important. We all need water to survive, especially in this heat.

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves.” - Thomas Edison
I find that doing Mission work of any kind, to be astonishing as well as fulfilling. It takes so little to do so much good for others, and Mission work is just that. It takes so little effort and time to make a difference in the lives of others. You can put a lot of time in or just a small amount of time, it all depends on you.

This is our new Community Mission Project. SWATT stands for “Service With A Task and Testament”. We have established a group of people from the Community and Fellow Churches here in town, to try and come together to do good things for the community. We have had interest from several other Churches and townspeople who feel it is a worthwhile project as well. If you are interested and would like more information, you can talk to Terri or Susan.

Heifer Project
We have started collecting money for this project. We will continue to collect through Easter, and then we will decide what the money will be used to buy. If you wish to donate to this project, and want your money to go to purchase a certain object, you may specify when donating. If it is not designated for a special item, we will put it in a joint kitty to be used to purchase a larger item. If you know someone who has everything but you want to give them a gift, you can contribute in their name and the Heifer Project will send them a card stating the item that was purchased for them and by whom. For more information the material is on the table in the Narthex—or ask Terri or Susan.

Christmas for Changing Lives Center
We will help Changing Lives Center again this Christmas time. We want those of you in the congregation who have sewing machines and would like to make Christmas stockings, to contact us. We thought it might be fun for those children living at the Center to have Christmas Stockings full of goodies. We will provide the material if you will donate your time to make the stockings. We will fill the stockings and take them to the Center. This is a small way to make these Children’s Christmas a little happier. These are just a few of the things we at Mission are doing. If any of these projects look like something you would like to help out with, be sure and contact either Terri or Susan. If you want to be on this committee, we meet on the second Monday of the month in the Conference Room at 4:00pm. Thank you to all who have helped us

Extended Hands Food Bank
It is that time of the year again, when we need to help build up the food supply at Extended Hands Food Bank. We will be asking for more donations of non-perishable foods. We need to help restock the shelves, before it gets cool. Thank you to all who continue to bring in food items. We appreciate all of the items you have so generously given in the past. Thank you to the Men’s Club who take these items to the food bank for us. A BIG THANK YOU goes out to Lynn Medley who has done this job single handed over the summer months. We collected $44.00 in the month of July for Extended Hands Food Bank. This was just in the loose change

succeed in so many of our projects. You are such a loving and giving congregation.

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Mission Ministry
15 Summer Boxes were sent in late July to some of our Troops stationed in far-remote areas of Afghanistan. These remote areas consist of our military being stationed mostly in tents and/or huts and they only get a couple of meals a day -if they are lucky. Any donated funds received went towards the costs of snacks and shipping. Many thanks to those who donated needed items and special thanks to Yvonne Ellingson for coming over at the last minute and spending a couple of hours sorting and bagging items. The Boxes are now in the process of being received. Shown below are a few “thank-you’s” we have received. Good Morning Donna, Thank you so much for the wonderful support we received all the way out here in Delaram, Afghanistan. We all appreciate and send you our blessings in return.
Yvonne Ellingson, Deacon

- Thurman Purdiman Jr.., U.S. Marines Hi Donna, Thank you very much for the care package, I received it this morning. Getting mail always makes your day over here. Everything is greatly appreciated and was shared with others I am deployed with and yes, I did get the picture. Thank you very much again. - Matt Vitellaro, U.S. Army Good Afternoon Ms. Sims, How are you? We absolutely loved the care package! On behalf of Regional Contracting Center - South, thank you, thank you, thank you! Our Command is comprised of Army (Soldiers), Navy (Sailors), Air Force (Airmen), DOD Civilians and Contractors. We really appreciate you caring enough to send us much needed goodies to brighten up our day. And please thank Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church for us! It is our honor to serve. Have a good day. LTJG Price, Corinthia A. U.S. Navy Kandahar Regional Contracting Center

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow”
“What happens with my Foundation gift after I pass away?” This is the most popular question asked by religious foundation donors. The Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation has the answer. Contact a Foundation Board of Trustees member for the answer.

Foundation Board of Trustees Barbara Oakeson Matt Jefferson Roy Nickel Jerry Cain 480-837-5563 480-837-6001 480-688-8392 480-837-1764 Susan Phillips 480-837-1225 Gary Reynolds 480-836-9552 Ben Fast 480-837-1119
Maria Berry, Jack Morris, Ben Fast and Ralph Berry sharing information.

P.S. Do you have a will, trust or any document naming the Church as a benefactor? If Yes, the Foundation wants you! Please call a Foundation Board of Trustees member.

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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: Out n’ About Leader: Arlene Olsen
Coordinating Team: Meets on the First Friday of every month. Meeting is at 9 AM and held in the Adult Center. Morning Circle: will meet at 9:00 AM in the Adult Center on the Second Thursday of the month. Afternoon Circle: will meet at 1:00 PM at Fountain View Village on the first Tuesday of the month.. Evening Circle: will meet at 7 PM in the Adult Center on the Fourth Tuesday of the month. Remember—to join a circle you just need to show up. You may also form your own circle with friends who may need a more convenient time. Please note: The circles will resume in September.

2013–2014 Horizons Bible Study An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy
by Janice Catron The books of Exodus and Deuteronomy invite us to remember that the central actor in human experience — in our own lives and in the experiences described in Exodus and Deuteronomy—is God. Our God is one who redeems, who brings liberty and fulfillment even when we do not deserve it, when we cannot redeem ourselves. We have the assurance of God’s abiding presence as individuals and as a community of faith. This presence helps us see that God’s redemption is more than a “saving from” harsh circumstances; it also is a “saving to” the fullness of life God intends for humanity.

The O.W.L.S.
"They will still bear fruit in old age; they will stay fresh and green.”

(Psalm 92:14 NIV).

This year marks the twelfth anniversary of what is now called 9/11. The O.W.L.S and Fountain View Village would like to honor all of our heroes and their loved ones and is inviting everyone to participate in a service on September 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Town Square of Fountain View Village. The OWLS Team from FHPC will have hymns/music and a homily. The local VFW will close with a Flag raising event outdoors and God Bless America. Allegiant Hospice will host desert immediately following the event. Everyone is invited.

Exciting news!
The Coordinating Team of PWP Grand Canyon has voted to grant a limited number of scholarships for the PW Synod's Gathering in Albuquerque in November. A revised registration form is attached that indicates $100 to be applied to your Full Gathering Registration (not applicable to partial registrations). Each participant is still responsible for the balance of registration fees, transportation and lodging costs. If you wish to take advantage of this scholarship please apply early! Coordinating Team - if you have already sent in your registration and wish to apply for the scholarship, please contact Susan McMichael for a refund.

Johnny Cakes based on John 6:12
When they had all had enough to eat, Jesus said to his disciples, "Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted." Ongoing and going ! Gracious help from the Men’s Bible Study on loading the trucks to go to Phoenix . The homeless people help to unload once the truck arrives. A generous donation was mailed to the church office to support the ministry and Johnny Cakes is very grateful. Thank You!

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September 2013

Tools for leaders
Oct 5th 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM First Presbyterian Church 12225 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ. (see registration form on page 8) Call Donna Yordy for more information. Presbyterian Women provides an atmosphere that promotes personal growth and develops women’s gifts of responsible and visionary leadership. Empowered to serve PW, many women also go on to lead in their churches, communities and the denomination. What is leadership? “Leader” has such an official and authoritative ring to it. For some of us, the word fits perfectly, however, many of us hesitate to call ourselves leaders. In reality, each of us is a leader in some way — perhaps by delegating chores to family members, organizing the church garage sale or running a circle meeting. Learn more about the ways you may be leading without even knowing it!
If you plant honesty, you will reap trust * If you plant goodness, you will reap friends * If you plant humility, you will reap greatness * If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment * If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective * If you plant hard work, you will reap success * If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

AzBrainfood’s Backpack lunch program resumes!
With thanks to Basha’s and 12 other sponsors, this non-profit group packs over 65,000 lunches each school year; serves 1500 students each week in 50 different participating schools. Fountain Hills included. Sign-up NOW to pack lunches each 4th Thursday beginning Thursday, Sept. 26th. If you can spare one morning each month, contact Mary Alice Bivens @ 480-329-4620 or You won’t regret this experience! Mission: we need YOU We will be collecting food to help the Fountain Hills High School kids who do not have enough to eat. Our newly formed SWATT committee is asking for donations of: Individually wrapped cheese and crackers, individually wrapped peanuts, granola bars, individual non refrigerated chocolate milk boxes, individual juice boxes, 8 oz water, and brown lunch bags. These will be taken to High School and kids can come to nurse's office and collect with no questions asked. Thank you for your support.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
Out ‘n About will start off the season on Wednesday, September 18 at Mimi’s Café in Scottsdale at 12 noon. As usual we will order off the menu and receive separate checks. Remember to mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of every month. For reservations call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271.

HOOKED ON BOOKS will meet on
Wednesday, September 18th, 9:30 AM Hostess: Sally Atchinson Attendees will give short reviews of books read during the summer. Books you no longer want can be brought each month for the Book Exchange. All women interested in reading are invited to attend. For further information contact: Jan Hoff (480-836-7551)

FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page. When you are there also click on the like it icon.

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

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Planning With Purpose
October 5, 2013 First Presbyterian Church 12225 N. 103rd Ave. Sun City, AZ. 8:30 am – 2:30 pm On October 5th PWPCT will be holding Planning With Purpose. PW leaders past, present and future are invited. There will be workshops available, opportunities to share program and mission ideas and Rob Fohr from PCUSA will be speaking to us on Young Adults in the church. Registration fee is $4.00 and the deadline for registration is Sept. 28th. Lunch will be provided.

Name_______________________________________________________________ Church Affiliation_____________________________________________________ Number of people attending__________________________________________ Names_______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________

Make check payable to: Presbytery Women of the Presbytery Send registration and money to treasurer: Helen Lents P.O. Box 1462 Mesa, AZ. 85211

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September 2013

Congregational Life & Fellowship
You’re all invited - FREE FILM, FOOD, FELLOWSHIP

Pizza & Movie Night
Disney Feature Film

An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Saturday, September 14, at 5:30 PM
Fellowship Center
Free pizza and ice cream Sign up Sunday, September 1st and 8th in The Narthex or RSVP to 837-1763

Grandparents reflect God A woman and her grandson were spending the day together. Suddenly, the boy had an “a-ha!” expression and asked, “Grandma, do you know how you and God are alike?” The grandmother smiled to herself and mentally polished her halo a bit. “No,” she replied. “How? “You’re both old!” the boy said. Ah, but most grandparents really are like God in many ways – kind, loving, forgiving, understanding, comforting, creative, wise. Above all, they’ve guided us to walk in God’s paths. Thank you, God, for these special people who have lived long enough to become like you, in many ways.
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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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Presbyterian Youth Triennium

Can you imagine worshipping with over 5000 teenagers? All week there was worship, games, small group discussions, bible studies, hang time, and even time to serve to STOP HUNGER. Tori and Andrey sang in the choir; Trey and Jake served communion at the candlelight worship service and Tyson and Sean exchanged the most buttons from all over the world! Sean has how many new (girl) friends? Whether the teens were praying, hanging, playing, jamming, texting, serving, eating, or singing…. all experienced a sense of energetic life and what the body of Christ truly is together!

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Presbyterian Youth Triennium

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Christian Formation
Here we are in September and back in the swing of our school year routine, looking forward to our many exciting activities, sharing in fellowship and Carol Hencz, Elder sharing in God's Ministry. We welcome all who wish to participate. Here is what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church this fall. has been replaced with our new Intergenerational Service which is being held from 11:15 - 12:15. We are offering Blessed Beginnings Ministry for infants. And a Ministry for preschoolers 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. Cost is $9.00/ea. Prior to joining Pastor Bill's study at 6:30-7:45 pm,, come and join us for fine food and fellowship. We will be joined by the Elementary Kids and our Teens. We ask for a small donation of $5.00 for dinner. Kids and Teens eat free. The Elementary Kids (Kid Community) meet from 5-6 pm. Their ministry has worship, music, traditions, storytelling, response and small group conversation and activity time. Wednesday Night Live for Teens meet at 6:30 pm. Teens will use a way of being together followed by facilitating a topic/lesson/issue then a D-group discussion. Included will be a teen adopted community mission of choice, summer camp, variety of socials.

with Gourmet meals created by Chef Arlene Stewart! Beginning Wednesday, August 21st: PRAYER – Does it Make a Difference?
What is prayer? How does it work? And more importantly, does it work? Does prayer change us or God? Or both? If you've ever wrestled with this central practice of Christian life, this class is for you! Building upon his fine book, Prayer, acclaimed author Philip Yancey leads us on a DVD exploration of the topic which is as honest in its yearning as it is in its avoidance of easy answers. The key, Yancey tells us, is that prayer is a window into knowing the mind of God, whose kingdom is entrusted to all of us frail, selfish people on earth. The book's strength lies in its balance, with Yancey holding equally important ideals in a lively tension; action and meditation, doubt and certainty, and the unchanging God with the God who appears so moved by people's petitions in the Bible that he changes his mind. Join Pastor Bill as we return to THE WAY for this entertaining and insightful 6-week study on prayer. We highly recommend the Participant's Guide by the author which will be available in the church office or at

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

WHY DEUTERONOMY? The Old Testament book of Deuteronomy is the anchor of the Jewish faith. Deuteronomy is the last of the five books of Moses, called the Pentateuch. Its contents also contain all the laws that Jesus came to fulfill – not to abolish. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Mt. 5:17) Some eighty times in the New Testament these laws are referenced. Christ’s coming was God’s way of showing the Israelites what the book of Deuteronomy really was all about. So, beginning Sunday, September 8th we will begin the study of the book of Deuteronomy. Written as the Israelites are about to enter the Promised Land, the relevance of this 3,500 year old book is startling. Come on this exciting journey with us as we find out why we as Christians should understand this important Old Testament document. Bring a friend! We will resume at 10:15 am – note the earlier time – in the Adult Center. Blessed Beginnings Ministry (formerly offered on Sunday Morning at 9:00 am) The former class study for this group

Men – Just For You!
Men, there is an opportunity at FHPC just for you. Each Thursday morning, bright and early (7:00 a.m.), we gather in the Adult Center for Fellowship, Bible Study, and confidentially share our joys and concerns. All men of the church of any age are invited and encouraged to join us for an hour that will be worth your time and energy. Coffee and donuts are shared. But more important, we are learning much more from the study of the Scriptures – what God is calling us to do and be through his son, Jesus Christ. Most of us are lacking in knowledge of the Bible. We are having a lot of fun learning the context and messages we find as we together explore His Word. Why not give it a try? Men, it is just for you and we welcome your participation! John Bivens

- Carol Hencz, Elder

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From the Director of Christian Formation
A frequent question good to ask is: “Whose lives are different because of this church?” I delight in knowing the answer at FHPC is both internally and externally focused for changed lives. Externally you all serve others as a normal way of living the Christian life and know that good works of justice and mercy can’t be separated from the Good News. I have always been impressed by the grace here and how many of our church members are in the community and marketplace being the church through love and action. Internally, here is one way lives are different because of your love and sacrificial giving! The sending of “the seven” to the Triennium has watered souls for individual growth and inspired each in different ways! This month youth will personally thank you and share how God through the experience of the Triennium inspired and changed them. Let’s start with a few comments from my interview questions with Tyson Robinson, our youth leader (and new daddy) who attended the Triennium as a youth. For what moment or experience were you most grateful for during the Triennium? The moment that I am most grateful for was walking into worship that first day. It really brought me back to the two prior Trienniums and enhanced the worship experience. I am also really grateful that I could watch the youth grow in their faith and the change from “I am not sure I want to be here” to “this is awesome. I love it here.” I enjoyed the first service and the first skit when they were talking about why we were here. It really reflected what the students were thinking. Another reason why I enjoyed the first service was the overwhelming noise, music and students that were there. It is always a shock to walk into that! Debby: I agree, worshipping with 6000 people who were mostly Presbyterian teens was awesome. I wish I had a picture of our group the first service sitting with mouths and eyes wide open while teens and adults were standing, dancing, singing in worship to the following days where our group, in body and soul, fully entered into the joy of communal worship. What about this experience challenged or inspired you the most? I think the change in attitude and the transformation in the youth from the beginning of triennium throughout this time was amazing to watch. It inspired me to be more involved with the church and youth. Debby: We are blessed by your playful, faithful commitment to God, our church and youth. You and Kristi, despite long hours of driving, work and family have never waned in your desire to be a mentoring influence for our teens. Tyson, you already have committed to go to the next Triennium either as a leader or a small group leader! Tell us about that decision! :) It really was not a hard decision. Triennium meant so much for me as a youth when I went that I always wanted to go back as an adult to see if it was as great as I remembered. I do have to say it is a little different, but it helped me see the progression of my faith and “recharge” my faith batteries. If at all possible, I would love to go to the future Trienniums- but I think I will have to take Kristi the next time! Debby: I am certain the grandparents would love to enjoy Ella in your absence! ******

Growing… Souls… Numerically and Spiritually in All Ages
“It takes a greenhouse to nurture the souls of young people, a greenhouse formed by adults who want to know God. A young person’s faith is best tended by a variety of relationships.” - Mark Yaconelli Ministry is a gift shared in community with others. It is not a task to be done or to do for others. Ministry is a sacred, nurturing place where God grows and shapes souls. Soulscaping is my word for it. You may find that ministry with children or youth is like a spiritual practice. I have found this true. God makes use of this sacred place to bring me to a more experiential knowing and trusting of Him. Many find it healing and transforming. Participation in ministry with children or teens is intimately connected to God's movement in our lives and with others. No one is to minister alone! Even Jesus did not. I am praying for 12 disciples who will disciple others. We are presently forming a group of people who can see the ministry setting as part of their own spiritual growth while nurturing children and families. I am planning a different way of being together for this adventure. We are now blessed with children in nursery, preschool, elementary and teens. More opportunities to make disciples who make disciples to change our world!
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So, how is God uniquely moving and calling you? Pray… You may think you don't have much to offer, but together with God and others, you will receive much and will be able to give freely! May we all say- "Ministry is for my spiritual growth as well as others in community." Opportunities: Yes! It does take a whole greenhouse (or church family)! Nursery - On Call: Caregivers Toy and Linen Washers Preschool –every other Sunday 11:15-12:15 pm Co-teachers Curriculum and/ or Material Coordinator Elementary – every other Wednesday 5-6 pm (Large & Small Group Leaders Alternate) Lead Worshipper/ Host of Large Group Media person for back – up & March-MidApril Story Tellers may select story and date(s) available Small Group Leader Assistant Activity/Material Coordinator Elementary – Sundays 10:15-11:15 am beginning October Team of adults willing to meet monthly for our own growth and dedication to children and families as well as facilitate this Sunday ministry. Teens – Wednesday nights 6:30 – 7:45 pm and special events Small Group Leader Special Events Advocates How will ministry be a part of your own spiritual growth for the sake of others? Connect with Debby (602570-7340) to talk about it!

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MUSIC MINISTRY STARTING DATES FOR THE 2013-2014 SEASON • • • • • • Celebration Singers--Thursday, September 12, 6:308:00 pm (Begin singing in worship September 22) Celebration Ringers--Thursday, September 26, 5:00 -6:15 pm Celebration Youth-Continuing Wednesdays new time--3:45--4:45 pm Celebration Teens--Continuing Wednesdays 5:00-6:00 pm Pearwood Recorders--Thursday, September 12, 4:00-5:00 pm Hilltop Band--Tuesday, 3:30-5:30 pm

Looking forward to the new season of music in worship! You can contact me at 480-688-0828 if you have any questions! -Debbie Fisher Music Ministry Director

Honoring our teachers We give thanks that you will lead us in the ministry of Christian education. We offer you our pledge of support. As you teach your students, may all be open to God’s truth and he be inspired to live the Christian life as fully as possible. Remember that we appreciate greatly the time and effort you expend as teachers of our church family. May God grant you strength and joy in your important role.
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September 2013
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.

A Cross to Eternity
Everyone has, or will have, "a cross to bear", a heavy burden of responsibility or a problem for which they alone must cope. Some last a lifetime. Others are temporary. Yet, as difficult as our burdens may be, Jesus promises He will never leave us, never forsake us and will help each of us carry our cross into eternity with Him, where we will bear them no more. That can be today all you need to do is ask…

Michael Belk, artist


Willing to sacrifice Robert Coleman, in Written in Blood (Fleming H. Revell), tells of a boy whose sister needed a blood transfusion. The boy was the ideal donor because the two children had the same rare blood type. When the doctor asked, “Would you give your blood to your sister?” the boy hesitated. Finally, with a trembling lip, he said, “Sure, I’d do it for her.” Soon a nurse inserted a needle into the boy’s arm. As he watched his blood flow out, his voice shook. He asked, “Doctor, when do I die?” The doctor then realized the gravity of the boy’s decision. He’d thought giving his blood to his sister meant giving up his own life. The boy’s love for his sister mirrored Jesus’ love for all. Fortunately for us, Jesus loved us so deeply that he was willing to die so we might live.
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A prayer for guidance Lord, take me where you want me to go; Let me meet who you want me to meet; Tell me what you want me to say, And keep me out of your way. -Rev. Mychal Judge, FDNY chaplain and the first official casualty on 9/11
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Library Footnotes
At the memorial service for Rev. Glenn Atchinson, our church’s founding pastor, the hymn I Love to Tell the Story was the theme of the service because this is what Glenn liked to do and did it well. And he wrote down some of those stories and published them in both a book and booklet that are available in the Church Library. His book is titled A Sliver of Light Out of Darkness: Gathering Truth Through Life Stories. It is a collection of life stories where truth found root in human life. Each chapter begins with a story about a specific person that he knew and is followed by his words shared with his congregations, expounding on that theme as a message of life to all who have ears to hear. His handwritten inscription in the front of the book reads “To my many friends at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. Many of the stories of you are in this book!” “As Glenn Sees It!”: A Brief History of the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church 1974-1998 is a booklet that tells the story of the beginnings of our church in 1974 with the early meeting place in Little John’s bar/restaurant which was available on Sunday mornings at no cost. It continues through the years to our present church campus and Glenn’s retirement in 1998 with interesting narrative, including the names of many church leaders and staff instrumental in the establishment and building of the church over the years. Multiple copies of this booklet are available and if you want your own copy, feel free to take one from the stack on the top shelf of the shelf unit on the left hand side as you walk in to the Library.

- Barbara Oakeson

Every one counts! I’m an avid player of Yahtzee, in which you roll five dice to collect different number combinations. It’s a game of both chance and strategy. Because it seems less problematic to accept a roll that’s short by one point rather than a roll that’s short by, say, six, every so often I’m disappointed to discover I’ve missed winning by only one point. We do something similar in church and other parts of life: dismiss a child’s idea as less important than an adult’s; worry more about pleasing the “big givers” at church than the ones who contribute less; check in on the longtime member who misses worship once but forget about the newcomer who attended twice, then didn’t return. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leave 99 sheep in order to go after just one who is lost. May we learn from his example that everyone—every one—counts. - Heidi Mann
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A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own heart. Their eyes would always light up with awe, but she never got a response equal to four-year old David's comment. Gently she tucked the stethoscope into his ears and placed the disk over his heart. 'Listen', she said...'What do you suppose that is?' He drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap - tap - tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin and he asked, 'Is that Jesus knocking?' - Author unknown

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From the Pastor...continued from page 1 • • The difference is each of us individually recognizing that the ministry of FHPC belongs to all of us corporately. The difference is what the Apostle’s Creed calls so compellingly “the communion of the saints.”

September 2013

The manifold events and activities of this past summer testify to the fact that we have grown and we have learned in our time together. I may be your pastor here; but the ministry of FHPC is no longer (actually, never was) my personal province. The difference is we all know that now. I’m so proud of us!

With thanks to God for each of you, Pastor Bill giving Elder Bob Lull a hand!

ALABAMA ............Was the first state to have 9-1-1, started 1968. ALASKA .........One out of every 64 people has a pilot's license.

ARIZONA............Is the only state in the continental U.S. that does not follow Daylight Savings Time.
ARKANSAS...........Has the only active diamond mine in the U.S. CALIFORNIA............Its economy is so large that if it were a country, it would rank seventh in the entire world. COLORADO............In 1976 it became the only state to turn down the Olympics. CONNECTICUT…….The Frisbee was invented here at Yale University. DELAWARE...........Has more scientists and engineers than any other state. FLORIDA............At 874.3 square miles, Jacksonville is the largest city in the U.S. GEORGIA............It was here, in 1886, that pharmacist John Pemberton made the first vat of Coca-Cola....interesting! HAWAII............Hawaiians live, on average, five years longer than residents of any other state. IDAHO...........TV was invented in Rigby, Idaho, in 1922. ILLINOIS...........Has a Governor in jail, one pending jail, and is the most corrupt state in the union! INDIANA............Home to Santa Claus, Indiana, which gets a half million letters for Santa every year. IOWA.........Winnebago R.V.s get their name from Winnebago County. Also, it is the only state name that begins with 2 vowels. KANSAS............Liberal, Kansas has an exact replica of the house in "The Wizard of Oz".

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Spotlight …. Did you know?
Matt Jefferson
Matt was born in Baltimore, Maryland but grew up in Southern California in San Diego, Los Angeles and Pasadena. He has lived in Arizona for 23 years. His first summer here was the year the temperature hit a record 122 which resulted in the temporary closing of Sky Harbor. Matt has four siblings and what is nice is they live in very desirable places to visit. He has sisters in San Diego, Sherman Oaks, and San Francisco and a brother in Paris, France. Thank heavens he is on good terms will all of them. For the most part he tries to stick to the 3 day rule when he stays with family members. When asked what was the craziest thing you have ever done, Matt responded, “As a teen I joined with three of my friends one evening and we successfully TP’d the substation of our local law enforcement agency. I think we did a couple dozen rolls worth. You can imagine our horror when as we were making our getaway, we noticed several blocks later, that a roll of toilet paper was streaming from the rear door of our vehicle, a tell-tale sign that we were the perpetrators. You will notice that I have not provided the name of the agency or the town. Although I can assure you I was a minor at the time, I’m just not sure what the statue of limitations is.” Matt’s first job was as a Summer Day Camp Counselor for the Pasadena YMCA. His favorite job was as a Manager with Pacific Telephone based in San Francisco in 1983. He was responsible for finding office space and developing floor plans for ten offices covering 14 western states in preparation for the breakup of the Bell System. They started in March and had to complete their tasks by December 31 because Divestiture was effective 1-1-84. According to Matt it was great to work with a team that had a shared sense of urgency. They opened every location on time but the real challenge was trying to satisfy all of the local stakeholders in each location. A side benefit of this assignment was traveling to different cities, i.e. Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Portland, Boise, Seattle, Laguna Hills, Monterey Park, and Denver. Matt earned so many frequent flyer miles he was able to subsequently travel first class to Tokyo, Japan with lodging included. Matt has been a member of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church since January 2005. When asked what was the most interesting event or accomplishment in your life? Matt responded that he survived Marine Corps Boot Camp in 1966. He was able to turn it into a positive outcome as evidenced by 3 meritorious promotions and the ability to select, all of his permanent duty stations including Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii for 3 years. He was honorably discharged in 1970. The best advice he was given was to follow the Golden Rule and to change the oil in his car every 3,000 miles. Matt’s parents have had the most impact on his life. His Dad was a Methodist Minister and his Mom was an Elementary School Teacher. It was not uncommon for Methodist Ministers to move to a “new” church every 4-5 years; he learned to adapt to new places and to make new friends. He also developed an early interest in reading and learning. Matt humbly admitted that he may have had the most positive influence on hundreds of young people who now range in age from 22-32. That’s because when he retired from the corporate rat race in 1997, he served as Camp Director the summers of 1998 and 1999 at Camp Wamatochick in the Prescott National Forest. His first year as Camp Director, he encountered a camper who was experiencing a difficult case of homesickness. He worked with him several times every day of his week at residence camp to let the camper know how proud he was that he was making it through another day. The next year he returned to camp and brought a friend with him. He made a point each time their paths crossed to let Matt know how his confidence in him the previous year had made all the difference for his first time away from home experience. There are others out there just like this camper. Most of the time, we just never know the impact we have on others with our words or deeds. For a more recent positive influence example here at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, please see page 51 of the One in the Spirit published by our Presbyterian Women in 2010. Matt advises that everyone follow the Golden Rule, get the oil changed in their car every 3,000 miles and buy low and sell high. In addition he would suggest that they travel throughout the U.S. and abroad. Traveling gives you a different perspective and most of the time makes you appreciate what you have here at home. The thing that Matt likes best about our church is the fellowship with members and the camaraderie he enjoys with his fellow choir members. Finally, Matt would like to add, “Many of you know that I refer to myself as a “recovering retiree.” My second career has focused on the non-profit world. I have primarily been employed in fund development roles. The single most important principle that I learned is before you can ask someone else to give of their time, talent and/or treasure you have to be willing to make an investment first. I think this is referred to as ‘walking the talk’.” God bless!

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September 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 Barbara Wyman John Fenley Glenn Atchinson Susan Strom (Jensen)

Saving grace Grace is the majesty, the freedom, the undeservedness the unexpectedness, the newness, the arbitrariness, in which a relationship to God and therefore the possibility of knowing him is opened up to man by God himself…. Grace is God’s good pleasure. Karl Barth
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“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
Matthew 25:21

We want to thank Pastor Bill Good, his staff and the wonderful congregation of FHPC who prayed and were so kind and compassionate to our family during our daughter Susan’s two year illness, and again during her memorial service on August 25. We will always remember how caring everyone was. Sincerely, Paul & Imogene Strom

My Fellow Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I want to say Thank you, to all who remembered me in prayer while I was going through my surgery. Thank you to all, who continue to pray for me while I am at home recovering. Prayer is a powerful tool and I am a good example of what two or more gathered in his name can do. Thank you again, Ray Schmidt

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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