Fountain Hills, AZ
From the 40th Anniversary Committee

January 2014

Get ready for great things to happen in 2014, and one of the greatest happenings will be our 40th Anniversary! Sixty-five people joined Reverend Glenn Atchinson on December 1, 1974 to establish The United Presbyterian Church in Fountain Hills; however, on March 20, 1983, the name was changed to Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. Three of our members (Jayne Haynes, and Ann and Earl Stavely) were there from the beginning, and we are looking forward to hearing more about their 40 years of experience at FHPC sometime during the year. Our year long anniversary observance starts out with our January 12th Kick-Off Worship Services and Western BBQ. We are planning a slide presentation of the beginning years along with an introduction of our official kick-off by Pastor Bill at worship. At 4:30 p.m. that day, the special dinner will include pulled pork, chicken, ribs, potato salad, baked beans, etc. Tickets are being sold in the Fellowship Center on Sundays between worship and in the office during the week. Your cost is $10 for adults, and $1.00 for children under 10 (special menu of chicken tenders and fruit). Don’t forget to wear your most western get-up to church and the BBQ. There is going to be a prize for the best-dressed

western person at the BBQ, activities for the kids, fun activities for the adults, and other great entertainment. Our committee has been meeting since early October to make sure our 40th year is meaningful and fun for the whole family. Our members are: Sally Atchinson, Debby DeBernardi, Ben & Melissa Fast, Debbie Fisher, Cynthia Linton, Dorothy Parris, Susan Phillips, Helen Quigley, Helen Roesch, Carol Skewes, Shawn Uphoff, Chris Young, and Bev Watters. In addition to our January 12th Kick-Off, we have planned the following activities during our Anniversary Year: April 27: June 8: Remembrance Brunch Birthday Party with lots of balloons, music, hot dogs, etc. It’s a Surprise! Grand Finale Dinner of Filet Mignon and Special Entertainment

September 20: November 8:

Our committee is counting on you to be ready to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary!


Living God’s love.
calls us to . . . Our Mission :
Susan Phillips and Helen Quigley 40th Anniversary Committee Co-Chairs

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Pastor/Head of Staff

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Focus on Finance
Nov. Income Oct. Expense $ 32,391 $ 36,277 Budget Budget $ 31,250 $ 33,094

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 382,505

Budget Budget

$ 369,600 $ 373,972

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 379,732

Dorothy Parris

Caryl Bates

Lynn Medley

CHURCH TREASURER John Skewes CHURCH SESSION Class of 2014 Mary Alice Bivens Gail Botsford Jerry Cain Carol Hencz Jerry Maples Letha Neely Class of 2015 Brooks Benjamin John Brockelman Helen Quigley Terri Schmidt Chris Young Class 2016 Sally Atchinson Bob Lull John Skewes Arlene Stewart BOARD OF DEACONS Moderator: Yvonne Ellingson Class of 2014 Irene Cain Yvonne Ellingson Phyliss Kern Linda Maples Helen Roesch Class of 2015 Ben Fast Jack Morris Ruby Pearson Bev Watters Class 2016 Suzie McCready Dorothy Rudack Donna Sims Nancy Wulfmeier ******

The operational results for November contain some good news and some bad news. The good news is that Income exceeded expectations. The bad news is that Expenses also exceeded expectations. Combining the two sides, the Church recognized a net ($2,042) budgetary shortfall for November. While not desirable, it simply eroded some favorable results from previous months. As we head into the final month of 2013, we need to watch both sides of the equation – Income and Expenses – to ensure we end the year on Plan. I am confident that, with your help, we will do just that. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

On the Inside:
From the 40th Anniversary Committee .. .. .. . . . .. . . . Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … . Beth Moore Video Study ….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Photo Directory . .. .. . . . . .. .. .. . . . … .. . .. . . . . . . . . Stewardship .. … . . .. . . . . . . .. .. .. . .. .. . … .. . . . . .. Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . Sweethearts Brunch is coming .. .. … .. …. .. … . . . Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. Straight Talk About Aging. .. ... .. .. . .. . … .. .. .. . . The WAY starts…. … . … . . . . . . . . . . . … .. … . . . Not Yet a Member? .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …. .. .. . . Concert Series 2014.. .. .. .. …. .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . FHPC Foundation .. .. . .. . ... . .. . … .. … … … . .. . December at FHPC .. .. .. . . … .. .. . . . . . . . ... .. . .. . Christian Formation . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... .. .. . .. .. . . . . . From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . . . Wired for Success … .. …. … . . . . . . … . .. . . . . . . . Men’s Fellowship . .. … .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. … Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. Rummage Sale .. … .. .. .. .. . . . ... .. .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . Member Spotlight...Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . Dedications.. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . … .. . . . .. . . . . . … Necrology for 2013… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. … . .. . .. January Birthdays .. ..… .. … …. … … …. … … .. Cell Tower photos .. .. .. . . . .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . … . . . . Jack Morris with new creations.. .. … .. .. . . … .. . . ... 1 2 3 3 3 4 5 6 8 8 8 9 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 19 20

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Led by: Sylvia Burke We hear the stories of the Christmas baby born in Bethlehem, and Jesus the Savior who died on the cross at Easter. But. . . What about Jesus the son, . . . the brother, . . .the friend, . . . the teacher, . . . the prophet, Jesus the compassionate worker of miracles, . . . . . . the Son of God? Do you know the real Jesus? The first great commandment is “to love the Lord your God with your whole heart and mind and soul” . . .To do this, we must know Him. Beginning Monday night, January the 6th, 6:30 p.m.—8:30 p.m. we will take a journey with Beth Moore through the gospel of Luke. The video filmed in Israel will take us through the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. For those ladies who don’t go out at night, the study will be offered on Tuesday mornings beginning January 7th from 9 to 11 a.m. Please come and bring a friend or neighbor. All are welcome. Study books may be purchased from Marta in the office. Cost $ 19.00. Please let Marta know if you are interested in the study or send an email to Don’t miss the inspired teaching and humor of Beth Moore, international Bible study teacher.

January 2014

You’re Wanted

For Our New 2014 FHPC Pictorial Church Directory
We need you to help make our new church family album complete. You can go online to schedule your appointment at our church website at any day except Sunday, just click on the: “ Photo Directory” logo on our home page and follow the simple instructions. Remember, if you schedule your appointment online you will receive a $10.00 coupon (one per family) toward any purchase you make. This coupon will be e-mailed to you when you receive your photo appointment date reminder. Also, bring a nonperishable food item and you will receive a $5.00 off coupon (one per family). These food items will be donated to Extended Hands Food Bank. . Final sittings are scheduled for January 9, 10, and 11 in the Education Classrooms just across the playground from the Fellowship Center. Please allow one hour for your sitting.

Thanks to your generous pledges we can continue doing God’s work here on the hill. We will continue to evaluate and nurture programs with God’s help. We also ask for your ideas on ways we can improve our reaching out to others. In addition to the “Treasure” element of Stewardship, any contribution you can make in “Time” and “Talent” would go a long way in helping achieve the goals set forth by church leaders. If you are interested, please seek out an Elder or Deacon to discuss possibilities. Ask what they are doing and what you can do to be a part of it. Thank you again for your support. We trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and we pray that you have a Happy and Healthy year ahead. God be with you, Stewardship Chairmen Jerry Maples John Brockelman

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Mission Ministry
delivered the gifts to McDowell Mountain School on Wednesday December 18th. Thank you to all who so graciously selected and bought for these local children. Indian Angels were available by the angel tree. We partnered with Fort McDowell Reservation again this year. They selected a tribe on the Hopi reservation. We agreed to by things for 12 foster children that live on the reservation. Terri Schmidt delivered them to Fort McDowell on December 22nd. What angels the congregation, doesn’t select, the Mission Committee purchased gifts for and placed in bags. Terri Schmidt and Susan Owens, Elders

Extended Hands
We continue to help Extended Hands Food Banks Friday Night Fish Fry. Thank you to Susan Lickman, Melba Versaw, Susan Owens and Susan’s Mother, Holly Sambora, and Terri Schmidt for helping on December 6th. January 3rd will be our next time to help out with the Fish Fry. We continue to collect food every Sunday and loose change for the Food Bank. We collected 33 frozen Turkeys for the Holidays for the food bank.

Changing Lives Center
Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt bought Christmas stockings and toys and gifts for the Women and Children at Changing Lives Center. There are approx. 40 kids and 60 Women. Stan Jones, Nancy Saine, Barbara Oakeson, Susan Owens, and Terri Schmidt then stuffed the stockings with age appropriate gifts. They were delivered on Monday December 16th; Susan and Terri gave them to the Women before their Devotions. The ladies came up and gave us hugs or shook our hands with gratitude. We also gave Changing Lives Center $200.00 for Holiday meals. We also gave Phoenix Rescue Mission $200.00 for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for the homeless down in Phoenix.

Meals for local Families
Susan Owens and Terri Schmidt bought supplies for a Christmas dinner for 8 local and needy families. The High School Principal and office staff will pick one boy and girl from each grade and notify their families that they have been selected to receive a full Christmas dinner. This included a $25.00 gift card at Safeway for the meat and fresh produce or rolls. We did this last year and the families were so grateful. These meals go strictly to needy families here in Fountain Hills. These were some of the things we did in December. We are looking forward to the New Year and more projects to help our neighbors who may be in need. If you feel that you want to help with some of our projects you are welcomed to join our committee. We meet the second Monday of the month, you can check with the office for times.

Arizona Brain foods
A check of $1000.00 was also sent to Arizona Brain foods to help with the expense of the weekend bags. This is food brought back to Fountain Hills for kids in the Charter School, Middle School and the grade school. This food is sent home with the kids for them to have food on weekends. There are so many children here in Fountain Hills that are hungry on weekends; this is a small amount of money that helps these kids. This is a joint effort with several other Churches.

Angel Tree and Indian Angels The Angel tree was set up and Vivian Virden
and Susan Owens were available for people to get their Angels for the local schools. Susan Owens and Vivian Virden

Thank you to all who have so graciously helped us this past year. When we have asked you have all been so eager to come forward with help. Thank you. May God continue to bless each and every one of you.

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In Touch
MISSION PROJECT – “HOLIDAY BOXES FOR OUR TROOPS” It takes three long months in order for our Holiday Boxes for the Troops project to reach completion. 25 boxes were shipped to Afghanistan and Kuwait on December 9th, most headed for the far remote mountainous areas of Afghanistan. Because of the success of our “please sign Christmas Cards” campaign, a minimum of 25 cards were placed in each box. I know that will in itself place a lot of smiles on the faces of our guys/gals so far from home. Each box contained toiletries, magazines, games, socks, t-shirts and snacks. Many thanks to the Deacons and everyone else who donated various items for the boxes and/or funds to help cover shipping costs. Attached is a picture of a group of soldiers and airmen opening up their boxes. Just look at the smiles on those faces; makes all the hard work worthwhile.

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The 2014 Sweethearts Brunch
Saturday, February 8. 2014 10:00 AM
The Men’s Fellowship will once again offer what may well be the best opportunity of the year for the men of our church to show their Special Sweethearts just how much they are appreciated. We are talking about the annual Sweethearts Brunch, which consists of a catered brunch and some wonderful entertainment. It all takes place on February 8 in the friendly confines of our Fellowship Center. Once again, the very capable Jim Bates is in charge. He and his supporting cast have planned a great event. You know it will be a memorable experience. Don’t miss it!! Tickets for you and your sweetheart will be available in the Fellowship Center on January 26 and February 2, following worship service. You can also buy tickets during normal working hours at the Church office from January 27 through February 7.

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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2013-2014 Moderator: Ilene Berg Mission Coordinator: Mary Alice Bivens Vice-Moderator : Susan Lickman Librarian: Barbara Oakeson Secretary: Linda Warren Membership/Yearbook Coordinator: Maria Berry Treasurer: Maria Berry Bible Study Coordinator: Evelyn Hrunek Publicity: Sally Atchinson Search Committee: Linda Capron Morning Circle Leader: Carol Fuls Evening Circle Leaders: Maria Berry & Jeanene Schopbach Afternoon Circle Leader: Martha Baxter Historian: Office Angels Hooked on Books Leader: Jan Hoff Out n’ About Leader: Arlene Olsen
January 7 January 9 January 13 January 15 January 15 January 20 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 12:00 noon 5:30 p.m. Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village Morning Circle in Adult Center, FHPC Evening Circle: Home of Barbara Oakeson, 16072 E. Ponderosa Hooked On Books (see separate box) Out ’n About (see separate box) PW WINTER GATHERING, FHPC


It’s a brand new year and our church is just beginning to celebrate our 40th year as a congregation. We are busy with activities so you have many choices for being involved. I wanted to paraphrase some of the leaders notes from the advent devotional provided this year. We join small groups, thinking about what we get from them, forgetting what God gets from our gatherings. When we get together to talk about Him and honor His name God is delighted. Isn’t it amazing that these times are so special God calls for a ‘scrapbook’ or “book of remembrance” to be put together for Him of what people say. He counts those who gather as his “special possession”. Then those who revered the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord took note and listened, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who revered the Lord and thought on his name. They shall be mine says the Lord of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act. Malachi 3:1617 Jesus also spoke of the special blessing there is for just the two or three who gather in his Name. (Matthew 18:20) “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” So this month, or any month, I’d like to encourage you to try attending one of our three circles. You don’t need to make a commitment to every meeting and you will be welcomed whenever you can come. It is a time of friendship and sharing concerns as well as a biblical lesson. All are welcome but not required to join the discussion. Our Bible Study for this Year is called “An Abiding Hope”.

Martha Baxter, leader of the Afternoon Circle provided this account for the December meeting of the afternoon circle. “Our precious afternoon circle met on the first Tuesday of December in the activity room beside the assisted living chapel of the Fountains Retirement Residence. By one o’clock, seven ladies were gathered in a circle to enjoy the good news from the scriptures. Mary Lou Dresser presented several Christmas articles. We were led to decipher the tune “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and to learn how Christians survive during hardships. The Bible lesson was on the Old Testament rules for honoring a good harvest. In Deuteronomy is listed the people to invite– the family, the servants, the Levites, the aliens, the orphans, and the widows—to their Feast of tabernacles, the name given to the fall harvest feast. Had the Pilgrims followed these rules for their feast that thanked God for a good harvest? If you are interested in attending an afternoon circle, please call Marty Baxter, 480-837-3275.

January 20 at 5:30 pm in our Fellowship Center This is a wonderful opportunity to gather with the other women of the church for a special evening of inspiration and music. Bring a salad to share and expect to have a wonderful time. Our guest speaker will be Martha Sadongei (Kiowa/Tohono O’odham). She is a teaching elder and 1996 graduate of Austin

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Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She is active in Native American ministries in Grand Canyon Presbytery and serves Central Presbyterian Church in Phoenix. Her topic is “Sacajawea and Pocahontas: Debunking the Myth of Native American Women” Come and learn about the stereotypes often used to portray Native American women versus the realities they face. We have invited the women of Fort McDowell to this special evening and hope that some of them attend. It will be a wonderful gathering. AND our own Debbie Fisher will be adding to the program with flute music. There will be an offering taken for 2nd Mile Giving too. The needs are so great and every gift is used to help. Delicious food, the gathering of other women, good music and a great speaker...COME JOIN US. Sign up on Sunday mornings after church.

January 2014

A Christian can never be raging with hatred, intent on revenge, grim-faced without mercy or forgiveness. No, a Christian will reveal sincerity through and through, throbbing with compassion and love, quick to smile and laugh, and always checking to make sure the spirit of Christ in in him or her. Christ in us is the hope of glory (see Colossians 1:27, NRSV).
-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

Many years ago, comedian Garry Moore—–hot when television was a new thing in the 1950s——was a recipient of a television award for spontaneity. Moore facetiously paid tribute to “four guys responsible for my spontaneity: my writers.” When the next award went to Bishop Fulton Sheen, he rose and approached the podium. “I also want to pay tribute to my four writers,” he declared, “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!”
-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

Looking Further Ahead:
We are busy planning for the “Gifts of Women” Sunday on March 23rd. You won’t want to miss it. Then our Spring Gathering will be at 10:30 a.m. on April 5th. It will be a fashion show. Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery will be having a retreat on March 1st. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Smith who wrote our advent devotionals “My Soul Magnifies The Lord”. More information, registration and application forms will be available this month.

Sally Atchinson

Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday, January 15th at 9:30 AM at the home of Arlene Olsen - 1608 E. Tumbleweed Drive. Sally Atchinson will present a review of "Eco Mind" by F. M. Lappe. New or used books you no longer want may be brought for the Book Exchange. Hooked on Books is open to all women who are interested in reading and discussing books. For further information contact Jan Hoff - 480-836-7551.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
January 15 is the next date for Out ‘n About. We will meet at 12 noon at the Ahnala Restaurant at the Fort McDowell Radisson Hotel. Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 for reservations. Come join us!

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From Our Pastor

Our new study ON THE WAY. . . Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well a book by Billy Graham
Billy Graham begins this fascinating book with this: All my life I was taught how to die as a Christian but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy. In typically simple, straightforward, yet faithful fashion the 95-year-old Graham then sets out to fill this void, sharing his experience of aging, his expectations for death, and his anticipation of life beyond with eloquent honesty. Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life, he says. I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way. Come join Pastor Bill as we explore the realities of life as we grow older as well as the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day. Class runs for 7 Wednesday evenings beginning on Jan. 15th. Join us for a homemade meal and homegrown fellowship from 5:45-6:30 pm and stay for class from 6:30-7:45pm. You’ll want to read along in the book which is available thru the church office for $17.

Not Yet A Member?
*If you are attending our church and don’t have membership in another church, you can join our church by profession of faith and receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or, if you’ve already been baptized, you can join by reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ. *If you belong to another church, but would like to transfer your membership to our church, we can arrange for a letter of transfer from your current membership church to ours. *If you are a winter visitor and are an active member of another church “back home”, you can become an affiliate member at our church here and maintain your full active membership there. For additional information, please contact Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312 or call the church office at 480837-1763.

Gail Botsford, Elder

New Members
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Tickets for Concert Series 2014
The Entertainment Concert Series at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church is now selling single ticket for all shows. There will be a ticket sales at 8:30 am in the church Fellowship Hall and after 9:00 AM service until 10:15 am. You can also purchase tickets at the church office during the week, 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. NO CREDIT CARDS! Season tickets are still available for all six shows. Church telephone number is 480-837-1763.

Concert Series features:
Brad Cummings (Ventriloquist) New Odyssey (3 Guys—30 Instruments) Mark Preston (of the Lettermen) Boomerama Blast (Music Hits from 50’s-70’s) Doo Wah Riders (Country with Cajun Twist) Dan Bennett (Comedy & Unique Juggler) Jan. 14th Jan. 28th Feb. 11th Feb. 25th Mar. 11th Mar. 25th

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow”

Foundation Board of Trustees Barbara Oakeson Matt Jefferson Roy Nickel Jerry Cain 480-837-5563 Susan Phillips 480-837-6001 Gary Reynolds 480-688-8392 b Ben Fast 480-837-1764 480-837-1225 480-836-9552 480-837-1119

Gifts given to the Memorial Fund are used by the church for current needs or special items. Many times these donations are in lieu of flowers at a Memorial Service. The Foundation receives cash gifts at any time or bequests through wills or trusts at the time of death of the person wishing to insure the future prosperity and continuation of the church. Any member of the Foundation board can answer questions you might have about setting up your final documents and you are always welcome to attend any Foundation Board meetings.

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December at FHPC
Live Nativity at the Lighting of the Avenue of the Fountains

It takes many volunteers to create the Live Nativity on the Avenue of the Fountains. Thank you to all who participated. We couldn't have done it without YOU.

Dewey Anderson, Roy Nickel, Bob Berg and Bob Lull. It takes strong men to do some jobs!

Tyler Ipema helping Gary DeBernardi secure the stable.

Dewey and Bob putting in the final touches. Sometimes it takes brawn and sometimes it takes brains.

Marie Olsen, David Hissler, Diane Walters and Jake Asay

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January 2014

December at FHPC

Live Nativity at the Lighting of the Avenue: Tyson Robinson, Joseph; Kristi Robinson, Mary; baby Ella, Baby Jesus; Emerson Uphoff, Star; Charlotte and Johanna Hissler and Rachel Walters, Angels; David Hissler, Marie Olsen, Jake Asay and Diane Walters, Magi; Sydney Graham, little Shepherd. Thank you for your participation.

Lighting of Advent candles by Sue Phillips with grandchildren Lauryn and Brandon Becher

Angel tree with packages from the congregation. Vivian Virden organizing presents to bring to McDowell Mountain School. The Mission Council thanks you for your support each and every year.

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Christian Formation
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! How exciting to start a New Year with added programs, upcoming events, also challenges. Check out what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Carol Hencz, Elder Church and come and join our spiritual family. from Bible Study, please join us each Sunday, starting January 19th at 10:15 in the Adult Center. We welcome your participation. John Bivens Blessed Beginnings Ministry 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 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 On Wednesday evenings, after a GOURMET DINNER by Chef Arlene, Pastor Bill leads the adults to the Bible Study from 6:30 – 7:45 pm. His topic for January will be JESUS THE ONE AND ONLY A Beth Moore Video Study Beginning Monday night, January the 6th, 6:30 pm -8:30 pm. We will take a journey with Beth Moore through the gospel of Luke. The video filmed in Israel will take us through the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. For those ladies who don't go out at night, the study will be offered on Tuesday mornings beginning January 7th from 9 to 11 am. Please come and bring a friend or neighbor. All are welcome. This study will be lead by Sylvia Burke. Study books may be purchased at the office for a cost of $19.00. STRAIGHT TALK ABOUT...AGING IS PERFECT FOR ALL AGES!! Whether you are 25, 45, or 65+ the 5 speakers for this event have something for you. This event will be held on Saturday, January 18, from 9am to 3 pm in our Fellowship Center. Cost is $5.00 with a box lunch included. Register by signing up after Sunday Service or call the Church Office. -Carol Hencz

Sabbath Day Bible Study “What we know about God and what we do for God have a way of getting broken apart in our lives. The moment the organic unity of belief and behavior is damaged in any way, we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.” This is the way Eugene H. Peterson introduces the Book of Ephesians in his version of the Bible, The Message. We plan to start a study of Ephesians on Sunday, January 19th continuing for a period of six weeks. As you may know, the Sabbath Day Bible Study is for an hour – from 10:15 to 11:15 in the Adult Center. CLAF graciously provides light refreshments to go with coffee. Those participants who would like to attend the casual worship service at 11:15 can certainly be excused from the Bible Study in time to do so. There will be ample opportunity to ask questions, express personal perspectives, and have an open discussion of the scriptures. Ephesians is Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus. It may also have been intended for other churches as well. Ephesus was an important coastal city ranking in importance with Alexandria in Egypt and Antioch in Syria. Ephesians presents a picture of God’s plan and the role and mission of the church and life within it. We will explore how we fit into God’s plan and our role and mission in Fountain Hills. If you have an interest in learning more

Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well a book by Billy Graham (for more details see page
8) The study will start on January 15th. Come and join us for fine food and fellowship at 5:45 pm. We will be joined by the Elementary Kids and our Teens. We ask for a small donation of $7.00 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.

The Main Event Social for Teens is January to kick off the New Year. Coming in 2014: Zombie Apocalypse Survival for Teens. Actually it is part Walking Dead and part survival journal... but it will be fun thinking about life’s most important issues and considering them from a biblical perspective! Questions about coping with pain and suffering, drinking, loving difficult people, temptation to indulge. I am interested in hearing their responses and doing the survival games!

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January 2014

From the Director of Christian Formation
The Environment of our Faith Community
Yes, God has designed us to live and be formed in community. We are to experience Him in ways that many times can only happen in close proximity to each other. FHPC is a beautiful Debby DeBernardi loving and gracing community to create an environment for parents and children to be equipped and discipled; to celebrate God and His faithfulness; to bring worship through both traditions for a child’s identity and heart response for deep change. Our love for each other reflects the love we have been given from God. One can tell a lot about a church by the way they care for children, families, elderly and those with special needs. We are in a growing time and although parents are the primary ones to disciple their children, we are here to come along side of them in this holy endeavor. Our baptismal vows echo this! Why would God bring more families until we can offer ministry to and with children and families? Thank you for those who have taken the risk to step into unknown territory to join parents and grand parents in shaping lives of faith. We need more people to do so now. Let’s take it to the next level! God is faithful... let us continue to walk with Him, with children and with their families. Opportunities to learn and be formed with children and family available. Commitment to children not to a program required. Ministry done in teams so that you may select a schedule and rotation that works for you. Contact Debby to pray and discern how best you may invest your skills and time in others to experience God in our midst! Doing Life With God for Elementary from 10:15 - 11:15 am Sunday mornings began the end of last year! One couple who was to be part of the team sold their house and so are moving. The opportunity to join the team and a REALLY wonderful atmosphere and formational experience. All materials including a spiritual formation study Bible will be offered to you!

Deb’s Doodles
Congratulations FHPC! Debby received one of two grants from Presbyterian Youth Workers Association to offer a special time of retreat with youth workers in the Fountain Hills area in 2014. Please be in prayer as she plans and invites others and goes through the reporting process. The PYWA was very excited for the project that included various denominations. They desire to place this project on their website to inspire others in ministry. Baptism Blessings for Summer Jones! Summer will be baptized January 19th. Please come celebrate with her and her family on this glorious Sunday!

Special thanks to all who participated in the Advent Lighting of Candles and Readings. The Live Nativity with Petting Stable was once again a hit. People in the community are now asking if we are bringing the animals and gave great compliments. Even the mobile petting zoo team told people Fountain Hills was their favorite event of the year and that teams all request FHPC because of how well they are received and treated. Thank you church! Kristi and Ella Robinson Continued on page 14...

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Men’s Fellowship
Men’s Fellowship
As most of you already know, the Men’s Fellowship at FHPC has always been a rather informal organization. For most of its twelve year existence it has avoided having a formal organization structure. The original goal was to simply have monthly breakfast meetings so men of this church could meet for an hour or two of, well, fellowship. Sometimes we had a pre-planned program and sometimes we would simply eat and sort of “wing it” insofar as the agenda was concerned. Over the years we did adopt some programs that have become traditional parts of our church life. Most notable of these are the annual Sweethearts Brunch and an annual Worship Service conducted by male members of FHPC. Additionally, Men’s Fellowship provided ushers for some Worship Services, crews for periodic campus clean-up days and volunteers to take food donations to Extended Hands Food Bank each week. It also does all the outdoor Christmas decorations on the campus each year. Participation has always been strictly voluntary. Any male, from teenage and up, is welcome to attend our meetings and is encouraged to volunteer to help with any of our projects. We do not maintain membership rolls, but we do maintain a list of those who have participated in some way in the past. We make a special effort to make those people aware of future events. Recently, we came to the conclusion that we should formalize our organization structure to the extent that we at least had a clearly identified leader. So, for the next year, Norm Collins has volunteered to be the Moderator of Men’s Fellowship at FHPC. As such, he will be the contact point for Men’s Fellowship and he will be responsible to coordinate the staffing, planning and promoting of future events. Obviously, if this is to work out well, Norm will need volunteers to assume the leadership role for specific events/projects. (NOTE: An announcement of some near term future events appears elsewhere in this bulletin) In closing we want to invite all males in FHPC to be a part of this Fellowship. As you consider this, remember, our emphasis is still on “Fellowship” and we continue to abhor too much organizational structure.

Announcements of Coming Events Saturday, January 11, 2014
A breakfast will be held in the Fellowship Center at 9:00 a.m. Any male who attends our church is certainly welcome. Bringing a friend from our community would be a wonderful way to reach out to our community. Past participants will be contacted by phone so we can have an estimate of how many will attend. Others wanting to participate should call Norm Collins at 480-860-1273. We would love to see some new faces. Following breakfast there will be a very short meeting and then we will take down the Campus Christmas decorations.

Sunday, January 26, 2014
The Worship Service on January 26 will be conducted by the Men’s Fellowship. This service will be the product of an overall design by John Bivens and a music program design by Roy Nickel. These two gentlemen have successfully collaborated on previous all Men’s Fellowship Sundays and we fully expect this one to measure up to their normal standards.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
The Annual Sweethearts Brunch will be held at 10:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Center on this date. Specific information on ticket sales and pricing will be provided in weekly worship services bulletins in January. This is probably the biggest social event of the year by the Men’s Fellowship, for FHPC. It would behoove all you men to keep this date in mind and to make sure you don’t disappoint your Sweetheart.

General Information
If you have questions about the above events or about the FPHC Men’s Fellowship, please call Norm Collins (489-860-1273) Norm Collins

Men’s Bible Study
Start the New Year off right! Come and join other men of FHPC in Bible Study on January 9th at 7:00 a.m. in the Adult Center. We enjoy coffee and donuts, fellowship, and trust in God and each other. Our sessions only last an hour so you can have a full day doing whatever you wish after a meaningful “Kickoff.” You will be missing out if you don’t take advantage of this opportunity. Ask any man who attends for his reaction. We welcome you and look forward to having you with us!

“Help Me Be”
Lord, help me be your heart today, providing hope for those who stray. Lord, help me be your love today, displaying grace in every way. Lord, help me be your Word today, proclaiming good when all is gray. -Mary Ann Sundby
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Library Footnotes
Richard Stearns is the president of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest nonprofit Humanitarian organizations . In 1998, in a lucrative business career as CEO of Lenox, Inc. he felt an unexpected irresistible call to exchange “success” for service to those affected by poverty and injustice. Since then, Rich and Renee Stearns have traveled far and wide to see and to listen to the people in poverty-stricken villages all over the world. They’ve brought back stories-true stories of real people they’ve met whose lives have been changed by God’s grace and the work of His church. He Walks Among Us by Richard and Renee Stearns, is a devotional of 90 inspiring stories with biblical truth and stunning photographs by Jon Warren. You’ll see a glimpse of a world just wracked by sin and disaster, but reclaimed, healed, and transformed through the power and love of Jesus Christ. An example of the Spiritual lessons include: Facing Goliath; Changed from the Inside Out; Joy in Unexpected Places; Yielding to the Potter’s Hands; I Hope You Dance; Learning from Scrooge; Spiritual Dominoes; When God Calls Us to Wait, and Lone Ranger Christians. We often separate ourselves from people who are different from us, sometimes intentionally. This book is a reminder of all the things we share in common—hopes, dreams, heartaches—but more importantly, it reminds us that He walks among us. All of us. God’s Love For You Bible Storybook by Richard and Renee Stearns, teaches favorite Bible stories Followed by real stories of people sharing God’s love. Through these stories, children can discover that they are never too young or too far away for God’s love to reach them or to show His love to others. In addition to the true stories of children whose lives are being shaped by God’s love, each story includes: educational facts about countries and cultures; vivid photographs of people and places around the world; illustrated globes that show children where Vivian Virden the featured countries are located.

Fill a jar Need a new tradition to begin the new year? One way to reflect on your blessings as the days and months pass is to fill a Blessing Jar. Simply find a container (ideally with a lid) and place it in a prominent place in your home. Next to it, set slips of paper and writing utensils. Encourage each family member to jot down one thing they’re grateful for every day. If you have a large family, you may need one jar per person. You can also use different-colored paper slips for each family member. Every week, sit down together and review the many ways God is present in your lives.
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Resolutions American theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703—1758) became focused on his life’s purpose at age 19. The result was 70 resolutions, or commitments, he wrote down and then read every week for 35 years until his death. Some of these resolutions include:
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To live with all my might while I do live. To study the Scriptures . . steadily, constantly and frequently. Never to lose one moment of time. Never to do anything which I should despise or think meanly of in another. Never to do anything out of revenge. To let there be something of benevolence in all that I speak. Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
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January 2014

Music Ministry
Happy New Year from the Music Ministry staff, the Celebration Singers, Celebration Ringers, Committed, Celebration Youth, Pearwood Recorders and Hilltop! We have lots to present this new season, and I look forward to all we can offer toward enhancing the worship experience of this Debbie Fisher, Director of Music church. I certainly want to thank all of those involved in the Music Ministry for their fine achievement in putting forth such a great quality of music this past Christmas Season. To be able to move the choir into the direction of greater choral works has been such a wonderful experience. There are so many fine musicians within our ministry, Singers and Ringers and instrumentalists, alike. It's a privilege to work with them. I'd also like to thank our team of ladies who took on the project of selecting the scarf colors, fabric, and design, along with coordinating the tie colors for the men, which dresses our choir in an elegant style for special presentations. Helen Quigley, Susan Phillips and Arlene Olsen all scouted the fabric stores and narrowed down the choices, and with the choir's choice of fabric and color, gave the material to Violet Weider, who did the seamstress work. They turned out beautifully! Working with the Youth for the Christmas Pageant during the Family Christmas Eve Service was great! The whole service of musicians was put on by the youth of our church. They are becoming such fine musicians! The event of a pageant during Christmas Eve dates back through many generations, and I think the experience is one which was enjoyed by our children, and the children who came to visit, as well as the congregation who were able to delight in the presentation. I hope to continue this as a new tradition in our church. It works so well for their young spirits to participate and contribute to the experience in worship. Our Second Service, "Home By Another Way" also offered a wonderful Christmas experience with a lessons and carol style presenting some of the newer Christmas Songs along side traditional Christmas Hymns, accompanied by Christmas Scripture and Christmas Readings. We are fortunate to have the musicians of Hilltop creating the kind of professional sound that works so well when creating the kind of atmosphere necessary within a service which offers such a unique and enriching experience worship style for all those who attend. Now, let's look forward to the entertainment developing for the Jan. 12 celebration of our Church's 40th year. Wow! I know the entertainment will be fun, unique and somewhat presentable, with singing, poetry reading, fiddle playing, banjo picking, jug blowing, and the like, all for your entertainment pleasure. It's sure to be a year of wholehearted appreciation for those who have built, and continue to build this wonderful house of worship, that we might come together to create an environment of praise and thanksgiving for the One who created and continues to transform us all.

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: To live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.
Psalm 27:4

Debbie Fisher Director Music Ministry

RUMMAGE SALE: Workers Needed for the week before March 22, 2014
WOMEN: we will need 2 Co-Chairpersons for the following sections: Books; Children Items; Garden/Floral arrangements; Holiday/ Home Decorations/Crafts; Housewares/Lamps; Linens & Bath Accessories; Men’s Clothing; Women’s Clothing; Paintings and Picture Frames. MEN: We will need your help with set up and clean up. Day of Sale: We will need cashiers and baggers. We will need food prep specialists to keep our workers energized throughout the day! The contact person for our upcoming rummage sale is Chris Young. If you can help with any of these areas, bless you! Please let me know what your preference is either at my work phone number - 480-789-7236 - or my cell phone number - 480-388-5075 - or via email at Please note that there is an underscore between the misschris and the 001. Let's make it another great FHPC rummage sale!!

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Earl and Ann Stavely
Ann was born in Minneapolis, MN and grew up with one sister that was three years older. Ann said that her sister was a role model for her. Earl was born in State College, PA. He had two brothers. Earl feels his greatest accomplishment was becoming an Eagle Scout and two of their three sons also became Eagle Scouts. Earl and Ann met on a blind date and have been married for 68 years. Ann’s only advice to young couples on having a long marriage is “Patience!” Earl was an engineer and worked for G.E. for 32 years until retirement. Ann worked for five years as an assistant engineer with G.E. in Schenectady , N.Y. and quit to become a stay-at-home mother The reason they retired to Fountain Hills was because Earl had business connections here while working for G.E. They moved to Fountain Hills in 1973 and have been members of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church since it’s formation. The members met in several places until the actual church was built. Yes!! Members for 40 years! They were Presbyterians before moving here, so joining this church was not a hard decision for them. When asked what they liked about our church, Earl felt our best feature was the informality and Ann felt that the sermons were meaningful and the congregation is friendly. They won’t admit to doing any crazy or silly things in their life. Earl feels the best advice ever given to him was , “Be true to yourself.” Earl also said that he feels his father had the most impact on his life. And, both of them feel they had a positive influence on their sons. And they stated that “Being honest” is the best advice they would offer someone today.


Pastor Bill and friends attend a dedication of the gardens in a “Quiet Place.” A project by Girl Scout Heather ?????

Dedication of the monument with the Mortimer family in the front of the campus at Fountain Hills Blvd. The monument was built in memory of Judy Mortimer .

Prayer for a new year
Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept thy will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to thee, to be thine forever. Fill me and seal me with they Holy Spirit. Use me as thou wilt. Send me where thou wilt, and work out thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever. -Betty Scott Stam
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Wise Words
Want to provoke a warm response from others? Look in people’s eyes and smile sincerely. Faith isn’t meant to be kept to oneself. It simply has to be shared in non-threatening ways and shown in loving actions. Peace must begin within ourselves. Anger only provokes anger in others. We cannot make enough of the virtue of trust. If we cannot be trusted, of what value are we?
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January 2014 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
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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) James Johnston Blanche Brisbane

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

Give you all There are plenty to follow our Lord halfway, but not the other half. They will give up possessions, friends and honors, but it touches them too closely to disown themselves...Commit your lives in unreserved obedience to (God).
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01/01 01/01 01/03 01/03 01/03 01/04 01/04 Bob Hoffarber Gene Warren Carol Fuls Tori Turner Donna Yordy Jim Hall Canon Lipps 01/06 01/06 01/07 01/09 01/16 01/16 Gerry Prokupek Virginia Siegle Joan Barker Linda Lull Beau Bennett Milt Hoff 01/16 01/21 01/22 01/22 01/24 01/25 01/27 Jen Young Tom Martin Linda Craven Leopold Therrien Anthony Harris Wilberta Robinson Fred Hansen

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