Fountain Hills, AZ
From the 40th Anniversary Committee
The start of our yearlong 40th Anniversary celebration is off and running. At our January 12 Kick-Off, western dress was the style of the day starting at morning worship, and even Pastor Bill broke down and got “with it” in his black vest, jeans and boots. First on the agenda, was the introduction of our three active charter members: Jayne Haynes, and Ann and Earl Stavely. In recognition of their many years of dedication to FHPC, they were presented with a beautiful picture of our bell tower against a magnificent sunrise. Then we viewed a slide presentation starting with Reverend Glenn Atchinson in his cowboy hat and boots gathering his flock on a bare piece of land, followed by the progress made by our church’s pioneers during the next 10 years. The Kick-Off BBQ started at 4:30 p.m., and we were entertained by the Hilltop Pickers, poems, jokes, crazy-good fiddling, and more. In addition to all this, we had some games for the kids, and a rootin’ tootin’ sheriff and his deputies threatening to put anyone in jail who broke the law. Our best western dressed prizewinners were Michele Hasley (women) and Fred Hansen (men). Another wonderful happening was the donation of a beautiful painting of the Four Peaks donated by Artist and church member Doug Katonak. Phil’s Filling Station provided a great BBQ, and there was plenty of good food for everyone. Attendance at the BBQ was over 180 thanks to all the hard work of our great committee. And, they aren’t through yet……….there is more to come………don’t miss our Remembrance Brunch on April 27, Birthday Party on June 8, a surprise party (we don’t even know what kind of party) on September 20, and our Grand Finale on November 8. Our committee was happy to see so many people enjoying themselves at the Kick-Off, and we are looking forward to seeing all of you at the Remembrance Brunch next. Susan Phillips & Helen Quigley 40th Anniversary Co-Chairs

February 2014


Living God’s love.
calls us to . . . Our Mission :

Reach out to all with faith and love.

Susan Phillips Helen Quigley 40th Anniversary Committee Co-Chairs

In Touch
Pastor/Head of Staff

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Focus on Finance
Dec. Income Dec. Expense $ 50,296 $ 39,112 Budget Budget $ 38,900 $ 34,528

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 432,801

Budget Budget

$ 408,500 $ 408,500

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 418,844

Dorothy Parris

Caryl Bates

Lynn Medley

CHURCH TREASURER John Skewes CHURCH SESSION Class of 2014 Mary Alice Bivens Gail Botsford Jerry Cain Carol Hencz 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 Helen Roesch Class of 2015 Ben Fast Jack Morris Ruby Pearson Bev Watters Class 2016 Suzie McCready Dorothy Rudack Donna Sims Nancy Wulfmeier ******

We had a great December. Income exceeded expectations and most of the unfavorable variances we anticipated to surface by year-end simply did not materialize. Expenses yielded some overruns in December, but they paled in comparison to the strength of the congregation’s commitment to FHPC. Overall, a glorious end to 2013. Not much more needs to be said, except….THANK YOU! Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

On the Inside:
From the 40th Anniversary Committee .. .. .. . . . .. . . . Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … . What is Per Capita ….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . Rummage Sale .. .. . . . . .. .. .. . . . … .. . .. . . . . . . . . Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . . Sweethearts Brunch .. .. .. . . . ... .. … .. …. .. … . . . Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . .. Western BBQ Photos .. . .. . .. ... .. .. . .. . … .. .. .. . . Outreach to New Members.. .. … .. .. . . .. . . . . . . .. Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series 2014.. … . … . . FHPC Foundation .. .. . .. . ... . .. . … .. … … … . .. . 40th Anniversary Kick-Off Dinner .. .. .. . . … .. .. . . . . Christian Formation . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... .. .. . .. .. . . . . . From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . . . Baptism Photo. .. . .. ... …. … . . . . . . … . .. . . . . . . . PW Winter Gathering Photos. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .. .. . . . . Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. … Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. Member Spotlight...Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . Necrology for 2013 & 2014… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. February Birthdays .. ..… .. … …. … … …. … … .. Cell Tower photo .. .. .. . . . .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . … . . . . “home by another way” .. .. .. .. . .. … .. .. . . … .. . . ... 1 2 3 3 4 5 6 8 8 9 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 19 19 20

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“Per capita is an opportunity for all communicant members of the Presbyterian church through the governing bodies to participate equally, responsibly, and interdependently by sharing the cost of coordination and evaluation of mission; and of performing ecclesiastical, legislative, and judicial functions that identify a Reformed Church, while at the same time strengthening the sense of community among all Presbyterians”. (GA Minutes, Part I, 1995) What does this mean for the members of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church? We have 335 persons on our membership rolls. In 2014, the Per Capita apportionment will be $31.00 per member. $6.15 will be sent to the General Assembly PC(USA), $6.00 to the Synod of the Southwest, and $18.85 will remain in our Presbytery. Per Capita income represents 36% of the income within Grand Canyon Presbytery. Over the years, many of you have contributed to your Per Capita apportionment. If you wish to do so in 2014, please write a check made payable to Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church and indicate in the memo section it is for Per Capita. You may place your gift in the offering plate on Sunday mornings or send it into the church office. Thank you!

Valentine’s humor
Go ahead and chuckle at these Christian pick-uplines—just don’t expect them to be very effective. Now I know why Solomon had 700 wives . . . because he never met you. For you, I would slay two Goliaths. The Word says “give drink to the thirsty, and feed the hungry”; how about dinner? Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Gilead. I believe one of my ribs belongs to you. How many times do I have to walk around you to make you fall for me? You really float my ark. Me. You. Song of Songs: The Remix. How would you like to join my purpose-driven life?
-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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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In Touch

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Mission Ministry
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens and in this way fulfill the Law of Christ Jesus. This is something near and dear to us here in the Mission Ministry. We want to be able to help others in whatever small way we can. Like I said a couple of months ago, what may be small to us may be something huge to someone else. There is a saying that goes, “You may be nobody in this world, but you may be the Terri Schmidt, Elder world to someone else.” Now that the Christmas Holidays are gone and things are calming down some, I don’t want us to forget those who still need us. As I remember all of those people’s faces we helped during the Holidays and their expressions of joy and gratitude, it makes me want to do, and give, more. It only takes a “Thank You” or a hug of gratitude from someone you’ve helped to draw you in and fill you with joy and love. If you think you want to experience some of this kind of joy and love, come join us here in the Mission Ministry. Thank you to all who so faithfully bring in canned food every Sunday. It is so nice to be able to help those who live locally and need extra help.

Blankets Plus
It’s that time of year again that we have our collections for this worthwhile project. Barbara and Gary Oakeson have graciously agreed again to chair this program. This is one of our powerful projects, because it is not just a local mission, but national and international as well. This program is there in time of need, not only with blankets, but water, medical supplies, school supplies personal hygiene kits, as well as having help available in times of disasters. This project had helpers on the scenes last year with super storm Sandy, the Yarnell fire, and the tsunami in the Philippians. This Blankets Plus project will be Sunday February 16th.

Weekender Bag Project/ High School Snack Packs
This is another very worthwhile project in which to get involved since school is in full swing.. The PW travels once a month to Mesa to help pack weekend backpacks to help those children who do not have enough to eat on weekends. If this is something that you might like to know more about, you can contact Mary Alice Bivens at 837-4857. We take the High School snack packs to the High School. We collect items like breakfast bars, crackers stuffed with cheese or peanut butter, individual packages of nuts, non refrigerated boxes of chocolate milk or juice boxes, dried fruit, individual packages of trail mix. These items can be left at the Church office or put in the SWATT baskets in the Narthex on Sunday.

Clothing Donations
For those of you cleaning closets and have clothing or other things you need to get rid of including furniture, Max’s closet is a great charity. This is a branch of Extended Hands Food Bank. They take all donations and mark them waaaaaaaaay down; the money that is collected goes to the Food Bank. If you have no way to get these items there, you can call Lisa Hadsall at 480/580-2889 or email her at . You can, if you wish, take them directly to Max’s closet which is located next to the Extended Hands food bank at 16548 E Laser Drive suite #5. If you think you would like to be involved with Mission Ministry, our meetings are the second Monday of the month at 1:00pm in the conference room in the Church office. Or if it suits you better, you can call Terri Schmidt at 837-7083 or Susan Owens at 836-2390. We will have many more projects coming in this new year. Come join us and experience that feeling of joy and love I was talking about previously in this article.

Extended Hands Food Bank
We were very excited to present Pastor Iverson of the Food Bank with the check from this past Christmas Eve’s two services. We were able to give him a check for $2,787.35. Thank you all for so generously giving. This means so much to be able to help the food bank. Thank you also to Susan Owens, Vivian Virden, Susan Lickman, Nancy Wulfmeier, and Terri Schmidt for helping serve at the Fish Fry on January 3rd. This is another way we like to help out at Extended Hands Food Bank. This is a great way for us to get to visit with the town’s people and show our support. If this is something that may interest you, call Terri at 837-7083 or Susan at 836-2390. We help serve on the first Friday of every month.

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In Touch
“Thank you all so much. Many of us here don't get much in the way of presents and goodies from home during the holidays. So it is much appreciated when a group such as the FH Presbyterian Church, Elks Lodge, and Quilters Guild put together these Christmas Holiday Boxes for us. I'm older and help the US Army with their contracting office and I remember when I served during the Viet Nam conflict, as they called it, that the public at home wasn't as thoughtful as you all have been. We really do appreciate it. And even though you may not hear from many of us, your concern and thoughtfulness help us all through the holiday season away from our families. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you. The cards written by the kids are quite funny sometimes, and make us all smile.” Thank you, Dennis J. Carey Construction Control Representative Regional Contracting Center - South Thank you very much for the Holiday box of goodies! Boxes like that really bring up the morale around here. I want to wish you all Happy Holidays to your family and friends, thank you again for your thoughts and gifts!” SPC Hoover, Monique PBO Clerk, Regiment PBO

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“Thank you’s”
Thank you for the care package. We played homemade Pictionary on Christmas. We didn’t have the game, so one non playing person wrote words on a piece of paper and put them in a hat. Each team member picked a paper and drew the word on the white board. It was really fun. We find ways to improvise out here. We have many people with creative ideas. We received a real Christmas tree from the shipping company next door. They received a big shipment so they shared. However, we didn’t have anything to put on the tree or a tree stand. So we used my garbage can as a tree stand and put water in it. Then we nailed the top of the tree to the ceiling so it wouldn’t fall over. We had some Christmas cards, so we put some on the tree for decorations. Then we received some stockings in the mail from a care package and those went on the tree. We couldn’t find any decorations at the PX except bows, so we also put bows on the tree. Finally we had a Christmas tree. Hope everyone had a great Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks again for the kind gift. Sincerely, CHERYL PERDUE Regional Contracting Center-South

The 2014 Sweethearts Brunch
Saturday, February 8, 2014
10:00 AM Tickets: $12.00ea
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 February 4 February 13 February 17 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village Morning Circle in Adult Center, FHPC Evening Circle: Home of Maria Berry, 14923 E. Summit Dr., 480-836-2424 Hooked On Books (see separate box) Out ’n About (see separate box for location)
Looking ahead, here are more opportunities for you to consider: PWP Winter Gathering at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Dr. Tim Smith will deliver the keynote address called Fall Afresh on Me. Registration form are available at the church office and must be completed and paid for by Feb. 21 ($15 for continental break fast and lunch). For more information contact Donna Yordy, PWP Moderator 480-837-6169 March 1 March 23 Gifts of Women Sunday. Our speaker will be Lyn Corazin and Patsy Knoy will present special music. Women of our church will handle all other aspects of this service; you won’t want to miss it. Spring Gathering. 10:00 a.m. Fel lowship Center. This will be a pot luck brunch with a fashion show with Clothes Silo and “Wheat to Sell” items made by Women Worldwide.


February 19 9:30 a.m. February 19 12:00 p.m.

Sometimes it seems that activities swirl all around us and there are too many dates on our calendars or chores on the to do list. It is hard to select those activities that might meet our needs at a particular time. We hope that as Presbyterian women some of the activities we provide might meet your particular needs. We know there are so many opportunities but we’d like to be certain that you positively know that your presence is wanted and you will be welcomed warmly to any of our activities. I read recently a short essay by Martha Beck about research being done by Drs. Newberg and D’Aquili and she used a metaphor for all the actual activity going on around us and our “tuning in”. “If you’re sitting anywhere near civilization right now, the air you’re breathing is full of radio signals. You won’t be aware of them unless you bring in a radio, but with the right equipment, you can tune in to not only one strand of organized sound but many different songs and conversations.” Sometimes it takes “tuning in”. We want to encourage you to turn your dial to find some time to spend with us….the women in this loving congregation.

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What a wonderful evening. About 60 women enjoyed an evening of food, entertainment, and a wonderful speaker. Debbie Fisher brought a group of children who began our festivities with three songs accompanied by drummers. Debbie also played several flute numbers which were hauntingly beautiful. Our salad table overflowed with delicious choices and we all had the lemon fluff dessert which is in our cookbook. Ben Fast gave an overview of our new FHPC Foundation and invited all the women of the church to our first foundation annual meeting in the Fellowship Center on February 16 at 4 p.m. The presentation of an Honorary Life Membership was made and Carol Fuls was chosen….such a greatly deserved honor for her loyal and continuous service to our church and the Lord. Rev. Martha Sadongei spoke about her dual heritage and her life as a teacher and now a Presbyterian minister. She presented the earlier customs of native American women and the difficulties they currently face in making their voices heard to achieve a better life. What a wonderful evening and time to be with friends. Now we anticipate our Spring Gathering. Watch for news; it will be a brunch!
Rev. Martha Sedongei

February 2014

Sally Atchinson More photos on page 15...

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
Our next meeting will be on February 19 at 12:00 noon at BRIO Tuscany Grill in the Quarter Shopping Center which is across the street from Kierland Commons Shopping Center. The address is 15301 N. Scottsdale Road. There is valet parking and parking across from BRIO. Call Arlene Olsen for reservations 837-4271.

Hooked on Books will meet at the home of JoAnn Spalding on February 19th at 9:30 AM. Lorene Hover will lead the group as they participate in a Reader's Theater drama. The Book Group is open to anyone who enjoys reading and discussing literature. Books you no longer want may be brought for a Book Exchange. For further information contact Jan Hoff - (480)836-7551

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More Western BBQ photos: full house!

Emerson & Summer

Terry Schmidt & Judy Irvin

George & Sylvia Burke John Brockelman & Andy Hasley

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. Our next Inquiry Class will be on February 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Narthex. We anticipate having New Member Sunday on February 16, 2014 at the 9:00 AM service. For additional information, please contact Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312, Sally Atchinson at 480-837-1054) or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Sally Atchinson & Gail Botsford

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Tickets for Concert Series 2014
The Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church is now selling single ticket for all shows. There will be ticket sales at 8:30 am in the big tent outside the sanctuary and after 9:00 AM church 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! Church telephone number is 480-837-1763.

Mary Ann Nickel & Janice McGuire selling concert tickets under the watchful eye of Nate McGuire!

Concert Series features:
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) Feb. 11th Feb. 25th Mar. 11th Mar. 25th

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow” FHPC Foundation Annual Meeting
February 16, 2014 4:00—5:00 PM Fellowship Center Our speaker will be our own Dawn Lau, retired Major Gifts Officer of Mayo Foundation.

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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KickKick-Off of 40th Anniversary

Charter members Jane Haynes and Ann & Earl Stavely with Pastor Bill

Special entertainment by Debbie Fisher and Joan Atchinson

Summer Jones, Dante Guyah Debby DeBernardi and Emerson Uphoff had the best time.

Winners of Best Western Dress Contest: Michele Hasley and Fred Hansen

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KickKick-Off of 40th Anniversary

Hilltop Pickers special performance

Emerson Uphoff can sing and play guitar

Event co –chair Susan Phillips with Pastor Bill unveiling special gift.

Hilltop Pickers

Jake and Paula Eberspacher performing...

40th Anniversary co-chair Helen Quigley

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Christian Formation
What a wonderful sight.. to see so many of our winter friends returning to our sunny Fountain Hills church on the hill ,and some new faces, adults and chilCarol Hencz, Elder dren. Check out what is going on at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church and come join our spiritual family. from the apostle Paul’s writings to the churches he helped establish and from his epistles. In the Men’s Bible Study each Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m. we have taken a look at portions of Paul’s words, letters, and epistles. We are learning just what his messages mean to us in contemporary society in the world around us. As important as Paul’s contribution is to us as Christians, we are wondering “What did Jesus say?” Between now and the Lenten Season, the Men’s Bible Study is seeking to learn directly from the master. We are reading and exploring the “Words of Christ in Red Letters.” In Matthew we find a great starting point for our study – the Sermon on the Mount. The beatitudes, ethical admonitions, and the contrast between Jesus’ ethical teaching and Jewish legalistic traditions offer a wealth of scripture which forms the foundation for our Christian beliefs. All men of FHPC are cordially invited to join us for this study each Thursday morning in the Adult Center at 7:00 a.m. Great fellowship, open discussion, personal contributions and coffee and donuts are available in abundance. Won’t you join us? John Bivens

January Teen Social

Sabbath Day Bible Study
Building a Community in Christ
“Building a Community in Christ” is the title John R.W. Stott gives his Bible study book on Ephesians. Stott expounds Paul’s theme of uniting his church in Christ by breaking down all that separates us from God, one ethnic group from another, husband from wife, and parent from child. The apostle Paul presents a greater vision of a new man and a new society. Started in January of the New Year and continuing through February into March, the Sabbath Day Bible Study at FHPC is concentrating on Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians. This letter was John Calvin’s favorite. Eugene Peterson says: Ephesians is a revelation of the church we never see. It shows us the healthy soil and root system of all operations of the Trinity out of which the church that we do see grows.” The Sabbath Day Bible Study meets from 10:15 to 11:15 each Sunday in the Adult Center. You can attend this class and still worship in the second service – Home by Another Way. Coffee and light refreshments are available thanks to CLAF. Please join us as we explore God’s Word together.

Kristi Robinson on the high wire!

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. This month we are exploring 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.

Sean Nangle and Jake Eberspacher in awe of Kristi’s skills

Men’s Bible Study What Did Jesus Say?
Much of the New Testament comes

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February 2014

From the Director of Christian Formation
HomeFront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource. This free magazine offers many ways to redeem the routine at home or when the kids come to the grandparents! You will find ideas for creating fun, food and more as spiritually forming times in your Debby DeBernardi home! It helps set aside a sacred space for family in the midst of your active, daily life! It also reinforces our Elementary KidCommunity. We have the resource on our website and a black and white copy available at the church. There is an app of your iPhone, iPad or Android device. As the director of Christian Formation, I encourage everyone to visit to subscribe to send the magazine directly to your inbox! Life With God for Elementary began December between services for Advent lessons. We are now moving into the life of Jesus lessons to learn from Jesus how to live a life with His Father. We are finding it takes time to be present, listen and many ways to practice each week. Families with elementary children are welcome to attend leisurely fellowship in the Fellowship Center or the Adult Bible Study in the Adult Center during this time. Or join us! and forming the spiritual lives of 2-4 preschool children. Curriculum, mentoring, and support provided. What great opportunity to serve in a way that offers young families a time and space to worship and grow. See how you can grow with us… contact Debby through the office at 480-837-1763. January Teen Social We invited the Ascension Youth Group to join us at The Main Event in Tempe followed by dinner at the Mellow Mushroom Bakery Studio. Jake Eberspacher and Sean Nangle won the puck challenge at youth group and so were awarded an extra $10 of games to their FunCards. All leaders thought it was great for the teens to have a chance to meet as we will be doing a community mission, the 30 Hour Famine together on April 11-12 as well as VBS! Parents and Teens: Watch for details for the Teen Maze March 1st! Details coming!

Peek-a-boo….We need you! Opportunities to grow in Christ as you partner with God in shaping little lives to love and follow Him! Loving People needed for: Preschool Leaders for 2-4 children ages 3-5 years old. Sunday's 11:15 - 12:15 pm Elementary Small Group Leader and Craft/ Activity Person for two small groups of 4-6 children each (1st4th grade). Every Other Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm Elementary Storytellers for large group elementary worship of 6-12 kids. Every Other Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm Elementary Lead Worshipper for large group elementary worship of 6-12 kids. Every Other Wednesday 5:00 - 6:00 pm.

Dominic Therrien (Hilltop musician) with sons!

Praise God that Life with God for Preschool ministry is needed to be offered during second service! A small group will be meeting this month to determine space and equipment needs for early childhood. The most important needs are loving people to commit to preschool children. Pairs of “FaithFriends” will join God and parents in guiding

On Call Nursery Caregivers There will be occasions when we need a nursery for an infant or toddler. You will be contacted to see if you are available. You will be given support, training, materials and freedom to use your unique gifts and skills! Contact the office 480-837-1763.

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Happy Valentine's Day
The ABCs of love Use this alphabetical list of love-in-action verbs as a reminder of the many ways to reflect Christ’s love: Accepts Notices Behaves Overlooks Comforts Provides Defends Quiets Empowers Rejoices Forgives Supports Grows Tries Helps Understands Invests Volunteers Joins Welcomes Kneels eXpects Listens Yields Mentors adds Zest to life
-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

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Love Gauge In a ship’s engine room, it’s impossible to look into the great boiler and see how much water remains. But running up beside it is a tiny glass tube that serves as a gauge. As the water stands in the little tuber, so it stands in the great boiler. When the tube is half full, the boiler is half full; when the tube is empty, the boiler is empty. Do you ask, “How do I know I love God? I believe I love him, but I want to know” Look at the gauge: Your love for other people is the measure of your love for God. --S.S. Chronicle

-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc


Summer Jones (8) was baptized on Sunday, January 19 at the 11:15 AM service. Debby DeBernardi and her mother Joanne look on with pride.

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February 2014

PW Winter Gathering

Ilene Berg, Moderator

Celebration Youth with Debbie Fisher, Director

Elsie Hoffarber, Suzie McCready, Carol Fuls (Honorary Life Member) and Linda Warren

Past Honorary Life Members: Ilene Berg, Jeanene Schopbach, Evelyn Hrunek, Jan Hoff, Maria Berry, Carol Fuls (present), Linda Warren, Mary Morris, Donna Yordy, and Barbara Oakeson.

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Library Footnotes
PEACE, THEY SAY by Jay Nordlinger Subtitle: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, the Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World. This book is a history of how the Nobel Peace prize started. Alfred Nobel, a Swedish scientist and entrepreneur started the prizes in his Will. At the age of 24 he received his first patent. He was known for a patent for “Dynamite.” He had 350 patents over his lifetime. He died on December 10, 1896. The Nobel prizes are given out on December 10 every year. He wrote the Will in his own hand in Swedish. It is quite short, only four pages. The Will left more than 33 million Swedish crowns, which is about $240 million in our terms (early 21st century.) The Will stated that the interest on the fund which was set up should be divided into five equal categories: Physics; chemistry; physiology or medicine; literature; and peace. The book reviews the prizes from 1901 (when the first prize was awarded) to the 2009 prize given to Barack Obama. It lists each laureate and why that person or organization was given the prize. It also covers the controversies over some of the laureates and also about some of the persons who should have received the prize and didn’t (the author’s opinion, but also world opinion). If you enjoy world history, you will find this book fascinating. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed by Carol Fuls

Actions speak loudly Do not waste time bothering whether you “love” your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. --C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
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BIBLE FACTS Did you know that: *There are 66 books in the Bible? *Micah and Nahum are the middle books of the Bible? *3 John is the book with the fewest words? *Psalms has the most chapters? *There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible? *Psalm 117 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible? *Psalm 117 is also the shortest chapter in the Bible? *Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible? *There are 31,101 verses in the Bible? *Psalm 118:8 is the middle verse of the entire Bible? “It is better t take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man” (NIV). *John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible? It has two words: “Jesus wept.” *Esther 8:9 is the longest verse in the Bible? It has 78 words.
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February 2014

Music Ministry
I love seeing the choir loft full of people who have made their return to this wonderful town! I am overjoyed with this beautiful weather along with the rest of our church. I see them welcoming those who have been away for the summer. You can feel the excitement as good Debbie Fisher friends reunite, singing together, ringing together and experiencing the joy that comes from that experience. It is always a great time to look forward to. There is good music to look forward to in the month of February, with Bill's sermon topic series being focused upon the "Fruits of the Spirit." It allows some of the music from our library that sings of joy, peace, our contentment in God's love. And His unfailing care of us to be touched through some wonderful arrangements such as Buryl Red's beautiful piece, "In Remembrance," with Mike McWethy playing the beautiful saxophone obligato, along with Natalie Sleeth's "Joy in the Morning" and Craig Courtney's "Peace I Give To You." with a beautiful violin solo by Jackie Miles. I am working on writing an arrangement of "Simple Gifts", that wonderful Appalachian tune of God's simplicity to round out the series. We will also hear the Pearwood Recorders play the contemporary piece, "Nostalgiam" and hear an offertory solo by George Holtan, who, incidentally, grew up in Minnesota as a next door neighbor to Caryl Bates. He sang in the same choir and played in the same band as Jim and Caryl. He is also responsible, along with Jack Morris, for beautifying our campus with the cactus garden by the north side of the entrance of the Fellowship Center. Thanks, guys! I must again thank those who played in the "Hilltop Pickers" for the 40th year kickoff. It was so much fun to play with the group, with our lead fiddle Jackie Miles, the talented Jake Eberspacher on mandolin and guitar, Judy Irvin on banjo, Letha Neely on autoharp, Greg Fisher playing anything his sticks would reach, Curt Augustine on percussion, Paula Eberspacher on spoons, and myself on guitar. It was truly just as much fun playing "Possum up a Gum Stump" as saying it, and hearing how Judy Irvin woke up one time, while living in Virginia, to a possum in her bed scratching at her neck. Funny stuff! Having Emerson Uphoff playing and singing was a treat in itself, and hearing Jackie Miles playing "Devil Went Down to Georgia" while Jake Eberspacher sang was great! Jake thinks Jackie is "Boss," (which is a good thing), as he was describing her to his high school classmates. The jokes and the poems read and written by our own folks, Jim Bates, Bill Quigley, Susan Phillips, Bob Titus, Vivien Virden, and Carol Skewes. Having the treat of Joan Atchison son throwing in a couple of western tunes really rounded our evening nicely. There's nothing like laughing with friends and family! Thanks, again, to the Men who sang in the Men's choir, led by Roy Nickel. You guys really do a great job! It's very inspiring to see you up in the choir loft. From what I could hear, some of you may want to consider sticking around and joining the choir full time! Ladies, you are next, with Women's Sunday March 23. I look forward to your involvement in the service, as well as your singing in the choir. We always make room for everyone, so, bring a friend! The rehearsal will be Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 in the Sanctuary. "O sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name, tell of His salvation from day to day!" Psalm 96:1-2 Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries

Weirdly compatible
We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. An when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love –true love. Robert Fulghum, True Love
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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Jim & Caryl Bates
Caryl was born in Minneapolis, MN and Jim was born in Brookings, SD. They met in Dawson, MN when they were in the 7th grade, but they didn’t date until they were seniors in high school. Caryl attended the University of Minnesota and graduated as a certified Dental Assistant. She returned to Dawson, MN where she worked for the local dentist. Jim attended South Dakota State College and graduated in the fall of 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in pheasant and duck hunting. Caryl and Jim were married in 1960. He joined the Marine Corps and after basic training they moved to Pensacola for flight training. Seventeen months later he received his pilot wings and was transferred to the New River Marine Air Base at Jacksonville, NC, to fly helicopters. After completing his military obligation in 1965.Jim was hired as a pilot by Northwest Airlines and they moved back to Minneapolis. They joined the EUB church and of course joined the church choir. The choir director needed a piano player so he asked Caryl to accompany the choir. This was her start for playing in church. They discovered that working for Northwest Airlines was at times a temporary job due to occasional layoffs. An opportunity came up to manage a small airport in Waseca, MN so they moved their family and Jim commuted to work at NWA.. Managing the airport provided income for them when Jim was out of work at NWA. At age 40 Caryl decided to learn how to play the organ so they bought an organ and Caryl took a few lessons and did a LOT of practicing. In 1985 they moved to Fountain Hills, joined FHPC and of course became involved in the music program. Caryl played the organ, Jim carried her music bag and sang in the choir. After 30 years at NWA Jim retired in 1995. They have two married daughters and four grandchildren. Jeannie and her husband Mike live in Neenah, Wisconsin. Caren and her husband Todd live in Knoxville, Tennessee. They have belonged to FHPC for 28 years and it has become a very important part of their lives. They feel blessed to belong to a church that is full of caring people.

9 “verses” that aren’t in the Bible
Several popular sayings can put biblical literacy to the test. For example, the phrases below aren’t in Scripture – although some come pretty close: “Money is the root of evil.” (According to 1 Timothy 6:10, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”) “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” (The closest teaching to this might be in James 4:8.) “God helps those who help themselves.” (This proverb originated in ancient Greece, not in Scripture.) “God moves in mysterious ways.” (A verse kind of like this is Isaiah 55:8) “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” (British poet Samuel Butler coined this phrase, which could be a paraphrase of Proverbs 13:24.) “This, too, shall pass.” (This occurs nowhere in the Bible but has been linked, incorrectly to King Solomon.) “Love the sinner, hate the sin.” (St. Augustine originally came up with a version of this phrase.) “Charity begins at home.” (British theologian John Wycliff is credited with this saying.) “God will never give you more than you can bear.” (This seems to be a misinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 10:13.)

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February 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 the diligent efforts of our deacons. Help us serve you by communicating your situation.
A T & T Cell Tower Update

With deepest sympathy we list those members who have passed away in 2013 and 2014.

Herbert Robinson Goldie Demeter Jean Bricker Dean Heiser Tony Atchinson Barbara Wyman John Fenley Glenn Atchinson Susan Strom (Jensen) James Johnston Blanche Brisbane Pat Covault

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

It is complete!

Stewardship - being responsible for making a faithful exercise of one's God given gifts.
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