Fountain Hills, AZ
From Terri Schmidt, Elder Mission Outreach Ministry

MAY 2014

S.W.A.T.T. is a group of community
minded men and women who have come together to try to help Fountain Hills by doing good deeds. This committee was started when several of our Mission group tried to figure out a way to help High School students have meals throughout the day. We talked with the High School nurse and she said these children are at an age where peer pressure is a big thing in their lives. These students don’t want their friends to know they are hungry and are not getting enough food at home, nor have food to bring for lunch. When we found out what a big need this was, we decided to reach out to other churches and people in the community for help. Our first project as S.W.A.T.T. was to collect juice boxes, breakfast bars, cheese and crackers, non-refrigerated chocolate milk boxes, and nuts. We took these to the High School and the nurse bagged them in brown bags and the students who were hungry could come to her office and pick up a bag. She has told us of many times when students have come in and asked to go home because they did not feel well only to be given something to eat and drink and would then feel better. We asked other churches in town for donations of these items and were able to keep the nurses office stocked this school year. Since this was a success we hope to continue next year. Another project we worked on this year was the Thanksgiving Dinner for those families who could not afford or had any means to have a dinner. Our friends at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church make a complete Thanksgiving dinner every year. So we made flyers for this meal and put them in the High School bags as well as put them in the Week-end Bags that went to the Grade School , Middle School and Charter School. We also gave some flyers to the St. Vincent De Paul in the boxes of food that were given here in town. We also asked for volunteers to help prepare and serve

this dinner on Thanksgiving Day. From notes we received it was concluded that there were several new families at this dinner. We are trying to notify the churches in our community of events that are occurring in all churches in our town. We are trying to work together with each other to help those in our community who need help. Several of us were involved in the National Make a Difference Day. This is a walk to help children with brain cancer, and a walk to help UMOM Center. S.W.A.T.T. is a name we picked that stands for “Servants with a Task and Testimony.” We felt there was a definite need in the community for this work . We are proud to join together with other fellow Christians to do God’s work. I have talked with many people in town who are excited about this group. 2 Corinthians 9:11 says You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us. As I read this verse I am sure God has sent us out to the community to give of ourselves and to show others how far God’s love and good works can reach. Everyday there is a perfect time and opportunity to show others of God’s love by the way we act and every kindness we show. If you would like to join us with this wonderful opportunity, we are always looking for those with the love and desire to help others.


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

Reach out to all with faith and love.

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Pastor/Head of Staff

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Focus on Finance
Mar. Income Mar. Expense $ 41,321 $ 33,849 Budget Budget $ 39,550 $ 33,953

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Yr to date Income

$ 126,173

Budget Budget

$ 131,300 $ 108,589

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Yr to date Expense $ 108,101

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 ******

March 2014 was essentially on track for both Income and Expenses. Highlights for the month are few: For Income we regained about $1,700 of February’s $7,000 shortfall, and Expenses were as expected. So, as the first quarter of 2014 comes to a close, we are trailing slightly in Income (Pledges and Contributions) and on target for Expenses. With Easter in April this year, we are hopeful that next month’s jubilant activities will put the Church fully back on Plan. Respectfully, John Skewes, Treasurer

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May 2014

“Those who depend on their wealth will fall like the leaves of autumn, but the righteous will prosper like the leaves of summer”
- Proverbs 11:28

Easter Egg Hunt!

Check our new look for our new Preschool Ministry on Sunday mornings during second service! Thank you Kitty Youngquist for being our lead Preschool Faith Friend along with Johanna and Charlotte Hissler assisting on a rotating basis. Play is the transformational language of kids!

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Mission Ministry
Psalm 9:18 For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever. As I read this verse I am so happy that I am on the Mission Ministry Committee and am able to help the needy and give them hope. There is so much we can do to help those less fortunate than us, sometimes it overwhelms us. Here are a few of things that we on the Mission Committee are involved in. There is no cooking allowed in these apartments. There are no TVs in the apartments and no internet connections. They have a library and a community room that Vivian Virden, Susan Titus, & Terri Schmidt has a big TV and movies. So needless to say it is mighty quiet in the apartments. This is why we chose to buy some AM/FM radio/CD players. Thank you to all who gave your slightly used CDs for us to take to these women and children to listen to. We also made up 40 Easter (Baskets) bags for the children. These bags have candy, bubbles and a ball. You can see by the pictures that we had fun filling these bags as well as distributing them.

Terri Schmidt, Elder

Extended Hands Food Bank
Thank you goes out to Jo-Ann and Art Spalding, Susan Owens, Nancy Wulfmeier, and Terri Schmidt for helping with the Friday night Fish Fry. We did not have quite as many the first Friday of April as they have on the other Fridays in this Lenten Season. We served 138 meals and they have served as many as 197 in the past on a Friday night. This is a great money maker for Extended Hands Food Bank. Thank you to all who continue to bring in canned and non perishable food on Sunday mornings. Everything that is brought in is a great help. For those of you going home or away for the summer months and want to clean out your cupboards, what better way than to bring your food in for the Food Bank. And tell all of your neighbors that are going out of town that this is a wonderful way of cleaning out the cupboards for the season.

National Day of Prayer
We are joining with other Fountain Hills churches to celebrate the National Day of Prayer on May 1, 2014. This will take place at the Fountain Park Amphitheater. There will be food in the park provided by Noon Kiwanis from 5:00-5:45pm. The program will start at 6:00 and end at approximately 7:00pm. Come join the fun and unite with other Fountain Hills Churches.

Changing Lives Center
We had fun again this Easter Season while giving some cheer to those less fortunate. The Changing Lives Center is the counterpart to the Phoenix Rescue Mission and is only for women

May 1, 2014

One Great Hour of Sharing
Thank you to all who so generously gave on Palm and Easter Sundays. To date we have collected $2723.00. This collection can be used for many things. We can purchase animals for starving villages or buy water wells in countries that desperately need fresh water, or give to areas that are in need after natural disasters. We here in Missions strive to make things better for as many people as we can. We love to be able to show God’s Love through our actions. If this is something you would like to be involved in please give me, Terri Schmidt, a call and I will gladly tell you when we meet again.

and children. These women and children live in apartments that are more like dorm rooms. There are one or two bedrooms depending on the size of family, and just a snack like kitchen.

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Our Graduates
Peter Daniel Carillo was born in Scottsdale on April 29, 1996 to Don & Martha Carillo. He has
been raised in Fountain Hills and is the fifth of six children in a hectic household! Peter was baptized and confirmed in the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. Peter has enjoyed sports while attending Fountain Hills High School. He was a 3 year Varsity Football player as well as Varsity Wrestler. In football, Peter was named All-State Offensive Lineman, Division IV, by the AZ Football Coaches 2013. He placed 2nd in State Wrestling Tournament in the 195 lbs weight class on February 15, 2014 and won several other tournaments. Peter is now participating in Track & Field for the spring season. Peter also completed his Eagle Scout Project, the 5,000 sq. ft. Cactus Garden at the east end of the Fountain Park, in conjunction with the Greening of Downtown Committee on April 2012. He was awarded the Rank of Eagle Scout July 2012. Peter likes traveling around the U.S., visiting his brothers, skiing, going to the movies and hanging out with friends. Upon graduation from Fountain Hills High School, Peter will either attend the United States Air Force Academy or University of Portland (Army ROTC or Air Force ROTC) where he will major in Engineering. He hopes to become a military pilot.

Since Stephen “Andrey” Lull was very young he always enjoyed live theatre. He remembers seeing his first show, “A Christmas Carol, The Musical” starring Richard Chamberlain in downtown Chicago. He loved every second of it, and from then on he wanted to be an actor. When he was much younger, he would memorize all the lines in many of the movies he watched. Andrey also began singing in church back in Illinois when he was four. He has been singing ever since. He has performed in theatre since he was twelve and has been cast in over 20 shows, most of them musicals. Andrey is looking forward to graduating from High School. He has plans to continue to perform in various theater shows in the valley while attending Scottsdale Community College. He hopes to continue his studies in New York. Andrey plans to major in theatre and have a minor in journalism. So if he can’t be on the stage, he can critique it. His overall ambition is to be on Broadway. Trey Uphoff Although many of you know me as “Trey”, my given name is actually Richard Francis Uphoff, III. I was born in Norfolk, Virginia on November 13, 1995 and had the wonderful opportunity of growing up near the ocean. We moved to Fountain Hills in the fall of 2004 and we immediately began attending Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. In December of 2005, my baby sister, Emerson, was born and promptly baptized at the church on Christmas Day, 2005. Although the terrain and climate is much different in Arizona than Virginia, I immediately began to explore our new home. I love the easy and quick access to the mountains and lakes that surround us here. I LOVE adventure and spending time “one” with the wilderness – it gives me an opportunity to put things in perspective. I have many favorite things: My favorite music is Country, my favorite movies are “The Road”, “Brother Where Art Thou” and “Into The Wild”, my favorite books are “Walden” by Henry Thoreau and “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain (I can really relate to both characters), my favorite foods are Sushi, Fish, Fried Chicken and Bacon. Over the years I have played many, many sports including swim team, the sport of triathlon, mountain bike racing, football, basketball and others. The church has been very important to me over the course of my growing years. It is probably the one thing that has ALWAYS remained constant in my life. I was confirmed at FHPC in 2010 and became an ordained youth elder in 2012. I had the honor of serving communion to thousands of Presbyterian teens at last year’s Triennium at Purdue University. I am looking forward to graduation from Fountain Hills High School this May. Like my father before me, I am already under contract with The United States Marine Corps and I am due to ship out on September 8, 2014 to Parris Island, SC. I would like to thank the Congregation for always being there for me as I have continued to grow in my faith over the years. I have gotten to know many of you personally and I want to thank all of you for your support. Please join me and my family on May 24th in The Fellowship Center from 4:30-6:30pm for an open house in celebration of my graduation.

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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

May 2 May 6 May 8 May 21 May 21 May 27

9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

Coordinating Council, Adult Center, FHPC Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village Morning Circle in Adult Center, FHPC Hooked On Books (see separate box for details) Out ’n About (see separate box for details) Evening Circle, home of Linda Capron 13427 N Vista del Lago


selection of world trade items. Most of the PW monthly activities recess in the summer months and we are busy planning for the 20142015 year. Future dates for events are as follows: Fall Gathering Winter Gathering Gifts of Women Sunday Spring Gathering Other Presbytery Events: PWP Fall Gathering October 11, 2014 Sunnyslope Presbyterian Church November 3, 2014 January 26, 2015 March 22, 2015 April 11, 2015 New PW reading lists for 2014-2015 were made available and if you missed receiving one, or could not attend, they are available in the church library. The Lists in the library include short summaries of each book. Below are the titles and authors: Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Husseini Telling the Bees, by Peggy Heskith Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray Bellweather by Connie Willis

Our Spring Gathering
A wonderful morning was enjoyed at the Spring Gathering. Offerings supported the Birthday Offering, the Fellowship of the Least Coin and our Library with a book shower and monetary donations. We had a plentiful and delicious selection of brunch dishes and lots of laughter. Eight of our PW women modeled clothes from the Clothes Silo. Many car loads of clothing were collected and delivered. Wheat brought a beautiful

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Non-Fiction: Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Way to Abolish Modern Day Slavery by Shayne Moore Mothers, Sisters, Daughters: Standing on Their Shoulders by Edwina Gately and Sandra Mattucci

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Our God is Undocumented, Biblical Faith and ImmiJustice -by Ched Meyers and Matthew Colwell Son of the Underground, the Life of Isaa Liu, son of Brother Yun the Heavenly Man -by Isaac Liu and Albrecht Kaul


Celebrating Mom
In spring 2013, a young man named Aba Atlas wanted to do something special for his birthday, so he gave his mom a present—and made a video about the gift and its beloved recipient. (Locate it on You Tube by searching for “iProjectAtlas, Dear Mother.”) For years, Aba’s mother had worked long hours outside the home and then cared for her kids each evening. She’d bought a house so her children would always have a place to call home, yet the mortgage caused her great stress. Working at a $30,000 a year position, Aba saved enough money to pay off his mom's mortgage and, on his birthday, presented her with a check. According to a caption in the video, her response was “Wow x 9000.” “I want to celebrate my life by celebrating the woman who gave me life,” Aba says.
-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

I Am Malala, the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban -by Malaha Yousafzai with Christina Lame.

Perhaps you can get started on some of these excellent selections over the summer months when curling up with a good book in a cool place makes for a very enjoyable day. SAFE TRAVELLING for all those who scatter to cooler climates, to another home site or just some vacation travel adventures. It would be interesting to take a map and mark all our routes radiating out from Fountain Hills; it would make quite a design.
*********************************** Sally Atchinson

As brightly colored as these eggs is our THANK YOU to all those who made the PW Devereux Easter basket project a success! We were able to proved 56 baskets for the young residents of Devereux. The staff was very appreciative of our gifts and assured us that the kids would be thrilled as this is something extra for them to enjoy. THANK YOU ! ! !

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
The final Out ‘n About for this year will be on May 21 at 12:00 noon at Vito’s Italian Restaurant at 10999 N. Frank Lloyd Wright. As usual, we will order off the menu and receive separate checks that include tip and tax. Call Arlene Olsen at 8374271 for reservations. Have a good summer!

The May meeting of Hooked on Books will be on Wednesday, May 21st at 9:30 AM at the home of Carol Fuls. Melba Versaw will review "Orphan Train" -by Christina Kline. Members will share information about books they have recently read. Books no longer wanted may be brought for the Book Exchange. There is no fixed membership in Hooked on Books. Anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend the meetings. For further information contact: Jan Hoff (480 )836-7551

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PW Spring Gathering

Don’t get all weird about getting older! Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!

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, Sally Atchinson at 480-837-1054 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.
Sally Atchinson & Gail Botsford

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Thank you so much for donating cacti and agaves for our newly designed Cactus Gardens at church. We are most grateful for your contributions and love seeing them thriving so well. God has blessed us with a beautiful sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. We now are beautifying the outside of God’s House, using the plants of the Southwest to enhance the look. Thanks again and please visit the gardens to see the beauty of God’s creation. Thanks to Bob Lull, George Holton and Jack Morris for providing much needed water to our garden. Contributions: Mary Morris John Brockelman Murray & Cynthia Jones Art & Jo-Ann Spalding Jean & Neal Ipema Mary Ann Winchester Suzie McCready Toni & Bob Patterson Ramona Moore Kent Canine

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

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

FHPC Foundation Appoints Dawn Lau to the Board of Trustees
The Foundation Board of Trustees appointed Dawn Lau to serve out Gary Reynolds’ term that concludes at the end of the year. Before retiring, Dawn was a major gifts officer of the Mayo Foundation with twenty years of foundation experience. She has served as an advisor and consultant for the FHPC Foundation from its current inception. Dawn and Dick Lau have been members of this Church for twenty-five years.

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Candlelight, prayer and sacred song prepare us as we gather reflectively and reverently for a meal at Christ’s table.

Palm Sunday started with the youth waving palms and leading in the Celebration Singers.

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Maundy Thursday

The Great Easter Vigil With Revs. Stan Jones Kirk Sexton Bill Good

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Christian Formation
A new Bible Study began April 30th; lead by Ken Brown. This study will run through May 21st, this will be the last The Way until September. Come join us for dinner, then at 6:30 pm join Rev. Brown’s' study. (check the sidebar for more information) 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. This Wed night ministry will end May 7th , resuming again in August. There may be special events during the summer. (see Director of Christian Formation's page for any specific events and time), Wednesday Night Live for Teens meet at 6:30 pm. This youth group will meet only twice a month until May due to the amount of activities they are having. (see Director of Christian Formation's page for any specific events and time). Men’s Bible Study Men’s Bible study continues every Thursday from 7 am to 8am in the Adult Center. All men are welcome. -Carol Hencz, Elder Blessed Beginnings Nursery Ministry We are offering Blessed Beginnings Ministry for infants during the second service (11:15-12:15 am). 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. (see Director of Christian Formation's page for specific programs and time).

Finishing Well
A study on four consecutive Wednesday nights beginning April 30th facilitated by Ken Brown, a veteran pastor and one of our new members at FHPC. What factors make for a great life? What does it take to finish this race we call “Life” well? By now, all of us know that life isn’t a sprint. It’s a marathon . . . and what matters most is finishing the race with your dignity intact. So how do you complete the race and finish it well? We will wrestle with one particular brief Old Testament book with an intriguing and diverse cast of characters who had to live out their lives in an era full of sordid challenges and moral and social decay. The main character in the book is a prime example of what it takes to finish well and there are numerous minor characters who demonstrate how a life looks when it crashes and burns or, by way of contrast, how a life looks when it finishes the race intact. Try your best to guess which O.T. book we will explore and then come on April 30th and find out if you were right. Then come back each week to discover valuable insights and traits that will help you as you labor to finish your life well. This study should prove to be a fascinating look at the challenge all of us face: how to finish this life well and translate the Successes [and even failures of life] into Significance.

Carol Hencz & Arlene Stewart, Elders May is the time of year when we begin winding down our programs for a short summer rest and to catch our breath. However, during this time, we shall continue work on ideas that will promote the work that God wants us to do for our church. Please watch for the questionnaire that will be in the Sunday Bulletins and the June/July In Touch. We are anxious to get your feedback so that we may provide the programs that interest you. Sabbath Day Bible Study This Bible Study led by John Bivens will be discontinued for the present time. Please watch for announcements as this study may be resumed at a later date, possibly at another time.

“Mother and Child” “I love you,” Said a great mother. “I love you for what you are. Knowing so well what you are. And I love you more yet, child, Deeper yet than ever, child, For what you are going to be, Knowing so well you are going far, Knowing your great works are ahead, Ahead and beyond, Yonder and far over yet.”
-The Newsletter Newsletter by Communication Resources, Inc

THE WAY On Wednesday evenings, a GOURMET DINNER is prepared by Chef Arlene. Come join us for fine food and fellowship from 5:45 – 6:30 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.


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From the Director of Christian Formation
Have You Herd?
VBS is coming July 7-11. Leaders needed to be able to offer our community a wonderful outreach and outpouring of God’s love this summer! Our collaborative adventure with The Church of the Ascension will herd and host Weird Animals Debby DeBernardi VBS that highlights the unique and one-of-a-kind-love of Jesus (that’s what weird means). On-line Registration: vbs/ez/fhvbs A list of items you can donate will be available in the church office and on-line. We also will greatly appreciate monetary donations for all the “weird” items needed for Bible adventures and creating of a one-of-a kind experience! and children. Kids felt so loved and safe with us that our hugs became the literal arms of Jesus. Several meaningful conversations happened for changes in perspective that we do not have to earn God’s favor or salvation, it is a gift of grace. We found how attached we can be to food and our own needs. By doing the famine, we knew God is much greater and as we are attached to Him first, He meets our needs and the needs of others in a way that is truly transformational. Our teen leaders, Kat, Rick, Allison, Tyson and Kristi all want to do the Famine again! PTL!

Uniquely Learning about Offertory
Learning about the tenets of faith or elements of worship can be fun, experiential and meaningful! Elementary had an introduction to the meaning of the offertory through a piñata activity! Kids quickly learned about tithing and honoring God with our first fruits. The gifts they bring will go

Release the Feast 30 Hour Famine “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” Matthew 25:35
Three church youth groups from the Fountain Hills & Cave Creek areas participated in the 30-Hour Famine to be part of something bigger than themselves: to take action for God’s kingdom and help save the lives of hungry children! Thank you all for sponsoring us during the 30 Hour Famine! We raised $640 to date with donations still coming in to send to World Vision. The money will feed, immunize, educate children and help families become able to provide for themselves. As part of our experience, we went to Changing Lives Center and prepared and served breakfast to 100 women

for future missions and our community care and service like the one we did in October for Fountain View Village and our home bound members.
Dante Guyah

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Rummage Sale

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Rummage Sale

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Library Footnotes
The recent Book Shower at the Presbyterian Women Spring Gathering gave our church Library a big boost as we received some good books along with $285 to buy new books. These funds will be used to acquire books on the Presbyterian Women 2014-15 Reading List that we don’t already have, plus purchase other books requested by church staff members. The Barbara Oakeson Library Committee thanks our donors not from just this event, but all the generous church members who have been contributing books and other media throughout the year. Following is the list of books on the new reading list. The copy of this list posted on the bulletin board in the Church Library Resource Center has a two to three sentence synopsis of each book which is helpful in deciding which ones you would like to read. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Husseini Telling the Bees by Peggy Heskith Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd Refuse to Do Nothing: Finding Your Way to Abolish Modern Day Slavery by Shayne Moore and Kinberley Yim Mothers, Sisters, Daughters:Standing on Their Shoulders by Edwina Gately and Sandra Mattucci Our God is Undocumented, Biblical Faith and Immigrant Justice by Ched Meyers and Matthew Colwell Son of the Underground, the Life of Isaac Liu, Son of Brother Yun the Heavenly Man by Isaac Liu and Albrecht Kaul I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lame


Some interesting facts about your body!!
Everything you have always wanted to know but were afraid of the answers...Please don’t ask for “source”. 11. Your body has enough iron in it to make a nail 3 inches long. 12. Earwax production is necessary for good ear health. It protects the delicate inner ear from bacteria, fungus, dirt and even insects. It also cleans and lubricates the ear canal. 13. Everyone has a unique smell, except for identical twins, who smell the same. 14. Your teeth start growing 6 months before you are born. This is why one out of every 2,000 newborn infants has a tooth when they are born 15. A baby's head is one-quarter of its total length, but by the age of 25 will only be oneeighth of its total length. This is because people's heads grow at a much slower rate than the rest of their bodies. 16. Babies are born with 300 bones, but by adulthood the number is reduced to 206. Some of the bones, like skull bones, get fused into each other, bringing down the total number. 17. It's not possible to tickle yourself. This is because when you attempt to tickle yourself you are totally aware of the exact time and manner in which the tickling will occur, unlike when someone else tickles you. 18. Less than one third of the human race has 20-20 vision. This means that two out of three people cannot see perfectly. 19. Your nose can remember 50,000 different scents. But if you are a woman, you are a better smeller than men, and will remain a better smeller throughout your life. 20. The human body is estimated to have 60,000 miles of blood vessels. More next month!

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May 2014

Music Ministry
It seems we've come to the time of year when we reflect back and appreciate with great respect the people I have had the privilege to work with in our Music Ministry. There have been so many wonderful and talented folks who have shared our worship experience through the expression of music. How fortunate we Debbie Fisher, Director of Music are. I have to say that I have counted on their diligence, self- discipline, stamina and kind-hearted humor when arranging, repeating, processing, and the learning of new music on a fresh, weekly basis, adapting to what needed to be adapted,,, because we could. They are involved, determined and very committed. Again, how fortunate we are. I’m speaking of the Celebration Singers, Celebration Ringers, The Pearwood Recorders, Celebration Youth, and Hilltop. Then there are our accompanists, Dorothy Parris and Caryl Bates, who consistently amaze our ear with Preludes, Offertories and Postludes by choosing such fine selections. It takes them weeks to plan, choose, then rehearse just one of the pieces they have so carefully selected to put into our services. Then, with the Vesper Services came the Vesper Choir, accompanied by Dorraine Aggen. The music was beautiful. They offered their voices with such a pure, unison blend, and achieved the style that brought sincerity in musical accompaniment to a truly unique worship experience, just as we needed. Bill, I must say, you can really design a service to bring our hearts into a moment of real and powerful worship. Holy Week was truly a time where the musicians had to bring humbleness, sincerity, vibrancy and elation. With the groups doing their best, it was well achieved. Thank you Jackie Miles, Roy Nickel, Dorraine Aggen, Mike McWethy, Letha Neeley, and Paula Eberspacher for adding your beautiful voices and instruments when asked. You are the kind of people that make churches grow. When I walked up to the church a couple of weeks ago, George Holtan and Jack Morris were attending their beautiful cacti. and various desert succulent's that they have carefully planted around the church campus throughout the last few months. They were watering and straightening them before George had to return to Minnesota. The three of us stood together talking about how we love this church. George commented that this church could offer hospitality classes to other churches. He commented on the friendliness of our church as a way of demonstrating God's love and kindness by welcoming any person, whether a person who has faith, or one who may be seeking faith. Well put, my friend. I look forward to seeing you in June when you come back and sing yet another fine tenor solo. "Turn again, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and see; have regard for this vine, the stock that Your right hand planted." Psalm 80:14-15 Deborah Fisher Director of Music Ministries

Do you know what to do in the case of an emergency? Come and find out! A CPR / First Aid class will be held on Saturday, May 10th at
9:00 the Adult Center for anyone who wants to come in and learn what to do in case of an emergency. This class will last approximately 3 ½ hours. Topics covered will include CPR and AED information for adults, children and infants. The First Aid section of the course will cover a variety of topics, including heat-related illnesses, poisonings, burns, choking, etc. Certification is through the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) and will be done by ASHI certified instructor Bonnie Hollabaugh. The cost for the course is $20 per person, FHPC will cover this cost. Please dress comfortably because we will be practicing the various skills learned. Certification cards will be given at the end of the class which are good for two years. Space is limited so please RSVP to Marta at the church office by Wednesday May 7th

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Joanne & Summer Jones
My name is Joanne Jones, the mom of Summer Jones, who everyone at church seems to know. I was born in Washington D.C.. When I was nine we moved to Upper Marlboro, MD. I lived there until I got married at eighteen and was married fifteen years then got divorced and have been single ever since. I met him on a blind date and we had two children and I have four grandchildren plus Summer who I adopted at eighteen months old. I have had her since she was six months old. I have lived in Fountain Hills since 1997. I love it here. I sure don’t miss the cold weather in MD. I grew up with one sister and one brother who are both gone. One of the craziest thing I did as a teenager was to go with my cousin’s uncle and run to Ocean City when my cousin’s mother didn’t know we had snuck out of the house. We came back the next day, but boy were we all in trouble. My first job was a law clerk in the court house. I became a member of the FHPC in May of 2013. Everyone at the church is so nice. I am sure Summer and I will be here a long time. My big accomplishment besides raising my kids was learning to get along after I got divorced. My husband had taken care of everything, not me. Boy was I in for a shock about all I had to learn. I had stayed home raising the kids for fifteen years and then I had to get a job. I also took a dental assistant course and found out my brain still worked, to my surprise. The best advice I ever got was from my mother when I had my first child. She said always follow through with whatever you say to the child. The only life changing experience I have had was in Dec. when Summer and Terri Schmidt saved my life. I now take better care of myself. My Mom and God have had the most impact on my life. They have always been there for me no matter what. My best advice today would be love unconditional, appreciate everyone God brings into your life and try to be happy no matter what is going on. What can I say about Summer? She is such a blessing everyday. She is a happy early riser which helps both of us in the morning time. She never starts her day without a smile, hugs for me and a , “Good Morning Mommy”. She is a great daughter: who always wants to help me with the cleaning up, cooking (which by the way she is a healthy eater) and doing all her chores. She also helps our neighbors when she can. She likes taking their trash cans in or getting their newspapers if she sees it outside. Summer is very competitive when it comes to her athletic abilities in Martial Arts, swimming, running, bike riding, and jumping rope. The other side of her that amazes me is her love for writing stories, drawing characters, singing in our youth church choir and her love for Christ. The everyday laughter that she shares with me, comes from us playing board games (especially Yatzee) cards, putting together puzzles, Barbie and Little Pet Shop. When it comes to her self will, Summer is extremely strong. However, she is willing to try new things/ activities. Due to her strong independence; she will not give up or ask for help until she has depleted all of her resources in accomplishing the tasks at hand. Most importantly, my daughter has a forever heart. It doesn’t matter if she knows you or not, she’s always empathic and caring. She finds beauty within a person’s spirit not based on the outside appearances. Along with a forever heart for others, Summer truly values the love for her family. The warmth and togetherness of us all; completes who she is as one. Lastly, I am very lucky that Summer never gives me a hassle going to bed and she sleeps ten hours a night!

06/02 06/03 06/04 06/06 06/09 06/09 06/09 Sally Atchinson Richard Lau Alan Pape Elvira Ruiz Jerry Cain Christian Hissler Luc Therrien 06/11 06/12 06/12 06/13 06/18 06/19 06/20 06/23 Leanne Reynolds Terry Martin Walter Robinson Sandra Heunisch Heather Vawter-Greco John Brockelman Sandra Henningson Joanne Jones 06/23 06/25 06/27 06/27 06/28 06/29 06/30 Howard Olsen Mary Morris Sandy Myhr Robert Sanderson Suellen Russell Ruby Pearson Wilbur Nelson

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

With deepest sympathy we list those members who have passed away in 2014. Pat Covault Elizabeth Bugg Gary Reynolds

The simple but powerful bugle melody “Taps” has been a standard component of U.S. military funerals since 1891. It’s also played during each of the 2,500 military wreath ceremonies conducted every year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, including those held on Memorial Day. Many legends exist about the origin of “Taps” - both its melody and its lyrics. The words below, by Horace Lorenzo Trim, make an appropriate bedtime prayer.

Be a praying parent Prayer is the saucer into which parental fears are poured to cool. . . . Each time a parent prays, Christ responds. His big message to moms and dads? Bring your children to me. - Max Lucado, Fearless -The Newsletter Newsletter

Day is done, gone the sun From the lakes, from the hills from the sky All is well, safely rest God is nigh. Fading light dims the sight And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright From afar, drawing near Falls the night. Thanks and praise for our days ‘Neath the sun, ‘neath the stars, ‘neath the sky As we go, this we know God is nigh.

05/01 05/01 05/02 05/03 05/03 05/05 05/08 05/09 05/10 05/13 05/14 Phyliss Kern Bill Matty Mike Owens Claire Cartmell David Hissler Lois Medley Eloise Robinson Michele Sivets Bob Lull Kurt Augustine Bonnie Hollabaugh 05/16 05/16 05/17 05/17 05/18 05/19 05/20 05/22 05/22 05/22 05/22 Anna Martinson James Stewart Matt Botsford Beverly Watters Bobbie Dangremond Michael Stanton June Shaffer Gail Botsford Anthony Carillo Mary Carillo Michael Carillo 05/22 05/23 05/23 05/24 05/25 05/27 05/27 05/27 05/30 05/31 Summer Jones Ralph Berry Mary Alice Bivens Taylor Herrera Peggy Kurkjian Leah Carillo Linda Covault Anabelle Good Christine Young Stephanie McWethy

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RUMMAGE SALE I want to thank you for the amazing work you all did to make our rummage sale such a success. We still don't have our final total, but we're getting closer as we pay our bills and add in credit card charges. Right now we stand at $7314.29!!! But there's no way to put a value on the time, good cheer, love, caring and service to our Lord, our church and our community that you all freely gave. What gifts! They're priceless! People tell me what a great rummage sale it was. I tell them that you 80+ volunteers did the work. You deserve the credit! - Chris Young, Chairwoman

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