Fountain Hills, AZ September 2014
From Jerry Cain, Elder

Dear Church Family,
My gratitude goes out to all of
you! You generosity has made it
possible to meet all of the
necessary facets of our budget,
and so far we are right on track
for 2014. Surely this has all been
made possible due to your love
for our church and our mutual
goal to be an integral growing
part Christ's Universal Church.
Thank you!

But, have you noticed how many in our church devote not
only their money, but also their
time and talents. It always amazes me when I see those
who give so much of their time, all with the underlying
effort to help promote fellowship within our church and to
make Christ known and more visible in our community.
Surely their love of Christ must be their motivating factor.
All of these wonderful people give so much of their time,
while the Department of Labor and Statistics has docu-
mented that volunteerism in the United States dropped
1.1% in 2013. That may not sound like a lot, but when it is
62.6 million volunteers, that means a drop of over 688,000
people, not helping as they had last year! Fortunately,
this is not the case at Fountain Hills Presbyterian church!

The financial aspects of our church is certainly at the fore-
front of my thinking, but if you don't mind, I would ask
you to please bear with me for a moment as I deviate from
that. I would ask that you take a moment to look at the
picture of this little
girl and her dog. I
keep this picture on
the screen of my
computer as I feel it is
very profound. Look
at the happiness on
that beautiful face,
then look at the envi-
ronment she lives in.
You will have to look
very closely at the top
of the picture to no-
ticed the cross high
above it all. What a
statement this makes!

Certainly we won't see any pictures like this ever taken
in Fountain Hills, but still, there are many smiling
faces, young and old in our community that need the
Cross seen in their
"Picture." I feel confident that all those in our church
who unselfishly give their time, talents and money,
share in this common goal.

God bless,
Jerry Cain, Finance Committee Chair


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

Our Mission :
Reach out to all with faith and love.

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On the Inside:
From Jerry Cain, Finance Elder .. .. .. . . . .. . . . .. .. .. ..
Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … .
Stewardship ….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. ..
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . .
Flower Chart.. .. .. . . .. . . … . … . . … . . . .. . . . … .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . ..
Out ’n About... .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . .. .. .
Hooked on Books .. … .. . … .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. ..
40th Anniversary Celebration continues .. .. .. . . . . . ..
Facebook .. … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Not Yet a Member?.. .. .. . .. .. . . . .. . . . . . .. … . . . . . ..
FHPC Foundation .. .. . .. . ... . .. . … .. … … … . .. .
Sun Screens . .. . .. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. .. . . . . .. .. .. ..
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.. . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . .. . … .. ..
Christian Formation .. .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . . .
Becoming a Prayer Warrior ... …. … . . . . . . … . .. . . .
This and That.. .. … .. …. .. .. . . . . .. .. … .. . . . . . . .. . .
Awesome Conversation with God. .. .. .. . . . . . . . .. .. . .
Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. …
Miscellaneous.. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …
Facts about your body.. .. .. …. . . .. .. . . .. .. . . . . . …...
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . …
Speaker Series: Representing the Unrepresented.. .. . . . .
Necrology for 2014… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ..
September Birthdays .. ..… .. … …. … … …. … … .. .
Potluck & Movie Night .. . . . . … . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . … .



Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate
Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator
Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry
Dorothy Parris
Caryl Bates
Lynn Medley

John Skewes
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

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


Focus on Finance

Income for July was only slightly off target, leaving Year-to-Date totals slightly
ahead of Plan. Expenses for July exceeded Plan, but due
primarily to the Church taking advantage of an energy-
saving program which required some up-front costs. But
this will pay dividends well into the future. Overall, a
solid performance for a mid-summer month.

John Skewes, Treasurer
July Income $ 29,921 Budget $ 30,825
July Expense $ 37,158 Budget $ 34,017

Yr to date Income $ 266,521 Budget $ 265,575
Yr to date Expense $ 253,561 Budget $ 252,201

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WHAT IS 10%?

“A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.”
Proverbs 18:16

What is 1!" #ot a dime" $hat%s 1! of a do&&ar. 6 minutes is 1! of an hour' not enough time to
ba(e a coo(ie. A&& we are and a&& we%ve been given is a gift from #od. )e%s
there for us *+,-. 1! of the time. What wou&d happen if )e decided to be
there for us on&y 1! of the time" What if
the sun shone on on&y 1! of the wor&d"
What wou&d it be &i(e if we were &oved by
on&y 1!" /r' we had on&y 1! of the
0ib&e" /r' Pastor 0i&& preached on&y 1!
of his sermon" /r' the choir sang on&y
1! of an anthem" /r' #od &istened to
on&y 1! of our prayers" What does 1! rea&&y mean"

1dentify the gifts or ta&ents #od has given you. 2ou&d you give 1! of
them bac( to #od" 1f your ta&ent is greeting peop&e cou&d you give
1! bac( by greeting those who come to church" 1f you ta&ent is
teaching' cou&d you use 1! to mentor a needy student" 1f your ta&3
ent is singing' cou&d you use 1! by 4oining the 2e&ebration 5ingers"
1f your gift is one of ba(ing coo(ies' cou&d you spend 1! ba(ing
them for 5unday fe&&owship" What is 1!" 1! is what #od has as(ed of us to return to )im in the
form of service to others.

2an you spare a dime" )ow about 1! of your &ife" /ur talents' treasures and our time are ours to
use as we choose. don%t we owe it to #od to use 1! for )is g&ory" 6our gifts and ta&ents are needed at
7)P28 9se 1! of an hour : 6 minutes : giving thoughtfu& and prayerfu& consideration to how you are
going to use the 1! #od%s as(ing of you.

To love is to give
The most famous verse in the Bible (John 3:16) begins “For God so loved the world that he gave . . . .” It’s a generosity verse. I say
you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. If you want to become a loving person, you have to learn to give.
You spell love G-I-V-E.
- Rick Warren
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The famous author and poet Maya
Angelou said “I found that among it's
other benefits giving liberates the
soul of the giver”. I personally have
found this to be true. The love and
warm feelings that come with the act
of giving to others in need is so over-
whelming. Jesus has told us on nu-
merous occasions that it is our re-
sponsibility to help those in need.
We here on the Mission Ministry Committee keep trying to
find those who are in need so that we can help them. If
you have a special mission you would like us to look into
helping, feel free to let us know or to join us on the Mis-
sion Ministry Committee.

Extended Hands Food Bank
With fall around the corner it is time to think about
Friday Fish Frys. Extended Hands has started their Fish
Frys again. This year they will only be serving 2 times a
month, the first and third Fridays from 4:00 – 7:00. We
will continue helping out on the first Fridays of the month.
If you would like to help at sometime, please let me (Terri)
I want to extend a big thank you to all of you who
have so generously put money in the loose coin recepta-
cles on Sunday mornings. We got a note from Pastor
David Iverson thanking us for our contribution of
$3,191.35 this year to date. Not all of this came from the
loose coins, only $333.35 came from loose coins. The
rest came from our Christmas offerings last year. But it is
still nice to know that we have been able to help them so
Thank you to all of you who continue to bring
canned and non perishable food each Sunday. All of this
food is greatly needed and appreciated.
Extended Hands is having an Open House on
October 4
to show their contributors their appreciation

They will be celebrating from 8 am to 11am, and will be
serving hot homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee.

Water for MANA House
As of August 4
we have collected 34 cases of
water for MANA House. Plus we received enough money
to purchase 50 more cases of water. Thank you for help-
ing us to help those Veterans who have served our coun-
try who are down on their luck. Water is such an impor-
tant part of our survival, yet it only cost pennies to save
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*ission *inist"+
Terri Schmidt, Elder
someone who sacrificed so much so we can be free
and continue to worship our God.

School Supplies
Thank you for your generosity in your dona-
tions of school supplies. I was able to take a significant
amount of pencils, pens, paper, crayons, rulers, and
erasers to McDowell Mountain Elementary School.
When school started they were able to have things for
those kids in Fountain Hills who are in need of school
supplies. If you have already gotten school supplies
and have not brought them in yet, you can take them to
the office and we will make sure they get to the school.
Thank you for your support in this project.

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*ission *inist"+
With the schools in full swing again, we will be
collecting for the High School snack packs. I have talked
to the school nurse and she has reported that she is in
need of several items. She said she needs Granola Bars,
Individual packs of cheese and crackers or peanut butter
and crackers. At this time she has enough juice, but she
is in need of the non-refrigerated chocolate milk. We will
keep you updated on what is needed as the school year
progresses. It is hard to believe in our small town there
could be High School students who do not get breakfast
or have anything for lunch. This mission project will help
those students fill their stomachs so they can concentrate
and learn.
As I close this section of the “In Touch” newslet-
ter, I want to close with a prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father give us the Leadership of Moses,
the Strength of Samson, the Praise of David, the Wisdom
of Solomon, and the Love of Jesus Christ.
Lord make our hearts full with a giving spirit so that we
can reach out and help those in need.
May God continue to Bless each of you until we
meet again,
Terri Schmidt
Mission Elder

Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was
one of the greatest political sages this country
has ever known. Some of his sage advice:

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a
woman. Neither works.

Can you guess what this is?
Answer on page 17.
Flower Chart 2014
Flowers for the sanctuary may be ordered from the
church office in honor of, or in memory of, a loved
one. This is a very special way to show your love and
appreciation for others.

The flower chart is located in the Narthex just at the
entrance of the Sanctuary. Just put your name on the
date that is available and you would like. You may
take the flowers home after the service or let us know
to bring it to a homebound individual. The cost is still
only $35. There are many openings throughout the

We honor special requests for a particular color or
kind of flower as you wish.
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Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2014-2015
Moderator: Maurene Gerson Mission Coordinator: Mary Alie !i"ens
#ie-Moderator : $inda Ca%on $ibrarian: !arbara &a'eson
(eretary: !onnie Matty Members)i%*+earboo' Coordinator: $inda Warren
Treasurer: Maria !erry !ible (tudy Coordinator: ,"elyn -rune'
Publiity: (ally At)inson (ear) Committee: .lene !erg
Morning Cirle $eader: (u/ie MCready ,"ening Cirle $eaders: 0udy .r"in
Afternoon Cirle $eader: Mart)a !a1ter -istorian: &ffie Angels
-oo'ed on !oo's $eader: 0an -off &ut n2 About $eader: Arlene &lsen
P"es!+te"ian &oen
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Moderator: Maurene Gerson #ie-Moderator : $inda Ca%on

(eretary: !onnie Matty Treasurer: Maria !erry

Publiity: (ally At)inson Mission Coordinator:
Mary Alie !i"ens

Members)i%*+earboo' (ear) Committee:
Presenting your Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2014-2015
The coordinating team meets the first Friday of every month at 9 a.m. in the Adult Center. The meeting is open to all who have an
interest in the women’s activities of the church. Since there may be some you are not acquainted with, I wanted to present our team
with pictures in the September and October newsletters.

The September meeting of Hooked on Books will be on
Wednesday, September 17th at 9:30 AM. The meeting
will be held in the home of Claire Cartmell.
Attendees will each report on books they have
read over the summer.
Hooked on Books meets on the 3rd
Wednesday of each month (September -
May) and is open to women who enjoy read-
ing and discussing books.
For further information contact Jan Hoff -
(480) 836-7551

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Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

Out ‘n About will start again on Wednesday, September 17 at
12:00 noon at the Jade Palace Chinese restaurant at 9160 Shea
Blvd.—NW corner of Shea and 92nd Street.
We will order off the menu and receive
checks that include a tip.
Call Arlene Olsen at 837=4271 for

Sally Atchinson
In the October In Touch our leaders for Bible Study, Circles, Hooked on Books, and out N’About will be pictured.

September 2 1 p.m. Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
September 5 9 a.m. Coordinating Council, Adult Center, FHPC
September 11 9 a.m. Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
September 15 7 p.m. Evening Circle at home of Susan Lickman,
17105 La Montana #204
September 17 9:30 a.m. Hooked on Books (see separate box for details)
September 17 12 p.m. Out N’About (see separate box for details)

FUTURE DATES for your calendar:

Fall Gathering November 3
Winter Gathering January 26, 2015
Gifts of Women Sunday March 22, 2015
Spring Gathering April 11, 2015


PW Fall Gathering

We are looking ahead to the Fall Gathering on Monday night, November 3rd. The speaker will be Marietta Bell, a
Fountain Hills resident. She has served as a language teacher Missionary in the Far East. She will share her experiences and the cus-
toms and traditions of the women of Mongolia and Tajikistan. Marietta has led a fascinating life and has an incredible story to tell.
Three of her memorable experiences are:
* Going down the Amazon River on her honeymoon
* Taking a 3-day trip on the Trans-Siberian railroad from
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Moscow; then taking a 10-day
boat trip on the Volga River from Moscow to St. Petersburg
* Visiting the Tsaatan tribe in northern Mongolia. The are called
the Reindeer People

We will provide more information in next month’s In Touch,
but we hope you will mark your calendar now!

FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church

Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page.

When you are there also click on the like it icon.

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

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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Loo/in0 Bac/ an1 *o)in0 ON

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 – 5:30 P.M.

Our Anniversary Committee awarded ourselves a vacation during the summer months, but we are now back hard at
work on our 40
Anniversary Year-long Celebration, and we are only halfway through our scheduled events.

Early in our Church’s history, potlucks were a common occurrence, so it seems fitting that we honor that tradition by
making our next event a potluck. To make it a little more interesting, we are going to add a movie for entertainment.
Our committee is busy reviewing movies to make sure we find something everyone will enjoy.

Make sure you schedule September 27 Potluck and Movie Night on your calendar. So that we can make sure to cover
all the food groups, potluck sign-ups will be September 7, 14
and 21 so that you can tell us if you are bringing a meat, vegeta-
ble, salad or dessert. We also need to have an idea of how many
will be attending.

In the coming weeks, you will be hearing more about our
November 8 Grand Finale’ and our Thanksgiving Day Parade
Float. The Thanksgiving Day Parade Float will be our GRAND,
GRAND FINALE’, and we will be looking for lots of participation
from our Church Family.

Susan Phillips & Helen Quigley
Anniversary Committee Co-Chairs
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Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow”

This is the first anniversary of the current FHPC
Foundation! The Foundation was first announced in
September 2013. From the beginning, your response
has been over whelming. Thank you for your enthusiasm,
participation and support. The financial information
to the right reflects the Foundation Balance Sheet
(unaudited) for the year ending August 31, 2014.

Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!

Foundation Board of Trustees

Barbara Oakeson 480-837-5563 Susan Phillips 480-837-1225
Matt Jefferson 480-837-6001 Dawn Lau 480-837-2607
Roy Nickel 480-688-8392 Ben Fast 480-837-1119
Jerry Cain 480-215-3700

Balance Sheet
235,500.00 Bequests
100,000.00 Investment
46,358.53 Cash
(26,417.28) Expenses
355,441.25 Current Value

Children’s Play Area Sun Screens
The Session and Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church (FHPC) Foundation Board of Trustees approved participa-
tion in the Children’s Play Area Sun Screen project. Funding for the project was through the Foundation desig-
nated Christian Formation category in conjunction with a special gift to the Church. The sun screen was the first
Foundation funded project for our Church. Your gifts to the Foundation will help insure the future needs and
ministries of the Church for years to come.

The children’s play area sun screen provides a shaded space protecting the children from the hot Arizona sun thus
reducing their chances of painful sunburn. In addition, the sun screen helps reduce dehydration while providing a
comfortable place for them to play.

The sun screen was purchased and installed by Ace of Shades Sunscreens and Canopies LLC. It consists of 5
beige posts, 3 desert sand/deep ochre sails and covers an area approximately 2800’ x 30’. In digging the eight
foot holes for the posts, extreme, massive hard rock areas were encountered requiring heavy machinery to do the

Thanks to Bob Lull for managing the project!

It you have an interest in the Foundation, please contact a Foundation Trustee. They will be happy to answer your
Sun Sc"eens
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ALS Ice Buc/et Cha33enge
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On Sunday, August 24 after the 9am service, 14 people took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
First row: Jerry Cain, Carl Capron, Bonnie Hollabaugh, Bill Good, Harry Grider, Sandi Thompson, Ben Fast and Jose Rios
Second row: John Brockelman, Ron Waldo, Debby DeBernardi, Bob Lull (hiding), John Skewes, Murray Jones, Ken Brown
Ch"istian Fo"ation

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of
our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To
him be glory both now and forever!
Amen” 2 Peter 3:18 NIV
Throughout Scripture we are taught by
word and example how to grow in our
knowledge of Christian living. We are
charged to be a “learning community”.

September: For me this month is one of
transition… end of the official summer
and yet not quite fall. It remains hot and
yet provides the promise of cooler
weather…in the future. Many of our
Church family, who are away from Ari-
zona , are beginning to think about re-
turning. Not quite sure when to trust the
weather will cool off and the humidity
end. It is also the month to begin to plan
on the new season of learning and study
opportunities awaiting us.

Please consider the following opportuni-
ties as a beginning to your Christian

Wednesday night “The Way”; Ken
Brown will present a 6
week series called
“Six Secrets to Getting
Along with Others”.
The first session began
August 20. Dinner at
5:45 PM with study at 6:30 PM . Chef
Arlene is pleased to provide your meal.
Come eat, pray and learn !
Pastor Bill’s Brown Bag Bible Study of
Hosea is almost completed. The lunch
time study has been attended by no less
than 24 people each Wednesday. We
look forward to another noon time Bible
Study by Pastor Bill.
Presbyterian Women will resume their
new Bible Studies. The various Circles,
Team meetings and Hooked on Books
resumes. Ladies, please consider joining
one of the Circles by contacting Ilene

Men’s Fellowship will begin a new sea-
son of activities of interest to the men of
our Church community. Of special inter-
est to all of us ladies will be the Sweet-
heart Brunch in February. Men, sign up
with Norm Collins.

Sabbath Day
Bible Study with John Bivens wel-
comes all to
attend between
services. Join
us for the re-
sumption of
our Bible
study on Sunday, September 14th at
10:15 am in the Adult Center. Coffee
and cookies will be available and you
can be excused in time for the Casual
Worship Service.

Sylvia Burke is preparing
a Prayer Study program to
begin this Fall. She is
also preparing another
wonderful Beth Moore
study of Daniel for later
this year. See more infor-
mation on page 14.

Youth, Teen and Nursery
Wednesday ”Big God Story” begins
September 10
after the youth choir
Sunday Elementary KidCommunity con-
tinues between services, 10:15 – 11:00
Sunday Preschool KidCommunity con-
tinues to be available during second ser-
Sunday Nursery is available.

Teen Spiritual Formation
Community Group
Debby DeBernardi is working on a new
format for our Teen social, mission and
spiritual learning. More on this to come.
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Carol Hencz & Arlene Stewart, Elders

As with all of our Christian Formation
programs, Debby DeBernardi has
worked hard to provide curriculum, and
spiritual guidance for the teaching and
learning process.

Please pray fully consider giving of
your talents and time to lead, teach ,or
be a substitute in one of our youth and
teens programs. What a wonderful op-
portunity to increase your Spiritual
growth through sharing it with others.

Elder Arlene Stewart

If the deep and perplexing issues of
life intrigue you, take a look as we
study Ecclesiastes – but be prepared
for a few surprises. Ecclesiastes is
part of the wisdom literature of the
Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible).
The Hebrews used Ecclesiastes as a
book of instruction. It showed them
how to find spiritual significance in
a life that would otherwise be mean-
Ecclesiastes offers a philosophy of
life. On the surface, it seems to chal-
lenge essential biblical truths. It
dares to face hard questions. It offers
a glimpse of the secular mind. It
shows the un-glamorized life of a
sinful world. It looks at suffering
and struggles to find meaning in it
Join those of us who are willing to
ask difficult questions and seek an-
swers together. Sabbath Day Bible
Study will begin this fall on Sunday,
September 14
at 10:15 a.m. in the
Adult Center. Coffee will be avail-
able and CLAF will provide us with
some “goodies” for us to enjoy as
we study the word of God as it is
found in Ecclesiastes. Come and
bring your family and friends as we
study and fellowship together.
John Bivens
F"o the 'i"ecto" o4 Ch"istian Fo"ation
Was the change from
Christian Education to
Christian Formation
merely a name change? Is
traditional discipleship the
same as spiritual forma-
tion? Is there a difference?

There has been some confu-
sion in many, if not most, churches today. Christian
education has always provided great material about
the Bible, Christian morality, justice, doctrine and
theology. Discipleship models provided teaching of
what to believe, how to act, participate in worship,
witness, serve, and work on a committee or minis-
try. But is this all that our spiritual life is about?
Does this type of discipleship produce the kind of
personal and corporate spiritual transformation and
growth necessary to meet the complexities and un-
certainties of today? Why is research showing there
is no correlation between people attending church
and /or serving in church ministries and spiritual
growth? Does this provide persons of all ages who
live meaningful, powerful and productive Kingdom
lives? Why are so many disillusioned or bored with
“church”? How do we grow spiritually and is it differ-
ent in the various ages/stages of our lives and
church life?

Many realize we need to remember or return to the
goal and process of spiritual formation for spiritual
growth and maturity of individuals and communities-
our individual and corporate spiritual journeys.
Some have termed it “whole life” Christian Spiritual
Formation. Christian Formation includes and high-
lights spiritual and faith formation’s goal and proc-
ess in all ages while valuing and working with of all
aspects of Christian Education.

This was an intentional change of language as we
intentionally began our journey together. I need fel-
low companions in a community hungry to grow
spiritually. Therefore, to return to understand the
difference from the traditional Christian Education
(and Discipleship) and Christian Formation is impor-

Christian Formation keeps the elements of Christian
Education, but under grids all of these with and in-
cludes an emphasis on personal and communal
spiritual formation that continues beyond disciple-
ship. This on-going spiritual formation supports
discipling that equips believers for ministry and the
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Debby DeBernardi
character formation. But it’s goal is deeper and
wider; the process is has many variations but is in
every stage of life and faith. So, simply, the differ-
ence may be found in the goal and process of spiri-
tual formation and maturity. I will address this in the
next newsletter.

For now, let us remember God’s goal of spiritual for-
mation is to bring people in every stage of life into a
deeper, more intimate and meaningful love relation-
ship with Him through Jesus Christ. It is in the sim-
plicity of the desire for an experiential, love relation-
ship with God that the ability to listen to His voice
develops and the desire to practice following His
leadings happens. It is in the relationship that God
does the transformation of the soul and the result is
an attitude and action from within (attitudes and ac-
tions that Christian Education taught about and pro-
vided opportunities to do)!

In this complex world today, I desire the spiritual
growth from infancy through the end stage of earthly
life for people. It is one thing to learn about, know
and even do “what Jesus would do”. It is another
thing that out of a love relationship one learns to lis-
ten and follow Jesus in the moments and events of
life. Individuals and faith communities can learn to
discern and follow Him in deeper, more meaningful
ways as we mature spiritually individually and to-
gether! We need each other. What better way to re-
joice in seeing God’s presence and actions, face
challenges and make decisions!

More about this process of spiritual formation and
maturity in the next letter!

August HomeFront issue was filled with ways to
create the environment of
love and respect in your
home. This environment
encourages us to love chil-
dren simply because they
are children of God. Our
prayer is that children
(actually everyone) in homes
are filled with God’s love and
can freely give it away to
others as they become cata-
lysts for change in our world.

Speaking of “Give It
Away”… (One of our VBS Songs…)
Continued on page 14...
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Becoming A Prayer Warrior
We live in a dangerous world! Wars in the Middle East,
threats of terrorism, weather events destroying homes
through floods, tornadoes, forest fires. Families falling
apart, a Congress paralyzed to solve problems...children
committing suicide, violence in the schools. And, of course,
all the serious health concerns as we age. The world and the
church need us to become prayer warriors.

Please join us in a study--"Becoming A Prayer Warrior." .
We'll be "Praying Like Jesus"; interceding like Moses; pour-
ing our hearts out to God with David in the Psalms; discov-
ering Paul's power prayers in Ephesians and Philippians and
Who: All our welcome.
What: A one hour study on prayer.
When: Monday night 7 p.m. Oct. 6 for six weeks.
Tuesday Oct. 7 9a.m.
Where: FHPC Adult Center

Study will be using Draw The Circle by Mark
Batterson as devotional readings at home.

The study will be led by Christian author, Sylvia
Burke. Sign up with Marta in the office or email
Continued from page 13….
From the Director of Christian Formation

Interesting VBS Facts:
- the winners of the VBS Give It Away draw-
ing were Trey Zukowski and Davin Eckenroth. Each
were given a gift certificate for indoor sky diving at
Sky Adventure!

- 63 out of the 100 VBS participants were
not regular attendees of either Church of the Ascen-
sion or Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church.

- Our energetic VBS mission leader, Susan
Owens, was led by the Holy Spirit and inspired chil-
dren to bring in $522.78 for the Kid to Kid Project.
This will allow 210 children in India to receive safe,
drinking water and a place to wash hands at school
for a year. The kids also brought in bottled water for
St. Vincent DePaul to help with the local hydration

Andy Hasley celebrating his 75th Birthday!
Happy Birthday
Bob and Linda Lull on a Viking
Cruise of the Danube River.
This and that…..
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Light humor

One regular church attendant arrived early in a big city church and sur-
prised everyone when he went to the front row and sat alone in the middle.
At the end of the service the preacher asked him what that was all about.
He answered, “I’ve had a terrible week. I got pushed to the back of a
crowded bus. I waited in line to eat lunch. The only place you can be alone
is on the front row of the Church.”

What matters most
When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want? Will
you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried
to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading
your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be peo-
ple. If relationships will matter most then, shouldn’t they matter most now?

-Max Lucado, A Love Worth Giving

-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc
Interesting creation: Venezuelan Poodle Moth
Awesome Conversation between God And a Man.

Man: God, can I ask You a question?
God: Sure
Man: Promise You won’t get mad …
God: I promise
Man: Why did You let so much stuff happen to me today?
God: What do you mean?
Man: Well, I woke up late
God: Yes
Man: My car took forever to start
God: Okay
Man: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait.
God: Hmmm
Man: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call
God: All right
Man: And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax.
BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did You do that?
God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of My Angels to battle
him for your life. I let you sleep through that.
Man (humbled): OH
GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you
were on the road.
Man: (ashamed)
God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have,
I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work.
Man (embarrassed): Okay.
God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what
you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered.
Man (softly): I see God.
God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all
of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.
Man: I’m Sorry God.
God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in All things , the Good & the bad.
Man: I will trust You.
God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your day is Always Better than your plan.
Man: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, Thank You for Everything today.
God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and looking after My Children…
A first grade school teacher had twenty-six students in her class. She presented each child with the 1
half of a proverb
and asked them to come up with the remainder. Their insight may surprise you.

Don’t change horses... until they stop running.
Strike while the ... bug is close.
It’s always darkest before... Daylight Saving Time.
Never underestimate the power of... termites.
You can lead a horse to water but... how?
Don’t bite the hand that... looks dirty.
No news is... impossible.
A miss is as good as a... Mr.
You can’t teach an old dog... new math.
If you lie down with dogs,... you’ll stink in the morning.
Love all, trust.. me.
The pen is mightier than the ... pigs.
An idle mind is... the best way to relax.
Where there’s smoke there’s ... pollution.
Happy the bride who... gets all the presents.
A penny saved is... not much.
Two’s company, three’s ... the Musketeers
Don’t put off till tomorrow what... you put on to go to bed.
Laugh and the whole world laughs
with you, cry and... you have to blow your nose.
Children should be seen and not... spanked or grounded.
If at first you don’t succeed... get new batteries.
You get out of something only what you ... see in the picture on the box.
When the blind lead the blind... get out of the way.
A bird in the hand... is going to poop on you.

Better late than... pregnant.

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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”.

41. A human head remains conscious for about 1 to !" seconds after it has been deca#itated.
4!. $t takes 1% muscles to smile and 4& to frown.
4&. 'umans can make do longer without food than slee#. Provided there is water( the average
human could survive a month to two months without food de#ending on their body fat
and other factors. )lee# de#rived #eo#le( however( start e*#eriencing radical #ersonality
and #sychological changes after only a few slee#less days. +he longest recorded time any
one has ever gone without slee# is 11 days( at the end of which the e*#erimenter was
awake( but stumbled over words( hallucinated and fre,uently forgot what he was doing.
44. +he most common blood ty#e in the world is +y#e -. +he rarest blood ty#e( A.' or /ombay blood( due to the location
of its discovery( has been found in less than hundred #eo#le since it was discovered
4. Every human s#ent about half an hour after being conceived( as a single cell. )hortly afterward( the cells begin
ra#idly dividing and begin forming the com#onents of a tiny embryo.
40. 1ight.handed #eo#le live( on average( nine years longer than left.handed #eo#le do.
4%. 2our ears secrete more earwa* when you are afraid than when you aren3t.
44. 5oalas and #rimates are the only animals with uni,ue finger#rints.
46. 'umans are the only animals to #roduce emotional tears.
". +he human heart creates enough #ressure to s,uirt blood &" feet in the air.
That’s all folks!

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With our summer "Special
Music" coming to an end, I
must thank those of you who
shared your talent with our
congregation. I am always
hearing how wonderful it is
that so many share their gift
while our choirs and
groups are paused for the
A warm hearted thanks goes
out Andrey Lull, Phil Katz,
Margie Brown, Sandi
Thompson, Jackie Miles, George Holtan, the VBS
Singers, and still to come, Mary Alice Bivens, the
Quartet consisting of Letha Neely, Bud Fuls, Roger
Essenburg and myself, Howard Olsen after he and
Arlene return from their visit to Europe, Ron Waldo,
musical guest, Michael Pizzuto and finally, a very
special thanks to Patsy Knoy for filling in while Doro-
thy was away, playing such wonderful selec-
tions. We are truly a fortunate church, enjoying such
a variety of musical talent. I would like to continue
having special selections offered by our talented mu-
sicians through-out the year as others return to fill
our congregation. So often those returning to our
church for the winter months miss what we hear,
which are sincere performances of music selected to
glorify God.

Celebration Singers, Celebration Ringers, Pear-
wood Recorders, all begin rehearsals this month.
*usic *inist"+
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
I look so forward to the weekly routine, engaging with
all of you to make music. It is something I have done
most of my life, and I absolutely love it. Those of us
who have sung and played in organized groups know
the good feeling it brings. It's so amazing to know
the health benefits that music brings us, releasing
dopamine, raising oxytocin levels, lowering cortisol
levels, releasing serotonin. Studies have shown that
music even generates prolactin which has a tranquil-
izing, consoling effect, and this is why even sad mu-
sic makes us feel better, which even when singing
about death, it's good for you. Researchers have
also discovered an increase in an immunoglobulin
that enhances our immune system when we
sing. Who knew that was what was making us feel
so good? I do love a good rehearsal, though, and
look forward to seeing everyone September 11,
same times as usual. If you are planning on joining
us, you will find those times in the bulletin, printed up
weekly with the rest of the wonderful things this
church has to do. Feel free to call me if you have
questions at 688-0828. I accept texts as well. We
have a wonderful season to look forward to.

"I trusted in Your steadfast love; my heart shall re-
joice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, be-
cause He has dealt bountifully with me."
Psalm 13: 5-6

Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Answer to picture on page 5: Chicago skyline from Indiana

A Story about Flowers
Once upon a time, a couple decided to have flowers placed on the chancel of their church on Sunday morn-
ing. Members of the congregation have the option of picking a Sunday and providing the flowers for the
worship service. After worship they are welcome to take the flower arrangement home and enjoy it for how-
ever long it lasts. This couple (lets call them Art and Jo-Anne) chose not to take the flowers home. They
asked that the flowers be delivered to another member of the church who happened to be in a nursing facil-
The church secretary decided not to wait and brought the flowers herself that Monday morning to the nurs-
ing facility. As the secretary went by the front desk, the desk clerk exclaimed, “ Oh what beautiful flowers.”
The lady (lets call her Claire) who was to receive the flowers was so thrilled that the couple had thought of
her. She asked the secretary to thank them. However, Claire was allergic to scent and could not keep the flowers in her room. So the church
secretary took them back to the front desk of the nursing home and asked who else might enjoy them.
The desk clerk knew just the person who would love to get flowers. So the church secretary took them to another patient (lets call her Una).
Una was so very happy to get the flowers that she was almost in tears. She asked, “Who can I thank, my hand writing is so very shaky.” The
secretary told her, no thanks are necessary, we are just so glad you can enjoy them. The secretary left the nursing facility with a huge smile on
her face.
Just one arrangement of flowers made six people very happy!
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Mary Jo Roy
Mary Jo was born in Dayton, Ohio.
She grew up in a small town outside
of Dayton, Phillipsburg and gradu-
ated from the Ohio State University.
Mary Jo and Jim have lived in Foun-
tain Hills since June 1988.
She has an older sister and two
younger brothers.
Mary Jo has been happily married to Jim for 40 years.
Her first job was working in a Meat Market. Not at all
enjoyable when you consider the smells and general
surroundings. It was only for the summer and provided
spending money for college.
Her most rewarding job was teaching. Working with
children was the best time of her life. In those days there
were not all the regulations we have today from the gov-
ernment. Children and parents had respect for teachers.
Mary Jo and Jim have been members of Fountain Hills
Presbyterian Church since February of 2002.
A most interesting period in her teaching career was
teaching a “Charm School” for 45 fourth and fifth grade
girls as an after school event. It was a very rewarding
When asked if she had ever had a life changing experi-
ence, Mary Jo stated that, “Every day is a life changing
The best advice she was given was, always do your best;
respect and appreciate others.
The people who most impacted her life were her par-
ents, family and husband. In turn, Mary Jo has had the
most influence on her children.
When asked, what would be your best advice to someone
today, she responded, “ Be yourself, treat others as you
want to be treated and be ready to lend a helping hand.”
When asked what she liked best about our church, Mary
Jo replied that she likes the people here the best.

Jim and Mary Jo wish to express their sincere apprecia-
tion to everyone for the many thoughts, prayers, cards
and best wishes during Jim’s recent hospitalization.

Thank you and God Bless,
Mary Jo Roy
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“Well done, Thou good and faithful servant….
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Hospitalized? Call the church!

If you are sick, hospitalized or home recovering from ill-
ness, we want you to call the church and let us know! In a con-
gregation 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 com-
municating your situation.
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Time to make up!
After an evening filled with vigorous sibling disagreements, three children finally turned in for the night A few hours later, a major
thunderstorm woke them all up. When their father heard the children conversing upstairs, he called to see what was happening.
A small, timid voice answered, “We’re all in the closet forgiving one another!”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Death begets life.
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
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