Fountain Hills, AZ October 2014
From Our Pastor, Rev. Bill Good
Invitation to the Conversation

Beloved, while eagerly preparing to write to you
about the salvation we share, I find it necessary to
write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that
was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain
intruders have stolen in among you… (Jude 2-3)

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off. (Prov.

When the General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
met in Detroit this past summer the gathering produced several sig-
nificant decisions which, in very real ways, highlight our character
and confusion as a church. Three of these are of special significance
to the future of our fellowship, both nationally as the PC(USA) and
locally as FHPC.

Taken at face value, these three “hot button” issues are:
1. Granting approval to PC(USA) ministers to conduct same-sex
marriage ceremonies in states where such unions are legal (AZ
not yet being one of them).
2. Changing the language in our Constitution (Book of Order)
redefining marriage from a commitment “made by a man and a
woman” to that made by “two people, traditionally a man and a
3. Voting in favor of “divestment” – specifically pulling PC(USA)
foundation and pension investment monies out of Caterpillar,
Hewlett-Packard & Motorola Solutions, three American compa-
nies accused of aiding and abetting perceived Israeli violations
of Palestinians’ human rights.

Unfortunately, in each of these cases the presenting issues – what
they appear to be about – are not the real issues which are stressing
our family of faith. Let’s address them in order:

1. While the presenting issue here appears to be simply another
aspect of our interminable bickering over issues of sexuality and
gender relations, the real issue is something else entirely – the integ-
rity of our leadership and process. Apparently fearing insufficient
resolve to pass the measure by vote, presiding officials in Detroit
resorted to the misapplication of an administrative procedure called
“Authoritative Interpretation” (AI) in order to bring it into immediate
force. For purposes of brevity here, let me just say that this lays bare
a will to prevail, even at the cost of a clear abridgment of due proc-
ess, which has spiritual roots nearer to dominion than denomination.
In short, this momentous measure became the law of our
(Presbyterian) land by imperial fiat without ever having voice or vote
within the gathered body. This is especially disappointing in a com-
munity whose DNA includes a time-honored call to do all things
“decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40).

2. The presenting issue here is a change in the Book of Order
redefining marriage to bring our Constitution into conformance with
the AI already enacted. (If this process seems a bit backwards to
you, you’re not the one who’s confused.) This proposal, at least, has
the merit of requiring a majority vote of the Presbyteries in order to
be effectuated. But, hidden beneath its cultural benignity, lies the
real issue – the authority of scripture. Here’s the immediate chal-
lenge to our life as Christ’s church: you can’t make scripture sup-
port this redefinition, no matter how rudely you suborn its meaning.
Quick case in point: the words “marry” and “marriage” occur a
combined total of 98 times in our Bible – not a single one of which
contemplates this estate to involve anything other than a man and a
woman. This is a truly frightening turn of events – if scripture is no
longer “the rule of faith and life”
for us, then what is? The New
York Times? Peter states our case for us: “Lord, to whom can we
go? You have the words of eternal life” (Jn. 6:68).

3. In this third measure the question is one of scale and intent.
The presenting issue seems to be getting the PC(USA) out of the
armaments business in the Middle East conflict. Since this measure
was passed we have been widely accused of taking sides and our
ministries in this area of the world have been endangered by the
resultant political brouhaha; but that’s tangential to the point. The
real issue is not a political one, but a moral one. Should the Church
of Jesus Christ ever, in any place, at any time, in any way, be in-
volved in the provision and proliferation of war materials? The lim-
its of our vision have cost us the breadth of our witness.

All of these actions, coupled with a perceived theological identity
crisis within the denomination, have led your Session into a season
of discernment in which they have reflected, deliberated, and prayed
over an appropriate response to the PC(USA). Having now met 4
times in the past 5 weeks they have explored numerous possibilities
1. Taking no action and simply focusing on our life and mission as
the local church.
2. Forwarding some form of written protest to the Presbytery and/
or General Assembly.
3. Withholding financial support as a means of conveying our
dissatisfaction with the current direction of the denomination.
4. Withdrawing from the PC(USA) and seeking to affiliate with
another Presbyterian denomination.

In very short order, your Session will begin to engage all of you in
this conversation by forwarding study information and creating op-
portunities for us to come together as a community to share opinions
and formulate plans. No direction will be set, nor action taken, with-
out a majority vote of our congregation.
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Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

Rev. Stan Jones
Parish Associate

Pastor Ken Brown
Interim Pastoral 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
August Income $ 37,795 Budget $ 31,025
August Expense $ 33,973 Budget $ 35,215

Yr to date Income $ 304,316 Budget $ 296,600
Yr to date Expense $ 287,534 Budget $ 287,416

Income for August 2014 exceeded Budget, but it was aided by having 5 Sun-
days in the month. It would not be unusual to see some of
these gains given back in September. Expenses are right on
track through the eight-month period, although this is the
net effect of positive variances offsetting negative vari-
ances. As we head into the last third of Fiscal Year 2014 it
is important to bring all negative variances back in line
with the 2014 Budget. Overall, we are on target as we head
into the Fall season.

John Skewes, Treasurer

In the meantime, your leadership asks that you continue to trust, as we do, in the Lordship of
Jesus Christ and to pray that his will for us as his church will be made clear. Further, we ask
that all of us might join our voices with the historic voice of the church in reaffirming our core
beliefs as reflected in the Apostle’s Creed:

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and
buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he
ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church; the communion of
saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Now is the time for us to shout down the darkness, for: “The light shines in the dark-
ness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (Jn. 1:5).

So let us be of good cheer and firm hope. Our faith is strong; and so is our commu-
nity. We have all witnessed to the power of the Holy Spirit among us during our time together.
He will not leave us or let us down.
Grace and Peace,

Westminster Confession 6.002
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The Stewardship of Treasures
“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from
the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:3

Joe R. Barnett of The Edifier wrote:
“I Am Glad This Church Needs Money”

“I am glad this church needs money! If it did not, it would mean it was not supporting missionaries and preaching the gos-
pel in other places. No missionary zeal.
I am glad this church needs money! If it did not, it would mean it was not doing anything to support the homeless, helpless
and needy. No compassion.
I am glad this church needs money! If it did not, it would mean it had ‘topped out’ and was not interested in expanding into
other areas of needed service. No vision.
I am glad this church needs money! If it did not, it would mean it was not interested in providing wholesome activities.
I am glad this church needs money! If it did not, it would mean it was not expanding its outreach. No evangelism.
I am glad this church needs money! If it did not, it would mean it was not interested in teaching children in those impres-
sionable, formative years. No future.
Yes sir, I am glad this church needs money! The fact that it does means it has not forfeited its zeal, compassion, expansion,
vision, concern, evangelism, future. This church needs my gifts and I am glad of it. I would not want to be a member of any
other kind.”

So, what is so important about the tithing or the giving of our treasures? It’s important because we are giving back to God our
“first fruits” from the best of what we have earned or been given. The first of our resources, not just our left-overs. This
means that being a part of God’s Kingdom is the most important aspect of our lives. It means we believe that we are a chosen
people who have the responsibility to care for others. It means we are so blessed that we want oth-
ers to know the love of God and share in His grace. It means Christ lives in us not just among us. It
means knowing that God loves each and every one of us. It means we are willing to forgive our
debtors. It means that we at FHPC have not “forfeited its zeal, compassion, expansion, vision, con-
cern, evangelism, future.” It means we truly understand the scriptures that tell us that God SO
loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that we might inherit eternal life. It means
that by the giving of our tithes and offerings we are sincere in our thankfulness.

Is this what tithing means to you? Are you ready and willing to share from the first fruits of your
labors an appropriate percentage? Can God count on you to continue spreading His love and His
grace? Will your financial support equal your faith and trust in God’s love for you? For from
whom much is given, much is required. By combining our financial tithes and offerings we will be
able to do something awesome for God’s glory. Isn’t that the least we can do?
On the Inside:
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Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . .
The Way . . … . … . . … . . . .. . . . … . .. .. .. .
“Friend and Family Day” .. .. . . . .. .. . . . . .. . .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. .
Out ’n About… .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . .. .. .. . . .
Hooked on Books .. … .. . … .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . .
Facebook .. … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . .
Not Yet a Member? .. .. . .. . . . . … . .. . . . . . .
“Nearing Home” … .. … . .. … . . .. . … . ….. .
FHPC Foundation .. .. . .. . ... . .. . … .. … …
Office Angels . .. . .. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. .. . . . . .. .. .. ..
Home by Another Way .. . . . . . . . . .. . … .. .. . . . . . ..
Christian Formation .. .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . .
Worship and Music Ministry …. … . . . . . . … . .. . . .
Gospel Magic .. .. . …. . . . .. . . .. .. .. …. . … … … .. .
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Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . ...
Necrology for 2014… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ..
Thank You … … .. … .. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .
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“When you find yourself in a posi-
tion to help someone, be happy and
feel blessed because God is answer-
ing that person's prayer through you.
Remember: Our purpose on earth is
not to get lost in the dark but to be a
light to others, so that they may
find their way through us. May
God Bless you.”

I do not know who wrote this, but I found it the other day
and thought it was appropriate for this Ministry. How
many of us have looked at helping others this way. We
have heard it time and time again, to go out and take care
of our brothers and sisters. But have we looked at it this
way, that we could possibly be an answer to someone's
prayers. God has put an important task upon us that we
need to be sure and fulfill, we need to be God's tools to be
an answer to others' prayers.

Water for MANA House
We collected over 50 cases of water and enough money to
purchase over 80 more cases. I was talking to a veteran,
the other day, and he told me that MANA House gives out
over 7000 bottles of water a day in the Summer. Accord-
ing to my calculations, that is close to 280 cases of water a
day. The Sons of AM VETS will continue to collect water
through the winter months. So if you wish to continue to
bring in cases of water, I can make sure they are taken to
MANA House. If you don't want to bother with buying the
water, you can leave a check in the office and tell Marta it
is for water for the MANA House.

Extended Hands Food Bank
The Friday night Fish Fry's are back in
the groove again. This year, they will be
serving their fish on the 1
, 3
, and the
Fridays of the Month. The cost is
still $9.99 for all the fish you can eat,
coleslaw, hush puppies, and French
fries. This is quite a delicious meal for a
great price.
Thank you to Susan Lickman, Susan Owens and Nancy
Wulfmeier for helping with the Fish Fry the first Friday in

In celebration of their milestone accomplishment, Ex-
tended Hands Food Bank, is having an open house. The
end of June EHFB celebrated 10 years of existence. As a
thank you to all who have helped make them a success,
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Terri Schmidt, Elder
they are inviting you to their open
house on October 4th at the Food
Bank, from 8am to 11am. They
will be serving coffee and home-
made cinnamon rolls. So if you
have no other plans, come and tour
the food bank and have some cof-
fee and rolls. Thank you again to all who have helped us
here at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, help those
people who need the help of the Food Bank.

Pentecostal Offering
The Pentecostal Offering this year was used to help a
local man with some of his Medical expenses. One of the
stipulations for using this money is to try to keep it lo-
cally, and for a Mission project. The Fountain Hills Pres-
byterian Church's percentage of the offering was $252.00
this year. We in the Mission Ministry learned about this
man who works at ACE Hardware and has kidney prob-
lems. His name is Jeff Bruning and he has lost his health
insurance at the hardware store because he can not work
full time. We are looking into other ways we can help
this man. We will keep you informed on our plans.

Weekender Backpacks
We are again helping the Presbyterians Women with this
worthwhile project. We have donated money for this
program for the fall session. Sev-
eral of our group are regular vol-
unteers to go help pack these
backpacks. This projects helps
several young children in town
who are in need of food on the

These are a few of our Mission Projects here at Fountain
Hills Presbyterian Church. We here in the Mission
Ministry meet the second Monday of each month at
1:00 in the conference room. If you have a special mis-
sion or ministry you would like us to take a look at,
please feel free to attend our meeting and fill us in on
your project. Or if you would like to join our Mission
committee, you are welcome to join us. We are always
looking for new people with great ideas.

This is such a great way to do God's work and help you
fulfill your life's job to help people in need. God's com-
mands to go forth and help those in need is a great way to
help complete you life as well as to help others. So if
you want to join in on our work, we would love to have
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If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat
An interactive DVD study from John Ortberg
Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-
swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did
Peter, “Come?”

You are invited to consider the incredible
potential that awaits you as you step out of your comfort zone.
Join John Ortberg, Pastor Bill and Pastor Ken on Wednesday
nights at The Way starting on October 1 as we challenge you to
get out of the boat. We want you to discover that you may be just
one step away from the adventure of your life. Books are available for
$5.00 in the church office or on the first night of class.

Would you do me a favor?

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Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church

Friend and Family Day

November 2

We have these invitations for you to use to hand
out. Just stop by the church office or get them on
the round table in the narthex on Sunday or the
tables in the Fellowship Center at the 11:15 am

$5.00 Meals
are back!
Kids free!
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Suzie McCready: Morning Circle Leader Marty Baxter: Afternoon Circle Leader

Barbara Oakeson: Librarian Jan Hoff: Hooked on Books

Judy Irin: !ening Circle Leader !elyn Hrunek: Bible Study Coordinator

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Presenting your Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2014-2015
Last month we presented part of the Coordinating Team so this month here are the rest of this year’s team. We are busy making
plans for the year ahead and hope you’ll note the dates for our activities and be involved. The Coordinating Team meets in the
Adult Center on the first Friday of the month and our meetings are open for anyone interested to attend or feel free to talk to any of
us about your ideas or questions.


Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday , October 15th.
The group will meet at the home of Jan Hoff at
9:30 AM.

Elsie Hoffarber and Carol Fuls will review and
lead a discussion on: "The Sociopath Next
Door" by Martha Stout.

Hooked on Books is open to women who enjoy reading and
discussing books. For further information contact Jan Hoff
(480) -836-7551.
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Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

We will meet at Wally’s Pub and Grill at Gainy Ranch—7704
E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. The date is Wednesday, October
15th at 12:00 Noon. This is about 3 blocks west as Via Ven-
tura Road becomes Doubletree Ranch Road.
We can meet at church about 11:30 AM if you want to carpool.
Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 or Bobbi Dangremond at 816-
6772 for reservations.

PWP Activities:
If you are able to be further involved with
other Presbyterian Women in our Presbytery
we try to publicize before the event (see this
month’s article) but here are some further
dates for PWP activities:

Nov. 4 Global Exchange to the Caribbean
Mar. 7 PWP Spring Gathering
June 18-21 Church-wide Gathering of Pres.
Women in Minn., MN.

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PWP Fall Gathering

Our Fall Gathering entitled "One Can Make A Difference"
will be Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Sunnyslope Presbyte-
rian Church. We are privileged to have as our speaker Patti
Luttrell, the founder of Children's Cancer Network. Patti is
an inspiring speaker who has made a difference in many

Sunnyslope Presbyterian Church is an outgrowth of the De-
sert Mission which began in 1921. It is a historic church
which went from being a mission to a congregation. You
will enjoy the experience of worshiping in this special

The registration fee is $10.00. If you are interested in at-
tending please contact Donna Yordy, 837-6169.
October Dates
October 3 Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
October 7 Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
October 9 Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
October 11 PWP (see separate article)
October 15 Hooked On Books (see separate box for details)
October 15 Out ‘n About (see separate box for details)
October 20 Evening Circle at home of Maria Berry
Future Dates
November 3 Fall Gathering (see separate article)
January 26 Winter Gathering
March 15 Gifts of Women Sunday
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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 an-
other 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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Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering
The PW Fall Gathering entitled “Exploring the Role of Women in Mongolia and Tajikistan” will be Monday, November 3 at
5:30 pm in the FH PC Fellowship Center. The evening will start with a carry-in salad supper and a brief business meeting. Debbie
Fisher will present music from the Far East. The guest speaker will be Marietta Bell, nurse, Peace Corp volunteer, writer-reporter
and missionary in Mongolia, Tajikistan, Cambodia, and Laos.
Marietta Bell has served as a missionary overseas for the last
thirteen years teaching English as a second language and
“gossiping” Jesus unobtrusively in her work. She will tell us
how she came to missionary work and the role her Christian
faith has played in her life.
Through pictures she will share the history, customs and tra-
ditions of two Asian countries in which she has served –
Mongolia and Tajikistan. She will talk about the role of
women in these countries and model examples of their tradi-
tional dress. There will be a raffle of items Marietta has col-
lected on her travels. You will find her presentation inspir-
ing, filled with humor and tinged with sadness.
Registration for the Gathering will be on Sunday, October 26
and November 2 in the Narthex. All women are invited to
come for the dinner meeting at 5:30 pm or the presentation at
6:45 pm. Men are welcomed to attend the presentation at
6:45. Please call 480.837.1763 if you have questions or to
Marietta Bell attending “Naadam” in Mongolia.
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Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation
“An Investment Today for the Life of Our Church Tomorrow”

Have you considered making a cash gift or bequest through your will or trust to the Fountain Hills Presbyterian
Church Foundation? This is a perfect charitable way to leave your final testimony of your faith and value in your
church. Your gift or bequest will help insure the future needs and ministries of the Church for years to come.
Any member of the Foundation Board of Trustees can answer questions you might have, such as setting up your
final documents. You are always welcome to attend Foundation Board meetings.
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

Invite Your Family & Friends

Early this year we held a one-day seminar entitled, “Straight Talk about . . . AGING!” This fall we will begin a new mini-
series on Saturday mornings on some of the challenges of getting older, borrowing the title of Billy Graham’s landmark book,

“Nearing Home”

In it Billy admitted, “Whoever first said it was right: old age is not for sissies. . . . I never thought I would live to be this old. All
my life I was taught how to die as a Christian, but no one ever taught me how I ought to live in the years before I die. I wish they
had because I am an old man now, and believe me, it’s not easy.”

Each of these free two-hour seminars (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) will focus on issues so many people in our church and our commu-
nity are confronted by at this stage of our lives. Here are the first couple we have planned for this fall:

October 18 “Are You Ready for Your NEXT Emergency?”
Victoria & Kim from C.A.R.E. will talk you through how to handle those
sticky situations that you may think will never happen to you.

November 15 “Brain Boost Boot Camp”
Terry Martin and her colleagues will show you how to exercise your peace
of mind and exorcise your greatest fears about spending your ‘golden years.’

Invitation to Mini-series
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Suellen Russell, Mondays and Thursdays Connie McCanless, Tuesdays
The church office could not function without them.
They are in the office every week of the year.
Thank YOU!!!!
Helen Roesch, Tuesdays and Thursdays Phyllis Rapp, Wednesdays
Bobby Dangremond and Mary Wernecke, Fridays
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A glimpse into the worship service at 11:15 am. Check it out.
Ch!istian Fo!)ation

“Therefore, since we have been justified
through faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans
Paul wrote Romans as an organized
presentation of his faith. He had heard
of the church at Rome, begun by Jews
who had come to faith during Pentecost
(Acts 2). Returning to Rome, the church
quickly grew. Paul planned to visit his
Roman brothers and sisters to support
this church. Preparing the way he writes
these letters before his arrival. Paul’s
letters present the facts of the gospel, the
lostness of mankind, and the necessity
for God’s intervention.
Now, my brothers and sisters in Christ,
Paul writes the best part,” THE GOOD
NEWS- salvation is available to all! We
are saved by grace through faith in Je-
sus Christ (Romans 3) .” Faith is the
cornerstone of our relationship with Je-
sus Christ and His church! The most
important thing in our lives.
While I know this, I really felt I needed
to define faith. I challenged myself to
spend time with the scriptures to hear
what they could tell me. Turning to the
Dictionary/Concordance in the back of
my Bible (NIV Life Application Study
Bible), I found: Isaiah, Matthew, Mark,
Acts, Romans, Hebrews, I Corinthians
and many more places to read about
examples of faith . Simply stated , these
scriptures told me faith is taking God at
his word! “Trust in the Lord, oh my
soul”. I have repeated this often in times
of turmoil . This was my “ah ha” mo-
ment. Taking God at his word. What
more do we need.
Our faith will be challenged time and
time again. Not only from the outside
world but from within our church com-

Dear brothers and sisters, please pray for
our Pastor and our church leadership.
Jesus said we are to be in the world but
not of the world. These are times that
will require “Taking God at his word.”

Read, Study, Pray:
Read: Faith is Not A Feeling
by Ney Bailey
Attend :
• Sabbath Day Bible Study with John
Bivens, 10:15 am . Ecclesiastes
• Men's Group Bible Study on Thurs-
days at 7:00 am in Adult Center
• Presbyterian Women Circles
(Sept thru May)
9:00 AM 2
1:00 PM 1
7:00 PM 4
• Wednesday “The Way” series
Dinner at 5:45 PM
Study at 6:30 PM
• “Becoming a Prayer Warrior” with
Sylvia Burke (see box to the right)
• Pastor Bill’s Brown Bag Noon Bible
Study. (see below)
Pray fully consider working with our
Youth, Teens and Nursery Programs .
Contact Director Debby DeBernardi .
We grow through giving to others!

Elder Arlene Stewart


What would you say to a church that is
struggling to maintain faith in the face of
cultural oppression and spiritual erosion?
That was the question facing the pastor
who wrote the “Letter
to the Hebrews” near
the end of the 1

Come join us starting
September 24
as we
explore his words to
In Touch page #2
Carol Hencz & Arlene Stewart, Elders
see what they might have to say to us
here in the 21

We gather on Wednesdays at Noon
in the Adult Center for a time of
relaxed sharing and interactive Bible
study. Bring a lunch and come join

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
committing suicide,
violence in the
schools. And, of
course, all the seri-
ous health concerns
as we age. The
world and the
church need us to become prayer war-

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

Study will be using Draw The Circle
by Mark Batterson as devotional read-
ings at home. Copies are available in
the church office for $8.00.

The study will be led by Christian
author, Sylvia Burke. Sign up with
Marta in the office or email
F!o) the &i!ecto! o0 Ch!istian Fo!)ation
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Debby DeBernardi
Parents! Grandparents! Anyone can Receive HomeFront Magazine by e-mail!
HomeFront is a FREE monthly resource that gives parents/grandparents ideas on how to create fun,
spiritually forming times in their home – even in the midst of their busy lives. This digital magazine
can be sent right to your inbox each month, making it easy for parents & grandparents to shape a vi-
brant faith in the lives of their children.

For more information, check out: and sign-up today!

If We Are Sharing God’s Story…Shouldn’t He be the Focus?
We have began The Big God Story for Elementary on Wednesday evenings. And we agree that kids
need to know who God is and who they are in order to connect Truth in Life! This is true for all
stages of life! I am so excited to welcome Judy Irvin and Matt Jefferson this year to join the team as
small group FaithFriends along with Gary DeBernardi and Sandy Heunisch! Guiding kids is more
than telling stories and doing crafts! We thought you might like to read below what our ministry phi-
losophy and commitment to children and family is based upon.

1. Family is Primary - God’s design for faith replication is through the context of community, fam-
ily being the first sacred family (Deut. 6; Ps. 78) and the church being supporting and equipping this
endeavor. (Eph. 4:12)
2. Spiritual Formation - Kids need a strong biblical knowledge in an environment where they can encounter and re-
spond to the living God. We pray children will open their hearts, learn to discern God’s voice, have a desire to
obey Him, and do so in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Phil. 2:13)
3. The Holy Spirit is the True Teacher, We Facilitate! Parents and leaders have the opportunity to create
“environments” where the Holy Spirit is free to move, teach, and lead. (Jn. 14:26)
4. Authority of Scripture 2 Timothy 3:16-17
5. The Big God Story is His Story! It incorporates all of history from Genesis to Revelation and beyond. Kids’ sto-
ries are not only part of God’s story, but are also a part of a much larger faith community of past, present and fu-
ture believers.
6. God-Centered We place the emphasis on God’s love and redemption through Jesus (Col. 1:20), not the supporting
cast in any story line. (EX: God is victorious vs. David and Goliath)
7. Ministry Support We offer practical tools to help parents build confidence and become more involved in the spiri-
tual development of their kids.

Thank You Arlene Stewart, Jane Realdsen and Martha
Carillo for being Loving FaithFriends in our Blessed Begin-
nings Ministry for Nursery and Toddlers!

Can’t commit to a weekly or monthly time? Need a lot of
flexibility with time? Consider joining this team who is on-
call! We call you to see if you are available to share God’s
love in the nursery during second service only when the need
arises! Contact Debby in the office for
more information.

Our on - call nursery is available dur-
ing second service. We appreciate
families giving us prior notice of their
need for this ministry!
In Touch page #$


Did you ever wonder how many people, in ad-
dition to our Pastor, are needed to make Sun-
day worship happen? And who does it?
Would you like to get involved in this important

The Worship & Music Committee, in conjunction with Pastor
Bill, is responsible for providing a meaningful worship experi-
ence for everyone who attends FHPC. The following people
make it happen.

Our 9:00 a.m. Welcome Team of Ilene Berg, Bonnie Holla-
baugh, Judy Irvin, Toni Patterson, and Suellen Russell act
as head ushers, recruit and train greeters and ushers, and train
additional head ushers. Cynthia Linton and Susan Titus
coordinate curb angels to assist anyone needing just a little
help getting from the car into the church. Sandy Heunisch is
our 11:15 a.m. team member, and coordinates “meeting and
greeting” for our casual service.

Volunteering on the Welcome Team is a great way for new
people to get acquainted, and for long-time members to get
more involved. Please call one of the Welcome Team (or the
office) and volunteer. It would be wonderful if we had so
many volunteers that we didn’t need to call anyone.

Scheduling Unseated Elders and Deacons to prepare the ele-
ments for 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. communion is handled by
Melissa Fast, who also recruits and trains Elder servers for
the 11:15 service.
%o!ship an2 *usic *inist!+

Coordinating music for 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. is the responsi-
bility of Music Director Debbie Fisher, as well as devel-
oping and implementing the entire music program of

Jo Nelson acts as head usher for the 9:00 a.m. service, and
oversees the general condition of the Narthex information
stations, etc., as well as the Sanctuary communion table

Heather Vawter-Greco coordinates the scheduling of li-
turgists for the 9:00 a.m. service.

Suellen Russell is also the committee secretary.

Letha Neely, Worship & Music Elder changes liturgical
colors of the paraments according to the church seasons,
and assists committee members wherever needed.

Helen Quigley, Worship & Music Elder and Chair han-
dles special occasion flowers, and assists committee mem-
bers wherever needed.

Did you think this many people were
needed for Worship & Music? Can
you imagine how many more people
are needed in other areas to keep
Christ’s Church alive and thriving?
God needs each and every one of us
to step up and get involved in His

After seeing this show there will be no doubt in
your mind that deception can be fun. Craig’s per-
formances even include a demonstration of meth-
ods used in fooling people as he shows you how
easy it is to be misled. He then points out how the
consequences of being deceived are not always
pleasurable, and shares how to keep form being
deceived, especially when making choices with
eternal consequences.
Gospel magic is effective in explaining spiritual
truths creatively. Illusions can be used to capture
the imagination of young and old alike, and then
focus that fascination onto Christ and the gospel!
His performance appeals to churched and un-
churched alike!
3ospe1 *agic

For kids & teens

Friend & Family Sunday
November 2
During 9:00 & 11:15 AM
worship services in the
Student Center
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Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
By Jamie Ford

There exists in Seattle, Wash-
ington today a very old hotel,
built in 1912. It is the Panama
Hotel and is located between
what had been Seattle’s China-
town and Nihonnachi, Japan-
town. It stood as a sentinel be-
tween the two communities. In
1950 the hotel was boarded up
and remained so until 1986
when it was purchased and to
be completely renovated.
In the dusty, musty boarded up basement of the
old hotel a discovery was made—boxes, suitcases
and steamer trunks belonging to thirty-seven Japa-
nese families who had left their precious belongings
behind when they were hurriedly rounded up to be
transported to the various interment camps.
Forty four years had passed and all of these posses-
sions were still unclaimed. This discovery caused a
minor stir in the news and crowds gathered and local
television was present.
And now our story begins. In the crowd there was
a Chinese man, Henry Lee. He was fifty six years old
and a widower for six months. He is fascinated as the
hotel’s new owner shows a few items to the crowd
and further fascinated as she displays a red bamboo
parasol. Memories come flooding back, and we are
now taken back to 1942.
Henry is the only child of Chinese immigrants. He
is a very shy, quiet, obedient and conscientious boy
who is also very lonely. The only Chinese child who is
offered a scholarship to an expensive school, he is
now shunned and taunted by the Chinese children
attending a Chinese school. They call him a “white
At the all white school he is bullied constantly. He
did not wish to attend the private school but it meant
so much to his parents. His life is completely
Li!a!+ Footnotes
To augment the scholarship he is required to work
at the school, serving lunch and cleaning up after-
wards, plus many cleaning chores when school is
One day a twelve year old Japanese girl, also on
a scholarship, joins him, working the kitchen and
also helping with after school cleanup. Keiko Okabe
is pretty, lively, very friendly and also very proud of
bei ng a second generat i on Ameri can.
The two children form a deep bond, a true heart-
felt love for each other. Keiko’s parents warmly wel-
come Henry, but Henry’s father is a fervent Chinese
Nationalist and sees all Japanese as evil incarnate.
Keiko and Henry take long walks together, often
meeting in a park. Keiko always with her sketch pad,
drawing. They also share a love of jazz music.
Then happiness together comes to an abrupt end
when everyone in Japantown is relocated to a tem-
porary internment camp forty miles away and then
later relocated to a camp further inland. This move
offers such rich reading of a by-gone time. We read
about the atmosphere of Seattle during the war
years, before and after, and the treatment of all mi-
norities and even of non Anglo-Saxon Europeans.
The vibrant jazz scene, the strain of being traditional
in a modern, rapidly changing society, powerful fam-
ily dynamics and the difficulties resolving differ-
Henry and Keiko desperately try to stay in touch
through the war years and hope for a forever reun-
ion when peace comes. Cruel
deception dooms their chance
of spending their young lives
together. However, life goes
on, bitter and sweet, adjust-
ments are made and some-
times there are happy endings.
Reading this book is a powerful
emotional experience.

Elsie Hoffarber

What a wonder!
If ever I reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there:
first, to meet some I had not thought to see there;
second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and
third — the greatest wonder of all — to find myself there.

- John Newton
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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Harry Grider with a cast member of
the FH Community Theater production
of CATS. Special effects were smokey!
Toni Patterson’s birthday luncheon at Eagle Mountain Country Club with Mary Morris, Pastor
Ken Brown, Michele Hasley, Helen Quigley, Marta Ludwig and Sally Atchinson.
Pastor Bill with Toni Patterson
Ruby Pearson (top) and Rosemarie Kramer
(bottom) pictured with Toni
Happy Birthday!
Sally Atchinson with Toni
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Welcome back to many of you
who have spent their summer
out of town. We are approach-
ing the temperatures that bring
so many back to this area, filling
the area with folks who love our
small town, and the strong com-
munity that forms when we all
work together. Our church is
such a fine example
of that experience. We have
folks who return to sing, and
ring and play in our music ministry program, spending
quality time in the activity of music, strengthening our
commitment to God. We always start
the season of rehearsals with a core group of people that
live here year 'round who maintain a continuance in pro-
gramming and special musical presentations in the life of
our church, only to be joined by friends new and old who
return and love the active Christian community of our
church. It's wonderful to be part of this annual freshness
with each new season, seeing the choir loft and the pews
fill up more each week as folks trickle in.
Please remember that you may join, or re-join our music
ministry any time! It is such a healthy group of people to
be with. I say healthy because they are fresh minded,
moving into and through some of the most challeng-
ing music that a choral group or bell choir can handle for
our sizes, willing to work through and broaden our reper-
toire that we might feel that accomplishment that comes
from working together, with the same goal in mind, only
to repeat the process throughout each season in which we
are fortunate enough to be together. The study of God's
word and the study of music are both the most in depth
experiences I feel I might ever be able to spend my life
pursuing. There are always elements of elation, confu-
sion, complete joy and satisfaction, adventure, comfort,
aggression, peace, trust, discipline, more discipline, and
the unexplainable love we experience being with those
who are pursuing these same adventures together, through
the thick and the thin of things. I would encourage anyone
who is interested, and or willing, to be a part of our church
and our music ministry.
*usic *inist!+
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
Also, due to the generous donation by one of our friends, there
will be a new, lower octave of beautiful bells added to our
existing 3 octaves. We are so excited! To have a 4 octave set
of bells is truly going to add such a new depth in dynamics,
once we have a few more ringers to help ring!
Please consider ringing, especially if you have music reading
experience. Your reading will become quickly refreshed, and
playing one of these interesting instruments is different from
any other. You may always call or text me at 480-688-0828 if
you are interested in giving it a try. You will be joining a
great group of people that have helped to build the bell choir
into what it is today!

I would like to give a special thanks to Dorothy Parris and her
good friend Suzanne Gillham who often comes to town one
day a week spending time going through each piece of music
in our library, erasing, taping, detailing and such. They love
this time working together, having been such good friends for
so many years, singing and traveling together. What a great
friendship they have. It's so quiet when you walk in and they
are each busy detailing. This will greatly benefit our choir,
and we so appreciate it.
Thanks Dorothy and Suzanne!

"As the deer pants for the streams of water, so my soul pants
for You, my God. My soul pants for You, for the living God."
Psalm 42:1-2

Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Earnest worship
Comparing worship to a dramatic production, Danish theologian Søren Kierkegaard said congregation members are actors, the worship leader is the prompter,
God is the “audience” and the stage is eternity. The point of worship, Kierkegaard maintained, should be to please God alone.

“The prompter whispers to the actor what he is to say, but the actor’s repetition of it is the main concern,” Kierkegaard wrote. “The main concern is earnestness:
that the listeners by themselves, with themselves and to themselves, in the silence before God, may speak with the help of this address.”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc
In Touch page #.
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Bob & Ilene Berg
Bob & Ilene grew up in the same northwestern Colorado
mining town where Bob’s dad owned and operated a
Mobil gas station and Ilene‘s dad operated a large drag-
line shovel at a coal strip mine. They were good friends
and both significantly influenced Bob and Ilene.
Bob has six siblings and Ilene has a brother and a sister.
They attended the same K-12 school and were married
after Bob attended Adams State in Alamosa, CO and
served 2 years in the Army. Five months after they were
married Bob was called back into service for one year
during the “Berlin Crisis.” Ilene stayed behind and wel-
comed him home with a new baby boy! Their second son
was born one year later. They have 3 granddaughters and
1 grandson whom they adore.
Bob’s first job was delivering groceries after school out
of a 1937 Chevy Panel Delivery Wagon. He also enjoyed
a career with the Forest Service stationed on the Routt
and the White River National Forests in Colorado before
retiring from the Tonto National Forest after overseeing
construction of Forest Service facilities built to replace
those inundated by the new lake elevation after Roose-
velt Dam was enlarged.
Ilene once delivered newspapers on a rural route. She
also worked as a legal secretary in Glenwood Springs,
CO for 20 years and recently retired from the Rio Verde
Community Association.
The most interesting time in their lives – and a life-
changing experience – was traveling to Lithuania in
1991 with a group from Grand Canyon University led by
Dr. Jim Witherspoon (a member of our congregation at
the time) to teach conversational English. Lithuania had
just gained their freedom from the Soviet Union. The
classroom conversations about living conditions under
communism were extraordinary and gave them a greater
appreciation for our freedoms and economy and the re-
alization that government must be scrutinized. They
made additional trips with the group including one to
Bob says the best advice he was given was “never let the
weather interfere with your plans.” Following that advice
brought many memorable adventures!
Bob and Ilene agree that they mostly influenced their
sons. Ilene says if she knew at the time they were teen-
agers they were going to mature into such principled,
dynamic men she would have spent fewer sleepless
Ilene attended Bible study classes led by Steve Frasier in
what is now the youth center which led them to join
FHPC in 1991 . Blanche Brisbane would occasionally
substitute for Steve.
When asked what one thing they like best about our
church, they agree the friends they have met and enjoy
are at the top of the list. Ilene is a dedicated member of
Presbytery Women. They both appreciate the traditional
worship service including inspiring and thoughtful Bible
-based sermons.

God, our dwelling place

As a child, author Bob Saffrin was struck by polio, which paralyzed all four limbs and his diaphragm. Amazingly, he recovered use of everything but one arm.
Following much questioning about why God would save him but not fully restore his body, Saffrin experienced peace. In Psalms: The Sunrise of Hope, he
reflects on Psalm 91:

“The answer is to discover the presence of God in the middle of your circumstance. … Then even though you go through distress, the distress
won’t go through you. … If we dwell in the secret place of the Most High, and if we focus on the great character of God and make him our
dwelling place, we can know that we are protected. How wonderful if he lifts us out of our suffering. But there is an even greater deliverance,
one where he walks with us in our fight.”

-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc
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Enter thou into the joy Of thy Lord.”
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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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Thank You

Growing up, a shortened version of Matthew Arnold's poem,
"Dover Beach" often rose up in me, and said these words:
"Ah, love let us be true to one another! for we are all we
have on this darkling plain where ignorant armies clash
by night."
I am experiencing right now your love for me, and it is
God's very presence sustaining me and giving me hope and
confidence in my future. I am loved, thanks to you. The tu-
mor is gone. It was 5cms in diameter. I was able to perform
my grandson's wedding on Sept. 20! I am so fortunate to not
have any function loss. Meanwhile there are some internal
rattles in the head. Every card, e-mail, phone call, and prayer
was and is a blessing.


Stan Jones

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also li)e to than) you for all your prayers
and support during this time of loss We are
truly blessed to have you in our lives
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Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 N. Fountain Hills Boulevard
Fountain Hills, AZ 8!"8
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In Touch is published monthly; deadline for each issue is the 15th of the month before publication.
News and information should be submitted to the church office in hard copy, or email to fhpresbyte- Editor, Marta Ludwig; Proof Reader, Helen Roesch; Staff Photographer: Gary
Oakeson; Production and Circulation: Mary Wernecke, Bobbie Dangremond, Ruby Pearson, Marilyn
Humes, Nancy Saine, Arlene Olsen and Vivian Virden. Travel to Bulk Mail Post Office: Mary Martinson.
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729 Office E-Mail Address:
Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good email: cell phone: 480-329-8090
Current Resident or