FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

November 2014

From Mary Alice Bivens, Elder

The Stewardship of Time
“There is a time for everything, and a season for
every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Once upon a time, (doesn’t every good story begin that way?) my husband and I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a full time student
working on his Masters degree at Georgia Tech
as well as a part time employee in a municipal
department. I, on the other hand, was a full
time staffer at the local YWCA. We also were
brand new parents of a precious little girl. Our
combined income barely covered our expenses.
Not a unique situation! One of our first priorities upon moving to Atlanta was finding a
church home. After attending a service at one
near-by church we both knew we’d found the
one for us. During their membership class that
we attended we learned of a different meaning
to the word Stewardship. You see, this was a
church whose members were among the
wealthiest in N.W. Atlanta. We wondered how
we could possibly be accepted when we barely
had two nickels to rub together. The pastor
smiled when we shared our doubts and told us
we were exactly what they wanted. We learned
that while the tithing of our meager treasures
helped financially support the church’s ministry, it wasn’t the only way to serve. By teaching
Sunday school and singing in the choir we were
also integral components to the work of glorify-

FHPC VISION & MISSION STAMENTS
Our Vision:

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

Reach out to all with faith and love.

ing our Lord. The giving of our time and energy was also important. We knew we could
do that - - - freely and gladly.
We also learned that by volunteering to assist
in other ways our time and energy was not
only a service but a financial savings as well.
Another important component to the stewardship of time is our Bible study and prayer
time. If 10% of our talents and treasures is
pleasing to God, so then is 10% of our time.
The time and energy spent studying and understanding the scriptures is also a part of
our stewardship obligation. This alone is
beneficial but coupling it with time set aside
each day in prayer is even more so.
There you have it! A new way of looking at
Church Stewardship.
It’s not only about
sharing our money, it’s about committing our
whole life to Christ. Every aspect - - - - talents, treasures, and time.

Important Dates:
November 2
Friend and Family Sunday
November 9
Congregational Meeting
Elect Officers
November 23 Consecration Sunday
November 30 1st Sunday of Advent

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Focus on Finance

OUR CHURCH STAFF
Rev. Bill Good
Pastor/Head of Staff

Rev. Stan Jones

Sept Income

$ 28,492

Budget

$ 31,150

Parish Associate

Sept Expense

$ 31,899

Budget

$ 33,142

Yr to date Income

$ 332,808

Budget

$ 327,750

Yr to date Expense $ 319,433

Budget

$ 320,558

Pastor Ken Brown
Interim Pastoral Associate

Debby DeBernardi
Director Christian Formation

Marta Ludwig
Administrative Coordinator

Debbie Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

Dorothy Parris
Pianist

Caryl Bates
Organist

Lynn Medley
Custodian

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

As expected, Income for September gave back some of the gains realized in
August. Overall, Income for the first nine months of
2014 is modestly ahead of Budget by about $5,000. Expenses tracked expectations for September and also are
on course on a Year-to-Date basis. We enter the final
quarter of 2014 right on Plan. With prayers for continuing Pledges and a watchful eye on expenditures, we are
positioned for a solid 2014.
Respectfully,
John Skewes, Treasurer

On the Inside:
From Mary Alice Bivens, Stewardship Elder .. .. .. . . . .. .
Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … .
Outreach….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. ..
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . ..
Out ’n About... .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . .. .. .
Hooked on Books .. … .. . … .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. ..
Nearing Home Seminar .. … … .. . .. .. . . .. . . .. .. . . . . .
Thank You … .. … . .. .. … . . . . …… . … . . .. . . . .. .
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FHPC Foundation .. .. . .. . ... . .. . … .. … … … . .. .
Sunday Fellowship .. . .. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. .. . . . . .. .. .. .
Christian Formation .. .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . . .
Letter from Faith Friend . .. . . . . . . . … . .. . . . .. .. . . ..
How Can you Help? … . .. .. . . .. . .. . . . . . . … . . . . . . .
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Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. …
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . ...
Necrology for 2014… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ..
November Birthdays .. ..… .. … …. … … …. … … .. .
10 Ways to Love . . … . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . … . . .. .. .. .. .. .

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Outreach

We are inviting you to take the “Leap of Faith” and walk the walk with us into the bright
future of this church.
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An Inquiry Meeting for prospective new members will be held on November 4 at
4:00 PM in the Narthex. This is an informal informational meeting with Pastor Bill, so
bring your questions and find the answers.
If you plan on attending, please call Gail Botsford (412-613-3312), Sally Atchinson (480837-1054), or the church office (480-837-1763).

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 be
come an
affiliate member at our church here and maintain your full active
membership there.

For additional information, please contact Gail Botsford at 412613-3312, Sally Atchinson at 480-837-1054 or call the church
office at 480-837-1763.
Sally Atchinson & Gail Botsford

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Mission Ministry
Have you looked up the word “mission?”
The definition varies, but some of the
words are: responsibility, obligation,
duty, act, assignment, and care. This tells
me “Mission” is a very important part of
our lives. We here at Fountain Hills
Presbyterian Church have a huge responsibility to our Church, Town, State,
Country as well as the World. This is
one of the reasons we here in the Mission
Ministry strive so hard to fulfill our duTerri Schmidt, Elder
ties. We try and help as many people as
we can, and are always looking for others to try and help. If
this sounds like something you would be interested in, please
contact Terri Schmidt @ 480-837-7083. We would love to
have you join us. We meet the second Monday of the month in
the Conference Room in the office at 1:00 pm. Come and join
us.

Extended Hands Food Bank
We continue to collect canned and non-perishable
foods every Sunday for the food bank, as well as loose coins.
Thank you to all who continue to help with this local mission
with food or your loose change. Our local food bank has approximately 300 families on their register. This means that we
need lots of food to help them out.
We continue to help the food bank
by providing help to their Friday Night Fish
Fry’s. There are several of us who help
clear tables and take more fish and make
sure there is plenty of drinks and desserts
available. Thank you to Linda Warren,
Vivian Virden and Nancy Wulfmeier for
helping on October 3rd. We will be there
again the first Friday in November. They serve fish from 4:00
– 7:00 on the first and third Fridays of the month. If the month
has 5 Fridays, they will also serve fish. It is a wonderful meal
for $9.99.

MANA House
We will continue to collect water for MANA House.
We have really pushed during summer months because of the
heat. But ,as I was talking to an employee for this Veterans
facility, they reminded me they needed water year round. He
was explaining to me the amount of water that was given out on
a daily basis. It is staggering to think how many Veterans are
in need of help. So this is another way we can contribute. If
you wish to continue donating water, I’ll continue to make sure
it gets to MANA House. If you don’t want to physically buy
the water, you can give money, but make sure to specify it is

for water for MANA House
Donna Sims continues to collect for soldiers and veterans . She collects hygiene items, playing cards, crossword
puzzle books, as well as regular books. What is not sent to
our soldiers is given to the Veterans downtown Phoenix.

Weekender Backpacks
For those of you who want
something worthwhile to do on Thursday
mornings, you can help pack bags for
those children who need extra food for
the weekend. Presbyterian Women are
asking for people to help with the packing of these bags. If you are interested in
helping, you can contact Mary Alice
Bivens or show up at the Catholic Church parking lot on
Thursday mornings about 7:30 am. They carpool down to
Mesa and are there for a couple of hours.

National Day of Prayer
National Day of Prayer is in May, but our brothers
and sisters at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church have
decided that we need to gear up our Prayers for our Nation.
They are declaring the month of November the time to Pray
for our Federal Government. They are asking everyone to
spend the month including our Federal Government in your
Prayers. And what better time, than the time we all go to the
polls to vote for County, State and Federal Government representatives. So join me in praying for our Government this
month.

Thanksgiving Dinner
For anyone interested in helping with the Thanksgiving dinner that the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
has each year, you can call Julia at 837-7506 extension 6.
They serve dinner to all who want to come for a freewill
offering. If you have no one to share your Thanksgiving
with, they would love to have you. If you know of someone
who needs a good meal, be sure and share this information.
They will be serving from
12:00 – 4:00pm. This is a
wonderful way to fellowship with our fellow
brothers and sisters in
Christ as well as helping
those in need. It is a wonderful experience.
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Mission Ministry
Angel Tree
We will be having our Angel
Tree again this year. It is a tree full of
names of various ages of children
from here in Fountain Hills. They are
children who do not have much and it
is a way we can help and make their
Christmas a little more special. We
will be letting you know when we get
the names and put them on the tree, so
you can select a child to help. We also
will also have our Indian Angels at
that time. Be sure and look for this
information in the Church Bulletins or our next newsletter.

MISSION PROJECT
– SUPPORT OUR TROOPS/
VETERANS

“How do we change the World? One random act
of kindness at a time.” This quote is from Morgan Freeman. What a wise statement! If we all just did just one kind
thing a day for someone, think of all the love and kindness
we would see in our world. Join me in doing at least one
kind and random act each day, this month. You will be
surprised in how joyous you will feel. Just imagine how
many lives we can touch with our love and kindness.

During the month of November, boxes of Christmas cards
will be available in the Narthex.
Please indicate on the outside of
the envelope whether your handwritten notes are for a current military member or a veteran. The
cards will then be sent out with
either a package to be mailed or to
one of our veterans locations.

God Bless you all,
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:

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is
to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men:
The ones that learn by reading.
The few who learn by observation.
The rest of them have to pee on the
electric fence and find out for them
selves.

We have decided to do things a little different this season
for a variety of reasons, the main one being the drawdown of
deployed troops, and the quick location changes for most of
those still remaining in various parts of Afghanistan. So this
year, maybe a small number of packages will be sent to deployed troops. But our main focus will be our stateside veterans, whether they may be at the Veteran’s Hospital or Veterans Home and MANA House, which helps our homeless
vets.

Items (toiletries, etc.) will still be needed and any and all
items collected will be used. Since the main focus this season is veterans, I would like to do something new.
“Sweatshirts for our Vets”, a
project I did a few years ago,
would be a great thing
to do again (sizes L, XL, XXL).
All sweatshirts collected would be
distributed among our veterans in
the various locations mentioned
earlier. Any questions, please ask
me. Also, please make sure I
have a current address if you or
someone
you know has a family member stationed somewhere and
you would like them to receive some goodies from the
Church.
Donna Sims,
Prayers of thanks
To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has
wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much
more about it than you do.
- Victor Hugo
-The Newsletter Newsletter
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Presbyterian Women
Presbyterian Women Coordinating Team for 2014-2015
Moderator: Maurene Gerson
Mission Coordinator: Mary Alice Bivens
Vice-Moderator : Linda Capon
Librarian: Barbara Oakeson
Secretary: Bonnie Matty
Membership/Yearbook Coordinator: Linda Warren
Treasurer: Maria Berry
Bible Study Coordinator: Evelyn Hrunek
Publicity: Sally Atchinson
Search Committee: Ilene Berg
Morning Circle Leader: Suzie McCready Evening Circle Leader: Judy Irvin
Afternoon Circle Leader: Martha Baxter
Historian: Office Angels
Hooked on Books Leader: Jan Hoff
Out n’ About Leader: Arlene Olsen

NOVEMBER DATES

November 3
5:30 p.m.
November 4
1:00 p.m.
November 7
9:00 a.m.
November 13 9:00 a.m.
November 17 7:00 p.m.
November 19 9:30 a.m.
November 19 12:00 p.m.

FALL GATHERING, Fellowship Center, FHPC
Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, home of Louise Jones, 16457 E. Aspen Dr. FH
Hooked On Books (see separate box for details)
Out N’ About (see separate box for details)

AzBrainfood’s
NEED FOR PACKING WEEKEND LUNCHES!

Future Dates to make note of:
January 26
March 15
April 11

Winter Gathering
Gifts of Women Sunday
Spring Gathering

If you are a member of this church, a visitor, or a friend you
are invited and welcome at all our activities. We need you,
want to know you better and we all benefit by your participation. Whenever your calendar allows you to join us, you are
welcome.

November 6, 13, and 20:
In addition to these regular groups, help is needed on
Thursday mornings (Nov. 6, 13 and 20th) to pack food
for the backpack program. Please call Mary Alice
Bivens, 480-837-4857 or 480-329-4620 if you can help
on one of these mornings or all of them.

HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP
Each year a woman of our congregation is awarded with an
Honorary Life Membership for outstanding service and leadership in recognition of faithful service in some area of the
church’s work. All past recipients are listed in the Presbyterian
Women Directory. Nomination forms are available in the narthex, the church office or can be obtained from Carol Fuls, 480
-836-2346.

FUN DAY AT SUNNYSLOPE Presbyterian Church
Nearly 100 Presbyterian Women of Grand Canyon Presbytery (including 6 from Fountain Hills) gathered at historic Sunnyslope
Presbyterian Church in Phoenix on Saturday, October 11 to enjoy camaraderie, worship and to witness how “One Can Make a
Difference.”
Patti Luttrell, Co-founder and Executive Director at Children’s Cancer Network shared her family’s compelling story of her son’s
battles with childhood cancer. Her career in pediatric nursing along with husband Steve’s business and accounting background
have laid the perfect groundwork for the success of Children’s Cancer Network in providing hope to children and families battling
childhood cancer

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FHPC Presbyterian Women
FALL GATHERING
Monday Night, November 3rd
Bring a salad to share at 5:30 p.m.
Presentation at 6:45 p.m.

“Exploring the Role of Women in Mongolia and Tajikistan”
MARIETTA BELL
nurse, peace corp. volunteer, writer-reporter, missionary
Pictures and traditional dress
Raffle
Bring a Friend for this wonderful evening.
Men are welcome for the presentation

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

HOOKED ON BOOKS

We will meet on November 19 at 12:00 noon at Charleston’s
Restaurant on 17001 N. Scottsdale Road. This is located just
north of the intersection of Scottsdale
CHARLESTON’S
Road and Frank Lloyd Wright.
As usual we will order off the menu
and receive separate checks that include a tip.

Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday,
Nov. 19th at 9:30 AM at Elsie Hoffarber's
home. Melba Versaw will review "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tart.

Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 for
reservations.

All women who enjoy reading and discussing books are welcome to attend. Books you no longer want may be brought
for a book exchange.
For further information contact Jan Hoff (480) 836-07551.

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Nearing Home Seminar
Invite Your Family & Friends
Early this year we held a one-day seminar entitled, “Straight Talk about . . . AGING!” This fall we have begun a new miniseries 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 two-hour seminars will focus on issues so many people in our church and our community are confronted by at this
stage of our lives. In October, Victoria and Kim from C.A.R.E. asked and answered the question: “Are You Ready for Your
NEXT Emergency?” They talked people through how to handle those sticky situations that people may think will never happen to
them. Here are several more seminars we have planned:
November 15, 2014
“Brain Boost Boot Camp”
Dr. 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.” A variety of issues and answers will be presented.
January 17, 2015
“Taking the Burden Off Your Family”
The staff from Messinger’s Mortuary have offered to come and share valuable information about how to plan or
pre-plan for your funeral details and final expenses for you or a loved one. They will also make suggestions
about what you need to think through regarding planning a memorial service.
February 21, 2015
“Compassion and Support When You Need It Most”
If someone you’ve known and loved ever needed hospice care, you already know how invaluable their expertise,
support, and compassionate care can be. But do you know all the ins and outs of hospice involvement, or do you
have questions about specific issues regarding hospice care? If so, the staff of East Valley Hospice will be here
to give you insightful answers. East Valley Hospice -- Karl Fuller (Maria)

A New Place
Putting my home on the market, I did not expect it to sell so quickly. In one month's
time I sold my home and am in my new place, not quite settled, but almost. BUT, this would
not have been possible but for the good Christian friends I have at our church. So I want to
give a great big "THANK YOU" to Marianne Winchester, Jean and Neal Ipema, Suellen Russell, Helen Quigley, Bev Watters, Trey Uphoff, Bob Lull and Dieter Ludwig and Matt Jefferson. It took an army but I'm almost settled and thanks to my friends, I didn't end up in the hospital with an anxiety attack! Also, a thank you to Marta for being understanding with me while
I "played hooky" at the office for two weeks. I also want to thank all of you that offered to
help. This is what our church is all about. You can't find better people anywhere.
-Helen Roesch

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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.

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What is it! Answer on page 19...

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

Bequest Advantages:

Bequest Starting Point:


Your bequest can be unrestricted—
permitting FHPC Foundation to use
the funds where they are most
needed.
Your bequest can be restricted for a
specific purpose – program or committee.
Your bequest can be for a specific
amount or it can name FHPC Foundation to receive a percentage of
your estate.

Bequest Facts :

Contact your attorney to schedule
time to discuss your plans.
In advance:
1. Compile an inventory of assets.
2. Select key people you want to
involve.
3. Decide what to give family
members.
4. Consider a charitable bequest
to FHPC Foundation.



Members of the Board of Trustees are available to answer your questions.
Give them a call!
Foundation Board of Trustees
Barbara Oakeson
Matt Jefferson
Roy Nickel
Jerry Cain

480-837-5563
480-837-6001
480-688-8392
480-215-3700

Susan Phillips
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast

480-837-1225
480-837-2607
480-837-1119

A bequest has no affect on assets or
cash flow during your lifetimenothing is payable until death.
A bequest is private.
A bequest can be changed – you can
change provisions in your will/trust
at any time – check with your attorney.

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Christian Formation

Arlene Stewart & Carol Hencz, Elders

CHRISTIAN FORMATION
ACTIVITIES:
It is good to see so many of our brothers
and sisters in Christ return for Winter
Season! Christian Formation under the
direction of Debby DeBernardi is in full
swing. Come enjoy our youth on Sunday,
between services, by helping them learn
more about Jesus’ love. The Blessed
Beginnings nursery is available during
second service. Come help our littlest
ones know about Jesus.

I BELIEVE: The Apostles’ Creed
Mark 9: 14-24 (The parable of Jesus driv-

ing the demon out of the young boy)
Jesus, upon asking the father how long
the demon had hold of his son, the father states, “all his life”; “but if you are
able to do anything, have pity on us.”
Jesus responds “If you are able!..All
things can be done for the one who believes.” The father responds, “I believe,
help my unbelief!”
“I believe, help my unbelief.” I don’t
know about you , while I believe, I also
have had my share of questions and
doubts. I ask the Lord to help my unbelief, help me to understand and help me
to trust him.
So, the Apostles’ Creed, why is it important to us in these times? The word
Latin word “creed” means “I believe” .
For centuries, the Apostles’ Creed has
been recognized as the core of Christian
belief. This Creed was first founded in
A.D.309 and used to instruct new believers and prepare them for baptism.
Each word of the Apostles ’ Creed was
carefully chosen in a time that the
Church was persecuted and struggling.
The Christian faith involves our head,
heart , mind and emotions.
The Apostles’ Creed is a great summary of what the content, framework of
our faith really is. It is the center of our
faith at FHPC. It is who we are as Presbyterians, Christians. As we repeat the
words of the Apostles’ Creed, we
should be in awe for those saints and
martyrs who came before us.
Blessings,
Arlene Stewart, Elder

Men’s Group Bible Study:
on Thursdays at 7:00am Adult Center
Presbyterian Women Circles:
have returned!
9:00AM 2nd Thursday
1:00 PM 1st Tuesday
7:00PM 3rd Monday
We look forward to the up-coming
Holiday Season with Joy, Hope, and
Prayers!

Monday Evening Teen Group:
This is a new day for teens who will
meet twice a month with adult facilitators to talk about what is important in
their lives, in these times.
Wednesday evening:
Debby Fisher leads our youth singers.
What joy and love of Jesus comes from
those sweet voices!
The Big God Story for elementary youth.
Judy Irvin and Matt Jefferson have
joined the Faith Friends group this year.
Talk with them about helping out.
Adult Christian Formation:
Becoming a Prayer Warrior
has started. Sylvia Burke is
leading two sessions, Monday night 7pm and Tuesday
at 9am.
Sunday Bible Study:
John Bivens provides the spiritual leadership through the book of Ecclesiastes at
10:15 am in the Adult Center.
Wednesday Noon:
Come join Pastor Bill’s Brown Bag Bible Study. Bring your lunch to the Adult
Center. Hear the words from the “Letter
to the Hebrews” discuss how a church
struggles to maintain faith in the face of
cultural oppression …..sound familiar?
Wednesday Evening:
“The Way” series “You Can’t Walk on
Water Unless You Get Out of The Boat”
presented by Pastor Bill and Ken Brown.
Dinner at 5:45 PM Study at 6:30PM

At home with us
When a young man in our community lost a battle with cancer,
his death hit close to home. His
daughters are in the same grades
at the same school as my sons.
Years back, when our youngest
were in preschool, my husband and I
had pondered with this
man and his wife how we’d be attending all the same functions
for the next 12 years. Little did we
know he wouldn’t be with us
that long.
When troubles hit “close to
home” — either directly or indirectly
what a relief that God is home with
us. “See, the home of God is
among mortals. . . [and] he will wipe
every tear from their eyes”
(Revelation 21:3-4, NRSV). When
pain hits us right where we
live, we aren’t alone. Through Jesus,
God makes himself at home
with us, even in our struggles. And
in time, he renews our joy.
- Heidi Mann

-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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From the Director of Christian Formation
Debby’s Doodles: I love this season of ministry! A time
to be thankful for the bountiful blessings and a time to
anticipate even more! Advent will soon be here! For me
it is a time to emerge myself in the beauty of family and
yet resist the frenzy of the culture around the holidays!
Join me in being open and expectant of all the good things
of God while we practice restraint and savor moments of
retreat!

November 10th
Jewels for Jesus: Teen Social for Ladies
7- 9 PM Teens and adults can learn to make a bracelet
through the Youth Center direction of Suzie McCready
of Suzie’s Designs.
In addition we are honored to have
Allison Weber of The Exodus Road
sharing with us about the social justice
problem of child slavery and sex
trafficking. Allison has been passionate about this here in Phoenix as
well as internationally. She has valuable information for our teens and all
of us to increase awareness and fight child slavery. Please
RSVP to the church office or Debby DeBernardi 602-5707340. Seating, snacks and jewelry material counts are
needed.
Mark Your Calendar:

December 6th
Live Nativity on the Avenue of the Fountains PLUS
Ministry Booth! Volunteer opportunities for young and
old alike to offer our community the Live Nativity complete
with stable animals and a ministry booth to celebrate the
birth of Christ and the 25th Anniversary of the town of
Fountain Hills. Please contact Marta in the office for all the
ways you can be a part!
Reader’s Theater Sunday Morning Engaging the Biblical Story.
Sunday Elementary KidCommunity has been going
deeper in what a life with God is like. We are entering into
the way Jesus lived his life with God and engaging in Old
Testament biblical stories. We see how believers who lived
faithfully and courageously did not deny their God. It is
very relevant for today’s world in living a life in communion with God. Our goal is to deepen our relationship with
God! Some of us are already seeing the evidence of what
results from that… our kids bowing on the floor with their
hands touching a map of the world praying for other children and families around the world. Children being concerned for others, praying for others and asking for prayers. We are
learning spiritual practices, experiencing God and being changed in
the process. This happens also on
Wednesday evenings!

November 12th
Elementary will be making special gifts to give to
memory care residents at Fountain View Village on the
following Wednesday, November 19th. Please plan to
have all elementary students present for this wonderful
time on being on mission with God!

Debby DeBernardi

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Below is a letter from one of our
FaithFriends, Judy
Irvin.
Working with the
Elementary kids on Wednesday nights has been an experience that I feel called to
share with our congregation.
I’m not sure how many of
you have had an opportunity
to interact with our Elementary kids, but I know you have seen them around and
have observed their great energy. This is what attracted me to the idea of helping out with KidCommunity, The Big God Story, on Wednesday nights, and
now I’m hooked! I come away every week feeling
energized by their spirits and responses.
I grew up in a Presbyterian church attending
Wednesday family night dinners and youth classes in
Richmond, Virginia, and it was something to which I
really looked forward. When my son was young, we
attended this same church which continued with their
Wednesday night programs, and we both have great
memories of those nights. I now see our Elementary
kids coming to church on Wednesday nights with that
same enthusiasm, and I love watching them run
across the playground into the room with the same
joyful anticipation that I
felt when I was their age
on Wednesday nights
many years ago.
In the past year
that I have worked with
these kids, I am continuously amazed by their
spiritual maturity. They
hear stories told from
our Big God Story curriculum, and they have
lots of questions to
which they want an-

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swers. As a child, I never liked the response, “you
know, that’s a really good question.” I would never
want to respond that way to our Wednesday night
kids. When they ask questions, they work together
in their small groups to figure out answers. Debby,
Matt and I are there to help guide them so that they
understand what went on in the Bible and how it
impacts their lives today. They soak this up like little
sponges. When we come back each Wednesday,
they can clearly tell us what we talked about the
week before or bring a friend up to date who may
have not been there for a few weeks. More importantly, they sometimes share where they noticed
God in their life or how they prayed for others.
These kids have a lot going on in their lives,
and they repeatedly demonstrate how sensitive they
are to the people around them. This past Wednesday we found it necessary to change the agenda for
the evening because each of them had heavy concerns for friends and family members who they
wanted to talk about and have us pray for. Sometimes they take turns leading the group in prayer
which is something that many of us adults struggle
with. You can tell as you watch them interact with
each other that they are all special Wednesday night
friends in a setting that they know that they can
count on for many things. They know that they will
have fun, that they are safe, and that they can be
themselves and be loved for who they are. I consider it a privilege to be
a part of this program
and hope that you get a
chance to get to know
these great kids. May
we all be formed and
transformed by connecting our stories with
God’s Big Story for a life
of loving and serving
through His Spirit!

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November 2014

How can you help?
Fry’s Community Rewards Program
The more our church family shops at Fry’s the more support our
church will have. Won’t you consider registering to allow Fry’s
to donate a portion of your grocery expenditures to our church
programs?
Our NPO # 84123
Register for the Fry’s Community Rewards Program

Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/community?
activePage=community-rewards-2

Select ‘Sign-In’.

Enter your email and password then select ‘sign in’. From
drop down menu.

Click ‘edit’ under Community Rewards. If prompted, enter
personal information.

Under Find Your Organization: Enter the NPO # 84123

SCREEN FOR THE CHOIR
The screens in the Sanctuary have become an integral part
of Worship, allowing the congregation to EASILY view the
announcements, portions of the sermons, special presentations, and words to the hymns, etc.
The Choir, however, misses seeing the information and
pictures that are a part of the sermons. I learned through
research that a screen could be installed on the back wall of
the Sanctuary, where the clock now hangs, making it possible for the Choir to also view all the information projected
onto the screens.
The cost for this project is $4,407.00. An account has been
set up for any incoming funds to support this project. I
thank you in advance for your donations and helping us
make this 3rd Screen a reality for the Choir.
This is a wonderful opportunity for the congregation to give
back to the Choir for all they have added to our worship
service.
-Letha Neely, Elder
Worship & Music Ministry

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Library Footnotes
Cast of Characters by Max Lucado
The description on the cover reads “Common people
in the hands of an uncommon God.” Basically, this
book is a compilation of stories from several books by
Max Lucado. Each chapter is about a different biblical character and illustrates not only how God used
these common people for his purposes, but also describes what thee people would look like in modern
day.
A majority of the chapters tell of people most of us are
familiar with —Job, Paul, and Lazarus— but some
less prominent characters who followed God’s plans
and served God’s purposes were also profiled. Are
you familiar with Abigail, wife of Nada, whose name
meant Fool? When trouble emerged between David
and Nadal, Abigail rushed to where David and his
men were preparing for battle: she urged David to
leave Nadal to God and avoid becoming a murderer.
David listened to her, believing that God had sent her
to meet him.
Max Lucado’s telling of Esther’s story in 21st century
language will amuse you. Xerxes was king of Persia,
and Esther became Queen by winning a Miss Persia
contest. Xerxes’ right-hand man was Haman who
had convinced the king that the world would be a better place without the Jews. Esther had kept her na-

tionality secret, but needed a way to save her people. Read the rest of the story you will be smiling
when you finish.
Did you see the front page story in today’s newspaper about a 12 year old girl who lay ill in the hospital
with no hope of recovery? The girl’s father, Jairus,
sat staring at his daughter’s picture expecting the
next phone call to be of her death. Jairus had not
planned to go hear the itinerant preacher who was
in town today, but he remembered his neighbor had
said, “They say he can heal…” In desperation, he
went to hear Jesus and asked Him to heal his young
daughter. This a another story with a happy ending
that restores our faith in what Jesus can and will do
for us if we believe and ask.
Max Lucado has a gift of bringing Christ’s truth to
us in words that ring true in our everyday lives.
Through his retelling of these Biblical stories, we can often see ourselves in similar circumstances.
Because God found a place for
them in history, He just might have
a place for us too.

Vivian Virden

Song of thanksgiving
After retiring from the ministry in England, the Rev. Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) became a prolific hymn writer.
Some people have compared his talents to those of Charles Wesley, co-founder of the Methodist Church.
Green’s popular Thanksgiving hymn “For the Fruits of His Creation” calls worshipers to move beyond gratitude to
their responsibilities for other people and for God’s creation. The hymn’s closing lines sum up why Christians can give thanks
throughout the year:
“For the wonders that astound us, for the truths that still confound us, most of all that
love has found us, thanks be to God.”
Returning thanks
After a family sat down for breakfast, the father offered his standard prayer of thanks. Afterward, though, he began his
usual grumbling about financial hardships, the food’s poor quality, how it was cooked and so on.
One of his children interrupted: “Dad, did God hear what you said a while ago when you were giving thanks?”
“Certainly,” the father replied confidently. “And did he hear what you said just now about the bacon and the coffee?”
“Of course,” the father said, more hesitantly.
“Which did God believe?”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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November 2014

Music Ministry
Things are going well in the
music ministry of our
church! Our beloved Organist, Caryl Bates has returned,
again joining with our beloved
Pianist, Dorothy Parris to fill
the sanctuary with the
wonderful selections they
play together, as well as to
add their accompaniment of
the Celebration Singers.
It's so good to have our
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
choir back in session
bringing worshipful music into our sanctuary each
week, now through May.
We welcome back each person who is returning to
the choir! You have become such a strong and integral voice in our community of singers.
We
also welcome those in our Bell Choir, the Pearwood
Recorders, Youth Choir, and the group of musicians
who play and sing with "Hilltop." Every one of you is
loved and accepted for whomever you are, bringing a
uniqueness and quality that allows for no dull moment! You can feel the community, as these groups
are filled with people who know they are a part of
something bigger than themselves!
We know each church in the world has a style of
worship unique to their denomination, their surroundings, their traditions, and their folks that attend.
Being on staff at this church for the past 21 years, I
have come to know so many that have made and
continue to make this church the strong and resilient
place that draws others in to want to worship here
with us. I have to say, there has never been a dull
moment, thank God!
I am able to partake in daily workouts with the individual hearts, souls, minds and talents in groups of
people willing to produce sound respectful of God's
attention. I love the unchanging constant! To that, I
can find no comparison!
By the way, speaking of comparison, I must tell you
a funny example;
I was in front of a class of 7 year old students,
giving a lesson on the different sizes and sounds
within the recorder family. I was first explaining
about each instrument, then playing first my Soprano

Recorder, then my Alto Recorder, then the Tenor
Recorder. While I was speaking about one I do not
have, the Bass Recorder, a child began raising
his arm, very straight, very determined to hold it up
through the rest of my explanation. I finally called
upon him, only to hear him say, "I have an Elevenor!"
"Huh?"
was my intelligent response, which he
then repeated that he had an "Elevenor, recorder," I
finally understood that he was, in all seriousness,
one-upping my tenor!" He actually meant it! He
"did, too," have one at his house. He said his
Grandpa gave it to him! Of course! Never a dull moment!
The new octave of Bells has arrived! What a
sound! What heavy, heavy, bells they are. It truly
takes a man to ring these lower bells. They don't
have to ring as often as the bells in the higher octaves, being that their sound is so full, large, sustaining and, they are so heavy! If you are a person that
reads music and would like to do more than just listen to it, please come give ringing a try. I won't start
you on the largest of bells, those are taken, but, we
sure could use a few more ringers. It's always better
to participate, especially if you have talent and are
able, than to sit out. We have to keep ourselves
involved, moving, engaged. You will see it in the
faces of those intently reading, doing their best to
present music to the congregation. They are wonderfully spirited people. You won't be graded, though
you will just feel that you have accomplished something!
Our Choir will be joining the Lutheran Choir from
Shepherd of the Hills for the Thanksgiving Eve Service, held at the Shepherd of the Hills this year. I
look forward to the joyous occasion, and I hope you
might attend this wonderful service. We have a lot to
be thankful for, and there is nothing better than
to join with other's to singing with a grateful
heart! Watch the bulletin for times!
"The Lord is my Light and my Salvation! Whom shall I fear? The
Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"
- Psalm 27:1

Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Election year advice In 1774, John Wesley, co-founder of the Methodist Church, offered this advice to people who’d be voting:
• Vote, without fee or reward, for the person you judge most worthy.
• Speak no evil of the person you vote against.
• Take care your spirits aren’t sharpened against those who voted on the other side
-The Newsletter Newsletter
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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Ken & Margie Brown
A clever pastor insists that
most Americans attend
church at least three times
in their life. When they are
hatched, matched, and dispatched. The 1st time they
throw water. The 2nd time
they throw rice. And the 3rd
time they throw dirt. But
since we haven’t been dispatched yet, I thought I’d at
least tell you how Margie
and I were hatched and
matched.
Margie grew up on a farm. I was raised in the suburbs. She
was raised around cars, horses and chickens. I never saw
my first cow until I was 18. She had a horse named Rosie
that she rode anytime she wanted. I had to jump for my life
from the first horse I ever rode. She had multiple brothers
and sisters. I had one of each.
Her father was a blue-collar German immigrant who built
several businesses. My dad was a white-collar engineer
who started his own successful business. Her dad had
many customers who were white-collar execs. My dad was
a white-collar exec whose first customers were farmers,
people like Margie’s dad. She grew up believing in God. I
was an agnostic, if not an atheist. So how in the world did
two people who were “hatched” so differently ever get
“matched”?

Margie grew up in the country near Grand Ledge, MI, not
far from Lansing. I grew up near Detroit, a great city to be
from . . . far, far, far, far from. Though we both grew up in
Michigan, we never ever lived there. After we were married, that is. I went to seminary in northern Indiana, so we
lived there for three years. Then I did an internship for
one year in a church in northern Ohio and we never left.
Until we moved to Fountain Hills.
So, you might be tempted to ask, why would two people
from Michigan who didn’t stay there, and who lived in
Ohio for thirty-some years and never left . . . why did
those two people come here? Great question! The answer
is equally great!
We have two daughters who both live in the Southwest.
One (Rachel) lives in Flagstaff and is married to a popular
philosophy professor at NAU. They have four kids: three
boys(!) and one little girl. The other daughter (Julie) lives
in San Diego and is married to a contractor who does high
-end home remodeling. They have two kids: one of each.
So we chose to move to the Valley two years ago to be in
between both our daughters’ families. And we chose
Fountain Hills because it is the most beautiful part of the
Valley.
Seven months ago we bought a house in town and joined
the church at roughly the same moment in time. Then
nearly four months ago I was brought on staff at FHPC as
an interim Associate Pastor and a new adventure has begun! Margie and I love living and working in this community and I love the challenge of ministering in and to this
community.

Why praise God?

Give thanks always

In Reflections on the Psalms, C.S. Lewis shared that he was confused
and embarrassed by God’s instructions to offer him praise. “We all despise the man who demands continued assurance of his own virtue, intelligence or delightfulness.”
But then Lewis thought about great artwork, for which admiration is
the only appropriate response. Otherwise, he wrote, “we shall have
missed something.” Lewis concluded that God wants praise not only
because it’s right but because we need to do it. Praising God fulfills our
highest purpose. As Psalm l33:1 (NIV) says, “It is fitting for the upright to
praise him.”
- Adapted from Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering,
Timothy Keller
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Full many a blessing wears the guise
of worry or of trouble;
Far-seeing is the soul, and wise,
who knows the mask is double.
But he who has the faith and strength
to thank his God for sorrow
Has found a joy without alloy
to gladden every morrow.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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November 2014
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2014.
Pat Covault
Elizabeth Bugg
Gary Reynolds
Vivian Olsen
Tom Martin
Helen Schmidt
Kay Hodgson
Walter “Bud” Robinson
Gene Warren
B.J. Shuck
Lucille Jamison
Elsie O. Johnson
Bob Patterson

If you are sick, hospitalized or home recovering from illness, we want you to call the church and let us know! In a congregation like ours where people leave in droves for extended
summer months, it is easy for the staff, elders and deacons to
assume, when we don’t see someone, that they are simply
“vacationing away”. The truth is that some of you are sick and
we are not aware of it.
You can help us by simply letting one of the staff know of your
situation. We have an excellent support system in place due to
the diligent efforts of our deacons. Help us serve you by communicating your situation.

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

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13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
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Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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