FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

December 2014

From Our Pastor Bill Good
A Thanksgiving Hangover…

A CHURCH THAT MATTERS

The turkey’s gone – magically transformed into a
delightful soup which might last us a few more days; but I
confess to being left with a Thanksgiving hangover.
No, not that kind of hangover! Not the one that
saps your energy and leaves your head thumping. This is a
different kind of hangover, one that has my heart pumping
and my spirit bursting with hope. This is a hangover of
gratitude; and it has buoyed my spirits well beyond the compensatory “thanks” that accompanies the season.
I am thankful beyond words for a faith family
whose own thanks and giving has been so wonderfully evidenced in the pledges you have made to the continuing work
of Christ’s church on this hilltop.
Our plans have been ambitious, matched only by
the fervency of our prayers. And, thanks to your faithful
generosity, we are well on our way to realizing our goals to –
• Continue Pastor Ken’s warm and vibrant ministry –
reaching in to folks within our church family and reaching out to the Fountain Hills community around us.
• Further develop our Christian Formation and Mission
ministries as a means to share our hope with the dechurched and un-churched folks who surround us in
such abundance.
• Create the kind of financial reserves we know we’ll
need in the months to come to meet the repair and replacement needs of maturing facilities and aging air
conditioners.

A few Sundays ago, I preached a sermon in which I shared
my thoughts concerning what it would take to be “A Church
That Matters” in our time and place. A number of you have
asked me if I would commit that vision to paper in order to
facilitate reflecting on it at greater length.
So, here goes. . .

But, my Thanksgiving hangover notwithstanding, we’re not
yet where we need to be to affirm our ministry and fellowship plans for 2015. The fact is, we’re still counting on hearing from some of you who have yet to respond with your
pledges.
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Our starting point is focus. Paul leads the way for us when
he reminds his friends in the church in Corinth: “I decided
to know nothing when I was among you except Jesus Christ,
and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This is critical: Jesus tells
us without him we are nothing; Paul tells us without Christ’s
death and resurrection we have nothing – no message worth
sharing.
With this in mind, I went on to say that FHPC needs to be a
church that looks like the Lord who called it into being.
So, I continued, I’m praying we will be a church:
• that has the good stuff – not just the “right” stuff or the
popular stuff – the true stuff, the enduring stuff. . . the
good stuff that gives life & hope to infant & octogenarian alike;
• that is Savior led, Spirit inspired & Scripturally formed
– that glows w/presence of God;
• that puts Christ first in all things – over tradition, over
comfort, over convenience – following him in all things
in the absolute conviction that without him we are nothing;
• that knows both truth & grace & that honors humility;
• that is compassionate, committed & counter-cultural –
always in the world but never of the world;
• that recognizes & refutes sin, but welcomes & loves
sinners – a church in which arrogance, exclusion &
judgmentalism are unknown and uninvited;
• that is faithful in its worship & witness -- forceful in its
expression of the Gospel, fast in its movement toward
justice;
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A STAR RISES. . . ADVENT IS UPON US
Once again we find ourselves embarked upon the ancient Advent journey. Our theme this year acknowledges the
mighty works
of our God in “Signs and Wonders.” We hope you’ll join us as we seek the child who is both a sign and a wonder.
Make sure to see the “Christmas Joy” letter inside this edition for a schedule of the events we have planned for this
season of waiting and preparing.

In Touch

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Focus on Finance

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

Rev. Stan Jones

Oct Income

$ 28,833

Budget

$ 32,150

Parish Associate

Oct Expense

$ 32,440

Budget

$ 34,447

Yr to date Income

$ 361,641

Budget

$ 359,900

Yr to date Expense $ 351,873

Budget

$ 355,005

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 of 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 of 2016
Suzie McCready
Dorothy Rudack
Donna Sims
Nancy Wulfmeier

Income for October showed an unexpected slowdown in Pledges and Contributions, both of which we will be monitoring closely in
the final weeks of 2014. (Our 2014 Budget is built
around an expectation of strong November and December giving.) On the Expense side, the month of October
yielded a favorable variance of $2,000, which helped
alleviate the Income shortfall. We are still poised to finish 2014 on target, but much of that depends on the
Pledge and Contributions results as the year comes to a
conclusion.
Respectfully,
John Skewes, Treasurer

On the Inside:
From Our Pastor, Bill Good .. .. .. . . . .. . . . .. .. .. …. ..
Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … .
From Clerk of Session. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . .. ..
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . ..
Out ’n About... .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . .. .. .
Hooked on Books .. … .. . … .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. ..
Miscellaneous… .. … .. . . .. .. .. … .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . .
Facebook .. … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
New Members .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . ..
FHPC Foundation .. .. . .. . ... . .. . … .. … … … . .. .
40th Anniversary Gala . .. . .. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. .. . . . . .. ..
Friend & Family Sunday . . .. .. . . . . . . . . .. . … .. .. . . . . .
Christian Formation .. .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . . .
How Can You Help? ... …. … . . . . . . … . .. . . . .. .. . .
Friend & Family Sunday cont’d… .. .. . . .. .. . . . . . . . ….
Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. …
Youth at Fountain View Village .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..
Our Littlest Helper.. .. .. . . .. … . .. … . .. . . . . . . . . . . .
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . ...
Necrology for 2014… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ..
Thank You Note .. ..… .. … …. … … …. … … .. .
December Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . ..
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December 2014

From Clerk of Session
Members and Friends in Christ,
As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas I am thankful for all the people who not only give time, but also support the
financial needs of Gods work on this hilltop. Reflect on what your generosity has accomplished here.
We have children on campus! Three registered for Sunday Nursery and 9 registered preschoolers, 3 attending regularly. The
elementary programs on Sunday and Wednesday have 7 & 8 students regularly attending. The adult programs are well attended. Sunday Bible study, Men’s Bible Study, Prayer Warriors, Presbyterian Woman and The Way just to name a few. The
newest program, “Nearing Home” is a program for seniors and future seniors in our church and the community. We recently
had “Friends & Family” Sunday. WOW! About 80 guests attended and the follow-up conversations have been good. We now
have representation in Noon Kiwanis and the Chamber of Commerce, Ambassadors.
These are ongoing established programs, “work in progress” programs, and the ground work for tomorrow’s growth. I realize
we have set an ambitious goal, increasing our pastoral staff. God has given us this opportunity and challenge to grow His
church.
I pray that you will prayerfully consider what your financial support will be in the coming year.
God be with you,
John Brockelman

A Thanksgiving Hangover continued…
So, if you’ve made your pledge at this point, I offer my heartfelt thanks. And, if you haven’t, I’m asking you to let us hear from
you as soon as you are comfortably able concerning your willingness to help be the continuing voice of Jesus Christ from this
hilltop in 2015.
Cheers!

A CHURCH THAT MATTERS continued…

that is not content to rest on its laurels; but is ready for action – that cares:
- more about community than committees
- more about mission than meetings
- more about equipping than entitling
- more about empowering than ennobling
- more about discipleship than dogma
- and more about righteousness than rightfulness
• that is joyful, hopeful & faithful – always answering to its calling, always reaching for the promise of the future
in Jesus Christ;
• that cares passionately & deeply about the Savior it follows, the people who comprise it, the community it serves,
& the world it creates as it goes forward.
• that models another way to live – a way that is shaped by its charter to be “the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven
to the world.”
• that is warm in its welcome, blind in its embrace of all, and friendly in its offer of fellowship.
But here’s the thing, I concluded:
• It’s going to take all of us working together to do all this.
• It’s going to take all of us sharing our time, talents and treasure to continue building a church that matters here.
May the Spirit of Christ bless and guide us in our efforts. Remember, it’s all in the focus. . .

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November 2012
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Mission Ministry
As the saying goes, “It is the most
Wonderful time of year!” But for a
lot of people it is a miserable time
of year. For those who have lost
loved ones or those who have nothing, it is a terrible time. They see so
many people laughing and singing
and buying gifts, while they have no
happiness in them, let alone money
to buy food or gifts. As we enjoy
Terri Schmidt, Elder
this season of happiness and joyfulness, let us be aware of those less fortunate and try to
help them. It can be as little as a kind word and a smile
or some small monetary gift. We here at Fountain Hills
Presbyterian Church have many committees that are
involved in helping others have a happier Holiday Season. Let me tell you what the Mission Committee is
involved with.

National Day of Prayer
Officially the National Day of Prayer is not until
May, but we have been asked to say additional
prayers until then. The month of December has
been designated for our State Government. So
please join with me as we pray for our newly appointed officials as well as those finishing their
terms in office. In these troubling times with so
much crime and upset going on, we need to be especially vigilant in our prayers for our leaders.

Thanksgiving Dinner
Thank you to those who helped with the Thanksgiving Dinner at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran
Church. Julia, the coordinator of this event is always so grateful for our help. This is such a wonderful way to reach a hand out to our fellow Christians; not only to be able to help, but to be able to
help those in need of a dinner.

Extended Hands Food Bank
Thank you to all who contributed to our Frozen Turkey
ministry for EHFB. We
collected 60 frozen turkeys and many grocery
carts full of food stuffs
for the families on the
roster at Extended
Hands Food Bank.
Thank you to all who
brought in the potatoes,
stuffing, cranberries, and vegetables. It helps many
families.
Thank you to Nancy Wulfmeier, Vivian Virden,
Linda Warren, Susan Owens, and Terri Schmidt for
helping at the Fish Fry on November 7th. We helped
serve 178 fish dinners. Needless to say we were kept
busy. Our next time to help is December 5th. We would
love to see you at the Friday Night Fish Dinner, it is
only $9.99 per person for all you can eat fish, fries, hush
puppies, dessert, and a drink. It is a great deal for great
fish!!!
Thank you to all who keep bringing in canned
food and the loose change for the Food Bank each Sunday. It is such a joy to know I am part of such a loving
and giving congregation. You help so many people
with your gifts.

Angel Tree
As you may have noticed, our Angel tree is up again
this year, but there is something new. We put our Indian
Angels on the tree. We are
asking that the local angels
have a price limit of $30.00.
The wants and needs are on the tags. The Indian
Angels are asking mostly for sweat shirts and a toy,
again if we can keep the cost to approx. $30.00. We
put this money limit in place so that if there is one
or more in the same family, one is not overshadowed by another. Thank you for your generosity in
buying for these needy children. We love to make
sure everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

High School Snack Packs
We are collecting for the High
School students who need some
extra food during the day. Our
local High School does not
have a Government assisted
Hot meal program. So we will
be collecting granola bars,
cheese and crackers packs, peanut butter and
cracker packs, juice boxes and non-refrigerated
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In Touch

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December 2014
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Mission Ministry
chocolate milk boxes. These go into bags that the students can
go to the nurse's office and grab as they need. There is a table
marked S.W.A.T.T. in Narthex where you can place these
items.

Phoenix Rescue and Changing Lives Center
We have sent both the Phoenix Rescue Mission and the Changing Lives Center money for both Thanksgiving and Christmas
Dinners. This is a way we can help those people in Phoenix
have some food during the holidays. We try to be conscientious about others in need.
We also buy Christmas gifts for the Mothers and the Children
at the Changing Lives Center. These women are trying to start
their lives over and are learning trades or going to school to
better their lives. They have nothing to give their children or
for themselves. This is something we started doing several
years ago and it brings us joy to give to
others.
As I close this last newsletter of the
year, I want to wish you all a very
Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year! I also want to thank you all for
all you do for others in our Church as
well as our community. It brings me such joy to know how
much you all care. And one last quote of the year “As you
grow older, you discover you have two hands. One for helping
yourself and the other for helping others.” Audrey Hepburn
said this. May God Bless us all this Christmas Season

The Quiet Hour
Speak, Lord, in the stillness, while I wait on Thee;
hushed my heart to listen, in expectancy.
Speak, O blessed Master, in this quiet hour,
let me see Thy face, Lord, feel Thy touch of power.
For the words Thou speakest, “They are life” indeed;
living Bread from heaven, Now my spirit feed!
All to Thee is yielded, I am not my own;
blissful, glad surrender, I am Thine alone.
Fill me with the knowledge, of Thy glorious will;
all Thine own good pleasure, in my life fulfill.
Like a watered garden, full of fragrance rare,
ling’ring in Thy presence, let my life appear.
- Emily M. Crawford

Ultimate kindness
What greater proof could God have given of his
mercy than by taking upon himself that which needed
mercy?
Where is there such fullness of loving-kindness as in
the fact that the Word of God became perishable like
the grass for our sakes?
Let man infer from [Christmas] how much God
cares for him. The humanity of God shows the greatness of His kindness.
- Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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:
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a
lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look
back every now and then to make sure it's still
there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot
easier'n puttin' it back.
12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt
so good he started roaring.
He kept it up until a hunter came along and
shot him.
The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your
mouth shut.

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December 2011
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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

DECEMBER DATES
December 2
1:00 p.m.
December 5
9:00 a.m.
December 11 9:00 a.m.
December 15 7:00 p.m.
December 17 9:30 a.m.
December 17 12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, home of Donna Yordy, 16800 E. El Lago Blvd, #1076, FH
Hooked On Books (see separate box for details)
Out N’ About (see separate box for details)

2015 Future Dates to make note of:
January 26
March 7
March 15
April 11
June 18-21

5:30 p.m.

10:30 a.m.

PW Winter Gathering, FHPC
PWP Spring Gathering
Gifts of Women Sunday (both services)
PW Spring Gathering
Church wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women
“One Body, One Spirit”, Minneapolis, MN

DECEMBER LONELINESS
In Touch is filled this month with celebrations for the
birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Yet for some it can be a
lonely time of year when family members are missing,
spouses have died or other tragedies have occurred. Gini
Andrews writes: “Like fatigue, like hunger, loneliness is
part of being human. Fatigue is cured by sleep and hunger
or eating, but how do we handle loneliness? It’s our very
nature to seek an alter ago, a heart that responds to our
human ache for understanding.
Our favorite women of the Bible were no strangers to periods of aloneness, which, interestingly, often presaged
important events: Mary, during her pregnancy; Ruth, bereaved in Moab; Esther, in a pagan harem; Hannah, childless for years in a culture where barrenness was a disgrace.

In his crowded adult life, there were times, when Jesus
chose to be alone, deliberately making himself unavailable
so that he might nourish his soul in communion with his
Father. He experienced both isolation and alienation. His
query to his disciples when the fawning crowds drifted
off, “Will you also go away?” and his Gethsemane
“Watch with me” -- these are lonely words.
Although some 1500 years have passed since St.
Augustine remarked that our hearts will never be at rest
away from the One who made them, it’s still true. Just
because he has created us as unique individuals, our Father knows the best way to fill each one’s empty spaces.
It is only God who can fill our deepest longings, who
never has an appointment elsewhere, who never replaces us with someone he likes better, who promises
never to leave us totally alone. He is the only one who
wants to be and always can be the unfailing companion
on our journey.

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So as we celebrate the occasions of this special and wonderful
month, also feast on God’s comforting Word and know that “the
peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard
your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7)

AzBrainFood Thursdays
If you can, help is needed to pack food
for the backpack program. It only takes a
few hours once a week. Please call Mary
Alice Bivens, 480-837-4857 or 480-3294620 if you can help.

December 2014
Why Go To Church?
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to
church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now,"
he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something
like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting
my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving
sermons at all."
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the
Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It
went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

Bible Stories for the Children at Devereux School
Donations for books for these children would be greatly appreciated. We are purchasing Bible Story books for all the children at
the school as well as some with CD;s for their library. Even a
small gift as a part of your Christmas giving might help a child
find the Lord. Gifts can be given to Maria Berry, any of the Coordinating Council or at the office with a check written to PW
Women, FHPC.

HOOKED ON BOOKS
The Christmas meeting for Hooked on
Books will be on Wednesday, December
17th at the home of Sally Atchinson at 9:30
AM.
Attendees will each tell a story about a favorite Christmas
tradition.
All women who enjoy reading and discussing books are welcome to attend and enjoy our Christmas meeting - complete
with gifts from Santa.
For further information contact Jan Hoff (480) 836-7551.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
Our holiday luncheon will be on Wednesday, December 17th
at 12:00 Noon at Firerock Country Club. As usual we will
order off the menu and receive separate checks.
Call Arlene Olsen at 837-4271 for reservations.
After January 1, 2015, Nancy Wulfmeier will be handling “Out
‘N About.

"I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my
wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life
of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one
of those meals. But I do know this. They all nourished
me and gave me the strength I needed to do my
work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I
would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not
gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually
dead today!" When you are DOWN to nothing.....
God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible,
believes the incredible and receives the impossible! Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual
nourishment!

"When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say,
"Jesus, could you get that for me please?
-The Newsletter Newsletter
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Miscellaneous
Congratulations to Kent Canine
Kent Canine, an affiliate member of our church, has received national recognition for more than two
decades of volunteer work in the world of golf. He was recently honored as the Volunteer of the Year
for the PGA Champions Tour (the former Senior Tour).
Kent received this distinguished award at the PGA Champions Dinner in Palm Springs on November
20th. He and his son were hosted in Palm Springs for this special event and the Tour paid for Kent to
fly in from Phoenix, and his son to fly in from Denver, so they could enjoy the festivities.
In his 23 years chairing the Player Hospitality Committee for the 3M Championship golf tournament
in the Twin Cities, Kent has met and interacted with some of the world’s greatest golfers. Maybe some
of these names of the guys Kent rubbed shoulders with will ring a bell: Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus,
Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Lehman Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer, Jay Haas,
Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Nick Price and Tom Kite.
Kent received national recognition by the Champions Tour because he was selected as Volunteer of the Year for the 3M Champion PGA event in the Twin Cities. He insists that this is really a team award because he has worked with a top-notch team of volunteers in the Twin Cities . . . some who have served for 23 years like he has. Kent recognizes the value of T.E.A.M. where Together Everyone Achieves More.
In honor of Kent being selected as the Volunteer of the Year for the Champions Tour, a donation of five thousand dollars will be
made to the charity of his choice. He chose to have that gift to be awarded to Open Arms of Minnesota, an organization with 2,300
active volunteers that provides meals for people with chronic progressive diseases like cancer (including breast cancer), HIV/
AIDS, MS, Parkinson’s and ALS.
In the Twin Cities area they serve meals to over 1,700 individuals and their caregivers. These meals are made in their own kitchens and then flash frozen in specialized freezers. Add fresh fruits and veggies in season, milk, dry cereals and other staples to create a nutritious menu. Then a small brigade of volunteers delivers the meals (450,000 meals in 2013 alone) weekly to their clients.
During Kent’s 23-year tenure with the 3M Champion’s tournament, two million dollars has been donated from the Tour proceeds
to Allina Health Hospitals. This seems very appropriate since Kent worked in medically-related research, education & philanthropy during his career.
Congratulations Kent on a distinguished award that is richly deserved. We, as your church family, are very proud of you and what
you have achieved.
- Kenneth Brown, Associate Pastor

FACEBOOK PAGE: Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
Go to our website and click on Facebook on our home page. When you are there also click on the like it
icon. When you do that you will get news feeds directly from our site whenever anything new is added. It is just
another way to stay connected.

Not Yet A Member?
*If you are attending our church and don’t have membership in another church, you can join our church by profession
of faith and receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or, if you’ve already been baptized, you can join by
reaffirmation of faith in Jesus Christ.
*If you belong to another church, but would like to transfer your membership to
our church, we can arrange for a
letter of transfer from your current membership church to ours.
*If you are a winter visitor and are an active member of another church “back
home”, you can become an
affiliate member at our church here and maintain your full active membership there.
For additional information, please contact Gail Botsford at 412-613-3312, Sally Atchinson
at 480-837-1054 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.
Sally Atchinson & Gail Botsford

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December 2014

First of all ...
At the southwestern edge of New Zealand, a National Geographic writer traveled with a local guide along paths strewn with river pebbles. Suddenly the
guide bent to pick up a finger-long sliver of “greenstone” — jade — shimmery and smoothed by the river. He handed it to the journalist, saying, “Our
people have a tradition that you don’t keep the first piece you find. So I’m giving it to you.”
Throughout Scripture, “first fruits” signifies people giving their best back to God because he first gave the best of himself to humanity. Ultimately, Paul
teaches, “Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died” (1 Corinthians 15:20, NRSV).
In response to this gift of life, we give our own first fruits to God; for example, we might spend early-morning time in prayer, set aside an offering as our
first budget item, and make sure our first words to family each day are sweet ones.
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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

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

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40 th Anniversary Gala

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December 2014

Friend & Family Sunday

Friend and Family Sunday was celebrated on November 2 with special guest appearance by Mayor Linda Kavanaugh and husband
Congressman John Kavanaugh. Mayor Linda read a proclamation in honor our the church’s 40th Anniversary. Celebration Youth
performed at both services. There was a raffle where the visitors had the opportunity to win special prizes that were donated by various talented artists and writers of our church

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Christian Formation
Advent Devotionals

Arlene Stewart & Carol Hencz, Elders
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent
by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to
a virgin engaged to a man whose name was
Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s
name was Mary.” Luke 1:26-27
God is about to do an “extraordinary thing
through an ordinary person, in an ordinary little
town.”* The birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!
This is what makes the Christmas story so extraordinary! God uses ordinary people like you
and me on a daily basis to further his Kingdom.
Be alert, listen and be prepared!
God is doing extraordinary work here in this
little ordinary town of Fountain Hills. He is
using His Church FHPC to reach into our lives
and into the community.
Come , join us in celebrating this extraordinary
God and praise him for his gift of Jesus Christ!
ADVENT SERVICES begin Wednesday evenings December 3rd . Dinner will be available at
5:45 pm, the study starts at 6:30 pm.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION:
December 6th Live Nativity: at the Lighting of
the Avenue of the Fountains
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
4:00 PM Family Service
5:00 PM Refreshments and Live Nativity
7:00 PM Candlelight Service
Blessings,
Elders Carol Hencz & Arlene Stewart
I wish to give a special
‘Thank You’ to Elder Carol
Hencz as she completes her
duties as elder of Christian
Formation.

The 2014 Advent Devotional “God’s Indescribable
Gift!” Daily Reflections on
Receiving God’s Grace and
Giving God’s Grace by the
Rev. Dr. Timothy L. Smith
is available in the narthex. each week
for coffee, donuts, funPlease pick
one up.

Can You Spare an Hour?
Can you spare an hour? What for? Where
and when? You have an opportunity to
join other women and men for an hour of
study and discussion of the Book of
James in the Bible during December. The
Book or Epistle of James is a letter written by Jesus’ brother who was a leader in
the Jerusalem church. It is an appeal addressed particularly to first-century Jewish Christians residing in Gentile communities outside Palestine. Interested
individuals and couples gather at 10:15
(right after the first worship service) in
the Adult Center for an hour each
Sunday morning. Coffee and cookies
are available for fellowship as we study.
Those attending the second service leave
in time. Will you spare an hour and join
us? Everyone is welcomed just as you
are.
John Bivens

In January...Come join us for Beth
Moore's newest study -Children of the Day--a
study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Paul journeyed to
Thessalonica taking the
good news about Jesus
and salvation. His letters
to them encouraged and
exhorted them as they struggled to
carry God's light to others. "You are
all children of the light and children of
the day." 1 Thess. 5:5.
Each of us carries His light wherever
we go...the grocery, walking our dog
around Fountain Park and in our
lovely Fountain Hills. This newest
study of Beth Moore's will encourage
us in our walks with God.
The study begins Monday, January 5
at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, January 6 at
9 am. Please come be part of this
amazing study. Busy people, you are
invited to come and listen to the videos but for those of you who wish to
do the study we need to order study
books. Call Marta at the church office
(480-837-1763) or send an email
to sdburke2025@yahoo.com right
away, so we will know how many
books to order.

A Christmas challenge

Ask Other Men
Ask other men who come together each
Thursday morning, bright and early (7:00
a.m.), what it is like to explore, discuss,
debate, and study selected segments of
the Bible. Perhaps that would be a new
experience for you. Or maybe it is a
chance to delve into the scriptures deeper
than usual. It could be that you have
questions you are hesitant to ask in a
large group. The reasons for the faithful
group of men getting together, fellowship, and Bible study probably vary by
the individual, but in any event, we do
gather. You can also come and see. There
are no membership fees, rules, regulations, or requirements – just come! We
meet in the Adult Center at 7:00 for an
hour each Thursday morning. Why not
give it a try?
John Bivens

In many countries, December 26
is Boxing Day. The name might come from
the alms boxes set out in churches to collect
money for the needy, especially on St.
Stephen’s Day, which is December 26. The
name also likely comes from the old British
custom of employers giving “Christmas
boxes” to servants or tradesmen the day after
Christmas.
The boxes might include money, presents and
leftovers from a Christmas feast. Because
servants and others would have worked on
Christmas, they were given the day after as a
holiday to spend with their own family.
In 1994, the year apartheid ended
in South Africa, the country renamed December 26 “Day of Goodwill.”Writes Martie
Coetser at HubPages (2013): “Just a day after
Christmas, when friends and relatives exchange gifts of all sorts and Christians celebrate the gift of . . Jesus Christ, the Day of
Goodwill comes like a challenge. . . What are
you willing to give not in order to get rid of
the things you don’t want, or to kill your
feelings of guilt, but to show goodwill coming
from the depth of your heart?”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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December 2014

From the Director of Christian Formation
Debby’s Doodles:
The time of Advent is here! The Spirit that conceived
Jesus in Mary’s womb (Luke 1;31, 35) is the same Spirit
who can form Jesus in us (Gal 4:19)! Jesus is the central
figure and focus in spiritual formation!
Christian spiritual formation places Jesus at the center to keep us out of the center! For when we become
more interested in ourselves than deepening our communion with God, who is forming the life of Christ in us,
we tend to “take over”. The result is malformation rather
than becoming more like Christ! Christian Formation
teams have weekly opportunities to help each other and
families to fix our attention on God who alone brings us
life giving freedom and changes us from the inside out.
Eugene Peterson said it well, “ Fix your attention on
God. You’ll be changed from the inside out!” (Romans
12:2 The Message) Let’s contemplate the life and love of
our Lord and continue to watch for his forming in us and
for his coming again!
Our nurturing, relational and intergenerational community offers a path toward knowing God, not just
learning about God. Weekly children are in environments and responsive activities where they may experience God for change. Here are a few:
Christ in a Passover Seder-Elementary continues with
the Big God Story. After seeing how God saved Israel
from slavery and death in the Exodus,
they had the opportunity to connect this
to how Jesus saved us from slavery of
sin and spiritual death. They got to
experience Christ in a Passover Seder.
They were able to see Jesus in many
of the elements of the seder from the
stripped and pierced matzo taken from
the middle of the “unity” which was then broken,
wrapped, hidden and then redeemed! They tasted
lamb for the first time and rejoiced that Jesus was their
Passover Lamb. Leaving … shouting with joy “Next
year in the
New Jerusalem…
the City of
G o d ! ”

brought a bit of tears to my eyes… or maybe it was
the bitter herbs! This is a feast we must one day
celebrate as an intergenerational family!

Friend and Family Gospel Magic was both relational
and meaningful with more attendance during the
second service. When the children were asked if
they could guess who my friend was… a man with a
white beard and a red shirt… a hush came as kids
got wide-eyed and one blurted out, “Is he GOD?”
Well, yes, one of my friends is God, but I really
thought they would guess Santa before Craig came
bounding out of the side room! (He will soon be
Santa in a park presentation in my neighborhood
giving the gospel to more than 60 children).
Special thanks to Mary
Martinson for the snacks and
bottled waters for preschool
and the elementary. My personal assistant that day was
Charlotte Hissler. She did a
variety of helps including this
beautiful presentation of
snacks!

Elementary children witness in word and deed of
the love of Jesus! Elementary KidCommunity made
crafts for memory care residents at Fountain View Village. Kids greeted residents, gave a handmade gift
that was tied with an owl framing a picture of our
church that reads… Who Loves You? Children asked
residents this question and shared with them that Jesus also loves them
and so does our faith
community
at
FHPC! After some talk
and sharing the children offered to pray for
them personally. As
the children piled into
the elevator two residents spontaneously
broke out singing Jesus Loves Me. All
were touched and very
thankful. Two staffers were visually touched and
stated these residents don’t usually get visits. The
experience and prayers were reflected upon at Burger
King where the one true King, Jesus, was given glory
as kids enjoyed their mealtime fellowship!
Continued on next page...more photos on page 16...

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How can you help?
Fry's Community Rewards Program
The more our church family shops at Fry's, the more monetary
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?

Register for the Fry's Community Rewards Program
Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/community?
activePage=community-rewards-2 make sure you enter the whole address to visit the Fry's web page.


If you already have an account online, select Sign
In at the top right of the page. Enter your email and
password then click Sign In.
If you don't already have an account on line: click
Register at the top right of the page.
- Fill in the required fields, (be sure to write down
your password).
- Enter your zip code to find your preferred store.
From the drop-down menu below Find Store, select
your store. Now click Create an Account.
- You must sign up for a V.I.P. card to sign up for
the Community Rewards Program
- Check your email for a confirmation, click the hyperlink in your email, and finish creating your
account.
- In your account, enroll for Community Rewards
program, using the new FHPC organization #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

From the Director of Christian Formation... continued
Winter means summer planning! It’s time after the
holidays to plan VBS options to Sunday special series
for elementary. One is called Bridge-Quest: Why I
Believe in Jesus. Since the beginning of time people have had the desire to find and make a bridge to
God. The result is many world religions. This interactive curriculum will help kids merge who God is and
what he has done for us through Jesus with how people around the world think of God. We will discover
that Jesus did for people what they can not do for
themselves. If you are interested in this… contact
Debby! Join a discovery group!
Human Trafficking and Child Slavery addressed.
Trafficking occurs in 161 countries ad 70% of victims are
women and children. This is the third largest crime industry in the world and is this generation’s crisis of justice! We had Allison Weber from The Exodus Road present and answer questions. The Exodus Road is slated
to begin local, ground level investigations in the Phoenix
and LA areas this coming year working with both government agencies and local police. Organization is

based in the United States and works with officials
in Thailand and China. For those would support, it
is like hiring an investigator to recover a slave!

Jewels for Jesus - Praying for freedom from
slavery & freedom in Christ.

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August 2011

Friend and Family Sunday continued...

Photos submitted by Gary Oakeson and Michele Hasley

In Touch

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Library Footnotes
One of the biggest issues parents face in this modern world
of ours is that of technology. How do we keep our children’s cell phone usage under control? How young is too
young for Facebook? Are violent video games really going
to be that terrible for our kids? Brian Housman attempts to
tackle these issues and more with Tech Savvy Parenting, a
guidebook for the technological newbie. Written in a
friendly style that seeks to engage with parents, this book
offers guidelines to help parents truly understand the myriad of ways technology affects our lives, our children, and
even their futures. Learn how to set the parental controls on
a smartphone, find out how to engage kids through social
media sites (without alienating them in the process), and
even read up on newer online trends like video chatting.
Get some ideas for talking with kids about cyberbullying
and ubiquitous Internet porn.
When Debby DeBernardi recommended this book for our
church Library, it sounded like a good idea to me. As I
flipped through the book while cataloguing it for circula-

Youth bearing gifts at Fountain View Village!

tion, I was impressed and decided I needed to read it
ASAP. Besides being a helpful guide for parents, it is a
valuable guide to anyone of any age who is considering
signing up to participate in social media. And if someone
for whom you are buying gifts has a video game on his
wish list, check it out with the Entertainment Software Rating Board
(ESRB) which rates video games
along with mobile apps and provides
a standard of age appropriateness
(similar to movie ratings, but they
use different letters). Look the game
up at www.esrb.org or download
their free mobile app on your smartphone and refer to it when you are
shopping. Overall, this book offers
all kinds of valuable advice including reminding adults
that they need etiquette with cell phones just as much as
teenagers!
- Barbara Oakeson

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December 2014

Music Ministry
Illumination! The True
Light! Christ is born! We sing
of His glorious birth. We are
simply and irreversibly touched
by His reveal. There is no sitting back in confusion, stress,
or in need of a "break!" We
keep pressing forward with this
light that illuminates our
way. There is music that sings
of Peace on Earth. Christ is
Peace on Earth. There is
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
music with harmony at the
most complex and rich level, and music in the most simplistic level.
Christ exhibits harmony and goodwill toward
men with more than equal those levels, and expects it of
us. The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough
ways made smooth. So, we sing, and make music, and
work together, under those terms, day in, day out. Amen!
Our Music Ministry will be taking part, along with you,
the congregation, in a Service of "Lessons and Carols" on
December 21. I look forward to this Sunday with you
all.
We will explore music that will accompany
the scripture lessons that foretold Christ's birth, and of the
birth itself. We will sing of those most wise, and
those most compassionate. We will try not to over amuse
the truth with our music, yet, how can we help but to sing
with full joy the songs we have all known all of our
lives? We have a fine level of musicians that can present
the music of the season on that day, and joined by you, the
congregation, we expect to have a service with the greatest
honor given to glorify Christ's birth.

Christmas Eve, three days later, will be similar in presenting music that simply glorifies Christ’s
birth. Our Celebration Youth are preparing a wonderful
presentation of the "The Wonder of Christmas," a musical
adapted to our youth, which gives us a look at what may
have been happening at the Inn when Christ was
born. Hearing our young ones sing and act will surely
touch your hearts. This all happens at our 4:00 p.m. service.
Our 7:00 PM Christmas Eve Service will continue in music and singing, with Candlelight, and our tradition of
"Silent Night" by the bell tower. Christmas at our lovely
church, in our lovely little town, with our friends and family. What a wonderful time of anticipation!
Song of Praise
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my
spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked
with favor on the lowliness of His servant. Surely,
from now on all generations will call me blessed; for
the Mighty one has done great things for me, and
holy is His name. His mercy is for those who fear
Him from generation to generation. He has shown
strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in
the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down
the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the
lowly; He hath filled the hungry with good things, and
sent the rich away empty. He has helped His servant
Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, according to
the promise He made to our ancestors, to Abraham
and to His descendants forever."
Luke 1:46-55
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Getting ready for Advent: Our littlest member Ellie Robinson always ready to lend a helping hand!

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Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Jerry was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and as a young
man worked with his father who was an electrical contractor. He remembers “pulling wire” in those cold winter
months in homes still under construction, many times
with no doors or windows installed yet. It likely was during those days the seed was planted to move to a warmer
climate! That eventual move though was delayed four
years as he made the decision to join the Navy where he
served on two different Destroyers as a Sonarman. The
most memorable and life changing experience for him
came after moving to Arizona when he started going to
The First Church of God at 9th Avenue and Fillmore. Ron
and Carolyn Patty (parents of Sandi Patty) were the Ministers of Music there at the time and John Denton was the
Minister. It was during one of these early services that
Jerry made the decision to become a follower of Christ.
Nothing before or since has come close to matching that
memorable experience!

Irene was born in West New York, New Jersey. This was
war time and her father was an Air Warden. She was
‘Daddy’s Little Girl” and as they lived only one block
away from the Hudson River, took walks with dad down to
the river where war ships were lined up. This, along with
hearing sirens and being a part of emergency drills that
were taking place during those times, created some pretty
vivid and scary memories on her young mind. When she
was six years old the family, Irene, dad, mom and the two
older brothers moved upstate to Dunkirk, New York, a
little town on the shores of Lake Erie. Growing up there
she remembers selling Girl Scout cookies door to door and
later worked as a sales gal in an upscale dress shop in their
town. She says at one time she wanted to be a bar tender at
a restaurant there but her bossy brothers told her, “Girls
j u s t
a r e n ’ t
b a r
t e n d e r s !

Times have changed since the 50’s! The sales profession
must be in her DNA, as she continues sell, though now it is
real estate, with Jerry.

Irene and Jerry have sincerely enjoyed Arizona! Jerry
recalls enjoyable motorcycle excursions exploring many
ghost towns in the mountains with one of his three children hanging on for dear life on the back of the bike. Precious memories! Later some of these same back roads and
many other towns were further appreciated by exploring
them riding bumpy roads in their red jeep. After a few
years of getting pretty beat up, they thought it might be
easier on their bones to change from jeeping to boating.
Many years of special times were had with family and
friends on Saguaro Lake as well as enjoying a few trips to
beautiful Lake Powell.
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church is a wonderful place
to worship and genuine love from all is expressed here.
We feel the Holy Spirit present among us and pray in
thanks for our pastors, the other leaders and those who
spend so many hours making Christ known through their
words and efforts. Our sincere THANK you to you all!

Just the beginning
As John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, he baptized people and urged them to turn their lives around
and live for God. As powerful as this ritual was, John was clear that Jesus’ baptism would be more so: “I baptize
you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit” (Mark 1:8, NIV).
The story is told of a gruff old man who’d resisted baptism all his life. Finally, he told his pastor he was ready
to be baptized, according to the church’s custom, that Christmas. After breaking the ice off the surface of the
local pond, the minister plunged the man, face first, into the frigid water three times “in the name of the Father,
the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
As the man emerged the third time, he exclaimed, “Thank God that’s over!” “Oh, no,” replied the pastor.
Baptism is just the beginning.”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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December 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.

The entire Shuck Family would like to acknowledge all the
kindness and support we received from the Presbyterian
Church Family and Friends, in regards to BJ’s recent passing. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness in
the donations made in BJ’s honor, to the Presbyterian Memorial Fund. May God bless you.

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was in bloom Sunday morning, Oct. 12 which meant that many people got to see it as they strolled from the 9 AM
worship service over to enjoy fellowship between services.
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13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729
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Office Hours: Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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