FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

January 2015

From Sally Atchinson, Elder for Outreach and Communications
Made any Resolutions?
It’s so traditional to start the New
Year with fresh resolves. Our
commerce and public media fuel
a new effort “to do better”, “to resolve to live differently”, “to
spruce up appearances” or to enhance success through organized
effort and compliance. Interesting
that the word RE SOLUTION recognizes the repetitive form of the
word SOLUTION and we all know how ardently resolutions are made and how the energy to carry them out
fades as we return to our usual patterns. Let’s do
something different this year. Let’s go to the permanent
Solution. Let’s arm ourselves with God’s Word on how
to live well.
Galatians 5:22-26 in the Message, the Bible in contemporary language reads:
“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings
gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard -- things like affection for others,
exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the
heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates
things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal
commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able
to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is
helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.
Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is
killed off for good -- crucified. Since this is the kind of
life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make
sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads

FHPC VISION & MISSION STAMENTS
Our Vision:

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

Reach out to all with faith and love.

or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will
not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us
were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an
original.”
Your OUTREACH and COMMUNICATIONS elders are
the front line of the Church reaching out into the community. This includes designing and arranging for
advertisements and promotional articles in newspapers. Most recently we participated in the town’s 25th
Birthday Celebration and Stroll In The Glow where
there was an opportunity to pass out material on our
services and talk to people about our programs.
Many families were attracted to the live manger our
church provided. We make contact with newcomers to
the community inviting them to visit our church and
find ways to let them know they are welcome and valued. In this, of course, we join all of our church family
in inviting and welcoming friends and family not just on
a special designated Sunday but always for all our activities intended to increase our knowledge and worship of our Lord and our love for one another.
We also make contact with those interested in joining
our congregation as members, set up inquiry meetings
for the purpose of getting better acquainted and providing an opportunity for all questions to be answered.
Pastor Bill discusses our faith background and Presbyterian beliefs. We tell them about all the church activities and explain the layout of our campus and services
so that they can make an informed decision about
joining us . For those joining we work with them
through the process and then introduce them to the
congregations of both services. Of course in addition
to these individual responsibilities we are
fully involved in all session meetings and general tasks where we are
all working together for
the purpose of bringing
Christ into our everyday
lives and caring for one
another.

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Focus on Finance

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

Rev. Stan Jones

Nov Income

$ 34,215

Budget

$ 34,550

Parish Associate

Nov Expense

$ 37,947

Budget

$ 37,027

Yr to date Income

$ 395,856

Budget

$ 394,450

Yr to date Expense $ 389,820

Budget

$ 392,032

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

Operational results for November, both Income and Expense, performed essentially as expected. While the bulk
of 2014 is behind us, we need a strong Pledge/
Contribution finish in December to wrap-up the month
(and year) on target.

Custodian

CHURCH TREASURER
Linda Lull
CHURCH SESSION
Class of 2015
Brooks Benjamin
John Brockelman
Helen Quigley
Terri Schmidt
Chris Young
Class of 2016
Sally Atchinson
Bob Lull
John Skewes
Arlene Stewart
Class of 2017
Mary Alice Bivens
Bonnie Hollabaugh
Aleyne Larsen-Craig
Helen Roesch
Ron Waldo
BOARD OF DEACONS
Moderator: ????
Class of 2015
Ben Fast
Jack Morris
Ruby Pearson
Bev Watters
Class of 2016
Suzie McCready
Dorothy Rudack
Donna Sims
Nancy Wulfmeier
Class of 2017
Michele Hasley
Mary Lee Lehrich
Cynthia Linton
Linda Warren

Respectfully,
John Skewes, Treasurer

On the Inside:
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January 2015

Live Nativity on Ave of the Fountains

“Lions,
Tigers and
Bears, Oh My!”
No, there weren’t any of those
vicious critters.
Just goats,
ducks, chickens,
a pig and a
llama. Nothing
to fear! But
plenty of smiles
and the ringing laughter of kids,
their parents and/or their grandparents.
Oh, and let’s not forget Joseph
& Mary, the baby Jesus, a couple of lowly shepherds and a
couple of prestigious wise men
[Okay, one was a woman]. Plus
a perky little angel! After all,
how can you have a nativity
scene without an angel, even if
her halo was tipped?
What more could you ask for at
a birthday party for Jesus and the
25th birthday celebration for the
Town of Fountain Hills? It wasn’t all fun and games. But it wasn’t as serious as
church either. Lights flickered and danced and people
snickered and pranced.
-Pastor Ken Brown

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
Happy New Year to all! “If anyone
is in Christ, there is a new creation:
everything old has passed away; see,
everything has become new! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
As we begin this new and exciting year,
we throw off last years burdens and
troubles. But we must not forget those
who are less fortunate than us. We here
in the Mission Ministry are busy tryTerri Schmidt, Elder
ing to do just that. With the New Year
ahead of us, we are eagerly looking forward to helping those
we can, and praying for those who we can't physically help.
Please join with me this year in praying for those people who
so desperately need our prayers. We pray for food for the
hungry, clothes and blankets for the cold, health and medicine
for the sick, and comfort for those who are lost and forlorn.
But most of all we pray for Peace and God's Grace for all.

February 6th, we hope to see you there.
Thank you to all of you who continue to give
your loose coins and non perishables. It is nice to belong
to such a thoughtful and giving congregation.

Angel Tree
Thank you to all who made our Angel Tree a
success last month. We had 30
names from the local schools and
you were so generous to take them
and to make these children's Christmases a brighter and happier time.
Thank you to those who
took the Indian stars, we had 16 of those. We partnered
with Fort McDowell to take these gifts to a reservation
over by Parker Arizona. Fort McDowell selects a less
fortunate reservation and helps them at Christmastime,
and we have been able to help for the last several years.

Changing Lives Center

Extended Hands Food Bank
Now that the Holidays are
over, we must be sure and
remember that the Extended Hands Food Bank
still has people in need of
food. So we continue to
ask for non perishable
food for the food bank. If
you prefer to give money
instead of buying food

Bob Lull
Turkeys and fixin’s delivered by the men of the church

you are free to do that. You can make a check out to the
Church and in the memo line, be sure to say contribution for
Extended Hands Food Bank. Or if you prefer, you can make
a donation right to Extended Hands Food Bank.
There will not be a Friday night Fish Fry on January
2nd. So the first time for the Fish Fry in 2015 will be January
16th. We will be helping with the Friday Night Fish Fry on

We took Christmas gifts to downtown Phoenix
at the Changing Lives Center again this year. For those
of you who don't know, this is the counterpart of the
Phoenix Rescue Mission. These ladies and children actually have small apartments and a dining hall, daycare, as
well as a chapel and meeting rooms. This facility helps
those women and children make better lives for themselves. The young women who have no High school
diploma are helped with their GED's. They find jobs for
the women and help them get back on their feet. While
on this campus they are asked to attend church services
and help out where and when they can. They also must
not take drugs or consume alcohol. This is a wonderful
facility and we love to give
these women and children hope
and a “way to go, keep up the
good work” praise by helping
with what we can.
This year we took 83
bags of various things for the
women and 55 bags of age appropriate toys for the children.
Everyone got a candy cane!

National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is officially in May,
but we have been asked to pray specifically for different
things each month until May. In January we have been
asked to pray for Business. Pray for integrity among
Christian Workers, communication of ideas and resources to open principled businesses. And pray that

In Touch

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Mission Ministry
Christian workers will display Christ-like humility and service to both
co-workers and customers. We pray that these business can prosper
and stimulate the much needed economic growth.
As I close for this month I want to ask you all to welcome
Bonnie Hollabaugh as a new Elder and to our Mission Committee.
Welcome Bonnie!!! I would also like to ask you to keep our Church
and members in your prayers this year, as we all go through some
major decisions. If you feel there is a cause near and dear to your
heart, feel free to come talk to Terri Schmidt or Bonnie Hollabaugh.
We will certainly take it to the committee for discussion. If you want
to join our committee, we meet the second Monday of the month,
usually at 1:00 in the conference room. We would love to have you
join us. One last thought for the month— “helping others brings such
joy to your heart that you feel complete and satisfied.”
Terri Schmidt
Mission Elder

ABOUT GROWING OLDER...
First ~Eventually you will reach a point when you
stop lying about your age and start bragging about
it.
Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem
worth waiting in line for.
Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this
way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads
weren't paved.
Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to
go back to youth, think of Algebra.
Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
Sixth ~ I don't know how I got over the hill without
getting to the top.
Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you
about aging is that it's such a nice change from being young.
Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how
splendid the day has been.

Trendsetters
Thank you to all who took the time to pledge their 2014 Tax Credit
Money to Trendsetters. All the kids are very grateful.

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is
comfortable.
And, finally ~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble,
you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.

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Rev. Stan Jones with Lisa Ristuccia (a Leader of Trendsetters at
the Charter School in Fountain Hills), Louise Jones and Barbara
Oakeson.

What if?....
What if Jupiter was the same distance from
the earth as our moon.

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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

JANUARY DATES
January 6
1:00 p.m.
January 8
9:00 p.m.
January 9
9:00 a.m.
January 19
9:00 a.m.
January 21
9:30 a.m.
January 21
12:00 p.m.
January 26
5:30 p.m.

Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, home of Chris Young, 16327 E Montrose Drive, FH
Hooked On Books (see separate box for details)
Out N’ About (see separate box for details)
Carry-in salad potluck (see separate article below)

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

9:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
10:30 a.m.

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

Lately it seems like whatever devotional material I
am reading references are made to the work
of C.S. Lewis so I finally purchased The Complete C.
S. Lewis Signature Classics much of which is new to
me. The following is NOT by C. S. Lewis but is written in the style of his Screwtape Letters and taken
from the Women’s Devotional Bible.
A Lost Letter by Beth Donigan Sevensen
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis, is a fictitious
diary of scolding letters from a mature demon
(Screwtape) to his young nephew (Wormwood). It is
Wormwood’s job to keep a recent convert to Christianity from being productive for Christ (The Enemy).
Screwtape’s letters point out where Wormwood has
failed or missed an opportunity. I have often mused
that there must be a missing appendix to these letters somewhere that reads like this . . .

My dear Wormwood,
The following instructions shall help you proceed in
handicapping your convert’s effectiveness in the Enemy’s kingdom. One of our great allies at present is
her perception of herself. It is your task, therefore, to
feed her poor self esteem. Already she wastes time
primping in front of the mirror and worrying about her
looks. You must continue to encourage her to compare herself with so-called “spiritual” giants” who
she admires. This will eventually immobilize her.
When she feels inadequate she will no longer attempt anything for the Enemy’s kingdom because of
her fear of failure. Her warped self image will lead to
unhealthy relationships and hinder her ability to love
others. The more often she tells herself that she is a
bad person -- that she’s not competent -- the more
easily she will feel threatened by others. This will
turn others off to the Enemy and his loathsome
Christianity.
Ultimately her relationship with the Enemy himself

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will be adversely affected. Since she is not satisfied with
how the Enemy has created her, her intimacy with Him will
be destroyed and she will find it difficult to trust the Enemy,
pray to Him or read that detestable Book.
Finally, emphasize her weaknesses so repeatedly that she
begins to believe that she is unimportant to the Enemy.
This will push her to compulsive striving to please Him
through her own accomplishments. Her works will no longer
be motivated by faith, but by a dislike for herself. Confuse
her so that she never feels forgiven. If you successfully
convince her that the Enemy is never pleased with her, she
will grow weary and give up altogether. But, more of this
in my next letter.
Your affectionate uncle,
Screwtape
Our best armour is always the scripture. Col. 3:12-14
“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each
other and whatever grievances you may
have against one another, forgive as the
Lord forgave you and OVER ALL THESE
VIRTUES PUT ON LOVE which binds
them all together in perfect unity.”

-Sally Atchinson

HOOKED ON BOOKS
Hooked on Books will meet on Wednesday,
January 21st at 9:30 AM. The meeting will be
held in the home of Barbara Oakeson.
Elsie Hoffarber will review the book “The Devil
in the White City” by Erik Larson.
Books you no longer want may be brought for the Book Exchange.
Hooked on Books is open to all women who enjoy reading and
discussing books. For further information contact Jan Hoff
(480) 836-7551.

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
will meet on January 21st at 12 noon at Blue Adobe Santa Fe
Grille on 10885 N.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Blvd. Scottsdale.
Turn right off Frank
Lloyd Wright at the
Garden Nursery. As
usual we will order off the menu and receive separate checks
that include a tip. Call Nancy Wulfmeier at 480-837-3021 for
reservations.

PW WINTER GATHERING
January 26th at 5:30 p.m.
Want less Stress and More Time?
Get Organized!
Do you waste time looking for things in your home?
Is clutter causing you stress? Professional
Organizer, Ana Benitez, will teach you how to make
decisions about your
things and how to organize the rest. Having
worked in the corporate
world for 20 years, Ana
quickly learned that to
be her most productive
she needed to be organized. Although she
was successful in her
roles as Project Manager and Marketing
Director, it was her role
as a Corporate Trainer
that she most enjoyed.
With a Master’s in Adult
Education,
teaching
and training come naturally to her.
Ana eventually took her training and passion for
organizing and in 2011 founded her company
“I will ORGANIZE it!”. Her work with numerous clients has taught her that there is no one right
way to become organized and that everyone can
benefit from organizing tools and productivity
systems.
Ana holds a certificate of Study from the Institute for
Chronic Disorganization and is past Membership
Director for the Arizona Chapter of the National Association for Professional Organizers.
Come and enjoy an evening together with delicious salads and an inspiring speaker.
There will be a table for signups in the narthex
and fellowship center on the 18th and
25th of January.

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Advent Lighters

Terri Schmidt, Joanne and Summer Jones with Pastor Bill

Dante and Stacey Guyah with John Brockelman

Brandon and Lauryn
(grandchildren)
with Susan Phillips

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.

Don’t miss it!
Inquiry Class
January 6 4PM
narthex

For additional information, please contact Aleyne Larsen-Craig at 602-625-6201, Sally
Atchinson at 480-837-1054 or call the church office at 480-837-1763.

Sally Atchinson

& Aleyne Larsen-Craig

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January 2015

“Thank you” for all the beautiful new
Christmas Decorations

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

Welcome to the New Year!
It’s time to check your legal papers. Do you have a Will and/or Trust? If not, it’s time to consider one. In your Will or Trust have you included the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation? If not, please consider it. The Foundation is a perfect charitable way to leave your mark and final testimony of
your faith and value in our Church. Your gift will help insure the future needs and ministries of the Church for years to
come.
Save Sunday afternoon, February 15, 2015, for the Annual Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation Corporation
meeting. The meeting will be held in the Church Fellowship Center. As a member of the Church you are a member of the
Foundation. Plan to attend, learn about the status of the Foundation and enjoy fellowship with the Trustees after the
meeting.
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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Thanksgiving Day Parade
After many years, FHPC decided to celebrate our
40th Anniversary with a float in the parade.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Christian Formation
Arlene Stewart , Elder

January
Christian Formation
Opportunities at FHPC:

“Happy New Year!”
2015…. Well we are ready
to begin a new year. Do
you have your 2015 calendar?
Jim and I started buying our 2015 calendars
back in November of 2014. We wanted to be
ready with the new year’s appointments, events
and golf dates. We had much of January filled
before the end of December. Now if we add all
the grand children’s birthdays, our family anniversaries and travel dates, we will be filling up
the year in no time. But..let’s not forget to leave
days open for Sunday services , Bible study,
Wednesday Brown Bag Lunch, Wednesday
evening The Way and the many other opportunities to participate in our Church.
Please plan on a daily, personal devotion time
to read your Bible, a faith based book from the
Church Library or join one of the many weekly
or monthly Adult groups. Make some time ,
God’s time, after all he made us to glorify him!
Blessings for this New Year,

Sign up for Sylvia Burke’s Beth
Moore Series

Attend John Biven’s Sunday Bible
Study, between services

Join Presbyterian Women circles
and special events

Volunteer for Sunday and or
Wednesday or Monday Youth Formation programs

Staff the Nursery,

Get ready for VBS with Debby DeBernardi

MAKE A DATE WITH THE
LORD!

Elder Arlene Stewart

Keep breathing
Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, said many Christians live on a
“spiritual roller coaster,” going from one emotional experience to another in a worldly
way, feeling “frustrated and fruitless.”
To counteract that, Bright recommended a spiritual breathing exercise as a reminder
of God’s love and forgiveness. Simply exhale as you confess your sins and impurities.
Then inhale to receive life and forgiveness—and to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who
empowers you to resist sin and temptation.
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

How many hugs have you given
out today?
Did you know that hugs:
• Can instantly boost oxytocin
levels, which heal feelings of
loneliness, isolation, and anger.
• Lift one's serotonin levels,
elevating mood and creating
happiness.
• Strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on
the sternum stimulates the
thymus gland, which regulates
and balances the body's production of white blood cells,
which keep you healthy and
disease free.
• Relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body.
Hugs can take away pain; they
soothe aches by increasing
circulation into the soft tissues.
• Balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving
and giving a hug shows a
change in skin conductance.
The effect in moisture and
electricity in the skin suggests
a more balanced state in the
nervous system - parasympathetic.

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From the Director of Christian Formation
Doodles from Debby
A new year is upon us. A time
to reflect upon an important
question: Who are we? Why
are we here? I pondered the fact
that we are a community of diversity that allows room for
every person to be unique, significant and needed regardless of age, ethnicity or
gender. We are greater than our individual parts;
we are the thumbprints of God and the tangible
Kingdom for this world!
I have had the privilege this semester, and now this
coming semester, to facilitate a Vocation and Formation small group and mentor 1 on 1 students at
Fuller Theological Seminary. Students experience
individual and communal spiritual practices, as
well as reflect and answer every quarter this question: "At this point in your Christian journey,
how do you envision your call to God's mission
in the world?” What a great way to begin our life
together this year in reflecting on the same question
on our church journey together. "At this point in
our Christian journey as a community of faith,
how do we envision our call to God's mission
in the world?” From Mark Labberton's article
“The Call to Flourish” I am reminded that the heart
of God’s call is loving communion with God and
God’s world. It encompasses our identity, our community, and our activity. Our primary calling is to
belong to and live for God’s purposes. The commands to love God and our neighbor are our calling
and guides the living out of these as God intends
based on His authority. His direction we all must
seek together! We, the people of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit, are to bring hope to the
world and a living defense of the faith!

Nursery and Preschool Ministry has grown to
need more faithful adults!
What better way to pass on the faith and grow up a generation to love
God and serve others than by modeling this to those who are most
open to spiritual things and are shaped powerfully by stories and
modeling. We have a place for you. Please let Debby know you
would like to be part of the early childhood team on a regular or
monthly basis. We can not offer this ministry to young families and
grandkids without you!
A few pictures from our Elementary Christmas
Party Called The Story of the Christmas Tree:
How to Turn on the Lights (of Jesus) for Others!

Judy Irvin gives a message
with a craft that is tied
later to the theme of the
night.

In our continuing times of discernment, may you be
faithful in prayerful communion with God, living,
giving, and joining in the conversation. Keep God’s
authority and direction foundational in our joining
Him on His mission for our community and world.
Good reads: The book Called and an article in Conversations Journal, “The Call to Flourish so that our
Neighbor Can Flourish” both by Mark Labberton.
Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered:
Growing in Christ through Community, a book by
James Wilhoit.

Matt Jefferson cheers
his team on in the
“Tangles” game.

Following Jesus Together,
Debby
Continued on next page….

In Touch

page 14

From the Director of Christian Formation... continued
Dante made his vessel like a cross

For Teens and Young Adults: A relational, relevant & edgy spiritual reality
series! Real Questions. Real Conversations. Wrestling with Life’s Biggest
Questions.

Sydney is always stylin’
and smilin’

Aly brings us joy and lifts
our spirits every Wednesday KidCommunity!

We also celebrated the third week of Advent with decorating
cookies spelling JOY. We prayed for those who might need the
Joy of Jesus at this time and some were then packaged and
prayed over to be given to various friends.
This year we continue with the Big God Story in our newly
painted worship space! Thank you Bob Lull for your dedicated service to us all! We still have signs to paint to remind us
of the environments we enter into and the spiritual practices we
do to help us open our minds and hearts to God… all is exciting!
The kids will be helping paint the signs and symbols. Watch for
a Special FunDay to visit!
This summer Elementary Kids may sign up for a Sunday morning class called Bridge-Quest: Why I Believe in Jesus. This
course will follow two tracks that merge at the end. The first
will center around who God is and what He has done through
Jesus. The second track will give overviews of some of the most
popular world religions/philosophies to show how they perceive
a higher power and how they try to connect/please this higher
power. Kids will see that what other religions try to do but can’t
on their own, God, through Jesus, did it for them to connect us
to God. A fun raft-bridge picture will be built as each child
makes their own matching picture over the course of the summer. Maybe a salt-river raft trip to celebrate? Summer team is
sought for this elementary apologetic. Come, learn and experience God together with kids!

Come follow seven
young strangers with very different spiritual world views and a
Preacher/Wanna Be Surfer as they
hang out for a week in Maui, diving into life’s biggest questions.
You can follow this cast (who
were recruited from Craig’s list!)
on their journey to discover truth
through a short weekly video and
better yet… hang out after this TV
reality series and have your own conversations where
you can ask the same or different questions, admire
others for their honesty and what they believe, and
maybe find that you discover together deeper answers
to your life’s questions.
Invite others and look at honest answers through the
eyes of seven young adults, just like you. Meets 1st
& 3rd Mondays 7:30 - 8:45 pm. Series begins January 19th.
For those interested we would like to have a conversation about what type of socials, community service, or
conversations YOU would enjoy… anything from
relating the final act of The Hobbit to the Battle of All
Armies in Revelation to ….. ???? Maybe we record
our own reality series!
“This was the last
move in a master plan. A plan long in the making.”
- Gandalf

Santa on Page 20 is our own Ron Waldo!

Not in a partying ‘MOOd’
A Sunday school teacher shared the parable of the
prodigal son with his class, pointing out how resentful the
older son was when the father welcomed the wayward
brother home with open arms and a party.
Amid the celebration, the teacher emphasized someone
in the story failed to share in the joy. “Can you tell me who
that was?” the teacher asked.
Eagerly a little girl raised her hand. “I know I know!”
she exclaimed. “The fatted calf!”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

page 15

January 2015

How can you help?

Men’s Fellowship

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?

MEN – WHAT’S GOING ON?
The New Year brings with it many opportunities for service and
fellowship for the men of Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
(FHPC). Here’s a summary of what’s going on.
• January is the month when men serve as ushers and greeters.
Carl Hayungs provides very capable leadership for this activity
• Men’s Sunday is January 25. Men’s Fellowship will be totally responsible for both Worship Services that day. John
Bivens leads a team that plans and coordinates this event. As
a very important member of this team, Roy Nickel is responsible for the music part of this service. He will welcome all
men who like to sing to be a part of the Men’s Chorus for this
wonderful service.




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 Re
wardsprogram, using the new FHPC
organization #84123

SCREEN FOR THE CHOIR
Men’s Fellowship meets regularly on the second Saturday of
the month at 9:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Center or the Adult
Center. Our next meeting will be on January 10, 2015.
Several men with inquiring minds meet in the Adult Center
each Thursday at 7:00 a.m. for Bible study, fellowship and a
cup of coffee. This gathering is open to all men who are willing to get out of bed at that hour of the morning. It only lasts
an hour.
January is also the month when we take down the Christmas
decorations. A notice will be sent out on the exact day and
time for this activity.
Additionally, we have already started preparing in earnest for
the all-church Sweethearts Valentine Brunch in February.
Finally, each week food is contributed by our congregation for
those less fortunate members of our community. That food is
then delivered by men of our church to the Extended Hands
Food Bank right here in Fountain Hills.

You can see that Men’s Fellowship is alive and well. Men, we
need your full participation as we serve God, our community, and
our church from the hilltop of Fountain Hills. Please join us and
get involved!

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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page 16

Library Footnotes
Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader
For anyone who has ever read Jan Karon’s Mitford series, I
highly recommend checking out Jan Karon’s Mitford
Cookbook & Kitchen Reader. It contains all of the recipes
found in the series, listing each recipe under the individual
book in which it is mentioned. After reading the first book
At Home in Mitford, I was enticed by her descriptions of
dishes such as “Father Tim’s Company Stew” and “Puny’s
Squash Casserole.” They always sounded so delicious.
When I went online to see if, by some chance, I could find
such recipes, I discovered that there was a cookbook containing every recipe mentioned in the entire series. I later
found out that a friend of mine owned this cookbook, and
she said I was welcome to keep it while I’m reading
through the series of books. I have had so much fun with
this. As I read about Father Tim going to visit Absalom
Greer and his wife Lottie for a fried chicken dinner, lo and
behold there is the recipe right in the cookbook. I have
already made Father Tim’s Company Stew and I plan to
bring Puny’s Squash Casserole to Donna Yordy’s evening

circle dinner next week.
Each recipe includes an excerpt from the original book
where the dish is mentioned. It puts you right back into
the mindset of what was going on in the book and the
author’s wonderful descriptions that make it all come
alive. I want to wait and make some of these recipes only
after I have read about them in the books. But after
thumbing through the cookbook, I just can’t read fast
enough. I want to try a lot of
them out now! This book
will be a great asset to our
library.

-Judy Irvin

What is a billion?
The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner,
think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a
good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.
A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
D.A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate
our government is spending it.
While this thought is still fresh in our brain...let's take a look at New Orleans ...
It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division. Louisiana Senator,
Mary Landrieu (D) was asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild
New Orleans . Interesting number...What does it mean?
A. Well .. If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans
(every man, woman and child) you each get $516,528
B. Or... If you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your
home gets $1,329,787.
C. Or... If you are a family of four...your family gets $2,066,012.
Kind of puts it into perspective!

Pray without ceasing
The more we pray, the more we shall
want to pray. The more we pray, the more we
can pray. The more we pray, the more we
shall pray. He who prays little will pray less,
but he who prays much will pray more. And
he who prays more will desire to pray more
abundantly.
-C.H. Spurgeon
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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January 2015

Music Ministry
"Happy New Year" from the
music staff and all who participate in our wonderful music
program.
We so look forward to this time,
seeing even more friends return
into our community, and into
our lives.
We are certainly a church that
draws wonderful people, those
who have such strong faith, and
healthy attitudes.
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
So many activities come
along in the next few months, and who better to work with
than those in our church family.
Our music program is so supportive of the activities of this
church and of the worship services for which we are privileged to provide the music . The first special worship service of the year will be the Men's Sunday, January
25. This year the
Men will include the 11:15 Service in their preparations. Same will be for the Women's Special Worship
Service in a couple of months. Both services are so important for those who attend each one. The music is always prepared each Sunday of the year for both services
with equal importance, and I am so glad to have the Men
and Women's special services extending that equal importance into the 11:15 service, as well. We are fortunate
enough at this church to have musicians enough to have
different ones for each of the services, incorporating different styles. It certainly speaks to the inclusion of all

God's people who are so important to Him.
If you are returning to our church, or are new to our
church, or, maybe you have settled in with us and feel
comfortable enough to join in with our music program,
please know that you are welcome to do just that. There is
a lot of intention that occurs in our programs that keep you
just busy enough to enjoy, and not stress out!
I will keep inviting you, month after month, year after
year, and when you feel ready, please join in. You will
find the people in our music groups to be inclusive, caring,
helpful, and, oh yes, many are quite talented! If you feel
you can work with this type of group, you will find the
rehearsal times in the bulletin, or you may call me at 6880828 to speak to me about the group in which you are interested. If you are a person that travels, you always have
that freedom to go, no worries, you can be with us when
you are here. It's just so good for you to be involved in
groups that encourage a healthy life-style. Christ love
encourages this, and it is certainly evident in those who
share this time with each other. Singing, ringing, laughing, praying, all part of what keeps us nurtured in Christian
love.
"Make music to the Lord with Harp, with
the harp and the sound of singing!"
Psalm 98:5
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Fountain Hills Presbyterian
Church is pleased to offer a preventive health event. Life Line
Screening, a leading provider of
community-based preventive
health screenings, will host their
affordable, non-invasive
and painless health screenings on 1/30/2015. Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic
aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong
predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk;
and a bone density screening, for men and women, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register
for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139
with our member discount). All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.
In order to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above
$129, please call 1-888-653-6441 or visit www.lifelinescreening.com/community-partners

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page 18

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Harry Grider

Edee Grider

I was born in Chicago
the oldest of five children. We lived in the
Chicago area until we
moved to Fountain Hills
in 1980.

I was born in Chicago on Christmas Day, but grew up in
Oklahoma and Illinois.

I am married to Edee 58
years, have two daughters Lynne and Carole of
whom we are very
proud.
Three of our
grandchildren have been
baptized in this church.
My first job was at Walgreens. I remember I made 25 cents
an hour. You name it, I did it.
I served in the army in WW2 and later had numerous
jobs….operated a backhoe digger, owned a flower shop
and was a buyer for Motorola. Then I found my niche with
my favorite job at Magnuson Electronics as a sales engineer.
I have been a member of this church 34 years and sang in
the choir for 20 years. I have also been a member of the
Noon Kiwanis for 16 years.
Best advice I can give anyone ...is do your best at whatever you do every day, pray often and smile.
Most important person in my life is my wife Edee.
This church has been good to us —have many friends and
always meeting new friends. Very happy Bill Good has
come to us and is showing us the way.

My first job was at the local YMCA which was also the
teen hangout. I did everything from being a lifeguard
to polishing trophy cases. I was there with my friends
and getting paid. I loved it.
A life changing experience was getting hit by a bus
when I was 18. It gave me a smashed ankle, but it could
have been a lot worse. I knew then that someone up
there was watching over me. I started roller skating to
strengthen my ankle and got into pairs dancing and
toured roller rinks all over the Chicago area. A bad thing
turned into a real joy
I graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts as
a commercial artist and worked for R.H. Donnelley
Publishing Co. until I left to raise my family.
I met Harry at a church social club. We have been married 58 years, have two children, six grandchildren and
one great granddaughter.
We have lived in Fountain Hills for 34 years and have
been members here just as long. I sang with the Celebration Singers for 25 years and served on the mission
committee for 12 years.
I volunteered at Scottsdale North Hospital for 10 years
in the emergency room. Learned a lot and really felt
needed and appreciated. It was a moving and enjoyable
experience.
The best thing about this church is the friendships we
have formed and the warmth of the congregation. Of
course, Bill has been a great asset.
I have been a Presbyterian all my life and this is the
friendliest, most laid back, joyful church I have ever
belonged to. It’s great to be a part of it.

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

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January 2015
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.

Healthful Hints
A report by the Southern California Medical Association pointed out that weight control and physical
fitness cannot be obtained by diet alone. Here are
some suggestions to help burn off some of those
calories.

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Matthew 25:21

Activity
Beating around the bush
Jumping to conclusions
Climbing the wall
Swallowing your pride
Passing the buck
Dragging your feet
Pushing your luck
Running in circles

Calories
75
100
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150
35
200
250
350

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!
01/01
01/03
01/03
01/04
01/06
01/06

Bob Hoffarber
Carol Fuls
Donna Yordy
Jim Hall
Gerry Prokupik
Virginia Siegle

01/07
01/09
01/09
01/13
01/15
01/16

Joan Barker
Riley Herrera
Linda Lull
Penny Junk
Marge Bacher
Beau Bennett

01/16
01/16
01/22
01/24
01/25
01/27

Milt Hoff
Jen Young
Linda Craven
Anthony Harris
Wilberta Robinson
Fred Hansen

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Anyone looking for a Santa...
we have a great one!
Can you guess who it is?
Answer in the newsletter.

Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church
13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
Phone - (480) 837-1763 Fax - (480) 837-1729
Office E-Mail Address: fhpc.marta@gmail.com
Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
www.fhpresbyterian.info
Pastor/Head of Staff: Rev Bill Good
email: fhpc.billg@gmail.com cell phone: 480-329-8090