FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

February 2015

From Pastor Bill Good
Gathering
STILL THE SAME
Remember your leaders, those who
spoke the word of God to you; consider the outcome of their way of
life, and imitate their faith. Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday and
today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is
well for the heart to be strengthened by grace.
(Hebrews 13:7-9
ESV)

As we continue our shared journey of faith
at FHPC, we resume our discussion concerning our
denominational future. In an effort to move us forward together in a structured yet responsive environment, Session is hosting a series of focused “Town
Hall Meetings”. The intent is on providing a productive forum for sharing concerns, thoughts, and information where everyone may have opportunity to
hear and be heard.
These will take the form of four panel discussions in which five seated Elders (selected as
broadly representative of our congregation) will present information and respond to questions. As your
pastor, I will serve as moderator. Each of these conversations is designed to explore certain topics central to the matters at hand. The first three will be
offered twice (Sat. and Sun.) in order to provide opportunity for as many of our folks as possible to be
involved. The final one will gather us all together on
a single Saturday morning. All gatherings are
planned for two hours and will be held in our Sanctuary. The schedule is as follows:

FHPC VISION & MISSION STAMENTS
Our Vision:

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

Reach out to all with faith and love.

Session 1
Saturday, Feb. 7th @ 9am
Sunday, Feb. 8th @ 2pm
Topic:
General Q&A Session designed to assist those who have not
been present earlier & to bring the rest of us back up to
speed.
Session 2
Saturday, Feb. 14th @ 2pm
Sunday, Feb. 15th @ 4pm
Topic:
Brad Munroe (Presbytery Pastor/Exec) will be with us
(“live” on Saturday, filmed for Sunday) to discuss options
within PC(USA). Panel will explore pros & cons of remaining in the denomination.
Session 3
Saturday, Feb 21st @ 9am
Sunday, Feb. 22nd @ 2pm
Topic:
I will outline the Presbytery process for Discernment regarding dismissal from PC(USA). Panel will present results of
research re: other Presbyterian denominational options.
Session 4
Sunday, Mar. 8th @ 2pm
Topic:
Final Q&A & wrap-up. John Ortberg video reflection.
Opinion poll.
The goal here is not to reach a “final” decision concerning our
communal will to remain within the PC(USA) or affiliate elsewhere. In fact, as you will learn in Session 3, we will not have
sufficient information to make such a decision at the conclusion of
this process.
The end of all this is, rather, to determine if there is a will within
the FHPC community to seek to enter into the Presbytery Discernment Process regarding dismissal. If so, the discussion continues
with the Presbytery as a partner. If not, our conversation will have
exhausted itself and come to an end.
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In Touch

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Focus on Finance

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

Rev. Stan Jones

Dec Income

$ 36,004

Budget

$ 41,550

Parish Associate

Dec Expense

$ 35,835

Budget

$ 36,468

Yr to date Income

$ 431,860

Budget

$ 436,000

Yr to date Expense $ 425,655

Budget

$ 428,500

Pastor Ken Brown
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
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: Nancy Wulfmeier
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

Income for December was good, albeit not the stellar
results we have experienced in recent years. With 12
months “in the books”, we end the year with Income off
target by some $4,140 (still less than a 1% variance from
the Plan for Income). To counter-balance the decline in
Income, we trimmed Expenses for Fiscal Year 2014 by
$2,845. After all is said and done, we close our finances
for 2014 with Income slightly ahead of Expenses. Not a
bad place to be. As always the THANKS goes to you
for your steadfast belief in our Church on the hilltop.
Respectfully,
John Skewes, Treasurer

On the Inside:
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Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … .
Sweetheart Brunch .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . .
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Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . ..
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Life of the Church .. .. . .. . . .. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. .. . . . .
December 2014 .. .. .. .. .. . .. . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Christian Formation .. .. .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . .. . . . .. .
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Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . ...
Necrology for 2014 & 2015… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . ..
Trey Uphoff . . . .. … .. . …. .. . . . .. . . . … . . . .. .. . . . .
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February 2015

Sweetheart Brunch
The 2015 Sweethearts Brunch
Saturday, February 14, 2015
10:00 AM

Tickets: $12.00ea

The Men’s Fellowship will once again offer what may well be the best opportunity of the year for the men of our
church to show their Special Sweethearts just how much they are appreciated. We are talking about the annual Sweethearts Brunch, which consists of a catered brunch and some wonderful entertainment. It all takes place on February
14 in the friendly confines of our Fellowship Center.
Once again, the very capable Jim Bates is in charge.
He and his supporting cast have planned a great event.
You know it will be a memorable experience. Don’t
miss it!!
Tickets for you and your sweetheart will be available
before and after Worship Services on February 1 and
February 8. You can also buy tickets during normal
working hours at the Church office from February 2
through February 12.

From Pastor Bill Good

(continued)

Regardless of where all this leads us – within or without the PC(USA) – there are some things essential to our
process:
• that we remember that some things are both absolute and eternal –
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
• that we grasp firmly two historic covenants of our Presbyterian heritage:
- “God alone is Lord of the conscience” – this means that faithful people can disagree.
- “Christ is Head of the Church, which is his body” – this means that, despite these disagreements,
we can still be one in Jesus Christ.
• that we not “be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the heart
to be strengthened by grace.”
And one last thing… Let us by no means fail to recognize that we are still the same family, on the same hill, in the
same community that we have always been. Regardless of what denominational affiliation we will ultimately
chose to embrace, nothing need change among us or between us and nothing need stop us from welcoming every
individual who seeks the Lord Jesus in our midst.
May the Lord bless us and keep us,

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry
Matthew 25:36 The king
will say, “I was naked and you gave me
clothing, I was sick and you took care
of me, I was in prison and you visited
me.” God sends us not to change people but to love them and take care of
those less fortunate. As I contemplate
this scripture I feel this is what we on
the Mission Committee strive to do.
We are always trying to find new
ways we can reach out and touch peoTerri Schmidt, Elder
ple here in our town, as well as the
valley, state or nation. Here is a brief synopsis of what we are
up to.

Christmas Eve Offering
This year our Christmas Eve Offering was split going to two
different places here in town. The majority of the offering,
80%, went to Extended Hands Food Bank. This is where we
typically have given it to in the past, and it is a much needed
contribution. The second part, 20%, went to a local man in
need of a kidney transplant. Many of you may know Jeff
Bruning. He works a limited amount of time at Ace Hardware. He spends a lot of time on dialysis and can not work
long hours, therefore does not have insurance through Ace
Hardware. We have given him some money in the past from
our share of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. Your
Session talked about this and decided that we could split part
of our Christmas Eve offering and give him a portion to help
out with his expenses. Thank you to all who so generously
gave to help our local less fortunate people in Fountain Hills.

Blankets Plus
It is that time of year again when we collect for this wonderful mission. We will have Barbara and Gary Oakeson heading this drive again this year. They will do a Minute For Mission in Church on Sunday February 15th talking and explaining what the Blankets Plus is all about. We will then collect
an offering for this mission
on Sunday February 22nd.
For those of you unfamiliar
with this program, it is part
of the Presbyterian Disaster Relief Program. They
make sure blankets, toiletries, personal hygiene
items, laundry soap, and all
kinds of things we don't normally think of during disasters.
They have been know to help with school supplies kits. The
Presbyterian Disaster Relief Program is one of the first
groups of people ready to step up during fires, floods, blizzards, hurricanes and other natural disasters. They were there

to help when we had the big fire in Prescott Valley. So if
you can help, this is a great mission to support. Last year
we collected $2498.00, all of this money goes directly to
disaster relief. Thank you in advance for your support.

Souper Bowl Canned Kickoff
It is Super Bowl time of the year again. This year we are
expecting people to really cheer their teams on by bringing in canned and nonperishable items. We
will have two carts in the
Narthex, marked with
your team logos on
them. Be sure and fill
the cart with your team
logo. All of this food
will go to help stock the shelves at Extended Hands Food
Bank. We have a pretty good record for picking the winning team. Be sure to bring in those canned foods to
show your support for your team! Go team! Go team
Fountain Hills Presbyterians! Thank you to all who participate in bringing in food.

Money for Missions
It was brought to my attention from our favorite Office
Manager, Marta Ludwig, that there was money in our
coffers that was earmarked for two different Missions.
This was money collected in the past for “Save the Family” and “The Heifer Project”. Both of these were previous missions where we collected money, and this was
money that came in after the last checks were sent. So
we were able to send “Save the Family” $422.97 and
'The Heifer Project” $848.75. It was great that we were
able to send more to these wonderful mission groups.

National Day of Prayer
This month we will be praying for Education. Our National Day of Prayer is in May, but we have been asked
to pray for a different entity every month. Proverbs tells
us that the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come
knowledge and understanding. We need to pray for a
safe place to learn, for good teachers, equal opportunities
for every student to achieve their full potential. We so
often forget that not everyone is able to go to school or be
able to learn to read and write. Most of us have been
lucky enough to get a good education and we know how
important it is to survive and thrive in today world. Can
you imagine not being able to read your Bible, because
you had no where to learn or no one to teach you to read?
So join me this month in praying for those who teach, for
safe places to learn, and the desire to learn so we can
achieve greatness in both our walks with Christ as well
life in general.

In Touch

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February 2015
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Mission Ministry
That is some of what is going on in the life of Mission Ministry. We
reach out to each of you and ask that you be aware of what is needed
around you. Help those you can, ask for help for those you can not
help. If there is something that you think would be a great Mission
project for us, contact Terri Schmidt or Bonnie Hollabaugh. We
would love to have anyone join our Mission Committee. Our new
meeting time is the second Monday of the month at 4:00pm in the
conference room. We would love to have you. Thank you again for
all the support you show our mission projects. Please continue to

pray for guidance for our Church leaders as we make
huge decisions this year.
I want to end this month with a challenge for
you all. I challenge you each to try and help one person each week. It may be something big or something
as small as cheering someone up with a smile or a hug.
But try and reach out to someone this month.
Thank you!

Members Quiz
DO YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS?
1. Where did the money come from to buy the beautiful Christmas communion table and pulpit covers?
2. Where did the beautiful blue communion service that is used in the summer months came from?
3. We have glorious brass candelabra; who gave it to us?
4. How did we get our wonderful carillon tower?
5. What happened to the red book that was used to record gifts to the church?
The first person to answer all five questions correctly and to return the red book to Marta will win one set of season tickets to the remaining 2015 Pat Covault Memorial Concert series. The Worship & Music Committee has been assigned
the responsibility of establishing a record of all personal gifts to the church, and we need your help.
Ilene Berg is checking back 40 years to make sure that we remember the generosity of all those who came before us,
and she will continue to record all personal future gifts. If you gifted FHPC in the past or you know where a particular
gift came from, please fill out the form below and return it to the office. We don’t want to miss including any of our previous gifts in the new Historical Gift Registry.
We really need that red book, and we are hoping someone will find it. Your only clue is that someone borrowed it lots of
years ago and forgot to return it. We are depending on someone finding it, and winning the contest!
Helen Quigley, Chair
Worship & Music

BLESSINGS
(Contributions other than Memorial Fund Gifts given to FHPC)

Name

Gift

Date

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December 2011
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In Touch

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

FEBRUARY
February 3
February 6
February 12
February 16
February 18
February 18

DATES
1:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.
9:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.

Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Morning Circle—Adult Center
Evening Circle, home of Marie Barry, 14923 E. Summit Dr.
Hooked On Books (see box for details)
Out ‘n About (see separate box for details)

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

Now that the Winter Gathering is past and we are all
organized (some of us more so than others I’m sure)
we are busy planning for our Spring activities. There
are so many opportunities for us to be a part of the
work of our precious church representing Christ in
Fountain Hills
TREASURED AND LOVING IT
How good it feels to be valued….to be cared
for….provided for….loved. We are. So many answers
in this world and are maybe but not this one. Imagine
with me how Peter felt after he had denied Jesus three
times and then the crucifixion took place...guilty?
failed? destroyed? It seems to not have mattered how
HE felt or how HE failed? Alone
with Christ for the first time after the
denials, the crucifixion and resurrection ,Peter hears those first
words….not correction, not condemnation or a request for an ex-

planation or a suggestion that he needed improvement but “Do you love me?” That’s God’s focus.
Lewis Smedes in Shame and Grace says “What I
felt most was like a glob of unworthiness….What I
needed more than pardon was a sense that God
accepted me, owned me, held me, affirmed me
and would never let go of me even if He was not
too much impressed with what He had on his
hands”.
We are unconditionally loved,
treasured and encouraged to live
in love and spread that love to
others. Let’s enjoy, let’s share,
let’s take care of each other as
we grow in Christ and worship
together.

- Sally Atchinson

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February 2015

God’s love

How grandchildren perceive their grandparents
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
were the whole sky of parchment made;
were every stalk on earth a quill
and every man a scribe by trade;
to write the love of God above
would drain the ocean dry;
nor could the scroll contain the whole,
though stretch’d from sky to sky.
-Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai
(adapted modern version)

Commandment #11
During the 17th century, an archbishop traveling through Scotland
met theologian Samuel Rutherford but kept his identity secret. Rutherford invited the man to stay with him.
When Mrs. Rutherford gathered the servants on Saturday to prepare
for worship the next day, the guest joined in and was asked a basic
question: “How many commandments are there?”
When the guest replied “11” Mrs. Rutherford said, “What a shame
it is for you, a man with gray hairs, in a Christian country, not to
know how many commandments there are!”
The next morning, Rev. Rutherford went out in the woods to pray
and heard his guest doing likewise. When he discovered the
archbishop’s identity, Rutherford invited him to preach that morning.
The archbishop’s topic? The 11th commandment, based on Jesus’
words in John 13:34—”A new commandment I give to you, that
you love one another” (ESV).

1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the
watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she'd done many
times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave,
the little one said, "But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet
paper good-bye!" I will probably never put lipstick on again
without thinking about kissing the toilet paper good-bye.
2. My young grandson called the other day to wish me Happy
Birthday. He asked me how old I was, and I told him, 80. My
grandson was quiet for a moment, and then he asked, "Did you
start at 1?"
3. After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed
into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her
hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. Finally, she threw a towel around
her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed
with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the threeyear-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"

Providing proof

4. A grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her
own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I
had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front
yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the
woods."
The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this all in. At last she said, "I
sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

If we are to accept the teaching of Jesus at all, then the only test
of the reality of a man’s religion is his attitude to his fellow men. The
only possible proof that a man loves God is the demonstrated fact he
loves his fellow men.
-William Barclay

5. My grandson was visiting one day when he asked, "Grandma,
do you know how you and God are alike?" I mentally polished
my halo and I said, "No, how are we alike?'' "You're both old," he
replied.

-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

6. A little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's
word processor. She told him she was writing a story.
"What's it about?" he asked.
"I don't know," she replied. "I can't read."
To be continued in next issue ….

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch

HOOKED ON BOOKS

Out ‘n About
will be going
to Desert
Canyon Grill
on Feb. 18 at
noon. It is
located at
10440 Indian
Wells, Fountain Hills. We will order off the menu and receive
separate checks.
Call Nancy Wulfmeier at 837-3021 for reservations.

The February meeting of Hooked on Books
will be at the home of Jo-Ann Spalding on
Wednesday, February 18th at 9:30 AM.
The book: "A Troublesome Inheritance" by
Nicholas Wade will be reviewed by Marilyn
Pape. Books you no longer want may be
brought for the Book Exchange.
All women are invited to attend - there is no set
membership for this group. For further information contact
Jan Hoff (480) 836-7551

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Lent
Lenten living
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18 this year. Christians have observed this
season of the church year since the fourth century. It’s traditionally a time of reflection, penitence
and spiritual renewal before Easter.
During Lent, some Christians give up something that hinders their relationship with God.
Others do something extra for their spiritual growth or make s special sacrifice. The key is to make
Lent a memorable season of sincere spiritual growth—a time that can set the tone for the rest of the
year.

Pure love for Jesus
Jesus has many who love his heavenly kingdom, but few who bear his cross.
He has many who desire consolation, but few who care for trial. He finds many
to share his table, but few to take part in his fasting. All desire to be happy with
him; few wish to suffer anything for him. Many follow him to the breaking of
bread, but few to the drinking of the chalice of his passion. Many revere his
miracles; few approach the shame of the cross. Many love him as long as they
encounter no hardship; many praise and bless him as long as they receive some
comfort from him. . . .
Those, on the contrary, who love Jesus for his own sake and not for any
comfort of their own, bless him in all trial and anguish of heart as well as in
the bliss of consolation. . . . What power there is in pure love for Jesus—love
that is free from all self-interest and self-love!
-Thomas a` Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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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 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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February 2015

Tickets for Concert Series 2015
The Pat Covault Memorial Concert Series at the Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church

is now selling single ticket

for all shows.
There will be ticket sales at 8:30 am outside the sanctuary and after the 9:00 AM church service until 10:15 am. You can also
purchase tickets at the church office during the week, 11:00 am until 2:00 pm.
NO CREDIT CARDS! Church telephone number is 480-837-1763.

February Concert Series features:

February 10, 2015
“Dunlap & Pennington”

February 24, 2015
“Jim Van Slyke”

(Two Pianos, Four Hands)

(Musical Tribute
to Neil Sedaka)

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

You are invited to the Annual Foundation Corporation Meeting!
The Annual Foundation Corporation meeting will be held in the Church Fellowship Center, Sunday afternoon, February
15, at 2:00 pm. Plan to attend! Learn about the current status of the Foundation, what part it played in the life of the
Church this past year and how your gift will impact the future of your Church. Following the meeting enjoy fellowship
with the Board of Trustees. This is your opportunity to get answers for all those questions you have.

See you Sunday the 15th!
Foundation Board of Trustees
Barbara Oakeson
Matt Jefferson
Roy Nickel
John Skewes

480-837-5563
480-837-6001
480-688-8392
480-292-9021

Susan Phillips
Dawn Lau
Ben Fast

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

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Life of the Church

On January 11, 2015 5 new Elders and 4 new Deacons were ordained and installed. From left to right: Linda Warren,
Deacon; Mary Lee Lehrich, Deacon; Cynthia Linton, Deacon; Aleyne Larson-Craig, Elder; Mary Alice Bivens, Elder;
Bonnie Hollabaugh, Elder; Helen Roesch, Elder; Ron Waldo, Elder and Michele Hasley, Deacon.

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February 2015

December 2014

Lessons and Carols
Celebration Singers and Ringers
Director Debbie Fisher
& Associate Director Roy Nickel
Photos Courtesy of Gary Oakeson

In Touch

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Christian Formation

Arlene Stewart , Elder
Ah! Amore….love. February is the month of Love
according to the chocolate
makers, florists and Hallmark card people. I never
could figure out why February was chosen to celebrate our love for others. What’s wrong with
showing our love in the other eleven months?
Perhaps the love that we should be celebrating
is God’s Love! “It is not our love for God, it is
God’s love for us in sending his son to take
away our sins.” 1 John 4:10. That kind of love
goes way beyond February!
So my brothers and sisters in Christ, as you
celebrate your love for a spouse, child or friend
this Valentine Day, don’t forget your Heavenly
Father… “You are my child. I love you dearly”.
Let’s not hesitate to respond, “I love you too”.
CHRISTIAN FORMATION
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEBRUARY:
• The Sylvia Burke’s, Beth Moore Series
continues Monday evening and again on
Tuesday mornings. A true walk with Paul
through the books of Thessalonians provides a greater understanding of how The
Holy Spirit is poured into us.






Sabbath Bible Study is provided by
John Bivens. Please look for additional information on the upcoming
topic, time and location.
Presbyterian Women circles and
events are available to all women of
the Church.
Volunteer for Sunday and or
Wednesday Youth Formation programs. The children are our future.
Staff the Nursery
Attend Pastor Bill’s Wednesday
Noon Brown Bag Bible Study
Attend THE WAY on Wednesday
evening. Pastor Bill is presenting
“Presbyterian Faith That Lives Today”. Dinner is available at 5:45 pm,
Study begins at 6:30pm.
Men’s Bible Study is offered on
Thursday morning
And always, read your Bible daily!

Blessings,
Arlene Stewart
Elder

Food Bank Welcomes
Fresh Fruit!
Do you have fruit trees? Hate
to see fruit wasted when you
know others are hungry?
Art Spalding graciously is offering to pick up fruit to donate to
the Food Bank.
He will even assist you in picking the fruit if needed! Just
give him a call at 480-8371781.
Support FHPC
KidCommunity in Serving
Jesus by Serving Others in
Need
Bracelets made by our KidCommunity will be offered for a
donation to raise money for
Jeff Brunning, who is unable to
work full-time while awaiting a
kidney transplant.
Plan now to stop by the KidCommunity table
Sunday, February 8th before
each service to make your selection and donation.
Wear your personally made
bracelet by our elementary children to show your support!

The Big God Story (Youth Programming)

Our Welcome Traditions and Worship Traditions
provide an environment to prepare our hearts to gather
in the presence of Christ and prepare our whole being to
respond to God’s initiatives.

Welcome Cheryl Augustine to our Big God Story!
Storytelling comes alive with the visuals, creative interactions and sound effects. Special thanks to our story
tellers like Cheryl Kenna Augustine and Gary
DeBernardi on media!
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February 2015

From the Director of Christian Formation
Debby’s Doodles:
February may be known as the love month
since it inspires “Random Acts of Love”
for many. But God’s
love act was not random; it was very intentional. His goal was simple… a restored
love relationship with Him through Jesus
Christ. This “cruciformed” love is what
truly inspires! That is one reason the month of February will
be special for children and families!
Our environment is MODELING this month. So, what does
love look like in life? How does I Corinthians 13 look in the
life of a 3 year old, 9 year old, 90 year old?
What a great month to not only be extra loving and giving of
random acts of kindness… but how about doing some loving
acts for those not in your immediate family or friend circle
such as the fast food lady who always hands you a coke or
your neighbors that walk their dog by your home each day?
Kids will follow your modeling and the modeling of Jesus!
KidCommunity attempts to create environments for kids and
adults to have the opportunity to experience and encounter
God. We will be learning how to abide with Jesus to deepen
our love relationship with God on Sundays. On Wednesdays
we use environments to become attentive and responsive to
God in communal ways in small and large groups formats!
Kids are kids, and bring a lot of energy, but their responses
after some reflective time with God are rich with spiritual
sensitivity and desire to follow His ways. How filled with
love their responses are evidenced from treating their siblings
better to asking God to RSVP in their life!

First Row: Abigail Manzanares, Summer Jones,
Ashlynn Willliams-Mitchell, Emerson Uphoff, Myka
Mitchell, Aly Wilson
Second Row Team: Matt, Judy, Cheryl, Gary and
Bonnie

Welcome to Wednesday Night
KidCommunity

Prayers Go Up,
Blessings Comedown!
New KidCommunity Prayer Station
Signing and Singing Flow with the Spirit
with talented Bonnie Hollabaugh! Welcome Bonnie to
Wednesday KidCommunity!

Providing an environment for prayerful
reflection just got wall space!

In Touch

page 14

New Members
Dr. Maurene Gerson
Maurene has six
children,
13
grandchildren and
2 great grandchildren. She also has
3 step children.
She sings in the
Community Chorus and enjoys
volunteering for
the town.
In September she
assumed the responsibility
of
moderator for our
women’s
programs. In her earlier married years she lived in several states including Texas
where her first husband played for the Houston Oilers. Travel
after that included Bangkok where she taught conversational
English to Thai college students and started a music program at
a school for the blind. Music had to be their language since
they didn’t speak English and Maurene couldn’t speak Thai.
Back at home Maurene taught and then developed a series of
reading and math shows for TV called the Sternwheeler series.
She was Capt. Miller of the Sternwheeler “Life Saver” throwing out lifesaving skills. After that she hosted her own 30 minute TV talk show twice a week for 4 years; co-directed Teacher
Corp. and developed a computer-based curriculum for the Kanawha County School system. After getting a PhD degree she
travelled for 15 years for a computer software company.
Something you don’t know: sixth graders always wanted to
know how old she was. She was always 20. Then an article
came out in the paper “Forty-two year old mother of six solos
at Yeager Airport. Yes, she’s a pilot!

Tim and Althea Halchuck
The Halchuck’s are joining by Letter of Transfer from St. Pe-

ters By The Sea In Ranch PalosVerdes, California.
They have lived in Fountain Hills for 4 years part time, but as
of September are full time residents. They have three grown
children between them. Tim is also a great grandfather and
Althea is a grandmother.
They both enjoy traveling, golf and hiking. Tim is also interested in photography, Philately (collecting and studying postage stamps), model R.R. (Lionel) and he has a 1963 Studebaker
Avanti. He is still working but trying to retire.
Althea is a Stephan Minister and her special interests are Hospice, Bioethics and End of Life Issues.
Both were raised in different faiths and they wanted a church
that they could enjoy as a couple. They were married in a Presbyterian Church in Massachusetts in 2003 and then joined a
California Presbyterian Church, so our church was a natural
choice in Fountain Hills. They started attending the same week
as Pastor Bill Good’s arrival.
Althea graduated from law school at age 62 proving as she
says, “ You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks”.

George and Mary Holtan
Joining as affiliate members, their home church is Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, MN.
Mary was unable
to be here on New
Member Sunday….she is still
working in a new
leadership position in the school
system she has
worked for 50
years, so George
represented them
both.
You are all accustomed to seeing
George in the
choir on Sundays or working on our landscaping during the
week.
They have three daughters and ten grandchildren. Both have a
background in teaching and education administration. Mary
also owned a home decor/gift store for ten years. George is
retired but in addition to choir and landscaping is busy volunteering, tutoring, gardening, and working with the homeless.
They were friends with Jim and Caryl Bates and Jack and Mary
Morris back in Minneapolis. Something you might not
know….Mary and George were contestants on
the show “Family Feud” with Richard Dawson. They were so
popular they were called back after two years to appear again.
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February 2015

How can you help?

Sandy Larson
Sandy is joining by reaffirmation of faith. She
was previously a member of Calvary Bible
Church in Racine, WI
which is no longer there.
She has been married 38
years and lived in Fountain Hills 26 years. She is
a volunteer for a dog
rescue organization and
has rescued seven herself; four of which are current family.
She also enjoys outdoor activities, camping, kayaking, fourwheeling, reading and keeping up with current events.
Sandy is a retired nurse and continues to use her skills by volunteering on the Caregiver Resource Line for the AZ Caregiver
Coalition. She comes to our church after attending Michele
Hasley’s Griever’s Journey and working with Maurene Gerson
on Make a Difference Day. She says that both of these women
live their faith to God’s Glory and she wishes to serve God by
helping others.

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.


Jack and Monique Reynolds

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

Random thoughts of the aged


They are joining by letter of transfer from First Presbyterian
Church of Greensboro, NC. They have three sons and one
granddaughter.
Monique was a children’s librarian, worked at Ten Thousand
Villages and is a docent at River of Time Museum. Jack was a
navy officer, a manager at U. S. Steel Corporation and is Director of Free The Kids Org. which he helped start in 2002 in Haiti.
They started with 12 children and today the organization is
home to over 500.
Jack has his current office here on the church campus.
Monique’s goal is to grow in grace and she collects feathers.






Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the
dryer for ten minutes; come out wrinkle-free and
three sizes smaller.
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators.
We haven't met yet!
I don't trip over things, I do random gravity checks!
Old age is coming at a really bad time!
When I was a child I thought Nap Time was a punishment ... now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small
vacation!
The biggest lie I tell myself is ... "I don't need to write
that down, I'll remember it."
Lord grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can &
friends to post my bail when I finally snap!
I don't have gray hair. I have "wisdom highlights". I'm
just very wise.

In Touch

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Library Footnotes
Live CAREfully by Jerry Traylor
There seem to be several books in our Church Library that
have very few names on the check-out cards. This book, I
believe, is one that is so inspiring, so unbelievable in what
this man has accomplished, in spite of a handicap, it is a
“Top 10” for reading enjoyment. Because the author lives
in Fountain Hills, you may know him, or since he is now a
motivational speaker, perhaps you have had the opportunity
to hear him speak.
Live CAREfully is a glimpse into the life of the author,
Jerry Traylor. Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jerry faced physical pain and loneliness that few children every know. Yet it
was this early difficulty that drew others to Jerry in caring
and love. The stories included in this book are a powerful
example of how caring can mold a life and change a world.
Others empowered Jerry to set goals and achieve greatness
even in his imperfection. His example compels many to
look at their own lives and take positive action.

a desire to jog across America raising funds to benefit the
elderly and the handicapped. That Rotary Club and others
across the nation found ways to get the help he needed to
be able to jog 3528 miles from San Francisco to New
York City on crutches. Along the way he gave free talks
to schools and communities of the need for recreational
opportunities for the elderly and disabled.
At the end of each story in the book,
Jerry listed numerous descriptions of
CARING—what it is, what it means,
what it does, what it can do. This man
has been cared for in so many ways,
and he has spent his life caring for
others and setting an example of Vision, Strength and Goal-setting.
Vivian Virden
Note: Jerry Traylor will be one of the speakers at the
PWP Spring Gathering on March 7, 2015 at Desert Palms
Presbyterian Church in Sun City West, AZ.

Jerry always had a vision that led to setting a goal. During
a speech to the Rotary Club in Marietta, Ohio, he expressed

Loves me not?
A girl asked a boy if he loved her, and he replied, “Yes, of course.” “Would you die for me?” the girl wondered.
After a brief pause, the honest lad said, “No, mine is an undying love.”
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Annual Congregational Meeting
February 8, 2015
10:00 AM
Sanctuary
Annual reports are available for all members in the narthex.

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February 2015

Music Ministry
As we step into our second month of the year, we
find a full and well balanced
group of musicians accepting
the challenge of learning new
music every week, approaching the task with wonderful
attitudes, and friendly participation. I am constantly
thanking God that I am able
to work with folks in this
church body that underDebbie Fisher, Director of Music
stand the reason of effort
put into this music ministry as one dedicated to the
pure praise of God, and His Son, Christ our
Lord. Yes, we sometimes bump elbows, skip a beat
here and there and miss a note that was clearly written, but, with the attitudes of these people, we are
able to make our way through, sometimes giggling,
but, always ready to try again with the sincerity it
takes when putting this music together week after
week, preparing for the body of this congregation to
experience what we experience through the music. Some are able to sing and play, others only to
listen, but, our hearts join together each Sunday
morning as we come to worship.
We have begun preparing for a Cantata to be
presented in worship at our 9:00 AM service on
March 22nd. We are presenting "Come Touch the

Village for the Disgruntled
Go North & East on Better Back Home Highway
Follow Signs to Finding Fault Freeway
Which Becomes Stab in The Back Street
Turn Right on Pettiness Pkwy
Watch for My Way –which is a One Way Street
Turn Left on Bitchiness Blvd.
Go Right To The Farthest Northeast Entrance
This Leads you into Pessa Mystic Beach
Enjoy Your Stay!!
- Courtesy of Dorothy Parris

Robe" written by Pepper Choplin with arrangements
by Stan Pethel. This work allows us to encounter the
Christ of healing, glory, authority, humility and victory.
I have attended clinics where Pepper Choplin has
presented, and found him light-hearted and deeply
rooted. His musical experiences range from church
musician to theme park entertainer. He has performed musical styles form Rock to Classical to Bluegrass. He is the a Minister of Music at the Graystone
Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. We look
forward to presenting this work during our Lenten
season, ultimately focusing our minds and hearts to
the resurrection of Easter Morning.
If anyone would like to join in learning this work
with us, please come to our rehearsals. You are
more than welcome. You will find the rehearsal times
of all of our musical groups in the bulletin.
"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of
God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in
the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will
help when the morning dawns. The nations are in an
uproar, the kingdoms totter; He utters His voice, the
earth melts."
Psalm 46: 4-6
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministry

In Touch

page 18

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
course for Army wives, whose husbands were in Vietnam
or were looking for a new profession.

Bob &
Susan
Titus
joined FHPC
in March
2010 while
Paul Soderquist was interim Pastor.
They felt very
welcomed by
Paul & all the
church members.
Bob was born in LaGrange, IL and grew up in northern
Indiana but his family moved back to the Chicago area
where he went to high school, college and graduated from
the U of I, Dental School, in 1967.
Susan Gregory Titus was born in Chicago and moved to
McHenry, IL in 3rd grade.
She attended the Chicago Art Institute but graduated from
the U of I, dental school's dental tech program and went on
to work in the school's graduate Pedodontic clinic.
A friend introduced Bob & Susan, when Bob was in his
second year of dental school. After 2 1/2 years of " on
again & off again " dating they became engaged and were
married 2 1/2 months later ( between semesters of Bob's
senior year).
On Dec. 17th, 1966 they were married but some friends
withheld buying wedding presents, not believing this
“event" would really happen. Well, it's worked out for 48
years !
After dental school graduation, Bob went into the Army
and they were stationed at Fort Stewart, GA., where Bob
was a Captain.
Susan kept busy on the Army post by volunteering to be a
Girl Scout leader and started a Red Cross Dental Assistant

After Army life, Bob & Susan settled in Madison, WI.
where Bob practiced family dentistry for 44 years and
Susan joined him, as his business manager for the last 35
years. They also ran a dental clinic/practice at a large senior community/ home, for 11 years and Bob taught Dental
Hygiene for 30 years at the local technical school.
Bob & Susan raised two wonderful daughters -Stacey,
Craig & Trent live in Verona, WI. and Paula, Brian,
Simon & Quinn live in Minneapolis, MN.
The 3 grandson's ( all under 10 ) are very active and Bob
& Susan have to plan how to keep them entertained and
not fall asleep with exhaustion when they are with them.
The Titus family has an " extended family " too. They
have hosted 7 exchange students in their home, the last 3
were when their daughters were away at college.
Both Bob & Susan are very active in each of their Rotary
Clubs, love to travel to all 50 states & Europe, South
America, 45 National Parks & many Presidential Libraries.
They bought their home in Fountain Hills in 2001 but
only became true Snowbirds in 2010 and quickly found a
very welcoming community in FHPC.
For Bob, his church background includes Presbyterian,
Baptist, UCC, Methodist and back again to my Presbyterian roots. He has enjoyed singing for many years ( as
long as a "tryout" is not required) and has liked the stimulation of the Men's Bible study & choir. Other hobbies
include my "Honey Do list," golfing & skiing.
For Susan, her church background is UCC & Methodist
but feels completed in the FHPC. She is enjoying serving
on the Mission & Worship committees, being a docent at
the River of Time Museum and becoming a member of
the local DAR chapter.

Laws of love?
Businessman John Barrier, unrecognizable in jeans and a T-shirt, cashed a check at his longtime bank. But the teller refused to validate his parking ticket, saying Barrier hadn’t made an official transaction. A manager agreed, saying rules were rules.
Barrier then performed a major transaction, withdrawing $1 million and taking it elsewhere. He got his parking ticket validated after all. What
a great illustration of the perils of legalism, when man-made laws become more important than people. Jesus repeatedly healed and “worked”
on the Sabbath, much to the dismay of religious leaders. He was concerned about people’s hearts, not their appearance.
What matters more to you: Laws or love? Appearance or substance? A heart examination may be in order!
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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February 2015
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2014 and 2015.
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
Billy Neal

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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.

Our Church Family laid hands on Trey on January 11th.
Please keep Trey Uphoff in your prayers as he
follows his dream of being a Marine. Trey was inducted into
the service on January 12th.
“Dear Lord Bless him and keep him safe.”

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS!
02/04
02/06
02/06
02/08
02/09
02/09
02/11

Melba Versaw
Bella Bennett
Roy Nickel
Emily Owens
Ben Fast
Susan Lickman
John Bivens

02/12
02/12
02/16
02/17
02/20
02/20
02/20

Neal Ipema
Melinda Stanton
Rose Marie Kramer
John Bacher
Jane Haynes
Cheryl Kautz
Pete Thorade

02/21
02/23
02/25
02/25
02/25
02/26
02/26

John Wyman
Shawn Uphoff
Jackie Miles
Josephine Nelson
Nancy Polgar
Barbara Oakeson
Tyson Robinson

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13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. - Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
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