FOUNTAIN HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

IN TOUCH
Fountain Hills, AZ

May 2015

From Terri Schmidt, Elder
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a
gift: that is why they call it a present.”
by Eleanor Roosevelt
How many of us greet the day as we would receive a gift,
with joy and welcoming. We need to greet each day with
great anticipation, for God has great plans for us. Each day
is a new challenge and a challenge that God will give us the
strength to get through. For those of us who believe in God,
we have lots to look forward to, but what about those people
who do not know Jesus as their savior? The Bible tells us to
go out and teach others of Jesus Christ and His Love. The
best way I can think of to do this is to help them in their time
of troubles. That is what we want to be able to say we are
doing here in the Mission Ministry. Here are some of the
projects we are involved in:

Extended Hands Food Bank
Thank you to Susan Owens, Susan Lickman, Linda Warren,
and Nancy Wulfmeier for helping with the Friday night Fish
Fry on “Good Friday.” It truly was a good Friday, as many
people came out to eat fish during the Lenten Season.
Thank you to all of you who so faithfully bring in nonperishable food for the food bank on Sunday mornings. It is
always greatly appreciated as well as greatly needed.

Changing Lives Center
Penny Junk and Terri Schmidt took the Easter Bags down to
the center. While we were there we took another tour of the
facility. It really is a remarkable place. I for one saw something that I did not notice when I was there previously.
There is so much detail and thought that has gone into this
facility. If anyone would like to take a tour of this facility, I
would be happy to take you down to see this remarkable
place.

While we were there we got samples of their cookies that
they make on site and sell. These are called “Mission Cookies” and they make these as a way to make some extra
money. It also helps some of these women learn a trade that
they can go out and make a living doing. These cookies are
still for sale. You can go on their website and purchase or
you can call them directly and order. If you want more information on the purchase of these cookies, you can call the
office or Terri Schmidt.

National day of Prayer
On Thursday May 7th you can join
others from our town at Fountain
Park for prayer. This day is set
aside for the Nation to gather and
join in prayer in unison on the same
day. If you have followed in this
newsletter each month, we have
prayed for specific parts of our life.
Our prayers have been for our local, state and national Government, Church, Business, Military, Media, Education and
Family. We are gathering at the amphitheater at 6:00pm.
Come and join us.
We have a few more things in the planning stages and will
let you know about them later. If any of the above projects
may be an area that you are interested in, please join us the
second Monday of each month. We meet in the Conference
Room at 4:00pm. As I close this month I want to ask you to
keep your eyes and heart open to those who are in need.
They may only need a kind word or a smile. They may need
words of encouragement or they may need physical or financial help, but whatever their needs be, please be open to
helping. This is some thing God asks us to do.

FHPC VISION & MISSION STAMENTS
Our Vision:

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

Reach out to all with faith and love.
Terri Schmidt & Bonnie Hollabaugh Mission Elders

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Focus on Finance

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

Rev. Stan Jones

Mar. Income

$ 44,784

Budget

$ 37,925

Parish Associate

Mar. Expense

$ 36,306

Budget

$ 36,667

Yr to date Income

$ 127,866

Budget

$ 123,475

Yr to date Expense $ 108,786

Budget

$ 133,326

Pastor Ken Brown
Associate Pastor

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
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
******

March actual income was ahead of actual expenses by
$8,478. First quarter actual results provide a nice cushion
of $19,000, but we still need to be mindful of the slow summer months coming up. As our winter residents leave for
the summer, and the rest of us die hard Arizonians remain
in the heat, please remember to keep up your pledges, as the
church expenses continue through the summer months. In
April we have incurred some major unexpected expenses
for repairs of a leaking backflow value (necessary for the
sprinklers in the fellowship hall), and the air conditioning may need some maintenance. Please pray that the air conditioner and other major systems remain in good
working order. Online banking is a good way to keep monthly pledges coming in on
a regular basis, rather than making up a lump sum at one time. Have a cool, safe
summer, and we will see you in the fall.
Respectfully,
Linda Lull, Treasurer

On the Inside:
From Terri Schmidt, Elder .. .. .. .. . .. . . . .. . . . .. .. .. ….
Focus on Finance .. .. .. ..… … … … .. . … .. . .. … .. . .
Session Letter to Presbytery . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . ..
Mission Ministry . . … . . . .. .. .. .. . . . .. . . . . … .. . . .
Happy Birthday Party.. .. .. .. .. .. . . … . . .. . . . .. . . . ...
Facebook .. … .. . . .. .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Not Yet a Member? . .. … .. .. . . … .. . . . . . .. . . .. . . . .
New Members .. .. .. . . .. .. . .. .. .. . . . .. .. . . .. . . . . . . .
Summer 2015 VBS .. .. … . .. . . . . . .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Presbyterian Women .. .. .. …. .. . . . . .. . … .. . . .. . . ..
Out ’n About... .. .. .. . . . … . … . . . .. .. .. . . . . . . .. .. .
Hooked on Books .. … .. . … .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . .. ..
Holy Week .. .. … .. .. . .. . . .. . . . . . . .. .. . . … .. .. . . . .
Easter .. … .. … .. . …. . … . . … .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . ...
Christian Formation (Youth Trip) .. . .. . .. .. .. .. …. .. . .
From the Director of Christian Formation .. . . . . . . . . .
Free the Kids Mission . . . .. . .. . .. .. .. . … . … … .. . .
FHPC Foundation.. .. … .. .. . … .. .. . .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . .
Our Graduates … .. . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. …. .. .. . .. . . ..
Library Footnotes.. … .. …. .…. …. …. …. …. …. …
Music Ministry .. … … .. .. .. .. …. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . ..
Member Spotlight...Did you Know? .. .. .. .. .. .. . . . ...
May Birthdays .. .. .. … . .. . . . .. . . . . … . . . . . . . . … ..
Necrology for 2015… .. … .. . . .. … .. … . .. . . .. . . ….
June Birthdays .. .. .. .. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . ..
PW Spring Tea & Fashion Show . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .

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May, 2015

Letter from Session to Presbytery
UPDATE ON COMMUNITY STRAW POLL
The Session reviewed the straw poll and all the comments and agreed to the following action plan:



Write a letter to the Presbytery expressing our concerns.
Continue conversations with other churches
Attend the Fellowship meeting in March
Work and pray for the Gracious Dismissal Policy, to be presented in November 2015

The primary goal through this process was to have open and honest communication and keep this family together.
The poll was two thirds in favor of continuing the conversation with the Presbytery and the comments were equally
as supportive. However, the total ballots cast were only half of the congregation. In most circumstances that would
have been a passing total. This was a straw poll, not a vote. We have not planned and future meetings at this time
but always welcome your thoughts and prayers.
The letter to the Presbytery follows.
John Brockelman

April 16, 2015
To: Brad Munroe, Presbytery Pastor
Presbytery of the Grand Canyon
We, the Session and Members of Fountain Hills Presbyterian
Church, write to you out of deepening concern for our Presbyterian denomination and profound respect for the history
from which it springs.
As you are aware, our congregation has been involved in a
period of discernment regarding our relationship with PC
(USA) and God’s will for this family. Our session has invested considerable time and effort to provide information,
talk to our family here and give everyone a chance to speak
out.
The result of these conversations is first, a deep dismay with
the actions taken by the PC(USA) at the 221st General Assembly meeting in June in Detroit, Michigan.
We share with you here our abiding concern about the future
of the PC(USA) and our ability to be a supportive part of a
denomination that will use an Authorative Interpretation to
institute a major and controversial change which has the effect of contravening the explicit language contained in our
Book of Order.
In our own Presbytery, the “Gracious Dismissal Policy” is an
example of a document collaborated upon by the sessions of
ten churches which, was referred to committee for study until
November. We understand it has some constitutional issues;
but, the frustration that it was not given at least preliminary
consideration due it by the full body of the Presbytery remains quite frustrating, especially since such policy was long
ago mandated by the GA.
If the PC(USA) is making changes to either policy or polity
in the interests of maintaining relevance in a changing soci-

ety, we suggest they reconsider the Trust Clause, especially as it relates to churches that are not, nor have not,
received monetary support from the Presbytery or the PC
(USA).
Secondly, we must also tell you that our overall concerns
have advanced well beyond the issues attendant to the
221st General Assembly. We are despairing of the overall
theological direction and political agenda of our Presbytery and denomination. We stand firm and encourage the
Presbytery of Grand Canyon to redirect its efforts toward
implementing change which returns our body to a truly
Christ-centered and Scripturally-based focus.
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church affirms the beliefs
reflected and expounded in our Book of Confessions.
Our Presbytery and the PC(USA) are losing members and
congregations because we continue to accept less commitment to this critical historic cornerstone of the denomination.
We are carefully and prayerfully considering our ongoing
relationship with the PC(USA). As both the viability and
direction of our denomination fall into increasing question, so does our commitment.
As we continue to reflect on the impact of all these issues
on our church, this congregation will operate in a way
that honors God and his voice in scripture as he speaks to
the leadership of this church, His Church.

Respectfully Submitted,

John Brockelman, Elder
Clerk of Session
Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church

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November 2012
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In Touch

Mission Ministry

Elders Terri Schmidt

Bonnie Hollabaugh

National Day of Prayer
Lord Hear Our Cry!
I King 8:28 “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is
praying in your presence this Day.”
May 7, 2015 is National Day of Prayer this year.
Our National Day of Prayer changes each year because it is
designated the first Thursday of May. As we are getting
ready to celebrate it again in a few days, I felt I would give
you some history on National Day of Prayer.
This all started way back in the beginning of our
nation. In 1775 Continental Congress gathered together and
designated a day and time to pray. They prayed as they were
forming a new Nation, a nation that was based on Freedom of
Religion. This was continued by President George Washington as he declared February 19th as a day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer. It has continued as Presidents James
Madison in 1813 had a Public day of Prayer and President
Abraham Lincoln had a day of fasting and Prayer in 1863
while they were fighting the Civil War.
Over the years it has been a subject of controversy,
while Presidents and Congressmen debated on the age long
fight of separation of Government and Religion. But on April
17, 1952 a bill was initiated by Conrad Hilton (of the Hilton
Hotel chain) and Senator Frank Carlson of Kansas. This bill
passed with no special date, the only stipulation was it was
not to be on Sunday. Thus at this time a Task Force was
formed, which is still in place today. In 1983 the first National Day Of Prayer was held at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., with featured speakers being the Vice President
George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie. Then in 1988 President
Ronald Reagan signed into law the first Thursday in May as
National Day Of Prayer. This is the day we still recognize
today.
One voice united in prayer is the ultimate goal of
this group of people. We gather all over our country on this
day to pray in unison for our Federal, State, and Local Governments, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and
Family. The Bible tells us “ where two or more are gathered

in his name, he will hear our prayers.”
The Bible encourages us to prayer for our leaders and families. 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made
on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life....”
We all are aware of the need for prayer that we
as a country, are so desperately in need of. We need
God's wisdom and help in the running of our governments and the raising of our families.
2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If my people, who are
called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and
seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their
land.”
So join me and others from numerous local
Churches, on May 7th at Fountain Park. We will be gathering at the amphitheater, services will begin at 6:00pm.
If you come around 5:30 there will be food and drinks
available.
Let me end this with a quote from Ronald
Reagan “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under
God, then we will be a Nation gone under.”

MISSION PROJECT – SUPPORT OUR
TROOPS/VETERANS
Focus for the warm summer months will be for our
Veterans, whether at the VA Medical Center, the VA Home
or MANA House (helps our homeless Veterans). If you
can, items most needed are socks and t-shirts (sizes L, XL,
XXL).
There are two boxes
for your donations
located at Church;
one in the Narthex
and one in the Fellowship Center. And as usual,
donations of toiletries, magazines,
CD’s, and books
continues year
round. Any questions, please just ask
me.
Donna Sims,
Deacon
Charlie Eberspacher and Trey Uphoff with Donna Sims
after Sunday services.

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May, 2015 page 4

Family Gathering Area
Completed April 5, 2015

Thank you to Dick and Dawn Lau as well as Bob Lull
for all your efforts in getting this project to completion.
Keep watch for something else to be added soon.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTY
Everyone is invited to attend this fun filled event in our Fellowship Hall on May 8, 2015 beginning at
6:15 pm with delicious All Church Member Birthday Cake Bar & Beverages. While enjoying Birthday
Cake from 6:30 to 7:30 PM enjoy the tremendous sounds of the professional group called:
The Nostalgics, Harmonica Trio + One
“From Mesa, Arizona, meet the Nostalgics,”
Harmonica Trio + One group perform in the
Tradition of the Harmonicats, with Bass,
Chord, and lead Chromatic Harmonicas. The
Group is led by Dick Lawrence and have made
CD’s. The Nostalgics have performed statewide for well over 30 years.
They are entertaining, child-friendly, and dress sharp too!
Free evening of fun!
Sign-ups for Attendance Only on April 26th & May 3rd! Or call the office.

In Touch

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Did you Know?
1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously
notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50%
chance you'll die within the next 3 years.
3. There are at least 3 people in the world who look
exactly like you. There's a 9% chance that you'll meet
one of them in your lifetime.
4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and
keeps your spine stronger.
5. A person’s height is determined by their father, and
their weight is determined by their mother.
6. If a part of your body "falls asleep", you can almost
always "wake it up" by shaking your head.
7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing -food, attractive people and danger.
8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right
side.
9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will
absorb the unpleasant odor.
10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to
disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4
years.

Fry's Community Rewards Program
The more our church family shops at Fry's, the more monetary support our church will have. Won't you consider registering to allow Fry's to donate a portion of your grocery
expenditures to our church programs?
Register for the Fry's Community Rewards Program
Go to https://www.frysfood.com/topic/community?
activePage=community-rewards-2 make sure you enter the
whole address to visit the Fry's web page.


If you already have an account online, select Sign
In at the top right of the page. Enter your email
and password then click Sign In.
If you don't already have an account on line: click
Register at the top right of the page.
- Fill in the required fields, (be sure to write down
your password).
- Enter your zip code to find your preferred store.
From the drop-down menu below Find Store,
select your store. Now click Create an Account.
- You must sign up for a V.I.P. card to sign up for
the Community Rewards Program
- Check your email for a confirmation, click the
hyperlink in your email, and finish creating your
account.
- In your account, enroll for Community Re
wards program, using the new FHPC
organization #84123

11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a
new one every day, it would take over 20 years to try
them all.

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

Not Yet A Member?
*If you are attending our church and don’t have membership in another church, you can join our church by profession
of faith and receiving the Sacrament of Baptism or, if you’ve already been baptized, you can join by reaffirmation of faith in
Jesus Christ.
*If you belong to another church, but would like to transfer your membership to our church, we can arrange for a letter
of transfer from your current membership church to ours.
*If you are a winter visitor and are an active member of another church “back
home”, you can become an affiliate member at our church here and maintain your full
active membership there.
For additional information, please contact 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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May, 2015

New Members

Sally Atchinson, Elder with new members: Bob &
Susan Titus and Don & Deborah Stark

Robert and Susan Titus
Bob and Susan are from Madison, Wisconsin but bought a home in
Fountain Hills thirteen years ago on Eagles Nest Drive and spend the
majority of their time here now. They have been affiliate members
since 2010 but would like to be regular members and we welcome
them.
Back in Madison they ran a family dentistry business for 44 years
and a dental clinic practice at a large senior community home for 11
years while Bob also taught dental hygiene at a local technical
school.
They are both already active in church: Bob in the choir and enjoys
the Men’s Bible Study and Susan on the mission and worship committee.
Susan is also a docent at the River of Time Museum. They enjoy
travelling by car and have seen many national parks, capitols, museums and back roads. They have also travelled to Europe and South
America. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandsons back in the Midwest. They also have hosted 7 exchange students in their home, the
last 3 when their daughters were away at college.

Donald and Deborah Stark
Don and Deborah live on Mustang Drive in Fountain Hills. They have been here for five years. Previously they lived in New
Hampshire where Deborah ran a business for 15 years. called Curtain Call which created window treatments.
Don is retired from Mattel after 35 years. He has been a marathon runner and avid golfer. Deborah has one son who lives in Prescott, AZ. and Don’s three daughters are in the Sacramento, California area. He has seven (7) grandchildren.

VBS 2015...EVEREST
Kids at Vacation Bible School will learn how to conquer challenges in God’s mighty power with faith UN-Frozen
as we travel Everest from base camp to celebration summit!
Prepare for VBS coming July 6-10th 9 am - noon
Register as a volunteer or register kids at:
https://www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/fhvbs
Leader Meeting:
May 26 6PM at Church of the Ascension
Crew Leader Training:
Select one training to attend hosted by Church of the Ascension
Wednesday
June 24 3:00 or 6:00 PM
Tuesday
June 30 3:00 or 6:00 PM
Decorating Workshops:
Help work on decorations for VBS on Wednesdays, beginning May 27.
Please contact Bonnie Hollabaugh at bonnie.hollabaugh@gmail.com or
Debby DeBernardi at fhpc.debbyd@gmail.com for more information.

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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: Ilene Berg
Search Committee: Arlene Stewart
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: Nancy Wulfmeier
MAY DATES
May 1
9:00 a.m.
May 5
1:00 p.m.
May 14
9:00 a.m.
May 18
7:00 p.m.
May 20
9:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.

Coordinating Team Meeting, Adult Center, FHPC
Afternoon Circle at Fountain View Village
Morning Circle, Adult Center, FHPC
Evening Circle, home of Louise Jones
Hooked On Books (see box for details)
Out ‘N About Luncheon (see box for details)

As the temperatures rise PW activities start winding down and
we look forward to a less hectic schedule and time to absorb all
the wonderful experiences we shared during the 2014-15 season.
Thank you to everyone for the time, talent and love you have
shared to help us find ways to live out our faith in the midst of a
caring community of women. Leadership changes include Carol
Fuls as New Member Contact, Arlene Stewart as Search Committee Chair, and Ilene Berg helping out with Publicity.

WOW!! What a great
event! The Spring Tea
& Fashion Show sold
out quickly and was a
splendid success from
the beautifully designed publicity to the
uniquely set tables
arranged by each hostMary Morris, Helen Quigley, Melissa Fast
ess.
All tables displayed
And Yvonne Ellingson
a potted plant artistically
arranged by Toni Patterson that was awarded by lottery to a guest
at each table. Bill Covault provided ambiance
for the Tea at the piano
as ladies were greeted
and seated for the four
course menu prepared by
Chef Mary Carillo and
staff and served by the
formally attired Men of
FHPC.
A Fashion Show presented by Kay Kinder’s Martha Carillo, Chef Mary Carillo and
assistant Haley Dills

Fountain Fashions followed the Tea. Beautiful
spring fashions, including accessories, were professionally displayed by the lovely models and left

everyone anxious to use their discount coupons provided by the shop. $50 gift cards were awarded to
four lucky ladies!
It was truly a marvelous day at
FHPC and we are so thankful for
the support of our handsome,
talented, and generous FHPC
Men. Carl Capron assembled the
volunteers who served eloquently
as waiters, curb greeters and assistants to the Fashion Show
models.
PW was able to donate $600 to
Sandy Larson
the Changing Lives Center of
the Phoenix Rescue Mission from the proceeds of
ticket sales to the Tea.

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May, 2015

One Body, One Spirit
The 2015 Church wide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held in
Minneapolis June 18-21, where the focus will be on 1 Corinthians: 12-27
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members
of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the
one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – Jews or Greeks, slaves or
free – and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.” There will be a vast
array of opportunities to make and renew friendships and celebrate the
one Spirit that lives and works through all of us.

So, chosen by God for this new life of love,
dress in the wardrobe God picked out for
you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet
strength, discipline. Be even-tempered,
content with second place, quick to forgive
any offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And
regardless of what else you put on, wear
love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment.
Never be without it. Colossians 3:12-14,
Eugene H. Peterson’s The Mes-

Out ’n About—Out to Lunch
Out 'n About will be going to Arizona Culinary Institute (Du Jour Restaurant), 10585
Shea & 114 St., Ste. 401, Scottsdale at
noon on May 20,2015. Please call Nancy
Wulfmeier for reservations.... 837-3021.

HOOKED ON BOOKS
will meet on Wednesday, May 20th at 9:30 AM
in the home of Carol Fuls.
The theme for this meeting will be
“Summer Reading Suggestions.”
Attendees will each give a brief
review of a book they recommend.

Ilene Berg

All women who enjoy reading and
discussing books are welcome to attend. Books
you no longer want may be brought for the
Book Exchange. For further information contact
Jan Hoff (480) 836-7551.

PW Spring Tea & Fashion Show

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Holy Week
Palm Sunday

Maundy
Thursday
Tenebrae
Service

Great Vigil of Easter
Molly Korb of
Mountain View Presbyterian
Church

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May, 2015

EASTER

In Touch

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Christian Formation
Christian Formation Opportunities:
Sundays
10:15 AM Sabbath Day Bible Study
10:15 AM Elementary Life with God
11:15 AM Blessed Beginnings Nursery
11:15 AM Preschool Life with God

3:45 PM on Wednesdays
• Committed Youth Band
5:00 PM on Wednesdays

Wednesdays
• Pastor’s Brown Bag Bible Study
12:00 PM Wednesdays

*****
Women’s Bible Study Circles
(Sept thru May)
9:00 AM 2nd Thursday
1:00 PM 1st Tuesday
7:00 PM 3rd Monday

The Way on Wednesdays
5:00 PM Elementary “Big God Story”
5:45 PM Community Meal
6:30 PM The Way (Bible Study)

Celebration Youth Rehearsal

Men’s Bible Study on
Thursdays
7:00 AM in the Adult Center

Spiritual Formation Group
6:00 PM 1st & 3rd Monday

Youth Trip to
Canaan in the Desert

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May, 2015

From the Director of Christian Formation
Madison Reynolds (middle), granddaughter of Jack and
Monique Reynolds, celebrated her baptism and birthday Palm
Sunday with two new preschool friends, Anabelle Good and
Mia Junk. We are so blessed to have opportunities on the
holidays and summer to share the love of Jesus with visiting
grandchildren!
Madison, her parents and grandmother attended a class about
salvation and baptism with Debby DeBernardi. It was a fun,
interactive time with lots of skits and visuals.
The why and how God kept His covenant promise through
Jesus comes alive making her baptism a meaningful experience for all.
She was so excited to tell others about Jesus, that she
shared with other children the following week! Keep her
in prayer!

Jeff being presented the
check of
$1837.00 by
Emerson Uphoff
representing
Sunday KidCommunity.
(left)
Kids surrounding
Jeff with prayers
and hugs. (right)

Jeff Brunning was presented with a check for $1,837.00
from a generous donation and from the Life with God Elementary KidCommunity. The children attending Sunday morning decided to make bracelets, book markers, necklaces
to sell to raise money for the man “needing a new kidney”. They were learning about serving with the Lord’s love. It took
awhile before they realized they could not “buy him a new kidney”. But their compassion was God’s compassion. We
prayed we would work and serve with the Lord’s love!
Compassion multiplied in the Lord’s Love. A couple donated money to Jeff through our church. A
woman had compassion and is now a potential donor. Jeff is grateful and with compassion is setting
up a fund for the donor since she will be taking off work to donate her kidney. Serving others in the
Lord’s love and compassion multiplies our offerings!
Thank you Sunday Elementary kids for all your efforts and prayers!
Debby DeBernardi

In Touch

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Thank You
Upon moving to FH in December, I knew that our small
condo would not have space for the office. I started looking for a room to rent, which was not in our budget. Upon
joining FHPC in December, I was discussing my project
with Pastor Bill and he showed me the space that could be
made available for an office. It has worked out wonderfully. Thank you.
TO: The Congregation of FHPC
Jack Reynolds
It is with sincere appreciation to Pastor Bill, the Session and
the staff of FHPC for allowing me to use the area behind the
Youth Room as an office
for Free The Kids, Inc. an orphanage community project in
Haiti. My brother-in-law, Fr. Marc, a Catholic priest, and I
started Free The Kids in 1999 and I have always maintained
an office in my home to operate the “business” aspect of
charity. Fr. Marc runs the project in Haiti.

To learn more about Free The Kids, please visit
www.FreeTheKids.org. I am also available to give presentations to any group who would like to know about Haiti in
general or about the suffering of Haitian children specifically.

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

Here to serve you!
The Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church Foundation is ready to serve you. The Foundation will help you understand how your gifts can benefit both you and the Church.
We can provide suggestions of how your life insurance, retirement accounts, Real estate, wills and trusts can
be structured to achieve your wishes to establish a legacy that will serve the Fountain Hills Presbyterian
Church far into the future. The Foundation is committed to follow any designations you provide and to carefully manage your gifts.
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
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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May, 2015

Our Graduates: Class of 2015
Congratulations

David Hissler

Hilltop Musicians:
Jon Trautman and Jake Eberspacher

Austin Gil

Sean Nangle

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be
honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

In Touch

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Library Footnotes
Breaking News. . .
Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer
Studies by psychologists show that individuals who often
read fiction appear to be better able to understand other
people, empathize with them and view the world from their
perspective. “Deep reading,” as opposed to the often superficial reading we do on the Web, is an endangered practice, one we ought to taker steps to preserve as we would a
historic building or a significant work of art.
So what does your Church Library have to offer? The best
way to find a book that could be enlightening as well as
(make you smarter,: is to BROWSE our collection.
Would you dare to start by looking at the many versions
of the Bible? From the King James Version to The Message, ten or more are available.
Do you need a deeper understanding of a particular Bible passage? Many Bible Dictionaries and Study Bibles are
ready for use.
Want to know more about a special Biblical person?
Abraham, Moses, Joseph, David, Paul and Women of the
Choose one
Bible? Or a particular book of the Bible?
with Dewey (Decimal System) #222 through 226 and then
move on to the next shelves. If you haven’t read it, I suggest Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by
Bruce Feiler.
If you treasure the Psalms, we have recently acquired
The Psalms, by W. Graham Scroggie, which explains the
Who, What, Where, When and Why of all the Psalms. If
Psalm 23 is a favorite, please read A Shepherd Looks at
Psalm 23, by W. Phillip Keller.
Do you wonder what books we have by notable Christian authors? Browse or use the card catalog (remember

those?) for such names as C.S. Lewis, Philip Yancy, Max
Lucado, Charles Swindoll, Billy Graham and others.
Biographies, true personal stories, and fiction? Our
shelves are bulging with these books; some are quite new
some are “oldies but goodies.” PW reading list books
from years past as well as those on the 2015-16 booklist
are available, or will be very soon.
Children’s books and Parenting Books? Our Library
has been blessed with donations of children’s books. By
the time you are reading this there will be another ten
ready to check out. Debby DeBernardi has given us some
parenting book titles to help fill that need.
Do you like a book series? A series of five books by
Roxanne Henke will lead you from one to the next without any desire to stop. The titles are: After Anne, Finding
Ruth, Being Olivia, Always Jan, and With Love Libby.
The stories take place in Brewster, ND, the typical Middle America, USA, where everybody knows your namepeople with hopes and dreams, people in love and people
with broken hearts, friends and foes, families and Faith—
not very different from where many of us have lived.
These are compelling stories about the power of friendship and honor the memory of all
friendships that leave a permanent
mark upon your heart. All of these stories show the surprising way God
works to turn our well-planned lives
into something so much better than we
ever imagined for ourselves.
Here’s to “Smarter and Nicer” . . .
See you at the Library!

Vivian Virden

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that
it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. 'I've gone for 30 years now,'
he wrote, 'and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for
the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting
my time and the priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.'
This started a real controversy in the 'Letters to the Editor' column.
Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote
this clincher:
'I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some
32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a
single one of those meals. But I do know this... they all nourished me and
gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me
these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to
church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!'When you are
DOWN to nothing....God is UP to something!
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

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May, 2015

Music Ministry
We move into our summer
through May, if you would like, just attend the rehearsal
schedule now, having said goodthat you might be prepared. We will return singing in the
bye to most of our worshipping
service September 20, with our Thursday Evening rehearsbrothers and sisters who have
als beginning on September 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuor will be traveling to their sumary. Our Celebration Ringers will begin rehearsing Octomer destinations. I am sure that
ber 1, at 5:15 in the Sanctuary.
those of you traveling back to
You all deserve a big rest after putting in such great efforts
your summer homes will be welfilling the Sanctuary with glorious music.
comed as favorably by your
I love working with you all. I will miss those who have
church, family and friends just
helped to build this program with their fine spirits, and, if
as we look forward to all of your
any person would like to join us, or re-join us, you have
returning here when that time
the rehearsal times. You are all welcome!
comes. I want to thank you
Debbie Fisher, Director of Music
for
always being a part of our music
Celebration Singers performed the Cantata “Come Touch the Robe” on Palm Sunday

programs when you return. It's a wonderful time together,
and you are so appreciated by our congregation. For those
of you remaining year 'round, if you are available to sing
or play either a solo or joining in with others through the
summer months of June, July and August, let me
know! Our special music sign-up sheet will be in the
choir room for those interested in sharing during the 9:00
a.m. service.
Well, Dorothy Parris and her buddy Suzanne Gillham
have made it through every file draw of music in our music library. They have counted, erased, taped, and organized to the highest efficiency that the music library has
been to date. The effort has taken 3 years, and I could not
be more thankful that Dorothy took that time, with all her
organizational skills and managed it so well. Every anthem that has ever been purchased has been re-integrated
and given a place in the card file. It's just beautiful! Thank you, Mrs. Parris!
The Celebration Singers will be Singing through May
24, with our rehearsals only on Sunday mornings at 7:45
through the month of May. You can still join us in singing

"Praise the Lord for the Lord is good;
sing praise to the Lord for that is pleasant."
Psalm 135:3
Deborah Fisher
Director of Music Ministries

Celebration Singers on Easter Sunday

In Touch

page 18

Member Spotlight …. Did you know?
Melba Versaw
Melba was born in Republic County, Kansas. She grew
up there with her sister and
parents, Lona and Elmer
Mosier. This was the time of
the “Great Depression” and
Kansas had some rather severe
dust storms. These things are
part of her childhood memories.
Melba received her elementary education in a rural school. After graduating from
high school, she attended nursing school at Lincoln General Hospital for two years. This class and several others
were part of the Cadet Nurse program sponsored by the U.
S. Government as part of the war effort.
She and Dean were married in October of 1947 in her
home Church. Dean was called to active duty during the
Korean War. Their duty station was Banger, ME which
they enjoyed while living there. Their oldest son was born
before Dean was discharged in 1952.
After a short time, they bought and ran a Dry Cleaning
business. A change in career choices found Dean returning
to the University of Nebraska to earn a degree in Industrial
Engineering. During this time Melba worked for the Dept.
of Agriculture with time out for the birth of their second
son.
After Dean’s graduation they moved to Denver, CO
where Dean was employed as an Industrial Engineer. In
1970 they moved to Loveland, CO where Dean owned and
operated a manufacturing business in Berthoud. While
living in Loveland they hosted five Rotary exchange students.
After Dean sold the manufacturing business in 1980, he
devoted his time and talents to British cars, owning, col-

lecting and renovating them. He was a member of a British Car Club and they attended a number of annual Car
Club weekends in England and several other countries. In
1979 they moved to Fountain Hills. The car interest carried on and they attended British car events.
In 1993 they purchased a home in Brittany, France
and spent six months of each year, for seven years, living
there. They lived in a small village among many English
speaking people and became acquainted with some very
nice people. Americans were well liked there. This village
was near the beaches of World War II and on the 50th anniversary of D-Day they attended that celebration. The
French went all out with this celebration and President
Clinton and several other dignitaries were there. They
sold their French home in 2000 and spent the next seven
summers in Maine. Their last Maine address was in
Damariscotta.
Over the years she and Dean held church offices in the
Congregational Church where they were members prior to
joining Fountain Hills Presbyterian church where Melba
now enjoys Sunday worship, Bible study, fellowship and
friendship.

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HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAYS!
05/01
05/01
05/02
05/03
05/05
05/08
05/09
05/10
05/13
05/14

Phyllis Kern
Charles Matty
Mike Owens
Claire Cartmell
Lois Medley
Eloise Robinson
Michele Sivets
Bob Lull
Kurt Augustine
Bonnie Hollabaugh

05/16
05/16
05/17
05/17
05/17
05/18
05/19
05/20
05/22
05/22
05/22

Anna Martinson
James Stewart
Sandra Heunisch
Matt Botsford
Bev Watters
Bobbie Dangremond
Michael Stanton
June Shaffer
Gail Botsford
Anthony Carillo
Mary Carillo

05/22 Michael Carillo
05/22 Summer Jones
05/23 Ralph Berry
05/23 Mary Alice Bivens
05/25 Peggy Kurkjian
05/27 Linda Covault
05/27 Anabelle Good
05/28 Patricia Knoy
05/30 Christine Young
05/31 Stephanie McWethy

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May, 2015
Hospitalized? Call the church!

With deepest sympathy we list
those members who have passed
away in 2015.
Billy Neal
Sylvester Taylor
Marjorie Koepke
Dallas Shuck

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.

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Matthew 25:21

Do you need a Christian tune-up?
If so, here are five tune-up specials for you:
1. Adjust your lights so others may see your good works.
2. Set your timing so as to be at the meeting on time.
3. Adjust the brakes on your tongue.
4. Align your direction so that you may stay on the
straight and narrow.
5. Anti-freeze your heart and be fervent in spirit. Above
all things,
6. love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul
and mind.
-The Newsletter Newsletter
by Communication Resources, Inc

Mary Alice & John Bivens Senior Service Award Winners for
2015 Long-time cornerstones in the life and mission of FHPC, John
has served as elder and elder commissioner to Presbytery. He is
engaged in numerous men’s activities and chairs the Presbytery
Peace and Justice Network. Mary Alice is an elder and is pivotal in
an array of women’s ministries. She shares her clear soprano voice
as a part of the Celebration Singers. Both John and Mary Alice work
diligently through FHPC to promote and pursue outreach and mission
to Fountain Hills by participating in community leadership
events. They are passionate about Middle Eastern issues and work
to promote sensible gun legislation.

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAYS!
06/02
06/03
06/04
06/06
06/09
06/09
06/09

Sally Atchinson
Richard Lau
Alan Pape
Elvira Ruiz
Jerry Cain
Christian Hissler
Luc Therrien

06/11
06/12
06/13
06/18
06/19
06/23

Leanne Reynolds
Terry Martin
Sandra Heunisch
Heather Vawter-Greco
John Brockelman
Joanne Jones

06/23
06/25
06/27
06/28
06/28
06/29
06/30

Howard Olsen
Mary Morris
Sandy Myhr
Suellen Russell
Susan Titus
Ruby Pearson
Wilbur Nelson

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